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Another big day of online tournaments is in the books.  This Sunday, tournaments continued their recent trend of full participation with all tournaments reaching their guarantees.  It seems even in times of economic trouble that poker is able to withstand and even increase attendance in these big buy-in tournaments.

Getting the day going was the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars.  This week over 4,300 players created a prize pool in excess of $860,000, with over $111,000 going to first place and eventual champion “icallseat3.”  Icallseat3 is a solid tournament grinder, having 12 five-figure scores to his name before this huge cash on PokerStars. With previous victories in the $109r on Stars and the $65k Guaranteed on FullTilt, he is slowly but surely becoming one of the best online tournament players around.  Heads-Up play came down to icallseat3 and “bechis,” a player with a much weaker track record.  It didn’t take long for the better player to take control and take down the title:

Seat 3: bechis (11191922 in chips)
Seat 7: icallseat3 (31928078 in chips)
icallseat3: posts small blind 150000
bechis: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
icallseat3: raises 420000 to 720000
bechis: raises 10441922 to 11161922 and is all-in
icallseat3: calls 10441922
*** FLOP *** [8d Qh 5d]
*** TURN *** [8d Qh 5d] [2h]
*** RIVER *** [8d Qh 5d 2h] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bechis: shows [5h Ah] (a pair of Fives)
icallseat3: shows [Th Tc] (a pair of Tens)
icallseat3 collected 22383844 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4312 Entrants; $862,400 prize pool

1. icallseat3 $111,250
2. bechis $77,616
3. Shaaarrrp $51,744
4. MJOS $43,120
5. shabbyglass $34,496
6. KAMUK000 $25,872
7. schokonugget $17,248
8. sebure $10,780
9. mad.afurable $6,985

The Million continues to break its guarantee and for once we saw a final table without a chop.  Unfortunately for 2nd place finisher “TheCronic420,”  arguably the best player at the final table, the decision not to chop cost him some money.  About 30 hands before the final hand, TheCronic420 had his opponent “Iceman1278” all-in holding AQ vs. A5.  Unfortunately a 5 came, giving Iceman the chip lead.  Below are all 8 knock-out hands and the payouts:

Seat 1: kendog39 (2967891 in chips)
Seat 2: JLande (6975660 in chips)
Seat 3: pokerbrat13 (5343928 in chips)
Seat 4: TheCronic420 (9472220 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (2953483 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (13610483 in chips)
Seat 7: vietcong01 (13521196 in chips)
Seat 8: WhatArunAA (7955854 in chips)
Seat 9: bayleesmom (17209285 in chips)

Seat 1: kendog39 (2517891 in chips)
Seat 2: JLande (6825660 in chips)
Seat 3: pokerbrat13 (5193928 in chips)
Seat 4: TheCronic420 (8663420 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (2653483 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (13730483 in chips)
Seat 7: vietcong01 (13641196 in chips)
Seat 8: WhatArunAA (8764654 in chips)
Seat 9: bayleesmom (18019285 in chips)
kendog39: posts small blind 150000
JLande: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
pokerbrat13: folds
TheCronic420: folds
Brendan42: folds
Iceman1278: folds
vietcong01: folds
WhatArunAA: folds
bayleesmom: raises 900000 to 1200000
kendog39: calls 1050000
JLande: folds
*** FLOP *** [Jc 9h 8s]
kendog39: bets 1287891 and is all-in
bayleesmom: calls 1287891
*** TURN *** [Jc 9h 8s] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 9h 8s Kh] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kendog39: shows [4c 4h] (a pair of Fours)
bayleesmom: shows [As Ac] (a pair of Aces)
bayleesmom collected 5545782 from pot

Seat 2: JLande (5612177 in chips)
Seat 3: pokerbrat13 (3273928 in chips)
Seat 4: TheCronic420 (19828040 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (3026966 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (11630483 in chips)
Seat 7: vietcong01 (6196576 in chips)
Seat 8: WhatArunAA (7914654 in chips)
Seat 9: bayleesmom (22527176 in chips)
vietcong01: posts small blind 200000
WhatArunAA: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bayleesmom: folds
JLande: folds
pokerbrat13: raises 2833928 to 3233928 and is all-in
TheCronic420: folds
Brendan42: folds
Iceman1278: raises 8356555 to 11590483 and is all-in
vietcong01: folds
WhatArunAA: folds
Uncalled bet (8356555) returned to Iceman1278
*** FLOP *** [Ts As 4c]
*** TURN *** [Ts As 4c] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Ts As 4c 6d] [3c]
WhatArunAA said, “gg”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pokerbrat13: shows [Jc Td] (a pair of Tens)
Iceman1278: shows [Ad Ah] (three of a kind, Aces)
Iceman1278 collected 7387856 from pot

