Select Page

October was not only a sour month for the economy, it was also a down month in terms of online MTTs. Tournaments had trouble meeting their guarantees as attendance as a whole was dropping severely.  Hopefully the month of November offers a large turnaround in this department.  Things already looked better today as both the Stars 500 and the Sunday Million ($1.5M Guaranteed) both attracted enough players to not have to pay out any overlay.  That is certainly a welcome sight for the poker rooms, and it means even bigger prize pools for the high-stakes MTT Pros.

Starting the day off was the $750,000 Guarantee PokerStars Sunday Warm-up.  In October this tournament had a tough time meeting the guarantee.  Today was much different, as 4004 entrants generated a prize pool of $800,800.  Here were the stacks entering the final table:

Seat 1: 124poker (4,337,442 in chips)
Seat 2: sumoen (3,907,302 in chips)
Seat 3: GIGI LUCA (1,842,163 in chips)
Seat 4: BodogAri (4,398,541 in chips)
Seat 5: Barbarossa_7 (5,211,900 in chips)
Seat 6: TJGROW8 (4,734,132 in chips)
Seat 7: Climax100 (852,082 in chips)
Seat 8: hyggebuks26 (3,083,994 in chips)
Seat 9: DeuceBuster (11,672,444 in chips)

As you can see DeuceBuster had the chip lead by quite a wide margin,  holding more than 25% of the chips in play.  He would eventually make it to an incredible heads-up battle, one which would last for nearly an hour.  There would be no chip-chop deal as DeuceBuster and “124poker” would battle back and forth until 124poker, who entered the final table 4th in chips, would take the win:

Seat 1: 124poker (28282504 in chips)
Seat 9: DeuceBuster (11757496 in chips)
124poker: posts small blind 300000
DeuceBuster: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
124poker: raises 1800000 to 2400000
DeuceBuster: raises 9297496 to 11697496 and is all-in
124poker: calls 9297496
*** FLOP *** [Qc 3h Qd]
*** TURN *** [Qc 3h Qd] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [Qc 3h Qd Kd] [2s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DeuceBuster: shows [Ac Jh] (a pair of Queens)
124poker: shows [As 3s] (two pair, Queens and Threes)
124poker collected 23514992 from pot

Quite the disastrous flop for DeuceBuster as his AJ was outrun by A3s.  Don’t feel too bad however, as he takes home over $72,000 for his efforts.  124Poker ships the first place check worth $104,104.  This 2nd place finish was DeuceBuster’s 7th career 5-figure score, and by far and away his largest, eclipsing a $30k cash in the FTOPs Main Event. There weren’t too many recognizable names making deep runs, which tends to happen from time to time in these huge MTT fields.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4004 Entrants

1. 124poker $104,104
2. DeuceBuster $72,072
3. sumoen $48,048
4. Barbaross_7 $40,040
5. hyggebuk26 $32,032
6. BodogAri $24,024
7. GIGI LUCA $16,016
8. TJGROW8 $10,010
9. Climax100 $6886.88

The Sunday Million finally met its $1,500,000 Guarantee this week, with 7836 entrants generating a prize pool  of $1,567,200.  There were some ridiculous beats, including perhaps one of the sickest hands I’ve seen at the Final Table in some while, and it didn’t even result in a bust out!

Going into the final table this is how the stacks looked:

Seat 1: Papatri (3194605 in chips)
Seat 2: tickkid (7329013 in chips)
Seat 3: Stammdogg (16612397 in chips)
Seat 4: jiacstrap (4851587 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (10493716 in chips)
Seat 6: dray313 (6682748 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (11066996 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (2841516 in chips)
Seat 9: aaaaaaaa (15287422 in chips)

One of the first hands at the final table was a crazy pot.   Every once in a while players will get all their money in holding the same hand, but not generally the same pair!  On top of that, the odds of either pair winning the pot is 4% (2% each).  Unfortunately for “aaaaaaaa” that’s precisely what happened:

