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Hanamichi23 Takes Sunday Million in Midst of PokerStars Sunday

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It was another profitable Sunday on PokerStars, and the registration numbers were up in all of the tournaments except the Sunday Warm-Up. With one overlay and a total of $3.3 million on the line in the five major events, there was going to be some action on the virtual tables on May 17.

The first tournament on the line-up, as always, was the Sunday Warm-Up. Typically one of the most likely tournaments to surpass its guarantee, the tournament was up against another major online tournament on Full Tilt Poker and subsequently lost some of its regulars. Nevertheless, the 3,702-player field prompted the $750K guarantee to kick in for the final 540 players to split according to finishes.

When the final table came to be, it was pearldam in the lead with nearly 6 million chips and freshern just behind with 5.5 million, though none of the players were dangerously short-stacked. pearldam took the reigns and was quick to oust mkind0516 in ninth place, but it was 28h@ndsl@ter who then eliminated torowe in eighth. schakal was gone in seventh place, followed by freshern and SgtSaLT. 28h@ndsl@ter went on another rampage and took out daskalos20 in fourth and INW85 in third to get to heads-up action.

It took only several hands to find pearldam, who came in as the short stack, looking for a double-up with {Q-Spades}{J-Hearts}. 28h@ndsl@ter called with {8-Spades}{7-Spades}, and the board came down in his favor when it produced {3-Spades}{4-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades} for the pair. pearldam was forced to settle for second, while 28h@ndsl@ter took the title and first place money, which was based on a previous chip-chop deal.

1st place:    28h@ndsl@ter ($78,090)
2nd place:    pearldam ($83,335)
3rd place:    INW85 ($89,681)
4th place:    daskalos20 ($59,392)
5th place:    SgtSaLT ($31,875)
6th place:    freshern ($24,375)
7th place:    schakal ($16,875)
8th place:    torowe ($9,375)
9th place:    mking0516 ($6,000)

The Daily Eighty Grand Sunday Special was next up on the weekend afternoon agenda with its $50 + $5 buy-in and $200K guarantee, especially for the Sunday major tournament players. The event found a substantial field of 4,869 players in attendance, which translated into a $243,450 prize pool. The last 720 players standing were paid, but it was Devil42 who defeated In a Gang to take down the first place prize of $31,161.61.

The Sunday 1/4 Million is typically the fan favorite and did not disappoint this week. Only requiring a $10 + $1 buy-in for a $250K guarantee, a massive field of 28,917 players took to the tables and created a pool of $289,170 to be distributed amongst the final 4,500 players. In the end, however, there were only two, and when vegas8ez beat ewokone48 for the title, vegas8ez was also awarded the $26,025.31 first prize.

It was then time for the Sunday Million, one of the most anticipated weekly tournaments in the online poker world. This week, the $200 + $15 event drew 7,752 players with its alluring $1.5 million guarantee, and the prize pool grew as a result to $1,514,400. The 1,080-player payout system has become somewhat standard due to the similar numbers each week these days, but the last 1,080 players who got paid this week were not complaining.

Going into the final table was where the real money awaited, though. EaseYourPain was the overwhelming chip leader and had been for hours. The short stacks made moves early, but APowers1968 was the first to be unsuccessful and leave in ninth, and JIZOINT took an eighth place finish. RasA86 left in seventh, and then the dynamic of the table changed. EaseYourPain lost a majority of his stack to Hanamichi23, then took a final exit at the hands of weeminer. FiveStand was the next to go, followed by OllowainTim in fourth and weeminer in third.

That left Hanamichi23 and paulsl with nearly even chip stacks going into heads-up action, and the two immediately wanted to agree to an even chip-chop with an extra $30K left aside for the winner. Once that was in place, paulsl took off with an early lead but finally found Hanamichi23 doubling through him in a very key hand. With paulsl suddenly short, he pushed with {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, but Hanamichi23 called with {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}. The board ran out {4-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}, and Hanamichi23 came from behind to take down the Sunday Million title and more than $212K in prize money.

1st place:    Hanamichi23 ($212,152.00)
2nd place:    paulsl ($182,152.00)
3rd place:    weeminer ($121,152.01)
4th place:    OllowainTim ($80,263.21)
5th place:    FiveStand ($62,090.41)
6th place:    EaseYourPain ($46,946.41)
7th place:    RasA86 ($32,559.61)
8th place:    JIZOINT ($18,172.81)
9th place:    APowers1968 ($11,736.61)

Finally, the Sunday 500 was the last tournament to start and the last one to end in the early morning hours of Monday. But the registration numbers were finally back up for this one after several weeks of overlays, as 1,058 players bought in for $500 + $30 to make for a prize pool of $529,000, just past the $500K guarantee. The final 153 players were paid, and as the tournament found just two remaining, the long heads-up match was finally decided when bdybldngpkr eliminate shane261966 to claim the $91,305.40 first prize.

With that, another week of Sunday tournaments were a wrap, but no sooner did they end than satellites for next week were a main attraction on PokerStars. The satellites give players the opportunity to play in tournaments like the Sunday Million for a fraction of the buy-in, and with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake for the winner, it’s hard to pass up a chance to get in for only a few dollars.

Download PokerStars  now to sign up for your account, remembering to use “Stars50” as the bonus code and “POKERWORKS” as the marketing code to earn bonus money and entries into weekly $2,000 freerolls. There are so many reasons to become a PokerStars player, and the bonuses and Sunday majors are only a few. Discover what PokerStars has to offer your online poker game today.

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