Sunday Briefing: 2gbenz Secures Second Six-Figure Score in Three Months

Sunday Briefing: 2gbenz Secures Second Six-Figure Score in Three Months

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Mexico’s “2gbenz” secured their second-six-figure score in less than three months over at Natural8 poker with both massive sums being awarded for winning a $10,000 buy-in event. The Mexico-based grinder took down a $300,000 guaranteed High Roller Weekend Main Event on Dec. 31 for $143,560 and this weekend netted $140,687 in a similar tournament!

Natural8 Sunday Blade $10K

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $10,000
Guarantee $200,000
Entrants 34
Prize pool $329,800
ITM 5

Thirty-four players bought into the Natural8 Sunday Blade $10K on Mar. 3, smashing the $200,000 guarantee by $129,800. Only the top five finishers received prize money, with a min-cash being worth $20,730.

Last week’s Sunday Blade $10K champion was Canadian superstar “FkTheseGuysBro”. He followed up that victory with a fifth-place finish in this latest $10,000 buy-in affair.

Mexico-based grinder “carsonwentz” busted in fourth-place to lock up $32,934 with Lithuania’s “LaurisL91” seeing his tournament end in third-place, a finish good for $52,322.

This left “AceKing41” of Canada and 2gbanez to lock horns heads-up with $57,562 being the difference between first and second-place. “AceKing41” eventualy collected $83,125 when they fell in second-place and 2gbenz banked $140,687 for their victory.

Place Player Country Prize
1 2gbenz Mexico $140,687
2 AceKing41 Canada $83,125
3 LaurisL91 Lithuania $52,322
4 carsonwentz Mexico $32,934
5 FkTheseGuysBro Canada $20,730

Natural8 Sunday Blade $2.5K

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $2,500
Guarantee $75,000
Entrants 62
Prize pool $147,250
ITM 8

The Natural8 Sunday Blade $2.5K attracted a field of 62 entries who created a $147,250 prize pool that was almost double the advertised guarantee. The final table of eight all received prizes worth between $5,399 and $45,754.

Perhaps the highest profile poker player at the eight-handed final table was Ukraine’s Roman “SanityWaterline” Romanovskiy who has enjoyed plenty of success at Natural8 of late. The Ukrainian continued his solid run at the site with a fifth-place finish worth $12,468.

“Sense8” was the next to fall, the Austrian walking away with $16,480. They were followed to the rail by another Austrian in the shape of “DanBiz” who scooped a $21,784 prize.

Second-place went to “ImLividBuddy” who took $28,793 back to Thailand, which left Hungary’s “PokerBluff1” to be awarded the $45,754 first-place prize.

Place Player Country Prize
1 PokerBluff1 Hungary $45,754
2 ImLividBuddy Thailand $28,793
3 DanBiz Austria $21,784
4 Sense8 Austria $16,480
5 Roman “SanityWaterline” Romanovskiy Ukraine $12,468
6 bh9999 UNited Kingdom $9,433
7 MiMosa1 Finland $7,136
8 nbvcxz Mexico $5,399


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PokerStars $109 Sunday Million

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $109
Guarantee $1,000,000
Entrants 11,525
Prize pool $1,152,500
ITM 2,042

A massive field of 11,525 entries were processed in the PokerStars Sunday Million this weekend, creating a $1,152,500 prize pool divided up among the top 2,042 finishers.

The lion’s share of this incredible sum found its way into the PokerStars account of “Lucky_Jew_17” who secured a $117,222 payday after defeating “Iv Run” of China heads-up for the title; Iv Run netted a still respectable $85,061.

All but one of the nine players at the final table won a five-figure score. Ninth-place finisher “Openshoves85” banked $9,016. Brazilian Carlos “CDOSSANTOS95” Dos Santos being the eighth-place finishers for $12,424.

