Every Sunday, for as long as we can remember, online poker has hosted its biggest and most exciting tournaments of the week. Known collectively as “The Sunday Majors,” these massive tournaments attract tens of thousands of players to the virtual felts of online poker sites. Among those many thousands are an army of Australians, each hoping for a mammoth-sized score to end the week with.
In this article, PokerNetwork takes a look at the biggest tournaments that took place on Sunday to see how Australian players fared.
PokerStars traditionally hosts the largest tournaments of all the online poker sites, something you would expect from the world’s biggest online poker site. Its flagship festival, the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP), began yesterday with guarantees of $40,000,000! PokerNetwork will be recapping the action on a regular basis, so we will miss them out in this particular article.
The first major result we caught was “140tank a/a” putting together a good run in The Bigger $109. He entered the $109 buy-in tournament along with 3,807 others and was going great guns until he fell in 21st place. Such a deep run and such a shame not to go on and at least final table.
Another Aussie who almost banked a huge score was “Buffet1986” who finished 24/913 in the Sunday 500. Buffet1986 picked up $2,008.60 for his efforts, while New Zealand’s “beesweet35” went all the way and won the tournament for $82,170.00.
This weekend’s Sunday 2nd Chance drew a crowd of 1,541 players who created a prize pool of $308,200. Plenty of this sum is now nestled in the PokerStars accounts of “tymerc” (14th for $2,049.53) and the increasingly impressive Michael “WaGe N WaRz” Fadersen who chopped four-ways to secure a $30,527.94 pay day and a second place finish on his resume.
James “Andy McLEOD” Obst scooped a five-figure score when he finished fourth in the $162 Sunday 6-Max. Obst, one of Australia’s better-known online grinders, added $10,823.62 to his bankroll and narrowly missed out on the $27,259.83 first place prize.
Full Tilt Poker was not as kind to Australian’s this week, although there were still some impressive results. “thelordlamps” finished 4/395 in the $215 Sunday Mulligan banking himself $7,307.50 in the process.
The aforementioned Fadersen, playing as “fadsy,” also finished fourth but in the more compacted 111 field in The Turbonator. That result yielded $3,360 and more leader board points for the Australian online poker rankings.
Matthew “mjw006” Wakeman, the number one ranked Australian online player, boosted his standing in the community by finishing second in PartyPoker’s $530 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller event. Wakeman won $14,321.25 for his impressive showing.
The $120,000 Mega Deep is 888poker’s biggest weekly tournament and it was an Aussie who took it down this week! The man of the moment, Michael Fadersen, was the player who conquered this event, banking $32,242 in prize money. What a day that man had!
The $200,000 guaranteed tournament on iPoker was almost won by an Australian, but Tim English fell just short and came in second place. Playing as “Screechx,” English navigated his way through all but one player to be awarded $25,000.
As mentioned, PokerNetwork will be looking at the results from the WCOOP and miniFTOPS over the next couple of week so keep a look out for those reports. Until they start to filter through, join us in congratulating everyone who bagged a big score this Sunday and wish them the best of luck for the coming week.
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