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One of the problems with having a big line-up of Sunday tournaments every week is that once in a while a bigger horse comes to town.  This week the Super Bowl brought tournament entries down significantly, even forcing some sites to lower guarantees for this week only. Although this Sunday may have not been the biggest day in recent history, it certainly had plenty of big names making deep runs.

Full Tilt ran their Sunday trio, the $350k Brawl, $200k Mulligan, and $500k Guaranteed.  Those who follow the Sunday tournaments closely will realize that Full Tilt dropped the guarantee on their biggest weekly event to $250,000.  This was quite the shock to those who entered as all of PokerStars’ majors were kept at their full guarantee.

The $500k Guarantee attracted 2,805 entrants, including over 25 of Full Tilt’s very own professionals.  Michael Craig made the deepest run of the bunch, eventually busting in 71st place.  The final table had a few big names in the MTT world, including “herdgolf86,” a player consistently ranked in the top-100.  Here are the final table stacks:

Seat 1: Brian Stevens (398,896)
Seat 2: bigbubbava (208,610)
Seat 3: fooker323 (883,486)
Seat 4: xx BabyGrand xx (1,153,714)
Seat 5: mi30ke (566,578)
Seat 6: Antonio18 (1,434,298)
Seat 7: herdgolf86 (1,033,558)
Seat 8: Yeshaya (1,248,218)
Seat 9: PrishChips31 (1,487,642)

Up until this point herdgolf86 had won big score to his name, a win in the 109r on PokerStars for over $64,000. Joining herdgolf at the final table was “Yeshaya,” a player who has multiple $20,000+ scores to his name including a third place in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance.   Eventually herdgolf86 held off “Antonio18” for the title and just over $100,000 in first place money.

FullTilt Sunday $500k Guaranteed
2805 Entrants; $561,000 prize pool

1. herdgolf86 $102,663
2. Antonio18 $62,832
3. xx BabyGrand xx $40,953
4. PrishChips31 $32,538
5. fooker323 $24,684
6. Yeshaya $17,784
7. bigbubbava $13,127
8. Brian Stevens $10,322
9. mi30ke $7,854

The Sunday Brawl did not seem to suffer this past Sunday.  Some of this could be contributed to its earlier starting time, kicking off well before the Super Bowl’s actual kick-off.  A player who we will hear more from throughout the report is “Tomgus456.”  Tomgus456 has won the Sunday Brawl on PokerStars for over $84,000 and the Sunday Million on PokerStars for nearly $220,000 a year ago.   Tomgus had a busy Sunday, making deep runs in multiple events, including both the Brawl and the Mulligan on FullTilt and another major on PokerStars.  Unfortunately he was unable to make the final table in the Brawl, finishing as the bubble-boy in 10th place. However, the final table as not without some big firepower in the form of top-25 ranked “dipthrong.”  Dipthrong has a ton of big wins to his name including a victory in the $750k on FullTilt and the $250k on PokerStars.  He also has won the Sunday Mulligan on FullTilt.  Needless to say, he was definitely the favorite entering the final table.  Heads-up play came down to “asgeirt80” and dipthrong, with the underdog eventually coming out on top.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $350k Guaranteed
2063 Entrants; $412,600 prize pool

1. asgeirt80 $84,150
2. dipthrong $54,463
3. thekellster89 $40,435
4. TinSmith76 $30,532
5. benvo123 $21,455
6. MrRenniW $14,028
7. Skully18 $9,490
8. Chancew $6,602
9. zug33 $4,951

The final event of the day on FullTilt, the Sunday Mulligan, saw some more big names make the final table.  Tomgus456 made an appearance but unfortunately went out in 9th place, leaving him with a long and disappointing day on FullTilt.  One of the bigger names at the final table was “DaPokerGun,” another highly ranked player.  DaPokerGun has a win and a second place finish in the PokerStars 109r and a fifth place finish in the Sunday Warm-Up.  He made a nice run, eventually busting in 3rd place.  Heads-Up play came down to “fishhookn1” and “mdv85.” Eventually fishhookn1 would hook the biggest win of his career with a $45,000 first place check.  Runner-up mdv85 also had a lifetime best score, taking home $29,000 for 2nd place.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
954 Entrants; $200,000 prize pool

