Angry No More, nomaddman Claims 9/27 Sunday Million Victory

Sunday Million logo.jpgIt's baaack! After a several-week hiatus due to the unbelievably exciting and historic 2009 WCOOP tournaments, the Sunday Million was back in action on Sunday, September 27. And the online poker world seemed in order once again with the biggest guaranteed prize pool in the business and thousands of players logging on to participate.

With the $1.5 million guarantee firmly in place, a total of 7,515 players turned out for the Sunday action, despite many of the big names in the poker world taking part in live games at such events as the World Series of Poker Europe in London. The field size created a $1,503,000 prize pool, which would be distributed among the last 1,080 competitors in the tournament. The $225,450 first place prize was as enticing as ever, and the excitement was on as the final table neared.

After nearly 10 hours of play, the action level was high. papamat25 jumped into the chip lead with 13 players left by eliminating spanishplaya in a 8.8-million chip pot, but nomaddman doubled through papamat25 in a 12-million chip pot to take over the lead. RonaldKosh then eliminated papamat25 in the next hand, and the chip lead became somewhat of a free-for-all. But after the elimination of Rodney7777 in 11th place, hand-for-hand began but only needed moments to find the last player before the final table. In the following hand, jgrhajsj took out yerzhan in tenth place, which was worth $8,266.50.

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And with the following chip counts, the final table was off and running:

Seat 1: nomaddman (12,343,398 in chips)
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (13,689,042 in chips)
Seat 3: jas42 (5,781,580 in chips)
Seat 4: Nativebounty (7,105,285 in chips)
Seat 5: TheRealMT (966,030 in chips)
Seat 6: jgrhajsj (15,803,628 in chips)
Seat 7: SooSavage (3,317,730 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (5,600,693 in chips)
Seat 9: doulas12 (10,542,614 in chips)

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It took only two hands for the shortest stack at the table to make a move. TheRealMT got into a raising war with doulas12 preflop, and TheRealMT finally pushed all-in with J♥ 8♥. But doulas12 made the right call at the right time with A♦ 8♦. The flop gave TheRealMT hope with J♦ 4♥ 6♦ and the pair of jacks, but it gave his opponent the flush draw. The 3♣ turn card was safe, but the T♦ on the river made that flush and eliminated TheRealMT in ninth place with $11,648.25.

Play slowed a bit after the first quick elimination, but the big stacks didn't seem afraid to move when necessary. And that was just what happened when short-stacked Soo Savage decided to push all-in preflop. jgrhajsj called with K♣ J♠, which was then in a race with SooSavage's pocket tens. The board hit jgrhajsj on the turn of the Q♠ 5♠ 3♥ K♦ 6♥ board, and SooSavage was sent to the rail in eighth place with $18,036.

Next to move was doulas12, who made a preflop raise only to see nomaddman reraise it. The all-in move came from doulas12 next with A♥ T♠, but nomaddman showed A♣ Q♣. The board of 9♦ 6♦ 7♣ 2♣ 3♣ only improved nomaddman's hand with a flush, which won the 15-million-plus chip pot. And doulas12 was forced to accept $32,314.50 for the seventh place finish.

On the very next hand, Nativebounty moved all-in immediately from first position, and jgrhajsj reraised to isolate, which worked. Nativebounty showed Q♠ J♦, but jgrhajsj turned over the A♥ K♣ for the distinct advantage. The board came 3♦ 8♦ 2♣ T♣ 8♠ to eliminate Nativebounty in sixth place with $46,593 in prize money.

During five-handed play, nomaddman was running away with the chip lead. But what was a 2-to-1 lead over the second place competitor soon became nearly 3-to-1 with the following hand against jgrhajsj:

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Though jgrhajsj was far from crippled in that hand, recovery from it seemed difficult. And when jas42 doubled through jgrhajsj in a pot worth nearly 20 million chips, that spelled the beginning of the end. After doubling once through mikal12345, jgrhajsj tried to do it again, this time moving all-in with pocket sevens. But RonaldKosh called with pocket nines, and the board delivered 8♥ Q♥ 5♣ 4♦ Q♠ to eliminate jgrhajsj in fifth place with $61,623.

The last four players decided to look at the chip-chop numbers, so the game was paused so Team PokerStars Pro Tom McEvoy could gather the numbers. While they didn't like what they initially saw, RonaldKosh took the reigns and refigured some numbers that were more appealing to everyone. Ultimately, the financial settlement was worked out with $30,000 reserved for the winner and the rest of the payouts as follows:

Seat 1: nomaddman (26,911,579 in chips) = $159,233.00
Seat 2: RonaldKosh (13,715,231 in chips) = $133,000.00
Seat 3: jas42 (23,520,960 in chips) = $149,000.00
Seat 8: mikal12345 (11,002,230 in chips) = $120,002.11

Within minutes of returning to action, RonaldKosh put his tournament life on the line with a preflop all-in move holding K♠ 9♣. nomaddman called with pocket aces, and the board supported the rockets by giving them 4♥ T♦ 9♥ T♠ 5♦. RonaldKosh was gone with the agreed-upon amount of $133,000 for fourth place.

A few hands later, jas42 and mikal12345 raised it up to see a flop of 8♦ T♠ Q♥, at which point jas42 moved all-in. mikal12345 claled with A♥ 8♣ and bottom pair, but jas42 showed A♦ K♦ for ace high only. The turn of 4♥ and river of 7♦ ended it, and jas42 left the tournament with $149,000 for third place.

Heads-up was then set to begin as follows:

Seat 1: nomaddman (31,304,580 in chips)
Seat 8: mikal12345 (43,845,420 in chips)

The chip leader extended his lead over nomaddman, but just when it looked like it might end for the player who held the chip lead for much of the final table, the following hand changed everything:

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Exactly four hands later, nomaddman put mikal12345 to the test with an all-in reraise preflop. mikal12345 called for his tournament life with A♦ T♣, and nomaddman showed the A♠ J♠. The board produced 4♠ J♦ K♣ 2♦ 7♥, and mikal12345 took second place and $120,002.11 in prize money.

A remarkable final table performance led to victory for nomaddman in the end, and he received $189,233 for the feat.

Sunday Million Results for 09/27/09:

1st place: nomaddman ($189,233.00)*
2nd place: mikal12345 ($120,002.11)*
3rd place: jas42 ($149,000.00)*
4th place: RonaldKosh ($133,000.00)*
5th place: jgrhajsj ($61,623.00)
6th place: Nativebounty ($46,593.00)
7th place: doulas12 ($32,314.50)
8th place: SooSavage ($18,036.00)
9th place: TheRealMT ($11,648.25)

*numbers resulted from a four-way chop agreement

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million