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The Sunday Briefing: Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler Victorious in Sunday Majors

Jason Wheeler

Another online-poker Sunday is in the books as 2011 draws closer to an end, building the anticipation for the Sunday Million 10th Anniversary special on Dec. 18. Most of the tournaments on Sunday saw increases in participation this week, and four players emerged with six-figure paydays. The biggest went to Laurynas "LaurisL91" Levinskas for his second-place showing in the Sunday Million. A three-handed deal took place, ensuring Levinskas Sunday's top score. In the end, "tost89" outlasted Levinskas for the official victory.

Other Sunday winners include Timo "heißtercamp" Pfützenreuter and Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler, winners of the Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday 500, respectively.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$157,030$1,406,000

Entering the final table of the Sunday Million with more than half the chips in play between them, both "tost89" and Laurynas "LaurisL91" Levinskas navigated to three-handed play where a deal was agreed upon between them and eventual third-place finisher "flpro157."

Holding {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}, "flpro157" was unable to get there against "tost89's" {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. When heads-up play began, "tost89" held about a 1.7:1 chip lead over Levinskas. After falling into more of a deficit, Levinskas picked up {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and got it in against "tost89's" {A-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, but the board ran out {4-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} to emphatically lock up the victory for "tost89."

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

PlacePlayerPrize
*1tost89$170,000
*2Laurynas "LaurisL91" Levinskas$178,560.22
*3flpro157$130,000
4true v story$74.518
5jkfrankfurt$57,646
6XueNanqing$43,586
7PetjeXL$30,229
8super_proper$16,872
9gedhanna$10,896.50

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Gualter Salles (26th - $3,275.98), Luiz "mestrefilipe"Filipe Andrade (38th - $2,643.28)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,735$747,000

Although he entered the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up third in chips, Timo "heißtercamp" Pfützenreuter wasted little time in claiming the chip lead, at times holding more than double the amount his closest competitor held.

It wasn't until there were five players remaining that Pfützenreuter eliminated someone from the final table when he called "kangis'" three-bet shove. Pfützenreuter held {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and held up against his opponent's {K-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} when the board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs}{3-Spades}. With three players left, Pfützenreuter called another three-bet shove with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. His opponent, "vovkawow," tabled {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades} and took the lead on the flop when a queen hit. However, a river king scored the elimination for Pfützenreuter and set the stage for heads-up play.

Pfützenreuter held 25,627,277 in chips versus "Macstribe's" 11,722,723. Pfützenreuter sealed the deal on hand No. 33 of heads-up play. Having extended his chip lead slightly, Pfützenreuter four-bet shoved with {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} and was lucky that "Macstribe" called all-in for about 17 big blinds with {A-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. The final board came down {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and locked up the outright win for Pfützenreuter.

To read more about this week's Sunday Warm-Up, check out PokerStarsBlog.com

PlacePlayerPrize
1Timo "heißtercamp" Pfützenreuter$117,279
2Macstribe$87,399
3vovkawow$61,627.50
4theRIBBER83$42,952.50
5kangis$31,747.50
6BACIC$24,277.50
7kinamon8$16,807.50
8KKoverhere$9,337.50
9vladmit777$5,976

Notable Finishes: Rick "ThEcLaiMEer" Trigg (28th - $1,680.75)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30757$378,500

The last of the Sunday Majors to wrap up was the Sunday 500. It attracted 757 entrants, creating a prize pool worth $378,500. The Sunday 500 ended just after 3 a.m. on the East Coast, and was won outright by Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler for $68,805.50.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler$68,805.50
2nameless55$49,205
3RuiNF$36,903.75
4e4electro1$27,630.50
5REDDYBABY902$19,492.75
6Bananazoo$15,707.75
7cheezees$11,922.75
8Sghango$8,364.85
9Pumpingpoker$4,844.80

Notable Finishes: Vanessa Selbst (15th - $3,330.80), Ariel "Skilled G" Mantel (17th - $2,573.80)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$55,739$286,950

