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Sunday Briefing: Patience is a Virtue in the partypoker Big Game

Sunday Briefing

The first Sunday of the new year saw some massive prizes in the online poker tournament world as players flocked to 888poker, Natural8, partypoker and PokerStars in an attempt to kick 2020 off in style.

High Roller Sunday Big Game at partypoker

DateJan. 5
Buy-in$5,200
Guarantee$500,000
Entrants114
Prize pool$570,000
ITM16

partypoker was hit with some software problems last weekend but this week ran smooth as silk, much to the delight of the 114 entrants in the $5,200 Big Game. Only the top 16 finishers bagged a cash prize with Team partypoker’s Roberto “R_Romanello” Romanello falling in 18th place, narrowly missing out on an $11,400 cash.

$18,525 was the smallest prize anyone could win at the eight-handed final table, the sum awarded to “MARL0”. They were followed to the rail by “I LOVE BREW”, “Actungdiekurve” and partypoker regular “sims_or_sins...”

Fourth place and $49,875 went to “player_99887766” before “DasIstMirWurst” crashed out in third to set up a heads-up clash between “Lone1” and “patience”. The latter emerged victoriously and banked a massive $139,650, resigning the runner-up to a $99,750 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
1patience$139,650
2Lone1$99,750
3DasIstMirWurst$71,250
4player_99887766$49,875
5sims_or_sins...$37,050
6Achtungdiekurve$28,500
7I LOVE BREW$22,800
8MARL0$18,525

High Roller Gladiator at partypoker

DateJan. 5
Buy-in$2,100
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants135
Prize pool$276,750
ITM18

Some 135 players exchanged $2,100 for the chance to become this weekend’s High Roller Gladiator champion. Half the $276,750 prize pool went on the heads of each entrant, the remaining 50% awarded in the traditional manner.

“eGGplant” was the last player standing, collecting $25,859 for their first-place finish plus an additional $33,304 from the bounty prize pool for a combined $59,163. They defeated “Razorblade Nick” who was blunted heads up and had to make do with a combined prize weighing in at $42,664.

Shoutouts also to the other four finalists. Team partypoker’s Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov, Swedish superstar Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar, “onehundredeyez” and “Zevs zevs”.

PlacePlayerPrizeBountiesTotal Prize
1eGGplant$25,859$33,304$59,163
2Razorblade Nick$25,832$16,832$42,664
3Zevs zevs$18,244$6,201$24,445
4onehundredeyez$12,923$7,021$19,944
5Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar$9,502$5,676$15,178
6Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov$6,309$4,265$10,574

Winter Series 46-M: $109 NLHE 8-max PKO Sunday Million at PokerStars

DateJan. 5
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants17,077
Prize pool$1,707,700
ITM2,463

This week’s PokerStars Sunday Million had a twist in that it was a PKO event and part of the Winter Series festival. The $109 buy-in and $1 million guarantee remained the same, but this figure was blown out of the water thanks to 17,077 players turning out in force. These create a colossal $1,707,700 prize pool that was split half on each player’s head and among the top 2,463 finishers.

Nobody at the final table busted with less than $14,000 when bounties were included, an impressive return on a $109 investment.

The tournament ended in a four-way deal that saw the last standing quartet bank more than $60,000 each.

United Kingdom’s “darboy72” fell in fourth for a combined $60,246 with “Last port” of Norway netting $68,395. Russia’s “chv89” fell at the final hurdle and padded their bankroll with $74,363 leaving Austria’s “freiwandeln” to collect $98,624 and get their 2020 off to a flying start.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBountiesTotal Prize
1freiwandelnAustria$62,970$35,564$98,624*
2chv89Russia$62,817$11,516$74,363*
3Last portNorway$56,874$11,521$68,395*
4darboy72United Kingdom$53,224$7,022$60,246*
5Diplomatic_BoyUnited Kingdom$23,576$5,250$28,826
6All in JulioBelgium$16,806$1,545$18,351
7raklap13Hungary$11,980$8,335$20,315
8Flush098765Germany$8,539$5,549$14,088

*reflects a four-handed deal


Winter Series 46-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO at PokerStars

DateJan. 5
Buy-in$1,050
Guarantee$500,000
Entrants906
Prize pool$906,000
ITM119

Another of the Winter Series events, the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO, drew in a 906-strong crowd which meant the $500,000 guarantee was surpassed by $406,000.

Brazilian sensation Pedro “pvigar” Vinicius Garagnani was the main beneficiary of this juicy prize pool as he accumulated all the chips in play and was crowned champion. With bounties added to his main prize pool score, Garagnani walked away with a cool $127,049 and was the only player to net six-figures. He defeated “esha22” of Poland heads-up to leave the runner-up to secure a $77,189 prize.

