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The Sunday Briefing: WCOOP Creates Huge Prize Pools

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The second Sunday of the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker didn't produce any new bracelet winners (each of the three events that began on Sunday were two-day events), but there was still plenty of tournament action to go around. Aside from most of the Sunday majors running, WCOOP second chance events also produced big winners. Carter "cswidler" Swidler earned $115,620, the biggest awarded prize on Sunday, for his win in a second chance event. Joining him in the winner circle was Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino, who also took down a WCOOP second chance tournament.

PokerStars WCOOP 2nd Chance 22: $1,050 NL Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$50615$615,000

Shannon "basebal1b" Shorr (11th - $7,072.50), Will "molswi47" Molson (12th - $7,072.50), and Ravi "govshark2" Raghavan (13th - $5,842.50) each fell short of the final table in the WCOOP 2nd Chance 22 tournament. The final table was still stacked with high-stakes regulars, and Carter "cswidler" Swidler emerged as the champ for $115,620.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Carter "cswidler" Swidler$115,620
2Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen$84,255
3Gavin "gavz101" Cochrane$62,115
4Anton "ekziter" Astapov$46,740
5Jesper "KipsterDK" Hougaard$32,841
6Grayson "gray31" Ramage$26,137.50
7Patrick "Bandano" Renkers$19,987.50
8CHRiiiiiiiiK$13,837.50
9Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul$9,225

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$301,069$534,500

The Sunday 500 saw notable finishes from Thomas "Kallllle" Pedersen (10th - $4,757.05), Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (11th - $4,757.05), and Jimmie "AlusivPnkBny" Guinther (14th - $3,688.05). The outright victory and $92,254.70 top prize went to "all in 2526."

PlacePlayerPrize
1all in 2526$92,254.70
2modogrinder$66,812.50
3pads1161$50,777.50
4Chappolini$37,201.20
5Artur "pokerturo" Koren$26,457.75
6a$$ou$21,112.75
7Zohair "pakmanmma" Karim$15,767.75
8GENEWUA$10,422.75
9Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka$5,879.50

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,296$437,500

Among those who came up just short of the final table in the $109 Sunday Rebuy were Tyler "brainwash" Cornell (10th - $4,375), Iulian-Georgian "Ruxandescu" Ruxandescu (12th - $4,375), David "Betudontbet" Emmons (18th - $2,625), Dane "WatchTheSea" Miller (20th - $1,881.25), Josh "JBT449" Bergman (24th - $1,881.25), and Scott "gunning4you" Seiver (25th - $1,881.25). Earning the win following a heads-up deal was "allucan3at" for $71,759.58.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1allucan3at$71,759.58
*2Florian "florianm1" Marty$66,227.92
3bullyon$43,750
4murballz66$32,812.50
5Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich$22,968.75
6AL.PATSINO$18,593.75
7san the one$14,218.75
8zwacke$9,843.75
9CuAt69UsdSng$6,125

*denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars WCOOP 2nd Chance 21: $109 NL Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,580$358,000

Notable finishes in the WCOOP 2nd Chance 21 tournament included Keith "DaMurdera3" Ferrera (11th - $2,201.70), Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (29th - $823.40), and Markus "MarkusG91" Garberg (31st - $823.40). Following a four-handed deal, "GENERRRRRAL" was the sole survivor.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1GENERRRRRAL$36,767.54
*2jonsim91$39,063.10
*3ottoman09$39,888.98
*4Felipe "fcarrico" Carrio$32,671.38
5akb1$15,325.98
6John "BlackFourz" May$11,635
7WWWallace79$8,055
8xredschix$4,475
9Tridynamo$2,864

*denotes four-handed deal

PokerStars WCOOP 2nd Chance 23: $530 NL Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30535$267,500

A few big names bubbled the final table of the WCOOP 2nd Chance 23 tournament. Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich (10th - $3,210), Michael "Skämmes" Tureniec (11th - $3,210), and Tim "Calvin32" Sullivan (12th - $3,210) each just missed out. Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino topped the final table to earn just over $50,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino$50,557.50
2Morten "-MortenVM-" Mortensen$37,048.75
3Revjot$27,285
4avivnaar$20,597.50
5MAMOHT_T$14,445
6ROBYRO2010$11,368.75
7Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen$8,693.75
8C. Darwin2$6,018.75
9shimmysham99$4,092.75

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($160K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,559$355,900

Ben "ShankingYou" Palmer (10th - $2,188.78), Francis "The Lag rat" Anderson (28th - $818.57), and Joshua "theNorfman" Norris (35th - $818.57) were among those who made deep runs in the Bigger $109. Following a three-handed deal, "matmatmat" came out on top for a victory worth $47,514.69.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1matmatmat$47,514.69
*2filushh$36,920.76
*3YourDead100%$42,622.74
4Sheeter 200$20,464.25
5Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks$15,236.07
6SwedishRules$11,566.75
7santiga$8,007.75
8aprilsfool$4,448.75
9aces_up4108$2,847.20

*denotes three-handed deal

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$122,059$308,850

Among the notables who fell just shy of the Bigger $162 final table were Ori "OriQ9s" Hasson (10th - $2,393.58), David "highdro420" Rowan (11th - $2,393.58), and Karolis "g.karolis" Grybauskas (16th - $1,312.61). A three-handed deal took place and "AverageGreg" outlasted the field for nearly $41,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1AverageGreg$40,860.08
*2superkid-bam$38,225.99
*3w4ldo$35,189.44
4Mike "Timex" McDonald$19,812.72
5Mark "scrubbyz" Zajdner$13,898.25
6RoyalSalute$10,809.75
7Shankar825$7,721.25
8mouksli$5,404.87
9gomir$3,088.50

*denotes three-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$132,773$327,730

The always-massive Sunday Storm drew 32,773 players this week. Following a heads-up deal, "stephstealth" got the best of "HamRR" to earn $27,652.71 for the first-place finish.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1stephstealth$27,652.71
*2HamRR$21,319.99
3TRiggA_mik3$13,764.66
4kallecall$10,487.36
5bamtobam1979$7,210.06
6body passion$4,424.35
7LovE_joY111$3,031.50
8SLEAH$2,130.24
9m92h2010$1,491.17

*denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,554$155,400

Frederico "Vitorbrasil" Conca Silva bested the 1,554-player field in the Sunday Kickoff, taking it down outright for $26,029.50.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Frederico "Vitorbrasil" Conca Silva$26,029.50
2Cisko555$19,036.50
3sousinha23$14,374.50
4ondrejfort$10,567.20
5Maskus$7,614.20
6genamator$6,060.60
7varjo$4,506.60
8looksy$2,952.60
9PlayaPlz$1,600.62

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