Big Scores Galore for Australians in This Week’s Sunday Majors

Posted at 09:15 2013-09-03 by Matthew Pitt

Traditionally, Sunday is the biggest day of any online poker tournament specialist’s week. All of the major online poker sites run their largest buy-in, largest guaranteed tournaments to give people the chance of winning a huge score before the Monday Blues set in. This Sunday saw a number of Australians help themselves to substantial sums of money, keep reading to discover who won what and how much!


The $109 Sunday Kickoff is seen as the first of the Sunday majors, hence its name, and it is also one of the best-attended tournaments of the week. This week, 1,667 players bought in and created a prize pool of $166,700, of which $7,918.25 is nestled in the PokerStars account of Adam “adam cook 11” Cook, who finished in fifth place.

Another major tournament and another final table appearance by an Aussie. Powx4 navigated his way through the majority of the 2,820 crowd that attended the Sunday Warm-Up. Unfortunately, powx4 busted in ninth place, picking up $4,794.00 as a reward for his stellar performance.

With Australians hindered by the time difference, it takes great dedication to stay up all night to compete in the Sunday Majors. Thankfully, sometimes the Poker Gods appreciate the effort and reward those who do handsomely.

Rayan “rkrouk” Nathan was ranked 33rd best in Australia the last time we checked, but that ranking is sure to drastically change once his latest result is taken into consideration. You see, Nathan won the $109 Sunday Rebuy for a monster cash of $43,387.50. Fellow Aussie Steve “Stev0L_” Leonard finished 14th in that tournament, more on him later.

The Sunday Million is the tournament that everyone wants to win thanks to its huge prizes and the kudos associated with claiming such a title. The aforementioned Leonard had another huge run, finishing in 25th place, while the best places Australian was Benjamin “big_pockett” Pockett who eventually fell in 17th.

The award for “I am so dedicated to the cause that I will stay awake until 06:30 in the morning to play in the Sunday 6-Max and almost win it” goes to Andrew “andyhin22” Hinrichsen who finished 6/776 for a $3,492.00 addition to his bankroll. Other caffeine abusers included Benjamin Pockett (25th) tymerc (26th) and Jason “TheHood” Gray (28th).

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Michael “doneNdusted84” Kanaan added a final table appearance in the Full Tilt Poker Big ben tournament to his already impressive list of poker accomplishments. Sadly, Kanaan fell in ninth place for $1,168.50 instead of claiming the $15,000+ champion’s prize.

Also falling short of a huge prize was everyone’s favorite inappropriately named player, Jono “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis. The Full Tilt Poker ambassador busted in 12th place in the $250,000 Guaranteed for $2,500 with $50,000 up top.

The $635 buy-in Super Sized Sunday always attracts some of the biggest names in the business, Matt Wakeman being one of them. Playing under the alias “Rocky2810,” Wakeman finished 13th for $1,250.00 while fellow Aussie Sally21671 managed to reach the final table before crashing in ninth place for $2,250.00.

Remember we said we would mention Steven Leonard later on? Well here is that mention. Mr Leonard almost won The T-Rex, but fell just shy in second place. That result bagged him $15,600.75 and a shedload of ranking points. Leonard’s runner-up finish was made all the more impressive by the company he kept at the final table. Leonard had to lock horns with luminaries such as Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, Caio “Pessagno” Pessagno, Britain’s Jon “EMSBas” Spinks and the eventual champion Nick “Purecash25” Rampone.

Current Australian number two Michael Fadersen finished fourth in the Extra Multi-Fifty for $3,547.50, while Michael “m_hawk_1” Hawkins busted 9th. Fadersen added another fourth place finish to his Sunday schedule when he finished 4/588 for $5,145.00.


Fadersen almost made it a hat trick of fourth place finishes when he final tabled the $100,000 guaranteed High Roller at PartyPoker. Playing as “WaGeNWaRz,” Fadersen busted in sixth place for $6,150. A good Sunday for “Fadsy” but it could have been a spectacular.

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