With the lure of the Bahamas and the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure proving to be too strong for a large section of the UK & Ireland's poker tournament specialists we thought that this week's Sunday Briefing would be one featuring no tales of glory from our beloved players.
We were wrong because there is still plenty to shout about despite the number of our grinders, well, grinding on Sunday.
In past editions of the Sunday Briefing we've mentioned that 888poker has been a happy hunting ground for British and Irish lions and this week was no different.
The $200,000 guaranteed Whale returned to 888poker this week and saw 568 payers pony up the $530 necessary to buy in. A total of 82 places were paid, with a min-cash being worth $710 and a final table appearance boosting that amount to $4,828.
British player “EAT_MY_TRIPS” banked a cool $5,964 thanks to navigating his way to an eighth place finish, but that was not the largest score for one of our players in this event.
Paul “BobaFett411” McTaggart took time off from binking live tournaments in Edinburgh help himself to $19,226.80 for finishing fourth in The Whale, while former Sunday Million winner Rob “RTinnion” Tinnion went one better and finished third for $26,980. Top work, gentlemen.
There were two Union Jacks sported at the final table of the $100,000 Mega Deep, too. First, “inglisc” busted in sixth place for $6,240 and Andy “chickenmelt” Young fell at the final hurdle, crashing out in second place for a bankroll-boosting $21,294.
A trio of Brits made up a third of the final table in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep. “bomflex” and “adrien111” collected $2,398.50 and $5,166 for their seventh and fourth place finishes, while the legendary Chris “WhatWudJSay” Moorman banked the $11,328.50 runner-up prize in a rare 888poker outing.
Last, but not least, a shout out to “dhlinks2” who reahed the final tble of the $100,000 Sunday Challenge, falling in seventh place for a $3,682.56 score.
Over at PokerStars, a number of our players were busy going deep in the Sunday Majors. One of the biggest scores on the night weighed in at $32,800.62, which is the princely sum that “beginner27” won – after a heads-up chop – before finishing second in The Bigger $162.
The Sunday 6-Max saw London-based Lithuanian Arvydas “Merfinis” Merfeldas bank $4,540.50 for finishing sixth, with Daniel “dougiedan678” McAulay seeing his tournament end in third place, a finish good for $14,741.49.
Rounding out the PokerStars high stakes Sunday tournament was a seventh place finish and $14,107.50 score for “thewattsy” in the Sunday Warm-Up.
Full Tilt wasn't as kind to UK & Irish grinders as it has been in recent weeks, yet there were a handful of four and five-figure sums won by them.
Oliver “Olycrawford” Crawford added $5,042.40 to his career winnings total by finishing sixth in The Sunday Brawl, with “carpediem123” and Scott “rdcrsm” Margereson finishing fifth and eighth in the Super Sized Sunday for scores of $6,660.00 and $2,664.00.
Completing this week's Sunday Briefing is the round of applause for “liammce” who chopped The T-Rex for $11,100.00 before busting in second place.
Good luck to all of the grinders who call the UK or Ireland home during this next week of tournament grinding.