Once again a British grinder has excelled in the PokerStars Sunday Million and ended the week on a major high. This time around it is Ben “1Don'tStop1” Heath whose praises we are signing after the Brighton-based grinder helped himself to almost $168,000 in online poker's largest and richest weekly tournament.
Heath, friends of the online phenom that is Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel, was one of 6,809 players who took to the PokerStars virtual felt for this week's edition of the Sunday Million and it turned out to be an amazing decision to play it because in the early hours of Monday morning, as many people were preparing to go to work, Heath was negotiating a deal while heads-up with Poland's “NHalabardzie.”
The initial figures awarded Heath $166,218.01 but Heath wasn't prepared to accept that sum, or at least his backer wasn't.
“I play HU regularly, and backer wont take less than 168 sorry, not up to me,” Heath typed into the chat box.
A short while later, Nhalabardzie came back saying he'd accept $172,500, which locked up $167,836.06 for Heath and left $20,000 for the eventual champion. Sadly for Heath, that champion wasn't him.
Eighteen hands into the heads-up battle, Heath made it 2,200,000 to go with and Nhalabardzie called with . A flop was one that neither player was ever getting away from so it was unsurprising to see all the chip go into the middle after a brief, but intense, raising war.
The on the turn kept the set of deuces in front and when the landed on the river it was all over.
An amazing result for Heath, just one week after Jonathan Gill finished fourth and couple of weeks since Rob Tinnion took down his second Sunday Million title.
There were other notable results for Brits in the PokerStars Sunday Majors this week including a win in the Sunday Kickoff for “Wolle83” that was worth $26,559.92 and “tomc1s”'s fourth place finish in the same tournament for $10,847.30, while “Crackedel29” finished eighth in The Bigger $162 for $4,505.85.
Over at partypoker, a trio of our players reached the final table of the $500,000 Guaranteed, which saw partypoker have to add an incredible $108,000 to the prize pool after only 2,106 players bought into it.
Jono “spyver” Beck collected $6,150 for his ninth place finish, with Ireland's Andrew “UlDuffer” Sweeney helping himself to eighth place money or $8,600 to you and I. The biggest cash haul went to Alan “GRANDAD_BAZ” Peers who finished in third place and won a cool $32,200.
A quartet of Full Tilt results stood out this weekend, one being the ninth place finish of Jareth “hteraaj2001” East in the Turbo Multi-Hundo for $1,180.17 and another being the sixth place finish in The T-Rex by “glmdmk” that was worth $2,346.69.
Ireland's “BigNittyBanker” can afford to be less tight thanks to collecting $5,710.83 by finishing seventh in The Sunday Major, while “chippedup1709” walked away with third place money ($13,134.00) in The Sunday Brawl.
Lastly, a trio of decent scores coming at 888poker. “bighandsuk” and Sebastian “iknowmybody” Saffari finished fifth and fourth in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep for scores of $3,990 an $5,320 while the excellently named “BoobJob32DD” is now $18,225.75 richer after finishing second in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge.