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As 2009 comes to a close it seems online tournaments are on the rise.  After successful WCOOP and FTOPS events, both PokerStars and FullTilt seem to be having no problems filling up their major weekend tournaments.  At one point earlier this year every event seemed to be struggling to reach their guarantees.  However, the past few months have seen a bit of a resurgence, with every event surpassing their guarantees on a consistent basis.

This Sunday was kicked-off, as always, by the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars. The $750,000 guaranteed event has been on fire lately, having surpassed the $900,000 prize pool mark for over a month now.  Once again more than 4,500 players were on hand yesterday, creating a massive $905,200 prize pool, the second biggest of the day.  Unlike most of the other events, this tournament was not chopped as “cotrim333” took home the title and over $142,000.  While he hasn’t had a ton of success in major events, he did win the $109r on Stars last year for more than $22,000.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,526 Entrants; $905,200 prize pool

1. cotrim333 $142,010
2. joojeh816 $105,456
3. zweisieben $74,679
4. Ringelsdorf $51,144
5. dr.greenish $38,471
6. SirSwish6 $29,419
7. AtrophiedFin $20,367
8. undershade80 $11,315
9. teaspoon4582 $7,242

Typically the Sunday $500k or the $215r have the biggest names make their final tables.  However, this week the Sunday Million saw two big names in poker make deep runs.  PokerStars professional Hevad “RaiNKhAN” Khan, well known for his deep (and boisterous) run in the 2007 WSOP, finished in 8th place.  Khan was one of the first players to popularize multi-tabling SNGs on PokerStars.  In a moment now found on youtube, Khan was forced to submit video of himself playing 20+ tables to confirm he was not a robot.  Just years later he found himself at the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event, ultimately finishing in 6th place for $956,243.  Joining Khan was another player who has tasted major live tournament success.  Mark “newhizzle” Newhouse, winniner of the WPT Borgate Open in 2006 for $1,519,020, added another major title to his name.  Newhouse outlasted a big field in the Million to take down the title and over $245,000 in first-place money.

Below are the final table stacks, bust-out hands, and pay-outs:

Seat 1: Stev0L_ (7329307 in chips)
Seat 2: rockyone123 (28645587 in chips)
Seat 3: DeuceBuster (7090637 in chips)
Seat 4: troyones (2375282 in chips)
Seat 5: RaiNKhAN (6098972 in chips)
Seat 6: dyplo (1048384 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (19394266 in chips)
Seat 8: dylanmarks25 (2461479 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (9136086 in chips)

Seat 1: Stev0L_ (6604307 in chips)
Seat 2: rockyone123 (28770587 in chips)
Seat 3: DeuceBuster (7290637 in chips)
Seat 4: troyones (2275282 in chips)
Seat 5: RaiNKhAN (5998972 in chips)
Seat 6: dyplo (973384 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (20669266 in chips)
Seat 8: dylanmarks25 (2336479 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (8661086 in chips)
DeuceBuster: posts small blind 150000
troyones: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
RaiNKhAN: folds
dyplo: folds
newhizzle: folds
dylanmarks25: folds
Raindrops_69: raises 333678 to 633678
Stev0L_: raises 5940629 to 6574307 and is all-in
rockyone123: folds
DeuceBuster: folds
troyones: folds
Raindrops_69: calls 5940629
*** FLOP *** [Kh 9h 2h]
*** TURN *** [Kh 9h 2h] [Jh]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 9h 2h Jh] [Kc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Raindrops_69: shows [9c 9d] (a full house, Nines full of Kings)
Stev0L_: shows [7c 7d] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
Raindrops_69 collected 13868614 from pot

