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The Midweek Briefing: Michael “benvo123” Benvenuti Takes Top Prize in Deal-Filled Week

Michael Benvenuti

Deals were prevalent in the midweek majors this week as none of the tournaments were played out to the set payout structure. Still, big scores were won and Michael “benvo123” Benvenuti captured the biggest, winning the Full Tilt Poker $1K Monday for just greater than $60,000. Also, Eric "blizair" Blair made two of the weekly majors final tables.

Full Tilt $1K Monday

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$60317$317,000
PlacePlayerPrize
*1Michael “benvo123” Benvenuti$60,296.27
*2rkwlrkwlgofk$53,114.89
*3Bryan “Scarypooper5” Porter$54,598.84
4Big_Dthung$29,322.50
5shhhookem$22,190
6Michael “tuna_fish_tank” Stroh$15,850
7Eric “sheets” Haber$10,302.50
8Eric “blizair” Blair$ 7,925
9Luke “__FullFlush1__” Schwartz$6,340

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy (10th - $3,962.50), Tony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi (14th - $3,170)

PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$50386$386,000
PlacePlayerPrize
*1AGabor23$48,930.44
*2elitelive$58,573.34
*3inwooke$46,113.39
*4sil_eye_hand$51,348.83
5RAZA14$22,002
6campeao200$16,984
7Todd “koolkeith13” Lewis$13,124
8kobsame$9,264
9B_Davis5$6,755

*denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Tommy “tcblade” Chen (13th - $4,825), Hafiz “hafizzle” Khan (14th - $4,825), Joe “bigegypt” Elpayaa (15th - $4,825)

PokerStars $320 Wednesday 1/4 Million

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$20897$269,100
PlacePlayerPrize
*1modogrinder$37,525.59
*2Bravicueta$39,939.02
*3Dhenz14$32,442.74
4oaktree50$19,644.30
5William “hellzito” Arruda$13,858.65
6Nikolai “YaGotBurnt” Sears$11,167.65
7HmmmmReally8,476.65
8Little Kraut$5,947.11
9tpooch$3,444.48

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Clark “snake8484” Hamagami (10th - $2,906.28), Jordan “Jymaster11” Young (11th - $2,906.28)

UB $150K GTD

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$50159$159,000
PlacePlayerPrize
*1Jeremiah “BELIEVER1982” Vinsant$31,875
*1Ara “MELIKMAN” Melikian$31,875
3FEINT$17,625
4TURK_MALLOY$14,250
5John “KLEATH” Leathart$10,875
6Eric “BLIZAIR” Blair$9,000
7Ryan “RYANBLUF” Karp$7,125
8Grayson "THE_DEAN221" Nichols$5,250
9MIKECAROJR$3,750

*denotes heads-up deal, terms unknown

Notable Finishes: Connor “BLANCONEGRO” Drinnan (11th - $2,250), Mickey “MEMENT_MORI” Petersen (16th - $1,875)

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