On the first Sunday in May, PokerStars found itself with quite a few players looking for online poker action. It was no surprise that competitors around the world showed up for the best tournaments and guarantees in the business, especially with the live tournament circuit wrapping up in preparation for the World Series of Poker. No better way to celebrate spring and an upcoming Vegas poker summer, not to mention to try to build that poker bankroll - than with some PokerStars tournaments.
The excitement got underway with the Sunday Warm-Up, a $200 + $15 tournament with a substantial $750K guarantee. But the 4,176 players who turned out for the event pushed well past that to create a prize pool of $835,200. The last 630 players standing received a cash portion of it, but all eyes were on the final nine players, led by delaney_kid in the chip lead.
As play at the last table ensued, it was short-stacked ralsLe who doubled up and chipped up to become one of the early leaders as UNoWho11 finished in ninth and Daradan0s who took eighth. It was ralsLe who ended the roller coaster ride of a final table to finish in seventh, and plasticard and delaney_kid followed. I_DESTROY_U was destroyed in fourth place, and though lbh26 stayed alive through a double up, he was finally eliminated in third.
That left davdav23 and sirpietah to play out the heads-up portion of the tournament, and a deal was soon underway based on sirpietah’s slight lead over his opponent. With $10K left out for the winner, it all came down to the final hand with davdav23 all-in holding and sirpietah with pocket sixes. The board came down , and sirpietah took the victory.
1st place: sirpietah ($121,692.93)
2nd place: davdav23 ($106,634.06)
3rd place: lbh26 ($68,904.01)
4th place: I_DESTROY_U ($47,188.81)
5th place: delaney_kid ($35,496.01)
6th place: plasticard ($27,144.01)
7th place: ralsLe ($18,793.01)
8th place: Daradan0s ($10,440.01)
9th place: UNoWho11 ($6,681.61)
Next on the poker agenda was the weekly Daily Eighty Grand Sunday Special where the normal guarantee swells to $200K for the $50 + $5 buy-in. And with that extra incentive, the field grew to one that consisted of 4,950 players, bringing the prize pool up to $247,500. The final 720 players were paid, but the top prize of $31,680 went to mezvinsm upon the defeat of JOK10.
The Sunday 1/4 Million began next with its $10 + $1 buy-in and $250K guarantee. For the first time in weeks, the total number of registrants surpassed the 30K mark, and the 31,377-player field pushed the prize pool up to $313,770 for the top 4500 finishers. In the end, however, there could only be one winner, and GoodMansHand defeated jopi1938 to take the $28,289.31 first prize.
Then there was the big one, the Sunday Million. Again, the numbers were up from the previous week, as 7,759 players signed up and created a $1,551,800 prize pool and passed up the $1.5 million guarantee. The top 1,170 players in the field were paid, but it was the final table that looked to be a fast and profitable one, with SandroBird in serious control of the chips at the table.
Not long after action got underway, SandroBird took a fall, and though PolyBaller22 was the first to go and badbeatman06 was the eighth place finisher, SandroBird couldn’t hold on any longer and left in seventh place. Following was postmand in sixth and Humlae79 in fifth. Tardeea left in fourth place to leave three players, and after MrGORK was unable to find any deal conversations with his opponents, he soon left in third.
Heads-up began with sasa80 with nearly three times as many chips as mk10, and though they tried to make a deal, mk10 was having none of it. With play resumed, sasa80 applied the pressure and finally got mk10 to move all-in with . sasa80 only had , but the flop came to give him the best hand. The on the turn changed nothing, nor did the on the river, and sasa80 took a sensational $232,770.01 prize home for the victory.
1st place: sasa80 ($232,770.01)
2nd place: mk10 ($170,698.01)
3rd place: MrGORK ($116,385.01)
4th place: Tardeea ($78,210.73)
5th place: Humlae79 ($62,071.01)
6th place: postmand ($46,554.01)
7th place: SandroBird ($31,036.01)
8th place: badbeatman06 ($17,845.71)
9th place: PolyBaller22 ($12,026.46)
Finally, it was down to the last tournament running into the wee hours of Monday morning - the Sunday 500. The high-stakes $500 + $30 buy-in brought 991 players to the table, creating a slight overlay when the $500K guarantee kicked in. The last 144 players alive were paid a piece of the prize money, but the final table held the most profit. Notably, Team PokerStars Pro Ylon Schwartz finished in ninth place for a $5,750 cash. It took quite some time to eliminate players from this tough table, but eventually, Bill Ivey went out in third, and hummylun defeated HEMIpowerSWT to take the $87,400 first place money.
Another Sunday of major online poker tournaments was in the books, but it was no time to rest for those intrigued by the action and money. Those looking to get in on next week’s action only need sign up for an account now to begin playing satellites.
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