The Sunday Scoop: PokerStars Shatters Record

Erik Friberg
The PokerStars Sunday Million reached new heights this weekend with a $7 million prizepool.

PokerStars held another record-breaking Sunday Million while Full Tilt marched on with the conclusion of FTOPS XV during a busy weekend of online poker.

Because PokerStars dealt its 40th billion hand on Friday the online room bumped the guarantee on the Sunday Million up to a massive $4 million, more than the prizepool of the ongoing North American Poker Tour Venetian event.

Online players responded in a big way with 36,169 players paying the $215 buy-in to get in on the action.

The field utterly destroyed the guaranteed prizepool taking it all the way up to $7.2 million making it one of the largest online tournaments in history, falling just short of past WCOOP Main Events.

There were numerous Team PokerStars Pros on hand for the event with Chad Brown, Jude Ainsworth and Gavin Griffin all making minor cashes. Griffin was the final Team PokerStars Pro to fall, making it to the final 100 but then busting in 95th place for $6,501.

The final table was made of mostly unknown players outside of 2006 WSOP Main Event eighth place finisher Erik “lirarerik” Friberg.

Friberg ended up finishing in fourth place for $282,118 after making an ill-timed shove with king-five.

The heads-up battle came down to RichieRichZH and lankeshwar. It was a back and forth battle until RichieRichZH finally took control winning 29 of the final 33 hands.

RichieRichZH won $1.1 million, the biggest payout in the history of the Sunday Million, while lankeshwar had to settle for $745,774 for second.

The rest of the big PokerStars tournaments on Sunday seemed like an afterthought but the Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday 500 still drew big numbers. homanga won the Sunday Warm-up for $167,100, rusostreet won the Sunday 500 for $126,000.

Meanwhile over on Full Tilt another edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series came to an end with four tournaments on Sunday.

The biggest event was the $500 buy-in FTOPS XV Main Event, which drew 720 players to form a prizepool of $2.8 million. The final table was dominated by unknown online players with JackQKA becoming the ultimate victor.

JackQKA officially made $482,647 for his efforts although there was a seven-way chop that meant he took a significant pay cut.

The other FTOPS XV results included BadcardsAA winning Event #22 for $430,000, BigMich08 taking Event #25 for $194,763 and finally -Alt_F4_lIlIlll winning Event #26 for $29,249.

Meanwhile on UB, ELWOODINHO won the $200k Guaranteed for $51,016.

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