69jocker69 jockeyed for the Sunday Million win & took home $220,630.24

Sunday Million logo.jpgEvery Sunday is busy in the world of online poker, and PokerStars always offers plenty of tournament options. The last Sunday of every month offers extra opportunities to win with the Battle of the Planets and the Turbo Takedown. But this Sunday topped previous efforts by adding two more events to the roster, first with the inaugural Women's Sunday tournament that more than doubled its guarantee, and second with the newly-dubbed Sunday Storm with its celebratory $1 million guarantee (for the $11 buy-in). Add in the Isildur1 vs. Daniel Negreanu SuperStar Showdown, and it was a thrilling and exhausting day in online poker.

With that said, the Sunday Million was going strong late into the evening hours, and those still in the late stages of the tournament didn't know the meaning of the word exhaustion.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Let's start at the beginning, where 9,288 players signed up for the weekly $1.5 million guarantee of the Sunday Million, thus creating a prize pool of $1,857,600.00. When the tournament made it to the money bubble, assuring the last 1,350 people standing of cash for their efforts, there were still a few members of Team PokerStars in the crowd. Of them, none were able to make it to the final table, but they cashed in this order:

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (Team Pro) - 1283rd place
Dag Palovic (Team Pro) - 1222nd place
Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (Team Online) - 1188th place
Tyler "frosty012" Frost (Team Online) - 1186th place
Christophe de Meulder (Team Pro) - 1166th place
Dusty "Leatherass9" Schmidt (Team Online) - 1156th place
Clayton "cnew27" Newman (Team Online) - 1104th place
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (Team Pro) - 627th place
Joe "jcada99" Cada (Team Pro) - 488th place

Play continued as numerous other players made efforts to secure seats at the final table, but it wasn't until around the ten-hour mark of the tournament that the seats were determined. It happened at Table 614 where guldkasse doubled through Nile1 in one hand, and the very next hand saw short-stacked Nile1 move all-in. Guldkasse and Jysky11 called and checked down the 7♥5♣4♠2♣4♦ board, and when guldkasse showed K♦J♣, it was enough to take the pot. That left Nile1 out in tenth place with $9,659.52.

Jysky11 jumps into final table with the lead

The final table was set just a few minutes into the tenth hour of play, and Level 36 had blinds at 200,000/400,000 and the ante at 40,000. The starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: Jysky11 (17,000,923 in chips)
Seat 2: guldkasse (8,682,998 in chips)
Seat 3: 69jocker69 (10,061,229 in chips)
Seat 4: Exan13 (6,509,097 in chips)
Seat 5: player9ball (9,640,674 in chips)
Seat 6: Cares37 (5,684,576 in chips)
Seat 7: AmazingErvin (12,349,605 in chips)
Seat 8: chevy chasin (13,116,914 in chips)
Seat 9: Kragg111 (9,833,984 in chips)

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Some of the players were quite aggressive at the table, but there was enough caution to call it a slow start to the action.

But after about 10 minutes, guldkasse was back in the zone and looking for another double-up. After an initial raise from Kragg111, guldkasse moved all-in for just over 6.6 million chips. Kragg111 called with A♦Q♦, and guldkasse turned over J♥J♣. The board came 8♦8♠7♣3♠A♥, and Kragg111 rivered the better two pair. Guldkasse headed out in ninth place with $13,003.20.

Shortly thereafter, short-stacked Cares37 made the all-in move preflop with A♣9♣, but AmazingErvin reraised all-in with T♠T♣ to isolate, which worked. The dealer provided K♣6♠3♥T♥9♥, which only improved AmazingErvin to a set. Cares37 was gone in eighth place with $20,433.60.

On the very next hand, chevy chasin started it with a raise, and Exan13 pushed all-in with A♥K♥. Chevy chasin called with A♦Q♥ and would need to improve to eliminate his opponent. The flop of 3♥9♠4♥ didn't meet that need, but the Q♦ on the turn did the deed. The 6♠ on the river finished the hand with Exan13 exiting in seventh place, which was worth $37,152.00.

