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The Sunday Briefing: Chad "lilholdem954" Batista Chops PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance

Posted at 09:30 2013-08-27 by Brett Collson

Back in the "early days" of online poker, Chad "lilholdem954" Batista was one of the most feared and successful tournament players in the world. He won major event after major event, while attracting fans (and detractors) with his brash and aggressive behavior on the virtual felt.

Batista's stardom faded after Black Friday, but his online moniker is one we'll certainly never forget. Batista moved to Mexico in 2013 to resume his poker career, and on Sunday he picked up one of his biggest scores of the year, chopping the PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance for more than $25,000. The former No. 1-ranked tournament player at PocketFives.com is officially back, and we're expecting to see his name frequently here in the Sunday Briefing.

Other notables collecting big scores this week were Casey "Sobizzle21" Sobczewski, Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu, and Brian "Halfrek" Elgaard. The biggest earner on Sunday was "jony_lv" who took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for 180,020 after negotiating a three-way deal at the final table.

Here's a look at the Sunday Majors results at PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker:

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+157,090$1,418,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1jony_lv$180,020*
2sick_radi$172,227*
3Monsthand$130,396*
4szwindel$75,154
5Flamboyantz$58,138
6mizzB111$43,958
7GAN 029$30,487
8lillstubben$17,016
9henrikx$10,989

*Denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Clark "snake8484" Hamagami (23rd - $3,303), Nick "FU_15" Maimone (44th - $2,655)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+153,075$615,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1RibyJI9R$96,555
2da Ape$71,955
3Casey "Sobizzle21" Sobczewski$51,045
4Stella948$35,362
5Eles01$26,328
6PURSHistik$19,987
7Chad D 87$13,837
8AliStatus33$7,687
9OTT CANADA$4,920

Notable Finishes: Anton "antesvante" Wigg (21st - $1,629), Jeff "jeff710" Hakim (24th - $1,629)

Full Tilt $250K Guarantee ($250K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+151,423$284,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1Bruce_L33t$48,419*
2Steve575$40, 734*
3GANDIFCP$32,654*
4Jude "j_thaddeus" Ainsworth$20,206
5memories7$15,083
6shing99$11,099
7TONIGHTTTSIRRRR$8,253
8dahotshot$5,976
9Pokergaal91$4,240

*Denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes (16th - $1,565), JC "PrtyPsux" Alvarado (17th - $1,565)

Full Tilt Sunday Brawl ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+151,148$229,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1x13full$45,920
2Dark Yoshi 100$30,582
3jaggalo1231$21,812
4WillyWartaaL$16,301
5HopeDiesLast$12,168
6Steve "StevoL_7" Leonard$8,954
74CashNow$6,658
8HosentRoger$4,821
9athilla$3,444

Notable Finishes: Joseph “MTstackin88″ Spanne (12th - $2,296), Anton "antesvante" Wigg (21st - $987), Tom Grigg (23rd - $987), Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad (27th - $987)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+30682$341,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1KING SAMHOR$53,455*
2ex6tenceLV$45,254*
3bebuchamp$42,294*
4OLD TIME GIN$25,404
5Shankar825$17,732
6PokerSavage1$14,322
7Langustee$10,912
8Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins$7,502
9Alex "Schildy1984" Debus$4,433

*Denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Jeff "jeff710" Hakim (14th - $3,069), Zach "HustlerGrune" Gruneberg (15h - $3,069), Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert (24th - $1,705)

Get in on the Sunday Majors action yourself by visiting PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+9918$286,100
PlacePlayerPrize
1Aloysius P57$46,537*
2schmette$45,729*
3pablo9 x$28,610
4Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu$21,457
5Brian "Halfrek" Elgaard$15,020
6evo.vom$12,159
7aladim35$9,298
8Zealot_uK$6,437
9Dan "APowers1968" Colpoys$4,034

*Denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmoreland (14th - $2,431), Andre "aakkari" Akkari (27th - $1,287)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+121,563$234,450
PlacePlayerPrize
1mypokerf$33,735*
2BellyBob$34,255*
3Bobl124$21,686
4chavalaro$15,942
5Martin "filfedra" Staszko$11,488
6Deltoid88$9,143
7Unicum next$6,799
8calmeluckbox$4,454
9mrAndreeew$2,414

*Denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Craig "mcc3991" McCorkell (15th - $1,523)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+151,231$246,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1XXstardogXX$26,991*
2allzmine$28,269*
3calsdion$24,032*
4mardepoker$22,306*
5Chad "lilholdem954" Batista$25,881*
6AAANA@ACP$9,848
7MinReraise$7,386
8ChiphunterTH$4,924
9mindgamer$2,831

*Denotes five-handed deal

Notable Finishes: John “BlackFourz” May (11th - $2,339), Nick "FU_15" Maimone (21st - 1,034)

PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$210.80+4.201,249$263,289
PlacePlayerPrize
1nemorabbit01$47,603
2Kabira$34,490
3veeea$26,328
4titek529$19,746
5alt<69s$13,822
6Tom "tollgate" Grigg$11,189
7Sytraxx$8,556
8LIKE A G6$5,924
9Pardal77$3,686

Notable Finishes: David "davidv1213" Vamplew (10th - $2,501), Derek "derek8" Lerner (18th - $1,448)

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