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The Sunday Briefing: Mark "RenRad 01" Darner Wins Sunday Warm-Up

Sunday Briefing

In addition to the festivities of PokerStars' 10th Anniversary, there was plenty of action to go around as numbers were up tremendously in several of the Sunday Majors. Among the winners were Mark "RenRad 01" Darner, Anthony "M555SSM" Tsang, Calvin "cal42688" Anderson, and Peter "twirlpro" Turmezey.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$154,937$987,400

When the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up began, "harif1988" held the chip lead with 15,872,930 and Mark "RenRad 01" Darner was the short stack with 2,383,358. Naturally, or not so much, the two of them ended up playing heads-up. The chip counts to start heads-up play were:

"harif1988": 40,340,792
Mark "RenRad 01" Darner: 9,029,208

On the first hand, Darner three-bet shoved {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and was called by "harif1988" with {A-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. A {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop gave "harif1988" a flush draw, but the {Q-Diamonds} turn and {9-Spades} river doubled up Darner. With the chip stacks nearly even at hand No. 58, Darner closed it out at the 200,000/400,000/40,000 level.

Darner opened with a min-raise to 800,000 on the button, but "harif1988" three-bet to 2,000,000. Darner four-bet to 4,010,119 and "harif1988" made the call, leading to a {K-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop. Settling on a bet of just more than half the pot, "harif1988" led out for 4,400,000. Darner put in a small raise and watched as his opponent shoved. A quick call from Darner revealed {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}, looking to dodge a diamond, as "harif1988" turned over {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. The {9-Clubs} turn added a gutterball to "harif1988's" outs, but the river {5-Clubs} sealed the deal for Darner.

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

PlacePlayerPrize
1Mark "RenRad 01" Darner$154,461.34
2harif1988$115,032.10
3josbassen$81,460.50
4Nick "FU_15" Maimone$55,788.10
5Bluffcracker$41,964.50
6NoMorePoka$32,090.50
7pulgask8$22,216.50
8KKremate$12,342.50
9badgergav$7,899.20

Notable Finishes: Tim "weygang" English (17th - $2,912.83), McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr (18th - $2,912.13)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$301,353$675,500

For the first time in quite a while, the Sunday 500 offered a six-figure first-place prize. Sweden's "Sirocko," bested the 1,353-player field, winning his second Sunday Major in three weeks.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Sirocko$113,314.02
2Sheeter 200$82,871.25
3terrific28$62,576.25
4Larry "BBOY3110" Sharp$46,002
5Havana85$33,148.50
6Magic Mycoze$26,383.50
7hustla16$19,618.50
8puntobanco$12,853.20
9FODMAND$6,967.95

Notable Finishes: Alex "mistakooll" Keating (12th - $5,682.60)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$511,612$580,600

The Bigger $55 nearly tripled its guarantee this week, creating its biggest field and prize pool to date. Following a four-handed deal, "korto1982" walked away with $53,551 and the victory.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1korto1982$53,551
*2mariale_1990$43,000
*3PetjeXL$63,573.88
*4AAakremAA$42,000
5Donky McTard$23,224
6el kudos$17,418
7andy6319$11,612
8sskpoker$5,806
9rixon777$3,483.60

*denotes four-handed deal

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$94,960$496,000

The Bigger $109 was quite a bit bigger than last week, drawing about 1,800 more entrants. A heads-up deal was made and Anthony "M555SSM" Tsang came out on top for a payday of more than $55,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Anthony "M555SSM" Tsang$55,309.26
*2Vitinho Leão$53,810.74
3Zindy Lou$29,760
4jordie1982$24,800
5Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez$19,840
6b00$t3r$14,880
7AirGreece$9,920
8ballagio22$6,200
9Fredzon88$4,265.60

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Pius Heinz (15th - $1,984), George Danzer (16th - $1,240)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$122,817$422,550

The Bigger $162 wasn't too far off from doubling it's 1,560 field last week as 1,257 more players came to play this week. The $100,000 guarantee was smashed, with the prize pool totaling $422,550. "TRiggA_mik3" won after a heads-up deal was made for a cool $61,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1TRiggA_mik3$61,000
*2Der Besen$58,371.10
3theioush$36,423.81
4JillyPilly$24,507.90
5McCleans$20,282.40
6Thierry "BOKPOWER" van den Berg$16,056.90
7Setherson2$11.831.40
8Bandano$7,605.90
9UH Big Tex$4,690.30

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Alex "Schildy1984" Debus (13th - $2,535.30), Mike "Timex" McDonald (25th - $887.35)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$152,243$448,600

The Sunday 2nd Chance, up nearly 1,000 players from last week, was won outright by Calvin "cal42688" Anderson for $71,776.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Calvin "cal42688" Anderson$71,776
2Slayer_pol$53,832
3Ludovic "theplux" Lachance$40,374
4amatos$29,495.45
5pluks03$21,308.50
6Dilith$16,598.20
7POWOFOO$12,112.20
8grindin4tips$7,850.50
9mayodog$4,486

Notable Finishes: Clayton "slammedfire" Mozdzen (10th - $3,499.08)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,420$470,200

The $109 Sunday Rebuy saw its numbers rise significantly from last week as 355 more players added $121,700 to the prize pool. The final table was, in a word, stacked including JC Alvarado, Michael Huber, and Fabrizio Gonzalez, just to name a few. Taking it down outright was Peter "twirlpro" Turmezey for more than $85,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Peter "twirlpro" Turmezey$85,012.16
2juancito10$61,596.20
3JC "PrtyPsux" Alvarado$47,020
4César "CesarSPA" García$35,265
5Seth "SFisch4" Fischer$24,685.50
6Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez$19,983.50
7Andre_Hansen$15,281.50
8Michael "YrrsiNN" Huber$10,579.50
9bundesmiro$6,582.80

Notable Finishes: Mark "scrubbyz" Zajdner (11th - $4,466.90)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$148,972$489,720

On the heels of last week's special Sunday Storm in honor or the PokerStars' 10th Anniversary, this week's produced a field of nearly 50,000, well above the norm. Winning the tournament outright was Mike "moneyinbag" Aron who dominated heads-up play against a disconnected "Kingston.exe."

PlacePlayerPrize
1Mike "moneyinbag" Aron$39,140.77
2Kingston.exe$27,336.17
3Blazing Ange$17,786.63
4Riverlan_88$13,134.29
5tjsoc$9,162.66
6guiguibos$5,950.09
7sidan77$4,162.62
8Kiril1980$2,840.37
9kidstars19$2,032.33

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,492$149,200

The Sunday Kickoff drew 36 less players than last week, but still nearly doubled its guarantee. After a heads-up deal took place, "MFC_79" earned top honors for $22,384.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1MFC_79$22,384
*2prutserke007$20,884
3ksumar89$13,801
4krazyie111$10,145.60
5hibachi41$7,310.80
6EEE27$5,818.80
7pantoflas13$4,326.80
8Cbank32$2,834.80
9JIM_BALLAS$1,536.76

*denotes heads-up deal

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

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