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[caption width="639"] Greece's Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos is pursuing a degree in risk management and won the Sunday Million[/caption] Some people who play poker but don't plan to pursue the game professionally gravitate towards an occupation that has many of the same trademarks like math, risk, and wealth management. For Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos, pursuing a career in risk management and investment banking seems to have paid off big time at the poker tables. That's all poker is, right? Risk management and not going broke. Georgiopoulos won the PokerStars Sunday Million last weekend for $144,000 after a four-way deal, outmuscling a field of 6,271 players. "The win will increase my bankroll and I will take some shots that I wouldn't have taken otherwise before this win," he said. His poker schedule is, needless to say, limited. He plays two or three days a week and when he's not grinding online, he's enrolled in two universities pursuing two different degrees. "I play poker after 9:00pm except Sundays, when I start at 6:00pm," Georgiopoulos explained. "In the morning, I go to my universities if I have a class and in the afternoon I exercise. The nights that I am not playing poker, I spend time with my girlfriend." "I am going to continue studying after this," the Greek said. "I am studying to be a civil engineer at the National Technical University of Athens and I also study economics at the American College of Greece. For me, poker is for entertainment only. I want to win some money that I need in my life until I get a job in the field that I am currently studying. After the Sunday Million, I have money to spend on whatever I want. Also, having financial security will be the key for a good university to accept me for an MBA." He's all about risk management, so if he's going to take any more shots in poker following his cash windfall, it'll be in games where the risk is worth the reward. "I play only online poker, so I definitely am going to take some shots during SCOOP," he said. "I want to play all of the No Limit Hold'em games up to $700 and maybe even some $1K events." Coming out of university, Georgiopoulos, who now has over a half-million dollars in online tournament winnings, plans to work as an analyst. Then, it'll take five or six years for his career to advance further. When he won't be making money hand over fist away from the game, poker can sustain him in life. When he's done with school, poker doesn't appear to be a possible career path, at least right now. Maybe if he ships another Sunday Million, he'll reconsider, but for now he says he knows exactly what he wants to do. "While playing poker, I noticed I love making decisions without emotions," he said. "Poker is all math and strategy." Not surprisingly, so is risk management. "I realized that acting without emotions is best, and I learned that from poker. Also, I learned how to react to making big decisions such as whether to go all-in and risk big pay jumps at the Sunday Million final table or whether I should fold." Despite his hectic schedule, Georgiopoulos, who is the #6 ranked player in Greece, sticks to MTTs and tends to avoid cash games and sit and gos even though those formats may mesh better with his non-poker responsibilities. "I know it is hard to find time for everything, but I have been making it work so far," he said. "Maybe after this win I will take a break from poker for three or four weeks." That week's Sunday Million ended in a four-way deal. You'd think a player who is proficient in math and all about calculating risk would excel when it comes to figuring out an optimal chop. "I thought I had an edge against the other two players, but 'neto gol' was a good reg, but tight," he said. "It took 30 minutes to make a deal." The $144,000 that Georgiopoulos earned was the largest amount any of the final four player earned. Georgiopoulos will take his winnings back to Greece, where he's the top-ranked player in the bustling metropolis of Athens. "I don't usually talk to my Greek friends about poker too much," he said. "They approve of it, but I don't want to show up others with my achievements. I made $144,000 in one day, while some guys may have to work for $40 a day. So, I try to keep my winnings to myself." Greece poker players on PocketFives have accounted for $53.5 million in lifetime winnings, $4.2 million of which has come in the last three months. The nation's largest cash ever belongs to Alexandros 'mexican222' Kolonias, who took third in a WCOOP event last year for $365,000.
