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The Sunday Briefing: "SpeckBasu" Wins Sunday Million for $231,214

Sunday Briefing

The virtual tables were crowded Sunday as thousands gathered to compete in a number of MicroMillions events, but the biggest payouts were still left for those playing in the Sunday Majors at PokerStars. Although the numbers were down from last week's sixth anniversary of the Sunday Million, every major event managed to exceed its guarantee. Germany's "SpeckBasu" was the day's biggest winner, collecting more than $230,000 for winning the Sunday Million, and Team PokerStars Pro members Toni Judet and Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby also cashed in with big scores.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$157,707$1,549,600

This week's Sunday Million didn't have the flash or pizzazz of last week's $6 Million Anniversary event, but it had no trouble exceeding its $1 million guarantee. More than 7,700 players competed on Sunday to generate a prize pool of $1,549,600, and nine players reached a final table in the late hours with a $231,214 top prize of for grabs.

"TONI-BG" had the chip lead going into the final table and eliminated three players en route to a heads-up match with "SpeckBasu." "TONI-BG" held a 2-to-1 edge going into the match, but "SpeckBasu" doubled up with pocket eights against ace-four to take control.

On the very next hand, "TONI-BG" was all in preflop with {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs} against SpeckBasu's {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, and the {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} board gave SpeckBasu the winning hand on the river to send "TONI-BG" to the rail in second place. "SpeckBasu" collected $231,214 as the Sunday Million champion.

To read more about this week's Sunday Million, head over to PokerStarsBlog.com

PlacePlayerPrize
1SpeckBasu$231,214
2TONI-BG$169,554
3fullmagro_ps$115,605
4Faxe07$77,686
5davebond2$61,656
6brauniTR$46,242
7Valdem2010$30,828
8niku1971$17,726
9cime173$11,945

Notable Finishes: Elio "smokrokflock" Fox (24th - $3,391), Sebastian "sebbau" Bauer (38th - $2,851), Martin Staszko (136th - $1,001)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,280$656,000

Attendance for the Sunday Warm-Up dropped by nearly 400 players this week, but the 3,280 players still managed to eclipse the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. "Maverick 36O" and "a.S.e High" were the last two players standing and, after they couldn't agree on a deal, "Maverick 36O" went on to win outright for $102,992, and "a.S.e High" earned $76,752 as the runner-up.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Maverick 36O$102,992
2a.S.e High$76,752
3kiskin1979$54,120
4dimetriouspb$37,720
5yurasov1990$27,880
6Mysters_Y$21,320
7SUNDAYKING$14,760
8johngarvey$8,200
9rssoul20$5,248

Notable Finishes: Ted "Traveller99" Sorensen (14th - $2,952), Jason "jtdjpoker" Wheeler (27th - 1,672), Dani "supernova9" Stern (33rd - $1,476), Allan "Sifosis" Baekke (47th - $1,246)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30904$452,000

More than 900 players put up the $500 buy-in for the Sunday 500. Notables Aaron "JeanGrae" McCready and Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason made deep runs in the tournament but ultimately fell short of the final table. The final four players decided on a deal, giving each at least $49,483. "Gasnnjep" from the Netherlands went on to take the title and the top prize of $61,846

PlacePlayerPrize
1Gasnnjep$61,846*
2thewattsy$49,483*
3GONDIANA$49,483*
4FreezeOutLV$54,548*
5kriga$22,600
6zcedrick$18,080
7guinor$13,560
8Stephan “delegator” Kjaerstad$9,040
9BIGMICKG$5,424

*denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Aaron "JeanGrae" McCready (14th - $3,390), Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason (17th - $2,486), Michael "WatchOutFish" Benvenuti (25th - $1,988)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$56,042$302,100

Team PokerStars Pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby reached the final table of the Bigger $55 and agreed to a four-handed deal to secure $36,678. Hruby bowed out in third place, leaving "martinshev" and "KippekontNL" to duel for the title. "Martinshev" got the best of his Dutch counterpart to claim victory and $33,298.

PlacePlayerPrize
1martinshev$33,298*
2KippekontNL$31,055*
3Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby$36,678*
4azamat$23,413*
5da nuts 705$$12,839
6starplayeren$9,818
7Tellbut$6,797
8DwnByDaBrdge$3,776
9Blue Baboon$2,416

*denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios (14th - $1,344), Ricky "ROnaldKosh" Fohrenbach (17th - $891)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$92,948$294,800

Peter "twirlpro" Turmezey headlined the final table of the PokerStars Bigger $109. The Hungarian pro exited in sixth place for $9,875, and Germany's "The40deuce" went on to claim the $46,578 top prize outright.

PlacePlayerPrize
1The40deuce$46,578
2mikki696$34,786
3LaurisL91$24,763
4StoyanB$17,242
5N1Imar$12,823
6Peter "twirlpro" Turmezey$9,875
7FreshFraiser$6,927
8JJEKKW$4,274
9Broose51$2,505

Notable Finishes: Steve "Stev0L_" Leonard (23rd - $884), Brian "theczar19" Piccioli (30th - $787)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,782$267,300

The Bigger $162 crushed its guarantee again on Sunday, drawing 1,782 players to create a prize pool of $267,300. David “highdro420″ Rowan had a chance to add another online title to his resume but finished second best to Chile's "LEOMAURO1." Rowan collected $32,076, while "LEOMAURO1" added $42,768 to his bankroll.

PlacePlayerPrize
1LEOMAURO1$42,768
2David “highdro420″ Rowan$32,076
3Litense$24,057
4bubys$17,574
5Aggelaras$12,696
6CaughtUbluff$9,890
7big723$7,217
8Oliya$4,677
9fs1950$2,673

Notable Finishes: Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis (17th - $1,202), Thiago “XTheDecanoX” Nishjima (33rd - $882), Torsten “jetkiss” Brinkmann (39th - $748)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,547$309,400

Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet outlasted all but one player in the Sunday 2nd Chance. Judet took second place for $37,746 after Australia's "krasark" beat him heads up.

PlacePlayerPrize
1krasark$51,685
2Toni Judet$37,746
3bevpoker$28,464
4dimiplus$21,039
5Talerric$15,160
6Patq74$12,066
7teruliro$8,972
8Jack "jackellwood" Ellwood$5,878
9Masaie$3,217

Notable Finishes: Ricky "RonaldKosh" Fohrenbach (15th - $2,057)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,013$340,400

Jack "jackellwood" Ellwood made two final tables on Sunday but missed out on big scores in both. Ellwood took eighth place in the Sunday 2nd Chance and fifth place in the $109 Sunday Rebuy. The final four players in this one agreed on a four-handed deal that saw each collect at least $31,500. Denmark's "ministerborg" had the chip lead when the deal was cut and collected the biggest piece ($57,157), but the U.K.'s "parksy1066" earned the title along with $35,500.

PlacePlayerPrize
1parksy1066$35,500*
2OBigO$44,000*
3ministerborg$57,157*
4Kessbert$31,500*
5Jack "jackellwood" Ellwood$17,871
6Mysters_Y$14,467
7Tribeca1999$11,063
8montecarlo13$7,659
9sappy123$4,765

*denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Anrei "extasyman" One (12th - $3,574), Jamie "The Cronic420" Rosen (18th - $2,212),

*PokerStars Sunday Million data obtained from PokerStarsBlog.com

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