Palurdo pocketed nearly $250K for February 7 Sunday Million victory

Sunday Million logo.jpgThe first Sunday Million of February was an exciting one. While it was no record-setting, history-making event like the special edition of the Million the week before, it brought in a large number of players. Despite a great number of people in the United States being preoccupied by a rather important football game, there was a substantial registration number in the biggest tournament on PokerStars. (Shall we call it the Super Sunday Million?)

The aforementioned registration landed at 9,031 players, which took the prize pool soaring past the $1.5 million guarantee to give the players a prize pool of $1,806,200. Out of that serious collection of funds, the final 1,350 players in the tournament received payouts for their performances. And one of them was a familiar name, as Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin plowed his way through the field and ultimately finished in 71st place for a payout of $2,438.37.

As the last two tables played toward the ultimate goal of a single final table, action moved right along, and less than ten hours into the tournament, it was golferen50 who chose to push all-in with pocket fours. But shorter stacked by only a handful of chips was xxxALBxxx, who called all-in with A♠ K♦. The board came T♣ 6♠ 6♣ 8♦ 5♦, and that eliminated xxxALBxxx in tenth place, with $9,392.24 for the final table bubble spot.

Nearing the end of Level 35, with blinds at 150,000/300,000 and a 30,000 ante, the final nine players were determined and took their seats as follows:

Seat 1: blony_tair (9,782,084 in chips)
Seat 2: pimenta7 (3,068,902 in chips)
Seat 3: H@££INGGOL (9,484,227 in chips)
Seat 4: GulahPapyrus (13,702,078 in chips)
Seat 5: golferen50 (12,306,752 in chips)
Seat 6: MiguelPiper (15,370,301 in chips)
Seat 7: jeanphidh74 (11,014,529 in chips)
Seat 8: Phatigue (9,371,500 in chips)
Seat 9: palurdo (6,209,627 in chips)


Seven hands into the action, it got serious. By far, the shortest stack at the table was pimenta7, and the spot was chosen with K♦ T♠ to move all-in preflop. But golferen50 reraised all-in to isolate with pocket kings, which was successful. The two players watched the board come 2♦ 6♠ 8♥ K♣ 3♦, which gave golferen50 the set and eliminated pimenta7 in ninth place with $12,643.40.

Over the course of the next rounds, it was palurdo who did some significant chipping up with some key pots. H@££INGGOL and jeanphidh74 also climbed a bit.

But MiguelPiper, on the other hand, had a tough time gathering momentum at the table. When a hand developed with GulahPapyrus raising to begin the action, MiguelPiper looked down at 7♠ 6♠ from the big blind and reraised all-in. GulahPapyrus called, though, with A♦ K♦ and had MiguelPiper covered. The board only helped GulahPapyrus with a 8♣ A♥ Q♦ flop, and the J♦ turn and 6♣ river cards ended the hand. MiguelPiper left the tournament in eighth place with $19,868.20.

The next player at risk was Phatigue, who decided to take a chance on the tournament with a pocket pair of tens. The preflop all-in move was met by an all-in reraise by blony_tair holding A♦ Q♥, and the isolation move worked. The flop worked as well for blony_tair when it came 8♥ A♠ Q♦ to give the player two pair. The 3♠ on the turn was meaningless, and the 8♠ on the river changed nothing. Phatigue was able to leave and get some rest with $36,124 for the seventh place finish.

Chips were exchanged throughout the next few rounds, but a particular battle ensued between GulahPapyrus and jeanphidh74. The former took a pot worth about 8 million from jeanphidh74, but the latter then doubled through GulahPapyrus in a pot 31,620,000-chip pot. But it was palurdo who doubled through jeanphidh74 to take a significant lead over the rest of the table in this hand:

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Short-stacked golferen50 was able to double through blony_tair to stay alive, but that left the latter with less than 3.5 million chips to work with. All of them went into the pot preflop on the very next hand with blony_tair holding Q♦ J♣, and original raiser palurdo made the call with pocket sevens. The board looked hopeful for blony_tair when the flop came A♦ A♠ 6♦ and the turn K♠, but the river could only produce a 5♣. That left blony_tair with a sixth place finish and $54,186 to go with it.

After jeanphidh74 doubled through H@££INGGOL, the latter was relegated to a stack of less than 6.5 million and pushed all-in from the small blind with J♦ 9♣. GulahPapyrus called from the big blind with a dominating A♥ K♦ hand, which only improved on the 6♦ 7♠ A♦ 4♦ 5♥ board. H@££INGGOL was gone in fifth place with $72,248.

The next player in trouble was golferen50 upon losing a 20 million-chip pot to jeanphidh74, but golferen50 then doubled through GulahPapyrus to stay alive. The latter was then left with less than 10 million and decided to push from the small blind with A♠ 2♦. Original raiser palurdo called with A♦ K♥, which stood up to the blank board of T♠ 9♠ J♦ 7♠ 6♥. GulahPapyrus was eliminated in fourth place with $90,310.

Two of the final three players sought to stop play to discuss a potential deal, but jeanphidh74 never responded to requests, so play continued. But not for long. An initial raise from palurdo was met by an all-in reraise by jeanphidh74. The call was made by palurdo with K♥ 4♥, which turned out to hold a significant advantage over the J♠ 4♠ of jeanphidh74. The board produced 3♦ 5♦ 7♠ 8♣ 3♥, and the third place payout of $134,471.59 went to jeanphidh74.

Heads-up action then began with the following chip counts:

Seat 5: golferen50 (21,560,704 in chips)
Seat 9: palurdo (68,749,296 in chips)

Within moments, the two requested a pause in the action, and they were given the following numbers, with the obligatory $30,000 set aside for the eventual winner:

palurdo $218,791.40
golferen50 $198,789.82

The deal was almost immediately accepted, and play resumed. However, it took only moments to find a winner.

The hand started with a raise from golferen50, reraise from palurdo, and all-in move from golferen50 for 27,160,704 chips with A♠ 8♦. But palurdo called with A♣ J♦. The flop couldn't have been prettier for palurdo when it came 3♥ J♥ A♥ for two pair. The Q♠ on the turn helped no one, but the J♣ was deceiving, as it gave golferen two pair but palurdo the full house. We looked it up, and the full house did indeed beat the two pair, which left golferen50 with a second place finish. And for that performance, a total of $198,789.82 was deposited into golferen50's account.

And just like that, Long Beach's own palurdo won the February 7th Sunday Million, which came with a whopping $248,791.40 and the prestigious online poker tournament title of Sunday Million champion.

Sunday Million Results for 02/07/10:

1st place: palurdo ($248,791.40)*
2nd place: golferen50 ($198,789.82)*
3rd place: jeanphidh74 ($134,471.59)
4th place: GulahPapyrus ($90,310.00)
5th place: H@££INGGOL ($72,248.00)
6th place: blony_tair ($54,186.00)
7th place: Phatigue ($36,124.00)
8th place: MiguelPiper ($19,868.20)
9th place: pimenta7 ($12,643.40)

*Results of a two-way chop agreement

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million