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Online tournaments continue to roll on as FTOPS XVI and SCOOP loom in the near future.  The 16th installment of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series begins April 23rd and runs for into May. The two tournaments actually overlap as SCOOP begins before FTOPS ends. Perhaps trying to boost some action for the upcoming week, FullTilt decided to up the ante on their biggest weekly event, turning the $750k into a $1,000,000 guaranteed event.

That bump in the guarantee meant the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars would have to slide into the #3 slot this weekend. although through no fault of its down. Over 4,500 players entered the earliest major of the day, helping the tournament surpass the $900,000 prize pool mark once again.  The final table failed to produce any huge names but did have a bunch of solid tournament players vying for a $142,261 first place prize. Luckily for the rail there would be no chop this week as “fazi608” outlasted “iveygotstaks” for the title. This was the biggest victory of his career, easily besting his win in the $109r a few years ago for $32,423.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,534 Entrants; $906,800 prize pool

1. fazi608 $142,261
2. iveygotstaks $105,642
3. Demosthen3s $74,811
4. Sh1LLa $51,234
5. ladub40 $38,539
6. jaaaaaaack $29,471
7. murallin $20,403
8. phibrigin $11,335
9. dsnka $7,254

The Sunday Million fell victim to the chop-bug this weekend but you could not really blame the three players involved. Once “elitelive” was eliminated in 4th place all three had nearly identical chip stacks and decided to cut out some variance and guarantee themselves a $175k payday. There was still $30,000 on the table and that extra cash went to “speedy0308” who took down “KenshoSatori” during heads-up play. Neither play had seen a ton of success on PokerStars but speedy0308 was certainly the more experienced of the two. He had final tabled a few $109r’s the past few years including a 3rd place worth $8,225.  Below are the final table stacks, bust-out hands, and chop-adjusted pay-outs:

Seat 1: playerscard (17714068 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (11477573 in chips)
Seat 3: KingBalls123 (4735205 in chips)
Seat 4: Allnwithda.. (5691687 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (5905200 in chips)
Seat 6: BossWife (11257706 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (16860922 in chips)
Seat 8: Schukie (3469448 in chips)
Seat 9: fivetenatrad (7528191 in chips

Seat 1: playerscard (18829068 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (9377573 in chips)
Seat 3: KingBalls123 (3065205 in chips)
Seat 4: Allnwithda.. (4306687 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (7635200 in chips)
Seat 6: BossWife (11537706 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (18120922 in chips)
Seat 8: Schukie (5279448 in chips)
Seat 9: fivetenatrad (6488191 in chips)
Allnwithda..: posts small blind 200000
speedy0308: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
BossWife: folds
elitelive: folds
Schukie: raises 555000 to 955000
fivetenatrad: folds
playerscard: folds
KenshoSatori: folds
KingBalls123: raises 2070205 to 3025205 and is all-in
Allnwithda..: folds
speedy0308: folds
Schukie: calls 2070205
*** FLOP *** [Qs As 8s]
*** TURN *** [Qs As 8s] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [Qs As 8s 8c] [2c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Schukie: shows [Ac Qd] (two pair, Aces and Queens)
KingBalls123: shows [Td Tc] (two pair, Tens and Eights)
Schukie collected 7010410 from pot

Seat 1: playerscard (19640068 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (18131573 in chips)
Seat 4: Allnwithda.. (3146687 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (6275200 in chips)
Seat 6: BossWife (11497706 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (18080922 in chips)
Seat 8: Schukie (1419653 in chips)
Seat 9: fivetenatrad (6448191 in chips)
speedy0308: posts small blind 200000
BossWife: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
elitelive: folds
Schukie: raises 979653 to 1379653 and is all-in
fivetenatrad: folds
playerscard: calls 1379653
KenshoSatori: folds
Allnwithda..: folds
speedy0308: folds
BossWife: folds
*** FLOP *** [7d 4s 7c]
*** TURN *** [7d 4s 7c] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [7d 4s 7c 8h] [2s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Schukie: shows [Qc Kd] (a pair of Sevens)
playerscard: shows [6d Ad] (a pair of Sevens – Ace kicker)
playerscard collected 3679306 from pot

