There was opportunity after opportunity to cash in. Nearly $4.5 million was up for grabs on PokerStars on Sunday, February 22nd, and that made it the only place to be playing online poker. And those that were able to cash for tens of thousands - even hundreds of thousands - of dollars could easily testify to that.
One of the exciting additions to this week’s events was the February edition of the Battle of the Planets $50K Triple Shootout, which was a chance for the top ten players on each weekly sit-n-go leaderboard to complete in the $50K freeroll. A total of 442 competitors took their earned seats, and the top 81 of them finished in the money, with Kirua from Paris taking down the first prize of $12,000. Not bad for a freeroll to acknowledge already-excellent play.
The Sunday 200 Grand was one of the many opportunities, and as usual, the $200K guarantee was pumped up to $300K when the $10 + $1 tournament maxed out with 30,000 players. The final 4,270 players standing cashed out, but it was SHANI who took down the first place prize of $28,500.
For those with bankrolls that allowed a buy-in of $500 + $50, the Sunday 500 gave them a $500K guarantee. With only 969 players this week, that gave them a $155K overlay and a nice chance to win some extra dough, courtesy of PokerStars. In the end, notables finishing at the final table included Moorman1 in fifth place and shaundeeb in third, but it was HotKarlMC who won first place and the $91,250 that went with it.
The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up has become a player favorite, and this week was no different. Though the $200 + $15 buy-in tournament always has a $750K guarantee, this week’s field of 4,452 players boosted the total prize pool to $890,400. And when it came down to the final table, the chip leader was lrdvoldemort, a name most will remember from his 2008 WCOOP Event 13. Another in contention, though, was Roothlus, who is also known as Adam Levy and a heavy hitter in the online poker world.
And it was ldvoldemort who took out strahhh25 in ninth place to kick off the final table action. CaAngels2002 then departed in eighth place, followed by Noctus in seventh omasa81 in sixth. lrdvoldemort was back in the driver’s seat to eliminate Naropa in fifth place, but it was Roothlus who took out Christos911 in fourth. Tangling with lrdvoldemort and coming out on the wrong side, Roothlus finished in third place.
Finally, it was heads-up between lrdvoldemort and UnXplainable, and the former took only two hands to end it. After lrdvoldemort took the first hand and left UnXplainable with little more than 800K in chips, those went all-in on the next hand with , but lrdvoldemort called with . The board came , and UnXplainable took $79,690.80 for his second place finish, leaving lrdvoldemort with $113,971.20 and the Sunday Warm-Up victory.
1st place: lrdvoldemort $113,971.20
2nd place: UnXplainable $79,690.80
3rd place: Roothlus $53,067.84
4th place: Christos911 $44,520.00
5th place: Naropa $35,616.00
6th place: omasa81 $26,712.00
7th place: Noctus $17,808.00
8th place: CaAngels2002 $10,684.80
9th place: strahhh25 $6,945.12
A much anticipated tournament was added to the PokerStars Sunday fun with the February $1 Million Turbo Takedown. It is unique because the only way to buy in is with 5,000 Frequent Player Points (FPP), and for those whose play warrants the ability to do so, there is a $1 million prize pool, $100K of which is set aside for first place, awaiting. A whopping 11,205 players were able to enter, and 4,000 of them took a piece of the prize money.
The final table began with ImCheckin in the lead with more than 8.8 million chips, though Pass_72 was in second with over 6.4 million. Pass_72 started the action by eliminating Schorsch15 in ninth place. xmrstyle left in eighth place, RaineTech in seventh, and Pass_72 then fell and was knocked out in sixth place. Feydrauter was eliminated in fifth, followed by former chip leader ImCheckin in fourth. And it was BulldogsBrad who finally settled for the $46,739.68 of third place money.
The heads-up portion of the table began with annanoplay holding 17,510,984 chips and Mao2007 with 16,104,016 chips. It only took five hands, and though the stacks were still close, annanoplay had the upper hand. After both players went to see a flop, it was Mao2007 all-in holding top pair with a good kicker, but annanoplay called with pocket eights for the set. The 4d on the turn and a K on the river gave second place to Mao2007, which was worth $45,539.21. The title and top prize of $70,457.26 went to annanoplay.
1st place: annanoplay $70,457.26*
2nd place: Mao2007 $45,539.21*
3rd place: BulldogsBrad $46,739.68*
4th place: ImCheckin $39,896.22*
5th place: Feydrauter $39,867.63*
6th place: Pass_72 $35,000.00*
7th place: RaineTech $15,000.00
8th place: xmrstyle $10,000.00
9th place: Schorsch15 $5,500.00
*numbers via a six-way deal
Finally, to finish off a very busy day of online poker, it was the always popular PokerStars Sunday Million. And as usual, the $1.5 million guarantee was put to shame by the 8,800 players who entered, making the prize pool a whopping $1,760,000. As it played down and the final 1,260 players were in the money, the action eventually reached the final table with cmyworth in the chip lead with more than 20 million chips.
The first to go from the table was MONSTER_DONG in ninth place at the hands of cmyworth, and iggymcfly took his turn by pushing CharismA3 out in eighth place. IZSHUA accepted a seventh place finish before cmyworth took the reigns again, sending softel out in sixth and chkplz out in fifth place. iggymcfly was responsible for sending pianospike home in fourth and ending davidb666’s run by eliminating him in third place.
Heads-up began with iggymcfly dominating the chip counts with 71,012,632 and cmyworth with 16,987,368 and some heavy work to do. cmyworth did it, doubling up and chipping up to nearly even the stacks. Though cmyworth proposed a deal, iggymcfly wasn’t interested, which sent cmyworth into aggressive mode to double through again, this time for a pot worth more than 82.5 million chips. iggmcfly was able to double once, but couldn’t get much past the 10 million-chip mark.
Finally, iggymcfly attempted it again with , and cmyworth was there with and the call. The board came down , and that was enough to eliminate iggymcfly in second place with a $143,440 prize. cmyworth became the latest Sunday Million winner with a substantial $213,136 prize to show for it.
1st place: cmyworth $213,136.00
2nd place: iggymcfly $143,440.00
3rd place: davidb666 $97,680.00
4th place: pianospike $79,200.00
5th place: chkplz $61,600.00
6th place: softel $44,000.00
7th place: IZSHUA $30,800.00
8th place: CharismA3 $20,240.00
9th place: MONSTER_DONG $12,320.00
With all of this action and numerous ways to satellite into any of the major Sunday tournaments on PokerStars, now is the time to establish an account and begin the fun. Download PokerStars now and begin exploring. But when you do, don’t forget to use the bonus code “Stars50” and marketing code “POKERWORKS” to receive a 100% bonus on any deposit amount up to $50 and qualify for $2K weekly freerolls.