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The Sunday Briefing: Mike "Timex" McDonald Earns A Sunday Victory

Mike McDonald

Holiday season is getting closer and it seems that PokerStars is in a giving mood. OK, maybe it's more because of PokerStars' 10th Anniversary, but the fact remains that there are some great tournaments coming up in celebration of PokerStars reaching double digits.

This week, it was a $55 Red Spade Open with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000. David "Dick_Fosbury" Labchuck took first place while Mike "Tîmex" McDonald and Miikka "cannotletgo" Anttonen also enjoyed victories on Sunday.

PokerStars $55 Red Spade Open ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$528,338$1,416,900

A deal was agreed upon by the final six players in the Red Spade Open, and with no required amount of money left to play for, the chips went flying. Even though "DavoDam" collected the biggest payday at $197,333.27, David "Dick_Fosbury" Labchuck emerged with the win.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1David "Dick_Fosbury" Labchuck$121,265.42
*2glhf99$122,437.68
*3juanchiski$120,614.19
*4DavoDam$197,333.27
*5SkopeQ$63,232.13
*6judasSK$58,068.54
7eBashKak9I$28,338
8OJLimpsinn$19,836.60
9rnoord$14,169

*denotes six-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Aaron "JeanGrae" McCready (22nd - $2,989.65), Glen "Choron" Chorny (52nd - $1,416.90)

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$157,023$1,404,600

When the final table of the Sunday Million began, "muha84" held the chip lead with 22,265,342 at the 125K/250K/25K level. With four players remaining and the blinds and antes at the 250K/500K/50K level, "muha84" sat second in chips when now-chip-leader "wiklund" three-bet all-in from the small blind with the big stack. Holding a stack of about 28 big blinds and {A-Spades}{K-Spades}, "muha84" (who had min-raised in the cutoff) called all-in. "Muha84's" hand held up against wiklund's" {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, and from that point forward, "muha84" did not surrender the chip lead.

A deal was made between the final three players, and before long, "muha84" was the sole survivor. On the final hand, with the stacks nearly even, "muha84" called a min-raise from the big blind and saw an {8-Spades}{7-Spades}{7-Hearts} hit the board. What ensued was the standard five-betting and min-reraising. Following "wiklund's" five bet, "muha84" called and led out when the {3-Spades} hit the turn. With roughly 32 big blinds, "wiklund" shoved and was met with an immediate call. With {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}, "muha84" had "wiklund's" {Q-Hearts}{6-Clubs} drawing dead. The {A-Clubs} river filled "muha84" up for good measure, locking up the victory.

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

PlacePlayerPrize
*1muha84$198,928.99
*2wiklund$150,000
*3Haporuu$129,159.41
4Glyu_M99$74,443.80
5Grekzorba$57,588.60
6PatricioNut$43,542.60
7Ryan "NEVAK" Nevak$30,198.90
8lucasbozza$16,855.20
9p.stefano68$10,885.65

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: João "jomane" Nunes (68th - $2,008.57)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,497$699,400

The three chip leaders who began the final table in the Sunday Warm-Up were the final three remaining and a deal was made three-handed. As the short stack of the group, "acura2603" secured just more than $76,000 while "Pendos90" and "TMMPOKPOK" locked up $81,000 and change, leaving $10,000 left on the table for the winner.

In two hands, "Pendos90" dispatched "TMMPOKPOK." "Pendos90" picked up queens back to back and held against "TMMPOKPOK's" {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and {A-Spades}{2-Hearts}, sending him to the rail in third place. The heads-up duel between "Pendos90" and "acura2603" was one-sided with "Pendos90" notching the victory rather quickly. After a flop came down {10-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}, "acura2603" called all-in with {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds} but was drawing thin against the {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} held by "Pendos90." The {9-Diamonds} turn followed by the {9-Hearts} river officially gave the victory to "Pendos90."

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

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Pendos90$91,352.37
*2acura2603$76,057.98
*3TMMPOKPOK$81,926.92
4grigson1955$40,215.50
5Janibp$29,724.50
6ZioZ17$22,730.50
7gorodski$15,736.50
8Alex21reg$8,742.50
9Sguirre1$5,595.20

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier (14th - $3,147.30), Jimmie "AlusivPnkBny" Guinther (25th - $1,783.47)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30779$389,500

