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The Sunday Briefing: FTOPS XXIII Begins; Chris Brammer Wins Event #1 for $130K

Posted 14 days 21 hours ago by Brett Collson

Another edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) has arrived. FTOPS XXIII kicked off Sunday, Aug. 4 at Full Tilt Poker and will run through Aug. 18 with 39 events and $8 million in guaranteed prize pools. The series will be highlighted by the $635 buy-in Main Event on Aug. 18, but new games like 5-Card Omaha, Courchevel and 6-Card Omaha will also be featured for the first time ever.

British poker superstar Chris "kid_bramm" Brammer kicked off the festivities by winning Event #1, a $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament which drew 3,503 players. It was the first FTOPS title of Brammer's career, and he was awarded almost $130,000 for his efforts. Ana "Nyx86" Marquez finished sixth in the tournament for $18,565.

Several other big names won Sunday Majors this week, including Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk, Dan "Danny98765" Smith, and Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu, who was the week's biggest winner after taking down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $205,751. Elio "smokrokflock" Fox finished third in that event.

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

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$200+15 7,063 $1,142,600
Place Player Prize
1 Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu $205,751
2 Farzinem $162,051
3 Elio "smokrokflock" Fox $113,008
4 David Buetta $74,867
5 trashtalk99 $57,916
6 13pacman13 $43,790
7 profatmo $30,370
8 horner26 $16,951
9 mitdadu $10,947

Notable Finishes: Paul "Sircall" Kristofferson (21st - $3,291), Francis "The Lag rat" Anderson (46th - $2,443)

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$200+15 3,081 $616,200
Place Player Prize
1 luetch1 $96,745
2 Vitorbrasil $72,095
3 theBlacking $51,144
4 LFmagic $35,431
5 gilbertogaf $26,379
6 aakiss1990 $20,026
7 blowknockout $13,864
8 robodonk78 $7,702
9 GoodOldJ $4,929

Notable Finishes: Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet (14th - $2,865), Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis (20th - $1,632)

Full Tilt Poker FTOPS XXIII Event #1 ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$200+15 3,503 $700,600
Place Player Prize
1 Chris "kid_bramm" Brammer $129,611
2 4CashNow $91,078
3 IgorFederal $62,353
4 Lortmatto $46,239
5 jellyfish223 $35,030
6 DSunichlife $25,992
7 Ana "Nyx86" Marquez $18,565
8 vienna bundy $13,171
9 papychulo777 $8,897

Notable Finishes: Brian "brianm15" England (22nd - $2,241), Tom "hitthehole" Middleton (26th - $2,241)

Full Tilt Poker FTOPS XXIII Event #2 ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+20 926 $277,800
Place Player Prize
1 broskyprosky $45,021*
2 mendezoo $47,541*
3 actyper $26,391
4 Steve "McNallyville" McNally $19,723
5 RastaMong $14,723
6 Xading $10,834
7 Michael "mossified84" Skomac $8,056
8 Rayan "rkruok" Nathan $5,833
9 pokerjoe485 $4,167

*Denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Ryan "ryanghall" Hall (12th - $2,778), Chris "kid_bramm" Brammer (22nd - $1,194), Philipp "philbort" Gruissem (26th - $1,194)

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$500+30 798 $399,000
Place Player Prize
1 jmc2536 $71,820
2 DestinoTrece $51,870
3 Ryan "HITTHEPANDA" Franklin $38,703
4 w4ldo $28,927
5 lilachaa $20,109
6 Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich $16,119
7 PikkuHUMPPA $12,129
8 Johan "busto_soon" van Til $8,179
9 Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero $4,987

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$100+9 970 $296,400
Place Player Prize
1 jackziyang $55,575
2 KOSHMAR2618 $40,014
3 prrrak4783 $29,640
4 zogador $22,230
5 teckidtq $15,561
6 Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek $12,597
7 PIUlimeira $9,633
8 d1rdyharry $6,669
9 Chipeur221 $4,179

Notable Finishes: Peter "Belabacsi" Traply (13th - $2,519), Tom "tollgate" Grigg (16th - $1,926), Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis (21st - $1,333), Steve "MrTimCaum" O'Dwyer (22nd - $1,333), Brandon "oncommand" Meyers (24th - $1,333)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$150+12 1,691 $253,650
Place Player Prize
1 Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk $31,782*
2 rojorulez $31,680*
3 TuckYouIn $25,422*
4 Joker_JimB $22,986*
5 Aaralynn $12,048
6 tommytight $9,511
7 HS_Hacker $6,975
8 Jeff "jeff710" Hakim $4,438
9 bruxa21 $2,536

*Denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (24th - $989)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$200+15 1,323 $264600
Place Player Prize
1 Dan "Danny98765" Smith $45,669
2 hamanof $33,075
3 Linadson $25,137
4 justMTTplay $18,416
5 dulek_jason $13,097
6 Scarer $10,451
7 Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins $7,805
8 Hexxer14 $5,159
9 DWDuck2 $2,910

Notable Finishes: Casey "bigdogpckt5s" Jarzabeck (10th - $2,354), Michael "RichieRichZH" Friedrich (12th - $2,354), Sebastien "p0cket00" Sikorski (20th - $1,111), Matt "ch0ppy" Kay ( 26th - ($1,111)

To get in on the Sunday Majors action yourself, visit PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

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