Weekend Review: GeoManousos headlines a weekend of big winners
There might not be anything to get you over the disappointment of coming second in an EPT Main Event, except perhaps winning the next one. But success online certainly helps, particularly when only a few short months before you'd made the momentous decision to move town and turn pro, giving all your energy to the game you love and knew deep down that you could succeed at.
Going into this weekend's Majors Georgious "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos, who came second to Julian Track at EPT Prague in Season 10, didn't need vindication for his move to Vienna last year. The Super Tuesday win in October saw to that. But yesterday he went one better, capturing a Sunday Million title and that first prize of $211,024.
As Kristin Bihr put it in her report of the final table - whatever is behind GeoManousos's streak, whether "pure confidence, sensational reading ability, or the alignment of the stars", it's still very much in force. But his win wasn't exactly without obstacles, with Luis "Fizhh" Montaño, Jonathan "Gil3000" Gill, and Mads "Mr Longhit" Bertelsen all staking a claim to good story had they taken top spot. But it was GeoManousos with the page-turner.
That was the biggest win from the weekend, with more than 7,000 players signing on for the Million. Behind that the Sunday 500 earned $72,360 for Danish player marktb, slightly more than the Sunday Warm-Up winner Chris288 of Germany, who banked $70,566 after a three-way deal, as detailed in David Aydt's report of the final table.
The highest paying events over the weekend were as follows:
$215 Sunday Million: GeoManousos (Austria) $211,024.92
$530 Sunday 500: marktb (Denmark) $72,360
$215 Sunday Warm-Up: Chris 288 (Germany) $70,566.48
$215 Sunday Supersonic: DEX888 (Germany) $53,767.67
$215 Sunday Second Chance: green Buddha (Mexico) $45,117.64
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: Davydenko123 (Lithuania) $42,682.91
$320 Saturday Super KO: vladislavius (Romania) $34,262.57
$11 Sunday Storm: 77X8 (Russia) $30,800.51
$109 Sunday Kick-off: Nelisschuif7 (Malta) $26,018.33
$162 Sunday 6-Max: $uperdecay (Russia) $25,961.52
$215 Weekly Turbo NLHE: SpaceyFCB (Belgium) $23,700
$215 Weekly 6-Max NLHE: steve3331 (Hungary) $13,242.38
$2.22+R Saturday Splash: OpenOren (Russia) $12,535.79
$33 Saturday Speedway: jehurta (Colombia) $10,080
Going back to that Sunday 500 for a second, the all-star line-up at the final table yesterday gave further proof that it is one of the toughest events to win online.
Behind winner marktb was Alan "Mr Negreanu" Gold, the WCOOP 2014 Player of the Series, in second place, with Jean-Pascal "hopezACE" Savard in fourth. A few places back was Niall "Firaldo87" Farrell in eight place.
Here's how the top three events of the weekend finished.
$215 Sunday Million
Places paid: 1,080
Prize pool: $1,406,800.00
1. Georgios "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos (Austria) $211,024.92
2. Luis "Fizhh" Montaño (Mexico) $155,268.51
3. AussieXXX (Australia) $112,544.00
4. Jonathan "Gil3000" Gill (United Kingdom) $74,560.40
5. Mads "Mr Longhit" Bertelsen (Denmark) $57,678.80
6. AverageGreg (Canada) $43,610.80
7. HC_68 (Austria) $30,246.20
8. PIIKAACHU (Norway) $16,881.60
9. PJCT DK (Portugal) $10,902.70
$215 Sunday Warm-Up
Places paid: 432
Prize pool: $593,600.00
1. chris288 (Germany) *$70,566.48
2. giumas987 (Germany) *$73,000.00
3. NeverEnough5 (Canada) *$68,361.24
4. elmelogno4 (Uruguay) $34,132.00
5. C. Darwin2 (Sweden) $25,524.80
6. kuzmich 525 (Russia) $19,588.80
7. base30203 (Canada) $13,652.80
8. StenSjolin (Sweden) $7,716.80
9. leon00333 (Russia) $4,748.80
* denotes three-way deal
$530 Sunday 500
Prize pool: $402,000
Places paid: 117
1. marktb (Denmark) $72,360.00
2. Mr Negreanu (United Kingdom) $52,260.00
3. Sngwonder (United Kingdom) $38,994.00
4. hopezACE (Canada) $29,145.00
5. saladinhoo (Portugal) $20,260.80
6. Apotheosis92 (Canada) $16,240.80
7. bossamtisch (Germany) $12,220.80
8. Firaldo87 (Canada) $8,241.00
9. Solomolo (Denmark) $5,025.00
They were just some of the winners from the weekend. Find all of them, and the final table finishers from the biggest events of the weekend on PokerStars, at the link below.
Weekend results on PokerStars for February 21-22, 2015.
For now congratulations to everyone who walked away with something. And remember, if you came close or missed out this weekend, don't be too disheartened. Take a leaf out of GeoManousos's book and win the lot next weekend.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.