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For the first time in a while, online tournaments saw a bit of a drop in participation this week.  Perhaps it could be players “resting” up for the looming SCOOP Series on PokerStars.  The “Spring Championship of Online Poker” will have buy-in levels for all players, including some extremely high-stakes tournaments.

Getting the day rolling was the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars. A familiar face, Corwin “mig.com” Mackey made a deep run all the way to heads-up play.  Unfortunately a sick bad beat left him settling for 2nd place and a $78,000 pay-day.  The top-100 ranked MTT Professional nearly eclipsed his previous best score of $90,750 from a win in the $1k Monday on FullTilt.  He has won the $109r on Stars twice as well.  His opponent “Buton77” did not have much of a track-record online, having no other big scores to his name.  It just goes to show you that on any given Sunday an amateur can take down one of the world’s best with a little bit of luck on their side.

Seat 2: Buton77 (22919374 in chips)
Seat 8: mig.com (20610626 in chips)
Buton77: posts small blind 125000
mig.com: posts big blind 250000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Buton77: raises 350000 to 600000
mig.com: calls 350000
*** FLOP *** [8h As Th]
mig.com: checks
Buton77: checks
*** TURN *** [8h As Th] [6d]
mig.com: checks
Buton77: bets 815000
mig.com: raises 1685000 to 2500000
Buton77: raises 3500000 to 6000000
mig.com: raises 13985626 to 19985626 and is all-in
Buton77: calls 13985626
*** RIVER *** [8h As Th 6d] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mig.com: shows [7h 9d] (a straight, Six to Ten)
Buton77: shows [Ts 6s] (a full house, Tens full of Sixes)
Buton77 collected 41221252 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4353 Entrants; $870,600 prize pool

1. Buton77 $112,307.40
2. mig.com $78,354
3. Quagmire $52,236
4. dj_ponytale $43,530
5. grebbnrets86 $34,824
6. DeacNutt $26,118
7. Ar Schaflme $17,412
8. p5an $10,882.50
9. don_beppe $7,051.86

The Sunday Million saw a slight drop in attendance; however, the tournament was still able to pass it’s guarantee, marking quite a nice run for PokerStars’ biggest weekly event.  The biggest name at the final table ended up being the champion, as “ckingusc,” well-known for his WCOOP Main Event victory, took charge of the final table.  It took a sick suck-out heads-up for him to win, as his 88 beat KTo all-in PF after the flop cames KTx. Below are the final table stacks, bust-out hands, and pay-outs.

Seat 1: Liqqa (6120206 in chips)
Seat 2: reef2287 (7994226 in chips)
Seat 3: ckingusc (14669864 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (10831038 in chips)
Seat 5: Rabbiej (4577660 in chips)
Seat 6: 1GENERAL_TAO (6775126 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (16753871 in chips)
Seat 8: tpreston (4310041 in chips)
Seat 9: bigsexyKN (7027968 in chips)

Seat 1: Liqqa (6040206 in chips)
Seat 2: reef2287 (7914226 in chips)
Seat 3: ckingusc (15380364 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (10031038 in chips)
Seat 5: Rabbiej (4297660 in chips)
Seat 6: 1GENERAL_TAO (6965126 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (9325403 in chips)
Seat 8: tpreston (5550041 in chips)
Seat 9: bigsexyKN (13555936 in chips)
bbs99: posts small blind 200000
tpreston: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bigsexyKN: folds
Liqqa: folds
reef2287: raises 500000 to 900000
ckingusc: folds
*xen: folds
Rabbiej: folds
1GENERAL_TAO: folds
bbs99: folds
tpreston: raises 4610041 to 5510041 and is all-in
reef2287: calls 4610041
*** FLOP *** [Jc Td 7d]
*** TURN *** [Jc Td 7d] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [Jc Td 7d 3c] [9h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
tpreston: shows [Ad Kc] (high card Ace)
reef2287: shows [Ks Kh] (a pair of Kings)
reef2287 collected 11580082 from pot