For a change, the Sunday 500 was not the last Sunday Major to wrap up as Red Spade Open took care of that this week. A heads-up deal between "Pvd170590" and "dadowiec" went down with "Pvd17059" outlasting his opponent for just more than $63,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Pvd170590$63,341.46
*2dadowiec$57,403.54
3scott96dl$37,781.50
4Dowgh-Santos$28,328.75
5Markus "MarkusG91" Garberg$19,630.80
6Soccermom96$15,735.80
7Frederik "Fred_Brink" Jensen$11,840.80
8d-mon-d$7,984.75
9montjeu8$4,868.75

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Rasmus "mrvogt" Vogt (11th - $4,089.75), Ryan "mizarkshzark" Gatrel (15th - $3,310.75)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$92,994$299,400

The Bigger $109 attracted 2,994 entrants, almost tripling its $100,000 guarantee. In a back-and-forth heads-up battle that not only lasted about 90 minutes, but also saw the shorter stack double up six times, Mike "Tîmex" McDonald won outright for more than $48,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Mike "Tîmex" McDonald$48,502.80
2SE-R DET$35,179.50
3z_pokero86$24,850.20
4Anjeyyy$16,766.40
5Peter "pitaoufmg" Gabritel$13,772.40
6-edin1ca-$10,778.40
7Pablo "pabritz" Brito$7,784.40
8engantil$5,389.20
9ricardo_ce$3,263.46

Notable Finishes: Nick "FU_15" Maimone (38th - $538.92)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,494$224,100

One of the few Sunday Majors to see a rise in attendance this week, the Bigger $162 drew 36 more players than it did last week. Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet came close, but ultimately came up short heads-up against "prinssiuljas."

PlacePlayerPrize
1prinssiuljas$40,427.64
2Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet$29,245.05
3mattallen999$22,410
4Daniel "DannyN13" Noseworthy$16,807.50
5Tom "tollgate" Grigg$11,765.25
6Ronenon$9,524.25
7SUNDAYKING$7,283.25
8EvnomiYa$5,042.25
9Markus "MarkusG91" Garberg$3,137.40

Notable Finishes: Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler (21st - $829.17)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,162$232,400

The Sunday 2nd Chance was slightly down in attendance this week, attracting 1,162, to create a prize pool of $232,400. Miikka "cannotletgo" Anttonen outlasted the field to win the $41,832 first-place prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Miikka "cannotletgo" Anttonen$41,832
2Gambler4444$29,816.92
3Biffen 1$22,310.40
4onesixty8$16,732.80
5ryanryan19$11,620
6Kaila$9,296
7Isetit$6,972
8SUNDAYKING$4,648
9Jeff "jeff710" Hakim$2,788.80

Notable Finishes: Kyle "knecht_poker" Knecht (26th - $1,022.56)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$9994$326,200

The $109 Sunday Rebuy's numbers were slightly down from last week, but it still crushed its $200,000 guarantee. A three-handed deal took place and emerging victorious for $47,177.80 was "Furunduk."

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Furunduk$47,177.80
*2OhRaisyDaisy$43,000
*3EireAbu$46,500
4GM_VALTER$24,465
5Mathew "Aussie_star1" Brown$17,125.50
6Gribnogrib$13,863.50
7SlevinRO$10,601.50
8LäuftBeiMir?$7,339.50
9Dave "SexSeen" Sands$4,566.80

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Adam "squee451" Sherman (12th - $3,425.10), Nicolas "niccc" Chouity (16th - $2,120.30), Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee (22nd - $1,467.90), Mohsin "sms9231" Charania (27th - $1,467.90)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$136,727$367,270

Little by little, the Sunday Storm is getting closer to doubling its $200,000 guarantee. This week, 2,686 players registered to create a total prize pool of $367,270. A five-way deal went down, with third-place finisher "GaborMarton" earning the top payout. The victory went to "vinacis_gg."

PlacePlayerPrize
*1vinacis_gg$19,012.91
*2erik250$17,157.33
*3GaborMarton$25,325.79
*4kehrim_hof$16,505.93
*5kekim1$12,121.56
6Midgardius$4,958.14
7mrSlev1N$3,397.24
8trew777$2,387.25
9michel 2206$1,671.07

*denotes five-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Nick "FU_15" Maimone (64th - $257.08),

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,535$153,500

The Sunday Kickoff got things started on Sunday by drawing slightly less players than last week (21 to be exact). A heads-up deal was made and in the end, it was "rboomk" who took it down for $22,500.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1rboomk$22,500
*2tsunami trik$22,015.27
3Mot555$14,198.75
4Marcin "MARCIN123" Milde$10,438
5kersepit$7,521.50
6Seradja$5,986.50
7Joroy70$4,451.50
8KOCKAPOKER$2,916.50
9AceDaHaze$1,581.05

*denotes heads-up deal

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

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