1. fishhookn1 $45,000
2. mdv85 $29,000
3. DaPokerGun $21,500
4. Fishbones11 $16,500
5. SpanishKey $12,500
6. JaspudUF $9,000
7. pcayoobh $6,000
8. TEX582 $4,500
9. Tomgus456 $3,200

PokerStars tried its best to not be hurt by Super Bowl Sunday.  They kept all of their guarantees and big events such as the Million, Warm-Up, and Second Chance, an impressive feat on such a slow day.  First up, as always, was the Sunday Warm-Up.  The $750k guaranteed event has been gaining a ton of momentum lately, consistently being the 2nd biggest prize pool every Sunday this year.  This week 4068 players ponied up the $200+$15 buy-in creating a $813,600 prize pool.  This means that PokerStars had the two biggest events this Sunday by over $250,000.  One player who was no stranger to success entering the final table was “wurevolution.”  He already had one Sunday Major crown to his name, the $750k on Full Tilt, and he was looking to add a second.  Fortunately for the fans he was able to take hold of “pulse time” and take home the title and over $105,000 in first place money.  For most this would easily be a player’s biggest score, however, wurevolution took home over $132,000 for first in the $750k this past August.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4068 Entrants; $813,600 prize pool

1. wurevolution $105,768
2. pulse time $73,224
3. MagicDeal $48,816
4. Beund2 $40,680
5. propell $32,544
6. MikeKB878 $24,408
7. farooo263 $16,272
8. djalminha (“_”) $10,170
9. stockcar99 $6,997

The Sunday Million was able to reach its $1,500,000 Guarantee this week, by a lucky 13 players.  7513 participants built a $1,502,600 prize pool, still extremely impressive by this past Sunday’s standards.  The biggest names at the final table were “BodogAri” and “McLegend.”  Both players have multiple $20,000+ scores to their names and McLegend finished 2nd in a WCOOP event for over $100,000 last year.  Both players were in decent chip position entering the final table.  Here are the stacks and how each player busted:

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (10496304 in chips)
Seat 2: niuniu09 (9734536 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (7211054 in chips)
Seat 4: FRfr1111 (5607971 in chips)
Seat 5: kiaser (5564280 in chips)
Seat 6: Kripp85 (9023664 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (7238062 in chips)
Seat 8: youjizz (5263482 in chips)
Seat 9: freakypokerd (14990647 in chips)

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (16001304 in chips)
Seat 2: niuniu09 (5253482 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (5268046 in chips)
Seat 4: FRfr1111 (9063971 in chips)
Seat 5: kiaser (4304280 in chips)
Seat 6: Kripp85 (4858664 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (17446124 in chips)
Seat 8: youjizz (3928482 in chips)
Seat 9: freakypokerd (9005647 in chips)
huztlerCrew: posts small blind 150000
niuniu09: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
BodogAri: folds
FRfr1111: raises 300000 to 600000
kiaser: folds
Kripp85: folds
MCLegend: folds
youjizz: folds
freakypokerd: raises 1800000 to 2400000
huztlerCrew: folds
niuniu09: folds
FRfr1111: calls 1800000
*** FLOP *** [9c 8d 9d]
FRfr1111: checks
freakypokerd: bets 6575647 and is all-in
FRfr1111: calls 6575647
*** TURN *** [9c 8d 9d] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [9c 8d 9d Ac] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
FRfr1111: shows [8s 8h] (a full house, Eights full of Nines)
freakypokerd: shows [Jd Jh] (two pair, Jacks and Nines)
FRfr1111 collected 18671294 from pot

