Frost and ice may have covered the entire length and breadth of the United Kingdom on Sunday night, but Jack Frost's visit did not stop some of our most talented poker tournament specialists from heating up and running hot.
Up in Newcastle, where temperatures dropped below freezing, “jambeyang” was in the comfort of his home putting in another Sunday session. The best decision jambeyang made was to buy into the $215 Sunday Warm-Up at PokerStars, along with 3,076 opponents.
Among those 3,076 villains were some of jambeyang's fellow Brits, including Andy “andyh26” Holman (23rd for $1,630.81) and Charlie “JIZOINT” Combes (200th for $1,630.81) who made it deep into the money places, although their performances were put into the shade by the fact at 02:36 a.m. on Monday morning, jambeyand finished second in the huge event, but not before chopping the prize pool and scooping $77,728.33 for his efforts.
Amazingly, this isn't jambeyang's biggest score of his online career. In fact it isn't even close because the grinder netted himself more than $300,000 in 2013 when he took down the PokerStars.fr FCOOP Main Event. Awesome work, sir!
Plenty of other Brits managed to secure big payouts in this week's PokerStars Sunday Majors including Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor who finished third in the Sunday Kickoff for $15,759.00 and Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis who banked $15,020.25 for finishing fifth in the Sunday Rebuy.
A welcomed $26,619.50 score was had by “123454321888” thanks to a third place finish in The Bigger $109, while Daragh “Daragh999” Davey collected $9,011.25 for his sixth place in The Bigger $162.
Remember how last week we were singing the praises of Billy Chattaway after he won back-to-back Sunday 2nd Chance's? Well he almost did the unthinkable and won three in a month because he finished eighth in this latest edition and won $5,124.00. Maybe it is time for PokerStars to rename the tournament The Billy Chattaway Invitational?
Rounding out the PokerStars majors are a runner-up finish in the Sunday 6-Max for “MPW2009” that was worth a cool $18,838.12 and sixth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic worth $12,757.61 for “P0CK€TF@CES.”
Big Scores Galore at Full Tilt
Over at PokertStars' sister site Full Tilt, Brits completely tore the biggest tournaments apart. Popular grinder Sebastian “thereal_bandito” Saffari fell at the final hurdle in The Sunday Major, losing out to Calvin “Cal42688” Anderson heads-up. It was a result that added $25,760.88 to Saffari's bankroll and one that could see him return to the UK online poker rankings top 20.
There was a similar sized score for Sam “sammy_grinder” Grafton in the MiniFTOPS Main Event, a tournament that was anything but mini. A total of 6,241 entires of $75 were taken and Grafton outlasted all but three of them, busting in fourth place for $27,959.68.
Elliott “pokerk1ng133” Petermen grabbed eighth place in the same tournament and walked away with $6,553.05.
Not to be outdone by his peers, Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell finished second in the Super Sized Sunday for $16,932.00 while 2014 UK Global Poker Index Player of the Year Oliver “ollie_p” Price collected $5,478.00 by finishing sixth in the same tournament.
Lastly, Chris “MoormanI” Moorman reached the final table of the Turbo Multi-Hundo, but was the first to fall in ninth place, a finish worth $1,254.60.
pompzac Wins the 888poker $100,000 Sunday Challenge
Once again there was plenty to shout about at 888poker thanks in part to “pompzac” taking down the $100,000 Sunday Challenge. He outlasted 964 opponents to walk away with a cool $26,972.82. “.hu_no1..” finished seventh for $3,853.26 in the same event.
Also at 888poker, in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep, “rywils” and “MOI_est_Jean” finished second and third for scores of $12,307 and $7,781.20
Rounding out a top night at 888poker was the ninth place finish ($2,409) for Mike “OneTime_” Donofrio in the $100,000 Mega Deep.
All in all, it was another fantastic Sunday at the virtual felt for British grinders and let's hope it continues long into this week and beyond. Good luck at the tables!