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Super Poker Sunday 07/18: Numbers Up, ROMDOM Takes Big Sunday Million Win

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The World Series of Poker was over in Las Vegas before the Sunday majors got rolling in the afternoon hours of Sunday, July 18. Though the end of a live tournament series shouldn’t have mattered much to the online poker scene, the numbers told a different story, as registration was down in nearly every tournament during the seven or so weeks of the WSOP, but most of the big online events saw an increase - sometimes a dramatic one - this week. The correlation is sketchy, but the results were clear. And they were positive.

Another interesting part of the July 18th Sunday tournaments was the spin that Full Tilt Poker put on three of its four major events. In honor of Rush Week, three of its biggest tournaments were transformed into Rush Poker tournaments, which meant that they ran at lightning speed, giving players the chance to fold out of a hand as soon as cards were dealt and move on to the next table. It keeps players from having to deal with the sometimes turtle-slow pace of tournaments while experiencing the newest poker phenomenon. And on top of that change for the week, the $750K Guarantee was pumped up to the monthly $1 Million Guarantee, offering players a higher guarantee for a much higher buy-in.

All in all, the major online poker sites found Sunday to be a successful one. And many players did too, with millions of dollars distributed to the best of the players. The biggest prize handed out on Full Tilt was in the $1 Million Guarantee, as kidcardiff took down $185K for first place. And on PokerStars, the Sunday Million was back on top with a $1.6 million prize pool, which allowed three players to win six-figure prizes, though it was gator93 who took home $192K and ROMDOM, the ultimate winner, who grabbed $225,408.05.

For all of the top finishers and tournament numbers, scroll down:

PokerStars

Sunday Warm-Up

The first of the Sunday tournaments on PokerStars was an indication of increased registration numbers in nearly every one of them. With the conclusion of the WSOP and most players back home and anxious for some online poker action, the Sunday Warm-up was one of the first opportunities for it. The $750K guarantee brought 3,997 players to the tables, all of them with $200 + $15 and ready to play. That brought the actual prize pool up to $799,400, which was a significant increase over the week before and enough to pay the top 585 players. In the end, the winner was Mazzze, who defeated jackmeplz69 to win more than $125K.

1st place:    Mazzze ($125,507.15)
2nd place:    jackmeplz69 ($93,529.80)
3rd place:    marcuscha ($65,950.50)
4th place:    tollgate ($45,965.50)
5th place:    SPAZdos304 ($33,974.50)
6th place:    MrNebula ($25,980.50)
7th place:    mement_mori ($17,986.50)
8th place:    danger0us ($9,992.50)
9th place:    Bulat09 ($6,395.20)

Sunday 1/4 Million
Another tournament that saw a significant jump was the Quarter Million the best bet on the internet, as a mere $10 + $1 offers a $250K guarantee. And though last week saw little more than 21K players, this week brought out 27,905 players, which was enough to push the prize pool to a solid $279,050 and distribute it among the last 4,500 players in the event. When the action finally made it to the final table, it was Shafeeq who was able to survive the wild action and ultimately defeate GoldenOne306 to walk away with more than $25K, which was quite the solid return on his investment.

1st place:    Shafeeq ($25,133.11)
2nd place:    GoldenOne306 ($17,273.19)
3rd place:    oxfordpokersoc ($12,557.25)
4th place:    IMADONK_17 ($9,766.75)
5th place:    tonihu ($6,976.25)
6th place:    Joe Elba ($4,185.75)
7th place:    BlackBojan ($2,790.50)
8th place:    george08999 ($2,092.87)
9th place:    JoeShowdown ($1,395.25)

D.N.G. Sunday Special
One of the biggest registration spikes came with the DNG Sunday Special, where $50 + $5 offers a massive $300K guarantee each week. Almost 2,000 more players showed up this week than last, which put the numbers back closer to its pre-WSOP registration. With 6,235 players in the field, the prize pool eclipsed the guarantee when it landed at $311,750, and that was enough to pay out the last 990 players standing. But when the tournament was over, it was only BobbyFi with all of the chips and the $38,972.57 first place prize.

