March 7 Sunday Million Gives MAE9690 a $260,000 Victory

Sunday Million logo.jpgThe first weekend in March brought a sizable crowd to the PokerStars tables for the big Sunday tournaments. Maybe it was the absence of big land-based tournaments to consume players. Possibly not many people cared about the Academy Awards. Or the stars could have been aligned in a particularly complicated way. Or players were simply anxious to play some online poker.

Whatever the reason, the Sunday Million was packed with players. The final registration number was 10,123, which translated into an impressive $2,024,600 prize pool, well beyond the $1.5 million guarantee. The top payout of $283,449.40 was reserved for the first place finisher, but 1,440 players would receive some sort of payout for their $200 + $15 investment.

As the tournament ran into the nighttime hours in America, there was one Team PokerStars Pro who is no stranger to deep tournament runs these days. Argentinian Veronica "Princesa" Dabul just scored 18th place in the March 2nd Super Tuesday event and followed that up with a solid 48th place finish in tonight's Sunday Million. Should Ms. Dabul continue this trend, she may be one that takes her South American success to an entirely new level.

The playdown toward the final table was quicker than anticipated for the substantial starting field, but action got stuck at hand-for-hand play that went into effect for the last two tables with ten players remaining. Players were hesitant to hit that bubble, knowing what it meant - financially and otherwise - to make a Sunday Million final table. But eventually, it had to happen to someone. The all-in move came from rigodoncio with less than 100,000 in chips, and calls came from maestrocaggi and camillo30. After the 7♥8♠8♣ flop, a bet from camillo prompted a fold from maestrocaggi. The cards were then shown: camillo30 had A♦K♠ and rigodoncio was on the line with A♠6♣. The Q♥ turn and T♠ river ended the action for rigodoncio, who finished in tenth place with $10,123.00.

Camillo30 in front but not out of reach

In the start of Level 36, with blinds at 200,000/400,000 and a 40,000 ante, players quickly launched into final table action as follows:

Seat 1: (9,465,306 in chips)
Seat 2: adam eterno (1,932,992 in chips)
Seat 3: camillo30 (22,425,333 in chips)
Seat 4: maestrocaggi (18,292,096 in chips)
Seat 5: asturiano (17,730,819 in chips)
Seat 6: reelhugefish (5,508,071 in chips)
Seat 7: Lagerborg (7,959,486 in chips)
Seat 8: MAE9690 (15,234,599 in chips)
Seat 9: AA TURON AA (2,681,298 in chips)

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It took only two hands for camillo30 to wield that chip lead at the expense of the shortest stack at the table. The all-in move came from adam eterno preflop from the small blind with Q♣J♠, and camillo30 made the call from the big blind with 8♥7♠. The board came out smoothly for camillo30 with 6♣6♠9♦T♥7♦ for the turned straight, and adam eterno was out in ninth place with $13,767.28.

AA TURON AA made a small dent in camillo30's stack with a double-up through the chip leader, though the former was still one of the shorter stacks. AA TURON AA went on to double again soon after, though, through asturiano to live to fight a few more rounds.

Beginnings of a climb for

The battle consisted of two hands, the first that saw double through Lagerborg and leave the latter with little behind. It was only a few hands later that Lagerborg pushed all-in for his last 174,179 chips with K♥8♣, and three players -, MAE9690, and asturiano went along to see the 8♠7♠9♦ flop. When bet, the other two players got out of the way, and showed T♦9♠ for the straight draw and top pair. The J♥ on the turn made that straight, and the 7♥ eliminated Lagerborg from the tournament in eighth place with $20,246.00.

Then it was who put a serious dent in the stack of maestrocaggi with the collection of a pot worth nearly 20 million chips. It didn't take long after that for maestrocaggi to move all-in with A♦7♥ from the big blind. Original raiser camillo30 called from the small blind with K♦J♦, and the board came 8♣9♣T♣Q♠A♠ to make a Broadway straight for camillo30. That left maestrocaggi out in seventh place with $40,492.00 for the deep run.

MAE9690 rises while falls

After steady movement up the leaderboard, the loss of a 23.5 million-chip pot to MAE9690 hurt the stacks. And a short while later, when MAE9690 pushed all-in, called from the big blind for his tournament life with pocket eights. But the race was on as MAE9690 showed T♣9♠. The cards fell in favor of with the 4♣5♠J♠ flop and 3♥ turn, but the 9♦ on the river gave MAE9690 the pair of nines. Suddenly, was gone in sixth place with $60,738.00.

MAE9690 was at it again, shoving preflop. AA TURON AA looked down at A♦J♦ in the big blind and decided to make the call, which forced MAE9690 to show only 9♠7♠. But the flop couldn't have been better to put MAE9690 in the lead as it came 9♣7♦A♣. The last two cards brought 4♦ and 6♥, and that put MAE9690 at the top of the leaderboard by a large margin, while AA TURON AA was headed out in fifth place with $80,984.00.

Let's make a deal

The final four players soon decided to take a look at chip-chop numbers, which weren't to the liking of any of the finalists. But they continued the discussions and came up with numbers they decided were fair. With the agreement that $30,000 be set aside for the eventual winner, the deal amounts were as follows:

Seat 3: camillo30 (22,257,597 in chips) = $176,959.80
Seat 5: asturiano (10,254,769 in chips) = $150,000.00
Seat 6: reelhugefish (10,283,052 in chips) = $150,000.00
Seat 8: MAE9690 (58,434,582 in chips) = $230,000.00

On the first hand back, short-stacked asturiano decided to raise preflop from the small blind, but when original raiser MAE9690 came back with an all-in move, asturiano called all-in for his tournament life holding A♠T♦. MAE9690 showed pocket sixes, and the board allowed that pair to win the race when it came 2♠6♥K♥5♣9♣. And with that, asturiano was gone in fourth place with $150,000.00.

A few hands later, the other short stack pushed. It was camillo30 with the original raise from the small blind, but reelhugefish moved all-in from the big blind with A♥8♣. camillo30 showed A♣J♣ for the dominating hand, though reelhugefish took the lead when the flop came Q♣8♠7♠. The 4♣ on the turn changed nothing, but the J♠ on the river gave camillo30 the bigger pair and eliminated reelhugefish in third place with $150,000.00.

MAE9690 takes lead into heads-up with camillo30

The starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 3: camillo30 (32,240,649 in chips)
Seat 8: MAE9690 (68,989,351 in chips)

Though camillo30 tried to chip up, it was the following hand that gave MAE9690 more than a four-to-one chip lead.

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MAE9690 didn't let up, which soon prompted camillo30 to move all-in for his last 18,140,649 chips with Q♣T♣. MAE9690 called with A♦4♦, and the A♥2♥5♦3♦8♥ board turned a straight. The $176,959.80 prize money went to camillo30 for finishing in second place.

And the winner of the tournament was MAE9690, and the prestigious Sunday Million title went with a solid $260,000 payday.

Sunday Million Results for 03/07/10:

1st place: MAE9690 ($260,000.00)*
2nd place: camillo30 ($176,959.80)*
3rd place: reelhugefish ($150,000.00)*
4th place: asturiano ($150,000.00)*
5th place: AA TURON AA ($80,984.00)
6th place: ($60,738.00)
7th place: maestrocaggi ($40,492.00)
8th place: Lagerborg ($20,246.00)
9th place: adam eterno ($13,767.28)

*payouts based on a four-way agreement

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million