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Poker News | Online Poker | Tournaments

SUPER POKER SUNDAY 02/21: RichieRichZH Gets Richer with Sunday Million Special Win

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All of the major online poker websites have their major Sunday tournaments, but sometimes one has events so major that they simply outshine the other sites. While Full Tilt took a prominent spot on the calendar on February 21 with the last events of the FTOPS series, including the $2.5 million guarantee Main Event, it was PokerStars who came through with the monster of them all. It was the site’s celebration of its 40 billionth hand and the festivities that caught the attention of poker players the world over.

For weeks, there had been prizes and financial benefits to players in key PokerStars hands. But it was the February 21st Sunday Million that was on everyone’s mind as it offered an unprecedented $4 million guarantee for the usual $200 + $15 buy-in. And with $1 million guaranteed for the first place finisher, there was no doubt that all eyes would be on that tournament, whether or not they were able to play. And when the numbers were in, the poker world was abuzz as 36,169 was the registration total and the resulting prize pool was $7,233,800. And very late into the night hours - next morning, in fact - it was RichieRichZH who took down the amazing first place prize of $1,141,510.31. It was certainly one for the online poker history books.

All of the tournaments seemed to see an increase in registration and prize pools this week. Whether this will continue into future weeks remains to be seen, but the February 21 numbers and final table finishers are listed below.

PokerStars


Sunday Warm-Up

With so many players lining up to play the special edition of the Sunday Million, some of them decided to multi-task and sign up for the Warm-Up as well, making for one of the largest fields ever in the event. Registration stopped at 5,341 players for the $750K guarantee, which pushed the prize pool well above that to $1,068,200. Of all the players who bought in for $200 + $15, the last 765 still in the tournament received a payout of their buy-in plus some, but it was at the final table that the big payouts began. The final four players came to a financial arrangement, which explains why cumicon finished in third but made more than $128K and more than the first or second place finisher. But in the end, homanga beat APerfectGent to take the title and $111K for the win.

1st place:    homanga ($111,006.50)
2nd place:    APerfectGent ($109,006.50)
3rd place:    cumicon ($128,006.50)
4th place:    ANIMAL5050 ($92,006.50)
5th place:    bigbear17 ($45,398.50)
6th place:    SkryII ($34.716.50)
7th place:    intervntion ($24,034.50)
8th place:    alexuuus ($13,352.50)
9th place:    polpolpol ($8,545.60)

Sunday 1/4 Million
After a few weeks of setbacks in registration numbers, the Sunday 1/4 Million was back in full force this week with its $250K guarantee and a solid turnout of players. Registration showed 36,306 in attendance, which was an increase of more than 4K from the prior week. Everyone bought in for $10 + $1 in the best opportunity of the weekend, and that pushed the prize pool up to $363,060. The final 5,400 players standing were paid out of that money, but it was at the final table that alex141060 and Anderson-024 battled it out for the top prize of $30K, which ultimately went to alex141060 for winning the tournament.

1st place:    alex141060 ($30,076.73)
2nd place:    Anderson-024 ($20,694.42)
3rd place:    ryne16 ($15,248.52)
4th place:    Tugwell ($11,617.92)
5th place:    nemmad ($7,987.32)
6th place:    luckyuli ($4,356.72)
7th place:    aleksey2008 ($3,267.54)
8th place:    pokerstarpr8 ($2,359.89)
9th place:    callvera63 ($1,724.53)

Daily Eighty Grand Sunday Special

It’s not marked as one of the major Sunday tournaments, but it draws amazing crowds each week. For only $50 + $5, players have the opportunity at a $200K guarantee in the special Sunday edition of the Daily Eighty Grand. And each week, the crowd seems to increase, this week especially as more than 1,500 players more entered than the week before. Registration showed 7,466 players at the tables, which pushed the prize pool to $373,300, and the last 1,170 players from that field were paid. At the final table, five players looked to pick up five-figure payouts for their efforts, and it was eventually Dirk Reems who beat jtafula to take home nearly $46K for the win.

1st place:    Dirk Reems ($45,729.25)
2nd place:    jtafula ($30,834.58)
3rd place:    pacoroum ($20,904.80)
4th place:    ElRubioll ($16,985.15)
5th place:    Hypotron ($13,252.15)
6th place:    stu739 ($9,519.15)
7th place:    gerd85 ($6,532.75)
8th place:    xSPATZERLx ($4,292.95)
9th place:    alias99473 ($2,613.10)

Sunday Million
It was the biggest tournament in Sunday Million history, and bigger and more exciting than expected. The effort to celebrate PokerStars’ 40 billionth hand led them to offer a special Sunday Million, this one with the same $200 + $15 buy-in but with a $4 million guarantee instead of the usual $1.5 million. Players started signing up early, and when registration stopped, there were 36,169 of them, which created an astounding $7,233,800 prize pool. The top 5,400 players were paid from that number, and in the end, the battle was on for $1.14 million reserved for the winner, though second place received nearly $755K as well. And RichieRichZH ultimately beat lankeshwar to become a PokerStars millionaire.  

