This Sunday marked the final day of FTOPS XVII, a wildly successful tournament series run by the world’s 2nd largest online poker site, FullTilt Poker. The 17th installment of the FullTilt Online Poker Series saw players compete over the course of two weeks and 34 tournaments for millions of dollars in prize money and internet fame.  There was a trio of major tournaments finishing today including the $600+$40 Main Event and the $2000+$100 2-Day Championship. For in-depth write-ups on all the big events from FTOPS XVII make sure to check out the FlopTurnRiver News Section. With FullTilt garnering a lot of the attention yesterday it would have been understandable for PokerStars to see a dive in attendance. However the world’s biggest poker room was in store for a bit of a surprise as tournament entries were up across the board including their major events. The Sunday Warm-Up, Million, and $500k all saw nice boosts which is a great sign heading into September’s World Championship of Online Poker. Satellites have already begun for what promises to be an epic series. This will be the 9th running of the WCOOP and with PokerStars tournament history it might just be the biggest online event ever!

Before the WCOOP gets underway the Sunday majors will have to be enough to satisfy all you railbirds out there.  Yesterday started off strong with more than 4,300 players entering the $750,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up. While the tournament has yet to get back to its pre-WSOP numbers (which routinely saw $950,000 prize pools) it still rates as one of the biggest tournaments of the week. Arguably the best player at the final table yesterday was ultimately the first to bust. Jeremy “EndlessJ” Menard busted in 9th place for just under $7,000. What might seem like a big score to most barely registers to a player of Menard’s caliber.  The online tournament professional has more than $1,000,000 in cashes on PokerStars alone including a handful of wins in the $109 re-buy. His biggest win came on FullTilt earlier this year where he took home $180,123 for winning the $1,000,000 guarantee in March.

Heads-up play came down to “hierki” and “Ansgar2000” with the experience edge firmly with the latter.  In fact, this was the second time this year Ansgar2000 made a deep run in the Warm-Up as he finished in 4th place in March for $56,274. This time he managed to get all the way to heads-up play where, much like the rest of the final table, he quickly dispatched of his opponent and took home the title and $136,080.  Although he fell in 2nd place, hierki had to be thrilled with a six-figure payday as he appears to be a low-stakes grinder who took a shot at one of the weeks biggest events.  His Cinderella story ended when he found a small pair heads-up but unfortunately ran into Pocket Queens:

Seat 1: hierki (8125726 in chips)
Seat 5: Ansgar2000 (35244274 in chips)
hierki: posts small blind 250000
Ansgar2000: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
hierki: raises 7575726 to 8075726 and is all-in
Ansgar2000: calls 7575726
*** FLOP *** [Ac 8c 3d]
*** TURN *** [Ac 8c 3d] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [Ac 8c 3d Td] [Th]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Ansgar2000: shows [Qs Qd] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
hierki: shows [2c 2d] (two pair, Tens and Deuces)
Ansgar2000 collected 16251452 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,337 Entrants; $867,400 prize pool

1. Ansgar2000 $136,079
2. hierki $101,052
3. bigfr0g $71,560
4. Ramux $49,008
5. kittevajen $36,864
6. Al K. Holick $28,190
7. justpartime6 $19,516
8. Shamus888 $10,842
9. EndlessJ $6,939

The Sunday Million continues to build after a lull during the 2010 World Series of Poker.  The week’s biggest tournament has been easily besting its $1,500,000 guarantee as of late and yesterday was no exception.  More than 8,200 players entered the $200+$15 buy-in event creating a massive $1,658,800 prize pool with over $24o,000 slated for first place. Unfortunately that massive payday was never realized as the final four players decided upon a chip-chop. With only $30,000 left on the table the action was fast and furious ultimately leaving Tim  “blumenkind53” Ulrich with the title and $160,781.  Runner-up “RAZZER777” was actually the big winner yesterday as he earned about $8,000 more than Ulrich due to chip counts during their deal.

