Weekend Review: Another big Sunday winner as attention turns to Las Vegas



Weekend highlights on PokerStars

* The latest from the WSOP
* A win for Australia Jay-Syl11 in the Sunday Million


WSOP update

It's only right that the American Fourth of July weekend should feature one of the most gloriously expensive events on the WSOP calendar, one that shuns any form of modesty in place of a Battle Royale. 

The $50,000 Poker Players Championship is just that, an expensive scrap between the best players in the world who are not just happy to pay the entry fee, but are prepared to forgo the fireworks outside for the some fireworks inside. 

After a day's play Team PokerStars still has an interest in the form of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Andre Akkari and Naoya Kihara


Andre Akkari_2016_wsop_4july16.jpgAndre Akkari

All four have been prominent all summer.


Daniel Negreanu_2016_wsop_4july16.jpgSeveral deep runs including a second and fourth place finish at the WSOP so far for Daniel Negreanu

Negreanu finished fourth in the $1,500 7 Card Razz, and then second in the Championship event of the same game, with several other deep runs. It hardly needs pointing out that Mercier has two bracelets (and a second place) from this summer alone.


Jason Mercier_2016_wsop_4july16.jpgJason Mercier looking for bracelet number three for 2016 alone

Meanwhile Akkari reached the final table of Event #8, finishing in sixth place, while Kihara, one of a handful of Japanese Pros making a a name for themselves in Las Vegas, has had deep runs in H.O.R.S.E. and seven card stud events so far. 


Naoya Kihara_2016_WSOP_4july16.jpgNaoya Kihara

Right now the field of 91 has been whittled down to 42, with play set to resume later today. It's an all-star field whichever way you look at it, hardly surprising as players convene in Las Vegas for what is the last week of action before the Main Event begins next Saturday. 


Sunday Million

None of which interrupted this week's online action, with 47 weekend majors taking place. As Kristin Bihr reported, the big winner was undoubtedly Jay-Syl11 from Australia who won the Sunday Million for a first prize pay-out of $177,297. 

The full result is below:

PokerStars Sunday Million
Entries: 5,668 (4,788 players, 880 re-entries) 
Prize pool: $1,133,600.00
Places paid: 810

1. Jay-Syl11 (Australia) $177,297.74
2. bogurdan (Russia) $132,064.40
3. VSB.Gimli (Czech Republic) $93,351.96
4. Smaxx440 (Germany) $64,048.40 
5. xhiti_b (Switzerland) $48,178.00
6. Alisson "heyalisson" Piekazewicz (Brazil) $36,842.00 
7. mrvogt (Denmark) $25,506.00
8. Deividas K (Lithuania) $14,170.00
9. Kepalas89 (Lithuania) $9,068.80


Weekend winners

Away from the Sunday Million there was plenty to play for over the weekend, with the biggest winners listed below. 

          
TOURNAMENTWINNERCOUNTRYPRIZE MONEY
$215 SUNDAY MILLIONJay-Syl11Australia $177,297.74
$215 Sunday Warm-UpNANIWARJapan $49,346.24
$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHEMr.Nicky86Switzerland $47,644.25
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]joaoMathiasBrazil $30,045.17
$700 Super-Sized Sunday [Progressive KO]newguy89Canada $28,907.71
$1,050 Sunday Grand PLO [6-Max]takechipCanada $28,860.00
$22 Mini Sunday MillionSaintreineNetherlands $22,811.64
$109 Sunday Kickoffdujo123Canada $19,958.00
$109 Sunday Cooldown [Turbo]bagochLithuania $19,754.00
$11 Sunday StormI am shotgunBelarus $17,815.37

Click here for all the results on PokerStars for the weekend of July 2 to 3, 2016. 


That's it from another weekend on PokerStars. To our American readers, a happy fourth of July to you all. As always send your questions and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

WSOP Photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.