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (18511304 in chips)
Seat 2: niuniu09 (3733482 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (8216092 in chips)
Seat 4: FRfr1111 (16359618 in chips)
Seat 5: kiaser (846234 in chips)
Seat 6: Kripp85 (3488664 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (19506124 in chips)
Seat 8: youjizz (4468482 in chips)
Kripp85: posts small blind 200000
MCLegend: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
youjizz: folds
huztlerCrew: folds
niuniu09: folds
BodogAri: folds
FRfr1111: raises 800000 to 1200000
kiaser: calls 806234 and is all-in
Kripp85: folds
MCLegend: folds
Uncalled bet (393766) returned to FRfr1111
*** FLOP *** [Ts 4s 3h]
*** TURN *** [Ts 4s 3h] [Qh]
*** RIVER *** [Ts 4s 3h Qh] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
FRfr1111: shows [Qs Td] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
kiaser: shows [5c Ah] (a pair of Threes)
FRfr1111 collected 2532468 from pot

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (22241304 in chips)
Seat 2: niuniu09 (1963482 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (8206092 in chips)
Seat 4: FRfr1111 (18025852 in chips)
Seat 6: Kripp85 (1618664 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (17552642 in chips)
Seat 8: youjizz (5521964 in chips)
Kripp85: posts small blind 250000
MCLegend: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
youjizz: folds
huztlerCrew: folds
niuniu09: raises 1413482 to 1913482 and is all-in
BodogAri: raises 1513482 to 3426964
FRfr1111: folds
Kripp85: folds
MCLegend: folds
Uncalled bet (1513482) returned to BodogAri
*** FLOP *** [2d Ad 8d]
*** TURN *** [2d Ad 8d] [Qd]
*** RIVER *** [2d Ad 8d Qd] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
niuniu09: shows [Js Ts] (a flush, Ace high)
BodogAri: shows [Kd As] (a flush, Ace high – King higher)
BodogAri collected 4926964 from pot

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (21241304 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (11269574 in chips)
Seat 4: FRfr1111 (17275852 in chips)
Seat 6: Kripp85 (2937328 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (18652642 in chips)
Seat 8: youjizz (3753300 in chips)
FRfr1111: posts small blind 250000
Kripp85: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MCLegend: folds
youjizz: folds
huztlerCrew: folds
BodogAri: raises 630000 to 1130000
FRfr1111: folds
Kripp85: raises 1757328 to 2887328 and is all-in
BodogAri: calls 1757328
*** FLOP *** [8c 3s 3c]
*** TURN *** [8c 3s 3c] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [8c 3s 3c Jc] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Kripp85: shows [Ks Qs] (two pair, Eights and Threes)
BodogAri: shows [7h Js] (two pair, Jacks and Eights)
BodogAri collected 6324656 from pot

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (20191304 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (12003602 in chips)
Seat 4: FRfr1111 (15975852 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (19602642 in chips)
Seat 8: youjizz (7356600 in chips)
MCLegend: posts small blind 250000
youjizz: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
huztlerCrew: folds
BodogAri: raises 701000 to 1201000
FRfr1111: folds
MCLegend: folds
youjizz: raises 6105600 to 7306600 and is all-in
BodogAri: calls 6105600
*** FLOP *** [Kh 3s Js]
*** TURN *** [Kh 3s Js] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 3s Js 9s] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
youjizz: shows [3d 4h] (a pair of Threes)
BodogAri: shows [Jd Jc] (three of a kind, Jacks)
BodogAri collected 15113200 from pot

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (25415654 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (19867804 in chips)
Seat 4: FRfr1111 (7123900 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (22722642 in chips)
BodogAri: posts small blind 300000
FRfr1111: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MCLegend: raises 945000 to 1545000
huztlerCrew: folds
BodogAri: folds
FRfr1111: raises 5518900 to 7063900 and is all-in
MCLegend: calls 5518900
*** FLOP *** [9c 9d 9s]
*** TURN *** [9c 9d 9s] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [9c 9d 9s Kc] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
FRfr1111: shows [Qc Ad] (three of a kind, Nines)
MCLegend: shows [Ac 9h] (four of a kind, Nines)
MCLegend collected 14667800 from pot

With three players left there was once again a chip chop.  Each player received around $120,000 and left $30,000 in the middle for the winner.  It was over soon after the chop, as Ari was the first to go followed by huztlerCrew.