1st place:    RichieRichZH ($1,141,510.31)
2nd place:    lankeshwar ($754,774.69)
3rd place:    petinvest7 ($506,366.00)
4th place:    lirarerik ($282,118.20)
5th place:    WNYCEC ($151,909.80)
6th place:    DerHenker666 ($86,805.60)
7th place:    Jaggy42 ($57,870.40)
8th place:    highplaya ($43,402.80)
9th place:    Amoneymagnet ($28,935.20)

Sunday 500
This was the biggest number the Sunday 500 saw in some time, again likely due to the players joining the Sunday action for the Sunday Million. There were 1,575 players in attendance for the $500K guarantee, and when the $500 + $50 buy-ins were calculated for the high-stakes tournament, the prize pool had jumped to $787,500. The top 234 players were paid in the end, but it was rusostreet who defeated desmond9 to take more than $126K in prize money for the win.

1st place:    rusostreet ($126,000.65)
2nd place:    desmond9 ($94,500.00)
3rd place:    Roberta114 ($70,875.00)
4th place:    IceyBSimpson ($51,778.12)
5th place:    teacuppoker ($37,406.25)
6th place:    timkrank ($29,137.50)
7th place:    bardana ($21,262.50)
8th place:    PrinceAndrew ($13,781.25)
9th place:    4everunknown ($7,875.00)

Full Tilt Poker

The Sunday Brawl

With the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) in its final weekend, tournament organizers chose not to put the Sunday Brawl up against the last tournaments, especially the Main Event. Therefore, the weekly event was canceled and scheduled to return next weekend.

$750K Guarantee
Again, in lieu of the final weekend of FTOPS XV, the $750K Guarantee was removed from the schedule temporarily until a new FTOPS champion is crowned. The regular Sunday event will return next week.

The Sunday Mulligan
There were a few hundred more participants in this week’s Sunday Mulligan than the previous week, as 1,366 players gave up $200 + $16 for the chance at cashing in the $200K guarantee. As a result of registration, the prize pool actually landed at $273,200, and that was divvied up amongst the last 135 players in the tournament. Full Tilt Pro Allen Cunningham made it deep into the tournament and finished in ninth place to represent his team. But ultimately, Grillat worked late into the night to defeat domino20 to grab more than $70K in prize money for the victory.

1st place:    Grillat ($70,305.00)
2nd place:    domino20 ($44,472.00)
3rd place:    jpapola ($33,027.00)
4th place:    pokermiester27 ($26,160.00)
5th place:    Embla ($19,620.00)
6th place:    nahmastay ($14,061.00)
7th place:    The_Dean221 ($9,156.00)
8th place:    jungleman12 ($6,540.00)
9th place:    Allen Cunningham ($4,578.00)

$200K Double Deuce
For Full Tilt players, the Sunday Double Deuce is the best buy by a long shot. For the low buy-in of only $20 + $2, players are guaranteed a $200K prize pool, but it usually goes beyond that. This week, the field swelled to approximately 1,500 more than the week before, with registration locked in at 11,946 players. That created an actual prize pool of $238,920 to be divided amongst the last 1,350 players standing. And when all was said and done, the last two players at the table decided on a financial arrangement for the top two money spots, after which TEEpapoute defeated TJMAAD for $34K and the weekly title.

1st place:    TEEpapoute ($34,000.00)
2nd place:    TJMAAD ($28,119.20)
3rd place:    Tobinski ($17,680.08)
4th place:    senorjoshua ($12,710.54)
5th place:    sonnyalbo ($9,317.88)
6th place:    Nicolak ($6,689.76)
7th place:    StefanSchmitz ($4,778.40)
8th place:    pokertrip ($3,416.56)
9th place:    W3LL_PLAY3D_SIR ($2,415.48)

UltimateBet

$200K Guaranteed

It was a solid night for the big UltimateBet Sunday event, as a few more players than the previous week came out for the $200K guarantee. There were 1,160 of them signed up, having paid the $200 + $15 buy-in, which pushed the prize pool just past the guarantee where it landed at $219,200. The last 108 players received payment for their ability to outlast the majority of the field, but it was up to the last two players to fight it out for the title, and in the end, ELLWOODINHO defeated JUZLEARNIN to grab the $51K first place prize.

1st place:    ELLWOODINHO ($51,016.80)
2nd place:    JUZLEARNIN ($30,090.40)
3rd place:    VINNYMAGS1 ($20,764.00)
4th place:    LUCKY-7 ($14,964.00)
5th place:    ZCJ90 ($12,412.00)
6th place:    PARESHJAIN ($10,092.00)
7th place:    DEL PLUMAGE ($7,772.00)
8th place:    MEGANCOCS ($5,568.00)
9th place:    DUHDUHDAISY ($3,944.00)

Bodog

$100K Guaranteed

The $100K guarantee brought more players to the felt than the week before, as registration showed 534 of them at the virtual tables. They all bought in for or qualified for seats that were worth $150 + $12, and though Bodog had to contribute some to the prize pool to make it $100K, the overlay was a positive for the players. When the field was reduced to 63 of them, they were all guaranteed a payout, but that money obviously increased as the final table took place. Ultimately, TexasBill was defeated by givemenick, and the latter was awarded $25K for the victory.

1st place:    givenenick ($25,000.00)
2nd place:    TexasBill ($15,000.00)
3rd place:    FLRmoneyMaker ($9,500.00)
4th place:    glomarh ($7,000.00)
5th place:    drodro ($5,500.00)
6th place:    bc1389 ($4,500.00)
7th place:    Catfish4U ($3,500.00)
8th place:    moneywads ($2,200.00)
9th place:    JACKOFHOGS ($1,700.00)

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