Seat 1: Papatri (2964605 in chips)
Seat 2: tickkid (2077426 in chips)
Seat 3: Stammdogg (12570881 in chips)
Seat 4: jiacstrap (5803174 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (17213716 in chips)
Seat 6: dray313 (6052748 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (7536996 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (17206064 in chips)
Seat 9: aaaaaaaa (6934390 in chips)
METZMAGNY: posts small blind 200000
dray313: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
h2oace: folds
ldgii: folds
aaaaaaaa: raises 6494390 to 6894390 and is all-in
Papatri: folds
tickkid: folds
Stammdogg: folds
jiacstrap: calls 5763174 and is all-in
METZMAGNY: folds
dray313: folds
Uncalled bet (1131216) returned to aaaaaaaa
*** FLOP *** [6s 3s 7d]
*** TURN *** [6s 3s 7d] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [6s 3s 7d 7s] [Ts]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
aaaaaaaa: shows [8h 8c] (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
jiacstrap: shows [8s 8d] (a flush, Ten high)
jiacstrap collected 12486348 from pot

A sick pot would cripple aaaaaaaa and leave jiacstrap with a workable stack.  However, aaaaaaaa was not the first to go, that honor was reserved for “tickkid” who earned $10,970 after this hand:

Seat 1: Papatri (2844605 in chips)
Seat 2: tickkid (1957426 in chips)
Seat 3: Stammdogg (12450881 in chips)
Seat 4: jiacstrap (12406348 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (16893716 in chips)
Seat 6: dray313 (5332748 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (6816996 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (16994848 in chips)
Seat 9: aaaaaaaa (2662432 in chips)
Papatri: posts the ante 40000
tickkid: posts the ante 40000
Stammdogg: posts the ante 40000
jiacstrap: posts the ante 40000
METZMAGNY: posts the ante 40000
dray313: posts the ante 40000
h2oace: posts the ante 40000
ldgii: posts the ante 40000
aaaaaaaa: posts the ante 40000
ldgii: posts small blind 200000
aaaaaaaa: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Papatri: folds
tickkid: raises 1517426 to 1917426 and is all-in
Stammdogg: folds
jiacstrap: folds
METZMAGNY: folds
dray313: raises 3375322 to 5292748 and is all-in
h2oace: folds
ldgii: folds
aaaaaaaa: folds
Uncalled bet (3375322) returned to dray313
*** FLOP *** [6d 3s Td]
*** TURN *** [6d 3s Td] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [6d 3s Td 4s] [4h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
tickkid: shows [6h Ad] (two pair, Sixes and Fours)
dray313: shows [Kc Ks] (two pair, Kings and Fours)
dray313 collected 4794852 from pot

While aaaaaaaa moved up one spot, that is all he would get, as he would be the next to bust, going out in 8th, good for $18,022.80:

Seat 1: Papatri (2804605 in chips)
Seat 3: Stammdogg (12410881 in chips)
Seat 4: jiacstrap (12366348 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (16853716 in chips)
Seat 6: dray313 (8170174 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (6776996 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (16754848 in chips)
Seat 9: aaaaaaaa (2222432 in chips)
aaaaaaaa: posts small blind 250000
Papatri: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Stammdogg: folds
jiacstrap: folds
METZMAGNY: folds
dray313: folds
h2oace: raises 1000000 to 1500000
ldgii: folds
aaaaaaaa: raises 672432 to 2172432 and is all-in
Papatri: folds
h2oace: calls 672432
*** FLOP *** [Tc 8c 9h]
*** TURN *** [Tc 8c 9h] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [Tc 8c 9h 7c] [8d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
aaaaaaaa: shows [As 7d] (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
h2oace: shows [Td Ad] (two pair, Tens and Eights)
h2oace collected 5244864 from pot

Next in line was “Papatri” who would take a bit of a bad beat to go out in 7th, for $27,426:

