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A record-breaking weekend of online poker tournaments is in the books.  Yesterday PokerStars took it upon itself to break the record for biggest online poker tournament with their $1 buy-in $300,000 guaranteed turbo event.  Nearly 150,000 players entered the event, easily smashing their own record of 65,000 players set this past July.  “Oskar69” was able to outlast the enormous field, taking down the title and a $50,000 first place check.  Also on the docket was the monthly $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown as well as all of the typical Sunday majors.

While PokerStars was thriving with over a quarter million players logged on, FullTilt’s servers were not quite up to the same task.  A freak server crash caused so many players to be booted off the site that FullTilt had no choice but to void their Sunday Majors and award prizes based on chip counts.

The Sunday Warm-Up got things going early. The Warm-Up has consistently been breaking the $900,000 prize pool mark for the past few months, making it easily the second biggest tournament every weekend.  A top-3o ranked professional on CardPlayer’s OPOY “JBlaze20” found his way to the final table.  He was soon joined by “.dmmarquez” and “NinjasTyle87” in a three way battle for the title.   The players asked for the tournament to be paused to look at chop numbers, but nothing was agreed upon.  After JBlaze20 was bounced in 3rd place, the final two players were more than happy to chop and secure six-figure paydays.  The $75,892.50 cash for JBlaze20 was the 2nd biggest of his solid career, just behind a win in the $1K Monday on FullTilt in October for $83,000.  He was easily the more experienced of the three, but as we have seen in the past, experience does not always pay off in big multi-table tournaments.  In the end NinjaTyle87 took down the $10,000 left on the table after the chop and nearly $130,000 for his victory.

Seat 6: .dmmarquez (14363798 in chips)
Seat 7: NinjasTyle87 (31686202 in chips)
.dmmarquez: posts small blind 200000
NinjasTyle87: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
.dmmarquez: calls 200000
NinjasTyle87: raises 1000000 to 1400000
.dmmarquez: raises 12923798 to 14323798 and is all-in
NinjasTyle87: calls 12923798
*** FLOP *** [2h 4s 6d]
*** TURN *** [2h 4s 6d] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [2h 4s 6d Jc] [6c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
NinjasTyle87: shows [5c 5d] (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
.dmmarquez: shows [Ah Qc] (a pair of Sixes)
NinjasTyle87 collected 28727596 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,605 Entrants; $921,000 prize pool
*2-way deal

1. NinjasTyle87 $129,864.18
2. .dmmarquez $121,918.90
3. JBlaze20 $75,982.50
4. montjeu8 $52,036.50
5. Comeback2008 $39,142.50
6. Steinapride $29,932.50
7. haneferd $20,722.50
8. ReadOnYou $11,512.50
9. pokerwille $7,368

This week’s Sunday Million took chip-chopping to a whole new level.  Most tournaments are chopped with two, or perhaps three players remaining. However, yesterday the final five players in Million decided to divvy up the prize pool, leaving only $30,000 left for the final survivor.  Benson “BBOY3110” Nikkerson took the biggest piece of the prize pool pie, receiving more than $210,000 in chip chop money.  The solid tournament professional took down his 10th five-figure plus score of his career, and easily the biggest.  This was the third time he had final tabled a Sunday Major, having taking 3rd and 7th in the Mulligan and Brawl on FullTilt earlier this year.

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

Seat 1: OBVAMENTS (7437326 in chips)
Seat 2: schnaggels19 (27279529 in chips)
Seat 3: plusmillion (2788892 in chips)
Seat 4: coach6999 (13955356 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (9252727 in chips)
Seat 6: Mr Puckey (2731023 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (22323251 in chips)
Seat 8: mystinen60 (4655620 in chips)
Seat 9: robvleugel (3016276 in chips)

Seat 1: OBVAMENTS (7297326 in chips)
Seat 2: schnaggels19 (28239529 in chips)
Seat 3: plusmillion (2788892 in chips)
Seat 4: coach6999 (12995356 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (8292727 in chips)
Seat 6: Mr Puckey (3301023 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (18767631 in chips)
Seat 8: mystinen60 (8831240 in chips)
Seat 9: robvleugel (2926276 in chips)
BBOY3110: posts small blind 200000
mystinen60: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
robvleugel: folds
OBVAMENTS: folds
schnaggels19: folds
plusmillion: folds
coach6999: folds
tsakalias: folds
Mr Puckey: raises 2861023 to 3261023 and is all-in
BBOY3110: raises 15466608 to 18727631 and is all-in
mystinen60: folds
Uncalled bet (15466608) returned to BBOY3110
*** FLOP *** [Qd 2d 7s]
*** TURN *** [Qd 2d 7s] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [Qd 2d 7s 5h] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BBOY3110: shows [6d Ah] (a pair of Sevens)
Mr Puckey: shows [3h Kd] (a pair of Sevens – lower kicker)
BBOY3110 collected 7282046 from pot

