Another Sunday down, another round of PokerStars Sunday tournaments in the books. Attendance numbers for the PokerStars Sunday Million were up again and three players added six-figures to their bankrolls. The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up also saw a massive field, bringing first-place prize money near the $100,000-mark, but the winner had to settle for $99,000 instead.
PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)
With attendance numbers up from last week, the Sunday Million ended up offering three six-figure pay days to those who battled it out over 11 hours on the virtual felt. "Aricontre" may have taken the largest chunk of prize money after a deal was struck five ways, but "kevsteele", who began the final table as one of the shorter stacks, battled back and won the title. For that, he earned $20,000 more than was guaranteed when the chop was made. On the final hand of the night, "manuelmendes" found himself in a dominating spot, holding pocket kings over "kevsteele's" pocket nines. Sometimes it's just not your night, however, and his kings were cracked when the board rolled out .
Notable Finishes: Dan "javahound" Tarnopol (34th - $2,584)
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)
There may have been $500,000 guaranteed for the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, but with 3,175 entrants, the prize pool shot up to $635,000. First place was guaranteed just short of $100,000. Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann played his way to the final table and finished fourth after holding the chip lead for a bit. In his final hand, Heitmann min-raised from the cutoff and called a 7.8 million chip shove from "detee" in the big blind. Heitman showed tens and was ahead of his opponent's ace-ten. The board rolled out giving "detee" a straight on the river, eliminating Heitmann. Heads-up play was between "detee" and "jc_bluej". After two big pots and about half an hour, "jc_bluej" was staring at all the chips in his corner, taking the title, and $99,695 first-place prize money.
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