Sunday Million: LOL_FAILURE... LOL Not Today!

sunday-million-thumb.jpgAnother big weekend for the WSOP this week, featuring a wide range of buy-ins from $1,000 to $5,000 for the everyday tournament grinder. In spite of all the action in Vegas, however, 6,640 players shelled out the $215 entry-fee in order to play for their shot at the overlaid, $1,500,000 guaranteed Sunday Million. Among the runners were French tennis superstar and PokerStars Sports Pro Gaël Monfils, fresh off his battle at Wimbledon. Monfils made a respectable run in the Million, bottoming out in 480th ($495), showing that he's not just a one game ringer. Joining Monfils in the payout circle were Team PokerStars Online Pros Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc (480th for $495) and Steven "stevejpa" Paul (383rd for $555) as well as Team Asia player Tae Joon Noh, who came within sniffing distance of the final table finishing in 32nd ($3,135).

antares1968, "Thank You Very Much"

Short stacks fell quickly as play in the Million progressed from 18 down to a final table and with one of the shortest stacks in the room, antares1968 found himself against the ropes on the final table bubble. Action was folded around to antares1968, who pushed all-in for about 2.4 million. antares1968 managed to get one caller, elvisthewing, who played out of the big blind. It's A♣ K♦ for antares1968 and [10c] [10s] for elvisthewing, a classic race. The flop was good for elvisthewing, 5♠ 3♥ 7♦, and so is the turn, 9♠. Needing a King or Ace to stave off elimination, antares1968 couldn't muster a key suck-out when a harmless deuce fell on the river. antares1968 exited in tenth place, collecting $8,400 in the process and setting the final table.

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Seat 1: spadesarmada (2433108 in chips)
Seat 2: spiderman443 (4491322 in chips)
Seat 3: ImDaNuts (15731440 in chips)
Seat 4: PokerSavage (5340264 in chips)
Seat 5: nielsoobal (10712517 in chips)
Seat 6: thedylan1 (9731772 in chips)
Seat 7: elvisthewing (9002265 in chips)
Seat 8: LOL_FAILURE (2954138 in chips)
Seat 9: Mr Brizza (5927174 in chips)

As the final nine turned their attention to table 539 for the tournament's final action there were plenty of "haves" and "have nots" in terms of chips. ImDaNuts led the way in the haves department, holding $15.7 million in chips, while spadesarmada occupied the table's lowest rung, boasting only a 2.4 million chip stack. Blinds were 125k/250k with a 25k ante as final table play commenced.

Spiderman's Boat

The shortest stack when play restarted at table 339 somewhat predictably struggled to chip up as the final table played out. With just under 2.3 million in chips and the blinds quickly approaching, spadesarmada moved all-in from early position and was instantly raised by the player one position to his left, spiderman443, who pushed his also smallish 3.7 million stack into the middle. Folds all around reveal the situation: a race, with spadesarmada needing his 5♥ 5♠ to hold against spiderman443's A♥ Q♠ in order to stave off elimination. spadesarmada's double-up hopes were slashed when the flop came down Q♦ K♥ 6♥, giving spiderman443 the lead with a pair of queens. The 6♥ came on the turn and another queen, the Q♣, fell on the river, giving spiderman443 a full house and eliminating spadesarmada in ninth ($11,625).

Easy Come, Easy Go

spiderman443's knockout of spadesarmada turned out to be a short-lived victory for the number two seat, as spiderman443 found his own stack in the middle not long after sending spadesarmada to the rail. The action was folded around to spiderman443 on the button, who raised his last 3.6 million all-in. Chip leader, ImDaNuts, re-raised from the small blind to 6.9 million. PokerSavage1 got out of the way in the big blind and the cards were turned up. It was devastating news for Spiderman443, who was holding a dominated 5♥ 5♣ against ImDaNuts's 7♣ 7♦. The board ran dry for spiderman443, 2♦ K♠ 6♣ J♦ K♦, and spiderman443 was out in eighth, collecting $18,000 for his efforts. For those keeping track at home, yes that's two bust outs in a row with the loser holding two fives. Guess the "speed limit" wasn't running too hot Sunday.

True to His Name

A whopping 46 hands after spiderman443 exited in eighth, the last table finally decreased by one again. Action folded around to ImDaNuts in the cutoff, who raised to about 1 million only to have nielsoogbal move all-in in front of him in the small blind. ImDaNuts made the call with A♠ 7♠ and was up against nielsoogbal's drawing hand, J♣ 9♣. The flop and turn was mixed for both, 2♠ [10] A♥ 8♥. nielsoogbal picked up an up and down straight draw, but ImDaNuts improved to the nut flush draw. Which draw would catch up first? The 8♠ fell on the river, and although not the absolute nuts it did give ImDaNuts the nut flush. spiderman443 exits in seventh, earning $33,000 for his deep run.

Savage Man, That's Just Savage

It wouldn't be a final table without a nice cold cooler. Under-the-gun, ImDaNuts opens the betting to about 1.1 million. PokerSavage1 re-raises one position later to 2.2 million only to face a three-bet all-in from Mr Brizza in the big blind for 7.8 million total. Mr Brizza's raise gets past initial raiser, ImDaNuts, but is quickly called by PokerSavage1 who turns over A♣ A♦. A sickened Mr Brizza shows Q♦ Q♥ and is far behind. Brizza whiffs hard on the flop, 4♣ [10h] [10s], and can't catch a lady on either of the last two streets. The cooler sends Mr Brizza home in sixth ($48,000) and moves PokerSavage1 into a strong second chip position behind ImDaNuts.