1st place:    BobbyFi ($38,972.57)
2nd place:    Totha4 ($26,436.40)
3rd place:    headorn ($17,769.75)
4th place:    4ikunkoff ($14,340.50)
5th place:    ROM03 ($11,223.00)
6th place:    shinerrr ($8,105.50)
7th place:    _Trevork_ ($5,455.62)
8th place:    squat600 ($3,585.12)
9th place:    gernas10 ($2,182.25)

Sunday Million
The biggest tournament on the internet had been suffering as players weren’t entering in the droves they had been, but this week found them back in the Sunday Million. The increase this week was nearly 2,000 players, as the final number showed 8,027 entrants in the $200 + $15 buy-in tournament. All of them came for the $1.5 million guarantee, but they found themselves with a prize pool of $1,605,400. And that gave the ability to pay out 1,170 of the top finishers. When the tournament finally wound down in the late hours, ROMDOM and gator93 decided upon a chip-chop agreement for the remainder of the money, though ROMDOM ended up winning it and taking more than $225K for being able to do so.

1st place:    ROMDOM ($225,408.05)
2nd place:    gator93 ($192,000.00)
3rd place:    bigbadbandit ($120,405.00)
4th place:    aiglix ($80,912.16)
5th place:    Dantes_11 ($64,216.00)
6th place:    Dk4884 ($48,162.00)
7th place:    vinifenomeno ($32,108.00)
8th place:    ROPUSZKA ($18,462.10)
9th place:    Cherniysv ($12,441.85)

Sunday 500
The last of the PokerStars Sunday events to finish, as usual, was the Sunday 500, a tournament that had seen an overlay in the past weeks but found that it gained its numbers back with the end of the WSOP. The high-stakes event with a $500 + $30 buy-in and a $500K guarantee brought a total of 1,020 players to the tables, which pushed the prize pool up to $510,000. When the payouts were made, the last 153 players received them, but the last two standing were Schildy1984 and DalconOpeaN, and the former took it down for more than $88K in first prize money.

1st place:    Schildy1984 ($88,026.00)
2nd place:    DalconOpeaN ($63,750.00)
3rd place:    munson1049 ($48,450.00)
4th place:    gray31 ($35,496.00)
5th place:    simon1471 ($25,245.00)
6th place:    phounderAA ($20,145.00)
7th place:    Bushman ($15,045.00)
8th place:    Paolo69 ($9,945.00)
9th place:    wonderdog78 ($5,610.00)

Sunday 2nd Chance
The Second Chance is the last opportunity for players to take their $200 + $15 buy-ins to a tournament with a solid guarantee, like this one with a $250K guarantee. And players weren’t shy about taking one last chance for a big payout, as 1,416 of them signed up, which actually pushed the prize pool up to $283,200. The distribution of the money went to 162 players who made it far enough to get paid, and in the end, punisher03 was able to take down soren432 to grab more than $51K in top prize money.

1st place:    punisher03 ($51,202.56)
2nd place:    soren432 ($37,099.20)
3rd place:    spyo78 ($28,320.00)
4th place:    anybodybut17 ($21,240.00)
5th place:    Civell ($14,868.00)
6th place:    EZz_GAME ($12,036.00)
7th place:    jumping79 ($9,204.00)
8th place:    nordlending ($6,372.00)
9th place:    LEOMAURO1 ($3,964.80)

Full Tilt Poker

The Sunday Brawl (Rush)

Full Tilt Poker did a different take on its Sunday majors this week, with three of the four big tournaments played as Rush Poker tournaments. In honor of Rush Week, the Sunday Brawl was one that turned into a speed tournament, though its final table was played out in regular tournament style. The $400K guaranteed event found 2,103 players willing to play some Rush Poker action, all buy-in in to the bounty tournament for $240 + $16. That created a prize pool of $420,600, out of which the final 234 players were paid. And it was done in a relative flash, only about 6.5 hours, when cmdnst defeated MOCA CHOCA to take down the title, which came with a payout of nearly $86K.

1st place:    cmdnst ($85,781.37)
2nd place:    MOCA CHOCA ($55,519.20)
3rd place:    demonseed14 ($41,218.80)
4th place:    m_hawk_1 ($31,124.40)
5th place:    RoccoGe ($21,871.20)
6th place:    balekhablizz ($14,300.40)
7th place:    bankfishbank ($9,673.80)
8th place:    thorladen ($6,729.60)
9th place:    Mrsgardener ($5,047.20)

$1 Million Guarantee
Two things happened here. Normally, this is a $750K Guarantee, though once per month, the powers-that-be at Full Tilt offer a higher-priced buy-in for the bigger $1 million guarantee. This week, that buy-in was $600 + $40. But the second thing was that Rush Week prompted them to make it a Rush Poker tournament, which meant that players competed in a speed poker game until the final table, which was played out like any other event. Both of those things enticed 1,584 players to enter the high-stakes event, and they received an overlay when Full Tilt added money to make the prize pool an even $1 million. That allowed 261 players to be paid, but it was kidcardiff who ended up winning it to collect a cool $185K for the victory.

