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Happy New Years to all the Sunday Tournament Report readers. With 2009 being such a strong year for online tournaments, one can only hope 2010 will be able to match last year’s huge prize pools and big pay-outs. The first tournament weekend of the new year started with perhaps a bit of a hangover. While some tournaments were able to match (and even surpass) their recent number of entrants, a few others saw steep drop-offs in attendance.

The Warm-Up continues to be the second biggest weekly event in the online poker world. While other events have seen their ups and downs, the Warm-Up appears to know no bounds. Sunday’s earliest event crept closer to the $1,000,000 prize pool mark as over 4,800 players ponied up the $200+$15 entry fee. Heads-up play came down to Justin “looshle” Pechie and “Chris1804”. The players decided upon a chip-chop, guaranteeing each player over $120,000 and a chance for an additional $10,000. Pechie was the more experienced of the two, having had five $20,000+ scores to his name entering the final table. Chris1804 had not seen as much success on PokerStars, with only three scores in excess of $1,000 over the years. In the end the extra $10,000 went to Chris1084 as he won the Warm-Up and took home $132,862.17 in first place money.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,809 Entrants; $961,800 prize pool
*2-way Deal

1. Chris1804 $132,861.27
2. looshle $129,645.18
3. P0ker D0h$79,348.50
4. mariano185 $54,341.70
5. BFITM17 $40,876.50
6. Slambamiel $31,258.50
7. coroco75 $21,640.50
8. WacKyJaxon $12,022.50
9. Narya77$7,694.40

The Sunday Million kicked off 2010 with a strong showing. Only 100 players shy of 9,000 total entrants, the Million prize pool grew to $1,780,000 by the time late registration ended. For once the railbirds were treated to a Sunday Million final table with out a chip chop as “uyra99” took a massive chip lead and never looked back. Trying to find information on the champion has proven difficult. It would appear this was his first four-figure score of his career! Runner-up “latouche83” took home more than $186,000, easily the biggest score of his career as well. Below you will find the final-table stacks, bust-out hands, and pay-outs:

Seat 1: payupnowx (3092742 in chips)
Seat 2: PokerThun (6786552 in chips)
Seat 3: copernic67 (35574847 in chips)
Seat 4: AAA MARTIN (14210852 in chips)
Seat 5: Zadeedles (8813603 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (3719332 in chips)
Seat 7: Reiarturo (9280850 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (6439893 in chips)
Seat 9: chaplining (1081329 in chips)

Seat 1: payupnowx (2912742 in chips)
Seat 2: PokerThun (6456552 in chips)
Seat 3: copernic67 (35544847 in chips)
Seat 4: AAA MARTIN (14840852 in chips)
Seat 5: Zadeedles (8783603 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (3689332 in chips)
Seat 7: Reiarturo (9250850 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (6439893 in chips)
Seat 9: chaplining (1081329 in chips)
PokerThun: posts small blind 150000
copernic67: posts big blind 300000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
AAA MARTIN: folds
Zadeedles: folds
latouche83: folds
Reiarturo: folds
uyra99: folds
chaplining: raises 751329 to 1051329 and is all-in
payupnowx: folds
PokerThun: raises 5375223 to 6426552 and is all-in
copernic67: folds
Uncalled bet (5375223) returned to PokerThun
*** FLOP *** [8c 7d 4c]
*** TURN *** [8c 7d 4c] [As]
*** RIVER *** [8c 7d 4c As] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PokerThun: shows [Kd Ad] (a pair of Aces)
chaplining: shows [Qc Ks] (high card Ace)
PokerThun collected 2672658 from pot

Seat 1: payupnowx (4085484 in chips)
Seat 2: PokerThun (7827881 in chips)
Seat 3: copernic67 (25442105 in chips)
Seat 4: AAA MARTIN (26250852 in chips)
Seat 5: Zadeedles (3933603 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (8219332 in chips)
Seat 7: Reiarturo (7510850 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (5729893 in chips)
copernic67: posts small blind 200000
AAA MARTIN: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Zadeedles: folds
latouche83: raises 800000 to 1200000
Reiarturo: raises 6270850 to 7470850 and is all-in
uyra99: calls 5689893 and is all-in
payupnowx: folds
PokerThun: folds
copernic67: folds
AAA MARTIN: calls 7070850
latouche83: folds
*** FLOP *** [2c Qc Kc]
*** TURN *** [2c Qc Kc] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [2c Qc Kc 7h] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
AAA MARTIN: shows [As Ac] (a pair of Aces)
Reiarturo: shows [Js Jd] (a pair of Jacks)
AAA MARTIN collected 3561914 from side pot
uyra99: shows [Qd Qh] (three of a kind, Queens)
uyra99 collected 18789679 from main pot

