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Online tournaments keep churning towards 2010.  FullTilt bolstered online attendance this weekend by running a smaller buy-in tournament series, Mini FTOPS XIV.  The series allowed players with smaller bankrolls a chance to play for big prizes as even some $10 tournaments had first place checks in excess of $30,000.

Major tournaments on PokerStars were unfortunately riddled by a day of chip-chops. Almost every major tournament was decided before the final hand was dealt as players took the safe route once reaching their final tables. The day began with the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars which continues to crush its $750,000 guarantee. For the past few months this tournament has been toying with the $1,000,000 prize pool mark, but it just keeps falling short.  Unfortunately yesterday was more of the same as 4,621 players created a $924,200 prize pool, good for the 3rd biggest of the day behind the Million on both FullTilt and Stars.  The final table was without any apparent big names, and as was the theme of the day, the final four players chopped the remaining prize pool leaving “jdawg217” with the biggest piece of the pie.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,621 Entrants; $924,200 prize pool

1. jdawg217 $116,916.77
2. danny04 $109,460.95
3. Nontoxx $79,698.03
4. OSHREK $75,048.06
5. G A W $39,278.50
6. LastChance11 $30,036.50
7. Frassefisk $20,794.50
8. BrainBug75 $11,552.50
9. taugonut $7,393.60

Much like the Warm-Up, the Sunday Million was also chopped. In this case the final three players took chip-adjusted numbers and battled it out for the remaining $30,000.  One of the biggest names in online poker, Chris “Moorman1” Moorman made the final table but busted in 8th place for just under $19,000.  Moorman is consistently ranked inside the top-10 and has 17 cashes in excess of $20,000 to his name.  He has seen big success in major events, including a 2nd place finish in August’s FTOPS Event 17 for $204,000 and a final table appearance in the SCOOP $10k Main Event for $112,950 in April.  Michael “dapalma50” Palma took 2nd place after the chop for more than $206,000.  This was the biggest score of his career, well ahead of a win in the $109r in October for $76,439.

Seat 1: dapalma150 (9731234 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (10358040 in chips)
Seat 3: munson1049 (13851280 in chips)
Seat 4: YaaGy (3639487 in chips)
Seat 5: traneren (8882367 in chips)
Seat 6: BigFlopper01 (5401002 in chips)
Seat 7: Moorman1 (17113695 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (12651199 in chips)
Seat 9: indio1 (3771696 in chips)

Seat 1: dapalma150 (12451234 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (14496080 in chips)
Seat 3: munson1049 (13336793 in chips)
Seat 4: YaaGy (6268974 in chips)
Seat 5: traneren (6572367 in chips)
Seat 6: BigFlopper01 (11509782 in chips)
Seat 7: Moorman1 (7731999 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (9052419 in chips)
Seat 9: indio1 (3980352 in chips)
indio1: posts small blind 250000
dapalma150: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
moorzer: folds
munson1049: folds
YaaGy: raises 5718974 to 6218974 and is all-in
traneren: folds
BigFlopper01: folds
Moorman1: folds
hassan77: folds
indio1: folds
dapalma150: calls 5718974
*** FLOP *** [2h 3s 3c]
*** TURN *** [2h 3s 3c] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [2h 3s 3c 5s] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
dapalma150: shows [Td Th] (two pair, Tens and Threes)
YaaGy: shows [Qs As] (a pair of Threes)
dapalma150 collected 13137948 from pot

Seat 1: dapalma150 (18790208 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (11138303 in chips)
Seat 3: munson1049 (13586793 in chips)
Seat 5: traneren (5342367 in chips)
Seat 6: BigFlopper01 (13754226 in chips)
Seat 7: Moorman1 (8181999 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (11205752 in chips)
Seat 9: indio1 (3400352 in chips)
Moorman1: posts small blind 300000
hassan77: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
indio1: folds
dapalma150: folds
moorzer: folds
munson1049: folds
traneren: folds
BigFlopper01: folds
Moorman1: raises 7521999 to 8121999 and is all-in
hassan77: calls 7521999
*** FLOP *** [8h 8d 4c]
*** TURN *** [8h 8d 4c] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [8h 8d 4c 6s] [Ad]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Moorman1: shows [Qs Jd] (a pair of Eights)
hassan77: shows [7c As] (two pair, Aces and Eights)
hassan77 collected 16723998 from pot