Seat 1: Liqqa (4640206 in chips)
Seat 2: reef2287 (13004267 in chips)
Seat 3: ckingusc (16220364 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (9871038 in chips)
Seat 5: Rabbiej (8315320 in chips)
Seat 6: 1GENERAL_TAO (7835126 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (9995403 in chips)
Seat 9: bigsexyKN (9178276 in chips)
Liqqa: posts small blind 200000
reef2287: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ckingusc: folds
*xen: raises 550000 to 950000
Rabbiej: raises 7325320 to 8275320 and is all-in
1GENERAL_TAO: folds
bbs99: folds
bigsexyKN: folds
Liqqa: folds
reef2287: folds
*xen: calls 7325320
*** FLOP *** [3c 7s 8h]
*** TURN *** [3c 7s 8h] [2h]
*** RIVER *** [3c 7s 8h 2h] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
*xen: shows [Kd Kh] (three of a kind, Kings)
Rabbiej: shows [As Jc] (high card Ace)
*xen collected 17470640 from pot

Seat 1: Liqqa (4360206 in chips)
Seat 2: reef2287 (11574267 in chips)
Seat 3: ckingusc (15740364 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (20616358 in chips)
Seat 6: 1GENERAL_TAO (7755126 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (9915403 in chips)
Seat 9: bigsexyKN (9098276 in chips)
ckingusc: posts small blind 200000
*xen: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
1GENERAL_TAO: folds
bbs99: folds
bigsexyKN: raises 800000 to 1200000
Liqqa: folds
reef2287: folds
ckingusc: raises 1855050 to 3055050
*xen: folds
bigsexyKN: raises 6003226 to 9058276 and is all-in
ckingusc: calls 6003226
*** FLOP *** [Jc Qs 3h]
*** TURN *** [Jc Qs 3h] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Jc Qs 3h 6d] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ckingusc: shows [Ah Jd] (a pair of Jacks)
bigsexyKN: shows [Ad Kc] (high card Ace)
ckingusc collected 18796552 from pot

Seat 1: Liqqa (4430206 in chips)
Seat 2: reef2287 (11434267 in chips)
Seat 3: ckingusc (23784073 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (21160925 in chips)
Seat 6: 1GENERAL_TAO (8975126 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (9275403 in chips)
bbs99: posts the ante 50000
bbs99: posts small blind 250000
Liqqa: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
reef2287: folds
ckingusc: folds
*xen: raises 20610925 to 21110925 and is all-in
1GENERAL_TAO: calls 8925126 and is all-in
bbs99: folds
Liqqa: folds
Uncalled bet (12185799) returned to *xen
*** FLOP *** [Td Ts Qh]
*** TURN *** [Td Ts Qh] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [Td Ts Qh 4h] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
*xen: shows [Kc Qd] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
1GENERAL_TAO: shows [Jh Js] (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
*xen collected 18900252 from pot

Seat 1: Liqqa (2880206 in chips)
Seat 2: reef2287 (13384267 in chips)
Seat 3: ckingusc (19747006 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (28886051 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (14162470 in chips)
Liqqa: posts small blind 250000
reef2287: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ckingusc: folds
*xen: folds
bbs99: folds
Liqqa: raises 2330206 to 2830206 and is all-in
reef2287: calls 2330206
*** FLOP *** [Qd Kc 8d]
*** TURN *** [Qd Kc 8d] [As]
*** RIVER *** [Qd Kc 8d As] [6c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Liqqa: shows [8c Jh] (a pair of Eights)
reef2287: shows [8h Ad] (two pair, Aces and Eights)
reef2287 collected 5910412 from pot