Seat 2: rockyone123 (28710587 in chips)
Seat 3: DeuceBuster (9956303 in chips)
Seat 4: troyones (1765282 in chips)
Seat 5: RaiNKhAN (5638972 in chips)
Seat 6: dyplo (913384 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (20009266 in chips)
Seat 8: dylanmarks25 (2276479 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (14309727 in chips)
RaiNKhAN: posts small blind 150000
dyplo: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
newhizzle: raises 300000 to 600000
dylanmarks25: folds
Raindrops_69: folds
rockyone123: calls 600000
DeuceBuster: folds
troyones: folds
RaiNKhAN: raises 5008972 to 5608972 and is all-in
dyplo: folds
newhizzle: folds
rockyone123: calls 5008972
*** FLOP *** [5d Ac 2h]
*** TURN *** [5d Ac 2h] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [5d Ac 2h 5h] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
RaiNKhAN: shows [Jc Js] (two pair, Jacks and Fives)
rockyone123: shows [Ks Kh] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
rockyone123 collected 12357944 from pot
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Seat 2: rockyone123 (28937140 in chips)
Seat 3: DeuceBuster (8376303 in chips)
Seat 4: troyones (3675846 in chips)
Seat 6: dyplo (2120304 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (26292263 in chips)
Seat 8: dylanmarks25 (926479 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (13251665 in chips)
newhizzle: posts small blind 200000
dylanmarks25: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Raindrops_69: folds
rockyone123: folds
DeuceBuster: raises 450000 to 850000
troyones: folds
dyplo: folds
newhizzle: folds
dylanmarks25: raises 36479 to 886479 and is all-in
DeuceBuster: calls 36479
*** FLOP *** [As 8h 7c]
*** TURN *** [As 8h 7c] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [As 8h 7c Jc] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
dylanmarks25: shows [5d 4d] (a pair of Aces)
DeuceBuster: shows [2d Ad] (three of a kind, Aces)
DeuceBuster collected 2252958 from pot

Seat 2: rockyone123 (29048260 in chips)
Seat 3: DeuceBuster (12271662 in chips)
Seat 4: troyones (1955846 in chips)
Seat 6: dyplo (1240304 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (26052263 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (13011665 in chips)
Raindrops_69: posts small blind 200000
rockyone123: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
DeuceBuster: folds
troyones: raises 1515846 to 1915846 and is all-in
dyplo: folds
newhizzle: folds
Raindrops_69: calls 1715846
rockyone123: folds
*** FLOP *** [8c 9h 3h]
*** TURN *** [8c 9h 3h] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [8c 9h 3h 9s] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Raindrops_69: shows [9c Ad] (three of a kind, Nines)
troyones: shows [Kd Kc] (two pair, Kings and Nines)
Raindrops_69 collected 4471692 from pot

Seat 2: rockyone123 (28608260 in chips)
Seat 3: DeuceBuster (12231662 in chips)
Seat 6: dyplo (1200304 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (26012263 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (15527511 in chips)
rockyone123: posts small blind 200000
DeuceBuster: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
dyplo: raises 760304 to 1160304 and is all-in
newhizzle: folds
Raindrops_69: folds
rockyone123: folds
DeuceBuster: calls 760304
*** FLOP *** [Jc 6d 5c]
*** TURN *** [Jc 6d 5c] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 6d 5c 4d] [Ad]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DeuceBuster: shows [Qc Ah] (a pair of Aces)
dyplo: shows [9d Js] (a pair of Jacks)
DeuceBuster collected 2720608 from pot

Seat 2: rockyone123 (26444936 in chips)
Seat 3: DeuceBuster (6504438 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (40832614 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (9798012 in chips)
rockyone123: posts small blind 400000
DeuceBuster: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
newhizzle: raises 800000 to 1600000
Raindrops_69: folds
rockyone123: folds
DeuceBuster: raises 4824438 to 6424438 and is all-in
newhizzle: calls 4824438
*** FLOP *** [2h 4c 3d]
*** TURN *** [2h 4c 3d] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [2h 4c 3d 3c] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DeuceBuster: shows [8c As] (a pair of Threes)
newhizzle: shows [Kc Js] (two pair, Jacks and Threes)
newhizzle collected 13568876 from pot

Seat 2: rockyone123 (26124936 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (47577052 in chips)
Seat 9: Raindrops_69 (9878012 in chips)
newhizzle: posts small blind 400000
Raindrops_69: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
rockyone123: folds
newhizzle: raises 46697052 to 47497052 and is all-in
Raindrops_69: calls 8998012 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (37699040) returned to newhizzle
*** FLOP *** [Qs As Qh]
*** TURN *** [Qs As Qh] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [Qs As Qh 4s] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
newhizzle: shows [Kh 5s] (a flush, Ace high)
Raindrops_69: shows [2c Ah] (two pair, Aces and Queens)
newhizzle collected 19836024 from pot

Seat 2: rockyone123 (26044936 in chips)
Seat 7: newhizzle (57535064 in chips)
newhizzle: posts small blind 400000
rockyone123: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
newhizzle: raises 800000 to 1600000
rockyone123: raises 2400000 to 4000000
newhizzle: raises 53455064 to 57455064 and is all-in
rockyone123: calls 21964936 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (31490128) returned to newhizzle
*** FLOP *** [6s 4c 4h]
*** TURN *** [6s 4c 4h] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [6s 4c 4h Qs] [2c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
rockyone123: shows [Ts Ac] (a pair of Fours)
newhizzle: shows [Jd Jh] (two pair, Jacks and Fours)

