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Sunday Briefing: Graftekkel Wins PokerStars Sunday High Roller

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  • Dutchman Jans “Graftekkel” Arends won the $2,100 Sunday High Roller at PokerStars for $69,662.

Jans “Grafftekkel” Arends of the Netherlands added the $2,100 Sunday High Roller title to his already impressive list of poker-related accomplishments after he topped a star-studded field of 173 entries in what is one of online poker’s toughest tournaments.

PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller

DateFebruary 25th
Buy-in$2,100
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants173
Prize pool$346,000
ITM23

The $2,100 Sunday High Roller attracts some of the best poker players in the world to the PokerStars tables every week and Feb. 25 was no different. It would be easy to write a full article on the player who failed to cash in this event because their names read like a who’s who of the online tournament world.

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Jans Arends

Some of those making into the top 23 places where the $346,000 prize pool was awarded included Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford (17th for $5,688), Team PokerStars Pro Igor “IgorKurganov” Kurganov (14th for $5,688), and Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (10th for $6,716).

Everyone at the final table was guaranteed $7,930 for their efforts and it was the United Kingdom’s “StupidFr3nch” who bust in ninth-place to secure this sum. Grayson “gray31” Ramage was the next to fall and he was joined in the sidelines by “Romanoff11”, Ingvar “blikinn” Kale, Pascal “Paffchen” Hartmann, “girafganger7”, and “vojta555cz”.

Graftekkel locked horns heads-up with Swedish star Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar and eventually came out on top to scoop $69,662, leaving Korsar to collect the $53,093 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Jans “Graftekkel” ArendsNetherlands$69,662
2Johannes “Greenstone25” KorsarSweden$53,093
3vojta555czCzech Republic$40,465
4girafganger7Belgium$30,840
5Pascal “Paffchen” HartmannAustria$23,505
6Ingvar “blikinn” KaleIceland$17,914
7Romanoff11Sweden$13,653
8Grayson “gray31” RamageCanada$10,406
9StupidFr3nchUnited Kingdom$7,930

PokerStars $215 Sunday Million

DateFebruary 25th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants6,121
Prize pool$1,224,200
ITM1,106

This week’s Sunday Million ended in a heads-up chop that saw the two finalists walk away with more than $281,000 between them. The original first-place prize was $165,277 with the runner-up set to walk away with $115,982, but when Argentina’s “delfina_47” and Hungary’s “Akameo” found themselves heads-up, they struck a deal to flatten the payouts a little.

The deal worked in delfina_47’s favor because he fell in second-place and banked $124,014 for his runner-up finish, $8,032 more than he would have collected had the tournament paid out in its original structure.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1AkameoHungary$157,245*
2delfina_47Argentina$124,014*
3Alexandre “Cavalito” MantovaniBrazil$81,932
423noraBAustria$57,118
5Tatiana “Mysters_Y” BarausovaRussia$40,084
6Mortan23Faroe Islands$28,129
7Ulver83Mexico$19,740
8south2Sweden$13,853
9Nico “nicosty21” TitoUruguay$9,721

*reflects a heads-up chop


PokerStars Sunday 500

DateFebruary 25th
Buy-in$530
Guarantee$150,000
Entrants396
Prize pool$198,000
ITM55
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1P0KERPR02.0Germany$32,888*
2Rafael “GM_VALTER” MoraesBrazil$29,370*
3Conor “1_conor_b_1” BeresfordNetherlandsl$19,386
4Joris “BillLewinsky” RuysNetherlands$14,250
5Underwood2017Netherlands$10,474
6Anatoly “NL_Profit” FilatovRussia$7,698
7justholdplzBrazil$5,658
8MATT HOLVIKCanada$4,159
9Diego “Mr.Bittar” BittarBrazil$3,057

*reflects a heads-up deal


888poker $100,000 Whale

DateFebruary 25th
Buy-in$1,050
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants110
Prize pool$110,000
ITM12

Germany’s “OINKOinkOink” secured the biggest prize at 888poker this weekend by taking down the $100,000 Whale. The talented pro walked away with $30,250 after defeating Ukraine’s Roman “romepro33” Romanovsky heads-up, leaving the runner-up to collect the $20,350 consolation prize.

