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UK & Ireland Sunday Briefing: Ludovic Geilich Wins a POWERFEST Event

Ludovic Geilich

April 5 saw dozens of big buy-in tournaments smash their guarantees and pay out some massive prizes. Plenty of players who call the United Kingdom and Ireland home managed to pad their bankrolls with bags of cash, including popular proLudovic Geilich.

Team partypoker’s Geilich was one of 127 players in the $200K Gtd PLO 6-Max event, a tournament commanding a $2,100 buy-in. Geilich loves PLO for the action it creates. He loves it even more now because he finished in first-place and won $63,984.

Geilich was almost joined in the winner’s circle at partypoker by Roberto “R_Romanello” Romanello. The Welshman navigated his way to heads-up in the $150K Gtd 8-Max Fast event, outlasting more than 750 opponents.

Romanello and “player123.” decided to strike a deal instead of finishing the tournament in a traditional manner. Romanello was in second-place at the time of the deal, a deal that netted him $22,473. The champion bagged $23,657.

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PokerStars was a happy hunting ground for our players this weekend, especially UK-based Portuguese pro Tomas “T 54 T 97s” Paiva who won the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $52,997. It would have been a larger prize but they dealt with Ricardo “sousinha23” Sousa when heads-up and the payouts became shallower.

The $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO was another massive PokerStars tournament that saw Brits go deep. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi fell in eighth for a combined $8,406. Simon “simon1471” Higgins called a combined $33,772.

Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor almost went all the way but fell in second-place and had to make do with a total prize worth $46,956. The champion was based in the UK but was Dutchman Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof who banked $100,424.

Some of the other notable prizes scooped by Brits and Irish players included:

  • “disquesi!” - first-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $42,761
  • “B4NKR0LL3R” – second-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $31,829*
  • “awol987” – second-place in the Bigger $109 for $25,868
  • “tslugxx” – third-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $20,725*
  • “dannmansell” – first-place in the BSOP $109 NLHE 6-Max for $19,744
  • “Corback_fr” – first-place in the Bigger $215 for $14,394
  • Stephen “leshark81” McKay – fifth-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $11,428
  • Bertie “bigstealer” Bayley – fourth-place in the BSOP Online High Roller for $10,944
  • Sven “SvenCalls” McDermott – fourth-place in the Hotter $109 for $7,637
  • Frank “Denman98” Lillis – first-place in the $109 Bounty Builder for $7,242*
  • Mike “Annie1975” Harrison – fifth-place in the BSOP $109 NLHE 6-Max for $4,653
  • Rob “robc1978” Cowen – third-place in the $109 Omania for $3,585
  • “tslugxx” – seventh-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $3,069
  • “mcmich_pau” – second-place in the $109 KOmania for $2,879*
  • Sven “SvenCalls” McDermott – fourth-place in the $109 Bounty Builder for $2,773*
  • Ben “gs08bjohnson” Jenkins – fourth-place in the Bigger $109 for $1,752
  • Zac “ZacAynsley” Aynsley – fifth-place in the $109 Sunday Starter for $1,521
  • Sven “SvenCalls” McDermott – sixth-place in the Bigger $109 for $957

*includes bounty payments

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GGPoker threw up some big results too. One was “DonViejo” taking down the GGS 003-HR: $1K for an impressive $26,028, a similar prize to the $22,276 that “HONEYDETECTED” collected for finishing fourth in the GGS 005-HR: $2.5K.

Ireland’s Dino “dinos622” Sabatini reached the final table of the GG Masters but could only muster an eighth-place finish worth $7,181.

Some of the other big GGPoker results included:

  • “pDNA” – fourth-place in the GGS 012-HR: $5K for $39,944
  • “Jadeito” – eighth-place in the GGS 009-HR: $5K Sunday Main for $15,441
  • “VillaTID” – third-place in the GGS 011-H: $250 for $11,166
  • “When I’m Gone” – seventh-place in the Phased High Rollers $1K for $10,300
  • “JanisJoplin69” – fifth-place in the GGS 010-M: $125 for $5,175

More on the PKO Madness at 888poker

Finally for this week’s Sunday Briefing are the results from 888poker.

Three Brits reached the final table of the $25,000 Sunday Challenge. Ben “DoobieFish” Kett turned $109 into $752 by finishing eighth. “TopBeaver69” finished sixth for $1,354 while “tiltedlol” fired three bullets, the third resulting in a $3,401 prize.

“Kel3103” almost won the PKO Series #2 - $150,000 Tune Up but fell at the final hurdle. They won a $10,116 prize from the main prize pool and an additional $2,700 worth of bounties.

Lastly, another three Union Jacks were present and correct at the final table of the $20,000 Whale.

“MarkBurtoni” and “rufstation” crashed out in seventh and sixth-place respectively for $1,134 and $1,386 prizes. “pokermad0039” went the deepest of the trio and collected $2,520 for their fourth-place exit.


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