A very exciting weekend of action on PokerStars has just wrapped up, so let’s get right down to it. Here’s everything you need to know.
• Ukraine’s “555AU” wins new buy-in $109 Sunday Million for $136K
• Lex Veldhuis wins $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $34K live on Twitch
• Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov cash in High Roller club
• New podcast from Jen Shahade
• All High Roller Club results
• The weekend’s biggest winners
PokerStars hoped that by lowering the Sunday Million buy-in from $215 to $109, it would make the biggest weekly tournament available to a greater number of players whilst not compromising the $1M GTD prize pool. Yesterday’s massive event ticked all the boxes.
15,550 entries ✔
$1,555,000 prize pool ✔
$136,892 first-place prize ✔
Congratulations to the Ukraine’s “555AU” who took home that winner’s purse, with no deal. After 14 hours of play they defeated Brazil’s “Kmarao-Vix” heads-up to claim the coveted title and a six-figure payday.
Lex Veldhuis, who had a big Sunday himself (see below), shared his thoughts on the new buy-in.
“It was really great to see the kick-off edition of the $109 Sunday Million smash the guarantee. The fact the prize-pool got up to $1.5m shows the reach is much bigger now and it’s easier for a lot of people to register.
“Every time I was moved to a different table I had 5 or 6 people at the table I’ve never played with before. I hope this trend continues and it’s exciting to see where this goes.”
While the Sunday Million attracted 15,550 entries, PokerStars Ambassador Lex Veldhuis was being watched by just as many as he took down the $215 Sunday Warm-Up live on his Twitch stream.
The win was the culmination of an almost 16-hour epic stream, and saw Veldhuis win $34,690. With 30 players left Lex took the chip lead, and he didn’t slip from the two spots thereafter, entering the final table with a dominating stack.
Defeating Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot heads-up ($24,942) after just a single hand, the final table also included Tom “Jabracada” Hall (8th – $3,446) and Charlie “JIZOINT” Combes (9th – $2,477).
Stay tuned to PokerStars Blog today and the rest of the week as Lex will be breaking down why he loves new game format 6+, before playing in a streamed cash game on Wednesday against other PokerStars pros.
PokerStars Ambassadors Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov were both on the grind yesterday, predominantly in High Roller Club events. When all was said and done, both had secured healthy cashes.
Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov
Boeree had a deep run in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller, arguably one of the toughest events of the weekend schedule. She’d ultimately finish in 12th place for $5,710, while Luke “Bit2Easy” went on to take it down for $52,166.
Kurganov too had a deep run at the end of the night, finishing eighth in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $6,790. Austria’s “Tankaza” won that one for $45,736.
Jen Shahade, two-time US Women’s Chess Champion, CLO editor, PokerStars Ambassador, and vocal advocate for women in chess, has launched a new podcast called “Ladies Knight” in which she will have conversations with prominent female chess players and leaders.
Her first guest is popular streamer, PRO Chess League commentator and tech entrepreneur Alexandra Botez, who also participated in the #MyChessPokerGame PPA challenge.
Listen, subscribe and lmk what you think!
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) January 25, 2019
|High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up [8-Max], $150K Gtd||MarToMchat||United Kingdom||$59,071.69|
|High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday HR, $150K Gtd||Bit2Easy||United Kingdom||$52,166.28|
|High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $125K Gtd||Tankanza||Austria||$45,736.29|
|High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $400K Gtd||Turko_man||Finland||$43,974.09|
|High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $150K Gtd||Adrijan_S||Montenegro||$32,115.09|
|High Roller Club: $530 Sunday 500, $100K Gtd||Sintoras||Germany||$30,922.98|
|High Roller Club: $1,050 Daily Warm-Up [8-Max], $80K Gtd||mandza17||Croatia (Hrvatska)||$21,862.72|
|High Roller Club: $530 Daily Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $70K Gtd||cachaçapura||Brazil||$15,387.40|
|High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $115K Gtd||Nurlux||Canada||$13,995.03|
|High Roller Club: $1,050 Daily Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $90K Gtd||girafganger7||United Kingdom||$13,495.50|
|High Roller Club: $1,050 Saturday KO [Progressive KO], $100K Gtd||Lena900||Sweden||$13,479.99|
|High Roller Club: $530 Daily 500, $40K Gtd||1_conor_b_1||Netherlands||$11,350.94|
|High Roller Club: $530 Omania HR [6-Max], $30K Gtd||Erä_Koira||Finland||$9,823.05|
|$109 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 Gtd – New Buy-In!||555AU||Ukraine||$136,892.99|
|$215 Sunday Warm-Up, $175K Gtd||L. Veldhuis||Netherlands||$34,690.85|
|$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $100K Gtd||Ben_Apart||United Kingdom||$24,686.97|
|$11 Sunday Storm, $200K Gtd||oilucas2007||Brazil||$22,313.32|
|$22 Mini Sunday Million, $150K Gtd||Res!stance||Germany||$19,462.06|
|$55 Sunday Marathon, $100K Gtd||luckymo32||Ireland||$14,148.55|
|$109 Sunday Kickoff, $75K Gtd||FDBtazz||Macedonia||$14,111.49|
|$109 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $125K Gtd||sahara6565||Canada||$10,639.74|
|$33+R Sunday Rebuy, $50K Gtd||ThEcLaiMEer||United Kingdom||$10,300.19|
Ready to sign up for PokerStars? Click here to get an account.