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Sunday Briefing: Monster-Sized Scores Enjoyed at GGPoker

Sunday Briefing

The last Sunday of June was another big day for online poker tournament players, with grinders from around the world padding their bankrolls with massive prizes at sites including GGPoker, partypoker, and PokerStars.

GGPoker continues to see the prize pools of its Sunday majors swell, and it is here where we kick off the latest edition of the Sunday Briefing.


High Roller MILLION$, $2M Gtd

The biggest prize at GGPoker this weekend went to China’s “davidhe” courtesy of them taking down the High Roller MILLION$, $2M Gtd event.

Some 670 players made it through to Sunday’s Day 2 as the tournament once again overlaid. The $2 million prize pool is so substantial that the top four finishers each walked away with six-figure prizes.

Turkey’s “Rony34” was the first of this quartet to bank six-figures. They turned their $500 into a cool $103,588. Next was Canada’s “Lexandru” who walked away with $145,319 for their third-place exit.

This left “raiseraisecall” of Canada and davidhe of China to fight it out one-on-one for the title in what was essentially an $82,000 heads-up sit & go! davidhe won the fight and saw their bankroll swell by $285,986 with the runner-up scooping a mightily impressive $203,861.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1davidheChina$285,986
2raiseraisecallCanada$203,861
3LexandruCanada$145,319
4Rony34Turkey$103,588
5[email protected]Russia$73,841
6RiddickBoweCanada$52,636
7jerbi9999Israel$37,521
8edudrake1987Brazil$26,746
9Andjelko AndrejevicCanada$19,065

Global MILLION$, $1M Gtd

The $1 million guaranteed Global MILLION$ was won this week by “Julia RobBirds” of Canada who claimed the title and the associated $135,217 top prize. The Canadia defeated “manners1990” of the United Kingdom when the tournament progressed to heads-up, resigning the British grinder to a $94,215 runner-up prize.

All but one of the nine finalists saw their $100 investment turn into at least five-figures.

India’s “bangbang1999” fell in ninth for $7,511 leaving those who finished in third through eighth to win between $10,781 and $65,646. The final table was a cosmopolitan affair with eight different countries represented, including Costa Rica, Singapore, China, and Argentina.

The tournament belonged to Canada, however, and Julia RobBirds can now call themselves a poker champion.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Julia RobBirdsCanada$135,217
2manners1990United Kingdom$94,215
3yukeepplayin?Canada$65,646
4Dr.Bilardo86Argentina$45,740
5yuecheng0618China$31,870
6CyxapukRussia$22,206
7KaPaengSingapore$15,472
8FlukeNaJaCosta Rica$10,781
9bangbang1999India$7,511

Some of the other big scores enjoyed at GGPoker included:

  • “IAmZeCaptainNow” – first-place in the High Rollers Blade Mulligan $5K for $123,894
  • “KeijjoKonvehti” – first-place in the High Rollers Blade prize $5K for $121,812
  • Farid Jattin – first-place in the High Rolelrs Blade PLO $5K for $94,460
  • “QuarantinPlaya” – first-place in the High Rollers Blade Closer $5K for $90,760
  • Sergi Reixach – first-place in the High Rollers Blade opener $5K for $77,699
  • “Gogac1” – first-place in the GGMasters $150K Gtd for $71,947*
  • “Babaehduro” – first-place in the Bounty hunters Main Event $10 for $71,549*
  • “UndercoverdeN” – first-place in the High Rollers Big Game hunter $1,050 for $66,201*
  • “RichHomiePK” – first-place in the Sunday Special $250 for $34,759

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Petrangelo Secures a $356K Scores

Nick Petrangelo
Nick Petrangelo

Over at partypoker, Nick Petrangelo took down the $750,000 guaranteed High Roller Club Main Event after outlasting 30-opponent who had all paid a colossal $25,000 to enter. The compact field meant only the top four finishers walked away with a share of the $775,000 prize pool and it was Adrian Mateos who was the unfortunate soul to burst the bubble.

Mateos’ exit locked up at least $62,000 for the surviving players. This is the sum Jake Schindler walked away with after falling in fourth-place. Third-place and $139,500 went to former Super High Roller Bowl champion Christoph Vogelsang, which left Petrangelo and Michael Addamo heads-up for the title.

Addamo won this event and a $10,000 event last weekend but had to make do with second-place this time around. Addamo fell in second-place for $217,000 leaving Petrangelo to claim the $356,500 top prize.

A handful of other partypoker players so their lifetime winnings increase by six-figures on June 28. These included:

  • Isaac Haxton – first-place in the Mix-Max 2nd Chance $300K for $184,000
  • Simon Pedersen – first-place in The Big Game $750K Gtd for $181,357
  • Martin Mulsow – first-place in the partypoker MILLION for $144,948
  • Daniel Dvoress – second-place in The Big Game $750K Gtd for $130,302
  • Stephen Woodhead – second-place in the partypoker MILLION for $117,891
  • Niklas Astedt – second-place in the Mix-Max 2nd Chance $300K Gtd for $117,734

partypoker is giving away $500K worth of WPT tickets!


Ivan Luca and Dominik Nitsche Triumph at PokerStars

Ivan Luca
Ivan Luca

Two of online poker’s greats won PokerStars Sunday majors this weekend, namely Ivan Luca and Dominik Nitsche.

Luca emerged victoriously from the $5,200 buy-in High Roller [Single Event]. Luca was one of 123 entries who helped smash the $500,000 guarantee out of the park by $115,000.

Some amazing players reached the top 15 places where the prize money was dished out. These included Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas, Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson, and Aliaksei “ale6ka” Boika

The final table was also ridiculously stacked with such luminaries as Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, Jans “Graftekkel” Arends, and Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet present and correct. Heads-up was an epic encounter between Luca and Simon “igorKarkarof” Pedersen but it was the former who claimed the $134,799 top prize for himself. Pedersen, who has earlier won the partypoker Big Game for $181,357, walked away with the $104,441 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ivan “Negriin” LucaArgentina$134,799
2Simon “IgorKarkarof” PedersenDenmark$104,441
3needdollarzRussia$80,920
44rebmunCanada$62,696
5colladitoParaguay$48,576
6Jon “apestyles” Van FleetCanada$37,636
7Jans “Graftekkel” ArendsAustria$29,160
8Fedor “CrownUpGuy” HolzAustria$22,593
9shahter98Russia$17,902

Nitsche, playing as “Bounatirou” won the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $21,507 after defeating Hungarian superstar Peter “Belabacsi” Traply heads-up. Traply scooped the $16,606 second-place prize.

This week’s Sunday Million ended in a heads-up chop between “c0rl30n3_89” of Romania and Felipe “fcb-serv” Badotti of Brazil. Both players fired two $109 bullets and decided to strike a deal for a massive chunk of the $1,286,000 prize pool.

The Romanian was crowned the Sunday Million champion and netted $118,981, which left Badotti to bank $101,074.

Some of the other big PokerStars scores included:

  • “ChipHunterTH” – first-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $31,738*
  • Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $30,942*
  • Tyler “wonderboy222” Goatcher – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $26,880
  • “Phemo” – first-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $25,689
  • “Showstop86” – first-place in the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $20,704
  • “lildani9” – first-place in the Bigger $109 for $17,995
  • Pablo “pabritz” Brito Silva – first-place in the $530 Sunday Marathon for $10,634

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