Whenever the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) runs at PokerStars, other sites seem to see a boost in traffic as those competing in WCOOP events keep their table count high by also grinding on other sites. This boosts prize pools of Sunday Majors around the online poker world and it appears that players from the UK and Ireland took full advantage this weekend.
One tournament in particular that enjoyed a substantial increase in its guarantee was the PokerStars Sunday Rebuy where 1,080 players paid the $100+$9 entry fee then went on to make 1,578 rebuys and purchase 942 add-ons to create a $360,000 prize pool, almost double the advertised $185,000.
Two of our players benefitted greatly from this guarantee boost, namely Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead and Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway. The former danced his way to a fourth place finish and collected $27,000 for his investment, while Chattaway – who won back-to-back Sunday 2nd Chance’s earlier this year – finished second and collected $45,196.47 after a three-way chop of the prize pool.
The Bigger $109 also saw its listed guarantee almost doubled with $324,200 paid out. Again, a brace of British stars helped themselves to the lion’s share of the prize pool. Popular pro, Daniel “judgedredd12” Charlton was part of a three-way deal that resulted in him collecting a cool $35,219.70 for his second place finish, one place below fellow Brit and high-stakes cash game player, “Catamite72” who walked away with $46,499.59.
In the Sunday 2nd Chance, “ruuuuby” of the UK finished as the runner-up and was awarded $33,050.00, while two British grinders final tabled the Sunday 500 and The Bigger $162. “bigdog3691” bust in seventh place in the former for $12,450.00 and Jake “Jake95Miller” Miller finished ninth in the latter for $2,625.00.
Those two players also tasted success in the mid-stakes arena where Miller managed a fifth place finish in The Hot $44 for $3,095.10 with “ruuuuby” finishing fourth in The Hot $75 for $6,357.66.
Also bagging a brace of final tables was Jonathan “Gil3000” Gill who came fourth in The Big $55 for $7,188.00 — Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford finished third for $10,434.58) — and second in The Hot $44 for an additional $7,819.20.
But, as you would expect, it was the results from the opening WCOOP events that stole the show.
The special edition of the Sunday Million saw a prize pool of $1,734,600 shared among the top 1,170 finishers and it was a British player who walked away with top honours and a gargantuan $260,193.87. The player known as “V7JCV21” finished at the top of the tree in the early hours of Tuesday morning to win the potentially life-changing sum.
Also winning huge scores were Adam “Adamyid” Owen and the founder of the European Poker Tour (EPT), John “Blessed” Duthie. Both reached the final table of the WCOOP Kickoff, Owen falling in fourth place for $77,085.00 and Duthie being the eventual runner-up, a finish worth $145,605.00.
Over at Full Tilt, “DelBoy818” helped himself to the $20,844.18 second place prize in The Sunday Major, while Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead added to his PokerStars score with a seventh place finish in the partypoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller worth $6,240.00, and at 888poker, Jonathan “jgjg3000” Gill bust the $100,000 Sunday Challenge in ninth place for $1,475.62.