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The Sunday Scoop: Black Friday Fallout
It wasn't exactly business as usual in the world of online poker as numbers declined drastically in the first Sunday without U.S. players on PokerStars and Full Tilt.
However, those who predicted total doom following the announcement Friday that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney had charged the principals of three of online poker's biggest sites with bank fraud, illegal gambling and laundering billions of dollars, may have been surprised by the turnout for the day's biggest events.
The 20th edition of FTOPS kicked off on Full Tilt as planned with a $200+$16 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry event carrying a $1 million guarantee.
A total of 6,953 entries ensured there would be no overlay and a $1,390,600 prizepool was created.
Danish Full Tilt pro Soren Kongsgaard made the final table and was part of a three-way chop at the top that left him with $172,616.79 when he finished third.
DQnk went on to win the title and $174,977.35 beating pokerfrance ($155,107.76) heads-up.
Over on PokerStars, the Sunday Million saw its guarantee pushed back down to $1 million.
But with 6,475 entries, that number was easily reached and a $1,295,000 prizepool was created.
After another chop at the top, guaicuru 07 took down the title and $121,830.20, beating tropicana111 ($94,772.87) heads-up.
Third-place finisher 1fishboon ($114,571.05) and third runner-up weygang ($101,709.71) also managed to walk away with six figures.
But while a recap of online poker's Sunday Majors is usually filled with tales of six-figure scores, this week's ends there.
The Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars almost got there when a four-way chop saw to1R collect $90,424.77 for a second-place finish in an event that drew 3,737.
But the $747,400 prizepool created wasn't quite the same as the $926,800 up for grabs a week earlier and winner campeao200 earned just $69,000 in victory.
In the meantime, an event like Full Tilt's $200+$16 Sunday Mulligan that usually draws thousands, saw only 370 enter yesterday, making the prizepool just $74,000.
And over on PokerStars, with tournament's like the $215 Sunday 2nd Chance seeing its guarantee reduced to $125K, just 749 players got in on the action.