Muha84 makes money - nearly $200K - in Nov. 20 Sunday Million

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One of the celebratory tournaments was today's Red Spade Open, boasting of a $1 million guarantee for the bargain buy-in of $55. And players flocked to the festivities - 28,338 of those players, to be exact - to create a prize pool of $1,416,900. As they say in Canada, wow, eh?

Meanwhile, the Sunday Million was on the schedule as always, with its very own $1 million guarantee. The $215 weekly event garnered a substantial registration number this week and a prize pool that rivaled that of the Red Spade Open. The numbers are here:

Players: 7,023
Prize pool: $1,404,600.00
Paid players: 1,080

While many of the Team Pros were competing in the Red Spade Open with $100 bounties on their virtual heads, a good number of them also took to the Sunday Million tables, though only five of them made it into the payout portion of the tournament.

The first to cash was Team PokerStars Pro Pat Pezzin, who departed in 986th place. A bit later, Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero departed in 542nd place, and Team Online's Shane "shaniac" Schleger left in 316th place. Former WSOP World Champion Jonathan Duhamel made it to 160th place before leaving the fun, and that left only one pro bearing the red spade. Team Pro Joao "jomane" Nunes of Portugal, stayed in action with only a few tables remaining, and he finally accepted 68th place.

Well into the tenth hour, two tables played for the honor of taking seats at the final table, and hand-for-hand play began just into the 11th hour. The all-ins were happening on nearly every hand, but the calls were fewer and further between.

Finally, Seckbach raised all-in with 5♦4♠ and received the call from lucasbozza in the big blind holding A♦9♥. The board came T♣8♠J♦3♦Q♥, giving lucasbozza the straight. Seckbach was given tenth place and $7,725.30 to ease the pain.

Muha84 dominates as final table begins

Midway through Level 37, with blinds at 125,000/250,000 and a 25,000 ante, the players at the final table started with these chip counts:

Seat 1: Grekzorba (6,766,857 in chips)
Seat 2: lucasbozza (3,843,298 in chips)
Seat 3: Haporuu (16,539,279 in chips)
Seat 4: PatricioNut (4,468,771 in chips)
Seat 5: NEVAK (4,818,126 in chips)
Seat 6: muha84 (22,265,342 in chips)
Seat 7: Glyu_M99 (3,204,240 in chips)
Seat 8: wiklund (6,441,019 in chips)
Seat 9: p.stefano68 (1,883,068 in chips)

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Caution was the word as everyone settled in with the last opponents of the tournament, but short-stacked p.stafano68 was working a much shorter stack than the rest of the players. P.stefano68 took that chance preflop with A♣7♦ but ran up against the A♦K♥ of lucasbozza. The board didn't bring anything to help, only 8♠9♠9♥3♥6♠, and that left p.stafano68 out in ninth place with $10,885.65.

Wiklund eliminates and climbs

The next big hand to develop started with a raise from wiklund and all-in reraise from lucasbozza. Wiklund called with A♠Q♥, but lucasbozza showed A♣K♦ and hoped it would hold up for the double. But the very first card on the flop was Q♣ to give wiklund the pair, and the rest of the board - 3♣4♣8♠6♥ - changed nothing. Lucasbozza took the bad beat and $16,855.20 while leaving in eighth place.

When NEVAK pushed all-in a few hands later, original raiser wiklund called with 7♥7♠, and NEVAK showed A♠J♠ for the race. But the board only produced 9♣6♠T♥9♠4♥ for a pair of nines, and NEVAK didn't find the necessary cards. That left NEVAK with seventh place and $30,198.90.

PatricioNut moved all-in from early position, and none other than wiklund was there to make the all-in reraise to isolate, which worked. PatricioNut showed 5♣5♥, but wiklund gladly turned over A♣A♠, and those pocket rockets held up to the 3♣8♦9♥4♦8♥ board. PatricioNut exited in sixth place with $43,542.60.

Wiklund did lose some ground, though, when muha84 took a pot worth 15.6 million chips from wiklund.

Short-stacked Grekzorba finally decided to move with T♥T♦, and Glyu_M99 called from the big blind with K♠J♣. The flop came K♥3♣6♣, giving Glyu_M99 the pair of kings, but the T♣ on the turn gave Grekzorba the set of tens. But the 2♣ came on the river to give Glyu_M99 the club flush, and Grekzorba had to leave in fifth place with $57,588.60.

Final four fail to find deal

The four remaining players chose to pause the tournament to look at chip-chop numbers, but they could not agree on the provided information. After several minutes of discussion over language barriers, they resumed play.

Wiklund came back to double through Glyu_M99 in grand fashion:

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Glyu_M99 doubled through muha84, but the latter then doubled back through wiklund in a monstrous pot:

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Two hands later, Glyu_M00 pushed with 6♣5♣, and muha84 called with A♣8♦. The board came Q♦J♠7♠K♦A♦, and Glyu_M99 was out in fourth place with $74,443.80.

Three do agree

The three remaining players decided to attempt another deal-making process, and that time it worked. It took some adjustments to the numbers, but with the obligatory $20,000 set aside for the winner, they agreed on this:

Seat 3: Haporuu (10,730,039 in chips) = $129,159.41
Seat 6: muha84 (39,620,684 in chips) = $178,928.99
Seat 8: wiklund (19,879,277 in chips) = $150,000.00

A few hands later, Haporuu made the move with A♥7♣, and original raiser wiklund called with a dominating A♦Q♦. The board was filled with blanks - 3♦4♥K♠8♣J♦ - and sent Haporuu out in third place with $129,159.41.

Russia versus Sweden

The heads-up match began with muha84 of Russia leading but wiklund of Sweden set on making a comeback. Their starting stacks:

Seat 6: muha84 (38,620,684 in chips)
Seat 8: wiklund (31,609,316 in chips)

Wiklund did fight back and brought the stacks close to even, though muha84 did maintain a slight lead. The two then got involved to see a flop of 7♠8♠7♥. A bet from wiklund led to a check-raise and multiple reraises to bring about the 3♠ on the turn. Muha84 led out with a bet, and wiklund pushed all-in with Q♥6♣. Muha84 called with A♦7♣ for trip sevens, and the A♣ on the river only made that into a full house. Wiklund was gone in second place with $150,000.00.

Muha84 of Russia won this week's Sunday Million and $198,928.99 in cash. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 11/20/11 (reflects deal):

1st place: muha84 ($198,928.99)*
2nd place: wiklund ($150,000.00)*
3rd place: Haporuu ($129,159.41)*
4th place: Glyu_M99 ($74,443.80)
5th place: Grekzorba ($57,588.60)
6th place: PatricioNut ($43,542.60)
7th place: NEVAK ($30,198.90)
8th place: lucasbozza ($16,855.20)
9th place: p.stefano68 ($10,885.65)

*Numbers based on a three-way chop agreement

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million