Kipu claims Sunday Million crown, $190k after four-way deal

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGWho among us wouldn't want to wind the clock back on a tournament once in a while? Maybe you'd make that hero call, pick off that bluff, or just fold those pocket jacks when the king flopped. Although the PokerStars menu offers rebuys, second-chance events and even time tournaments nowadays, the only clock that was turning back on this week's Sunday Million was Europe's as Summer Time came to an end and the clocks wound back an hour, giving grinders on the continent a precious extra hour of sleep. 7,063 players came out for the Million tonight, creating a prize pool that eclipsed the $1.4 million mark. 1,080 places were paid with $211,894.70 set aside for the champion.

More than thirty of PokerStars' Team Pros, Sports Stars, and Team Online members entered the fray, but only three came away with a cash finish. Brits Liv Boeree (372nd) and Vicky Coren (134th) made strong showings while Argentina's Leo Fernandez lasted the longest, finishing in 85th place.

The final table bubble burst just over ten hours into play when Kipu opened for a min-raise to 400,000 and morda 150 three-bet shoved for his remaining 2.1 million on the buton. The small blind folded, but rasrafari898 picked up pocket queens and re-shoved from the big blind for 8.9 million. Kipu folded, and morda 150 revealed A♣J♣. The queens held on the T♠8♥5♥7♦K♣ board, and the final table was set.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: EireAbu (15,739,885 in chips)
Seat 2: rastafari898 (11,624,961 in chips)
Seat 3: MarkusG91 (8,207,736 in chips)
Seat 4: vonBaranow (5,619,434 in chips)
Seat 5: el_Hufter (2,221,640 in chips)
Seat 6: Kipu (17,377,762 in chips)
Seat 7: PHANTER8 (2,626,436 in chips)
Seat 8: Thostyle (5,660,970 in chips)
Seat 9: mensi124 (1,551,176 in chips)

Monsters in the blinds

Table short stack mensi124 departed within the first few hands. With the action folded to him on the button, mensi124 moved all-in for just over a million in chips with A♦T♦, but rastafari898 was lying in wait with A♥Q♣ in the big blind. Mensi124 did not improve and exited in ninth place, earning $10,947.65. Four hands later, el_Hufter shoved for his last 1.34 million from the small blind with 5♦5♥ and Kipu called with A♥9♠ from the big. Although el_Hufter's pocket pair was good through the turn, Kipu paired his nine on the river to end el_Hufter's run in eighth place. He picked up $16,951.20 for his finish.

Mensi124 and el_Hufter's eliminations left PHANTER8 as the short stack, and he couldn't have been more delighted to look down at pocket aces after chip leader Kipu opened for a min-raise to 500,000. PHANTER8 three-bet shoved for 1.8 million, only to watch EireAbu cold four-bet (!) to 3.2 million to isolate. Kipu folded and the cards went on their backs. A♠A♦ vs. A♥A♣. Cue the sad trombone.

A few hands after that chopped pot, PHANTER8 got his last 1.27 million in the middle, three-bet shoving from the small blind over Kipu's 600,000 opening raise. Thostyle called an additional 978,000 from the big blind and Kipu called as well. Thostyle and Kipu checked down the K♠5♦4♥Q♥2♣ board and at showdown, Thostyle had his opponent by one pip, his A♣T♣ outkicking PHANTER8's A♠9♥. Kipu mucked and Thostyle raked in the pot, while PHANTER8 collected $30,370.90 for seventh place.

Double, double, toil and trouble

As six-handed play dragged on, every short stack had their chance to double up. MarkusG91 was the first moving from 6.4 million to 13 million after his pocket kings held against EireAbu's A♦J♠. VonBaranow was next, open-shoving for 4.47 million from the small blind with Q♦7♣. Kipu called from the big blind with pocket sixes, but a seven on the flop sent vonBaranow's chip count up to 9.1 million. That hand left Thostyle as the shortest stack at the table until he managed his own double-up, flopping the nut straight with A♦J♥ against EireAbu's queens up. EireAbu dipped below 10 million for the first time since arriving at the final table, but got those chips back in short order when he doubled through Kipu with Q♦Q♥ against A♣J♦.

With no single player gaining momentum and the blinds up to 250,000/500,000, everyone agreed to pause the action and run numbers for a six-way deal. Discussions had barely started when they broke down altogether, and play resumed.

