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Super Poker Sunday 05/23: Annette Obrestad Takes Down PokerStars Sunday 500 Title

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It was the weekend before poker players from around the world began their travels to Las Vegas. The World Series of Poker was set to kick off on May 28, and bags were being packed, time was being spent with families, and bankrolls were being carefully assessed. Almost every tournament on the Sunday Majors online poker schedule was light this week because of it.

But those who did play found overlays and solid mixes of the die-hard online pros and amateurs looking for that big score that will send them to the WSOP. The biggest winner of the night was zwuerbs, who grabbed more than $230K for winning the Sunday Million on PokerStars, the most-missed tournament during the recent SCOOP hiatus.

It wasn’t the money or the registration numbers though, that pulled all online poker eyes over to the Sunday 500 on PokerStars; it was the names. The heads-up battle took place between Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad and Christian “charder30” Harder, with the former taking down the title in the end. Obrestad recently signed a significant sponsorship deal with Full Tilt Poker, though there was nothing stopping her from playing lucrative tournaments on other sites. During a year when all eyes are on her going into her first WSOP and on top of her FTP deal, Obrestad took down one of the biggest weekly tournaments in online poker.

For all of the details on the Sunday 500 and other tournaments, take a gander below:

PokerStars

Sunday Warm-Up

To kick off the Sunday majors on PokerStars, the Warm-Up provided its usual fare - a $750K guarantee for a $200 + $15 buy-in. And though the numbers seemed a bit down from usual registration, the 4,121-player field still launched the prize pool over the guarantee to where it landed at $824,200. That warranted payouts for the last 630 players standing, and it ultimately gave the final table players hundreds of thousands of dollars to play for. The final three players struck a deal, which ended up giving Dan “Lenny” Heimiller the $114,235 payday but masterpice the win for $91,032.

1st place:    masterpice ($91,032.00)
2nd place:    Lenny ($114,235.00)
3rd place:    ProfRoscher ($88,049.00)
4th place:    ilona_iuby ($46,567.30)
5th place:    ZMEJUKA ($35,028.50)
6th place:    SaFT ($26,786.50)
7th place:    tommyl_11 ($18,544.50)
8th place:    Knoss ($10,302.50)
9th place:    BBOY3110 ($6,593.60)

Sunday 1/4 Million
Players were out in force for the best buy on the internet this week, as PokerStars offered up its Quarter Million event with a $250K guarantee for the bargain buy-in of $10 + $1. Numbers rose in the thousands from the previous week as 31,106 players came out for the event, which pushed the prize pool up to $311,060. A whopping 4,500 players cashed in the tournament, but in the end, it was the top three players making a deal for the top prizes before Eefmel ended up winning it for a solid payout of nearly $26K.

1st place:    Eefmel ($25,824.36)
2nd place:    elcamino7979 ($17,421.13)
3rd place:    zhodd ($18,022.66)
4th place:    777 nautilus ($10,887.10)
5th place:    moore86 ($7,776.50)
6th place:    LursLazak ($4,665.90)
7th place:    Jammy Trev ($3,110.60)
8th place:    XChipDonX ($2,332.95)
9th place:    $m4$h ($1,555.30)

D.N.G. Sunday Special
It seemed to be the only tournament of the Sunday majors that actually saw an increase in registration this week, possibly due to its appealing $50 + $5 buy-in for a whopping $300K guarantee. There were 6,737 players in the running this week, which created a prize pool of $336,850. And when it played down to the money, there were 990 players guaranteed some of it. At the final table, the last four players came to a chip-payout agreement, but it was feurinho who ended up beating them all to take the top prize of nearly $30K.

1st place:    feurinho ($29,898.78)
2nd place:    stillalive68 ($26,601.91)
3rd place:    RasA86 ($25,427.58)
4th place:    bid23biz ($23,442.23)
5th place:    waynep1321 ($12,126.60)
6th place:    seballin ($8,758.10)
7th place:    XxPHENxX ($5,894.87)
8th place:    boondock1219 ($3,873.77)
9th place:    AndersBr ($2,357.95)

Sunday Million
After a few weeks off due to SCOOP tournaments, the ever-popular Sunday Million was back this week, bringing with it its signature $1.5 million guarantee. There were 8,120 players interested in the action and willing to bring $200 + $15 to the tables for it. That created a prize pool of $1,624,000 to be divided amongst the last 1,170 players in the tournament based on their finishes. And in the end, zwuerbs and 10IsTheYear came to a financial arrangement before the former went on to win the tournament for nearly $231K.

