With the World Series of Poker in full swing the world’s two largest poker sites turned their attention to the WSOP Main Event which starts July 5th.  The Sunday Million on PokerStars and the $750k on FullTilt were both replaced by WSOP Main Event satellites which in total paid out more than 400 seats to the $10,000 buy-in tournament yesterday.  On PokerStars 8,669 players entered the $350+$20 satellite which paid out 252 entries to the Main Event along with an additional $1,000 to each of the qualifiers. FullTilt upped the ante in their tournament guaranteeing 150 packages in a $600+$40 satellite which saw 156 players reach the main event.  The FullTilt satellite could also be bought in for with a Step 6 ticket for those who enjoy taking part in the steps system. Satellites should be running around the clock the next few weeks at all major poker sites for the Main Event so keep an eye out for any good deals that could land you at the Rio in Las Vegas early in July.

With the Million and $750k out of the way the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars took over as the main headliner yesterday. The $750,000 guaranteed tournament is typically the 2nd biggest online tournament on Sundays which garners a lot of international attention due to its earlier starting time.  The final table was devoid of any big names in online poker and the tournament came to an abrupt end once “needdollarz”, “SiiliSuhonen”, and “QazMiNowPlz” decided to chop up the remaining prize pool and leave just $10,000 on the table for the winner. Taking home the extra $10,000 and nearly $100,000 in prize money was needdollarz who shipped what was easily the biggest score of his career.  The same could be said for the two runner-ups who had also not had much success in major tournaments in the past.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,129 Entrants; $825,800 prize pool
*3-way chop

1. needdollarz $98,320
2. SiiliSuhonen $107,888
3. QazMiNowPlz $87,678
4. raare01 $46,657
5. degiomusic $35,096
6. JoeJ1337 $26,838
7. Nitrite $18,580
8. da produce $10,322
9. lankeshwar $6,606

With the Million out of the loop the $109r takes its place on the STR this weekend. The Sunday $109r is typically the biggest re-buy event of the week with a bigger field and similar prize pool to the $215r. Ultimately the field is a bit softer because of the buy-in and the final tables are not as strong but it is still a big tournament with great players. That was never more evident yesterday as STR regular Greg “DuckU” Hobson made the final table and had a near miss finishing in 3rd place for $19,700.  The top-15 ranked tournament professional has five six-figure scores to his name including two over $450,000 in PokerStars’ tournament series. Joining Hobson at the final table was Geoffrey “GeoffRas22” Rasmussen who has more than $1.2M in scores between FullTilt and PokerStars including a lot of wins in $100-$200 buy-in events.  With more than 25 five-figure scores, Rasmussen was certainly a force to be reckoned with at the final table and ended up in 4th place one spot behind Hobson.

Eventual champion “jadedjason” took down his 4th $109r victory and the 2nd biggest check of his career. He is a big time tournament grinder who is quickly approaching $1,000,000 in cashes on PokerStars.  His win came at the expense of “turataika” who has also had a lot of success in the big buy-in rebuy events including a 2nd in the Sunday $215r last September for $38,144.

Seat 2: jadedjason (2240650 in chips)
Seat 5: turataika (859850 in chips)
jadedjason: posts small blind 15000
turataika: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jadedjason: raises 38000 to 68000
turataika: raises 788850 to 856850 and is all-in
jadedjason: calls 788850
*** FLOP *** [Jh 2s 9h]
*** TURN *** [Jh 2s 9h] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 2s 9h 6h] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
turataika: shows [Ks Tc] (high card King)
jadedjason: shows [Qc As] (high card Ace)
jadedjason collected 1719700 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $109r $150k Guaranteed
513 Entrants; $192,200 prize pool

1. jadedjason $36,518
2. turataika $26,908
3. DuckU $19,700
4. GeoffRas22 $14,991
5. xxCelticFCxx $10,571
6. randomcrayon $8,168
7. jakoon1985 $6,246
8. m4gm4n $4,324
9. ricardo4473 $3,190

Without the Million running, the biggest tournament finishing up late was the $500k guaranteed which saw a big boost in attendance yesterday. The tournament had been struggling to get more than 900 participants with the WSOP running but without the Million in action a lot of players ponied up more than twice the buy-in to play the $500k.  In the end 1,146 players created a $573,000 prize pool with $88,412 going to Sunday500 winner “joegall8” who might have been the best example of someone who had never played this event benefiting from the lack of a Sunday Million. In fact, this score was the first over $1,500 for Joegall8 on PokerStars and he took down a solid final table to win it all. Finishing in 2nd place was “nutrinho87” who was also making his first appearance at a Sunday major final table. Filling out the 3-way chop was “Clutch Hero” who had the fewest chips once 3-handed play began and also had very little experience outside a win in a $55 buy-in tourney earlier this month.

