Weekend Review: A big win and a Jersey Bounce
A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars.
* a.urli wins the tenth anniversary Sunday Million
* Mr. Bucis takes down the Sunday Warm Up
* The countdown ends to PokerStars' New Jersey return
Round up of latest results
Well I saw it. Did you see it: More than 55,000 players, more than $11 million in the prize pool, and more than $1 million waiting for the last player standing?
That was a.urli from Canada, who right now, having cashed out with $970,000 after a four way deal, is probably still waking up the neighbours.
Trying to fathom that sort of journey, one that starts so crowded and ends so triumphantly, is practically impossible, and won a.urli himself will need time to absorb. But it's the latest story from one of online poker's institutions, the Sunday Million.
A caffeinated Martin Harris was on hand to witness every step of the final table, culminating in a report which you can read here. A fine win, by a fine player, to mark a decade of the finest tournament online.
Here is that result, along with that of the Sunday Warm-Up, in full:
Sunday Million 10th Anniversary results (3/20/16)
Prize pool: $11,011,800.00
Places paid: 8,208
1. a.urli (Canada) $970,000.00*
2. mladenova62 (Bulgaria) $650,000.00*
3. prophetdream (South Korea) $678.517.78*
4. canario508 (Argentina) $560,000.00*
5. ThreeBetting (United Kingdom) $318,415.00
6. Superfizzy (Germany) $235,653.62
7. AttiIa88 (Russia) $174,402.68
8. TottiLitti (Finland) $129,071.51
9. Torsvik (Norway) $95,522.96
* denotes a four-way deal leaving $100,000 for the winner
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Sunday Warm-Up ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results (3/20/16)
Total prize pool: $580,600
Places paid: 414
1. Mr. Bucis (Lithuania) $91,445.24
2. mayanfactor (Bulgaria) $68,220.50
3. KHANSTHEWORD (Panama) $48,770.40
4. Mike "MikeyGG3" Gentili (Canada) $33,384.50
5. mr.WanTaim (Netherlands) $25,256.10
6. LucaasAK747 (Brazil) $19,450.10
7. William "hellzito" Arruda (Brazil) $13,644.10
8. TLNo.13 (Romania) $7,849.71
9. Andrija "cynicalfish" Martic (Croatia) $4,935.10
The weekend's top online tournament winners
Other results take a back stage this week, but there were still a few results that caught the eye.
Former WCOOP Main Event winner Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz won the Sunday 6-Max, while Dan "djk123" Kelly won the Sunday Second Chance. The rest of the top ten results are below.
|$215 Sunday Million 10th Anniversary||a.urli||Canada||$970,000.00|
|$215 Sunday Warm-Up||Mr. Bucis||Lithuania||$91,445.24|
|$530 Sunday 500||micide||Germany||$74,430.59|
|$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-max]||thehushpuppy||United Kingdom||$70,685.94|
|$215 Sunday 2nd Chance||djk123||Australia||$60,796.93|
|$109+R Sunday Rebuy||NikolasDLP||Russian Federation||$46,462.50|
|$22 Sunday Mini-Million||garyknife||Sweden||$33,434.22|
|$11 Sunday Storm||Fr@n_4774||Austria||$30,277.03|
|$162 Sunday 6-Max||CrownUpGuy||Austria||$30,175.55|
|$109 Sunday Kickoff||Reshafim87||Israel||$27,609.84|
Click here for a complete list of major results on PokerStars for the weekend of March 19 to 20, 2016.
They call it the Jersey Bounce
You can't miss it. There is a definite spring in the step of some people in the PokerStars office this morning. Colleagues linger longer at the water cooler. People say "after you" a lot, to which the reply is "no, after you." People are asking about each other's families and their weekends. Nobody has taken the last banana from the communal fruit bowl and you know what, maybe it's not so bad to be back at work on a Monday morning.
The reason is obvious. Many in the PokerStars office remember what it was like several years ago when PokerStars left the United States. That was a Black day for everyone, more so for our players. So you can imagine how that makes today -- the day PokerStars takes its first step back into the United States, opening its doors to players in New Jersey -- a particularly good one. This must be the Jersey Bounce Ella Fitzgerald used to sing about.
You probably heard this was already in the pipeline, and it's something that PokerStars has been working on for some time now. To have it finally arrive though is a great moment, reward for a lot of hard work behind the scenes, and a lot of patience among players in the States who just want to play the game they love. It hopefully heralds a brighter future for the game in the country it should rightfully call home.
If you happen to be in New Jersey you can open an account in a few easy steps and be playing just like old times in a matter of minutes. If you previously had a PokerStars account we've kept it warm for you. If you're a new player we're glad to have you with us. And there's already a line-up of Sunday Majors to look forward to at the weekend.
It should be enough to put a bounce in anyone's step.
That's everything for another big weekend on PokerStars. As always send your questions and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog..