Sunday Briefing: De Meulder Brothers Crush PokerStars Sunday Events
There were plenty of players enjoying big scores on the last Sunday of March and one of the biggest was the $158,476 won by Finland’s “Timonpoika” in the $5,200 buy-in High Rollers event at PokerStars Former Team Pros Matthias and Christophe De Meulder both had big scores on PokerStars as well.
PokerStars High Rollers 19: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max $500K Gtd
The High Rollers 19: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max $500K Gtd attracted some of the best online poker tournament players in the world, as you would expect to be the case from a tournament commanding a $5,200 buy-in.
With only 17 spots paid, there were a lot of disappointed players from the 151 starters. The likes of Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, and Team PokerStars Pros Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree all fell short of the money.
“Tankanza” was the unfortunate soul to burst the money bubble, falling in 18th place after firing three bullets. His exit paved the way to a prize of at least $12,011.
This prize had increased to $26,841 by the time the eight-handed final table was set. Estonia’s Matthias “blueskyyM” Tikerpe fell in eighth-place and he was joined on the rail by “ceremore” of Switzerland, “DeuceofDuc0” of the Netherlands, and the Hungarian star Andras “probirs” Nemeth.
Fourth-place and $74,040 went to the Russian grinder known simply as “Black88,” while Moldova’s “silentm0de” banked a cool $95,418 for busting in third. This left the legendary Mike “SirWatts” Watson and Timonpoika to lock horns heads-up, a battle that Watson lost meaning he had to walk away with the still very respectable consolation prize of $122,969.
|2||Mike “SirWatts” Watson||Canada||$122,969|
|5||Andras “probirs” Nemeth||Hungary||$57,451|
|8||Matthias “blueskyyM” Tikerpe||Estonia||$26,841|
PokerStars Sunday Million
This week’s Sunday Million once again smashed its guarantee with 6,227 entries processed, and a $1,245,400 prize pool created. This huge sum was distributed among the top 1,106 finishers with a min-cash worth $340, a final table appearance boosting this sum to $9,890, and the original first-place prize locked in at $168,138.
Dietrich “2pacnrw16” Fast was the final table’s first casualty and he was joined by “nice2meatYa”, “5agittariu5”, “steeple3000”, Brazil’s Luan “Pseudo Fruto” Felipe, “zidix” of Hungary and Finland’s “gypsymagi820”.
Matthias “mattidm_uk” De Meulder and “komarolo22” struck a deal heads-up that saw the former lock up $127,644 and when Uruguay’s komarolo22 sent him to the rail in second-place, komarolo22 secured a $158,485 payday.
Matthias De Meulder's brother, Christophe "chrisdm" de Meulder, meanwhile won the $33 rebuy on PokerStars, banking $11.724.
|2||Matthias "mattidm_uk" De Meulder||Belgium||$127,644*|
|5||Luan “Pseudo Fruto” Felipe||Brazil||$40,778|
|9||Dietrich “2pacnrw16” Fast||Austria||$9,890|
*reflects a heads-up deal
|1||Christophe "chrisdm" de Meulder||België||$11,724|
|2||Sam "SamSquid" Grafton||Groot-Brittannië||$8,310|
888poker $100,000 Whale
The 888poker $100,000 Whale ended in a three-way chop this week with the top three finishers walking away with more than $77,000 combined.
Austria’s “Kannwas” collected $24,310 as part of the deal, slightly more than the $23,923 “josef_shvjek” won for his runner-up finish. Sweden’s “B.Mitchell” banked the biggest prize, namely $29,115 and the title of champion.
*reflects a three-handed deal
888poker $50,000 Sunday Challenge
The $50,000 Sunday Challenge failed to hit its guarantee, but that did not bother “Fukuruku” one iota because he or she took full advantage of the additional $3,400 in the prize pool winning the tournament for $9,625.
Fukuruku of Ukraine defeated “tinchoarce” heads-up for the title after a final table battle that saw the likes of Ben “F3nix35” Dobson and Bogdan “Ph4N888” Nicolae bust in sixth and fourth place.
|4||Bogdan “Ph4N888” Nicolae||Romania||$3,875|
|6||Ben “F3nix35” Dobson||UK||$1,875|
partypoker Sunday Major-SHR: $200K Gtd
The player known as “skitzo793” won the largest first-place prize at partypoker this weekend after outlasting 127 opponents in the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller. The $200,000 guarantee was surpassed by $120,000 which meant some big prizes were on offer.
Skitzo793 beat Swedish superstar Simon “HellmuthTheGr8” Mattsson heads-up, a result that netted the Swede $56,000 while Andras “probirs” Nemeth secured a $40,000 payout for finishing third.
partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard bubbled the final table when he busted in ninth-place for $8,000.
|2||Simon “HellmuthTheGr8” Mattsson||$56,000|
|3||Andras “probirs” Nemeth||$40,000|
|7||Jon “sordykrd” Van Fleet||$12,800|
partypoker Sunday Major-HR: $200K Gtd
The top two finishers in the partypoker $200,000 guaranteed High Roller walked away with the same prize when they decided to end the tournament with an even chop for the remaining prize pool. “BuyThaPot” goes into the record books as the runner-up, a finish worth $36,326, with “dj_inferno” also collecting $36,326 as part of the deal.
It was another good turnout for the High Roller as 443 entries ensured the $200,000 guarantee was beaten by $21,500. The new Mega Sats may have had an influence on this attendance.
*reflects a heads-up deal
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