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Online Poker Weekend: Sweden's 'ZIGENAAREN' Surges to Stars Win

Online Poker Weekend: Sweden's 'ZIGENAAREN' Surges to Stars Win 0001

Sunday's big events saw a late rush to victory in the Stars Sunday Million, a see-saw battle for the big bucks in the Full Tilt $400K, and a lengthy war of attrition in the Ultimate Bet $200K. One site that did not see a lengthy final table was Party Poker, where the last six players settled on a multi-way chop after no one could break clear of a tightly bunched pack.

Poker Stars Sunday Million

The last Sunday of the month means it's the $500+35 version of the Poker Stars Sunday Million, and last night's event drew big numbers. 2,801 participants meant a $1,400,500 prize pool, with $257,551.95 the scheduled winner's share and the cash running 414 places deep. 'Ravanelli' led a tightly packed field to the final table with just over $5 million in chips.

'Randers's stay at the final table was brief, his push on a flop of {2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{6-Spades} (holding {6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}), always behind 'chrisrokx's {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}; the board completed with {4-Spades}{k-Diamonds}. Next out was 'PokiAnn,' unfortunate to find {a-Spades}{k-Spades} when chrisrokx held {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, with the outcome not close when the board brought {5-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}{5-Spades}. Seventh went to 'Reno_Jones,' who found {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts} a loser against 'GrinderMJ's {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}, with the board displaying {9-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, and sixth went to chirsrokx, tough-luck loser of a huge pot to Sweden's 'ZIGENAAREN.' ZIGENAAREN re-raised all-in before the flop with {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}, and chrisrockx, slightly outchipped, made the call with {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}; however, the {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{9-Hearts} board gave ZIGENAAREN a better two pairs and a pot worth almost $10 million.

GrinderMJ lasted to fifth, but bowed out when he tried to steal the big blind with {q-Spades}{9-Hearts}. 'Previcator,' in the big blind, made the call with {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, and was rewarded with the knockout when the board came {4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades}. A few hands later, ZIGENAAREN picked off 'Kongsgaard,' {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} topping {q-Diamonds}{9-Spades} when the board of {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}{k-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} gave ZIGENAAREN a flopped straight. ZIGENAAREN continued his late rush by eliminating Ravanelli, on a hand where Ravanelli started ahead with {a-Spades}{9-Hearts} to ZIGENAAREN's {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}. The board, though, arrived {2-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{k-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, with the king on the turn giving nearly 80% of the chips beginning head-to-head play.

ZIGENAAREN kept the pressure on, pushing Prevaricator closer to the brink, only to see Prevaricator catch a two-outer to make a set of deuces and stay alive. The reprieve, though, was short-lived. Six hands later, Prevaricator made an aggressive re-raise push before the flop with {k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, and ZIGENAAREN made the call with {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. The board came {8-Hearts}{2-Spades}{k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, giving ZIGENAAREN top two pairs and the quarter-million dollar triumph.

Final standings:

1st ($257,551.95): ZIGENAAREN

2nd ($130,946.75): Prevaricator

3rd ($86,690.95): Ravanelli

4th ($71,425.50): Kongsgaard

5th ($57,420.50): GrinderMJ

6th ($43,415.50): chrisrokx

7th ($30,530.90): Reno_Jones

8th ($19,326.90): PokiAnn

9th ($11,204): Randers

Full Tilt $400,000 Guarantee

After a two-week hiatus due to the recent FTOPS, the normal Full Tilt Sunday event returned with a $400,000 Guarantee. 2,302 players signed up, meaning $460,400 was at stake, and while 351 of the runners made the money, the first prize of $84,460.38 was the target in everyone's sights. 'CaptRunDown' was the runaway leader as the final table gathered, with $2,83 million in chips as no one else was over $900,000. However, the second-place 'donkeylounge' soon won a huge race from CaptRunDown and later vaukted into the lead

'bballer88' finished in ninth when his {k-Spades}{7-Diamonds} holdings couldn't catch against the {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} of 'easymoney05,' the {8-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} board giving bballer8 hopes for a straight that went unfulfilled. 'sonofchufty' feel next, his {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} unable to overtake donkeylounge's {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} when the board delivered {6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. One hand later, 'Jonutenh's {a-Spades}{q-Spades} fell to 'eazymoney05's {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}, the board arriving {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, trimming the field to six.

'GROOTEGOED' made it five by ending 'letters2006's run, when letters2006 started with {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, but lost to GROOTEGOED's {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts} as the board showed {5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{k-Spades}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts}. The hand was part of a rush that took GROOTENOED all the way to the lead, much of it at donkeylounge's expense. donkeylounge's night ended at fifth place, his last steal attempt with {k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} picked off by eazymoney05's {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}, with a board of {10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs}. 'NateJizzle' made one surge but bowed out in fourth, his {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} cracked by eazymoney05's {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} when the board offered {7-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}... and the fateful {6-Spades}.