Seat 1: OBVAMENTS (5527326 in chips)
Seat 2: schnaggels19 (25623253 in chips)
Seat 3: plusmillion (1888892 in chips)
Seat 4: coach6999 (13585356 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (7042727 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (28377358 in chips)
Seat 8: mystinen60 (7552536 in chips)
Seat 9: robvleugel (3842552 in chips)
coach6999: posts small blind 250000
tsakalias: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
BBOY3110: folds
mystinen60: folds
robvleugel: folds
OBVAMENTS: folds
schnaggels19: folds
plusmillion: raises 1338892 to 1838892 and is all-in
coach6999: folds
tsakalias: calls 1338892
*** FLOP *** [4h Js 5d]
*** TURN *** [4h Js 5d] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [4h Js 5d Kd] [Qh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
tsakalias: shows [Ks 7h] (a pair of Kings)
plusmillion: shows [Qd 9s] (a pair of Queens)
tsakalias collected 4327784 from pot

Seat 1: OBVAMENTS (8784576 in chips)
Seat 2: schnaggels19 (20331450 in chips)
Seat 4: coach6999 (10449292 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (22056844 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (20090000 in chips)
Seat 8: mystinen60 (9055286 in chips)
Seat 9: robvleugel (2672552 in chips)
OBVAMENTS: posts small blind 300000
schnaggels19: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
coach6999: folds
tsakalias: folds
BBOY3110: folds
mystinen60: folds
robvleugel: raises 2012552 to 2612552 and is all-in
OBVAMENTS: folds
schnaggels19: calls 2012552
*** FLOP *** [Jc 7s Td]
*** TURN *** [Jc 7s Td] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 7s Td 9s] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
schnaggels19: shows [Ts 2c] (a pair of Tens)
robvleugel: shows [Ad 9h] (a pair of Nines)
schnaggels19 collected 5945104 from pot

Seat 1: OBVAMENTS (6984576 in chips)
Seat 2: schnaggels19 (13774002 in chips)
Seat 4: coach6999 (14409292 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (25536844 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (23920000 in chips)
Seat 8: mystinen60 (8815286 in chips)
BBOY3110: posts small blind 300000
mystinen60: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
OBVAMENTS: raises 6324576 to 6924576 and is all-in
schnaggels19: folds
coach6999: folds
tsakalias: folds
BBOY3110: raises 16935424 to 23860000 and is all-in
mystinen60: folds
Uncalled bet (16935424) returned to BBOY3110
*** FLOP *** [9h 8c Qc]
*** TURN *** [9h 8c Qc] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [9h 8c Qc 4d] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BBOY3110: shows [Ad Ac] (a pair of Aces)
OBVAMENTS: shows [Kh Kc] (a pair of Kings)
BBOY3110 collected 14809152 from pot

Seat 2: schnaggels19 (13714002 in chips)
Seat 4: coach6999 (9860404 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (31165732 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (33744576 in chips)
Seat 8: mystinen60 (4955286 in chips)
mystinen60: posts small blind 400000
schnaggels19: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
coach6999: folds
tsakalias: folds
BBOY3110: raises 32864576 to 33664576 and is all-in
mystinen60: calls 4475286 and is all-in
schnaggels19: folds
Uncalled bet (28789290) returned to BBOY3110
*** FLOP *** [9c 2d Th]
*** TURN *** [9c 2d Th] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [9c 2d Th 6h] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mystinen60: shows [As Kc] (a pair of Nines)
BBOY3110: shows [Kd Ts] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
BBOY3110 collected 10950572 from pot

Seat 2: schnaggels19 (16434002 in chips)
Seat 4: coach6999 (9140404 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (32685732 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (35179862 in chips)
schnaggels19: posts small blind 400000
coach6999: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
tsakalias: folds
BBOY3110: raises 800000 to 1600000
schnaggels19: raises 2400000 to 4000000
coach6999: folds
BBOY3110: raises 31099862 to 35099862 and is all-in
schnaggels19: calls 12354002 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (18745860) returned to BBOY3110
*** FLOP *** [5c 9h Th]
*** TURN *** [5c 9h Th] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [5c 9h Th Kc] [Qs]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
schnaggels19: shows [As 7c] (high card Ace)
BBOY3110: shows [Ad Qc] (a pair of Queens)
BBOY3110 collected 33828004 from pot

