This weekend saw plenty of well-known pros returning to the final tables, High Rollers Club guarantees into the hundreds of thousands and yet more festive joy from the Winter Series. Let’s take a look at the highlights:
Sunday Million results in four-way split
“papan9_p$” and Dennis “DeLaBijen” Bijen take down majors
Pros rule the tables at the High Rollers Club
“pvigar” and Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov win big in the Winter Series
This week we were treated to a special edition Sunday Million Winter Series event. It came complete with a $1 million guarantee and a PKO format that guaranteed action.
Austrian player “freiwandeln” came out on top following a four-way split. He walked away with $98,536, including bounties.
“chv89” secured only slightly less cash from the deal. The Russian finished second place with $74,333 including bounties. Third place “Last port” and fourth place “darboy72” were both involved in the deal and took $68,396 and $60,247.
“Diplomatic_Boy” narrowly missed out on the deal making moment. Crashing out in fifth place meant they still enjoyed a win of $28,827.
Arguably, the main threat on the final table would have come from MTT reg and previous Sunday Million winner “Flush098765”. Unable to gain traction, “Flush098765” was the first to exit, taking $8,539.
$109 Sunday Million (Winter Series 46-M, 8-Max PKO)
Entries: 11,730 + 5,347 re-entries
Prize pool: $1.7 million
1. freiwandeln (Austria) $62,860.74*
2. chv89 (Russia) $62,707.16*
3. Last port (Norway) $56,764.82*
4. darboy72 (United Kingdom) $53,114.54*
5. Diplomatic_Boy (United Kingdom) $23,576.84
6. All in Julio (Belgium) $16,806.41
7. raklap13 (Hungary) $11, 980.19
8. Flush098765 (tbc) $8, 539.95
*Indicates a deal was made
Outside of the High Rollers, the biggest payout from Saturday came from the Winter Series 40-M Saturday KO, which smashed its guarantee with a total prize pool of $527,800. “dodi papa” from Hungary took down the tournament for $38,642.45.
The regular majors continued to provide spectacular final tables and several guarantees of over $100k.
The $215 Sunday Warm Up received 703 entries, reaching a total prize pool of $140,600. Russia’s Viktor “papan9_p$” Ustimov walked away with first place and $24,395 in cash. This was Ustimov’s second Sunday Warm-Up win, and he continues to prove himself a serious threat at the high stakes.
Second place “cidul” is also a feared online pro whose list of poker accomplishments includes first places in the Bigger $22 and $33 Bounty Builder, second place in the Big $55 and a sixth-place finish in the Sunday Million. “cidul” earned $17,703.33 from their latest triumph in the Warm-Up.
Other big names at the final table included Powerfest champion, and WSOP final table finisher, “josef_scvejk”, who finished third; SCOOP champion “Kraskata85”; “Kashmir_uzi” all of who would give even the most seasoned pro a tough time.
As far as final tables go this was not easy pickings, so well done to “papan9_p$” for making it through perhaps the toughest tournament of the night.
$215 Sunday Warm-Up
Prize pool: $140,600
1. papan9_p$ (Russia) $24,395.19
2. cidul (Romania) $17,703.33
3. josef_svejk (Russia) $12,847.31
4. Kraskata85 (Bulgaria) $9,323.28
5. THCHunter (Canada) $6,765.91
6. Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) $4,910.01
7. skarbnik79 (Poland) $3,563.21
8. SmallKindB (Czech Republic) $2,585.81
9. IDOLLS (United Kingdom) $1,876.53
It was nice to see some familiar faces on the final table of the Sunday Storm. Dennis “DeLaBijen” Bijen, a regular at PokerStars live events, beat “Eibsee08” heads-up to secure the $15,928.35 first prize.
Russian player “Eibsee08” is no stranger to final tables, having won several Bounty Builders and other major tournaments. For second place, they for $10,942.97, a huge score from an $11 buy-in event.
$11 Sunday Storm
Prize pool: $161,572.60
1. DeLaBijen (Netherlands) $15,928.35
2. Eibsee08 (Russia) $10,942.97
3. Andrey G.626 (Russia) $7,524.98
4. 0_vlado_o (Sweden) $5,174.58
5. aissa0007 (Belgium) $3,558.31
6. TeoPro77 (Canada) $2,446.90
7. Dedeorant (Netherlands) $1,682.61
8. lortikage23 (Denmark) $1,157.05
9. Rain~no.29 (China) $795.64
Previous SCOOP high stakes winner “u3meha” earned another massive payout in the form of a Sunday Supersonic victory, taking $21,664.40 after a swift few hours of play. “GamadGADOL” came in second for $15,559.86, whilst “Fukuruku” finished third for $11,175.62.
The High Rollers Club gave us some of the biggest prize pools of the weekend and featured the type of prolific players who hit the final tables time and time again.
Highly ranked multi-time SCOOP winner “Ssick_onE” took down the High Rollers Saturday Warm-Up for $17,326.70. Meanwhile, MTT reg “bukharkov” won yet another event, picking up $15,473.55 in the Saturday $530 Bounty Builder.
The High Roller Club Sunday Warm-Up belonged to Thomas “WushuTM” Muhlocker, who added $28,756.64 to his impressive career earnings of over $3 million.
The biggest of the weekend’s High Roller wins was in the $530 Progressive KO tournament, which had its guarantee boosted to an immense $500k. The tournament reached a total prize pool of $557,500 from 1,115 entrants.
Little known Brazilian player “botteonpoker” won the event for $45,357.00, by far a career high win.
Online regular and major tournament winner “EdgarMock”, who’s past conquests include the Hot $109 and PSPC $55 Bounty Builder, had to settle for second place, though $33,246.15 was certainly good cause for celebration once the dust has settled.
Previous High Roller Club SuperSonic winner “nikolaaa1234” came third for $24,369.32. “LoosControl” came in fourth place for $17,862.63 and Tim “TTWIST” Kelly finished fifth for $13,093.24. Indeed, this was another very tough final table.
High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder PKO
Prize pool: $557,500
1. botteonpoker (Brazil) $45,357.00
2. EdgarMock (Germany) $33,246.15
3. nikolaaa1234 (Bulgaria) $24,369.32
4. LoosControl (Austria) $24,369.32
5. TTWIST (Canada) $13,093.24
6. BoySuckout (Philippines) $9,597.30
7. wizowizo (Austria) $7,034.78
8. KksuckAA (Czech Republic) $5,156.48
9. parksy1066 (United Kingdom) $3779.71
The Winter Series continued to bring festive fun and generous guarantees.
The $1,050 high stakes version of the Sunday Million (Winter Series 46-H) yielded an absolutely huge first place win of $74, 472.81. The win went to well-known Brazilian pro and WCOOP champ “pvigar”.
The biggest win of the weekend went to Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov for his performance in the Winter Series 45-H. He adds a whopping $90,817.22 to his multi-million-dollar poker prizes.
You can read more about the Winter Series in our full weekend review.