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With another FTOPS looming this past Sunday served as a bit of a warm-up for all the online tournament professionals.  Be sure to check flopturnriver.com for daily updates on all the major FTOPS events.  This week some big names made deep runs in bigger events and, for the first time in a while, finished with a victory.  FullTilt and PokerStars continue to lead the way in terms of volume and guaranteed prize pools on Sunday.  While both sites seem to be carrying the torch for online tournament they have both been struggling in some of their bigger tournaments.  Lately, the $750k on FullTilt has been failing to reach it’s guarantee, and this past Sunday was no exception.

The PokerStars Warm-Up kicked off another day of intense tournament grinding.  Unlike many other tournaments the Warm-Up has consistently passed it’s guarantee by a safe margin. The final table failed to give a big-name winner although a few notable tournament grinders collected a nice finish.  “I_destr0y_U” and “CNT_CRUSHER” finished in 4th and 5th place respectively.  Heads-up play came down to “davdav23” and “sirpietah”. The two decided to chop which easily guaranteed them their largest scores of their career. Before Sunday neither player had a score over $5,500 to their name and they both walked away with $100,000 cashes.

Seat 1: davdav23 (11777832 in chips)
Seat 8: sirpietah (29982168 in chips)
davdav23: posts small blind 250000
sirpietah: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
davdav23: raises 1000000 to 1500000
sirpietah: raises 28432168 to 29932168 and is all-in
davdav23: calls 10227832 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (18204336) returned to sirpietah
*** FLOP *** [Qs 4d As]
*** TURN *** [Qs 4d As] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [Qs 4d As 6s] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sirpietah: shows [6h 6c] (a full house, Sixes full of Aces)
davdav23: shows [Ah Js] (three of a kind, Aces)
sirpietah collected 23555664 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4176 Entrants; $835,200 prize pool

1. sirpietah $131,026.18
2. davdav23 $97,300.81
3. lbh26 $68,904.01
4. I_DESTROY_U $47,188.81
5. delaney_kid $35,496.01
6. plasticard $27,144.01
7. RalsLe $18,792.01
8. Dardan0s $10,440.01
9. UNoWho11 $6,681.61

The Sunday Million continued to reach it’s guarantee, albeit barely, with 7759 entrants this past weekend. The final table was devoid of any huge names which tends to be a great sign for the MTT Community.  Eventual winner “sasa80” had trouble with the chop numbers, prompting stars to bring in an Italian translator.  Eventually nothing was settled and he went on to win, taking home $232,770 for his efforts.  This is quite a big jump from his previous high cash of $1,408 on PokerStars!  Below are the final table chip counts, bust-out hands, and pay-outs.

Seat 1: mk10 (7610880 in chips)
Seat 2: Humlae79 (9057924 in chips)
Seat 3: badbeatman06 (6215403 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (8854770 in chips)
Seat 5: PolyBaller22 (7153058 in chips)
Seat 6: SandroBird (16603064 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (7830962 in chips)
Seat 8: Tardeea (7352031 in chips)
Seat 9: postmand (6911908 in chips)

Seat 1: mk10 (6730880 in chips)
Seat 2: Humlae79 (9367924 in chips)
Seat 3: badbeatman06 (6865403 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (8094770 in chips)
Seat 5: PolyBaller22 (6353059 in chips)
Seat 6: SandroBird (8312102 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (16711924 in chips)
Seat 8: Tardeea (6442031 in chips)
Seat 9: postmand (8711907 in chips)
Humlae79: posts small blind 200000
badbeatman06: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MrGORK: raises 600000 to 1000000
PolyBaller22: raises 5313059 to 6313059 and is all-in
SandroBird: folds
sasa80: folds
Tardeea: folds
postmand: folds
mk10: folds
Humlae79: folds
badbeatman06: folds
MrGORK: calls 5313059
*** FLOP *** [4d 6s 4h]
*** TURN *** [4d 6s 4h] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [4d 6s 4h 5s] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MrGORK: shows [Qs Qc] (two pair, Queens and Fours)
PolyBaller22: shows [Qh Ac] (a pair of Fours)
MrGORK collected 13586118 from pot

