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Sunday Briefing: Pavel Plesuv Wins Stadium Series Afterparty High Roller

Pavel Plesuv

Moldova’s Pavel “silentm0de” Plesuv was one of online poker’s biggest winners on August 16 courtesy of him taking down the $1,050 Stadium Series Afterparty High Roller event.

Ninety-nine players made it into the final phase and all 99 were in the money. Such luminaries as Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Sam “SamSquid” Grafton, Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot, Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves, Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden, and Artur “mararthur1” Martirosian were among those who finished with something to show for their efforts.

Everyone at the final table locked up at least $14,559. This is the sum awarded to Canada’s “RPILON” who busted in ninth. Jans “Graftellek” Arends, and Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen joined RPILON on the rail with prizes of $20,201 and $28,029 in their back pockets.

Romanian star Alexandru “steaksddict.” Papazian’s tournament ended in a sixth-place finish worth $38,890 before Brazilian sensation Bernado “bedias” Dias busted in fifth for $53,961.

“dujo123” crashed out in fourth and banked $74,872. The surviving three players were now guaranteed a six-figure prize. Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro was the first of this trio of grinders to win such an amount, Kelopuro padded his bankroll with $103,886.

David “davaman” Lopez and Plesuv locked horns heads-up and it was the latter who emerged from the battle victoriously. Plesuv collected $200,000 fr his impressive victory which left Lopez to secure a $144,142 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Pavel “silentm0de” PlesuvMoldova$200,000
2David “davaman” LopezMexico$144,142
3Lars “Lrslzk” KelopuroFinland$103,886
4dujo123Canada$74,872
5Bernado “bedias” DiasBrazil$53,961
6Alexandru “steakaddict.” PapazianRomania$38,890
7Jerry “Perrymejsen” OdeenSweden$28,029
8Jans “Graftekkel” ArendsAustria$20,201
9RPILONCanada$14,559

Sergi “srxakgirona” Reixach was another big winner at PokerStars thanks to him taking down the $5,200 NLHE High Roller Single Event. The field was crammed full of the game’s biggest names and a handful of those stars made it to the final table.

The likes of Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois, Joao “Naza114” Vieira and Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood were present and correct at the final table, the latter falling in third for $71,359.

Reixach found himself in the unenviable position of being heads-up against Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro but he managed to brush aside the flying Finn and get his hands on the $119,483 top prize. Kelopuro won $92,337 for his second-place finish, a great weekend for the Finn who also won $103,886 in the Afterparty!

Some of the other big results at PokerStars on August 16 include:

  • Audrius “Stakelis24” Stakelis – first-place in the $109 Bounty Builder for $34,091*
  • “hello_totti” – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $30,242*
  • “sksjohny” – first-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $29,280*
  • “Kakiers04” – first-place in the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $26,236*
  • Ivan “Negriin” Luca – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $25,349
  • “Remi Lebo_10” – first-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $22,695
  • Marlon ““sphinmx” Wilhelms – first-place in the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $20,920

*includes bounty payments


There were some massive scores over at GGPoker and not just in the bracelet-awarding events you can read all about on our live reporting pages.

Wiktor Malinowski locked up one of the largest prizes of the day, one worth $263,022. This was Malinowski’s reward for winning the Bryn High Rollers $25K. It was part of a heads-up deal with Ali Imsirovic who netted $199,331.

Only two others saw a return on their investment. Recent WPT 6-Max Championship winner Nick Petrangelo finished in fourth for $66,479 with Pascal Lefrancois winning $108,166 for his third-place finish.

Imsirovic made up for finishing second in that even by winning the High Rollers Blade Prime $5K. Some 118-players bought in and created a $560,500 prize pool that the top 17 finishers shared.

Imsirovic got his hands on the $122,853 top prize after defeating Kristen Bicknell heads-up. Bicknell saw $93,453 head to her GGPoker account.

Also at the final table were the likes of Sam Greenwood (7th - $23,802), Alex Foxen (6th - $31,290), Sergi Reixach ($41,134), Adrian Mateos (4th - $54,076), and Vicent Bosca Ramon (3rd - $71,088).

Check out some of these superb prizes awarded at GGPoker this weekend.

  • Darren Elias – first-place in the High Rollers Blade Mulligan $5K for $127,018
  • George Wolff – first-place in the High Rollers Blade opener $5K for $94,589
  • “Mustlaaaveit” – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: $500 Sunday Deepstack for $94,581
  • “scrabbleking” – first-place in the GGMasters $150 for $90,735
  • Jeff Kirsch – first-place in the High Rollers Blade PLO $5K for $88,945
  • “thehulk” – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: $250 Sunday Double Stack for $85,526*
  • Daniel Dvoress – first-place in the High Rollers Blade Closer $5K for $82,851
  • Luis “Xapilskinha” Assuncao Garla – first-place in the Sunday Main Event $200 for $60,359
  • “Forrest_Li” – first-place in the High Rollers Main Event $1K for $53,491
  • “Eizy” – first-place in the Sunday Special $125 for $35,807

Malinowski wins an $842,000 cash game pot!


partypoker saw some massive tournaments take place thanks, in part, to the WPT World Online Championships taking place there.

Team partypoker’s Isaac Haxton was one of the big winners after taking down the WPT Super High Roller. Twenty-one players bought in for $25,500 and only three spots were paid. Artur Martirosian burst the money bubble and Christoph Vogelsang collected $105,000 for his third-place finish.

The tournament ended in a heads-up deal between Haxton and high roller specialist Dan Smith. Smith officially finished second for $204,864 with Haxton crowned champion and banking $215,135.

Haxton’s teammate Kristen Bicknell won a WPTWOC side event during the week and took one down on August 16 too. Bicknell came out on top of the WPT Knockout Turbo: $150K Gtd. Bicknell found herself heads-up against Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard but the friends didn’t strike a deal.

This meant Bicknell won the $13,835 top prize plus an impressive $19,375 worth of bounties. Leonard collected $13,820 from the main prize pool and this was bolstered by $8,343 from the bounty prize pool.

These are some of the largest results from partypoker on August 16.

  • Sam Greenwood – first-place in the WPT High Roller for $92,663
  • Boris Kolev – first-place in the WPT Knockout Warm Up for $89,050*
  • Sam Greenwood – first-place in the WPT High Roller Turbo for $57,850
  • Jake Schindler – first-place in the WPT PLO High Roller for $36,000
  • Artem Vezhenkov – first-place in the WPT Mini Knockout for $26,482*
  • Harpreet Padda – first-place in the WPT Mini Knockout Turbo for $19,382
  • “Effervescence” – first-place in The Gladiator: $100K Gtd for $11.048*

Nick Petrangelo joins the WPT Champions Club


Lastly for this week’s Sunday Briefing are the two biggest scores from 888poker. “i2out” of Latvia triumphed in the $20,000 Sunday Challenge and turned $109 into $4,386. This prize was blown out of the water by “SteveyBG” whose second $109 bullet in the Sunday Mega Deep resulted in victory and a bankroll-boosting $18,750 prize.


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