'benasg' came through a colossus 13,228 player-field in the PokerStars Sunday Million to turn $109 into $129,213. This was just the second week of the revamped lower buy-in event, and it once again proved popular with the prize pool set at $1,322,800. PocketFiver Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill just missed out on a place at the final table, after he fell in 10th place, before 'parisjoe', 'Fieldmice1', 'FiltrMan', 'Japa Bill', 'XuYandex', and 'verkannt' departed to leave the final three. 'pharaohus' ultimately took the bronze medal for $68,043, before 'Barkieboy NL' just fell short of the title and walked away with $93,762, which left 'benasg' to claim the glory. A heads-up deal in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up paved the way for 'dadowiec' to claim this week's title, with Finland's 'Hasseh922' finishing in second place. The entrants total once again crept over four-figures with 1,099 players creating a $219,800 prize pool. 'Tomatee' ended their deep run with a strong $18,437 score in third-place before the final two shook virtual hands on a money-deal. 'Hasseh922' then found themselves as the final player to hit the rail and took $28,847 for their share of the deal, as 'dadowiec' sat the top of the podium for $32,460. 'MCvisitor' defeated '8_Spizzico_9' heads-up to claim victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $81,000. 1,090 entrants created a $545,000 prize pool, with 'Progre69' walking away with over $23,000 for a fourth-place finish. Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall took the bronze medal for $23,822 + $2,738 in bounties, before '8_Spizzico_9' fell at the hands of 'MCvisitor' and departed as runner-up with $32,500 + $7,809. 'Remi Lebo_10' just pipped Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov to victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller and banked $53,919 in the process. The prize pool was set at $246,000 after 123 entrants stumped up the mega-bucks buy-in. Former PocketFives World #1 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson claimed third place for $31,939, which left Filatov in pursuit of his third gold medal of 2019. But 'Remi Lebo_10' had other ideas and sent the Russian to the rail in second place for $41,498. But Filatov wasn't done there and continued his rich vein of form with a third-place finish in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller for $23,000. The partypoker ambassador's exit paved the way for a heads-up battle between 'haddoken' and 'RedDwarf9', and it was the former who held on to win the $44,260 first-place prize, with 'RedDwarf' having to settle for the $31,800 runners-up prize. The new partypoker $3,150 Super Sunday High Roller attracted 66 entrants and saw 'MisterN411' taking away the biggest share of the $200k guaranteed prize pool. partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard was among those to reach the final table but departed in sixth place for $11,000. 'omgitsgiraf' secured the bronze medal worth $28,000 before 'aLiNeNok1617' found themselves hitting the rail as runner-up for $41,000, as 'MisterN411' picked up the $61,000 win. 888poker offered their player pool the rare opportunity to play 'rake free' this weekend, and the promotion saw bumper prize pools created. 743 entrants created a $154,600 prize pool in the $100k gtd $200 Sunday Mega Deep with 'Tedson89' getting the better of 'nixokoftis' heads-up to claim the $29,219 first-place prize. And in the $300 RakeLess Sunday Main Event, Michal 'wywrotx' Wywrot defeated Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends in the final battle to bank $25,137, with Arends having to settle for second place from the 441 player-field for $18,522. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 13,228 entrants, $1,322,800 prize pool benasg - $129,213.18 Barkieboy NL - $93,762.18 pharaohus - $68,043.24 verkannt - $49,379.06 XuYandex - $35,834.38 Japa Bill - $26,005.18 FiltrMan - $18,871.99 Fieldmice1 - $13,695.47 parisjoe - $9,938.72 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 123 entrants, $246,000 prize pool Remi Lebo_10 - $53,919.76 nl_profit - $41,498.97 cal42688 - $31,939.43 pmachnie - $24,581.99 cskar4e1 - $18,919.36 Sasuke234 - $14,561.18 BIack88 - $11,206.92 MrTimCaum - $8,625.32 Tankanza - $6,638.43 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 1,090 entrants, $545,000 prize pool MCvisitor - $44,340.03 + $37,242.10 8_Spizzico_9 - $32,500.72 + $7,809.57 philroyal888 - $23,822.93 + $2,738.28 Progre69 - $17,462.12 + $6,197.26 sebass212 - $12,799.67 + $5,044.92 M.nosbocaJ - $9,382.12 + $5,257.80 papan9_p$ - $6,877.05 + $2,125.00 jutrack - $5,040.86 + $6,969.72 ourstheglory - $3,694.96 + $6,283.20 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,099 entrants, $219,800 prize pool dadowiec - $32,460.27* Hasseh922 - $28,847.19* Tomatee - $18,437.19 mayanfactor - $13,256.51 moldovanali1 - $9,531.53 3betanytwo - $6,853.27 jdtjpoker - $4,927.56 tinnoemulder - $3,542.97 calvin7v - $2,547.43 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 180 entrants, $200,000 prize pool haddoken - $44,260 RedDwarf9 - $31,800 NL_Profit - $23,000 JappieGamble - $16,600 MaXiMuSpkr - $11,600 joaosimaobh - $9,000 FearTheBeard13 - $7,000 HungarysHero - $5,500 partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $100k Gtd 215 entrants, $110,187.50 prize pool SchelampigaUhu - $8,665.74 + $13,639.86 KONY2012 - $8,654.91 + $2,247.66 HungarysHero - $6,173.38 + $2,860.84 slayerv1fan - $4,564.20 + $3,240.24 dotcotton1939 - $3,218.35 + $1,587.32 GiGiDoNNa99 - $2,457.64 + $885.93 nepge - $1,813.97 + $2,649.60 WelshWizard - $1,345.85 + $746.48 partypoker $3,150 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 66 entrants, $200,000 prize pool MisterN411 - $61,000 aLiNeNok1617 - $41,000 omgitsgiraf - $28,000 Welsh187 - $18,000 rdcrsnn - $14,000 Patrick_Leonard - $11,000 BigPescado69 - $9,500 crisper66 - $9,000 orud74 - $8,500 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Grind - $200k Gtd 194 entrants, $200,000 prize pool savageplenty - $40,780 aLiNeNok1617 - $29,600 fish2013 - $21,100 WelshWizard - 15,600 alex2pairs - $11,000 eet_smakelijk - $8,400 PokerBrothersTM - $6,200 sonmonedass - $4,600 888poker $100,000 $300 RakeLess Sunday Main Event 441 entrants – $132,300 prize pool wywrotx - $25,137 Graftekkel - $18,522 easylimp888 - $13,560.75 t8ofdiamonds - $10,319.40 lannovar101 - $7,276.50 dmg34 - $5,622.75 mrsmith78 - $4,299.75 joaobarb - $2,976.75 888poker $100,000 RakeLess $200 Sunday Mega Deep 743 entrants – $154,600 prize pool Tedson89 - $29,219.40 nixokoftis - $21,412.10 sblanch259 - $15,769.20 GramNaKartke - $11,904.20 Gugulehtu - $8,348.40 byyyyy - $6,570.50 MR.Sadball - $5,024.50 F1SHRAP1ST - $3,478.50
'FeaNoR4eG' won the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $113,824 after coming through a heads-up match against former PocketFives World #1 and POY 'Lena900'. This week's entrants total crept over 11,000 and created a guarantee-beating $1,109,000 prize pool. 'Keisuke-ace' took the bronze medal for $59,937 and left none other than 'Lena900' in contention for his first Sunday Million victory. The current world-ranked #3, already had a silver medal to his name after falling last in the Million just six-months ago and history was to repeat itself after 'FeaNoR4eG' sent the Swedish online phenom to the rail. 'Lena900' banked $82,592 as runner-up and the victor 'FeaNoR4eG' collected the top-prize and gold medal. Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan topped a 72 player-field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $38,867. The Canadian former SCOOP & WCOOP champion came through a final table that included 'elmerixx', 'anteen', Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion, and 'Greenstone25' and ultimately defeated 'Aren1991' heads-up, with the latter departing with $29,546 as runner-up. 'bb830' won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a score worth over $67,000. The tournament once again smashed it's guarantee and produced a $502,500 prize pool. 