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Sunday Briefing: Joseph Cheong Wins PokerStars Sunday Supersonic

Joseph Cheong
  • Joseph Cheong took down the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic for $30,939, the perfect warm-up for the PCA grind.

Joseph Cheong tweeted that he is heading to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for the first time in a few years and said, possibly tongue in cheek, that there’s nothing like starting the year in a $70,000 hole. That "hole" is now $30,939 less after the popular pro took down the $215 Sunday Supersonic online at PokerStars on Jan. 7.

Cheong, playing as his famous “subiime” moniker, was one of 915 entrants in the six-max hyper-turbo tournament, a tournament that took only two hours and 23 minutes to complete. Cheong locked horns with partypoker’s Kristen “krissyb24” Bicknell, heads up for the title, and he was the player to come out on top, resigning Bicknell to the $22,021 consolation prize.

This latest victory was Cheong’s 104th in online poker circles and it takes his lifetime online winnings to more than $3.16 million, according to

Another player winning big was “BillLewinsky” of the Netherlands. The Dutchman triumphed over a field of 800 players in Winter Series 38 - High: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Progressive KO for a massive haul of $121,686 ($54,464 came from bounties.)

BillLewinsky overcame a final table that homed the likes of Robin “robinho” Ylitalo (who amazingly never claimed one bounty), Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson and his heads-up opponent “True Pokah” of Latvia.

Some of the other notable victories at PokerStars on Jan. 7 included:

$530 Bounty Builder High RollerAndras “probirs” Nemeth$71,385
$2,100 Sunday High RollerMITS 304$47,872
$215 Sunday Warm-UpDurrden$43,000
$109 Bounty BuilderWithUsura$35,185*
$215 Bounty Builderholy h3ll$31,367*
Sunday 500etxnl01$31,860
Bigger $109schmette$27,614
Bigger $215MkMyWishFish$20,482
Hotter $215fpadillah$19,640
$109 Sunday CooldownManni1822$18,948
$109 Sunday KickoffLEHMATLENTAA$17,102
$530 Omania High RollerMITS 304$15,850
Hotter $109farmer 74$12,666
Hotter $162L_Cesk$8,270
$215 NLO8 Sunday SupersonicNedelcu “Narcisus90” Narcis$7,581
$109 Sunday Wrap-UpHustlaStylez$6,531
$109 Sunday StarterZhao “zzhalbert” Huang$5,703
$109 Omaniafinal rival$5,604
$109 Bubble Rushboca2004$5,247
Bigger $162Maxim “$uperdecay” Lykov$4,468
Hotter $109Ami “YhhMee” Barer$2,357

*includes bounty payments

Martin Jacobson Wins 888poker Whale

Martin Jacobson recently became an 888poker ambassador and he repaid his sponsor’s faith in him be winning the $150,000 Gtd Whale tournament on Jan. 7. Jacobson, playing as “Mjacobson888” came out on top of a 106-strong field to add $39,750 to his lifetime winnings and to get his 888poker career off to a flying start.

Jacobson’s fellow Swede Robin “Inho” Ylitalo also won a Sunday major at 888poker this week. Ylitalo took down the $120,000 Gtd Mega Deep Special Edition to turn $215 into $24,434.

This week’s $60,000 Sunday Challenge was won by “ContaSagrada” for $11,400 while the $50,000 Sunday GREAT 8 saw “summuNNN” walk away with the $9,956 top prize for his $88 investment.

Laszlo Bujtas Wins Big at partypoker

Hungarian pro Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas is a regular in partypoker’s $100K Gtd Super High Roller, a $2,100 buy-in tournament. Bujtas has finished ninth and fourth in this event in recent months, but on Jan. 7 he came out on top of the star-studded 63-strong field to secure a $46,528 payday.

The $100K Gtd Super High Roller attracts some of the best players in the business, including partypoker ambassador Joao “joaosimaobh” Simao who was the unfortunate soul to burst the money bubble this week. Simao’s fellow Team partypoker member Roberto “WelshWizard” Romanello bust in 11th place for $4,812 and was the first player to receive cash for his efforts.

Bujtas found himself on a final table with Simon “HellmuthTheGr8” Mattsson and the in-form “SandwichBacon” who finished fifth and fourth for scores of $9,953 and $14,635 and eventually found himself heads-up against “aLiNeNok1617” for the title. Bujtas swept aside his heads-up opponent to win the $46,528 first-place prize.

Some of the other big partypoker wins on Jan. 7 included:

$215 Title Fightbenderbei1$42,625
$530 High RollerSTORTjavlaGL$28,545
$109 Main Eventthurayarules$25,395
$530 High Roller TurboLudovic “FilthyTrousers” Geilich$12,365
$215 Title Fight Warm UpSetKat74$10,662
$530 High Roller Warm UpMisterN411$10,554
$215 Title Fight Kick-OffIllijix133$10,009
$109 Main Event Kick-OffHungarysHero$9,627
$109 Main Event Warm UpEspen “UhlenPoker” Uhlen Jorstad$8,746

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