Two weeks after the end of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) concluded, the PokerStars Sunday majors seemed back on track with field sizes and prize pools. In addition, it was a bonus Sunday, with two additional tournaments that occur on the last Sunday of each month - the Turbo Takedown and the Battle of the Planets. With nearly $4.4 million at stake and no major live tournaments to conflict with the schedule, it was another exciting Sunday in the PokerStars record books.
It began with the Sunday Warm-Up, the first of the seven tournaments on April 26. The $200 + $15 offered a $750K guarantee, which was bypassed by the 4,077 playing field. The prize pool was boosted to $815,400, with the top 585 able to finish in the money.
When the final table started with only nine players remaining, it was confused28 holding a dominating chip lead of nearly 12 million chips and none of the other players even breaking the 5 million mark. YouSoNaive was the first to go, followed by Big Huni and Gags30. homanga left in sixth, Artanis11 in fifth, and Tagult in fourth. With the eventual elimination of Pommy Blez, it was confused28 and GripDsNutz going heads-up. The former never gave up the chip lead throughout final table play, and GripDsNutz made some solid attempts to chip up, the plays were no match for confused28. Finally, GripDsNutz pushed all-in with , and confused28 was there with and the call. The board ran out , and the pair of 9’s was enough to give confused28 the title and $128,017.81 in cash.
1st place: confused28 ($128,017.81)
2nd place: GripDsNutz ($95,401.81)
3rd place: Pommy Blez ($67,270.51)
4th place: Tagult ($46,885.51)
5th place: Artanis11 ($34,654.51)
6th place: homanga ($26,500.51)
7th place: Gags30 ($18,346.51)
8th place: Big Huni ($10,192.51)
9th place: YouSoNaive ($6,523.21)
Next up was the once-a-month $1 Million Turbo Takedown, a tournament reserved for those who have accumulated 5,000 Frequent Player Points with which to enter the event. There were 8,949 of those players who bought into the event with their points for the $1 million prize pool offered up by PokerStars. The final 4,000 players standing would cash out, but it was the nine final tablists looking at some serious money.
The frontrunner with more than 9 million chips was gwaag going into final table action, and willempy was the shortest stack and ended up finishing ninth. Player 1488311 started with over 2 million chips but finished eighth, followed by Judius, heelman247, and UHave_3_Outs. wtfchigo finally left in fourth place, and gwaag ultimately fell in third place, leaving Soitanai in the lead going into heads-up action with JustFriendsF. Soitanai lost that lead shortly thereafter, though the two stayed even for quite some time, which prompted them to strike a chip-chop deal for $70K each and $20K set aside for the winner. The last hand found JustFriendsF with and Soitanai with pocket kings to see a board of . JustFriendsF won with the flush and took home $90,000 for the freeroll opportunity.
1st place: JustFriendsF ($90,000)
2nd place: Soitanai ($70,000)
3rd place: gwaag ($40,000)
4th place: wtfchigo ($32,500)
5th place: UHave_3_Outs ($25,000)
6th place: heelman247 ($20,000)
7th place: Judius ($15,000)
8th place: 1488311 ($10,000)
9th place: willempy ($5,500)
The next tournament on the schedule was a once-a-month freeroll for the top players on the weekly leaderboards throughout the month. The Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout brought together the 466 top-ranked players on PokerStars sit-n-go’s for the month for $50,000 in bonus money for their frequent and excellent play on the site. The top 81 finishers received a portion of that cash, but the final nine were to receive a more reasonable chunk of it.
All final table players started with 1,500 in chips, and naturally, action was slow to start. Finally, riverman1 was the first to go, followed by AA_$mokin in eighth place and duvvard72 in seventh. LuckyladyO took sixth, MrBlond fifth, and nederen_dk fourth. When gametymer took a third place finish, it was BUAITEOIR1 holding a slight lead over PrettayGood, but the lead changed just before the final hand happened. It began with a flop, and more betting led to the on the turn. BUAITEOIR1 was all-in with , but PrettayGood held and trips. The didn’t change the outcome, and PrettayGood took down the tournament and $12,000 for the win.
1st place: PrettayGood ($12,000)
2nd place: BUAITEOIR1 ($7,500)
3rd place: gametymer ($4,500)
4th place: nederen_dk ($3,350)
5th place: MrBlond ($2,735)
6th place: LuckyladyO ($2,200)
7th place: duvvard72 ($1,700)
8th place: AA_$mokin ($1,200)
9th place: riverman1 ($775)
One of the tournaments to be followed here from now on is the Sunday take on the daily special tournament. The special Sunday edition, called the Daily Eighty Grand Sunday Special, garners some sizeable prize pools due to the $50 + $5 buy-in. This week, the 4,622 players created a $231,100 pool for the 675 finalists. And in the end, it was Mihay28 who defeated KOTSpoker to take down the first prize of $29,580.80.
The Sunday 1/4 Million is a weekly favorite of many players, as it offers a $250K guarantee for a mere $10 + $1 buy-in. That brought 27,540 players to the felt this weekend to surpass the guarantee and create a $275,400 prize pool for the final 4,500 survivors. But in the end, it was ImTheDubs who took down horryclutch in the heads-up match to win $24,786.01 for first place.
The Sunday Million was next on the docket, and after last week’s decreased registration, it was refreshing to see 7,594 players join the tournament this week. That pushed the prize pool slightly past the $1.5 million guarantee to $1,518,800, which would be reserved for the last 1,080 players standing.
Long after the bubble burst, the final table was set with antesvante carrying the lead, after having done so for at least several hours, but strip23 was closing in. It was Schlede18xD on the short stack, and that translated into a quick ninth place finish. The next to go was chinchati in eighth, alphalogos in seventh, and raulbcn in sixth. A solid fight left igoturchips4 struggling and out in fifth, followed by flex212derde. The final three came to a chip-chop financial agreement, after which maxpudim left in third place.
The lead going into heads-up was held by antesvante, but strips23 chipped up and doubled through to take the lead, but antesvante doubled back. Finally, strip23 pushed all-in with pocket sixes versus the of antesvante. The board came to give victory and $213,459.50 to antesvante for the hard-fought win and Sunday Million title.
1st place: antesvante ($213,459.50)
2nd place: strip23 ($160,644.17)
3rd place: maxpudim ($142,850.31)
4th place: flex212derde ($80,496.41)
5th place: igoturchips4 ($62,270.81)
6th place: raulbcn ($47,082.81)
7th place: alphalogos ($32,654.21)
8th place: chinchati ($18,225.61)
9th place: Schlede18xD ($11,770.71)
And finally, the Sunday 500 was the last to start and second last to finish in the early Monday morning hours. The $500 + $30 buy-in tournament only drew 993 players this week, which prompted PokerStars to kick in with their $500K guarantee. The final 144 players made it into the money, but in the end, TwinMSU conquered charder30 to claim the $87,400 first prize.
That wrapped a very busy Sunday on PokerStars, but a week of rest would bring players back in another week to do it again. In the meantime, there are satellites that award entries into some of the most lucrative poker tournaments on the internet. To take your chance for only a fraction of the buy-in, download PokerStars now. Don’t forget to use the bonus code “Stars50” and marketing code “POKERWORKS” to take advantage of the sign-up bonus and be qualified to enter weekly $2,000 freerolls.