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January 4, 2009 10:11 PM

Buller00 comes from behind in amazing Sunday Warm-Up Victory!

Warm-Up 1.4.08.jpgPokerStars ended the holiday season on a high note with another massive crowd lining up for the Sunday Warm-Up. The first Sunday Warm-Up of 2009 blew through the guarantee, with 4103 players building a massive $829,600 prize pool. Anybody who thought that registration would be slow with so many players headed down to Atlantis for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure got a big surprise, as both the Warm-Up and the Sunday Million had huge fields to kick off the new year.

It took many hours to thin the field down to the final table, and after a lengthy hand-for-hand battle, the final nine competitors wasted no time in getting chips in the middle. Warty31 threaded his short stack through the eye of the needle to make the final table, but he shipped it in with Ac-9c almost immediately after the final table kicked off. He found one caller in Drago0906, who picked up a straight draw with Qd-Jh on the 6c-10d-9d flop. He couldn't catch anything to help out as the turn and river came down 7h-Ah to make two pair for warty31 and leave Drago0906 on the short stack. On the very next hand Drago0906 got the rest of his stack in the middle with 3g-3c from the small blind after a preflop raise from IW1LLH1TN0Ts. IW1LLH1TN0Ts made the call with Kd-10c, and the board ran out Qs-10h-Ad-5d-6h to make Drago0906 the first casualty of the final table. He picked up $6,646.86 for his 9th place finish.

Warty31 seemed poised for a run at the top spot after his early double-up, but he couldn't overcome his short stack to stay live past 8th place. After a preflop raise from frtk, warty31 called all-in with Qh-Qs, and was looking good when frtk showed 10c-7s for the steal attempt. The flop of Jc-10h-3c gave frtk a pair, but he was still drwing to beat warty31's overpair. The tide turned on the turn when the 7h landed to give frtk two pair and leave warty31 drawing for his tournament life. The 4h on the river was no help, and warty31 was done in 8th place ($10,257.50).

After frtk did the heavy lifting to decimate his chip stack, SrixXxon fell to chip leader luetch1 on 7th place ($16,412.00). SrixXxon moved all in preflop with As-Js, and luetch1 made the call for a coin flip with 5h-5d. The flop hit luetch1 right between the eyes, as he made top set on a board of 4h-5c-3d. SrixXxon was drawing to a deuce for the wheel or running Aces to stay alive, and when the rest of the board ran out 10s-Ah, the field was left six-handed.

Frtk's luck ran out when he went for a steal just after the final table's first break, moving all in from the small blind with Jc-8s. Action had folded around to his small blind, so the only thing standing between frtk and the orphaned blinds and antes was whatever hand IW1LLH1TN0Ts woke up with in the big blind. When that hand turned out to be pocket aces, frtk was in deep trouble. The flop of 7c-10d-2h left images of runner-runner straights in frtk's eyes, but the turn of 3d left him drawing dead. The 8d was the irrelevant river card, and frtk picked up $24,618 for 6th place.

After some huge back-and-forth swings five-handed, LOGIST_14 lost a huge pot to luetch1 that gave luetch1 back the chip lead and left LOGIST_14 on the short stack. He shipped it in a few hands later with Kc-Js on the button, and IW1LLH1TN0Ts made the call from the small blind with Ac-3c. IW1LLH1TN0Ts pulled even further ahead on the 6h-Ah-Qh flop, and the 3h on the turn sealed LOGIST_14's fate. When the 9s rolled off on the river, LOGIST_14 collected $32,824, and the tournament was four-handed.
That wasn't to be the case for long, as luetch1 knocked out both rbeckwith and IW1LLH1TN0Ts in one hand to create almost a 6:1 chip lead going into heads-up play. In what was by far the most exciting hand of the final table, short stack rbeckwith moved all in preflop from the button and found callers in both luetch1 in the small blind and IW1LLH1TN0Ts from the big blind. The flop came down Jh-8s-Qh, and luetch1 led out. IW1LLH1TN0Ts moved all in over the top with As-Qc for top-top, while luetch1 called with Ah-10s for the gutshot and runner-runner flush draw. Rbeckwith was drawing extremely slim with 7d-7h, and when the 8h hit the turn, luetch1 picked up a legitimate nut flush draw. The 2h on the river was the key card, as it gave luetch1 the four-flush to send rbeckwith home in 4th place ($41,030) and IW1LLH1TN0Ts home in 3rd place ($49,236) all in one quick hand.

