The Sunday Briefing: Krisztina "Krisztasoul" Polgar Finishes Runner-up in Bigger $55

Krisztina Polgar

The final Sunday of August also happened to be the final Sunday before the start of the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker. For the next three weeks, the biggest of the usual Sunday Majors will be on hiatus. Still, that didn't stop this week's affairs from producing a few big winners. Three players took home six-figure scores, the biggest of which went to "nebo_blizko" for winning the Sunday Million. Valentyn “touchmynuts1″ Shabelnyk earned a victory in the Bigger $109, while Sergey "gipsy74" Rybachenko, Ozenc "ozenc" Demir, Kevin "flopped6810" Sharp, and Ty "puffinmypurp" Reiman were among the many notables who made final tables.

Also making a final table was Krisztina "Krisztasoul" Polgar. Just days ago, she was a part of the PokerNews video team at EPT Barcelona. Less than 48 hours after it ended, she was doing some damage of her own on the virtual felt, finishing runner-up in the Bigger $55 for nearly $30,000.

PokerStars Sunday Million ($1M Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$156,397$1,279,400

In the last Sunday Million until Sept. 30, PokerStars Team Online's Richard "Tzen1" Veenman (15th - $5,373.48) had a solid showing but finished just shy of the final table. A heads-up deal between "ChaseTh3Ace" and "nebo_blizko" guaranteed each more than $150,000. The final hand of the duel occurred at the 250,000/500,000/50,000 level. "ChaseTh3Ace" (with 14.6 million) opened to 1,000,000 on the button and "nebo_blizko" (with 49.3 million) three-bet to 2,500,000. "ChaseTh3Ace" put in a four-bet shove with {J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, but "nebo_blizko" had the goods with {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The flop fell {J-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}, giving "ChaseTh3Ace" top pair. However, the {9-Spades} turn and {5-Clubs} river were no help, securing the victory for "nebo_blizko."

To read more about this week's Sunday Million, head over to PokerStarsBlog.com.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1nebo_blizko$184,407.03
*2ChaseTh3Ace$154,126.26
3Elina2008$102,352
4flacoalan$70,367
5mrlogik$53,734.80
6Manezeza$40,940.80
7stanman420$28,146.80
8loke13$15,352.80
95902838181$9,915.35

*denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$153,094$618,800

This week's Sunday Warm-Up saw deep runs from Mishel "MISHELA" Anunu (22nd - $1,639.82), Giuseppe “Ansgar2000″ Pantaleo (29th - $1,423.24), Jamie "Bear4rms" Sykes (34th - $1,423.24), and Olivier "Adonis112" Busquet (36th - $1,423.24). Kevin "flopped6810" Sharp made the final table for the second week in a row, following up on his third-place finish last week with an eighth-place finish on Sunday. Outlasting the field for the outright victory was "undaDISGUISE" for $97,153.12.

To read more about this week's Sunday Warm-Up, head over to PokerStarsBlog.com.

PlacePlayerPrize
1undaDISGUISE$97,153.12
2Ozenc "ozenc" Demir$72,399.60
3lukro8$51,360.40
4Sergey "gipsy74" Rybachenko$35,581
5J-Rod Fett$26,490.82
6gmcrafter$20,111
7NhFy$13,923
8Kevin "flopped6810" Sharp$7,735
9J_soldier$4,950.40

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$30776$388,000

Among those who went deep in the Sunday 500 were Larry "BBOY3110" Sharp (12th - $4,074), TJ "1BigAceHole" Ulmer (15th - $3,298), Vicky Coren (17th - $2,522), Shane "shaniac" Schleger (25th - $1,784.80), Liv Boeree (29th - $1,590.80), Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (32nd - $1,590.80), and Mike "munchenBH" Telker (34th - $1,590.80). Earning the outright victory for $69,840 was "playwithbals."

