Sunday Briefing: Ireland’s stardust167 Wins the Sunday Million
Ireland’s “stardust167” is a cool $179,120.79 richer this morning than he was 24 hours ago thanks to him taking down online poker’s biggest weekly tournament, the PokerStars Sunday Million.
There is little information about the mystery Irish players, although it appears stardust167 won a $7.10 hyper turbo satellite to the Sunday Million on February 18 and has turned that into a potentially life changing score of almost $180,000.
stardust167 outlasted 5,777 opponents on his was to his epic victory, including having to contend with Peter “pmahoney22” Mahoney and Nicolau “nicofellow” Villa-Lobos at the final table, defeating the latter heads-up to get his hands on the title of champion.
Another player helping themselves to a decent score was Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford, who fell in third place in the Sunday Warm-Up. Beresford is showing as hailing from the Netherlands, but is originally from York, and the $41,089.00 he won for this finish represents his third-largest score of his career.
Also enjoying some success at PokerStars this Sunday were “NutsPow” who chopped the Bigger $109 three ways for $32,071.90 before going on to win outright, former SCOOP champion “youngblood51” who finished as runner-up in the Sunday 6-Max for $15,896.25, and seventh-place finish in the Sunday Supersonic ($4,690.93) “JVL_STARRR69.”
This weekend saw the FTOPS commence at PokerStars’ sister site, Full Tilt, and it got off to a great start for “youbuzzme” who finished second in the $100 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed opening event for a score of $13,057.56. Also at that final table was Scott “rdcrsm” Margereson, whose run ended with a fifth-place finish worth $4,925.22.
The second FTOPS event was a $50 buy-in $20,000 guaranteed tournament that saw 801 players flock to the Full Tilt virtual felt. The best-placed of the Brits was “DeepInCidurr” who narrowly missed out on winning an FTOPS jersey, falling in second place for $5,158.44.
Over at partypoker, there was a third-place finish for Christopher “nigdawg” Brammer in the $150,000 guaranteed Main Event, a result that netted the former world number one $15,000.00 while Brammer’s fellow Englishman “cmw3011” walked away with the $11,461.59 first place prize in the $50,000 guaranteed Weigh-In.
The $150,000 Whale at 888poker awarded its $38,045.97 first place prize to the UK’s “P0kerwinners” this week, while the $28,815.20 top prize of the $120,000 Mega Deep went to Paul “xin_bama” Dando. Also at Dando’s final table were “carpediem14” (fifth for $8,198.80) and Kevin “susanboyle1” Killeen (third for $15,522).
Newcastle’s “moccastube” helped himself to the $4,653.81 fifth place prize in the $70,000 Crocodile, with “TodoRodao69” falling in eighth-place for $1,960.87. Another Geordie won an 888poker Sunday major this weekend when Jono “Spyver” Beck triumphed in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge that Chris Moorman won last week. Beck won $16,841.36 after a heads-up deal, a deal that third placed “HmbleBmble” missed out on, although the $10,851.16 third place prize will have gone some way to numbing the pain.