Luke Schwartz Takes Down PokerStars Sunday 500
Luke Schwartz was on cloud nine earlier this summer when he secured his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in the $10,000 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Championship, now he has another online title to his name after triumphing in the $530 Sunday 500 at PokerStars.
Schwartz was one of 160 entries in the $530 buy-in event that saw an $80,000 prize pool created. This sum was shared among the top 20 finishers. The outspoken Schwartz was the only player hailing from the United Kingdom and Ireland to reach the money placed, although UK-based Belgian “girafganger7” busted in 13th place for $1,713.
Eventually, Schwartz found himself heads-up against Austria’s “Manni1822” and guaranteed a five-figure prize. He bulldozed his way to victory to claim the $16,128 top prize, resigning the Austrian to a $12,417 consolation prize.
“stewybaby01” was another player who found themselves in the winner’s circle after triumphing in the $109 Sunday Kickoff. Some 505 entries were processed and a $50,500 prize pool created. Several top British players navigated their way into the money, but the man of the hour was stewybaby01 who found himself heads-up against the legendary Chris “Moorman1” Moorman.
Moorman, sponsored by 888poker, has won almost 400 online tournaments during his long and illustrious career but had to make do with second-place this time around. Moorman banked $6,588 leaving stewybaby01 to collect the $8,988 top prize.
Some of the other notable cashes at PokerStars included:
- Adam “Adzman300” Maxwell - first-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $21,903
- Thomas “MarToMchat” Boivin - second-place in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $21,281
- “PeroQmaloSoy” - second-place in the Bigger $109 for $14,057
- David “bullstopper” Barraclough - first-place in the $215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic for $5,403
- “Golf9797” - first-place in the $109 Sunday Komania 6-Max PKO for $5,390*
- “17c1ty” - fourth-place in the Bigger $215 for $4,808
- “FatboyShrek” - third-place in the $109 Sunday Starter for $1,802
- Euan “mrnappa” Baxter - third-place in the $162 Pacific Rim Special for $1,454
*includes bounty payments
Over at 888poker, Ian “Simpioni” Simpson of the Unibet Poker roster, finished third in the $530 Rake or Break edition of the Sunday Whale. Rake of Break is a relatively new format where 888poker sets a target for the tournament’s prize pool. If hit, the tournament plays out as normal. If not, everyone receives their tournament fee back. A field of 49 left the target one buy-in short so everyone banked an additional $30.
Simpson’s third-place finish yielded $3,675.
The $100,000 Mega Deep was again a PKO tournament and one of our own almost took it down. “jksaha21” fell at the final hurdle to finish in second place, a finish worth $7,139 from the main prize pool which was boosted by $2,154 worth of bounty payments.
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