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The Sunday Briefing: Jonathan Karamalikis Falls Short of Sunday Million Final Table

Jonathan Karamalikis

The 2012 Aussie Millions is officially under way, but that didn't stop one of Australia's best young players from making a deep run on the virtual felts this weekend. Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis came close to reaching his second career final table of the PokerStars Sunday Million, but his run ended just shy of the nine-handed final. Meanwhile, "Ticiz" of the Netherlands took down the lone $200K-plus score of the day.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$157,379$1,475,800

Falling just short of the Sunday Million final table this week was Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis. With 14 players left, a short-stacked Karamalikis shoved his eight-big-blind stack into the middle with {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs} on the button and was called by "GreenChe" in the big blind with {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}. The {6-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop put Karamalikis in the lead, but the turn was a cruel {A-Spades} to not only give his opponent the lead, but take away some of Karamalikis' outs, too. The {3-Clubs} river resulted in a 14th place finish for Karamalikis.

As for the final table itself, "Ticiz" began fourth in chips and outlasted the rest. After making a heads-up deal with "roosi88", "Ticiz" battled back from nearly a 2-to-1 starting chip disadvantage to secure the win. The final hand was a flip, with "Ticiz" holding {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} to "roosi88's" {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. However, the board ran out {8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{J-Spades}{2-Hearts} to secure the victory for "Ticiz."

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

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Ticiz$200,960.99
*2roosi88$183,298.27
3nordlending$118,064
4Stunts25$78,217.40
5Spencer "UH Big Tex" Hudson$60,507.80
6insanocut$45,749.80
7BlackMisi$31,729.70
8Freund Nase$17,709.60
9GM_VALTER$11,437.45

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis (14th - $6,124.57), Dan "dan82mur" Murariu (22nd - $3,438.61), Mike "munchenHB" Telker (41st - $2,774.50), Cory "UGOTPZD" Carroll (44th - $2,774.50)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,670$734,000

"MikiOpasniy" entered the final table as the chip leader and eliminated three players on the path to heads-up play. With about a 2-1 chip lead at the start of the heads-up battle with "FinancialPOK", "MikiOpasniy" further extended it before closing the deal. With {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, "FinancialPOK" got it in good against the {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} tabled by "MikiOpasniy", but the board fell {9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades} to give "MikiOpasniy" the outright win.

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

PlacePlayerPrize
1MikiOpasniy$115,238
2FinancialPOK$85,878
3LiroLa$60,555
4DelarPNZ$42,205
5David "Dick_Fosbury" Labchuck$31,195
6PIUlimeira$23,855
7KVB59$16,515
8PatrickCs$9,175
9ZISIMO7$5,872

Notable Finishes: Mark "eppy12588" Epstein (58th - $1,321.20)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($250K Guaranteed)

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

The Sunday 500 attracted 812 players — 44 more than last week — to generate a prize pool of $406,000. "PSMozak" took it down for $73,080.

PlacePlayerPrize
1PSMozak$73,080
2Crisper$52,780
3StrungOut1$39,382
4trionojnika$29,435
5glhf99$20,462.40
6vbjishfij$16,402.40
7Betudontbet$12,342.40
8m.cerqueira$8,323
9Orkyd$5,075

Notable Finishes: Cory "UGOTPZD" Carroll (15th - $3,451), James "jcamby33" Campbell (18th - $2,639), Russell "rdcrsn" Carson (21st - $1,867.60), Mike "Timex" McDonald (22nd - $1,867.60)

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$56,207$310,350

The Bigger $55 drew an impressive 6,207 entrants to crush its $200K guaranteed prize pool. After a four-handed deal, "gittermaster" captured the victory.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1gittermaster$28,467.28
*2idvalentina$30,826.04
*3Lexi4Bet$35,693.13
*4Rennschne925$29,033.71
5MVCAR1$13,034.70
6yety23$9,931.20
7vikkyG85$6,827.70
8roarrr1226$3,724.20
9winandm$2,405.21

*denotes four-handed deal

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,020$302,000

Despite a slight drop in the Bigger $109 field this week, the tournament still generated a prize pool of $302,000. A heads-up deal took place and "mimulenium" came out on top to collect $40,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1mimulenium$40,000
*2Spraggs$44,409
3Artem205$25,066
4Marwetz$16,912
5Dan "dan82mur" Murariu$13,892
6mrAndreeew$10,872
7partanet1$7,852
8KingOfFilth$5,436
9Jonny 4 Hand$3,291.80

*denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,568$235,200

Mike "Timex" McDonald headlined the final table of the Bigger $162 on Sunday. After McDonald's exit in ninth place, "chopi7" went on to win the event outright for $42,336.

PlacePlayerPrize
1chopi7$42,336
2hustla16$30,576
3WaGe N Warz$23,520
4flysohigh87$17,640
5kusskuss21$12,348
6Donky McTard$9,996
7joaombrito$7,644
8Prugi$5,292
9Mike "Timex" McDonald$3,292.80

Notable Finishes: Owen "ocrowe" Crowe (22nd - $823.20), Stefan "random_chu" Chew (25th - $823.20)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,274$254,800

"Fratur0" topped the field outright in the Sunday 2nd Chance, besting a final table that included Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde and Jordan "iMsoLucky0" Morgan.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Fratur0$44,539.04
2HoesMobil$32,359.60
3Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde$24,206
4George2Loose$18,090.80
5Mackkapackka$12,740
6tua133$10,192
7dollar5050$7,644
8ToxToxTox$5,096
9Jordan "iMsoLucky0" Morgan$2,930.20

Notable Finishes: Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc (28th - $942.76)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,002$326,000

As usual, the $109 Sunday rebuy final table was loaded with big names. After Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler exited in third place, a heads-up deal was worked out and "OMGitshunt" took down the tournament for more than $56,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1OMGitshunt$56,702.99
*2WhiteRabbito$47,291.91
3Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler$32,600
4Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney$24,450
5Alex21reg$17,115
6Mrsgardener$13,855
7aabas$10,595
8Steve "mcnallyville" McNally$7,335
9shevilak$4,564

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Michael "YrrsiNN" Huber (17th - $2,119)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$138,240$382,400

For the third consecutive week, no deal was made at the final table Sunday Storm. "No.A112" was the big winner this week, earning the title and $31,021.66.

PlacePlayerPrize
1No.A112$31,021.66
2telascambio$21,414.40
3Gr1LLz$14,148.80
4MBARRATTI108$10,569.53
5pavcoco$7,227.36
6umatoviy$4,646.16
7yaka990$3,250.40
8nordan$2,217.92
9maarjaara$1,625.20

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($75K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,587$158,700

The Sunday Kickoff saw a slight bump in attendance over last week as 48 more players registered. After a three-handed deal, "AA DOCTOR" emerged with the win.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1AA DOCTOR$18,275.96
*2supergorter$18,439
*3gregt18$22,647
4bertulsons$10,632.90
5mddgfc$7,538.25
6jack17_at$5,951.25
7Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney$4,364.25
8mitata27$2,777.25
9OkelaPoka$1,587

*denotes three-handed deal

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

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