2021 World Series of Poker

Sunday Briefing: Ricardo Nascimento Wins GG Masters

Sunday Briefing

Natural8 has a fantastic promotion surrounding its GG Masters tournament. This $150 buy-in $300,000 guaranteed tournament has no re-entry so its one shot and your gone, with players earning leaderboard points based on their finishing position.

The players with the most GG Masters POY points at the end of 2020 becomes an ambassador of the site, which is worth up to $500,000, with those finishing second through tenth banking free tickets to the 2021 GG Masters tournaments.

Brazil’s Ricardo “[email protected]” Nascimento did his chances of glory no harm by taking down this week’s event.

GG Masters $150, $300K Gtd at Natural8

DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$150
Guarantee$300,000
Entrants1,911
Prize pool$300,000
ITM326

Nascimento came out on top of a 1,911-strong field in this week’s $300,000 GG Masters event, netting more than 1,000 leaderboard points and a cool $44,945 prize. The points earned for this impressive victory propelled the Brazilian to third place on the leaderboard.

He defeated Macau’s “ppak” heads-up for the title of champion and the lion’s share of the prize pool. The runner-up turned their $150 investment into $32,038.

The top five finishers each walked away with a five-figure share of the spoils. Austria’s “CanSeeYourCards” obviously couldn’t because they finished in fifth-place for $11,604. Canada’s “try harder” needs to do exactly that this coming Sunday because they ran out of steam in fourth-place, a finish worth $16,280.

“MaoZeDonk” of Austria was the penultimate elimination, their third-place exit securing a $22,838 and setting up the heads-up battle that Nascimento eventually won.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ricardo “[email protected]” NascimentoBrazil$44,945
2ppakMacau$32,038
3MaoZeDonkAustria$22,838
4try harderCanada$16,280
5CanSeeYourCardsAustria$11,604
6Saymon “voltaPLZnezio” NascimentoBrazil$8,272
7spaghettimonsterIceland$5,896
8estJESUSCanada$4,203
9I will shoveIsrael$2,996

High Rollers Main Event $500 at Natural8

*DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$500
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants247
Prize pool$117,325
ITM35

A field of 247-entries ensured the $100,000 guarantee of the High Rollers Main Event was surpassed by $17,325. This tournament attracts players from around the world and that showed at the final table with eight different countries being represented.

“RambaZamba”, “De Uitreter” and “China in Box” were the first casualties of the final table and they were joined on the sidelines by “nbvcxz” and German Twitch streamer Niklas “NikkyMouse” Ehrenholz, the latter banking $6,965.

Israel’s “ProBrock” collected $9,344 for their fourth-place exit, the last player not to win a five-figure prize.

German “schimmelgodx” got their hands on the $12,537 third-place prize to set up a one-on-one encounter between “GrandpaBill” of Canada and “PPX55” of Finland. It was the Finn who emerged victorious and who claimed the $22,567 top prize. GrandpaBill had to console themselves with the $16,820 consolation prize, still not bad for a night’s work.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1PPX55Finland$22,567
2GrandpaBillCanada$16,820
3schimmelgodxGermany$12,537
4ProBrockIsrael$9,344
5Niklas "NikkyMouse" EhrenholzGermany$6,965
6nbvcxzSweden$5,191
7China in BoxBrazil$3,869
8De UitreterNetherlands$2,884
9RambaZambaAustria$2,149

$109 Bounty Builder at PokerStars

DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$300,000
Entrants3,733
Prize pool373,300
ITM611

He may be a mixed game player by trade but Adam “adamyid” Owen showed he has the no-limit hold’em skills to mix it up with the best of them. Owen, who now resides in sunny Mexico, came out on top of a 3,733-strong field in the $109 Bounty Builder to lock up a combined prize worth $41,169.

More than $14,000 of that princely sum was in the form of bounty payment, including that on the head of runner-up “nohomekareem” who won a total prize worth $24,595 from their home in Austria.

