Klorinho1 captures 3/13 Sunday Million title and more than $172K

Sunday Million logo.jpgThis week's Sunday Million was played on the 13th day of the month. And it was played by many United States players who lost an hour of sleep the night before due to Daylight Savings Time. But who are poker players to be superstitious? That's just ridiculous.

In fact, instead of players staying away from the tables, they came out in stellar numbers for this week's Sunday Million. While it was no record-breaking tournament like the little ditty held last week at this time, it was one of the event's better turnouts. With 10,352 players in the field, the $1.5 million guarantee was smashed and replaced by a sizeable $2,070,400 prize pool.

As the hours passed, some players did succumb to early bad beats and misclicks, but there were 1,530 of them who made it into the money as a reward for their play. Action continued, as it tends to do in a tournament, and as the cash was disbursed, several Team PokerStars representatives took their share. Team Pro Dag Palovic was the first to cash out in 1285th place, and he was followed by David Williams in 1014th place, Sports Star and tennis pro Gael Monfils in 984th, Jorge Arias in 694th, Arnaud "frenchkiss" Mattern in 657th, Gualter Salles in 452nd, Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby in 203rd, Fatima de Melo in 134th, Jorge "Baalim" Limon in 34th. Limon was the last Team Pro to exit tonight:

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The four remaining tables became three, and after being reduced to two, more players departed to leave only ten on the final table bubble right at the ten-hour mark. Finally, it was copi who was all-in with K♣3♦ versus the K♠Q♥ of PompYouUp, and the board of 8♥Q♣6♣A♠7♥ was quite enough to send copi out in tenth place with $8,695.68.

Cardinal2003 flies high with solid lead

Toward the end of Level 36, with blinds at 200,000/400,000 and a 40,000 ante, the last table of the tournament was set, and the players' starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: PompYouUp (11,343,854 in chips)
Seat 2: klorinho1 (12,670,302 in chips)
Seat 3: Cardinal2003 (23,738,639 in chips)
Seat 4: timmybwee (9,305,333 in chips)
Seat 5: davianvalek (6,178,952 in chips)
Seat 6: fkasbergen (12,602,124 in chips)
Seat 7: KUBIBR (6,431,600 in chips)
Seat 8: Graftekkel (11,581,650 in chips)
Seat 9: Deam0n18 (9,667,546 in chips)

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Action got underway immediately, and timmybwee doubled through Deam0n18 on the very first hand. That led to the next hand, and super-short-stacked Deam0n18 was all-in from the small blind for his last 122,213 chips. Graftekkel and PompYouUp were both along for the ride, and they checked down the 2♥Q♥5♥K♣K♠ board. PompYouUp showed A♠4♥, but Graftekkel eked out a win with A♥7♦ to collect the pot. Deam0on18 simply mucked and took $13,043.52 for the ninth place finish.

In short order, davianvalek doubled through fkasbergen, and though the latter hung on for a few more hands, it wasn't long before a move was made. Fkasbergen and Graftekkel soon got into a preflop raising war that prompted fkasbergen to push all-in with J♠J♦, but Graftekkel didn't hesitate to call with A♦A♣. The rockets held up to the K♦9♠8♣6♦2♥ board, and 2010 SCOOP event winner fkasbergen exited in eighth place with $20,704.00.

Only three hands later, davianvalek and KUBIBR got involved in a hand that led to the 8♣4♣4♦ flop. KUBIBR then bet the last 3,641,600 chips in his stack with 5♠5♦, and davianvalek called with A♣Q♣ and the flush draw. The J♠ on the turn changed nothing, but the Q♠ on the river gave davianvalek the better two pair. KUBIBR headed away from the virtual table in seventh place with $41,408.00.

The shortest of the stacks then risked it all, though the hand started innocently enough with an initial raise from PompYouUp and a call from Graftekkel in the big blind. The 7♠T♣K♠ flop prompted a bet from PompYouUp, check-raise from Graftekkel, and call all-in from PompYouUp holding Q♣Q♦. Graftekkel showed Q♠J♣ for the draw, and though the Q♥ on the turn didn't do it, the A♠ on the river did. PompYouUp was out in sixth place with $62,112.00.

Five for fighting ... and chopping

The last five players casually decided to pause the tournament in order to look at chip-chop numbers. Though one player originally balked at the number and asked for more, a refusal by the others prompted that player to concede, and all of them agreed to the following numbers, with the acknowledgement that $30,000 in prize money would be added to the winner's money:

Seat 2: klorinho1 (16,137,802 in chips) = $142,400.82
Seat 3: Cardinal2003 (22,158,639 in chips) = $164,631.26
Seat 4: timmybwee (16,950,666 in chips) = $145,402.12
Seat 5: davianvalek (16,009,504 in chips) = $141,927.11
Seat 8: Graftekkel (32,263,389 in chips) = $201,940.54

Play resumed, and a few hands later, klorinho1 scored a big double-up through davianvalek:

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On the very next hand, davianvalek pushed a little less than 2 million chips all-in with 8♠6♣, and Graftekkel called from the big blind with J♦9♠. The board of Q♦8♥3♠9♣2♠ improved Graftekkel to a pair of nines, and davianvalek hit the door with $141,927.12 for the fifth place finish.

Soon after, timmybwee raised all-in for little more than 19 million chips with 6♣6♠, and klorinho1 called from the big blind with A♣Q♦. The race was exciting as the T♥7♣K♠ flop gave klorinho1 the straight draw, and the Q♠ on the turn made a pair of queens. The 2♥ on the river ended the hand, sending timmybwee out in fourth place with $145,402.12.

On the very next hand, Cardinal2003 pushed with 5♠5♥, and it was klorinho1 who was there with A♥Q♠ again, making the hand look a little familiar. The board produced 7♦K♣6♦6♥A♠, and it was that river ace that gave klorinho1 the pot and left Cardinal2003 out in third place with $164,631.26.

Europeans battle for title

Klorinho1 had taken over the tournament, and the Polish player held a solid lead over his opponent when heads-up play began. Graftekkel of the Netherlands was going to have to build some momentum in the match, as their starting stacks were as follows:

Seat 2: klorinho1 (65,804,909 in chips)
Seat 8: Graftekkel (37,715,091 in chips)

By the time the first break rolled around at the 11-hour mark, the stacks were virtually the same. Graftekkel was cautious and selective about taking pots, but there was only one that came close to evening the stacks:

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But from there, klorinho1 took control and chipped away at his opponent. More than 30 minutes of heads-up then led to the last hand of the night. Graftekkel was down to less than 19 million chips and pushed all-in with A♦9♥. Klorinho1 called with A♠A♣, and there was little to be done. The board came 8♣2♣3♦9♦7♥, and the aces held up to eliminate Graftekkel in second place with $201,940.54.

Klorinho1 won the Sunday Million and took the first place prize of $172,400.82 and the title to Poland. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 03/13/11:

1st place: klorinho1 ($172,400.82)*
2nd place: Graftekkel ($201,940.54)*
3rd place: Cardinal2003 ($164,631.26)*
4th place: timmybwee ($145,402.12)*
5th place: davianvalek ($141,927.12)*
6th place: PompYouUp ($62,112.00)
7th place: KUBIBR ($41,408.00)
8th place: fkasbergen ($20,704.00)
9th place: Deam0n18 ($13,043.52)

*results of a five-way chop

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million