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (26075654 in chips)
Seat 3: BodogAri (20227804 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (28826542 in chips)
huztlerCrew: posts small blind 300000
BodogAri: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MCLegend: folds
huztlerCrew: raises 900000 to 1500000
BodogAri: raises 2067804 to 3567804
huztlerCrew: raises 4832196 to 8400000
BodogAri: calls 4832196
*** FLOP *** [7s 2d 5d]
huztlerCrew: bets 17615654 and is all-in
BodogAri: calls 11767804 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (5847850) returned to huztlerCrew
*** TURN *** [7s 2d 5d] [7d]
*** RIVER *** [7s 2d 5d 7d] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
huztlerCrew: shows [6d 6h] (two pair, Sevens and Sixes)
BodogAri: shows [Jh Ac] (a pair of Sevens)
huztlerCrew collected 40515608 from pot

Seat 1: huztlerCrew (59063458 in chips)
Seat 7: MCLegend (16066542 in chips)
MCLegend: posts small blind 400000
huztlerCrew: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MCLegend: raises 15186542 to 15986542 and is all-in
huztlerCrew: calls 15186542
*** FLOP *** [9c 5h 9s]
*** TURN *** [9c 5h 9s] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [9c 5h 9s 4c] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
huztlerCrew: shows [4h Kd] (two pair, Nines and Fours)
MCLegend: shows [Ad 8c] (a pair of Nines)
huztlerCrew collected 32133084 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
7513 Entrants; $1,502,600 prize pool

1. huztlerCrew $150,000.00
2. MCLegend $127,518.22
3. BodogAri $116,613.76
4. FRfr1111 $69,119.60
5. youjizz $54,093.60
6. Kripp85 $39,067.60
7. niuniu09 $26,295.50
8. kiaser($17,279,80
9. freakypokerd $10,518

The PokerStars Sunday Second Chance gives all MTTers one last chance to hit a big score this Sunday.  Just like the Million, the Second Chance found just enough players to reach their guarantee, 1253 to be exact.  One of the more proven players at the final table, “Quassi,” made a nice run only to find himself out in 4th place for just under $19,000.  “Dankness3” and “Raszi” both known for their cash-game skills also made nice runs in the event, finishing in 19th and 12th place respectively. Eventual winner “df1986” is also a solid MTT-Pro, having won the $109r on PokerStars and the $40k Guaranteed on Full Tilt in the past.  Here’s the final hand from the tournament:

Seat 3: df1986 (2736500 in chips)
Seat 8: norcalsurf83 (1022500 in chips)
df1986: posts small blind 20000
norcalsurf83: posts big blind 40000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
df1986: raises 58675 to 98675
norcalsurf83: raises 139825 to 238500
df1986: raises 2494000 to 2732500 and is all-in
norcalsurf83: calls 780000 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1714000) returned to df1986
*** FLOP *** [4h 3d Qc]
*** TURN *** [4h 3d Qc] [Js]
norcalsurf83 said, “gg”
*** RIVER *** [4h 3d Qc Js] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
norcalsurf83: shows [9c As] (high card Ace)
df1986: shows [Jc Ac] (a pair of Jacks)
df1986 collected 2045000 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1253 Entrants, $250,600 prize pool

1. df1986 $45,735
2. norcalsurf83 $33,305
3. Alkavy $25,060
4. Quasssi $18,795
5. highdro420 $13,157
6. UcfChamp $10,651
7. Anbessa9 $8,145
8. lakshmi2005 $5,639
9. weygang $3,508

The last two events covered on this report are the author’s favorite.  The $215 re-buy and the $500k events bring out the best players in the online-MTT world.  The final tables of these events are always stacked and provide some great poker for the viewing audience.  Next time you’re up late, make sure to check out the play at the final tables of these two events.