The Bigger $55 had a slight increase in numbers this week as 52 more entrants added an additional $2,600 to the prize pool compared to last week. Following a heads-up deal, "rogelio19" claimed the victory.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1rogelio19$38,616.94
*2Mossos$38,863.16
3Yayundray$23,242.95
4Grekzorba$16,112.24
5ZebraUZ$12,051.90
6Pyri$9,182.40
7BPPlatform$6,312.90
8Noseblow$3,586.87
9Olorionek$2,238.21

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet (11th - $1,664.31)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,011$301,100

The Bigger $109 gained 118 players this week, with the total field topping out at 3,011. A three-handed deal was made and "mysterio6044" earned the "W," taking home $37,816.69.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1mysterio6044$37,816.69
*2JAMESRYAN100$37,602.58
*3João "joao bauer" Divino$33,729.48
4paul1985888$16,861.60
5Leonard "lpaper" Tsesler$13,850.60
6leifah$10,839.60
7pappadogg$7,828.60
8damsco0$5,419.80
9Sheeter 200$3,281.99

*denotes three-handed deal

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,458$218,700

The Bigger $162 attracted 1,458 entrants, creating a prize pool of $218,700. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree made the final table of the Bigger $162, but bowed in fifth place when her {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} failed to hold against {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. Following a three-handed deal, "chiconogue" outlasted the others for a $33,700 payday.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1chiconogue$33,700
*2tupacmn$28,172.40
*3pitaoufmg$28,188.26
4stauso$16,402.50
5Liv Boeree$11,481.75
6ICM Yklee$9,294.75
7RGD-33$7,107.75
8febalinha$4,920.75
9Kiba52$3,061.80

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Clark "snake8484" Hamagami (14th - $1,640.25)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,189$237,800

Like last week, the Sunday 2nd Chance saw a deal between the final three players happen. "The Sudaka" bested Aaron "aejones" Jones to emerge with a $33,500 first-place prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1The Sudaka$33,500
*2Aaron "aejones" Jones$30,000
*3jonwayne69$32,642.54
4D_Burmistrov$17,121.60
5Mohsin "sms9231" Charania$11,890
6Dilith$9,512
7bullara12$7,134
8Stephen "sizzlinbetta" Reynolds$4,756
9Hedda C$2,853.60

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Peter "Apathy123" Jetten (16th - $1,307.90)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,015$336,700

The $109 Sunday Rebuy may have only had two more entrants than last week, but it had $7,500 more to offer in prize pool money. Following a three-handed deal, "danywest" took first place for $55,852.87.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1danywest$55,852.87
*2PAAD72$41,550.12
*3EvnomiYa$43,674.31
4akia86$25,252.50
5thehills1$17,676.75
6Pilo7$14,309.75
7Ben "KidCardiff6" Warrington$10,942.75
8Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski$7,575.75
9Stephan “delegator” Kjaerstad$4,713.80

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Rasmus "bigoots" Sibast (21st - $1,515.15), Jimmie "AlusivPnkBny" Guinther (23rd - $1,515.15)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$134,041$340,410

The Sunday Storm has seen an uptick in attendance lately, gaining 1,032 players this week, creating a prize pool worth $340,410. A three-handed deal was struck and even though "Pvd170590" took home the biggest prize, "Mr.Pkr99" emerged with the victory.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Mr.Pkr99$20,000
*2Pvd170590$29,609.04
*3pif-pafdaddy$15,549.01
4xaryys$10,893.12
5Oriental811$7,489.02
6OhBoyYouNit$4,595.53
7tommits$3,148.79
8kennl$2,212.66
9Andrew1861$1,548.86

*denotes three-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,556$155,600

The first Sunday Major of the weekend, the Sunday Kickoff, saw an increase in attendance for a second week in a row. This time it drew 26 more players, doubling its prize pool. "Rdm65" outlasted the 1,556 player field, pocketing $26,063.

PlacePlayerPrize
1rdm65$26,063
2Gambit_44s$19,061
3kawachi1984$14,393
4SytseVliegen$10,580.80
5MAGO1113$7,624.40
619Boris73$6,068.40
7dekat15$4,512.40
8BeSje$2,956.40
9der_dozent78$1,602.68

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

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