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The Sunday Scoop: shaniac, j.thaddeus Just Miss in the Million
It was a series of near misses for a few of the game's biggest names on another busy Sunday in the online poker world.
Once again, the PokerStars Sunday Million was the most hotly contested event on the schedule, with 8,653 entries helping create a $1,730,600 prize pool.
The final table included both Team PokerStars Pro Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (3rd for $194,646.22) and well known poker pro and blogger Shane "shaniac" Schleger (6th for $51,918).
However, it was wasaberga who held on for the $211,180.98 win, beating eman1126 ($164,583.33) heads up.
The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up drew 4,651 players to build a $930,200 prize pool. And while INormaJean took the title and $113,785.35 first prize there, Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo was making a deep run in the $300K Guaranteed $109 Rebuy.
That run eneded with a third-place finish and $43,670 cash as forcewithme9 went on to book the win and $79,916.10 score.
Adding to an already busy schedule this Sunday were PokerStars' new Regional Championships of Online Poker events in the United States, Canada and several other areas.
However, the events were less popular than the site expected with the two-day USA COOP main event drawing just 1,650 and forcing PokerStars to cough up a $125,500 overlay just to reach its $1 million guarantee.
The results were similar North of the border with Canadian COOP drawing just 350 and PokerStars making up a $14,500 overlay.
Elsewhere, Full Tilt's $750k Guaranteed drew 4,423 players creating an $884,600 prize pool that paid 585 places.
pytcheye1111 took down the title and $156,211.51 first-place prize while Grippolio won the Sunday Brawl and $115,750.60 getting past a field of 2,851.
Finally, MUCKDUCKS held on to win the UB $200k Guaranteed event, outlasting a field of 1,022.