It was a great weekend for thousands of amateur online poker players as they showed the pros how it was done in the feature weekend tournaments. Over on PokerStars, only 3 poker pros cashed in the Sunday Million (990 places paid) in the event won by Lebanese player “jclever16” after an epic thirteen hour poker tournament. No pros at all featured in the money for the Sunday Kick-Off, six cashed (from 495) in the Sunday Warm-Up and just 2 (including UK poker player Vicky Coren) in the Sunday Re-Buy.
Two PokerStars pros cashed in the Sunday 500 including WSOP bracelet winner Max Lykov, and although Liv Boeree managed to get her buy-in back when creeping into the bubble of the Sunday Second Chance, Spaniard Javier “El Canonero” Dominguez was the only pro to make a serious final table challenge throughout the day (second in the “Second Chance”) – with Brazilian poker player “vgreen22” being the only other PokerStars pros to reach the final nine in any of the PokerStars Sunday Majors (Sunday Supersonic).
Meanwhile, Elsewhere on the Web
TangoDownJJJ was a new face on Party Poker, but one that will be remembered by the 1335 opponents he overcame to take the Party Poker $200K guaranteed Sunday feature, while on Bodog the $100K guaranteed was actually fully subscribed, despite the news last week that the company were pulling out of the States. Ironically, New York online veteran, Aaron Loew, captured the $24,921 up for grabs for his first major cash on Bodog Poker – having previously been very successful on first Party Poker (US players banned in 2006) and then PokerStars (US players banned in 2011). Where he will go next?
Over on 888 Poker, the $100K Sunday Challenge is the cheapest of the major Sunday tournaments with a buy-in of $90.00. It is also the only Sunday feature tournament which allows re-buys, and 411 re-buys pushed the total prize pool over $110,000, with German satellite qualifier Chico21266 (wonder if his birthday is in June or December?) collecting the first prize of $23,298. Everest Poker failed to reach their guarantee of $50,000 for their “Sunday Best” and the value went to regular participant “Wokkelaar”, who collected $12,000 for his victory in the event.
On the networks, the iPoker feature just made its $200K guarantee. TAPIS44 took down a field of 1024 to claim $44,688 – his first major tournament cash, having been a long time participant on the high stakes Double or Nothing Sit ´n´ Go tables. PlayingwiththePros has been around on the Merge network for just a few weeks – mostly playing on the $0.50/$1.00 Lock Poker cash game tables – but maybe he will be seen more on the tournament tables after winning $20,000 in the network´s (undersubscribed) $100K feature. In the OnGame early starting (5.00pm BST) $200K guaranteed tournament, it was a good day for “gooddaymrrrr”, who collected $38,207 for his victory – the second time he has won this tournament in July!
Many of the above players and thousands more, qualify for these feature tournaments via satellites with buy-ins from just a few dollars. “jclever16” pocketed more than $207,000 for his victory in the Sunday Million, and satellites to next weekend´s event are already running on PokerStars starting at just $3.30!