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Sunday Briefing: Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov Wins Third Sunday Million

Sunday Million

Most online poker player dream of winning the PokerStars Sunday Million. It is a dream that remains unfulfilled for the vast majority of those players. Russia’s Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov isn’t like most players, he has now won the Sunday Million a staggering three times, with this latest victory bagging him more than $140,000.

PokerStars Sunday Million

DateDecember 16th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants5,236
Prize pool$1,047,200
ITM944

Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov first won the PokerStars Sunday Million on Nov. 15, 2015 when he outlasted a field of 5,925 players to secure a $183,675 prize, which is still his largest cash to date. Less than two years later, on Jul. 9, 2017, Vezhenkov took down his second Sunday Million after being the last player standing from 5,554 entrants; this win banked him $166,530.

Amazingly, Vezhenkov almost won the Sunday Million on Oct. 28 this year, but fell in third-place for a $71,822 score. This weekend, Vezhenkov triumphed over 5,235 opponents to get his hands on another $141,494.

It is a remarkable achievement by anyone’s standards. One Sunday Million victory is a solid achievement in its own right, two is crazy but three and a third-place finish is quite ridiculous.

Vezhenkov defeated the United Kingdom’s “WhatA298” heads-up to lock in his third Sunday Million title, resigning the British grinder to a $99,292 consolation prize. A huge congratulations to Vezhenkov. If he enters the Sunday Million on Dec. 23, PokerStars may as well just give him the title!

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Artem “veeea” VezhenkovRussia$141,494
2WhatA298United Kingdom$99,292
3LEHMATLENTAAFinland$69,680
4sman9876United Kingdom$48,899
5Joelauson7United Kingdom$34,316
6SoCloseCallNorway$24,082
7EjdmsCzech Republic$16,900
8shockpowerJrNetherlands$11,859
9Jose Queiroz “neto gol” Costa NetoBrazil$8,323

PokerStars High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday HR

DateDecember 16th
Buy-in$2,100
Guarantee$150,000
Entrants82
Prize pool$164,000
ITM9

Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson was crowned the $2,100 Sunday High Roller champion this weekend, an accolade that came with a $39,838 first-place prize. Former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jacobson defeated “topdoll827” of the United Kingdom heads-up for the title; second-place was worth $31,248.

The final table had plenty of established professionals seated at it, as you would expect from such a high buy-in affair. Guillaume “Nolet20” Nolet was one of those pros, although his tournament ended in a ninth-place finish.

Others who navigated their way to the final table included Claas “SsicK_OnE” Segebrecht, Richard “a Bull 67” Loth, Connor “blanconegro” Drinan and Argentina’s Rodrigo “sonmonedas” Perez.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Martin “M.nosbocaJ” JacobsonUnited Kingdom$39,838
2topdoll827United Kingdom$31,248
3PimmssNetherlands$24,511
4Sphinx87Poland$19,226
5Rodrigo “sonmonedas” PerezArgentina$15,080
6Connor “blanconegro” DrinanMexico$11,829
7Richard “a Bull 67” LothDenmark$9,278
8Claas “SsicK_OnE” SegebrechtGermany$7,277
9Guillaume “Nolet20” NoletCanada$5,708

partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter

DateDecember 16th
Buy-in$530
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants419
Prize pool$214,737
ITM56

This weekend’s partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter saw its $200,000 guarantee blown out of the water after 419 players ponied up $530 to create a $214,737 prize pool that was shared among the top 56 finishers.

Claiming the lion’s share of the money was Germany’s “I am bored.” who took home the $20,007 first-place prize plus an additional $18,682 from the bounty prize pool. This bounty prize was so substantial because it contained the bounty of runner-up “Hedger44499” of Ireland and their own now huge bounty.

