Sunday Briefing: Paul Vas Nunes Wins Second PokerStars Sunday Million


Most players can only dream of winning the PokerStars Sunday Million during their careers, but Paul “pvas2” Vas Nunes isn’t like most players.

The Surrey-based grinder has more than $2.3 million in online poker tournament winnings, an impressive sum help by the fact he won the Sunday Million in 2010 and on Nov. 27 took down his second Sunday Million event.

Vas Nunes was one of 5,657 entries (1,023 re-entries) in the week’s biggest online poker tournament and he helped create a $1,131,400 prize pool. This pot of cash was distributed among the top 998 finishers, a min-cash weighing in at $343 and $152,804 being reserved for the champion.

The tournament ended in a heads-up chop with Vas Nunes and “buschle” striking a deal. The final two players agreed to a deal based on ICM, although Vas Nunes said “I want a little extra on top of ICM to make my ego feel better. Buschle agreed to give his opponent an additional $111 and the pair played on for the $20,000 set aside for the eventual winner.

That winner turned out to be Vas Nunes who on the final hand min-raised with {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} and buschle called with {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts}. On the {K-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop, Buschle check-raised a Vas Nunes bet to 3.3 million and was called. On the {4-Clubs} turn, buschle check-called a 4.5 million bet and then check-called a 15 million all-in bet on the {Q-Clubs} river, leaving Vas Nunes as the last man standing and he became part of an exclusive club of two-time Sunday Million champions.

Some of the other notable PokerStars victories included:

Tournament Champion Prize
$530 Bounty Builder High Roller WhatIfGod $83,602*
$2,100 Sunday High Roller Viktor “Isildur1” Blom $63,842
Sunday 500 IAmSoSo $39,760
$215 Sunday Warm-Up Andras “probirs” Nemeth $37,967
$109 Bounty Builder ulrich80 $32,403*
$215 Sunday Supersonic G A W $29,789
$215 Bounty Builder Guilherme “Anao19” Schreiber $28,710*
Bigger $109 OMGitshunt $27,764
Bigger $215 hneves182 $21,792
Hotter $215 Ole “wizowizo” Schemion $20,728
Hotter $109 mpopkov $19,394
$530 Omania High Roller sqmpork $18,392
$109 Sunday Cooldown Idog1974 $18,205
$109 Sunday Kickoff Kepalas89 $18,125
$215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic thehushpuppy $8,690
Hotter $162 PeroQmaloSoy $7,627
$109 Omania Limwonster $6,942
$109 Sunday Starter danechka1991 $6,907
$109 Sunday Wrap-Up YerickK $6,906
$109 Bubble Rush 89rhino89 $5,691
Bigger $162 Christophe “chrisdm” De Meulder $4,528

*includes bounties

888poker Highlights

Over at 888poker, “NEONTIGER” shone the brightest in the $120,000 Whale, topping a field of 85 players to turn $1,050 into $34,925. Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer was the runner-up and netted $23,495.

In the $100,000 Mega Deep Brazil’s “fishondope” won the $19,532 first-place prize, while in the $50,000 Sunday Challenge it was “Mannangur” who was crowned champion and he scooped $9,697 after a heads-up deal with “Borraurelio9” who netted $8,716.

Big partypoker Scores

Across to partypoker now where “profikiller73” won the $150K Gtd High Roller for $31,832 and where “ABCpoker911” turned $215 into $28,774 by winning the $150K Gtd Title Fight Warm Up.

Also at partypoker, “BackDoorMat” won the $25,808 top prize on offer in the $100K Gtd High Roller Warm Up, a similar score to the $20,865 awarded to “rhbstiff” for taking down the $100K Gtd Main Event Warm Up.

Finally, a shout out to “Hahaha_Owned” who triumphed in the $50K Gtd Super High Roller and walked away with $41,200.

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