Sunday Briefing: Super Whale Surpasses Guarantee

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This weekend 888poker ran a special edition of its Whale tournament, increasing its guarantee to a massive $500,000. By the time late registration closed, 1,188 entries were processed and a guarantee-busting $515,700 prize pool was created.

A total of 153 places were paid with a first-place prize in excess of $89,000, however, the final two players in the tournament chopped up the remaining prize pool, which lowered the actual payouts. “ZDamian” finished in second place and collected $74,090.25 with the champion being “Slaaasch,” an accolade that came with an impressive $79,382.07 score.

Staying at 888poker, Canada’s “LCfish” won the $120,000 Mega Deep, turning $215 into $24,900, while “drapsmann” and “fienw” chopped the $40,000 Turbo Mega Deep and walked away with $9,057.85 and $8,383.55.

The winner of this week’s $50,000 Crocodile was “concrete1990” who secured a cool $12,369 for their $160 investment. The United Kingdom’s “badmodfoka1” winning the $80,000 Sunday Challenge for $16,217.25.

As usual, PokerStars tournaments had the largest prize pools to offer. This week’s $215 Sunday Million attracted 5,537 players to the PokerStars virtual felt and they were all outlasted by “AAadrift” who won a massive $157,465.27.

Some of the other huge PokerStars tournament wins included:

  • “plspaythxbye” – winner of the $109 Sunday Starter for $6,825.93
  • Andrey “ThePateychuk” Pateychuk – winner of the Big $162 for $5,963.55
  • “Zorkss” – winner of the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $17,080.63
  • “OpenOren” – winner of the Hot $162 for $6,533.14
  • “ImLuckNuts” – winner of the $215 Bounty Builder for $17,108.94
  • “acemaKerface” – winner of the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $56,509.48
  • Steven “SvZff” van Zadelhoff – winner of the $215 Weekender for $10,269.33
  • “Jamaikaner04” – winner of the Big $109 for $26,780.21
  • “deivid29” – winner of the Hot $162 for $16,075.26
  • “thomber26” – winner of the $700 Super-Sized Sunday for $42,076.10
  • Ariel “ArielBahia” Celestino – winner of the $109 Bounty Builder for $16,175.36
  • “Gandalf MR” – winner of the $109 Bubble Rush for $10,809.77
  • Aleks “grinder1992” Dimitrov – winner of the Hot $109 for $19,552.71
  • “$uperday” – winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE for $56,814.09
  • Jens “Fresh_oO_D” Lakemeier – winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO for $33,037.21
  • Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovskyi – winner of the Big $215 for $27,014.23
  • “vladik32” – winner of the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $23,112.84
  • “och_jong” – winner of the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $23,996.54

Over at partypoker, “probirs” walked away with the $47,937.50 first-place prize of the $2,600 Super High Roller, which was a similar-sized score to what Thomas “Airdraken” Clack earned taking down the $215 Title Fight this weekend.

The player known as “jackhammer50” emerged victorious in the $109 Main Event winning $25,990.48. “Zyamovishka” turned $530 into $37,635 by topping a field of 386 in the High Roller event while “Beeeetelgeuse” won the $109 Weigh-In and collected $12,903.86.