With the 2010 World Series of Poker in full swing out in Las Vegas, online tournaments have seen a lot of their participants leave the virtual felt for the real deal at the Rio Casino.  This blog is typically reserved for online poker talk only, but while many of the Sunday tournaments were finishing on PokerStars and FullTilt, one of the biggest moments in WSOP history nearly took place.  What happened last night is hard to explain; Tom “Durrrr” Dwan found himself heads-up for the title of the $1,500 NL Hold’em event which in itself paid out over $600,000 to the winner. However, the FullTilt sponsored professional had much more on the line as he has a rumored $2-3M in “bracelet bets” with fellow pros getting 3:1 on his money. This means were he to have placed $2.5M in bets he could have earned $7,500,000 last night!

Dwan led the tournament for most of the three days but lost his chip-lead late at the final table. When heads-up play began in Event #11 Dwan was a 2.5:1 underdog to Simon “siac0” Watt and could not recover, eventually busting when he shipped Q6o into his opponents pocket nines. Watt made $614,248 for his victory and you could argue Dwan lost a few million dollars last night although it’s very possible for the world’s best NL Hold’em player to find himself at another final table this year. Dwan made a quick exit seemingly unfazed by the fact he had just won $381,885 which for most is a huge sum, but for a high stakes poker player its just another average pot at $500/$1,000 blinds.

The other big news to come out of the first dozen events was the Mizrachi brothers (Michael and Robert) both making the final table of the $50,000 NL Championship. The series’ highest buy-in tournament also hosted John Juanda, David Oppenheim, David “bakes” Baker, and Nick Schulman at the final table.  The two brothers (who had been rumored to be bankrupt and broke) created quite the stir heading into the final table and Michael was able to cash in big time as he won the tournament for $1,559,046. Robert was a few spots behind in 5th place for $341,429 meaning the Mizrachi family won more than  $1,900,000 in Event #2.

Two FlopTurnRiver members nearly won bracelets in the first week of the WSOP. Max “Massimo” Steinberg, whose twin brother Danny used to author this very report, took 2nd place in Event #8 ($1500 NL) for $352,916 and Adrian “chardrian” Dresel-Velasquez took 5th place in Event #12 ($1500 Limit Hold’em) for $43,647. This was Adrian’s second final table in as many years as he has been the moderator of our Multi-Table Tourney Tactics forum, which proves why he’s considered one of the better tournament professionals in the world. Stay in touch with FTR through out the series for updates on the big names, our own pros, and any other exciting news!

While the WSOP heads forward, online tournaments continue to take a step backwards.  With so many $1,000-$2,000 entry tournaments at the Rio this year the Series has made quite the dent in online tournament attendance the past two weekends. What’s even worse is these are usually prime weeks for online tournaments as two big series (FTOPS and SCOOP) ended in the past four weeks. Moving forward it will be tough to predict how the tournaments fare through out June and July, but one can only hope they stabilize and the see a nice boost post-WSOP. The first tournament of the day was the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars which again was able to surpass its guarantee despite still being down attendance-wise. Before the series the Warm-Up was surpassing the $900,000 prize pool mark with ease, but yesterday the tournament failed to reach $800,000.

Taking down the Warm-Up and more than $114,000 after a chip-chop was “bullyon” who earlier in 2010 nearly won the Sunday Million as he finished in 5th for $71,080.  Runner-Up “trionojnika” had not seen much success on PokerStars before shipping $103,162 yesterday but he did have a $40,000 score in the $1M Guaranteed on Titan Poker in April. Kyle “bluffdeez503” Zartman finished in 6th place for over $25,000. The former winner of the $1k Monday on FullTilt for $93,000 has shipped more than $1,300,000 between PokerStars and FullTilt with other wins in the $163r ($200k) for $76,838 and the $55r for $40,882.