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8,358 Entrants; $1,671,600 prize pool

1. newhizzle $245,897
2. rockyone123 $179,697
3. Raindrops_69 $125,370
4. DeuceBuster $83,580
5. dyplo $66,864
6. troyones $50,148
7. dylanmarks25 $33,432
8. RaiNKhAN $18,388
9. Stev0L_ $12,955

The $500k on PokerStars took a small hit yesterday, as only 1,003 players entered one of the weekend’s more prestigious events. A few strong names were on hand at the final table including “KidPokerJD” who took down the Second Chance last year for $49,901. Coming into this final table he had over 20 $10,000+ scores to his name on PokerStars alone. Joining him was “PokerSavage1” who is becoming a bit of a regular on this report. This is the 2nd time he’s made a deep run in the $500k, finsihing in 3rd place in July for $48,000. He nearly won the $215r two weeks ago, taking 2nd place a $27,090. Second place finisher “Gwermort” has tasted final table success in the past, finishing in 5th in the Brawl on Fulltilt for more than $25,000 last month.

Seat 6: Edu__Parra (6210452 in chips)
Seat 8: Gwermort (3819548 in chips)
Edu__Parra: posts small blind 100000
Gwermort: posts big blind 200000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Edu__Parra: raises 250000 to 450000
Gwermort: raises 3349548 to 3799548 and is all-in
Edu__Parra: calls 3349548
*** FLOP *** [Kc Ks 8d]
*** TURN *** [Kc Ks 8d] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [Kc Ks 8d 2c] [6d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Gwermort: shows [Ah 6s] (two pair, Kings and Sixes)
Edu__Parra: shows [Qc Qh] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
Edu__Parra collected 7639096 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,003 Entrants; $501,500 prize pool

1. Edu___Parra $87,662
2. Gwermort $63,691
3. ValueH $47,643
4. PokerSavage1 $35,607
5. w00ki3z. $25,075
6. giRL90ihqdaa $20,060
7. KidPokerJD $15,045
8. analtmezer $10,030
9. Albertos2 $5,767

Plenty of big names in online poker found their way to the $215r final table yesterday. Jon “PearlJammer” Turner, a FullTilt sponsored professional finished in 3rd place for just under $20,000. 7th place finisher “Stevie444” won this very event in September for $45,920. Eventual winner “slammedfire” took down the 2nd biggest cash of his career. Earlier this year he nearly final-tabled the WCOOP Main Event, bubbling the final table in 10th place for $75,040. While he has a good amount of tournament success, he is also well known for being a mid-stakes cash game grinder, where he has played more than a million lifetime hands on PokerStars alone.

Table ‘237020019 20’ 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: cooltwister (647191 in chips)
Seat 4: slammedfire (755309 in chips)
cooltwister: posts the ante 700
slammedfire: posts the ante 700
slammedfire: posts small blind 3500
cooltwister: posts big blind 7000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
slammedfire: raises 747609 to 754609 and is all-in
cooltwister: calls 639491 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (108118) returned to slammedfire
*** FLOP *** [4d 4s Qc]
*** TURN *** [4d 4s Qc] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [4d 4s Qc Td] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
cooltwister: shows [Th 5c] (two pair, Tens and Fours)
slammedfire: shows [Ah Ts] (two pair, Tens and Fours – Ace kicker)
slammedfire collected 1294382 from pot

PokerStars $215r $150k Guaranteed
249 Entrants; $173,800 prize pool

1. slammedfire $31,217.95
2. cooltwister $30,481.05
3. PearlJammer $19,639.40
4. scarface_79 $14,773
5. danskemann $10,254.20
6. LuckyLady519 $7,821
7. stevie444 $6,083
8. Athanasios 9 $4,345
9. Comandr_Cool $3,041.50

Wrapping up another strong day of tournaments on PokerStars was the Second Chance. This tournament has been around forever, and continues to grow each and every week. Yesterday there were nearly enough players to create a $250,000 prize pool. Runner-up “GHSE00011364” added another five-figure score to his resume which include more than 10 cashes on PokerStars alone. The $32,933 cash was the biggest of his career, besting a win in the $11 Sunday $200k, also known as the Sunday Lottery. In that field he outlasted more than 29,000 competitors. Eventual winner “jamesms11” recorded the biggest score of his career, easily besting a win in the $33r for $12,000 in May.

