Online poker tourneys again deliver big prizes

The big online poker tournaments last Sunday once again illustrated the continued keen interest in playing the game on the Internet, with several winning players taking home six figure payments.

The regular industry biggie - the PokerStars Sunday Million - soared past its guaranteed prize-pool level of $1.5 million as 7 836 players bought in, raising the prize pool to $1 567 200. There was plenty of bold, big money betting before four survivors agreed on a four way chop that would guarantee each a six-figure payday, with the winner taking an extra $30 000.

With the chop agreed, play resumed until the final two players, "Metzmagny" and "ldgii" with the former player holding a 2 to 1 chip advantage which he exploited to win the game and collect $147 822. As a result of the four-way chop Idgii, h2oace and jiacstrap all received six-figure paychecks of $104 841, $105 771 and $122 067 respectively.

Still at PokerStars, 4 004 hopefuls paid the $200+15 buy-in for the $750 000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up, taking the prize pool to $800 000. "124poker" won the tourney and collected $104 104.

Over at Full Tilt Poker.com the $750 000 guaranteed pulled in 3 637 players and was won by "sistabossen," who pocketed $132 787 and change.

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