Earlier at the final table, Kosovo’s high stakes regular “rrinKS” busted in sixth-place for a combined score of $5,317 while Jamie “lipinator” O’Connor crashed out in third-place for a total cash haul of $15,358 and was the only other player, aside from the top two finishers, to bank five-figures for their effort.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1I am bored.Germany$20,007$18,682$38,689
2Hedger44499Ireland$14,350$3,441$17,791
3Jamie “lipkinator” O’ConnorUnited Kingdom$9,846$5,512$15,358
4blackaces93Poland$6,913$754$7,667
5KahuiBrazil$4,944$3,084$8,028
6rrinKSKosovo$3,603$1,714$5,317
7Hallgeir72Norway$2,545$2,280$4,825
8GangbaaangBobGermany$1,854$2,313$4,167

partypoker Bounty Hunter

DateDecember 16th
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$150,000
Entrants1,595
Prize pool$165,880
ITM200

$150,000 was guaranteed in the $109 Bounty Hunter and $165,880 was paid out, with the largest chunk of cash now being nestled in the partypoker account of Canada’s “RedPant”.

Another Canadia, “seotaiji86” fell in eighth-place but must have been aggressive on their way to the final table as they banked $1,790 worth of bounties, almost double the $949 they were awarded for finishing eighth.

Austria’s “M1ndBl0w” busted in third-place and was the last player not to collect a five-figure score. The Austrian netted $6,220 for their third-place finish, which was boosted by $2,631 from the bounty prize pool.

The United Kingdom’s “ohthedevil” pushed RedPant all the way for the title but ultimately fell at the final hurdle. Second-place was worth $10,385 in total this week, which left RedPant to turn their $109 investment into $21,619.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1RedPantCanada$13,478$8,141$21,619
2ohthedevilUnited Kingdom$9,570$815$10,385
3M1ndBl0wAustria$6,220$2,631$8,851
4foxmulder92Netherlands$4,154$2,150$6,304
5ginger_masterPoland$2,950$1,563$4,513
6umadatmebroNorway$2,073$881$2,954
7BadFox77Ukraine$1,435$108$1,543
8seotaiji86Canada$949$1,790$2,739

888poker $80,000 Sunday Mega Deep

DateDecember 16th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$80,000
Entrants420
Prize pool$84,000
ITM40

It was a case of fourth time lucky for Brazil’s “Yattag0” in the 888poker $80,000 SUnday Mega Deep after they went all the way and took down the biggest tournament held at 888poker this weekend with their fourth $215 bullet.

$16,380 was the champion’s prize this week and the Brazilian got their hands on it after sending “Duckface01” to the rail in second-place, a finish worth $12,180 and the only other five-figure score awarded in this tournament.

Another player who fired multiple bullets was eighth-place “bAdP0KeR87” of Germany who managed to take six bites at the cherry this week on their way to collecting $2,100.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Yattag0Brazil$16,380
2Duckface01 $12,180
3ShipGoldNorway$9,240
4GangstaGoUkraine$6,720
51LevelAboveSweden$4,620
6Alessandro “WadoIchimonj” Sarro $3,360
7Andy “Life0nMars” WilsonUnited Kingdom$2,520
8bAdP0KeR87Germany$2,100

888poker $20,000 Sunday PKO

DateDecember 16th
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$20,000
Entrants244
Prize pool$24,400
ITM27

Progressive Knockout tournaments are relatively new at 888poker but they have already proven popular with 244 players exchanging $109 for a shot at a $24,400 prize pool on Sunday.

Ninth-place finisher “nordfrutt” of Germany was busy sending foes to the rail and collected three-times as much money from the bounty prize pool as they did from the main prize pool; a combined score of $998 was more than seventh-place “MarikChichik” banked.

Four British grinders occupied placed third through sixth. Feargus “EZ.PZ” Murphy went the deepest in third, Luis “paraRC” Faria, “silkshoota” and Paul “Senta99” Senter busted in fourth-place though sixth.

After earlier winning the $109 Bounty Hunter at partypoker, “RedPantRed” found themself heads-up against “ruttz” of Estonia in this event. They couldn’t quite get the job done, however, and had to make do with a combined $2,484 for second-place, leaving the Estonia to collect $4,872.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1ruttzEstonia$2,623$2,249$4,872
2RedPantRedCanada$1,891$593$2,484
3Feargus “EZ.PZ” MurphyUnited Kingdom$1,433$693$2,126
4Luis “paraRC” FariaUnited Kingdom$1,067$534$1,601
5silkshootaUnited Kingdom$732$434$1,166
6Paul “Senta99” SenterUnited Kingdom$610$583$1,193
7MarikChichikUkraine$488$231$719
8PapeiraaaGermany$366$150$516
9nordfruttGermany$244$754$998

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