The Sunday Scoop: Europe Dominates Sunday Majors

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Ticicz of the Netherlands won the day's biggest prize, $200,960 in the Sunday Million.

The third Sunday of 2012 is over with European players winning the week’s three biggest online poker tournaments on

The Sunday Million, Warm-Up and 500 all smashed their guarantees and awarded a total of $2.6 million to 1,727 poker players from around the world.

With much of the live poker world returning from the recently finished PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, or traveling to Melbourne for the upcoming Aussie Millions, the payout lists were noticeably light on big-name pros.

Read on for the essentials on this week’s biggest online poker tournaments.

PokerStars Sunday Million

The Sunday Million drew 7,379 players, down just over four percent from the previous week. Nevertheless it demolished its guarantee, putting $1,475,800 in the pot to be divided among the top 1,080 finishers.

After more than 12 hours of play it came down to a two-way deal between Ticiz of the Netherlands and roosi88 from Germany.

Ticiz started the heads-up match at a roughly two to one chip deficit but battled back to even before the two discussed a potential deal. They agreed on a roughly even chop, with just $3,000 more going to roosi88 thanks to a very slight chip advantage.

$20,000 was left on the table which Ticiz picked up after he defeated his German heads-up opponent.

Jonathan Karamalikis finished 14th in this week's Sunday Million.

Finishing 5th was former Sunday Million winner UH Big Tex playing out of Mexico. He won $205,000 back in 2008 for winning this tournament, and picked up another $60k and change yesterday.

Former WCOOP champion Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis finished 14th.

Here are the full final table payouts, adjusted to reflect the heads-up deal:

  • 1st place: Ticiz (Netherlands) $200,960.69*
  • 2nd place: roosi88 (Germany) $183,298.27*
  • 3rd place: nordlending (Norway) $118,064.00
  • 4th place: Stunts25 (Brazil) $78,217.40
  • 5th place: UH Big Tex (Mexico) $60,507.80
  • 6th place: insanocut (Canada) $45,749.80
  • 7th place: BlackMisi (Hungary) $31,729.70
  • 8th place: Freund Nase (Germany) $17,709.60
  • 9th place: GM_VALTER (Brazil) $11,437.45

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up

3,675 players found their way to the $215 Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars, building a $734,000 prize pool and putting $115,238 on the line for first.

Unlike most Sunday Majors, this event did not end in a chop. Russian player MikiOpasniy made it to heads-up play before defeating FinancialPOK of Spain who received $85,878.

The heads-up match was a complete blow-out with MikiOpansniy winning 17 of the 20 hands the two played. The Russian had a six to one chip lead going into the final hand but had to get lucky with A-9 against the Spaniard’s A-T. A nine on the flop put FinancialPOK down for the count.

Here are the final table payouts for this week’s Warm-Up:

  • 1st place: MikiOpasniy (Russia) $115,238.00
  • 2nd place: FinancialPOK (Spain) $85,878.00
  • 3rd place: LiroLa (Brazil) $60,555.00
  • 4th place: DelarPNZ (Russia) $42,205.00
  • 5th place: Dick_Fosbury (Canada) $31,195.00
  • 6th place: PIUlimeira (Brazil) $23,855.00
  • 7th place: KVB59 (Russia) $16,515.00
  • 8th place: PatrickCs (Romania) $9,175.00
  • 9th place: ZISIMO7 (Greece) $5,872.00

PokerStars Sunday 500

This week’s Sunday 500 broke its guarantee by over 60 percent this week, thanks to 812 players chipping in their $500 buy-in.

After nearly 12 full hours of play PSMozak of Bulgaria was the only player left alive, scooping the $73,080 first-place prize. He topped the 117 players who shared the $506,000 total prize pool.

PSMozak defeated Argentina’s Crisper heads-up.

Here are the full final table payouts:

  • 1st place: PBMozak (Bulgaria) $73,080
  • 2nd place: Crisper (Argentina) $52,780
  • 3rd place: StrungOut1 (Mexico) $39,382
  • 4th place: trionojnika (Bulgaria) $29,435
  • 5th place: glhf99 (Germany) $20,462
  • 6th place: vbjishfij (Sweden) $16,402.40
  • 7th place: Betudontbet (Mexico) $12,342.40
  • 8th place: m.cerqueria (Brazil) $8,323
  • 9th place: Orkyd (Belgium) $5,075

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