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The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for $312K

The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for $312K 0001

The 26th edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series came to a close on Sunday with the conclusion of the $640 Main Event. The series' flagship tournament featured a $1 million guaranteed prize pool which attracted many of the biggest names in online poker.

When it was all said and done, "ponyo88" outlasted the 1,500-player field to win the gold jersey and $153,962 prize. However, the biggest story of the weekend turned out to be Espen "Sh4wshank" Sørlie who made the final table of the FTOPS Main Event and the PokerStars Sunday Million — at the same time — before ultimately chopping both for more than $311,000.

First, Sørlie agreed to a heads-up deal in the Sunday Million for $168,270 and eventually finished runner-up to Finald's "€urop€an." Then, less than an hour later he negotiated a three-way chop in the FTOPS Main Event for $143,556 before ultimately finishing second in that as well.

Despite finishing the night without a victory, Sørlie was all smiles.

Among those who won Sunday Majors this week were Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond,Tom "hitthehole" Middleton and the UK's "LAP1293" who won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for the second time in five months.

Another player who hit big following the conclusion of the 31-event FTOPS series was Mark "dipthrong" Herm, who finished atop the Leaderboard with 1,013 points. With that honor Herm received a four-month Black Card Pro sponsorship contract, which will start on Monday, Sept. 1.

Here's a full look at the results from the Sunday Majors on PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, partypoker and WSOP.com:


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 101

FTOPS Main Event ($1 Million Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$600+351,500$1,000,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1ponyo88$153,962*
2Espen "Sh4wshank" Sørlie$143,556*
3LuisFigo1014$130,481*
4THE_ROCK_ROYAL$71,000
5artist666$53,000
6TANK141$39,000
7Krazee2$29,000
8Takis187$21,000
9bond25459$14,900

*Reflects three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: David "DonkCommited" Miscikowski (13th - $7,400), Vojtech "Vojta_R" Ruzicka (14th - $7,400), Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (23rd - $4,000), Ben "benba" Lamb (24th - $4,000), Aleks "Berkyy" Brkovic (25th - $4,000)


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 102

Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+156,685$1,337,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1€urop€an$185,400
2Espen "sh4wshank" Sørlie$168,270
3_Prinsesse_7$106,960
4David "My Brim Low" Ivers$73,535
5bandi136$56,154
6metis669$42,784
7RadimSoudsky$29,414
8trump029$16,044
9Mom`s_lies$10,361

Notable Finishes: Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov (24th - $3,128), Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen (48th - $2,326)


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 103

Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+152,801$560,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1only4joke$83,343*
2jsven06$70,712
3aposimbiesi$47,056
4T3G3S$32,211
57ei7ka$24,368
6shiiiken$18,766
7Rasdam$13,164
8AceHighTwice$xxx
9yvydendyvy$4,761

*Reflects heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Russell "rdcrsn" Carson (14th - $2,660), Nick "Rounder63" Carillo (17th - $1,820), Marcin "pyszalek" Wydrowski (20th - $1,540)


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 104

FTOPS Event #28 ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$2,000+10076$500,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1Rhys "floppin_ell" Jones$93,421*
2Brian "brianm15" England$93,525*
3Andras Nemeth$88,053*
4hello_totti$48,750
5samosaking$36,250
6MUFAZZA$26,250
7Luke "__FullFlush1__" Schwartz$17,500
8Jeff "YoungSupremacy" Hakim$13,750
9biz-tings$10,500

*Reflects three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (14th - $5,000), Ravi "govshark2" Raghavan (16th - $3,750), David "DonkCommited" Miscikowski (19th - $3,000), Dan "imabigkidnow" Kelly (20th - $3,000), Bryn "OneUponAStar" Kenney (26th - $3,000), Mickey "Mement_mori" Petersen ($27th - $3,000)


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 105

Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+30682$341,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1LAP1293$57,244*
2drik717$50,000*
3Murik100$33,759
4Tom "7tHEcROw7" MacDonald$25,404
5Rayan "rkruok" Nathan$17,732
6Yakiddinme$14,322
7pokeben$10,912
8TrankiNLVida$7,502
9beck_ron1989$4,433

*Reflects heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Steve "Zugwat" Silverman (15th - $3,069), Frank "Round42" Rusnak (22nd - $1,705), Christian "charder30" Harder (23rd - $1,705)


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 106

FTOPS Event #30 ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$240+151,077$250,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1Tom "hitthehole" Middleton$53,000
2Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov$33,500
3Kask123$23,750
4Da "imabigkidnow" Kelly$18,250
5Perfect1232$12,750
6thekillerxxx$8,500

Notable Finishes: Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios (15th - $1,875), Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky (23rd - $1,300), Jono "Spyver" Beck (26th - $1,300)

Get in on the Sunday Majors action yourself by visiting PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker.


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 107

$109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+9809$242,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond$45,412
2Bagelakis23$32,697
3Allan "Sifosis" Baekke$24,220
4fcarrico$18,165
5MendaLarenda$12,715
6indeceny5$10,293
7hello_totti$7,871
8Jordan "Jymaster11" Young$5,449
9shinerrr$3,415

Notable Finishes: Will "CutiePi314" Ma (10th - $2,664), Fabian “fabstinho” Quoss (14th - $2,179), Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti (17th - $1,695), Hunter "HEMIpowerSWT" Frey (19th - $1,695), Mohsin "sms9231" Charania (24th - $1,211)


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 108

200K Guaranteed Sunday

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+15885$200,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1semislaktarn$27,900
2Romaneee$16,900
3MONEYBILL7777$10,100
4BombDropper$7,600
5iamworst22$5,500
6milfhunter6969$4,000
7pinktacoeater$3,180
8NLJFF$2,500
9Jonny7$2,000

The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 109

Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+151,156$231,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1RommyTheCute$41,616
233.karlos$29,662
3Lamujen$22,195
4eXecute_R111$16,646
5dirty.brasil$11,560
6clever_flop$9,248
7Andy "andyh26" Holman$6,936
8Yayoshow$4,624
9akrksek1$2,774

Notable Finishes: Nick "FU_15" Maimone (12th - $2,196), Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov (18th - $1,271), John "bullyon" Buglion (19th - $1,017), Brian "brianm15" England (20th - $1,017), Steve “betrthanphil” Tripp (24th - $1,017)


The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 110

$25,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee (New Jersey)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+15107$25,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1Alpha_King$7,000
2BoomBoom$4,050
3monkey_wise$2,325
4SLHalper$1,825
5ickytoy$1,575
6pokermaster8$1,325
7champadams$1,050
8Avonbarkz$700
9sizzlinbetts$525

The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for 2K 111

$15,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee (Nevada)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+1586$17,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1bk1048$4,902
2Maynardo$2,838
3POSTA$1,720
4StreetsAhead$1,376
5hanky23$1,187
6Rubydear$1,015
7legum$843
8MikeyMillz$585
9royalflush24$464

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