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

Posted at 20:00 2013-08-06 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-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+157,063$1,142,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu$205,751
2Farzinem$162,051
3Elio "smokrokflock" Fox$113,008
4David Buetta$74,867
5trashtalk99$57,916
613pacman13$43,790
7profatmo$30,370
8horner26$16,951
9mitdadu$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-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+153,081$616,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1luetch1$96,745
2Vitorbrasil$72,095
3theBlacking$51,144
4LFmagic$35,431
5gilbertogaf$26,379
6aakiss1990$20,026
7blowknockout$13,864
8robodonk78$7,702
9GoodOldJ$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-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+153,503$700,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1Chris "kid_bramm" Brammer$129,611
24CashNow$91,078
3IgorFederal$62,353
4Lortmatto$46,239
5jellyfish223$35,030
6DSunichlife$25,992
7Ana "Nyx86" Marquez$18,565
8vienna bundy$13,171
9papychulo777$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-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+20926$277,800
PlacePlayerPrize
1broskyprosky$45,021*
2mendezoo$47,541*
3actyper$26,391
4Steve "McNallyville" McNally$19,723
5RastaMong$14,723
6Xading$10,834
7Michael "mossified84" Skomac$8,056
8Rayan "rkruok" Nathan$5,833
9pokerjoe485$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-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+30798$399,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1jmc2536$71,820
2DestinoTrece$51,870
3Ryan "HITTHEPANDA" Franklin$38,703
4w4ldo$28,927
5lilachaa$20,109
6Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich$16,119
7PikkuHUMPPA$12,129
8Johan "busto_soon" van Til$8,179
9Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero$4,987

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+9970$296,400
PlacePlayerPrize
1jackziyang$55,575
2KOSHMAR2618$40,014
3prrrak4783$29,640
4zogador$22,230
5teckidtq$15,561
6Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek$12,597
7PIUlimeira$9,633
8d1rdyharry$6,669
9Chipeur221$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-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+121,691$253,650
PlacePlayerPrize
1Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk$31,782*
2rojorulez$31,680*
3TuckYouIn$25,422*
4Joker_JimB$22,986*
5Aaralynn$12,048
6tommytight$9,511
7HS_Hacker$6,975
8Jeff "jeff710" Hakim$4,438
9bruxa21$2,536

*Denotes four-handed deal

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

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+151,323$264600
PlacePlayerPrize
1Dan "Danny98765" Smith$45,669
2hamanof$33,075
3Linadson$25,137
4justMTTplay$18,416
5dulek_jason$13,097
6Scarer$10,451
7Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins$7,805
8Hexxer14$5,159
9DWDuck2$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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