Seat 1: mk10 (6690880 in chips)
Seat 2: Humlae79 (9127924 in chips)
Seat 3: badbeatman06 (6425403 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (15327829 in chips)
Seat 6: SandroBird (8272102 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (16671924 in chips)
Seat 8: Tardeea (6402031 in chips)
Seat 9: postmand (8671907 in chips)
badbeatman06: posts small blind 200000
MrGORK: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
SandroBird: folds
sasa80: raises 1200000 to 1600000
Tardeea: folds
postmand: folds
mk10: folds
Humlae79: folds
badbeatman06: raises 4785403 to 6385403 and is all-in
MrGORK: folds
sasa80: calls 4785403
*** FLOP *** [Jh 7s 5d]
*** TURN *** [Jh 7s 5d] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 7s 5d 8s] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
badbeatman06: shows [Kh Ah] (high card Ace)
sasa80: shows [9d Td] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
sasa80 collected 13490806 from pot

Seat 1: mk10 (4970880 in chips)
Seat 2: Humlae79 (9807924 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (18807829 in chips)
Seat 6: SandroBird (4342102 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (24417327 in chips)
Seat 8: Tardeea (7372031 in chips)
Seat 9: postmand (7871907 in chips)
mk10: posts small blind 200000
Humlae79: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MrGORK: raises 600000 to 1000000
SandroBird: calls 1000000
sasa80: folds
Tardeea: folds
postmand: folds
mk10: folds
Humlae79: folds
*** FLOP *** [Kd 8h 3d]
MrGORK: checks
SandroBird: bets 3302102 and is all-in
MrGORK: calls 3302102
*** TURN *** [Kd 8h 3d] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [Kd 8h 3d 5s] [Qh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MrGORK: shows [Jc Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
SandroBird: shows [7h 7s] (a pair of Sevens)
MrGORK collected 9484204 from pot

Seat 1: mk10 (13861760 in chips)
Seat 2: Humlae79 (3467924 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (22298904 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (26427327 in chips)
Seat 8: Tardeea (7282031 in chips)
Seat 9: postmand (4252054 in chips)
MrGORK: posts small blind 250000
sasa80: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Tardeea: folds
postmand: raises 750000 to 1250000
mk10: raises 12561760 to 13811760 and is all-in
Humlae79: folds
MrGORK: folds
sasa80: folds
postmand: calls 2952054 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (9609706) returned to mk10
*** FLOP *** [8s 2h 5s]
*** TURN *** [8s 2h 5s] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [8s 2h 5s 8c] [9c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
postmand: shows [Qh Ad] (a pair of Eights)
mk10: shows [Kh Ks] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
mk10 collected 9454108 from pot

Seat 1: mk10 (19463814 in chips)
Seat 2: Humlae79 (3317924 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (21898904 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (25527327 in chips)
Seat 8: Tardeea (7382031 in chips)
mk10: posts small blind 250000
Humlae79: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MrGORK: folds
sasa80: folds
Tardeea: folds
mk10: raises 4000000 to 4500000
Humlae79: calls 2767924 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1232076) returned to mk10
*** FLOP *** [Ad 8s 3d]
*** TURN *** [Ad 8s 3d] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [Ad 8s 3d 4d] [8c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mk10: shows [Jd Ac] (two pair, Aces and Eights)
Humlae79: shows [Ks Th] (a pair of Eights)
mk10 collected 6785848 from pot

Seat 1: mk10 (21601738 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (15346873 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (28517327 in chips)
Seat 8: Tardeea (12124062 in chips)
MrGORK: posts small blind 300000
sasa80: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Tardeea: raises 10777777 to 11377777
mk10: folds
MrGORK: folds
sasa80: raises 10777777 to 22155554
Tardeea: calls 686285 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (10091492) returned to sasa80
*** FLOP *** [9c 3s Qh]
*** TURN *** [9c 3s Qh] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [9c 3s Qh Ad] [6d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sasa80: shows [9h 9s] (three of a kind, Nines)
Tardeea: shows [Tc As] (a pair of Aces)
sasa80 collected 24668124 from pot

