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US Online Sunday Briefing: Michael St. John Wins the WSOP.com Spring OC Main Event ($76,778)

United States Online Poker Briefing

It was another big Sunday at American-regulated online poker rooms but none bigger than for Michael "HankdaTank" St. John who outlasted a field of 1,059 entrants to ship the $525 Spring OC #95 - $300,000 NLH Main Event at WSOP.com for $76,778.

Other players to win big online events on Sunday included Michael "miw210x" Wang and Daniel "monkeyman067" Sewnig.

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


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BorgataPoker.com/partypoker/PlayMGM Sunday $35K GTD

DateMay 3
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$35,000
Entrants277
Prize pool$55,400
ITM36

The prize pool increased by $6,000 week-over-week in the BorgataPoker.com/partypoker/PlayMGM Sunday $35K GTD 277 entrants (180 entries + 97 re-entries) generating a $55,400 prize pool.

A total of 36 players cashed in this event for at least a min-cash of $343.

After nearly 10 hours of play, WSOP bracelet winner Michael "miw210x" Wang shipped the event for $11,080. Wang has amassed more than $3 million in live and online tournament cashes according to The Hendon Mob and PocketFives.

Joining Wang on the podium were Anthony "upayformypennys" Pagan (second - $7,296) and Eric "alwaysliquid" Vanauken (third - $5,263).

A familiar face in Brian "pure_reason" Wood (seventh - $2,604) was also at the final table. Wood remarkably appeared at the final table in this event three times in a row between March 15 to April 5.

Also with deep runs in this event were Daniel "mj23style" Sewnig (fourth - $4,432), Sridhar "sri50k" Sangannagari (sixth - $3,158), and Brady "NoRecouse" Osterman (eighth - $2,050).

PlacePlayerPrize
1Michael "miw210x" Wang$11,080
2Anthony "upayformypennys" Pagan$7,296
3Eric "alwaysliquid" Vanauken$5,263
4Daniel "mj23style" Sewnig$4,432
5Nanony$3,712
6Sridhar "sri50k" Sangannagari$3,158
7Brian "pure_reason" Wood$2,604
8Brady "NoRecourse" Osterman$2,050
9jimlarry$1,496

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Michael "miw210x" Wang wins for $11,080.
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PokerStars NJ Sunday Special - $40,000 Gtd

DateMay 3
Buy-in$200
Guarantee$40,000
Entries287
Prize pool$53,382
ITM36

The $200 buy-in Sunday Special has returned as the biggest tournament of the week at PokerStars NJ with the NJSCOOP becoming history the week before.

The event attracted 287 entrants (186 entries + 101 re-entries) to generate a $53,382 to smash the $40,000 guarantee. A total of 36 entrants cashed for at least $400.

Daniel "monkeyman067" Sewnig earned his second mention report by winning the event for $10,917 after nearly eight hours of play. Sewnig has accumulated more than $1.3 million in online cashes, most of which came at US-regulated online poker networks.

Fellow Garden State grind Ryan "ISlowRollYou" Hohner was also at the final table but bowed out in the bottom third in seventh place for $1,868.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Daniel "monkeyman067" Sewnig$10,917
2JJVFTW$8,007
3bgrif32$6,032
4buckk50$4,537
5keith1983217$3,096
6USCBARB0306$2,402
7Ryan "ISlowRollYou" Hohner$1,868
8RELEN+LESS1$1,335
9URBALLSRSHOWIN$1,014
Daniel Sewnig
Daniel "monkeyman067" Sewnig wins for $10,917.
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PokerStars PA Sunday Special - $100,000 Gtd

DateMay 3
Buy-in$100
Guarantee$100,000
Entries1,379
Prize pool$126,592
ITM233

The Sunday Special was once the biggest tournament of the week at PokerStars PA with 1,379 entrants (878 entries + 501 re-entries) generating a $126,592 prize pool. A total of 233 cashed for at least a min-cash valued at $180.

After nearly 9 1/2 hours of play, "johnnyboat46" shipped the event for $19,501. Also securing five-figure hauls were "dpoole7171" (second - $14,020) and "Swanny1806" (third - $10,081).

PlacePlayerPrize
1johnnyboat46$19,501
2dpoole7171$14,020
3Swanny1806$10,081
4bdlybldngpkrplr$7,248
5rounder1861$5,211
6usmc2doc13$3,747
7stevestevens1$2,694
8king12929$1,937
9Pocketaces500$1,393
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WSOP.com Spring OC #94 - $100,000 Player Appreciation with Added Prizes

DateMay 3
Buy-in$100
Guarantee$100,000
Entries2,649
Prize pool$243,708
ITM275

There may have been a no better way to end the Spring Online Championships, which guaranteed more than $4 million across 100 events from April 1 to May 3, than with the Spring OC #94 - $100,000 Player Appreciation with Added Prizes giving away $3,000 in cash to random players.

