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The Sunday Briefing: WCOOP Looms as September Nears

Sunday Briefing

The final Sunday of August also happened to be the final Sunday before the start of the 2011 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Three players pocketed $100K+ scores on Sunday, while Sam "Rekrapmas" Parker and Luiz-Filipe Ferreira "mestrefilipe" de Andrade claimed Sunday Major titles.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$156,624$1,324,800

After two straight weeks with 6,525 players, the Sunday Million was up in attendance this week with 6,624 players entering Sunday's biggest tournament. As has been the case recently, the top three were once again guaranteed a six-figure score. A deal between the final three ensured a payday of at least $121,000 for everybody, and it was short-stack "NhPokah" who fought back to win the $20,000 that was left to play for. After flopping a set with {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} against "Bostero10's" {A-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, "NhPokah" was heads-up with "LEXER1986".

The key hand of the heads-up battle came at 400,000/800,000/80,000. With the chip stacks nearly even at about 40 big blinds each, "NhPokah" opened on the button and then called a three-bet to see the flop fall {Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{6-Spades}. "LEXER1986" made a continuation bet of nearly two-thirds the pot and "NhPokah" called, landing the {Q-Hearts} turn card. The chips made their way into the middle after a series of raises with "NhPokah" tabling {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, leading "LEXER1986's" {J-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Only a queen or jack would help "LEXER1986" salvage a chop, but the {2-Hearts} fell to give "NhPokah" a monster lead, and a victory shortly thereafter.

To read more about this week's Sunday Million head over to PokerStarsBlog.com

PlacePlayerPrize
*1NhPokah$141,799.84
*2LEXER1986$152,429.63
*3Bostero10$162,300.39
419Boris73$72,864
5pldd1126$55,641.60
6ZISIMO7$42,393.60
7maikalllll73$29,145.60
8gazbeek$15,897.60
9Cory "ProdigyXII" Desmond$10,267.20

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Michael "tokyo09" Le (44th - $2,503.87), Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (61st - $2,106.43)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,161$632,200

Making a deep run in the Sunday Warm-Up was Dutch Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis, finishing a tad shy of the final table in 11th place. With {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, Veldhuis called an all-in shove from "Doroshev G." Unfortunately for Veldhuis, he was facing {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and was unable to improve when the board ran out {8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

A five-handed deal was made at the final table with "vasil1976197" earning the most. In the end, though, it was "WATnlos", notching the first-place finish. Trailing heads-up to "Doroshev G," "WATnlos" won a crucial race with {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades} against {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} when a jack hit the flop to take the lead and never look back.

If you want an even more in-depth recap of the action of the PokerStars Warm-Up, head on over to PokerStarsBlog.com.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1WATnlos$60,847.27
*2Doroshev G$66,693.15
*3luwis$49,568.91
*4vasil1976197$72,533.43
*5SirMoonMann$39,470.53
6mrazeg$20,546.50
7PDJ4ck$14,224.50
8Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski$7,902.50
9Bjuran$5,057.50

*denotes five-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Lex Veldhuis (11th - $3,888.03), Andrei "extasyman" One (24th - $1,675.33)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30755$377,500

The PokerStars Sunday 500 attracted a 755-player field, creating a prize pool worth $377,500. After a runner-up performance in the Sunday 500 last week, Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich made the final table again this week, finishing in fourth place for $27,557.50. Meanwhile, "Milana Jones" outlasted Fabian "fabstinho" Quoss to take it down and pocketed $68,327.50.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Milana Jones$68,327.50
2Fabian "fabstinho" Quoss$49,075
3BtheWinner$36,806.25
4Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich$27,557.50
5schulz007$19,441.25
6DeanoSupremo$15,666.25
7Adolfina2$11,891.25
81jos2$8,342.75
9espartaco60$4,832

Notable Finishes: Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski (11th - $4,077), Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios (16th - $2,567), Adam "Roothlus" Levy (19th - $1,812)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,165$233,000

The 1,165 players who entered the PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance created a prize pool of $233,000. Angel Guillen, Casey "bigdogpckt5s" Jarzabek, and Jorge "twin-caracas" Arias finished in 14th, 15th, and 16th respectively. It was "el canbass," and "SamSpade83" who dueled for the title, and after a lengthy heads-up duel, "SamSpade83" earned top dollar for $36,923.89.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1SamSpade83$36,923.89
*2el canbass$34,910.01
3João "vovo_leo" Studart$22,368
4Mailman76$16,776
5Patrick Bard$11,650
6William "hellzito" Arruda$9,320
7MVSRussia$6,990
8patihansen$4,660
9xXAlex1337Xx$2,796

