Sunday Briefing: Mustapha Kanit Secures Sunday Million Victory
Italian sensation Mustapha Kanit once again hit the headlines this weekend thanks to him winning the PokerStars Sunday Million only one week after taking down the Sunday Supersonic, also at PokerStars.
Kanit won $177,229.79 for his Sunday Million victory to add yet another six-figure score to his long list of poker tournament results. Many of Kanit's peers lay claim to there being no better tournament player in the world right now, and there are few people who would argument with that statement, including Max Pescatori who used his first-round pick in the Global Poker League to secure his fellow countryman’s services for his Rome Emperors franchise.
Another world-class poker player walked away with a victory on Sunday after winning the Sunday 500 on PokerStars. Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche came out on top of the 674 entrants in the $530 buy-in event, securing a $55,993.25 payout after a heads-up chop involving Germany's “T-Macha.”
Over in the Bigger $162, also on PokerStars, Charlie "Epiphany" Carrel was busy navigating his way to another major online title. The exciting British pro eventually won all of the 3,996,000 in chips in play and had $29,783.94 added to his PokerStars account. Carrel, like the aforementioned Kanit and Nitsche, is highly-rated poker player and a regular in the biggest online and live poker tournaments around the world.
There were plenty more big scores at PokerStars on March 13, including:
- Mayu "marroca5" Roca who won the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $70,912.00
- "ShippityShip" who won the $109 Sunday Rebuy for $35,532.00
- "OffpoZition" who won The Bigger $109 for $32,686.12
- "ValterBr@nco" who won the $215 Sunday 2nd Chance for $41,184.00
- "chess87" who won the $162 Sunday 6-Max for $22,684.50
- "patoas" who won the ` for $46,956.39
More Powerfest On partypoker
Thanks to the heavyweight week of its Powerfest series ending on March 13, partypoker was a hotbed of poker activity, and there were some large prize pools played for.
The $500,000 Guaranteed Week 3 Main Event saw 2,483 players buy in for $215, among them some of the world's best poker talent. A five-way chop brought the tournament to a close with "NotMooorningYet" grabbing the largest slice of the prize pool, namely $51,454, while the United Kingdom's Jamie "lizzybeano" O'Connor finished in second place for $51,329. The other three players involved in the chip were "RickyBobby1L" ($49,588), "Mateyos" ($47,362), and "erik-jandeboer" ($41,892).
British pro Phil "PhilRoyal888" Mighall took down Powerfest #87, a $530 buy-in tournament featuring a $100,000 guarantee, a guarantee that was beaten by $134,500. Mighall's reward for winning this particular event was $45,141.25 plus a seat in the Tournament of Champions where the winner lands a VIP Las Vegas package valued at $5,000.
When Powerfest isn’t running, the High Roller offers a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool for a $530 investment, but this week that guarantee was increased to $250,000. Any fears of the guarantee not been hit were soon dashed when 808 entrants created a $404,000 pot. The main beneficiaries of this substantial prize pool were Joel "MrsPaintba1l" Brown and "xNittyMcNBitx" who struck a deal when they were heads-up, which saw them win $67,930.13 and $62,359.88.
Mighall Finds More Success On 888
To 888poker now where Greece’s "JohnyK91" triumphed in the $100,000 Baby Whale for $28,443.00. It is worth mentioning that Mighall, who won partypoker Powerfest event on Sunday, finished fourth in this tournament for $11,676.60.
This week's $120,000 Mega Deep was taken down by Germany's "ureMySpons0r" for a cool $30,914.80 while another German, "dnvz23" secured a $12,375.78 payday by winning the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep.
A shout out also to Austria’s "niftinger" who outlasted 884 opponents in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge to get their hands on the $21,421.80 top prize.
Elgstrøm Wins FTOPS Main Event
Completing the Sunday Briefing for this week are the biggest results from Full Tilt's major online tournaments, the largest of these being the $63,472.20 won by Danish pro Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm. The Dane came out on top in the $500 FTOPS Main Event, defeating Spanish pro Jonathan "dante-sp" Concepcion heads-up on his way to victory.
Finally, FTOPS Event #45 was a $75,000 guaranteed tournament costing $250 to enter. As it was a bounty tournament, players received $125 for each opponent they eliminated, with eventual champion "KokoulinV" busting 13 opponents on his way to victory. Kokoulin added $21,113.64 to his lifetime online winnings after a two-way chop with Russell "rdcrsn" Carson, who banked $13,012.49.