Seat 1: trionojnika (10454272 in chips)
Seat 4: bullyon (29195728 in chips)
bullyon: posts small blind 250000
trionojnika: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bullyon: raises 500000 to 1000000
trionojnika: raises 9404272 to 10404272 and is all-in
bullyon: calls 9404272
*** FLOP *** [7s 7d 4c]
*** TURN *** [7s 7d 4c] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [7s 7d 4c Kc] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
trionojnika: shows [5d 5s] (two pair, Sevens and Fives)
bullyon: shows [Jc Ks] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
bullyon collected 20908544 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 20908544 | Rake 0
Board [7s 7d 4c Kc 3h]
Seat 1: trionojnika (big blind) showed [5d 5s] and lost with two pair, Sevens and Fives
Seat 4: bullyon (button) (small blind) showed [Jc Ks] and won (20908544) with two pair, Kings and Sevens

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
3,965 Entrants; $793,000 prize pool
*2-way chop

1. bullyon $114,120
2. trionojnika $103,162
3. Showťime $65,423
4. ginofluit $45,598
5. ValueH $33,703
6. bluffdeez503 $25,773
7. CHRISCCC $17,843
8. Jeremysl98 $9,913
9. Sunny220v $6,344

The Sunday Million failed for the 2nd consecutive week to reach its $1.5M Guarantee forcing PokerStars to pay out a decent amount of overlay in Sunday’s biggest event.  With only 7,309 players entering the event the tournament had nearly $40,000 in overlay which is a nice bonus for those willing to stay in and play yesterday. Just like the Warm-Up, the Million fell victim to a chip-chop as the final three players decided to split up the remaining prize pool and leave $30,000 on the table for the winner. Taking that extra money and more than $204,000 was Jamie “Bear4rms” Sykes who before this big win had just one five-figure score to his name on PokerStars. Sykes has been playing well as of late having won multiple $109 events in 2010 as well as the $55r. Runner-up “General Tso0″ also took down the biggest score of his career for more than $159,000.  He appears to be a high-stakes player who enjoys taking part in the Sunday majors. Rounding out the chip-chop trio was “APowers1968″ who previous shipped the Mini FTOPS Event #10 last year for $53,512.20. Below are the final table starting stacks, bust-out hands, and chop-adjusted pay-outs:

Seat 1: G8vMyLfeAway (6535128 in chips)
Seat 2: Bear4rms (5825955 in chips)
Seat 3: slamjakmyb (7972798 in chips)
Seat 4: AceQuad (3407905 in chips)
Seat 5: Illini213 (7248693 in chips)
Seat 6: axn87 (7359240 in chips)
Seat 7: APowers1968 (14244219 in chips)
Seat 8: Michel1077 (3165436 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (17330626 in chips)

Seat 1: G8vMyLfeAway (4785128 in chips)
Seat 2: Bear4rms (7625955 in chips)
Seat 3: slamjakmyb (4622798 in chips)
Seat 4: AceQuad (3407905 in chips)
Seat 5: Illini213 (9748693 in chips)
Seat 6: axn87 (5409240 in chips)
Seat 7: APowers1968 (18844219 in chips)
Seat 8: Michel1077 (1915436 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (16730626 in chips)
APowers1968: posts small blind 125000
Michel1077: posts big blind 250000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
General Tso0: raises 305575 to 555575
G8vMyLfeAway: folds
Bear4rms: folds
slamjakmyb: folds
AceQuad: raises 2827330 to 3382905 and is all-in
Illini213: raises 6340788 to 9723693 and is all-in
axn87: folds
APowers1968: folds
Michel1077: folds
General Tso0: calls 9168118
*** FLOP *** [As 6s 6c]
*** TURN *** [As 6s 6c] [Qh]
*** RIVER *** [As 6s 6c Qh] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
General Tso0: shows [Qs Qd] (a full house, Queens full of Sixes)
Illini213: shows [Ah Kd] (two pair, Aces and Sixes)
General Tso0 collected 12681576 from side pot
AceQuad: shows [Jc Jh] (two pair, Jacks and Sixes)
General Tso0 collected 10748715 from main pot

