Overlay? What overlay? No big tournament series for awhile means that everyone gets to share the wealth, and the big three, PokerStars, Full Tilt and PartyPoker, all exceeded their usual guarantees. There's still lots of poker, and money, to go around for everyone.
PokerStars Sunday Million
As is typical for this event, PokerStars blazed past its guarantee. With 6,366 players, the prize pool was $1,273,200, and the winner would normally receive $183,086.16. 900 places paid.
On the very first hand of the final table, Binde made a big $2 million re-raise in late position, over the top of Pairofnothin's standard raise. Pairofnothin went all in, having Binde covered and then some, and Binde called. Pairofnothin took some back and showed to Binde's . The board was and Binde got $7,893.84 for ninth.
Only a minute or so later, canalman raised to a million, four big blinds, in middle position. twin peaks07 went all in for 7.2 million to isolate and it worked. He took most of his chips back and showed to canalman's . The race was on, and the board was . canalman was out in eighth for $12,732.
After being crippled in a huge pot against Ralfinator with nines versus ace-king with an ace on the flop, Crawfdad went all in on the next hand. twin peaks07 called the small blind and McNAbb2 checked the big blind, creating a side pot. The flop was and the side pot checked. The turn was and the side players checked again. The river was and they both checked. twin peaks07 showed , and the pair of fives on the board was good enough to beat two other players. He took it all and Crawfdad left in seventh for $21,007.80.
Next, Pairofnothin made a huge re-raise – 3.6 million – over the top of Ralfinator's standard raise. Ralfinator requested time and then re-raised all in. Pairofnothin called, and true to his name, showed not a pair, but . Ralfinator had . The board was and Ralfinator got $29,283.60 for sixth.
Several minutes later, ClubbedBoat made a standard raise and LukeFromB13 re-raised all in over the top. ClubbedBoat called and had to LukeFromB13's . The board was and LukeFromB13 went back to B13 with $40,869.72.
Though twin peaks07 would climb into the chip lead, after a long, 40-minute four-way fight, he would be next out when Pairofnothin shoved on the button with and twin peaks07 called with . They were the ducks that failed, as the board was . twin peaks07 was out in fourth for $53,474.40.
Though the players were ready to talk deal, they had to get through another hand first, and it turned into a serious one instead of a fold-around. ClubbedBoat shoved in the small blind with and McNAbb2 called with . The board was and McNAbb2 had to settle for $68,625.48 for third.
A long argument over a money split ensued, with ClubbedBoat holding a 2.5 to 1 lead. Eventually, Pairofnothin settled on $110,000 to ClubbedBoat's $138,000 with $30,448.84 in the middle. Eleven minutes of heads-up later, ClubbedBoat made a comeback and won the event. Pairofnothin raised on the button and ClubbedBoat shoved. Pairofnothin called and turned over to ClubbedBoat's . The board was . The straight did not come and Pairofnothin took the event, winning a total of $140,448.84 to ClubbedBoat's similar amount, $138,000.
* 1. Pairofnothin — $140,448.84
* 2. ClubbedBoat — $138,000
3. McNAbb2 — $68,625.48
4. twin peaks07 — $53,474.40
5. LukeFromB13 — $40,869.72
6. Ralfinator — $29,283.60
7. Crawfdad — $21,007.80
8. canalman — $12,732
9. Binde — $7,893.84
* - reflects the results of a two-way split; $30,448.84 to eventual winner
Full Tilt $750,000 Guaranteed
Full Tilt beat its guarantee with 3,806 players and a $761,200 prize pool. First place received $134.770.46 and 522 places were paid. Among all red-named pros, it was Mike Matusow who finished the highest, exiting in 115th. Other big name finishers were Ram Vaswani in 118th, Thomas Wahlroos in 142nd, Jon "PearlJammed" Turner in 259th and Lee Watkinson in 308th.
It was Fire80 who would leave first at the final table, after calling a standard raise from Eddits in early position. Jubbley went all in and both Eddits and Fire80 called, creating a three-way all in situation. Jubbley had the killer to Eddits' and Fire80's . Though the flop offered , the turn gave Jubbley control again with a , and the river was . Jubbley took it all and Fire80 left in ninth for $10,200.08.
