For the first two Sundays in April, PokerStars and its players were consumed with the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) tournaments, and some of the Sunday majors took a backseat. In fact, some of them did not run at all so players and reporters could concentrate on the tens of millions of dollars being won in SCOOP events. But by April 19, everything had returned to normal, and the four biggest tournaments on PokerStars were back in action.
There was a drop in the entries, though. Most of the tournaments saw a decrease in the number of registered players, and the Sunday Million had to implement its guarantee for the first time in quite awhile. Most likely, that was a response to SCOOP exhaustion as well as live tournaments in San Remo, Italy and Las Vegas, Nevada taking the time and funds of many of the higher stakes players live or online. Even so, the overlay was positive for the players who did sign up, and the events were able to award millions of dollars as usual.
The Sunday 1/4 Million was the lowest of all the guarantees, set at $250K, but the $10 buy-in tournament players bypassed it as usual. The 27,608 players pushed the prize pool up to $276,080, and the final 4,500 participants were paid. But it was Rhosanna who topped them all, finishing in first place for a $24,847.21 prize. Not a bad payout for a $10 investment.
Also on the schedule was the high stakes Sunday 500 Grand, and this also bypassed the guarantee. There were 1,022 players who paid the $500 buy-in to push the prize pool past the $500K to $511,000 and guarantee payouts to the last 153 players standing. Well-known player Shaun Deeb finished in ninth place, but it was pokerATL who took down the biggest $88,198.60 prize of all for winning the tournament.
The Sunday Warm-Up brings the second biggest guarantee of the day, with $750K on the line for its players, though the 3,859-player field made that prize pool a little bigger with $771,800. The pool was to be split according to finish among the final 585 finishers, and the final nine would, of course, receive the lion’s share of it.
When that final table arrived, WiloDogo was the chip leader with 7,948,973 chips, but there were room for movement and several players had opportunities to catch up. But sndk 100 was the first to exit, followed by ILIOS72. Boy Argentina climbed to the top of the leaderboard by knocking out TranquilMind in seventh place, s00tedj0kers in sixth, and WildDogo in fifth. shane261966 then climbed and eliminated grasbeer in fourth place, but BoyArgentina came back to send eom2000 out in third place.
Heads-up action consisted of BoyArgentina and shane261966 exchanging the chip lead, but shane261966 finally crippled his opponent when pocket fives held up against the A-K of BoyArgentina. It only took several hands from that point to find BoyArgentina pushing all-in with against the dominating of shane261966. The board came , and BoyArgentina lost with the worst of the flush scenario, giving him a second place finish. shane261966 won the tournament and $100,334 to go with the title.
1st place: shane261966 ($100,334)
2nd place: BoyArgentina ($69,462.00)
3rd place: eom2000 ($46,308.00)
4th place: grasbeer ($38,590.00)
5th place: WildDogo ($30,872.00)
6th place: s00tedj0kers ($23,154.00)
7th place: TranquilMind ($15,436.00)
8th place: ILIOS72 ($9,647.50)
9th place: sndk 100 ($6,637.48)
Finally, the PokerStars Sunday Million presented its $1.5 million guarantee. Since the field was a bit smaller than usual with only 7,021 players in the field, the guarantee kicked in and provided a $95,800 overlay for the players. The final 1,080 survivors picked up a piece of it, but it was the final table where nearly $185K awaited the winner.
The final table of nine found SCTrojans in the lead and master zulle hot on his tail. Play started with some double-ups but SCTrojans took the reigns and eliminated gp333 in ninth place and monk-dogg in eighth. master zulle then got in on the action and sent anybody1108 packing in seventh. After MissStax left in sixth place and Der Patient left in fifth, Uninc157 took a tumble at the hands of master zulle and finally left at his hands in fourth place. And with the elimination of Germaniac2 in third, only two remained.
master zulle took the lead into heads-up play, but SCTrojans wasn’t far behind and soon took the lead. But in a monster hand that found master zulle doubling through SCTrojans and taking a 60,660,480 pot, SCTrojans was crippled and needing to make a move. The last hand found the two cheaply seeing a flop, betting to see the on the turn, and finally taking it to the on the river. master zulle made the bet, and SCTrojans called all-in with pocket jacks. But master zulle showed for the two pair, giving SCTrojans the second place finish. The victory and $124,950 went to master zulle for the feat.
1st place: master zulle ($184,500)
2nd place: SCTrojans ($124,950)
3rd place: Germaniac2 ($84,000)
4th place: Uninc157 ($69,000)
5th place: Der Patient ($54,000)
6th place: MissStax ($39,000)
7th place: anybody1108 ($26,250)
8th place: monk-dogg ($17,250)
9th place: gp333 ($10,500)
Another PokerStars super Sunday was in the history books. Look for bigger fields in the coming weeks as live tournaments take a break and players prepare for the upcoming 2009 World Series of Poker.
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