Earlier at the final table, the talented Italian otherwise known as Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit looked to be going great guns before running out of steam in fifth-place. Kanit turned his $1,050 buy-in into a more substantial $30,839.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBountiesTotal Prize
1Pedro “pvigar” Vinicius GaragnaniBrazil$74,472$52,577$127,049
2esha22Poland$53,822$23,367$77,189
3pinduca iretBrazil$38,897$9,538$48,435
4DomceLithuania$28,112$3,453$31,565
5Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” KanitUnited Kingdom$20,316$10,523$30,839
6Kohlrabi7Austria$14,683$14,576$29,259
7OMGACEACEACEPoland$10,611$9,421$20,032
8marlin5555Canada$7,669$14,628$22,297

$20,000 Whale at 888poker

DateJan. 5
Buy-in$320
Guarantee$20,000
Entrants66
Prize pool$20,460
ITM7

Across to 888poker now where “SpitOnGraves” took down the $20,000 Sunday Whale. SpitOnGraves always seems to be there or thereabouts when the big money starts flowing on 888poker and they ensured 2020 started well with a $7,161 addition to their bankroll.

The UK-based grinder sent Peter “kiskutya23” Traply to the rail in second-place on their way to victory; Traply banked the $4,603 consolation prize.

Before the champion was crowned, “ANARCHYFTW” fell in seventh place for $920 and was the only player not to win four-figures. “OneToZaFive”, “DosPoochies”, “N33dCoaching” and “alexos888” all crashed out at the final table and won between $1,125 and $4,603.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1SpitOnGravesUnited Kingdom$7,161
2Peter “kiskutya23” Traply $4,603
3alexos888Canada$3,069
4N33dCoachingDenmark$2,046
5DosPoochiesCanada$1,534
6OneToZaFiveUAE$1,125
7ANARCHYFTWSweden$920

$100,000 Sunday Mega Deep at 888poker

DateJanuary 5th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants461
Prize pool$100,000
ITM45

The $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep is very popular at 888poker, partly because it has a great structure but also because it seemingly overlays every, single week! This week was no different with 461 players entering, leaving 888poker with a $7,800 overlay to contend with.

“GanstaGo” wasn’t bothered about the added money as they came out on top and won the $19,350 top prize. Two other grinders netted five-figure hauls. They were “hurikane3” of Canada who finished as the runner-up for $14,500 and third-place finisher “MisterN411” whose third-place exit yielded $11,000.

It was a good result for everyone at the nine-handed finale because they all padded their 888poker accounts with at least $1,750 and as much as $8,250.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1GangstaGoUkraine$19,350
2hurikane3Canada$14,500
3MisterN411 $11,000
4PserinhoLithuania$8,250
5AnnaSanibel $5,700
6Kotyara1089Ukraine$4,400
7donvito1960Argentina$3,400
8MFA1770Malta$2,400
9pedrohennnnBrazil$1,750

WHS #251: $200K Gtd at Natural8

DateJan. 5
Buy-in$5,000
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants53
Prize pool$251,750
ITM7

Natural8 is no stranger to hosting big buy-in events and its winter festival helped created some sizable prize pools. The WHS #251: $200K Gtd saw 53 entries of $5,000 create a $251,750 prize pool that was shared among the top seven finishers.

“shroooms” busted in seventh for $10,449 before “HogFish333” exited and booked a $14,475 win. Macau’s “Limitles” raked in $20,052 before Ireland’s “Joeri_van_Heeten” crashed out in fourth for $27,777.

Former partypoker MILLIONS Online winner Jon “brotisserie chicken” Van Fleet took his Natural8 winnings past the $5 million barrier with a $38,478 score in this event. This set up an enticing one-on-one battle between “PerfectDisguises” and “pDNA” for the title and the lion’s share of the prize money.

It was pDNA who walked away with the title of champion and a cool $87,215 to boot. Second-place yielded $53,301 which isn’t to be sniffed at for a few hours of clicking buttons.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1pDNAUnited Kingdom$87,215
2PerfectDisguisesMexico$53,301
3Jon “brotisserie chicken” Van FleetCanada$38,478
4Joeri_van_HeetenIreland$27,777
5LimitlesMacau$20,052
6HogFish333Malaysia$14,475
7shrooomsPoland$10,449

High Rollers $2.5K at Natural8

DateJan. 5
Buy-in$2,500
Guarantee$75,000
Entrants46
Prize pool$109,250
ITM6

Finally, we take a quick look at the High Rollers $2.5K, which, as the name suggests, is a $2,500 buy-in event at Natural8. The 46 entries ensured the $75,000 guarantee was blown out of the water, with the $109,250 prize pool shared among the top 6 finishers.

“FuTimReilly” was the first to cash, netting $5,225 for their sixth-place exit. “Hiroyuki” then banked $7,779 for fifth-place with Canada’s “ravenoustrashdog” securing the first five-figure prize, namely $11,581, after losing their chips in fourth.

Finnish star Sami “MiMosa1” Kelopuro was the penultimate elimination, his third place seeing him walk away with $17,242. This left “HogFish333” and “IwanToCall” of Mexico to fight it out mano-o-mano for the title.

HogFish, who earlier finished sixth in the $5K, had to make do with second-place in this event. That weighed in at $25,671, which left IWantToCall to scoop $47,749.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1IWantToCallMexico$47,749
2HogFish333Malaysia$25,671
3Sami “MiMosa1” KelopuroFinland$17,242
4ravenoustrashdogCanada$11,581
5Hiroyuki.TUnited Kingdom$7,779
6FuTimReillyNetherlands$5,225

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