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Sunday Funday Shannon Shorr Wins Big PokerStars Kills Guarantees

Sunday Funday - Shannon Shorr Wins Big, PokerStars Kills Guarantees

PokerStars Kills the $5 Million Guarantee Sunday Million and $1 Million Guarantee Sunday Warm-Up, FTOPS Main Hands Barshak the Most Cash and “poksu pete” the Title, Shorr Wins Sunday 500 vs. Elite Competition.

I’m not one to praise an already successful business I am not part of, but:  PokerStars is killing it.  The week after the “Double Vision” promotion, Stars debuted the “Million Dollar Sunday” this past weekend and absolutely crushed it.  Whith FTOPS going on at the same time, there was no need to play out some inter-site competition, but it seemed they did, indeed, want to give online grinders a reason to keep both clients open. 

There was a five million guarantee on the Sunday Million and a one million guarantee for the for the Warm Up, both were handily beaten (not that we expect overlays in the big majors.)  The pros were no where to be seen in Stars’ two big guarantees’ final nines, but there were some very exciting final tables in the Sunday Majors and FTOPS.  Let’s see how they worked out again, as we do every week, top to bottom:

Sunday Million (Special $5,000,000 GTD) – PokerStars
Buy in:  $200+15     Entrants:  26,925 entries  Prize Pool: $5,385,000

26,925.  No that isn’t a final table payout…wait, yes it is.  But, typically that number would be a payout on the final table, this time, it’s the number of entries into the $200+15 big event, creating a prize pool of $5,385,000.  This would be the biggest payout in Pokerstar’s Sunday Million history since it’s 7th anniversary main event earned “bensilovas” $848,000 without a deal. 

This time though, no one was there to say “I want mirron”, so it was a five way deal guaranteeing no less than $225,000 for the final five and then they played it out.  Finishing on top for the title and the biggest payout was “sincinaty118” who took home a life changing $421,971.  While no known pros made the final table, some did make it deep, including Kristof “deLuxy” de Smedt (27th - $8,077), Nick “FU_15” Maimone (28th - $7,000), Mikhail "crossthervr" Petrov (51st - $5,385) and Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason (57th - $4,846.)  Here is the final table and the payouts of this amazing event.

1

sincinaty118

$421,971*

2

FLasHBa3k

$261,359*

3     

dadoferal

$230,028*

4

bdklizm

$229,450*

5

elastobert

$240,595*

6

Alfons777999

$80,775

7

Mr.Hazard70

$53,850

8

socke2506

$40,387

9

zet1981

$26,925

FTOPS Main Event ($1,500,000 GTD) – FillTilt Poker
Buy in:  $600+35  Entrants: 2,755  Prize Pool:  $1,653,000

It is good to be reporting on the FTOPS again, even if it’s in the same stable as the SCOOP/WCOOP now-days, because it gives us a chance to see a bigger, bolder series Main Event action during this big guarantee weekend.  While the guarantee wasn’t as big, the buy-in price topped the charts, attracting the best and the brightest. 

It was a hell of a battle for Steve “illini213” Barshak, but while he walked away with the most money in the three way deal, he did not get the official title.  He may have to buy $54,000 worth of tissues or something.  The event payed out 4 six figure wins for the top spots and here they are, along with the rest of the payouts, of the FTOPS main event final table:

1

poksu pete

 $207,016*

2    

Steve "Illini213" Barshak

$261,339*

3

I Visor I

$199,456*

4

zwacke

$109,098

5

hteraaj2001

$82,650

6

Rafa84

$61,362

7

MakeYouDumber

$43,804

8

Jesusn70

$31,076

9

Helli_Hansen

$20,993

Sunday Warm-Up (Special $1,000,000 GTD) – PokerStars
Buy in:  $200+15  Entrants: 6,412    Prize Pool:  $1,282,400

How do you get Sunday Million numbers out of a Sunday Warm-Up? Well, guarantee a million dollar prize pool.  That is just what PokerStars did this weekend and it worked like a charm.  The final table again denied the “big names” a seat, but they did make some deep runs including: Artem "FaNjkEEE" Kobylynskyi (11th - $7,181), Mikalai "Leanod" Pobal (13th - $5,3860), Tommy "Tmoney0209" Miller (17th - $3,590) and Chad "badbeatman06" Eveslage (24th - $3,000.) 

In the end, the final three would make a deal and once again we see second walk out with first place money (“KingOfThe$ea”) leaving “nowayyaright” with the title and $146,922.  Here is how the whole final table played out:

1

nowayyaright

$146,922*

2     

KingOfThe$ea

$165,000*

3

Shiko21

$129,996*

4

hav0cLOL

$70,532

5

nirnes

$53,860

6

jus2awsum

$41,036

7

ju3lz3

$28,212

8

nitansita

$15,388

9

pain-bg

$9,938

Sunday 500 ($300,000 GTD) – PokerStars
Buy in: $500+30 Entrants:  918   Prize Pool: $459,000

It’s been a pretty good year for Shannon “basebal1b” Shorr.  He’s jetted around the world, made final tables, racked up major dinero and in-between, has excelled online as well.  This week, all the scheduling and dedication paid off as Shorr won the Sunday 500 all-out againt the toughest final table of the week.  6 of the 9 final table participants were players with serious known records and when that happens, you KNOW a deal isn’t getting made. 

