Addamo Denied as Jesper8 Leaves Trail of Stars in Their Wake

Michael Addamo

March 26 saw online poker's biggest names take to the virtual felt, partly because PokerStars was running its $7.5 million guaranteed 17th Anniversary Edition of the Sunday Million. While the Sunday Million does not crown its champion until March 27, a bunch of high-stakes tournaments at PokerStars, PartyPoker, and 888poker did, including the ever-popular $5,200 Titans Event.

The Titans Event is a $5,200 buy-in affair that runs each Sunday at 7:15 p.m. BST. Tournaments with such a high buy-in tend to attract elite-level players like lightbulbs attract moths, and the Titans Event is no different.

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This week's Titan Event drew in 85 entries, and saw a $425,000 prize pool created. Only the top 11 finishers won a slice of the pie, with Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker busting in 13th and "P0KERPR02.0" falling in 12th, popping the all-important money bubble. Of those superstars that cashed, "Sintoras" and "vincientvega" missed out on a seat at the final table.

Each of the nine finalists locked in more than $13,000 for their efforts, but there was a six-figure prize for the champion, so nobody wanted to pad their PokerStars bankrolls with the smaller amounts. Unfortunately, the very nature of tournament poker means there can only be one true winner, and the hopes and dreams of "Gogac sniper" were dashed when they bust in ninth for $13,391.

Astedt Has to Make Do With a Seventh-Place Finish

Niklas Åstedt
Niklas Åstedt

Canada's "Stumpfed" joined the list of eliminated players after falling in eighth for $16,720, with Niklas "Lena900" Astedt collecting $21,635 after losing their chips and crashing out in seventh. Switzerland's "25264556" banked $27,995 for their sixth-place finish.

Any of the final five players would have made a worthy champion, each of them household names. The final five became four when Jans "Graftekkel" Arends found himself void of chips and in possession of $36,225 prize money instead. Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden was eliminated in fourth for $46,875 before Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo fell by the wayside in third, a finish worth $60,655.

Bonomo's untimely demise left Austria's "Jesper8" in the unenvious position of being heads-up with the UK-based Australian Michael "imluckbox" Addamo. Usually, Addamo takes down the event when he navigates his way to heads-up, but this was one of the rare occasions that this scenario did not occur. Addamo busted in second-place for $78,487, leaving a delighted Jesper8 to turn their $5,200 investment into a $101,560 score.

$5,200 Titans Event Final Table Results

2Michael "imluckbox" AddamoUnited Kingdom$78,487
3Justin "ZeeJustin" BonomoCanada$60,655
4Samuel "€urop€an" VousdenFinland$46,875
5Jans "Graftekkel" ArendsAustria$36,225
7Niklas "Lena900" AstedtSweden$21,635
9Gogac sniperAustria$13,391

Schemion Shines in the Sunday High Roller PKO

Ole Schemion
Ole Schemion

Ole "wizowizo" Schemion is no stranger to taking down major online poker tournaments. The accomplished German has won millions of dollars from this crazy game. On March 26, Schemion added $32,553 and another title to his already impressive resume after coming out on top in the $1,050 Sunday High Roller PKO.

Some 159 players bought in and created a $159,000 prize pool. Team PokerStars' Sam "SamSquid" Grafton made it into the money place but was the final table bubble boy, his tenth-place finish coming with a combined prize worth $5,540.

The final table, as you would expect from a $1,050 buy-in progressive knockout event, was stacked with supreme talent. However, the waters became less shark-infested with each subsequent elimination.

Smiljkovic Time at the Final Table Was Limited

Daniel Smiljkovic
Daniel Smiljkovic

Daniel "SmilleThHero" Smiljkovic was the first of nine finalists to bow out, his demise in ninth resulting in a $4,827 payday. Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit, Rodrigo "seijistar" Seiji, and German star "Sintoras" followed Smilijkovic to the sidelines.

"janis1717" of the United Kingdom crashed and burned in fifth, Audrius "Stakelis24" Stakelis saw his tournament end in a fourth-place finish, before the Sunday High Roller PKO progressed to the heads-up stages when "CL0D0MIR0D" of San Marino, a country with a population of only 33,750, busted in third.

Heads-up pitted Schemion against Brazilian sensation Renan "Internett93o" Bruschi. After an intriguing one-on-one battle, Schemion came out on top, and got his hands on $32,553, resigning Breschi to a $23,022 consolation prize.

$1,050 Sunday High Roller PKO Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryBountiesPrizeTotal Prize
1Ole "wizowizo" SchemionAustria$18,339$14,214$32,553
2Renan "Internett93o" BreschiBrazil$8,808$14,214$23,022
3CL0D0MIR0DSan Marino$2,781$9,595$12,376
4Audrius "Stakelis24" StakelisLithuania$3,390$7,424$10,814
5janis1717United Kingdom$875$5,744$6,619
7Rodrigo "seijistar" SeijiBrazil$1,468$3,438$4,906
8Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" KanitUnited Kingdom$1,593$2,660$4,253
9Daniel "SmilleThHero" SmiljkovicAustria$2,593$2,234$4,827

Other PokerStars Highlights From March 26

There were plenty of other big scores at PokerStars on March 26, not least an impressive $54,380 haul for "Marusia1980" after they triumphed in the $530 Bounty Builder. Elsewhere, there were sizeable prizes awarded to the likes of Joao "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otavio, Pedro "PaDiLhA SP" Padilha, and Czech grinder Vojta "vojta555cz" Skalak.

TournamentEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
$530 Bounty Builder692$346,000Marusia1980$54,380*
$109 Sunday Warm-Up1,681$168,100viejojuan5$25,525
$109 Bounty Builder1,634$163,400ddonkat$23,936*
$109 Sunday Fenomeno1,544$154,400URMYLeNoR$21,512
$1,050 Sunday Supersonic65$66,03013santoy13$20,517
$109 Sunday Cooldown1,635$163,500Joao "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otavio$19,005*
$215 Sunday Supersonic494$101,151Pedro "PaDiLhA SP" Padilha$17,932
$1,050 Sunday Cooldown45$45,000Vojta "vojta555cz" Skalak$17,219*
$1,050 Sunday Warm-Up High Roller63$63,000aminolast$11,401

*includes bounty payments

Santerne Smashes the PartyPoker Grand

Seventy PartyPoker players contested The Grand this weekend, each paying $1,050 for the chance to become a poker champion. Only one player could claim the title, and it was Malta's Thomas Santerne that did exactly that.

Team PartyPoker's Jaime Staples was the unfortunate soul that burst the money bubble; Staples' tournament ended in a 14th place finish. The likes of Joachim Andersson and Ionnias Angelou Konstas finished in the money, but fell shy of a final table appearance.

Fernando Olimpio was the first of two Brazilians to be relieved of their stacks, crashing out in ninth for $2,890. Alex Kulev, Gabriel Baleeiro, and Jonathan Proudfoot soon followed Olimpio to the sidelines.

Fabrice Bigot
Fabrice Bigot finished third

Bulgarian grinder Boris Angelov could not progress deeper than fifth before Trevor Reardon's tournament came to a halt in fourth, a finish good for $6,382. Fabrice Bigot, who you may recall, won the recent WPT Prime Paris Main Event for €177,240, crashed by the wayside in third here, and banked $8,684.

Santerne locked horns with Swedish veteran Jerry Odeen for the title, and the Malta-based player got the job done. The victory came with the title of champion in addition to $18,806, while Odeen collected $12,344 after yet another deep run in a high-stakes online poker event.

The $1,050 Grand Final Table Results

1Thomas SanterneMalta$18,806
2Jerry OdeenSweden$12,344
3Fabrice BigotUnited Kingdom$8,684
4Trevor ReardonUnited Kingdom$6,382
5Boris AngelovBulgaria$4,912
6Jonathan ProudfootIreland$4,011
7Gabriel BaleeiroBrazil$3,483
8Alex KulevIreland$3,184
9Fernando OlimpioBrazil$2,890

Other PartyPoker Highlights From March 26

TournamentEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
Super $320113$33,900ASAP JARDA$9,352*
Super $53063$31,500Unfollow$9,094*
Super $551,311$65,550Onzie II$8,003*
Super $215147$30,000xXGlamBabeXx$6,778*

Farrugia_1 Pads Bankroll in The Festival Online at 888poker

The Festival Online at 888poker

The most exciting result from 888poker this weekend came courtesy of The Festival Online, and the $525 buy-in $40,000 guaranteed High Roller PKO specifically. It saw 92 players create a guarantee-busting $46,000 prize pool. Only the top 12 finishers won a slice of the main prize pool, but dozens more saw some return on their investment thanks to the bounties that were in play.

