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The Sunday Briefing: Team PokerStars Pros Back on the Sunday Grind

Posted at 10:00 2013-07-17 by Chad Holloway

The PokerStars Sunday tournaments began to revert back to normal with more than a few Team PokerStars Pros in attendance. As the 2013 World Series of Poker comes to a close, many of the pros have left Las Vegas and gotten back on the online grind.

Seven PokerStars Pro were in the PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed) field including Joe Cada, Caio Pessagno, Joao Nunes, Henrique Pinho, Bryan Huange, Lex Veldhuis and Stavros “IDOLLS” Kalfas. All of those players finished short of the money except for Kalfas, who cashed for $1,309 after busting in 96th place.

“Faranius” was the big winner on Sunday topping a field of 6,613 players to collect $150,000. However, due to a three-way deal it was actually third-place finisher “luznypapa” who claimed the top prize of $163,772. "Faranius" began the final table as one of the five short stacks but in less than two hours he was crowned as the Sunday Million champion.

Here’s a look at the PokerStars Sunday Million final table payouts:

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$2156,613$1,322,600
PlacePlayerPrize
1Faranius$150,000*
2przem77$142,000*
3luznypapa$163,772*
4travoltanc$72,743
5avivgigi$55,549
6grasdal89$42,323
7chrispker23$29,097
8Tarzancev$15,871
9bagoch$10,250

*Denotes three-way deal

“Bagoch” was the first player to go after check-raising “travoltanc” all in on a {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} board. "Travoltanc" had the better hand with {A-Spades}{2-Spades} against "Bagoch’s" pocket tens. "Bagoch" couldn’t pull of a miracle turn or river and exited in ninth place for $10,250.

“Tarzancev” busted in eighth place collecting $18,871 after getting it in with {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. It was a coin flip for "Tarzancev" against “Luznypapa’s” pocket sixes. "Tarzancev’s" ace-king failed to improve on the eight-high board and was out.

Just two-hands later, "luznypapa" opened for 500,000 from under the gun and “chrispker23” moved all in for his last 2.3 million from the small blind. "Travoltanc" called from the big blind and "luznypapa" called. "Travoltanc" check-folded to "luznypapa’s" all-in shove on the {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop and "luznypapa" showed {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} for top pair. "Chrispker23’s" pocket tens couldn’t make a comeback once "luznypapa" hit trips on the turn. "Chrispker23" was out in seventh place, earning $29,097.

Soon after, “grasdal” was eliminated in sixth place for $42,323 after his {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs} failed to survive against "luznypapa’s" pocket sixes. “Avivgigi” followed suit after an open-shove with {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} against "travoltanc’s" pocket fours. The pair held and "avivgigi" was sent to the rail in fifth place for $55,549.

Following the ace-card bustouts was "travoltanc," who open-shoved with {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. "Luznypapa" reshoved with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and dominated with the better kicker as the board ran [Ac8s2cKAh]. "Travoltanc" was out in fourth place, earning $72,743. With the final three players left in the field, all three agreed upon a deal that would leave $20,000 on the table. After taking a few hits, "luznypapa" got his last remaining chips in preflop against “przem77” and "Faranius" but didn’t connect on the {6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs} board. "Luznypapa" was the chip lead going into the final three, so as part of the deal took home the largest share of the prize pool at $163,772 after being eliminated in third place.

"Przem77" and "Faranius" traded the chip lead several times before one pot determined the outcome. All the money went in preflop after "Faranius" five-bet shoved with pocket jacks. "Przem77" called with {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}, and although he flopped a queen, a jack spiked on the turn to give "Faranius" a set. "Faranius" was awarded $150,000 along with his first Sunday Million title, while runner-up "przem77" earned $142,000.

Here’s a look at the Sunday Majors at PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$2152,751$550,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1ResumeIgnore$86,656
2Vinson0031$64,648
3Aussie_star1$46,216
4camikater$31,636
5Viking8844$23,933
6huulken$18,431
72465979$12,929
8snowking_85$7,438
9Benjamin134$4,676

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

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$2151,176$250,000

PlacePlayerPrize
1cheesies$50,000
2callmemanu$33,300
3BETFISHANDCHIPS$23,750
4DeuceBabyDeuce$17,750
5InterneTT98o$13,250
6IfHeDiesHeDies$9,750
7TSAUNUNU$7,250
8FabOne1986$5,250
9jknack19$3,750

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Full Tilt Sunday Brawl ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$255954$200,000

PlacePlayerPrize
1El Spewtardo$35,383*
2petgaming SP$25,227*
3FabOne1986$25,029*
4HopeDiesLast$14,200
5r4ndomr4gs$10,600
6fsn1$7,800
7betrthanphil$5,800
8KaKeTKa$4,200
9daisyxoxo$3,000

*Denotes a three-way deal

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$530638$319,000

PlacePlayerPrize
1w4ldo$54,525*
2RasA86$45,800*
3Theralion$31,581
4ReadOnYou$23,765
5shinbunshi$16,588
6Lifesucksyah$13,398
73aHocKanycmy$10,208
8puto59$7,018
9Need1MFasT$4,147

*Denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$109+R753$237,000

PlacePlayerPrize
1birs320$35,100*
2zen_mec$32,958*
3dadowiec$32,073*
4dejciemi$17,775
5Jeppe M$12,442
6mjw006$10,072
7avpnewman$7,702
8totilas team$5,332
9Enzi1976$3,341

*Denotes a three-way deal

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($160K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1092,710$271,000

PlacePlayerPrize
1chopi7$42,818
2bananaraise$32,159
3chipiflautic$23,035
4ForreiEganho$15,853
5bachelder$12,059
6UT99PL/\YER$9,349
7Troubaduren$6,639
8Shongalolo$3,929
9MARCIN123$2,303

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1621,425$213,750

PlacePlayerPrize
1guth888$35,707
2alphina37$26,077
3Sifosis$19,665
4chiconogue$14,535
5MADSAMx$10,473
6Julia Zhang$8,336
7WRUUUUM$6,198
8duthchpoker13$4,061
9vicenfish$2,223

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$2151,078$215,600

PlacePlayerPrize
1Sheeter 200$38,808
2young_diam18$28,028
3Econometrist$20,913
4FruStark1$15,631
5oliva86d$10,866
6klauniq$8,624
7IceStream$6,468
8Kamikaze94$4,312
9Pappe_Ruk$2,587

PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($125K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$2151,050$221,340

PlacePlayerPrize
1I'am_Sound$40,505
2Mastermixus$29,438
3DAMIROK$22,134
45typesofmeat$16,600
5superkid-bam$11,62
6My Brim Low$9,406
7Dönig$7,193
8Magr85$4,980
9pabloreis$3,098

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