Cooler times two

Four hands later, rastafari898 shoved his last 16 big blinds with A♦Q♥ but again, a monster was waiting in the blinds. Kipu re-shoved from the small, folding out Thostyle, and turned over K♠K♥. There was no love on the board for rastafari898 and he'd have to settle for sixth place, earning $43,790.60.

Less than two orbits later, vonBaranow opened for 1,000,000 and MarkusG91 called from the big blind. All the money went in on the K♣Q♣T♦ flop, MarkusG91 with K♦Q♦ for top two pair and vonBaranow with A♦J♠ for the nut straight. MarkusG91 couldn't catch another king or queen and his run came to an end in fifth place, $57,916.60 awaiting him.

We have a deal!

With four players remaining, everyone agreed to run new chip count chop numbers. Here's how they stacked up when the action was paused:

Kipu (27,668,964 in chips)
vonBaranow (24,600,391 in chips)
EireAbu (13,942,961 in chips)
Thostyle (4,417,684 in chips)

This time, negotiations were successful and the four emerged with a deal that divided up the majority of the loot and left $20,000 on the table for the winner. Thostyle, in particular, was thrilled with the results.

Thostyle: congrats me
Thostyle: wohooooooooooooo
Thostyle: dream of my life
Thostyle: i promise
nanonoko (TeamOnline): =)


Thostyle didn't waste any time getting his chips in the middle, three-bet shoving for 2.8 million with K♥J♠ from the small blind after vonBaranow opened for 1,000,000 from the cutoff. VonBaranow called with A♥4♠, the board double-pairing sevens and eights to eliminate Thostyle in fourth place. The four-handed deal yielded him an $86,000 payday.

With less than 20 big blinds remaining, EireAbu made a move with K♦T♦, three-bet shoving from the big blind over vonBaranow's button raise. VonBaranow called with A♣9♥, but EireAbu hit second pair on the Q♦T♠4♠ flop. VonBaranow couldn't find an ace or running cards on the turn or river and EireAbu doubled to 19 million while vonBaranow fell to 20 million. The two locked horns again a few hands later, EireAbu's river check-shove earning him a 25 million chip pot without a showdown. Check out the action below:

Now vonBaranow was the one riding the short stack. He managed to double through Kipu when his pocket fours held against A♥7♦, leaving the onetime chip leader on less than 30 big blinds. Kipu, however, rebounded by doubling through EireAbu, his pocket jacks holding against A♥Q♠. Left with 12.1 million EireAbu three-bet shoved with A♥J♦, but vonBaranow looked him up with A♦Q♥. An ace hit the flop, a queen hit the turn, and EireAbu was out in third place, his slice of the pie totaling $130,000.

Kipu held a 1.7 to 1 chip advantage over vonBaranow as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 4: vonBaranow (25,869,040 in chips)
Seat 6: Kipu (44,760,960 in chips)

VonBaranow got off on the wrong foot, dropping a 16 million pot on the first hand of heads-up play to slip to 17.7 million in chips. A few deals later, Kipu opened for his typical min-raise and vonBaranow shoved for 15.2 million holding only J♥3♥. Kipu called with A♥2♦, but a jack hit the flop, taking vonBaranow back up to 30.5 million. All the money went back in the middle only moments later, Kipu opening for 1.6 million with A♦T♦, vonBaranow shoving with A♠9♣, and Kipu making the call. Although the K♦K♥3♣ flop left the possibility of a chop out there, the turn and river fell the 4♥ and the 8♦. At last all the chips were in front of Kipu, who claimed the extra $20k and took his total first-place haul up to $190,000. For his runner-up finish, vonBaranow earned $149,679.16.

PokerStars Sunday Million results for 10/30/2011

1. Kipu (United Kingdom) $190,000*
2. vonBaranow (Brazil) $149,679.16*
3. EireAbu (Ireland) $130,000*
4. Thostyle (Germany) $86,000*
5. MarkusG91 (Norway) $57,916.60
6. rastafari898 (Germany) $43,790.60
7. PHANTER8 (Germany) $30,370.90
8. el_Hufter (Netherlands) $16,951.20
9. mensi124 (Germany) $10,947.65

*= reflects the results of a four-way deal

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Sunday Million