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Sunday Briefing: “Wild_Smurf” Wins Sunday Million, Luca Wins Bounty Builder

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  • "Wild_Smurf" won big on Oct. 7 after taking down the PokerStars Sunday Million for more than $140,000.

  • Ivan Luca took down the Bounty Builder for over $165,000.

It’s not unusual for the PokerStars Sunday Million to end in a deal between the last handful of players. Such is the prize money at stake. But this weekend’s edition played through as it should, which meant a $140,572 score for the German known as “Wild_Smurf”.

PokerStars Sunday Million

DateOctober 7th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants5,202
Prize pool$1,040,400
ITM944

A field of 5,202 players created a guarantee-busting $1,040,400 prize pool that was shared among the top 944 finishers. A min-cash saw the $215 investment turn into $333 but with more than $140,000 awaiting the champion, nobody would want the smaller amount.

Romania’s “instructore” was the first player to be eliminated from the final table. It was a result worth $8,268; they were the last player not to walk away with at least five-figures for their effort.

“TheMrsTT” of Norway rode off with $11,782 for their eighth-place finish with Benjamin “BC1989RF” Chalot busting in seventh-place for a $16,790 addition to his bankroll.

Russian superstar Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy ran out of steam to finish in sixth-place after firing two bullets. The second bullet netted him a cool $23,925.

Now the prize money was getting serious and the $140,572 top prize drawing ever closer. “Worjoh” busted in fifth-place for $34,093 and was followed to the sidelines by “razvanik008” of Romania in fourth-place, a finish worth $48,581.

$69,227 and a fictional bronze medal went to “Galva1388” of Brazil, which left “francais50” of Belgium to battle one-on-one with Wild_Smurf for the title. It was a battle that Wild_Smurf would go on to win, meaning their $215 investment almost 14 hours previous, was now worth $140,572. Francais50 had to make do with the $98,647 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Wild_SmurfGermany$140,572
2francais50Belgium$98,647
3Galva1388Brazil$69,227
4razvanik008Romania$48,581
5WorjohBelgium$34,093
6Vladimir “vovtroy” TroyanovskiyRussia$23,925
7Benjamin “BC1989RF” ChalotHungary$16,790
8TheMrsTTNorway$11,782
9instructoreRomania$8,268
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy finished 6th for $23,925

PokerStars $2,100 Bounty Builder Series 8-Max High Roller

DateOctober 7th
Buy-in$2,100
Guarantee$500,000
Entrants403
Prize pool$806,000
ITM48

The Bounty Builder Series 04: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Sunday High Roller saw 403 players buy in and smash the half a million guarantee by more than $300,000, and it was a familiar name who was the last player standing.

Argentina’s Ivan “Negriin” Luca (lead photo) has won millions from online and live poker tournaments and yesterday added $165,580 to his PokerStars account after taking down this huge event. Luca bagged $72,909 for finishing in first-place, but had an additional $92,671 worth of bounty payments to boost his already impressive score.

Anton “ekitzer” Astapau was Luca’s heads-up opponent and he walked away with a combined score of $72,766.

Some big names went deep in this event but ultimately fell short. Austria’s Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt finished in fifth-place for $39,487 in total with Joao “IneedMassari” Simao bursting the final table by busting in ninth-place for $17,084.

Shout-out also to former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson who finished in 11th place for a combined score worth $9,230.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty prizeTotal prize
1Ivan “Negriin” LucaArgentina$72,909$92,671$165,580
2Anton “ekitzer” AstapauLatvia$55,485$17,281$72,766
3PwndidiMacedonia$42,226$20,296$62,522
4n3xDCanada$31,135$11,468$42,603
5Dinesh “NastyMinder” AltAustria$24,456$15,031$39,487
6Stakelis24Lithuania$18,611$8,343$26,954
70409479United Kingdom$14,164$3,750$17,914
8comprisSweden$10,779$3,500$14,279
Anton Astapau
Anton “ekitzer” Astapau finished runner-up for $72,766

partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller

DateOctober 7th
Buy-in$1,050
Guarantee$150,000
Entrants213
Prize pool$213,000
ITM32

“MaXiMuSpkr” is $43,430 richer than yesterday after he or she took down the partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller in the early hours of Monday morning.

Some 213 players exchanged $1,050 for 100,000 chips and the chance to win a partypoker Sunday Major. Two members of Team partypoker went deep in this event. Joao “joaosimaobh” Simao busted in 18th place for $2,662 with Kristen “Krissyb24” Bicknell finished in 14th place for $3,152.

