Kyle "First-Eagle" Weir Wins PokerStars 10th Anniversary Sunday Million

Posted at 08:02 2011-12-20

PokerStars has been celebrating its 10th anniversary in a number of ways, including milestone hands, and a Guinness World Record breaking tournament. On Sunday, PokerStars set a Sunday Million record — the largest Sunday Million ever.

The 10th Anniversary edition of the Sunday Million boasted a $10 million guaranteed prize pool with $2 million allotted for first place. There were only 16,000 entrants on Saturday night, but in the end, more than 62,000 entrants took their seats at the virtual felt, creating the largest Sunday Million field ever. The prize pool ballooned to over $12 million, and first place pocketed just over $1.1 million.

PokerStars Sunday Million 10th Anniversary ($10M Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$200+$15 62,116 $12,423,200

Final Table Seat Draw

Seat Player Chips
1 Unstoffable 88,211,413
2 Mark "tunafish919" Saber 56,325,060
3 BLAABAR 92,750,827
4 Tristan "SkunkDen" Bain 99,077,631
5 fireballdio 24,420,395
6 Dimedroll 95,849,710
7 kaalen 30,046,742
8 yokouno1980 21,488,856
9 Kyle "First-Eagle" Weir 112,989,366

"Yokouno1980" was the first player eliminated from the final table. Down to less than two big blinds, "yokouno1980" called all-in with {A-Hearts}{4-Hearts}, but was unable to best Mark "tunafish919" Saber's {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} to exit in ninth place. Two hands later, "kaalen" shoved for just more than five big blinds with {Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. Kyle "First-Eagle" Weir called with {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and help up through the {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts} board to score the elimination. Six hands later Weir was back at it. From middle position, "fireballdio" moved all-in for six big blinds with {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. Holding {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, Weir isolated on the button and took it down when the board ran out {6-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}.

The remaining six players decided to talk about a deal and after a bit of tweaking for 35 minutes, terms were agreed upon. There was $200,000 still left to be played for, and within a half hour, it would be decided. Tristan "SkunkDen" Bain three-bet shoved all-in from the small blind for 13 big blinds, but ran smack into "Dimedroll's" {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} in the big blind. No miracle saved Bain, who went out in sixth place. "Dimedroll", though, took a bad beat with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} as it failed to hold against Saber's {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. A few hands later, "Dimedroll" ran {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} into the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} held by Weir to hit the rail in fifth place.

The two big stacks got into shortly thereafter. Following a series of raises, Weir was all-in with {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} against Saber's {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The queens held up, putting Saber on the short stack. Although he managed to double up once, he soon ran {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts} into Weir's {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}. No help arrived on the board, ending Saber's run in fourth place. Four hands later, "BLAABAR" shoved a 17-big-blind stack into the middle with {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and was looked up by Weir with {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. The {4-Clubs} hit the flop and "BLAABAR" couldn't catch up, ending his run in third place.

With nearly a 10-to-1 chip lead, Weir made quick work of "Unstoffable." While "Unstoffable" managed to double up once, Weir was not to be denied. On the final hand, the two players saw a {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop and proceeded to get it in. Weir, with {A-Spades}{3-Spades}, was in nice shape to fade "Unstoffable's" {6-Spades}{2-Spades}. The {4-Clubs} turn and {4-Hearts} river locked it up for Weir, who earned an outstanding $1,146,574.65.

Place Player Prize
*1 Kyle "First-Eagle" Weir $1,146,574.65
*2 Unstoffable $580,724.34
*3 BLAABAR $709,896.78
*4 Mark "tunafish919" Saber $627,317.26
*5 Dimedroll $995,996.85
*6 Tristan "SkunkDen" Bain $758,986.42
7 fireballdio $182,406
8 kaalen $119,866.80
9 yokouno1980 $86,512.56

*denotes six-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Ariel "ArielBahia" Bahia (58th - $11,986.68), Marcel Luske (129th - $4,169.28)

To read more about this week's Sunday Million, head over to PokerStarsBlog.com

PokerStars 10th Anniversary High-Roller ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$10,000+$300 187 $1,870,000

As you would imagine, the field in the $10,000 High-Roller tournament was absolutely stacked and the final table did not disappoint. Here were the chip stacks at the start:

Seat Player Chips
1 montecarlo13 102,452
2 Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason 354,084
3 Andrey "Chaaai" Saenko 274,124
4 Joey "jcl87" Lawrence 329,477
5 Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver 182,853
6 Dan "djk123" Kelly 108,053
7 Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen 187,048
8 Grayson "gray31" Ramage 278,532
9 Greenstone25 53,377

It took only six hands for the first casualty of the final table to take place. Short-stacked "Greenstone25" got it in for about 18 big blinds with {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and faced Joey "jcl87" Lawrence's {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}. An ace hit the flop, spelling the end of "Greenstone25's" run. With eight players remaining, Grayson "gray31" Ramage took the lead when he eliminated Dan "djk123" Kelly, who had been chip leader for a good few hours leading up to the final table. At the 1,500/3,000/375 level, Kelly (170k) opened with a min-raise to 6,000 in the cutoff. Ramage (258k) three-bet to 15,678 on the button, getting the blinds to release. Kelly, though, wasn't going anywhere as he four-bet to 28,662. Ramage mulled it over before five-betting to 49,876. Into the tank went Kelly who after a few moments six-bet shoved. Ramage called with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}, flipping with Kelly's {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. A {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{3-Spades} flop paired Ramage to give him the lead. The {8-Spades} turn added flush and straight outs for Kelly, but the {3-Diamonds} river sent him to the rail in eighth place.

