Weekend Round-up: Talal Shakerchi With a $112K Score

Talal Shakerchi

Plenty of high stakes action took place in the online poker world over the weekend with tournament specialists getting involved in the KO Series, XL Eclipse, and World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) festivals.

Players calling the United Kingdom and Ireland enjoyed some fruitful sessions as they hauled in their share of some bankroll-boosting scores.

Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi was one such player. Shakerchi was one of 80-entrants in the WCOOP-66-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller event that saw the top 12 finishers win a share of the $800,000 prize pool. Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion has previous in mixed game events having won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Sion couldn’t get the job done in this online event and fell in 17th place.

Sion’s exit left Shakerchi as the last British player in the field and he did not disappoint. He managed to navigate his way to a third-place finish worth $112,000. No sooner had Shakerchi busted, the final two players struck a deal for the remaining prize pool. Second-place and $173,504 went to Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira with Belgium’s Michael “merla888” Gathy being crowned champion, an accolade that came with $10,495.

Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford may call the Netherlands home but he heart remains in the UK. It was Beresford who emerged victoriously from the $2,100 Sunday High Roller after outlasting 97-opponents. The young Brit turned his $2,100 into a cool $46,837 after defeating Dutchman Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs heads-up for the lion’s share of the prize pool.

Fellow Brit Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves joined Beresford at the final table, but had to make do with the $16,368 consolation prize.

Some of the other big cashes by our players at PokerStars this weekend included:

  • “geokrinikali” - first-place in WCOOP-65-M: $109 NLHE PKO for $73,229*
  • “despedespi33” - second-place in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $60,362*
  • Paul “pvas2” Vas Nunes – third-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $20,577*
  • Brandon “Tyrion2205” Sheils - seventh-place in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $15,287*
  • “elltom123” - second-place in WCOOP-66-L: $109 8-Game for $12,185
  • “BenArfaa10” - ninth-place in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $10,189*
  • Kevin “parksy1066” Parkes - eighth-place in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $8,377*
  • “T 54 T 97s” - fifth-place in the $530 Sunday 500 for $5,826
  • “Jahwise” - second-place in the $109 Omania for $3,805
  • Josh “demondoink” Hood - eighth-place in the Bigger $109 for $3,359
  • Chris “Moorman1” Moorman – eighth-place in the $530 Sunday 500 for $2,697
  • Andy “andyh26” Holman – ninth-place in the Bigger $109 for $2,415
  • Benny “RunGodlike” Gaser – fifth-place in the $109 Omania for $1,346

There still several WCOOP events running, including the massive Main Events, as they were two-day tournaments.

Ireland’s Fintan “easywithaces” Hand is currently second from the 800 remaining players in the $5,200 NLHE Main Event where more than $1.5 million awaits the champion. James “jamesg777” Graham and “gambol_time” also find themselves in the top 15 places at the restart.

Only 23 players remain in the $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event, including “Naza114” and Richard “raconteur” Gryko, the latter resuming their tournament in fifth-place and well-placed to lock up the $384,947 top prize.

Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews as we bring you the biggest results involving players from our great countries.



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