The rest of the final table was not lacking experience including Ben “randomcrayon” Barrows who won the Super Tuesday in April for $73,530 and finished 7th in a WCOOP Event last year for $64,321. All in all Barrows has nearly $1,000,000 in cashes on PokerStars and a dozen or more $10k+ scores on his resume. 8th place finisher “Bounatirou” has won the $215r in the past and has a handful of $20,000+ cashes to his name including a near miss in the Quarter Million a few years ago. Rounding out the final table was the first to go, tysonduke23, who shipped the Sunday Million last August for $225,000 and has many other solid scores to his name. Still, all of their experience was for naught as they could not seem to beat the amateurs for the day’s most prestigious title.

Seat 4: joegall8 (9935264 in chips)
Seat 5: nutrinho87 (1524736 in chips)
joegall8: posts small blind 30000
nutrinho87: posts big blind 60000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
joegall8: raises 60000 to 120000
nutrinho87: raises 1398736 to 1518736 and is all-in
joegall8: calls 1398736
*** FLOP *** [2c Jd 8c]
*** TURN *** [2c Jd 8c] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [2c Jd 8c Kh] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nutrinho87: shows [9h Ah] (high card Ace)
joegall8: shows [Ad 8s] (a pair of Eights)
joegall8 collected 3049472 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,146 Entrants; $573,000 prize pool
*3-way chop

1. joegall8 $88,412
2. nutrinho87 $70,000
3. Clutch Hero $65,000
4. randomcrayon $38,964
5. 2paac $28,363
6. GasQ21 $22,633
7. Avogator $16,903
8. Bounatirou $11,173
9. tysonduke23 $6,188

The best final table of the day came to an abrupt end as the last three players chopped up the remaining prize pool and quickly shoved their stacks in the middle on the very next hand. Taking part of the chop were three top-ranked pros in “Belabacsi”, Bryan “bparis” Paris, and “theczar19”. Taking home the biggest piece of the pie by about $1,000 was belabacsi who has more than $3,250,000 in cashes on PokerStars and FullTilt including numerous $25,000+ scores. He has two $150,000+ cashes including a win in the $1,575 SCOOP re-buy event and a near miss in the WCOOP Main Event last year. Overall he has more than $2,250,000 in cashes on PokerStars alone and more than a dozen $20,000 scores.  Paris is no stranger to the Sunday Tournament Report as he won the Sunday Brawl last year and nearly won it a month ago finishing in 2nd place for $60,825.  Completing the chip-chop trio was theczar19 who has two runner-up finishes in the Quarter Million each for more than $33,000 as well as win in the $109r for $23,780. Other notable final table members included Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy, MaltLiquor40, Scott “SCTrojans” Freeman, and Matt “verysexual” Larsh.

Seat 2: theczar19 (381964 in chips)
Seat 3: Belabacsi (500688 in chips)
Seat 6: bparis (442348 in chips)
theczar19: posts small blind 6000
Belabacsi: posts big blind 12000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bparis: raises 429148 to 441148 and is all-in
theczar19: calls 374764 and is all-in
Belabacsi: calls 429148
*** FLOP *** [Qc Jh 2h]
*** TURN *** [Qc Jh 2h] [Ks]
*** RIVER *** [Qc Jh 2h Ks] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Belabacsi: shows [Qd Qs] (three of a kind, Queens)
bparis: shows [7h Tc] (high card King)
Belabacsi collected 120768 from side pot
theczar19: shows [6h Th] (high card King)
Belabacsi collected 1145892 from main pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
231 Entrants; $163,800 prize pool
*3-way chop

1. Belabacsi $27,602
2. bparis $26,628
3. theczar19 $25,621
4. MaltLiquor40 $14,332
5. DrunkPPlaya $9,828
6. SCTrojans $8,190
7. JohnnyBax $6,552
8. VerySexual $4,914
9. supfoolio $3,276

Finishing off a nice day of tournaments on PokerStars was the appropriately-named Sunday Second Chance. The first player eliminated at the final table might have been the best professional there as “tcblade” bit the dust early and only took home $4,466 for a hard days work.  This score barely pays for a few high-stakes events that the world-class professional likes to play in including his most recent victory in the $1,575 Heads-Up SCOOP Championship where he took home $192,000. His biggest score came on FullTilt when he won FTOPS Event #17 last year for $213,232.  Conquering the final table was “New Shawboy” who had a solid resume entering but was missing a big major win. The $57,420 cash was easily the biggest of his career and bolsters a resume that already had more than 10 five-figure scores.

