The Sunday Scoop: Holding Steady

Matt Stout
A regular in the Sunday majors online, Matt "Allinat420" Stout chose to play the 2010 WPT Championship this Sunday instead.

With record attendance in Italy for EPT San Remo and the World Poker Tour's championship kicking off in Las Vegas, one would think the numbers for Sunday's schedule of online tournaments would be down.

One would be wrong.

The PokerStars Sunday Million drew a massive 8,464 players this week, smashing the event's $1.5 million guarantee.

In fact, the total prize pool amounted to $1,692,800 yesterday.

After a three-way chop, speedy0308 went on to take the title and $30k set aside for the winner, making the victory worth $205,983.76.

But while speedy0308 took home the day's biggest prize, it wasn't the only six figure score to be found online Sunday.

On Full Tilt, ElMastermind booked a $176,921 win, taking down the site's $1 Million Guarantee.

A total of 2,102 players paid the $500+$35 freight to push that prize pool just past the guarantee and, once again, there was a three-way chop at the top leaving just over $20k for the champ.

Even the $200k Guarantee on UB drew a sizable 1,004 player field with $44,838.64 being shipped to winner CHIPTHERIPPE.

But the heavy activity on the live tournament circuit did have some effect on the online poker world Sunday.

While final tables in the Sunday majors are usually filled with recognizable names, this Sunday they were not, as several top pros chose the live tournament grind over another Sunday online.

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