Sunday Briefing: Online Festivals Create Massive Scores

Sunday Briefing: Online Festivals Create Massive Scores

Sunday Briefing

Table Of Contents

  • PokerStars Turbo Series 01: $215 NLHE PKO
  • PokerStars Sunday Million
  • partypoker KO Series #01-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max
  • partypoker KO Series #02-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max
  • 888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Main Event
  • 888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Mega Deep
  • Natural8 Sunday Blade $5k
  • Natural8 Sunday Blade 500

Dozens of online poker players won big on Feb. 3 thanks to the 888poker RakeLESS promotion, partypoker KO Series, PokerStars Turbo Series, and Natural8 running some big buy-in events that attracted players in droves.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest online poker tournament scores from Feb. 3.

PokerStars Turbo Series 01: $215 NLHE PKO

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $215
Guarantee $1,000,000
Entrants 6,282
Prize pool $1,256,400
ITM 881

The PokerStars Turbo Series 01: $215 NLHE PKO attracted a massive field of 6,282 entrants who helped create a mammoth-sized $1,256,400 prize pool that was shared among the top 881 finishers and with whoever managed to eliminate an opponent.

At least $4,698, plus any bounties, was guaranteed for each of the nine final table members, the sum awarded to “5692262” of China; the Chinese player banked $11,031 when bounties were added to their score.

“Mr Meykes”, “despedespi33”, “Hytuio” and “khch” all crashed out to bank between $7,613 and $29,788 in total, with fourth-place finisher “patabdd” collecting a combined $31,823.

Third-place and a total of $51,379 was awarded to “Thomas198713” of Belgium, leaving “atanas_1980” and “FrCnntn1960” to play heads-up for the title and a considerable difference in prize money.

No deal was struck despite this now essentially being a heads-up sit & go for more than $70,000, meaning when Bulgarian “atanas_1980” busted in second-place, they netted $71,226 in total, leaving the British FrCnnctn to walk away $144,652 richer.

Place Player Country Prize Bounty Prize Total Prize
1 FrCnnctn1960 United Kingdom $89,275 $55,377 $144,652
2 atanas_1980 Bulgaria $61,783 $9,443 $71,226
3 Thomas198713 Belgium $42,758 $8,621 $51,379
4 patabdd Finland $29,592 $2,231 $31,823
5 khch Denmark $20,480 $9,308 $29,788
6 Hytuio Denmark $14,173 $3,669 $17,842
7 despedespi33 United Kingdom $9,809 $5,037 $14,846
8 Mr Meykes Belgium $6,788 $825 $7,613
9 5692262 China $4,698 $6,333 $11,031

PokerStars Sunday Million

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $109
Guarantee $1,000,000
Entrants 13,228
Prize pool $1,322,800
ITM 2,366

The new $109 buy-in for the PokerStars Sunday Million continued to remain popular with 13,228 players entering this weekend’s tournament. Eight of the nine players who reached the final table locked up a five-figure score, although ninth-place finisher “parisjoe” came close with $9,938 awarded to them.

Lithuania’s Benas "benasg" Gudelis banked 13-times more than ninth-place when they defeated “BarkieBoy NL” of the Netherlands heads-up for the lion’s share of the prize. The Lithuanian secured a $129,213 prize, which we would guess would be their largest-ever. BarkieBoy NL didn’t do too badly for their runner-up finish; their $109 investment was now worth a cool $93,762.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Benas "benasg" Gudelis Lithuania $129,213
2 BarkieBoy NL Netherlands $93,762
3 pharaohus Romania $68,043
4 verkannt Brazil $49,379
5 XuYandex Russia $35,834
6 Japa Bill Brazil $26,005
7 FiltrMan Russia $18,871
8 Fieldmice1 Austria $13,695
9 parisjoe Hungary $9,938


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partypoker KO Series #01-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $1,050
Guarantee $300,000
Entrants 399
Prize pool $406,980
ITM 56

partypoker’s KO Series got off to a flying start with several of its bigger buy-in events smashing their guarantee.

One such event was the KO Series #01-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max won by “fizzygypsy” of Canada. partypoker recently took steps to make their PKO events a bit more fair. They did this by making first and second-place pay almost the same, leaving the heads-up duo to fight for the usually substantial final bounty payment.

fizzygypsy walked away with $65,906 and “fumateotro” of the United Kingdom $53,821 after both players collected $29,998 and $29,958 from the main prize pool, but fizzygypsy scooped more than $12,000 extra from the bounty prize pool.

Place Player Country Prize Bounty Prize Total Prize
1 fizzygypsy Canada $29,998 $35,908 $65,906
2 fumateotro United Kingdom $29,958 $23,863 $53,821
3 backdrunk Sweden $20,569 $3,855 $24,424
4 j2805667 Malta $14,442 $2,811 $17,253
5 ucantrybut Ukraine $10,328 $1,868 $12,196
6 SeuOnofre Brazil $7,527 $2,990 $10,517
7 BuyThaPot Sweden $5,317 $3,111 $8,428
8 LordPuasonG United Kingdom $3,873 $1,657 $5,330

partypoker KO Series #02-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $530
Guarantee $300,000
Entrants 748
Prize pool $383,350
ITM 104

It was a similar story in the KO Series #02-HR: $300K Gtd 8-Max where 748 players exchanged $530 for the chance to become a KO Series champion.

First-place in this exciting event weighed in at $26,199 with second-place locked in at $26,162. The difference between the first-place bounty and runner-up was a massive $24,743 thanks to “dean23pricel” having a sizeable bounty on their heads.

