Pokerstars is not organizing the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure in January this year. The players aren’t going there. However, in order to appease the local players who would miss out on the opportunity, Pokerstars came with a brilliant idea of Winter Series on the pokerstars.com.
The total prize guaranteed was $50mn in the Winter Series. It was organized between the crucial times between December 25 to January 13. But the question is did the marketing work? Well, eventually it worked better than expected. There are more than $65,000,000 in the total prize pool in all the events at the Winter Series. There were a total of 242 events organized and 1.2mn entries were recorded. Well, with all aspects it looks pokerstars.com has successfully reached the local candidates.
There were three Main Events Organized in the series. The Main events were highly successful with prize money awarded to the players were $1mn, $1.5mn and $2mn guaranteed. This was for the different buy-in events for all low, medium and high respectively. The total prize money, however, exceeded the guaranteed prize money in all the events.
However, the Sunday Million was also successful. The guaranteed prize money was $3mn. There were 17,500 entries for the event and over $3.5mn ended up in the prize pool for the Sunday Million event.
The Main Event was successful from all the aspects. There were 3864 entries in the main event and had a prize pool of $1.9mn. There were 2777 entries and 1087 re-entries in total. There were only 479 places that would be paid. ‘Pendall’ was leading the chips by the time the final table was reached. He was sitting with a big amount of money and 120 blinds.
‘Flyingsmile’ was the first to bust. He was unlucky as they were all-in with the pocket queens called and the pocket kings of Freshmann overpowered him. Freshmann got the chip lead by virtue of this.
The ‘sd5355470’ busted then with his ace-ten. ‘Pendall’ had a pair of jacks that held through the board. Conor Drinan aka ‘blanconegro’ busted next as his ace-seven came against the pocket-eight of Freshmann.
Conor Beresford aka ‘1_conor_b_1’ bluffed his remaining chips against ‘M4GPI3’ pocket queens. ‘Sp3edy14’ was next to be busted at the fifth place.
There were three players left in the final table and it was ‘M4GPI3’ who started the deal talk at the table. However, no one was interested in the deal and it was more of a one-way conversation. At last, ‘M4GPI3’ was busted to leave the table in the third position. However, he made $140,362 before leaving the table. There were only seven big blinds and everyone went for king ten. However, ‘botteonpoker’ called for the ace-ten and the game went for the heads-up.
However, a deal was agreed soon and each player received $224,000. They started playing for another $24,000. However, ‘Pendall’ hit a straight soon then and the final table drama was over.
‘Pendall’ was the winner for the main event and got the additional $24,000.
Full Table of Winners
st – Pendall – $248,835*
2nd – botteonpoker – $224,306*
3rd – M4GPI3 – $140,362
4th – Freshmannn – $100,000
5th – sp3edy14 – $71,323
6th – Conor Beresford $50,841
7th – Conor Drinan – $36,241
8th – sd5355470 – $25,834
9th – Flying Smile – $18,415