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Fresh off an extremely successful 2009 WCOOP campaign, PokerStars was looking to see some big improvements in their Sunday majors. Well, while all of the tournaments managed to reach their guarantees, there wasn’t quite the same boost that FullTilt received from last month’s FTOPS. Either way PokerStars still remains the predominant site for Sunday Tournaments, as once again the Sunday Majors generated more than $3,000,000 in prize pools this weekend.

Getting the day going was the Sunday Warm-Up. The final table was graced by PokerStars professional Alexandre “allingomes” Gomes, a solid tournament player who won a WSOP bracelet in 2008. He also won the WPT Bellagio Cup for over $1,187,000 and took 4th in the PCA for $750,000. Online he has had mixed success, having never won a major. Unfortunately for Gomes this final table was more of the same, as he busted in 8th place for just over $11,000. Heads-up play came down to “Sn0wb4ll” and “KenT351”, two players with no $10,000+ registered scores to their name entering the final table. In the end KenT351 took down the title and over $138,000 when he was able to suck-out on Sn0wb4ll’s top pair:

Seat 2: Sn0wb4ll (15169307 in chips)
Seat 5: KenT351 (29000693 in chips)
Sn0wb4ll: posts the ante 50000
KenT351: posts the ante 50000
KenT351: posts small blind 250000
Sn0wb4ll: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
KenT351: raises 500000 to 1000000
Sn0wb4ll: calls 500000
*** FLOP *** [Qs 2s Ad]
Sn0wb4ll: checks
KenT351: bets 1000000
Sn0wb4ll: raises 2000000 to 3000000
KenT351: raises 24950693 to 27950693 and is all-in
Sn0wb4ll: calls 11119307 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (13831386) returned to KenT351
*** TURN *** [Qs 2s Ad] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [Qs 2s Ad Th] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Sn0wb4ll: shows [Ac 5s] (a pair of Aces)
KenT351: shows [Ts Qc] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
KenT351 collected 30338614 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,417 Entrants; $883,400 prize pool

1. KenT351 $138,588
2. Sn0wb4ll $102,916
3. Beto777 $72,881
4. El ibero $49,912
5. krash778 $37,545
6. cabby123 $28,710
7. CoachConrad $19,877
8. Allingomes $11,043
9. MVital23 $7,067

The Sunday Million Final Table had a few familiar faces, including “LuckyLukeKK” who nearly shipped the Sunday Brawl on FullTilt last year. He has won a major, taking down the ECOOP III event #11 for $34,500 on TitanPoker last December. Joining him was “Doulas12”, a former winner of the Sunday Million, taking home $184,500 last October for his win. Once play became four-handed the remaining players agreed to a chip-chop, leaving $30,000 on the table. The chop took quite a while to complete, as one player did not speak English. Below are the final table starting-stacks, bust-out hands, and chop-adjusted pay-outs:

Seat 1: nomaddman (12343398 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (13689042 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (5781580 in chips)
Seat 4: Nativebounty (7105285 in chips)
Seat 5: TheRealMT (966030 in chips)
Seat 6: jgrhajsj (15803628 in chips)
Seat 7: SooSavage (3317730 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (5600693 in chips)
Seat 9: doulas12 (10542614 in chips)

Seat 1: nomaddman (13933398 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (13509042 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (5451580 in chips)
Seat 4: Nativebounty (7075285 in chips)
Seat 5: TheRealMT (936030 in chips)
Seat 6: jgrhajsj (15773628 in chips)
Seat 7: SooSavage (3287730 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (5570693 in chips)
Seat 9: doulas12 (9612614 in chips)
jas42: posts small blind 150000
Nativebounty: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
TheRealMT: raises 600000 to 900000
jgrhajsj: folds
SooSavage: folds
mikal12345: folds
doulas12: raises 600000 to 1500000
nomaddman: folds
RonaldKosh: folds
jas42: folds
Nativebounty: folds
TheRealMT: calls 6030 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (593970) returned to doulas12
*** FLOP *** [Jd 4h 6d]
*** TURN *** [Jd 4h 6d] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [Jd 4h 6d 3c] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TheRealMT: shows [8h Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
doulas12: shows [Ad 8d] (a flush, Ace high)
doulas12 collected 2532060 from pot

Seat 1: nomaddman (15553398 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (14219042 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (4601580 in chips)
Seat 4: Nativebounty (5405285 in chips)
Seat 6: jgrhajsj (14023628 in chips)
Seat 7: SooSavage (2387730 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (7460693 in chips)
Seat 9: doulas12 (11498644 in chips)
jas42: posts small blind 200000
Nativebounty: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jgrhajsj: raises 800000 to 1200000
SooSavage: raises 1147730 to 2347730 and is all-in
mikal12345: folds
doulas12: folds
nomaddman: folds
RonaldKosh: folds
jas42: folds
Nativebounty: folds
jgrhajsj: calls 1147730
*** FLOP *** [Qs 5s 3h]
*** TURN *** [Qs 5s 3h] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [Qs 5s 3h Kd] [6h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jgrhajsj: shows [Js Kc] (a pair of Kings)
SooSavage: shows [Ts Tc] (a pair of Tens)
jgrhajsj collected 5615460 from pot

