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Sunday Briefing: Online Festivals Create Massive Scores

Sunday Briefing

Dozens of online poker players won big on Feb. 3 thanks to the 888poker RakeLESS promotion, partypoker KO Series, PokerStars Turbo Series, and Natural8 running some big buy-in events that attracted players in droves.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest online poker tournament scores from Feb. 3.

PokerStars Turbo Series 01: $215 NLHE PKO

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants6,282
Prize pool$1,256,400
ITM881

The PokerStars Turbo Series 01: $215 NLHE PKO attracted a massive field of 6,282 entrants who helped create a mammoth-sized $1,256,400 prize pool that was shared among the top 881 finishers and with whoever managed to eliminate an opponent.

At least $4,698, plus any bounties, was guaranteed for each of the nine final table members, the sum awarded to “5692262” of China; the Chinese player banked $11,031 when bounties were added to their score.

“Mr Meykes”, “despedespi33”, “Hytuio” and “khch” all crashed out to bank between $7,613 and $29,788 in total, with fourth-place finisher “patabdd” collecting a combined $31,823.

Third-place and a total of $51,379 was awarded to “Thomas198713” of Belgium, leaving “atanas_1980” and “FrCnntn1960” to play heads-up for the title and a considerable difference in prize money.

No deal was struck despite this now essentially being a heads-up sit & go for more than $70,000, meaning when Bulgarian “atanas_1980” busted in second-place, they netted $71,226 in total, leaving the British FrCnnctn to walk away $144,652 richer.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1FrCnnctn1960United Kingdom$89,275$55,377$144,652
2atanas_1980Bulgaria$61,783$9,443$71,226
3Thomas198713Belgium$42,758$8,621$51,379
4patabddFinland$29,592$2,231$31,823
5khchDenmark$20,480$9,308$29,788
6HytuioDenmark$14,173$3,669$17,842
7despedespi33United Kingdom$9,809$5,037$14,846
8Mr MeykesBelgium$6,788$825$7,613
95692262China$4,698$6,333$11,031

PokerStars Sunday Million

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants13,228
Prize pool$1,322,800
ITM2,366

The new $109 buy-in for the PokerStars Sunday Million continued to remain popular with 13,228 players entering this weekend’s tournament. Eight of the nine players who reached the final table locked up a five-figure score, although ninth-place finisher “parisjoe” came close with $9,938 awarded to them.

Lithuania’s Benas "benasg" Gudelis banked 13-times more than ninth-place when they defeated “BarkieBoy NL” of the Netherlands heads-up for the lion’s share of the prize. The Lithuanian secured a $129,213 prize, which we would guess would be their largest-ever. BarkieBoy NL didn’t do too badly for their runner-up finish; their $109 investment was now worth a cool $93,762.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Benas "benasg" GudelisLithuania$129,213
2BarkieBoy NLNetherlands$93,762
3pharaohusRomania$68,043
4verkanntBrazil$49,379
5XuYandexRussia$35,834
6Japa BillBrazil$26,005
7FiltrManRussia$18,871
8Fieldmice1Austria$13,695
9parisjoeHungary$9,938

partypoker KO Series #01-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$1,050
Guarantee$300,000
Entrants399
Prize pool$406,980
ITM56

partypoker’s KO Series got off to a flying start with several of its bigger buy-in events smashing their guarantee.

One such event was the KO Series #01-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max won by “fizzygypsy” of Canada. partypoker recently took steps to make their PKO events a bit more fair. They did this by making first and second-place pay almost the same, leaving the heads-up duo to fight for the usually substantial final bounty payment.

fizzygypsy walked away with $65,906 and “fumateotro” of the United Kingdom $53,821 after both players collected $29,998 and $29,958 from the main prize pool, but fizzygypsy scooped more than $12,000 extra from the bounty prize pool.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1fizzygypsyCanada$29,998$35,908$65,906
2fumateotroUnited Kingdom$29,958$23,863$53,821
3backdrunkSweden$20,569$3,855$24,424
4j2805667Malta$14,442$2,811$17,253
5ucantrybutUkraine$10,328$1,868$12,196
6SeuOnofreBrazil$7,527$2,990$10,517
7BuyThaPotSweden$5,317$3,111$8,428
8LordPuasonGUnited Kingdom$3,873$1,657$5,330

partypoker KO Series #02-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$530
Guarantee$300,000
Entrants748
Prize pool$383,350
ITM104

It was a similar story in the KO Series #02-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max where 748 players exchanged $530 for the chance to become a KO Series champion.

First-place in this exciting event weighed in at $26,199 with second-place locked in at $26,162. The difference between the first-place bounty and runner-up was a massive $24,743 thanks to “dean23pricel” having a sizeable bounty on their heads.

