Keiruja wins the Sunday Million while Spinks binks the warm-up
If an entire nation took pride in its players, like they would a sports team, it would be a great weekend for British poker. Reality might make things a little different - one player's success is usually at the expense of another - but still, there's enough bonhomie to see the success as a fellow countryman, even if they did beat you along the way, as a blessing. In the case of this weekend that would be the success of Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks in the Sunday Warm-Up, and Keiruja in the Sunday Million.
Keiruja picked up more than $175,000 for his win in the Million, sidestepping the likes of John j0hndayt0n Dayton and Tanveer T_Dot_D Dhanjal at the final table, the full report of which, written by Martin Harris can be read here. Meanwhile Spinks did a little of the same in the Warm-Up, picking up more than $63,000 which he now adds to the SCOOP title. Read all about his adventures, courtesy of David Aydt, here.
Here are those two results in full:
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (08-16-2015):
Places Paid: 360
Prize Pool: $483,000.00
1. Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks *$63,170.84
2. yadio (Canada) *$59,300.00
3. Phill "Grindation" Mcallister (United Kingdom) *$52,215.77
4. IRONMAN3012 (Luxembourg) $28,255.50
5. LaliTournier (Brazil) $21,493.50
6. Mr.Nicky86 (Switzerland) $16,663.50
7. Laphroaig22 (Russia) $11,833.50
8. shinerrr (Ireland) $7,003.50
9. $h1tter$ (Colombia) $4,105.50
* denotes part of three-way deal
Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) 8/16/15
Prize pool: $1,122,000
Places paid: 810
1. Keiruja (United Kingdom) $175,514.78
2. agnaton (Israel) $130,736.30
3. obradovich (Russia) $92,413.17
4. John "j0hndayt0n" Dayton (Canada) $63,404.30
5. FoxyLisa (Sweden) $47,693.50
6. Tanveer "T_Dot_D" Dhanjal (Canada) $36,471.50
7. khmerkwads (Canada) $25,249.50
8. IMonheat (Croatia) $14,027.50
9. tone2toni (Germany) $8,977.60
Elsewhere there were wins for tnxcomeagain in the Sunday 500, Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson in the weekly 6-max, and HealTheWorld, who became the first ever winner of the new Weekender event, which started on Saturday and finished on Sunday. The $100,000 guarantee was duly smashed to the tune of $164,000, of which $31,570 went to the winner. Read more about the Weekender, and how you can play it for significantly less than the $500 buy in, here.
Lastly a shout out for Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara, whose delight at winning the Sunday 6-max was infectious.
https://t.co/6oJmApQIMo yessssssss I won Sunday 6max!!!— 'nkeyno' 木原 直哉 (@key_poker) August 17, 2015
That wasn't quite enough to make the top ten winners list this weekend, but with him at 11th, here are the best of the weekend.
$215 Sunday Million: Keiruja (United Kingdom) $175,514.78
$215 Sunday Warm-Up: LUFCBas (United Kingdom) $63,170.84
$530 Sunday 500: tnxcomeagain (Macedonia) $58,472.13
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: groengras (Netherlands) $43,409.20
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]: AzEsmTzar (Russia) $41,841.99
$215 Sunday 2nd Chance: 77kol0bok77 (Russia) $37,800.00
The Weekender: $530 NLHE [8-Max, 2-Day]: HealTheWorld (Austria) $31,570.00
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout: bangOutNow (Romania) $27,707.32
$11 Sunday Storm: Anao19 (Brazil) $26,500
$109 Sunday Kickoff: kunkles28 (Mexico) $25,444.00
Click here for all the major tournament results for the weekend August 15-16, 2015 on PokerStars.
There's a big week ahead on PokerStars, the highlight being the welcome return of the European Poker Tour, which begins its 12th season. That starts with the Super High Roller on Saturday, but before that the Estrellas Main Event, already looking likely to be a record field, gets started on Wednesday. You'll find coverage of the festival all the way through right here on the PokerStars Blog.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.