Table ‘237020020 109’ 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 3: GHSE00011364 (1131907 in chips)
Seat 5: jamesms11 (2585093 in chips)
jamesms11: posts small blind 15000
GHSE00011364: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jamesms11: calls 15000
GHSE00011364: checks
*** FLOP *** [3c 9d 4h]
GHSE00011364: bets 30000
jamesms11: raises 90000 to 120000
GHSE00011364: raises 978907 to 1098907 and is all-in
jamesms11: calls 978907
*** TURN *** [3c 9d 4h] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [3c 9d 4h 9h] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GHSE00011364: shows [4c 3s] (two pair, Nines and Fours)
jamesms11: shows [3d 9c] (a full house, Nines full of Threes)
jamesms11 collected 2263814 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $200k Guaranteed
1,239 Entrants; $247,800 prize pool

1. jamesms11 $45,223.50
2. GHSE900011364 $32,932.62
3. Schildy1984 $24,780
4. Turko_man $18,585
5. fish2013 $13,009.50
6. Cairns1987 $10,531.50
7. Goral $8,053.50
8. Elektrikas $5,575.50
9. Kajzer Sose $3,469.20

The Sunday Brawl started things off on FullTilt yesterday, as 2,601 players created a $520,200 prize pool. Ever since the guarantee was bumped up to $400,000, the Brawl has had no troubles surpassing the half-million mark. Twenty-five of FullTilt’s finest professionals were on hand, including Vitaly Lunkin, Allen Cunningham, and Erica Schoenberg. In fact, one of FullTilt’s “red pros” made the final table. Eunjong Byun is one of the newest FullTilt professionals and a former StarCraft pro gamer. This was actually the 2nd time he’s made the final table of the Brawl in the past 4 months, as he took 5th place for just under $25,000 in September. Joining Byun was another strong professional in top-25 ranked Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek who took the best part of a 4-way deal, earning $82,408. This was the 6th $50,000+ cash of his career, joining a win in the Second Chance on PokerStars as his other major win.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $400k Guaranteed
2,601 Entrants; $520,200 prize pool

1. lancer0410 $57,953
2. Ecliptica89 $64,380
3. bigdogpckt5s $82,408
4. JUMP PUTT $57,440
5. Hannes64 $26,530
6. TheoWalcott14 $17,687
7. mahowny $11,965
8. Eunjong Byun $8,323
9. RandomInfluence $6,242

The $750k has been relegated to the 3rd biggest tournament lately. Finding itself now behind both the Million and Warm-Up on Stars, the $750k has been consistently in the $750,000 to $800,000 prize pool zone. This week was no different as 3,787 players created a $757,400 prize pool, well behind the $900k+ from the Warm-Up. If FullTilt were to look at areas to improve attendance, they might want to start in their own house. Only 25 FullTilt Professionals played the $750k yesterday, one of the lowest turnouts in recent memory. Even the pros that registered didn’t seem ready to play, as none made it inside the top 100.

Just like the Brawl the $750k came down to a chip-chop. This time only two players, “pat4ak2” and “tablepiece” decided to split the remaining prize pool. This was the biggest score of both players career and their first major Sunday success.

FullTilt Sunday $750k Guaranteed
3,787 Entrants; $757,400 prize pool

1. tablepiece $111,320
2. pat4ak2 $103,820
3. Brendo78 $53,018
4. hotlanta61 $41,808
5. OJ Limpsin $31,356
6. caytanya $23,252
7. RakeRacer $17,420
8. volvic976 $13,633
9. MattElsarelli $10,149

Finishing a big day of online events was the Sunday Mulligan on FullTilt. Mike “Timex” McDonald, a FullTilt sponsored professional, made a deep run before busting in 19th place. Stuart Paterson, another red pro, also found himself fighting for the final table until he went out in 15th place. Michael “worldsgrtest” Banducci found his way to the final table, taking home $9,801 for his 6th place finish. That score was merely the 8th biggest of his career, well behind a $48,000 cash for a 5th place finish in the SCOOP $800k in April. He has had some Sunday success in the past, taking 3rd in the $500k for $47,500 just two weeks ago. Mulligan winner “sh4rrK” nearly won the $750k in June, finishing in 3rd place for $54,250.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,090 Entrants; $218,000 prize pool

1. sh4rrK $49,050
2. Beligma $31,610
3. JBT449 $23,435
4. Yankees31 $17,985
5 .RIP Hasso $13,625
6. worldsgrtest $9,810
7. Flatlander88 $6,540
8. imperior $4,905
9. kingtitts $3,488