That left luetch1 with a little more than 35 million chips to buller00's 5.9 million. Buller00 offered an even chop, which for some reason luetch1 didn't feel was quite in order with his chip stack. The heads-up match commenced, with buller00 half-jokingly declaring "then you go down." What might have started as a joke quickly became a reality, as it took only a few minutes of heads-up play for the tide to turn and buller00 to storm into the chip lead. It took another couple dozen hands, but finally butler00 put the cap on one of the most impressive come-from-behind wins in recent memory when he got all the chips in the middle for the very last time.

Luetch1 raised from the button, and buller00 made the call with the chip lead. The flop came down 6s-4h-6c, and buller00 checked. Luetch1 fired at the pot, and buller00 pulled the trigger on the check-raise. Luetch1 thought for a brief moment before calling, and buller00 moved all in when the 5s hit the turn. Luetch1 thought for a long moment before calling for his tournament life with Ac-Jh, only to see buller00 tabled 6d-3d for flopped trips. The 10d on the river was irrelevant, and luetch1, who led almost the entire final table, fell in 2nd place ($73,854). Buller00 came from a huge chip deficit to take the lead, then the tournament, as he finished in first place for $105,857.40. In his own words, buller00 "put on a clinic, didn't I?" And we can't disagree one bit. Congrats to everyone who cashed in this first Sunday Warm-Up of 2009, may this year continue to be every bit as prosperous for all of you!

December 29, 2008 10:03 AM

PokerStars World Record Weekend Results

We may be in the middle of PokerStars' World Record Week, but this weekend was where the biggest action happened. In just the span of one day, we saw the world's biggest ever poker tournament, the biggest ever Sunday Million, the biggest ever Sunday Warm-Up, and more than $12 million in real cash tournament prizes awarded to PokersStars players.

Oh...and while we're mentioning broken records, we should also mention that Sunday around 3:30pm ET, we saw the biggest number of people ever logged into PokerStars. As you can see in the screen capture below, the number topped out at more than 250,500 players (click on the image for a full-size version).

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Perhaps the most talked about attraction all week long was PokerStars' attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever poker tournament. The players came through--all 35,000 of them. Not only was it a win for PokerStars, it was a pretty significant win for stan34powa who topped the field of 35,000 to win the Guinness World Record tourney and $30,000.

The Guinness World Record attempt may have been the tournament with the most players, but the PokerStars Sunday Million dwarfed everything with its prize pool. The tourney pulled in a whopping 16,260 players who played for a $3,252,000 prize pool. Not only was it a monster Sunday Million, it was also one where the winner cut no deals and collected a $331,378 prize. Many congratulations go to lp_Saki Saki from Sweden. Read how he did it in the 12/28/08 Sunday Million report.

If that's not enough broken records (and yes, I'm perfectly aware I'm starting to sound like one), the Sunday Warm-Up eclipsed its largest ever number of players this weekend. When the tournament finally settled on a total number, it looked like 5,836 playing for a $1,167,200 prize pool. Hr_Herman went into the final table with one of the smaller chip stacks but emerged with the victory and $147,067. Read all about it in the 12/28/08 Sunday Warm-Up report.

Oh, that should be enough, right? Well, it's not. Not only was PokerStars rocking and rolling in the record-breaking department, it was also celebrating the last Sunday of the month (and year). That meant it was time for the PokerStars Turbo Takedown and the Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout. Turbo Takedown honors (and $100,000) went to perky246 (read the full report HERE). In the Battle of the Planets showdown, el cuCut ran the table and came out with the victory (full report HERE).

You think that's it? Well, it's not.

This weekend also marked the time when the members of Team PokerStars Pro would face off against each other and determine the team's captain. Who won? After a tough heads-up battle with Daniel Negreanu, Victor Ramdin walked away with the win. We provided full coverage of the match. You can see the whole live blog HERE or read the Team PokerStars Pro Championship match wrap-up.

You think that's all? Well, that's all we have room for here, but there were still tons of other major tournaments on Sunday. For a full breakdown of winners from the big weekend, visit the (12-28-08) PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results page.

