Diogene dodges trouble and wins $284,798.56 in June 5 Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGIn many parts of the world, June signifies the onset of a new season, warm weather, holiday travels, and family get-togethers. But in the world of online poker at PokerStars, June also brought some exciting changes to the Sunday majors scene.

Many of the Sunday tournaments - including this humble Sunday Million - found themselves new time slots, starting earlier than in the past. (The Sunday Million now begins at 14:30 ET going forward.) And to celebrate, tournaments like this one announced double guarantees on June 5. That's one way to capture the attention of poker players! Not only were there new times to observe, but players were also given additional satellite opportunities to win seats into the June 5 events.

All of the new information can be found at this link. Make sure to note the new start times so as not to miss any of the Sunday action in the weeks and months ahead!

Now let's refocus on tonight's Sunday Million, with its fantastic $2 million guarantee. Competitors of all bankrolls and skill levels took to the satellites this week, and some bought in directly so as not to miss the opportunity. And the results were as follows:

Players: 10,237
Prize pool: $2,047,000
Paid players: 1,530

The field was larger than usual and a tough one. And seeing as it coincided with the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where players were prohibited from accessing online poker, many of the top Team PokerStars Pros were absent from the excitement. Even still, a number of them played but finished before the money bubble. Team Pro Jan Heitmann was one of them, finishing in 1535th place, just several spots from the money. Moving forward, Team Pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby took home some cash for finishing in 1249th place, and Team Online's Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc exited in 752nd place.

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The tournament hit the tenth hour with three tables in play, but only two remained 15 minutes later. And 30 minutes after that, hand-for-hand play took them ever closer to the final nine seats, though the fight was not an easy one and resulted in numerous double-ups.

The determining hand started with Fenjac and Diogene raising until Fenjac moved all-in. Diogene called with A♥4♦, and Fenjac showed A♦K♥. But the flop of 6♠4♠3♥ gave Diogene the fours, and the J♦ turn and T♥ river sent Fenjac out in tenth place with $8,599.08.

Diogene dominates at the start

Level 39 provided blinds of 200,000/400,000 and a 40,000 ante for the final table players, whose starting stacks were listed as follows:

Seat 1: dietmartime (2,099,304 in chips)
Seat 2: Diogene (18,494,632 in chips)
Seat 3: frtk (12,021,856 in chips)
Seat 4: sirlattelot (10,384,613 in chips)
Seat 5: lechuckpoker (14,066,750 in chips)
Seat 6: cherryking (5,799,609 in chips)
Seat 7: Royalize (16,660,638 in chips)
Seat 8: ThoboyJPG (14,086,209 in chips)
Seat 9: Azazel1980 (8,756,389 in chips)

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It only took a few hands for dietmartime to decide to make the move, and it was done for less than 1.7 million chips from early position. ThoboyJPG made the call from the big blind with Q♣T♣, but dietmartime had A♣J♦. The board came K♠5♣7♦Q♥6♠ to give ThoboyJPG the pair of queens and send dietmartime home in ninth place with $12,898.62.

Royalize quickly took over the chip lead, but lechuckpoker took that spot for awhile, but the following double-up for Diogene changed the game:

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Cherryking was the next on a short stack to move it all-in, doing so with K♦8♠. Royalize called with A♦T♦, and the ace-high stood up to the 3♣9♣6♥7♦2♣ board. That left cherryking out in eighth place with $20,474.00 in prize money.

A limped pot started with sirlattelot, lechuckpoker, ThoboyJPG, Azazel1980, and Diogene. After the A♦6♥2♣ flop, a bet from sirlattelot prompted folds from everyone except Diogene. The T♦ turn card, a bet from sirlattelot brought a check-raise from Diogene, and sirlattelot called all-in with A♥Q♥. Diogene showed T♣6♣ for two pair, though, and that stayed the best hand as the 5♥ river finished it. Sirlattelot finished the tournament in seventh place with $40,948.00.

Azazel1980 ascends

After lechuckpoker doubled through frtk, Azazel1980 went on a heater. A double through ThoboyJPG was followed by another through Royalize, and the next one through Diogene put Azazel1980 in the lead:

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Frtk was the next to move, and it happened from the small blind with K♦4♦. But lechuckpoker looked down at A♠T♣ in the big blind and called with the better hand. And it only got better for lechuckpoker, as the K♣5♦J♥Q♣J♣ board made the straight. Frtk was out in sixth place with $61,422.00.

A few hands later, ThoboyJPG chose to tangle with Royalize. ThoboyJPG put forth more than 9 million chips with A♣9♥ from the small blind, and original raiser Royalize called with Q♥Q♠. That hand improved as the board of T♠5♣3♣Q♣6♠ gave Royalize the set of queens. ThoboyJPG departed in fifth place with $81,896.00.

Lechuckpoker took a hit when Diogene doubled through, but lechuckpoker doubled back through Diogene. When lechuckpoker tried another all-in move, Royalize decided to handle it by calling with A♥T♥. Lechuckpoker showed 2♥2♣, but the first card on the T♠5♦6♥ flop gave Royalize top pair. The 7♣ turn and 4♠ river sent lechuckpoker out in fourth place with $102,370.00.

Diogene dominates again

The following double-up put Diogene back in control of the table:

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Royalize soon moved all-in with Q♦T♦, and Diogene called with 7♥7♣. The race was over after the 3♦8♠6♠ flop led to the 7♠ on the turn. And the 2♦ finalized it by eliminating Royalize in third with $143,318.00.

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

Seat 2: Diogene (53,374,888 in chips)
Seat 9: Azazel1980 (48,995,112 in chips)

It only took four hands. The two raised and reraised to see the Q♠J♥T♦ flop. Diogene bet out, Azazel1980 raised, and Diogene pushed all-in. Azazel1980 called all-in with Q♦9♠ and the pair of queens, but Diogene showed A♠Q♥ for the pair of queens with the ace kicker. The 5♥ turn and 2♠ river ended the tournament with Azazel1980 in second place, which was worth $204,740.00.

Diogene of Canada won the Sunday Million and collected $284,798.56 along with the title. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 06/05/11:

1st place: Diogene ($284,798.56)
2nd place: Azazel1980 ($204,740.00)
3rd place: Royalize ($143,318.00)
4th place: lechuckpoker ($102,370.00)
5th place: ThoboyJPG ($81,896.00)
6th place: frtk ($61,422.00)
7th place: sirlattelot ($40,948.00)
8th place: cherryking ($20,474.00)
9th place: dietmartime ($12,898.62)

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