Seat 1: dapalma150 (20410208 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (12702747 in chips)
Seat 3: munson1049 (13706793 in chips)
Seat 5: traneren (4442367 in chips)
Seat 6: BigFlopper01 (13329782 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (18007751 in chips)
Seat 9: indio1 (2800352 in chips)
traneren: posts small blind 300000
BigFlopper01: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
hassan77: folds
indio1: raises 2140352 to 2740352 and is all-in
dapalma150: folds
moorzer: folds
munson1049: folds
traneren: raises 1642015 to 4382367 and is all-in
BigFlopper01: folds
Uncalled bet (1642015) returned to traneren
*** FLOP *** [Qs Tc 8c]
*** TURN *** [Qs Tc 8c] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [Qs Tc 8c Js] [Jh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
traneren: shows [Ac Jd] (three of a kind, Jacks)
indio1: shows [7c 7d] (two pair, Jacks and Sevens)
traneren collected 6500704 from pot

Seat 1: dapalma150 (20336875 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (16629413 in chips)
Seat 3: munson1049 (13706793 in chips)
Seat 5: traneren (7242719 in chips)
Seat 6: BigFlopper01 (10736449 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (16747751 in chips)
traneren: posts small blind 300000
BigFlopper01: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
hassan77: folds
dapalma150: raises 900000 to 1500000
moorzer: folds
munson1049: folds
traneren: raises 5682719 to 7182719 and is all-in
BigFlopper01: folds
dapalma150: calls 5682719
*** FLOP *** [5s 5d Ts]
*** TURN *** [5s 5d Ts] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [5s 5d Ts Td] [Jh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
traneren: shows [Kd Kc] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
dapalma150: shows [Ac Ah] (two pair, Aces and Tens)
dapalma150 collected 15325438 from pot

Seat 1: dapalma150 (32019594 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (14738826 in chips)
Seat 3: munson1049 (9746793 in chips)
Seat 6: BigFlopper01 (8276449 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (20618338 in chips)
munson1049: posts small blind 400000
BigFlopper01: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
hassan77: folds
dapalma150: raises 1100000 to 1900000
moorzer: folds
munson1049: raises 7766793 to 9666793 and is all-in
BigFlopper01: folds
dapalma150: calls 7766793
*** FLOP *** [2h 4s 3c]
*** TURN *** [2h 4s 3c] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [2h 4s 3c 4d] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
munson1049: shows [Kd Qh] (two pair, Fours and Threes)
dapalma150: shows [Ac Ah] (two pair, Aces and Fours)
dapalma150 collected 20533586 from pot

Seat 1: dapalma150 (42806387 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (14658826 in chips)
Seat 6: BigFlopper01 (7396449 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (20538338 in chips)
hassan77: posts small blind 400000
dapalma150: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
moorzer: calls 800000
BigFlopper01: raises 6516449 to 7316449 and is all-in
hassan77: folds
dapalma150: folds
moorzer: calls 6516449
*** FLOP *** [6c Jc 2h]
*** TURN *** [6c Jc 2h] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [6c Jc 2h Qs] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
moorzer: shows [Ks Kd] (a pair of Kings)
BigFlopper01: shows [Kh Jd] (a pair of Jacks)
moorzer collected 16152898 from pot

Seat 1: dapalma150 (26588049 in chips)
Seat 2: moorzer (18135275 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (40676676 in chips)
moorzer: posts small blind 400000
hassan77: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
dapalma150: raises 1150000 to 1950000
moorzer: calls 1550000
hassan77: folds
*** FLOP *** [Qh Tc 9s]
moorzer: checks
dapalma150: bets 1993334
moorzer: calls 1993334
*** TURN *** [Qh Tc 9s] [3s]
moorzer: bets 14111941 and is all-in
dapalma150: calls 14111941
*** RIVER *** [Qh Tc 9s 3s] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
moorzer: shows [Jc Td] (two pair, Tens and Threes)
dapalma150: shows [Jd Qs] (two pair, Queens and Threes)
dapalma150 collected 37150550 from pot

Seat 1: dapalma150 (23012736 in chips)
Seat 8: hassan77 (62387264 in chips)
dapalma150: posts the ante 100000
hassan77: posts the ante 100000
dapalma150: posts small blind 500000
hassan77: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
dapalma150: raises 21912736 to 22912736 and is all-in
hassan77: calls 21912736
*** FLOP *** [8c 8s Ks]
*** TURN *** [8c 8s Ks] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [8c 8s Ks 7h] [As]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hassan77: shows [Kd Tc] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
dapalma150: shows [5h Qd] (a pair of Eights)
hassan77 collected 46025472 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8,540 Entrants; 1,708,000 prize pool

1. hassan77 $195,661.67
2. dapalma150 $206,512.78
3. moorzer $160,782.35
4. BigFlopper01 $85,400
5. munson1049 $68,320
6. traneren $51,240
7. indio1 $34,160
8. Moorman1 $18,788
9. YaaGy $13,237

The Sunday $500k was able to squeak by its guarantee with just over 1,000 players.  Once again, the tournament would end early as both “Disgueh” and “Ericb09” called upon the moderator to settle with a chip chop.  While the tournament came to an anti-climactic finish there were plenty of big names on hand to make the final table exciting.  The 9th place finisher “crzysavage” just missed out on his 14th career double-digit score.  Top-100 ranked “danskemann” took 7th place for $15,133, merely the 8th biggest score of his career.  Danskemann found his way on this report a few times this year for final tabling both the $215r in March (3rd place) and the Second Chance in February (2nd place).

