PokerStars Sunday Briefing

It is a testament to online poker that so many great players from around the world logged into the PokerStars tournament on Sunday. This tournament is known as the Championship of Online Poker, and was played by around 2,133 players on Sunday evening. There was a $5,200 buy in, which results in a prize pot of up to $10,655,000. Those are huge numbers for online poker, and it shows just how great this tournament is. After Sunday’s events ended, there were 296 players left in the game. These players will be trimmed down until a champion is found at the end of Monday’s games.

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There are plenty of great players who are leading the table at the end of the first day. Dan Smith, better known as Danny98765, is third in the table with 536,211. The only men who have more chips than him (719,357 and 551,511) are HeroCallFold and Pkr_b77 respectively. There are other players who are also in line for the ultimate prize. While they may not be in the top three or four, these players have enough chips to be able to have a say in the final outcome. These players include Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Jason Mercier, Shaun Deeb, Humberto Brenes, Mike McDonald, Andrew Lichtenberger, Steven Silverman, Vicky Coren, and Shane Schleger.

There are other events taking place at PokerStars, besides the main prize pot. There was the $10,300 high roller game, and it featured many of the game’s most talented online poker players. The likes of Daniel Negreanu, Dan Kelly, Bertrand Grospellier, and Phil Galfond took part. However, a certain Frenchman Alex Luneau came up with the goods when it mattered, and walked away with $234,350.

Another small money tournament that took place was the $2,100 WCOOP HORSE match up. This game was won by vachette17 from Hungary, although he was run close by Viktor Blom and Eugene Katchalov. This was the first time that Katchalov has one a major tournament, and he took home the major prize of that draw.

PokerStars always brings out the best players, which is why these fields are so competitive and tightly contested. It is likely to go down to the wire on Monday, with a lot of money up for grabs. The smart money would be on one of Sunday’s top three to come out on top, but online poker often has a way of surprising us with the results.