This week we bring you a midweek report on this past weekend’s online tournament scene.  There is plenty going on in the online world lately, including another Isildur1 challenge this time with Daniel “Jungleman28” Cates set to take place this weekend. PokerStars recently introduced Home Games giving players a way to create private tournaments and games quickly. Finally, Ultimate Bet is running their UBOC tournament series with an event already won by FTR’s very own Chris “Maxxscam” Back.

This past weekend online tournament saw a bit of a boom as attendance seemed to be up across the board.  For one reason or another the first month of 2011 has seen some interesting fluctuations in entrants in the bigger events. Whether it was the PCA taking time away from high-stakes professionals, football on TV, or just holiday traveling it seems online events have rebounded and are once again on the way up. A great sign of this was the $750,000 Guarantee Warm-Up on PokerStars which nearly drew enough players to create a $1,000,000 prize pool. Still with over 4,800 entrants ponying up the $200+$15 buy-in there was plenty on the line at the final table.

The two biggest names reaching the final nine saw quite different results. PokerStars very own Johnny Lodden and Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron we on hand vying for a $150,394 payday. Two of the biggest names in poker, both players are quite accomplished in the live and online worlds. Baron is widely considered one of the best online players of all time and is often referred to as Menlo by the poker community. Unfortunately Baron fell short at the Warm-Up table busting in 8th place for just $12,018. Lodden has become increasingly popular over the past few years due to the game “What Lodden Thinks” created by Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. The game was introduced to the public on shows like High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark as a fun prop betting contest pitting two players against one another on the subject of what a third party is thinking.   In fact Lodden seems to be more known for the game than his poker play which is also quite good. He used his experience to draw a 3-way chop at the final table earning $119,600 in the process. Eventual winner J4d3dr4gon earned $122,133 after the chop which left just $10,000 on the table.

Seat 5: J4d3dr4g0n (28869543 in chips)
Seat 6: Philipoune (19200457 in chips)
J4d3dr4g0n: posts small blind 400000
Philipoune: posts big blind 800000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
J4d3dr4g0n: raises 800000 to 1600000
Philipoune: raises 2400000 to 4000000
J4d3dr4g0n: raises 24789543 to 28789543 and is all-in
Philipoune: calls 15120457 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (9669086) returned to J4d3dr4g0n
*** FLOP *** [3c 9s 5s]
*** TURN *** [3c 9s 5s] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [3c 9s 5s Td] [9d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Philipoune: shows [Tc As] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
J4d3dr4g0n: shows [3h 3d] (a full house, Threes full of Nines)
J4d3dr4g0n collected 38400914 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $750k Guaranteed
4,807 Entrants; $961,400 prize pool
*3-way chop

1. J4d3dr4g0n $122,113
2. Philipounce $100,000
3. johnnylodden $119,600
4. mrhavanna $54,319
5. StackinCake $40,860
6. Jan2000 $31,246
7. magic032 $21,632
8. westmenloAA $12,018
9. Manor $7,691

The Sunday Million continues to rule the online tournament schedule each and every week. This past weekend was no exception as the world’s largest online event once again had a quarter million dollar payday slated for the winner.  Taking home that $253,000 payday was “paulgees81” who is a top-10 ranked online tournament grinder having won numerous big events including a MiniFTOPS major in 2009 as well as the Wednesday Quarter Million on Stars last year. With more than a dozen $20,000+ scores on his resume he was clearly the class of the final table and proved as much in taking down the Million and $253,894. Below are the final table starting stacks, bust-out hands, and pay-outs:

Seat 1: shizgared89 (9714594 in chips)
Seat 2: ser svensson (32654743 in chips)
Seat 3: 4Kings_Hit (1546773 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (9782225 in chips)
Seat 5: nickthenasty (1184692 in chips)
Seat 6: BleedBlue33 (6151500 in chips)
Seat 7: Ninemil (2525934 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (10004210 in chips)
Seat 9: samilero (12735329 in chips)

