The first Sunday of July was one that found somewhat of a decrease in the number of registrants in the major tournaments on PokerStars, which was presumably due to the beginning days of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. Many of the big names in online poker were taking their shots at the most prestigious live tournaments in all of poker, though there was still a large contingent of players unable to make it to the Rio or pony up the $10,000 buy-in, and those players took part in the Sunday tradition of PokerStars tournaments.
As always, the first tournament of the afternoon was the Sunday Warm-Up, and its $200 + $15 buy-in was good for a $750K guarantee. But when the 3,884 players signed up, that number boosted the prize pool to $776,800 for the last 585 survivors in the event. It was through the final nine, though, that the majority of the money would be distributed.
Play began with strip23 as the chip leader with over 8.7 million, and Bobba Gee was the short stack and the only player with under one million chips. Bobba Gee was the first to go, followed by Thor6587. Then strip23 went into action and eliminated ThisIsTheEnd in seventh place, and mick_allin followed to the virtual rail in sixth. Elwood_fi was the next to be eliminated, and the final four players came to a chip-chop agreement before playing on. After money issues were settled, mr flyboy casually left in fourth place and sqwiggi8000 in third.
Heads-up action began with strip23 still ahead in chips with 21,567,362 and pizzaiolo1 holding on to 17,272,638 in chips. The latter quickly chipped up and moved ahead by taking a 19-million chip pot. It only took about five more hands before strip23 put his at risk against the pocket sevens of pizzaiolo1. The board came to give pizzaiolo1 the victory, though strip23 came away with more money due to the aforementioned chop numbers.
1st place: pizzaiolo1 ($85,214.47)
2nd place: strip23 ($110,659.86)
3rd place: sqwiggi8000 ($68,714.26)
4th place: mr flyboy ($57,006.32)
5th place: Elwood_fi ($33,014.01)
6th place: mick_allin ($25,246.01)
7th place: ThisIsTheEnd ($17,478.01)
8th place: Thor6587 ($9,710.01)
9th place: Bobba Gee ($6,214.41)
The special Sunday version of the Daily Eighty Grand, which was going for an increased guarantee of $200K, offered players a $50 + $5 buy-in opportunity. There were 5,104 takers, which created a prize pool of $255,200 and soared past the guarantee. Though 765 players were paid, it was davebond2 who defeated AARPRATES to take down the first prize of $32,665.60.
The Sunday 1/4 Million was up next with its $250K guarantee. The appeal in this tournament is always its $10 + $1 buy-in, and it did not fail to produce an astounding field of 29,477 players. That pushed the prize pool up to $294,770 for the last 4,500 players standing. Ultimately, it was a battle between bratty thing and vhm.Pook, the latter of whom claimed victory and the $26,529.31 that went with it.
As the most talked-about tournament on Sundays, the Sunday Million always draws a crowd, though the final registration number was notably down from the previous week. With only 7,307 players in the field, the $1.5 million prize pool kicked in, and the last 1,080 players in the tournament benefited from that money and cashed. But, of course, it was at the final table where the majority of the money was to be made.
The final table had only eight players, as two players busted on that particular bubble and left eight to compete for the last of the money. But bethrea was short-stacked and ousted first by Licha_Lopez, who went on a run and also took out SHAPKA4444 in seventh, though a few beats put Licha_Lopez at risk and out in sixth place. Fifth went to bachelor_80 and fourth to blanconegro, which led to the third place elimination of teflon shaf.
Lileor99 went into heads-up play with a significant chip lead, but jovdark6 was able to come back and take over the lead. The two then stopped play to deal for the rest of the prize pool, and the final agreement gave approximately $180K to each player and an extra $30K for the winner. It didn’t take long for a shorter-stacked Lileor99 to push all-in with , but jovdark6 called with . The board came -K[d-, and jovdark6 took the victory.
1st place: jovdark6 ($210,000)
2nd place: Lileor99 ($180,000)
3rd place: teflon shaf ($120,000)
4th place: blanconegro ($79,500)
5th place: bachelor_80 ($61,500)
6th place: Licha_Lopez ($46,500)
7th place: SHAPKA4444 ($32,250)
8th place: bethrea ($18,000)
Lastly for the night, the Sunday 500 got underway with its high stakes $500 + $30 buy-in and $500K guarantee. Only 927 players came out for it, which prompted PokerStars to kick in the $500,000 prize pool. In the end, there were 135 players paid but it was arodss3 who defeated vosy69er to claim the $90,000 first prize.
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