Another big weekend on the online poker circuit saw both the big tournaments just get by their published guarantee numbers. Both the big rooms proved they are psychic when it comes to knowing their user bases, and knowing how to set their guarantees. Full Tilt made their $750,000 guarantee by just two players, while over at PokerStars, while the number was $11,400 over the guarantee, when you're dealing with a (newly raised) $1.5 million guarantee, that's pretty much right on the number.
Talk of guarantees aside, there was still plenty of action on the cyber felt this weekend, and it went down like this.
Full Tilt $750,000 Guarantee
The Full Tilt $750,000 guarantee had 3,752 entrants for a prize pool of $750,400.00. Notable finishes included Marco "CrazyMarco" Johnson in 40th place ($1,763.44) and Bryan Micon in 16th place ($3,752.00). The chip counts to start the final table were:
WhoAteMyShorts – 2,970,975
ship hamilton – 1,557,327
6speed – 1,415,132
TollBoothBandit – 1,125,797
hallebeary – 1,067,372
Terry "Asiandude7" Eischens – 1,000,569
Ronaldinho – 871,940
Carl Bildt – 673,828
ChAzZz18 – 573,060
Finishing in 9th place was Carl Bildt. WhoAteMyShorts moved all in from the small blind with and Carl Bildt called all in with big slick, but no ace or king would hit the board and Carl Bildt earned $10,055.36 for the 9th place finish. The next to fall was TollBoothBandit. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000 and an ante of 5,000, 6speed raised from late position to 108,760 and TollBoothBandit moved all in from the small blind for 492,437 with pocket sixes. 6speed called with two red fives and would need some help. The board came out and 6speed made a straight on the river to send TollBoothBandit to the rail in 8th place for $13,507.20. Ronaldinho would be eliminated next when two red kings failed to hold against 6speed's pocket sevens all in preflop. A seven fell on the turn and Ronaldinho finished in 7th place for $17,259.20. ChAzZz18 would be eliminated in 6th place when the blinds and antes hit the 25,000/50,000/6,000 level. Down to just 80,560, ChAzZz18 was all in with against ship hamilton's . A jack hit on the flop and that would be enough to felt ChAzZz18 in 6th place for $23,037.28.
The remaining five players would play for over an hour until the next elimination. Ship hamilton went on quite a rush in a 6 hand span. After cracking hallebeary's pocket aces with pocket sevens, ship hamilton would eliminate WhoAteMyShorts and hallebeary on consecutive hands. First it was holding up against WhoAteMyShorts' , earning WhoAteMyShorts $31,066.56 for 5th place. Then it was winning a race against hallebeary's , dodging a lot of outs when the board came out . Hallebeary made $41,422.08 for the 4th place finish.
The chip counts at the start of three-handed play were:
ship hamilton – 6,380,697
6speed – 2,959,565
Terry "Asiandude7" Eischens – 1,915,738
Terry "Asiandude7" Eischens would finish the tournament in 3rd place. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000 and an ante of 15,000, 6speed raised to 360,000 from the small blind and Eischens moved all in from the big blind for 1,668,238. 6speed called and the players showed:
The board ran out and Terry "Asiandude7" Eischens made $52,528.00 for his 3rd place showing. At the start of heads-up play, ship hamilton held just over 7.6 million in chips to 6speed's 3.6 million. The two would battle for a while before ship hamilton would eventually win the match. Facing an all in bet from 6speed, ship hamilton called with second pair and successfully caught 6speed bluffing, who took home $80,292.80 for finishing runner-up.
