WEEKEND REVIEW: Grande_Prego wins Sunday Million, and Run It Up Reno gets underway

October 22, 2018

Even if you have no interest in online poker (in which case you’ll find you probably mis-clicked your way here). That’s fine. Here you’ll get news of the live kind of poker, and a least one great story from the PokerStars weekend…


  • Grande_Prego wins the Sunday Million for $145K
  • Run It Up Reno begins in… Reno
  • Erik Audé in an unmissable episode of Poker in the Ears


    Grande_Prego made it another good week for Brazil. After WarleyBruno’s win last week Grande_Prego made it back to back wins for Brazilians, picking up a first prize of 145,753 (about $600 more than last week).

    That’s a biggest career win for the Brazilian.

    The next biggest was the win for AK_Boikka_47 of Finland in the Bounty Builder Series Side Event. That was worth more than $44,000 to the Finn.

    That was slightly more than the $43, 132 first prize bartek901 picked up in the Sunday High Roller. Not a first for bartek901, who has a string of major results.


    You can find all the big winners from the weekend on the results page

    $215 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 Gtd Grande_Prego Brazil $ 145,753.12
    Bounty Builder Series Side Event: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $150K Gtd AK_Boikki_47 Finland $ 44,580.38
    $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100K Gtd bartek901 United Kingdom $ 43,132.24
    $215 Sunday Warm-Up, $200K Gtd VinceVegaMFR Brazil $ 36,006.70
    $215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $125K Gtd franky229 Germany $ 26,829.02
    Bounty Builder Series 125: $530 NLHE [High Roller SE], $200K Gtd eijseijs Sweden $ 25,125.54
    Bounty Builder Series 126: $109 NLHE [6-Max], $250K Gtd lukass3055 United Kingdom $ 23,110.24
    $22 Mini Sunday Million, $150K Gtd WonderfullyP Switzerland $ 21,796.96
    Sunday 500, $75K Gtd hello_totti Russian Federation $ 19,880.83
    Bounty Builder Series 131: $109 NLHE [6-Max], $200K Gtd RoBnbIy Par9 Ukraine $ 19,113.32
    Bounty Builder Series 127: $55 NLHE, $200K Gtd newbieaa33 Slovakia (Slovak Republic) $ 18,972.73
    $11 Sunday Storm, $200K Gtd – PSPC Sunday Tournament Paulus7777 Hungary $ 18,361.23
    Bounty Builder Series 136: $22 NLHE, $200K Gtd Major Kudum Brazil $ 18,035.22
    Bounty Builder Series 137: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $200K Gtd Ravic77 Estonia $ 17,473.13
    $109 Sunday Cooldown [Turbo], $100K Gtd newguy89 Canada $ 17,422.18
    $55 Sunday Marathon, $100K Gtd – PSPC Sunday Tournament CooLSerGZ Russian Federation $ 16,840.69
    Bounty Builder Series 133: $55 NLHE [8-Max], $150K Gtd Thibeault Canada $ 16,836.45
    Half Price Sunday Warm Up €25, €75,000 Gtd need ur chips1 Ukraine € 14,975.33
    Sunday High Roller €250 [8-Max], €60,000 Gtd G.Mendieta16 Netherlands € 13,329.10
    Bounty Builder Series 134: $109 PLO [6-Max], $100K Gtd PikkuHUMPPA Finland $ 13,307.77
    $109 Sunday Kickoff, $60K Gtd TanTanSWE Sweden $ 13,048.70
    $1,050 Saturday KO [High Roller], $115K Gtd mjw006 Canada $ 12,932.04
    Bounty Builder Series 129: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $75K Gtd marcowong96 United Kingdom $ 11,686.30
    $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $75K Gtd TheMuIIetman Sweden $ 10,471.45


    The best way to understand what Run It Up Reno is all about is to go along yourself (even if that does require you dress up in costume).

    But if you can’t make it, the second-best thing is to send Brad Willis instead.

    So, that’s what we did (at least those of us who couldn’t go).

    You can read his first impression of things here, which seems like a cross between the best live poker tournament you’ve ever been to, and Alice in Wonderland.


    There was a different tone to this week’s post with James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton talking to Erik Audé in an extended interview.

    If you’re unfamiliar with Audé, his story is as terrifying as it is compelling, as the podcast team found out. Aude is a poker player, actor and stuntman, who spend three years in a Pakistani jail after being duped into smuggling opium.

    It’s well worth a listen, and you can do that here.


    A big weekend for the winner of Maria Konnikova’s Platinum Pass Adventure, which she announced this weekend…

    Meanwhile, they do things right in Reno…

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