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With FTOPS XV in full swing online poker tournaments were on the rise this past weekend. Three FTOPS events started and finished yesterday including the $120+$9 KO Event #8, the $500+$35 Heads-up Shoot-Out Event #9, and the $300+$22 NL Super Stack event #10. FlopTurnRiver is covering all of these events with full write-ups and breakdowns of the final table. Be sure to check out our News Section for more in-depth write-ups.  The Sunday Mulligan was the only major not to be replaced by an accompanying FTOPS event.

The day’s final event started late in the afternoon and finished up early Monday morning. Nearly 1,400 players entered including 14 FullTilt sponsored professionals. Amongst the “Red Pros” were Lee Watkinson (1250th place), Steve Zolotow (1282nd place), and Jeff Madsen (789th place).  Only one FullTilt Pro, Vivek Rajkumar, was able to make the money as he was eliminated in 109th place.  FTOPS XV might have brought out more of an experienced tournament crowd as the Mulligan’s final table was quite loaded with solid tournament grinders.

9th place finisher “JLizard” has quite the tournament resume having won the $150k on UB as well as the $50k on PokerStars with in the past three months. Top-50 ranked “daisyxoxo” has had great success over a number of sites including a win in the $1k Monday on FullTilt and the $100k on Bodog. Another highly-ranked professional, “DonkCommited”, took home 2nd place in the Mulligan for more than $38,000. This was the second biggest cash of his career behind another major near-miss in the WCOOP last September where he took 3rd place for $42,201 in Event 14. Eventual winner “Poostabber19” is also known as “jalman1” on PokerStars where he took down the $100k Guaranteed last month for $35,340. Overall this was a great final table, and luckily one that played itself out instead of ending in a chop!

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,366 Entrants; $273,200 prize pool

1. Poostabber19 $60,104
2. DonkCommited $38,248
3. CoinFlip $27,662
4. Mharju $22,198
5. DOCMANAGER87 $16,747
6. bgitty $12,294
7. daisyxoxo $7,923
8. HiMrHong $5,737
9. JLizard $4,098

Speaking of chip-chops, PokerStars has been plagued by a recent rash of chops in its Sunday Majors. Luckily this week only won event (the Million) ended abruptly.  The Sunday Warm-Up starting things off on the right foot as the tournament continues to surpass the $900,000 prize pool mark. While it failed to reach $1,000,000 this week you can guarantee it will next week as PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary celebration will be in full swing.

This week more than $142,000 was up for grabs as “smacl02” and “B DA cards” battled it out for a massive amount of money.  It appears that neither player is all too experienced on PokerStars as they only had about $10,000 in registered scores between them.  In fact, 3rd place finished “Catenaccio” had a great experience edge but was unable to cash in on the big prize. This was the second time he finished 3rd in this event with in the past four months, quite a feat to say the least.  Overall he has three $70k+ scores to his name and more than $750,000 in total cashes. In the end it was the least experienced player of the bunch, “smaclo2” who took down the title and $142,983.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,557 Entrants; $911,400 prize pool

1. smacl02 $142,983
2. B DA cards $106,178
3. Catenaccio $75,191
4. jimsweats $51,494
5. kronkol $38,735
6. mancrazy $29,621
7. Bassduck $20,507
8. heavenhell19 $11,393
9. IPODpoker88 $7,921

The Sunday Million is gearing up for its 4-year Anniversary next weekend. To celebrate, PokerStars is throwing quite the bash, a $4,000,000 Guaranteed Sunday Million! It seems PokerStars enjoys taking on FullTilt during FTOPS and proving its dominance in the online poker scene.  This week more than 8,300 players entered the weekend’s biggest event creating a $1,668,200 prize pool. This final table was devoid of any big names as two midstakes grinders found themselves heads-up on the weekend’s biggest stage. Players quickly agreed upon a chop which left them both with just under $200,000 and $30,000 left on the table. In the end it was “Blompf” who scooped up the side money and took home more than $220,000 for his win. Below you will find the final-table stacks, bust-out hands, and chop-adjusting pay outs:

Seat 1: Catafract80 (2467899 in chips)
Seat 2: 13sneik13 (4986514 in chips)
Seat 3: Ramewa38 (7648784 in chips)
Seat 4: Saygoodbye40 (6343794 in chips)
Seat 5: Profesoras (4487930 in chips)
Seat 6: qsf84 (5839960 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (17262188 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (21101159 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (13271772 in chips)

