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The Sunday Scoop: The Million Draws 59,128
Huge money was on the line this week in one of the biggest Sundays the world of online poker has ever seen.
PokerStars' plan to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Sunday Million was a huge success.
While the online poker site heavily promoted a $5 million guarantee, $1 million and a Lamborghini Gallardo for first, the event delivered so much more.
Buzz about the size of the tournament helped it draw a massive field of 59,128 players, creating an $11,825,600 prize pool and although no seven-figure prize would be collected, a lot of money was spread around.
With the size of the field, by the time a final table was reached the blinds were so high luck appeared to be a bigger factor than the participants were comfortable with.
As a result, all nine finalist agreed to a chip-chop that gave chip leader wrzr123 a top prize of $844,209.88 and left the lambo up for grabs.
When all was said and done, Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel took the title and won the car with his end of the chop also earning him $671,093.81.
Here's how things panned out:
1 Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel $671,093.81 & Lamborghini Gallardo
2 sheppyshape $465,647.02
3 wrzr123 $844,209.87
4 guccyka $411,090.13
5 Syndrome1977 $799,842.09
6 zeurrr $518,402.33
7 nhar818 $441,541.06
8 Jan10004 $311,023.33
9 Battmeister $263,888.06
In the meantime, the rest of the Sunday Majors on PokerStars saw some residual effects.
The Sunday Warm Up set a record with 6,154 entrants creating a $1.23 million prize pool. FlipflopUK took the title and $187,207.92 first-place prize beating fellow UK resident Legadzo ($138,465) heads-up.
The Sunday 500 drew a larger-than-normal 1,532-player field with ManiacRazor enjoying a $122,560 win.
And finally, the $215 Sunday 2nd Chance saw 2,243 players enter with call110 booking a $76,262 win over Aussie Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis ($57,420.80).
To compete, Full Tilt doubled its usual $750k guarantee and allowed multi-entries, helping the now $1.5 million Guarantee draw 16,362 entries and create a rather sizeable $3,272,400 prize pool.
BriALLIN took the top spot and $490,860 with the top five all booking massive six-figure scores.
Plus, theSunday Brawl drew 3,362 creating a $672,400 prize pool that paid 324.
In the end, GaluhPapyrus walked away with the title and $134,480 first-place prize.