Speedy0308 Zooms Past Finish Line for $205,983.76 Sunday Million Win

Sunday Million logo.jpgPlayers who wanted live action this week sure got their fill in San Remo, Italy. The European Poker Tour stop drew record crowds, and many players did their fair share of traveling to get there despite volcanic ash halting many airlines. From San Remo, many will travel to the ultimate in live tournaments at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. It is a very exciting time in live poker.

For others, the travel from the couch to desk chair is plenty. Online poker players know that they simply have to possess the strength to log on to the computer and click their way into the Sunday majors. Voila! All the action a player could ask for without that whole seeing-people-in-person thing going on. And where do the players go for the biggest online guarantee and the most talked-about online poker tournament? PokerStars for the weekly Sunday Million, of course!

This week, the Sunday Million found 8,464 players vying for their shares of the $1.5 million guarantee, and when the $200 + $15 buy-ins were tallied, the prize pool soared to $1,692,800.00. That allowed for the top 1,260 players to be paid, but as everyone knew, the big money, including several six-figure payouts, awaited at the final table. And it didn't take long to get them there. In less than ten hours, the tournament was down to ten players and extasyman decided to push all-in with A♣9♥ from the big blind. From the small blind, original raiser elitelive called with A♦Q♣, and the board brought 2♦2♠5♠5♣A♥. With elitelive's better kicker, extasyman was eliminated in tenth place with $8,971.84.

Elitelive all the way live and atop the leaderboard

It was moments into Level 36 that action got underway at the final table, and players were looking at 200,000/400,000 blinds and a 40,000 ante. Their starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: playerscard (17,714,068 in chips)
Seat 2: KenshoSatori (11,477,573 in chips)
Seat 3: KingBalls123 (4,735,205 in chips)
Seat 4: Allnwithda.. (5,691,687 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (5,905,200 in chips)
Seat 6: BossWife (11,257,706 in chips)
Seat 7: elitelive (16,860,922 in chips)
Seat 8: Schukie (3,469,448 in chips)
Seat 9: fivetenatrad (7,528,191 in chips)

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Despite some heavy action on the way to the final table, it was small ball poker once they arrived. Caution seemed to be the name of the game.

But that didn't last long. Schukie was looking for action and unafraid to push other players into it. KingBalls123 took the bait when Schukie raised preflop, and the all-in move from KingBalls123 was for 3,025,205 chips with pocket tens. Schukie made the call with A♣Q♦ and hit the flop when it came Q♠Q♠8♠. The 8♣ on the turn and 2♣ on the river changed nothing, and KingBalls123 was the first to exit the table, taking home $113,119.20 for the ninth place finish.

KenshoSatori climbs, playerscard climbs higher

First place on the leaderboard was not locked up by any means, and KenshoSatori had both eyes on it. And by taking a 14,290,000-chip pot from Schukie, the climb to that spot began.

And Schukie was left without many chips to work with. The all-in move came with K♦Q♣ for Schukie's last 1,379,653 chips, and playerscard called with A♦6♦. The board produced an uneventful 7♦4♠7♣8♥2♠, and Schukie was ousted in eighth place with $18,620.80.

Next to risk the tournament was Allnwithda.. who pushed preflop with A♣8♣. BossWife called from the big blind with J♥3♥ for 1,506,687 more chips. The flop of 3♣9♥5♠ gave BossWife the pair of threes, and the 4♣ turn and K♦ river finished off the board with nothing more for either player. The pair of threes eliminated Allnwithda.. in seventh place, which was worth a payout of $33,856.00.

BossWife was going strong until speedy0308 doubled through and left the former closer to the bottom of the chip counts than probably preferred. BossWife then got involved with elitelive to see a flop of 3♦K♣T♥, at which point BossWife pushed all-in with Q♦9♦ for the straight draw. Elitelive called with K♥Q♥ and top pair. The A♠ on the turn changed nothing, but the T♦ on the river ended the hand with two pair for elitelive and a sixth place finish, worth $50,784.00, for BossWife.

