The Sunday Briefing: ShipTheFliip Wins PokerStars Sunday Million for $182,654
With the World Series of Poker slowly winding down, many online grinders returned home in time to participate in the Sunday Majors at PokerStars this week. All the big tournaments went beyond their guaranteed prize pools, making for a big day on the felts. Hungary's "ShipTheFliip" was the biggest winner after taking down the Sunday Million — his second six-figure score in that tournament in less than a year. Poker pros Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek and Ben “Delaney_kid” Delaney barely missed out on their own glory, but both collected a nice chunk of change for their runner-up finishes on Sunday.
PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)
"ShipTheFliip" won the PokerStars Sunday Million this week, claiming a top prize of $182,654. ShipTheFliip outlasted a field of 5,892 players and defeated "BAGBAGBAGBAG" heads-up for the largest online poker tournament triumph of his life.
ShipTheFliip took the lead with five players remaining after doubling through "Timorm1" on multiple occasions. The first came in a preflop confrontation ShipTheFliip's improved against pocket eights. Then, after his own double-up, Timorm1 got the rest of his stack in preflop with against ShipTheFliip's and failed to come from behind. Timorm1 exited in fifth place and was followed by "#1StefanLiv" and "dcdilton", leaving just two players standing.
ShipTheFliip had a 2.5-to-1 lead over his adversary when heads-up play began, and it took only 11 hands to finish him off. According to the PokerStars Blog, ShipTheFliip limped the button with pocket nines and BAGBAGBAGBAG moved all in with . ShipTheFliip called instantly and the board ran out to give him a full house and the victory.
Amazingly, it was ShipTheFliip's second Sunday Million final table in eight months. Last November, ShipTheFliip finished third in the flagship event for $121,000. Some players just have a talent for slicing through large fields.
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)
The dangerous Ronald "ronaldgrauer" Grauer bubbled the final table of the Sunday Warm-up, leaving nine lesser-known players to duke it out for the $88,452 top prize. After several hours, "ProXimaVez" and "PikkuHUMPPA" decided on a two-way chop, with each locking up $69,750. ProXimaVez went on to win the tournament
*denotes heads-up deal
PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)
Andras "probirs" Nemeth (17th - $2,348) and Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov (26th - $1,677) were among the players who made deep runs in the always-tough Sunday 500, but both missed out on a chance at a $61,564 payday. WSOP Bracelet winner Pascal "Pass_72" LeFrancois made the final table but bowed out in eighth place for $7,381. When it was all over, "young_diam18" had taken the tournament down outright after defeating "FISHyFINGA" in a heads-up battle.
|6||James "BizBills" Bills||$14,091|
|8||Pascal "Pass_72" LeFrancois||$7,381|
PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)
Notable finishes: Matias "Festivuss" Gabrenja (12th - $2,571.80), Laurynas "LaurisL91" Levinskas (14th - $2,104.20), and Yann "yadio" Dion (23rd - $1,169).
|4||WaGe N Warz||$17,535|
PokerStars Bigger $109 ($200K Guaranteed)
The final table of the Bigger $109 was headlined by poker pros Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek and Felipe "Improved" Montenegro, but both players came up short of the title on Sunday. In the end, it was Germany's "sk2ll_m0dR" who claimed victory and the top prize of $39,040.
|2||Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek||$29,280|
|8||Felipe "Improved" Montenegro||$4,148|
PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)
After weaving through a field of 1,333 in the Bigger $162, four players agreed on a deal at the final table, each securing at least $18,800. Brazil's "vonBaranow" emerged as the winner to collect more than $28,000.
*denotes four-way deal
PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)
Aussie poker pro Ben “Delaney_kid” Delaney found himself heads-up with Denmark's "mypoker25" after several hours of play in the Sunday 2nd Chance, but it was the Dane who provided the final blow to claim the title and more than $39,000. Notables Sebastian "p0cket00" Sekorski (25th place) and Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich (31st place) also made deep runs but fell short of the final table.
|2||Ben “Delaney_kid” Delaney||$ 28,236|
PokerStars Sunday Storm — MicroMillions Special ($300K Guaranteed)
This week's Sunday Storm was part of the MicroMillions II series schedule and attracted an astounding 36,523 entrants. The $365,230 prize pool was bigger than ever Sunday Major except for the Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-up. After nearly 11 hours of play, Russia's "@rtemur" defeated Ukraine's "Rom4iks" for the victory and $31,376 The two players negotiated a heads-up deal before playing down to a winner.
*denotes heads-up deal
PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($100K Guaranteed)
As it does every week, the Sunday Kickoff opened the Sunday Majors schedule. Nearly 1,400 players turned out to create a prize pool of $138,500. Norway's "Master$Mav" and the Netherlands' "EXIT4YOU" were the last two players standing, and after agreeing to a heads-up deal Master$Mav came away with the win.
*PokerStars Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up data obtained from the PokerStarsBlog.com
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