Congratulations to PokerStars for its record-breaking weekend. Moreover, congratulations to all the players who raked in the big cash.

December 22, 2008 10:12 AM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (12-21-08)

It's a holiday week here at the PokerStars Blog. While that might normally mean wild parties, writers hopped up on eggnog, and somebody taking pictures of their hind end with a Xerox machine, we're going to be a bit more reserved (at least for the next couple days). After all, there is a lot to talk about in regard to this weekend's poker.

We will begin with the Sunday Warm-Up where the appropriately named Snowking_85 beat out more than 3,800 other players to win nearly $100,000. You can see a full recap of the final table at: Snowking_85 wins a slugfest in the Sunday Warm-Up.

In other news, KopplarJocke cut a four-way deal with his opponents and still won a ton of money in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Check out the full final table report for a wrap-up of the action.

Before we hit the mistletoe, we have to congratulate Imric_est for winning the 2008 PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker. Imric_est beat out the top 369 WBCOOP qualifiers and won a $14,300 prize package to the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Here's a complete breakdown of all this week's winners.

Stay tuned for some big stories coming out on Wednesday. In the meantime, congratulations to this week's winners and happy holidays to all.

December 21, 2008 11:13 PM

Snowking_85 wins a slugfest in the Sunday Warm-Up

A whopping 3,837 players took to the field for the last Sunday Warm-up before Christmas in 2008, and 585 of those players found at least $383.70 in their stocking by the end of the day. As the stores began to close on the east coast for shoppers, the final nine players gathered for their shot at the big money, including an impressive $99,762.00 for first place.

As the final table bubble neared, chip leader dan82mur amped up the aggression, taking out several players on the final table bubble to increase his chip lead. After a lengthy hand-for-hand period, etn99 busted in 10th place and the final table was set, with dan82mur taking a big chip lead into the final nine.

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Caution was the watchword to kick off the final table, as the players took their time committing chips to the pot. Finally, with blinds at 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante, liverdracon moved all in preflop from late position. He found action in the form of cadillacsa moving all in over the top with As-Qc. Liverdracon tabled Qh-9c, and needed help to stay alive. The board brought a little help, but not enough for liverdracon, as it ran out 6h-5h-3h-Qd-Ad to give cadillacsa two pair and send liverdracon packing in 9th place ($6,599.64).

With the first elimination, the floodgates cracked open and players began to be willing to commit chips to the pot. Next time around, it was eitishoo moving all in preflop with pocket jacks and snowking_85 making the call with Ac-Jh. That cracking sound you heard? That was the sound of an ace on the turn cracking eitishoo's jacks as the board ran out 4s-7h-2c-As-4c. Aces and fours for snowking_85 was good enough to best eitishoo's jacks and fours and send eitishoo home in 8th place, good for $9,592.50.

In an ironic 7th-place exit, AhKhQhJh10h moved all in preflop with Ah-Kd and found one caller in jas21, who showed Ac-Qc. The flop was certainly interesting, coming down Js-10c-9d to give both players the inside straight draw. The 4h on the turn was no help for anyone, but the Kh on the river made jas21's Broadway straight and busted AhKhQhJh10h in 7th place for $15,348.00.

Cadillacsa made a move from early position when he open-shoved with Ac-5c, but he ran into trouble when jas21 made the call with Ah-As. Cadillacsa needed help to stay alive, and the flop left him drawing even thinner when it came down Js-Ad-2c. Jas21 made a set on the flop, and cadillacsa needed running straight cards to survive. The Qc on the turn left him drawing dead, and when the 7d hit the river, cadillacsa was done in 6th, with $23,022.00 for his troubles.

Raising with marginal hands from the button is a tried and true method of increasing your stack late in a tournament, and there was plenty of that on display at the final table. It went wrong for OMGSHIPIT when he shoved all in from the button with Ks-7d, but only because snowking_85 woke up with a real hand in the small blind. Snowking_85 made the easy call with Ah-Kc, and OMGSHIPIT was dominated. The flop brought a pair for both players, as it came down 2c-Qs-Kd. OMGSHIPIT needed a seven to survive, but it was not to be as the turn and river ran out 6d-Qc to send OMGSHIPIT home in 5th place ($30,696.00).