Below are the final-table chip counts, bust-out hands, and chop-adjusted payouts:

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (10100093 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (5388896 in chips)
Seat 3: bogg (4921510 in chips)
Seat 4: D0CKENFL0P (10595520 in chips)
Seat 5: lolriverdnky (7983088 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (15624058 in chips)
Seat 7: legreat00 (7419434 in chips)
Seat 8: The Pot SWE (11303075 in chips)
Seat 9: Charlie Ivey (9604326 in chips)

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (10020093 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (6068896 in chips)
Seat 3: bogg (4241510 in chips)
Seat 4: D0CKENFL0P (10115520 in chips)
Seat 5: lolriverdnky (8863088 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (15544058 in chips)
Seat 7: legreat00 (7339434 in chips)
Seat 8: The Pot SWE (11223075 in chips)
Seat 9: Charlie Ivey (9524326 in chips)
D0CKENFL0P: posts small blind 200000
lolriverdnky: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
YouHave2outs: folds
legreat00: folds
The Pot SWE: folds
Charlie Ivey: folds
RAZZER777: folds
blumenkind53: raises 400000 to 800000
bogg: raises 3401510 to 4201510 and is all-in
D0CKENFL0P: folds
lolriverdnky: folds
blumenkind53: calls 3401510
*** FLOP *** [Kc 4c 3d]
*** TURN *** [Kc 4c 3d] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [Kc 4c 3d 3h] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
blumenkind53: shows [Ah As] (a full house, Threes full of Aces)
bogg: shows [Jc Ad] (three of a kind, Threes)
blumenkind53 collected 9363020 from pot

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (12120093 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (7834616 in chips)
Seat 4: D0CKENFL0P (9635520 in chips)
Seat 5: lolriverdnky (8063088 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (14514058 in chips)
Seat 7: legreat00 (7539434 in chips)
Seat 8: The Pot SWE (15858865 in chips)
Seat 9: Charlie Ivey (7374326 in chips)
Charlie Ivey: posts small blind 250000
RAZZER777: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
blumenkind53: folds
D0CKENFL0P: folds
lolriverdnky: folds
YouHave2outs: raises 500000 to 1000000
legreat00: raises 6489434 to 7489434 and is all-in
The Pot SWE: raises 8319431 to 15808865 and is all-in
Charlie Ivey: folds
RAZZER777: folds
YouHave2outs: folds
Uncalled bet (8319431) returned to The Pot SWE
*** FLOP *** [7c Qs Th]
*** TURN *** [7c Qs Th] [2d]
*** RIVER *** [7c Qs Th 2d] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
legreat00: shows [Tc Ah] (a pair of Tens)
The Pot SWE: shows [Kc Ks] (three of a kind, Kings)
The Pot SWE collected 17128868 from pot

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (10120093 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (9134616 in chips)
Seat 4: D0CKENFL0P (7185520 in chips)
Seat 5: lolriverdnky (10813088 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (15564058 in chips)
Seat 8: The Pot SWE (24248299 in chips)
Seat 9: Charlie Ivey (5874326 in chips)
D0CKENFL0P: posts small blind 250000
lolriverdnky: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
YouHave2outs: folds
The Pot SWE: folds
Charlie Ivey: raises 5324326 to 5824326 and is all-in
RAZZER777: raises 4245767 to 10070093 and is all-in
blumenkind53: folds
D0CKENFL0P: folds
lolriverdnky: calls 9570093
*** FLOP *** [7d 8s 4h]
*** TURN *** [7d 8s 4h] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [7d 8s 4h 9h] [Kh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
lolriverdnky: shows [Jh Js] (a pair of Jacks)
RAZZER777: shows [Qd Qc] (a pair of Queens)
RAZZER777 collected 8491534 from side pot
Charlie Ivey: shows [Ac Th] (high card Ace)
RAZZER777 collected 18072978 from main pot

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (26564512 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (9084616 in chips)
Seat 4: D0CKENFL0P (6885520 in chips)
Seat 5: lolriverdnky (692995 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (15514058 in chips)
Seat 8: The Pot SWE (24198299 in chips)
lolriverdnky: posts small blind 250000
YouHave2outs: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
The Pot SWE: raises 734567 to 1234567
RAZZER777: folds
blumenkind53: folds
D0CKENFL0P: folds
lolriverdnky: calls 392995 and is all-in
YouHave2outs: folds
Uncalled bet (591572) returned to The Pot SWE
*** FLOP *** [8c As Kc]
*** TURN *** [8c As Kc] [Qh]
*** RIVER *** [8c As Kc Qh] [5h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
lolriverdnky: shows [Qs 3h] (a pair of Queens)
The Pot SWE: shows [Kh Jd] (a pair of Kings)
The Pot SWE collected 2085990 from pot

