Another Sunday brought another big online poker day on PokerStars, but February 15 would end up being more special than most. The two biggest tournaments of the day upped their guarantees as a celebration of the pending deal of the 25 billionth hand on PokerStars. Though that hand wasn’t dealt until the wee hours of the morning on Monday, Sunday players benefited with bigger prize pools and much excitement surrounding the anticipation of the milestone.
The Sunday 200 Grand was again capped at 30,000 players and met that cap for the $10 + $1 buy-in tournament. With that, the prize pool was set at $300,000, an even $100K more than the guarantee. And in the end, 4,270 players took pieces of that prize money, with the largest chunk going to Caps001, who won the event and the $28,500 first prize.
For the higher stakes players, the Sunday 500 brought all those willing to buy in for $500 + $50, along with those who won satellites to secure their seats, to the tables. A total of 1,163 players were there, which created a prize pool of $581,500. When it was all said and done, first place and the $104,902.60 prize money went to PearlHammer for the win.
Wrapping up in the evening hours was the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, for which the usual $750 guarantee was doubled for the 25 billionth hand festivities. With an amazing $1,250,000 guarantee in place, a total of 6,241 took their seats to try to win their pieces of it. In the end, however, with the elimination of FickyVicky in tenth place, there were only nine left to fight for the big money.
Going into the final table with the chip lead was varbut, though wandsworth and Mug 1515 weren’t far behind. It was wandsworth who began the eliminations, sending chuck2003 out in ninth place and pierrott77 out in eighth. OllawainTim was the next to exit, followed by philipoo in sixth. One player who saw a change in luck was wandsworth, who suddenly lost chips as others gained. Ultimately, it was Mug 1515 who sent wandsworth out in fifth place. oscarleon took the reigns to eliminate varbut in fourth place, and Patrolman35 was the next to go, also at the hands of oscarleon.
Going into heads-up action, oscarleon and Mug 1515 were close in chips, which led to an even chop of the remaining prize pool, which came to $121,875 each, with only $20K held out for the winner. Mug 1515 soon took the chip lead and that led to the final hand, which began with Mug 1515 making the all-in move preflop with pocket fives and oscarleon calling with pocket deuces. The board came down , and oscarleon was eliminated in second place, while Mug 1515 was awarded the first prize totaling $141,875 and the title of Sunday Warm-Up champion.
The Sunday Million was the big event of the day. While it’s always a highly anticipated event, with its $1.5 million guarantee drawing a typical crowd of over 8,000 players, the February 15 Sunday Million was special because the $200 + $15 buy-in remained the same but the guarantee was bumped up to $2.5 million. With an extra cool million in the pot, a massive group of 13,267 players came to the tables to grab their share of it, and that number of registrants actually put the prize pool even higher, making it $2,653,400. The top 2,025 finishers would take pieces of it, and the tournament was off to the races.
It wasn’t until the 9 hour, 30 minute mark that hand-for-hand play ensued to find the nine final tablists, and it took quite a few hands before Canta44 became that tenth place finisher. That left the final table to begin with Ferl0k as the dominating chip leader with 37,996,441 chips.
Action began with DaMith as the first to leave in ninth place and Jay094 to depart in eighth. As play went on and on, the final seven players finally decided to discuss a chip-chop deal. Those discussions led to a pause in play of more than 30 minutes, as no one wanted to leave with less than $100K, and one other player made several demands at once before finally settling on one of those demands being met by the other generous (and tired) players. After a very long negotiation period, payouts were agreed upon by the seven players with the understanding that $30K would be left for the eventual winner.
As soon as play resumed, A6540 exited the tournament in seventh place, and aurora446 went out a short time later in sixth after being crippled by TakenItEasy2, then eliminated by pokthemonkey. TakenItEasy2 wasn’t able to hold on to the accumulated chips and finally left in fifth place at the hands of GreenEyes017, who also went on to eliminate Somal in fourth place. Three-handed action took some time to work itself out, and finally it was GreenEyes017 who left in third place, courtesy of Ferl0k.
Heads-up began with Ferl0k as nearly a 2-to-1 chip leader over pokthemonkey, but that mattered none as the two proceeded to exchange chips and the lead multiple times over. Finally, with Ferl0k in the lead again, he and pokthemonkey went to see a flop. More money went into the pot before the on the turn, at which point both players checked to receive a on the river. pokthemonkey pushed all-in for his last 20.6 million chips with , and Ferl0k check-called with for the nut flush. pokthemonkey was forced to settle for second place, while Ferl0k won the title and his prize plus $30,000 for the win.
1st place: Ferl0k ($229,686.13)
2nd place: pokthemonkey ($115,000.79)
3rd place: GreenEyes017 ($101,281.68)
4th place: Somal ($114,755.14)
5th place: TakenItEasy2 ($120,811.78)
6th place: aurora446 ($126,987.04)
7th place: A6540 ($100,001.80.60)
8th place: Jay094 ($29,187.40)
9th place: DaMith ($18,573,80)
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