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UK & Ireland Sunday Briefing: Ireland’s zufo16 Wins Sunday Kickoff

Sunday Briefing

Players calling the United Kingdom and Ireland home may have missed out on the first WSOP bracelet awarded at GGPoker, but there was still plenty to shout about on the other major online poker sites.

PokerStars proved to be a happy hunting ground for our players, especially Ireland’s “zufo16” who took down the $109 Sunday Kickoff. The Irish star banked a cool $11,452 after outlasting 659-opponents.

“T 54 T 97s” also found themselves in the winner’s circle after triumphing in the Hotter $109. Some 587-players turned out for this event and they finished above them all. First-place weighed in at an impressive $10,346.

Some of the other notable PokerStars results included:

  • Tyler “wonderboy222” Goatcher – third-place in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $9,558
  • “sealseal1” – fourth-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $8,514
  • Fintan “easywithaces” Hand – fourth-place in the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $7,839
  • Jack “Swaggersorus” Sinclair – third-place in the Bigger $109 for $7,501
  • “mrbradleyy” – fifth-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $6,178
  • Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves – third-place in the $530 Sunday Marathon for $5,459
  • Kevin “torino2000” Killeen – seventh-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $3,733*
  • “Aces Amin” – fourth-place in the $215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic for $2,294
  • Ben “Spraggy” Spragg – eighth-place in the Bigger $109 for $1,441
  • Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford – eighth-place in the $530 Sunday Marathon for $1,385

*includes bounty payments

Look out for Marc “14alonso14” MacDonnell in the $1,050 Stadium Series Freezeout Weekly Final High because he’s currently fifth in chips with 159 players remaining. He’s guaranteed $2,704 but there’s $234,451 up top! PokerNews will be live reporting on this event on July 20.

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Over at 888poker, three of our players reached the final table of the $25,000 Sunday Challenge. “Djimimo12345” fired two $109 bullets and the second resulted in a ninth-place finish worth $500. “1whyyyyyyyyyy” eventually busted in fifth for $1,500 while “ClaretBantam” went one place deeper and turned their $109 into $2,187.

There was also a final table appearance for “dan.obreja” in the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. They didn’t get the job done but did turn their $109 into $2,250 courtesy of an eighth-place exit.

Three other British players were present and correct at the final table of the $12,000 guaranteed $88 Sunday PKO 8-Max.

“needabridge” fell in seventh for $292 plys $193 worth of bounties. “boris993” busted in fourth for $686 plus $350 from the bounty prize pool. “LiviuEnea” saw their tournament end in third place for $969 plus another $350 worth of scalps.

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Plenty of our players have a legitimate chance of becoming a World Poker Tour champion because they made it through to Day 2 of the first Championship events. A $3,200, $320, and $33 edition of the Omaha Hi-Low Championship kicked off at the weekend and each reached their respective Day 2s. These start at 7:00 p.m. BST and play until the final table’s reached.

In the $3,200 buy-in, Rob Cowen and Adam Leach return to the action in 10th and 11th place from 20 returning players. UK-based Frenchman Paul Tedeschi leads that tournament.

Only 50 players remain in the $320 version with Richie Allen poised for victory in fourth-place. Other Brits still in the hunt include Rishi Amin, Simon Taberham, Alexander Stacey, and Philip Long.

Paul Murphy is the chip leader of the $33 buy-in edition. He leads from fellow Brit Kevin Andrews, while Ireland’s Derrick Wall finds himself in fifth-place. Neil Smith and Aaron Carpenter find themselves with top 10 stacks also.

Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard is in the hunt for the $172,175 top prize of the $1,050 WPT Opener. Leonard sits back down in second-place with 124 players remaining. Matas Cimbolas, a UK-based Lithuanian, is the man to catch. Cimbolas holds a substantial chip lead, one almost double Leonard’s 2,148,326 stack.

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