With OMGSHIPIT's elimination, the remaining four players were very close in chip stacks. Talks of a deal surfaced but were quickly quashed, and play continued. Four-handed play continued for quite a while as the players jockeyed for position, and when the dam finally broke, it was ael1979 headed to the rail in 4th place with $38,370 for his troubles. Ael1979 raised preflop, and snowking_85 made the three-bet in position. After a long think, ael1979 moved all in over the top with Jh-10d. Snowking_85 quickly called with Ad-Qh, and the flop made things even uglier as it came down 2d-10s-As. Ael1979 picked up a pair, but so did snowking_85 with the ace. The Qc on the turn made two pair for snowking_85, and only a ten on the river would save ael1979. It was not to be, as the river brought the 3d, and snowking_85 took a commanding chip lead with three players left.

Dan82mur had built a stack repeatedly by aggressively stealing the blinds and antes and making solid moves in position. Every once in a while, he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and that's exactly what happened to him when pay got short-handed. After getting called on an all-in shove with 8-6o, he found himself the short stack and needing to make something happen. He made his move from the button with Qh-3h, and jas21 made the call with pocket nines. Dan82mur needed to pick up a queen to stay alive, but the board ran out 2h-Ac-7s-5c-Jh and he was done in 3rd place. $46,044 is a pretty good day's work, and that's what dan82mur collected for his 3rd-place finish.

That big hand left the remaining players close to even in chips as heads-up play began, as jas21 and snowking_85 battled it out for the top spot. Heads-up play was a lengthy duel, with jas21 taking a 2:1 chip lead going into the last break of the evening. Snowking_85 wasn't going to go easy, though, as he climbed back into contention to bring things close again. As the back-and-forth heads-up match continued, it was snowking_85 with the chip lead going into the final big hand. After a raise from snowking_85, the flop came down 10h-Qs-9h. Snowking_85 led out with a bet and jas21 moved all in over the top with Kh-10d for second pair and a straight draw. Snowking_85 made the quick call with 9s-10s for flopped two pair. The 9d on the turn ended all hope for jas21, and when the Ah hit the river, jas21 was done in 2nd place ($69,066.00). Snowking_85 came out on top after a tough back-and-forth heads-up battle, and pocketed $99,762.00 for his first-place finish, with no chop.

Congrats to snowking_85 on a hard-fought victory, and to all the 585 players who cashed in this week's Sunday Warm-Up!

December 15, 2008 9:39 AM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results 12/14/08

It's shaping up to be quite a December at PokerStars.

With the live PokerStars tournament scene on a holiday hiatus, it's time to turn our full attention to online action. And action there was this weekend with more than 20 big tournaments running on Sunday alone. The most notable of the contests was the PokerStars Sunday Million, an event that saw the top three finishers earn six figures apiece. PokerStars player opis/sp took down the lion's share, winning more than $150,000.

In other action, mmmbillski won more than $90,000 for a win in the Sunday Warm-Up.

For a complete look at this weekend's action, check out the 12/14/08 Sunday Tournament results.

Congratulations to all of this week's winners. We'll see you next weekend.

December 14, 2008 11:09 PM

Sunday Warm-Up Mmm Mmm Good for mmmbillski

This week's Sunday Warm-Up saw 3,899 runners log on, thereby ensuring the $750,000 guarantee would be safely met. A total of 585 places paid for today's event, with the prize pool ultimately topping off at $779,900. Leaving aside any final table deal-making, the player finishing in first place stood to earn a handsome $101,374 for his or her efforts.

Player sasodiits was the fastest out of the gate, claiming the chip lead after the first hour and continuing to hang around the top of the leaderboard for much of the afternoon before ultimately hitting the rail in 96th place. The leader after the second hour was amarillion. amarillion would also make a deep run today, sitting in second place after four hours, and in 15th after six hours before ultimately busting in 42nd.

Other early chip leaders would also fall by the wayside as the day wore on. jumps13, who led after three hours of play, finished in 180th. After five hours 9ballor8 had the lead, but would be bounced in 53rd. And philivey6922 (who led during the fourth hour) lasted for a while but ultimately went out in 31st.

