The Sunday Briefing: 2011 Online Poker Sunday Season Ends

Sunday Briefing

The 2011 Sunday Major season on PokerStars came to an end Sunday with three players enjoying six-figure scores on Christmas. The biggest went to "||Burkeeee!," who collected nearly $200,000 for winning the Sunday Million. Among those to lock up first-place finishes throughout the Sunday Majors were Elad "Gambit360" Nosimaj and Luke "Bananazoo" Chiciak.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$156,982$1,396,400

The Sunday Million attracted a 6,982-player field, creating a $1,396,400 prize pool. It was little surprise that "JackobFish" was made it to heads-up play, since he began the final table with a sizable chip lead. And "||Burkeeee!" began in the middle of the pack, but was on the right end of a few key hands to make it to heads-up play.

On the 45th hand of heads-up play, at 700,000/1,400,000/140,000, "||Burkeeee!" (45.5m) opened with a min-raise to 2.8 million on the button. "JackobFish" (24.3m) shoved from the big blind holding {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}. "||Burkeeee!" tanked, but ultimately called with {A-Spades}{7-Spades} and held a slight lead. The board ran out {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{2-Clubs} to seal the deal for "||Burkeeee!."

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PlacePlayerPrize
*1llBurkeeee!$196,513.32
*2JackobFish$167,071.74
3LFmagic$111,712
4Vadym1$74,009.20
5VitStarS MaN$57,252.40
6thelegend67$43,288.40
7BouleEtBill$30,022.60
8chur157$16,756.80
9AVAN77$10,822.10

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (16th - $3,909.92)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$152,700$540,000

The $200+$15 Sunday Warm-Up attracted 2,700 entrants, creating a $540,000 prize pool. There was no deal made at the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up and the two players who entered the final table at the top of the counts found themselves playing heads-up.

Starting the duel nearly even in chips, "crossthervr" bested "elik567." On the final hand, "elik567" got it in with {A-Clubs}{5-Spades}, but ran into "crossthervr's" {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The board came down {Q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{10-Spades} to secure the victory, and $85,050 for "crossthervr."

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PlacePlayerPrize
1crossthervr$85,050
2elik567$63,450
3tomitomsen22$45,360
4s-botnang$31,050
5Jeanbob123$23,490
6mrAndreeew$18,090
7modulindo$12,690
8liiteri$7,300.80
9Who's da Pro$4,590

Notable Finishes: Jeff "jeff710" Hakim (24th - $1,485), Vicky Coren (40th - $1,134)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30637$318,500

The Sunday 500 drew a field of 637, eclipsing its guarantee. Following a heads-up deal, Luke "Bananazoo" Chiciak came out on top with the victory, and $52,034.28 prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Luke "Bananazoo" Chiciak$52,034.28
*2arxigos$48,133.97
3ThanosGR23$31,531.50
4joserivas397$23,728.25
5icebeerkim$16,562
6Chaz D 87$13,377
7KKremate$10,192
8GoToCa$hier$7,007
9Jysky11$4,140.50

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Dan "danloulou" Smyth (11th - $3,503.50), Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (13th - $2,866.50), Alex "Schildy1984" Debus (15th - $2,866.50)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$55,538$276,900

The Bigger $55 drew an impressive field of 5,538. A four-handed deal was worked out at the final table and in the end, "gurskiyy" emerged victorious, winning more than $34,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1gurskiyy$34,711.44
*2ros1987$32,145.25
*3-edin1ca-$25,149.84
*4scheune40$22,010.42
5VVS777$11,768.25
6karina n$8,999.25
7Tardeea$6,230.25
8@rtemur$3,461.25
9adlitam$2,215.20

*denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Justin "truesyalose" Truesdell (28th - $595.33)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$92,244$224,400

The Bigger $109 more than doubled its guarantee on Sunday. The 2,244 players created a prize pool of $224,400. The tournament was won outright by "stknsidewayz" for more than $38,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
1stknsidewayz$38,148
2gnat777$28,723.20
3itsourekas$21,430.20
4winder118$15,708
5FiskUggla$11,220
6Ke.F*Ace$8,976
7wolf_forex$6,732
8audifan$4,488
988DrugDealer$3,131.60

Notable Finishes: Justin "truesyalose" Truesdell (22nd - $673.20)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,303$195,450

The Bigger $162 came close to doubling its guarantee, after drawing a solid field of 1,303. Another heads-up deal went down and "allintim1984" emerged victorious for $32,988.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1allintim1984$32,988.08
*2soso8088$28,305.42
3niha125$29,545
4mihic111$14,658.75
5arturitooo$10,261.12
6mitch85$8,306.62
7trampek$6,253.12
8daitemillion$4,397.62
93max$2,736.30

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez (10th - $1,856.77)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,106$221,200

As usual, the Sunday 2nd Chance crushed its guarantee, and wasn't all that far from doubling it. "Trappa 105" bested the 1,106-player field and pocketed $39,816.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Trappa 105$39,816
2kaurimangat$28,756
3Talerric$21,456.40
4leo cebu$16,037
5Dean "dean23price" Price$11,148.48
6markux$8,848
7OhRaisyDaisy$6,636
8diemaus36o$4,424
9iwonthurtyou$2,654

Notable Finishes: Caio "caio_pimenta" Pimenta (26th - $995.40)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$9729$232,300

The $109 Sunday Rebuy attracted 729 entrants. The $100+$9 buy-in event boasted a prize pool of $232,300. Elad "Gambit360" Nosimaj found himself with all the chips at the end, and the lion's share of the prize pool — $43,672.40.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Elad "Gambit360" Nosimaj$43,672.40
2touchmynuts1$31,825.10
3IGORFILA$23,462.30
4iwonthurtyou$17,654.80
5Obar89$12,404.82
6veyrassois$9,872.75
7scorpionru$7,549.75
8Nakkehai$5,226.75
98r0k34$$$3,484.50

Notable Finishes: Pablo "pabritz" Brito (14th - $2,206.85)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$131,785$317,850

It was business as usual in the Sunday Storm as it drew its standard 30,000-plus participants. After a six-handed deal, "Baltini" was the sole survivor of the massive field, and took home $14,161.30.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Baltini$14,161.30
*2vivala$14,260.98
*3PieTrO_925$13,212.84
*4drifterrs200$12,141.29
*5TUM19$12,600
*6Dory1989$15,915.87
7Android-IP$2,940.11
8kevinez$2,066.02
9Datschi1$1,446.21

*denotes six-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,094$109,400

The majors were started by the Sunday Kickoff, which drew 1,094 players, creating a prize pool of $109,400. After a heads-up deal, "DimaKondurov" bested Ari "BodogAri" Engel to take the title and $17,016.92 first-place prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1DimaKondurov$17,016.92
*2Ari "BodogAri" Engel$16,000
3BROgaria$10,393
4nixx23$7,767.40
5Ronald "ronaldgrauer" Grauer$5,470
6Ozgur "phaplap" Arda$4,376
7titleist25$3,282
8Andras "probirs" Nemeth$2,188
9MoP_lV$1,258.10

*denotes heads-up deal

*PokerStars Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up data obtained from PokerStarsBlog.com

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