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The Sunday Briefing: Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios Earns a Sunday Victory

Bolivar Palacios

We are now less than a week away from the biggest event that PokerStars' 10th Anniversary has to offer. On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Sunday Million's $1,000,000 guarantee will be upped to a $10,000,000 guarantee. In addition, a 10th Anniversary $10,000 High Roller event will also be on the docket. Before next weekend, though, there was still plenty of excitement to be had this weekend. There were four six-figure winners who emerged from the online tournament scene and notables Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios, Janos "szusza84" Toth, and Balázs "birs320" Botond notched first-place finishes.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$156,983$1,396,600

The Sunday Million, up 84 players from last week, was home to a three-handed deal that guaranteed each of the final three at least $148,000. With the blinds and antes at the 300K/600K/60K level, "sara022" (21.6 million) min-raised on the button and was called by "JJ@mess" (25.3 million) in the big blind. An {8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop came down and "JJ@mess" check-called a bet of about 2 million. When the {10-Spades} hit the turn, a series of bets and raises led "sara022" to be all-in with {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, needing to improve against the {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts} of "JJ@mess." The river did not deliver a flush for "sara022," who exited in third place.

There was little surprise as to which players reached heads-up play. Starting the final table, "JJ@mess" and "janfryed" combined for just less than half the total amount of chips in play. "JJ@mess" held just more than a 2:1 chip lead on "janfryed" when the heads-up match began. It would take 39 hands, but "JJ@mess" sealed the deal and locked up the win. On the final hand, "janfryed" shoved for about 14 big blinds with {K-Spades}{9-Spades} and was called by "JJ@mess" who tabled {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. A {7-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop kept things interesting. The {3-Spades} turn made a straight for "JJ@mess," but "janfryed" picked up a flush draw. However, the {J-Hearts} river ended the tournament with a "JJ@mess" victory.

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

PlacePlayerPrize
*1JJ@mess$176,132.32
*2janfryed$148,462.08
*3sara022$150,771.04
4cafe162$74,019.80
5totaloser$57,260.60
6BaLaGaNoFf$43,294.60
7LuckyKid824$30,026.90
8cligori$16,759.20
9PAROOVA$10,823.65

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Jakob "mendieta19" Carlsson (14th - $5,795.89), Martin "M. Staszko" Staszko (29th - $2,904.92), Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen (43rd - $2,625.60)

PokerStars $11 Sunday Storm 10th Anniversary ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$1116,400$1,164,000

The celebration of PokerStars' 10th Anniversary continued this week as the Sunday Storm was upped to a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. A whopping field of 116,400 came to play and winning the tournament outright was "chrjs2k" for $157,140.

PlacePlayerPrize
1chrjs2k$157,140
2Kuzjayo$94,691.40
3Puigmal$57,687.84
4Speedyy1986$40,809.84
5emaestrodobi$32,650.20
6Eldasensei$26,224.92
7sebstop$20,952
8Kutscher83$15,783.84
9Timjonsen$10,557.48

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,680$736,000

Up 95 players from last week, the Sunday Warm-Up saw a four-handed deal go down to secure no less than $68,000 for each of the final four survivors. "Niorm" fell in fourth place after getting his chips in for about 28 big blinds with {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} against the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} of "Zimmy86". An ace on the flop would be all she wrote for "Niorm." Falling in third place "dsnka" who also lost with the best of it for a key pot. Lubos "lubos1980cz" Dvorak, the short stack at the time, made a stand with a four-bet shove for roughly 22 big blinds holding {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}. The bluff was called by "dsnka" with {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}, but the board ran out {Q-Hearts}{8-Spades}{4-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{6-Hearts} to give Dvorak a pair on the river. A crippled "dsnka" was unable to recover.

"Zimmy86" began heads-up play with about a 1.7:1 chip lead. The match would carry on for a while, with Dvorak seizing the lead at one point. However, it would be "Zimmy86" who would finish on top. All-in after a {10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop, "Zimmy86" was well ahead with {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} against the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} held by Dvorek. No help would arrive for Dvorak, who busted shortly thereafter to give "Zimmy86" the crown.

