US Online Sunday Briefing: Laplante, Vayo, and Cheong Win Big

Ryan Laplante

It was another huge week in online poker in the United States headlined by the Online Super Circuit $525 Main Event, which nearly tripled its $200,000 guarantee with a final prize pool of $567,000.

Champie "kiddchamp" Douglas won the event for a whopping $130,410 after besting 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott "2Due4U" Blumstein in heads-up play.

Meanwhile, Ryan "protential" Laplante, Gordon "veilleux" Vayo, Joseph "biueberry" Cheong, and Yong "iFoldN0T" Kwon each won big events this Sunday with all but Cheong appearing on final tables in multiple big events.

Read on for a full look at the Sunday results for tournaments with at least a $25,000 guarantee from partypoker NJ,, PlayMGM, NJ, Nevada, 888poker NJ, PokerStars NJ, PokerStars PA, and the three 888poker clients in Delaware.

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DateMarch 29
Prize pool$302,100

The PartyPoker US Network $250K GTD NLH replaced the usual Sunday $35K GTD as the biggest Sunday tournament at partypoker NJ. The big event didn't disappoint despite a lofty $250,000 for a $320 buy-in.

The tournament attracted 1,007 entrants (779 entries and 228 reentries) to create a $302,100 prize pool to smash one of the biggest guarantees seen at partypoker NJ by 21 percent.

A total of 144 players cashed in this event for at least a min-cash of $468.

"UnclePaddy24" shipped the event after nearly 11 hours of play for $48,034. This player was joined on the podium by "SharingisCaring" and "Allyoucaneat" (third -$24,666).

Also scoring big at the final table were Jonathan "jetsfan411" Borenstein ($18,922), Brady "NoRecourse" Osterman (sixth - $12,386), and Jake "schaf4206" (seventh - $9,365).

4Jonathan "jetsfan411" Borenstein$18,911
6Brady "NoRecourse" Osterman$12,386
7Jake "schaf4206" Schafer$9,365
Jon Borenstein
Jonathan Borenstein finishes in fourth place for $18,911.
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PokerStars NJ Sunday Special - $40,000 Gtd

DateMarch 29
Prize pool$54,684

The PokerStars NJ Sunday Special kept its guarantee at $40,000 for two straight weeks and is scheduled to be the same next week as well.

The event was an even bigger success than last week with 294 entrants (188 entries + 106 reentries) generating a $54,684 prize pool for an 11 percent increase over last week's $40,176 prize pool.

A total of 45 players cashed for at least $328.

Two well-known grinders in Yong "iFoldN0T" Kwon and Jonathan "toddchipman" Borenstein agreed to a heads-up deal before Kwon pulled off the win to claim $8,678 after 6 1/2 hours of total play.

While Borenstein was unable to come away with the win, he did collect the biggest prize of $9,833 in this event and earned his second mention this report.

Also at the final table in this event were Brian "s3lfreliance" Wood (fourth - $4,511), Katie "BabyRaizer" Stone Cappuccio (seventh - $1,859), and Tom "PompYouUp" Pomponio (eighth - $1,312).

1Yong "iFoldN0T" Kwon$8,678*
2Jonathan "toddchipman" Borenstein$9,833*
4Brian "s3lfreliance" Wood$4,511
7Katie "BabyRaizer" Stone Cappuccio$1,859
8Tom "PompYouUp" Pomponio$1,312

PokerStars PA Sunday Special - $100,000 Gtd

DateMarch 29
Prize pool$124,481

The PokerStars PA Sunday Special has witnessed its guarantee increase from $40,000 to $100,000 in just a few weeks.

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A total of 1,356 entrants (880 entries + 476 reentries) ponied up the $100 buy-in to generate a healthy $124,481 prize pool with 223 players each guaranteed at least a min-cash of $177.

"IoftheStorms" shipped the event for $19,175 after nearly 9 1/2 hours of play.

Joining this player on the podium were "nothingbutVvSs" (second - $13,786) and "wackywhacker" ($9,913).

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DateMarch 29
Prize pool$567,000

The inaugural WSOP Online Circuit Series produced another huge Sunday at in New Jersey and Nevada with the Main Event attracting 763 entries and 371 reentries generated a huge $567,000 prize pool for almost triple the $200,000 guarantee.

The event was a huge marathon of nearly 12 1/2 hours before Champie "kiddchamp" Douglas defeated 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott "2Due4U" Blumstein (second - $68,890) in heads-up play to win the title.

READ MORE: Recap of Champie "kiddchamp" Douglas winning the Super Circuit Event Main Event.

1Champie "kiddchamp" Douglas$130,410
2Scott "2Due4U" Blumstein$68,890
3Gage "greypoupon" Doyne$45,360
4Brian "JackBogle" Altman$34,020
5Gordon "veilleux" Vayo$28,350
6David "dwpoker" Williams$22,680
7Marcus "mjl56" Laffen$16,443
8Robert "Bob_Loblaw" Brown$10,206
9Jose "deposit" Noboa$7,371
Scott Blumstein
Scott "2Due4U" Blumstein takes second place for $68,890. $100,000 GTD Sunday

DateMarch 29
Prize pool$209,600

The $100,000 GTD Sunday almost always produces the largest prize pool of the weekend at American regulated online poker networks. Although this wasn't the case last week with both partypoker NJ and running bigger events, it was still an impressive turnout.

The event was once again a huge success with the 657 entries and 391 reentries generating a $209,600 for more than double the $100,000 guarantee.

A total of 140 players managed to go home with at least a min-cash valued at $440.

After more than 11 hours of play, Michael "myGAME" Lavenburg won the top prize of $30,769 after besting Ryan "LoveMy11Cats" Belz (second - $22,784) in heads-up play.