Seat 1: playerscard (17649721 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (20511573 in chips)
Seat 4: Allnwithda.. (2056687 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (11635200 in chips)
Seat 6: BossWife (10507706 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (17920922 in chips)
Seat 9: fivetenatrad (4358191 in chips)
speedy0308: posts small blind 250000
BossWife: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
elitelive: folds
fivetenatrad: folds
playerscard: folds
KenshoSatori: folds
Allnwithda..: raises 1506687 to 2006687 and is all-in
speedy0308: folds
BossWife: calls 1506687
*** FLOP *** [3c 9h 5s]
*** TURN *** [3c 9h 5s] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [3c 9h 5s 4c] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BossWife: shows [3h Jh] (a pair of Threes)
Allnwithda..: shows [Ac 8c] (high card Ace)
BossWife collected 4613374 from pot

Seat 1: playerscard (24764171 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (19090573 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (15974400 in chips)
Seat 6: BossWife (3126243 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (12576422 in chips)
Seat 9: fivetenatrad (9108191 in chips)
playerscard: posts small blind 300000
KenshoSatori: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
speedy0308: folds
BossWife: raises 2200000 to 2800000
elitelive: calls 2800000
fivetenatrad: folds
playerscard: folds
KenshoSatori: folds
*** FLOP *** [3d Kc Th]
BossWife: bets 266243 and is all-in
elitelive: calls 266243
*** TURN *** [3d Kc Th] [As]
*** RIVER *** [3d Kc Th As] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BossWife: shows [9d Qd] (a pair of Tens)
elitelive: shows [Kh Qh] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
elitelive collected 7392486 from pot

Seat 1: playerscard (26909116 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (14700573 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (18864955 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (15962665 in chips)
Seat 9: fivetenatrad (8202691 in chips)
KenshoSatori: posts small blind 400000
speedy0308: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
elitelive: folds
fivetenatrad: raises 7322691 to 8122691 and is all-in
playerscard: calls 8122691
KenshoSatori: folds
speedy0308: folds
*** FLOP *** [9h 5d 3c]
*** TURN *** [9h 5d 3c] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [9h 5d 3c Kh] [2s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
fivetenatrad: shows [As 8h] (high card Ace)
playerscard: shows [Ah Ad] (a pair of Aces)
playerscard collected 17845382 from pot

Seat 1: playerscard (29406948 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (12881012 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (35454680 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (6897360 in chips)
elitelive: posts small blind 600000
playerscard: posts big blind 1200000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
KenshoSatori: raises 1445000 to 2645000
speedy0308: folds
elitelive: raises 4132360 to 6777360 and is all-in
playerscard: folds
KenshoSatori: calls 4132360
*** FLOP *** [9h Qs 6c]
*** TURN *** [9h Qs 6c] [2d]
KenshoSatori said, “gg”
*** RIVER *** [9h Qs 6c 2d] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
elitelive: shows [As 7h] (high card Ace)
KenshoSatori: shows [Qd Qh] (three of a kind, Queens)
KenshoSatori collected 15234720 from pot

Seat 1: playerscard (5937268 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (27833372 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (50869360 in chips)
speedy0308: posts small blind 600000
playerscard: posts big blind 1200000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
KenshoSatori: raises 1650000 to 2850000
speedy0308: folds
playerscard: raises 2967268 to 5817268 and is all-in
KenshoSatori: calls 2967268
*** FLOP *** [Ac 4c 8s]
*** TURN *** [Ac 4c 8s] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [Ac 4c 8s 6c] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
playerscard: shows [9h 9d] (a pair of Nines)
KenshoSatori: shows [Jc Qd] (a flush, Ace high)
KenshoSatori collected 12594536 from pot

Seat 2: KenshoSatori (19061280 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (65578720 in chips)
speedy0308: posts small blind 700000
KenshoSatori: posts big blind 1400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
speedy0308: raises 1400000 to 2800000
KenshoSatori: raises 16121280 to 18921280 and is all-in
speedy0308: calls 16121280
*** FLOP *** [Ah Jc 9s]
*** TURN *** [Ah Jc 9s] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [Ah Jc 9s 7h] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
KenshoSatori: shows [As 5c] (a pair of Aces)
speedy0308: shows [Kd Qc] (a straight, Ten to Ace)
KenshoSatori said, “gg”
speedy0308 collected 38122560 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8,464 Entrants; $1,692,800 prize pool

1. speedy0308 $205,983
2. KenshoSatori $175,983
3. playerscard $175,983
4. elitelive $84,640
5. fivetenatrad $67,712
6. BossWife $50,784
7. Allnwithda.. $33,856
8. Schukie $18,621
9. KingBalls123 $13,119