This meant when dean23pricel defeated “sanguenuzoio” heads-up, their bankroll was boosted by a combined $54,436 with the second-place finisher netting $29,656 in total.

Place Player Country Prize Bounty Prize Total Prize
1 dean23priceI Netherlands $26,199 $28,237 $54,436
2 sanguenuzoio Brazil $26,162 $3,494 $29,656
3 pendall Russia $17,584 $4,577 $22,161
4 ojanOmaha Sweden $11,915 $9,554 $21,469
5 HyphMngo Poland $8,410 $5,069 $13,479
6 LordBoris82 Denmark $6,060 $4,093 $10,153
7 phbbc Brazil $4,329 $1,903 $6,232
8 HiSoka_18 Russia $3,009 $2,825 $5,834


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888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Main Event

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $300
Guarantee $100,000
Entrants 441
Prize pool $132,300
ITM 63

The 888poker RakeLESS promotion went down a storm with the two biggest tournaments each surpassing their $100,000 guarantees. The $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Main Event saw $132,300 distributed among the top 63 finishers, with the eight-handed final table all securing almost $3,000.

João “joaobarb” Barbosa, “mrsmith78” and Finland’s “dmg36” were the first casualties of the final table, walking away with prizes worth between $2,976 and $5,622. Fifth-place finisher “Lannovar10” of the United Kingdom banked $7,276 and was the last player in this tournament to not scoop five-figures.

Germany’s “t8ofdiamonds” busted in fourth-place for $10,319 and was joined as a spectator by “easylimp888” of the UK who netted $13,560 for their third-place exit.

Long-time grinder Michael “wywrotx” Wywrot triumphed over the 441-strong field, securing $25,137 for his efforts and leaving Jans “Graftekkel” Arends to collect the $18,522 consolation prize.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Michael “wywrotx” Wywrot Canada $25,137
2 Jans “Graftekkel” Arends   $18,522
3 easylimp888 United Kingdom $13,560
4 t8ofdiamonds Germany $10,319
5 Lannovar101 United Kingdom $7,276
6 dmg36 Finland $5,622
7 mrsmith78 United Kingdom $4,299
8 João “joaobarb” Barbosa   $2,976

888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Mega Deep

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $200
Guarantee $100,000
Entrants 773
Prize pool $154,600
ITM 72

The $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday Mega Deep saw 773 players create a $154,600 prize pool and the lion’s share is now nestled in the 888poker account of “Tedson89” of the UK, namely $29,219.

The British player defeated “nixokofits” of Greece heads-up to secure the biggest prize of the tournament, which left the Greek grinder to bank $21,412 for their second-place finish.

Only two other 888poker players netted more than $10,000 from the RakeLESS Sunday Mega Deep. Fourth-place “GramNaKartke” was awarded $11,904 with “sblanch259” of Canada busting one place later for $15,769. Sam “sammygrinder” Grafton bubbled the final table; he finished ninth for $2,365.38.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Tedson89 United Kingdom $29,219
2 nixokofits Greece $21,412
3 sblanch259 Canada $15,769
4 GramNaKartke   $11,904
5 Gugulehtu Malta $8,348
6 byyyyy Sweden $6,570
7 MR.Sadball Ireland $5,024
8 Ivan “F1SHRAP1ST” Gacina Croatia $3,478


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Natural8 Sunday Blade $5k

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $5,000
Guarantee $75,000
Entrants 43
Prize pool $204,250
ITM 5

A new addition to the Sunday Briefing this week are a couple of results from Natural8 on the GGNetwork, and it is easy to see why. The Sunday Blade $5K isn’t a $5K guaranteed affair; it’s a $5,000 buy-in event!

Five of the 43 starters banked some of the $204,250 prize pool; “oviens22” netting $12,838 for their fifth-place finish. “HONEYDETECTED” of the UK finished in fourth-place for $20,396; it would not be the Brits’ only big score of the night.

“Pihler13” of the Ukraine busted in third-place for $32,404 to leave “chapdelaine” and “SasukeUchiha” to play one-on-one for the title and the huge $87,129 top prize.

It was the latter who emerged victorious, meaning the runner-up had to lick their wounds with a $51,480 score heading to their Natural8 poker account.

Place Player Country Prize
1 SasukeUchiha Canada $87,129
2 chapdelaine Canada $51,480
3 pihler13 Ukraine $32,404
4 HONEYDETECTED United Kingdom $20,396
5 oviens22 Canada $12,838

Natural8 Sunday Blade 500

Date February 3rd
Buy-in $500
Guarantee $100,000
Entrants 191
Prize pool $100,000
ITM 26

HONEYDETECTED finished fourth in the Blade $5K event and followed that up with another fourth-place finish, this time in the Sunday Blade 500, a $500 buy-in tournament that attracted 191 entrants. The Brit netted an additional $8,711 for this fourth-place bust out and was the last player in this event not to win at least $10,000.

Mexico’s “oldzet” was the third-place finisher and saw $11,463 added to their account. Croatia’s “OutlawStar” and “HFNMWH2U” were the last two players standing, and they struck a deal that saw the former win $17,968 and the latter $16,698, although HFNMWH2U was confirmed as the tournament’s champion.

Place Player Country Prize
1 HFNMWH2U Croatia $16,698*
2 OutlawStar Canada $17,968*
3 oldzet Mexico $11,463
4 HONEYDETECTED United Kingdom $8,711
5 elchobi Uruguay $6,619
6 jutrack Germany $5,030
7 2high2bet Japan $3,822
8 peroni Grenada $2,905


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