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

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Zimmy86$87,721.71
*2Lubos "lubos1980cz" Dvorak$73,485.04
*3dsnka$68,623.85
*4Niorm$74,873.40
5mitdadu$31,280
6dannys89$23,920
7BBlackkk$16,560
8Minh "Miksta" Nguyen$9,200
9syvers007$5,888

*denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Justin "truesyalose" Truesdell (10th - $4,416), Michael "WatchOutFish" Benvenuti (13th - $3,312), Norberto "murallin" Rodriguez (22nd - $1,876.80), Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes (25th - $1,876.80)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30812$406,000

The Sunday 500 produced a tough final table that included Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis. However, it would be Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios besting Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick for the $73,080 first-place prize.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios$73,080
2Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick$52,780
3bobivey$39,382
4Netstar11$29,435
5jcl87$20,462.40
6Grayson "gray31" Ramage$16,402.40
7Lex Veldhuis$12,342.40
8Banderivets$8,323
9golfbum983$5,075

Notable Finishes: Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia (14th - $3,451)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$56,423$321,150

The Bigger $55 saw a huge gain of 471 entrants from last week. A heads-up deal between "cep27" and "luislex" resulted with the former locking up the victory.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1cep27$41,754.36
*2luislex$43,226.77
3krasark$25,692
4uWi$hIamDeaD$17,663.25
5dr3dd$13,488.30
6Capucino74$10,276.80
7schnaggels19$7,065.30
8bigkrak$3,853.80
9PlayinWasted$2,488.91

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Brendan "pocketsmcgee" Reid (10th - $1,798.44), Jack "jackellwood" Ellwood (15th - $1,348.83)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,066$306,600

The Bigger $109, well, just keeps getting bigger. It gained 84 entrants this week and more than tripled its guarantee. A three-handed deal took place and in the end, "dramahater" was the sole survivor.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1dramahater$38,695.14
*2A12Begemotov$38,170.52
*3Dan "APowers1968" Colpoys$34,276.84
4Tommie "Godfatti" Janssen$17,169.60
5xXAlex1337Xx$14,103.60
6Nwerrj$11,037.60
7Mihay28$7,971.60
8MarMoss$5,518.80
9dragonwarior$3,341.94

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Liv Boeree (25th - $643.86)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,560$234,000

Also rising in attendance this week was the Bigger $162 as 94 more players signed up this week. Following a three-handed deal, Balázs "birs320" Botond emerged victorious for a $37,000 pay day.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Balázs "birs320" Botond$37,000
*2BBlackkk$28,725.33
*3Bananazoo$30,214.67
4pellompogos$17,550
5$ootedcards$12,285
6cerillion$9,945
7Stadi75$7,605
8CuCbKu$5,265
9Mossop7$3,276

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Torsten “jektiss” Brinkmann (27th - $819)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,267$253,400

Like most of the other Sunday Majors, the Sunday 2nd Chance also saw an uptick in its attendance as 51 more players registered this week. Coming away with the win was Janos "szusza84" Toth after a heads-up deal was reached.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Janos "szusza84" Toth$40,199.97
*2PSMozak$36,276.15
3MrKlout$24,073
4blaniac$17,991.40
5zavor$12,670
6IMOKANDYOU$10,136
7clues13$7,602
8Ami "UhhMee" Barer$5,068
9TeneriaVrb$2,914.10

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (12th - $2,407.30)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,065$348,500

The $109 Sunday Rebuy saw a nice increase again as 53 more entrants added $26,500 to the prize pool compared to last week. A heads-up deal was worked out and when the dust settled, it was "wijken" who banked the win.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1wijken$58,409.89
*2joscha45$52,238.86
3Jamil11$34,850
4andreasbar$26,137.50
5Finspb812$18,296.25
6humbe50$14,811.25
7ASVATOS1$11,326.25
8Lui$starPRO$$7,841.25
9patawkubakia$4,879

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini (12th - $3,485)

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,528$152,800

The Sunday Kickoff was down slightly in entrants from last week, but still more than doubled its guarantee. Following a heads-up deal, "max15183" notched first-place for $22,906.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1max15183$22,906
*2techduckyL$21,406
3Xlang$14,134
4RobbyDee1981$10,390.40
5The Temple55$7,487.20
6mrAndreeew$5,959.20
7Ethereall$4,431.20
8Ty4YrChips$2,903.20
9lubor74$1,573.84

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Liam "MON3Y$HOT" O'Rourke (16th - $702.88), Larry "BBOY3110" Sharp (24th - $611.20)

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

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