With PokerStars’ 10th anniversary in full swing there was a stack of giant tournaments on the go.
The pros were also out in full force although very few made noteworthy runs with the exception of Moorman snagging 15th place in the Sunday 500 and Matt “Ch0ppy” Kay finishing third in the iPoker $200k guaranteed.
Here’s a closer look at the biggest online tournaments that were held yesterday:
PokerStars Red Spade Open
The PokerStars Sunday Million is generally the biggest tournament of the week but this week it had to take back seat to Red Spade Open, which saw an incredible 28,338 players pay the $55 buy-in.
The field combined to create an astounding prizepool of $1.41 million and a first place prize of $269k. Not bad for a $55 investment.
With that much money on the line the final four players couldn’t avoid the temptation of a chop and that’s just what they did.
It worked out well for DavoDam as he busted in fourth place but took down $197k thanks to the chip advantage he previously held.
That was the biggest payout of the Red Spade Open but Dick_Fosbury of Canada was the actual winner taking down $121k.
PokerStars Sunday Million
The PokerStars Sunday Million may have just fallen just short of being the biggest tournament this week but it still drew 7,023 players to create a prizepool of $1.4 million.
A large percentage of the Team PokerStars Pros were playing the Red Spade open as $100 bounties but Patt Pezzin, Shane “shaniac” Schleger, Jose Barbero and Jonathan Duhamel found the time to get in on the Million.
It took over 11 hours to set the final and by that point Haporuu and muha84 had distanced themselves from the pack.
Both players made it into the final three, where there was a three-way chop, but Haporuu would eventually fall in third for $129k.
Russian muha84 ended up winning the tournament for $198k.
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up
Even the Sunday Warm-Up was blowing up on Sunday with 3,497 players creating a prizepool of $699k.
The prizepool easily surpassed the guarantee of $500k and noted pros Dag Martin Mikkelsen of Norway and Jonathan “MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis made deep runs in the contest.
Yet again there was a three-way chop and once again a Russian was the biggest winner as Pendos90 won the tournament for $91k.
PokerStars Sunday 500
The elite PokerStars Sunday 500 was hopping yesterday with a total of 779 players all looking to grab a chunk of the $389k prizepool.
The one and only Chris “Moorman1” Moorman made a very deep run in the tournament before eventually crashing out of contention in 15th place for $1,596. Not quite the $1 million he picked up for finishing second in the WSOPE but not a bad score nonetheless.
Pvd170590 was the biggest overall winner taking down a first place prize of $63k.
iPoker $200k Guaranteed
Switching networks for a moment the $200k Guaranteed on the iPoker network drew 986 players, which provided a small overlay of $2,800.
Online player raineyp won the tournament outright for $42k, which is enough to help almost anyone through a few rainy days.