Weekend Review: Winning big (despite the odd distraction)
Apparently there was something called the NBA finals on this weekend. For those who view such things favourably I suspect it was one of those highlights that bring a Christmassy feeling, albeit without the eggnog (there's no eggnog in basketball, right?) For others, it could easily have been one of those things to draw interest from the field size of some of the big events of the weekend like the Sunday Millions. They needn't have worried.
I suspect the reason for this is simple. Poker players, as well as being good multi-tablers, are good multi-taskers. What's one more screen to the 27 you already have open for your Sunday grind?
Regardless, I'm not sure how big basketball is in Finland, but distractions across the Atlantic didn't put off one of their number from playing and winning the Sunday Million.
Ironically Timonpoika's win came after a heads up contest against NBA-slam of Lithuania (is basketball big in the Baltics?) and the $174,607 first prize could hardly be described as being on the small side. Martin Harris has the full story of his win, which you can read here.
Meanwhile there was a three-way deal in the Sunday Warm-Up, which was won by papan9_p$ for a score worth $66,665. No basketball references over there, but David Aydt has the full story on that one.
Here are those two box scores in full:
Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em)
Prize pool: $1,116,400.00
Places paid: 810
1. Timonpoika (Finland) $174,607.39
2. Nba-Slam (Lithuania) $130,060.60
3. Simon "dybban" Lindell (Sweden) $91,935.54
4. NinziAkaPaxi (Finland) $63,076.60
5. Bookie1978 (Netherlands) $47,447.00
6. J. Gelades (Ukraine) $36,283.00
7. Ltradee (Sweden) $25,119.00
8. ihaterivers (Canada) $13,955.00
9. Gleb "psyhoagromor" Kovtunov (Ukraine) $8,931.20
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up
Places Paid: 342
Prize Pool: $500,000.00
1. papan9_p$ (Russia) *$66,665.12
2. trekotreko (Portugal) *$55,830.23
3. akamas73 (Cyprus) *$58,339.65
4. Fuel4Ff (Ukraine) $29,250.00
5. mikeyeomans (Canada) $22,250.00
6. Hubertus91 (Poland) $17,250.00
7. takeurent$ (Canada) $12,250.00
8. AaronBeen (Mexico) $7,250.00
9. lordjosejose (Colombia) $4,250.00
* denotes part of three-way deal
As always there was plenty going on this weekend away from the Sunday Million, not least some PokerStars guy called Neymar Jr knocking in a couple of goals in the Champions League final. But there was a full list of weekend events being played out, the top ten winners listed below.
$215 Sunday Million: Timonpoika (Finland) $174,607.39
$215 Sunday Warm-Up: papan9_p$ (Russia) $66,665.12
$530 Sunday 500: dustin1980 (Costa Rica) $60,004.50
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]: hpinceli (Brazil) $41,875.00
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: bparis (Canada) $39,431.25
$215 Sunday 2nd Chance: zaureos (Portugal) $39,168.00
$11 Sunday Storm: Pelckito (Brazil) $28,050.00
$109 Sunday Kickoff: Piggysnipz (Canada) $21,879.00
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout: Siewas (Poland) $21,859.82
$162 Sunday 6-Max: MyChips39 (United Kingdom) $21,107.20
You can find all the scores from the weekend's events by clicking the link below, which has all the results and pay-outs. As for the basketball, the Cavaliers won in overtime, celebrating with eggnog all round.
Results on PokerStars for the weekend of June 6-7, 2015.
In the meantime send any comments and thoughts you might have to the blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog. Congratulations to all the winners from this weekend and good luck at the tables this week.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.