partypoker Monster Series Breaks $3million Prizes Milestone

There was plenty of cash up for grabs on partypoker yesterday as the Monster Series offered up its final four Championship events and broke the $3million mark in cash handed out, but for some reason the biggest names in the online game did not get their usual share of the spoils – a pleasant surprise for the regs who ran deep!

By: Andrew Burnett

Sunday was the final day of the partypoker Monster Series, a whopping $3,011,017 paid out over the course of 108 tournaments.

The finale of the $200k GTD Championship High event witnessed 4469 entries and $33k+ up top for the $55 buy-in tournament.

After nine hours of play we still had a couple of UK flags flying next to a brace of Brazilians, but it would be Russian grinder ssn68 and Bulgaria’s wasTheWalrus facing off heads-up.

The Championship title and $33,363 went the Bulgarian’s way, ssn68 having to be content with a close run and $23,288.

The mix of Monster Series and big Sunday tournaments included the Sunday High Roller Deepstack, a $1050 buy-in with $100k guaranteed, the 96 entries meaning a small overlay.

This one actually did have some of the big boys (and possibly girls) of the game involved at the deep end, although the mix of anonymous and known names won’t matter much when the new partypoker ALIAS RACE kicks off next week…

Until then, we know that eet_smakelijk is Steve O’Dwyer, the highroller legend’s second place worth $18,500, just ahead of Russia’s CrazyLissy, although the top prize of $26,500 went to Germany’s RedDwarf9.

Back to the Monster Series, and the $55 buy-in PKO version of the $200k GTD Championship High saw another 4400+ player field, the masses taking advantage of the no rake bounty, which accounted for more than $122k of the total $233,000 prizefund.

Mich1377 from Belgium deserves a mention for a 10th place finish and the 3rd biggest bounty of the event, but when the dust had settled on the final table it was Anton733555 who had emerged victorious.

Adding $9890 in bounties to a $13k+ score meant $23,000 and change were headed the Russian’s way, with Brazil’s raauber taking over $17,000 for second.

The Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter boasted a $150k guarantee and close to 300 runners appeared for the $530 buy-in PKO tournament.

Four Brazilians in the final dozen no longer surprises anyone, but again they failed to close it out – 3rd spot and $11,000 or so the best finish coming from Quatro3ehFLIP.

There was South American interest heads-up, however, as Argentina’s franthemonster duelled with Austria’s tartaruga13, the latter prevailing and scooping a massive $18,403 in bounties for a $30k+ payday.

To close out a busy Sunday, we’ll take a quick look at the $320 buy-in, $150k guaranteed Gladiator, the popularity of this one shining through with an extra $50k in the prizepool from 649 entries.

RedDwarf9 was again running deep, although 12th spot was the best the German could manage here, and the familiar name of Swedish online reg ABCpoker911 was there too, 6th place for over $3500.

The winner, zpok86, proved that Paraguay is now officially on the online poker map after seeing off Schattenlux heads-up to bag the Gladiator title and more than $28,000.


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