Everyone at the nine-handed final table won between $1,377 and $14,214, with bounty payments included. "SilenziO" was the final table's first casualty. The likes of "raisebot," "QdEqTeCalaz" and 888poker regular "wellyxx" followed SilenziO to the rail.

Montenegro's "Hvalavam" and "CushyPunt" busted, leaving only a trio of players in the hunt for the title, who became two after Swedish high-stakes guru "Perrymejsen" bowed out in third.

"Farrugia_1" and "GoodStoryDMG" fought it out for the title and the lion's share of the $46,000 prize pool. The battle went Farrugia_1's way, and the collected a total prize weighing in at $14,214, leaving the runner-up to console themselves with $6,276.

$40,000 The Festival Online High Roller PKO Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryBountiesPrizeTotal Prize
4CushyPunt $1,515$2,208$3,723
9SilenziO $687$690$1,377

There's still plenty of time to get involved in The Festival Online's events because the series runs until April 13. The table below shows all of the upcoming events that you can get your teeth into.

DayTime (BST)Buy inTour NameGTD
Mon, Mar 2714:00$160Texas PKO Day 1 Turbo-
Mon, Mar 2715:30$160Texas PKO Day 1 Turbo-
Mon, Mar 2717:00$160Texas PKO Day 1 Turbo-
Mon, Mar 2718:00$160Texas PKO Day 1 Hyper-
Mon, Mar 2720:00-Texas PKO Day 2$150,000
Tues, Mar 2818:30$55PLO 6-Max$2,000
Tues, Mar 2819:00$22Mystery Bounty$15,000
Tues, Mar 2819:00-Texas PKO 8-Max Final Table stream-
Thurs, Mar 3017:00$109Texas Super KO$12,000
Thurs, Mar 3017:30$22Texas Low Roller$10,000
Sun, Apr 217:00$11Sunday Big Shot 11$15,000
Sun, Apr 219:00$109Sunday Big Shot 109$100,000
Sun, Apr 219:00$22PLO R&A Low Roller$3,000
Sun, Apr 219:30$525Sunday High Roller$40,000
Tue, Apr 418:30$55Mystery Bounty 6-Max$18,000
Tue, Apr 419:00$22Mini Mystery Bounty 6-Max$15,000
Thur, Apr 617:00$109PKO 8-Max$12,000
Thur, Apr 617:30$22Mini PKO 8-Max$10,000
Thur, Apr 619:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Thur, Apr 621:00$215Main Event Day 1 Turbo-
Fri, Apr 717:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Fri, Apr 719:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Fri, Apr 721:00$215Main Event Day 1 Turbo-
Sat, Apr 817:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Sat, Apr 819:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Sat, Apr 821:00$215Main Event Day 1 Turbo-
Sun, Apr 915:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Sun, Apr 917:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Sun, Apr 917:00$55Micro Mystery Bounty Closing$5,000
Sun, Apr 919:00$215Main Event Day 1-
Sun, Apr 919:00$22Mini Mystery Bounty Closing$25,000
Sun, Apr 919:30$525High Roller PKO Closing$40,000
Sun, Apr 921:00$215Main Event Day 1 Turbo-
Sun, Apr 922:30$215Main Event Day 1 Hyper-
Mon, Apr 1014:00$215Main Event Day 1 Turbo-
Mon, Apr 1015:30$215Main Event Day 1 Turbo-
Mon, Apr 1017:00$215Main Event Day 1 Turbo-
Mon, Apr 1018:00$215Main Event Day 1 Hyper-
Mon, Apr 1020:00-Main Event Day 2 (ITM)$200,000
Tue, Apr 1119:00-Main Event Final Table stream-
Thur, Apr 1319:30$109Afterparty$15,000
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