Next, AmericanTilt made a standard raise under the gun. Mr_BigQueso called. The flop was and AmericanTilt checked. Mr_BigQueso bet 200,000 – under half the pot. AmericanTilt check-raised all in and Mr_BigQueso called with the slow-played to AmericanTilt's . The board finished and AmericanTilt collected $13,701.60 for eighth.
Flynn McCaffrey, on the short stack, went all in on the button and Jubbley was the only caller with . Flynn McCaffrey had . The board was and Flynn McCaffrey exited in seventh for $17,505.60.
After that, gap1974 shoved in the cutoff with and Eddits called with . The board was and the deadly river finished off gap1974, who won $23,368.84 for sixth.
After a long while with five players, Mr_BigQueso went all in, in the cutoff, with , and gagillionaire called with . The board was and mr_BigQueso left to buy the world's biggest queso with $31,513.68.
A few minutes later, phatphat shoved on the button with and gagillionaire called with . The flop offered , but it was not to be – the sent phatphat packing with $42,018.24.
Eddits then shoved under the gun with and gagillionaire called with . The board was and Eddits got $53,284 for third.
The players began heads-up virtually tied, with gagillionaire at 5.8 million to Jubbley's 5.3 million. gagillionaire would climb to a nearly 2.5 to 1 lead before Jubbley went all in over the top of gagillionaire's standard raise. gagillionaire called with to Jubbley's . The board was and Jubbley took second for $81,448.40. gagillionaire added to his gagillions, winning $134,770.46 and the event.
1. gagillionaire — $134,770.46
2. Jubbley — $81,448.40
3. Eddits — $53,284
4. phatphat — $42,018.24
5. Mr_BigQueso — $31,513.68
6. gap1974 — $23,368.84
7. Flynn McCaffrey — $17,505.60
8. AmericanTilt — $13,701.60
9. Fire80 — $10,200.08
PartyPoker $300,000 Guaranteed
PartyPoker inched past its guarantee, managing 1,529 players and a $305,800 prize pool. First place would receive $61,160 and 200 places were paid.
Unusually, it would take over five minutes for the first player to bust out. The curiously named TheGayTinTin went all in over the top of mulchie's standard raise, who called. TheGayTinTin had and mulchie had . The board was , and TheGayTinTin took his $2,905.10 for tenth.
Next out was Pointer2, who shoved in the small blind and was called by Dr_Gammon. Pointer2, apparently making a move, had and Dr_Gammon had . The board came and Pointer2 got $4,128.30 for ninth.
For another 11 minutes, the remaining players battled back and forth, and then Dosenshooter went all in, in middle position. It was mulchie who called with to Dosenshooter's . The board was and Dosenshooter left in eighth.
Soon after, LaMano87 shoved in late position with . Dr_Gammon called with and the board offered not enough help: . LaMano87 was out in seventh for $8,103.70.
The speedy bustouts continued. Th0mas_p0ker shoved under the gun and sjukov called with to Th0mas_p0ker's . With a board of , Th0mas_p0ker left in sixth for $10,550.10.
Only one player, mulchie, spoke up about a deal, with the other players strangely silent. Next out was krisch, who went all in under the gun with and was called by Dr_Gammon with . The board was and krisch received $14,066.80 for fifth.
Leaving in fourth was mace64, whose ran into Dr_Gammon's on a board of . mace64 collected $16,666.10.
Twelve more minutes of play elapsed before sjukov went all in on the button and mulchie re-raised all in (a difference of only about 8,000 in chips). Dr_Gammon folded, mulchie had and sjukov had . The board was and sjukov received $21,100.20 for third.
Though the lead was only two-and-a-half to one heads-up, Dr_Gammon still wouldn't deal. Heads-up play went on for 17 minutes until Dr_Gammon raised on the button and mulchie called. The flop was and mulchie checked. Dr_Gammon bet 480,000, about half the pot, and mulchie check-raised to 960,000. Dr_Gammon went all in and mulchie called. Dr_Gammon showed for top pair, and mulchie had for top pair, worse kicker. The cards came and mulchie took $33,638 for second, meaning Dr_Gammon won the tournament and $61,160.
1. Dr_Gammon — $61,160
2. mulchie — $33,638
3. sjukov — $21,100.20
4. mace64 — $16,666.10
5. krisch — $14,066.80
6. Th0mas_p0ker — $10,550.10
7. LaMano87 — $8,103.70
8. Dosenshooter — $5,351.50
9. Pointer2 — $4,128.30
10. TheGayTinTin — $2,905.10