RoxmorE rocks the 3/29 Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo.jpgThe last Sunday of the month brought another exciting installment of the Sunday Million to PokerStars computer screens around the world. The $1.5 million guarantee was bypassed, as usual, by the 7,651 players who came together to create a $1,530,200 prize pool. And with that, the action was fast and furious throughout the better part of the day.

It finally slowed as the money bubble neared, as only the top 1,170 players were set to end the day with more than they came with. Sadly, Shot_Money66, who ended up on that bubble, received nothing for the 1171st place finish, though matiaz28 was likely satisfied to survive moments longer to make $306.04 for 1170th place.

Play rolled on toward the final table, where all eyes were on the final ten players, all hoping to be seen at the last table of the night by railbirds the world over. By that time, it was nearing 3am ET, and AmirSF was running away with the chip lead, holding nearly a 2-to-1 lead over ILIOS72 in second chip position. But as AmirSF was gaining ground, Kubitza was losing it. Finally down to only 616,536, Kubitza pushed all-in with K♣ J♥ versus the T♦ 5♣ of ILIOS72. The board ran out A♦ 2♦ J♦ 3♦ Q♥ to give ILIOS72 the flush and sent Kubitza out in tenth place, just short of the final table but with $7,651.00 as a consolation prize.

The final table was then set as follows:

Seat 1: matt1269 (3,701,565 in chips)
Seat 2: MarleyGroup (5,773,913 in chips)
Seat 3: HuBaer582 (10,358,200 in chips)
Seat 4: ikszoorn (9,335,186 in chips)
Seat 5: Coconut Soda (4,649,782 in chips)
Seat 6: detroitj6 (8,962,244 in chips)
Seat 7: RoxmorE (6,109,522 in chips)
Seat 8: ILIOS72 (11,082,025 in chips)
Seat 9: AmirSF (16,537,563 in chips)

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As the action began, it was RoxmorE who was able to double through detroitj6 to stay alive, putting the latter in the short-stack position at the table. But MarleyGroup wasn't exactly gaining chips and decided to push all-in with A♦ K♣, and it was a race when AmirSF called with pocket tens. The race ended quickly when the board came J♠ Q♠ 4♠ T♦ 4♦ to give AmirSF the full house, which gave MarleyGroup a ninth place finish and $10,711.40 to go with it.

One of the shorter stacks then decided to move, as matt1269 moved all-in with A♥ 3♥ from the big blind. He was called by a dominated 7♣ 5♣ from AmirSF in the small blind, but the board came down in favor of the worst hand when it produced 4♥ 7♦ K♠ 5♦ 3♠ to give AmirSF the two pair. That left matt1269 out of the tournament in eighth place with $17,597.30.

Play then slowed, though it wasn't so much for a lack of all-in moves but the willingness of other players to make the calls. But detroitj6 capitalized on that and ended up doubling through ILIOS72 and Coconut Soda to get a little more comfortable over the 8 million-chip mark.

It was then time for Coconut Soda to do something, and that was to move all-in preflop with A♥ T♠. But ikszoorn woke up with pocket eights, which prompted a reraise all-in to isolate. That worked, and the two players watched as the cards came 6♠ K♠ 3♦ 3♣ 6♦ to eliminate Coconut Soda in seventh place with $26,778.50.

That left detroitj6 with some time to double up again, as shown here:

The very next hand found ikszoorn looking to make a move, which happened preflop with A♠ 4♥ against the pocket queens of AmirSF. The board brought a straight draw for the short stack with 3♣ 2♠ K♣ on the flop, but the 6♥ on the turn didn't help much, and the Q♠ on the river gave the set to AmirSF. ikszoorn was left with a sixth place finish and $39,020.10 for it.