1st place:    kidcardiff ($185,000.00)
2nd place:    zestfulyclean ($114,000.00)
3rd place:    nickossy ($75,000.00)
4th place:    Raif Furley ($60,000.00)
5th place:    Born2Winn ($46,000.00)
6th place:    SIR_Breaker ($33,000.00)
7th place:    Mattc1972 ($24,000.00)
8th place:    Lie Conspiracy ($18,700.00)
9th place:    SCTrojans08 ($14,400.00)

The Sunday Mulligan
As compared to other Full Tilt tournaments played Rush Poker style and finishing in near-record time, the Mulligan ran at its normal pace with its usual $200K guarantee. Attendance was up by several hundred people for the $200 + $16 buy-in event, as 1,388 players signed up to participate, which actually made the prize pool a cool $277,600. Eventually, payouts were made to the top 135 players, and it was MastaP89 who defeated Big Tuna JKo to take the title and more than $61K in prize money.

1st place:    MastaP89 ($61,072.00)
2nd place:    Big Tuna JKo ($38,864.00)
3rd place:    GjayjayG ($28,107.00)
4th place:    gboro780 ($22,555.00)
5th place:    donksomeoff ($17,016.88)
6th place:    GoLeafsGoEh ($12,492.00)
7th place:    crum23 ($8,050.40)
8th place:    slurry55 ($5,829.60)
9th place:    EMSBas ($4,164.00)

$200K Double Deuce
The best buy of all of the Sunday Full Tilt Poker options was naturally the Double Deuce, which was transformed this week into a Rush Poker tournament as were two of the others. Players had the option to buy in to the $20 + $2 with a $200K guarantee, and 9,042 of them did just that. But that number wasn’t enough to make the guarantee, so Full Tilt threw in some extra money to give them a $200K prize pool and guarantee payouts for 1,350 players, along with the overlay. The tournament was played Rush Poker style, though the final table was standard play, and EmonBahl came out on top by beating gnemo71 to take home $31K in first place prize money.

1st place:    EmonBahl ($31,000.00)
2nd place:    gnemo71 ($21,000.00)
3rd place:    PokerChump87 ($14,800.00)
4th place:    ScarFace-ROYAL ($10,640.00)
5th place:    natdog100 ($7,800.00)
6th place:    MLeonard ($5,600.00)
7th place:    ShippItTY ($4,000.00)
8th place:    Funkii ($2,860.00)
9th place:    Miguel Santiago ($2,022.00)

UltimateBet

$200K Guaranteed

The big draw on UltimateBet on Sunday nights is always the $200 + $15 tournament with the $200K guarantee, and this week was a better one for registration than in the past. With a total of 987 players in the field, UB still had to kick in money for the prize pool to make it an even $200K, but that provided a slight overlay for players. The money was enough to pay the last 90 players in the tournament, but it was down to two players before the big money came into play. Those two players, TRUESYALOSE and TARTAN83, made an arrangement for the top two prizes, though officially, TRUESYALOSE was the top finisher and picked up nearly $45K for it.

1st place:    TRUESYALOSE ($44,920.00)
2nd place:    TARTAN83 ($26,900.00)
3rd place:    TROJANFAN06 ($18,300.00)
4th place:    JUSTAHOBBY ($12,900.00)
5th place:    BIA103109 ($10,900.00)
6th place:    DIOMID ($8,900.00)
7th place:    KRYPTOKILLA ($6,900.00)
8th place:    TOESANDERS ($4,900.00)
9th place:    TCHK ($3,400.00)

Bodog

$100K Guaranteed

The one major tournament of this Sunday that didn’t change as much as the others or seem to fluctuate according to the WSOP was the one on Bodog, as it produced an average number of players for its weekly $100K guarantee. There were a total of 571 players willing to put up the $150 + $12 to play, and that meant the prize pool was set at the usual $100K with an overlay for those 63 players who cashed. And when the tournament was done, the name at the top of the leaderboard was landersp, who grabbed exactly $25K for the win.

1st place:    landersp ($25,000.00)
2nd place:    RoLLiNonXtC ($15,000.00)
3rd place:    devildogjeff ($9,500.00)
4th place:    Droeftoeter ($7,000.00)
5th place:    drkreynolds ($5,500.00)
6th place:    MrZumwalt ($4,500.00)
7th place:    kogoj ($3,500.00)
8th place:    doc holladay ($2,200.00)
9th place:    Sentapied ($1,700.00)

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