What a weekend Team Online’s Matthew “MatthewStaples” Staples had. One minutes he’s sitting down to play in the final of the $1 million guaranteed partypoker MILLION, the next he’s getting his hands on his largest online score yet.
Staples was one of the 1,015 players who made it through to the final day’s action. The final 792 players all won at least $517 for their effort. Some of those who saw a return on their investment included Richard “RichyDubini” Dubini, Jeff “JeffGross” Gross, Dzmitry “Dzmitry_Urbanov” Urbanovich, Hristivoje “All_In_PAV” Pavlovic, Joao “brjoaosimao” Simao, Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov, Ludovic “Gr4vyBo4t” Geilich, and Day “daykotoviezy” Kotoviezy.
Each of the eight finalists locked up at least $12,640, but Staples was gunning for gold.
“Blaze”, “Zi_JaMMieST”, and “DorianVnlza” fell by the wayside before “YoHHHHH_VirAL” and “RaiderNation888” saw their tournament come to an abrupt end, the latter winning $60,509.
Then came the time for Staples to bow out. The Canadian’s third-place finish saw his bankroll swell by $93,003, a career-high for Staples.
His exit left “Hei KID” and “Crixus-the-Gaul” to fight it out heads-up, but it didn’t take them long to settle the tournament with a deal. Hei Kid officially finished in second-place for $171,313 with Crixus-the-Gaul walking away as the champion and with $180,292 reasons to be happy.
Jaime Staples Reached Grand Prix 4 Dealers Online Final Table
While Matthew Staples was on his way to winning almost $100,000, his brother, the one and only Jaime Staples, was bust navigating his way to a major final table. The Grand Prix 4 Dealers Online had $250,000 guaranteed but $285,142 was collected. This means more than $34,400 was raised for the fund set up to help freelance poker dealers through these tough, unprecedented times.
Jaime Staples’ impressive run ended in a fifth-place finish, a finish worth $7,767. It would have been fantastic for Jaime Staples to have walked away with the title but it wasn’t meant to be.
That honour went to Vinnie Mohan who defeated David Carrasco heads-up to claim the title and a cool $38,571 for his $55 buy-in. Congratulations.
Joao Simao Finishes Second in Sunday Grind
Our Brazilian sensation Joao Simao almost walked away with the Sunday Grind: $200K Gtd title, but he fell at the final table. Simao outlasted almost all of the 667-entrants, to find himself heads-up against “oooooooooooo”. Unfortunately for Simao, he couldn’t quite get the job done when one-on-one and had to make do with the still-impressive $25,972 runner-up prize, leaving oooooooooooo to bank $36,478 for their $320 buy-in.
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