1st place:    zwuerbs ($230,852.32)
2nd place:    10IsTheYear ($191,387.68)
3rd place:    Browntown19 ($121,800.00)
4th place:    Chateau49 ($81,849.60)
5th place:    gourgaz ($64,960.00)
6th place:    Timur Valeev ($48,720.00)
7th place:    chilenocl ($32,480.00)
8th place:    loungeactOo ($18,676.00)
9th place:    suckout9 ($12,586.00)

Sunday 500
While other tournaments on the Sunday schedule surpass the Sunday 500 in prize money and registration numbers, not many of them can top the field of high-stakes pros. And this week proved to be a tournament that everyone up at the late hours was watching. It started with 997 players, all buying in for $500 + $30, and with a few extra dollars from PokerStars, the prize pool was officially set at $500K to match the guarantee. The top 144 players were paid, but it was the final table that caught everyone’s attention. Not only did Team PokerStars Pro AABenjaminAA finish in fourth place, but the heads-up battle was between Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad and Christian “charder30” Harder. The tough match ended with Annette_15 in the winner’s circle, $87K richer and with another poker title to her credit.

1st place:    Annette_15 ($87,400.00)
2nd place:    charder30 ($63,500.00)
3rd place:    floes ($47,500.00)
4th place:    AABenjaminAA ($35,500.00)
5th place:    jdtpoker ($25,000.00)
6th place:    greener_tree ($20,000.00)
7th place:    seghei007 ($15,000.00)
8th place:    gibler321 ($10,000.00)
9th place:    PremiumStud ($5,750.00)

Sunday 2nd Chance
One of the last tournaments on the schedule but one of the first few to end was the Second Chance event. For $200 + $15, players have one final chance at big guarantees, like the $250K offered in this one. There were 1,408 players interested in the tournament this week, and their buy-ins added up to a $281,600 prize pool, which would pay the last 162 players at the tables. When all was said and done though, Zackattak13 was able to defeat wallabaer in the heads-up portion of the tournament to grab nearly $51K in first place prize money.

1st place:    Zackattak13 ($50,913.28)
2nd place:    wallabaer ($36,889.60)
3rd place:    DrunkPPlaya ($28,160.00)
4th place:    lincolnlogg ($21,120.00)
5th place:    ConeSnail9 ($14,784.00)
6th place:    bustyou 79 ($11,968.00)
7th place:    LosChief ($9,152.00)
8th place:    montjeu8 ($6,336.00)
9th place:    Kingsley64 ($3,942.40)

Full Tilt Poker

The Sunday Brawl

First up on the pre-WSOP Sunday Majors on Full Tilt Poker was the weekly Sunday Brawl, with its $240 + $16 for the bounty tournament. With a $400K prize pool, a total of 2,575 players registered for the festivities, which bumped that prize pool up to $515,000. That solid chunk of cash allowed for the last 279 players standing to be paid from it, though it was the top three who made a deal for the majority of it. And ultimately, dipthrong came in second but won the most money - $77K - but PoutsoKefalos won the title and almost $75K.

1st place:    PoutsoKefalos ($74,965.00)
2nd place:    dipthrong ($77,000.00)
3rd place:    TheStein ($70,000.00)
4th place:    gambler2k4 ($37,595.00)
5th place:    jordankickz ($26,265.00)
6th place:    prosbert ($17,510.00)
7th place:    CaseQuarter ($11,845.00)
8th place:    vinkyy ($8,240.00)
9th place:    IRULEALOT ($6,180.00)

$750K Guarantee
Winning the $750K Guarantee on Full Tilt is one of the goals of players on a Sunday, as it is a prestigious title to hold. This week, there were 3,601 players in the $200 + $16 tournament, though Full Tilt had to add a bit of money to the prize pool to get to that $750K. The overlay was a positive for players, and the top 522 of them made it into that money. But ultimately, it was Kirbynator who demolished the field, and on top of his recent FTOPS XVI Main Event victory only weeks ago, Kirbynator grabbed this title as well, along with nearly $133K to add to that ever-growing bankroll.