Seat 1: Catafract80 (2467899 in chips)
Seat 2: 13sneik13 (4986514 in chips)
Seat 3: Ramewa38 (7648784 in chips)
Seat 4: Saygoodbye40 (6343794 in chips)
Seat 5: Profesoras (4487930 in chips)
Seat 6: qsf84 (5839960 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (17262188 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (21101159 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (13271772 in chips)
Saygoodbye40: posts small blind 125000
Profesoras: posts big blind 250000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
qsf84: folds
Blompf: raises 500000 to 750000
oldrich88: folds
iownoknp: folds
Catafract80: raises 1692899 to 2442899 and is all-in
13sneik13: folds
Ramewa38: folds
Saygoodbye40: folds
Profesoras: folds
Blompf: calls 1692899
*** FLOP *** [Qd 2c 9c]
*** TURN *** [Qd 2c 9c] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [Qd 2c 9c 4h] [Kc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Blompf: shows [Ks Jd] (a pair of Kings)
Catafract80: shows [7h 7c] (a pair of Sevens)
Blompf collected 5485798 from pot

Seat 2: 13sneik13 (4861514 in chips)
Seat 3: Ramewa38 (7518784 in chips)
Seat 4: Saygoodbye40 (6598794 in chips)
Seat 5: Profesoras (4557930 in chips)
Seat 6: qsf84 (6659960 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (19800087 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (20571159 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (12841772 in chips)
iownoknp: posts small blind 150000
13sneik13: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Ramewa38: folds
Saygoodbye40: folds
Profesoras: folds
qsf84: folds
Blompf: folds
oldrich88: raises 460000 to 760000
iownoknp: calls 610000
13sneik13: raises 4071514 to 4831514 and is all-in
oldrich88: raises 15709645 to 20541159 and is all-in
iownoknp: folds
Uncalled bet (15709645) returned to oldrich88
*** FLOP *** [7c Js Qc]
*** TURN *** [7c Js Qc] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [7c Js Qc 5d] [As]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
13sneik13: shows [2s 2d] (a pair of Deuces)
oldrich88: shows [9s 9c] (a pair of Nines)
oldrich88 collected 10663028 from pot

Seat 3: Ramewa38 (4838784 in chips)
Seat 4: Saygoodbye40 (5908794 in chips)
Seat 5: Profesoras (2747930 in chips)
Seat 6: qsf84 (6989960 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (23720087 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (27932673 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (11271772 in chips)
qsf84: posts small blind 200000
Blompf: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
oldrich88: raises 511111 to 911111
iownoknp: folds
Ramewa38: folds
Saygoodbye40: raises 4957683 to 5868794 and is all-in
Profesoras: folds
qsf84: raises 1081166 to 6949960 and is all-in
Blompf: folds
oldrich88 has timed out
oldrich88: folds
Uncalled bet (1081166) returned to qsf84
oldrich88 is sitting out
*** FLOP *** [5d 6d 2d]
oldrich88 has returned
*** TURN *** [5d 6d 2d] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [5d 6d 2d 9c] [Ts]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
qsf84: shows [Kh Kc] (a pair of Kings)
Saygoodbye40: shows [Qh Ad] (high card Ace)
qsf84 collected 13328699 from pot

Seat 3: Ramewa38 (4798784 in chips)
Seat 5: Profesoras (2707930 in chips)
Seat 6: qsf84 (14409865 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (23280087 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (26981562 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (11231772 in chips)
Blompf: posts small blind 200000
oldrich88: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
iownoknp: folds
Ramewa38: folds
Profesoras: raises 2267930 to 2667930 and is all-in
qsf84: folds
Blompf: folds
oldrich88: calls 2267930
*** FLOP *** [Qc Tc 5h]
*** TURN *** [Qc Tc 5h] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Qc Tc 5h 6d] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
oldrich88: shows [Qd 9d] (a pair of Queens)
Profesoras: shows [6c Ac] (a pair of Sixes)
oldrich88 collected 5775860 from pot

Seat 3: Ramewa38 (5878784 in chips)
Seat 6: qsf84 (12129865 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (17960088 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (39140602 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (8300661 in chips)
Ramewa38: posts small blind 250000
qsf84: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Blompf: raises 500000 to 1000000
oldrich88: folds
iownoknp: folds
Ramewa38: folds
qsf84: raises 11079865 to 12079865 and is all-in
Blompf: calls 11079865
*** FLOP *** [7h 2d 9d]
*** TURN *** [7h 2d 9d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [7h 2d 9d 8d] [9h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
qsf84: shows [Ac Qc] (a pair of Nines)
Blompf: shows [Ah Ad] (two pair, Aces and Nines)
Blompf collected 24659730 from pot