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (26964512 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (8984616 in chips)
Seat 4: D0CKENFL0P (5785520 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (19114058 in chips)
Seat 8: The Pot SWE (22091294 in chips)
RAZZER777: posts small blind 250000
blumenkind53: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
D0CKENFL0P: raises 5235520 to 5735520 and is all-in
YouHave2outs: folds
The Pot SWE: folds
RAZZER777: folds
blumenkind53: calls 5235520
*** FLOP *** [Qd Kd Ks]
*** TURN *** [Qd Kd Ks] [2d]
*** RIVER *** [Qd Kd Ks 2d] [Kc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
blumenkind53: shows [Td Tc] (a full house, Kings full of Tens)
D0CKENFL0P: shows [4h 4s] (a full house, Kings full of Fours)
blumenkind53 collected 11971040 from pot

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (23847102 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (18050918 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (30243604 in chips)
Seat 8: The Pot SWE (10798376 in chips)
YouHave2outs: posts small blind 400000
The Pot SWE: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
RAZZER777: raises 1600000 to 2400000
blumenkind53: folds
YouHave2outs: folds
blumenkind53 said, “lol first 2 outer in the hole tourney”
The Pot SWE: raises 8318376 to 10718376 and is all-in
RAZZER777: calls 8318376
*** FLOP *** [9c 4s Kd]
*** TURN *** [9c 4s Kd] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [9c 4s Kd 3s] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
The Pot SWE: shows [4c Ah] (two pair, Fours and Threes)
RAZZER777: shows [Ac 3d] (three of a kind, Threes)
RAZZER777 collected 22156752 from pot

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (34725478 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (36421836 in chips)
Seat 6: YouHave2outs (11792686 in chips)
blumenkind53: posts small blind 400000
YouHave2outs: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
RAZZER777: folds
blumenkind53: raises 19200000 to 20000000
YouHave2outs: calls 10912686 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (8287314) returned to blumenkind53
*** FLOP *** [2c 3h 6d]
*** TURN *** [2c 3h 6d] [Ts]
*** RIVER *** [2c 3h 6d Ts] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
blumenkind53: shows [6c 5d] (two pair, Sixes and Threes)
YouHave2outs: shows [4h Ah] (a pair of Threes)
blumenkind53 collected 23665372 from pot

Seat 1: RAZZER777 (16841912 in chips)
Seat 2: blumenkind53 (66098088 in chips)
RAZZER777: posts small blind 400000
blumenkind53: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
RAZZER777: raises 15961912 to 16761912 and is all-in
blumenkind53: calls 15961912
*** FLOP *** [Kd As 2c]
*** TURN *** [Kd As 2c] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [Kd As 2c 5s] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
blumenkind53: shows [Ac 6h] (a pair of Aces)
RAZZER777: shows [4h 4d] (a pair of Fours)
blumenkind53 collected 33683824 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8,294 Entrants; $1,658,800 prize pool
*4-way chop

1. blumenkind53 $160,781
2. RAZZER777 $168,720
3. YouHave2outs $151,081
4. The Pot SWE $149,101
5. D0CKENFL0P $66,352
6. lolriverdnky $49,764
7. Charlie Ivey $33,176
8. legreat00 $18,246
9. bogg $12,855

Even with the FTOPS finishing up today the Sunday500 remained one of the more prestigious events on the tournament schedule. With a $500+$30 buy-in keeping out a lot of weaker players the final table is typically stacked with tournament and cash game professionals. Yesterday was no exception as a handful of big names were on hand vying for the $97,750 first-place check. Much like the Warm-Up which saw EndlessJ bust first the $500k had another huge name go by the wayside early.  Simon “ScHnibL0r” Munz took home just $6,210 for his 9th place finish which is chump change for a player who can typically be found playing high-stakes Limit Hold’em up to $200/$400 blinds.  While his tournament resume leaves a bit to be desired he did win the Sunday $215 re-buy earlier the year for $32,250.

