In last week’s round-up of the Sunday Majors we were shouting from the rooftops about Rick Trigg’s win in the partypoker $250,000 guaranteed. This week we almost had back-to-back winners in that very tournament, but Marc “railthe23price” Wright fell short and busted in second place.
Wright was ranked as high as seventh in the world in 2012 according to the Pocketfives.com ranking system, but now finds himself in 822nd globally and 74th in the UK standings. Those positions would be higher had Wright not removed his partypoker name from his profile shortly after claiming the $28,350 runner-up prize in the partypoker $250,000 guaranteed.
Once famed for the sheer amount of tournaments he would play on a daily basis at PokerStars and his ability to go deep in some of online poker’s biggest events, Wright’s reputation took several major hits when details of problems from staking deals and loans (involving high profile players such as Sam Grafton, Toby Lewis, Paul Febers and Jordan “Jymaster11” Young) emerged in 2011 and 2012, and it became knowledge that PokerStars has imposed a ban on him playing on its site.
Judging by his PocketFives profile, Wright has concentrated his efforts at Winamax and 888poker since PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker stopped being an option for him to play at.
Joining Wright in the collection of decent scores were players such as “blah4445,” “FouXee” and “sal1632” at 888poker. The latter banked $2,307.50 for their seventh place finish in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep, while blah4445 walked away with $19,170 and the title of champion in the same tournament.
A third place finish in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge netted FouXee $9,000.
In something of a surprise, there were no outright Sunday major wins for players from the UK or Ireland at PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker this week. Phill “Grindation” McAllister came close to altering that fact when he finished third in the PokerStars Sunday 6-Max for $15,504.00, the same tournament that Adam “Demonic16” Pickin came fifth in ($7,344.00) and Ireland’s Keith “ryanoallin” Ryan eighth ($2,937.60).
There were a hat trick of other final table appearances at PokerStars, although two came from the same player. Patrick “pads1161” Leonard helped himself to another five-figure score ($21,225) for finishing fourth in the Sunday Rebuy, while Ben “vindog03” Vinson finished ninth in the same tournament ($3,990.30) and ninth in the Sunday 500 ($5,112.00).
Over the next couple of weeks it should be the low-stakes grinders that hit the headlines thanks to the ninth edition of MicroMillions taking place at PokerStars. With 100 events and combined prize pools of at least $5 million, the only thing micro about this series is the buy-ins.