Third place went to GROOTEGOED, courtesy of a classic bad beat. GROOTEGOED made an initial raise with {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}, but CaptRunDown, holding {a-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, re-raised enough to set GROOTEGOED all-in, with GROOTEGOED happy to make the call. The board, however, played out {4-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, sending GROOTEGOED to the rail and making for heads-up play. CaptRunDown then fell well behind eazymoney05 before mounting a huge comeback and sealing of the win. On the final hand, eazymoney05 held {k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, but CaptRunDown was favored with {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades} and flopped a set. The final board read {q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{10-Spades}, closing out CaptRunDown's win.

Final standings:

1st ($84,460.38): CaptRunDown

2nd ($51,841.04): eazymoney05

3rd ($33,931.48): GROOTEGOED

4th ($27,071.52): Nate Jizzle

5th ($20,487.80): donkeylounge

6th ($14,732.80): letters2006

7th ($10,819.40): Jonutenh

8th ($8,471.36): sonofchufty

9th ($6,445.60): bballer88

Party Poker $300,000 Guaranteed

Party Poker continued its recent string of cleared guarantees, with 1,525 players generated a $305,000 prize pool. $61,000 was on the line for first, with 200 players cashing. The UK's 'dalassenos' and 'Jennifer2113' from Sweden were the early final-table leaders, each well over $1 million in chips, with a well-spaced field on the chase. 'CSKxAQUARIUS' exited when his last stand with {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds} didn't connect against the {7-Hearts}{7-Spades} of 'drEskilstuna,' the board arriving {3-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{8-Spades}, and 'repoman21' fell moments later, {q-Clubs}{5-Hearts} unsuccessful against the {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} of 'maltis2,' with a {j-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} board missing both.

drEskilstuna notched the next knockout as well, turning {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} into a winning flush despite 'zeNUTcracker,' with {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}, flopping a set as the board arrived {5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, with the chips all-in before the flop. drEskilstuna's rush continued when he found {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} after 'Jarmush' pushed with {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, with drEskilstuna winning when the board showed {7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{9-Hearts}.

The six remaining players battled through dozens of hands, a period which saw several unlikely showdown survivals, and the players even explored a deal on repeated occasions before finally agreeing to a chop based on chip counts. After winning a large, late pot, 'maltis2' was technically the winner of the event.

Final standings:

* 1st ($31,292.57): maltis2

* 2nd ($28,028.28): dalassenos

* 3rd ($28,003.43): MrDiceman_

* 4th ($26,319.04): Jennifer2113

* 5th ($24,386.13): Salmo23

* 6th ($18,740.58): drEskilstuna

7th ($8,082.50): Jarmush

8th ($5,337.50): zeNUTcracker

9th ($4,117.50): repoman21

10th ($2,897.50): CSKxAQUARIUS

* --- six-way deal for remaining prize money

Ultimate Bet $200,000 Guaranteed

897 players were on hand for the weekly $200,000 Guarantee at Ultimate Bet, meaning over $20,000 in overlay was up for grabs. 90 players cashed and first prize was worth $45,000. 'classyploppy,' with nearly $700,000 in chips, had nearly doubled his nearest competitor as final-table action began. 'ml7651' began the knockout parade by catching an ace to send 'KelseyLou' packing in tenth; ml7651 started with {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, KelseyLou {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}, and the board cards were {10-Hearts}{k-Spades}{9-Spades}{a-Hearts}{2-Spades}. 'hemp' fell moments later, his {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} outraced by the {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} of 'zestfullyclean' when the board came {a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

A shortstacked 'Fingerpost' fell next, his {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} no match for classyploppy's {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, which turned into trips as the board arrived {9-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. and 'Luie Sojo' became the fourth departee within ten minutes of play, his steal attempt with {8-Spades}{7-Spades} running into the {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} of 'DonT77,' the board bringing {9-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{9-Clubs}.

Six-handed play spanned nearly 90 hands before the next knockout occurred, when 'KRISPJAK's {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} didn't connect against classyploppy's {2-Hearts}{2-Spades}, the board showing {7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{8-Spades}{9-Clubs}. DonT77's run ended soon after, when his push with {a-Hearts}{2-Spades} found a caller in 'ml7651' with {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}. ml7651 had DonT77 slightly outchipped, the board arrived {5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, and four players remained. It became three when zestfullyclean's all-in re-raise with {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} was called by 'tutnik11,' with {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}; the {9-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{7-Hearts} board gave zestfullyclean two pair, but gave tutnik11 the winning trips.

tutnik11 doubled through classyploppy, then sent classyploppy to the rail in third place after catching a nine when dominated before the flop. The players were all-in pre-flop, tutnik's {a-Spades}{9-Spades} to classyploppy's {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}, and the board favored tutnik11, showing {10-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. All that remained was for tutnik11 to grind away the rest of ml7651's chips. The end came when ml7651 moved in for his $200,000 with {k-Clubs}{6-Hearts}, and tutnik11 called with {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}. The board brought {4-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts}, giving tutnik11 a heart flush and the $45,000 win.

Final standings:

1st ($45,000): tutnik11

2nd ($27,000): ml7651

3rd ($18,500): classyploppy

4th ($13,000): zestfullyclean

5th ($11,000): DonT77

6th ($9,000): KRISPJAK

7th ($7,000): Luie Sojo

8th ($5,000): Fingerpost

9th ($3,500): hemp

10th: ($2,000): KelseyLou

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