Seat 1: shizgared89 (4113094 in chips)
Seat 2: ser svensson (31794743 in chips)
Seat 3: 4Kings_Hit (1406773 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (8922225 in chips)
Seat 5: nickthenasty (1104076 in chips)
Seat 6: BleedBlue33 (16832400 in chips)
Seat 7: Ninemil (1165934 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (9774826 in chips)
Seat 9: samilero (11185929 in chips)
samilero: posts small blind 200000
shizgared89: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ser svensson: folds
4Kings_Hit: folds
grayzee1: folds
nickthenasty: raises 664076 to 1064076 and is all-in
BleedBlue33: folds
Ninemil: folds
paulgees81: calls 1064076
samilero: folds
shizgared89: folds
*** FLOP *** [6c Kh 4h]
*** TURN *** [6c Kh 4h] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [6c Kh 4h Js] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nickthenasty: shows [7c Ad] (a pair of Aces)
paulgees81: shows [Th As] (a pair of Aces – King+Jack+Ten kicker)
paulgees81 collected 3088152 from pot

Seat 1: shizgared89 (3433094 in chips)
Seat 2: ser svensson (31314743 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 3: 4Kings_Hit (3573546 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (8842225 in chips)
Seat 6: BleedBlue33 (15425627 in chips)
Seat 7: Ninemil (1085934 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (11718902 in chips)
Seat 9: samilero (10905929 in chips)
ser svensson: posts small blind 200000
4Kings_Hit: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
grayzee1: folds
BleedBlue33: raises 409400 to 809400
Ninemil: folds
paulgees81: folds
samilero: folds
shizgared89: raises 2583694 to 3393094 and is all-in
ser svensson: folds
4Kings_Hit: folds
BleedBlue33: calls 2583694
*** FLOP *** [8h Ts 8d]
*** TURN *** [8h Ts 8d] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [8h Ts 8d Jc] [Jh]
Ninemil said, “gg”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BleedBlue33: shows [Ah Ad] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
shizgared89: shows [Ac 7d] (two pair, Jacks and Eights)
BleedBlue33 collected 7706188 from pot

Seat 2: ser svensson (30154743 in chips)
Seat 3: 4Kings_Hit (1609046 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (7180741 in chips)
Seat 6: BleedBlue33 (14067617 in chips)
Seat 7: Ninemil (11287472 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (12870002 in chips)
Seat 9: samilero (9130379 in chips)
grayzee1: posts small blind 200000
BleedBlue33: posts big blind 400000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Ninemil: folds
paulgees81: folds
samilero: folds
ser svensson: folds
4Kings_Hit: raises 800000 to 1200000
grayzee1: folds
BleedBlue33: raises 800000 to 2000000
4Kings_Hit: calls 369046 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (430954) returned to BleedBlue33
*** FLOP *** [As 8h 2h]
*** TURN *** [As 8h 2h] [Ts]
*** RIVER *** [As 8h 2h Ts] [Jd]
Ninemil said, “gg”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BleedBlue33: shows [7s 8s] (a pair of Eights)
4Kings_Hit: shows [Qd 5h] (high card Ace)
BleedBlue33 collected 3618092 from pot

Seat 2: ser svensson (34311223 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (12105551 in chips)
Seat 6: BleedBlue33 (19933520 in chips)
Seat 7: Ninemil (8006360 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (7232967 in chips)
Seat 9: samilero (4710379 in chips)
ser svensson: posts small blind 250000
grayzee1: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
BleedBlue33: folds
Ninemil: folds
paulgees81: folds
samilero: raises 4160379 to 4660379 and is all-in
ser svensson: folds
grayzee1: calls 4160379
*** FLOP *** [3d 6c 6h]
*** TURN *** [3d 6c 6h] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [3d 6c 6h 9d] [Jc]
Ninemil said, “gg”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
grayzee1: shows [7c 7s] (two pair, Sevens and Sixes)
samilero: shows [Ks Ah] (a pair of Sixes)
grayzee1 collected 9870758 from pot