Craig "mrjanovich" Mason was at the final table in this event in back to back weeks. Two Sundays ago he took sixth place for $8,434 and had to settle for ninth place this time around for $3,186.

Other notable players at the final table included Jay "Grandpa10" Zimmet (fourth - $12,262), David "1_BLUE_i" Peck (fifth - $9,516), and Matthew "mattyflushes" Larkin (seventh - $5,512).

1Michael "myGAME" Lavenburg$30,769
2Ryan "LoveMy11Cats" Belz$22,784
4Jay "Grandpa10" Zimmet$12,262
5David "1_BLUE_i" Peck$9,516
6Matthew "mattyflushes" Larkin$7,294
7Timothy "Married" Begley$5,512
9Craig "mrjanovich" Mason$3,186
Michael Lavenburg
Michael "myGAME" Lavenburg wins for $30,769. $50,000 GTD March Mayhem

DateMarch 29
Prize pool$87,250

The $50,000 GTD March Mayhem is a special tournament running every Sunday until April 7 where the winner will go home not only with a huge cash prize but also an added seat to the WSOP Big 50. Every player that participates in at least two of these events will also be entered into a freeroll where five Big 50 seats will be awarded.

The tournament more than doubled its $50,000 guarantee after 707 entrants, plus 1,118 rebuys and 279 add-ons generated a $105,200 prize pool. A total of 150 players cashed for a minimum of $168.

WSOP bracelet winner Ryan "protential" Laplante won the event for $20,504 plus an added Big 50 seat.

John "Beastro" Hinds backed up a fourth-place performance two weeks ago for $6,312 with a fifth-place finish last Sunday for $4,537.

Other recognizable names to appear on the final table included Mike "LeftSid3" Haberman Jr (sixth - $3,665), Dan "chard" Martin (seventh - $2,705), Brian "bexel" Sherrier (eighth - $1,745), and Blake "freshness4" Olson (ninth - $1,222).

1Ryan "protential" Laplante$20,504
5John "Beastro" Hinds$4,537
6Mike "LeftSid3" Haberman Jr$3,665
7Dan "chard" Martin$2,705
8Brian "bexel" Sherrier$1,745
9Blake "freshness4" Olson$1,222 $30,000 Weekly Sunday

DateMarch 29
Prize pool$73,319

The $30,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack more than doubled its $30,000 guarantee with 78 entries and 77 reentries generating a $73,319 prize pool. A total of 15 players walked away with at least a min-cash of $1,613 for more than triple the $500 buy-in.

New Jersey's Angel "chromeking" Lopez secured the win and the $20,896 top prize after more than seven hours of play. Joining Lopez on the podium was Brian "Bmack1335" McKinney in third place for $7,332.

Meanwhile, Brady "NoRecourse" Osterman (fourth - $5,866) and Gordon "veilleux" Vayo (fifth - $5,059) earned their second mention in this report.

Other recognizable names at the final table also included Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro (sixth - $4,326) and Arian "4632647" Stolt (seventh - $3,593).

1Angel "chromeking" Lopez$20,896
3Brian "Bmack1335" McKinney$7,332
4Brady "NoRecourse" Osterman$5,866
5Gordon "veilleux" Vayo$5,059
6Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro$4,326
7Arian "4632647" Stolt$3,593
9king_tubby$1,980 $25,000 Monthly PLO High Roller

DateMarch 29
Prize pool$46,500

The $25,000 Monthly PLO High Roller was another success with 50 entries and 43 reentries generating a $46,500 for nearly double that of the $25,000 guarantee. A total of eight players went home with at least a min-cash valued at $2,418.

Gordon "veilleux" Vayo won the event after slightly more than five hours of play for $14,800. This was Vayo's third mention in this report.

Also with his third mention is Ryan "protential" Laplante, who finished in third place for $5,813. Eliminated in between these two players was WSOP bracelet winner Andy "rkkrb" Bloch (second - $8,370).

The entire final table was full of familiar names including Yong "LuckySpewy1" Kwon (fourth - $4,883) getting his second mention this report, Ryan "sychosid" Hohner (fifth $3,860), and Kevin "VamonosPest" Lutz (sixth - $3,395)

1Gordon "veilleux" Vayo$14,880
2Andy "rkkrb" Bloch$8,370
3Ryan "protential" Laplante$5,813
4Yong "LuckySpewy1" Kwon$4,883
5Ryan "sychosid" Hohner$3,860
6Kevin "VamonosPest" Lutz$3,395
Gordon Vayo
Gordon "veilleux" Vayo wins for $14,880. $50,000 Monthly Sunday

DateMarch 29
Prize pool$132,050

The $50,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack was a huge success with 88 entries and 51 re-entries generating a $132,050 prize pool for more than double the $50,000 guarantee.

WSOP bracelet winner Joseph "biueberry" Cheong shipped the event for $37,634 after 5 1/2 hours of play.

Others at the final table included Tony "Panoramic" Dunst ($21,788), Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger (third - $13,205), Eric "8bracelets" Vanauken (fourth - $10,564), Zachary "lovepuddle" Schwartz (fifth - $9,111), and Keith "T1mB3y_B33F" Donovan (sixth - $7,791). For Begley, it was his second mention this report.

1Joseph "biueberry" Cheong$37,634
2Tony "Panoramic" Dunst$21,788
3Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger$13,205
4Eric "8bracelets" Vanauken$10,564
5Zachary "lovepuddle" Schwartz$9,111
6Timothy "Married" Begley$7,791
Joseph Cheong
Joseph "biueberry" Cheong wins $37,634.

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