After six hours of play we were down to 49, and hidalgo18 had emerged from the pack to claim the chip lead with over 1.8 million. An hour later and hidalgo18 was still in first with 18 to go, his stack having ballooned to 5.9 million. At the time, mortens22 was his nearest competitor with 4.32 million. hidalgo18's stack would shrink, however, as we reached the final ten. Finally, near the end of Level 31, player Mi||a.TiMe knocked out TurboToad in 10th, and we had our final nine. Here was the scene:

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Seat 1: mmmbillski (7,904,813 in chips)
Seat 2: yokerface (1,846,960 in chips)
Seat 3: D1rtyR1v3r (5,252,272 in chips)
Seat 4: riddup (2,525,008 in chips)
Seat 5: mortens22 (6,216,701 in chips)
Seat 6: DenyoDeluxXe (2,724,503 in chips)
Seat 7: suckedoutagn (5,429,773 in chips)
Seat 8: Mi||a.TiMe (5,705,289 in chips)
Seat 9: hidalgo18 (1,384,681 in chips)

The table's short stack, hidalgo18, would be the first to go. On the sixth hand of the final table, hidalgo18 open-shoved his last 1.03 million from middle position with Kd-Qc, and yokerface -- also on the short side with just 1.43 million -- called from the button with Tc-Ad. The flop came 2d-Qs-6s, giving hidalgo18 top pair. But the turn was the Ah, giving the lead back to yokerface. The river was the 4s, and hidalgo18 was out in 9th.

Just three hands later, yokerface raised 3x to 600,000 from middle position, and the table folded around to DenyoDeluxXe who pushed all in from the small blind for a total of 2.73 million. Too bad for DenyoDeluxXe -- suckedoutagn was waiting in the big blind with pocket rockets, and therefore promptly reraised all in for 5.18 million. yokerface judiciously stepped aside, and DenyoDeluxXe was left hoping for a miracle with his 8s-8h. None came, as the board ran 4c-Td-Kd-Jd-9d, and DenyoDeluxXe was out in 8th.

The next two eliminations came quickly as well. First yokerface pushed all in for 1.89 million with Jh-Qh and was called by riddup who held Ad-Qd. The board brought no jack (and a superfluous ace), and yokerface was out in 7th. Then, on the very next hand, mmmbillski made a small preflop raise to 512,505, mortens22 called from the small blind, and suckedoutagn also called from the BB. The flop came 6s-Ah-Ts, and when the blinds checked to mmmbillski he bet 845,500 -- about half the pot. mortens22 then check-raised all in for a total of 5.86 million. suckedoutagn folded, and mmmbillski made the call.

mortens22: Qd-As
mmmbillski: Td-Th

mortens22 had flopped top pair, but mmmbillski had him in bad shape with his set of tens. The turn was the Kh and the river the 5h, and mortens22 was gone. Just 15 hands played at the final table, and we were down to five players.

When the players reached the eight-hour break, mmmbillski had assumed the chip lead with a little more than 16 million, followed by suckedoutagn with 7.04 million, Mi||a.TiMe with 5.97 million, D1rtyR1v3r with 5.61 million, and riddup with 4.25 million.

suckedoutagn would soon take the chip lead after claiming a big 12 million-plus chip pot off of mmmbillski. That hand had begun quietly with suckedoutagn calling from the big blind mmmbillski's modest preflop raise from middle position. Both checked the very hammery flop of 7h-2s-2c. The 8h came on the turn, and suckedoutagn check-called mmmbillski's bet of 860,000. The river brought the 8s. suckedoutagn checked, mmmbillski bet 1.45 million, then suckedoutagn surprisingly pushed allin for 4.53 million. mmmbillski thought a while, then called showing Qc-2d for deuces full of eights. Alas, suckedoutagn had Ad-8d for the better boat, and had thus taken the lead.

Thus began a long sequence of preflop jockeying, with chips moving in relatively small increments back and forth across the virtual baize. mmmbillski retook the chip lead during this stretch, pushing up around 16 million, while riddup was nursing the short stack with less than 2 million. riddup was probably very glad to see 3rd and 4th place players D1rtyR1v3r (5.01 million) and Mi||a.TiMe (4.00 million) soon get involved in a huge pot. Mi||a.TiMe open-raised to 885,700 from the button, then D1rtyR1v3r pushed all in from the big blind. Mi||a.TiMe thought a while, then called with 7s-7c, well behind D1rtyR1v3r's Qh-Qc. The board came 9h-Th-3h-5s-8d, and it was rail time for Mi||a.TiMe.

