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Sunday Briefing: Daniel Cates Wins PokerStars Sunday 500

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  • Doug Polk, Daniel Cates, and Marvin Rettenmaier were among the winners in this week's online Sunday Majors.

There were some massive scores in this weekend's Sunday majors, thanks in part to the Mountain Series taking place at PokerStars.

One Mountain Series event, the $700 Kilimanjaro, saw 1,452 players buy in and create a $972,840 prize pool, the lion's share of which is now nestled in the PokerStars account of Doug "WCG|Rider" Polk who walked away with $162,951.56 by being the last player standing. Polk defeated Matas "bebaimis777" Cimbolas heads up to claim the title, leaving Cimbolas to console himself with the $119,172.90 runner-up prize.

Despite being huge, Polk's score was not the largest of the weekend. That honor went to the $350,280 won by Costa Rica's "majagua69" in the $2,100 Mount Everest tournament. Amazingly, "majagua69" only had $10,000 in online tournament winnings before this massive result. No doubt we shall be seeing more of him in the future.

Other huge scores from the Mount Everest event included UK-based Spaniard Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo ($252,980), "plspaythxbye" ($188,762), and Adrian "Knightsgeee" Attenborough ($141,085).

This week’s Sunday Million was taken down by Finland's "Turko_man," who collected $183,708.88 for his win, beating "salta44" of Argentina heads up for the title. The Argentine banked $136,298 for his second-place finish.

There was also a familiar name at the top of the Sunday 500, as Daniel "w00ki3z" Cates claimed the $64,798 first-place prize, showing he is not only a cash-game specialist, but also adept at online tournaments, too.

Some of the biggest PokerStars Sunday scores not mentioned above included:

  • "stardust167" — Won the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $24,496
  • "greengrass67" — Won the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $76,124.73
  • "MrMaximize" — Won the $109 Sunday Rebuy for $33,075
  • Apostolis "apostolis20" Bechrakis — Won the Bigger $109 for $35,102.65
  • Marvin "Ron Jovi 7" Rettenmaier — Won the Bigger $162 for $30,051.94
  • "fel_iv" — Won the $215 Sunday 2nd Chance for $37,971.89
  • "que_te_crio" — Won the $162 Sunday 6-Max for $21,699.56
  • "piojosoo" — Won the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $46,557.11

Big Scores at 888poker

Over at 888poker, there were a handful of five-figure scores enjoyed by players from around the globe. The UK's "polukalos" won the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep and added $12,229.20 to his bankroll, while Germany's "KarachoKarl" finished on top in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge and secured a $21,295.44 payday.

It was Canada's "elguillermo" who claimed the $30,263.20 first-place prize in the $120,000 Mega Deep, with Romania's "olibalint" being crowned the $100,000 Baby Whale champion, an accolade worth $28,860.30.

$10K Score at Full Tilt

Full Tilt, PokerStars' sister site, saw its $50,000 guaranteed Sunday Major won by Denmark's "Williamsdad" for $10,500. The UK's Rick "TheClaimer" Trigg was the runner-up, a finish worth $7,750.

South Korea's "Rissah" won the Sunday Brawl this week for a $7,102.54 payday, a figure helped by them eliminating 12 opponents on their way to victory meaning the collected $3,159.35 in bounty payments.

Ian Simpson Wins the Weigh-In at partypoker

Former Irish Open champion Ian "Simpioni" Simpson took down the $50,000 guaranteed Weigh-In at partypoker this Sunday, outlasting 775 opponents on his way to securing a payout of $12,935.92. "Shongalolo" more than doubled Simpson's impressive score when they walked away with the $29,839.59 first-place prize in the $150,000 guaranteed Main Event, while "Atuaprimade_4" locked up $38,610 by winning the $150,000 guaranteed High Roller.

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