The eyes of the British poker community were fixated on the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK festival this weekend, but that didn't stop some of them from banking large scores in online poker's Sunday Majors.
One of the biggest scores of the weekend came in at an impressive $58,321.20, which is the figure awarded to Grimsby's Luke “LFmagic” Fields for finishing in fifth place in the PokerStars Sunday Million. The vast sum of money is Fields' fourth largest online cash to date and the second time he's reached the final table of PokerStars' flagship tournament because on Christmas Day, in 2011, Fields finished third in the Sunday Million for $111,712.
Fields was joined at the final table by a fellow Yorkshireman in the shape of “Patonius2000” who was the first to fall during the final, finishing ninth for a $10,761.65 addition to his bankroll.
Ireland's David “Laois Hammer” Scully banked a career-best $24,991.00 when he won the $100,000 guaranteed Sunday Kickoff, the same tournament that Daryl “DJG1989” Green came third in for $13,801.00.
The Sunday Warm-Up saw “RMarland” and “gregior” final table it, the former finishing sixth for $20,267.00 and the latter eighth for $7,795.00. They were almost joined by a third Brit, but “pullenbirds” fell in 10th place and collected $3835.14.
Owain “sngwonder” Carey is $39915.50 richer after finishing third in the Sunday 500; Carey came up against UK-based Italian Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit at the final table, Kanit finishing in seventh place for $$12,509.60.
The last big score from PokerStars this Sunday went to Elliott “elliottpet” Peterman who picked up $26,265.00 after taking down the Sunday 6-Max.
Over at Full Tilt, PokerStars' sister site, UK-based Mike “SirBaggio” Donofrio helped himself to the $10,419.80 fifth place prize in the $215 Sunday Major, which had a prize pool of almost $200,000 this week. While in the $635 buy-in Super Sized Sunday, Toby “sexystuff1989” Lewis and Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell finished 11th and 12th ($1,692.00) leaving “DaNiFeRDoSeR” to fly the Union Jack at the final table where he crashed out in sixth place for a $6,204.00 score.
There was a €5,343.70 score for Ireland's “GORTATLEVA” thanks to him finishing fifth in the €100,000 Big Sunday at Betfair Poker. GORTATLEVA put together a deepish run in the partypoker WPT500 UK in Nottingham and obviously carried his good run going when he returned to the virtual felt.
The $200,000 Whale returned to 888poker on November 16 and attracted a crowd of 403 players. One of those 403 entrants was Andy “chickenmelt” Young who progressed to the final table before crashing out in eighth place for a $4,433.00 score.
Young was joined in the latter stages of The Whale by Ireland's “derry_dcfc” (12th for $2,216.50) and two Brits in the shape of “wiggles321” (15th for $1,753.05) and “Getalife7” (19th for $1,148.55).
In the $100,000 Mega Deep, Leeds United fan Mat “checktrap11” Cuthbertson secured a $19,585.10 payday by finishing second from 695 entrants, while “evianwater1,” “I_Rage__Quit” and “YaaGy” finished third, fifth and sixth in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep for scores of $7,100.00, $3,727.50 and $3,017.50.
Last, but not least, was the $100,000 Sunday Challenge that saw “liamjjharris” finish fifth for $5,200 and Marc “icallyamet” Wright come seventh for $3,000.00.