It was that time on the calendar again. The last Sunday of each month brings two bonus tournaments to the Sunday Majors lineup on PokerStars, and both involve players competing for quite a bit of money without having to buy-in for actual cash. Bonus tournaments added to the millions already up for grabs each Sunday brought the total amount given away - in only the six biggest tournaments of the day - to $4,321,430. Winning a piece of that looked to be a solid way to end the month of March.
The day got off to a hot start with the once-a-month freeroll with the longest name - Battle of the Planets $50K Triple Shootout. By taking the top ten players from each weekly sit-n-go leaderboard on PokerStars and giving them freeroll tickets to play in the monthly event, the March battle garnered a 536-player field. The final 81 players standing looked to split up the prize pool according to their respective finishes.
It only took three hours to get to the final table of nine, and it was the tenth place elimination of Guillaumel21 that made it possible, and a $195 prize was given to the final table bubble player. That left the nine remaining to start the final table with 1,500 in chips each. Action was slow until CoolAsAFan was ousted in ninth place, and kennenny followed in eighth. Short-stacked daveyjh exited in seventh place, and jonny2jabs was pushed out in sixth by Acesupper, who was running away with the chip lead, and Jeanette_23 left in fifth. Acesupper got back into action and took out Phil9 in fourth place. Once Catch You AA left in third, it was down to two.
Acesupper held a big lead over tdh61 going into heads-up play, but the latter doubled through and brought the stacks close to even. When tdh61 doubled through again, the two ended up discussing and agreeing to a deal. Though tdh61 came out ahead in money, it was Acesupper who finally took back the lead and won the tournament when his dominated the of tdh61 on a board.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1st place: Acesupper $9,500.00
2nd place: tdh61 $10,000.00
3rd place: Catch You AA $4,500.00
4th place: Phil9 $3,350.00
5th place: Jeanette_23 $2,735.00
6th place: daveyjh $2,200.00
7th place: jonny2jabs $1,700.00
8th place: kennenny $1,200.00
9th place: CoolAsAFan $775.00
The other last-Sunday-of-the-month special event was the $1 Million Turbo Takedown, which is restricted to players who enter for 5,000 Frequent Player Points or through a satellite victory. There were an amazing 10,614 players who did so, and all were competing for a piece of the $1 million prize pool. As play progressed, the final 4,000 survivors were in the money, taking home at least $90 for their efforts, but it was the final table nine who would see the lion’s share of the million bucks.
With the eventual elimination of RonIrishMofo in tenth place, the final table was set with peteenno1 in the lead with more than 7 million chips, though licyeus was on his heels with just under 6 million. Action began with hoops886 taking a ninth place finish and fcfarfan04 going for eighth. KNIEM7 then exited in seventh. Falling from a strong start, pateenno1 left in sixth place, and licyeus did the same by following him out in fifth. Electricute was ousted in fourth by AL-AL66, and Callisto 5 was sent away by elcheapo23.
That left AL-AL66 to go into heads-up play with 13,846,197 chips to the 17,995,803 of elcheapo23. The latter continued to extend his lead, but AL-AL66 ended up taking a 22.8 million-chip pot to grab that lead. It wasn’t long then until elcheapo23 pushed all-in with , but AL-AL66 called with . The board came to give AL-AL66 the victory.
The list of final table payouts is as follows:
1st place: AL-AL66 $100,000.00
2nd place: elcheapo23 $60,000.00
3rd place: Callisto5 $40,000.00
4th place: Electricute $32,500.00
5th place: licyeus $25,000.00
6th place: pateenno1 $20,000.00
7th place: KNIEM7 $15,000.00
8th place: fcfarfan04 $10,000.00
9th place: hoops886 $5,500.00
As the freerolls were giving away money right and left, the regular Sunday tournaments were also going down. The Sunday 1/4 Million with its new $250K guarantee attracted 29,683 players to its $10 + $1 event, which scratched the guarantee in favor of a $296,830 prize pool. The final 4,270 finishers would see pieces of that, but the biggest portion of the prize pie went to first place finisher GHSE00011364, who won $28,198.86 for surviving the massive field of players.
