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Sunday Briefing: Balazs 'birs320' Botond Wins Sunday Million

Balazs "birs320" Botond
  • Balazs Botond was the biggest winner this weekend, taking the Sunday Million for $158,981.69.

Hungary’s Balazs “birs320” Botond is the latest stellar name to win PokerStarsSunday Million, taking down the Jan. 8 edition to secure $158,981.69.

Botond, a former Ivey Poker pro, has won more than $1.5 million from online poker tournaments in his career thanks in part to reaching two Super Tuesday final tables and the final nine of both a TCOOP and WCOOP event, plus an additional $1.08 million from his live tournament exploits.

Argentina’s “TEENageTuRtL” won the $59,657.85 first-place prize of the $215 Sunday Warm-Up this week, with “profit76” triumphing in the $1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE, a finish worth $56,437.71.

Some of the other notable high stakes tournament winners included:

  • “gregor7878” – winner of the $109 Sunday Starter for $7,050.04
  • Ronald “ronaldgrauer” Grauer – winner of the Big $162 for $5,635.66
  • “sir.stef 5” – winner of the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $22,084.38
  • “fish_san” – winner of the Hot $162 for $6,711.27
  • Kelvin “aces_up4108” Beattie – winner of the $215 Bounty Builder for $15,119.26
  • Kenny “LoneHixx” Hicks – winner of the $215 Weekender for $8,839.94
  • Yuriy “Yurec1707” Zdanovskiy – winner of the Big $109 for $27,162.11
  • “pokerpro_kk1” – winner of the Hot $162 for $15,837.41
  • “bah23” – winner of the $700 Super-Sized Sunday for $39,998.30
  • “maxfey01” – winner of the $109 Bounty Builder for $16,338.30
  • “Nes1989” – winner of the $109 Bubble Rush for $10,932.07
  • Troy “barney1084” Barnett – winner of the Hot $109 for $17,109.86
  • “ImWithSumo” – winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO for $32,631.86
  • “myleftfoot33” – winner of the Big $215 for $27,218.27
  • “cocojamb0” – winner of the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $22,222.75
  • “Ssick_OnE” – winner of the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $36,160.80
  • “TonyCipolla9” – winner of the Hot $215 for $20,058.77
  • “kimgrind52” – winner of the $109 Sunday Wrap-Up for $8,365.90

The largest cash at partypoker this weekend is now in the account of British grinder Oliver “ThreeBunPass” Price who won the $2,600 Super High Roller for the second time in the space of two months to add $43,750 to his lifetime winnings.

This week’s $530 High Roller ended in a heads-up chop between “SentimenTODO23” and “dartazz” who collected $36,758.67 and $33,864.08, respectively, while “KoksJuuice” became the $215 Title Fight champion, an accolade that came with a $46,528.08 this week.

Partypoker’s $109 Main Event had 1,658 players buy in and it was “XaXoManBR” who outlasted them all to win $26,259.59 with “vinciustele” turning $109 into $13,084.97 by winning the Weigh-In tournament.

Over to 888poker now where the $600 Whale was settled with a three-way chop. Finland’s “Jarildur1” was the eventual winner and banked $26,523.08 with “floatmasta” and “perrymejsen” finishing in second and third place for $22,195.79 and $21,805.98.

The popular $215 Mega Deep had a $120,000 guarantee this weekend, a guarantee beaten by $25,200. “stockfish9” took full advantage of the swollen prize pool by topping a field of 726 to claim a cool $26,644.20.

One of 888poker’s more popular events is the $160 Sunday Crocodile, which was won this weekend by “lufeee” for $12,406.33 with “wishuluckBRO” emerging victorious in the $90 Sunday Challenge for $16,432.50.

With the Super XL Series at 888poker, the Turbo Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars and the Powerfest at partypoker all kicking off in the next couple of weeks, PokerNews expects there to be plenty of massive scores to report on these pages so stay tuned in to the world’s biggest and best poker news outlet.

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