The Sunday Briefing: Gambler4444 Wins PokerStars Sunday Million for $158,932
Online poker's biggest day of the week doesn't stop because there are massive live poker tournaments under way in Las Vegas. On Sunday, there were only two six-figure scores and they came from the winner and second-place finisher of the Sunday Million. "Gambler4444" took home the biggest prize, but there were a number of other players who padded their bankrolls with impressive scores. Keep reading to find out all the results from Sunday's biggest online poker tournaments on PokerStars.
PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)
While many of online poker's top pros are in Las Vegas gearing up for the World Series of Poker Main Event, there were still enough grinders to meet the $1 million guarantee in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Zachary "HustlerGrune" Gruneberg (74th - $1,392) and Michael "RichieRichZH" Friedrich (89th - $1,259) were among the notables who made deep runs, but when the dust settled we were left with several unknowns looking to make big scores at the final table.
The final table began with two players way out in front of the rest of the pack. RebuyShark (1,454,4133 in chips) and Gambler4444 (1,398,8843) had more than two-thirds of the chips in play combined, so it was no surprise that the two big stacks were left playing heads up for the title. Gambler4444 held a sizable lead and, on the final hand of the match, both players flopped top pair of queens and got their chips in the middle, but Gambler4444's king kicker held up. He scooped the title and the top prize of $158,932.
The victory served as redemption for Gambler4444. The SuperNova VIP player also made the final table of the Sunday Million in January but fell short in fourth place.
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PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)
The Sunday Warm-up was one of three Sunday Majors that didn't reach the guarantee this week, meaning there was an overlay for the 2,453 players who did participate. In the end, three players decided on a deal that saw them each collect at least $56,000. "carolusXX" went on to take the title and nearly $65,000.
*Denotes three-handed deal
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PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)
The Sunday 500 fell short of its $300,000 guarantee by 68 players. "EnisMarch" certainly wasn't complaining. The U.K. player outlasted the smaller field and went on to win the event outright for $56,400.
|9||Ben "bennybunny18" Richardson||$4,500|
PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)
|$100+$9||664 (956 rebuys, 518 add-ons)||$225,000|
A handful of big names were alive as the final table bubble approached, but Sergey "gipsy74" Rybachenko (16th - $1,687) and Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis (12th - $2,857) fell short. Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins was arguably the biggest name left, and the Brazilian pro went on to capture the victory and $42,300 in prize money.
|1||Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins||$42,300|
PokerStars Bigger $55 ($160K Guaranteed)
The PokerStars Bigger 55 easily eclipsed its guarantee as 3,892 players took to the felt. "Pokerooster" emerged victorious after a three-way deal at the final table, but "bamboocha88" walked away with the most prize money.
*Denotes three-handed deal
PokerStars Bigger $109 ($200K Guaranteed)
Poker pros Joao "Naza114" Vieira (16th - $903) and Steve “Stev0L_” Leonard (26th - $755), made deep runs in the Bigger $109 this week but were unable to reach the coveted final table. "OBigO" put on a show and was the last player standing to earn more than $34,000.
PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)
The Bigger $162 had no problem reaching its guarantee this week. "lior1010" weaved through a field of 1,158 to claim the title and nearly $30,000. Poker pro Phidias "ael1979" Georgiou came up short of the final table, taking 19th place for $729.
PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)
Online poker legend Matt "ch0ppy" Kay added another in a long list of major final tables, but the Canadian pro was ousted in eighth place for $4,291. Three players agree on a deal at the final table, and "Mavericci" went on to take it down for $31,298.
|7||WaGe N Warz||$6,117.30|
|8||Matt "ch0ppy" Kay||$4,291.82|
*Denotes three-handed deal[/I]
PokerStars Sunday Storm ($300K Guaranteed)
The Sunday Storm fell well short of its $300,000 guarantee. "vovan9988" made the most of his opportunity and finished atop the massive field to collect $28,050.
PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($100K Guaranteed)
Sunday got off to a bang with 1,416 players taking part in the Sunday Storm. When it was all said and done, "Hustler1985" was $23,654 richer and the proud winner of a Sunday Major.
*PokerStars Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up data obtained from PokerStarsBlog.com
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