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The Sunday Briefing: Dave Sands and McLean Karr Earn Sunday Victories

David Sands

After a September hiatus because of the 2011 World Championship of Online Poker, the biggest of the PokerStars Sunday Majors were back on the regular Sunday docket this weekend. Among the top stories to emerge on Sunday were WCOOP bracelet winner Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann pocketing more than $200,000 for winning the Sunday Million and Dave "SexSeen" Sands making three final tables, which was impressive, but also booking a win in one of them. Joining Bjerkmann and Sands in the winners circle were Veronica "Princesa" Dabul, Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno, and McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$156,593$1,318,600

Fresh off winning a WCOOP bracelet in a $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. event one week ago, Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann was showing off his skills in no-limit hold'em this weekend. Entering the final table second in chips, Bjerkmann looked to start October where left off in September. Sure enough, Bjerkmann made it to heads-up play against the original final table chip leader, "I7AXA." However, Bjerkmann was at about a 4:1 chip disadvantage to start the heads-up duel.

On the first hand, with the blinds and antes at the 300,000/600,000/60,000 level, Bjerkmann min-raised to 1,200,000. "I7AXA" three-bet, essentially setting Bjerkmann to a decision for the rest of his chips — roughly 20 big blinds. Bjerkmann opted to go with it and tabled {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. Facing his opponent's {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, Bjerkmann held through the {K-Clubs}{J-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Spades}{6-Clubs} to close the gap and eventually, take the lead. On the final hand, the chips went into the middle on an {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts} board. Bjerkmann tabled {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and had "I7AXA's" {J-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} drawing dead to claim the title.

To read more about this week's Sunday Million, check out PokerStarsBlog.com

PlacePlayerPrize
1Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann$200,563.20
2I7AXA$148,342.50
3GlitchHopper$105,488
4CrAcky_Marty$72,523
5el_klonkador$55,381.20
6x_cimpo_x$42,195.20
7huge.fishh$29,009.20
8treezer$15,823.20
9Leonard "lpaper" Tsesler$10,219.15

Notable Finishes: Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald (11th - $7,384.16), Sergey "gipsy74" Rybachenko (33rd - $2,755.87)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,249$649,800

Among the four tournaments back on the post-WCOOP Sunday schedule, the Sunday Warm-Up saw an increase of 88 players since it last ran in late August. Entering the final table with one-third of the chips in play was "JohnyK91." However, "JohnyK91" watched as both "schweinix" and "BoomBoomX" eliminated the rest of the table, leaving the three of them remaining.

In the end, "JohnyK91" finished in third place. Holding pocket aces "JohnyK91" got it in on a {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop, but had fallen behind "schweinix's" {K-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. No help came for "JohnyK91" on the turn or river, leaving "schweinix" with a commanding 4:1 chip lead to begin heads-up play. "BoomBoomX" battled back to grab the chip lead briefly, but lost it with {A-Hearts}{10-Spades} against "schweinix's" {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. No help came for "BoomBoomX," who was all-in preflop, leading "schweinix" to win it the next hand for $102,019.68.

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

PlacePlayerPrize
1schweinix$102,019.68
2BoomBoomX$76,026.60
3JohnyK91$53,608.50
4vincenz0$37,363.50
5SM4RTASS$27,616.50
6circuslover$21,118.50
7Chris "NigDawG" Brammer$14,620.50
8Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli$8,122.50
9babeklu$5,198.40

Notable Finishes: Hugo "adametes" Adametes (21st - $1,656.99), Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (24th - $1,656.99)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30716$358,000

The Sunday 500 provided a stacked final table and was the last of the Sunday Majors to finish up. Dave Sands, Alex Zervos, and Alexander Debus all had seats at the final table, but Veronica "Princesa" Dabul bested the 716-player field for a first-place prize of $64,798.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Veronica "Princesa" Dabul$64,798
2Alexander "Schildy1984" Debus$46,540
3cappu82$34,905
4inca7bar$26,134
5Alex "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos$18,437
6Hugh "Jackovich" Cohen$14,857
7Jonathan "TherookieQQ9" Plens$11,277
8Dave "SexSeen" Sands$7,911.80
9marlin5555$4,582.40

Notable Finishes: Nick "agriffrod" Mitchell (12th - $3,866.40)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,339$200,850