The Sunday 500 was the only event on PokerStars to not hit its guarantee this Sunday.  Only 930 players entered meaning PokerStars had to pay $35,000 in overlay.  There were many players at the final table with multiple $10,000+ scores to their name including “drag0nslay3r”, a player who tends to only play big buy-in events online.  PokerStars Pro VictorRamdin made a nice run but became the final table bubble-boy, finishing in 10th place.  In the end it was “jasken,” a relatively unknown player, who took down “jpmetalman” heads-up to take down the title and $91,500 in first place money.  Here’s the final hand and payouts:

Seat 1: jpmetalman (3044000 in chips)
Seat 7: jasken (6256000 in chips)
jpmetalman: posts small blind 40000
jasken: posts big blind 80000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jpmetalman: raises 80000 to 160000
jasken: raises 320000 to 480000
jpmetalman: raises 2556000 to 3036000 and is all-in
jasken: calls 2556000
*** FLOP *** [3s 2h Ac]
*** TURN *** [3s 2h Ac] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [3s 2h Ac Jc] [Jh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jasken: shows [Qs Tc] (a pair of Jacks)
jpmetalman: shows [8h Qd] (a pair of Jacks – lower kicker)

PokerStars Sunday 500 $500k Guaranteed
930 Entrants; $500,000 prize pool

1. jasken $91,500
2. jpmetalman $66,500
3. tnetter $50,000
4. drag0nslay3r $37,500
5. fridhem $26,250
6. FeiteFrank $21,250
7. therealbo $16,250
8. LockdownTex $11,250
9. Edith_Piaf $7,000

The final event of the day was the $200+$15 re-buy event.  The $200,000 guarantee event saw 304 entrants re-buy 524 times and 204 players chose to add-on.  All in all a $206,400 prize pool was generated leaving just over $42,000 for first place.  A few big names made the final table including tomgus456, who once again fell short of a big score after busting in 6th place.  “zazgbezan24” also made an appearance and fared slightly better, making it to the final 3 before being eliminated.  Heads-Up play eventually came down to “ingsky2000” and “lavidaloca22,” which lavidaloca22 came out on top after a nice heads-up battle. Here’s the final hand and final table payouts:

Seat 8: lavidaloca22 (1497040 in chips)
Seat 9: Ingsky2000 (152960 in chips)
lavidaloca22: posts small blind 15000
Ingsky2000: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
lavidaloca22: raises 1464040 to 1494040 and is all-in
Ingsky2000: calls 119960 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1344080) returned to lavidaloca22
*** FLOP *** [2h 3h Ac]
*** TURN *** [2h 3h Ac] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [2h 3h Ac 6d] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Ingsky2000: shows [8s 7s] (high card Ace)
lavidaloca22: shows [6h Ad] (two pair, Aces and Sixes)
lavidaloca22 collected 305920 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $200k Guaranteed
304 Entrants; $206,400 prize pool

1. lavidaloca22 $42,312
2. Ingsky2000 $30,960
3. zangbeazan24 $23,323
4. slimshaggy $17,544
5. Asiandude77 $12,177
6. tomgus456 $9,288
7. emptyseat88 $7,224
8. VerySexual $5,160
9. gillete $3,612

Another great Sunday of action is now complete.  Be sure to tune in next week as FTOPS XI starts soon.  There’s sure to be plenty of big action and enormous guarantee tournaments.  You can find write-ups on all the major events in the PokerNews Section at www.flopturnriver.com.