Deal fails, double-ups prevail

The final six players stopped the action to see some chip-chop numbers, and once they were given, there was enough objection to call off the talks almost immediately. It seemed that the divide was too wide, and play resumed quickly.

Then it was time for 69jocker69 to double, and it happened when A-K beat the A-Q of chevy chasin. That put 69jocker69 into the chip lead, while former chip leader Jysky11 was the short stack of the bunch. And when Jysky11 moved with pocket queens against the pocket sevens of chevy chasin, each hit a set but the queens ruled and gave Jysky11 the double-up.

Chevy chasin didn't waste much time moving his 3 million chips all-in with 7♦7♣, but AmazingErvin just happened to wake up to Q♣Q♦. The board fell 4♠T♣5♦8♥9♥, and that was all it took to eliminate chevy chasin in sixth place with $55,728.00.

Another attempt at a deal was made with the remaining five players, but that quickly went sour and play resumed. Again. But this time, play was slow and steady for quite a few rounds of poker.

Just after the clocked bonged for the 11th hour of the game, player9ball put all 8,655,674 chips at risk with Q♠J♥, and AmazingErvin was there for the battle with A♠K♣. When the board produced 3♠8♠5♣4♣A♣, the hands stood and player9ball had to go in fifth place with $74,304.00.

Final four fancy a deal

The last four players tried it again, and it worked! They were given the chip-chop numbers, they all agreed, and it was quickly settled. With $30,000 in extra cash to be awarded to the winner, the players were to be paid as follows per their chip counts at the time of the deal:

Seat 1: Jysky11 (10,253,971 in chips) = $124,893.46
Seat 3: 69jocker69 (31,309,583 in chips) = $190,630.24
Seat 7: AmazingErvin (39,494,464 in chips) = $216,183.88
Seat 9: Kragg111 (11,821.982 in chips) = $129,788.88

The player with the fewest chips then made his push, as Jysky11 was all-in with A♥2♥. AmazingErvin called from the big blind with A♣5♦, and though the flop of 3♥9♠4♦ brought interesting possibilities, the 2♣ turn and 3♣ river only completed the straight for AmazingErvin. Jysky11 was out of the tournament in fourth place with $124,893.46.

AmazingErvin was in a fairly solid first place of the final three, especially after taking a pot worth more than 27 million chips from 69jocker69. Kragg111 proceeded to double through AmazingErvin, but that didn't hurt the latter's standing.

Kragg111 was itching to play and got into a raising war preflop with both opponents, though it ended with Kragg111 raising all-in and only AmazingErvin calling. Kragg111 showed A♣Q♣, but AmazingErvin had the amazing A♠A♥. The board of T♠7♠3♦T♥5♣ changed nothing, and Kragg111 was cut in third place with $129,788.88 to show for it.

What's in a name?

The final two players started their match-up with these chip numbers:

Seat 3: 69jocker69 (19295233 in chips)
Seat 7: AmazingErvin (73584767 in chips)

Within only a few hands, 69jocker69 doubled through with Q-8 over K-Q on a Q-9-4-8-8 board. And two hands after that, the following hand changed the entire dynamic of heads-up play:

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The next all-in came in short order when AmazingErvin moved with A♥K♥ against the A♠2♣ of 69jocker69 and looked like the chip lead might change hands again. But the board of 6♦2♦Q♠7♥6♣ gave 69jocker69 the deuces to go with the sixes, and that left AmazingErvin out in second place with $216,183.88.

And the March 27th Sunday Million champion became 69jocker69, who walked away with $220,630.24 and the biggest weekly title in poker. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 03/27/11:

1st place: 69jocker69 ($220,630.24)*
2nd place: AmazingErvin ($216,183.88)*
3rd place: Kragg111 ($129,788.88)*
4th place: Jysky11 ($124,893.46)*
5th place: player9ball ($74,304.00)
6th place: chevy chasin ($55,728.00)
7th place: Exan13 ($37,152.00)
8th place: Cares37 ($20,433.60)
9th place: guldkasse ($13,003.20)

*results of a four-way deal

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million