Seat 1: G8vMyLfeAway (3404692 in chips)
Seat 2: Bear4rms (7322445 in chips)
Seat 3: slamjakmyb (4632798 in chips)
Seat 6: axn87 (4209240 in chips)
Seat 7: APowers1968 (21392729 in chips)
Seat 8: Michel1077 (2840872 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (29287224 in chips)
APowers1968: posts small blind 150000
Michel1077: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
General Tso0: folds
G8vMyLfeAway: folds
Bear4rms: folds
slamjakmyb: raises 4302798 to 4602798 and is all-in
axn87: folds
APowers1968: raises 4302798 to 8905596
Michel1077: folds
Uncalled bet (4302798) returned to APowers1968
*** FLOP *** [2d Td 5h]
*** TURN *** [2d Td 5h] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [2d Td 5h Ad] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
APowers1968: shows [Kh Ac] (two pair, Aces and Kings)
slamjakmyb: shows [Qh Qc] (a pair of Queens)
APowers1968 collected 9715596 from pot

Seat 1: G8vMyLfeAway (3374692 in chips)
Seat 2: Bear4rms (7292445 in chips)
Seat 6: axn87 (4179240 in chips)
Seat 7: APowers1968 (26475527 in chips)
Seat 8: Michel1077 (2510872 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (29257224 in chips)
Michel1077: posts small blind 150000
General Tso0: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
G8vMyLfeAway: folds
Bear4rms: folds
axn87: raises 3849240 to 4149240 and is all-in
APowers1968: folds
Michel1077: folds
General Tso0: calls 3849240
*** FLOP *** [3h 5d Kc]
*** TURN *** [3h 5d Kc] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [3h 5d Kc 3s] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
General Tso0: shows [Js Ks] (two pair, Kings and Threes)
axn87: shows [Td Th] (two pair, Tens and Threes)
General Tso0 collected 8628480 from pot

Seat 1: G8vMyLfeAway (2834692 in chips)
Seat 2: Bear4rms (7502445 in chips)
Seat 7: APowers1968 (26985527 in chips)
Seat 8: Michel1077 (2270872 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (33496464 in chips)
Bear4rms: posts small blind 150000
APowers1968: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Michel1077: folds
General Tso0: folds
G8vMyLfeAway: raises 2504692 to 2804692 and is all-in
Bear4rms: raises 4667753 to 7472445 and is all-in
APowers1968: folds
Uncalled bet (4667753) returned to Bear4rms
*** FLOP *** [As 6s 7c]
*** TURN *** [As 6s 7c] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [As 6s 7c 3d] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Bear4rms: shows [Ad Qd] (a pair of Aces)
G8vMyLfeAway: shows [Js Th] (high card Ace)
Bear4rms collected 6059384 from pot

Seat 2: Bear4rms (11954712 in chips)
Seat 7: APowers1968 (25485527 in chips)
Seat 8: Michel1077 (733297 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (34916464 in chips)
APowers1968: posts small blind 150000
Michel1077: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
General Tso0: folds
Bear4rms: folds
APowers1968: raises 900000 to 1200000
Michel1077: calls 403297 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (496703) returned to APowers1968
*** FLOP *** [8h 4c 8d]
*** TURN *** [8h 4c 8d] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [8h 4c 8d 9s] [Th]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
APowers1968: shows [6d Tc] (two pair, Tens and Eights)
Michel1077: shows [Qh As] (a pair of Eights)
APowers1968 collected 1526594 from pot

Seat 2: Bear4rms (39156762 in chips)
Seat 7: APowers1968 (7114560 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (26818678 in chips)
APowers1968: posts small blind 250000
General Tso0: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Bear4rms: raises 500000 to 1000000
APowers1968: raises 6064560 to 7064560 and is all-in
General Tso0: folds
Bear4rms: calls 6064560
*** FLOP *** [7c 6h 9c]
*** TURN *** [7c 6h 9c] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [7c 6h 9c 8d] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
APowers1968: shows [2s As] (high card Ace)
Bear4rms: shows [8s Ah] (a pair of Eights)
APowers1968 is sitting out

