Virtual Rail: Sunday Million news; 30th triple crown for Moorman and more


A round-up of news from the virtual rail including wangli0402 winning the 13th Anniversary Sunday Million on PokerStars, Chris Moorman collecting a record 30th Online Triple Crown, and big banks for Astedt and Romanovsky.

virtual-rail-sunday-million-news-30th-triple-crown-for-moorman-and-moreImagine playing in an online poker tournament for two-days straight only for the experience to end with a victory worth $611,944 from an investment of $215.

How do you sleep afterwards?

Sleeping pills.

Gin & Tonic?

Sleeping pills and Gin & Tonic?

It’s a dilemma facing China’s wangli0402 after winning the $215 buy-in, $10m GTD 13th Anniversary Sunday Million as the moon and the sun swapped places on Monday night.

As we reported to you yesterday, 13 wasn’t an unlucky number for PokerStars after 61,342-entrants (45,929 entrants, 15,413 re-entries) ensured that the contest would smash the guarantee by $2,268,400.

The event settled down to be the second-richest PokerStars run online multi-table tournament (MTT) of all time, and the third-richest globally (partypoker’s $20m GTD MILLIONS Online still holds the record).

Nine hundred eighty players made Day 2, and Twitchers had a rad ride with Lex Veldhuis (741st) and Parker Talbot (336th) amongst the more fashionable missiles to hurl themselves the deepest. The two-time Sunday Million champ, Rob Tinnion (685th), and the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Champion, Martin Jacobson (500th) also enjoyed roasting marshmallows around this, particularly big bonfire.

As you would expect, with so much money at stake for such a small investment, there was a deal. It happened when the play reached five-handed with t4rz4n_21 – $625,073 collecting the most money. The eventual winner came from China, which is odd because I thought being caught playing online poker in China is akin to hacking off someone’s head.

Final table results

1. wangli0402 – $611,944*
2. xbambi – $550,689*
3. idzake – $509,664*
4. kacer148 – $520,535*
5. t4rz4n_21 – $625,073*
6. pantherwang2019 – $177,477
7. Sergei “sega1989” Shakhov – $125,493
8. RMarland – $88,737
9. ZoMbiE2808 – $62,745
*Indicates a five-way deal

POWERFEST News; Triple Crown #30 for Moorman; Astedt and Romanovsky banking big.

Sticking with PokerStars and Ben ‘jenbizzle’ Jones conquered a field of 159-entrants in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller. Jones beat Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (3rd) and Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer (2nd) to take the $64,110 first prize.

Niklas “lena9000” Astedt continued his hunt to reclaim the PocketFives World #1 spot from Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky by winning a 150-entrant field in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller Cooldown. Romanovsky responded in true World Champ fashion by banking the most money ($131,692.24), despite finishing second, in the GGPoker Blade Series $10,000 buy-in, $200,000 GTD event. 34-people piled into that one.

The asteroid that was partypoker’s $30m GTD POWERFEST has since landed with the thud you would expect.

partypoker Team Online pioneer, Matt Staples, picked up a POWERFEST title after beating 581-entrants to win the $3,684 first prize in a $33 buy-in $20,000 GTD Deep Turbo 8-Max.

HaHaHaHakim from the Netherlands won the $5,200 buy-in, $1m GTD Championship event, defeating 237-entrants on the way to banking the $210,183 first prize after cutting a heads-up deal with AndreshhParty94 (who collected $206,818).

Sami “LarsLuzak1” Kelopuro took down the $1,050 buy-in, $500,000 GTD Deep 8-Max. The event attracted 594-entrants, and the Finn earned $109,414 for the win.

The $25,500, $2.5m GTD Championship Event attracted 105-entrants, and Russia’s PhileasFogg earned the $643,125 first prize. The win for the man who travelled around the world in 80-days saw him top the POWERFEST prize money leaderboard, with ‘denaiser’ taking the ‘ITM finishes’ title with 41.

Finally, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman won an unprecedented 30th PocketFives Triple Crown after winning a 124-player $82 buy-in, $10k GTD event on partypoker for $2,450, the 78-entrant, $500 buy-in, $30k GTD 8-Max event on the Winning Poker Network for $14,125, and the $18k GTD, 233-entrant Bigger $109 on Stars for $4,495.57.