Weekend Review: A great start to what should be a great week
Weekend highlights on PokerStars
* Snapcall419 wins the Sunday Million
* EPT Barcelona begins this week
You get an idea of the level of excitement and competition in the Sunday Million by noting the time the final table report gets published. Straight forward one-two-three events are usually written up when you log in on a Monday morning. The more complex battles featuring familiar names don't usually appear until you're on your second cup of coffee.
So as I poured my third cup of coffee this morning the signs were good.
Snapcall419 of Canada would win it , but not until he'd beaten the highly talented Frenchman (boxing out of Malta) Yorane "viirusss" Kerignard into the runner-up spot, albeit after a two-way deal. What's more in third place was $trateGema from Germany, who happened to finish in the same spot last week. For the record those two pay-outs amount to $166,710.40, more than $30,000 more than either first prize. You lose some; you win some, so to speak.
Anyway, the full report by Kristen Bihr is excellent as always and well worth a few minutes of your morning, even if now overly caffeinated.
Here's the result in full.
PokerStars Sunday Million results, August 14, 2016
Prize pool: $1,051,200.00
Places paid: 728
1. snapcall419 (Canada) $137,089.51*
2. Yorane "viirusss" Kerignard (Malta) $117,375.84*
3. $trateGema (Germany) $73,639.71
4. lipeabruzzi (Brazil) $51,678.04
5. DrAnubis (Germany) $36,266.08
6. LukeN73 (Czech Republic) $25,450.49
7. Thiago "xTheDecanox" Nishijima (Brazil) $17,860.30
8. Sexy Bieber (Canada) $12,533.77
9. JGagMan (Canada) $8,795.91
*= denotes a heads-up deal
There were plenty of other winners over the weekend. Take a look first at the list below for the top ten pay-outs, then we'll talk.
|$215 SUNDAY MILLION||snapcall419||Canada||$137,089.51|
|$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE||philbort||Malta||$56,814.09|
|$215 Sunday Warm-Up||S.Dearman||United Kingdom||$43,453.41|
|$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]||poker@luffyD||Latvia||$34,697.99|
|$700 Super-Sized Sunday [Progressive KO]||Perrymejsen||Sweden||$32,467.61|
|$1,050 Sunday Grand PLO [6-Max]||anteen||Sweden||$31,618.41|
|$22 Mini Sunday Million||Leevan80||Denmark||$25,040.56|
|$109 Sunday Cooldown [Turbo]||redkiyGAD||Ukraine||$21,547.20|
|$109 Sunday Kickoff||krasark||Australia||$18,506.16|
|$320 Saturday KO||nilsef||Germany||$13,104.15|
A close look at results this weekend shows a couple of interesting clashes. As well as the Sunday Million finale, the Sunday Grand, a $1,050 hold'em event with a $250,000 guarantee, produced an interesting heads up. Philipp "philbort" Gruissem ran out the winner in a deal-less heads-up against Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit, with more than $56,000 to Gruissem.
The full list of results is available for you to pore over at your leisure by clicking this link to results on PokerStars from August 13 to 14, 2016
EPT Barcelona... it was the first time that we met
The waiting is finally over and the new season of the European Poker Tour begins this week. As always (well nearly always), Barcelona opens the season, with the festival officially underway at Casino Barcelona tomorrow.
The first major event of the festival though begins on Wednesday, when the Estrellas Main Event gets started. It's one of those room-strainers, comprising of an enormous field, an equally sizeable prize pool that sets up the season right there and then.
Alongside that will be the first €10K High Roller event of the season, with a €10,000 buy-in. Coverage from both events begins on Wednesday, with live updates from the Super High Roller, the Main Event, the Single Day event and the EPT High Roller set to follow.
You won't miss any of the action, whether it's on the PokerStars Blog, or on EPT Live, which will be broadcasting from the festival. For the sake of speediness, bookmark this link so as not to miss anything that goes up on the Blog.
That's all from another busy 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. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.