Sunday Briefing: Six-Figure Score For Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Sunday 8th December threw up some massive results in the online poker world thanks in part to PokerStars’ High Rollers series drawing towards a conclusion and partypoker running an impromptu $25,500 Super High Roller event.

Mike “SirWatts” Watson found himself in the winner’s circle in one of those events, let’s see which one.

High Rollers 25: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO at PokerStars

DateDecember 1st
Buy-in$2,100
Guarantee$400,000
Entrants269
Prize pool$538,000
ITM34

The High Rollers 25: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO saw 269 players buy in and create a $538,000 prize pool shared half among the top 34 finishers and the remaining 50% on the heads of each of the entrants.

As you would expect from such a high buy-in event, the field was star-studded, which carried forward to the eight-handed final table.

Norway’s “paolinetti67” busted in eighth for a combined $11,179 nd they were followed to the sidelines by Claas “SicK_OnE” Segebrecht and Joris “BillLewinsky” Rujis who banked $14,018 and $19,933 respectively.

China’s “6uplanbojini1” collected $17,083 for their fifth-place exit while Dutch star Rens “Rens02” Feenstra walked away with more than $28,000 with bounties included.

Third-place went to British grinder Simon “simon1471” Higgins, a finish worth $40,837. Higgins’ exit set up an enticing heads-up clash between Dutchman Joep “Pappe_Ruk” vanden Bijgaart and Mike “SirWatts” Watson. It was the latter who came out of the fight unscathed and with a combined prize weighing in at $117,203, resigning van den Bijgaart to the $52,304 consolation prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBountiesTotal Prize
1Mike “SirWatts” WatsonCanada$51,345$65,585$117,203
2Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den BijgaartNetherlands$38,469$13,835$52,304
3Simon “simon1471” HigginsUnited Kingdom$28,822$12,015$40,837
4Rens “Rens02” FeenstraNetherlands$21,594$6,656$28,250
56uplanbojini1China$16,178$875$17,053
6Joris “BillLewinsky” RuijsNetherlands$12,121$7,812$19,933
7Claas “SicK_OnE” SegebrechtAustria $9,081$4,937
8paolinetti67Norway$6,804$4,375$11,179

High Rollers 24: $10,300 PLO 6-Max at PokerStars

DateDecember 8th
Buy-in$10,300
Guarantee$500,000
Entrants69
Prize pool$690,000
ITM6

Canada’s Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois is better-known for his no-limit hold’em prowess but he showcased his skill in the pot-limit Omaha arena at PokerStars this weekend. Lefrancois entered the $10,300 PLO 6-Max High Rollers event along with 68 others and helped create a $690,000 prize pool.

Lefrancois came out on top to secure the $186,237 top prize, a sizeable haul and a suitable reward for sending Norway’s Mads “madsamot” Amot to the rail in second-place. The Norwegian had to console himself with a $139,215 prize.

Earlier at the final table, Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas collected $43,468 for his sixth-place exit and was joined on the rail by “anteen” of Sweden who banked $58,150.

Almost $78,000 went to “Grezi” of Germany before Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, a PLO specialist netted $104,065 after crashing out in third spot.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Pascal “Pass_72” LefrancoisCanada$186,237
2Mads “madsamot” AmotNorway$139,215
3Rui “RuiNF” FerreiraNetherlands$104,065
4GreziGermany$77,791
5anteenSweden$58,150
6Laszlo “omaha4rollz” BujtasHungary$43,468

MILLIONS Online Super High Roller at partypoker

DateDecember 8th
Buy-in$25,500
Guarantee$1,000,000
Entrants62
Prize pool$1,550,000
ITM8
PlacePlayerPrize
1Ryan “rmorrell11” Morrell$503,750
2Triple Sexy$341,000
3BtchByTrade$224,750
4IPlarize$139,500 
5Jason “Jason_Koon” Koon$108,500
6rayjay93$85,250
7bowlsome$73,625
8CocaineKiller$73,625

Over at partypoker, a $25,500 Super High Roller was requested by the players and partypoker obliged by hosting the event. Soe 62 players bought in and helped smash the $1 million guarantee by more than half a million dollars.

Only the final table of eight received a slice of the pie with the seventh and eighth-place finishers, “bowlsome” and “CocaineKiller” each collecting $73,625. The next player to fall, “rayjay93” banked $82,250 and was the last player not to receive a six-figure payout.

