Lex Veldhuis Wins $1,050 Sunday High Roller; Team Pros Talbot and Grafton Also Shine


It was a memorable Sunday for three members of the Team PokerStars stables, with Lex “L.Veldhuis” Veldhuis and Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot both winning Sunday majors, and Sam “SamSquid” Grafton racking up a couple of cashes in star-studded events.

Leldhuis’ victory came in the $1,050 Sunday High Roller, which attracted 165 players this week. Those 165 entrants created a $165,000 prize pool that the top 20 finishers shared.

The eight-handed final table was packed with some of poker’s elite talent, as you would expect from a $1,050 buy-in affair. The waters became a little less infested with sharks hen Dutchman Joris “BillLewwinsky” Ruijs crashed out in eighth place for a $5,522 socre.

Ole “wizowizo” Schemion joined Ruijs on the rail in seventh-place, before the elimination of British pro Sam “SamSquid” Grafton left only five players in the hunt for the title. Grafton’s exit, worth $9,224, was the tournament’s last four-figure prize. The popular Brit went on to cash in the $530 Sunday Marathon for an additional $1,064.

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Fifth place and $11,922 went to Bert “girafganger7” Stevens before Jans “Graftekkel” Arends ran out of steam in fourth. Arends padded his bankroll with $15,408.

Two of the final three players sported the famous PokerStars spade next to their alias: Veldhuis and Talbot. The latter bowed out in third, a finish worth $19,914, to leave Veldhuis flying the ‘Stars flag.

Veldhuis got the job done, defeating Simon “IgorKarkarof” Pedersen heads-up, to scoop the $33,265 top prize and resigned the Danish runner-up to a $25,738 payout.

The Dutch star’s attention now turns to the $530 Bounty Builder Bonanza High Roller, which has reached Day 2. Only 36 of the 944 starters remain, and Veldhuis finds himself seventh in chips. Do not bet against him taking down this event.

$1,050 Sunday High Roller Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Lex “L.Veldhuis” Veldhuis Netherlands $33,265
2 Simon “IgorKarkarof” Pedersen Denmark $25,738
3 Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot Canada $19,914
4 Jans “Graftekkel” Arends Austria $15,408
5 Bert “girafganger7” Stevens United Kingdom $11,922
6 Sam “SamSquid” Grafton Brazil $9,224
7 Ole “wizowizo” Schemion Austria $7,137
8 Joris BillLewinsky” Ruijs Netherlands $5,522

Talbot Wins the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown PKO

Talbot made up for not winning the $1,050 Sunday High Roller by taking down the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown. The Canadian came out on top of a compact field of 59 entrants to turn his $1,050 into a much more substantial $19,144.

Talbot’s victory was made sweeter by the top talent he navigated his way through at the final table. Such luminaries as Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet, and Thomas “WushuTM” Muehlocker all fell before him.

The untimely demises of Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi and Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein left Talbot heads-up against Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo. Talbot defeated Pardo in the one-on-one battle and claimed $19,144 in total, leaving Pardo to head into the night with $10,445 for company.

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$1,050 Sunday Cooldown Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize Bounties Total Prize
1 Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot Canada $6,961 $12,453 $19,144
2 Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo Andorra $6,961 $3,484 $10,445
3 Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein Canada $4,463 $1,468 $5,931
4 Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi Brazil $3,341 $500 $3,841
5 Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker Austria $2,501 $2,593 $5,094
6 Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet Canada $1,872 $1,000 $2,872
7 Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson Sweden $1,402 $250 $1,652
8 MaximumAces2 Russia $1,049   $1,049

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*includes bounty payments



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