Seat 1: payupnowx (4005484 in chips)
Seat 2: PokerThun (7747881 in chips)
Seat 3: copernic67 (26042105 in chips)
Seat 4: AAA MARTIN (22061916 in chips)
Seat 5: Zadeedles (3453603 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (6939332 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (18749679 in chips)
Zadeedles: posts small blind 200000
latouche83: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
uyra99: folds
payupnowx: raises 3565484 to 3965484 and is all-in
PokerThun: folds
copernic67: folds
AAA MARTIN: folds
Zadeedles: folds
latouche83: calls 3565484
*** FLOP *** [Ac 4s 3h]
*** TURN *** [Ac 4s 3h] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [Ac 4s 3h Th] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
latouche83: shows [Td Tc] (a full house, Tens full of Threes)
payupnowx: shows [As Jd] (two pair, Aces and Threes)
latouche83 collected 8410968 from pot

Seat 2: PokerThun (7227881 in chips)
Seat 3: copernic67 (25642105 in chips)
Seat 4: AAA MARTIN (21941916 in chips)
Seat 5: Zadeedles (3133603 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (11064816 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (19989679 in chips)
PokerThun: posts small blind 200000
copernic67: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
AAA MARTIN: folds
Zadeedles: raises 2693603 to 3093603 and is all-in
latouche83: folds
uyra99: folds
PokerThun: folds
copernic67: calls 2693603
*** FLOP *** [Ad 3h 5c]
*** TURN *** [Ad 3h 5c] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [Ad 3h 5c 5h] [5s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
copernic67: shows [8h 8s] (a full house, Fives full of Eights)
Zadeedles: shows [Kc Ts] (three of a kind, Fives)
copernic67 collected 6627206 from pot

Seat 2: PokerThun (7337881 in chips)
Seat 3: copernic67 (33035708 in chips)
Seat 4: AAA MARTIN (16627100 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (13949632 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (18049679 in chips)
AAA MARTIN: posts small blind 250000
latouche83: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
uyra99: folds
PokerThun: raises 6787881 to 7287881 and is all-in
copernic67: calls 7287881
AAA MARTIN: folds
latouche83: folds
*** FLOP *** [Jc As 7c]
*** TURN *** [Jc As 7c] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [Jc As 7c 5h] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PokerThun: shows [Td Kd] (high card Ace)
copernic67: shows [Jd Ah] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
copernic67 collected 15575762 from pot

Seat 3: copernic67 (35383589 in chips)
Seat 4: AAA MARTIN (6240100 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (12229632 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (35146679 in chips)
copernic67: posts small blind 300000
AAA MARTIN: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
latouche83: raises 1800000 to 2400000
uyra99: folds
copernic67: folds
AAA MARTIN: raises 3780100 to 6180100 and is all-in
latouche83: calls 3780100
*** FLOP *** [7c Th 8c]
*** TURN *** [7c Th 8c] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [7c Th 8c Js] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
AAA MARTIN: shows [5c 5s] (two pair, Tens and Fives)
latouche83: shows [Jd Ac] (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
latouche83 collected 12900200 from pot

Seat 3: copernic67 (15463589 in chips)
Seat 6: latouche83 (32629732 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (40906679 in chips)
latouche83: posts small blind 300000
uyra99: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
copernic67: calls 600000
latouche83: folds
uyra99: raises 1800000 to 2400000
copernic67: raises 13003589 to 15403589 and is all-in
uyra99: calls 13003589
*** FLOP *** [Jd 3c 2h]
*** TURN *** [Jd 3c 2h] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [Jd 3c 2h 9d] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
uyra99: shows [Qh Qc] (two pair, Queens and Threes)
copernic67: shows [Ah Qs] (a pair of Threes)
uyra99 collected 31287178 from pot

Seat 6: latouche83 (5189732 in chips)
Seat 8: uyra99 (83810268 in chips)
uyra99: posts small blind 400000
latouche83: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
uyra99: calls 400000
latouche83: raises 4309732 to 5109732 and is all-in
uyra99: calls 4309732
*** FLOP *** [Qh 6d 3h]
*** TURN *** [Qh 6d 3h] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [Qh 6d 3h 3c] [Ad]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
latouche83: shows [9c Kc] (a pair of Threes)
uyra99: shows [Kd Ah] (two pair, Aces and Threes)
uyra99 collected 10379464 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8,900 Entrants; $1,780,000 prize pool

