Sunday Briefing: Half Price Sunday Million Smashes Guarantee

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  • The buy-in may have been half its usual size, but the Sunday Million hit the guarantee with ease.

This weekend saw PokerStars slice the $215 buy-in for the Sunday Million in half yet the $1 million guarantee still remained. By the time late registration had closed, a staggering 25,114 players had bought in and created a guarantee-busting prize pool of some $2,511,400.

With only four players remaining in the hunt for what was a $255,289 first place prize, the final quartet paused the tournament to discuss a deal. Those discussions proved fruitful and saw each player lock up a potentially life-changing sum of money.

“tooozoran1” finished in fourth place and banked $136,445 with “Mtss7” busting in third place for a $143,294 score. The runner-up was “ivanbeograd” and they collected $195,867 while the eventual champion was “buba971” who secured a $183,815 prize and bragging rights in the poker community.

Some of the other notable victories at PokerStars in Jun. 18 included:

  • “JevgenyKO” – winner of the $109 Sunday Starter for $6,241
  • “CrackdeI29” – winner of the Big $162 for $4,848
  • Sebastian “w10lvl” Wartensleben – winner of the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $17,112
  • “ndanny” – winner of the Hot $162 for $6,248
  • “anrik84” – winner of the $215 Bounty Builder for $13,960
  • “Far2012” – winner of the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $45,791
  • “spaarky777” – winner of the Big $109 for $17,950
  • “tikidiii” – winner of the Hot $162 for $12,495
  • “SEWart” – winner of the $700 Super-Sized Sunday for $35,510
  • Andreas “mrAndreeew” Berggren – winner of the $109 Bounty Builder for $16,003
  • “h1gher1” – winner of the $109 Bubble Rush for $7,543
  • Rafael “konnh4nd” Garcia – winner of the Hot $109 for $16,210
  • “juniorbeagle” – winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE - $37,597
  • Jens “Fresh_oO_D” Lakemeier – winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO for $28,550
  • “h1gher1” – winner of the Big $215 for $18,437
  • Carlos “DIFINI” Felipe Difini – winner of the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $18,316
  • Norbert “wantme1234” Berent – winner of the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $28,033
  • “GiVeMeBaLLs” – winner of the Hot $215 for $12,187

Over at partypoker, “dinovaldo” and “hubbare” chopped the $250K Gtd Title Fight and claimed scores of $37,305 and $35,819, while “redcorvette73” raced off with the $25,395 first place prize of the $150K Gtd Main Event.

The $150K Gtd High Roller saw “D0nKanaille_” win the $28,781 first place prize, “chadi6969” triumphed in the $100K Gtd High Roller for a $19,636 addition to his bankroll, and “Nikosthan63” took down the $100K Gtd Title Fight Warm Up for $18,949.

Finally, over to 888poker to complete this week’s Sunday Briefing.

Ukraine’s Mikhail “zinkAA” Galitskiy topped a field of 224 players in the $100,000 Baby Whale and turned $320 into $20,450, which was a similar score to the $19,000 that “sir.dohoda” won for being triumphant in the $100,000 Mega Deep.

“Ronaldo4112” scored a $9,200 prize by winning the $40,000 Turbo Mega Deep, Norway’s “IQHAHA” won the $30,000 Sunday Crocodile for $6,993, and “ego_death” was crowned the $60,000 Sunday Challenge champion, an accolade that came with a $9,016 prize.

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