Finishing in the middle of the final table pack was Joshua “pbdrunks” VanDuyn who has been a big name in online tournaments for some time.  With nearly $1,500,000 in cashes on PokerStars alone VanDuyn is truly one of the best players in the world.  His $71,060 win in the Super Tuesday rates as his biggest score on PokerStars and is one of nearly two dozen $20,000+ scores on his resume. Taking down the title yesterday was “Sirocko” who made our report earlier this year for winning the Sunday Brawl on FullTilt. He eclipsed that $93,980 score early Monday morning by taking down “ice320” in a spirited heads-up match that lasted nearly half an hour.  At one point ice320 attempted to talk Sirocko into a chop declaring he “plays heads up professionally”.  It does appear his back ground is in heads-up play; however, the vast majority is in low-stakes heads-up cash games which he crushes. His lack of tournament experience manifested itself late as Sirocko was able to get the best of the heads-up master, taking down the Sunday500 and more than $97,000 in the process.

Seat 4: ice320 (4676800 in chips)
Seat 5: Sirocko (6823200 in chips)
ice320: posts the ante 13000
Sirocko: posts the ante 13000
ice320: posts small blind 65000
Sirocko: posts big blind 130000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ice320: raises 130000 to 260000
Sirocko: raises 300000 to 560000
ice320: raises 4103800 to 4663800 and is all-in
Sirocko: calls 4103800
*** FLOP *** [Jd 5c Js]
*** TURN *** [Jd 5c Js] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [Jd 5c Js Kc] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Sirocko: shows [Ah Jh] (three of a kind, Jacks)
ice320: shows [Ad 9h] (a pair of Jacks)
Sirocko collected 9353600 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,150 Entrants; $575,000 prize pool

1. Sirocko $97,750
2. ice320 $71,875
3. tbt4653 $54,567
4. yadio $39,100
5. pbdrunks $28,462
6. KaraSmith $22,712
7. basebal1b $16,962
8. df1986 $11,212
9. ScHnibL0r $6,210

Much like the Sunday500 the $215 re-buy tends to deliver a solid final table full of big names and established resumes.  With just 292 players the smallest of the Sunday majors makes up for its field size with a big prize pool and a lot of notable names. Perhaps the biggest name at the final table was Adam “Roothlus” Levy who is wildly considered one of the best tournament players in the world.  Levy made a name for himself at last year’s WSOP when he tangled with Phil Hellmuth on TV, getting the better of the 11-time bracelet winner on multiple occasions. Levy has also proven himself online where he nearly won the $5,000 buy-in FTOPS Event #22 last year before falling during heads-up play and “settling” for a $387,500 payday. He made another deep run on FullTilt earlier this year where he once again finished 2nd in a major taking home $102,018 in the $750k Guaranteed.

Joining Levy at the $215r final table was a handful of online MTT professionals including Steven “PiKappRaider” Burkholder, Mark “SHIPP ITT” Herm, Ryan “mossified84” Skomac, and Stian “JohnnyBelow” Stabell. It would take forever to list the accomplishment of this group of players but a few highlights from the group include Herm’s wins in the Sunday500 on Stars and the $750k on FullTilt. Burkholder has three $200,000+ scores to his name including wins in both FTOPS and WCOOP series. Finally, top-100 ranked Stabell has also been a major winner having taken down the Brawl on FullTilt as well as this very event, the $215r, in the past.

Ultimately all of their experience was not enough to hold off JC  “PrtyPsux” Alvarado who took down Stabell heads-up for the $215 re-buy crown.  While he may not have had the online resume to match up with the rest of the final table he does have a smaller FTOPS win to his name as well as a victory in the $109r on PokerStars in the past.  The final hand was fairly interesting as no action went down on the flop yet the turn involved multiple raises before the players were all-in. Alvarado, who has nearly $1,000,000 in live earnings, took home just over $44,000 for his win here.