1. uyra99 $254,184
2. latouche83 $186,900
3. copernic67 $132,521
4. AAA MARTIN $89,000
5. PokerThun $71,200
6. Zadeedles $53,400
7. payupnowx $35,600
8. Reiarturo $19,580
9. chaplining $12,460

This Sunday’s $500k Guaranteed had one of the better final tables in recent memory. There were plenty of well known professionals beginning with 9th place finisher “Skämmes” who has won millions online including a $179,353 score for finishing 2nd in the Million last July. Other big names making the final table were Owen “ocrowe” Crowe who took home $25,000, the 3rd biggest score of his career. Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek once again found his way onto the STR finishing in 3rd place for $47,500. The top-25 ranked Jarzabek now has more than 20 $10,000+ scores to his name including a 3rd place finish in the brawl just a month ago.

Phillip “philbort” Gruissem, another highly ranked tournament professional, finished in 2nd place. Unfortunately for Gruissem this was another close call at the final table of a Sunday Major. Even though he has been unable to break through with a victory, he has still amassed quite the resume. Last September he nearly won the $750k on FullTilt, finishing in 2nd place for $82,604. He also finished 2nd in the Sunday Brawl a year ago, taking home $60,376 for his efforts there. Finally, he placed 5th in FullTilt’s $1,500,000 guaranteed last July for $68,786. Eventual champion “phounderAA” took down his biggest cash, surpassing a 5th place finish in the Warm-Up last September.

Seat 4: philbort (3065579 in chips)
Seat 8: phounderAA (6524421 in chips)
philbort: posts small blind 65000
phounderAA: posts big blind 130000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
philbort: calls 65000
phounderAA: checks
*** FLOP *** [6h 7h Td]
phounderAA: checks
philbort: bets 190000
phounderAA: raises 258666 to 448666
philbort: raises 2473913 to 2922579 and is all-in
phounderAA: calls 2473913
*** TURN *** [6h 7h Td] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [6h 7h Td 2s] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
phounderAA: shows [9c 8s] (a straight, Six to Ten)
philbort: shows [Qd Qc] (two pair, Queens and Sevens)
phounderAA collected 6131158 from pot

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

1. phounderAA $87,400
2. philbort $63,500
3. bigdogpckt5s $47,500
4. KingGorn $35,500
5. ocrowe $25,000
6. Blue Knight1 $20,000
7. teddyrowe9 $15,000
8. F.Briatore $10,000
9. Skämmes $5,750

More big names were on hand for the $215 re-buy final table. 6th place finisher “RandALLin” has managed more than $10,000+ scores over his career including a $104,760 cash last April. Busting in 4th place was “hemipowerSWT”, who might be the most decorated re-buy tournament player in history. In one 72-hour span he was able to win the $109r on PokerStars three times! He has numerous other victories including a win in this very event a few years ago.

Connor “blanconegro” Drinan and well-known professional “bdybldngpkr” faced off for the title. Both players have had plenty of success on PokerStars alone. Drinan nearly won the Sunday Million in July, finishing in 4th place for $79,500. His opponent, bdybldngpkr, has won a few Sunday Majors on PokerStars including the Sunday500 last May and the Second Chance in 2008. Some watching might have hoped for an epic battle, both players were deep and quite killed. Unfortunately any excitement was quickly tempered as both players agreed to a chip chop, settling for more than $30,000 apiece.

Seat 4: blanconegro (487280 in chips)
Seat 7: bdybldngpkr (907220 in chips)
bdybldngpkr: posts small blind 10000
blanconegro: posts big blind 20000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
bdybldngpkr: raises 20000 to 40000
blanconegro: raises 320000 to 360000
bdybldngpkr: raises 320000 to 680000
blanconegro: calls 125280 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (194720) returned to bdybldngpkr
*** FLOP *** [6s Ad 3d]
*** TURN *** [6s Ad 3d] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [6s Ad 3d 8s] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
blanconegro: shows [Jc 9h] (high card Ace)
bdybldngpkr: shows [Kd Qc] (high card Ace – King kicker)
bdybldngpkr collected 974560 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
248 Entrants; $173,400 prize pool

1. bdybldngpkr $31,557
2. blanconegro $30,000
3. Opperstoof69 $19,594.20
4. hemipowerSWT $14,739
5. Aboubacar $10,230.60
6. RandALLin $7,803
7. agriffrod $6,069
8. DonkCommited $4,335
9. kartt $3,034.50

The Second Chance took a slight step back in attendance this weekend, finishing under the $250,000 prize pool mark. No worries for PokerStars however, as the tournament still easily surpassed its $200,000 guarantee. A couple players without great results on PokerStars battled it out for over $44,000 in first place money. In the end a slowplay by “Rostrum” proved to be the right move, as his pocket Jacks were too much for cligityclank’s A3o, giving him a bigger full-house and the title.

