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The Sunday Briefing: Numbers Up, and Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich Does it Again

Sunday Briefing

Even though a few of the PokerStars Sunday Majors are on hiatus while the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is in full swing, there are still several that will continue to run as scheduled. Across the board, each Sunday Major saw a big increase in attendance. Could it have been WCOOP-related? There's a good chance.

Also, for the third consecutive week, Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich had an impressive Sunday score. He final-tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 for the last two weeks, and because it didn't run this week, he decided he needed to not only final table a different Sunday Major, but also to win it and earn the top Sunday non-WCOOP prize.

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,293$432,800

The $109 Sunday Rebuy saw a 414-player increase from last week, setting the prize pool at $432,800. A three-handed deal was made, and in the end, Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich emerged victorious for $66,785.95.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich$66,785.95
*2GusanoZ$56,015.19
*3F_H_E_S$56,983.98
4TJ "1BigAceHole" Ulmer$32,460
5George "timoros" Vasilakis$22,722
6highland$18,394
7boca2004$14,066
8Vojtech "Vojta_R" Ruzicka$9,738
9Bruut99$6,059.20

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Bradley "BaZa88" Bower (11th - $4,328)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,806$270,900

The Bigger $162 attracted 400 more players this week than last, boosting the prize pool to $270,900 and more than doubling its $100,000 guarantee. Jon "PearlJammer" Turner bowed out in 22nd place in this event. Another notable who had a good run was Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee. He made the final table of this event, finishing in fifth for $17,608. He later final-tabled the $10,000 High Roller event in the WCOOP. Earning the victory in the Bigger $162 was "u.RuGwaI" who pocketed $45,375.75.

PlacePlayerPrize
1u.RuGwaI$45,375.75
2Artem205$33,862.50
3AGabor23$25,193.70
4Senterpied$17,608.50
5Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee$13,545
6Turcin89$10,836
7poker_FCR$8,127
8M.nosbocaj$5,418
9KLUM_smoking$3,657.15

Notable Finishes: Jon "PearlJammer" Turner (22nd - $704.34)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,448$344,800

While the first two tournaments listed above saw 400-plus player increases the Bigger $109 blew that away. The event attracted 900 more players than last week, creating a prize pool worth $344,800. The biggest beneficiary? "Unicum next" was the last player standing, pocketing $52,582 for the win.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Unicum next$52,582
2Tommy C 06$37,928
3FatFatJesper$26,894.40
4nemec333$18,964
5ThaWems$15,516
6danistiofi$12,068
7Se7enTr3y$8,620
8Simon Sun$5,689.20
9TrAi8SeKsA$3,620.40

Notable Finishes: Jamie "PokerJamers" Armstrong (19th - $724.08), TJ "1BigAceHole" Ulmer (22nd - $724.08)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$56,297$314,850

As you would imagine, the Bigger $55 had a bigger turnout this week, as well. Just shy of 700 more players than last week, an additional $34,850 was added to the prize pool this week. When play was six-handed, a deal was reached and "Skiller77" left with the first-place prize of $28,175.49.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Skiller77$28,175.49
*2Julien "P-i-t.DqDoG" Biersse$22,111.55
*3Gleidinger$18,500
*4A2theriver$16,118.09
*5#Lager-1991$20,085.73
*6iPbl6Ko$13,018.74
7alberta100$5,509.87
8baxerri11$3,620.77
9666DAA$2,203.95

*denotes six-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$131,982$319,820

An additional 803 players entered the Sunday Storm this week, and combining that with last week, more than 1,200 players have joined the fun in the last two weeks of what is becoming one of the most popular tournaments to play on Sunday. The final table saw a seven-handed deal go down and "fan porto" earned the victory and $16,501.10.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1fan porto$16,501.10
*2Carpenter660$12,122.50
*3smithy70$8,545.42
*4Gatman0$14,115.09
*5PabloSart$8,366.67
*6Martiosso$17,720.15
*7ScottishOwl$8,389.03
8timon12$2,078.83
9lyubava265$1,455.18

*denotes seven-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,743$174,300

Last but not least, the Sunday Kickoff got it all started with a 1,743-player field. The field increased by 427 players from last week. "Big Lobster" was the big winner, taking home $27,888.65 for the victory.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Big Lobster$27,888.65
2dev209$20,916
3Elky24$15,687
4onesixty8$11,460.22
5ash2astray$8,279.25
6scorpusday$6,449.10
7delftenaar$4,706.10
8Jacked18$3,050.25
9We8Albion$1,743

Notable Finishes: Thierry "BOKPOWER" van den Berg (18th - $784.35)

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