Seat 5: DRKP (2960201 in chips)
Seat 7: ImDaNuts (7099799 in chips)
DRKP: posts small blind 50000
ImDaNuts: posts big blind 100000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
DRKP: raises 100000 to 200000
ImDaNuts: raises 6889799 to 7089799 and is all-in
DRKP: calls 2750201 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (4139598) returned to ImDaNuts
*** FLOP *** [5s 9h Qd]
*** TURN *** [5s 9h Qd] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [5s 9h Qd 6c] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ImDaNuts: shows [6h 6d] (three of a kind, Sixes)
DRKP: shows [Ac Kd] (high card Ace)
ImDaNuts collected 5920402 from pot

The $530 Sunday $500k Guaranteed continues to produce great final tables full of world-class tournament professionals. It will be interesting to see just how big this event gets in the upcoming weeks as PokerStars begins to benefit from all of their SCOOP promotions. Some of the more notable names at the final table were top-100 ranked “DonkCommited” and “imdanuts”. Joining them was  “FatsoFat6969” and Alex “msusyr24” Carr. ImDaNuts took home the title and nearly $88,000.  This was his biggest score on PokerStars on a resume that already includes more than a dozen five-figure scores including three wins in the $109r. 3rd place finisher DonkCommited added another big score to an impressive resume that includes a handful of $20k+ scores including wins in many midstakes events and a few wins in the $109r. Former Sunday Second Chance winner “msusyr24” took down 4th place for $35,713.

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,006 Entrants; $503,000 prize pool

1. ImDaNuts $87,924
2. DRKP $63,881
3. DonkCommited $47,785
4. msusyr24 $35,713
5. chunmin $25,150
6. tEh_R3aLde4L $20,120
7. FatsoFat6969 $15,090
8. Razorbacker7 $10,060
9. Paultar $5,785

Michael “YrrsiNN” Huber crashed the final table of the $215r yesterday taking 2nd place behind “vuppi”. This was just another big score for Huber who won the FullTilt $1M last December after nearly winning the Brawl the month before. On PokerStars he has wins in the $55r and $100 cubed for $37k and $32k respectively.  Sixth-place finisher “bdybldngpkr” is no stranger to success on Stars as well having won the $500k last May as well as the Second Chance in 2008.  Coming in 5th place was “jiacstrap” who nearly won the Million in 2008 finishing in 4th for $71,308. Eventual winner vuppi took down the 2nd biggest score of his career, well behind a $60,131 win in the $109r back in December 2008.

Seat 3: YrrsiNN (324934 in chips)
Seat 9: vuppi (1234566 in chips)
vuppi: posts small blind 8000
YrrsiNN: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
vuppi: raises 1216966 to 1232966 and is all-in
YrrsiNN: calls 307334 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (909632) returned to vuppi
*** FLOP *** [6c 4s Js]
*** TURN *** [6c 4s Js] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [6c 4s Js Ad] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
YrrsiNN: shows [Kc 9h] (high card Ace)
vuppi: shows [Ah 2d] (a pair of Aces)
vuppi collected 649868 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
271 Entrants; $193,600 prize pool

1. vuppi $39,688
2. YrrsiNN $29,040
3. jagsbun $21,877
4. PrinceAndrew $16,456
5. jiacstrap $11,422
6. bdybldngpkr $8,712
7. HuslerGrune $6,776
8. frtk $4,840
9. Opperstoff69 $3,388

The final event of the day on PokerStars found three solid tournament professionals battling it out for a $53,831 first place check. “PokerNoob999”, “a$$ou”, and “OKTime4PlanB” were quite chatty at the final table as they tried to determine a chip-chop with players giving little ground. It would seem PokerNoob999 had the most experience as he won the high-stakes heads-up event in last year’s SCOOP for more than $133,000 after chopping the final match. He has other major victories in the $500k, Super Tuesday, Second Chance, and $109r.  Eventual winner a$$ou also had a major win to his name entering the final table, a $149k score for shipping the Sunday Warm-up last October. One other player of note at the final table was “Bill Ivey” who plays both high stakes cash games and tournaments, having won nearly $1.5M on PokerStars alone.