Runner-up (who actually took home the biggest prize) “Ericb09” is a top-5o ranked professional who has a ton of big scores to his name including a 4th place finish in the SCOOP Main Event (M) for $183,885 in April.  He also won the $1k Monday on FullTilt and the $109r on Stars earlier this year for $76,750 and $42,033 respectively. Eventual “champion” Disgueh took home over $72,000, barely beating out a $71,750 cash for winning the Super Tuesday on PokerStars in June.

Seat 4: Ericb09 (3061948 in chips)
Seat 6: Disgueh (7198052 in chips)
Disgueh: posts small blind 30000
Ericb09: posts big blind 60000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Disgueh: raises 7132052 to 7192052 and is all-in
Ericb09: calls 2995948 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (4136104) returned to Disgueh
*** FLOP *** [2s 7c 6h]
*** TURN *** [2s 7c 6h] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [2s 7c 6h 4h] [9h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Ericb09: shows [5d Qh] (high card Queen)
Disgueh: shows [6c Jh] (a pair of Sixes)
Disgueh collected 6123896 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,026 Entrants; $513,000 prize pool

1. Disgueh $72,668.80
2. Ericb09 $80,000
3. $kill Game $48,735
4. Tonimontana $35,704.80
5. Randers $25,393.50
6. ramilpokerst $20,263.50
7. danskemann $15,133.50
8. MasterB666 $10,003.50
9. crzysavage $5,643

One of the few major events on Sunday not chip-chopped was the Sunday $215 re-buy on PokerStars.  The final table saw a few strong names including 9th place finisher Taylor “tdomeski” Douglas who nearly won a WSOP bracelet in 2007, finishing in 2nd place in a $1,500 NL Hold’em tourney for $467,101. One of the great online tournament professionals, Sorel “zangbezan24” Mizzi, finished in 7th place for more than $6,000.  This cash is merely a blip on his radar screen, as he has more than $2,250,000 in tournament prizes on PokerStars alone.  He has won this very tournament twice as well as a WPT circuit event in 2008 for more than $143,000.  He has dominated both the live scene and online scene over the past few years, and is approaching more than $5,000,000 in cashes. WCOOP bracelet winner “playitsafe” took down the $215r this week for over $38,000. His bracelet came in a smaller 2-7 Triple Draw event in which he earned himself $24,809.

Seat 3: antesvante (429653 in chips)
Seat 9: playitsafe (1075847 in chips)
playitsafe: posts small blind 4000
antesvante: posts big blind 8000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
playitsafe: calls 4000
antesvante: raises 16000 to 24000
playitsafe: raises 56000 to 80000
antesvante: raises 348853 to 428853 and is all-in
playitsafe: calls 348853
*** FLOP *** [Ac 3c 7d]
*** TURN *** [Ac 3c 7d] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [Ac 3c 7d 3h] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
antesvante: shows [Th Tc] (two pair, Tens and Threes)
playitsafe: shows [Jd Jh] (two pair, Jacks and Threes)
playitsafe collected 859306 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
264 Entrants; 186,800 prize pool

1. playitsafe $38,294
2. antesvante $28,020
3. mossified84 $21,108.40
4. sh00ter $15,878
5. GHSE00011364 $11,021.20
6. pleasepick $8,406
7. zangbezan24 $6,538
8. inwooke $4,670
9. tdomeski $3,269

Top-100 ranked “EndlessJ” made it all the way down to three-handed play in the Sunday Second Chance before taking a chop with “jellycz” and “Foggsy”.  His $35,217 cut was the 2nd biggest score of his career, well behind a $65,551 score for finishing 2nd in the Sunday Brawl in October.  All three players took similar chop-adjusted pay-outs, but it was “jellycz” who was crowned the victor. This was unofficially the biggest score of his career and definitely his best finish in a Sunday Major.  3rd place finisher “Foggsy” was at his 2nd Major final table this year, having taken 8th place in the Sunday Million in August for nearly $29,000.

