Winning the PokerStars Sunday Million is no mean feat. It is something that the vast majority of online poker players will never experience. With a mix of rank amateurs and superstars among the several thousand that enter the Sunday Million each week, progressing anywhere near the final table is a huge achievement in itself.
Back in late August of 2014, Rob Tinnion did more than reach the final table of the Sunday Million, he won it outright. Tinnion outlasted a field of 7,133 to get his hands on a huge $213,994.70 first place prize, a score that was by far the largest of his career.
Fast forward to February 8, 2015 and Tinnion did the unthinkable when he won his second Sunday Million title, adding an additional $200,136.96 to his bankroll. Making his victory all the more sweeter was the fact Tinnion defeated the highly rated Dane Simon “ministerborg” Ravnsbaek heads-up to claim the title.
The pair had plenty of banter during a couple of deal negotiations, negotiations that broke down when Ravnsbaek demanded too much extra tan what the ICM and chip-chop figures were offering.
The final hand of the tournament saw Ravnsbaek open-shove for 10 million with and Tinnion, holding the other 55.79 million chips, called with . The all-diamond flop left Ravnsbaek drawing to a king or non-diamond eight so when the turn was followed by the river it was game over for him and Tinnion had won his second Sunday Million title.
Congratulations to Tinnion's fellow Brit “Mylo723” who finished eighth in the same tournament and banked $15,789.60.
Had Tinnion not won his second Sunday Million in less than six months, our headline would have revolved around the superb Sunday had by Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor. The Burnley FC fan collected a cool $36,126.00 for finishing second in the Sunday Rebuy, came ninth in the Sunday Supersonic for $4,202.50 and then won the Full Tilt T-Rex for $11,523.00.
You can check out an exclusive interview with Taylor here.
Tinnion and Taylor weren't the only British grinders to add plenty of loose change to their coffers.
“candy1984” chopped the Sunday Warm-Up heads-up before going on to win and scoop an impressive $84,255.40 while the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final winner Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel won the Sunday 500 and banked $67,060.50.
Also at PokerStars, Dorset's “sdrltd55” walked away with $11,289.50 after finishing fourth in the Sunday Kickoff, a tournament that Tom “Jabracada” Hall finished seventh in for $4,633.75. And in the Sunday Supersonic, “bradthehand” came fifth for $15,759.40 with “bigfox86” collecting $36,131.53 by finishing third.
There were some top results over at Full Tilt and 888poker where Jude “j__thadeus” Ainsworth finished fifth in The Sunday brawl for $7,750.00 and “Rick the Trick” came seventh for $4,000.00.
In the Big Ben, Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell finished second to “Ogromdom” but not before chopping for $10,898.55, the exact same amount as the winner received.
The Full Tilt Big Game of the Week was No Limit 2-7 Single Draw and was a format that Brits seemed to enjoy judging by the fact three of them made up the final table! “KashUzi” won it for $2,532.53 with fellow Union Jack wavers “CARMINWIN” and Adam “Demonic16” Picken finishing second and third for $1,611.61 and $1,151.15.
Once again, 888poker was a happy hunting ground for our players with “uplaynuts” walking away with a cool $17,095.26 for his runner-up finish in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge, “bighandsuk” winning $11,451.10 for a second place in the $50,000 TURBO Mega Deep and “adrien111” finishing sixth in the same tournament for $3,170.50.
Before signing off, we have to mention “ckb4714” who reached two 888poker final tables. The first was an eighth place finish in the $200,000 WHALE for $5,460 and the second a seventh place in the $100,000 Mega Deep for $4,740.