Seat 1: mk10 (21541738 in chips)
Seat 4: MrGORK (12406873 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (43641389 in chips)
sasa80: posts small blind 300000
mk10: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MrGORK: raises 1100000 to 1700000
sasa80: raises 4900000 to 6600000
mk10: folds
MrGORK: raises 5746873 to 12346873 and is all-in
sasa80: calls 5746873
*** FLOP *** [9h 8d 2c]
*** TURN *** [9h 8d 2c] [Qh]
*** RIVER *** [9h 8d 2c Qh] [Kc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sasa80: shows [Qd Kh] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
MrGORK: shows [7h As] (high card Ace)
sasa80 collected 25473746 from pot

Seat 1: mk10 (14941738 in chips)
Seat 7: sasa80 (62648262 in chips)
sasa80: posts small blind 300000
mk10: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
sasa80: raises 1800000 to 2400000
mk10: raises 12481738 to 14881738 and is all-in
sasa80: calls 12481738
*** FLOP *** [Kd 3c Qc]
*** TURN *** [Kd 3c Qc] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [Kd 3c Qc 4s] [6h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mk10: shows [5h As] (high card Ace)
sasa80: shows [9c Qh] (a pair of Queens)
sasa80 collected 29883476 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
7759 Entrants; $1,551,800 prize pool

1. sasa80 $232,770.01
2. mk10 $170,698.01
3. MrGORK $116,385.01
4. Tardeea $78,210.73
5. Humlae79 $62,072.01
6. postmand $46,554.01
7. SandroBird $31,036.01
8. badbeatman06 $17,845.71
9. PolyBaller22 $12,026.46

The best final table of this past Sunday goes to the PokerStars Sunday $215 re-buy.  A player who always seems to make our report, “gboro780” took down yet another Sunday major, holding off a final table of MTT Superstars including “xthesteinx”, “intervntion”, and “ender555”. gboro faced a formidable opponent in “ronaldgrauer”, who won the $109r in March for over $24,000.  Unforunately ronaldgrauer started with a large chip disadvantage and was no match for one of the world’s best tournament players.

Seat 8: ronaldgrauer (235152 in chips)
Seat 9: gboro780 (1158348 in chips)
gboro780: posts small blind 3000
ronaldgrauer: posts big blind 6000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
gboro780: raises 8000 to 14000
ronaldgrauer: raises 28000 to 42000
gboro780: raises 1115748 to 1157748 and is all-in
ronaldgrauer: calls 192552 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (923196) returned to gboro780
*** FLOP *** [Th 5d Ts]
*** TURN *** [Th 5d Ts] [2d]
*** RIVER *** [Th 5d Ts 2d] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ronaldgrauer: shows [9d 9s] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
gboro780: shows [Ah Kh] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
gboro780 collected 470304 from pot

PokerStars $215r $200k Guaranteed
252 Entrants $200,000 prize pool

1. gboro780 $41,000
2. ronaldgrauer $30,000
3. xthesteinx $22,600
4. intervntion $17,000
5. ElMastermind $11,800
6. 1$ickDisea$E $9,000
7. ender555 %7,000
8. slimshaggy $5,000
9. TorontoToro $3,500

The Sunday500 boasts one of the best structures and deepest fields every Sunday.   This week two solid tournament regulars battled for a $87,400 first place check.  “hummylun”, a mid-high stakes regular who has won the $22r and a $215 buy-in tournament was able to hold off “HEMIpowerSWT”, a player with a lot of success is big buy-in re-buy tournaments including victories in the $109r and $55r.  Eventually hummylun got his money in well ahead with TT vs. 33 to take down the title and a big score.