Seat 2: JLande (4852177 in chips)
Seat 4: TheCronic420 (18379240 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (6453932 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (15624411 in chips)
Seat 7: vietcong01 (8485376 in chips)
Seat 8: WhatArunAA (7154654 in chips)
Seat 9: bayleesmom (19060210 in chips)
TheCronic420: posts small blind 200000
Brendan42: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Iceman1278: folds
vietcong01: folds
WhatArunAA: folds
bayleesmom: folds
JLande: raises 4412177 to 4812177 and is all-in
TheCronic420: folds
Brendan42: calls 4412177
*** FLOP *** [6h 7c 9d]
*** TURN *** [6h 7c 9d] [Ts]
*** RIVER *** [6h 7c 9d Ts] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Brendan42: shows [Jd Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
JLande: shows [4s Ac] (a pair of Fours)
Brendan42 collected 10104354 from pot

Seat 4: TheCronic420 (18979240 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (12546109 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (13544411 in chips)
Seat 7: vietcong01 (6765376 in chips)
Seat 8: WhatArunAA (11709308 in chips)
Seat 9: bayleesmom (16465556 in chips)
TheCronic420: posts the ante 40000
Brendan42: posts the ante 40000
Iceman1278: posts the ante 40000
vietcong01: posts the ante 40000
WhatArunAA: posts the ante 40000
bayleesmom: posts the ante 40000
Brendan42: posts small blind 200000
Iceman1278: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
vietcong01: raises 800000 to 1200000
WhatArunAA: folds
bayleesmom: folds
TheCronic420: folds
Brendan42: folds
Iceman1278: calls 800000
*** FLOP *** [9c 3s 5d]
Iceman1278: checks
vietcong01: bets 2400000
Iceman1278: raises 4400000 to 6800000
vietcong01: calls 3125376 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1274624) returned to Iceman1278
*** TURN *** [9c 3s 5d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [9c 3s 5d 8d] [4h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Iceman1278: shows [Jc 3d] (a pair of Threes)
vietcong01: shows [Jd Ac] (high card Ace)
Iceman1278 collected 13890752 from pot

Seat 4: TheCronic420 (25043120 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (11036218 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (23016351 in chips)
Seat 8: WhatArunAA (6803199 in chips)
Seat 9: bayleesmom (14111112 in chips)
Iceman1278: posts small blind 300000
WhatArunAA: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bayleesmom: folds
TheCronic420: folds
Brendan42: raises 800000 to 1400000
Iceman1278: folds
WhatArunAA: raises 3400000 to 4800000
Brendan42: raises 4200000 to 9000000
WhatArunAA: calls 1943199 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (2256801) returned to Brendan42
*** FLOP *** [3s 9s Qc]
*** TURN *** [3s 9s Qc] [2h]
*** RIVER *** [3s 9s Qc 2h] [Kh]”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
WhatArunAA: shows [Ac 6d] (high card Ace)
Brendan42: shows [Jc Js] (a pair of Jacks)
Brendan42 collected 14086398 from pot

Table ‘145821818 770’ 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: TheCronic420 (25103120 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (17599417 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (23676351 in chips)
Seat 9: bayleesmom (13631112 in chips)
Brendan42: posts small blind 300000
Iceman1278: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bayleesmom: raises 12971112 to 13571112 and is all-in
TheCronic420: raises 11472008 to 25043120 and is all-in
Brendan42: folds
Iceman1278: folds
Uncalled bet (11472008) returned to TheCronic420
*** FLOP *** [3s 6c 4c]
*** TURN *** [3s 6c 4c] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [3s 6c 4c 8c] [Qh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bayleesmom: shows [Td Ac] (high card Ace)
TheCronic420: shows [Js Jd] (a pair of Jacks)
TheCronic420 collected 28282224 from pot

Seat 4: TheCronic420 (38425432 in chips)
Seat 5: Brendan42 (17239417 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (24345151 in chips)
Iceman1278: posts small blind 300000
TheCronic420: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Brendan42: raises 1100000 to 1700000
Iceman1278: folds
TheCronic420: raises 3123880 to 4823880
Brendan42: calls 3123880
*** FLOP *** [8h Td 3c]
TheCronic420: bets 3827779
Brendan42: raises 8527758 to 12355537 and is all-in
TheCronic420: calls 8527758
*** TURN *** [8h Td 3c] [Jh]
*** RIVER *** [8h Td 3c Jh] [Th]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TheCronic420: shows [Js Jc] (a full house, Jacks full of Tens)
Brendan42: shows [4s 4c] (two pair, Tens and Fours)
TheCronic420 collected 34838834 from pot