Seat 2: Bear4rms (49805164 in chips)
Seat 9: General Tso0 (23284836 in chips)
Bear4rms: posts small blind 300000
General Tso0: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Bear4rms: raises 600000 to 1200000
General Tso0: calls 600000
*** FLOP *** [Kd 6s Ad]
General Tso0: checks
Bear4rms: bets 1450000
General Tso0: raises 1662555 to 3112555
Bear4rms: raises 1776333 to 4888888
General Tso0: raises 17135948 to 22024836 and is all-in
Bear4rms: calls 17135948
General Tso0 said, “gg”
*** TURN *** [Kd 6s Ad] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [Kd 6s Ad 2s] [Kh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
General Tso0: shows [9s Ac] (two pair, Aces and Kings)
Bear4rms: shows [Qs As] (two pair, Aces and Kings – Queen kicker)
Bear4rms collected 46569672 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
7,309 Entrants; $1,500,000 prize pool
*3-way chop

1. Bear4rms $204,342
2. General Tso0 $159,104
3. APowers1968 $147,109
4. Michel1077 $79,500
5. G8vMyLfeAway $61,500
6. axn87 $46,500
7. slamjakmyb $32,250
8. Illini213 $18,000
9. AceQuad $11,625

The $500k Guaranteed bounced back a bit this week but still fell well short of the 1,000 necessary entrants needed to surpass its guarantee. With only 944 players paying the $500+$30 entry fee PokerStars was once again forced to pay overlay this time to the tune of $28,000. The $500k typically has a solid final table and this week was no exception as there were many well known tournament professionals on hand to battle it out for a $90,000 first-place prize. Taking home that very honor was “troster16” who shipped the Sunday500 for the 2nd time in his career having won this event in December 2008 as well. The high-stakes professional has more than $1,200,000 in cashes on PokerStars alone and has nearly 50 $10,000+ scores including a win in the $109r and a near miss in the $215r last year.  Other familiar faces included “YanniYankiev” who took home 7th place for $15,000 and “doulas12” who finished in 5th for $25,000. Yanni has done quite well for himself on PokerStars and in this very event having previously finished 2nd a few years back for $60,000. His other big score came in a win in the Second Chance for $54,240 in 2008.  Doulas12 is best known for winning the Million in October 2008 for $184,500 but he also nearly won this tournament last month finishing in 3rd for $50,160.

Seat 7: troster16 (6116637 in chips)
Seat 9: DreamOnDream (3323363 in chips)
DreamOnDream: posts small blind 65000
troster16: posts big blind 130000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
DreamOnDream: raises 130000 to 260000
troster16: raises 390000 to 650000
DreamOnDream: raises 2660363 to 3310363 and is all-in
troster16: calls 2660363
*** FLOP *** [5s Kh Ah]
*** TURN *** [5s Kh Ah] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [5s Kh Ah 5d] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
troster16: shows [Ac Kd] (two pair, Aces and Kings)
DreamOnDream: shows [8c 8d] (two pair, Eights and Fives)
troster16 collected 6646726 from pot

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

1. troster16 $90,000
2. DreamOnDream $64,150
3. Prometheus R $48,000
4 joaoMathias $36,000
5. doulas12 $25,000
6. njw11 $20,000
7. YanniYankiev $15,000
8. BUCKIZ6 $10,000
9. thewh00sel $6,000