Seat 2: reef2287 (4805473 in chips)
Seat 3: ckingusc (24941023 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (37901051 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (11412453 in chips)
reef2287: posts small blind 300000
ckingusc: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
*xen: folds
bbs99: folds
reef2287: raises 1200000 to 1800000
ckingusc: raises 5400000 to 7200000
reef2287: calls 2945473 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (2454527) returned to ckingusc
*** FLOP *** [Js 4d 3d]
*** TURN *** [Js 4d 3d] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [Js 4d 3d 7s] [As]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reef2287: shows [2s 9c] (high card Ace)
ckingusc: shows [8c 8d] (a pair of Eights)
ckingusc collected 9730946 from pot

Seat 3: ckingusc (44596496 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (30761051 in chips)
Seat 7: bbs99 (3702453 in chips)
*xen: posts small blind 400000
bbs99: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ckingusc: raises 1185500 to 1985500
*xen: folds
bbs99: raises 1185500 to 3171000
ckingusc: raises 1185500 to 4356500
bbs99: calls 451453 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (734047) returned to ckingusc
*** FLOP *** [9d 3d Jc]
*** TURN *** [9d 3d Jc] [Ks]
*** RIVER *** [9d 3d Jc Ks] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bbs99: shows [2d 2h] (a pair of Deuces)
ckingusc: shows [Js 8s] (a pair of Jacks)
ckingusc collected 7884906 from pot

Seat 3: ckingusc (53478974 in chips)
Seat 4: *xen (25581026 in chips)
*xen: posts small blind 500000
ckingusc: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
*xen: raises 1300000 to 2300000
ckingusc: raises 51078974 to 53378974 and is all-in
*xen: calls 23181026 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (27897948) returned to ckingusc
*** FLOP *** [2c 7h Ks]
*** TURN *** [2c 7h Ks] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [2c 7h Ks 8s] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ckingusc: shows [Jh Jd] (three of a kind, Jacks)
*xen: shows [9c 9h] (a pair of Nines)
ckingusc collected 51162052 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
7906 Entrants;  $1,581,200 prize pool

1. ckingusc $193,697
2. *xen $130,607.12
3. bbs99 $88,547.20
4. reef2287 $71,944.60
5. Liqqa $56,132.60
6. 1GENERAL_TAO $40,320.60
7. bigsexyKN $27,671
8. Rabbiej $18,183.80
9. tpreston $11,068

The third Sunday Major on PokerStars in the late-starting Sunday Second Chance.   This week a few big names made deep runs including second-place finisher “woltas.” Woltas has multiple 5-figure scores to his name as well as being a solid cash-game player.  Eventual champion “OverTheTop42” easily bested his previous high score of $90 with a $50,000-plus first place check.   Known cash-game specialist “ActionDJ” also made the final table but finished fourth for just over $20,000.

Seat 1: woltas (1248246 in chips)
Seat 3: 0verTheTop42 (2906754 in chips)
0verTheTop42: posts small blind 20000
woltas: posts big blind 40000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
0verTheTop42: raises 80000 to 120000
woltas: raises 1124246 to 1244246 and is all-in
0verTheTop42: calls 1124246
*** FLOP *** [6c 9h Js]
*** TURN *** [6c 9h Js] [As]
*** RIVER *** [6c 9h Js As] [4c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
woltas: shows [Ad 9d] (two pair, Aces and Nines)
0verTheTop42: shows [6d 6s] (three of a kind, Sixes)
0verTheTop42 collected 2496492 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1385 Entrants; $277,000 prize pool

1. OverTheTop42 $50,081.60
2. woltas $36,287
3. MatiasPerez $27,700
4. actionDJ $20,775
5. SLOPPYKLOD $14,542
6. jerry2332 $11,772.50
7. FunkiMunki $9,002.50
8. fashion88 $6,232.50
9. vui-qua-di $3,878

