August 8 was definitely an online poker Sunday. There was much to do around the online circuit, as the usual Sunday offerings were on tap. And while two of the regular Full Tilt Poker events were on hiatus, it was only because of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) that was already in progress. Several FTOPS events brought more players to FTP than usual, and there were more than enough options for all players looking for big Sunday action.
For the purpose of this report, the Full Tilt section is shorter because of the aforementioned break for the Sunday Brawl and the $750K Guarantee tournaments, both of which will return to their regular times after the conclusion of FTOPS on August 15.
PokerStars once again dominated the Sunday scene with numerous payouts in the six-figure range. The Sunday Warm-Up awarded more than $133K to OlyDaJew for his win, and the Sunday Million gave its three top finishers sizable paydays, though it was cmis91 who won that tournament and took home a potentially life-changing amount of $246,064.05.
It should be noted also that UB Poker saw another rise in its registration for the $200K Guarantee, and Bodog, for the first time in many, many months, saw a jump in its numbers that actually took the prize pool a bit above the guarantee in its $100K offering. Both tournaments seem to be slowly but steadily growing post-WSOP.
For all of the final table finishes and tournament numbers, scroll down.
Sunday Warm-Up The first tournament on the PokerStars Sunday schedule was the weekly Warm-Up, the first opportunity for players to get in on $200 + $15 tournament action. The $750K guarantee is always a big draw for players, and there were 4,247 of them interested this week, which actually pushed the prize pool up to an impressive $849,400. That was enough to pay out the top 630 finishers, but there were big payouts awaiting the final table players. Ultimately, OlyDaJew was able to defeat Bushman to grab the one six-figure payout available, as he took home more than $133K for the win.
Sunday 1/4 Million The best buy of all of the Sunday tournaments was to be found, as always, on PokerStars, where a mere $10 + $1 buy-in brought players into the big guarantee action, where the minimum for the prize pool was set at $250K. Every week, someone’s bankroll is changed forever with the amazing return on investment, and this week, 29,525 players took a shot at that chance. The prize pool subsequently moved up to $295,250 and allowed for payouts to the top 4,500 players. And in the end, DJ_Elyot was able to defeat Acekob to grab more than $26K for the win.
D.N.G. Sunday Special As word gets out that there is a $300K guarantee set up for players in this tournament - for the bargain buy-in of only $50 + $5 - registration increases, as happened again this week. The DNG Sunday Special, the once-a-week special edition of the daily tournament, drew a crowd of 6,752 this week, which pushed the prize pool up to $337,600. After the final 990 spots were paid, the final table action resulted in barmaglotiwe taking down Hutch3276 for the tournament title and more than $42K in prize money.
Sunday Million The tournament with the biggest guarantee of them all is a staple on the Sunday night schedule, courtesy of PokerStars. This week, the $200 + $15 buy-in event with the $1.5 million guarantee brought 8,202 players to the tables, which turned the prize pool up more than a few notches as it finally boasted of $1,640,400. That was enough to pay out the top 1,170 players but also secure six-figure payouts for the top three players. And in the end, with no deal made, it was cmis91 who took out Tonimonntana and grabbed the title, not to mention more than $246K for the win.
Sunday 500 One of the most contentious events on the Sunday lineup is always the high-stakes Sunday 500. With the requirement of $500 + $30 to enter, players take the $500K guarantee and the title very seriously. This week, registration increased quite significantly as 1,142 players signed up to take part. That resulted in a $571,000 prize pool, which was enough to pay out 171 places. And it was at the final table that eight of the nine players were guaranteed five-figure payouts, but SLOPPYKLOD ended up defeating antesvante heads-up to take down the top prize of just over $97K.
Sunday 2nd Chance It was the last of the Sunday night opportunities for players to cash in on the big guarantees, and the Second Chance event drew a bigger crowd than usual this week. The $200 + $15 buy-in event with its $250K guarantee had 1,592 players officially registered, and that number created a prize pool of $318,400. The last 180 players in the tournament received payouts for their efforts, and the final two players ended up coming to a chip-chop agreement before playing it out, which resulted in SHUGAbowl eliminating Rakeoffer to grab nearly $51K for the win.
The Sunday Brawl One of the most popular events on the Full Tilt Sunday roster is always the Brawl, but as the current running of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series got underway on August 4, the knockout tournament in this spot has been put on hold until FTOPS finishes its 12-day run. Since FTOPS offerings have matching (or greater) guarantees, this tournament will be on hold until the series wraps on August 15. $750,000 Guarantee The second of the Full Tilt Sunday regulars to go on hiatus because of FTOPS XVII was the big $750K Guarantee, the largest prize pool promised to players each week. But with several high buy-in FTOPS events with stellar guarantees available for the evening, the $750K was given the week off, though it will return upon the completion of the current tournament series.
The Sunday Mulligan Of all of the Sunday majors, with the exception of FTOPS tournaments, the Mulligan was the last to wrap up in the late hours of the night. It started much earlier, with 1,463 players buying in for $200 + $16 each to take a shot at the $200K guarantee. But the prize pool subsequently grew to $292,600, which paid the top 162 players. And when all was said and done, the last two players standing came to a chip-chop agreement before DSshec took out Ton Locsta to grab the title and nearly $53K in prize money.
1st place: DSshec ($52,964.11) 2nd place: Ton Locsta ($49,738.49) 3rd place: Cappuccio816 ($29,552.60) 4th place: oleg12345 ($23,408.00) 5th place: rh300487 ($17,556.00) 6th place: DeuceBuster ($12,581.80) 7th place: oasis00 ($8,192.80) 8th place: ALLOFIT29 ($5,852.00) 9th place: Anabooola ($4,096.40) $200K Double Deuce The best buy of the Full Tilt weekly offerings experienced an increase in registration this week, but the numbers remained low overall. While many players looked at the $20 + $2 buy-in tournament with a $200K guarantee as one of the best buys on the internet, which it always is, the final numbers showed 9,716 players in the running, meaning FTP had to throw in some cash to make the prize pool an even $200,000. After the money bubble burst, the last 1,350 players cashed, and it was at the final table that the final four players divvied up the five-figure payouts. But in the end, lunarphase took home more than $20K for the victory.
$200K Guaranteed It seemed as if the big Sunday offering on UB Poker was on a solid course as of late, considering this was the third week straight that the registration number pushed the prize pool past the guarantee. The $200 + $15 tournament with the $200K guarantee attracted 1,093 players this week, and that prompted the actual pool to land at $218,600. When all was distributed, the top 108 players were paid, and it was at the final table that Jeremy “Chipsteela” Menard (http://pokerworks.com/poker-news/2010/07/24/poker-pundit-jeremy-chipsteela-menard-trying-to-get-lucky-in-vegas.html) made it to sixth place. And going further, the information indicated a three-way deal for the top finishers in the tournament, and though the details weren’t made known, SWISSTARD looked to have won the tournament and more than $48K in prize money.
$100K Guaranteed For the first time in…well…a long time, the Bodog Sunday offering surpassed its guarantee. It has been months, to say the least, since this has happened, but the registration number finally made a jump in the positive direction and put the tournament over the top. There were 668 players who turned out for the $100K guarantee, which almost always provides its players with an overlay. But this week, the $150 + $12 buy-ins added to a prize pool that edged up to $100,200, which allowed for the top 90 players to be paid. The players who made it to the final table looked to cash in on the biggest prizes available, and when skeptix beat out kingb51 to win the tournament, the payout was more than $23K for the victory.