Weekend Briefing: Tom Middleton Tears Up the Virtual Felt
Once again I’m sitting at my desk and looking through the results of the latest round of high buy-in online poker tournaments and smiling like the proverbial cat that got the cream. While I myself didn’t bag a big score this weekend, plenty of grinders who call the UK & Ireland home did and that’s the next best thing in my eyes.
Tom “hitthehole” Middleton pocketed $20,370.00 by finishing fourth in the WCOOP 2nd Chance 40, a $530 NL Hold’em 6-Max event, and then went on to finish third in the Sunday 500 for an additional $50,730.00.
Middleton, the former European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Main Event champion, was joined on the Sunday 500 final table by the EPT Loutraki winner Zimnan “Zimmy86” Ziyard who fell in fourth place for a $37,166.40 score.
One of the biggest scores of the weekend weighed in at $63,989.76, a princely sum now nestled in the PokerStars account of Daryl “DJG1989” Green. Green picked up this impressive sum by chopping the WCOOP-39: $215 NL Hold’em 6-max three-ways before falling in third place.
Other PokerStars shoutouts have to go to Matt “pezler06” Perrins who finished ninth in the WCOOP-40: $1,050 NL Hold’em 6-Max for $20,230.00, to Ben “1Don’tStop1” Heath for finishing seventh in The Bigger $109 for $9,060.75, to Phil “Grindation” McAllister for winning $33,756.03 in the WCOOP 2nd Chance 44: $1,050 NL Hold’em Heads-Up, to Matas “bebaimis777” Cimbolas for his fourth place (and $25,749.22) in the Sunday Supersonic and finally to “jambeyang” who won the Sunday Six Ma for $30,577.55.
Over at Full Tilt Poker, “Rick the Trick” banked a big score when he collected $21,560.00 for his second place finish in The Sunday Brawl. Charlie “chaz_man_chaz” Combes finished seventh in the same tournament for $4,620.00.
In The Sunday Major, which had a prize pool of $231,800 this week, “sookie05” scooped $12,285.40 for his fifth place finish, while “04032129” banked $3,477.00 for coming ninth in the same tournament.
Lastly, for Full Tilt at least, was Ireland’s former number one Tomas luckymo32” Geleziunas who managed a fifth place finish in The T-Rex, a finish worth $4,839.75.
The $200,000 Whale returned to 888poker this weekend and saw that guarantee beaten by some $72,000. Although we didn’t have one of our boys or girls in the winner’s circle, Rhys “floppinhel” Jones almost binked, finishing fourth for an $18,414.40 addition to his bankroll.
Also at 888poker, “Dontundersta” finished fourth and “03042921” sixth in the $100,000 Mega Deep for scores of $9,756 and $6,504.
That concludes our recap of the action, but with the WCOOP still generating huge prizes, it is almost guaranteed that we’ll be back in a couple of days to sing the praises of some of our best poker talent!