The prize money kept on rising with “Waulker”, “Vera15” and “igor12345673” falling in succession to turn their $109 buy-ins into scores of $17,120, $23,591 and $32,509 respectively.

Fourth-place and a cool $44,796 was awarded to Ukraine’s “SoEzForMe” before “BigStick91” busted in third-place for $61,729.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Lucky_Jew_17 Russia $117,222
2 Iv Run China $85,061
3 BigStick91 Canada $61,729
4 SoEzForMe Ukraine $44,796
5 igor12345673 Ukraine $32,509
6 Vera15 Sweden $23,591
7 Waulker Canada $17,120
8 Carlos “CDOSSANTOS95” Dos Santos Brazil $12,424
9 Openshoves85 United Kingdom $9,016

PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $2,100
Guarantee $200,000
Entrants 135
Prize pool $270,000
ITM 17

We love checking out the results of the $2,100 Sunday High Roller because it is one of the tournaments where any of the entrants could win it as they are poker’s elite grinders.

UK-based Norwegian Preben “prebz” Stokkan was the first casualty of the final table, his ninth-place finish securing a $7,269 prize. Stokkan was joined on the sidelines by Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattson ($9,397), Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche ($12,147), and Russia’s Viktor “papan9_p$” Ustimov ($15,702).

Albania may not be known for being a poker hub but “kufungua” put their country on the map with a fifth-place finish worth $20,297 before Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford fell in fourth-spot for a $26,237 addition to his bankroll.

Another UK-based poker player, Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo, collected $33,916 for his third-place exit, leaving two Russians to butt heads for the top prize.

“hello_totti” is one of the best online poker tournaments of their generation, but even the mighty have to be the bridesmaid sometimes. Hello_totti busted in second-place for $43,842, leaving fellow Russian “DRONCHEK” to bask in the glory of victory along with $56,673 in prize money.

Place Player Country Prize
1 DRONCHEK Russia $56,673
2 hello_totti Russia $43,842
3 Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo United Kingdom $33,916
4 Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford Netherlands $26,237
5 kufungua Albania $20,297
6 Viktor “papan9_p$” Ustimov Russia $15,702
7 Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche United Kingdom $12,147
8 Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson Sweden $9,397
9 Preben “prebz” Stokkan United Kingdom $7,269
Juan Pardo
Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo finished third for $33,916


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partypoker Sunday High Roller Gladiator: $200K Gtd

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $2,100
Guarantee $200,000
Entrants 134
Prize pool $274,700
ITM 20

The partypoker Sunday High Roller Gladiator: $200K Gtd attracted a field of 134 entrants who were all outlasted by Croatian pro “SouhftfW”. Partypoker make the first and second-place prizes of their PKO events almost the same, leaving the heads-up duo to fight for the substantial bounty payments instead.

And substantial they were because when “CrazyLissy” of Russia saw their tournament come to an abrupt end in second-place, they netted $6,119 worth of bounties in addition to their $23,631, but SouhftfW” walked away with $23,658 from the main prize pool and an astonishing $51,564 worth of bounty payments!

Shout-out to “FkTheseGuysBro” who reached this final table on the same day as the Natural8 Sunday Blade $10K; this result being worth a combined $8,494.

Place Player Country Prize Bounty Prize Total Prize
1 SouhftfW Croatia $23,658 $51,564 $75,222
2 CrazyLissy Russia $23,631 $6,119 $29,750
3 Maddonaa Croatia $17,196 $7,710 $24,906
4 HeavensEdge222 Mexico $12,180 $3,806 $15,986
5 RosenheimCops Austria $8,598 $4,200 $12,798
6 trinkie Germany $6,806 $3,412 $10,218
7 Chelsea72 Austria $5,416 $4,134 $9,550
8 FkTheseGuysBrof Canada $4,299 $4,265 $8,494

partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Fast: $200K Gtd

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $1,050
Guarantee $200,000
Entrants 184
Prize pool $200,000
ITM 24

Belgian superstar “omgitsgiraf” boosted their bankroll by more than $42,000 on Sunday after taking down the Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Fast: $200K Gtd. It was a tournament that saw 184 players take to the partypoker tables.