Seat 7: New Shawboy (3085511 in chips)
Seat 9: ChAtBan (1699489 in chips)
New Shawboy: posts small blind 25000
ChAtBan: posts big blind 50000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
New Shawboy: calls 25000
ChAtBan: raises 115775 to 165775
New Shawboy: raises 2914736 to 3080511 and is all-in
ChAtBan: calls 1528714 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1386022) returned to New Shawboy
*** FLOP *** [2c 9h 7d]
*** TURN *** [2c 9h 7d] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [2c 9h 7d 3c] [5h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ChAtBan: shows [Kd Ah] (high card Ace)
New Shawboy: shows [Jd 7c] (a pair of Sevens)
New Shawboy collected 3398978 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1,595 Entrants; $319,000 prize pool

1. New Shawboy $57,420
2. ChAtBan $41,470
3. JLizard $31,900
4. OGURI $23,925
5. IV.Geoffrey $16,474
6. BillChapel $13,557
7. Janto7 $10,367
8. Ozzthor $7,177
9. tcblade $4,466

With the $750k sidelined in lieu of the $600+$40 WSOP Main Event satellite, FullTilt did lose a bit of steam yesterday. Still, the $400k Brawl and $200k Mulligan both easily bested their guarantees as most players showing up for the $750k filtered into the smaller majors.  With more than a handful of World Series events running yesterday it was understandable that less than 20 FullTilt sponsored professionals showed up to play in the Brawl. Perhaps the pros should have played at the Rio as only one in a group including Aaron Bartley, Isaac “Menlo” Baron, and Mike “Timex” McDonald made it inside the top-750 finishers. The final table had one really big name, Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy, make an appearance and he made the most of his time there chopping the title with “mralan2950”. Josephy is known both for his tournament play and his staking career where he has made millions in both ventures.  Just between FullTilt and PokerStars Josephy has more than $3,600,000 in cashes including five scores over $50,000.  He has had seen similar success on the live scene with nearly $2,000,000 in scores including 5 six-figure scores highlighted by a $446,975 runner-up finish back in 2006 at the Aruba Classic.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $400k Guaranteed
2,271 Entrants; $454,200 prize pool
*2-way chop

1. JohnnyBax $78,294
2. mralan2950 $74,294
3. CrazyVladlen $44,512
4. Passepartout21 $33,611
5. throwinphins $23,618
6. BadgerPro $15,443
7. UgottaBkiddin $10,447
8. Sofia_25 $7,267
9. Shahrazada $5,4503

The Mulligan continues to pick up steam as it had another big week with more than 1,400 players creating a $285,400 prize pool. The $200k guaranteed event has been crushing lately and has been easily above the quarter-million mark for some time now. The FullTilt red pro contingent fared slightly better in the Mulligan than the Brawl but still failed to have a member make the money as a handful finished on the wrong side of the bubble. Included in those just missing out on some cash was Dave Colclough (240th), Mike McDonald (234th), and Mandy B (215th). Chad “Johnny_Lazer” Cook finished in 2nd place behind “NextCase222” for $38,814.  This was Cook’s biggest score on FullTilt by more than $30,000 and helped push him closer to $100,000 in career cashes. NextCase222 took down the biggest score of his career besting a previous 2nd place finish in MiniFTOPs Event#17 last year for $40,487. The $61,361 cash was the 4th $10,000+ score on his resume and took him over the quarter-million mark in career cashes on FullTilt.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,427 Entrants; $285,400 prize pool

1. NextCase222 $61,361
2. Johnny_Lazer $38,814
3. tbird1955 $28,825
4. K4rdK0wb0y $22,832
5. Martin 97 $17,124
6. Daniel Monteiro $12,272
7. Godfatti $7,991
8. PrishChips31 $5,708
9. npomocc $3,996