01:48 Europe/Stockholm December 22, 2010

The ChampionChip offers bwin poker players a weekly shot at a huge payday, as a big field and a big guaranteed prizepool equals a very big payday for the player with the skills to come out on top.

1,300 runners on the nose took part in last Sunday's ChampionChip, which meant the winner would take home a tidy $38,744 in cash for a very nice early Christmas present.

Claiming that top prize is a tall feat, though, as some of the world's best online players take a seat in the ChampionChip each and every week. With the tournament typically taking over 10 hours to wrap up, you'll have to have equal parts endurance and skill (and some luck) to go deep in the ChampionChip.

thai-boxing proved up to that tasks in the December 19th ChampionChip, claiming the top prize of $38,744 when he defeated kobakoba11 ($26,434) in heads-up play.

Of special note was arviserd1 in 4th, as he not only took home $14,125 but had a great week in general, winning a $3,000 GSOP Live Bucharest trip package to join the bwin Team as well as finishing first in his division in the Contender series for a $2,360 cash!

Below are the top ten finishers from the last running of the ChampionChip, along with their winnings:

1. thai-boxing - $38,744
2. kobakoba11 - $26,434
3. 3KKroon - $19,170
4. arviserd1 - $14,125
5. name3d - $10,443
6. pomposakari - $7,749
7. BuBBer&BS - $6,255
8. CA5HF3V3R - $4,883
9. Rickydodiroo - $3,804
10. mpkmpkmpk - $2,986

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