Everyone finishing in fifth-place of above multiplied their initial buy-in by 10 with “megustaestrecha” getting their hands on the first five-figure score of the tournament, namely $11,715.

[fourth placeaction”[/B] finished in fourth-place for a $16,614 addition to their bankroll with “SouhftfW” securing a $22,471 score for their third-place finish.

“IamPEAKing” and MaXiMuSpkr locked horns heads-up in a battle the latter would walk away from unscathed. The runner-up netted $31,524 leaving this week’s champion to bask in the glory of victory and get their hands on $43,430.

PlacePlayerPrize
1MaXiMuSpkr$43,430
2IamPEAKing$31,524
3SouhftfW$22,471
4JimyTransaction$16,614
5megustaestrecha$11,715
6VolZoK_$8,946
7z-boooo$6,603
8MOTHERSMATT$4,899
Kristen Bicknell
partypoker's Kristen “Krissyb24” Bicknell finished 14th for $3,152

partypoker Sunday Super High Roller

DateOctober 7th
Buy-in$2,600
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants79
Prize pool$200,000
ITM10

A compact field of 79 entries left a sizeable overlay in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller event and “GlobalHappiness” took full advantage of the added value by being the last player standing, a result worth a cool $57,000.

Kristen “Krissyb24” Bicknell was the first player to cash, busting in 10th place for $8,000, “MechaCorta” was the eight-handed final table’s first casualty, a finish worth $8,500 while “MOTHERSMATT”, fresh from an eighth-place finish in the aforementioned Sunday Main Event High Roller busted in seventh-place for a $9,500 payout.

All eyes were on Simon “HellmuthTheGr8” Mattsson when play was down to the final five as the Swede is an exception talent. His luck ran out, however, and he had to make do with the $14,000 fifth-place prize money.

Heads-up saw GlobalHappiness and Russia’s “josef_shvejk” fight for the $57,000 top prize; it was the former who emerged victorious, resigning the Russian grinder to a $39,000 score.

PlacePlayerPrize
1GlobalHappiness$57,000
2josef_shvejk$39,000
3rdcrssn$27,000
4Phil_Zajmo$18,000
5Simon “HellmuthTheGr8” Mattsson$14,000
6CapEstel$11,000
7MOTHERSMATT$9,500
8MechaCorta$8,500

888poker $60,000 Whale

DateOctober 7th
Buy-in$1,050
Guarantee$60,000
Entrants62
Prize pool$62,000
ITM6

It was a Swedish one-two this week in the 888poker $60,000 Whale as “Madeon1994” and “creutz93” found themselves heads-up for the title and what was meant to be a $22,940 top prize.

The pair of Swedish grinders struck a deal that made the pay jump shallower so when Madeon1994 emerged victorious the prize was now $20,054. This meant creutz93 netted $18,385 instead of the original $15,500 for their second-place finish.

Only six players were paid in this tournament. “Sweet_dr34ms” of Russia was the sixth-place finisher for $3,410 while Charlie “chazcombes” Combes was awarded $4,650 for his fifth-place finish.

Scores of $6,200 and $9,300 were given to “Farrugia_1” and “DeuceofDuc0” for their fourth and third-place finishes.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Madeon1994Sweden$20,054*
2creutz93Sweden$18,385*
3DeuceofDuc0 $9,300
4Farrugia_1Malta$4,650
5Charlie “chazcombes” CombesUnited Kingdom$3,410
6sweet_dr34msRussia$3,740

*reflects a heads-up deal


888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep

DateOctober 7th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants469
Prize pool$100,000
ITM40

Argentina’s “lasochobi” turned $215 into $19,500 by triumphing in the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. They got their hands on the top prize after defeating “Baistipoika” of Finland heads-up; the Finn walked away with $14,500 for their effort.

“Wisimaki” of the United Kingdom was the only other player to bag a five-figure score as their third-place finish was worth $11,800. Another Brit, “summuNNN” netted $8,000 after busting in fourth-place with “tikkapekka” of Finland collecting $5,500 for their fifth-place finish.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1lasochobiArgentina$19,500
2BaistipoikaFinland$14,500
3wisimakiUnited Kingdom$11,000
4summuNNNUnited Kingdom$8,000
5tikkapekkaFinland$5,500
6LeqendenBelarus$4,000
7KimberSliceCosta Rica$3,000
8HoldababyGermany$2,500

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