Weekend Review: Big winners online while events in Dublin turn heads

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

Weekend highlights

* Stardust167 wins the Sunday Million
* Vlad "dariepoker" Darie wins the Warm-Up
and...
*Dzmitry Urbanovich wins the EPT Dublin Main Event


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Round up of latest results

There's no doubting that the main news this past weekend was that of Dzmitry Urbanovich, who won the EPT Dublin Main Event late Saturday night. But we'll get to that in just a moment. First a short recap on everything that happened online over the weekend.

That account starts with Sunday Million winner stardust167, who picked up a first prize of $179,120 in a deal free final table a few hours ago. As Kristin Bihr wrote in her report, the final was a "murderer's row of online poker success stories", not least in stardust167's heads up opponent Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos, the 2013 SCOOP "Medium" Main Event winner. But then what line up would you expect in the biggest weekly online tournament?

Over in the Warm-Up Romanian player Vlad "dariepoker" Darie took the $71,406 first prize after a heads-up deal with runner up Ben "bennybunny18" Richardson from Australia, who, as David Aydt wrote in his report, had his attempt at a remarkable comeback cut short.

Check the results in full below.

PokerStars Sunday Million results (2-21-2016)
Players: 5,778
Prize pool: $1,155.600.00
Places paid: 855

1. stardust167 (Ireland) $179,120.79
2. Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos (Brazil) $132,894.00
3. KumariOy (Russia) $93,603.60
4. feldegani.ps (Brazil) $64,886.94
5. capodelon (Switzerland) $48,535.20
6. IMDaBuster (Australia) $36,979.20
7. DEdgge (Israel) $25,423.20
8. Gordinho90 (Brazil) $14,445.00
9. Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney (Mexico) $9,013.68


PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up Results (02-21-16)
Entrants: 2,417
Prize pool: $483,400.00
Places paid: 360

1. Vlad "dariepoker" Darie (Romania) $71,406.54*
2. Ben "bennybunny18" Richardson (Australia) $62,336.17*
3. 1_conor_b_1 (Netherlands) $41,089.00
4. Mogelwette (Germany) $28,278.90
5. masterc50 (Poland) $21,511.30
6. zzwwzzwwzz (China) $16,677.30
7. majkl1812 (Czech Republic) $11,843.30
8. tig wired (Canada) $7,009.30
9. Goudvis_90 (Netherlands) $4,108.90
* denotes a two-way deal


The weekend's top online tournament winners

Here's a look at this week's big winners.

EVENTWINNERCOUNTRYPRIZE MONEY
$215 Sunday Millionstardust167Ireland $179,120.79
$215 Sunday Warm-UpdariepokerRomania $71,406.54
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]M.nosbocaJUnited Kingdom $46,220.40
$109+R Sunday RebuyTMoney0209Canada $39,935.70
$215 Sunday 2nd Chanceearlgrey23Canada $35,136.00
$109 Sunday KickoffoceanemmMongolia $29,104.65
$11 Sunday Stormatis84Hungary $28,000.00
$22 Sunday Mini-Milliondaybreaker87United Kingdom $26,177.97
$320 Saturday Super-KnockoutKeirujaUnited Kingdom $25,872.44
$162 Sunday 6-Maxhello_tottiRussian Federation $21,195.18

You'll find the complete list of major results on PokerStars here for the weekend of February 20-21, 2016.


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And that Urbanovich story

Few people who have watched Dzmitry Urbanovich play had any doubts that when he reached the Main Event final table with the chip lead in Dublin that he was the absolute favourite. We thought it. BetStars thought it. Then Urbanovich himself proved it.

It was no easy ride for the 20 year old Pole (twenty!), who found himself the short stack with four players left. But despite a table appearance which rests some between ambivalence and irritation, he demonstrated a prowess that had surprised no one, least not after a past year spent winning almost everything, including those four titles at EPT11 Malta last year.

For poker fans it was a final table to remember. For we reporters watching court side it was one of those enjoyable treats. Read Howard Swains' full report of the final table, along with everything else from the Dublin festival.

That's all for now. Congratulations to all of this weekend's winners, whether online or in Dublin. As always you can keep in touch with us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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