Only two other players turned their $109 into a five-figure haul. Fourth-place finisher “mieskala” of Finland banked an impressive $12,406 while the United Kingdom’s Tom “Fugilee” Simm busted in third-place and passed his PokerStars bankroll with a combined $14,379.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBountyTotal Prize
1Adam “adamyid” OwenMexico$26,704$14,465$41,169
2nohomekareemAustria$18,738$5,857$24,595
3Tom “Fugilee” SimmUnited Kingdom$13,150$1,229$14,379
4mieskalaFinland$9,228$3,178$12,406
5ODAYAHMRussia$6,476$2,051$8,527
6SicTheoryCosta Rica$4,544$3,585$8,129
7key9enKazakhstan$3,189$1,275$4,464
8educurervoArgentina$2,238$748$2,986
9SwalzBGermany$1,570$897$2,467

$215 Sunday Million at PokerStars

DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants10,509
Prize pool$1,050,900
ITM1,826

The Netherlands has a Sunday Million champion after “Poeira4” outlasted 10,508 opponents to bink this week’s tournament. First-place in this event was worth a massive $109,749 and comes at a perfect time with the biggest-ever PokerStars tournament coming in a couple of months.

That tournament is a $215 edition of the Sunday Million that has $12.5 million guaranteed. It needs more than 62,500 entries on March 22nd. Until then, Poeira4 has plenty of time to put their new found fortune to good use, practising for this remarkable event.

The Dutch grinder defeated “WillianeMaia” of Brazil heads-up for the title, leaving the South American to collect $78,906.

All but one of the nine players who made it to the final table reeled in more than $10,000 each. “PostFlopRoi” finished in ninth for $7,838.

From there, “UsoGotPwned” and “Cru$h7r” handed over their stacks in exchange for the $10,902 and $15,162 eighth and seventh-place prizes respectively. Germany’s “thstormi1982” won $21,088 for their sixth-place exit before “dikkechill” from the Netherlands secured a $29,329 payday.

“lukasz13” of brazil fell in fourth with “CowSaysMOOOO” of Russia collecting the $56,734 third-place prize after some expert laddering being short-stacked with six players remaining.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Carlos "Poeira4" BrancoNetherlands$109,749
2WillianeMaiaBrazil$78,906
3CowSaysMOOOORussia$56,734
4lukasz13Brazil$40,792
5dikkechillNetherlands$29,329
6thstormi1982Germany$21,088
7Cru$h7rAustria$15,162
8USoGotPwnedUnited Kingdom$10,902
9PostFlopRoiFinland$7,838

High Roller Sunday Big Game: $500K Gtd at partypoker

DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$5,200
Guarantee$500,000
Entrants100
Prize pool$500,000
ITM16

This week’s partypoker Big Game met its guarantee on the nose when 100 players parted company with $5,200 to be in with a shot of a six-figure prize.

“BaBaDeBaBa” was the recipient of that colossal sum, banking a most impressive $122,500 for their victory. The win came after BaBaDebaBa defeated “skitzo7932” heads-up, resigning the runner-up to $87,500.

Each of the eight finalists won more than $16,000. “Langenzersdorf” secured a $16,250 payout while “Xingyuan” saw their bankroll swell by $20,000. “YouGotTheDud” walked away $25,000 richer after falling in sixth, with “Imas97” collecting $32,500 for their fifth-place bust-out.

Last week’s hero Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar won two Sunday majors, but had to make do with a fourth-place finish in this event this week, a finish that saw his lifetime winnings increase by $43,750.

High roller regular “NewYorkJimmY” was the third-place finisher. They scooped up $62,500.