Seat 1: hummylun (5515766 in chips)
Seat 2: HEMIpowerSWT (4394234 in chips)
HEMIpowerSWT: posts small blind 40000
hummylun: posts big blind 80000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
HEMIpowerSWT: raises 100000 to 180000
hummylun: raises 380000 to 560000
HEMIpowerSWT: raises 3826234 to 4386234 and is all-in
hummylun: calls 3826234
*** FLOP *** [Kd Tc 9s]
*** TURN *** [Kd Tc 9s] [2d]
*** RIVER *** [Kd Tc 9s 2d] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hummylun: shows [Th Ts] (three of a kind, Tens)
HEMIpowerSWT: shows [3h 3c] (a pair of Threes)
hummylun collected 8788468 from pot

PokerStars Sunday500 $500k Guaranteed
991 Entrants; $500,000 prize pool

1. hummylun $87,400
2. HEMlpowerSWT $63,500
3. Bill Ivey $47,500
4. Lisbeth27 $35,500
5. holdplz $25,000
6. papabengt $20,000
7. Donkaroo22 $15,000
8. BOKPOWER $10,000
9. YlonSchwartz $5,570

The final event of the day on Stars is the Sunday Second Chance.  The $250,000 guarantee tournament tends to attract those late-risers looking for one final shot at a big Sunday score.   Heads-Up play came down to “ParkerKane” and “ICuRaRook”. The experience edge went to ICuRaRook; however, as we’ve seen lately, experience did not matter much as ParkerKane took down the title and over $47,000, his biggest score by nearly $46,000.

Seat 4: ParkerKane (2678484 in chips)
Seat 8: ICuRaRook (1236516 in chips)
ICuRaRook: posts small blind 15000
ParkerKane: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ICuRaRook: raises 36666 to 66666
ParkerKane: raises 143334 to 210000
ICuRaRook: raises 789999 to 999999
ParkerKane: raises 1675485 to 2675484 and is all-in
ICuRaRook: calls 233517 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1441968) returned to ParkerKane
*** FLOP *** [8c Qd 5d]
*** TURN *** [8c Qd 5d] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [8c Qd 5d 6s] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ParkerKane: shows [Jh Js] (three of a kind, Jacks)
ICuRaRook: shows [Qh Kd] (a pair of Queens)
ParkerKane collected 2473032 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1305 Entrants; $261,000 prize pool

1. ParkerKane $47,397.60
2. ICuRaRook $34,452
3. arsenal46 $26,100
4. SortThisAce $19,575
5. cool0813 $13,702.50
6. Slayrider $11,092.50
7. whatsurbench $8,482.50
8. zedveron $5,872.50
9. ImaLuckSac $3,654

FullTilt ran their three Sunday Majors, the $350k Brawl, $750k Gtd., and the $200k Sunday Mulligan.  This week 24 FullTilt sponsored professionals including Ram Vaswani, Isaac “Menlo” Baaron, and Lee Watkinson played.  The deepest run from the pros came from Marco Liesy who finished in 38th place.   Heads-up play came down to “iDrinkBeer2” and “bukithepro”. Once again a final table came down to two relative unknowns with out big score.  This time it was iDrinkBeer2 who took down the title and nearly $90,000 in first-place money.

Seat 2: iDrinkBeer2 (4,765,467)
Seat 5: bukithepro (1,792,533)
iDrinkBeer2 posts the small blind of 30,000
bukithepro posts the big blind of 60,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
iDrinkBeer2 raises to 180,000
bukithepro calls 120,000
*** FLOP *** [3h Kc 8c]
bukithepro bets 167,250
iDrinkBeer2 has 15 seconds left to act
iDrinkBeer2 raises to 450,000
bukithepro has 15 seconds left to act
bukithepro raises to 1,605,033, and is all in
iDrinkBeer2 calls 1,155,033
bukithepro shows [5d Ks]
iDrinkBeer2 shows [6c 3d]
*** TURN *** [3h Kc 8c] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [3h Kc 8c 6h] [As]
bukithepro shows a pair of Kings
iDrinkBeer2 shows two pair, Sixes and Threes
iDrinkBeer2 wins the pot (3,585,066) with two pair, Sixes and Threes