Seat 3: Ramewa38 (5578784 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (30489953 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (39090602 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (8250661 in chips)
Blompf: posts small blind 250000
oldrich88: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
iownoknp: folds
Ramewa38: raises 2500000 to 3000000
Blompf: folds
oldrich88: raises 36040602 to 39040602 and is all-in
Ramewa38: calls 2528784 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (33511818) returned to oldrich88
*** FLOP *** [Td Kh 2d]
*** TURN *** [Td Kh 2d] [As]
*** RIVER *** [Td Kh 2d As] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
oldrich88: shows [3d 3h] (three of a kind, Threes)
Ramewa38: shows [Qh Kd] (a pair of Kings)
oldrich88 collected 11507568 from pot

Seat 7: Blompf (20862176 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (42846502 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (19701322 in chips)
oldrich88: posts small blind 250000
iownoknp: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Blompf: raises 500000 to 1000000
oldrich88: folds
iownoknp: calls 500000
*** FLOP *** [2d Qs 9s]
iownoknp: checks
Blompf: bets 500000
iownoknp: raises 3000000 to 3500000
Blompf: calls 3000000
*** TURN *** [2d Qs 9s] [6s]
iownoknp: bets 15151322 and is all-in
Blompf: calls 15151322
*** RIVER *** [2d Qs 9s 6s] [Th]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iownoknp: shows [Jh Qh] (a pair of Queens)
Blompf: shows [Ks Kh] (a pair of Kings)
Blompf collected 39702644 from pot

Seat 7: Blompf (72525886 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (10884114 in chips)
Blompf: posts the ante 60000
oldrich88: posts the ante 60000
Blompf: posts small blind 300000
oldrich88: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Blompf: raises 600000 to 1200000
oldrich88: raises 9624114 to 10824114 and is all-in
Blompf: calls 9624114
*** FLOP *** [Tc Kc 2s]
*** TURN *** [Tc Kc 2s] [2d]
*** RIVER *** [Tc Kc 2s 2d] [6h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
oldrich88: shows [Qd Ac] (a pair of Deuces)
Blompf: shows [As 6d] (two pair, Sixes and Deuces)
Blompf collected 21768228 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 21768228 | Rake 0
Board [Tc Kc 2s 2d 6h]
Seat 7: Blompf (button) (small blind) showed [As 6d] and won (21768228) with two pair, Sixes and Deuces
Seat 8: oldrich88 (big blind) showed [Qd Ac] and lost with a pair of Deuces

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8,341 Entrants; $1,668,200 prize pool

*2-way chop

1. Blompf $227,757
2. oldrich88 $196,971
3. iownoknp $125,115
4. Ramewa38 $83,410
5. qsf84 $66,728
6. Profesoras $50,046
7. Saygoodbye40 $33,364
8. 13sneik13 $18,350
9. Catafract80 $12,929

One of the better final tables of the day could be found at the PokerStars 500. The $500,000 guaranteed event has been teetering on the edge of missing its guarantee lately but once again late registration saved the day as 1,070 players entered the tournament. Figuring out where to begin is certainly the hardest part as more than a handful of the world’s best players found themselves vying for the $92,341 first-place check.

PokerStars professional (and STR frequenter) JC Alvarado came in hot but busted in 8th place for $10,433. Just last weekend he made the final table of the $215r but once again fell woefully short in 9th place. He now has three major final table finishes in 2010 but has been unable to hit a bit score, coming in 6th or worse in every one. 7th-place finisher “FU_15” is another staple of the Sunday Tournament Report having made numerous final tables in the past year. Just last week he also made the $215r but fared much better than JC, taking home 2nd place and $26,940.  “RaineTech”, also known as “Frank1The1Tank”, took home 5th place and nearly $27,000.  This score comes on the heels of a major victory in the Sunday Mulligan last November for $52,380. Finally, top-100 ranked “Believer82” too home 3rd place and more than $50,000. This was the 6th $50k+ score of his career including a $114,080 cash for finishing 3rd in the $1,050 WCOOP Event #33 last November.

Heads-up play came down to “KGBkaka” and “thechemist83” and there could not have been a greater contrast between the two.  KGBkaka had yet to have registered any big scores on PokerStars while thechemist83 has more than 10 five-figure scores including a win in the Sunday Mulligan on FullTilt and a 3rd place finish in the Quarter Million on Stars for $25,000. Once again it appears that experience does not matter as much as we like to this it does as KGBkaka took home the title and more than $92,000 when he AKs held up against thechemist83’s A9o.