Seat 4: EndlessJ (1050636 in chips)
Seat 5: jellycz (2732364 in chips)
EndlessJ: posts small blind 20000
jellycz: posts big blind 40000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
EndlessJ: raises 40000 to 80000
jellycz: raises 2648364 to 2728364 and is all-in
EndlessJ: calls 966636 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1681728) returned to jellycz
*** FLOP *** [9s 3c Qs]
*** TURN *** [9s 3c Qs] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [9s 3c Qs Ac] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jellycz: shows [Ts Td] (a pair of Tens)
EndlessJ: shows [7c 7h] (a pair of Sevens)
jellycz collected 2101272 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $200k Guaranteed
1,261 Entrants; $252,200 prize pool

1. jellycz $34,918.03
2. EndlessJ $35,217.06
3. Foggsy $34,628.79
4. fishfinder22 $18,915
5. buckguy2200 $13,240.50
6. jebar19 $10,718.50
7. jacog4 $8,196.50
8. 2jeff $5,674.50
9. $imm0n$ $3,530.80

The Sunday Brawl kicked off a big day of poker on FullTilt.  With Mini FTOPS XIV finishing up, there was an extra boost to most of the major events, including an additional $250,000 in the $750k prize pool.  The Brawl easily eclipsed the $500,000 prize pool mark, as 2,261 players, including nearly 30 FullTilt sponsored professionals, played in the days earliest major.  Mike “Timex” McDonald nearly made the final table before busting in 42nd place.  Joining him in the money was five-time WSOP bracelet winner Allen Cunningham who finished in 147th place. Two other professionals slipped in the money, as Johan Storakers and Jon Turner finished in 196th and 160th place respectively.

The tournament came down to “El Spewtardo” and “ThatsFrushedUp”. If El Spewtardo sounds familiar, it’s because he won this very event just two weeks ago for $101,272!  This near back-to-back heads-up appearance might go down as one of the great feats in online poker history.  Unfortunately for the spewy one, this time he was unable to take home the title.  While ThatsFrushedUp may not have had the final table experience of his opponents, he was able to take down the title and $106,413.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $400k Guaranteed
2,261 Entrants; $524,400 prize pool

1. ThatsFrushedUp $106,413
2. El Spewtardo $68,670
3. Caio Brites $50,847
4. Lilly36 $38,267
5. Nyx86 $26,734
6. AndreasDude $17,823
7. like7 $12,057
8. woj422 $8,387
9. trontrontron $6,290

The $750k was injected with an extra $250,000 yesterday to coincide with the ending of the Mini FTOPS XIV.  This tournament also fell victim to the Sunday chop virus that was going around, as the final three players divided up the remaining prize pool based on chip counts.  Jeff “GrampaJeff” Gray was left out of the reindeer games as he took home just over $68,000 for his 4th place finish.  Gray is no stranger to success on FullTilt, as he has won two major events including the Brawl last December for $79,063 and FTOPS Event #4 in 2007 for $138,000.   Labat “Mpiyav” Antoine actually took home the biggest cash ($162,494) despite finishing in third place.  This is the 2nd time he has come out on top in a major, and his biggest cash since winning the Mulligan for just over $50,000 in June.

Finally, Mike McDonald was once again the low FullTilt Pro, as he took home 37th in another frustrating near miss.

FullTilt Sunday $1,000,000 guaranteed
2,331 Entrants; $1,165,500 prize pool

1. YrrsiNN $127,420
2. DCVasya1945 $141,029
3. Mpiyav $162,494 l
4. GrampaJeff $68,531
5. mrfsy $51,865
6. tommyboy83 $37,296
7. watchmynuts $27,389
8. darrenelias $21,445
9. misdirection81 $16,317

Finishing off a big day of poker on FullTilt was the $200,000 guaranteed Sunday Mulligan.  This tournament saw a nice amount of well known players reach the final table including “mig.com” and “Bttech86” who finished in 4th and 8th place respectively.  Both are respected tournament professionals with plenty of five-figure scores to their name.  Mig has had a bit more success in bigger events, having nearly won the Warm-Up in March for $78,354. He has crushed the $109r as well, winning it at least twice this year.  Eventual winner “Luukie21” nearly won an FTOPS Event in May, taking 4th place in Event #10 for $79,500.  However, it appears he enjoys cash games a bit more, as he has played some of the biggest stakes offered at FullTilt including $200/$400 blinds Pot-Limit Omaha  against players such as Brian “Stinger88” Hastings, Isildur1, and Gus Hansen.

One final (and insane) note, Mike McDonald made it into the top-100 in the Mulligan as well! What a day for the FullTilt professional, as he finished inside the top 100 in all three Sunday Majors.  Unfortunately this tournament was just like the two before it, as he busted outside of the final table in 76th place.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,222 Entrants; $244,400 prize pool

1. Luukie21 $53,768
2. steamcontrol $34,216
3. BotOFallBOTS $25,173
4. Mig_com $19,858
5. LiViNLeGeNd07 $15,275
6. Mescalin8 $10,998
7. axe38 $7,332
8. Bttech86 $5,499
9. Tim0thee $3,910