“smaulerg” Repeats, Big Names Dominate Sunday Major Headlines

WSOP.com rolled out two massive guaranteed Sunday events in Nevada for the first time this year, showing the growth and strength of the Nevada market.

WSOP.com rolled out two massive guaranteed Sunday events in Nevada for the first time this year, showing the growth and strength of the Nevada market.

While the last few weekends of online Sunday Majors coverage from the regulated markets of New Jersey and Nevada have seen relative unknowns take down major titles and earn massive scores, that was not the case this week.

Big names dominated the headlines and locked up scores to help their cases in the 2015 Online Player of the Year races, with two players claiming their second Sunday Major victories of the year.

This was also the first weekend of the year that saw WSOP.com offer two Sunday events with double digit guarantees in Nevada, as the site ran a $10,000 GTD “Sunday Reloader” event on top of it’s already wildly successful $15,000 GTD Sunday Major, crushing both guarantees showing the strength and growth of the Nevada market.

New Jersey

partypoker Sunday $50,000 Guaranteed

Buy-In: $200
Players: 313
Prizepool: $57,905

  1. GGlady – $10,834
  2. FlopMonster – $7,481
  3. FellateMe – $5,327
  4. mks24 – $4,401
  5. solemnclams – $3,764
  6. connisaurusex – $3,185
  7. hort336 – $2,606
  8. pure_reason – $2,027
  9. Grimmy101 – $1,448

There had to be one, as the lone “unknown” winner of the week would walk away with a five figure score as “GGlady” won the weekend’s biggest Sunday Major in only his second ever online tournament, earning just under $11,000 for the victory.

While “GGlady” stole the headlines with the win, 2014 New Jersey Online Player of the Year “hort336″ made his first Sunday Major score of the year after getting off to a slow start in 2015.

Christopher “hort336″ Horter will certainly be a player to watch throughout the next few months of BLUFF.com OPOY coverage as he’ll try to build off this Sunday Major final table.

partypoker Sunday $10,000 Guaranteed

Buy-In: $100
Players: 191
Prizepool: $17,381

  1. stopNmargot – $3,051
  2. wheels4920 – $2,719
  3. jasonstigs22 – $1,755
  4. talk5050 – $1,460
  5. ChinIAm – $1,234
  6. Billson – $1,060
  7. Jaybone – $886
  8. MikeyCasino – $713
  9. redraider – $539

It was a repeat performance by “stopNmargot” claiming their second partypoker $10,000 GTD Sunday Major title of 2015 after winning the same event in the first week of January, becoming one of the only multiple Sunday Major winners of 2015.

Following the trend from the other partypoker major, one of the bigger names in New Jersey online poker, Mike “MikeyCasino” Azzaro, made his fist Sunday Major score of the year.

WSOP Sunday $35,000 Guaranteed

Buy-In: $200
Players: 213
Prizepool: $39,405

  1. smaulerg – $10,442
  2. bucknaked64 – $6,108
  3. THAKID33 – $3,487
  4. camel – $2,680
  5. saveferris – $2,285
  6. BOOOM – $1,891
  7. phatdaddy – $1,419
  8. monkey_wise – $946
  9. CharlieBrown – $670

The last time “smaulerg“, who mainly plays under the handle “gresmaul” on 888.com, was being mentioned in BLUFF.com’s online poker coverage it was for all the wrong reasons, as he was falling from the top five of the 2015 OPOY rankings.

But, after repeating as WSOP.com’s biggest Sunday Major champion and earning another five figure score, it would be no surprise to see the player with just under $150,000 in career online earnings make his way back into that top five.

WSOP.com Sunday $10,000 Guaranteed

Buy-In: $100
Players: 165
Prizepool: $15,015

  1. dawonderboy7 – $4,054
  2. donkfest85 – $2,365
  3. Foldigotit30 – $1,351
  4. CeeLos1286 – 1,051
  5. SizeLarge – $901
  6. KAL_EL1 – $751
  7. schaf4206 – $571
  8. playthegamee – $360
  9. Bigcakes1111 – $255

After finishing 2nd in last month’s WSOP.com $50,000 GTD Sunday Majordawonderboy7” seemed to take some time off from the virtual felt, as he had not recorded a cash for close to three weeks. He chose a good time to get back in the game, winning his first outright Sunday Major title and $4,000 for his victory.

888.com $10,000 Big Sunday

Buy-In: $200
Players: 61
Prizepool: $11,285

  1. SLHalper13 – $3,273
  2. FairyMary – $1,918
  3. youDontKnow – $1,354
  4. SLB97 – $1,129
  5. sps81087 – $903
  6. CharlesSmith – $779
  7. phatchoy – $666
  8. Str8yAAnkAAs – $553

SLHalper13” had never cashed for more than $900 before this weekend but after winning a $30 satellite earlier in the week, he turned that small investment into the biggest score of his career, earning $3,250 while notching his first Sunday Major victory.

Continuing the trend from the partypoker Sunday Majors, the biggest name on this results sheet just missed out on the final table, as “yeayeaflush“, better known by his WSOP.com handle “juice”, got back to his winning ways on Sunday as he looks to hold his place in the top three of the 2015 NJ OPOY rankings.

Nevada

WSOP.com Sunday $15,000 Guaranteed

Buy-In: $200
Players: 114
Prizepool: $21,090

  1. whiteyslacks – $5,905
  2. shooter315 – $3,417
  3. Handsomemaxx – $1,961
  4. VPIHokie1970 – $1,540
  5. ValueTown – $1,329
  6. StanVandy09 – $1,118
  7. MJ_Luvvy – $886
  8. AAKKQQ – $591
  9. itsmrtrifle – $443

Despite having close to $65,000 in online tournament earnings over the last year, “whiteyslacks” had never cashed for more than $2,500 or won a Sunday Major title, but both of those statistics are now a thing of the past as outlasted a tough final table to earn just under $6,000 and the lone Nevada title.

Just like the previously mentioned “hort336″, Nevada’s 2014 OPOY “VPIHokie1970” also made his first Sunday Major score of the calendar year and will be looking to use this final table run to get his name back into the POY conversation.

Later this week, BLUFF.com will be bringing you an updated version of the 2015 Online Player of the Year rankings as the respective lists for New Jersey and Nevada begin to take a more definitive shape.

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