Full Tilt's Bigger Prize Pool Packs 'Em In


Million dollar guaranteed prize pools deliver six figure winner's prizes

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 neatest 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.

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