Sunday Scoop: SpaceyFCB Wins Big, Marquez Goes Deep

Kenny Hallaert
Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert

Respected online grinder Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $63k while Ana Marquez nearly made the Sunday Million final table yesterday.

It was a busy day of action on PokerStars as Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen also nearly made the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up.

Here’s a closer look at how the three biggest online tournaments played out yesterday:

PokerStars Sunday 500

Belgian Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert outlasted 815 players to win the elite PokerStars Sunday 500 for $63,528 yesterday.

Hallaert already had an impressive tournament resume that included a win in the Sunday Warm-Up for $107k. Hallaert also has final-table appearances on the European Poker Tour and the Masters Classic in Amsterdam.

The Sunday 500 was a challenge in its own right with displaced American pro Amit Makhija trying to make some noise. Makhija ended up going out in fifth place for $20k.

Some of the other notables to go deep included Tim “blumenkind53” Ulrich (17th), Grayson “gray31” Ramage (26th) and Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro (28th).

Hallaert beat Canadian pistons87 heads-up to claim the Sunday 500 title.

Here’s a complete look at the final-table payouts:

  • 1. Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert (Belgium) $63,528.75
  • 2. Pistons87 (Canada) $45,088.24
  • 3. G-man/obell (Argentina) $46,419.96
  • 4. soydelmillo (Argentina) $40,359.30
  • 5. AMAK316 (Canada) $20,538.00
  • 6. Kora Fett (Canada) $16,463.00
  • 7. Lord$tyln (Canada) $12,388.00
  • 8. Dsnka (Czech Republic) $8,353.75
  • 9. Kakalala (Denmark) $5,093.75
Anna Marquez
Ana Marquez
 

PokerStars Sunday Million

Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez made a deep run in this week’s Sunday Million before finally hitting the rail in 15th place for $5,855.

Marquez was one of 7,055 players to play this week’s Sunday Million including fellow Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden, Liv Boeree, George Danzer, Lex Veldhuis and Andre Akkari.

It appeared Marquez was headed for a final table but was derailed when she got short-stacked with 15 players left. Marquez finally made her move with ace-five only to have an opponent call with pocket queens.

The board offered no help to the Spanish poker pro and she finished painfully short of the final table.

Instead online player Royal Jiks took a massive 19,908,121-chip lead into the final table. Royal Jiks got coolered mid-way through the final table and left with only 2.5 big blinds.

Royal Jiks performed a miraculous comeback, however, and eventually beat AleksHNL heads-up to claim the $180,504 first-place prize.

Here are the complete payouts for the final table (*reflects five-way deal):

  • 1. Royal Jiks (Switzerland) $180,504.30*
  • 2. AleksHNL (Russia) $116,633.58*
  • 3. danmark2000 (Denmark) $91,335.09*
  • 4. bbeat77 (Estonia) $93,179.77*
  • 5. intbild (Romania) $131,243.33*
  • 6. DuduPoker-Br (Brazil) $43,741.00
  • 7. SundayLights (Portugal) $30,336.50
  • 8. Anderbruegge (Germany) $16,932.00
  • 9. -shameLi- (Switzerland) $10,935.25
Mickey Petersen
Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen
 

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up

Irish online player allintrev23 mowed down a 3,512-player field to take top honors in this week’s Sunday Warm-Up for $110,277.

There were plenty of PokerStars pros on hand for the event including Max Lykov, Vicky Coren, Pius Heinz, Nacho Barbero, George Lind and Martin Hruby but the majority were eliminated well before the cash.

Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen didn’t fall so easily, however. The Danish pro went on impressive run that saw him make the final two tables.

Petersen finally finished in 14th place to take down $3,160. Petersen has had a number of close calls over the last few months but is still gunning for that big online title this year.

Meanwhile allintrev23 entered the final table as one of the middle stacks but played well enough to secure a spot heads-up against moumaife84.

Allintrev23 was at a slight chip advantage going into heads-up play but it didn’t end up mattering as he won a massive coin flip with pocket fives against moumaife84’s ace-seven. With just three big blinds left, moumaife84 was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Here’s a complete look at the final-table payouts:

  • 1. allintrev23 (Ireland) - $110,277.97
  • 2. moumaife84 (Denmark) - $82,180.80
  • 3. Elmagico19A1 (Netherlands) - $57,948.00
  • 4. wodka88 (Germany) - $40,388.00
  • 5. XuTpbIu_Tun (Russia) - $29,852.00
  • 6. Jengleleg (Netherlands) - $22,828.00
  • 7. MegaDes777 (Ukraine) - $15,804.00
  • 8. marlin5555 (Canada) - $8,780.00
  • 9. SheikhMar (Lebanon) - $5,619.20

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