Seat 1: Papatri (2104605 in chips)
Seat 3: Stammdogg (13060881 in chips)
Seat 4: jiacstrap (11416348 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (18103716 in chips)
Seat 6: dray313 (7470174 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (9649428 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (16554848 in chips)
dray313: posts small blind 250000
h2oace: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ldgii: raises 1500000 to 2000000
Papatri: raises 54605 to 2054605 and is all-in
Stammdogg: folds
jiacstrap: folds
METZMAGNY: folds
dray313: folds
h2oace: folds
ldgii: calls 54605
*** FLOP *** [8d 4h 5d]
*** TURN *** [8d 4h 5d] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [8d 4h 5d 3h] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ldgii: shows [Jh Kh] (a pair of Jacks)
Papatri: shows [Ad Qs] (high card Ace)
ldgii collected 5209210 from pot

Next to go was “dray313”, who busted in 6th for $39,963 after his 66 could not win a flip against jiacstrap’s KQs:

Seat 3: Stammdogg (10760881 in chips)
Seat 4: jiacstrap (14266348 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (18403716 in chips)
Seat 6: dray313 (5920174 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (9699428 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (19309453 in chips)
METZMAGNY: posts small blind 250000
dray313: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
h2oace: folds
ldgii: folds
Stammdogg: folds
jiacstrap: raises 750000 to 1250000
METZMAGNY: folds
dray313: raises 4620174 to 5870174 and is all-in
jiacstrap: calls 4620174
*** FLOP *** [5c 4h Tc]
*** TURN *** [5c 4h Tc] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [5c 4h Tc Kh] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
dray313: shows [6s 6d] (a pair of Sixes)
jiacstrap: shows [Qs Ks] (a pair of Kings)
jiacstrap collected 12290348 from pot

“Stammdogg” who had been fairly quiet at the Final Table would go out in 5th place, taking home $55,635.60 for a long days work:

Seat 3: Stammdogg (8450881 in chips)
Seat 4: jiacstrap (22626522 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (16593716 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (10889428 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (19799453 in chips)
Stammdogg: posts the ante 60000
jiacstrap: posts the ante 60000
METZMAGNY: posts the ante 60000
h2oace: posts the ante 60000
ldgii: posts the ante 60000
METZMAGNY: posts small blind 300000
h2oace: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ldgii: folds
Stammdogg: raises 7790881 to 8390881 and is all-in
jiacstrap: folds
METZMAGNY: folds
h2oace: calls 7790881
*** FLOP *** [9d Jc 5d]
*** TURN *** [9d Jc 5d] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [9d Jc 5d 8h] [Qs]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
h2oace: shows [Ah Ks] (high card Ace)
Stammdogg: shows [As 2d] (high card Ace – lower kicker)
h2oace collected 17381762 from pot

Once play became four-handed a chip chop was finalized, here were the counts:

Jiacstrap: $122,068
METZMAGNY: $117,822
h2oace: $105,771
ldgii: $104,481

There was $30,000 left in play for the eventual champion.

First to bust was jiacstrap, who, after the chop took home $122,068, which is over $50,000 more than what fourth normally pays.   Here is his bust out hand:

Seat 4: jiacstrap (9212428 in chips)
Seat 5: METZMAGNY (26727502 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (23520618 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (18899452 in chips)
METZMAGNY: posts small blind 400000
h2oace: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ldgii: folds
jiacstrap: raises 8332428 to 9132428 and is all-in
METZMAGNY: folds
h2oace: calls 8332428
*** FLOP *** [Td Qh 3d]
*** TURN *** [Td Qh 3d] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [Td Qh 3d Js] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
h2oace: shows [Kc Ts] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
jiacstrap: shows [5c As] (a pair of Queens)
h2oace collected 18984856 from pot

Going out in 3rd was “h2oace” who took home $105,771 after the chop, which is $18,000 more than a typical third place payout. He would get all in, eventually making a straight. However, it wasn’t quite good enough to beat the Ace-High straight from METZMAGNY:

Seat 5: METZMAGNY (28807502 in chips)
Seat 7: h2oace (29213046 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (20339452 in chips)
ldgii: posts small blind 400000
METZMAGNY: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
h2oace: raises 1600000 to 2400000
ldgii: calls 2000000
METZMAGNY: raises 8000000 to 10400000
h2oace: raises 18733046 to 29133046 and is all-in
ldgii: folds
METZMAGNY: calls 18327502 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (405544) returned to h2oace
*** FLOP *** [Jh 7c Qc]
*** TURN *** [Jh 7c Qc] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 7c Qc 4d] [Th]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
METZMAGNY: shows [Ks Ah] (a straight, Ten to Ace)
h2oace: shows [Kd 9d] (a straight, Nine to King)
METZMAGNY collected 60095004 from pot

Once play became Heads-Up, METZMAGNY had a large chiplead, and eventually would impose his will and take down first place and $147,822.  Idgii would finish in the runner-up spot, earning $104,841. Both players made less than they would have had they not chopped, but who knows how things would have worked out otherwise.  Here’s the final hand and payouts:

Seat 5: METZMAGNY (60557840 in chips)
Seat 8: ldgii (17802160 in chips)
METZMAGNY: posts the ante 100000
ldgii: posts the ante 100000
METZMAGNY: posts small blind 500000
ldgii: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
METZMAGNY: raises 3000000 to 4000000
ldgii: raises 13702160 to 17702160 and is all-in
METZMAGNY: calls 13702160
*** FLOP *** [7d Th Qd]
*** TURN *** [7d Th Qd] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [7d Th Qd Kh] [8c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ldgii: shows [5h 5s] (a pair of Fives)
METZMAGNY: shows [Ts 4s] (a pair of Tens)
METZMAGNY collected 35604320 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
7836 Entrants

1. METZMAGNY $147,822
2. ldgii $104,841
3. h2oace $105,771
4. jiacstrap $122,068
5. Stammdogg $55,635.60
6. dray313 $39,963.60
7. Papatri $27,426
8. aaaaaaaa $18,022.80
9. tickkid $10,970.40

The $530 buy-in $500k Guarnatee event continues to gain some steam, exceeding its guarantee for the second straight week.  1013 players would generate a prize pool of $506,500, leaving $91,980 to the winner.  Tourney specialist “t sporano” would make a nice run, but would bow out in 22nd.  “Gutshallin” would also miss out on the final two tables, busting in 19th.  Once play got down to heads-up it was between “dj_ponytale” and “frtk”.  Frtk had a nice chip lead, until he ran into an awful situation:

Seat 6: frtk (6191526 in chips)
Seat 9: dj_ponytale (3938474 in chips)
frtk: posts small blind 40000
dj_ponytale: posts big blind 80000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
frtk: raises 130000 to 210000
dj_ponytale: raises 430000 to 640000
frtk: raises 4480000 to 5120000
dj_ponytale: calls 3290474 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1189526) returned to frtk
*** FLOP *** [7c 9s 3h]
*** TURN *** [7c 9s 3h] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [7c 9s 3h 9d] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
dj_ponytale: shows [Ac As] (two pair, Aces and Nines)
frtk: shows [Td Ah] (a pair of Nines)
dj_ponytale collected 7876948 from pot

However, just a few hands later he would get some of those chips back:

Seat 6: frtk (2421052 in chips)
Seat 9: dj_ponytale (7708948 in chips)
frtk: posts small blind 40000
dj_ponytale: posts big blind 80000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
frtk: raises 130000 to 210000
dj_ponytale: raises 7490948 to 7700948 and is all-in
frtk: calls 2203052 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (5287896) returned to dj_ponytale
*** FLOP *** [5s 7c 6h]
*** TURN *** [5s 7c 6h] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [5s 7c 6h Kc] [6d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
dj_ponytale: shows [Jc Ad] (a pair of Sixes)
frtk: shows [Qs Qc] (two pair, Queens and Sixes)
frtk collected 4842104 from pot

After this pot, stacks would return to equal, and the heads-up battle would seemingly never end.   However, as the match passed the one-hour mark, a champion would be crowned:

Seat 6: frtk (8454104 in chips)
Seat 9: dj_ponytale (1675896 in chips)
frtk: posts the ante 10000
dj_ponytale: posts the ante 10000
frtk: posts small blind 50000
dj_ponytale: posts big blind 100000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
frtk: raises 170000 to 270000
dj_ponytale: calls 170000
*** FLOP *** [Kc Jd 3h]
dj_ponytale: checks
frtk: bets 280000
dj_ponytale: calls 280000
*** TURN *** [Kc Jd 3h] [5h]
dj_ponytale: checks
frtk: bets 500000
dj_ponytale: raises 615896 to 1115896 and is all-in
frtk: calls 615896
*** RIVER *** [Kc Jd 3h 5h] [4c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
dj_ponytale: shows [8c Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
frtk: shows [Kh 7d] (a pair of Kings)
frtk collected 3351792 from pot

PokerStars Sunday 500 $500k Guaranteed
1013 Entrants

1. frtk $91,980.40
2. dj_ponytale $66,858
3. rockets23 $50,650
4. Fold U Phish $37,987.50
5. mojave14 $26,591.25
6. jacstyk $21,526.25
7. JKLas Vegas $16,461.25
8. bigalpo $11,369.25
9. eisenhower1 $7091

The $200+$15 re-buy always generates a nice field and impressive final table.  This week was no exception.  333 high-rollers gambled on over 610 re-buys and 231 add-ons, eventually creating a $234,800 prize pool with $45,786 going to first.  A familiar face made it to heads-up “sms9231” who had a deep run in the Million last week, eventually finishing 3rd for $84,000.  Heads-up play would go back and forth and sms9231 would land a huge bluff, severely out-flopping “Beabsci” and his KK:

Seat 3: sms9231 (606196 in chips)
Seat 5: Belabacsi (1270304 in chips)
sms9231: posts small blind 8000
Belabacsi: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
sms9231: raises 19600 to 35600
Belabacsi: calls 19600
*** FLOP *** [Qd Qc 5h]
Belabacsi: checks
sms9231: bets 42000
Belabacsi: calls 42000
*** TURN *** [Qd Qc 5h] [5d]
Belabacsi: checks
sms9231: bets 87500
Belabacsi: calls 87500
*** RIVER *** [Qd Qc 5h 5d] [4c]
Belabacsi: checks
sms9231: bets 439496 and is all-in
Belabacsi: calls 439496
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sms9231: shows [Qh 8s] (a full house, Queens full of Fives)
Belabacsi: shows [Kd Ks] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
sms9231 collected 1212392 from pot

This would swing the momentum and the chiplead, and then the very next hand the tournament would be over:

Seat 3: sms9231 (1212392 in chips)
Seat 5: Belabacsi (664108 in chips)
Belabacsi: posts small blind 8000
sms9231: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Belabacsi: raises 24400 to 40400
sms9231: calls 24400
*** FLOP *** [Jc 2c Qd]
sms9231: checks
Belabacsi: checks
*** TURN *** [Jc 2c Qd] [Ks]
sms9231: bets 52000
Belabacsi: raises 81000 to 133000
sms9231: raises 955000 to 1088000
Belabacsi: calls 489108 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (465892) returned to sms9231
*** RIVER *** [Jc 2c Qd Ks] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sms9231: shows [Th 9c] (a straight, Nine to King)
Belabacsi: shows [Js Kc] (two pair, Kings and Jacks)
sms9231 collected 1328216 from pot

PokerStars $215r $200k Guaranteed
333 Entrants

1. sms9231 $45,786
2. Belabasci $34,633
3. nicksss $25,828
4. notsosilent $19,723
5. BOKPOWER $13,501
6. Michnak $10,566
7. gemen2006 $8218
8. DareYou2Call$5870
9. Traumatize $4109

The Stars $109r is usually a difficult, yet, rewarding tournament to win.  The $150,000 Guarantee was easily eclipsed after 440 players generated 1024 re-buys and 322 of them added on at the break.  Overall this would create a $178,600 prize pool, with nearly $35,000 going to first.  Taking that honor, was David “Bakes” Baker, who plays as “WhooooKidd” on PokerStars.  He has made our STR numerous times and is considered on of the best online tournament players around.  He won the Sunday 500 just three weeks ago for over $90,000 and this is his 6th lifetime score over $30,000.

The final hand was quite a crazy one, with Bakes flopping an OESD and mediocre flush draw against the nut-flush draw of daminacho2.  The turn would bring a perfect card for Bakes, the 4c, and he would hold up on the river to win the tournament.

Seat 7: WhooooKidd (1782508 in chips)
Seat 9: damiancho2 (1057492 in chips)
WhooooKidd: posts small blind 20000
damiancho2: posts big blind 40000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
WhooooKidd: raises 59880 to 99880
damiancho2: calls 59880
*** FLOP *** [8s 3s 5s]
damiancho2: bets 120000
WhooooKidd: calls 120000
*** TURN *** [8s 3s 5s] [4c]
damiancho2: bets 240000
WhooooKidd: raises 1318628 to 1558628 and is all-in
damiancho2: calls 593612 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (725016) returned to WhooooKidd
*** RIVER *** [8s 3s 5s 4c] [8c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
damiancho2: shows [As Jh] (a pair of Eights)
WhooooKidd: shows [6c 7s] (a straight, Four to Eight)
WhooooKidd collected 2114984 from pot

PokerStars $109r $150k Guaranteed
440 Entrants

1. WhooooKidd $34,380.50
2. damiancho2 $25,539.80
3. gboro780 $18,753
4. D1rtyR1v3r $14,288
5. LockdownTex $10,001.60
6. mario lira $7769.10
7. hoodini10 $5986.10
8. Traumatize $4197.10
9. VietCutie $3036.20

The latest starting tournament on PokerStars is the Sunday Second Chance, a $200+$15 buy-in,  $250,000 guaranteed tournament.  If this looks a bit off, that’s because Stars cut $50,000 out of the guarantee in what used to be a  $215 buy-in $300k tournament.  The tournament had been consistently underachieving player pool-wise, and with the drop it actually met its guarantee today.  1330 participants generated a $266,000 prize pool and a 1st place check of just over $48,000.  The last two standing were “lanfear23” and “PiZZa911” would eventually agree to an even chip chop for $41,708.80 each.  If the name lanfear23 sounds familiar it is because he won the Second Chance LAST WEEK.  Yes, back to back victories in the same Sunday major is quite an impressive feat.  He earns about $11,000 less than last week due to the chop and drop in the guarantee, but still, a nice way to end October and start November.  Third place finisher, and PokerStars Pro Hevad “RaiNKhAN” Khan, final tabled the 2007WSOP Main Event. High-stakes MTT Pro “Tmay420” also made the final table, but busted early, in 7th.

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1330 Entrants

1. Lanfear23 $41,708.80
2. PiZZa911 $41,708.80
3. RaiNKhAN $26,600
4. tanumfr $19,950
5. The_Spyder1 $13,965
6. Klassvaak888 $11,305
7. Tmay420 $8645
8. eaglemiles $5985
9. I_BLADE_U $3724

FullTilt’s Three Majors are the Sunday Brawl, a $256 KO event, and two $216 events, the $750k and Mulligan.  The great thing about FullTilt is a lot of their pros play, therefore everyone has a chance to play with some famous and very talented poker pros.  The first event is always the Brawl, a tournament in which players get paid for knocking other out!  In this event, each time someone knocks another competitor out they receive $40 on top of any money they might win in the event. This week, 1975 players generated a prize pool of $395,000, easily beating the $350k guarantee. A lot of FullTilt Red Pros played in the event, including WSOP Player of the year Allen Cunningham, multiple-bracelet winner Scott Fischman, and online phenom PearlJammer.  Only one pro would make the money, that honor goes to Michael Craig who busted in 81st.  Finishing in second was “LuckyLukeKK”.  He has had one other large cash in his career, a win in PokerRoom’s Euro Grand Prix for over $22,000.  This week he takes home nearly $54,000 for finishing in the runner-up spot.  Taking the crown and over $81,000 was “bellbop,” a player who does not have much of an online record to his/her name.  Either way it’s a nice score and congratulations goes to all who monied.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $350k Guaranteed
1975 Entrants

1. bellbop $81,370
2. LuckyLukeKK $53,720
3. $BotOFallBOTS $39,895
4. Sircall $31,205
5. princetendee $23,305
6. Akaperion $16,195
7. LTCM $ 9875
8. projectsoul $6715
9. donivan31 $4740

Next up in the rotation is the Sunday $750k, by far and away FullTilt’s biggest tournament of the week.  While it has the spotlight this week, in the next few weeks FTOPs returns, which will bring huge tournaments and even bigger guarantees!  This week a lot of Pros were on hand for the $750k; 31 to be exact.  522 players would eventually make the money, four of which were Red Pros. Once again S. Gromenkova would prove her worth, making a deep run, eventually busting in 30th for $2250.  Overall there were 3637 players who entered the event, forcing FullTilt to pay out $22,600 in overlay.  Once play got down to heads-up, “Kenretaard” and “sistabossen” would look to chop.

FullTilt Sunday $750k Guaranteed
3637 Entrants

1. sistabossen $132,787.50
2. KenRetaard $80,250
3. HojoMofo $
4. Tokenizer $
5. snoringbeagl $
6. choba5 $
7. KpKelly $
8. listerx $
9. bestdayever $

The final tournament on Full Tilt is the appropriately named Sunday Mulligan.  This $200+$16 buy-in $200k guaranteed event gives everyone a final shot at making a nice score on Sunday.  This week 1044 players entered, generating a $208,800 prize pool.  A lucky 13 FullTilt Pros played in the event, with a few making some nice runs.  Adam Schoenfeld and S. Gromenkova both made it to the final 30, finishing 29th and 25th respectively.  Online legends Jordan Morgan and “TheWacoKidd” both played but were unable to cash.  Eventual champion “0madison7” is no stranger to success on FullTilt, having narrowly missed winning an FTOPs event before, finishing 5th for over $17,000.  This time he was able to seal the deal, taking home the crown and $46,980 after he and “Young Buckka” both flopped top pair:

Seat 3: Young Buckka (1,469,858)
Seat 9: 0madison7 (1,662,142)
0madison7 posts the small blind of 20,000
Young Buckka posts the big blind of 40,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
0madison7 raises to 140,000
Young Buckka calls 100,000
*** FLOP *** [4h Qd 7d]
Young Buckka checks
0madison7 bets 200,000
Young Buckka calls 200,000
*** TURN *** [4h Qd 7d] [4s]
Young Buckka checks
0madison7 has 15 seconds left to act
0madison7 bets 500,000
Young Buckka calls 500,000
*** RIVER *** [4h Qd 7d 4s] [Ts]
Young Buckka bets 624,858, and is all in
0madison7 calls 624,858
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Young Buckka shows [Qc 9c] two pair, Queens and Fours
0madison7 shows [Qs Ad] two pair, Queens and Fours
0madison7 wins the pot (2,939,716) with two pair, Queens and Fours

Young Buckka would have to settle for second place and just over $30,000. Joseph “bigegypt” Elapayaa would take third and just over $22,000. He has won the PokerStars $109 and $215 re-buy as well as a second place finish over a year ago in the $750k Guaranteed on FullTilt.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1044 Entrants

1. 0madison7 $46,950
2. Young Buckka $30,276
3. bigegypt $22,446
4. teek_00 $17,226
5. ambi62 $13,050
6. porka2 $9396
7. dswdo $6264
8. JohnyCashOut2 $4698
9. GiveMeUrCookies $3340.80

As always, the Bodog $100k Guaranteed finishes off our list.  The tournament saw a nice increase in its player pool this week, attracting 750 players willing enough to pony up $100+$9.  While this is about a 100 player improvement, it still left Bodog with $25,000 in overlay.  Taking home the crown was “rathbboatn” who was able to outlast “ChoibaSiglo” for the win and a nice payday of $23,600.

Bodog $100k Guaranteed
750 Entrants

1. rathrbboatn $23,600
2. CohibaSiglo $13,600
3. Nels 316 $9100
4. danceforcash $7000
5. Homer_Jay $5700
6. skeptix $4500
7. Andix81 $3300
8. Macbeth_ $2200
9.  cusee $1300