Seat 1: nomaddman (15993398 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (13099042 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (5481580 in chips)
Seat 4: Nativebounty (3635285 in chips)
Seat 6: jgrhajsj (20861358 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (8770693 in chips)
Seat 9: doulas12 (7308644 in chips)
nomaddman: posts small blind 250000
RonaldKosh: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jas42: folds
Nativebounty: folds
jgrhajsj: folds
mikal12345: folds
doulas12: raises 1000000 to 1500000
nomaddman: raises 2000000 to 3500000
RonaldKosh: folds
doulas12: raises 3758644 to 7258644 and is all-in
nomaddman: calls 3758644
*** FLOP *** [9d 6d 7c]
*** TURN *** [9d 6d 7c] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [9d 6d 7c 2c] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nomaddman: shows [Qc Ac] (a flush, Ace high)
doulas12: shows [Ah Ts] (high card Ace)
nomaddman collected 15367288 from pot

Seat 1: nomaddman (24052042 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (12549042 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (5431580 in chips)
Seat 4: Nativebounty (3585285 in chips)
Seat 6: jgrhajsj (20811358 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (8720693 in chips)
RonaldKosh: posts small blind 250000
jas42: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Nativebounty: raises 3035285 to 3535285 and is all-in
jgrhajsj: raises 3464715 to 7000000
mikal12345: folds
nomaddman: folds
RonaldKosh: folds
jas42: folds
Uncalled bet (3464715) returned to jgrhajsj
*** FLOP *** [3d 8d 2c]
*** TURN *** [3d 8d 2c] [Tc]
*** RIVER *** [3d 8d 2c Tc] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Nativebounty: shows [Jd Qs] (a pair of Eights)
jgrhajsj: shows [Ah Kc] (a pair of Eights – Ace kicker)
jgrhajsj collected 8120570 from pot

Seat 1: nomaddman (33351579 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (8904442 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (19600960 in chips)
Seat 6: jgrhajsj (5268489 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (8024530 in chips)
RonaldKosh: posts small blind 300000
jas42: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jgrhajsj: raises 4608489 to 5208489 and is all-in
mikal12345: folds
nomaddman: folds
RonaldKosh: raises 3635953 to 8844442 and is all-in
jas42: folds
Uncalled bet (3635953) returned to RonaldKosh
*** FLOP *** [8h Qh 5c]
*** TURN *** [8h Qh 5c] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [8h Qh 5c 4d] [Qs]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
RonaldKosh: shows [9d 9c] (two pair, Queens and Nines)
jgrhajsj: shows [7d 7c] (two pair, Queens and Sevens)
RonaldKosh collected 11316978 from pot

Seat 1: nomaddman (25951579 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (13555231 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (24480960 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (11162230 in chips)
nomaddman: posts small blind 400000
RonaldKosh: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jas42: folds
mikal12345: folds
nomaddman: raises 1600000 to 2400000
RonaldKosh: raises 11075231 to 13475231 and is all-in
nomaddman: calls 11075231
*** FLOP *** [4h Td 9h]
*** TURN *** [4h Td 9h] [Ts]
jas42 said, “gg ron”
*** RIVER *** [4h Td 9h Ts] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nomaddman: shows [Ah Ac] (two pair, Aces and Tens)
RonaldKosh: shows [9c Ks] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
RonaldKosh said, “gg gla”
nomaddman collected 27270462 from pot

Seat 1: nomaddman (32984580 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (10880960 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (31284460 in chips)
jas42: posts small blind 400000
mikal12345: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
nomaddman: raises 800000 to 1600000
jas42: raises 8000000 to 9600000
mikal12345: calls 8800000
nomaddman: folds
*** FLOP *** [8d Ts Qh]
jas42: bets 1200960 and is all-in
mikal12345: calls 1200960
*** TURN *** [8d Ts Qh] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [8d Ts Qh 4h] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jas42: shows [Kd Ad] (high card Ace)
mikal12345: shows [Ah 8c] (a pair of Eights)
mikal12345 collected 23441920 from pot

Seat 1: nomaddman (59509160 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (15640840 in chips)
mikal12345: posts small blind 500000
nomaddman: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
mikal12345: raises 8999999 to 9999999
nomaddman: raises 49409161 to 59409160 and is all-in
mikal12345: calls 5540841 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (43868320) returned to nomaddman
*** FLOP *** [4s Jd Kc]
*** TURN *** [4s Jd Kc] [2d]
*** RIVER *** [4s Jd Kc 2d] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nomaddman: shows [As Js] (a pair of Jacks)
mikal12345: shows [Tc Ad] (high card Ace)
nomaddman collected 31281680 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
7,515 Entrants; $1,503,000 prize pool

