Weekend Review: Name change as Kanit wins Sunday Mmmillion

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars.

Weekend highlights

* Mustapha "lasagnaammm" Kanit wins Sunday Million
* Mayu "marroca5" Roca wins Sunday Warm-Up
* Wang Ping Yuan is crowned P1M champion in Manila.


Mustapha_Kanit_wins_14mar16.jpgYet another win for Mustapha Kanit

Round up of latest results

We binge on PokerStars. We told you that on Friday. Not just in promotions and giveaways, we binge on results too. We even have a favourite dish - it's called "lasagnaaammm".

Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit added the Sunday Million title to his ever growing resume of stupendous results this weekend.

Less than a month ago he was posing with the winner's trophy having taken down the EPT Dublin High Roller. Six before that he was doing the same having won the EPT Barcelona High Roller. Three months before that he'd been doing the same having won the EPT Grand Final High Roller. And a month before that, he's been doing the same, albeit virtually, having won the SCOOP Main Event. Ridiculous, ridiculous, ridiculous... and wonderful.


kanit_hugs_barcelona_14mar16.jpgWe're talking very well liked...

It's impossible not to like Kanit, 24, whose infectious enthusiasm passes even to those he defeats, and whose fledgling English disguises a grasp of idiom and slang that cracks any poker face. In a game that often breeds natural enmity, Kanit is immune. His table is the fun table. And who doesn't want to be on that?

Proof of that came in Dublin.

We covered his campaign extensively, as he not only survived as a short stack, but then gleefully taunted one opponent after another (the most memorable being against Igor Kurganov, who grabbed Kanit's winning cards and joked about taking a peak. "You can see if you want," said Kanit. "After I call the floor. One round penalteeeeeee!" That last word sung at a falsetto that cracked everyone up**). As he waited for the official photographer to set up the winning shot, a string of player came up to Kanit wanting their own photos. Kanit's wore the same broad grin for each of them. And these weren't aspiring types. These were the high rollers he'd just beaten, including Chance Kornuth, who finished second.


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We don't really have favourites, we just like great players, and when they're fun to watch it's an even bigger bonus. So rejoice as you read the poker headlines, and the new name for the biggest event of the week, albeit for one day only: the Sunday Mmmillion.

Here are those two results in full:

PokerStars Sunday Million results(3/13/2016)
Players: 5,717
Prize pool: $1,143,400.00
Places paid: 855

1. Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit (Austria) $177,229.79
2. XouLio131 (Greece) $131,491.00
3. goodvibe1 (Germany) $92,615.40
4. 147_star (United Kingdom) $64,201.91
5. tracedyew (Cyprus) $48,022.80
6. Beth Abbey (United Kingdom) $36,588.80
7. anteen (Sweden) $25,154.80
8. Pumpingpoker (Russia) $14,292.50
9. uknowProsky* (Netherlands) $8,918.52


PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (3/13/2016)
Entrants: 2,216
Prize pool: $443,200.00
Place paid: 324

1. Mayu "marroca5" Roca (Colombia) $70,912.00
2. 747431973 (Estonia) $53,073.20
3. Mike180373 (Russia) $37,672.00
4. ISAAC201266 (Canada) $26,592.00
5. Mikthepoker (Denmark) $19,944.00
6. adv2mayfair (United Kingdom) $15,290.40
7. roo_400 (Canada) $10,858.40
8. Pr0fiteer (Thailand) $6,426.40
9. HYZENBURG (Canada) $3,988.80

** Kanit was in great form on Day 2 of the €25K High Roller. The coverage is well worth looking back through, if only for the 97 Kanit references.


The weekend's top online tournament winners

Here are the big online winners from the weekend.

EVENTWINNERCOUNTRYPRIZE MONEY
$215 Sunday MillionlasagnaaammmAustria $177,229.79
$215 Sunday Warm-Upmarroca5Colombia $70,912.00
$530 Sunday 500BounatirouUnited Kingdom $55,993.25
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]patoasArgentina $46,956.39
$215 Sunday 2nd ChanceValterBr@ncoBrazil $41,184.00
$109+R Sunday RebuyShippityShipAustralia $35,532.00
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout10111420United Kingdom $25,461.82
$22 Sunday Mini-MillionisikhombisaSlovenia $25,000.00
$162 Sunday 6-Maxchess87Germany $22,684.50
$11 Sunday Stormdramir100Colombia $21,595.84

Click here for a complete list of major results on PokerStars for the weekend of March 12 to 12, 2016.

P1M Guarantee

It wasn't like the previous weekend when the LAPT and Eureka Main Events were win full swing, but there was a PokerStars live event with coverage taking place over the weekend, won by Wang Ping Yuan. The event was the P1M Guarantee at the City of Dreams in Manila. Yuan took honours ahead of second placed Seyedomid Hadipour from the United States and Dave Colclough, a familiar name on the UK poker scene, in third. The full result is below, and you can recap on the action Triccia David's reports here.

P1M Guaranteed Main Event
Entrants: 361
Prize pool: P1,000,000

1. Wang Ping Yuan (Taiwan) P332,648*
2. Seyedomid Hadipour (United States) P212,400*
3. Dave Colclough (United Kingdom) P134,500*
4. Stanislav Malkov (Russia) P106,200*
5. Soo Jo Kim (Korea) P77,900*
6. Ronald Dimaano (Philippines) P63,700
7. Seung Soo Jeon (Korea) P49,600
8. Edwin Marzan (Philippines) P41,800
9. Yongqi Ren (China) P34,000

*The top five finishers each received a seat to the Manila Megastack 5. Seats are worth P25,000 each.


Sunday Million Tenth Anniversary

We're now just a week away from the tenth anniversary edition of the PokerStars Sunday MMMillion. As we mentioned last week there's a slight change to the format, with players permitted to re-enter three times before registration closes, not to mention a guaranteed $1 million to the winner.

You can find details of that, as well as how to qualify for much less than the $215 entry fee, on the Sunday Million Tenth Anniversary homepage. And while you're clicking links take a look at the decade long journey of the Sunday Million.


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That's the binge over. Now the recovery period. As always send your questions and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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