1st place:    Kirbynator ($132,787.50)
2nd place:    Yeshaya ($80,250.00)
3rd place:    BotOFallBOTS ($52,500.00)
4th place:    Sh1p The Ch1ps ($41,400.00)
5th place:    pwe999 ($31,050.00)
6th place:    dbwldbs ($23,025.00)
7th place:    WPThero ($17,250.00)
8th place:    ToledoSlick ($13,500.00)
9th place:    FrOgMaZe ($10,050.00)

The Sunday Mulligan
Registration in the ever-popular Mulligan was down as were so many of the other Sunday majors. Despite its standard $200 + $16 buy-in for a $200K guarantee, only 1,133 player signed up this week, but it still allowed the prize pool to climb to $226,600 and surpass the guarantee. When the field was reduced to 108 players, they were all promised cash back for their play, and it was at the final table that Mike 13A got heads-up with GimmeDa1time, a showdown that ended with the former winning the tournament and taking home nearly $51K for it.

1st place:    Mike 13A ($50,985.00)
2nd place:    GimmeDa1time ($32,290.50)
3rd place:    norajean ($23,906.30)
4th place:    RIP Hasso ($18,694.50)
5th place:    runninghotagain ($14,162.50)
6th place:    PreshaDroppa ($10,197.00)
7th place:    ashaman64 ($6,798.00)
8th place:    Jdruck1 ($5,098.50)
9th place:    sandler1860 ($3,625.60)

$200K Double Deuce

The best bet of the Full Tilt Sunday majors for those with lower bankrolls was the Double Deuce, with its offer of a $200K guarantee for the low buy-in of $20 + $2, leaps and bounds cheaper than most of the big Sunday events. With 10,519 interested players, the prize pool moved just past the guarantee to $210,380, out of which the top 1,350 players were to be paid. And when it came to final table action, the top four players came to an agreement for the rest of the money, though when it played out, AmSlim22 was able to defeat babci2 in heads-up to take the title and more than $28 for the win.

1st place:    AmSlim22 ($28,259.82)
2nd place:    babci2 ($18,272.42)
3rd place:    tetley666 ($17,529.62)
4th place:    Norpake ($17,397.28)
5th place:    patbateman10 ($8,204.82)
6th place:    Chancard ($5,890.64)
7th place:    Vidurr ($4,207.60)
8th place:    vikerforell ($3,008.43)
9th place:    NutFlushFlop ($2,126.94)

UltimateBet

$200K Guaranteed

It was another big Sunday guarantee on UltimateBet but another week where numbers fell below expectations. Registration was down even from the week before as only 877 players signed up for the $200 + $15 buy-in event. That forced UB to put in $24,600 to make the prize pool an even $200K, but that was a nice gift in the form of an overlay for the players. As players made their way through the field, the last 81 of them got paid, and it was at the final table that well-known tournament player BLANCONEGRO who plowed through the opponents, fought a tough heads-up battle against TREVAI1, and took down the title and almost $46K for the win.

1st place:    BLANCONEGRO ($45,700.00)
2nd place:    TREVAI1 ($28,200.00)
3rd place:    MIG_NET ($18,500.00)
4th place:    MRVOGT ($13,000.00)
5th place:    PEARLJAMMED ($11,000.00)
6th place:    SKELLYFACTR ($9,000.00)
7th place:    BERGARETARD ($7,000.00)
8th place:    LOCKDOWNTEX ($5,000.00)
9th place:    BOOTSWILD ($3,500.00)

Bodog

$100K Guaranteed

The biggest Sunday offering on Bodog hasn’t made the guarantee in, well, a long time, but this week, the field was extra light. Only 422 players signed up for the $150 + $12 buy-in event, which meant Bodog covered the other portion of the prize pool to ensure it added up to $100,000, and that gave players a $36,700 overlay. The top 63 players received money back for their efforts, but the majority of the money awaited the final table finishers. In the end, La_Crankiole beat out SeanTheDon1985 to take down the top $25K prize.

1st place:    La_Crankiole ($25,000.00)
2nd place:    SeanTheDon1985 ($15,000.00)
3rd place:    ClevSteamer ($9,500.00)
4th place:    bad4yourhealth ($7,000.00)
5th place:    hooker ($5,500.00)
6th place:    _I1oveMyM0m_ ($4,500.00)
7th place:    williamight ($3,500.00)
8th place:    IjewedU ($2,200.00)
9th place:    BostonRob ($1,700.00)

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