Weekend Review: Magarden the big winner
There's a period in the early hours of the day during which it's never wise to be awake. If I had to say exactly when I'd put it at around 4am. You lie there, awake, and start thinking about serious things, like how old you are, the meaning of life, and whether you could have got away from your ace-king. These are serious, lonely hours. Try to sleep through them.
Of course that's not easy if things didn't go your way in some of the bigger events of the weekend on PokerStars, the ones you rue for a while, about a week actually, eased only by the onset of another weekend major. Yes, poker can make us feel the best and the worst at the same time. But let's talk about it anyway.
If you're talking about sleeping soundly then Magarden of Germany woke this morning as fresh as a daisy. He took top spot in the Sunday Million, picking up $177,000 in the process, beating EmielsonNL of Holland into second place. He might not have slept well but at least had $132,000 to stare at as he asked himself about that ace-king. Read the full story by Martin Harris.
Elsewhere in the Sunday Warm-Up Ukrainian yarik1903 took honours and a first prize of more than $73,000. As David Aydt wrote, it contained the type of players who have had experience of sleeping very well and very badly. Read the full report here.
The results in full:
Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em)
Prize pool: $1,136,000
Places paid: 810
1. Magardan (Germany) $177,670.40
2. EmielsonNL (Netherlands) $132,344.00
3. NEWFlat (Russia) $93,549.60
4. emran86 (United Kingdom) $64,184.00
5. Andersonpye7 (Brazil) $48,280.00
6. damiao4ever (United Kingdom) $36,920.00
7. Benjo356 (Israel) $25,560.00
8. TheKidDaze (Canada) $14,200.00
9. NWPoker88 (Australia) $9,088.00
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up
Places Paid: 342
Prize Pool: $464,600
1. yarik1903 (Ukraine) $73,406.91
2. Kaggis (Norway) $55,134.08
3. Faroeman77 (Faroe Islands) $39,491.00
4. holly17 (United Kingdom) $27,179.10
5. BundAA (Brazil) $20,674.70
6. tinuz79 (Netherlands) $16,028.70
7. 1Rug (United Kingdom) $11,382.70
8. Maclinic (Chile) $6,736.70
9. beastii (Czech Republic) $3,949.10
The Sunday Majors are not limited to the Million and Warm-Up. There were plenty of winners (which you can see in full at the link below), with the top ten winners earning the following.
$215 Sunday Million: Magardan (Germany) $177,670.40
$215 Sunday Warm-Up: yarik1903 (Ukraine) $73,406.91
$530 Sunday 500: GM_VALTER (Brazil) $51,610.69
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]: FiskUggla (Sweden) $45,408.33
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: gnetaren (Sweden) $41,362.50
$215 Sunday 2nd Chance: IneedMassari (Brazil) $40,212.00
$109 Sunday Kickoff: xulescux (Romania) $27,052.07
$11 Sunday Storm: buncherman73 (Canada) $25,712.50
$162 Sunday 6-Max: jenej (Czech Republic) $20,832.96
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout: Lazeris99 (Lithuania) $19,282.81
Click the link to find all the major results on PokerStars from the weekend August 8-9, 2015.
There was action beyond the PokerStars online tournament lobby this weekend, with live events coming to a close in Manila on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, and Bristol on the UK and Ireland Poker Tour.
In Manila Aaron Lim made history by becoming the first player to win two APPT titles, collecting PHP6,000,000 in the process. You can read the full story here. Meanwhile Pierrick Tallon was doing similar work in Bristol, the story of which you can read in full here.
The results from both are below.
APPT9 Manila Main Event (PHP45,000 + 5,000)
Places Paid: 72
Prize Pool: PHP25,535,250 ($599,326)
1. Aaron Lim (Australia) PHP6,016,250
2. Douglas Olsson (Sweden) PHP3,367,500
3. Jessie Leonarez (Philippines) PHP2,083,000
4. Terry Fan (Chinese Taipei) PHP1,588,900
5. Thomas Lee (Canada) PHP1,097,600
6. Hayato Kitajima (Japan) PHP873,000
7. Iona Finkenrath (Germany) PHP710,900
8. Winfred Yu (Canada) PHP598,700
9. Ying Lin Chua (Malaysia) PHP498,900
UKIPT Bristol Main Event (£700 + £70)
Places Paid: 63
Prize Pool: £302,834
1. Pierrick Tallon (Belgium) PokerStars Qualifier £53,000
2. Christopher Brice (United Kingdom) PokerStars Qualifier £42,300
3. Chi Zhang (United Kingdom) PokerStars Qualifier £26,500
4. Otto Richard (France) £21,000
5. Joseph Lalor (Ireland) PokerStars Qualifier £16,000
6. Ben Winsor (United Kingdom) £12,900
7. Leslie Packer (United Kingdom) £9,700
8. Lee Mulligan (United Kingdom) £6,900
That's the full picture of the weekend, from the position of being wide eyed and awake. Don't forget you can send your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter @PokerStarsBlog. In the meantime congratulations to all of the weekend's winners. Everyone else try to get some sleep*.
* I'll stop with the stereotypes now.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.