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Sunday Briefing: 2gbenz Secures Second Six-Figure Score in Three Months

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  • "2gbenz" of Mexico won the biggest online poker tournament prize on Mar. 3, banking $140,687 at Natural8.

Mexico’s “2gbenz” secured their second-six-figure score in less than three months over at Natural8 poker with both massive sums being awarded for winning a $10,000 buy-in event. The Mexico-based grinder took down a $300,000 guaranteed High Roller Weekend Main Event on Dec. 31 for $143,560 and this weekend netted $140,687 in a similar tournament!

Natural8 Sunday Blade $10K

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$10,000
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants34
Prize pool$329,800
ITM5

Thirty-four players bought into the Natural8 Sunday Blade $10K on Mar. 3, smashing the $200,000 guarantee by $129,800. Only the top five finishers received prize money, with a min-cash being worth $20,730.

Last week’s Sunday Blade $10K champion was Canadian superstar “FkTheseGuysBro”. He followed up that victory with a fifth-place finish in this latest $10,000 buy-in affair.

Mexico-based grinder “carsonwentz” busted in fourth-place to lock up $32,934 with Lithuania’s “LaurisL91” seeing his tournament end in third-place, a finish good for $52,322.

This left “AceKing41” of Canada and 2gbanez to lock horns heads-up with $57,562 being the difference between first and second-place. “AceKing41” eventualy collected $83,125 when they fell in second-place and 2gbenz banked $140,687 for their victory.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
12gbenzMexico$140,687
2AceKing41Canada$83,125
3LaurisL91Lithuania$52,322
4carsonwentzMexico$32,934
5FkTheseGuysBroCanada$20,730

Natural8 Sunday Blade $2.5K

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$2,500
Guarantee$75,000
Entrants62
Prize pool$147,250
ITM8

The Natural8 Sunday Blade $2.5K attracted a field of 62 entries who created a $147,250 prize pool that was almost double the advertised guarantee. The final table of eight all received prizes worth between $5,399 and $45,754.

Perhaps the highest profile poker player at the eight-handed final table was Ukraine’s Roman “SanityWaterline” Romanovskiy who has enjoyed plenty of success at Natural8 of late. The Ukrainian continued his solid run at the site with a fifth-place finish worth $12,468.

“Sense8” was the next to fall, the Austrian walking away with $16,480. They were followed to the rail by another Austrian in the shape of “DanBiz” who scooped a $21,784 prize.

Second-place went to “ImLividBuddy” who took $28,793 back to Thailand, which left Hungary’s “PokerBluff1” to be awarded the $45,754 first-place prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1PokerBluff1Hungary$45,754
2ImLividBuddyThailand$28,793
3DanBizAustria$21,784
4Sense8Austria$16,480
5Roman “SanityWaterline” RomanovskiyUkraine$12,468
6bh9999UNited Kingdom$9,433
7MiMosa1Finland$7,136
8nbvcxzMexico$5,399
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PokerStars $109 Sunday Million

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants11,525
Prize pool$1,152,500
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A massive field of 11,525 entries were processed in the PokerStars Sunday Million this weekend, creating a $1,152,500 prize pool divided up among the top 2,042 finishers.

The lion’s share of this incredible sum found its way into the PokerStars account of “Lucky_Jew_17” who secured a $117,222 payday after defeating “Iv Run” of China heads-up for the title; Iv Run netted a still respectable $85,061.

All but one of the nine players at the final table won a five-figure score. Ninth-place finisher “Openshoves85” banked $9,016. Brazilian Carlos “CDOSSANTOS95” Dos Santos being the eighth-place finishers for $12,424.

The prize money kept on rising with “Waulker”, “Vera15” and “igor12345673” falling in succession to turn their $109 buy-ins into scores of $17,120, $23,591 and $32,509 respectively.

Fourth-place and a cool $44,796 was awarded to Ukraine’s “SoEzForMe” before “BigStick91” busted in third-place for $61,729.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Lucky_Jew_17Russia$117,222
2Iv RunChina$85,061
3BigStick91Canada$61,729
4SoEzForMeUkraine$44,796
5igor12345673Ukraine$32,509
6Vera15Sweden$23,591
7WaulkerCanada$17,120
8Carlos “CDOSSANTOS95” Dos SantosBrazil$12,424
9Openshoves85United Kingdom$9,016

PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$2,100
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants135
Prize pool$270,000
ITM17

We love checking out the results of the $2,100 Sunday High Roller because it is one of the tournaments where any of the entrants could win it as they are poker’s elite grinders.

UK-based Norwegian Preben “prebz” Stokkan was the first casualty of the final table, his ninth-place finish securing a $7,269 prize. Stokkan was joined on the sidelines by Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattson ($9,397), Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche ($12,147), and Russia’s Viktor “papan9_p$” Ustimov ($15,702).

Albania may not be known for being a poker hub but “kufungua” put their country on the map with a fifth-place finish worth $20,297 before Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford fell in fourth-spot for a $26,237 addition to his bankroll.

Another UK-based poker player, Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo, collected $33,916 for his third-place exit, leaving two Russians to butt heads for the top prize.