Seat 4: TheCronic420 (19867576 in chips)
Seat 6: Iceman1278 (60142424 in chips)
TheCronic420: posts small blind 500000
Iceman1278: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
TheCronic420: calls 500000
Iceman1278: checks
*** FLOP *** [3c Kd 7c]
Iceman1278: checks
TheCronic420: checks
*** TURN *** [3c Kd 7c] [Kh]
Iceman1278: checks
TheCronic420: bets 1658880
Iceman1278: raises 1658880 to 3317760
TheCronic420: calls 1658880
*** RIVER *** [3c Kd 7c Kh] [6h]
Iceman1278: bets 16000000
TheCronic420: calls 15449816 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Iceman1278: shows [Kc 6d] (a full house, Kings full of Sixes)
TheCronic420: shows [7s 9c] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
Iceman1278 collected 39735152 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8001 Entrants;  $1,600,200 prize pool

1. Iceman1278 $196,025
2. TheCronic420 $132,177
3. Brendan42 $89,611
4. bayleesmom $72,809
5. WhatArunAA $56,807
6. vietcong01 $40,805
7. JLande $28,004
8. pokerbrat13 $18,402
9. kendog39 $11,201

The Sunday Second Chance is the latest starting tournament each Sunday.  However, the tournament tends to end before the $215r and the Sunday $500k.  This week, a well-known player, “frtk,” found his way to the top of the leaderboard.  This win was his 2nd major victory of March after a win in the Warm-Up two weeks ago.  On top of these two victories he also has a win in the Sunday 500 last November.  Overall, ftrk is now up over $260,000 on PokerStars alone.  The final hand and payouts can be found below:

Seat 5: frtk (3413670 in chips)
Seat 9: typarks (729330 in chips)
frtk: posts small blind 20000
typarks: posts big blind 40000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
frtk: raises 60000 to 100000
typarks: raises 625330 to 725330 and is all-in
frtk: calls 625330
*** FLOP *** [5c 7c 5d]
*** TURN *** [5c 7c 5d] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [5c 7c 5d 3s] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
typarks: shows [8c 8s] (two pair, Eights and Fives)
frtk: shows [Ad 4s] (two pair, Aces and Fives)

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1381 Entrants; $276,200 prize pool

1. frtk $49,937
2. typarks $36,182
3. lechuckpoker $27,620
4. kAmIkAdZeEe $20,715
5. hitthehole $14,501
6. BWFCLEE $11,739
7. malicous222 $8,977
8. BLUEANDWHITE $6,215
9. KCBuck78 $3,867

As always, the Sunday $215r table does not disappoint.  This week a big name in online poker, “Jovial Gent,” found his way to the top, taking home over $45,000 for his victory. For most this might be their biggest score, but for Jovial Gent it is only his 5th biggest cash on PokerStars alone.  The score is also dwarfed by a $250,202 cash three years ago in a $530 Sunday Million.  Other big names at the final table included “xthesteinx,” “drunkPPlaya,” and “YanniYankiev.”

Seat 5: Jovial Gent (1478308 in chips)
Seat 6: Trazamanna (308692 in chips)
Jovial Gent: posts small blind 8000
Trazamanna: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Jovial Gent: raises 20000 to 36000
Trazamanna: raises 271092 to 307092 and is all-in
Jovial Gent: calls 271092
*** FLOP *** [Ah Qc 2h]
*** TURN *** [Ah Qc 2h] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Ah Qc 2h 6d] [2s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Trazamanna: shows [Ts 8c] (a pair of Deuces)
Jovial Gent: shows [6h As] (two pair, Aces and Sixes)
Jovial Gent collected 617384 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $200k Guaranteed
314 Entrants; $222,600 prize pool

1. Jovial Gent $45,633
2. Trazamanna $33,390
3. PokerToronto $25,153.80
4. yanks1989 $18,921
5. YanniYankiev $13,133.40
6. HEMlpowerSWT $10,017
7. MiniKipDK $7,791
8. DrunkPPlaya $5,565
9. xthesteinx $3,895.50

The final event this Sunday was the PokerStars Sunday 500.  The tournament has struggled at times to reach its guarantee, but recently it has been able to reach the necessary 1,000 entrants.  The $530 buy-in tends to weed out a lot of mediocre players, leaving only the best online players to battle it out for a $90,000+ first place check.  This week the battle came down to “highland” and “BUCKIZ6.”  Neither player has had a huge amount of success at high-stakes tournaments, but both are winning players.  Highland eventually took home the title and over $94,000 when he flopped two-pair against top pair:

Seat 2: highland (7020270 in chips)
Seat 9: BUCKIZ6 (3399730 in chips)
BUCKIZ6: posts small blind 50000
highland: posts big blind 100000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
BUCKIZ6: raises 100000 to 200000
highland: calls 100000
*** FLOP *** [5d 8h Ks]
highland: checks
BUCKIZ6: bets 200000
highland: raises 559645 to 759645
BUCKIZ6: calls 559645
*** TURN *** [5d 8h Ks] [Tc]
highland: bets 1038900
BUCKIZ6: raises 1391185 to 2430085 and is all-in
highland: calls 1391185
*** RIVER *** [5d 8h Ks Tc] [2s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
highland: shows [8c Kc] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
BUCKIZ6: shows [Kh Jh] (a pair of Kings)
highland collected 6799460 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1042 Entrants; $521,000 prize pool

