Joseph Cheong Big Winner In HighStakes €150,000 Sunday

HighStakes €150k GTD Special Sunday saw Joseph subiime Cheong among the big winners, the WSOP bracelet winner taking down the €25k Sunday 500 title…

By: Andrew Burnett


With 23 separate tournaments on the tightly-packed Sunday schedule, the Sunday 500 made its guarantee with a bit to spare, 53 runners chasing a €5250 top prize.

Marc PlayinWitDreams Kennedy also made it to the final table, the former Full Tilt ambassador finding a new lease of life on HighStakes, though he would have to settle for 6th place and €1875.

The title came down to a heads-up battle between Cheong and Blanka69, the HighStakes ambassador still counting his winnings from last month’s WSOP where he won the $1k Double Stack title for $687,782.

Cheong once again emerged victorious, this time online, and taking the trophy and €5250.

1 JosephCheong €5,250
2 Blanka69 €4,000
3 LordScratch €3.250
4 BOOMswitch €2,750
5 ThieF83 €2,250
6 PlayinWitDreams €1,875
7 DirrDurrr €1,500
8 MeddlLoide €1,250
9 YOSHIMITSOU €1,000
10 PepperHype €625
11 JollyRoger111 €625
1​2 TheBluffer €625

Blanka69 wasn’t to be denied a Special Sunday title, however, scooping the Sunday 215 ahead of 57 other entries in the €10k GTD, €215 buy-in tournament.

The top five players all made 4-figure cashes, runner-up bubblebee winning €1856, while Blanka69 added €2436 to his €4000 second place in the 500. Both PepperHype and LordScratch cashed in both of these tournaments as well.

1 Blanka69 €2,436
2 Bubblebee €1,856
3 PepperHype €1,508
4 COBRA €1,276
5 Whitekings88 €1,044
6 Spikefinger1 €870
7 LordScratch €696
8 blueavatar €580
9 TheRedViper €464
10 MikkelMikkel €290

There were buy-ins all the way from €5 up to €1000, with plenty of players making it through to the Special Sunday events from satellites and leaderboard finishes.

In the €100 Sunday Seoul 100, we saw 56 players chasing a prizepool of €9,641, almost double the €5k guarantee.

Kocetokoc managed to outlast the opposition - Blanka69 and LordScratch again featuring prominently, finishing 6th and 5th respectively – and defeating drunkenBR heads-up for the win worth €2893.

1 Kocetokoc €2,893.80
2 drunkenBR €1,929.20
3 Isolatemepls €1,157.52
4 TheBluffer €964.60
5 LordScratch €771.68
6 Blanka69 €626.99

As for the Sunday 1000, again the guarantee was smashed – 27 runners ponying up the €1000 buy-in, with four places paid and almost €10,000 up top.

Cheong was well in the mix throughout, managing a 3rd place worth €3914, but this time it was DEMOS1976 who would take the HighStakes title and the €9828 top prize, defeating civil into 2nd place, the runner-up securing a healthy €6142.50.

1 DEMOS1976 €9,828.00
2 Civil €6,142.50
3 JosephCheong €4,914.00
4 FatsoWinmuch €3,685,50

The Sunday 215 Opener was a hard-fought affair, 64 entries in the most popular high stakes tournament buy-in of €215. A share of the €12,800 prizepool was the goal, and stefksak would take the first four-figure payout from this - €1024 for a fine fifth place finish.

The winner, and obviously a man on a hot Sunday streak, was Joseph Cheong – seeing off dirrdurrr heads-up for the title and securing another €3840 to add to his HighStakes bankroll.

1 JosephCheong €3,840
2 DirrDurrr €2,560
3 Riverbust €1,536
4 antegeia1 €1,280
5 stefksak €1,024
6 Zodiac15 €832
7 bola61 €704
8 brenowlol €576
9 ThieF83 €448

The Sunday 350 showed that there plenty of other excellent players among the day’s runners, YOSHIMITSOU taking – or Tekken perhaps! -  5th spot for €972.80.

TheBluffer and kievbro grabbed the next two paid spots, and that left can23 and STEF111 to fight for the title, the latter falling just short but a €2675 cash as fine compensation, can23 winning €4499.20 and the trophy.

1 can23 €4,499.20
2 STEF111 €2,675.20
3 kievbro €1,824.00
4 TheBluffer €1,337.60
5 YOSHIMITSOU €972.80
6 Anonymous €851.20

Among the numerous events were another couple of €500 buy-ins, the €10k GTD Sunday 500 Freezeout attracting 27 entries and handing out €12,150 in rewards.

Can23 grabbed a 3rd spot finish in this one, a sweet €2430 payday, but it was drunkenBR who topped the field, defeating fish2019 to grab the €4860 top prize.

1 drunkenBR €4,860.00
2 fish2019 €3,037.50
3 can23 €2,430.00
4 used2bcool €1,822.50

Last but certainly not least, a 500 Second Chance tournament to finish a Special Sunday to remember – €17,480 up for grabs as 38 entries blasted the €10k guarantee away.

AhiEstaQuienLaChupa probably had to throw in a timebank or two just to write his name down, but 4th spot and €1922.80 was a great effort in the €500 buy-in event.

The eventual winner was ThieF83, scooping €6467.60 for his efforts, ahead of BOOMswitch who grabbed €3845.60 as runner-up.

1 ThieF83 €6,467.60
2 BOOMswitch €3,845.60
3 RiskGerek €2,622.00
4 AhiEstaQuienLaChupa €1,922.80
5 Alex1995 €1,398.40
6 Shokov €1,223.60

Joseph Cheong was the overall big winner, but with more than 20 others topping podiums and dozens more in the money, it was a Special Sunday on HighStakes for many.

Plans for another version later this year are already underway and we’ll bring you the schedule as soon as it’s released.

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