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Gavin "gavonater" O'Rourke (12th - $2,213.50), Angel Guillen (14th - $1,747.50), Casey "bigdogpckt5s" Jarzabek (15th - $1,747.50), Jorge "twin-caracas" Arias (16th - $1,281.50)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$9879$297,800

It was a battle of the Brits in the $109 Sunday Rebuy as Sam "Rekrapmas" Parker and Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason were the last two standing. Parker emerged victorious, besting 879 players and taking home $55,837.50.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Sam "Rekrapmas" Parker$55,837.50
2Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason$40,203
3Mayu Roca "marroca5" Uribe$29,780
4TJ "1BigAceHole" Ulmer$22,335
5iwonthurtyou$15,634.50
6toronexti$12,656.50
7WORLD TILT$9,678.50
8xx23xx$6,700.50
988DrugDealer$4,198.98

Notable Finishes: Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios (16th - $2,084.60)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$55,600$280,000

Although the attendance was down from the 5,733 entrants it had last week, the Bigger $55 still crushed its guarantee. The 5,600 players added $80,000 to the $200,000 guarantee. "Maethi" topped a field of 5,600 to win the $35,280 first-place prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Maethi$35,280
2DULCESPERANZ$24,360
3runedjurhuus$16,520
4Ares0966$13,720
5Tapistar$10,920
6grayzee1$8,120
7TOLEEEDO$5,320
8Branko7$3,360
9Boreal Rider$1,960

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,404$210,600

The Bigger $162 attracted 1,404 entrants, doubling its guarantee. The lion's share of the $210,600 prize pool was up for grabs and was a battle for Austrian bragging rights. "Vienna Bundy" bested "4betUr3bet" to secure a win after a deal was reached three-handed. "Vienna Bundy" added $25,183 to his bankroll for the win.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Vienna Bundy$25,183.73
*24betUr3bet$32,648.44
*3DanceWiwMe$27,755.67
4donk?bla bla$15,268.50
5boss_bobo$10,951.20
6madalain$8,845.20
7gazzu$6,739.20
8Credwyn$4,633.20
9Theo7171$2,948.40

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Eric "AceQuad" Brix (20th - $694.98)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$92,565$256,600

The Bigger $109 more than doubled its prize pool this week with 2,565 players plunking down the $100+$9 buy-in. Mike "SirWatts" Watson bubbled the final table this week, collecting $2,180.25 for his 10th-place finish. Luiz-Filipe Ferreira "mestrefilipe" de Andrade outlasted the field this week, earning $42,322.50 for the victory.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Luiz-Filipe Ferreira "mestrefilipe" de Andrade$42,322.50
2knakka09$31,421.25
3Matthew "Laff2er" Pearson$23,085
4TommyDaKing$15,390
588DrugDealer$12,825
6KumoZing$10,260
7Niels "Nielsml" Larsen$7,695
8Kasin0$5,130
9ricardolado$3,334.50

Notable Finishes: Mike "SirWatts" Watson (10th - $2,180.25)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K GTD)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$131,179$311,790

Nearly 500 players more registered for the Sunday Storm this week, creating an incredible 31,179-player field. The prize pool smashed its $200,000 guarantee, topping out at $311,790. The massive tournament was won outright by "DODIK_01" for $29,180.97.

PlacePlayerPrize
1DODIK_01$29,180.97
2markoes1$21,357.61
3boarrder$13,874.65
4Beast14673$10,756.75
5agusti555$7,638.85
6dibstheboy$4,676.85
7thrasher511$3,273.79
8sma]]pox$2,182.53
9pocafes$1,543.36

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,316$131,600

The PokerStars Sunday Kickoff was up 23 entrants from last week's affair, with 1,316 players creating a $131,600 prize pool. Australian "Veva_Heva" won the event outright and pocketed $22,372.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Veva_Heva$22,372
2liutasirdis$16,450
3ydere$12,488.84
4Skunkster81$8,948.80
5kriksn$6,514.20
6Rickyroodido$5,198.20
7Mrswitch00$3,882.20
8gortsos$2,566.20
9max15183$1,421.28

*PokerStars Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up data obtained from PokerStarsBlog.com

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