Seat 4: KGBkaka (8294000 in chips)
Seat 9: thechemist83 (2406000 in chips)
thechemist83: posts small blind 30000
KGBkaka: posts big blind 60000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
thechemist83: raises 60000 to 120000
KGBkaka: raises 140000 to 260000
thechemist83: raises 2140000 to 2400000 and is all-in
KGBkaka: calls 2140000
*** FLOP *** [7h 8c Th]
*** TURN *** [7h 8c Th] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [7h 8c Th Qs] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
KGBkaka: shows [Ac Kc] (high card Ace)
thechemist83: shows [Ad 9s] (high card Ace – lower kicker)
KGBkaka collected 4812000 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,070 Entrants; $535,000 prize pool

1. KGBkaka $92,341
2. thechemist83 $66,875
3. Believer82 $50,825
4. Francix $37,236
5. RaineTech $26,483
6. Mikey0690 $21,133
7. FU_15 $15,783
8. JC Alvarado $10,433
9. croll10 $5,885

Seat 1: Ace_Brasil (1251964 in chips)
Seat 8: chubb10 (551536 in chips)
chubb10: posts small blind 10000
Ace_Brasil: posts big blind 20000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
chubb10: raises 30000 to 50000
Ace_Brasil: raises 1199964 to 1249964 and is all-in
chubb10: calls 499536 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (700428) returned to Ace_Brasil
*** FLOP *** [5s 8h Tc]
*** TURN *** [5s 8h Tc] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [5s 8h Tc Js] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Ace_Brasil: shows [Ac 9h] (a pair of Aces)
chubb10: shows [4s 4d] (a pair of Fours)
Ace_Brasil collected 1103072 from pot

A name that has been missing for a few weeks made its way back onto our Report as Steve “gboro780” Gross, a top-10 ranked professional, found himself at the $215r final table yesterday. Joining him were two other big names in online poker, “AJKHoosier1” and “D1rtyR1v3r”.  All three players are amongst the best online tournament professionals in the world and have more than $10,000,000 in cashes between them. Gross has more than $4,000,000 in cashes on PokerStars and FullTilt alone including a 2nd place finish in the $3,150 WCOOP Mixed Event last April for $128,000. He also won FTOPS Event #10 last February for $275,601. D1rtyR1v3r is also ranked in the top-25 and holds more than $2,500,000 in cashes on Stars and Tilt. He doesn’t have one single huge score either as he has more than 15 $20k+ scores to his name.  Finally, Alex “AJKHoosier1” Kamberis is another highly-ranked professional who took over the poker world in 2008.  His 3rd place finish in the WCOOP Main Event netted him over $941,000! He has also won the $109r for $75,176 as well as the Super Tuesday $250k for $66,053. Just like Gross, he has more than $4,000,000 in cashes between FullTilt and PokerStars as well.

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
316 Entrants; $223,000 prize pool

1. Ace_Brasil $45,715
2. chubb10 $33,450
3. gboro780 $25,199
4. Mr. Tim Caum $18,955
5. xxjondxx $13,157
6. sms9231 $10,035
7. AJKHoosier1 $7,805
8. D1rtyR1v3r $5,575
9. AreTheseUtz

The final event of the day on PokerStars, the Sunday Second Chance, continues to grow and easily surpass the quarter-million dollar prize pool mark. Making his 2nd final table of the day was RaineTech who finished in 5th in the $500k. This time he was able to seal the deal and take home a major victory as he outlasted Matthew  “cwp394” Ross heads-up.  Both players have great resumes including Ross who won the $500k in January 2009 and also won WCOOP Event #3 back in 2008 for $73,385.  In fact, Ross has even more wins to his name including a victory in the Super Tuesday last June for $59,040. Needless to say this was another awesome final table for the railbirds who had to be pleased with the star-studded events yesterday.

A final note, 5th place finisher “bigdogpckt5s” continues to find his way onto the STR. The top-10 ranked professional seems to be making this a bit of a tradition in 2010, as he continues to final table major events like the Second Chance and $500k Guaranteed.

Seat 1: cwp394 (1461556 in chips)
Seat 5: RaineTech (2657444 in chips)
cwp394: posts small blind 15000
RaineTech: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
cwp394: raises 30000 to 60000
RaineTech: raises 120000 to 180000
cwp394: raises 1278556 to 1458556 and is all-in
RaineTech: calls 1278556
*** FLOP *** [Kc Ts 4d]
*** TURN *** [Kc Ts 4d] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [Kc Ts 4d Qc] [2h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
RaineTech: shows [Ks Ah] (a pair of Kings)
cwp394: shows [3h 3d] (a pair of Threes)
RaineTech collected 2923112 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $200k Guaranteed
1,373 Entrants; $274,600 prize pool

1. RaineTech $49,867.36
2. cwp394 $36,247.20
3. I Spew Chips $27,460
4. joscha45 $20,595
5. bigdogpckt5s $14,416.50
6. jayzmo $11,670.50
7. amrasaralond $8,924.50
8. Aquasces1 $6,178.50
9. kangis $3,844.40