Shorr fought to the end and took them all out.  Just take a look at the list of names!  Not to mention, bubbling the final table was high-stake game driver Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (10th $4,360.)  (That money may either disappear fast or turn into the stake that turns things back around for the swinging Swede.) 

Here is what Shorr told us after taking down this tough tournament again.

"It was a really cool experience to win the Pokerstars Sunday $500 again after having won it 14 months ago. I love this tournament, as the average stack is deeper than typical online tournaments and takes the form of a lot of live tournaments in which I often compete. Down the stretch of this tournament I was completely locked in and therefore very happy with my play. I decided not to deal heads up with 'Rkruok' after making a deal the last time I won this tournament. Thus, he and I were battling even harder for the title and played a fairly epic heads up match. It felt good to come out on top," Shorr said as he added another sweet sum to his ever growing tournament earnings.

1    

Shannon "basebal1b" Shorr

$82,620

2

Rayan "rkruok" Nathan

$58,889

3

Mikael "fuddebuf" Hansen

$44,064

4

hassan77

$33,048

5

Niclas "mezzias" Adolfsson

$22,950

6

Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson

$18,360

7

Sheeter 200

$13,770

8

OxXs

$9,180

9

Ognjen "psjebemvas" Sekularac

$5,508

$109 Sunday Rebuy ($225,000 GTD) – PokerStars
Buy in: $100+9 Entries:  1,217  Prize Pool:  $368,100

Good to see the rebuy back amongst the biggest majors again and good to see pro participation at the final table spike as well.  Entries were up in double digit percentages over last week and with all the other action on, it looked like no one wanted to miss out on the rebuy action as the degens pooled in one place.  Several missed the final table and it was a laundry list of names falling by the wayside, including: Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (12th - $3,681), Maksim "le kork" Kolosov (1th - $2,944), Josh "JBT449" Bergman (17th - $2,208), Cesar "Ce$ar$pa" Garcia (21st - $1,582), Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul (24th - $1,582) and Robert "Little Kraut" Deppe (26th - $1,582.)  In the end Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen would take the title straight out, besting a final table that included John “BlackFourz” May, Justas “selinantis” Semaska and Chris “cdbr3799” Dombrowski for the title and $67,178.  Here is how the final table laid out:

1    

Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen

$67,178

2

Dominicve

$48,920

3

John “BlackFourz” May

$36,810

4

Justas "selinantis" Semaska

$27,607

5

Babecallme

$19,325

6

Xnrobix

$15,644

7

Chris "cdbr3799" Dombrowski

$11,963

8

AngelinaWins

$8,282

9

Skattefar

$5,153

Sunday Supersonic ($125k Guaranteed)
Buy in: $210.80+4.20 Entries:  1,694  Prize Pool:  $357,095

Someone at PokerStars might want to take a look at bumping the guarantee on the Sunday super-turbo known as the “Supersonic.”  (Or Super-chronic if you see what they’re doing in the numbers there…)  It continues to build prize pools well over double the guarantee and attracts some pretty big names.  In fact, this week it was David “WhooooKidd” Baker that grabed the title in a final table that included Peter “Apathy123” Jetten and “almost rans” that included luminaries like Nikolay "biurtyj" Losev (11th - $3,213), Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz (12th - $3,213), Andre "aakkari" Akkari (16th - $1,785), Mikael "fuddebuf" Hansen (20th - $1,178), Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich (26th - $1,178) and Carter "cswidler" Swidler (28th - $785.)  Check out the damage report:

1

David "WhooooKidd" Baker

$62,992

2    

Hoegh93

$46,422

3

Seeeeeee

$35,709

4

remboy44

$25,889

5

Peter "Apathy123" Jetten

$18,568

6

Wilfandtrav

$14,977

7

Polovksi2

$11,427

8

TTJJTQQVS44

$7,856

9

Sonajero

$4,933

$200,000 GTD Sunday – PartyPoker
Buy in: $200+15 Entries:  1,169 Prize Pool:  $233,800

Bringing up the tail end of the Sunday Major parade is the PartyPoker Sunday major.  The big events on the other sites seemed to give it a little boost this week (up 30 runners over the previous outing) and over $45k for first prize.  We did not find any known names on the final table, but I’d like to give out a concilitory pat-on-the-head for good aliases to 3rd place “SpewyDonkey” and 9th place “Schnitzelwurst.”  Well played. 

1

HouseOfHor

$46,761

2

angardraise

$24,819

3

SpewyDonkey

$15,706

4

usenit

$13,308

5

samdahiPP

$10,910

6

SsstarUA

$8,512

7

ANALSATAN666

$6,114

8

romeopro33

$3,956

9

Schnitzelwurst

$2,757

10   

JianLi123

$2,158

News by Matt Waldron
Matt Waldron - iGaming.org Poker Specialist

Matt Waldron is an international journalist, writer, home brewer, poker player, and (when he’s not busy with all that) a professional in the product and brand development world.  “Waldo” has covered the WPT, WSOP, EPT/NAPT and online poker since 2006 in some form or another and well – he hasn’t gotten tired of it yet. 

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