Also on the docket was the Sunday 500. The $500 + $30 tournament brought with it a $500K guarantee, which was good for the 986 players this week, as the guarantee kicked in. It was reserved for the final 144 players, but after a long battle that raged past 5am ET, it was KingKobeMVP who finally took down the $91,250 first prize for winning it.
Hours prior to the wrap of the Sunday 500, the Sunday Warm-Up was in the books, having seen another rise in the number of players this week with a total of 4,722. The prize pool was pushed well past the $750K guarantee to $944,400, which would be reserved for the top 675 finishers.
When the final nine reached the final table, none were ready to gamble right away, but when Scarer finally took the chance, he was the first to leave the table. Next up was skrabukes, followed by HustlerGrune. Though PiKappRaider was able eliminate the first player from the final table, he wasn’t able to take it further than sixth place for himself when he ran into Eham5. profontaine was the next to go at the hands of bundy604, but Eham5 was back on the job to take out scarface0908 in fourth. With the eventual elimination of homanga in third, only two remained.
The heads-up portion of the evening began with Eham5 holding 40 million chips to the 6.4 million of bundy604, but the latter eventually chipped up and doubled up to take the lead. But as the stacks got to be about even, the two decided to cut a deal for an even $97,703.50 each with an extra $10K set aside for the winner. With that in place, the tournament ended soon after with bundy604 taking it down.
All final table cashes were:
1st place: bundy604 $107,703.50
2nd place: Eham5 $97,703.50
3rd place: homanga $56,286.24
4th place: scarface0908 $47,220.00
5th place: profontaine $37,776.00
6th place: PiKappRaider $28,332.00
7th place: HustlerGrune $18,888.00
8th place: skrabukes $11,332.80
9th place: Scarer $7,366.32
And finally, the most major of all Sunday majors was on tap with the Sunday Million. Its $1.5 million guarantee was once again usurped by the 7,651 players who bought in for $200 + $15 and created their own prize pool of $1,530,200. As play moved along throughout the day and the money bubble burst to leave the final 1,170 players with cash to spare, it was Kubitza who busted in tenth place to allow the last nine survivors to become final tablists.
With AmirSF taking more than 16.5 million chips into action, play began at the last table of the tournament with MarleyGroup succumbing to his short stack and taking ninth place, courtesy of the chip leader, who then went on to take out matt1269 in eighth place. Coconut Soda was left without fizz in seventh place, and AmirSF was back on the case to take out ikszoorn in sixth. After a roller coaster ride for detroitj6, he finally left in fifth place, at which point the final four players decided a deal was to be made. With that in place, the player who negotiated for more in his deal than the others was gone; ILIOS72 left in fourth place. Finally, HuBaer582 went quietly in third place to leave only two.
Heads-up began with RoxmorE holding nearly a 2-to-1 lead over AmirSF, and that didn’t change. It only took a few hands to decide the match, and it happened when AmirSF pushed all-in with and RoxmorE called with pocket sixes. The board came , and RoxmorE secured a coveted Sunday Million title.
With that, here are the final table payouts:
1st place: RoxmorE $121,664.40
2nd place: AmirSF $142,970.07
3rd place: HuBaer582 $95,744.61
4th place: ILIOS72 $108,780.23
5th place: detroitj6 $54,322.10
6th place: ikszoorn $39,020.10
7th place: Coconut Soda $26,778.50
8th place: matt1269 $17,597.30
9th place: MarleyGroup $10,711.40
And now for a bit of a different ending to this article…as it usually ends in a commentary about all of the satellites one could play throughout the week to get into the Sunday majors. BUT, tournaments like the Sunday Million will not be on the schedule next week. Shocking, we know.
But something unique and new is taking its place. It is the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which actually begins this Thursday, April 2. The tournament runs through April 13 and will be chock full of tournaments, each having a high buy-in, medium buy-in, and low buy-in version. There is truly something for everyone from high rollers to beginners just putting together a bankroll. With the series so close to its start, now is the time to consider satellites and bankroll planning.
The first step? Download PokerStars now and start your real money account. During the process, use bonus code “Stars50” and marketing code “POKERWORKS” to add a 100% bonus on any deposit up to $50, as well as to qualify for weekly $2,000 freerolls. Once that is complete, take a look at the SCOOP schedule and the numerous satellites for each event.
Lastly, go for it! There will be millions of dollars up for grabs, and it is time to give it a shot.