Peetoon Picks Spots and Prevails to Capture 8/29 Sunday Million Title

Sunday Million logo.jpgEvery Sunday, players can find their trusty Sunday Million tournament, as well as numerous other PokerStars options. But on the last Sunday of each month, players also have events like the Battle of the Planets and the $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown. As the month of August drew to a close, the tournament options increased and made it a very exciting night of online poker.

But back to the task at hand, the Sunday Million hosted its weekly event with a $1.5 million guarantee, and this week's registration found 8,190 players in it to win it. That boosted the prize pool to $1,638,000 and paid out the top 1,170 players. And as some of the players got deeper into the money and ever closer to the last few tables, one name caught our eye, as Leo Fernandez is a member of Team PokerStars Pro. He was hanging around the top five spots on the leaderboard for some time, though just as three tables were reduced to two, Fernandez was eliminated in 19th place. His finish was worth $3,603.60 in prize money...and a kudos from Stars.

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As the final table got closer, one player had to be eliminated to reduce the field to nine, and it all went down when ganganganga made the all-in move preflop with 9♦9♥. But Peetoon called with K♥K♣, and the interesting board of 5♦A♠5♠2♠K♦ only improved the kings into a full house to eliminate ganganganga in tenth place with $8,763.30.

Peetoon in prime position

It was a quick one, as the final table was reached just about 9 hours and 15 minutes into action. And on the last leg of Level 33, with blinds at 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante, players began the final table with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: CON28 (2,559,272 in chips)
Seat 2: Randers (9,333,528 in chips)
Seat 3: Bad Habbitz (2,879,881 in chips)
Seat 4: FightnIrishh (21,578,690 in chips)
Seat 5: RedIceRap (7,058,750 in chips)
Seat 6: Peetoon (22,316,649 in chips)
Seat 7: jsonelin (2,333,773 in chips)
Seat 8: trionojnika (9,267,777 in chips)
Seat 9: smsuwrestler (4,571,680 in chips)

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Several players started the action with relatively short stacks, and it didn't take long for one of them to make a move. CON28 gave it a shot preflop with 4♥4♠, and trionojnika reraised to isolate, which worked, before showing the powerful A♥A♣. The dealer had nothing of much significance to show when the board was shown as T♣8♦8♥T♠K♦, and that left CON28 out of the tournament in ninth place with $12,694.50 to show for it.

Bad Habbitz soon took the opportunity to double up and did it successfully through smsuwrestler.

On the very next hand, jsonelin tried to do the same. But jsonelin did it with only K♦2♣, and Randers raised to isolate from the small blind and then showed A♥4♣. The flop of 2♠7♦9♥ hit jsonelin with bottom pair, and the 6♠ on the turn looked like a double-up was in order against the odds. But the A♣ dropped on the river to give Randers the pair of aces and eliminate jsonelin in eighth place with $18,837.00.

FightnIrishh battles to top of leaderboard

FightnIrishh held true to his online moniker and fought to grab hold of the chip lead not long after the final table began. Peetoon lost quite a bit of ground to trionojnika but eventually gained it back with a significant pot that put Peetoon back into second place.

Meanwhile, smsuwrestler never quite recovered from the earlier beat by Bad Habbitz, and the two soon tangled again. Bad Habbitz started the hand with an all-in move holding Q♥Q♦, and smsuwrestler called all-in for his tournament life with A♦J♠. And the board was a rather uneventful 9♣9♦4♥8♠T♥, and Bad Habbitz scooped the chips and stayed in the game, while smsuwrestler left the action with $32,760.00 for seventh place.

Speaking of Bad Habbitz, that player was certainly ready to move again, this time doing it preflop for 4,656,561 chips with K♦Q♦. But original raiser Randers made the call with A♦K♥. The flop of 7♥K♣6♥ gave both players the pair of kings, and the Q♥ on the turn gave Bad Habbitz the top two pair. But a tough 2♥ came on the river, completing a heart flush for Randers and sending Bad Habbitz out in sixth place with $49,140.00.

Only four hands later, a massive pot developed preflop. Trionojnika started with a raise, and Randers reraised. RedIceRap popped it again from the big blind, and after trionojnika got out of the way, Randers came over the top all-in for a whopping 13,073,863 chips. RedIceRap made the easy call with A♦A♥, and Randers showed only A♠K♣. The board of 2♠2♥3♠A♣K♥ gave RedIceRap the full house, and 2008 WSOOP winner Randy "Randers" Haddox was suddenly gone in fifth place with $65,520.00.

Peetoon wages comeback

And that comeback began with the following hand that catapulted Peetoon back into the chip lead:

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Trionojnika decided to risk 9,419,828 chips from the small blind with A♥4♠ preflop, and FightnIrishh made the call from the big blind with a dominating A♦J♥. The board of 6♦2♠2♦T♣9♣ changed nothing, and trionojnika departed the action with $82,555.20 for the fourth place finish.

Then it was RedIceRap on the shortest stack, and the all-in move was made with A♣Q♥. Peetoon made the call with only K♠7♠, and the board looked like the best hand would hold as the flop came 8♦J♠5♦ and the turn produced 6♠. But the K♦ on the river gave Peetoon the pair of kings and the chips. RedIceRap was out in third place with $122,850.00 to soothe the pain.

Two talk deal and head into battle

The last two players were ready to go with the following chip counts:

Seat 4: FightnIrishh (31,053,756 in chips)
Seat 6: Peetoon (50,846,244 in chips)

But during the first hand of the match, both players decided to pause the tournament and take a look at the chip-chop numbers. In what might be record time, the amounts were given - $202,362.11 for Peetoon and $193,517.89 for fightnIrishh with $30,000 set aside for the eventual winner - and agreed upon. Play resumed almost immediately.

It took exactly 20 hands to decide the tournament. On that 20th hand, the two players went to check out a flop of J♠A♦3♥. FightnIrishh pushed the remainder of chips - 12,903,756 - all-in with 4♥3♠ for bottom pair, and Peetoon called with A♥9♠ for top pair. The K♥ on the turn and J♥ on the river ended the match, and FightnIrishh settled on second place and the $193,517.89 he received for it.

Peetoon became the latest Sunday Million winner and walked away with $232,362.11 for the accomplishment.

Sunday Million Results for 08/29/10:

1st place: Peetoon ($232,362.11)*
2nd place: FightnIrishh ($193,517,89)*
3rd place: RedIceRap ($122,850.00)
4th place: trionojnika ($82,555.20)
5th place: Randers ($65,520.00)
6th place: Bad Habbitz ($49,140.00)
7th place: smsuwrestler ($32,760.00)
8th place: jsonelin ($18,837.00)
9th place: CON28 ($12,694.50)

*Denotes results of a two-way financial arrangement

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