With Daylight Savings Time being one week prior, it came as a bit of a surprise to see that some of the major Sunday tournaments on PokerStars were pushed up an hour again. The note alluded to considering the players affected by the time change in America, but it got everyone off to a late start again on March 15, and for the second week in a row, half of the major tournaments saw decreased registration numbers.
However, the guarantees in the tournaments were trounced in each one, as the number of players translated into bigger prize pools than the guarantees could have anticipated. Despite the lower numbers for a second week in a row, more than $3.2 million was doled out to PokerStars players through the playing of four poker tournaments. Not too shabby.
On the agenda for the mid-March Sunday was the Sunday Two Hundred Grand, an ever-popular tournament for its massive prize pool based on a $10 + $1 buy-in. The $200K guarantee was once again shattered by the 29,478 players who registered and created a prize pool of $294,780.00. The last 4,270 players standing cashed in on it, but it was sandla who finished in first place to grab the $28,004.11 top prize.
Though the Sunday 500 is listed here as the second tournament of the day, it is typically the longest running, and this was no exception, as it finished quite awhile after the Sunday Million wrapped in the wee hours of Monday morning. The $500 + $30 buy-in event was attended by 1,042 players, pushing the prize pool past the $500K guarantee up to $521,000. The final 153 survivors were paid from it, but it was eventually highland who won first place and the $94,613.60 that went with it.
The Sunday Warm-Up was up slightly from the past week, as 4,312 players came to the virtual felt for the $200 + $15 NLHE festivities. That allowed the prize pool to sail on by the $750K guarantee all the way to $862,400. Once the field thinned to see the bubble burst and the final 630 players in the money, it was on to the final table, where the last nine competitors would fight it out for the top prize.
First to go from the lineup was mad.afurable, only a few hands into the action. Sebure was next to go, followed by schokonugget and KAMUK000. shabbyglass was then eliminated by icallseat3, who took credit for two in a row. bechis took credit for sending MJOS out in fourth place, but icallseat3 was back to task for the ousting of Shaaarrrp in third.
Heads-up began with icallseat3 in the chip lead, and the battle lasted only three hands. bechis pushed all-in preflop with , but icallseat3 called immediately with pocket tens. The board ran out to let bechis go in second place. icallseat3 became the latest to claim a Sunday Warm-Up title, and he took $111,249.60 for the feat.
1st place: icallseat3 ($111,249.60)
2nd place: bechis ($77,616.00)
3rd place: Shaaarrrp ($51,744.00)
4th place: MJOS ($43,120.00)
5th place: shabbyglass ($34,496.00)
6th place: KAMUK000 ($25,872.00)
7th place: schokonugget ($17,248.00)
8th place: Sebure ($10,780.00)
9th place: mad.afurable ($6,985.44.00)
Finally, the big finale of the day, though it actually finished before the aforementioned Sunday 500. The Sunday Million, with its $1.5 million guarantee, brought 8,001 comers for the week. While that was another decrease from the week before, it still created a gigantic prize pool of $1,600,200. From those waters, only 1,170 would drink, and all would be fighting for the first prize that came in just under $200K.
The final table began with beyleesmom in the lead with more than 17 million chips and Iceman1278 and vietcong01 heading toward 14 million each. And bayleesmom came out of the game swinging, taking out kendog39 in ninth place. Iceman1278 took his turn by sending pokerbrat13 out in eighth, and it was JLande who left in seventh. Iceman1278 was back to eliminate vietcong01 in sixth. WhatArunAA left in fifth place, and all the while bayleesmom was losing ground, finally succumbing to TheCronic420 for a fourth place finish. The final three took a break to discuss a chip-chop, but it was soon obvious that no agreement was going to be made. When play resumed, it didn’t take long for Brendan42 to be pushed out in third place.
Down to heads-up action late into the evening/early morning hours, TheCronic420 had more than a 2-to-1 chip lead going in, but Iceman1278 put up a tremendous fight. The doubling up went back and forth, but the last rounds found Iceman1278 in the lead and putting more and more distance between him and his opponent. Finally, the two went to see a cheap flop of , which was checked to the on the turn. TheCronic420 threw out a bet, but Iceman1278 check-raised, prompting a call from TheCronic420. But it was the on the river that saw more betting that resulted in TheCronic420 pushing all-in with and two pair, but Iceman1278 quickly called with and the full house, pushing TheCronic420 out in second and giving Iceman1278 the victory, $196,024.50 prize, and title of Sunday Million champion.
1st place: Iceman1278 ($196,024.50)
2nd place: TheCronic420 ($132,176.52)
3rd place: Brendan42 ($89,611.20)
4th place: bayleesmom ($72,809.10)
5th place: WhatArunAA ($56,807.10)
6th place: vietcong01 ($40,805.10)
7th place: JLande ($28,003.50)
8th place: pokerbrat13 ($18,402.30)
9th place: kendog39 ($11,201.40)
And that wrapped the Sunday majors on PokerStars. Next week, all tournaments are scheduled to begin at their usual times without deference to Daylight Savings Time.
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