$225,000 to sumai for scoring 10/11/09 Sunday Million victory

Sunday Million logo.jpgIn the United States, summer has undoubtedly left the part of the world in exchange for cooler temperatures and inclement weather. But sports fans are excited for soccer, football, and baseball, the latter of which is in the playoffs portion of the season. Parents are content that their children are settled back into school routines. And poker players are happy, in most cases, that outdoor activities can now be replaced with poker, as they curl up next to their warm laptops and try to win money that will go a long way to buying that snazzy new winter coat.

There is no better place to do that than on PokerStars, and the Sunday Million provides the biggest prize pool in online poker. With its $1.5 million guarantee, it attracted 7,364 players who ponied up the $200 + $15 buy-in or won their seats in bargain satellites. With a bit of an overlay for the field, the prize pool was set at $1.5 million for the last 1,080 players standing.

But it was on the way to the final table that the payouts became more significant, as tends to happen in tournaments. When Joey Capp exited in 11th place, hand-for-hand action began, though it didn't take long before bret999 was put to the test when PFC_Jablohme moved all-in preflop. Holding pocket tens, bret999 called, only to see that PFC_Jablohme had pocket aces. The board came 9♣ K♠ 6♦ 5♦ 5♥, and bret999 was eliminated in tenth place with $8,250 for the bubble spot.

The final table was then set in the middle of Level 35, with blinds at 200,000/400,000 and a 40,000 ante, as follows:

Seat 1: bedias (9,399,457 in chips)
Seat 2: BeSje (2,558,188 in chips)
Seat 3: 44-Skadoo (8,986,373 in chips)
Seat 4: zwacke (7,752,730 in chips)
Seat 5: drag0nslay3r (8,754,629 in chips)
Seat 6: DHUSTLER15 (4,896,710 in chips)
Seat 7: sumai (5,315,384 in chips)
Seat 8: PFC_Jablohme (16,502,143 in chips)
Seat 9: brummieboy (9,474,386 in chips)

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Though DHUSTLER15 came in as one of the shortest stacks, one key move early in the action helped propel the player to the top of the leaderboard:

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It took more than 30 minutes from the start of the final table to see an elimination, and the excitement of the hand did not disappoint. BeSje was the short stack of the group but merely raised to start the action, but 44-Skadoo reraised all-in for 8,698,185. From the big blind, drag0nslay3r came over the top all-in for 10,694,829, covering all players. BeSje called and showed pocket eights, 44-Skadoo was on the line with A♦ J♠, and drag0nslay3r turned over A♣ K♠. All eyes were on the board as it came 7♦ A♠ 7♥ T♠ J♦, which gave 44-Skadoo for the rivered best two pair for a massive pot worth nearly 12 million, took a bit out of drag0nslay3r, and eliminated BeSje in ninth place with $11,625.

But it was no smooth sailing for 44-Skadoo, who lost a 9-million chip pot to PFC_Jablohme in a subsequent hand and provided drag0nslay3r with a double-up. The chip lead was taken over by PFC_Jablohme, and then by brummieboy upon winning a big pot from zwacke. No one had a solid grip on the first place spot.

Another player who couldn't catch a break was drag0nslay3r. After sumai doubled through drag0nslay3r, the latter pushed all-in for his last 3,608,104. DHUSTLER15 reraised all-in to isolate with K♠ Q♥, which worked, and drag0nslay3r could only show T♥ 3♠. The board ran out A♣ 6♦ 9♠ 8♣ 2♥, and drag0nslay3r left the tournament in eighth place with $18,000.

The roller coaster ride of zwacke got interesting in Level 38, when he doubled through bedias but then found sumai doubling through him. zwacke was relegated to a very short stack, which was pushed in with K♦ J♠. PFC_Jablohme called from the big blind for only 616,642 more with T♣ 7♣ and hit the flush on the 5♣ 5♥ 8♣ 6♣ 7♥ board. That left zwacke out in seventh place with $32,250 in prize money.

PFC_Jablohme was the next player to be chipped down and at risk, and he moved preflop with K♣ T♣ against the A♦ 8♥ of 44-Skadoo. The board came in favor of the latter with A♣ Q♦ 7♦ 3♣ 2♦, and PFC_Jablohme was discharged from the tournament in sixth place with $46,500.

Then it was DHUSTLER15 who took some beats when sumai doubled through him twice. The second left DHUSTLER15 with less than 80,000 in chips, which went all-in on the next hand with the ante. sumai called and brummieboy checked to see the 4♠ 6♣ 6♦ flop. When brummieboy bet out, sumai check-folded, and brummieboy turned over 9♦ 4♥. DHUSTLER15 showed J♥ 8♣, and the A♥ turn card and 7♠ on the river gave the entire pot to brummieboy and left DHUSTLER15 with $61,500 for the fifth place finish.

On the very next hand, brummieboy decided to push the action and moved all-in for more than 28 million. bedias was the caller for his tournament life holding Q♥ J♦, and brummieboy showed K♥ 4♦. The board came 5♥ Q♦ K♠ 7♣ 7♥, and bedias' two pair were no good. The fourth place finish and $79,500 went to bedias.

It was clear during three-handed play that brummieboy was running over his opponents, extending his chip lead to an extent (over 50 million) that would make it tough for anyone to catch up to. But that didn't stop them from trying. sumai doubled through 44-Skadoo, who then doubled through brummieboy.

But it wasn't enough to save 44-Skadoo. The ultra-short-stacked player moved all-in with K♦ 5♠ only to see sumai call with A♠ 6♠. When the board produced 4♠ 7♠ J♦ Q♣ 3♠, the flush made sumai's hand even better than it started and eliminated 44-Skadoo in third place with $120,000.

Heads-up action then began in Level 41 with the following chip counts:

Seat 7: sumai (26,607,488 in chips)
Seat 9: brummieboy (47,032,512 in chips)

The match was clearly going to be a tough one, as sumai demonstrated a fair amount of patience and tenacity, and after about 20 minutes, the stacks were nearly the same as when it started. However, the following hand seemed to change everything:

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With the roles reversed and sumai in the lead, brummieboy had work to do. And it came down to one hand that decided it minutes later.

The all-in move from brummieboy came with K♦ 6♠, and sumai was able to call with pocket fives. The board came 3♠ 9♣ J♦ 4♠ 4♥, and the race was over. Second place and the corresponding prize of $165,555 went to brummieboy for a solid performance.

The whopping $225,000 first place prize and Sunday Million title was awarded to sumai for the comeback and ultimate victory.

Sunday Million Results for 10/11/09:

1st place: sumai ($225,000.00)
2nd place: brummieboy ($165,555.00)
3rd place: 44-Skadoo ($120,000.00)
4th place: bedias ($79,500.00)
5th place: DHUSTLER15 ($61,500.00)
6th place: PFC_Jablohme ($46,500.00)
7th place: zwacke ($32,250.00)
8th place: drag0nslay3r ($18,000.00)
9th place: BeSje ($11,625.00)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million