A very familiar face found his way to heads-up play in the $215r yesterday as Greg “DuckU” Hobson who might be one of the top-10 tournament players in online poker history.  Hobson has five six-figure scores to his name between FullTilt and Stars including two $400k+ scores! With more than $3,500,000 in cashes between the world’s two biggest poker sites, Hobson has cemented his place as the best of the best in online tournaments. His two huge scores came in $10,000 events in WCOOP and SCOOP series including one last month for $473,550 in the SCOOP Main Event where he finished in 3rd place. Hobson made it all the way to heads-up play last night before falling to “firas71” in a battle for the $33,282 first place check.  Randy “randers” Haddox finished in 3rd for more than $18,000. Haddox is another solid tournament pro with more than $1,300,000 in cashes between Stars and FTP including multiple wins in high-stakes events such as the $320 Mixed Hold’em SCOOP Event in 2008 and the $109r that same year.  Kevin “Stammdogg” Stammen is closing in on $2,000,000 in cashes on PokerStars and yesterday’s $4,644 score for an 8th place finish helped just a bit. Another top-tier professional, Stammen has more than a dozen $20k+ cashes on Stars including final tabling the Sunday Million twice in the same month two years ago.

Seat 1: DuckU (358723 in chips)
Seat 7: firas71 (897277 in chips)
firas71: posts small blind 6000
DuckU: posts big blind 12000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
firas71: raises 24000 to 36000
DuckU: raises 321523 to 357523 and is all-in
firas71: calls 321523
*** FLOP *** [3d 2c 4h]
*** TURN *** [3d 2c 4h] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [3d 2c 4h Kh] [9d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DuckU: shows [Th Ah] (high card Ace)
firas71: shows [6c 6d] (a pair of Sixes)
firas71 collected 717446 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 717446 | Rake 0
Board [3d 2c 4h Kh 9d]
Seat 1: DuckU (big blind) showed [Th Ah] and lost with high card Ace
Seat 7: firas71 (button) (small blind) showed [6c 6d] and won (717446) with a pair of Sixes

PokerStars $215r $150k Guaranteed
222 Entrants; $154,800 prize pool

1. firas71 $33,282
2. DuckU $23,994
3. Randers $18,189
4. Noctus $13,545
5. _Problems_ $9,288
6. jagsbun $7,740
7. jus2awsum $6,192
8. Stammdogg $4,644
9. baneris $3,096

Finishing off a mediocre day of online events on PokerStars was the Second Chance which may have caught a wave of players who had busted earlier in the day at the Rio. Over 1,300 players entered the late starting Second Chance building a $262,200 prize pool with more than $47,000 of that going to eventual winner “slimshaggy”. This was merely the 3rd biggest score for the online tournament professional who has two $50k+ cashes to his name and tends to play only super high-stake tournaments like the $215r, Wednesday Quarter Million, $1k Monday, etc.. Slimshaggy was able to outlast “pokerguru69” for the title and a difference of $13,000.  The final table of the Second Chance might have been the weakest of the day as there were not too many big names other than a former winner of this very event, “dibsy”, who took the crown all the way back in 2007.

Seat 3: slimshaggy (3370000 in chips)
Seat 4: pokerguru69 (560000 in chips)
slimshaggy: posts small blind 30000
pokerguru69: posts big blind 60000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
slimshaggy: raises 3304000 to 3364000 and is all-in
pokerguru69: calls 494000 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (2810000) returned to slimshaggy
*** FLOP *** [8d Th 2s]
*** TURN *** [8d Th 2s] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [8d Th 2s Ac] [9c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pokerguru69: shows [Jc Js] (a pair of Jacks)
slimshaggy: shows [8h 9h] (two pair, Nines and Eights)
slimshaggy collected 1120000 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1,310 Entrants; $262,00 prize pool

1. slimshaggy $47,579.20
2. pokerguru69 $34,584
3. rounder13 $26,200
4. slotmachine $19,650
5. OkTime4PlanB $13,755
6. dibsy $11,135
7. TookURCookie $8,515
8. tony1967 $5,895
9. Akvavitiks $3,668