PlacePlayerPrize
1playwithbals$69,840
2Bradley "BaZa88" Bower$50,440
3Gigacide$37,636
4RedPantRed$28,130
5mindgamer$19,555.20
6Nty9Problems$15,675.20
7VyruAlus$11,795.20
8dyng247$7,954
9homieaces85$4,850

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$9956$307,800

Steve "mcnallyville" McNally (11th - $3,231.90), Patrick "Bandano" Renkers (16th - $2,000.70), Julio "powerpokerBR" Lins (22nd - $1,385.10), Andras "probirs" Nemeth (24th - $1,385.10), and Amit "AMAK316" Makhija (26th - $1,385.10) put up solid results in the $109 Sunday Rebuy. After a three-handed deal at the final table, the last man standing was "zilbeee" for $46,637.89.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1zilbeee$46,637.89
*2Theodoros "teo96" Aidonopoulos$45,348.27
*3oradeanul$38,059.34
4iwonthurtyou$23,085
5WushuTM$16,159.50
6vip25459$13,081.50
7marktb$10,003.50
8Ty "puffinmypurp" Reiman$6,925.50
9ThisIsPete$4,339.98

*denotes three-handed deal

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($160K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$92,795$279,500

A stacked final table in the Bigger $109 resulted in a seventh-place finish for Mark "RedRad 01" Darner, a sixth-place showing for Wesley "ZeelandBoy" Wiemes, a fourth-place result for Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland, and a third-place score for Matt "VegasDietz" Dietrich. Earning the win, following a heads-up deal, was Valentyn “touchmynuts1″ Shabelnyk for more than $41,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Valentyn “touchmynuts1″ Shabelnyk$41,329.94
*2squintster$36,000
3Matt "VegasDietz" Dietrich$23,757.50
4Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland$16,350.75
5kryking$12,437.75
6Wesley "ZeelandBoy" Wiemes$9,642.75
7Mark "RedRad 01" Darner$6,847.75
8Cyatusha$4,052.75
9andreaengel$2,375.75

*denotes heads-up deal

PokerStars Bigger $55 ($160K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$50+$55,057$252,850

From the PokerNews video team at EPT Barcelona to Sunday grinder, Krisztina "Krisztasoul" Polgar defeated all but one in the Bigger $55 this week.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Pasiu$39,670.29
2Krisztina "Krisztasoul" Polgar$29,457.02
3Elmagico19A1$20,860.12
4manokippa2$14,286.02
5Lena900$10,746.12
6athossp$8,217.62
7papo457$5,689.12
8germanRan$3,160.62
9zeke60$2,022.80

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,587$238,050

Notable finishes in the Bigger $162 included Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani (13th - $1,475.91), Douglas "Dowgh-Santos" Ferreira (15th - 1,475.91), Michael "mossified84" Skomac (18th - $1,071.22), and Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (18th - $1,071.22). The outright victory went to "MaRLaCa_309" for $39,052.76.

PlacePlayerPrize
1MaRLaCa_309$39,052.76
2PIPI tapis!$28,566
3TJ "WhatArunAA" Slifka$21,424.50
4T0MyK$15,949.35
5NURLAN81$11,307.37
6Josh "lNormaJean" Hart$8,926.87
7j_t_s80$6,546.37
8KMC12$4,165.87
9tonn22$2,380.50

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,332$266,400

Notable finishes in the Sunday 2nd Chance included Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira (10th - $2,370.96), Sebastian "sebbau" Bauer (13th - $1,838.16), Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (20th - $1,118.88), and Brian "brianm15" England (23rd - $1,118.88). Earning the outright victory was "maicol1" for about $46,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
1maicol1$45,980.64
2CuAt69UsdSng$33,300
3zuckmeout$25,308
4Le_Blem1$18,541.44
5George "gkap13" Kapalas$13,186.80
6oldfandango$10,522.80
7adosos$7,858.80
8deaonhope$5,194.80
9carolusXX$2,930.40

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$131,331$313,310

A seven-handed deal took place in the Sunday Storm this week and coming away with the win was "1011001011" for about $23,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*11011001011$22,748.01
*2cezarx5$9,191.39
*3boxotee$18,059
*4EgorOK 777$11,062.70
*5JOEL RADA$8,028.83
*6tariko13$8,914.79
*7Rooney23$13,191.98
8vujojana$2,193.17
9dtaria$1,590.88

*denotes seven-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,552$155,200

Just missing out on the final table of the Sunday Kickoff was Jeff "jeff710" Hakim (12th - $1,303.68). A four-handed deal was agreed upon between the final four players and the sole survivor in the end was "ChernyAV" for $21,405.01.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1ChernyAV$21,405.01
*2Daddddymufff$14,615.98
*3tutull$19,097.57
*4Machineheads$14,799.04
5P0lak$7,604.80
6antonioscy$6,052.80
7benisel89$4,500.80
8ZISIMO7$2,948.80
9Bussic$1,598.56

*denotes four-handed deal

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