Alex Foxen and Christian Rudolph Among the Big Winners on the Sunday Highstakes Grind

While the inaugural Poker Masters Online series was coming to its dramatic conclusion, there was a host of other big tournaments on the Sunday highstakes grind, and Alex Foxen was once again among the winners…

By: Andrew Burnett


The partypoker Big Game pulled in 256 entries, the extended Powerfest series making the most of the lockdown with the $1million guarantee once again easily reached.

If multi-tabling microstakes is a tough day at the office, spare a thought for the likes of Linus Loeliger – the Swiss pro balancing a deep run in the Big Game with a massive win in the Poker Masters Main Event.

The $49,315 Big Game cash added to his $1.1million ME scoop made it a day to remember for Llinus Llove.

Heads-up saw Alex Foxen taking on Yuri Dzivielevski, the Brazilian unable to overcome the US pro but pocketing $173,777 with Foxen taking $239,413.



There was another $5200 buy-in on the Powerfest schedule, and this one was a PLO 6-max, with 59 entries in the 4-card Real Name tournament.

Niklas Astedt and George Wolff were among the big names to fall short of the money, with Hungary’s Andras Nemeth taking the unusual role of bubble boy.

Fellow Magyar Ferenc Deak made the money though, a 4th place finish worth $26,550 and there was a Scandinavian heads-up battle between Espen Myrmo and Niko Soininen for the title.

The Finn came through to bag a victory worth $102,042, his Norwegian opponent settling for the $66,375 runner-up prize.

Over on Americas CardRoom, the High Five tournament series continued on its merry way, the $400k GTD Munchies event almost doubling its prizepool as 1241 entries at $630 apiece turned up.

That meant 144 paid spots and a whopping $130k up top, although the lovingly-named GangBaaangBob had to settle for $$22,238 for a 7th place finish.

It was j_peso4 who was first to bank a $50k+ cash, 4th place and $52,866 for an excellent run, followed by HoboWinston in 3rd for $70,737.

That left RiverRiot72 and ezbuttontime1 to fight for the Munchies title, and the latter came through for the win, pocketing $130,156 with 2nd place worth a cool $94,564.



Event 97 on the High Five schedule was the $600k GTD Warm-up 8-Max and with 8588 entries it was a whopper, more than 1300 players in the money.

SunshinePoker bagged 4th spot for a healthy $21,727 in the $109 buy-in tournament, with shmiro going one better and taking $32,462 for 3rd.

That meant AndrePLopes and 2hotforu were heads-up for the title, Senor Lopes having to settle for 2nd spot and $49,166 with the win and $82,879 going to 2hotforu.



The PokerStars High Roller Club wasn’t short of big names yesterday, the 70 players in the $2100 buy-in $100k GTD seeing the English quartet trio of Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard, Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves, Simon 'simon1471' Deadman and Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford all running deep but missing out on the 8 paid spots.

Simon 'C.Darwin2' Matsson made the money in 8th for a $5543 payout, as did Canadian highroller specialist Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood who bagged 3rd place and $21,837.

The win went to Austria’s Christian 'WATnlos' Rudolph who took out calitox heads-up to scoop $37,787 and bag his 2nd High Roller Club title within a month.



The Sunday Marathon, with a $530 buy-in, pulled in 271 entries and that meant $25k up top.

This time Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves made it to the money, a 4th place worth $8,110, online crusher Niklas 'Lena900' Astedt also reaching the cash, though a distant 16th.

The Marathon victory went to Mexican pro Nacho124441 who closed out the win heads-up against Ukraine’s DIGITEAM, taking $25,800 and the title.



That’s it for another week of the highstakes Sunday grind, but with online poker showing no signs of letting up anytime soon, we’ll be back next Monday with all of the biggest events across the major poker-rooms. Until then, good luck at the tables!

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