Savage Man, That's Just Savage Part II

Ah what a difference 98 hands makes. Yeah, you read that right, it took 98 long hands to eliminate another player from the Million. Proving that poker truly is savage, PokerSavage1 becomes the second player at the Sunday Million final table to be eliminated after having eliminated the previous finisher. With blinds at 400k/800k and a 80k ante, LOL_FAILURE raises from under-the-gun to 2.4 million. PokerSavage1, on the short stack now, moves all-in over the top for his last 8.5 million on the button. LOL_FAILURE called and found himself in a dominating position against PokerSavage1, with his A♦ Q♥ in great shape against PokerSavage1's A♥ J♦. No help came on the flop for PokerSavage1, 6♦ 3♥ 6♣, but the two sixes did provide some possible spit pot outs down the line. However the K♣ on the turn and 4♦ on the river killed any hopes of a PokerSavage1 double-up, who will be able to console himself with fifth place money, $63,000.

The Nuts Aren't Quite Good Enough

ImDaNuts has had some big wins recently, in some of PokerStars's most well attended events, but had yet to take down the big prize, the Sunday Million. With good chips, following PokerSavage1's bust out, ImDaNuts found himself in great position to make a run at yet another online title. However, after dwindling down to the short stack playing four handed, ImDaNuts found his last chips in the middle, needing some help to survive. LOL_FAILURE started off the action on the button, raising it up to 2.9 million. ImDaNuts flat called in the small blind and thedylan1 pushed the action by moving all-in in the big blind for a little over 18 million. LOL_FAILURE moved out of the way, but ImDaNuts made the call for his last 2.2 million with a pretty Q♥ J♥. It might have been pretty, but it was in ugly shape against thedylan1's A♦ K♠, especially after the board ran out 5♣ 9♣ 5♠ [10s] 9♦. No nuts for ImDaNuts, who made yet another impressive, deep run finishing in fourth ($82,500).
Where We At?

The 22 hands that followed ImDaNuts's elimination were all mostly small pots, but thedylan1 used his big stack to win 16 of those 22. At one point thedylan1 had over two thirds of the chips in play and was dominating the action. And then came hand 23 after ImDaNuts's elimination. After getting it all-in pre-flop with A♠ Q♠ versus thedylan1's A♣ K♠ and then having the flop and turn run dry, 6♠ 5♥ 3♦ 3♠, LOL_FAILURE found a big queen on the river to double up to a near tie with thedylan1.

Chip counts after the big hand:

Seat 6: thedylan1 (30566820 in chips)
Seat 7: elvisthewing (8000874 in chips)
Seat 8: LOL_FAILURE (27832306 in chips)

Elvis Has Left the Building

Not long after LOL_FAILURE's big double, a short stack elvisthewing moved all-in on the button for his last 6.1 million. LOL_FAILURE made the call in the small blind and thedylan1 got out of the way. elvisthewing was ahead, with A♠ 7♣ versus LOL_FAILURE's Q♣ [10c]. That is, elvisthewing WAS ahead. A 3♥ 8♣ [10h] gave LOL_FAILURE the lead, with a pair of tens, and a 5♣ turn made things even darker for elvisthewing. No miracle river, only the 8♥, and elvisthewing was out in third ($120,000) sending the final table into heads-up play.

FAILURE Breeds Success

Things were real even as heads-up play commenced. thedylan1 enjoyed the slight lead, 35.1 million to LOL_FAILURE's 31.2, but with such high blinds, 500k/1 million with a 100k, things were set up to change quickly. Well, 12 hands into the match a massive, 61 million chip pot set up pre-flop between our final two competitors. With 35 million on the button, thedylan1 raised to 2.3 million. LOL_FAILURE, not satisfied with a small pot pre-flop, re-raised to 5.6 million. thedylan1 countered by pushing all-in, having LOL_FAILURE covered. LOL_FAILURE went into the tank, thinking for some time before making the call with A♥ 9♥. It turned out to be a good call, as thedylan1 turned over A♣ 6♥.

Let the roller coaster ride begin!

The flop came down 6♠ Q♥ 8♠, giving thedylan1 a pair of sixes and the lead. However, LOL_FAILURE managed to re-suck on the turn with the 9♦. There would be no third suck-out, as a blank five fell on the river, giving LOL_FAILURE a massive 61.6 million to 4.7 million chip lead.

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Six hands later and we have our champion, when LOL_FAILURE's K♣ 4♦ held against thedylan1's Q♣ 9♠. LOL not a failure this time!

$1,500,000 Guarantee Sunday Million Results (06-27-10)

1. LOL_FAILURE (Vantaa) $228,150.00
2. the dylan1 (Champaign) $168,750.00
3. elvisthewing (Val d'or) $120,000.00
4. ImDaNuts (Las Vegas) $82,500.00
5. PokerSavage1 (Santa Monica) $63,000.00
6. Mr Brizza (Las Vegas) $48,000.00
7. nielsoogbal (Vaardingen) $33,000.00
8. spiderman443 (Volos) $18,000.00
9. spadesarmada (Altoona) $11,625.00