With just four left, riddup gleefully pushed all in on the next hand, and in fact managed to double up when his Ac-Ts held up against mmmbillski's 9d-8d. riddup's joy would last a little while longer, until he pushed all in for 2.63 million with pocket queens and was called by D1rtyR1v3r who held pocket tens. A ten flopped, prompting riddup to type "noooooo" in the chat box. No queen came to save him, and D1rtyR1v3r responded with a "gg...ul" as riddup hit the rail in 4th.

mmmbillski still had the chip lead with 15.84 million as three-handed play commenced, with D1rtyR1v3r next with 12.87 million and suckedoutagn in third with 10.26 million. After nine more hands, the tournament was paused for the players to discuss a chop. By that point, D1rtyR1v3r had moved out ahead (16.77 million), followed by mmmbillski (12.39 million), and suckedoutagn (9.81 million).

As the tournament host explained, any deal would require the trio to leave at least $10,000 on the table. Payouts according to current chip counts were shared with the players, but both D1rtyR1v3r and mmmbillski wanted more than was being offered to them. suckedoutagn wasn't going to give up any of his proposed share, so the tourney was resumed.

Over the next 20 hands, D1rtyR1v3r pushed out to a commanding lead, moving past the 23 million mark. Then mmmbillski shoved all in for 6.8 million with Kd-4d, D1rtyR1v3r called with As-4c, a king flopped, no ace came, and D1rtyR1v3r had fallen back to the pack. Six hands later, D1rtyR1v3r lost another big all in confrontation with suckedoutagn, this time unfortunately running his pocket jacks up against suckedoutagn's As-Ad.

Just like that, D1rtyR1v3r was the short stack with less than 5 million, and soon thereafter would shove all in himself with Jd-6d. His bad fortune continued, as mmmbillski was waiting for him with pocket queens. The board brought no jack, six, or even a single diamond, and D1rtyR1v3r's dizzying swoon ended with him finishing the tournament in third.

At that point mmmbillski and suckedoutagain had almost exactly the same-sized stacks (each with right at 19.5 million) and so quickly decided to chop the remaining prize money evenly and play for the remaining $10,000.

mmmbillski pushed out to a lead during the first dozen hands of heads up, and when the pair reached the nine-hour break he held a 23.2 million-15.7 million advantage. After 50 total hands of heads up, mmmbillski still had the same lead. suckedoutagain soon made a move, taking a couple of medium-sized pots to take a small lead by Hand No. 60 of heads up. Soon thereafter came a huge hand in which suckedoutagn pushed all in with Ad-7d on a on a flop of Qs-As-Kh, only to get called by mmmbillski who held Kd-Ac. mmmbillski's two pair held up, giving him the 37.7-million chip pot. suckedoutagn was down to just 1.22 million.

suckedoutagn survived a sequence of all ins, though, and by Hand No. 80 of heads up had built back up to 11 million of the nearly 40 million chips in play. Then came Hand No. 85.

With the blinds 400,000/800,000 (Level 38), suckedoutagn called from the small blind/button and mmmbillski checked his option. The flop came Jd-Ks-Qd. mmmbillski checked, suckedoutagn pushed all in for his last 10.2 million, and mmmbillski called.

mmmbillski: 9d-Th
suckedoutagn: Qc-6s

mmmbillski had flopped the straight, while suckedoutagn had just a pair of queens. The turn was the 3s and the river the Kd, and mmmbillski took the extra 10 grand reserved for the winner. Congratulations to mmmbillski, as well as to everyone who cashed!

Sunday Warm-up Results: 12-14-08

1. mmmbillski $90,788*
2. suckedoutagn $80,788*
3. D1rtyR1v3r $46,788.00
4. riddup $38,990.00
5. Mi||a.TiMe $31,192.00
6. mortens22 $23,394.00
7. yokerface $15,596.00
8. DenyoDeluxXe $9,747.50
9. hidalgo18 $6,706.28

*amounts reflect two-way chop

December 8, 2008 8:47 AM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (12/7/08)

This weekend in tournament poker was one that simply could not have been played without PokerStars' help. Not only did PokerStars put on its weekly array of Sunday majors, it also hosted the APPT events in Sydney and the division playoffs of the World Cup of Poker. It was a worldwide day tied together by some pretty impressive ethereal tubes.