The $200 re-buy continues to consistently reach a $220,000 prize pool, well above the $200,000 tournament guarantee.   Two of the bigger names at the final table, “D1rtyR1v3r” and “Icallseat3” busted in 8th and 9th place respectively.  That meant a relative unknown might take down the toughest field of the weekend.  Heads-up play came down to “ze_caicara” and “domingo32.”  Eventually ze_caicara took down the crown, after, interestingly enough, never cashing in a tournament on PokerStars before.  Domingo32 was much more decorated, but he ran A7o into KK on the final hand:

Seat 2: ze_caiçara (899988 in chips)
Seat 3: domingo32 (856512 in chips)
domingo32: posts small blind 12500
ze_caiçara: posts big blind 25000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
domingo32: raises 50000 to 75000
ze_caiçara: raises 75000 to 150000
domingo32: raises 704012 to 854012 and is all-in
ze_caiçara: calls 704012
*** FLOP *** [5d Th 7c]
*** TURN *** [5d Th 7c] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [5d Th 7c 9h] [5c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ze_caiçara: shows [Kc Ks] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
domingo32: shows [As 7h] (two pair, Sevens and Fives)
ze_caiçara collected 1713024 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $200k Guaranteed
327 Entrants; $219,600 prize pool

1. ze_caicara $42,882
2. domingo32 $32,391
3. TiltHappens $24,156
4. M.nosbocaJ $18,446.40
5. TheGoingRate $12,627
6. Beldar C. $9,882
7. ricardobent $7,686
8. D1rtyR1v3r $5,490
9. icallseat3 $3,843

The latest finishing tournament on PokerStars in the Sunday 500.  The $500,000 guaranteed event had been reaching its guarantee for the past few months.  Unfortunately the streak was broken today as only 990 players signed up, forcing PokerStars to bay $5,000 in overlay.  The tournament was won by “Joey Capp,” a big buy-in tournament player whose previous high score was a $39,930 cash earlier this month.  Finishing in third was Isaac “Menlo” Baron, arguably the best online tournament player around.

Seat 4: Joey Capp (6474956 in chips)
Seat 5: browry (3425044 in chips)
browry: posts small blind 50000
Joey Capp: posts big blind 100000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
browry: raises 100000 to 200000
Joey Capp: raises 500000 to 700000
browry: calls 500000
*** FLOP *** [Ad Kc Td]
Joey Capp: bets 900000
browry: raises 1815044 to 2715044 and is all-in
Joey Capp: calls 1815044
*** TURN *** [Ad Kc Td] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Ad Kc Td 6d] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Joey Capp: shows [7d Kd] (a flush, Ace high)
browry: shows [Jc Qd] (a flush, Ace high – lower cards)
Joey Capp collected 6850088 from pot

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

1. Joey Capp $91,250
2. browry $66,450
3. westmenloAA $50,000
4. WlscoMurray $37,500
5. nikov $26,250
6. SenorPokes $21,250
7. ColdCall26 $16,250
8. aconsuma $11,250
9. javel $7,000

FullTilt ran their typical set of Sunday Majors, the $750k, Brawl, and Mulligan.  All three tournaments reached their respective guarantees,  meaning FullTilt did not have to pay out any overlay yet again.

The $750k was back down to its normal guarantee after last week’s $1M guarantee.   This week 37 FullTilt sponsored professionals played the tournament including Allen Cunningham, David Pham, and Isaac Baron.  Heads-up play came down to “PureLuck132,” a player with out a four-figure score to his name, and “notre_damer” a player with only 1 four-figure score to his name.  PureLuck132 was fortunate enough to take down a flip, winning with 99 vs KJo for the victory:

Seat 1: PureLuck132 (8,085,654)
Seat 5: notre_damer (3,692,346)
notre_damer posts the small blind of 30,000
PureLuck132 posts the big blind of 60,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
notre_damer raises to 195,000
PureLuck132 has 15 seconds left to act
PureLuck132 raises to 8,078,154, and is all in
notre_damer calls 3,489,846, and is all in
PureLuck132 shows [9h 9d]
notre_damer shows [Jd Ks]
Uncalled bet of 4,393,308 returned to PureLuck132
*** FLOP *** [Jc 8d 9c]
*** TURN *** [Jc 8d 9c] [As]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 8d 9c As] [Ts]
PureLuck132 shows three of a kind, Nines
notre_damer shows a pair of Jacks
PureLuck132 wins the pot (7,384,692) with three of a kind, Nines