Seat 2: ser svensson (36439233 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (8515930 in chips)
Seat 6: BleedBlue33 (22200553 in chips)
Seat 7: Ninemil (9456360 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (9687924 in chips)
paulgees81: posts small blind 300000
ser svensson: posts big blind 600000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
grayzee1: folds
BleedBlue33: folds
Ninemil: raises 8796360 to 9396360 and is all-in
paulgees81: folds
ser svensson: calls 8796360
*** FLOP *** [5s 8h As]
*** TURN *** [5s 8h As] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [5s 8h As 2c] [Kc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ser svensson: shows [Ad Td] (a pair of Aces)
Ninemil: shows [4d 4s] (a pair of Fours)
BleedBlue33 said, “gg”
ser svensson collected 19392720 from pot

Seat 2: ser svensson (36938894 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (10743720 in chips)
Seat 6: BleedBlue33 (16486648 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (22130738 in chips)
ser svensson: posts small blind 500000
grayzee1: posts big blind 1000000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
BleedBlue33: raises 15386648 to 16386648 and is all-in
paulgees81: folds
ser svensson: calls 15886648
grayzee1: folds
*** FLOP *** [Ad Jh 2h]
*** TURN *** [Ad Jh 2h] [2c]
paulgees81 said, “gg”
*** RIVER *** [Ad Jh 2h 2c] [7d]
BleedBlue33 said, “gg gla”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ser svensson: shows [Js As] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
BleedBlue33: shows [Jd Ks] (two pair, Jacks and Deuces)
ser svensson collected 34173296 from pot

Seat 2: ser svensson (35781822 in chips)
Seat 4: grayzee1 (24887440 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (25630738 in chips)
grayzee1: posts small blind 600000
paulgees81: posts big blind 1200000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ser svensson: folds
grayzee1: raises 23567440 to 24767440 and is all-in
paulgees81: calls 23567440
*** FLOP *** [8d 9h 7h]
*** TURN *** [8d 9h 7h] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [8d 9h 7h 9d] [6d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
grayzee1: shows [8s As] (two pair, Nines and Eights)
paulgees81: shows [Tc Ac] (a straight, Six to Ten)
paulgees81 collected 49894880 from pot

Seat 2: ser svensson (20697377 in chips)
Seat 8: paulgees81 (65602623 in chips)
paulgees81: posts small blind 600000
ser svensson: posts big blind 1200000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
paulgees81: raises 1200000 to 2400000
ser svensson: raises 12000000 to 14400000
paulgees81: raises 12000000 to 26400000
ser svensson: calls 6177377 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (5822623) returned to paulgees81
*** FLOP *** [2d 9d 5c]
*** TURN *** [2d 9d 5c] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [2d 9d 5c Th] [5h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ser svensson: shows [8d Kc] (a pair of Fives)
paulgees81: shows [Ac Kd] (a pair of Fives – Ace kicker)
paulgees81 collected 41394754 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Million $1.5M Guaranteed
8,630 Entrants; $1,726,000 prize pool

1. paulgees81 $253,895
2. ser svensson $185,545
3. grayzee1 $129,450
4. BleedBlue33 $86,300
5. Ninemil $69,040
6. samilero $51,780
7. 4Kings_Hit $34,520
8. shizgared89 $18,986
9. nickthenasty $13,377

The Sunday 500 continues to produce a great final table. What’s even better is the tournament’s slower structure and deeper stacks make railing the tournament a great watch.  Two PokerStars professionals made the final table including the stylish David Williams who busted in 5th place for $28,017. For those who remember, Williams finished 2nd to Greg Raymer in the 2004 WSOP Main Event for a massive payday. Since then he has made appearances on many poker shows including High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark, 2M2M, and many more. Third place finisher Angel Guillen is also a team PokerStars member and earned himself a $53,713 check for finishing 3rd in the $500k this past weekend.  The tournament came down to “Patonius2000”, a high-stakes cash game player, and “JPette333”, a high-stakes tournament grinder. Both players had seen great success on PokerStars in the past but neither had broken through with a major win. That was all about to change for Patoninus2000 who took down the title when his A4o held up against KQo for the win.

