Weekend Review: Windyk@tor tops post PCA performances

Does jet lag work in your favour when it comes to the Sunday Majors, or against? Does it favour those on the west coast of the Atlantic or the East? Maybe it's one of those things that should be looked into one day, perhaps by those people who would otherwise be spending their time filling newspaper columns trying to determine whether having blond hair gets you better seats at the movies, or whether being born on a Wednesday makes you more susceptible to spam telephone calls.

It seemed right to consider this in what for many players is the post PokerStars Caribbean Adventure recovery period, which lasts about two weeks until the start of EPT Deauville. Whether you're up too early or can't sleep until late, there must be an ideal peak time at which to play. Or maybe there isn't (by this point I'm beginning to think the biggest problem with jet lag is waffling). But maybe Windyk@tor would know something about that?

For Windyk@tor from Poland, who won the Sunday million yesterday, the best time to play is when you're winning. He took the first prize of $193,184.65 this weekend as part of a two-way deal, not bad at all given that he satellite his way into the big one.

It was an event with various highlights, as Martin Harris wrote on the PokerStars Blog. Fabian "doypaliza" Castro, a Sunday Million winner two weeks ago, nearly made it two in as many weeks, but fell short in tenth place. There was also a head turning performance by the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro Kosei K. Ichinose" Ichinose, who cashed out in 24th place. He would also reach another final table on Sunday (more on that below).


Over in the Sunday Warm-Up Elmagico19A1 from the Netherlands picked up 90,892.39 as part of a two-way deal with jambeyang from the United Kingdom, who took away more than $77,000. You can read the full report by David Aydt, here

Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Entrants: 6,923
Prize pool: $1,384,600.00
Places paid: 990

1. Windyk@tor (Poland) -- $193,184.65*
2. ROBAZAN (Russia) -- $173,184.65*
3. SwalzB (Germany) -- $110,768.00
4. dodavi (Israel) -- $76,153.00
5. Valentyn "touchmynuts1″ Shabelnyk (Ukraine) -- $58,153.20
6. andos1 (Russia) -- $44,307.20
7. yummylemons (Mexico) -- $30,461.20
8. diogovezzaro (Brazil) -- $16,615.20
9. Vasile "mihai_nbl" Mihai (Romania) -- $10,730,65
* denotes a two-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results
Entrants: 3,077
Places paid: 450
Prize pool: $615,400.00

1. Elmagico19A1 (Netherlands) *$90,892.39
2. jambeyang (United Kingdom) *$77,728.33
3. kya0209 (Taiwan) $51,078.20
4. SHIPP ITT (Canada) $35,385.50
5. utvekklo2 (Sweden) $26,345.27
6. Doctor2D (Denmark) $20,000.50
7. r shetty (India) $13,846.50
8. Steve 'Illini213' Barshak (Costa Rica) $7,692.50
9. politm69 (Romania) $4,923.20
* denotes two-way deal

There were other stand-out performances this week worthy of a mention.

Team Online Pro Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara had a deep run in the PCA Main Event last week. When we wrote about his there we mentioned his conspicuous absence from the weekend results, hardly surprising given that this time last week he was heading towards a 50th place finish. This week though normal service was resumed, with the Japanese pro coming second in the Weekly 8-Game, and third in the weekly Single Draw events.

Danny "THE_D_RY" Ryan was among this week's winners, picking up nearly $11,000 in the wins $33 Saturday speedway. There was a win also for Assad91, a WCOOP winner from 2015, who took down the $82 Sunday NL Omaha H/L 6-Max, in which Ichinose finished fourth.

For all of this week's results check out the link below.

Tournament results on PokerStars for the weekend January 17-18, 2015.

Back now to the jet-lag. Meanwhile, congratulations to all of this weekend's winners.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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