The Online Poker Weekend – Akenhead Wins Sunday Million
Posted by: Randy Williams - Tue, 2012-01-24 16:06
The on line poker
weekend was yet again on track as far as player numbers were concerned, despite the fact that the Aussie Millions have drawn quite a few players away from the virtual tables. James Akenhead was the biggest tournament winner of the weekend. He took down PokerStars
’ famed Sunday Million, having made no deals on his way to the $213,750 top prize.
The event featured a starting field of 7,125 players and a prize-pool of $1,425,000. By the time the final table was reached, it was obvious that Akenhead would make a serious dash for the title: he was 3rd in chips, and looking better than all his remaining opponents. His situation improved further when he got all his chips into the middle with 7 players remaining, on a K,10 against an opponent’s pocket Qs and went on to win the hand to double up. The player who doubled him up, pnp23 made it all the way to the heads-up stage of the event, having hit a double-up himself. By then though, Akenhead had a 4-1 lead and there was no way he was going to let it slip away.
Pnp23 picked up $157.2k for his efforts. The other 6-figure winner of the event was 3rd place finisher Giuseppe Pantaleo, who took home $114k. Another notable to finish high was Milana Jones who took down a little over $44k for her 6th place finish. Mario Puccini finished 33rd for $2.9k.
The Sunday Warm-Up created another 6-figure winner. RasA86 finished in the top spot in this one, taking down $112k for his efforts. There were no deals at the top in this event either. 3,569 players took part, generating a prize-pool of $713.8k. vonBaranow finished second for $83.5k.
The highest finishing notable player in the event was Steve Tripp, who scored a $1.6k haul with his 30th place effort.
There were no other 6-figure winners in any of the weekend’s major guarantees.