The Sunday Scoop: Biggest Sunday in PokerStars History

Sunday Million Dec 19
Over 62,000 players competed in yesterday's Sunday Million making it the biggest in PokerStars history.

PokerStars’ 10th Anniversary celebration concluded in grand fashion yesterday with Canadian First-Eagle taking the biggest share of a record-setting $12.43 million prize pool in the day’s biggest event.

In addition to the biggest Sunday Million in PokerStars history we saw a $10,300 High Roller event play out and massive numbers in the Sunday Warm-Up and the Sunday 500.

Read on for the biggest winners from this Sunday in online tournament poker.

First-Eagle Wins Biggest PokerStars Sunday Million Ever

A staggering 62,116 players flocked to PokerStars’ 10th Anniversary Sunday Million yesterday, the biggest number that tournament has ever seen. After 15 hours of play Canadian Kyle "First-Eagle" Weir came out on top, pocketing $1,146,574 thanks to a six-way deal.

Weir, 24 years old, told PokerStars he'd be using the money to launch his poker career, pay off student debt and treat his parents to a vacation.

“The feeling is unbelievable," said Weir. "I still feel like I’m dreaming and can’t believe it’s happened. It’s an incredibly fortunate experience.”

Yesterday’s Sunday Million not only set a record for the biggest field in that event, it became the biggest tournament prize pool ever generated on PokerStars, offering $12,423,200 in prize money.

It beat out the previous record-holder, the 2010 WCOOP main event, by just over $200,000.

Here are the final table payouts, adjusted to reflect the deal:

  • 1. First-Eagle (Canada) $1,146,574.65*
  • 2. Unstoffable (Spain) $580,724.34*
  • 3. BLAABAR (Sweden) $709,896.78*
  • 4. tunafish919 (Australia) $627,317.26*
  • 5. Dimedroll (Russia) $995,996.85*
  • 6. SkunkDen (Australia) $758,986.42*
  • 7. fireballdia (Portugal) $182,406.00
  • 8. kaalen (Sweden) $119,866.80
  • 9. yokouno1980 (Israel) $86,512.56

Joey “jcl87” Lawrence Wins PokerStars $10K High Roller

187 players coughed up the ten large to play in one of the internet’s highest buy-in events, and as expected the field was extremely tough.

Keven Stammen
WSOP bracelet winner Keven Stammen finished third in the High Roller.
 

After almost 14 hours Australia’s Joey “jcl87” Lawrence beat out his competition and earned  $402,050.

Among those who helped build the $1.87 million prize pool were some of the biggest names in the game, many of whom fell far short of the money.

Bryn Kenney, Mike Watson, Sami Kelopuro, Sam Chartier and Daniel Negreanu all found themselves quickly eliminated, $10,000 poorer for their effort.

Making it into the 27 spots that got paid but falling short of the big money were Mike “Timex” McDonald (23rd), Joao “joaobarb” Barbosa (22nd) and Jon Duhamel (15th).

The final table was absolutely stacked with tough players like three-time WCOOP winner Dan “djk123” Kelly, 2011 WCOOP High Roller winner Ashley “DYBYDX” Mason and WSOP bracelet winner Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen all fighting for the top spot.

Despite some discussion, no deal was reached with the entire $402k first-place prize going to Joey Lawrence.

  • 1. jcl87 ($402,050)
  • 2. gray31 ($289,850)
  • 3. Stammdogg ($219,725)
  • 4. DYBYDX ($163,625)
  • 5. Chaaai ($112,200)
  • 6. ImDaNuts ($93,500)
  • 7. montecarlo13 ($74,800)
  • 8. djk123 ($56,100)
  • 9. Greenstone25 ($37,400)

RenRad 01 Wins PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up

Yesterday’s big field numbers held true across the board on PokerStars with 4,937 players almost doubling the half-million Sunday Warm-Up guarantee.

In the end it was RenRad 01 who came out on top, a victory that was worth $154,461.

Here are the final table payouts:

  • 1. RenRad 01 (Mexico) $154,461.34
  • 2. harif1988 (Israel) $115,032.10
  • 3. josbassen (Denmark) $81,460.50
  • 4. FU_15 (Honduras) $55,788.10
  • 5. Bluffcracker (Germany) $41,964.50
  • 6. NoMorePoka (Russia) $32,090.50
  • 7. pulgask8 (Spain) $22,216.50
  • 8. KKremate (Brazil) $12,342.50
  • 9. badgergav (United Kingdom) $7,899.20
“The feeling is unbelievable. I still feel like I’m dreaming and can’t believe it’s happened. It’s an incredibly fortunate experience.”
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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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Mrs Santa 2011-12-20 04:46:34

oh i think hes had a few big wins but not much lately

Santa 2011-12-20 04:44:30

How long since Daniel Negreanu actually had a decent win if any?