With much of the poker world’s attention fixated on the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2016 partypoker WPT500 UK taking place this weekend, it would have been easy to forget that thousands of poker players from the United Kingdom and Ireland were grinding the biggest tournaments of the week online.
Ireland’s “Noogaii” was once such player, and what a night he enjoyed, taking down the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for a $53,027.17 score. The Galway-based player now has more than $560,000 in online tournament winnings, helped not only by this victory but by the fact he won the $320 NL Hold’em event during the PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker for a career-best $144,126.
While Noogaii was navigating his way to victory, Sam “SamSquid” Grafton was at the final table of the $215 Weekender, although his impressive run ended with a fifth-place finish worth $3,030.57.
Over in the Big $109, Ireland’s James “deyrzuited” Noonan bust in ninth-place for $1,781.09 with Luke “LFmagic” Fields falling at the final hurdle, his runner-up finish adding $17,928.71 to his bankroll.
The biggest score of the weekend went to a player on a British IP address, but David “Ymobad” Imobach is a Spaniard. Imobach won the Sunday Million, and after a heads-up chop, secured $16,196.74.
Another UK-based Spanish grinder, Sergio “zcedrick” Aido, finished eighth in the $700 Super-Sized Sunday for $4,297.86. Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich was the runner-up in that tournament for $26,399.96 losing out to Nicolas “Legazdo” Cardyn heads-up for the title.
Yet another Spanish star, Jonathan “OMGjonyctt” Concepcion took down the $1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE for $57,754.74, beating “DGr33nman” heads-up; the latter collecting $43,210,06, and in the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO, “alwaysnice” finished seventh for $7,935.51.
UK-based German “hdjgkfgsdl” walked away with $21,960 after winning the Big $215, after a heads-up chop, with Ireland’s “ThinkDiffere” helping himself to the $15,366.14 third-place prize of the $215 Sunday Supersonic; he finished fifth in the same tournament back in May 2016.
Across to 888poker now where “preyondaline” secured the $31,774.18 first place prize in the $120,000 Whale, a $600 buy-in tournament, and where “mrsmith78” walked away $25,987.50 richer courtesy of winning the $100,000 Mega Deep.
Another British winner was Mat “checktrap11” Cuthbertson who topped a field of 240 in the $40,000 Turbo Mega Deep, winning $8,736.42 after a heads-up chop with Marc “icallyamet” Wright who banked a similar $8,279.58; Christopher “nigdawg” Brammer finished fifth for $2,784.