1. highland $94,614
2. BUCKIZ6 $68,772
3. Squirrely1 $52,100
4. ImaLuckSac $39,075
5. Kameleont $27,353
6. Booster_JJ $22,143
7. MiniKipDK $16,933
8. BMH v.2.37 $11,723
9. Dirkdaddy $7,294

FullTilt upped the buy-in of their biggest weekly tournament to $500+$35 this week, turning the $750k guarantee into a $1,000,000 guarantee.  2,355 players created a prize pool of $1,777,500.   37 FullTilt sponsored professionals entered the event including Richard “CHUFTY” Ashby, two time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Fischman, and Ivy-league educated high-stakes professional Brandon Adams.  Unfortunately, none of the professionals made a deep run, leaving a relatively unknown final table.   In the end, it was “grimmy101” taking on “Charlie Jean” for the first place check of over $216,000. Grimmy101 was fortunate enough to take home the title, easily eclipsing his previous high score of only $5,994.

FullTilt Poker $1M Guaranteed
2,355 Entrants; $1,177,500 prize pool

1. grimmy101 $216,012
2. Charlie Jean $132,587
3. CzarBushov $86,782
4. BRO20 $69,237
5. P0K3RDUUDE $52,399
6. brandand00 $37,680
7. GhostRideIt $27,671
8. vtlaxer09 $21,666
9. ChipConvergence $16,485

The Sunday Brawl is always an aggressive event.  The nature of the knock-out event, paying $40 to a player each time he/she busts another, creates a different dynamic than normally seen.  The tournament continues to climb near a $450,000 prize pool, perhaps enticing FullTilt to up the guarantee in the near future.   “NovaSky,” a well-known tournament grinder, made it all the way to heads-up play before falling to “oregongown.”  NovaSky won the $1k Monday on FullTilt only five days ago.  The relatively unknown Oregongrown easily eclipsed his previous best score of only $4,200.

Seat 1: NovaSky (1,169,105)
Seat 7: oregongrown (5,418,895)
oregongrown posts the small blind of 30,000
NovaSky posts the big blind of 60,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
oregongrown raises to 240,000
NovaSky has 15 seconds left to act
NovaSky raises to 1,161,605, and is all in
oregongrown calls 921,605
NovaSky shows [Qh Kc]
oregongrown shows [8d 8h]
*** FLOP *** [Jc 3d 3c]
*** TURN *** [Jc 3d 3c] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 3d 3c 3s] [9h]
NovaSky shows three of a kind, Threes
oregongrown shows a full house, Threes full of Eights
oregongrown wins the pot (2,338,210) with a full house, Threes full of Eights

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $350k Guaranteed
2,196 Entrants; $439,200 prize pool

1. oregongrown $89,575
2. NovaSky $57,974
3. lei_kung $43,042
4. angry tilt $32,501
5. Br1stolian $22,838
6. berkenator $14,933
7. downtowneb $10,102
8. kathy1 $7,027
9. iloveu4urcash $5,270

The final event of the day is the $200k Guarantee Sunday Mulligan.  This tournament gives everyone a final shot at a big Sunday score.  One player “braceb” took advantage of his second chance.  16 FullTilt professionals, including Kristy Gazes, Roy Winston, and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson played, but did not cash.

Seat 6: braceb (3,442,468)
Seat 7: S Dot Saul (880,532)
S Dot Saul posts the small blind of 17,000
braceb posts the big blind of 34,000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
S Dot Saul has 15 seconds left to act
S Dot Saul raises to 85,550
braceb raises to 3,438,468, and is all in
S Dot Saul calls 790,982, and is all in
braceb shows [Tc Kh]
S Dot Saul shows [8c 8d]
Uncalled bet of 2,561,936 returned to braceb
*** FLOP *** [Jc Ad Td]
*** TURN *** [Jc Ad Td] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [Jc Ad Td 9h] [Kd]
braceb shows two pair, Kings and Tens
S Dot Saul shows a pair of Eights
braceb wins the pot (1,761,064) with two pair, Kings and Tens

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,441 Entrants; $288,200 prize pool

1. braceb $63,404
2. S Dot Saul $40,348
3. MariaRJ $29,180
4. Balderdashin22 $23,416
5. kautabjo $17,667
6. Ace18 $12,969
7. Evilduke $8,358
8. theVisionay $6,052
9. MYKICSIKE $4,323