FullTilt Poker $750k Guaranteed
3,926 Entrants; $785,200 prize pool

1. PureLuck132 $139,019.66
2. notre_damer $84,016.40
3. AsMetzmagnyAs $54,964
4. chinxu $43,343.04
5. ep1 $32,507.28
6. quadducks $24,105.64
7. dahotshot $18,059.60
8. SCNoodle $14,133.60
9. spence $10,521.68

The Sunday Brawl saw a Red Pro make the final table in Stuart Paterson.  He made a valiant effort, but busted in 3rd place for just over $41,000.  Heads-up play came down to “Amktopo5676” and “jantheJ6,” two players who have not had much success in past event on FullTilt.  For those unaware, the Brawl is a “KO” Event paying $40 to a player each time he/she eliminates a fellow opponents.  The final hand and pay outs can be found below:

Seat 1: Amktopo5676 (2,317,417)
Seat 2: jantheJ6 (4,072,583)
Amktopo5676 posts the small blind of 30,000
jantheJ6 posts the big blind of 60,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Amktopo5676 raises to 120,000
jantheJ6 raises to 300,000
Amktopo5676 has 15 seconds left to act
Amktopo5676 raises to 2,309,917, and is all in
jantheJ6 calls 2,009,917
Amktopo5676 shows [Th Ts]
jantheJ6 shows [Kc Js]
*** FLOP *** [8c Jh 7c]
*** TURN *** [8c Jh 7c] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [8c Jh 7c 5d] [4d]
Amktopo5676 shows a pair of Tens
jantheJ6 shows a pair of Jacks
jantheJ6 wins the pot (4,634,834) with a pair of Jacks

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $350k Guaranteed
2,130 Entrants; $426,000 prize pool

1. jantheJ6 $86,882.70
2. Amktopo5676 $56,232
3. Stuart Paterson $41,748
4. toilet22 $31,524
5. PokerGPScom $22,152
6. REloader1 $14,484
7. KP-Angelo $9,798
8. Bernie Kosar $6,816
9. KILLFISH22 $5,112

The final event of the day is the FullTilt Sunday Mulligan. The $200k guarantee attracted 1,301 entrants, creating a $260,200 prize pool.  18 FullTilt sponsored professionals played including Ram Vaswani, Scott Fischman, and Brandon Adams. The tournament was won by Thierry “bokpower” Van Den Berg, a high-stakes tournament player.  This was his second best finish behind a win in a $530 event last August for over $95,000.

Seat 5: bokpower (2,961,543)
Seat 8: AreTheseUtz (941,457)
bokpower posts the small blind of 25,000
AreTheseUtz posts the big blind of 50,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bokpower calls 25,000
AreTheseUtz raises to 935,457, and is all in
bokpower calls 885,457
AreTheseUtz shows [9d 8c]
bokpower shows [Ah 2d]
*** FLOP *** [Kd 3c 6d]
*** TURN *** [Kd 3c 6d] [Qh]
*** RIVER *** [Kd 3c 6d Qh] [Ts]
AreTheseUtz shows King Queen high
bokpower shows Ace King high
bokpower wins the pot (1,882,914) with Ace King hig

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,301 Entrants;  $260,200prize pool

1. bokpower $57,244
2. AreTheseUtz $36,428
3. Boxy Brown 1 $26,670.50
4. da1959 $21,141.25
5. princetendee $16,262.50
6. Liina Love $11,709
7. The2Kid2 $7,545.80
8. BigJesus2 $5,464.20
9. DOOLfan $4,007.80