By this point, playerscard not only took over the chip lead but put quite the distance between first position and the rest of the field, especially after the following hand.

Fivetenatrad took some significant pots in Level 38 to stay alive, but the shortest stack at the table finally decided to make the ultimate move. Holding A♠8♥, fivetenatrad pushed all-in for 8,122,691 chips, but playerscard quickly called with pocket aces. The board completely blanked with 9♥5♦3♣K♥2♠, and the aces held to eliminate fivetenatrad in fifth place with $67,712.00.

Racing into first place

Just when it looked like playerscard was in cruise control in first place, speedy0308 moved all-in with pocket kings against the jacks of playerscard. The pairs stood, and speedy0308 took down the pot worth more than 40 million chips and soared into the top position on the leaderboard.

But as quickly as speedy0308 took the lead, it became clear that it was still anyone's game. elitelive doubled through speedy0308 to nearly even the stacks, and playerscard doubled through KenshoSatori to stay alive. As long as the all-in move was available, each of the four remaining players had a shot at taking the title.

Elitelive had a roller coaster session during four-handed play, and after looking comfortable after a second double-up through speedy0308, things took a turn for the worse. Playerscard took a pot worth 31 million chips from elitelive, leaving the latter with the short stack. A double through speedy0308 helped, as did a triple-up, but it was soon time to move again. The push came after a raise from KenshoSatori; elitelive put his last 6,777,360 chips all-in from the small blind with A♠7♥, and KenshoSatori called with pocket queens. The flop only helped KenshoSatori when it brought 9♥Q♠6♣ for the set, and the 2♦ turn and 3♥ river finished it for elitelive, who left in fourth place with $84,640.00.

Chip-chop chatter

The three remaining players asked that the tournament be paused to discuss a deal. With virtually even stacks, they agreed to an even chop of the money - $175,983.76 each - with $30,000 set aside for the ultimate winner.

With the deal in place, it didn't take long to move the tournament along. Speedy0308 was the aggressor and ended up doubling through playerscard, leaving the latter with less than 6 million chips. The very next hand saw playerscard push that amount all-in with pocket nines, and KenshoSatori was the caller with Q♦J♣. The board produced A♣4♣8♠6♣Q♣ to give KenshoSatori the flush and eliminate playerscard in third place with $175,983.76.

Speeding past the finish line

Speedy0308 took the chip lead into the heads-up battle, as counts were listed as follows:

Seat 2: KenshoSatori (34490640 in chips)
Seat 5: speedy0308 (50149360 in chips)

However, despite the aggression of speedy0308, KenshoSatori declined to back down. But KenshoSatori couldn't seem to find spots to get involved, thus his chip stack was diminished quite significantly over the course of the battle, even writing in the chat box, "I don't want to see a replay of this HU part."

Finally, KenshoSatori found this opportunity and caught the right card to double up:

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Five hands later, KenshoSatori risked it all again. With A♠5♣, the final chips were pushed into the pot, and speedy0308 called with K♦Q♣. The flop brought A♥J♣9♠ to give KenshoSatori top pair, but speedy0308 had the straight draw. The 7♥ on the turn was innocent enough, but the T♦ on the river gave speedy0308 Broadway. And that gave KenshoSatori $175,983.76 for the second place finish.

Speedy0308 won the April 18th edition of the Sunday Million, which came with a solid payout of $205,983.76 and the coveted tournament title.

Sunday Million Results for 04/18/10:

1st place: speedy0308 ($205,983.76)
2nd place: KenshoSatori ($175,983.76)
3rd place: playerscard ($175,983.76)
4th place: elitelive ($84,640.00)
5th place: fivetenatrad ($67,712.00)
6th place: BossWife ($50,784.00)
7th place: Allnwithda.. ($33,856.00)
8th place: Schukie ($18,620.80)
9th place: KingBalls123 ($13,119.20)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million