US Online Sunday Briefing: Winter Championships Begin

US Online Sunday Briefing: Winter Championships Begin

United States Online Poker Briefing

The Winter Online Championships kicked off on Sunday at WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey with its first three events. The festival features 47 events from Feb. 10-24 with over $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The highlight of the festival is the $525 Winter OC Main Event featuring a $200,000 guarantee on Feb. 24. The winner of this event will not only walk away with a huge chunk of change but also a Champion’s Belt.

"Chuckies44" is the biggest winner thus far in the Winter Online Championships after shipping the Winter OC #2 – $125,000 NLH Sunday Special Edition on Sunday for $39,075.

Read on for a full look at the Sunday results from partypoker NJ, BorgataPoker.com, PlayMGM, WSOP.com NJ, WSOP.com Nevada, 888poker NJ, and the three 888poker clients in Delaware.

WSOP.com Winter OC #1 – $30,000 NLH

Date Feb. 10
Buy-in $30
Guarantee $30,000
Entries 1,484
Prize pool $49,588
ITM 100

The WSOP.com Winter OC #1 – $30,000 NLH kicked off the Winter Online Championships with a bang. The tournament attracted a massive field and almost doubled its $15,000 guarantee with 503 entrants, plus 981 rebuys and 287 add-ons generating a $49,588 prize pool. A total of 100 players cashed for a minimum of $104.

After nearly 7 1/2 hours of play, Ryan "sychosid" Hohner shipped the tournament for a five-figure haul of $11,901.

Also at the final table was Michael "SnakePlisken" Bees finishing in eighth place for $1,041.

Place Player Prize
1 Ryan "sychosid" Hohner $11,901
2 crazeelf666 $6,298
3 Jbrownski $4,116
4 ace710 $3,124
5 Lazybones $2,628
6 JackHi $2,132
7 Vtkim51 $1,587
8 Michael "SnakePlisken" Bees $1,041
9 RobzBullets $694
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WSOP.com Winter OC #2 – $125,000 NLH Sunday Special Edition

Date Feb. 10
Buy-in $320
Guarantee $125,000
Entries 521
Prize pool $156,300
ITM 60

The WSOP Winter OC #2 – $125,000 NLH Sunday Special Edition was by far the biggest tournament at American-regulated online poker rooms of the weekend. The tournament was a huge success with the 368 entrants and 153 rebuys creating a $156,300 prize pool.

After almost 8 1/2 hours of play, "chuckies44" became the biggest single tournament winner of the weekend on these sites by shipping the tournament for $39,075. Joining this player on the podium was Joseph "megolaman1ac" Liberta claiming bronze for $13,286.

Position Player Prize
1 chuckies44 $39,075
2 MahaKala108 $21,882
3 Joseph "megolaman1ac" Liberta $13,286
4 zebra_debra $10,160
5 Wayne "OmgVariance" Harmon $8,597
6 Loco4coco $7,034
7 Penny6 $5,314
8 Jeb_Greezy_4 $3,595
9 Gina282711 $2,345
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WSOP.com Winter OC #3 – $25,000 NLH 4-Max

Date Feb. 10
Buy-in $50
Guarantee $25,000
Entries 819
Prize pool $42,458
ITM 40

The WSOP.com Winter OC #3 – $25,000 NLH 4-Max attracted 272 entrants plus and 547 rebuys and 104 add-ons to create a $42,458 prize pool. A total of 40 players cashed for at least $234.

After more than 7 1/2 hours of play, Drazen "HODLer" Ilich shipped the event for an impressive score of $11,039.

Also at the final table was John "notyourfault" Alesi finishing in fourth place for $2,887.

Position Player Prize
1 Drazen "HODLer" Ilich $11,039
2 BraceletHUNT $6,369
3 zebra_debra $3,736
4 John "notyourfault" Alesi $2,887
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WSOP.com $30,000 Weekly Sunday

Date Feb. 10
Buy-in $500
Guarantee $30,000
Entries 117
Prize pool $54,639
ITM 10

The WSOP.com $30,000 Weekly Sunday attracted 70 entrants and 47 rebuys to create a $54,639 prize pool with 10 players cashing for at least $1,530.

After more than five hours of play, "Panoramic" defeated Bobby "bcmclawh" McLawhorn in heads-up player to collect the $15,845 top prize. McLawhorn walked away with $9,289 for his runner-up effort.

Justin "moohaha123" Morgenstern was the first player eliminated at the final table in sixth place for $3,770.

Position Player Prize
1 Panoramic $15,845
2 Bobby "bcmclawh" McLawhorn $9,289
3 domcapers $6,557
4 RIP_Neiko $5,464
5 bexel $4,371
6 Justin "moohaha123" Morgenstern $3,770

BorgataPoker.com/partypoker/PlayMGM Sunday $35K GTD

Date Feb. 10
Buy-in $200
Guarantee $35,000
Entries 150
Prize pool $35,000
ITM 18

The BorgataPoker.com/partypoker/PlayMGM Sunday $35K GTD featured $5,000 in added value with 150 entries (108 entrants + 42 reentries) coming shy of meeting the $35,000 guarantee. A total of 18 players cashing for at least $438.

After almost eight hours of play, Michael "pay4medsch00l" Lavenburg shipped the event for $7,455. Also on the podium were Daniel "centrfieldr23" Lupo in second place for $5,075 and Vladimir "Donate_here" Alexandrov in third place for $3,815.

Ryan "TheSims" Hohner earned his second mention this report with a fourth-place finish for $3,150, while Brian "pure_reason" Wood bowed out in seventh place for $1,925.

Position Player Prize
1 Michael "pay4medsch00l" Lavenburg $7,455
2 Daniel "centrfieldr23" Lupo $5,075
3 Vladimir "Donate_here" Alexandrov $3,815
4 Ryan "TheSims" Hohner $3,150
5 ashylarry $2,695
6 WowHowLucky $2,310
7 Brian "pure_reason" Wood $1,925
8 Rick_Grimes $1,575
9 cptondeck $1,225

PokerStars NJ Sunday Special – $30,000 Gtd

Date Feb. 10
Buy-in $200
Guarantee $30,000
Entries 211
Prize pool $33,294
ITM 27

The PokerStars NJ Sunday Special – $30,000 Gtd smashed its guarantee after attracting 211 entries (120 entrants + 91 reentries) to create a $39,246 prize pool.

After nearly 6 1/2 hours of play hours of play, Jonathan "toddchipman" Borenstein shipped the event for $7,158.

Other notable players at the final table included Daryl "jordanofpkr" Black (fourth – $2,913), Ross "rosseg" Gottlieb (seventh – $1,332), Yong "iFoldN0T" Kwon (eighth – $999), and Jamie "moosedeer17" Reyes (ninth – $666).

Position Player Prize
1 Jonathan "toddchipman" Borenstein $7,158
2 shipitshell $5,161
3 Baby_Gravy22 $3,912
4 Daryl "jordanofpkr" Black $2,913
5 Chonk99 $1,998
6 zapzer7 $1,665
7 Ross "rosseg" Gottlieb $1,332
8 Yong "iFoldN0T" Kwon $999
9 Jamie "moosedeer17" Reyes $666

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