At that point, detroitj6 began to experience what some would call a downfall. HuBaer582 doubled through him, as did RoxmorE, which left detroitj6 with less than 700K. That's when the following hand took place. It started with detroitj6 pushing that short stack all-in immediately with 7♣ 5♠, and AmirSF and HuBaer582 simply called to see the 6♦ 8♠ 2♦ flop. Both players checked the 8♣ turn and K♣ river, which was when AmirSF showed 9♣ 5♣ and HuBaer582 showed J♣ 9♥ for the better kicker. The latter took the pot, and detroitj6 took $54,322.10 for fifth place.

The remaining four players decided to pause the action to discuss a deal, and the chip-chop numbers came back, which caused a little conversation stemming from ILIOS72's belief that his online poker reputation and stats deserved some extra money. When all finally agreed to the concession, the final chip counts and deal numbers were as follows, with the consideration that an extra $30,000 was set aside for the ultimate winner:

Seat 3: HuBaer582 (13,391,394 in chips) - $95,744.61
Seat 7: RoxmorE (11,448,338 in chips) - $91,664.40
Seat 8: ILIOS72 (15,789,428 in chips) - $108,780.23
Seat 9: AmirSF (35,880,840 in chips) - $142,970.07

With that extra $30K on the line, the players seemed more cautious than prior to the deal discussion. It took numerous rounds to even see a flop, much less an entire board, though it finally happened when AmirSF pushed with pocket threes against the pocket nines of HuBaer582, doubling up the latter and making him the new chip leader. A short while later, RoxmorE was able to double through ILIOS72 when RoxmorE's K-Q (up against the A-2 of ILIOS72) turned a full house.

RoxmorE wasn't done, as the following hand shows how he turned a bad flop into a winning hand and the chip lead:

As the short stack at the table, ILIOS72 finally pushed all-in from the big blind when he looked down at an ace - A♦ 4♠ to be exact. RoxmorE called from the small blind with possibly new-favorite-hand K♠ Q♦. The board like it so much it immediately flushed it with Q♠ 3♠ 6♠ A♠ 6♥, and that left ILIOS72 out in fourth place with his negotiated amount of $108,780.23.

AmirSF tried to regain some ground, and one of those attempts resulted in a double through RoxmorE. And more action between the final three players led to nearly event stacks among them. But HuBaer582 ran into some disconnection problems, resulting in a pause of the clock due to the critical point and high dollar amount on the line. It wasn't until he reconnected and AmirSF slowly chipped back into the lead that there was another elimination.

RoxmorE had a very slight lead over HuBaer582 when the two of them got involved. HuBaer582 began with a raise, but RoxmorE pushed it up to 8 million chips. That prompted HuBaer582 to push all-in with A♥ J♠ and RoxmorE to call with A♦ 9♦. And the cards utterly fell in the latter's favor when they came 9♥ 9♠ 7♦ 6♥ J♣ to give RoxmorE trips and HuBaer582 the boot in third place, which was worth $95,744.61.

Heads-up action then got underway with the following counts:

Seat 7: RoxmorE (50,321,108 in chips)
Seat 9: AmirSF (26,188,892 in chips)

It took only a few hands to find a champion. RoxmorE attempted to limp in, but AmirSF chose to push all-in with K♣ 7♣. RoxmorE made the easy decision to call with pocket sixes, and the board cooperated when it brought 9♦ 4♦ T♣ 3♦ 8♦. AmirSF settled for second place in the rankings but took the most money from the pre-arranged deal. AmirSF received $142,970.07 for finishing second.

RoxmorE won the 3/29 edition of the Sunday Million, which was worth $30,000 more than the deal amount, adding up to a first place prize of $121,664.40. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 03/29/09:

1st place: RoxmorE ($121,664.40)*
2nd place: AmirSF ($142,970.07)*
3rd place: HuBaer582 ($95,744.61)*
4th place: ILIOS72 ($108,780.23)*
5th place: detroitj6 ($54,322.10)
6th place: ikszoorn ($39,020.10)
7th place: Coconut Soda ($26,778.50)
8th place: matt1269 ($17,597.30)
9th place: MarleyGroup ($10,711.40)

*based on four-way chop numbers

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million