Last Sunday was the biggest tournament day in months. We had the Poker Stars Sunday Million, 3 FTOPS events including the Main Event, and a one time Poker Stars 2 million guaranteed 10,000 FPP buy in tournament. With over 6 million dollars in tournament prize pools combined, it was looking to be a amazing day for some, and a heart breaking day for many.
Unfortunately, it was a heartbreaking day for FTR member Max “Massimo” Steinberg. After being as high as 3rd place in the Poker Stars Sunday Million, he got all in with JJ, which was dominated by both KK and AA of his opponents. The T87 flop gave Max hope, but to no avail. He busted in 58th. Luck was on a player named Kvanmo’s side, as he came away with the top prize of over $222,000. A slightly better, yet unfortunately similar event happened to FTR member DaPokerGun. He busted out in 5th place in the Sunday Warm Up for $25,000. A nice score indeed, but not nearly as much as the 6 figure payday of OnlyPlayRagz, who took over $112,000 for his win. Also, after finishing second not long ago to FTR member ilikeaces86 in the FTOPS Rebuy Event, tournament pro THE__D__RY shipped the $5200 winner-take-all-freezeout. More success came to high stakes cash game pro Empire2000, who won $53,020 for 1st place in the $215 rebuy on Poker Stars. Rounding out the big Sunday on Poker Stars was the new 10,000 FPP buy in, 2 million guaranteed one time event. About half the field was guaranteed at least $180, and many were happy to exchange their FPPs for some real cash. In the end, mombasi fought his way throough the field of nearly 10,000 and won the $200,000 top prize.
Full Tilt had a bigger than usual Sunday as well.. Mr.Menlo (Ranked #1 in pro poll by pocketfives.com), won the Sunday Mulligan on Full Tilt $47,475. Earlier in the day, csimmsux won FTOPS #17, the $2620 buy in two day event, for nearly a half million dollars. In the Full Tilt Main Event, Full Tilt sponsered pro Thomas Wahlross slipped into 2nd right behind the new FTOPS champion “Reverse,” for another near half a million prize (for more on FTOPS events go to FTR’s FTOPS coverage).
In the rest of the big Sunday’s, Roman_Mauric won the Party Poker 300k guaranteed. Former Bodog 100k guaranteed winner JohnnyGstaks couldn’t pull a repeat, receiving 2nd place to koxi82, in an event that has continued to have a large overlay for months. Finally, in Ultimate Bet’s 200k guaranteed, HarrisMP took $45,000 for his win.
Congrats to all the champions and winners this week!