This meant when dean23pricel defeated “sanguenuzoio” heads-up, their bankroll was boosted by a combined $54,436 with the second-place finisher netting $29,656 in total.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1dean23priceINetherlands$26,199$28,237$54,436
2sanguenuzoioBrazil$26,162$3,494$29,656
3pendallRussia$17,584$4,577$22,161
4ojanOmahaSweden$11,915$9,554$21,469
5HyphMngoPoland$8,410$5,069$13,479
6LordBoris82Denmark$6,060$4,093$10,153
7phbbcBrazil$4,329$1,903$6,232
8HiSoka_18Russia$3,009$2,825$5,834

888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Main Event

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$300
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants441
Prize pool$132,300
ITM63

The 888poker RakeLESS promotion went down a storm with the two biggest tournaments each surpassing their $100,000 guarantees. The $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Main Event saw $132,300 distributed among the top 63 finishers, with the eight-handed final table all securing almost $3,000.

João “joaobarb” Barbosa, “mrsmith78” and Finland’s “dmg36” were the first casualties of the final table, walking away with prizes worth between $2,976 and $5,622. Fifth-place finisher “Lannovar10” of the United Kingdom banked $7,276 and was the last player in this tournament to not scoop five-figures.

Germany’s “t8ofdiamonds” busted in fourth-place for $10,319 and was joined as a spectator by “easylimp888” of the UK who netted $13,560 for their third-place exit.

Long-time grinder Michael “wywrotx” Wywrot triumphed over the 441-strong field, securing $25,137 for his efforts and leaving Jans “Graftekkel” Arends to collect the $18,522 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Michael “wywrotx” WywrotCanada$25,137
2Jans “Graftekkel” Arends $18,522
3easylimp888United Kingdom$13,560
4t8ofdiamondsGermany$10,319
5Lannovar101United Kingdom$7,276
6dmg36Finland$5,622
7mrsmith78United Kingdom$4,299
8João “joaobarb” Barbosa $2,976

888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Mega Deep

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$200
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants773
Prize pool$154,600
ITM72

The $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Mega Deep saw 773 players create a $154,600 prize pool and the lion’s share is now nestled in the 888poker account of “Tedson89” of the UK, namely $29,219.

The British player defeated “nixokofits” of Greece heads-up to secure the biggest prize of the tournament, which left the Greek grinder to bank $21,412 for their second-place finish.

Only two other 888poker players netted more than $10,000 from the RakeLESS Sunday Mega Deep. Fourth-place “GramNaKartke” was awarded $11,904 with “sblanch259” of Canada busting one place later for $15,769. Sam “sammygrinder” Grafton bubbled the final table; he finished ninth for $2,365.38.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Tedson89United Kingdom$29,219
2nixokofitsGreece$21,412
3sblanch259Canada$15,769
4GramNaKartke $11,904
5GugulehtuMalta$8,348
6byyyyySweden$6,570
7MR.SadballIreland$5,024
8Ivan “F1SHRAP1ST” GacinaCroatia$3,478

Natural8 Sunday Blade $5k

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$5,000
Guarantee$75,000
Entrants43
Prize pool$204,250
ITM5

A new addition to the Sunday Briefing this week are a couple of results from Natural8 on the GGNetwork, and it is easy to see why. The Sunday Blade $5K isn’t a $5K guaranteed affair; it’s a $5,000 buy-in event!

Five of the 43 starters banked some of the $204,250 prize pool; “oviens22” netting $12,838 for their fifth-place finish. “HONEYDETECTED” of the UK finished in fourth-place for $20,396; it would not be the Brits’ only big score of the night.

“Pihler13” of the Ukraine busted in third-place for $32,404 to leave “chapdelaine” and “SasukeUchiha” to play one-on-one for the title and the huge $87,129 top prize.

It was the latter who emerged victorious, meaning the runner-up had to lick their wounds with a $51,480 score heading to their Natural8 poker account.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1SasukeUchihaCanada$87,129
2chapdelaineCanada$51,480
3pihler13Ukraine$32,404
4HONEYDETECTEDUnited Kingdom$20,396
5oviens22Canada$12,838

Natural8 Sunday Blade 500

DateFebruary 3rd
Buy-in$500
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants191
Prize pool$100,000
ITM26

HONEYDETECTED finished fourth in the Blade $5K event and followed that up with another fourth-place finish, this time in the Sunday Blade 500, a $500 buy-in tournament that attracted 191 entrants. The Brit netted an additional $8,711 for this fourth-place bust out and was the last player in this event not to win at least $10,000.

Mexico’s “oldzet” was the third-place finisher and saw $11,463 added to their account. Croatia’s “OutlawStar” and “HFNMWH2U” were the last two players standing, and they struck a deal that saw the former win $17,968 and the latter $16,698, although HFNMWH2U was confirmed as the tournament’s champion.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1HFNMWH2UCroatia$16,698*
2OutlawStarCanada$17,968*
3oldzetMexico$11,463
4HONEYDETECTEDUnited Kingdom$8,711
5elchobiUruguay$6,619
6jutrackGermany$5,030
72high2betJapan$3,822
8peroniGrenada$2,905

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