Last weekend at PokerStars, there were an astounding 8,242 players participating in the Sunday Million tournament. The guarantee for this tournament originally started at $1.5 million and was inflated to $1.7 million thanks to all of the registrants. The winner was “grifo173,” who raked in $242,000 by defeating Daniel “Deoxyribo” Strelitz when the event went heads-up.
Absolute Poker held its $100,000 Guaranteed over the weekend and Greg “gregior” Howard took down the title. As one of the top online tournament players in the world, Howard brought in $33,000 for the victory. Earlier this year, he finished second in the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guaranteed for $85,000.
The action was ramped up on the second largest online poker site, Full Tilt Poker. Its $750,000 Guaranteed has a $200+$16 entry fee and had 4,126 entrants for an $825,200 prize pool. After the dust had settled, “Kirbynator” won $145,722 by besting “ForEngland,” who finished with $88,214 for his second place effort. Third place finisher “cmiller916” ended up getting a respectable $57,764.
For players outside of the United States, the PartyPoker $300,000 Guaranteed had a similar buy-in to its Full Tilt Poker counterpart at $200+$15. This tournament had 1,505 entrants, meaning the guarantee was just barely met. At the final table, it was all about “LightMan752,” who dominated for the win and a $60,200 first place prize.
Another popular Sunday tournament on Full Tilt Poker is the Sunday Brawl, which is a bounty tournament with a $240+$16 entry fee. A healthy field of 2,448 showed up for this one for nearly a half-million dollar prize pool. When it got heads up, “titanfr59” and “Cheryl45” made use of the new deal-making feature at Full Tilt Poker and agreed that chip leader “titanfr59” would take home $90,481 and “Cheryl45” would win $74,000.
The last “major” Sunday tournament on Full Tilt Poker was the Sunday Mulligan, which had a $200+$16 buy-in. This event is mainly aimed for players that bust out of the Sunday $750,000 Guaranteed a little earlier than they had planned. Out of 1,276 entrants, it was “postmannen” who took down the final table and won $56,144. Also at the table were second place finisher “Kenny Rap” ($35,728), third place finisher “SqueezePlease” ($26,286), and fourth place contestant “djflunk” ($20,735).
Before the Sunday Million gets started on PokerStars, many players enter the Sunday Warm-Up for $200+$15. This past Sunday, 4,768 people entered for a prize pool of $953,600 paid out to 720 spots. The winner was “a$$ou,” who won a six-figure victory at $149,172 over second place finisher “sizzlinbetta,” who took home $111,094.
After a wild weekend of tournament action where millions of dollars are exchanged between rounders, there looks to be even more action today in anticipation of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table. With most of the major online poker rooms now supporting Mac OS X software clients, there’s no excuse to not get in on the juicy action.