Full Tilt’s Bigger Prize Pool Packs ‘Em In
March 17, 2009 (InfoPowa News) — Full Tilt Poker management's decision to boost the guarantee on the prize pool for its main weekend million-dollar tourney was vindicated by big player turnouts last weekend, with "grimmy101" taking home an impressive $216,000 as the winner — a good return on the $500+$35 buy-in.
2,355 entrants registered for the event, inluding many Internet poker hotshots, but the final table was eventually decided as Chris "CzarBushov" Bush with 3,724,101 as chipleader, grimmy101 (1,650,367), GhostRideIt (1,217,124), BRO20 (1,135,740), P0K3RDUUDE (1,125,375), Charlie Jean (947,230), vtlaxer09 (732,433), ChipConvergence (649,561) and brendand00 (593,069).
When third placed Chris "CzarBushov" Bush was eliminated by grimmy101 during the 40,000 / 80,000/ 10,000 level it set the scene for a short, four-hand heads up between grimmy101 in the lead and Charlie Jean that ended in a victory for the former and a first prize check for $216,012. Charlie Jean's second placing prize of $132,586 made his time and trouble worthwhile.
Over at PokerStars, the Sunday Million carried a boosted prize pool guarantee of $1.5 million and attracted an entry field of 8,001, with the final table consisting of bayleesmom in the chip lead on 17,209,285, over 4 million ahead of the nearest opponent, iceman1278 (13,610,483) followed by Juan Maceiras "vietcong01" Barros (13,521,196), Jamie "TheCronic420" Rosen (9,472,220).
TJ "WhatArunAA" Slifka (7,955,854), JLande (6,975,660), Simon "pokerbrat13" Charette (5,343,928) kendog39 (2,967,891) and Brendan42 (2,953,483).
Negotiations for a deal took place when the table reached its three surviving players, Brendan42, iceman1278 and Jamie "TheCronic420" Rosen, but were unsuccessful, and shortly after this Brendan42 was eliminated in third spot by Rosen to set-up a heads up between iceman and Rosen, with the latter holding a 2-to-1 chip lead.
However, it wasn't enough to dominate a determined and skilled iceman1278, who won the game convincingly at the 500,000 / 1,000,000 / 100,000 level, claiming the main prize of $196,024.40 and leaving Rosen with a second placing check for $132,176.52.