Seat 6: JPette333 (3620244 in chips)
Seat 7: Patonius2000 (7699756 in chips)
JPette333: posts the ante 13000
Patonius2000: posts the ante 13000
JPette333: posts small blind 65000
Patonius2000: posts big blind 130000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
JPette333: raises 130000 to 260000
Patonius2000: raises 7426756 to 7686756 and is all-in
JPette333: calls 3347244 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (4079512) returned to Patonius2000
*** FLOP *** [2h Qc 7d]
*** TURN *** [2h Qc 7d] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [2h Qc 7d Ad] [6c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Patonius2000: shows [4s Ah] (a pair of Aces)
JPette333: shows [Qh Ks] (a pair of Queens)
Patonius2000 collected 7240488 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $500k Guaranteed
1,132 Entrants; $566,000 prize pool

1. Patonius2000 $96,220
2. JPette333 $70,750
3. angelguillen $53,713
4. stevie444 $38,488
5. dwilliams $28,017
6. zugzwang16 $22,357
7. Obär89 $16,697
8. rizih $11,037
9. oncommand $6,113

A big name in the poker world took down the Sunday $215r on PokerStars this weekend as Bryn Kenney, a nosebleed cash game and tournament professional, outlasted a field of some of the best players in the world. Just 269 players entered the weeks highest re-buy event but with multiple rebuys and add-ons the average buy-in swelled to $711 once the 90 minute re-buy period was over.  After many hours of grinding Kenney found himself heads-up with “goleafsgo41” for the $39,237 first place check.  Neither player was intimidated by the other as each had shipped majors on Stars in the past.  Kenney is often painted in a dark light by the online community as he has been quite brash in the past. However, his play lately has been doing all the talking as he has made many deep runs in both online and live MTTs.  This weekend was just another skin on the wall as he took down the $215r and earned $39,237 in the process.

Seat 1: BrynKenney (1866546 in chips)
Seat 5: goleafsgo41 (283454 in chips)
BrynKenney: posts the ante 2500
goleafsgo41: posts the ante 2500
goleafsgo41: posts small blind 12500
BrynKenney: posts big blind 25000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
goleafsgo41: raises 255954 to 280954 and is all-in
BrynKenney: calls 255954
*** FLOP *** [3d Js Ks]
*** TURN *** [3d Js Ks] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [3d Js Ks 2s] [2d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BrynKenney: shows [Kc Jd] (two pair, Kings and Jacks)
goleafsgo41: shows [Jc 6c] (two pair, Jacks and Deuces)
BrynKenney collected 566908 from pot

PokerStars Sunday $215r $150k Guaranteed
269 Entrants; $191,400 prize pool

1. BrynKenney $39,237
2. goleafsgo41 $28,710
3. niccc $21,628
4. sappy123 $16,269
5. Vinkyy $11,293
6. ronaldgrauer $8,613
7. munchenHB $6,699
8. Scarypooper5 $4,785
9. brainwash $3,350

Finishing off another strong day of major tournaments on PokerStars was the $250,000 Guaranteed Sunday Second Chance. The day’s final championship gives players one last shot at a $50,000+ payday.  Taking full advantage of that opportunity was “Setherson2” who won the Second Chance for the second time in his career.  The $55,202 score beat out his previous victory that earned him just $48,669.  Setherson2 was able to outlast a strong final table that included one of the best players in the world, “Wretchy”, who has won multiple majors in his career including a $215r WCOOP title last year for more than $160,000.