PlacePlayerPrize
1BaBaDeBaBa$122,500
2skitzo7932$87,500
3NewYorkJimmY$62,500
4IJohannes “Greenstone25” Korsar$43,750 
5Imas97$32,500
6YouGotTheDud$25,000
7Xingyun8$20,000
8Langenzersdorf$16,250

partypoker MILLION Final Day at partypoker

DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants4,599
Prize pool$1,000,000
ITM600

Another partypoker MILLION, another substantial overlay of more than $80,000. The site recently revamped its MILLION satellites, making it possible to freeroll your way into this $215 buy-in event. Its satellites are now phased, meaning players can buy into $2.20 or $22 buy-in tournaments and play their way into the several $215 Day 1s.

If they make it to the final table they are almost guaranteed to win more than $10,000. Only one player, “ShiftyR” failed to get their hands on a five-figure prize from their final table appearance. The eighth-place finisher won $9,490.

“CORVALOL” and “RukitaBukezuski” were the next players to fall by the wayside, their finishes reeling in $14,710 and $20,890 respectively.

“Ilprofessore” and “r12u55” then fell for prizes worth $30,750 and $44,740 before “Alex2palki” got their hands on $68,700 for their third-place elimination.

Heads-up ended promptly and in a heads-up deal that saw “TasteTheRainbow” officially finish in second-place for $125,941 and “Secretariat 73” be crowned champion and lock up $134,458.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Secretariat 73$134,458*
2TasteTheRainbow$125,941*
3Alex2palki$68,700
4Ir12u55$44,740 
5IlProfessore$30,750
6RukitaBukezuski$20,890
7CORVALOL$14,710
8ShiftyR$9,490

*reflects a heads-up deal


$20,000 Whale at 888poker

DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$320
Guarantee$20,000
Entrants83
Prize pool$24,600
ITM9

The new $320 buy-in for the 888poker Sunday Whale continues to prive popular with 83 entrants ensuring the $20,000 guarantee was hit.

Russia’s “LeslieGroves” was the recipient of the largest slice of the pie, one weighing in at $7,380. Their victory was made all the more impressive by the fact the nine players at the final table were a talented bunch.

“alwayswin111” of Austria fell in ninth-place to make the waters less shark infested. Ninth-place was worth $861.

888poker sponsored pro Chris “888Moorman” Moorman ran out of luck in fifth-place for a $1,845 prize, while Sweden’s “SkallePer58” eventually busted in second-place for a $4,920 addition to their bankroll.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1LeslieGrovesRussia$7,380
2SkallePer58Sweden$4,920
3IamYourDilleAustria$3,690
4Jack_It_UpSweden$2,460
5Chris “888Moorman” MoormanUnited Kingdom$1,845
6RumukulussGermany$1,353
7Timmys3United Kingdom$1,107
8cuadrado12Sweden$984
9alwayswin111Austria$861

$20,000 Sunday Challenge at 888poker

DateJanuary 26th
Buy-in$109
Guarantee$200,000
Entrants239
Prize pool$23,900
ITM27

The $20,000 Sunday Challenge was another tournament that smashed its guarantee this weekend. $23,900 was collected as 239 players took to the felt, all of them outlasted by Malta-based grinder “okokok1893” who banked a cool $5,138.

The top six finishers walked away with four-figure prizes this week. After winning the Sunday Whale, LeslieGroves finished in sixth in this event for $1,195. They were joined on the rial first by “JohnnyBBQ” of the UK and then by “ivanlimeira” of Brazil who netted $1,434 and $2,091 respectively.

“I_AM_PELMENI”

, also from the UK, finished in third for $2,808 which left “sblanch259” and “okokok1893” to fight it out one-one-one for the title. The latter emerged from the fight victoriously and won $5,138 with their Canadian opponent seeing the $3,704 second-place prize hit their 888poker bankroll.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1okokok1893Malta$5,138
2sblanch259Canada$3,704
3I_AM_PELMENIUnited Kingdom$2,808
4ivanlimeiraBrazil$2,091
5JohnnyBQQUnited Kingdom$1,434
6LeslieGrovesRussia$1,195
7WaldoIchimonj $956
8Kotyara1089New Zealand$717
9PhemoUkraine$478

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