Discounting the media doom and gloom over economic prospects for 2009, last weekend's Poker Stars.com regular Sunday Million tournament set a cracking pace for the year ahead with a turnout of 8 504 players.
 
The $1.5 million guarantee on the prize pool was easily met and overtaken, offering players the chance to win a piece of $1 700 800, a bonanza that enabled 1 260 players to cash.
 
The finish was influenced by a three way chop between stoledog, Prom Queens and USA_20080920 that left stoledog the top dog with $150 793 and change. This doughty online player went on to win the final game after a heads up with USA_20080920 gave him the additional $30 000 and a total take-home of $180 793.55.
 
His opponent collected a paycheck for $108 182.93 for his second placing, with the six figure money extending to Prom Queens in third place, who was paid out $150 000.

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