The winner of the Full Tilt $750,000 guarantee and $132,858.32 was ship hamilton! The final standings were:
1. ship hamilton - $132,858.32
2. 6speed - $80,292.80
3. Terry "Asiandude7" Eischens - $52,528.00
4. hallebeary - $41,422.08
5. WhoAteMyShorts - $31,066.56
6. ChAzZz18 - $23,037.28
7. Ronaldinho - $17,259.20
8. TollBoothBandit - $13,507.20
9. Carl Bildt - $10,055.36
PokerStars Sunday Million
The PokerStars Sunday Million attracted 7,557 players for a total prize pool of $1,511,400.00. First place this week was $186,902.20. Notable finishes include "northerngent" in 20th place ($3,022.80). The chip counts at the start of the final table were:
Duffs#1fan – 19,095,542
es_dame – 19,017,280
NFrost_10 – 15,509,260
lecharentais – 6,833,678
karelli – 4,280,972
SonnyInMtl – 3,531,064
kidkanada99 – 2,572,780
hidden1s – 2,501,824
Jim "afiopeneys2" Froehlich – 2,227,600
The first to fall was Jim "afiopeneyes2" Froehlich. With blinds and antes at the 150,000/300,000/30,000 level, Froehlich moved all in from middle position with and was called by NFrost_10 in the big blind with . The board improved neither player and Jim "afiopeneyes2" Froehlich earned $10,579.80 for the 9th place showing. Hidden1s was the next one out when SonnyInMtl moved all in with and hidden1s called the rest of his short stack with . The board ran out and hidden1s went home with $17,381.10 for 8th place. Kidkanada99 finished in 7th place after losing a critical coin flip to karelli when big slick could not catch a pair against pocket tens, leaving kidkanada99 with just two big blinds. The elimination came shortly afterward, and kidkanada99 received $26,449.50 for finishing 7th.
Lecharentais would finish in 6th place at the 250,000/500,000/50,000 level. From the small blind, lecharentais moved all in with and was called by karelli with . The board ran out and lecharentais earned $39,296.40. Three hands later SonnyInMtl busted in 5th place. Es_dame raised from the cutoff to 1 million and SonnyInMtl called from the big blind. The flop delivered the and SonnyInMtl led out for 2 million. Es_dame raised it to 5 million and SonnyInMtl called all in with , trailing es_dame's . The turn and river came 5s and 7h and SonnyInMtl finished in 5th for $54,410.40. The next eliminated would be Duffs#1fan. Es_dame limped in under the gun and Duffs#1fan raised to 2.15 million from the cutoff. Es_dame called and the flop came . The rest of Duffs#1fan's chips made it to the middle of the table with but was facing es_dame's . The turn and river brought no spade and Duffs#1fan earned $69,524.50 for 4th place.
The chip counts to start three-handed play were:
es_dame – 41,507,518
NFrost_10 – 23,836,860
karelli – 10,225,622
Karelli would be eliminated in 3rd place at the 300,000/600,000/60,000 level. NFrost_10 raised to 1.8 million from the button and karelli moved all in with . NFrost_10 called with and won the hand when the board came out . Karelli made $84,638.40 for the impressive 3rd place finish.
Heads-up play saw the chip counts at:
es_dame – 39,567,518
NFrost_10 – 36,002,482
The two players quickly agreed to an even chop for $140,900.91 and played for the remaining standard $30,000 per PokerStars rules. NFrost_10 would then take the chip lead when play restarted and would soon win the PokerStars Sunday Million. Es_dame raised to 1.8 million and NFrost_10 called from the big blind. The saw a flurry of action, culminating with es_dame's tournament life at stake with against NFrost_10's . The turn card sealed the deal and produced a winner. Es_dame received $140,900.91 for finishing second.
NFrost_10 won the PokerStars Sunday Million and $170,900.91! The final results were:
1. NFrost_10 - $170,900.91 (after deal)
2. es_dame - $140,900.91 (after deal)
3. karelli - $84,638.40
4. Duffs#1fan - $69,524.40
5. SonnyInMtl - $54,410.40
6. lecharentais - $39,296.40
7. kidkanada99 - $26,449.50
8. hidden1s - $17,381.10
9. Jim "afiopeneyes2" Froehlich - $10,579.80