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The Sunday Scoop: Brianm15 Does it Again
The first Sunday of 2011 was a rather large one in the world of online poker with massive fields and guarantee-smashing prize pools aplenty.
The PokerStars Sunday Million carries a $1.5M Guarantee, but that was laid to waste when 9,466 players dropped the $215 buy-in for a chance at online poker glory.
With a $1,893,200 prize pool up for grabs, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier made a deep run that ended in 87th, but it was Brianm15 who stole the headlines this week.
After making seventh last week, he finished ninth in his second Sunday Million final table in a row, proving his 2009 Sunday Warm-Up win was no fluke.
He earned $13,252.40, but the big cash was reserved for winner He77_Razor, who grabbed $270,353.82 beating stevemruk ($198,786) heads-up. touchmynuts1 had to settle for third, but still managed to collect a healthy $140,948.74.
The Sunday Warm-Up had a million dollar prize pool of its own thanks to the 5,046 players who got in on the action.
A chip-chop three handed left $10k for first and three six-figure scores for the top three players.
7de9 took the title and $138,294.81 beating Anita seku ($114,190.71) heads-up, while pawnUz ($106,216.74) took third.
Meanwhile, KJulius10 just missed a six figure score, collecting $86,995 in the $530 Sunday 500.
He got past a field of 1,122, including a final table that featured EPT Berlin winner Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee (5th).
The hotly contested $109 Rebuy almost handed out six-figures for the winner as well, thanks to 1,268 entires, 2,245 rebuys and 1,088 add-ons.
In the end, lissi stinkt took first and $83,968.25 beating a final table that included Team PokerStars Pro and back-to-back LAPT champ Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero (3rd).
The guarantees were rendered moot on Full Tilt as well, with 4,556 creating a $911,200 prize pool that paid 648 players in the site's $750k Guarantee.
mcc3991 beat Hungarian pro Andras Nemeth heads up to take the title and $157,601.15.
The $95,676 second-place prize wasn't enough for Nemeth, however, as he went on to finish 12th in the Sunday Mulligan for another 2,279.70.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Brawl drew 3,044, creating a $608,800 prize pool that left $121,760 for first. neker2013 gladly grabbed that and his first Sunday Major win.
Finally, 1,011 players ensured there would be no overlay for the $200k GTD on UB.
NO1TK took 45,151.26 out of a $202,200 prize pool with a win against a final table that also included Shannon "BLUFFFORRENT" Shorr (7th).