The Sunday Briefing: Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth Wins PokerStars Sunday Million for $235,833

  • PokerNews Staff

Many of online poker's top players were at major events in Australia and the U.S. this week, but the action on the virtual felts didn't skip a beat. Most of the Sunday Major tournaments exceeded their guaranteed prize pools, with several big-name players earning big paydays along the way.

Longtime online poker pro Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth absolutely obliterated the PokerStars Sunday Million final table, going wire-to-wire to claim the biggest online poker score of his career ($235,833). With three players left, Niergarth owned 87% of the chips in play and elected not to make a deal despite pausing the tournament for consideration.

Niergarth dominating the Sunday Million (Photo c/o Katie Stone)
Niergarth dominating the Sunday Million (Photo c/o Katie Stone)

Other notables collecting big scores on Sunday were Kevin "Wu_Wizard" MacPhee, Tyler "brainwash" Cornell, Spencer "UH Big Tex" Hudson and Alex "AD_84" Debus. Here's a look at the results from the Sunday Major tournaments on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker:

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$157,861$1,572,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth$235,833
2LFCRED$172,942
3iisZet$117,915
4willis59$79,238
5NeverMoreCD$62,888
6cryboy89$47,166
7TheCangorous$31,444
8zusa20$18,080
9iBert1924$12,184

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,432$686,400
PlacePlayerPrize
1FOO-92$107,765
2Poker Own U$80,308
3TheCangorous$56,628
4motelli$39,468
5powerpokerBR$29,172
6CredeExperto$22,308
7Y2JKID$15,444
8Helst$8,580
9kuzman89$5,491

Notable Finishes: David "dhilton12" Hilton (11th - $4,118)

Full Tilt Poker $350,000 Guarantee ($350K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$161,803$360,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1lockitup2487$56,674*
2apjpu3l$45,248*
3o daskalos$47,618*
4strimbeqq$25,242
5Spencer "UH Big Tex" Hudson$18,751
6Assad91$13,702
756vn11$9,736
8KillerAAV$6,851
9Eich64$4,687

Notable Finishes: Matt "Adzizzy124" Marafioti (15th - $2,379), Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (16th - $1,730)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30853$426,500
PlacePlayerPrize
1Romidel$49,198*
2hamanof$54,608*
3Tyler "brainwash" Cornell$50,180*
4Paris Dedes$50,519*
5barcs69$21,495
6Clark "snake8484" Hamagami$17,060
7kinabamula$12,795
8ESCORPIO1961$8,530
9SinKarma$5,118

*Denotes dour-way deal

Notable Finishes: Jason "jakoon1985" Koon (17th - $2,559), Jim "MrBigQueso" Collopy (18th - $2,559)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$9986$318,900
PlacePlayerPrize
1Lime-In-Coco$58,996
2heißtercamp$42,732
3mayrogata$31,890
4camikater$23,917
5xalkidas$16,742
6Emilohlsson$13,553
7moumaife84$10,364
8oaktree50$7,175
9FYiWin$4,464

Notable Finishes: Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler (13th - $2,710), Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (21st - $1,435), Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli (31st - $1,116)

Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$240+$16951$200,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1Kevin "Wu_Wizard" MacPhee$40,000
2IfHeDiesHeDies$26,640
3Alex "AD_84" Debus$19,000
4DDonnini$14,200
5Depressed27os$10,600
6limpilicious$7,800
7kipimas$5,800
8SirRui$4,200
9MsMerf$3,000

Notable Finishes: Aaron "aguskb" Gustavson (24th - $860)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,791$268,650
PlacePlayerPrize
1lynksey99$36,301*
2londdongdave$31,514*
3apostolis20$31,585*
4ActionFreak$17,663
5DinoTheSaulo$12,760
6Hurloon$9,940
7XuxiSanchez$7,253
8muratfb$4,701
9eisenhower1$2,686

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,415$283,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1BriDge2PaiN$48,110
2Poker Own U$35,375
3Greenstone25$26,856
4bgcaiko$19,244
5Josh "JBT449" Bergman$14,008
6TunicaTerror$11,178
7TranquilMind$8,348
8@m@rill0slip$5,518
9G A W$3,056

Notable Finishes: Aaron Been (10th - $2,490), Clark "snake8484" Hamagami (13th - $1,924), Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald (25th - $1,132)

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