Sunday Briefing: Charlie Carrel Wins the Sunday Grand
Charlie Carrel has been unable to play online poker for a few months due to being in the U.S.A. but he returned to the virtual felt this weekend with devastating results.
Carrel, who plays at PokerStars under the alias “Epiphany77,” topped a field of 270 in the $1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE and added $51,489 to the millions he has won online and live. The popular, youngster defeated fellow Brit “C12SLY” heads-up for the title, with the runner-up banking $38,293.
Also at PokerStars, Helen “HelsBels2411” Winsborrow bought into the Big $215 while playing poker at the Rainbow Casino in Bristol. Despite having to play a large part of the online tournament on her mobile phone, Winsborrow navigated her way to a fourth-place finish worth $9,999.
Like in the Sunday Grand, there was a UK one-two in the $109 Sunday Cooldown. Sheffield’s Rick “ThEcLaiMEer” Trigg was the second-place finisher for $17,328 with Stewart “Stew_233” Kilpatrick taking down the tournament and its $23,880 top prize.
It was a similar story in the $109 Sunday Wrap-Up where “subsnw10” bested William “bigfox86” Foxen heads-up and won $9,888 with the runner-up scooping $7,248. Ireland’s Gary “GaryT20” Thompson finished seventh in this event and secured a $1,533 payout.
Lastly, for the results at PokerStars at least, is a nod to “deepincidurr” who finished sixth in the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $4,754.
Over to 888poker now where the XL Inferno series got underway and where British players enjoyed some remarkable results.
Paul “Senta99” Senter managed a fourth-place finish in the $30,000 Sunday Lightning and won $5,313 with “HinduKrush” falling in seventh-place for a $1,507.80 score, and where “ego_death” and “Hodor83” finished second and seventh in the $45,000 Sunday Breeze for $5,809.25 and $1,803 respectively.
It was a UK one-two in the $30,000 Sunday Deepstack Swordfish thanks to “Ciprian_Rau” winning the event for $7,417 and “GiMMieTheLot” finishing second for $5,278 while in the $150,000 Mega Deep Ben “Binkasaurus” Farrell triumphed for $32,472 and “jareth3542” bust in fourth-place for $13,079.
Amazingly, five of the nine finalists in the $300,000 Opening Event were from the United Kingdom. “mario73m” (eighth for $6,081), Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor (seventh for $9,199), Phil “PRoyal888” Mighall (sixth for $12,318), Chris "bluecheek" Moore (fourth for $21,205) and Kevin “kevlar1991” Frame (second for $38,981) were the quintet of our players at the final table.
The big results kept coming with the sixth-place finish in the $200,000 Whale by “Canette_15” worth $8,800, the seventh-place finish by “evianwater1” in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge for $3,156 and the $1,144 haul by “ckb4714” who finished seventh in the $30,000 Sunday Tornado.
Rounding up the 888poker results is the fourth-place finish by Ireland’s Ben “CherryWaaves” Fineman in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep worth $4,250, and the fourth-place finish by “HappyHour4U” in the $10,000 Lightning 6-Max worth $1,725
The $20 million guaranteed Powerfest started at partypoker on Sunday and already British players have sampled the sweet taste of success.
“kashmir_uzi” managed to win the $300K Gtd High Roller and turned $530 into $58,299 and he also finished eighth in the $30K Gtd Freezeout for an additional $849.
Jon “TheNappyFund” Spinks helped himself to the $2,404 sixth-place money in the $50K Gtd Freezeout, while Sam “Prince_Phlip-it” Dearman turned $109 into $5,063 by finishing third in the $100K Gtd Progressive KO event.
There were also final table appearances for “C12SLY” and Allan “GRANDAD_BAZ” Peers. The former finished eighth in the $300K Gtd Super High Roller for $10,400 only a few hours after his $38,293 score at PokerStars, and the latter banked $3,650 by being the fourth-place finisher in the $50K Gtd 6-Max Turbo.