The Bigger $162 attracted 1,339 players, creating a prize pool of $200,850. Dave "SexSeen" Sands had a very solid night on Sunday. He finished in eighth place in two other Sunday Majors, and closed his Sunday with a win in the Bigger $162 for $35,611.04.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Dave "SexSeen" Sands$35,611.04
2PostFlopPlz$26,110.50
3Slick beatz$20,085
4poorplayerjb$15,063.75
5Ronzie99$10,544.62
6MODA888$8,536.12
7playboy99999$6,527.62
8Tango2223$4,519.12
9BILLIE1971x$2,811.90

Notable Finishes: Mike "munchenHB" Telker (21st - $682.89)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$55,499$274,950

With 5,499 entrants, the Bigger $55 had an increase of 92 players this week to create a total prize pool of $274,950. Taking down the tournament outright was "EMPTY1SEAT," earning $34,921.08 in the process.

PlacePlayerPrize
1EMPTY1SEAT$34,921.08
2Pest_Spade$24,608.02
3trampek$16,359.52
4cphagen$13,472.55
5leilalarita$10,723.05
6ElPrimoLary$7,973.55
7joshua7744$5,361.52
8brows22$3,299.40
9lynxeye63$1,924.65

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$92,600$260,000

The PokerStars Bigger $109 attracted 2,600 players, which more than doubled the $100,000 guarantee. After a three-handed deal in the Bigger $109, Brazilian Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno bested Aussie Michael "PapaGreggio" Hawkins to earn the victory worth $30,278.02. Due to the deal, Hawkins and third-place finisher, "K0VAK" pocketed just over $33,0000 each.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno$30,278.02
*2Michael "PapaGreggio" Hawkins$33,182.21
*3K0VAK$33,649.77
4kurtx$15,080
5XBOCT$12,480
6nineallday00$9,880
7judgelee11$7,280
8dunc13$4,680
9gjelle$3,276

Notable Finishes: Yann "yadio" Dion (10th - $2,210)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,057$211,400

There was no shortage of star power at the Sunday 2nd Chance final table. Daniel "GotURead" Reijmer and Dave "SexSeen" Sands came close, but it was McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr who bested the 1,057-player field to pocket the lion's share of the $211,400 prize pool — $38,052.

PlacePlayerPrize
1McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr$38,052
2murballz66$27,482
3Niorm$20,505.80
4lessajr$13,256.50
5tnapoleao$10,654.56
6BaZa88$8,456
7Daniel "GotURead" Reijmer$6,342
8Dave "SexSeen" Sands$4,228
9ImaTuna$2,536.80

Notable Finishes: Adam "Roothlus" Levy (12th - $2,114)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$9848$279,800

The PokerStars $109 Rebuy saw 848 players take their seats at the virtual felt, creating a prize pool of $279,800. Anton Marcus came out on top of the field, taking home $52,462.50 for the win.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Anton Marcus$52,462.50
2Vampyboy$37,773
3Kanolio$27,980
4OMGitshunt$20,985
5LetsFlipIt$14,689.50
6ministerborg$11,891.50
7Elliot "EeeTee2008" Nicholls$9,093.50
8king2173$6,295.50
9b8chatz$3,945.18

Notable Finishes: Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima (11th - $3,077.80), Peter "Belabacsi" Traply (15th - $2,518.20), Andrew "RunThisTable" Lichtenberger (18th - $1,958,60)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$131,886$318,860

Five players from a starting field of 31,886 emerged with five-figure scores from the Sunday Storm. A five-handed deal took place at the final table, and "Perico4" pocketed a first-place prize of $15,938.36.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Perico4$15,938.36
*2francoianna$15,288.50
*3Bobak AA$14,928.48
*4carlinhamari$15,147.97
*5LLDG$16,946.11
6UFgators948$4,304.61
7tmk999$2,949.45
8Iordache90$2,072.59
9Wikila$1,450.81

*denotes five-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,384$138,400

The Sunday Kickoff started things off on Sunday and once again easily cruised past its guarantee. A field of 1,384 came to play, creating a $138,400 prize pool. "DK-FIGTHER" emerged victorious for $21,239.51.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1DK-FIGTHER$21,239.51
*2blumke70$14,827.63
*3TotalyScraZy$16,670.18
4gragik$9,411.20
5mariageronaz$6,781.60
6lykos_07$5,397.60
7SCHOCKCH$4,013.60
8goLLLLLd$2,629.60
9grety5$1,439.36

*denotes three-handed deal

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

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