Seat 4: coach6999 (39021616 in chips)
Seat 5: tsakalias (22525328 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (31893056 in chips)
coach6999: posts small blind 500000
tsakalias: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
BBOY3110: folds
coach6999: raises 1000000 to 2000000
tsakalias: raises 3000000 to 5000000
coach6999: raises 4000000 to 9000000
BBOY3110 said, “sodas”
tsakalias: raises 13425328 to 22425328 and is all-in
coach6999: calls 13425328
*** FLOP *** [4c 5h 4s]
*** TURN *** [4c 5h 4s] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [4c 5h 4s 3h] [5s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
coach6999: shows [Ah As] (two pair, Aces and Fives)
tsakalias: shows [Ad Qd] (two pair, Fives and Fours)
coach6999 collected 45150656 from pot

Seat 4: coach6999 (69647000 in chips)
Seat 7: BBOY3110 (23793000 in chips)
coach6999: posts small blind 500000
BBOY3110: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
coach6999: raises 2000000 to 3000000
BBOY3110: raises 6096930 to 9096930
coach6999: raises 60450070 to 69547000 and is all-in
BBOY3110: calls 14596070 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (45854000) returned to coach6999
*** FLOP *** [9d Ac 5s]
*** TURN *** [9d Ac 5s] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [9d Ac 5s 8c] [2s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BBOY3110: shows [Ts Ks] (high card Ace)
coach6999: shows [Ad Th] (a pair of Aces)
coach6999 collected 47586000 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
9,344 Entrants; $1,868,800 prize pool
*5-way deal

1. coach6999 $143,444.12
2. BBOY3110 $213,443.78
3. tsakalias $190,767.65
4. schnaggels19 $122,287.23
5. mystinen60 $100,474.88
6. OBVAMENTS $56,064
7. robvleugel $37,376
8. plusmillion $20,556.80
9. Mr Puckey $13,081.60

Another tournament, and unfortunately, another chip-chop marred the heads-up battle of the Sunday $500k on PokerStars.  While neither player wanted to risk losing the heads-up battle, “Zackattak13” still wanted to be credited with the win and accompanying extra TLB Points. A bit of controversy arose when he asked his opponent to lose after the chop. The tournament ended just one hand after the chop, with “pleasepick” shipping in more than 80BBs PF with K3o and Zack making the easy call with A9s. This was Zack’s biggest score of his career, eclipsing a big 2nd place finish in the $109r for $66,796 in September.  Pleasepick is also no stranger to success on PokerStars, having finished 2nd in the Sunday Brawl in October for $100,866.

“DrunkPPlaya”, “Pipredream17”, and “nikov” all rounded out a solid Sunday500 final table.

Seat 3: Zackattak13 (6030926 in chips)
Seat 4: pleasepick (4229074 in chips)
pleasepick: posts small blind 25000
Zackattak13: posts big blind 50000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
pleasepick: raises 4174074 to 4224074 and is all-in
Zackattak13: calls 4174074
*** FLOP *** [6h Th Ad]
*** TURN *** [6h Th Ad] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [6h Th Ad 5s] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Zackattak13: shows [Ah 9h] (a pair of Aces)
pleasepick: shows [3d Kc] (high card Ace)
Zackattak13 collected 8458148 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,026 Entrants; $513,000 prize pool
*2-way deal

1. Zackattak13 $79,000
2. pleasepick $73,688.80
3. B_Davis5 $48,735
4. DrunkPPlaya $35,704.80
5. sethsethseth $25,393.50
6. bballin04 $20,263.50
7. Pipedream17 $15,133.50
8. nikov $10,003.50
9. majskolv $5,643

The $215r saw a big boost in prize money, as the tournament surpassed the $200,000 prize pool mark for one of the few times this year.  The final table was full of big talent, including 3rd place finisher “Pot Odds 3” who took down the $1K Monday on FullTilt in March and has also final-tabled the Mulligan this year. Sorel “zangbezan24” Mizzi again found himself on our STR, finishing in 7th place here for $7,504. Mizzi now has more than $2,200,000 in cashes on PokerStars alone including two wins in the very same event as well as a $109,902 score back in May 2007.  “1$ickDisea$E” has also had major success on PokerStars, and this tournament took him over the $1,000,000 mark in career cashes. The $32,160 2nd place cash was the 2nd biggest of his career, just behind a $58,788 score back in February.  His heads-up opponent, “SexSeen”, won the Sunday500 in August for $90,097 and nearly won the Warm-Up in January, taking 3rd for over $52,000.

