Sunday Briefing: Andy Holman Chops the Sunday Million for $106K
5 December 2018
PokerBrave (817 articles)

Wales’ Andy “andyh26” Holman secured the first six-figure cash of his online poker career on Dec. 2 when he navigated his way to a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million.

Online poker’s biggest weekly tournament attracted a field of 5,721 entries this week, meaning a $1,144,200 prize pool was created and shared among the top 998 finishers. The player known as “HeWh0Dares” narrowly missed out on a final table appearance after busting in 11th place for $6,379, but two fellow British grinders did make it to the final table of nine players.

Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi was the first of these two Brita to bust, falling in sixth-place for a $26,301 score. Shakerchi took full advantage of the re-entry system and put his deep run together on his second $215 bullet.

Holman eventually found himself playing three-handed against Germany’s Arturs “ARTSchGamble” Scerbaks and Romania’s “The39player” when the final trio paused the tournament clock to discuss a deal. The players struck a deal and play resumed with new payouts.

It was a good deal for The39player because they fell in third-place and walked away with $98,326 instead of the advertised $76,101. Holman then busted in second-place to net $106,417, leaving Scerbaks to lock up his second six-figure score, this one worth $134,333 with the other weighing in at $106,212 that he won on Christmas Day 2017 in a $1,050 buy-in event.

Some of the other notable scores at PokerStars from players calling the UK and Ireland home included:

  • Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo – second-place in the $2,100 Sunday HR for $50,337
  • “hdjgkfgsdl” – fourth-place in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $23,979
  • Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick – sixth-place in the $2,100 Sunday HR for $18,028
  • Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson – sixth-place in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $13,462
  • “ImRichAreU?” – third-place in the Bigger $109 for $11,662
  • Dean “DeanoSupremo” Lyall – sixth-place in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $11,497
  • Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson – eighth-place in the $2,100 Sunday HR for $10,789
  • Gerald “viking47” Ringe – ninth-place in the $2,100 Sunday HR for $8,346
  • Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford – sixth-place in the $530 Sunday 500 for $8,031
  • “chrispker23” – fourth-place in the $530 Omania HR 6-Max for $6,338
  • Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot – seventh-place in the $530 Sunday 500 for $5,937
  • “0409479” – fifth-place in the Bigger $215 for $5,514
  • Tyler “wonderboy222” Goatcher – fourth-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $5,077
  • “Corpsey” – second-place in the Hotter $162 for $4,939
  • Jamie “Ship It 2010” O’Connor – seventh-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $1,940
  • “Cosmostock” – sixth-place in the Bigger $109 for $1,097

“SpiritDNA” won a massive $71,662 over at partypoker when they outlasted 116 opponents in the $2,600 Sunday Super High Roller. SpiritDNA was joined at the final table by fellow Brits “orud74” and Jonathan “proudflop” Proudfoot who finished fifth and sixth respectively and banked scores of $19,012 and $14,625.

Proudfoot also banked a big score by finishing second in the $1,050 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter. His second-place finish netted him $11,319 worth of bounties plus $19,440 from the prize pool after he was defeated heads-up by Team partypoker’s Joao “joaosimaobh” Simao.

SpiritDNA also finished second in the $1,050 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Mix-Max Fast for a combined score worth $33,594 with “maniakboy” netting a combined $11,223 for their fifth-place finish in the same tournament.

Some of the other notable scores by our players at partypoker included:

  • “TheRabbitFR” – first-place in the $215 Sunday Bounty Hunter for $11,266*
  • “chaAat” – fifth-place in the $530 Sunday High Roller Bounty Builder for $7,538*
  • “TullaMoreFan12” – eighth-place in the $530 High Roller Bounty Hunter for $5,271*
  • Simon “fren96” Higgins – fifth-place in the $530 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Mix Max for $3,528*

*includes bounty payments

Finally, there were a couple of final table appearances for British players at 888poker. “badrobot27” finished sixth in the $20,000 Turbo Mega Deep for $551 and $437 worth of bounties, while Paul “Senta99” Senter netted $2,250 for his $215 investment in the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep.