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Online tournaments appear to be gaining momentum as this Sunday was another big day with many tournaments easily exceeding their guarantees.  The major attraction of the day was the Full Tilt $1,000,000 guarantee tournament.  This $500+$35 buy-in event took the place of the $200+$16 $750,000 guaranteed tournament.  PokerStars continued to have great success with all five of its big Sunday tournaments reaching their guarantees.

Starting off this Sunday was the $750,000 guaranteed PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up.   This week 4,180 players entered the $200+$15 buy-in event creating a prize pool of $836,000.  The Sunday Warm-Up seems to have caught a nice boost from the $1M guarantee it paid at the end of 2008.  Since that tournament ran, the Warm-Up seems to have been attracting over 4,000 entrants.  There was quite an interesting dynamic at the final table, with “SpaceyFCB” and “IM CRU” seemingly battling back and forth the entire time.  It was only fitting that the two would make it to heads-up play, with SpaceyFCB eventually coming out on top:

Seat 4: SpaceyFCB (26390218 in chips)
Seat 5: IM CRU (15409782 in chips)
IM CRU: posts small blind 150000
SpaceyFCB: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
IM CRU: raises 600000 to 900000
SpaceyFCB: calls 600000
*** FLOP *** [3d Kh 2s]
SpaceyFCB: checks
IM CRU: bets 900000
SpaceyFCB: raises 1500000 to 2400000
IM CRU: raises 4800000 to 7200000
SpaceyFCB: raises 18260218 to 25460218 and is all-in
IM CRU: calls 7279782 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (10980436) returned to SpaceyFCB
*** TURN *** [3d Kh 2s] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [3d Kh 2s 7h] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
SpaceyFCB: shows [2c 2d] (three of a kind, Deuces)
IM CRU: shows [Th Ks] (a pair of Kings)
SpaceyFCB collected 30819564 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4180 Entrants; $836,000 prize pool

1. SpaceyFCB $107,844
2. IM CRU $75,240
3. sanuk7 $50,160
4. Sibirn $41,800
5. cjf123 $33,440
6. wtfsvi $25,080
7. Gripen $16,720
8. Montilja $10,450
9. wieselsen $6,771.60

Kicking off FullTilt’s big day was the $240+$16 Sunday Brawl.  The Brawl is a special tournament where players receive money for knocking out their opponents.  In this “knock-out” style event each player receives $40 per player busted.  This week, 18 FullTilt Red Pros played in the event, with “S Gromenkova” getting the deepest, eventually finishing in 47th place.  Here were the stack going into the final table:

Seat 1: puuusling (235,312)
Seat 2: CrazyEdi (403,408)
Seat 3: CGMAN09 (1,133,823)
Seat 4: MrRenniW (740,268)
Seat 5: AlexKolt (492,712)
Seat 6: chicagocards1 (1,065,960)
Seat 7: Raisin Daisy (855,806)
Seat 8: mrw8419 (661,757)
Seat 9: Klausen (737,954)

Heads-up play would eventually come down to “CGMAN09” and “MrRenniw.”  Both players have very little history playing on FullTilt, therefore it’s quite obvious these were to be their biggest cashes ever.  Much like every other tournament, it came down to a coin flip, with CGMAN09 hitting a straight on the river to win:

Seat 3: CGMAN09 (4,270,344)
Seat 4: MrRenniW (2,056,656)
CGMAN09 antes 10,000
MrRenniW antes 10,000
MrRenniW posts the small blind of 50,000
CGMAN09 posts the big blind of 100,000
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MrRenniW raises to 220,000
CGMAN09 has 15 seconds left to act
CGMAN09 raises to 4,260,344, and is all in
MrRenniW calls 1,826,656, and is all in
CGMAN09 shows [Kh Ac]
MrRenniW shows [8s 8h]
Uncalled bet of 2,213,688 returned to CGMAN09
*** FLOP *** [Jc Qd 2s]
*** TURN *** [Jc Qd 2s] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [Jc Qd 2s 3h] [Td]
CGMAN09 shows a straight, Ace high
MrRenniW shows a pair of Eights
CGMAN09 wins the pot (4,113,312) with a straight, Ace high

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $350k Guaranteed
2109 Entrants; $421,800 prize pool

1. CGMAN09 $86,026.11
2. MrRenniW $55,677.60
3. chicagocards1 $41,366.40
4. Raisin Daisy $31,213.20
5. Klausen $21,933.60
6. AlexKolt $14,341.20
7. mrw8419 $9,701.40
8. CrazyEdi $6,748.80
9. puuusling $5,061.60

The FullTilt Million saw a nice showing and an ever better final table field.  29 FullTilt Red Pros entered and Allen Cunningham, former WSOP POY, would make the deepest run, finishing in 66th place.  There were plenty of big names making deep runs but only one, “gboro780” would make it down to heads-up play.  Others making nice runs were “JCarver,” “D1rtyR1v3r,” “OnceUponAStar” and “Charder30.”  Unfortunately none of these big MTT names would make the final table.  It was left to gboro780, the 4th ranked MTT online pro, to take one home for the pros.  This tournament marks an impressive point in his career; it was his 30th five-figure score.  He has won the $100r for over $70,000 on PokerStars and placed 2nd in the $1k Monday on FullTilt for over $64,000. Stacks were fairly even when “bigdennys” 2pr held against gboro’s flush draw.  The tournament finished just one hand later:

Seat 5: bigdennys (10,683,536)
Seat 6: gboro780 (551,464)
bigdennys posts the small blind of 60,000
gboro780 posts the big blind of 120,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bigdennys raises to 10,668,536, and is all in
gboro780 calls 416,464, and is all in
bigdennys shows [8c 7d]
gboro780 shows [Kd 6s]
Uncalled bet of 10,132,072 returned to bigdennys
*** FLOP *** [As 7c Js]
*** TURN *** [As 7c Js] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [As 7c Js 3d] [Qh]
bigdennys shows a pair of Sevens
gboro780 shows Ace King high
bigdennys wins the pot (1,102,928) with a pair of Sevens

FullTilt Sunday $1M Guaranteed
2,247 Entrants; $1,123,500 prize pool

1. bigdennys $206,106.08
2. gboro780 $126,506.10
3. pokerfiend48 $82,801.95
4. 4kappa $66,061.80
5. luckbox $49,995.75
6. icefisherman5 $35,952
7. shhhookem $26,402.25
8. callcallfold $20,672.40
9. jkerr31 $15,729

Never to take a back seat to any tournament, the PokerStars $1.5M Guaranteed saw another week of growth, once again paying $200,000+ to its winner.  This week, 8260 of the world’s best poker players created a $1,652,000 prize pool with $200,057.20 for first.  Unfortunately, like most weeks the tournament would get chopped, this time when play was down to heads-up.  There were some “interesting” plays at the final table to say the least, including eventual 3rd place finisher “twopairdad” who seemed to be splashing around his chips quite a bit (see 8th place knock out for more evidence).  Here are the final table stacks, all 8 bust-out hands, and results:

Seat 1: dyeti (5459890 in chips)
Seat 2: play2call (7921473 in chips)
Seat 3: Raccabacka (4982369 in chips)
Seat 4: Oracle MCA (11041821 in chips)
Seat 5: LosChief (12200744 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (8614498 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (18272833 in chips)
Seat 8: AngeL_fH (9848917 in chips)
Seat 9: swifterjet (4257455 in chips)

Seat 1: dyeti (3664890 in chips)
Seat 2: play2call (7026473 in chips)
Seat 3: Raccabacka (4182870 in chips)
Seat 4: Oracle MCA (8551821 in chips)
Seat 5: LosChief (14164743 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (9322943 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (20458833 in chips)
Seat 8: AngeL_fH (10939197 in chips)
Seat 9: swifterjet (4288230 in chips)
play2call: posts small blind 150000
Raccabacka: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Oracle MCA: folds
LosChief: folds
Birdstone44: folds
twopairdad: raises 600000 to 900000
AngeL_fH: folds
swifterjet: folds
dyeti: folds
play2call: folds
Raccabacka: raises 3252870 to 4152870 and is all-in
twopairdad: calls 3252870
*** FLOP *** [2d 5h 6c]
*** TURN *** [2d 5h 6c] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [2d 5h 6c 8d] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Raccabacka: shows [3h 3s] (a pair of Threes)
twopairdad: shows [5s Ad] (a pair of Fives)
twopairdad collected 8725740 from pot

Seat 1: dyeti (3544890 in chips)
Seat 2: play2call (6756473 in chips)
Seat 4: Oracle MCA (8281821 in chips)
Seat 5: LosChief (16175243 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (8277718 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (24611703 in chips)
Seat 8: AngeL_fH (10783922 in chips)
Seat 9: swifterjet (4168230 in chips)
twopairdad: posts small blind 200000
AngeL_fH: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
swifterjet: folds
dyeti: folds
play2call: raises 400000 to 800000
Oracle MCA: folds
LosChief: folds
Birdstone44: folds
twopairdad: calls 600000
AngeL_fH: raises 1185500 to 1985500
play2call: folds
twopairdad: calls 1185500
*** FLOP *** [2d 2h 5s]
twopairdad: bets 400000
AngeL_fH: raises 1595000 to 1995000
twopairdad: calls 1595000
*** TURN *** [2d 2h 5s] [3h]
twopairdad: checks
AngeL_fH: bets 2995775
twopairdad: raises 2995775 to 5991550
AngeL_fH: raises 771872 to 6763422 and is all-in
twopairdad: calls 771872
*** RIVER *** [2d 2h 5s 3h] [Th]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
twopairdad: shows [4h Ah] (a flush, Ace high)
AngeL_fH: shows [Ac As] (two pair, Aces and Deuces)
twopairdad collected 22607844 from pot
Seat 1: dyeti (10140670 in chips)
Seat 2: play2call (4166473 in chips)
Seat 4: Oracle MCA (6458692 in chips)
Seat 5: LosChief (19002563 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (7107718 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (29303804 in chips)
Seat 9: swifterjet (6420080 in chips)
swifterjet: posts small blind 250000
dyeti: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
play2call: raises 3616473 to 4116473 and is all-in
Oracle MCA: raises 2292219 to 6408692 and is all-in
LosChief: folds
Birdstone44: folds
twopairdad: folds
swifterjet: folds
dyeti: folds
Uncalled bet (2292219) returned to Oracle MCA
*** FLOP *** [5d Qc Td]
*** TURN *** [5d Qc Td] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [5d Qc Td 2s] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
play2call: shows [4d 4c] (a pair of Fours)
Oracle MCA: shows [Jc Ad] (a pair of Aces)
Oracle MCA collected 9332946 from pot

Seat 1: dyeti (1700670 in chips)
Seat 4: Oracle MCA (9305165 in chips)
Seat 5: LosChief (42445126 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (8177718 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (16091241 in chips)
Seat 9: swifterjet (4880080 in chips)
LosChief: posts small blind 300000
Birdstone44: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
twopairdad: folds
swifterjet: folds
dyeti: raises 1040670 to 1640670 and is all-in
Oracle MCA: folds
LosChief: calls 1340670
Birdstone44: folds
*** FLOP *** [6h 4s 7s]
*** TURN *** [6h 4s 7s] [Ts]
*** RIVER *** [6h 4s 7s Ts] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LosChief: shows [Jd Js] (two pair, Jacks and Sevens)
dyeti: shows [Ks Td] (two pair, Tens and Sevens)
LosChief collected 4241340 from pot

Seat 4: Oracle MCA (365095 in chips)
Seat 5: LosChief (46695796 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (4477718 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (15491241 in chips)
Seat 9: swifterjet (15570150 in chips)
Oracle MCA: posts small blind 285095 and is all-in
LosChief: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Birdstone44: folds
twopairdad: calls 800000
swifterjet: folds
LosChief: checks
*** FLOP *** [9s 7d 4d]
LosChief: checks
twopairdad: checks
*** TURN *** [9s 7d 4d] [Ad]
LosChief: checks
twopairdad: checks
*** RIVER *** [9s 7d 4d Ad] [4h]
LosChief: checks
twopairdad: bets 1600000
LosChief: folds
Uncalled bet (1600000) returned to twopairdad
*** SHOW DOWN ***
twopairdad: shows [4c Kd] (three of a kind, Fours)
twopairdad collected 1029810 from side pot
Oracle MCA: shows [Ah Jc] (two pair, Aces and Fours)
twopairdad collected 1255285 from main pot
Seat 5: LosChief (46535796 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (28230876 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (5008616 in chips)
Seat 9: swifterjet (2824712 in chips)
twopairdad: posts small blind 400000
swifterjet: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
LosChief: folds
Birdstone44: folds
twopairdad: raises 800000 to 1600000
swifterjet: raises 1144712 to 2744712 and is all-in
twopairdad: calls 1144712
*** FLOP *** [Qh Ks Td]
*** TURN *** [Qh Ks Td] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [Qh Ks Td 8s] [4c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
twopairdad: shows [As Ah] (a pair of Aces)
swifterjet: shows [5s Jh] (high card King)
twopairdad collected 5809424 from pot

Seat 5: LosChief (45975796 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (27270876 in chips)
Seat 7: twopairdad (9353328 in chips)
Birdstone44: posts small blind 400000
twopairdad: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
LosChief: folds
Birdstone44: raises 26390876 to 27190876 and is all-in
twopairdad: calls 8473328 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (17917548) returned to Birdstone44
*** FLOP *** [Jc 8s 6s]
*** TURN *** [Jc 8s 6s] [Tc]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 8s 6s Tc] [9d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Birdstone44: shows [Kh Qh] (a straight, Nine to King)
twopairdad: shows [3h 3c] (a pair of Threes)
Birdstone44 collected 18786656 from pot
Seat 5: LosChief (69415796 in chips)
Seat 6: Birdstone44 (13184204 in chips)
Birdstone44: posts small blind 500000
LosChief: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Birdstone44: raises 12084204 to 13084204 and is all-in
LosChief: calls 12084204
*** FLOP *** [As 9c Ts]
*** TURN *** [As 9c Ts] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [As 9c Ts 5s] [8d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LosChief: shows [Kc 5c] (a pair of Fives)
Birdstone44: shows [Js Kh] (high card Ace)
LosChief collected 26368408 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8260 Entrants; $1,652,000 prize pool

1. LosChief $183134.80
2. Birdstone44 $151560.40
3. twopairdad $91,686
4. swifterjet $74,340
5. Oracle MCA $57,820
6. dyeti $41,300
7. play2call $28,910
8. Angel_fH $18,988
9. Raccabacka $11,564

The FullTilt Sunday Mulligan had some impressive names make its final table including Luke “IWEARGOGGLES” Staudenmaier and Clayton “Clayton_27” Newman.  Staudenmaier has made a WPT final table and Newman placed 2nd for over $200,000 in the FTOPs Main Event that FTR Member “Chardrian” finished 3rd in.  Both players had nice stacks entering the final table but the poker gods were unkind as Staudenmire would bust in 4th and Newman would go out in 6th place.  Luckily for Newman, we’ll hear more from him later in the report.  Heads-up play came down to “cwizzlefoshizzl” and “Intervention.”  Here’s the final hand:

Seat 2: cwizzlefoshizzl (2,995,538)
Seat 7: Intervention (808,462)
cwizzlefoshizzl posts the small blind of 20,000
Intervention posts the big blind of 40,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
cwizzlefoshizzl raises to 130,000
Intervention raises to 803,462, and is all in
cwizzlefoshizzl calls 673,462
Intervention shows [Ac 9s]
cwizzlefoshizzl shows [Ts Qs]
*** FLOP *** [6s Js 8h]
*** TURN *** [6s Js 8h] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [6s Js 8h 9c] [Kc]
Intervention shows a pair of Nines
cwizzlefoshizzl shows a straight, King high
cwizzlefoshizzl wins the pot (1,616,924) with a straight, King high

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1268 Entrants; $253,600 prize pool

1. cwizzlefoshizzl $55,792
2. Intervention $35,504
3. Wrtechy $26,120.80
4. IWEARGOGGLES $20,605
5. drw2k6 $15,850
6. Clayton_27 $11,412
7. kabutze $7,608
8. The Chosen Wun $5,706
9. Cancun Master $4,057.60

The PokerStars Sunday 500 had another great final table this week including Peter “Apathy123” Jetten and “Raszi.”  Unfortunately for the railbirds, both players went out fairly early, finishing in 7th and 8th place respectively.  The 500 had been struggling to reach its guarantee the past few weeks, but easily made it this Sunday with 1049 entrants.  This meant that the $95,249.20 guaranteed for first came down to “cwp394” and “Pappe_Ruk.”  Pappe_Ruk had some nice success in 2008, profiting over $30,000 for the year on PokerStars alone.  CWP is no stranger to success on PokerStars as he won Event #3 of the WCOOP this past September.  Luck was with him again as he would outlast Pappe_Ruk for first place and the title:

Seat 2: cwp394 (7583833 in chips)
Seat 4: Pappe_Ruk (2906167 in chips)
Pappe_Ruk: posts small blind 25000
cwp394: posts big blind 50000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Pappe_Ruk: raises 100000 to 150000
cwp394: calls 100000
*** FLOP *** [Tc 4c 2h]
cwp394: checks
Pappe_Ruk: bets 200000
cwp394: raises 7228833 to 7428833 and is all-in
Pappe_Ruk: calls 2551167 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (4677666) returned to cwp394
*** TURN *** [Tc 4c 2h] [Ah]
*** RIVER *** [Tc 4c 2h Ah] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
cwp394: shows [8s 4s] (a pair of Fours)
Pappe_Ruk: shows [2d Jh] (a pair of Deuces)

PokerStars Sunday 500 $500k Guaranteed
1049 Entrants; $524,500 prize pool

1. cwp394 $95,249.20
2. Pappe_Ruk $69,234
3. kaisersaus $52,450
4. dropkick84 $39,337.50
5. Metsfan512 $27,536.25
6. kleath $22,291.25
7. Apathy123 $17,046.25
8. RaSZi $11,801.25
9. Miltyj55 $7,343

Another event which always brings some big names to the final table is the $215 re-buy on PokerStars.  A good amount of well-known pros made deep runs including “ender555,” “gboro780,” “intervntion,” and “rdcrsn.” One of these players, rdcrsn would make it to heads-up play against “floien.”  Rdcrsn is one of the biggest winners in online poker, having made over $218,000 in 2008.  He tends to play only big buy-in tournaments, as well as re-buy events over $100.  This win marked his 3rd victory in the 215r on PokerStars.  Here’s the final hand:

Seat 2: fløien (326048 in chips)
Seat 4: rdcrsn (1567952 in chips)
rdcrsn: posts small blind 15000
fløien: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
rdcrsn: raises 480000 to 510000
fløien: calls 293048 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (186952) returned to rdcrsn
*** FLOP *** [9d 5s Ts]
*** TURN *** [9d 5s Ts] [7d]
*** RIVER *** [9d 5s Ts 7d] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
fløien: shows [Kc Ac] (a pair of Fives)
rdcrsn: shows [6d 6c] (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
rdcrsn collected 652096 from pot

PokerStars $215r $200k Guaranteed
350 Entrants;  $236,400 prize pool

1. rdcrsn $46,089
2. floien $34,869
3. intervntion $26,004
4. JTD DOG $19,857.60
5. stockcar99 $13,593
6. bfineman $10,638
7. Hikkespett $8,274
8. thedonator $5,910
9. nitbuster $4,137

The final event of the day is the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance.  A second chance is precisely what Clayton Newman got this Sunday, as his PokerStars moniker “cnew27” would take down the title and over $50,000 in first place money:

Seat 4: cnew27 (2606589 in chips)
Seat 9: fafa39 (1764411 in chips)
cnew27: posts the ante 6000
fafa39: posts the ante 6000
fafa39: posts small blind 30000
cnew27: posts big blind 60000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
fafa39: raises 120000 to 180000
cnew27: raises 2420589 to 2600589 and is all-in
fafa39: calls 1578411 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (842178) returned to cnew27
*** FLOP *** [9d Qh Qc]
*** TURN *** [9d Qh Qc] [Qd]
*** RIVER *** [9d Qh Qc Qd] [7c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
cnew27: shows [Ks Kc] (a full house, Queens full of Kings)
fafa39: shows [7s Ah] (a full house, Queens full of Sevens)
cnew27 collected 3528822 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1457 Entrants; $291,400 prize pool

1. cnew27 $52,685.12
2. fafa39 $38,173.40
3. supadphat $29,140
4. zetagreg $21,855
5. Mr_Farfles $15,298.50
6. ryanbluf $12,384.50
7. NewsKoooL $9,470.50
8. kAmikAdZeEe $6,556.50
9. PaPaDoC719 $4,079.60