Seat 1: 1$ickDisea$E (626036 in chips)
Seat 5: SexSeen (1097464 in chips)
1$ickDisea$E: posts small blind 8000
SexSeen: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
1$ickDisea$E: raises 21500 to 37500
SexSeen: raises 71280 to 108780
1$ickDisea$E: raises 313920 to 422700
SexSeen: raises 673164 to 1095864 and is all-in
1$ickDisea$E: calls 201736 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (471428) returned to SexSeen
*** FLOP *** [Js 5d 5c]
*** TURN *** [Js 5d 5c] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [Js 5d 5c 6h] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
SexSeen: shows [9h As] (a pair of Fives)
1$ickDisea$E: shows [3h Kh] (a pair of Fives – lower kicker)
SexSeen collected 1252072 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
307 Entrants; $214,400 prize pool

1. SexSeen $43,952
2. 1$ickDisea$e $32,160
3. Pot Odds 3 $24,227.20
4. bad_beat_bud $18,224
5. Godfatti $12,649.60
6. cwp394 $9,648
7. zangbezan24 $7,504
8. mossified84 $5,360
9. vui-qua-di $3,752

The Sunday Second Chance seemed to benefit the most from the Sunday promotions as the tournament crushed its $200,000 guarantee.  1,346 players joined the day’s final event, creating a rather large $269,200 prize pool. Former Warm-Up winner “plz be live” took down his second Sunday Major of 2009 by outlasting “TheMiltMan” for first place and $48,887. This was TheMiltMan’s biggest score of his career, and his 12th five-figure cash on PokerStars alone.  He has had plenty of success in the $109r, having won the tournament once and finishing runner-up three other times.  Danny “THE__D__RY” Ryan, a well respected tournament professional, made the final table but busted in 9th place. He has come close in Sunday Majors before, including a 2nd place finish in this very event in August for $39,150.

Seat 4: TheMiltMan (740970 in chips)
Seat 5: plz be live (3297030 in chips)
plz be live: posts small blind 10000
TheMiltMan: posts big blind 20000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
plz be live: raises 20000 to 40000
TheMiltMan: calls 20000
*** FLOP *** [Jd 3s Ts]
TheMiltMan: checks
plz be live: bets 40000
TheMiltMan: calls 40000
*** TURN *** [Jd 3s Ts] [Js]
TheMiltMan: checks
plz be live: bets 100000
TheMiltMan: calls 100000
*** RIVER *** [Jd 3s Ts Js] [8c]
TheMiltMan: checks
plz be live: bets 3115030 and is all-in
TheMiltMan: calls 558970 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (2556060) returned to plz be live
*** SHOW DOWN ***
plz be live: shows [Jh 6s] (three of a kind, Jacks)
TheMiltMan: shows [Td 5h] (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
plz be live collected 1481940 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $200k Guaranteed
1,346 Entrants; $269,200 prize pool

1. plz be live $48,886.72
2. TheMiltMan $35,534.40
3. GeVance $26,920
4. hlamberg $20,190
5. Gracie85 $14,133
6. Brinkytinky $11,441
7. Ace_Brasil $8,749
8. xxCartman859 $6,057
9. THE__D__RY $3,768.80

Because of the fact that FullTilt had to void their Sunday Majors we will not be bringing you any results.  Here is an auto-email players received after the server crash letting them know how their pay-outs were calculated:

We regret to inform you that tournament # 120324980 ($750,000 Guarantee) has been canceled.

Buy-in + Tournament Fee: $200.00 + $16.00
Remaining Prize Pool: $379400.00
Your Chip Count: 11940
Total Chips in Play: 12546000

When a tournament is canceled before it reaches the money, according to tournament rule 31.2 (http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/tourRules.php):
* All players still in the tournament at the time of the cancellation will
be refunded their tournament buy-in and tournament fee. Players will have
their buy-ins refunded in the tournament prize pool currency.
* In addition, the remaining prize pool will be divided and distributed
according to chip count – (Remaining Prize Pool)*(Your Chip Count)/(Total
Chips in Play) = Your Share of Remaining Prize Pool.
In your case, this means $379400.00*11940/12546000=$361.07.

Buy-in + Tournament Fee Refunded: $216.00
+ Your Share of Remaining Prize Pool: $361.07
Total Amount Credited to Your Account: $577.07

It is quite ironic that FullTilt had server problems yesterday yet PokerStars was able to manage a lot more players.  Hopefully FullTilt will have things under control next week for the first Sunday schedule of 2010.