It wasn't only the 2014 Unibet Open London and 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final where British grinders won big money on Sunday night because plenty of our online tournament specialists won themselves an early Christmas present, too.
“carpediem2000,” a player currently ranked 14th in the UK by PocketFives.com, could break into the top 10 this week on the back of an impressive result in the PokerStars Sunday 500. The Sunday 500 is one of the toughest tournaments in the online world, attracting some of the best in the business and carpediem2000 managed to more than hold his own with them, navigating his way through the 806-strong field to find himself heads-up with Lithuania's “1745g.”
The heads-up duo agreed to a deal that saw our hero walk away with $59,465.00 before he fell in second place, scooping a career-largest score as he did so.
Another player banking a $50,000+ score as “BlindRazorJJ” who put in the performance of a lifetime to finish seventh from 34,081 runners in the one billionth tournament PokerStars ran. BlindRazor collected $51,121.50 for his impressive finish and is sure to look back fondly on this historic online event.
Joining BlindRazorJJ and carpediem2000 in the “we won more than $50,000 on Sunday” club was “K1ngdomCome” who is $56,562.00 richer this morning courtesy of a third place finish in the Sunday Warm-Up. Awesome work, sir.
Rounding out the PokerStars results are a quartet of final table appearances.
“Solidthought” kept up the recent trend of having a Brit on the Sunday Million final table when he finished eighth for $17,733.60 with “BigBang.JR” securing a $16,260.74 payday for his fifth place finish in The Biggest $162.
Sunday wouldn't be Sunday without a five-figure cash haul for Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and he didn't disappoint as he collected $18,986.88 for his fourth place in the popular Sunday 2nd Chance.
Lastly, UK-based Spanish pro “Ce$ar$pa” added $7,388.62 to his bankroll thanks to his fifth place in the Sunday 6-Max.
Over at partypoker, Ce$ar$pa's fellow Spaniard Oscar “OMGMenda” Serradell continued in his rich vein of form by locking up $6,454.36 for his fifth place in the $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller and that result alone should see Serradell put more pressure on the top three of the UK online poker rankings when they are updated on December 3.
At 888poker, Jack “lrdvoldemort” O'Neill, a player who hails from the same town in Leeds that I grew up in, came third in the Super XL $75,000 Turbo Mega Deep for $8,447.60 – his fourth largest cash of his career so far.
Sadly, Full Tilt experienced some technical difficulties on Sunday and these resulted in a number of its Sunday Majors being voided.
Adam “flushtr8” Gotch was flying high in The Sunday Brawl, as was Andy “wiisssppppaaaaa” Taylor in The T-Rex. Both players still hit four-figure scores their their efforts – thanks to Full Tilt's cancelation policy – but both will be disappointed not to have been able to finish their tournaments and potentially have won even larger amounts.