  • 2 winners – $500 cash each
  • 4 winners – $250 cash each
  • 10 winners – $100 cash each

In addition to the added prizes, there was a ton of cash to be played for with 1,629 entries and 1,020 re-entries generating a mouth-watering $243,708 prize pool for a $100 buy-in. A total of 275 players took home at least a min-cash valued at $219.

After nearly nine hours of play, "Beeznutz22" shipped the event for a huge haul of $49,960 after beating Aliyar "Wyse." Sigurdsson (second - $25,833) in heads-up play.

Other notables at the final table were Jeremy "nothinpersnl" Kottler (fourth - $13,891), Tony "Panoramic" Dunst (sixth - $9,017), and Ruth "crazeelf666" Ruffman (ninth - $2,924).

PlacePlayerPrize
1Beeznutz22$49,960
2Aliyar "Wyse." Sigurdsson$25,833
3Azgirlfriend$18,766
4Jeremy "nothinpersnl" Kottler$13,891
5headsup$11,454
6Tony "Panoramic" Dunst$9,017
7mikeme99$6,580
8RathMan89$3,899
9Ruth "crazeelf666" Ruffman$2,924
Tony Dunst
Tony "Panoramic" Dunst finished in sixth place for $9,017.

WSOP.com Spring OC #95 - $300,000 NLH Main Event

DateMay 3
Buy-in$525
Guarantee$300,000
Entries1,059
Prize pool$529,500
ITM160

The Spring OC #95 - $300,000 NLH Main Event was the biggest event of the Spring Online Championships with a $300,000 guarantee and didn't disappoint with a total of 708 entries and 351 re-entries creating a massive $529,500 prize pool.

After nearly 11 1/2 hours of play, Michael "HankdaTank" St. John notched his biggest online score by shipping the event for a whopping $76,778. St. John is a well-known Garden State grinder with more than $1.6 million in online cashes.

Joining St. John on the podium were Nipun "Javatini" Java (second - $56,815) and Keith "kgriffi45" Griffin (third - $41,778).

Also at the final table were James "pipedream16" Romero (eighth - $10,378) and Timothy "Married" Begley (ninth - $7,890).

PlacePlayerPrize
1Michael "HankdaTank" St. John$76,778
2Nipun "Javatini" Java$56,815
3Keith "kgriffi45" Griffin$41,778
4buggi$30,552
5medizenG$23,722
6iowamike5$18,162
7NickRiali$13,714
8James "pipedream16" Romero$10,378
9Timothy "Married" Begley$7,890
Nipun Java
Nipun "Javatini" Java takes second place for $56,815.

WSOP.com Spring OC #98 - $75,000 NLH High Roller

DateMay 3
Buy-in$1,000
Guarantee$75,000
Entries194
Prize pool$189,270
ITM27

The Spring OC #72 - $50,000 NLH High Roller featured many big names in poker as one might expect for a hefty $1,000 buy-in. The $75,000 guarantee was slaughtered with 119 entries and 76 re-entries generating a $189,270 prize pool.

The eight-max affair was won by "helionic" for $40,111 after besting Eric "bill_luga" Blair (second - $30,051) in heads-up play.

Others at the final table included Michael "itWasThatOr0" Gagliano (third - $22,510), Michael "myGAME" Lavenburg (fourth - $16,897), Joseph " biueberry" Cheong (fifth - $12,672), Brent "grebnrets" Roberts (sixth - $9,504), Sang "youngkoi" Lee (seventh - $7,114), and Robert "BustinBalls" Kuhn (eighth - $5,280).

PlacePlayerPrize
1helionic$40,111
2Eric "bill_luga" Blair$30,051
3Michael "itWasThatOr0" Gagliano$22,510
4Michael "myGAME" Lavenburg$16,897
5Joseph " biueberry" Cheong$12,672
6Brent "grebnrets" Roberts$9,504
7Sang "youngkoi" Lee$7,114
8Robert "BustinBalls" Kuhn$5,280
Eric Blair
Eric "bill_luga" Blair finishes in second place for $30,051.

If you play regulated online poker tournaments in Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and would like your real name appearing in future articles, please contact Jason Glatzer via email at [email protected] or via Twitter under @JaxonPoker.

Special thanks to PocketFives and WSOP.com for data used in this article.
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