Weekend Review: As Sochi nears a champion, Chile crowns one

With the Spring Championship of Online Poker now slowly fading in our rearview mirrors, it's time we turn our northern hemisphere brains to summer fun. The World Series of Poker is nearly upon us. The PokerStars Championship and Festival events are finding new champions. The PokerStars weekend majors are back in full force.

Here's the big news from the weekend.


After a few weeks of full attention on the Spring Championship of Online Poker, the Sunday Million and its weekend majors friends are back.

Jason Kirk has quite a tale to tell about Sunday's biggest contest, as the eventual winner found a way to cling to a short stack for an hour and a half before storming back to take the title. He writes all about it here: Sunday Million: L1VeYRdrEamS's comeback denies Timonpoika a second title.

Here's how the final table finished up.

5/28/17 Sunday Million ($215 NL Hold'em) results
Entrants: 4,745
Total prize pool: $1,000,000
Places paid: 773

1. L1VeYRdrEamS (Australia) $150,179
2. Timonpoika (Finland) $103,935.70
3. disquesi! (Slovakia) $71,931.70
4. vladulaNko (Bulgaria) $49,782.30
5. yeye0808 (Romania) $34,453.30
6. TeddyPunk182 (Switzerland) $23,844.30
7. TrankiNLVida (Uruguay) $16,502.10
8. chaavees (Brazil) $11,420.80
9. escobar (Sweden) $7,904.10

All the big finishes can be found here: May 27-28, 2017 PokerStars weekend majors results.

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Just a few hours ago, PokerStars Championship Sochi reached the final six. As the night ended there, 28-year-old Lavrentiy Ni finished the day as the chip leader. If he manages to go the distance, he'll take in RUB 29,100,000 (around $514,895). Everyone still in contention has locked up RUB 6,570,000 (~$116,250).

To read a wrap-up of the day and see the rest of our Sochi coverage, head on over to PSC Sochi Coverage section.


Lavrentiy Ni


Sometimes champions come out of nowhere. Over the weekend, one came from just down the street. After spending his entire life in Vina del Mar, Chile, Christopher Franco was a dark horse in this weekend's PokerStars Festival Chile event.

The 25-year-old had been playing pro for most of his adult life but had never managed to pick up a win. That changed when he faced off against Amos Ben, one of Chile's most famous players, at the final table. In the end, Ben had finished fifth, and Franco won the title.


Franco (center) and his final table opponents

Here's how the final eight finished in Chile.

Entries: 329
Prize pool: $500,000
Places paid: 47

1. Christopher Franco (Chile) - US $ 97,360.00
2. Juan Sebastián Goméz (Colombia) - US $ 61,900.00
3. Sergio Dario Tello (Argentina) - US $ 46,400.00
4. Andrés Vega (Chile) - US $ 37,560.00
5. Ben Amos (Chile) - US $ 29600.00
6. Rodrigo Zambra (Chile) - US $ 22600.00
7. Oscar Toloso (Argentina) - US $ 16,600.00
8. Diego Lizana (Chile) - $ 12,200.00

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