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The Sunday Briefing: ShipTheFliip Wins PokerStars Sunday Million for $182,654

Posted at 03:35 2012-07-18 by Mickey Doft

With the World Series of Poker slowly winding down, many online grinders returned home in time to participate in the Sunday Majors at PokerStars this week. All of the big tournaments went beyond their guaranteed prize pools, making for a big day on the felts. Hungary's "ShipTheFliip" was the biggest winner after taking down the Sunday Million — his second six-figure score in that tournament in less than a year. Poker pros Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek and Ben “Delaney_kid” Delaney barely missed out on their own glory, but both collected a nice chunk of change for their runner-up finishes on Sunday.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$155,892$1,178,400

"ShipTheFliip" won the PokerStars Sunday Million this week, claiming a top prize of $182,654. ShipTheFliip outlasted a field of 5,892 players and defeated "BAGBAGBAGBAG" heads-up for the largest online poker tournament triumph of his life.

ShipTheFliip took the lead with five players remaining after doubling through "Timorm1" on multiple occasions. The first came in a preflop confrontation ShipTheFliip's {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} improved against pocket eights. Then, after his own double-up, Timorm1 got the rest of his stack in preflop with {Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts} against ShipTheFliip's {A-Spades}{8-Hearts} and failed to come from behind. Timorm1 exited in fifth place and was followed by "#1StefanLiv" and "dcdilton", leaving just two players standing.

ShipTheFliip had a 2.5-to-1 lead over his adversary when heads-up play began, and it took only 11 hands to finish him off. According to the PokerStars Blog, ShipTheFliip limped the button with pocket nines and BAGBAGBAGBAG moved all in with {A-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. ShipTheFliip called instantly and the board ran out {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{A-Clubs}{K-Hearts} to give him a full house and the victory.

Amazingly, it was ShipTheFliip's second Sunday Million final table in eight months. Last November, ShipTheFliip finished third in the flagship event for $121,000. Some players just have a talent for slicing through large fields.

PlacePlayerPrize
1ShipTheFliip$182,654.79
2BAGBAGBAGBAG$135,516
3dcdilton$95,540.40
4#1StefanLiv$66,167.16
5Timorm1$49,492.80
6Maimonidess1$37,708.80
7kekenida$25,924.80
8pastierik$14,730
9asbsolute6$9,191.52

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$152,808$561,600

The dangerous Ronald "ronaldgrauer" Grauer bubbled the final table of the Sunday Warm-up, leaving nine lesser-known players to duke it out for the $88,452 top prize. After several hours, "ProXimaVez" and "PikkuHUMPPA" decided on a two-way chop, with each locking up $69,750. ProXimaVez went on to win the tournament

PlacePlayerPrize
*1ProXimaVez$84,690.43
*2PikkuHUMPPA$69,750.31
3bingogobernd$47,174.40
4trollllort$32,292
5DJSlow$24,429.60
6MishnuNona$18,813.60
7Lede007$13,197.60
8PamPamPake$7,592.83
9biezpienelis$4,773.60

*denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30671$335,500

Andras "probirs" Nemeth (17th - $2,348) and Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov (26th - $1,677) were among the players who made deep runs in the always-tough Sunday 500, but both missed out on a chance at a $61,564 payday. WSOP Bracelet winner Pascal "Pass_72" LeFrancois made the final table but bowed out in eighth place for $7,381. When it was all over, "young_diam18" had taken the tournament down outright after defeating "FISHyFINGA" in a heads-up battle.

PlacePlayerPrize
1young_diam18$61,564
2FISHyFINGA$43,390
3Openshoves85$33,214
4PieniFisu$24,994.75
5GulMandag$17,446
6James "BizBills" Bills$14,091
7AQUA RAIDER$10,736
8Pascal "Pass_72" LeFrancois$7,381
9adam001$4,361.50

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$9730$233,800

Notable finishes: Matias "Festivuss" Gabrenja (12th - $2,571.80), Laurynas "LaurisL91" Levinskas (14th - $2,104.20), and Yann "yadio" Dion (23rd - $1,169).

PlacePlayerPrize
1mr.thome$43,837.50
2pampa27$31,563
3PjotrNL$23,380
4WaGe N Warz$17,535
5UpiterSL$12,274.50
6N1lmar$9,936.50
7Eduts$7,598.50
8GadMO$5,260.50
9igorluigi$3,296.58

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$92,440$244,000

The final table of the Bigger $109 was headlined by poker pros Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek and Felipe "Improved" Montenegro, but both players came up short of the title on Sunday. In the end, it was Germany's "sk2ll_m0dR" who claimed victory and the top prize of $39,040.

PlacePlayerPrize
1sk2ll_m0dR$39,040
2Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek$29,280
3Troubaduren$21,252
4moukari6$14,640
5ToNiSiNz$10,980
6ryytis$8,540
7userohnename$6,100
8Felipe "Improved" Montenegro$4,148
9cannotletgo$2,196

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,333$199,950

After weaving through a field of 1,333 in the Bigger $162, four players agreed on a deal at the final table, each securing at least $18,800. Brazil's "vonBaranow" emerged as the winner to collect more than $28,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
1vonBaranow$28,170*
2sirgenutz$24,394*
3Twengod$18,830*
4H.Ouusale$20,162*
5Sheeter 200$9,897
63zMyers$7,898
7davertxx$5,898
8skydiveoslo$3,899
9apalma2156$2,159

*denotes four-way deal

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,086$217,200

Aussie poker pro Ben “Delaney_kid” Delaney found himself heads-up with Denmark's "mypoker25" after several hours of play in the Sunday 2nd Chance, but it was the Dane who provided the final blow to claim the title and more than $39,000. Notables Sebastian "p0cket00" Sekorski (25th place) and Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich (31st place) also made deep runs but fell short of the final table.

PlacePlayerPrize
1mypoker25$ 39,096
2Ben “Delaney_kid” Delaney$ 28,236
3AA316$21,068
4DINHO45$ 15,747
5Gigacide$10,946
6PaNdaY$ 8,688
7g3r4rd0x$ 6,516
8javierito_su$4,344
9Charek$2,606

PokerStars Sunday Storm — MicroMillions Special ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$136,523$365,230

This week's Sunday Storm was part of the MicroMillions II series schedule and attracted an astounding 36,523 entrants. The $365,230 prize pool was bigger than ever Sunday Major except for the Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-up. After nearly 11 hours of play, Russia's "@rtemur" defeated Ukraine's "Rom4iks" for the victory and $31,376 The two players negotiated a heads-up deal before playing down to a winner.

PlacePlayerPrize
1rtemur$31,376*
2Rom4iks$23,793
3daikin525$15,087
4Rinat L$12,056
5daveyzz$9,043
6177272$6,029
7royalestarr$4,185
8jacul31$2,848
9Dibble999$1,676

*denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,385$138,500

As it does every week, the Sunday Kickoff opened the Sunday Majors schedule. Nearly 1,400 players turned out to create a prize pool of $138,500. Norway's "Master$Mav" and the Netherlands' "EXIT4YOU" were the last two players standing, and after agreeing to a heads-up deal Master$Mav came away with the win.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Master$Mav$18,034*
2EXIT4YOU$20.089*
3flyflo$14,652
4TranquilMind$9,418
5Helda892157$6,786
6Fedling$5,401
7swordfish$4,016
8pistecaloze$2,631
9dr3amka888$1,440

*PokerStars Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up data obtained from the PokerStarsBlog.com

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