“hello_totti” is one of the best online poker tournaments of their generation, but even the mighty have to be the bridesmaid sometimes. Hello_totti busted in second-place for $43,842, leaving fellow Russian “DRONCHEK” to bask in the glory of victory along with $56,673 in prize money.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1DRONCHEKRussia$56,673
2hello_tottiRussia$43,842
3Juan “Malaka$tyle” PardoUnited Kingdom$33,916
4Conor “1_conor_b_1” BeresfordNetherlands$26,237
5kufunguaAlbania$20,297
6Viktor “papan9_p$” UstimovRussia$15,702
7Dominik “Bounatirou” NitscheUnited Kingdom$12,147
8Simon “C.Darwin2” MattssonSweden$9,397
9Preben “prebz” StokkanUnited Kingdom$7,269
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Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo finished third for $33,916
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partypoker Sunday High Roller Gladiator: $200K Gtd

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$2,100
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants134
Prize pool$274,700
ITM20

The partypoker Sunday High Roller Gladiator: $200K Gtd attracted a field of 134 entrants who were all outlasted by Croatian pro “SouhftfW”. Partypoker make the first and second-place prizes of their PKO events almost the same, leaving the heads-up duo to fight for the substantial bounty payments instead.

And substantial they were because when “CrazyLissy” of Russia saw their tournament come to an abrupt end in second-place, they netted $6,119 worth of bounties in addition to their $23,631, but SouhftfW” walked away with $23,658 from the main prize pool and an astonishing $51,564 worth of bounty payments!

Shout-out to “FkTheseGuysBro” who reached this final table on the same day as the Natural8 Sunday Blade $10K; this result being worth a combined $8,494.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1SouhftfWCroatia$23,658$51,564$75,222
2CrazyLissyRussia$23,631$6,119$29,750
3MaddonaaCroatia$17,196$7,710$24,906
4HeavensEdge222Mexico$12,180$3,806$15,986
5RosenheimCopsAustria$8,598$4,200$12,798
6trinkieGermany$6,806$3,412$10,218
7Chelsea72Austria$5,416$4,134$9,550
8FkTheseGuysBrofCanada$4,299$4,265$8,494

partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Fast: $200K Gtd

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$1,050
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants184
Prize pool$200,000
ITM24

Belgian superstar “omgitsgiraf” boosted their bankroll by more than $42,000 on Sunday after taking down the Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Fast: $200K Gtd. It was a tournament that saw 184 players take to the partypoker tables.

Mike “Ilove2fish” Telker was the first player to bust at the eight-handed final table, a finish worth a combined $6,634. Seventh-placed “savageplenty” of Bulgaria actually walked away with more money than both sixth and fifth-place thanks to the bounty element. There was a similar story with fourth-placed “Iafocafabla” who won a total of $18,576, over $3,000 more than third-placed “mematanlimon” of Argentina!

Heads-up saw UK-based omgitsgiraf and “Christoph3rP” of New Zealand fight for the title and it was omgitsgiraf who emerged victorious, resigning the New Zealander to a $18,913 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1omgitsgirafUnited Kingdom$17,699$24,651$42,350
2Christoph3rPNew Zealand$17,678$1,235$18,913
3mematanlimonArgentina$12,905$2,470$15,375
4IafocafablaUruguay$9,233$9,343$18,576
5madgenius87Austria$6,452$1,820$8,272
6ca11meronCanada$5,006$2,908$7,914
7savageplentyBulgaria$3,893$5,313$9,206
8Mike “Ilove2fish” TelkerCosta Rica$3,059$3,575$6,634
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888poker $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants1,304
Prize pool$130,400
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888poker ran its popular Sunday Sale on some of its biggest events, halving the price of the buy-in. One such tournament was the $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep that only cost $109 this week. It was a smart move by 888poker because 1,304 players bought in and obliterated the guarantee.

The top three finishers turned their $109 into five-figures. Brazil’s Rui “Grobbshinit” Rodrigues busted in third-place for a $12,648 score, which left Peru’s “O_fenomeno9” and Espen “DubaiPrince4” Uhlen Jørstad of Norway to play heads-up for the title.

The Peruvian eventually busted in second-place so had to make do with the $16,952 runner-up prize, meaning Jørstad walked away $23,472 richer and enjoyed a very profitable Sunday.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Espen "DubaiPrince4" Uhlen JørstadNorway$23,472
2O_fenomeno9Peru$16,952
3Rui “Grobbshinit” RodriguesBrazil$12,648
4MuckFestFinland$9,454
5tooCoolForNLGermany$6,572
6mistermoney2Turkey$5,216
7R2RkaUkraine$3,912
8ZapanERomania$2,608
9Chris “ChristaBorg” ConleyCanada$1,564

888poker $50,000 Sunday Sale Whale

DateMarch 3rd
Buy-in$530
Guarantee$50,000
Entrants115
Prize pool$57,500
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The $50,000 Whale received the Sunday Sale treatment, seeing its usual $1,050 buy-in reduced to $530. Again, the guarantee was hit with 115 players creating a $57,500 prize pool.

Canada’s “ThEtRaIN96” secured the lion’s share of the prize pool, namely $15,812 after becoming the last player standing. They defeated “bah23” heads-up for the title, with the runner-up winning $10,637, enough to take their lifetime winnings at 888poker to more than $400,000.

Mentions have to go to 888poker regulars “f0rmEiTseGaL”, “Kannwas”, and “Farrugia_1” who crashed out in fifth-through seventh-place in this star-studded event.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1ThEtRaIN96Canada$15,812
2bah23Bulgaria$10,637
3GrafKohksGermany$8,050
4velkommeninnNorway$5,462
5f0rmEiTseGaLUnited Kingdom$4,025
6KannwasAustria$3,018
7Farrugia_1Malta$2,443
8ImyurfriendGermany$2,012
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