Blompf Loved the $227K Win in the Valentine's Day Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo.jpgAhhh, Valentine's Day. For many people in relationships, it is a day of love (or gifts or extravagant meals). For single people, it's a day to stay away from restaurants, malls, and flower shops.

In the online poker world, Valentine's Day meant that many players dedicated themselves to their significant others and avoided the interwebs. Thus, registration for the Sunday Million was down quite a bit from the week before but will likely rise again next week. But those who did log on and sign up for the Sunday Million had a different kind of love to express. A love of poker. A love of money. And with more than $245K up for grabs for first place to go with one of the most coveted titles in poker, love was certainly in the air.

As for the numbers, there were officially 8,341 players in the February 14th Sunday Million, which created a prize pool of $1,668,200 to be distributed amongst the final 1,260 players according to finishes.

The tournament was moving along at quite the fast pace, and it was only 9 hours and 15 minutes into play that there were ten players remaining and fighting for their spots at the final table. Play slowed a bit after gregior departed in 11th place, but it during that time that Ramewa38 doubled through Profesoras twice to climb out of short-stack position. Other double-ups led to bachelor_80 looking to do the same, pushing all-in with Q♠ T♣, but iownoknp came over the top to isolate with A♠ 8♣, which worked. The two watched the board come K♣ 6♥ 4♥ 2♣ 9♦, and bachelor_80 was gone on the bubble in tenth place with $8,841.46 to soothe the pain.

The tournament clock showed that final table action would commence at the end of Level 34, with blinds at 125,000/150,000 and a 25,000 ante. The final nine players were set to kick it off as follows:

Seat 1: Catafract80 (2,467,899 in chips)
Seat 2: 13sneik13 (4,986,514 in chips)
Seat 3: Ramewa38 (7,648,784 in chips)
Seat 4: Saygoodbye40 (6,343,794 in chips)
Seat 5: Profesoras (4,487,930 in chips)
Seat 6: qsf84 (5,839,960 in chips)
Seat 7: Blompf (17,262,188 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (21,101,159 in chips)
Seat 9: iownoknp (13,271,772 in chips)

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The shortest stacked player, Catafract80, at the table took the opportunity to move all-in on the very first hand of action with pocket sevens. Original raiser Blompf decided to call with K♠ J♦, and they were off to the races. The flop of Q♦ 2♣ 9♣ was innocent, as was the 4♥ on the turn, but the K♣ on the river gave Blompf the pair of kings and the pot. Catafract80 was gone just that quickly, with a consolation prize of $12,928.55 for the ninth place finish.

Only a few hands later, another player on the lower end of the leaderboard took a chance. The hand began with a raise from oldrich88 and call from iownoknp, but 13sneik13 came in with an all-in reraise holding pocket deuces. oldrich88 was the only caller and showed pocket nines. The board blanked when it produced 7♣ J♠ Q♣ 5♦ A♠, and that left 13sneik13 out in eighth place with $18,350.20.

Action slowed a bit as the money jumps became more significant. It did take some time but eventually Saygoodbye40 found a hand with which to move and pushed all-in with A♦ Q♥. qsf84 came over the top with another all-in move, this one to isolate with pocket kings, which worked when oldrich88 timed out of the hand and folded. The board brought nothing for either player when it came 5♦ 6♦ 2♦ 9♣ T♠, and Saygoodbye40, well, said goodbye in seventh place, which was good for a $33,364.00 payday.

The very next hand saw Profesoras move all-in for the last of the 2.6 million-chip stack with A♣ 6♣, and oldrich88 called from the big blind with Q♦ 9♦. But that latter hand improved right away when the flop came Q♣ T♣ 5♥. The 6♦ hit on the turn to give Profesoras some hope, but the 7♥ ended that, leaving Profesoras with $50,046.00 for the sixth place finish.

With oldrich88 firmly in the top spot on the leaderboard, watching a hand like the following showed how that player got there and continued to accumulate chips:

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Again, action sped up. This time saw a big hand take place that started with Blompf raising preflop. qsf84 reraised all-in for 12,079,865 chips with A♣ Q♣, but Blompf didn't hesitate to call with pocket aces. The dealer gave them a rather uneventful board of 7♥ 2♦ 9♦ 8♦ 9♥, and it was all over for qsf84, who finished in fifth place with $66,728.00.

On the very next hand, short-stacked Ramewa38 made a raise that was reraised by oldrich88 in the big blind. Ramewa38's call was an all-in commitment holding K♦ Q♥, and oldrich88 showed pocket threes. The flop was great for Ramewa38 with T♦ K♥ 2♦, and the A♠ changed nothing. But the 3♠ on the river gave oldrich88 the set, and Ramewa38's hopes of staying in the game were squashed; the fourth place finish was good for $83,410.00.

One player who made a stand with a short stack was iownoknp, who managed to double through oldrich88 to stay alive. But the opportunity to get involved again did not go unnoticed. Blompft and iownoknp got involved to see a flop of 2♦ Q♠ 9♠, at which time more betting, raising, and calling led to the 6♠ turn card. iownoknp pushed all-in with Q♥ J♥ for top pair, but Blompf called with pocket kings for the overpair. The T♥ on the river ended that battle, and iownoknp was eliminated in third place with $125,115.00.

Heads-up action then began as follows:

Seat 7: Blompf (40,863,498 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (42,546,502 in chips)

Over the course of the next ten hands, small ball was the key, but it was also the way that Blompf carefully took a slight chip lead over oldrich88. It was then that the two asked to look at chip-chop numbers. The result was an immediate deal, which consisted of $30,000 set aside for the ultimate winner and the following amounts promised to each player:

Blompf (42,613,498) = $197,757.02
oldrich88 (40,796,502) = $196,971.38

The lead soon went to oldrich88, but that led to an attempt by Blompf to double up. In this significant turn of events, the attempt was a success:

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Five hands later, the somewhat crippled oldrich88 took a chance. Blompf started the hand with a raise, and oldrich88 moved all-in for 10,824,114 with A♣ Q♦. Blompf called with A♠ 6♦. It looked good for oldrich88 through the T♣ K♣ 2♠ flop and 2♦ turn, but the 6♥ hit hard on the river, giving Blompf the winning hand and eliminating oldrich88 in second place with $196,971.38.

Blompf battled through some major chip deficits to win the February 14th Sunday Million and take home $227,757.02 for the accomplishment.

Sunday Million Results for 02/14/10:

1st place: Blompf ($227,757.02)*
2nd place: oldrich88 ($196,971.38)*
3rd place: iownoknp ($125,115.00)
4th place: Ramewa38 ($83,410.00)
5th place: qsf84 ($66,728.00)
6th place: Profesoras ($50,046.00)
7th place: Saygoodbye40 ($33,364.00)
8th place: 13sneik13 ($18,350.20)
9th place: Catafract80 ($12,928.55)

*Results of a two-way chop agreement

For more information on ways to register and qualify for upcoming Sunday Million tournaments, visit the Sunday Million page.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million