Mike “Ilove2fish” Telker was the first player to bust at the eight-handed final table, a finish worth a combined $6,634. Seventh-placed “savageplenty” of Bulgaria actually walked away with more money than both sixth and fifth-place thanks to the bounty element. There was a similar story with fourth-placed “Iafocafabla” who won a total of $18,576, over $3,000 more than third-placed “mematanlimon” of Argentina!

Heads-up saw UK-based omgitsgiraf and “Christoph3rP” of New Zealand fight for the title and it was omgitsgiraf who emerged victorious, resigning the New Zealander to a $18,913 consolation prize.

Place Player Country Prize Bounty Prize Total Prize
1 omgitsgiraf United Kingdom $17,699 $24,651 $42,350
2 Christoph3rP New Zealand $17,678 $1,235 $18,913
3 mematanlimon Argentina $12,905 $2,470 $15,375
4 Iafocafabla Uruguay $9,233 $9,343 $18,576
5 madgenius87 Austria $6,452 $1,820 $8,272
6 ca11meron Canada $5,006 $2,908 $7,914
7 savageplenty Bulgaria $3,893 $5,313 $9,206
8 Mike “Ilove2fish” Telker Costa Rica $3,059 $3,575 $6,634


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888poker $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $109
Guarantee $100,000
Entrants 1,304
Prize pool $130,400
ITM 126

888poker ran its popular Sunday Sale on some of its biggest events, halving the price of the buy-in. One such tournament was the $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep that only cost $109 this week. It was a smart move by 888poker because 1,304 players bought in and obliterated the guarantee.

The top three finishers turned their $109 into five-figures. Brazil’s Rui “Grobbshinit” Rodrigues busted in third-place for a $12,648 score, which left Peru’s “O_fenomeno9” and Espen “DubaiPrince4” Uhlen Jørstad of Norway to play heads-up for the title.

The Peruvian eventually busted in second-place so had to make do with the $16,952 runner-up prize, meaning Jørstad walked away $23,472 richer and enjoyed a very profitable Sunday.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Espen "DubaiPrince4" Uhlen Jørstad Norway $23,472
2 O_fenomeno9 Peru $16,952
3 Rui “Grobbshinit” Rodrigues Brazil $12,648
4 MuckFest Finland $9,454
5 tooCoolForNL Germany $6,572
6 mistermoney2 Turkey $5,216
7 R2Rka Ukraine $3,912
8 ZapanE Romania $2,608
9 Chris “ChristaBorg” Conley Canada $1,564


888poker $50,000 Sunday Sale Whale

Date March 3rd
Buy-in $530
Guarantee $50,000
Entrants 115
Prize pool $57,500
ITM 12

The $50,000 Whale received the Sunday Sale treatment, seeing its usual $1,050 buy-in reduced to $530. Again, the guarantee was hit with 115 players creating a $57,500 prize pool.

Canada’s “ThEtRaIN96” secured the lion’s share of the prize pool, namely $15,812 after becoming the last player standing. They defeated “bah23” heads-up for the title, with the runner-up winning $10,637, enough to take their lifetime winnings at 888poker to more than $400,000.

Mentions have to go to 888poker regulars “f0rmEiTseGaL”, “Kannwas”, and “Farrugia_1” who crashed out in fifth-through seventh-place in this star-studded event.

Place Player Country Prize
1 ThEtRaIN96 Canada $15,812
2 bah23 Bulgaria $10,637
3 GrafKohks Germany $8,050
4 velkommeninn Norway $5,462
5 f0rmEiTseGaL United Kingdom $4,025
6 Kannwas Austria $3,018
7 Farrugia_1 Malta $2,443
8 Imyurfriend Germany $2,012


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