FullTilt keeps on churning out its three Sunday majors, the $400k Brawl, $750k Guaranteed, and $200k Mulligan. The Brawl has the earliest starting time of the three and is a different structure because it is a Knock-Out style tournament that pays each player $40 every time he/she eliminates a fellow competitor. Much like the Warm-Up on Stars the Brawl typically crushes its guarantee and yesterday was no different and 2,450 players created a $490,000 prize pool. Seventeen of those 2,450 players were FullTilt sponsored professionals not taking part in WSOP events yesterday. Somyung Sim was able to crack the top-100 before busting in 92nd as the only professional to make the money. Joining Sim were some other notable professionals including Ross Boatman, Mike “timex” McDonald, and former young phenom Julian Gardner.  The Brawl was won by “arxigos” who easily shipped the biggest score of his career with this $99,936 payday. He had previously seen solid success on PokerStars having a handful of $15k+ cashes including a win in the $109r and multiple victories in the big $33r.  Runner-up “Athied87” had to settle for $64,680 which was a huge score for a player without a lot of cashes on his resume.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $400k Guaranteed
2,450 Entrants; $490,000 prize pool

1. arxigos $99,936
2. Athied87 $64,680
3. Pageh656 $48,020
4. the_Waagi $36,260
5. FaulkDogg $25,480
6. Creachadoir $16,660
7. borusse1984 $11,270
8. theman2892 $7,840
9. metadonk $5,880

The $750k came and went and once again FullTilt was stuck with a huge bill as only 3,286 players entered their biggest weekly event.  This led to more than $42,000 in overlay which is becoming and all too familiar pay-out for the 2nd biggest site in the world. There was a strong showing from the FullTilt “red pros” as 27 played including Annette “Annette_15” Oberstad, Andrew “muddywater” Wiggins, Isaac “Menlo” Baron, and Jono Karamalikis who was the “low pro” finishing in 62nd place.  The big name at the final table was Adam “Roothlus” Levy who is a well-known poker professional on both the live and internet scene. Online Levy has seen great success in big events including a 2nd place finish in the $5,200 FTOPS Event #22 in 2009 for $387,500. On the live tournament scene Levy has more than $850,000 in cashes including a WPT final table at the Festa al Lago Classic in 2008 for $266,445. Levy and “MrsNights” decided to chop once play became heads-up guaranteeing each a six-figure pay-day. It was an intriguing chop as Levy clearly has the experience edge over a player without a five-figure cash to his name, but its probably best not to 2nd guess one of the world’s best tournament players.

FullTilt Sunday $750k Guaranteed
3,286 Entrants; $750,000 prize pool
*2-way chop

1. MrsNights $111,019
2. Roothlus $102,019
3. Bhanks11 $52,500
4. HoodedZebra $41,400
5. schappuscha $31,050
6. LotusDeLex $23,025
7. rimmer27 $17,250
8. threat89 $13,500
9. Senichkin $10,050

The day ended with the Sunday Mulligan which had another solid showing as 1,137 players created a $227,400 prize pool. The $200k guarantee saw a handful of FullTilt professionals enter including Oberstad, Wiggins, Andrew Feldman, Jon Turner, and Vivek Rakjumar. Fracno “Fbonacci” Bonacci is rapidly approaching the $1,000,000 mark in cashes between FullTilt and PokerStars and his 2nd place finish late last night for $32,405 certainly helped. This was only the 5th biggest score of his career on a resume that includs wins in the $55r and $109r. Eventual winner “PANDAmonium85” was another unknown champion yesterday having had little success on FullTilt before taking down a Sunday major. The $51,165 score was more than $45,000 greater than his biggest cash entering the final table.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,137 Entrants; $227,400 prize pool

1. PANDAmonium85 $51,165
2. Fbonacci $32,405
3. Phil Ivey 18 $23,991
4. Grubasek88 $18,761
5. augie00 $14,213
6. bestlayever $10,233
7. RoccoGe $6,822
8. wywrot $5,117
9. allinstevie $3,638