PokerStars weekend review (1 July 2013)
These weekend reviews can be sometimes feel like they're jam-packed with hyperbole, but they're not. The fact is there is always loads going on at PokerStars, both online and live all over the world. PokerStars just held a $1,000,000 Ultimate Freeroll which paid out... 39,499 places! Despite the shallow pay jumps four players pocketed more than $20,000 each, with runner-up konn999 taking $40,000. Not too shabby for someone with $7,319 in tournament cashes before the weekend.
Poker operates, of course, using a scalable commodity of chips and buy-ins. That $40,000 freeroll score is huge (approximately the amount of the average annual salary in Germany, no less) but should you take it to EPT Barcelona there would be one tournament that you couldn't buy into: the €50,000 Super High Roller. The full schedule for that festival, the first of EPT Season 10, was released today. Find the EPT10 Barcelona schedule here.
Some of our other weekend heroes certainly could take a stab at some of the larger buy-in events, not least of all Sunday Million runner-up Jannick 'EDWARDHOPPER' Wrang, who already holds one EPT title. Wrang, who won EPT Campione for €640,000 in Season 8, last night banked $143,662.50. just falling short of German Flush098765 who took $194,232 for the win. Read the Sunday Million report here.
Team PokerStars Online's Caio 'pessagno' Pessagno took 2nd in the $530 Sunday 500 for $45,375, after chopping with young_diam18. Paul 'padjes' Berende won the Sunday 2nd Chance for $38,304 beating Luke 'LFmagic' Fields into the runner-up spot ($27,664). Check out all the major weekend results at PokerStars here.
But it's not all about the big blue ribbon buy-in events, there are lots of affordable events in Barcelona and there was another which just took place in London, the £275 UKIPT Series. Recreational player Gabriel Dragomir won that tournament, the second ever UKIPT Series took place, at PokerStars LIVE at the Hippodrome Casino in London's Leicester Square. He collected £16,480 after a nine-way chop. Yes, nine-way.
Ever played on the PokerStars Mobile app on your phone or tablet? What? No? Then click here immediately. Some exciting developments on that front, we hear.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.