Also at the final table were the 888poker ambassador Martin “MJacobson888” Jacobson, who finished sixth for $5,775 and Jans “Graftekkel” Arends who finished eighth for $3,850.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1OINKOinkOinkGermany$30,250
2Romeo “Romeopro33” RomanovskyUkraine$20,350
3josef_shvejkRussia$15,400
4DosPoochiesCanada$10,450
5CrystalMadUnited Kingdom$7,700
6Martin “MJacobson888” JacobsonUnited Kingdom$5,775
7Madeo1994Sweden$4,675
8Jans “Graftekkel” ArendsNetherands$3,850

888poker $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep

DateFebruary 25th
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants1,395
Prize pool$139,500
ITM128

A cut-price $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep saw 1,395 players flock to the 888poker virtual felt and pay $109 instead of the usual $215 entry. Romanovasky, fresh from his runner-up finish in the $100,000 Whale, finished fifth for a $6,975 score, but it was the United Kingdom’s “HinduKrush” who emerged victorious to turn his $109 into an impressive $25,709.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1HinduKrushUnited Kingdom$25,709
2chsskUkraine$18,135
3jakeyboy91United Kingdom$13,950
4CWallace1408Canada$10,462
5Romeo “Romeopro33” RomanovskyUkraine$6,975
6Chris “bluecheek” MooreUnited Kingdom$4,882
7arge313Russia$3,138
8thehot3.30Sweden$2,120

partypoker KO Series 03-H: $1M Gtd Championship Event

DateFebruary 25th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants3,856
Prize pool$1,000,000
ITM536

partypoker’s KO Series kicked off on Feb. 25 and the biggest event was the $1 million guaranteed Championship Event. Costing $200+$15 to enter, the tournament needed 5,000 entries to hit the ambitious guarantee, but only 3,856 players bought in, which left partypoker with a chunky $228,800 overlay.

“BigOrator” took full advantage of the extra prize money by being the last player standing. BigOrator beat “PL0TTWIST” heads-up to secure the $84,557 first-place prize plus an additional $33,750 in bounty payments. PL0TTWIST collected $76,000 in prize money and a further $6,575 in bounty payments.

There is another $1 million guaranteed Championship Event costing $215 to enter, scheduled for Mar. 4.

PlacePlayerPrizeBounty payment
1BigOrator$84,557$33,750
2PL0TTWIST$76,000$6,575
3ccsaba123$42,393$6,834
4kashmir_uzi$27,666$5,719
5prebzzz$19,034$4,541
6NeVeRLuCKyGG$12,951$2,055
7Otb_Red_Baron$9,111$5,078
8easylimpp$5,898$1,133

partypoker KO Series 02-HR: $200K Gtd NL Hold’em

DateFebruary 25th
Buy-in$1,050
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants311
Prize pool$311,000
ITM40

Another player winning plenty of bounty payments at partypoker on Sunday was “marigoli” who almost won as much from eliminating opponent as he did for winning the tournament. Marigoli was awarded $30,944 for winning the $1,050 buy-in KO Series 02-HR: $200K Gtd and he also banked $30,744 after sending more than a dozen foes to the sidelines, going to show how lucrative progressive KO tournaments can be.

PlacePlayerPrizeBounty payment
1marigoli$30,944$30,744
2Guntis “luffynated” Aleskins$22,392$15,556
3Dennis “DBerglin” Berglin$15,705$4,152
4IPayYourRent$11,429$5,984
5Iafocafabla$8,086$7,062
6FairPlay373$6,064$4,562
7Krilller$4,276$3,804
8geileaap$3,110$1,968

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