On Sunday, March 1, most people were wondering how it got to be the third month of 2009 already. But online poker players? They simply knew it was a Sunday and that meant a day of online poker on PokerStars. Without any special once-a-month features, it would be a straightforward Sunday with millions of dollars in guarantees on the line.
The first of the four majors on PokerStars to wrap was the Sunday Two Hundred Grand, and this week brought a little twist. While the $200K guarantee remained the same, the typical 30,000-player cap was lifted and raised to 35,000. For the first time in awhile, the prize pool shot above the usual $300K to $302,860 because of the 30,286 entrants to the $10 + $1 tournament. The final 4,270 finishers got paid, and the first prize of $28,771.71 went to ace_cider for the win.
On the other end of the buy-in spectrum, the Sunday 500 was made up of players looking for a tournament comprised of those who could afford the $500 + $30 buy-in. The weekly opportunity was there with a $500K guaranteed, but the 1,031 players who came to the felt bumped the prize pool up to $515,500. There was money in it for the top 153 finishers, but it was the star-studded final table that brought many to the rail to watch neverwin finish in seventh place and QuasiFiction finish sixth. Ultimately, it was well-known online pro Kenny Rap who finished in first to grab the $93,614.80 prize and Sunday 500 title.
The Sunday Warm-Up was also on the weekly agenda, and as usual, the $750K guarantee was put to shame by the 4,473 players who entered for the $200 + $15 standard. The prize pool became a substantial $894,600, with 675 getting a piece of the money pie.
Once the final table was set, it didn’t take long to see some eliminations, first of whom was lephiloufou in ninth place and papijuno in eighth. But things seemed to speed up after the first break, sending Carelo out in seventh at the hands of and217. Then frtk took the reigns and axed UnhOoked in sixth and tilkk in fifth. SpotLIGHT19 was the next victim of frtk, as he was ousted in fourth place, and frtk finished off and217 in third place to secure a heads-up spot.
The final two began with frtk as the dominating chip leader, and despite dippedydawg’s heavy task of making a comeback, he was able to stay alive for awhile. But finally, dippedydawg pushed all-in preflop with pocket sevens, and frtk called with to take it to the races. But the board couldn’t have come more favorably for the chip leader as it brought , leaving dippedydawg with a second place finish.
First place was reserved for frtk, who took home a $114,508.80 first prize and a PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up title. All of the finishes were as follows:
1st place: frtk ($114,508.80)
2nd place: dippedydawg ($80,066.70)
3rd place: and217 ($53,318.16)
4th place: SpotLIGHT19 ($44,730.00)
5th place: tilkk ($35,784.00)
6th place: UnhOoked ($26,838.00)
7th place: Carelo ($17,892.00)
8th place: papijuno ($10,735.20)
9th place: lephiloufou ($6,977.88)
Finally, it was the Sunday Million, which continues to draw crowds that the original organizers could never have fathomed. The $200 + $15 tournament drew an impressive 8,664 crowd, which once again trumped the $1.5 million guarantee with a $1,732,800 prize pool. With the final 1,260 participants receiving their fair shares of it, the majority was reserved for the final tablists.
Some of the shorter stacks left first, with Vincent Eley out in ninth and G6Dragon out in eighth place. Princess480 was ousted in seventh, followed by IRENE666 in sixth, whose previous momentum through crucial double-ups couldn’t be maintained. Next to go was WlkRambo in fifth, and deal negotiations began after with the hold-out having been eliminated. The final four had some troubles coming to an agreement, but finally settled on deal numbers, after which the short stacks left the tournament quickly - wywrotX in fourth and Bob Vitis in third.
That left StefanProdan and jbrown04 to battle it out heads-up style, and though the latter came in with the chip lead, one significant double-up turned the tables. StefanProdan was relentless after taking the lead and finally brought it to one final hand. After jbrown04 made a raise, StefanProdan pushed all-in, which prompted an all-in call from jbrown04 with . StefanProd had only , and he got no help on the flop or turn, but the on the river allowed it to end, with jbrown04 taking second place.
StefanProdan became the first Sunday Million champion of March, for which he received $152,046.89 for the feat.
1st place: cmyworth ($168,296.06)
2nd place: jbrown04 ($152,046.89)
3rd place: Bob Vitis ($104,868.73)
4th place: wywrotX ($100,000.00)
5th place: WlkRambo ($60,648.00)
6th place: IRENE666 ($43,320.00)
7th place: Princess480 ($30,324.00)
8th place: G6Dragon ($19,927.20)
9th place: Vincent Eley ($12,129.60)
That ended another $2.5 million Sunday on PokerStars, but rest assured there will be another next weekend. And for all of the above-listed tournaments, there are satellites awaiting with low buy-ins that could translate into tens of thousands of dollars (or more) in prize money. Download PokerStars now to get in on the Sunday majors action at a cost that suits your bankroll. And by using the bonus code “Stars50” and marketing code “POKERWORKS” upon signing up, a 100% bonus on any deposit amount up to $50 is yours, as well as qualification for $2K weekly freerolls.