Seat 3: JohnnyBelow (542390 in chips)
Seat 4: PrtyPsux (1197110 in chips)
PrtyPsux: posts small blind 8000
JohnnyBelow: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
PrtyPsux: raises 16000 to 32000
JohnnyBelow: calls 16000
*** FLOP *** [5s Qs 4c]
JohnnyBelow: checks
PrtyPsux: checks
*** TURN *** [5s Qs 4c] [8s]
JohnnyBelow: bets 48000
PrtyPsux: raises 94200 to 142200
JohnnyBelow: raises 366590 to 508790 and is all-in
PrtyPsux: calls 366590
*** RIVER *** [5s Qs 4c 8s] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
JohnnyBelow: shows [3d Qd] (a pair of Queens)
PrtyPsux: shows [5h 8d] (two pair, Eights and Fives)
PrtyPsux collected 1084780 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
292 Entrants; $215,200 prize pool

1. PrtyPsux $44,166
2. JohnnyBelow $32,280
3. Black88 $24,317
4. SHIPP ITT $18,292
5. jagsbun $12,696
6. Roothlus $9,684
7. mossified84 $7,532
8. IgorFederal $5,380
9. PiKappRaider $3,766

Finishing off a big day of tournaments at PokerStars was the Sunday Second Chance. The $250,000 guaranteed event saw more than 1,600 players sign up yesterday creating a relatively large $325,600 prize pool. One of those players, PokerStars professional David Williams, took down the title and a $57,728 payday. The former Bodog professional has made a name for himself on televised games games lately including the PokerStars.net Big Game where he has battled it out with the likes of Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, and Antonio Esfandiari.  Most readers will remember Williams from his heads-up battle against Greg Raymer during the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event in which he came up just short. Williams is one of the more interesting players around as he involves himself in a lot of pots playing marginal holdings. While this strategy does not work for most Williams seems to have more than enough talent to get away with it. You can sse Williams from time to time on Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker as well.  Daniel “deoxyribo” Strelitz finished in 2nd place, a familiar position for a player who also earned a runner-up finish in the Sunday Million last year for $177,203.

Seat 1: dwilliams (3757479 in chips)
Seat 3: deoxyribo (1126521 in chips)
dwilliams: posts small blind 12500
deoxyribo: posts big blind 25000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
dwilliams: raises 25000 to 50000
deoxyribo: raises 82000 to 132000
dwilliams: raises 3622979 to 3754979 and is all-in
deoxyribo: calls 992021 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (2630958) returned to dwilliams
*** FLOP *** [5d Tc Qs]
*** TURN *** [5d Tc Qs] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [5d Tc Qs 5h] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
deoxyribo: shows [9h 9c] (two pair, Nines and Fives)
dwilliams: shows [Qh Kh] (two pair, Queens and Fives)
dwilliams collected 2253042 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1,628 Entrants; $325,600 prize pool

1. dwilliams $57,728
2. deoxyribo $42,328
3. nadalon $32,560
4. Karan Radia $24,420
5. -DrwaingDad- $17,094
6. iowrus $13,838
7. sizzlinbetta $10,582
8. adametes $7,326
9. arodss3 $4,558

With FTOPS XVII concluding early Monday morning there was only one of the typical Sunday Majors in rotation yesterday. While the Brawl and $750k were both replaced by FullTilt Online Poker Series events the Sunday Mulligan still ran. Make sure to check out our News Section for in-depth write-ups on all the major FTOPS tournaments from the past weekend including the $3,000,000 Guaranteed FTOPS XVII Main Event!

The Mulligan saw quite a big boost in attendance yesterday with 1,610 players creating a $322,00 prize pool.  The FullTilt sponsored professionals did their part in creating a bigger field as nearly 25 “red pros” were on hand including Bruce Buffer, David “The Dragon” Pham, and former WSOP Main Event Champion Huck Seed.  Four FullTilt professionals finished in the money including Nordberg who nearly made the final table before busting in 15th place. Marco Liesy and Jono Karakalikis also made deep runs before falling in 42nd and 30th place respectively.  The day’s final tournament came down to “oldschool043” and “m_hawk_1” who were competing for a $25,500 difference in payouts.   Oldschool043 was no stranger to heads-up battles in major tournament has he had twice finished 2nd on FullTilt, once in the $750k Guaranteed and once in this very event last year. This time he was not to be denied as he won a crucial flip against m_hawk_1 when his pocket fours held up all-in PF. The $69,230 cash was the 2nd biggest of his career and a great way to finish off the week!

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,610 Entrants; $322,000 prize pool

1. oldschool043 $69,230
2. m_hawk_1 $43,792
3. kdj07 $32,522
4. becomelegendary $25,760
5. merlin231 $19,320
6. Thibavol $13,846
7. brin1285 $9,016
8. AD_84 $6,440
9. Yettiman $4,508