This weekend saw the Super XL series come to conclusion at 888poker with the $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event being the highlight of 888poker's Sunday schedule.
A total of 1,794 players created a guarantee-busting prize pool of $1,022,580 and a first place prize of almost $200,000. Although it wasn't a British player who won that monster sum of money, Glasgow's Del “DobberOfDoom” Leach did manage to secure his largest-ever tournament thanks to fourth place paying out an impressive $54,196.74.
Leach was joined in the latter stages by “rotaroced” who fell shy of the final table in 11th place, a finish worth $7,567.09.
Swansea's Carl “SwansFC_CJ” Johns is also quids in today thanks to winning the $150,000 Mega Deep at 888poker. Johns picked up $39,396.00 for his victory, some $36,000 more than the $3,752 that “dunnkirsty1” collected for their eighth place finish in the same tournament.
The $120,000 Sunday Challenge also had a brace of British grinders at it. First, “bubulex” finished sixth for $5,244.96 before Paul “Senta99” Senter picked up $11,145.54 for his third place finish.
There were some sizeable scores for Brits over at Full Tilt, the largest of which weighed in at $40,897.50. This is the amount “20KungFuPanda10” collected for finishing third in FTOPS Event #16. Also at the same final table was Christopher “kid_bramm” Brammer who finished fifth for $22,816.50.
“ItalianCrusher” won the Sunder Major in October 2014 and almost took down this week's Super Sized Sunday, but ultimately finished third for $13,846.50, a similar amount to the $12,880.77 that “WhyDoISpew” won for their second place finish in The T-Rex.
At Full Tilt's sister site PokerStars, WCOOP bracelet winner “CHRISCCC” added the Sunday 2nd Chance title to his list of poker accomplishments and locked up $39,167.62 after a heads-up chop with the talented Kyle “KJulius10” Julius.
While CHRISCCC was on his way to victory, Martin “susie00” Malone was narrowly missing out on glory in the Sunday 6-Max. Malone eventually fell in third place and was awarded $13,875.00, while “candy1984” won $13,728.75 for finishing fifth in the Sunday Rebuy; Tom “hitthehole” Middleton finished ninth in that tournament for $3,687.15.
Last, but not least, shoutouts to recent addition to the UK online poker rankings top 20 “vander9279” who came ninth in the Sunday 500 and to UK-based Spaniard “srxakgirona” who finished fourth in the same tournament and won $26,608.50.
Over at partypoker, two of our players helped themselves to a huge slice of the $44,000 overlay in the $200K Guaranteed Sunday. Online legend and former European Poker Tour Vilamoura champion Tony “eightenclubs” Lewis secured an $8,440 payout by finishing in sixth place, while Ireland's “crom31” added $13,000 to his Christmas stocking by navigating his way to fourth place.
The partypoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller also had two Brits at its final table. Sheffield's Rick “tHeClaImEr1” Trigg came eighth for $4,100 while Marc “raiilthe23price” Wright banked $6,100 by finishing two places higher.
It wasn't only in the online world where British players excelled this weekend, they crushed the live scene too. You may have already read about Alex Goulder's victory in the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event, but were you aware that Liam Batey became the first-ever double Grosvenor 25/25 champion by taking down the Nottingham leg only six weeks after taking down the Sheffield leg. This latest result was worth £7,875 to the former professional BMX racer.
A big shout out to Paul McTaggart, too. McTaggart earned himself a £10,400 early Christmas present by winning the Grosvenor 25/25 held in Edinburgh.