Sunday Briefing: Fabia Bonatto Wins the Sunday Million for $173K
Coming at you slightly later than usual due to the Easter holidays is this week’s Sunday Briefing, which highlights some of the biggest results from 888poker partypoker and PokerStars’ major online tournaments held on Apr. 1.
As is usually the case, it was PokerStars where the biggest cash prize was won, one weighing in at a shade under $173,000. Let’s discover who got their hands on that substantial haul.
PokerStars Sunday Million
Brazil’s Fabio “FLBonatto” Bonatto was the recipient of a cool $172,955 prize this weekend after he triumphed over 6,405 opponents in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Hailing from Curitiba, Parana in Brazil, Bonatto already has a SCOOP title under his belt and now he's a Sunday Million gong too.
Bonatto went into the nine-handed final table as the chip leader, an enviable position to be in, but he also had plenty of work to do because his eight opponents were all vying for the huge cash prize and a $30,000 Platinum Pass that PokerStars had added to the prize pool.
Russia’s “MrLuckDrago” was the first player to fall at the final table after he lost a coinflip with ace-queen against the pocket eights of “7DonCool7”. Another 50/50 scenario claimed the tournament life of “Kobasteris” the Lithuanian king-queen failed to improve against the pocket tens in the hand of “NisT_777.”
Malta’s “69sBigLick” was then eliminated, and he was followed to the rail by NisT_777, Romania’s “grecu2006”, 7DonCool7 and the Austria’s “sub230212,” which left Bonatto and Arunas “BalticMoose” Sapitavicius to lock horns heads-up.
The final hand saw a preflop raising war break out that saw Sapitavicius all-in with ace-jack against the pocket deuces of Bonatto. The Brazilian flopped a set of twos, then turned a full house to send his opponent to the rail in second-place.
|1||Fabio “FLBonatto” Bonatto||Brazil||$172,955|
|2||Arunas “BalticMoose” Sapitavicius||Lithuania||$121,370|
PokerStars Sunday High Roller
Andras Nemeth is no stranger to major online final tables, but this latest victory in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller must rank high in his list of achievements if only because of the standard of player who reached the final table of this week’s tournament.
After the likes of Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer, Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov and David “dpeters17” Peters had crashed out in the money places, Nemeth had to contend with a final table that was littered with stars.
“Bigfish112392” of the Philippines crashed out in ninth-place and was joined on the rail by “papan9_p$” of the Czech Republic. Seventh-place, and the first five-figure score of the tournament went to Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood before former Supernova Elite “iambest2” fell in sixth-place.
Next to head to the rail was the talented Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit before Grayson “gray31” Ramage exited in fourth-place to leave the final table slightly less shark infested. Third-place and $32,468 went to the partypoker ambassador Joao “IneedMassari” Simao, leaving Nemeth and “vojta555cz” to battle it out heads-up for the title.
Nemeth came out on top to win the $56,111 top prize, and his Czech opponent walked away with a $42,683 consolation prize.
|1||Andras “probirs” Nemeth||Hungary||$56,111|
|3||Joao “IneedMassari” Simao||Brazil||$32,468|
|4||Grayson “gray31” Ramage||Canada||$24,698|
|5||Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit||Austria||$18,787|
|7||Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood||Canada||$10,871|
partypoker Super Sunday Main Event
This weekend’s Super Sunday Main Event-H: $500K Gtd at partypoker ended in a heads-up deal that saw the final two players walk away with a combined $140,010.
Current world number five, according to PocketFives.com, “PhileasFogg” fell in eighth-place and was joined on the payout list by “ZeKick” who last week won a massive $413,157 score in the PokerStars High Rollers Main Event. The Swiss grinder added another $8,125 to his winnings.
“HanzooKid” and “electrofarha” found themselves heads-up in the early hours of Apr.2 and decided to strike a deal for the remaining prize pool. Electrofarha is credited with the victory and the $70,760 prize, with HanzooKid banking $69,249.
*reflects a heads-up deal
partypoker Sunday Major-SHR: $250K Gtd
Another of partypoker’s big tournaments saw 99 players exchange $2,600 for the chance to become the Sunday Major-SHR: $250K Gtd champion. Team partypoker’s Roberto “WelshWizard” Romanello came close to reaching the final table, but ultimately fell in 11th place for a $6,250 prize.
Everyone at the eight-handed final table was guaranteed $8,125, but with $61,250 up top, nobody wanted to claim that sum. One by one the player count reduced until only “SchelampigaUhu” and Mike “thebattler33” Kachan remained. Kachan brushed aside his final opponent to get his hands on $61,250, which happens to be his best online cash to-date.
|1||Mike “thebattler33” Kachan||$61,250|
|4||David “JeanClaude1970” Peters||$21,875|
888poker $100,000 Whale
Dominik “888Dominik” Nitsche secured a $30,600 payday on Apr. 1 thanks to him taking down the $1,050 buy-in Whale tournament. Nitsche found himself heads-up against Brazilian Joao “Jaolito85” Marcos for the chunky prize and he emerged victorious to leave his South American opponent to collect the $20,400 runner-up prize.
|1||Dominik “888Dominik” Nitsche||UK||$30,600|
|2||Joao “Jaolito85” Marcos||Brazil||$20,400|
|9||Niklas “tutten7” Astedt||Sweden||$3,570|
888poker $50,000 Sunday Challenge
Malta’s “chicco988” and Canada’s “jesseb888” struck a deal in the $50,000 Challenge when the duo were the last two players standing in the $109 buy-in tournament at 888poker. The original top prize was meant to be $9,625, but chicco988 walked away with $9,184 after the deal, which benefited jesseb888 as they collected $7,565 instead of the original $7,125.
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