Toronto’s Kyle ‘First-Eagle’ Weir Scores $1,146,774 in Sunday Million, Poker Stars Announces TCOOP


 In what PokerStars is claiming as the new record for “richest online tournament ever”, held last Sunday, Toronto’s Kyle ‘First-Eagle’ Weir was the last man standing of 62,116 players that registered for the $215 buy-in Sunday Million 10th Anniversary tournament. Overall, a prize pool of $12,423,200 was generated, surpassing the previous best of $12,215,000, held by the PokerStars 2010 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event.

Though first place was slated at 2,000,000 guaranteed, a six way deal still left the eventual winner and currently unemployed 24 year old a newly made millionaire; ringing in at $1,146,574.65. Talking to writers at PokerStars about his win, Kyle said “The feeling is unbelievable. I still feel like I’m dreaming and can’t believe it’s happened. It’s an incredibly fortunate experience.” Apparently, the young player now plans to make a living at poker, pay off his student loans and send his parents on nice holiday.

Here are the details of the deal:

1 First-Eagle (Canada) $1,146,574.65
2 Unstoffable (Spain)  $580,724.34
3 BLAABAR (Sweden) $709,896.78
4 tunafish919 (Australia) $627,317.26
5  Dimedroll (Russia) $995,996.85
6 SkunkDen (Australia)  $758,986.42

In total 7,682 players cashed in the tournament, (normally the average number of the entire field for the Sunday major event), with a minimum payout of $521.16.

$10,300 High Roller

PokerStars ran a 10th Anniversary High Roller event, which featured a $10,300 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000. By the time registration closed, 187 of the world’s elite online players had bought in, generating a prize pool of $1,870,000.

While ‘jcl87’ from Australia, scooped the first prize of $402,050, several Top Canadians also cashed in; Russell “rdcrsn” Carson came 13th for $28, 050, Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel, placed 15th for the same, and Mike McDonald added a decent pay-day of $18,700 for his 23rd place finish; adding to a decent day on the virtual felts after also shipping a PCA package.


For those that are looking forward to their next shot, PokerStars also announced it’s inaugural “TCOOP” an online “Turbo” format championship series that will incorporate 50 different events across 11 days and guarantee $10 million in prizes. Buy-ins will range from $5.50 to $2,100 and the series features a $700 main event, which has a guarantee of $1.5 million.

Said to be the “fast-paced version of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) tournament series” the “TCOOPs” will certainly appeal to a broad spectrum of players in today’s fast paced poker world.

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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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