Gunderstedif grabs victory after three-way chop in Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGIn many countries, this Sunday is considered Father's Day. It is simply a day set aside to honor men who have performed the role of father, grandfather, step-father, or other similar roles, to show them how much their efforts are appreciated year round.

That can generally have one of two effects on a big poker tournament. The men celebrating Father's Day may want to spend the day with their favorite online tournament, or they could choose to close the laptop for the day and enjoy time with their families. Women who observe the day for the men in their lives can also be faced with similar decisions: play poker or spend time with the family?

And then, of course, there are people and places who don't celebrate any such day. That would make this a moot introduction to the Sunday Million. Errr.

For those who do pay attention to Father's Day, happy one to you!

Enough with the small talk. Let's get to the final numbers of today's Sunday Million:

Players: 5,731
Prize pool: $1,146,200
Paid players: 855

The money bubble approached several hours into the tournament, and Team PokerStars Pro Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth just missed it with an 855th place exit. But among the large group of players with payouts, Team Online's Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc was out in 694th place, followed a bit later by Team Pros Henrique Pinho in 335th, and Johnny Lodden in 142nd. Last, but certainly not least, Holland's Fatima Moreira de Melo departed in 135th place as the last Team Pro standing.

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The final table approached in quick fashion, and just before the ten-hour mark, a hand developed that saw one of the shorter stacks, Soterdelf, move all-in with A♣5♦. Gunderstedif called with K♦9♥ and hit the nine on the turn of the 5♣3♣J♣9♦T♥ board. Soterdelf, a 2009 WCOOP winner, was eliminated from this tournament in tenth place with $8,940.36.

D3Yt00kRj3rB and VitinhO Dzi battle for lead

The final table got underway at the very start of Level 36, with blinds at 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante. Players' starting chip counts were:

Seat 1: ocropTi (3,235,808 in chips)
Seat 2: gunderstedif (7,320,443 in chips)
Seat 3: Sniperace84 (4,406,880 in chips)
Seat 4: pcportuga (8,492,559 in chips)
Seat 5: VitinhO Dzi (10,394,416 in chips)
Seat 6: ToroGr (2,186,357 in chips)
Seat 7: flyinsquizz (6,587,972 in chips)
Seat 8: halchi (2,127,361 in chips)
Seat 9: D3Yt00kRj3rB (12,558,204 in chips)

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It was apparent from an all-in on the very first hand that the action was moving rather quickly. But it was on the second hand that an all-in received a call. Gunderstedif made the initial raise, and ToroGR reraised. When gunderstedif virtually slid more chips into the pot, ToroGr called all-in with K♦K♣. Gunderstedif showed A♦A♣, though, which held up to the 3♣2♦5♣Q♦8♠ board. ToroGr was eliminated in ninth place with $8,940.36.

The very next hand saw halchi double through gunderstedif to stay in the game.

Soon after, VitinhO Dzi and ocropTi battled preflop until ocropTi moved all-in with A♦K♥. VitinhO Dzi was there with J♦J♣, and the race ended with the production of the 9♣5♦2♥4♠7♥ board. The jacks held up, sending ocropTi home in eighth place with $14,327.50.

Sniperace84 to concentrate on UKIPT final table

Many poker players are adept at multi-tabling, but few can go from making the final table of a major live poker tournament to the final of the largest online poker tournament in 24 hours. But that was the feat of Sniperace84. Femi "Sniperace84" Fakinle not only won his seat to the UKIPT Killarney but made the final table won the whole thing last year.

A year later, he was back at another final table. Without the chip lead, however, he was forced to move, and he did so with A♠9♣ preflop. Pcportuga reraised to isolate, which worked, and showed A♥J♣. The board came T♦4♦3♣Q♥8♠, and the best starting hand won. Sniperace84 left in seventh place with $25,216.40.

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Halchi suffered from a short stack during much of the final table thus far, and the all-in move finally came with K♦9♣. Gunderstedif made the call from the big blind with A♠A♥, which only improved to two pair on the 2♥7♦K♣5♠7♥ board to beat halchi's two pair. That left halchi with $36,678.40 for the sixth place finish.

Play slowed considerably for awhile. Pcportuga did double through gunderstedif and then take a pot worth 12.2 million chips from the same opponent. But gunderstedif came back with a sizeable double through D3Yt00kRj3rB, as replayed here:

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Gunderstedif guns it

When VitinhO Dzi decided to move all-in, it was gunderstedif who stepped up with the all-in move to prompt a fold from D3Yt00kRj3rB. VitinhO Dzi was at risk with K♠T♣ versus the T♦T♥ of gunderstedif. But the pocket pair held up as the board dropped 3♣8♠2♦6♦Q♦, and VitinhO Dzi left in fifth place with $48,140.40.

Soon after, flinsquizz moved all-in with A♣Q♦, and gunderstedif called from the big blind for 2,897,972 more with 5♦4♣. The flop of 8♠T♣9♥ was safe enough, but the 5♠ hit hard on the turn to give gunderstedif the advantage. The 8♣ on the river changed nothing, and flyinsquizz was gone in fourth place with $64,359.13.

The last three players asked to stop the tournament to look at chip-chop numbers, but they didn't like what they saw. Ultimate, with gunderstedif at 25,869,276 chips, pcportuga with 19,139,684, and D3Yt00kRj3rB with 12,301,040 chips, the three chose to chop the prize money equally ($127,439 each), leaving the requisite $20,000 aside for the eventual winner.

Play then resumed, and the pace was accelerated.

D3Yt00kRj3rB moved all-in preflop with A♠K♥, and pcportuga called with 4♣4♦. The board brought 7♣2♦5♥9♦Q♠ to allow the pocket pair to hold. D3Yt00kRj3rB exited in third place with $127,439.68.

Battle of big bets and raises

The two finalists started with these chip stacks:

Seat 2: gunderstedif (23,076,277 in chips)
Seat 4: pcportuga (34,233,723 in chips)

On the very first hand, gunderstedif doubled through pcportuga when A-8 made a full house to crack queens. Two hands later, pcportuga doubled back with Q-8 over A-J.

But pcportuga never gained enough ground for a comeback. The final hand saw an attempt when pcportuga moved all-in with Q♣T♣, and gunderstedif called with 3♣2♣. But the board of 6♥9♦3♦9♣2♥ only produced two pair for gunderstedif, and pcportuga was out in second place with $127,439.70.

Gunderstedif of Denmark won this week's Sunday Million, along with $147,439.70 in prize money. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 06/19/11 (reflecting deal):

1st place: gunderstedif ($147,439.70)*
2nd place: pcportuga ($127,439.70)*
3rd place: D3Yt00kRj3rB ($127,439.68)*
4th place: flyinsquizz ($64,359.13)
5th place: VitinhO Dzi ($48,140.40)
6th place: halchi ($36,678.40)
7th place: Sniperace84 ($25,216.40)
8th place: ocropTi ($14,327.50)
9th place: ToroGr ($8,940.36)

*based on three-way deal

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million