You could say it’s been a quiet weekend on the PokerStars schedule. There’s been no series running, and all eyes are on the upcoming Sunday Million 15th Anniversary.
That hasn’t stopped online poker’s top players from lining up for their a share of the takings in the High Roller Club. Highly esteemed pros like Dominik Nitsche, Teun Mulder and Artem Vezhenkov all took down major tourneys this weekend.
Here are the highlights from the online poker world this weekend, including Day 2 results the Sunday Million.
Tough final table in Sunday Warm-Up: The $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up resulted in one of the toughest final tables of the evening. Jans Arends, “Darwinsfish” and Niklas Astedt were all present, and all busted before the big payouts. Thomas Muhlocker dropped in third, leaving top ranked UK pro Bert “girafganger7” Stevens to battle it out with Netherland based player “Pimmss”. Pimmss denied Stevens and earned $17k for an impressive first place victory.
Four time WSOP bracelet winner tallies up HRC score: High rolling regular Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche was back for more this weekend. The four time WSOP bracelet winner took down the $215 Fat Sunday tourney for $11,061, a modest score for a player of such caliber, but one for the tally non the less.
Sunday HR results in heads-up deal: Over in the Sunday HR, one of the High Roller Club’s richest weekly tourneys, “bebaimis777” of Lithuania and “bigpapyboss” of Canada opted for a heads-up split for nearly even money. bigpapyboss went on to win the tourney and, taking slightly less due to the deal, locked up $48,353.
Artem Vezhenkov collects his bounties: Lots of familiar faces showed up for the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown, including UK pro Sam “SamSquid” Grafton who, along with his bounties, earned $12,063 for third. “Anjeyyy” of Ukraine took a little more for second, $14,191. The real star of the show, however, was Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov from Russia, who is still the only player to ever win the Sunday Million three times. Vezhenkov earned $22,984 in bounties alone to bring his first place total for winning the Cooldown to $34,238.
Swift victory for Teun Mulder: “VladTheSlaye” of Ukraine, a very active and up and coming pro who currently sits 15th in the PocketFive worldwide rankings, made multiple final tables this weekend, including a second place finish in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $19,266. They were bested by Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder of the Netherlands, a pro who has had a piece of just about every online poker series on the calender, including a third place finish in the WCOOP-H Main Event in 2020 worth $760k. Also a regular in the High Roller Club, Mulder finished first in the Supersonic for $25,121.
The $530 Bounty Builder HR had a $597k prize pool from 1,195 entries. “manuverd0n” from the UK had the chip lead at the break, but dropped in 14th. Two of top three remaining players on the final table were Brazilian. “nellinhoo” finished third for a touch over $30k, and “edercampana” came second for a total of $47k. “Festivus” of Argentina claimed the all important final bounty, earning a total of $71,447 for first.
The $22 Mini Sunday Million and $11 Sunday Storm both adopted a two-day format this weekend as part of the build up to the Sunday Million 15th Anniversary. The special edition tourneys were among several to pay out SM tickets to the top players. “Gang$ter23” from Brazil won the Storm for $19,803, and “ab-wien” of Austria took first place in the Mini Million for $22,764.
Over in the Sunday Million, it looked like Brazilian pro “daltonhb” was all set for victory at the break, but they couldn’t quite hold on to the end and finished fourth. “soniczewski” from Poland came third, and “Zirbelnuss” from Germany took second. “MagischeM10” of the Netherlands won the Millie and claimed the epic first place payout of $118,769.