March 08, 2011 08:34 ET

'Bdbeatslayer' Drives Away in a Lamborghini Gallardo With $671,093.81 After Winning the 5th Anniversary Sunday Million Tournament

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - When PokerStars announced plans for a special fifth anniversary edition of the Sunday Million, internet poker's biggest weekly tournament, they could not have predicted the result to be so spectacular.

PokerStars guaranteed a $5 million prize pool and $1,000,000 to the winner - about four times the size of the usual first place pay-out. The guarantees didn't stop there though, with the eventual winner also set to receive the keys to a brand new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.

Smashing all expectations

It turns out those figures would be shattered. A massive field of 59,128 players paid the $215 to play the anniversary event yesterday, creating a guarantee-defying prize pool of $11,825,600. Of that field, 7,450 players would finish in the money.

Such was the scale of the prize money involved that, with $1,655,629.38 for first place and $1,182,560 for second, when play reached the final table the nine players agreed to chop the prize money – although not the Lamborghini.

The winner, after 14 ½ hours at the table and blinds at 3,000,000/6,000,000, was Luke 'Bdbeatslayer' Vrabel, from Connecticut, USA, who drives off with the 5.2 litre V-10 sports car, and a first prize of $671,093.81, his share of the chop.

That chop meant all 9 players who made the final table received at least $260,000 – roughly the equivalent of a regular weekly Sunday Million win.

'Sheppyshape', from the United Kingdom, departed in second place, collecting $465,647.02 as runner-up, while third placed wrzr123 took the biggest share, collecting $844,209.87.

The field shattered multiple records, including the previous best field in the Sunday Million which was 36,169, set during last year's fourth anniversary event, won by 'RichieRichZH' who earned $1.1 million.

The fifth anniversary event stands as the second largest online prize pool ever, second only to the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, which, with a buy-in of $5,200, amassed $12,150,000. For more information please see the PokerStars Blog.

1st   Bdbeatslayer   USA   $671,093.81 +
2nd   Sheppyshape   UK   $465,647.02
3rd   wrzr123   Germany   $844,209.87
4th   Guccyka   Hungary   $411,090.13
5th   Syndrome1977   Germany   $799,842.09
6th   zeurrr   Netherlands   $518,402.33
7th   nhar818   USA   $441,541.06
8th   Jan10004   Norway   $311,023.33
9th   Battmeister   USA   $263,888.06

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