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Ryan McLane

Ryan  McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news.

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Online Sunday tournaments - Big names, big money

29 May 2007

By Ryan McLane

Big names highlighted a big weekend of Sunday tournaments as online legends Bo "Legato" Sehlstedt and Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy nearly missed adding jewels to their already studded online tournament crowns.

The Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. did not keep players from coming to the major sites one week after PokerStars and Full Tilt broke participation records for their Sunday offerings. Ultimate Bet had the weekend's one blemish, falling short of its guarantee after a couple weeks or surpassing the mark.

Poker Stars Sunday Million

The once-a-month increased buy-in of $530 at Stars created a near record prize pool of $1.459 million, but that wasn't the story.

Bo "Legato" Sehlstedt, twice a winner of the Stars Sunday Million and owner of nearly $500,000 in Stars tournament wins, was a hand or two away from grabbing his third Sunday victory, losing a tough heads-up battle with major-tournament newbie RikkiTikki.

"RikkiTikki" entered the final table as the chip leader and never let up, holding better than a 2-1 chip lead throughout the final table. "Legato" battled to draw even, eventually making a move with three players remaining. His elimination of "Luigi da BP" brought him heads-up against the solid "RikkiTikki," but an ill-timed push gave Rikki the win and $268,402 in cash.

The second-place finish secured "Legato" $136,463, his third six-figure payday at Stars. He now ranks among the top 150 online players in the world, according to

Full Tilt $400k Guaranteed

Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy is a legend in the online poker world, as one of the first players to reach the million-dollar club and one of the few online players who truly transcends the genre with major successes in the live game.

His legend grew a little more Sunday as he entered the Full Tilt $400k-Guaranteed final table as a big-stack and was able to parlay his chips and experience into a second-place finish. The $58,000 score cemented Bax's standing in the online poker player's top-ten heading into the 2007 World Series of Poker. He currently resides in fourth place.

But this wasn't Bax's day to win. It was the female-online-grinder "Magikstick8" who was smiling at the end of Full Tilt's tourney, securing her first major win by defeating an online legend and a former Full Tilt $750,000-Guaranteed-tournament winner Vegan213.

Her lucky hand was an A-Q, calling a Bax all-in re-raise during heads-up play and prompting him to type "uh-oh" as his dominated A-8 appeared. Her hand held up, giving her $95,283 and the right to brag about defeating one of the game's best.

"Magikstick8" now has lifetime winnings in Full Tilt topping $125,000.

Ultimate Bet $200k Guaranteed

After two weeks of successfully meeting its guaranteed money for its Sunday major, Ultimate Bet once again fell short, drawing only 867 players and creating a near $30,000 overlay for Memorial Day Weekend competitors. Ultimate Bet has only met their guarantee three times since their Sunday tournament began.

"Raaazib" took home the bulk of the $173,400 prize pool, earning a healthy $45,000 payday in a somewhat controversial win.

The eventual winner was about even with second-place finisher "FeedMEMunE" when the latter's computer disconnected, allowing "Raaazib" to take a massive chip lead uncontested. When "FeedMEMunE" finally reconnected, he was too far behind, having to move with A-6 and falling prey to a King that paired "Raaazib's" K-J.

"FeedMEMunE," who called the winner "classless" after coming back to see his chip stack all but gone, earned $27,000 for second, a little bit of comfort to ease the pain that came from his large misfortune.

Mucking McLane
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