Near-miss turns to sure thing for cmis91, the August 8 Sunday Million champion

Sunday Million logo.jpgIt was a busy time of year for PokerStars. The Latin American Poker Tour just wrapped its latest stop in Brazil with a new champion, and the European Poker Tour was days away from kicking off its seventh exciting season.

But no matter the pace or location of the various land tours, one thing was certain. Each and every week, the PokerStars Sunday Million would bring together players from around the globe for the biggest poker tournament on the internet. This week, the guarantee of a $1.5 million prize pool attracted 8,202 players, which made for a solid $1,640,400 prize pool. It was enough to pay out the top 1,170 finishers, with six-figure payouts set aside for the top three finishers. And poker enthusiasts everywhere turned on their computers to watch the final table of the weekly festivities.

The tournament had to find its final table first, though, and it happened just past the 9.5-hour mark. N7a7t7e pushed all-in preflop from the big blind, and original raiser cmis91 made the call with K♠9♣, which was ahead of the Q♦J♦ of n7a7t7e. The board concurred as it came 2♦T♠8♣4♠7♠, and that was the end of n7a7t7e's tournament, for which $8,776.14 was awarded for the tenth place finish.

Cmis91 did not miss out on the initial lead

In the midst of Level 35, with blinds at 150,000/300,000 and an ante of 30,000, the final table was set and ready to go. Starting chip counts were listed as follows:

Seat 1: Tonimonntana (13,769,567 in chips)
Seat 2: alwaysnice (3,936,231 in chips)
Seat 3: knecht_poker (7,087,995 in chips)
Seat 4: cmis91 (16,663,254 in chips)
Seat 5: Snow in June (5,821,315 in chips)
Seat 6: oneleg1896 (5,369,197 in chips)
Seat 7: lehout (9,242,490 in chips)
Seat 8: pocktnizzles (8,189,443 in chips)
Seat 9: Tunnelvisie (11,940,508 in chips)

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Snow in June doubled up through knecht_poker on the very first hand, and cmis91 soon lost the chip lead to Tonimonntana. It was going to be a wild ride at the final table.

Knecht_poker was short-stacked and looking for a spot to move. The hand actually started with three players, though, as knecht_poker's raise was called by Snow in June and oneleg1896. After the flop came 5♥J♦4♠, knecht_poker made that all-in move, and Snow in June was the only caller holding 9♠9♦. Knecht_poker was caught with only A♣9♣ for ace high. The T♥ on the river changed nothing, and the J♣ on the river only paired the board and shipped the pot to Snow in June. The first one to exit the table was knecht_poker, who took $12,713.10 for the ninth place finish.

From there, it didn't take long to find another early casualty. A raise from cmis91 was met with an all-in move from oneleg1896, at which point pocktnizzles moved all-in over the top to isolate, which worked as cmis91 got out of the way. Pocktnizzles showed A♠K♣, which did dominate the A♥Q♥ of oneleg1896. The flop of J♠3♥T♣ was interesting with its straight possibilities, but the 9♣ turn and J♥ river erased those hopes, and oneleg1896 was out in eighth place with $18,864.60.

See cmis91 back in command

Play then slowed quite a bit, as round after round brought raises and folds. There was a point that alwaysnice was able to double through Tunnelvisie, but those two players still stayed near the bottom of the leaderboard for awhile. But though pocktnizzles was climbing the leaderboard, it was cmis91 seeking that top chip position back again. And it happened in dramatic fashion here:

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With pocktnizzles on the short stack and falling, the final all-in move came with his final 1,783,712 chips and K♦3♦. Cmis91 called from the big blind with A♦2♦, and the board blanked with 4♦8♥T♠8♠9♦. And just like that, pocktnizzles was gone in seventh place, which was worth $32,808.00.

In short order, another elimination moved things along. It was lehout who pushed all-in for 4,092,490 chips holding J♦7♦, but Tunnelvisie called from the small blind with T♥T♣. Lehout was going to need help, but none of it was to be had on the board of 8♦3♥9♠6♦6♣. Tunnelvisie scooped the pot with two pair, and lehout exited the tournament in sixth place with $49,212.00 for the effort.

Alwaysnice took another chance with an all-in move and doubled through cmis91 with a rivered set over the flopped set of cmis91. That finally moved alwaysnice off the bottom chip position, though cmis91 still sat fairly comfortably at the top.

Meanwhile, Tunnelvisie was looking for a proper all-in spot and found it preflop with A♦9♥, but Tonimonntana moved all-in over the top. No one else wanted to tangle, and Tonimonntana showed 8♣8♠. When the flop came 5♠5♣5♦, Tonimonntana's hand turned into a full house, and not the 4♥ turn nor the Q♥ river would change that. Tunnelvisie was ousted in fifth place with $65,616.00.


Final table play got very interesting. Four-handed play went on for a few rounds of play before alwaysnice eventually pushed all-in with 2♥2♠, but Snow in June called from the big blind with 5♦5♣. The better pocket pair stood up to the 7♠4♣9♣T♣J♦ board, which eliminated alwaysnice in fourth place with $82,676.16.

Three-handed action was a bit frantic, as Tonimonntana doubled through Snow in June. The very next hand saw Snow in June double through cmis91, and the hand after that brought a double-up for Tonimonntana through cmis91.

Snow in June was trying to recover from blow a few hands prior, and the all-in move was made with T♣8♣. But Tonimonntana just so happened to have A♥K♥ and the lead in the hand. The board then produced Q♣2♥J♥A♣T♠, which made Tonimonntana's hand into a straight. Snow in June was eliminated in August, taking home $123,030.00 for the third place finish.

Tonimonntana scarred

The heads-up battle began with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: Tonimonntana (53,674,604 in chips)
Seat 4: cmis91 (28,345,396 in chips)

Only a few hands into the action, cmis91 made a move that was do-or-die. And cmis91 did this:

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Cmis91 never looked back. Tonimonntana took some key pots but couldn't get past cmis91's solid lead. Finally, Tonimonntana pushed with 8♥6♥, and cmis91 called with a dominating K♥Q♥. The flop of A♦9♥5♠ made things interesting with the straight draw for Tonimonntana, but the K♦ on the turn gave cmis91 the pair of kings. A 2♣ came on the river to end the tournament, and Tonimonntana was out in second place with $180,444.00.

Cmis91 won the August 8th Sunday Million and walked away with a solid $246,064.05 for the victory.

Sunday Million Results for 08/08/10:

1st place: cmis91 ($246,064.05)
2nd place: Tonimonntana ($180,444.00)
3rd place: Snow in June ($123,030.00)
4th place: alwaysnice ($82,676.16)
5th place: Tunnelvisie ($65,616.00)
6th place: lehout ($49,212.00)
7th place: pocktnizzles ($32,808.00)
8th place: oneleg1896 ($18,864.60)
9th place: knecht_poker ($12,713.10)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million