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Sunday Briefing: Big Weekend for Philipp Gruissem

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  • Phillip Gruissem won a Powerfest event at partypoker and reached the final table of another.

  • Niklas "Lena900" Astedt won two PokerStars Sunday majors on Feb. 5

Germany’s Philipp “philbort” Gruissem is widely regarded as one of the best poker players of his generation and his $3,058,099 in online winnings and his $10,135,305 live tournament winnings are a testament to that.

This weekend, Gruissem took to the partypoker virtual felt where he competed in some Powerfest events. It was a great decision on his part because he won the $500,000 guaranteed Main Event for $80,779 then went on to finish sixth in the $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event for an additional $41,320.

Although impressive, Gruissem’s cash haul was not the largest at partypoker this weekend. That honor went to “Algorhytm” who topped a field of 211 players in the $1,000,000 Gtd Super High Roller, turning $5,200 into $226,825.

Another huge score is now in the partypoker account of “gotthereagain” who won the $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event for a bankroll-boosting $175,610.

Some of the other big victories at partypoker on Feb. 5 included “ReggaeDiBaralho” who won the $100,000 Gtd Freezeout for $17,170, “sstoyanov1” who won the $150,000 Gtd Freezeout for $19,082 and “RIP_HARAMBE” who took down the $300,000 Gtd High Roller for $63,791.

Over at PokerStars, the $215 Sunday Million ended in a three-handed chip. Sweden’s Anton “MORTIIIIIIII” Herrmann was crowned champion and banked $129,686 with “pokerjoe485” finishing as runner-up for $93,000. Third place went to “good2850” who collected $105,669 courtesy of the aforementioned deal.

Some of the biggest PokerStars results on Feb. 5 included:

  • “bienballa” - winner of the $109 Sunday Starter for $6,899
  • “Bulben” - winner of the Big $162 for $6,013
  • “johnnyCASH90” - winner of the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $19,707
  • “dddscorpion” - winner of the Hot $162 for $7,870
  • Kevin “morans350” Gibson - winner of the $215 Bounty Builder for $16,517
  • “Futti18” - winner of the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $56,236
  • Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov - winner of the $215 Weekender for $10,498
  • Niklas “Lena900” Astedt - winner of the Big $109 for $25,448.86
  • “edu22.sp” - winner of the Hot $162 for $15,850
  • “AceSpades11” - winner of the $700 Super-Sized Sunday for $40,055
  • “razvqq” - winner of the $109 Bounty Builder for $15,946
  • Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas - winner of the $109 Bubble Rush for $9,329
  • “diablo8807” - winner of the Hot $109 for $19,204
  • Niklas “Lena900” Astedt - winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE for $58,319
  • “31PokerGod31” - winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO for $38,694
  • Andreas “hucker86” Huck - winner of the Big $215 for $25,247
  • Adrijan “Adrijan_S” Sinishtaj - winner of the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $22,667
  • “pappadogg” - winner of the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $35,600
  • Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins - winner of the Hot $215 for $19,393

Finally for this week’s Sunday Briefing are the results from 888poker’s biggest Sunday tournaments.

The UK’s “OMGsete” walked away with the $32,688 first-place prize in the $120,000 Whale, a $600 buy in tournament that attracts some of the best poker players in the business.

A similar sized score went to “888Stoyan” who won the $120,000 Mega Deep by outlasting a field of 731 players in the $215 buy in event. In the $40,000 Turbo Mega Deep, Germany’s “overthetop33” turned $215 into a much more impressive $10,674.90, while in the $50,000 Sunday Crocodile it was Rocco “sephir0t” Palumbo who claimed top honors, namely $12,426.

Last but not least, “pina219” deserves a mention for winning a $16,558 score in this weekend’s $80,000 Sunday Challenge.

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