WEEKEND REVIEW: High Roller Club scores for Kurganov, Blom and Brammer, Argentina's "ivanvilchez8" wins SUNDAY MILLION for $153K, and more

We had ourselves a big weekend on PokerStars, with the regular action schedule bumped up courtesy of the High Roller Club. We also got an inside look at a Platinum Pass winner's journey to winning back-to-back main events, so check out all the latest right here.


WEEKEND HEADLINES

• Argentina's "ivanvilchez8" wins SUNDAY MILLION for $153K
• HIGH ROLLER CLUB: Big wins for Chris "NigDawG" Brammer and Olli "erä_koira" Ikonen
• Moneymaker finishes 2nd in Moneymaker Tour, Andrés Risquez wins Platinum Pass
• VIDEO: Platinum Pass winner Kalidou Sow on the PSPC
• All the big winners from the weekend

Good weekends for Kurganov, Blom, and Brammer


ARGENTINA'S IVAN "ivanvilchez8" VILCHEZ WINS SUNDAY MILLION FOR $153K

Despite the High Roller Club bringing in the big names and big buy-ins, it was still the $215 SUNDAY MILLION which produced the weekend's biggest winner.

This week that player is Argentina's Ivan "ivanvilchez8" Vilchez, who outlasted a 5,695-strong field to win the whole thing outright for $153,830. The runner-up was Finland's "notbacked", who banked $107,949 for their efforts. If they weren't backed before, there's definitely no need for it now.

This result is Vilchez's second six-figure score, with the first coming in 2016. He's also won the Super Tuesday for $92K (2016), and has enjoyed a long list of five-figure cashes throughout his career.


HIGH ROLLER CLUB RESULTS

The first week of the popular High Roller Club came to an end yesterday, with some notable names among the winners.

Chris Brammer

The UK's Chris "NigDawG" Brammer came out on top of the $530 Sunday 500, defeating a field of 301 to bank $28,313. PokerStars Team Pro Igor Kurganov finished 10th in that one, just missing out on the final table but securing a $2,272 cash.

Igor Kurganov

Kurganov would have another close call, coming third in the $2,100 Sunday HR for $27,728. That event attracted 102 of the game's best, with Sweden's "anteen" taking it down for $47,008. Arguably the most famous Swedish player, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, finished in second place for $36,103.

Viktor Blom

Finland's Olli "erä_koira" Ikonen would emerge victorious in the $530 Daily Supersonic for $14,331, bringing his total online earnings up to $6.34 million.

You can check out all the High Roller Club winners below:

TOURNAMENTPLAYERCOUNTRYPRIZE
High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday HR, $150K Gtd anteenSweden $47,008.72
High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $300K Gtd XungazzSwitzerland $41,695.88
High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $100K Gtd IAmSoSoSweden $40,665.47
High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up [8-Max], $100K Gtd kimokhLebanon $37,692.13
High Roller Club: $530 Sunday 500, $100K Gtd - New Structure! NigDawGUnited Kingdom $28,313.15
High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $100K Gtd Kelvin_FP:ARBrazil $26,039.17
High Roller Club: $530 Daily Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $50K Gtd Erä_KoiraFinland $14,331.31
High Roller Club: $530 Omania HR [6-Max], $40K Gtd - New Structure! calvin7vFinland $13,853.61
High Roller Club: $1,050 Daily Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $100K Gtd AnZ8aRSwitzerland $13,740.59
High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $125K Gtd SFisch4Canada $12,849.76
High Roller Club: $1,050 Saturday KO [Progressive KO], $115K Gtd - New Structure! Dhr. AwesomeAustria $12,712.83
High Roller Club: $530 Daily 500, $50K Gtd - New Structure! SvennieeeNetherlands $10,408.76

ANDRES REISQUEZ DEFEATS MONEYMAKER HEADS-UP FOR $14K AND PLATINUM PASS

Things got pretty weird over at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood this weekend. Chris Moneymaker had made it to heads-up play on his own $86 tour, but as he can't win a Platinum Pass (he's already playing), it was immediately awarded to his opponent, Andrés Risquez.

Moneymaker and Risquez

Risquez would ultimately win the whole thing anyway for $14,000!

Read all about the final table and Risquez's victory right here.


VIDEO: PLATINUM PASS WINNER KALIDOU SOW ON THE PSPC

You may remember Kalidou Sow from his PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event win, which he immediately followed up a month later by winning the PokerStars Festival London Main Event.

Sow earned himself a Platinum Pass for the latter of those huge wins, and we recently caught up with the Frenchman to find out more about his story and how he's preparing for the PSPC in January.

Check out the video below.


ALL THE BIG WINNERS FROM THE WEEKEND

Here's a look at the other big results from the weekend. You can check out all the weekend's result here.

TOURNAMENTPLAYERCOUNTRYPRIZE
$215 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 Gtd ivanvilchez8Argentina $153,830.39
$215 Sunday Warm-Up, $175K Gtd 5pathicUnited Kingdom $34,009.98
SECOOP-131: €50 NL Hold'em [Warm-Up], €200,000 Guaranteed dav561France $32,126.70
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $125K Gtd DeZauZeRRussia $25,454.03
$22 Mini Sunday Million, $125K Gtd igor oficialBrazil $22,712.28
$11 Sunday Storm, $200K Gtd - PSPC Sunday Tournament KnightsgeeeMexico $20,471.62
SECOOP-132: €10 NL Hold'em [The Classic], €135,000 Guaranteed tecnicuSpain $16,124.83
SECOOP-137: €50 NLHE [BigStack Turbo], €75,000 Guaranteed resilience32Germany $13,887.46
SECOOP-139: €100 Sunday Supersonic, €75,000 Guaranteed JaroratorPoland $12,704.50
$109 Sunday Kickoff, $60K Gtd illbemillionCzech Republic $12,658.17
Sunday High Roller €250 [8-Max], €50,000 Gtd Peixinho2016Portugal $11,653.36
$22 Mini Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $60K Gtd MainaUTF93Brazil $10,924.50
$109 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $75K Gtd- New Structure! girafganger7United Kingdom $10,412.14


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Jack Stanton
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