2021 World Series of Poker

UK & Ireland Sunday Briefing: $24K Score For Beresford

Conor Beresford

While most of the United Kingdom and Ireland were being battered by Storm Ciara, hundreds of British and Irish poker players stayed out of the elements by grinding online tournaments.

There were varying degrees of success, as is the nature of the beast, with some of the biggest winners from February 9th featuring in this week’s edition of the Sunday Briefing.

Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford was one of those big winners, padding his bankroll with $24,457. Beresford was one of 150 entrants in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up 8-Max at PokerStars, a tournament that distributed $150,000 between the top 17 finishers.

Four Union Jacks were displayed against aliases of those who cashed in this event, although only Beresford was English. Former Team PokerStars Pro Igor “lechuckpoker” Kurganov, Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche, and eventual champion Preben “prebz” Stokkan being the three others.; Stokkan banked an impressive $31,485 for his victory.

Two larger scores than Beresford’s were enjoyed in the latest edition of the Sunday Million. Andy “Scouse_AA” Aspinall navigated his way to fifth-place and won $30,996 for his efforts. The player known simply as “seegul65” went to places deeper and scooped $58,856 for their third-place exit.

Popular grinder Sam “SamSquid” Grafton also got his hands on a five-figure prize. Grafton saw his run in the $530 Sunday Marathon end in a third-place finish, which saw him walk away with $11,778.

Some of the other notable scores banked at PokerStars included:

  • “dinolstaken” - third-place in the $109 NLHE Turbo Bounty Builder Series for $15,820*
  • Rick “ThEcLaiMEer” Trigg – fifth-place in the $215 NLHE Bounty Builder Series for $9,057*
  • “Th3hook4h” - first-place in the Hotter $162 PKO for $7,861*
  • “SirYussen” - second-place in the $530 Omania for $7,705
  • “dragonwarior” - fifth-place in the Bigger $109 for $5,005
  • “LondonAA” - fourth-place in the $530 Omania for $4,542
  • Patrick “clickii10” Clarke - ninth-place fin the $215 NLHE Bounty Builder Series for $4,342*
  • “godofrabbit” - first-place in the $109 NLO8 PKO for $4,184*
  • Alex “Ahhh Is It?” Lindop – fourth-place in the Bigger $215 for $3,324
  • “Grimeyyyy” - first-place in the $109 Sunday Starter for $3,252
  • Rob “robc1978” Cowen – second-place in the $109 Omania for $2,689
  • “SerVlaMin” - second-place in the Bigger $109 for $1,976
  • “mattttts” - third-place in the $109 Sunday Starter for $1,848
  • “equinespy” - third-place in the Bigger $109 for $1,465

*includes bounty payments

888poker proved to be a happy hunting ground for Brits with “Timmys3” taking down the $20,000 Sunday Whale. The Brit defeated Preban “prebzzz” Stokkan heads-up for the title, after the Norwegian fired four bullets, to scoop $7,035.

“carmen.1957” finished sixth in the Sunday Whale for $1,105 before finishing seventh in the XL Blizzard #10 - $100,000 Tune Up to turn their $109 into $3,575.

Players from the UK also enjoyed success over at GGPoker. “Specknacken” banked $16,234 by finishing fourth in the $300,000 GG Masters, while “MickeyM” finished second in the High Rollers Turbo $500 for $5,148.

“When I’m Gone” finished fifth in that tournament for $1,283 and went on to finish second in the High Rollers Bounty Warm-Up $210 for a $19,043 prize from the main prize pool and an additional $12,093 worth of bounty payments.

GGPoker regular “pDNA” won the High Rollers Turbo $500 for $5,956 with fellow British grinder “DARK_GAMES” netting $3,603 for their runner-up finish.

  • Conor Beresford reeled in a $24,457 score after his runner-up finish in the $1,050 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up.

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