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UK & Ireland Sunday Briefing: Conor Beresford Wins Sunday Million

Conor Beresford

Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford finished fifth in a PokerStars Sunday Million back in Aug. 2012 and almost seven years later, on Jul. 21, 2019, Beresford finally got his hands on online poker’s biggest weekly tournament’s top prize.

Beresford has returned home from Las Vegas where he was hoping to secure a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The Netherlands-based Brit had a mixed WSOP, cashing in the Main Event and the $1,500 Double Stack Event, but otherwise not coming close to the elusive poker jewellery.

A sixth-place finish in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas Main Event banked Beresford $170,000, so all wasn’t lost.

This weekend’s Sunday Million saw 10,931 entries create a $1,093,100 prize pool that was shared among the top 1,934 finishers. Four players from the UK and Ireland, Beresford included, made it into the top 15 places.

Thirteenth-place and $6,262 went to “topofthepile” and they were joined on the rail by “TuT1Gr33n” who busted one place later for the same prize. Ireland’s “mrssmith784” fell in 10th place, bursting the final table bubble, also for $6,262.

Eventually, Beresford found himself heads-up against Ukraine’s “manumanu1985” yet didn’t strike a deal despite the difference between first and second-place being more than $30,000. Beresford went on to sweep aside his Ukrainian opponent and locked up $112,185 as a result.

The $112,185 prize is Beresford’s fourth-largest online cash of his career and takes his lifetime winnings past $8.5 million.

It wasn’t only Beresford who help himself to a large prize on Sunday as several other British and Irish stars navigated their way through huge fields to book a profitable session.

In the $109 Sunday Starter, the player known as “westswindon” fell in third-place for $2,006 while Frank “Denman98” Lillis crashed out of the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for a $2,482 prize. Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot was the ninth-place finisher in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up 8-Max for $4,862 with “demetri1978” collecting $9,543 for their third-place finish in the Bigger $109.

Some of the other notable scores at PokerStars on Jul. 21 included:

  • “Mad4it4life” - fourth-place in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $14,040
  • Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford – sixth-place in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $9,730
  • “chtrumfeinz” - fourth-place in the $530 Sunday 500 for $9,402
  • “void22815” - eighth-place in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $5,078
  • Patrick “thebogdog09” Brooks – seventh-place in the $109 Sunday Cooldown PKO for $2,907*
  • “SonOfBadger” - ninth-place in the $530 Sunday 500 for $2,467
  • David “bullstopper” Barraclough - fourth-place in the $215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic for $2,174

There were also a handful of impressive results at 888poker. Two of our players reached the final table of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. It was a case of third time lucky for “Iwolfwhite” who fired three $215 bullets on their way to finishing sixth for $4,470 while “Good1ratio” busted one place later in fifth for $5,700.

The player known as “Turrrrible” saw their run in the $20,000 Whale end in a fifth-place finish worth $1,800.


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