Seat 2: a$$ou (3068944 in chips)
Seat 8: PokerNoob999 (1407056 in chips)
PokerNoob999: posts small blind 50000
a$$ou: posts big blind 100000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
PokerNoob999: raises 100000 to 200000
a$$ou: raises 1500000 to 1700000
PokerNoob999: calls 1197056 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (302944) returned to a$$ou
*** FLOP *** [8d Js Jd]
*** TURN *** [8d Js Jd] [Ah]
*** RIVER *** [8d Js Jd Ah] [7c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
a$$ou: shows [6d Ac] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
PokerNoob999: shows [6h 6s] (two pair, Jacks and Sixes)
a$$ou collected 2814112 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $200k Guaranteed
1,492 Entrants; $298,400 prize pool

1. a$$ou $53,831
2. PokerNoob999 $38,941
3. OkTime4PlanB $29,840
4. sinergio $22,380
5. tonyyTT $15,666
6. Bill Ivey $12,682
7. SAMOVRAH $9,698
8. ettiezzi $6,714
9. GAKingChaser $4,177

With the $750k becoming a bigger buy-in, $1M guarantee, the largest of the Sunday majors on FullTilt was actually the $240+$16 Sunday Brawl. For those unfamiliar with “KO” events, players are awarded $40 every time he/she eliminates a fellow competitor. This can add up quickly and usually results in $600 or so extra for the winner.  Seventeen FullTilt sponsored professionals played in the Brawl including Lee Watkinson, Aaron Bartley, and Ram Vaswani. Watkinson, who min-cashed, was the only FullTilt Pro to make the money.  Joe “jpmetalman” Patrick took 2nd place for over $71,000. This was one of the biggest scores of his career, coming in just behind an $80,250 cash back in 2007. John “BlackFours” May finished in 5th place for nearly $28,000.  He has seen success on both FullTilt and PokerStars having won the $75k and $109r on the two sites. Mike “SuperUsed” Reisner finished in 8th place for $8,714.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $400k Guaranteed
2,723 Entrants; $544,600 prize pool

1. izik_74 $110,554
2. jpmetalman $71,343
3. fullcredito $52,826
4. HalcyonDays $39,756
5. BlackFours $27,775
6. Ziale $18,516
7. MichalJ10 $12,526
8. SuperUsed $8,714
9. TDBAY6 $6,535

The normal $200+$16 was turned into the $500+$35 $1,000,000 guarantee yesterday. FullTilt tends to do this once a month and while the prize pool is larger due to the bigger buy-in size it usually cuts the field in half. This typically leads to a much stronger field and a pretty good final table for the railbirds. This week was no exception as a handful of well-known poker pros were on hand looking to take down the $193,384 first place prize. The bigger buy-in also attracted more FullTilt “red pros” as nearly 30 entered the day’s biggest event.  Some of the bigger names on hand were Brandon Adams, Isaac Baron, and Scott Clements. TheWaceKidd made a deep run but fell in 44th place.

Three of the bigger names at the final table were “ElMastermind”, Greg “DuckU” Hobson, and Joshua “pbdrunks” VanDuyn.  VanDuyn has more than $1.2M in scores on FullTilt alone including more than 10 $20k+ scores to his name. Hobson is just as decorated on FullTilt having won an FTOPS event and many other big buy-in tournaments back in 2007 and 2008 ElMastermind ended up winning the $1M guarantee after chopping with a big chip-lead when 3-handed play began. He took home more than $176,921 for the victory which trumps a win in the Brawl in 2008 for the biggest score of his career. He has many other wins on FullTilt including multiple victories in the $109r.

FullTilt Sunday $1,000,000 Guaranteed
2,102 Entrants; $1,051,000 prize pool
*3-way chip-chop

1. ElMastermind $176,921
2. gYPSYtearss $118,000
3. THE UTE $95,000
4. Shoevestoof $62,009
5. kda281101 $47,295
6. DuckU $33,842
7. pbdrunks $24,699
8. john_the_main $19,444
9. aabomb09 $14,714

One of the bigger names in online tournament poker, Frank “gator93” Hernandez, shipped the Sunday Mulligan for $57,904 yesterday. He has nearly $3,000,000 in tournament cashes between FullTilt and PokerStars over the past few years including three scores of more than $120,000. He was joined in this event by a handful of FullTilt professionals, four of whom finished in the top-100. Aaron Bartley (63rd), Jon Turner (86th), Mandy B (43rd), and Stuart Paterson (77th) all made the money but failed to reach the final table.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,316 Entrants; $263,200 prize pool

1. Gator93 $57,904
2. kiko1515 $36,848
3. young_diamond18 $26,649
4. travisohc $21,385
5. Rockette6530 $16,134
6. StuMan123 $11,844
7. cpm3 $7,633
8. pokertrip $5,527
9. Nicolak $3,948