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The Sunday Briefing: Russell Thomas Wins The PokerStars Sunday Million

Russell Thomas

March Madness extended well beyond the basketball courts this weekend as several notable players notched excellent Sunday scores. The biggest went to 2012 World Series of Poker Octo-Niner Russell "into2ndWind" Thomas. He emerged victorious in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $219,184.

Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov collected six figures as well, earning $110,780 for outlasting the field in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Russell "rdcrsn" Carson and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe were in the winner's circle as well, while the MicroMillions 4 also wrapped up with "Ges26" besting a field of 68,081 for $140,469.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$158,407$1,681,400
PlacePlayerPrize
*1Russell "into2ndWind" Thomas$219,184
*2Ahhh ls lt?$174,096
*3aakiss1990$160,914
4briemaus$84,070
5KARNA1983$67,256
6Dimka19881$50,442
7BEGIMOTS$33,628
8purplflowerz$18,495
9Guilherme "VinceVegaMFR" Cheveau$13,031

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Patrick "Bandano" Renkers (28th - $3,363), Tyler "brainwash" Cornell (47th - $2,858), Aidan "whereisdonny" Tam (48th - $2,858), Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu (53rd - $2,858)

PokerStars MicroMillions 4 - 098 Main Event ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$20+$268,081$1,361,620
PlacePlayerPrize
*1Ges26$140,469
*2Jason "appst08" Brauda$80,233
*3RhoNin9$100,063
*4Beningo$72,738
*5texbookstu$72,507
6Nicolas "mayrogata" Segredakis$22,303
7viny11viny$13,929
8stowjon$8,415
9Talitha5$5,596

*denotes five-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,528$705,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1Max Lykov$110,780
2Xx-Luxury-xX$82,555
3Michal "szwindel" Pólchlopek$58,212
4Slaven "suarez_BG" Popov$40,572
5Artur "rnb333" Silva$29,988
6makarios007$22,932
7pupon$15,876
8johnxfleming$8,820
9dede65$5,645

Notable Finishes: Aaron "aejones" Jones (11th - $4,234), Brandon "oncommnand" Meyers (15th - $3,175), Taylor "tRaMp$d0PrAy" Paur (19th - $1,799)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30991$495,500
PlacePlayerPrize
*1Russell "rdcrsn" Carson$67,577
*2JMDA Y SALO$63,090
*3Matt "plattsburgh" Vengrin$65,948
4ULTRASANTOS$35,181
5Run day Game$24,775
6StatusUp$19,820
7Randy "nanonoko" Lew$14,865
8Mat "Matfrankland" Frankland$9,910
9pengeberg$5,698

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro (10th - $4,707), Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen (13th - $3,716), Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy (18th - $2,725)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,098$351,700
PlacePlayerPrize
*1pokergod950$50,653
*2theoryofart$50,000
*3Pokerger1337$46,182
4aramesko$26,378
5Jon "PearlJammer" Turner$18,464
6Waldur1983$14,947
7Andras "probirs" Nemeth$11,430
8James "jamerOK" Cawley$7,913
9Matej "MatejK992SLO" Kalcic$4,924

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer (12th - $3,517), Joe "floes" Serock (14th - $2,814), Sam "aaajack" Chartier (16th - $2,181), Adam "Roothlus" Levy (19th - $1,583), Peter "Balabacsi" Traply (20th - $1,583), Mat "Matfrankland" Frankland (24th - $1,583)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($160K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,323$332,300
PlacePlayerPrize
*1zackmorris99$39,527
*2LEHMATLENTAA$37,004
*3buytenwegh$42,108
4LolS$19,107
5pokerkluka$14,289
6Mistapablo$10,966
7Toomas "koshmaar" Orm$7,643
8Zenni "Zenni11" Petros$4,320
9LeBroHbKA$2,658

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Alex "dynoalot" Difelice (16th - $1,080), Michael "Skämmes" Tureniec (18th - $1,080), Michael "WatchOutFish" Benvenuti (22nd - $897)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,984$297,600
PlacePlayerPrize
*1matt86ck$43,000
*2SamueljordJR$40,328
3joaombrito$26,784
477___CR7___7$19,567
5Kakalala$14,136
6University_w$11,011
7Pratyush "Shane Gamble" Buddiga$8,035
8Jason "jadedjason" James$5,208
9AMasta89$2,976

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Marc "dean23price" Wright (10th - $2,321), Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis (11th - $2,321), Rasmus "bigoots" Sibast (15th - $1,815), Karolis "g.karolis" Grybauskas (17th - $1,309), Marco "NoraFlum" Johnson (19th - $1,101), Tom "hitthehole" Middleton (23rd - $1,101), Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (24th - $1,101)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,598$319,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe$53,389
2CzarKassim$38,991
3masensio$29,403
4Sheeter 200$21,733
5ArielSpivack$15,660
6HustlaStylez$12,464
7Matt "BetzPH" Betzler$9,268
8jmiami36$6,072
9krilan1$3,234

Notable Finishes: Matt "UFgators948" Goldman (13th - $2,125), Jonathan "Poker Own U" Bardier (17th - $1,534), Paul "Paolo69" Foltyn (24th - $1,278), Melanie "Callisto 5" Weisner (26th - $1,278), Peter "Belabacsi" Traply (27th - $1,278)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($160K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$56,022$301,100
PlacePlayerPrize
1guts=glory$47,104
2camikater$35,078
3FannyPacks$24,841
4bryanusftw$17,012
5Klau_es412$12,797
6.rasta.207$9,786
7MattHeap81$6,775
8$uBzEr0-AK$3,764
9IpowerXX$2,409

Notable Finishes: Ben "bennybunny18" Richardson (40th - $596)

PokerStars MicroMillions 4 Sunday Storm Special Edition -096 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$150,506$505,060
PlacePlayerPrize
1wallysnooper$36,662
2PETERRETEP62$26,450
3AuVBasti$17,283
4UnderDgun$13,803
5MikaLie85$10,349
6Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby$6,902
7mikeinu$4,798
8chinoczech$3,273
9Maldanado$1,929

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