The next to depart was "montecarlo13," doing so after getting his stack in for 18 big blinds with {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} against Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver's {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The board ran out eight-high to leave just six players remaining. It was then when Joey "jcl87" Lawrence made his move to the top of the leaderboard. After taking down a nice pot against Ramage, Lawrence eliminated Oliver. In a battle of the blinds at the 2,000/4,000/500 level, Lawrence (499k) raised to 10,000. Oliver (234k) re-popped it to 18,999, but Lawrence put in a four-bet to 42,750. Oliver responded with a five-bet shove and Lawrence called quickly with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. Oliver tabled {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}, but fell when the board ran out {K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{8-Clubs}.

Andrey "Chaaai" Saenko (229k) busted in fifth place after min-raising to 10,000 when the blinds and antes were 2,500/5,000/625. Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen (412k) called on the button and Ramage (311k) called from the small blind. The flop fell {K-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and Ramage checked. Saenko bet 19,625, but saw Stammen raise to 49,775. Ramage ducked out of the way, while Saenko re-raised to 82,500. Stammen shoved, leading Saenko to call all-in for his remaning 137,244 with {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}. Stammen outflopped him with {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and his set held up through the {5-Spades} turn and {6-Spades} river.

Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason, winner of the $10,000 High-Roller World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) event in September, fell in fourth place. Still at 2,500/5,000/625, Ramage (246k) opened to 10,285 in the cutoff. Mason (264k) was on the button and he three-bet to 23,105, getting the blinds to fold. Ramage re-raised to 48,765, but Mason responded with a five-bet shove. Ramage called all-in with {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, leading Mason's {K-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. The flop came down {7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}, which gave Mason the lead. However, the {Q-Diamonds} hit the turn to put Ramage back in front. The {8-Spades} river was no help to Mason, who busted two hands later in fourth place.

Three-handed play lasted about 35 minutes before Stammen exited in third place. On the button, Stammen (235k) opened to 14,225 at 3,000/6,000/750. Lawrence (820k) called from the big blind and the flop came down {9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. Lawrence checked, Stammen bet 16,225, and Lawrence raised to 38,765. An all-in shove was Stammen's final move as Lawrence called with {A-Spades}{10-Spades}. Stammen was ahead with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}, but was not able to hold through the {6-Clubs} turn and {7-Spades} river, ending his tournament in third place.

The chip counts to start heads-up play were the following:

Joey "jcl87" Lawrence: 1,060,210
Grayson "gray31" Ramage: 809,790

The two players immediately agreed to look at numbers during their first hand; however, the tournament was not paused until after the second hand. Well, there was no third hand. At the the 7,000/14,000/875 level, Lawrence min-raised to 14,000 on the button. Ramage three-bet to 39,876 from the big blind, Lawrence called, and the flop fell {9-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Spades}. Keeping up the heat, Ramage bet 38,765. Lawrence, though, came over the top to 100,500. Not to be outdone, Ramage re-raised to 234,567. Enough of that said Lawrence, who shoved with the bigger stack. Ramage called all-in for his remaining 542,347 with {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}, needing to catch a spade to top Lawrence's {K-Spades}{7-Spades}. The {J-Clubs} turn followed by the {A-Hearts} river did not get it done for Ramage, securing the victory for Lawrence.

Place Player Prize
1 Joey "jcl87" Lawrence $402,050
2 Grayson "gray31" Ramage $289,850
3 Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen $219,725
4 Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason $163,625
5 Andrey "Chaaai" Saenko $112,200
6 Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver $93,500
7 montecarlo13 $74,800
8 Dan "djk123" Kelly $56,100
9 Greenstone25 $37,400

Notable Finishes: Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong (10th - $32,725), Russell "rdcrsn" Carson (13th - $28,050), Alexander "Schildy1984" Debus (14th - $28,050), Jonathan Duhamel (15th - $28,050), Luke "lb6121" Schwartz (17th - $23,275), Liutauras "liutas.a" Armanavicius (20th - $18,700), Joeri "L0ve2playU" van der Sman (21st - $18,700), João "joaobarb" Barbosa (22nd - $18,700), Mike "Timex" McDonald (23rd - $18,700), Renato "leguito" Almeida (25th - $18,700), William "Altrum Altus" Reynolds (27th - $18,700)

For more details about the 10th Anniversary High-Roller, take a look at PokerStarsBlog.com


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