In May 2015, PokerStars player “WhatA298” was one of 12 lucky individuals who progressed to the finals of the PokerStars Makes Millionaires promotion, giving himself a shot at a $1 million prize. The 31-year old dad of one missed out on the monster-sized first place prize, falling in third place for $40,000 and a million Frequent Player Points, and now he has another huge score to his name.
This week’s Super Tuesday still attracted 493 players despite a significant number of its regulars being in Malta competing In the European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event and the plethora of side events taking place there. Among those entrants were some of the United Kingdom’s best players including Ben “vindog03” Vinson, Jareth “jareth3542” East, and Rupert “ElRupert” Elder, although that trio failed to reach the top 63 finishing position and left empty handed.
Such luminaries as Jon “LUFCBas” Spinks (39th for $2,465.00), Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer (28th for $2,711.50 and Weyland “holly17” Holroyd (19th for $2,958.00) did reach the money places, but was WhatA298 who went the deepest of all the Brits.
In May 2015, PokerStars player “WhatA298” was one of 12 lucky individuals who progressed to the finals of the PokerStars Makes Millionaires promotion, giving himself a shot at a $1 million prize.
WhatA298 reached the nine-handed final table and was joined by some extraordinarily solid players. Canada’s Sam “aaajack” Chartier was one of them, although he crashed out in eighth place for $11,092.50 when his failed to come from behind to beat the dominating of “cmontopdeck.”
The exit of Cost Rica-based “FaceStealer” in seventh place left the waters slightly less shark-infested, as did the exit of Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk in fifth place whose ran into the in a hand drawing similarities to Chartier’s elimination.
Talented Belgian, Bart “pablito_2121” Moens fell in fourth place, and no sooner had he done so, the last remaining three players struck a deal. Swedish star Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar was the main beneficiary of this as he was the next player out of the door, taking home $66,505.64 instead of the original third place prize of $50,532.50.
Korsar’s exit left WhatA298 and cmontopdeck to battle it out for the title and an additional $8,000 from what they’d locked up as part of their three-way deal. The latter held a near three-to-one chip lead over WhatA298 and soon saw all of the chips passing over to him.
A min-raise to 32,000 from cmontopdeck was three-bet all-in for 629,266 by WhatA298, which in itself was called. WhatA298 showed and was flipping versus cmontopdeck’s . A queen on the flop swung things in cmontopdeck’s favour and when the turn was followed into play by the river, WhatA298 was resigned to a second place finish, although the $65,512.27 prize should help to soften the blow.
While cmontopdeck has a Union Jack displayed next to his alias in the PokerStars lobby, UK & Ireland PokerNews understands that he is not British and is in fact one of the many German players who are residing in the UK and we respect his wishes to remain anonymous as much one can after winning $81,204.59.