Team partypoker pro Jason “Jason_Koon” Koon then ran out of steam and busted in fifth-place for $108,500 and gained some company on the rail in the shape of “Plarize” who reeled in a $139,500 prize.

The penultimate elimination was that of “BtchByTrade” who scooped up $224,750.

Heads-up pitted “Triple Sexy” against Ryan “rmorrell11” Morrell for the title and more than half a million dollars. Triple Sexy, who finished Day 1A of the $20 million guaranteed MILLIONS Online in the top two chip counts, had to make do with a $341,000 consolation prize, leaving Morrell to bank $503,750.


Sunday Big Game at partypoker

DateDecember 8th
Buy-in$5,200
Guarantee$500,000
Entrants144
Prize pool$720,000
ITM20

This week’s $5,200 Sunday Big Game should have been called the Sunday Huge Game as 144 players bought in and fought it out to finish in the top 20 where the $720,000 prize pool was distributed.

The prize money was worth at least $21,600 by the time the final table was reached. “NewYorkJimmY” won this sum. One-by-one “Quantum_Leap”, “CocaineKiller”, “Jizoint” and “gastrader” busted, to leave only three players in the hunt for the title.

Those three became two with the exit of Team partypoker’s Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov who will be disappointed not to have won but who will also be delighted with his $86,400 prize.

“NOLIMITHOLDEM” was the player who emerged from the finale with the lion’s share of the prize pool, $165,528, lifted aloft. This meant “player_99887766” locked up the $118,800 runner-up prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
1NOLIMITHOLDEM$165,528
2player_99887766$118,800
3Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov$86,400
4Igastrader$61,200 
5Jizoint$43,200
6CocaineKiller$34,200
7Quantum_Leap$27,216
8NewYorkJimmY$21,600

$20,000 Whale at 888poker

DateDecember 8th
Buy-in$320
Guarantee$20,000
Entrants56
Prize pool$20.000
ITM7

After smashing its guarantee last week, the $20,000 Whale at 888poker reverted to type and overlaid, this time to the tune of $2,640.

Bangladesh’s “strangejelly” certainly wasn’t complaining as they helped themselves to some extra value in the shape of the $7,000 first-place prize. Bangladesh may not be the first country you think of when asked about online poker but strangejelly’s recent results are putting the country on the poker map.

Austrian pro “alwayswin111” was the runner-up, a finish worth $4,500. Alwayswin111 would later make amends for falling at the final hurdle of this event; more on that later.

Three Swedish players reached the top seven places where the prize money was shared. “Mr_Coyotte” busted in seventh for $700 with “Madeon1994” falling in fifth for $1,500. “Gnassil” secured a $2,000 prize for their fourth-place bust out.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBountiesTotal prize
1strangejellyBangladesh$7,000  
2alwayswin111Austria$4,500  
3maphacksAustria$3,000  
4gnassilSweden$2,000  
5Madeon1994Sweden$1,500  
6pactamah23Germany$1,000  
7Mr_CoyotteSweden$700  

$100,000 Sunday Mega Deep at 888poker

DateDecember 8th
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$100,000
Entrants428
Prize pool$100,000
ITM45

After finishing in second-place in the $20,000 Whale, Alwayswin111 lived up their alias and walked away with the $19,350 top prize of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. It was an impressive victory that also resigned “THEPWNER” to a $14,500 runner-up prize.

Only one other person netted five-figures from the $100,000 prize pool, that person being “xFINK_Ploydx” of Canada who padded their bankroll with $11,000.

Everyone else collected at least $1,750 for their efforts. Shout-outs to “w4ll4s” of Luxembourg, “Polesetyv” of Switzerland and “1llb3b4ck” of Malta who finished in positions ninth through seventh.

Also to “BeenWonderin” of the United Kingdom, “checcmate” all the way from India and to Estonia’s “AvoViiol” who made up the final table.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1alwayswin111Austria$19,350
2THEPWNER $14,500
3xFINK_PloydxCanada$11,000
4AvoViiolEstonia$8,250
5checcmateIndia$5,700
6BeenWonderinUnited Kingdom$4,400
71llb3b4ckMalta$3,400
8PoelsetyvSwitzerland$2,400
9w4II4sLuxembourg$1,750

Natural8’s own high roller series saw Sunday 8th December fire off several Day 1s. We’ll keep an eye on these and report back with the biggest results.

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