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $350k Guaranteed
2,186 Entrants; $437,200 prize pool

1. iDrinkBeer2 $89,166.94
2. bukithepro $57,710.40
3. meggyb $42,845.60
4. IRAISEUTOHELL $32,352.80
5. Andreas Berg $22,734.40
6. Bhanks11 $14,864.80
7. Mario_Basler $10,055.60
8. BKqzbxt $6,995.20
9. wookie overlord $5,246.40

Unfortunately the $750k continues to miss it’s guarantee, lately by a wide margin. It’s quite difficult to understand how PokerStars can generate more than double the entries for similar buy-in tournaments starting near the same time; however, one might point to FullTilt’s satellite structure. This week 34 FullTilt professionals played including Paul Wolfe, Richard “CHUFTY” Ashby, and Scott Fischman.  Heads-up play came down to “sloroger” and the more experienced “sihghih1”.  Once again, experience proved unimportant as sloroger was able to take down the title and over $132,000 in prize money.

Seat 8: sloroger (8,876,428)
Seat 9: sixhigh1 (1,764,572)
sloroger posts the small blind of 30,000
sixhigh1 posts the big blind of 60,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
sloroger calls 30,000
sixhigh1 raises to 195,000
sloroger calls 135,000
*** FLOP *** [Tc 4s Kd]
sixhigh1 bets 240,000
sloroger raises to 480,000
sixhigh1 raises to 1,562,072, and is all in
sloroger calls 1,082,072
sixhigh1 shows [Ac Jc]
sloroger shows [5h Ks]
*** TURN *** [Tc 4s Kd] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [Tc 4s Kd Kc] [Th]
sixhigh1 shows two pair, Kings and Tens
sloroger shows a full house, Kings full of Tens
sloroger wins the pot (3,529,144) with a full house, Kings full of Tens

FullTitl Sunday $750k Guaranteed
3,547 Entrants; $750,000 prize pool

1. sloroger $132,787.50
2. sixhigh1 $80,250
3. Stamdogg $52,500
4. JWeb777 $41,400
5. MrSmokey1 $31,050
6. d4donkey $23,025
7. COTLOD $17,250
8. itsice23 $13,500
9. Spinvis $10,050

The final event of the day this Sunday was the Mulligan on FullTilt.  The $200,000 guarantee has been consistently gaining enough entrants to forgo any overlay.  This week 14 FullTilt Red Pro’s including Allen Cunningham, David Pham, and Jordan Morgan competed for a first place check of just over $53,000.  Taking home the title was “sketchy1” as he was able to outlast “matthew66” for the win.

Seat 4: sketchy1 (2,741,329)
Seat 7: matthew66 (795,671)
matthew66 posts the small blind of 10,000
sketchy1 posts the big blind of 20,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
matthew66 raises to 60,000
sketchy1 calls 40,000
*** FLOP *** [Jh Ts Kd]
sketchy1 checks
matthew66 bets 62,500
sketchy1 raises to 171,750
matthew66 has 15 seconds left to act
matthew66 raises to 733,171, and is all in
sketchy1 calls 561,421
matthew66 shows [Ks 3c]
sketchy1 shows [Jc Td]
*** TURN *** [Jh Ts Kd] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [Jh Ts Kd 8c] [Qc]
matthew66 shows a pair of Kings
sketchy1 shows two pair, Jacks and Tens
sketchy1 wins the pot (1,591,342) with two pair, Jacks and Tens

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,179 Entrants;$235,800 prize pool

1. sketchy1 $53,055
2. matthew66 $33,601.50
3. DUSoonerKid $24,876.90
4. the_nutshot2 $19,453.50
5. MrPonyExpress $14,737.50
6. Greg__Chimp $10,611
7. Hells Devil $7,074
8. Funkii $5,305.50
9. FELIPE MOJAVE $3,772.80