'Kzzon' departed in third place for $22,243 + $13,568 in bounties, and it was to be 'L1VeYRdrEamS' who the last player to lose the prize on their head. 'bb830' came through heads-up play to claim victory for $41,401 + $26,535, with 'L1VeYRdrEamS' having to settle for second place and $30,346 + $8,749. '9antifan9' bested 'marceloaziz' heads-up to take down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up title. 'dantegoyaF' banked $12,810 for third place and their exit paved the way for heads-up. 'marceloaziz' fell at the final hurdle and departed with $17,652, as '9antifan9' scooped the $24,325 top-prize. After a 13 year absence, the partypoker $215 Sunday Million returned to the schedule in the form of Day 1a. Players will have the opportunity to play in the remaining Day 1s over the next week before Day 2 is played out on Sunday, November 3. Elsewhere, the also recently returned partypoker $5,200 Sunday Big Game once again took place with exactly 100 entrants taking part, meaning the $500,000 guarantee was met. 'Jizoint' was the victor for their second win of the month having taken down the Sunday High Roller Gladiator. 'kannichtmehr' won $62,500 in third place, before 'mbnlfg' added $87,500 to their bankroll after taking second place. 'Jizoint' picked up the six-figure top-prize worth $122,500 and continued their impressive October results. 'BigStackBilly68' won $28,924 + $44,682 in bounty prizes for topping a 151 player-field in the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator. 'Brachiosaurus' secured third place for $20,406 + $12,575 and 'ClaudeJaque' sealed second for $28,894 + $5,381. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,090 entrants, $1,109,000 prize pool FeaNoR4eG - $113,824 Lena900 - $82,592 Keisuke-ace - $59,937 luchokoma17 - $43,496 THCHunter - $31,565 kobyy - $22,907 Richipoker22 - $16,624 romprv - $12,064 Timonpoika - $8,754 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 72 entrants, $144,000 prize pool blanconegro - $38,867 Aren1991 - $29,546 Greenstone25 - $22,461 IgorKarkarof - $17,074 mararthur1 - $12,980 wizowizo - $9,867 anteen - $7,501 elmerixx - $5,702 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $350k Gtd 1,005 entrants, $502,500 prize pool bb830 - $41,401 + $26,535 (in bounties) L1VeYRdrEamS - $30,346 + $8,749 Kzzon - $22,243 + $13,568 mulriks2 - $16,304 + $5,843 teckidtq - $11,951 + $4,390 Manni1822 - $8,760 + $4,847 Lefebvre1101 - $6,421 + $1,765 pececada - $4,706 + $2,624 mrvogt - $3,450 + $1,078 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 701 entrants, $140,200 prize pool 9antifan9 - $24,325 marceloaziz - $17,652 dantegoyaF - $12,810 #1twentythree - $9,296 Kakiers04 - $6,746 Faaaarst - $4,896 SpecialOne20 - $3,553 guix2x - $2,578 fellatiado - $1,871 partypoker $5,200 Sunday Big Game $500k Gtd 100 entrants, $500,000 prize pool Jizoint - $122,500 mbnlfg - $87,500 kannichtmehr - $62,500 CalmDownMan - $43,700 tdlvechickbn - $32,500 EmpireMaker - $25,000 huevo2000 - $20,000 kristian150 - $16,250 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator - $300k Gtd 151 entrants, $309,550 prize pool BigStackBilly68 - $28,924 + $44,682 ClaudeJaque - $28,894 + $5,381 Brachiosaurus - $20,406 + $12,575 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $14,454 + $15,651 girafganger777 - $10,628 + $3,018 Lucio - $7,057 + $7,612 xuxukr1 - $4,756 + $2,100 Valuboy - $4,756 + $3,412 partypoker $530 High Roller Phased Final $250k Gtd 541 entrants, $262,200 prize pool SunTzu - $48,874 TheOneWh0Kn0cks - $34,741 GimmeHummus - $23,676 kannnichtmehr - $16,387 Pharaon - $11,536 Dovaleh8 - $8,337 Malamanera - $6,004 AmericanEagle - $4,300 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $300k Gtd 953 entrants, $300,000 prize pool MrWin - $20,371 + $19,350 (in bounties) PlayForFan - $20,341 + $13,993 Jacquees - $15,063 + $1,601 kovalski1 - $10,340 + $3,811 Scelevco - $6,758 + $3,159 MatthewStaples - $4,176 + $2,542 PabloPotato - $2,659 + $1,599 Talespin - $2,659 + $1,636 888poker $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep $109 1,212 entrants – $121,100 prize pool HnThMn - $19,729* SleepingZace - $14,257* my888GMode - $15,482* tapatashi - $8,840 allinfds - $6,236 Bandhu12 - $5,025 RafaelBT88 - $3,814 TorNadOO147 - $2,676 Mukonga - $1,550 *denotes deal