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UK Amateur Wins Second Sunday Million in Four Months
Amateur UK poker player Kevin Steele had already done what most pros haven't – win the PokerStars Sunday Million.
Now he’s done it twice. In just four months.
Strangely enough, he’s also done it almost completely in parallel with the play down of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
The 36-year-old court administrator from Plunginton, Preston, only started playing poker about six years ago in £1 games with his friends.
In July - less than two days before the official final table was set for the November Nine - he turned that hobby into $128,798.52 when he outlasted 6,000+ players for his first Sunday Million title.
Yesterday Steele pulled the amazing feat off again, defeating almost 7,000 players for Sunday Million-title #2 and another $168,838.99 after a four-way chop.
It certainly wasn’t a cakewalk either as yesterday’s final table included two notable pros in Grayson “gray31” Ramage and Cesar “cesarSPA” Garcia.
Steele also did it in style as he eliminated the final three players - Sir_Ellwood, ShipTheFliip and V1rtuozzzzzz - himself after agreeing to the chop.
Steele joins Spain’s Juan Maceiras Barros, known as vietcong01, and Jesper “Kipster23” Hougaard as two-time winners of the Sunday Million.
Final Sunday Million Results and Payouts for Nov. 6, 2011 (reflects four-way chop):
1st place: kevsteele ($168,838.99)*
2nd place: V1rtuozzzzzz ($156,500.00)*
3rd place: ShipTheFliip ($121,467.70)*
4th place: Sir_Ellwood ($110,000.00)*
5th place: Graftekkel ($58,522.80)
6th place: CesarSPA ($44,588.00)
7th place: gnetaren ($30,654.80)
8th place: gray31 ($16,720.80)
9th place: $Big|Ger1.de ($10,798.85)
In other notable online news Sunday, 2006 PCA champion Steve Paul-Ambrose finished second in the $500k Sunday Warm-up on PokerStars for $85,737.60.