Aggressive grifo173 dominated and won the 10/25 Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo.jpgAutumn officially kicked in. Sure, it was apparent enough by the weather and foliage changes, but it was officially so because the online poker world seemed to find players it had lost throughout the summer months. Some players - gasp - actually tend to miss out on tournaments like the Sunday Million for - again, gasp - outdoor activities. But as sure as shorts are exchanged for pants and flip-flop shoes are retired in lieu of closed-toed shoes, the players have come back to the warmth of their laptops.

The Sunday Million found itself with a sizable increase in the number of players at the virtual tables on October 25, with a total of 8,242 coming in for their chance at the $1.5 million guarantee. But registration kicked up the prize pool to $1,648,400, and it allowed for 1,260 players to receive payouts, though it was the first place prize of $242,479.65 that had everyone's attention piqued.

When the tournament was eventually reduced to only two tables, action sped up quite noticeably, as everyone was aiming for the five- or six-figure payouts awaiting them at the final table. And with ten players remaining, it was prinsen123 who moved all-in from the small blind with T♦ Q♦ against the A♥ J♦ of Pokerpiggen. The board came K♠ 5♥ A♣ 5♦ 4♠, and the two pair knocked prinsen123 out on the final table bubble with a consolation prize of $8,736.53 for tenth place.

And it was toward the end of Level 34 that the final table began, with blinds of 125,000/250,000 and a 25,000 ante. The action got underway with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: deoxyribo (14,538,925 in chips)
Seat 2: subby1 (8,078,530 in chips)
Seat 3: grifo173 (15,358,479 in chips)
Seat 4: moseley8 (8,669,948 in chips)
Seat 5: JBlaze20 (8,693,022 in chips)
Seat 6: tobias fuke (4,127,000 in chips)
Seat 7: AKSchwan (5,456,349 in chips)
Seat 8: nickj7777 (5,699,925 in chips)
Seat 9: Pokerpiggen (11,797,822 in chips)

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Play slowed. It took nearly 30 minutes to find the first all-in/call situation, and it started with tobias fuke pushing all-in from the button, which put AKSchwan in the small blind to the test. Looking down at A♣ Q♠, AKSchwan called all-in for his tournament life, and he was ahead of the K♣ 5♦ of tobias fuke, but only until the flop came 9♣ 2♠ K♠. The Q♣ on the turn gave AKSchwan some hope, but the 9♠ on the river ended the run for AKSchwan, who received $12,775.11 for the ninth place finish.

Another 20 minutes later, it was short-stacked JBlaze20 who pushed all-in from the small blind with A♣ J♣, and grifo173 called with J♥ 7♥. The flop brought the first sign for grifo173 when it came K♠ K♣ 7♣, and though the Q♠ on the turn was harmless, the 7♠ on the river gave grifo173 the full house. JBlaze20 took $18,132.41 for the eighth place finish to go with the bad beat.

Two hands later, with action moving seeming to move along a bit faster, nickj7777 was also ready to put his tournament life at risk, and he did it with A♣ 9♦. Again, grifo173 was the caller, but this time the pocket tens had the advantage from the get-go. The board came T♥ 4♠ 6♠ 3♥ Q♦ to give grifo173 the set, and nickj7777 was ousted in seventh place with $32,968.01.

The next on the list of short-stacks, moseley8, finally chose to make the all-in move with A♣ 3♠, but deoxyribo woke up with pocket jacks in the small blind and called. The table watched the innocent flop of 8♦ K♥ 7♣, but it was the J♥ on the turn that took the wind out of moseley8's sails. The 5♣ on the river solidified the result, as moseley8 was forced out in sixth place with $49,452.01.

A few minutes later, a hand developed between grifo173 and subby1 that took them to a 9♥ 2♥ K♦ flop. Both players checked to see the Q♦ on the turn, at which point subby1 pushed all-in with 9♦ 8♦ for the pair of nines and the flush draw, but grifo173 called with pocket kings that turned into a set on the flop. The J♣ on the river changed nothing, and subby1 was eliminated in fifth place with $65,936.01.

Four hands after, a massive hand developed when tobias fuke went all-in, Pokerpiggen did the same, and grifo173 called both.

The pocket tens of grifo173 turned into a set on the river, though that wasn't necessary to beat the pocket nines of Pokerpiggen or the K♣ J♠ of tobias fuke on the 3♣ 4♥ 6♦ 7♦ T♠ board. That left Devin "tobias fuke" Porter out in fourth place with $82,420.01 and Pokerpiggen gone in third with $123,630.01.

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Heads-up action then began with the following counts:

Seat 1: deoxyribo (20,623,771 in chips)
Seat 3: grifo173 (61,796,229 in chips)

And it was over rather quickly. Though the two did take a brief break to discuss a deal, the numbers given for a chip-chop arrangement were not appealing, and talks quickly broke down, which was when the game resumed.

grifo173 was not about to give up his aggressive ways, and deoxyribo seemed to have difficulty finding a place to move. When deoxyribo woke up with K♥ Q♦, it seemed like a good time to move all-in, but grifo173 was able to call with A♣ T♥. And that hand only improved to trips on the A♦ A♠ Q♠ flop and to a full house with the T♣ turn. The 6♣ on the river closed the deal, leaving deoxyribo with $177,203.01 for second place.

grifo173 came to the table as the chip leader and never gave up the fight, staying in the lead until victory was obtained, and that Sunday Million win came with a sweet payday of $242,479.65.

Sunday Million Results for 10/25/09:

1st place: grifo173 ($242,479.65)
2nd place: deoxyribo ($177,203.01)
3rd place: Pokerpiggen ($123,630.01)
4th place: tobias fuke ($82,420.01)
5th place: subby1 ($65,936.01)
6th place: moseley8 ($49,452.01)
7th place: nickj7777 ($32,968.01)
8th place: JBlaze20 ($18,132.41)
9th place: AKSchwan ($12,775.11)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million