In World Cup news, the planet's poker players decided the final eight teams that will be competing in the Bahamas live finals next month. We'll be telling you more in the coming weeks about the people who will be fighting for their country.

Of course, the Sunday couldn't go by without another running of the big Sunday tournaments at PokerStars. Shotgun78111 took down the Sunday Warm-Up yesterday for nearly $100,000.

Just a bit later, PokerStars player drritalin took the top spot in the five-way chop to win the 12/7/08 Sunday Million for more than $136,000.

For a full list of tournament results from this weekend, check out the 12/7/08 PokerStars Tournament Results page.

Congratulations to all of this week's winners.

December 1, 2008 8:42 AM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-30-08)

Looks like folks didn't feel like negotiation this weekend. Out of the 22 big tournaments we watched yesterday, only one final table cut a deal. That has to be some kind of record.

Because the deals had taken the weekend off, the big money went to the first place winners

The Sunday Million was a monster. The world's biggest weekly tournament drew more than 8,000 players playing for a prize pool of $1.6 million. When it was over, twirlpro won nearly $200,000. For a full look at the final table action, check out the Here is this week's Sunday Million final table report.

In other news, Yankees31 beat out more than 4,000 other players in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. That win netted him $105,716. To see how he did it, check out the Sunday Warm-Up final table report.

Because it was the last weekend of the month, it was time for the 5000-FPP buy-in Turbo Takedown. That event paid out a cool hundred grand to the winner, Higote. To see how it played out, see our November Turbo Takedown final table report.

Finally, though it wasn't part of the regular tourney schedule, we can't pass up an opportunity to recognize GB2005's win in the Battle of the Planets monthly triple shootout for $12,500. Nice work!

For a complete list of winners from this weekend's majors, check out the 11-30-08 PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results.

Congratulations to all the winners. See you next week.

November 24, 2008 10:19 AM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament results (11-23-08)

Star-studded weekend rattles PokerStars Sunday majors

There were very few places you could be that wouldn't be considered "late" when the biggest story of the weekend happened. It was after 4am ET when two members of Team PokerStars got heads up in the PokerStars Sunday 500. Andre Akkari and Gavin Griffin went head-to-head in a tough heads-up battle. It took a pretty serious cooler to end it.

Akkari won the event for more than $90,000. Griffin's second place finish earned him a little more than $66,000.

You, like me, might have thought that would be the only big story of the weekend. We both would've been wrong. That same night, online and live phenom Danny "THE__D__RY " Ryan went and won the Sunday Million for nearly $190,000. Not only is Danny known as a great guy and great player, he was recently voted Best PokerStars Qualifier at the European Poker Tour's EPT Awards. Congrats, Danny, on a great score.

Danny Ryan

Add to that, there were nearly a couple dozen other big events going on at PokerStars. Quite a weekend, indeed.

For a complete listing of winners from this weekend, check out our 11-23-08 PokerStars Sunday Tournament results.

Congratulations to all the winners. See you next week!

November 17, 2008 9:56 AM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-16-08)

This was one of those weekends where not even the biggest plot of internet real estate could handle all the PokerStars tournament action happening at the same time. At the very moment all the big Sunday majors at PokerStars were happening, the World Cup of Poker was underway with preliminary action. Meanwhile, the PokerStars APPT crowned a new champion in Manila. Halfway across the world in Warsaw, the European Poker Tour was working it way toward a final table. Antony Lellouche and Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri kicked off Day 2 in Warsaw at the top of the leader board.

While all of those events were important as always, the Sunday Majors changed the bankrolls of dozens of PokerStars players. Slyfox151 took down the Sunday Warm-up. You can read all about it in this report. Making an even bigger score was Denmark's kesher79 who won the Sunday Million for a nearly $200,000 payday. Read all about kesher79's outright win in this Sunday Million final table report.

For a complete list of PokerStars Sunday majors results, check out all the PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results for 11-16-08.

Congratulations to all the winners.

See everyone next week!

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