The majority of poker players will never know what it feels like to win a Sunday Major online, but Billy Chattaway isn't like the majority of poker players, he is something different entirely.
Last Sunday, the final Sunday of 2014, Chattaway banked $56,648.50 when he won the Sunday 2nd Chance at PokerStars. Fast forward to the Sunday just gone and Chattway did something special; he won the Sunday 2nd Chance at PokerStars again!
As the clocks showed 07:14 a.m. on Monday morning, while the working world were donning their shirts and ties ready for the dreaded first day back in the office, Chattway was busy winning the last chips in the stack of Lithuania’s “Sajanas171.” With those chips now in his own stack, Chattway was the last man standing in this week's 2nd Chance, meaning he had done the unthinkable and won back-to-back Sunday Majors – oh and added $43,979.68 to his coffers.
Chattaway was joined at the final table by fellow Brits “MrBarrett82” (third for $23,902.00) and “BigBang.JR” (seventh for $7,548.00) plus Belgium’s Team PokerStars Pro Christophe “chrisdm” De Meulder (fourth for $17,863.00).
It wasn't only those British grinders who enjoyed the sweet taste of success this Sunday because an entire army of Brits got in on the action and found themselves at plenty of final tables in the PokerStars Sunday Majors.
Mat “checktrap11” Cuthbertson kicked off 2015 in style by winning the Sunday Rebuy and taking home $47,611.20 for his troubles. Cutherbertson chopped heads-up with fellow UK player “Ahhh Is It?” who himself scooped $41,431.05. Shout out also to “luckysir” who busted in fourth place in that event and walked away with a bankroll-boosting $20,707.50.
Over in the Sunday Warm-Up, three Union Jack waving stars reached the final table and together won a combined $116,106.50.
“10johan6” collected $20,676.50 for his sixth place finish, with Keith “Kungfumonk” Johnson adding $27,038.50 for his fifth place finish. The largest cash of the trio went to Elliott “elliottpet” Peterman who banked $36,581.50 and a fourth place finish to brag about.
The final table of the Bigger $162 had two players calling the UK home at it but couldn't quite walk away with the win. Scotland's Daniel “dougiedan678” McAulay finished fourth for a career-best $16,190.55 while British-based Lithuanian “Merfinis” helped himself to third place money namely $21,748.50.
Our last look at the results at PokerStars brought up a double final table finish for Phill “Grindation” McAllister. First, McAllister busted seventh in the Supersonic for $9,422.23 before navigating his way to another seventh place finish, this time in the Sunday Million, a result that added $30,456.00 to his PokerStars account.
Continuing the trend of Brits reaching Sunday Major final tables were a handful of players who had great a great day at the Full Tilt virtual felt. Check out the list below for the highlights of this Sunday's Full Tilt highlights:
- “Wine or Whiskey” - 8th in The Sunday Brawl for $2,817.60
- “polsx” - 3rd in the Big Ben for $6,266.25
- Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen – 9th in the Big Ben for $1,9086.15
- Charlie “chaz_man_chaz” Combes - 6th in the Super Sized Sunday for $5,610.00
- Andrew “stato_1” Hulme – 4th in The T-Rex for $5,494.50
- Charlie “chaz_man_chaz” Combes – 4th in the Turbo Multi-Hundo for $5,521.25
Over at 888poker, a happy hunting ground for our players, “purpleturtle” finished third in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep for $6,940.00 with Ireland's “ItsConway” collecting $3,643.50 for his fifth place finish in the same event. Also at the same final table were the UK's “AKProPokerAK” and “lostbear15” who finished seventh and eighth for $2,255.50 and $1,526.80.
In the 888poker $100,000 Mega Deep, the furthest any of our players progressed was seventh for $4,662.00, which was where the tournament of “jim.franco” ended.
What a fantastic start to the year for British and Irish grinders and long may it continue throughout 2015 and beyond. If you want to feature in our Sunday Briefing you'll need to go deep in one of the partypoker, 888poker, Full Tilt or PokerStars Sunday Majors. It's not as easy as it sounds, unless you're Billy Chattaway that is!