1. nomaddman $189,233
2. mikal12345 $120.022.11
3. jas42 $149,000
4. RonaldKosh $133,000
5. jgrhajsj $61,623
6. Nativebounty $46,593
7. doulas12 $32,315
8. SooSavage $18,036
9. TheRealMT $11,648

The $215r provided another stellar final table, including Dan “Wretchy” Martin, a top-50 ranked tournament professional who just finished off a successful WCOOP. Joining him was “aprilsfool”, a professional with over $1,500,000 in cashes on PokerStars alone including a 2nd place finish in the Sunday Million in July for over $176,000. Rounding out a great trio of poker players was “thorladen”, winner of the Sunday500 last November and this very event last October. Unfortunately for the railbirds all three busted early at the final table. The departure of the more seasoned pros left room for “Paolo69” and “gregior” to battle it out for the title and over $35,000. Paolo was looking for a big score to get him over the $1,000,000 mark in earnings on PokerStars. He has a ton of $10,000+ cashes, including a big win in the $109r for nearly $79,000 in August. This wasn’t gregior’s first rodeo either, as he already had $1M+ in cashes on PokerStars including multiple wins in the $109r and a few close calls in the $215r. In the end Paolo69 won a lengthy heads-up battle for the title and $35,752:

Seat 6: gregior (236401 in chips)
Seat 9: Paolo69 (1161599 in chips)
gregior: posts small blind 5000
Paolo69: posts big blind 10000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
gregior: raises 15000 to 25000
Paolo69: raises 1135599 to 1160599 and is all-in
gregior: calls 210401 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (925198) returned to Paolo69
*** FLOP *** [Qs 7d Td]
*** TURN *** [Qs 7d Td] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [Qs 7d Td 6s] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Paolo69: shows [9d 9h] (a pair of Nines)
gregior: shows [Js As] (high card Ace)
Paolo69 collected 472802 from pot


PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed

258 Entrants; $174,400 prize pool

1. Paolo69 $35,752
2. gregior $26,160
3. LVSEO $19,707.20
4. rkruok $14,824
5. Ocall $10,289.60
6. aprilsfool $7,848
7. thorladen $6,104
8. Wretchy $4,360
9. FasoFat6969 $3,052

While the $215r had a solid final table, it could not keep up with the numerous big names making the final nine of the Sunday500. Coming in as one of the bigger favorites had to be Jim “Mr_BigQueso” Collopy, a tournament professional who nearly shipped this very event in May, taking 2nd for $63,500. His biggest victory was a win in the $109r for nearly $30,000 last year. He has also final tabled the Million, taking 5th last November for $56,792. Joining him was Ryan “ryanbluf” Karp, a top-50 ranked professional with numerous big scores to his name. Karp nearly shipped the Super Tuesday in March, taking 2nd for $52,500. He also finished 2nd in the $109r in February for $31,000. Top-40 ranked “belabacsi” finished 3rd in the 500k, earning just over $48,000. While the $48k is nice, it is dwarfed by his final table performance in the WCOOP Main Event, as he finished 5th there for $173,420. In the end Collopy was able to take down the title and a new biggest score, $87,681:

Seat 2: newg_choier (1838853 in chips)
Seat 5: Mr_BigQueso (8321147 in chips)
Mr_BigQueso: posts small blind 80000
newg_choier: posts big blind 160000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Mr_BigQueso: raises 8145147 to 8305147 and is all-in
newg_choier: calls 1662853 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (6482294) returned to Mr_BigQueso
*** FLOP *** [Td 8c Ac]
*** TURN *** [Td 8c Ac] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [Td 8c Ac 6s] [Qs]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
newg_choier: shows [Kc Kd] (a pair of Kings)
Mr_BigQueso: shows [Ad 4c] (a pair of Aces)
Mr_BigQueso collected 3677706 from pot


PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed

1,016 Entrants; $508,000 prize pool

1. Mr_BigQueso $87,681
2. newg_choier $63,500
3. Belabacsi $48,260
4. caecilius $35,357
5. ryanbluf $25,146
6. stpauli111 $20,066
7. ramondemon77 $14,986
8. Percussion $9,906
9. Big_Nemo $5,588

Finishing off a big day of tournaments on PokerStars was the $200,000 guaranteed Second Chance. This tournament has consistently broken the $250,000 barrier yet PokerStars refuses to up the guarantee. Write your congressman ASAP people! Heads-up came down to “woodbrave” and “GypsieChris”. Chris was fresh off a solid WCOOP, final-tabling the $500 2-day Event #11 for over $68,000. Woodbrave has not been as fortunate. Heading into this final table, his best score was a 6th place finish in this same event for $10,625 in May. In the end GypsieChris outlasted woodbrave when he flopped trip 3’s:

Seat 1: WoodBrave (1693289 in chips)
Seat 5: GypsieChris (2005711 in chips)
GypsieChris: posts small blind 25000
WoodBrave: posts big blind 50000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
GypsieChris: raises 50000 to 100000
WoodBrave: calls 50000
*** FLOP *** [9h 3c 3h]
WoodBrave: checks
GypsieChris: bets 100000
WoodBrave: calls 100000
*** TURN *** [9h 3c 3h] [Tc]
WoodBrave: checks
GypsieChris: bets 250000
WoodBrave: calls 250000
*** RIVER *** [9h 3c 3h Tc] [2h]
WoodBrave: checks
GypsieChris: bets 1550711 and is all-in
WoodBrave: calls 1238289 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (312422) returned to GypsieChris
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GypsieChris: shows [Ad 3s] (three of a kind, Threes)
WoodBrave: shows [9c Jh] (two pair, Nines and Threes)
GypsieChris collected 3386578 from pot


PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $200k Guaranteed

1,233 Entrants; $246,600 prize pool

1. GypsieChris $45,004.50
2. WoodBrave $32,733.14
3. flmodesq21 $24,660
4. edgebull $18,495
5. APPRECIATE $12,946.50
6. SpoonmaN2333 $10,480.50
7. Ericb09 $8,014.50
8. terrellk11 $5,548.50
9. Bake ‘n Rake $3,452.40

FullTilt continues to build off a successful FTOPS campaign. Their three Sunday majors, the Brawl, $750k, and Mulligan all crushed their respective guaranteed in another strong showing for the world’s 2nd biggest poker site. The first event of the day was the Sunday Brawl, a $350,000 guaranteed Knock-Out event which pays $40 to a player every time he/she busts a fellow competitor. This week nearly 2,400 players created a $478,200 prize pool. Just under 20 of FullTilt’s sponsored professional were on hand for the early event, including Lee Watkinson, David Pham, and Chris Klecz. Taking down the title was a player with very little previous success on FullTilt, “seigo74”. The $97,529 first-place check was by far and away his biggest score, easily besting a $1,180 cash in May.


FullTilt Sunday Brawl $350k Guaranteed

2,391 Entrants; $478,200 prize pool

1. seigo74 $97,529
2. Flexicom $63,122
3. matt126912 $46,864
4. ItalianCrusher $35,864
5. Eunjong Byun $24,866
6. sachalin2 $16,259
7. 13th BASS PRO $10,999
8. sintik222 $7,651
9. buriedatsea $5,738

The $750,000 guaranteed is FullTilt’s biggest weekly tournament. Once again the event gathered more than 4,000 entrants, creating a $801,600 prize pool. Twenty-six FullTilt Red Pros played in the event including Scott Fischman, Roy Winston, and Berry Johnston. Top-50 ranked professional “goodvibe” made a final table appearance, taking 8th place for over $14,000. This score didn’t come close to cracking his top-10 scores, which includes a win in the 1/4Milllion on Stars for over $60,000 and a victory in the $109r for over $37,000. Heads-up play came down to two lesser known players, “want2bedomnated” and “AmazingMiss”, both of whom did not have a $10k+ score to their name.


FullTilt Sunday $750k Guaranteed

4,008 Entrants; $801,600 prize pool

1. want2bedomnated $141,555
2. AmazingMiss $85,691
3. cataron $56,112
4. CooLJohN22222 $44,088
5. colsha $33,106
6. The Good Life11 $24,529
7. CiderSipper $18,437
8. goodvibe $14,429
9. StickylckyEarl $10,741

Completing another big day at FullTilt was the $200,000 guaranteed Sunday Mulligan. The appropriately-named event gives players one final shot at a big Sunday score. Much like the Second Chance on Stars, this tournament consistently crushes its guarantee. The Mulligan had a bit of a weak showing from FullTilt’s pros, as only 11 entered the event. Two pros made the money, David Pham (82nd) and Roy Winston (38th) couldn’t quite muster the magic to make the final table. Eventual champion “Ton Locsta” is no stranger to success on FullTilt, having nearly won the Sunday $1K in April for $50,400. The $53,325 first place check in the Mulligan put him close to the $250,000 in total money won on the site.


FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed

1,185 Entrants; $237,000

1. Ton Locsta $53,325
2. ROLLIE_416 $33,773
3. PrishChips31 $25,004
4. domino20 $19,553
5. Caranqui $14,813
6. joaoMATHIAS $10,665
7. IzoKala $7,110
8. bcpjr $5,333
9. HustlerGrune $3,792