Seat 2: Rostrum (2498456 in chips)
Seat 8: cligityclank (1164544 in chips)
Rostrum: posts small blind 15000
cligityclank: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Rostrum: raises 30000 to 60000
cligityclank: calls 30000
*** FLOP *** [2c 3h 6s]
cligityclank: checks
Rostrum: bets 80000
cligityclank: calls 80000
*** TURN *** [2c 3h 6s] [2d]
cligityclank: checks
Rostrum: bets 190000
cligityclank: raises 831544 to 1021544 and is all-in
Rostrum: calls 831544
*** RIVER *** [2c 3h 6s 2d] [2h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
cligityclank: shows [Ah 3d] (a full house, Deuces full of Threes)
Rostrum: shows [Jc Js] (a full house, Deuces full of Jacks)
Rostrum collected 2329088 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $200k Guaranteed
1,221 Entrants; $244,200 prize pool

1. Rostrum $44,566.50
2. cligityclank $32,454.18
3. TheMiltMan $24,420
4. golden loyd $18,315
5. akat11 $12,820.50
6. Nels316 $10,378.50
7. HuddyNation $7,936.50
8. Masterhp $5,494.50
9. OnlyPlayRagz $3,418.80

FullTilt soared into the new year with a huge performance from their $400k Sunday Brawl. The earliest of the three majors attracted over 2,800 players, creating a massive $575,400 prize pool. The Brawl also saw a few famous faces playing including FulltTilt professionals Ram Vaswani, Lee Watkinson, and Cyndy Violette. The final table was highlighted by well-known professional Tim “Tmay420” West who is closing in on $3,000,000 in career cashes between FullTilt and PokerStars. West is also becoming a solid live player, having made numerous final tables on his way to over $800,000 in career cashes.

Unfortunately West busted in 5th place which opened up the final four players to decide upon a chip chop. Taking home the most money was “NudelTofu” whose $81,859 payday was the biggest of his short career.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $400k Guaranteed
2,877 Entrants; $575,400 prize pool
*4-way deal

1. NudelTofu $81,859
2. JCTurn $64,783
3. whitehorse5 $77,859
4. Euthanaces $65,500
5. Tmay420 $29,345
6. buriedatsea $19,564
7. babiggie $13,234
8. Badgergav $9,206
9. jklaen $6,905

The $750k also ended abruptly, as both “metfan4590” and “medijun” split the remaining $242,000 prize pool once heads-up play began. The $750k hosted plenty of FullTilt “red pros” including Mike “Timex” McDonald, Steve Zolotow, and David Chiu. Nearly 30 professionals played in the day’s biggest major, yet none were able to crack the top-100.

FullTilt Sunday $750k Guaranteed
4,271 Entrants; $854,200 prize pool
*2-way deal

1. metfan4590 $123,871
2. medijun $118,286
3. Str8Forward $59,794
4. Jimmy Jazz Jr $46,981
5. SLips713 $35,278
6. slimers19 $26,139
7. dutchmaster $19,647
8. eleach86 $15,376
9. RANDY W 70006 $11,446

One of the more recognizable names in online poker found himself at the final table of the Sunday Mulligan. “The-Toiler 0” made it all the way down to heads-up play before falling to “iceontheriver”. The $33,573 cash is just one of nine $20,000+ scores on his resume. His win in the Second Chance on PokerStars in August and his runner-up finish here suggests he enjoys events with later starting times. FullTilt professional Jon Turner finished in 59th place, earning $518.32.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,178 Entrants; $235,600 prize pool

1. iceontheriver $53,010
2. The-Toilet 0 $33,573
3. IHAVEUBEAT $24,856
4. Team DonkDown $19,437
5. yellowhat $14,725
6. swish3113 $10,602
7. fishzo $7,068
8. jp4347 $5,301
9. BlackFours $3,770