Seat 6: Setherson2 (2922391 in chips)
Seat 9: Runnin Rich (1667609 in chips)
Setherson2: posts the ante 8000
Runnin Rich: posts the ante 8000
Runnin Rich: posts small blind 40000
Setherson2: posts big blind 80000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Runnin Rich: raises 80000 to 160000
Setherson2: raises 244040 to 404040
Runnin Rich: raises 1255569 to 1659609 and is all-in
Setherson2: calls 1255569
*** FLOP *** [Kh 2d Jd]
*** TURN *** [Kh 2d Jd] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 2d Jd 5h] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Setherson2: shows [Ac Ad] (two pair, Aces and Kings)
Runnin Rich: shows [Ah Qd] (a pair of Kings)
Setherson2 collected 3335218 from pot

PokerStars Sunday Second Chance $250k Guaranteed
1,530 Entrants; $306,000 prize pool

1. Setherson2 $55,202
2. Runnin Rich $39,933
3. Wretchy $30,600
4. soloh0mer $22,950
5. DTrain27 $16,065
6. FIREintheSUN $13,005
7. Azazel1980 $9,945
8. xxxALBxxx $6,885
9. _BIF_ $4,284

Battling with PokerStars for world supremacy is the 2nd biggest site around, FullTilt Poker. Known for their high-stakes professionals, Rush Poker, and Online Poker Series, FullTilt has plenty to offer for the amateur and professional poker player.  What’s great about their weekend events is there is always a strong presence from the sponsored professionals like Allen Cunningham, Tom Dwan, and even Phil Ivey.  The $400,000 Guaranteed Brawl had more than 30 FullTilt professionals in the field including David Pham, Isaac Baron, and Brandon Adams. Allen Cunningham made a nice run before busting just outside the top-100 in 111th place.  The final table was with out a FullTilt professional, but it did have Christopher “boNeZee” Bonita who beat 2,994 other players on his way to the Brawl crown. The $121,597 payday was the biggest of his career and ended years of frustration of final table shortfalls. In the past Bonita has final tabled three FTOPS events only to finish in 6th, 3rd, and 2nd place. This time he was able to break through taking down “Flying Smile” for the title.

FullTilt Sunday Brawl $400k Guaranteed
2,995 Entrants; $599,000 prize pool

1. boNeZee $121,597
2. Flying Smile $78,469
3. moisei1986 $58,103
4. foldimo $43,727
5. boahboah $30,549
6. SteadyCash $20,366
7. ArchietheGreed $13,777
8. BIGOne_FFM $9,584
9. tiltass33 $7,188

The biggest event of the day on FullTilt is the $750,000 Guaranteed. The $216 buy-in championship attracted over 4,000 players making it the 3rd biggest event in all of online poker.  More than 40 FullTilt professionals entered the $750k including former WSOP ME Champion Huck Seed, poker funny man Adam Schoenfeld, and multiple WSOP bracelet winner Scott Fischman. Four FTP pros made the top-1oo, but could not make the final table. Pass Lefrancois, Somyung Sim, Luis Velador, and Joao Barbosa all cracked the top-100, but none could finish better than 45th.  Without any professionals making the final table there was more than $144,000 up for grabs for the best amateur on hand. Taking full advantage of a softer final table was “Im young money” who won the $750k and took down a big payday.

FullTilt Sunday $750k Guaranteed
4,084 Entrants; $816,800 prize pool

1. Im young money $144,239
2. white_kong20 $87,316
3. pokerlogic1 $57,176
4. TrueGrinding $44,924
5. fabtel $33,734
6. BPV $24,994
7. JayJay1 $18,786
8. morris2055 $14,702
9. Roczilla $10,945

Wrapping up our report is the appropriately named Mulligan on FullTilt. The $216 event gives players a great shot at ending the day on a positive note.  The tournament prize pool nearly reached the quarter million mark before falling just short. The final table itself was worth the price of admission as numerous professionals including “too eazy”, “FU_15”, and “GASSITT” were on hand looking to take down the $54,692 first place score. In the end it was “bigcdeboss727” who finally broke through with a huge score to go along with a solid resume full of low five figure cashes.

FullTilt Sunday Mulligan $200k Guaranteed
1,243 Entrants; $248,600 prize pool

1. bigcdeboss727 $54,692
2. toddybrun2 $34,804
3. too eazy $25,171
4. SaU KRIS $20,199
5. -AKwow- $15,239
6. GASSITT $11,187
7. FU_15 $7,209
8. TCrema $5,221
9. SLips713 $3,729