Pokernoeide wins Sunday Million after seven-way deal

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGIt's that time of the year. Not summer or vacation season, but it's the time of year when poker players get hungry for winning.

Poker players are competing for millions of dollars in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker. The European Poker Tour is putting the final touches on its upcoming season of tournaments. Poker seems to be everywhere, and everyone wants a piece of that money-filled pie.

So, they come to PokerStars. While there are tournaments every day, the weekends are filled with big guarantees, the largest ones on the Internet, in fact. And what better tournament to win than the Sunday Million? It looks great on any list of poker accomplishments, and winners walk away with six-figure payouts and bragging rights. Speaking of all that money and prestige, let's get to this week's pertinent numbers.

Players: 5,636
Prize pool: $1,127,200
Paid players: 810

As the hours passed in the tournament, those who pressed on toward the money looked for a minimum guarantee of $315.61 but kept their eyes on first place, which hovered just above $175K.

Out of all of the many weeks of coverage of this event, we always find some Team PokerStars Pros in the mix to highlight and discuss. This week ... not so much. Most of them seem to be en route or already in Las Vegas, and this just wasn't a good week to play the Sundays. The closest a Team Pro came to the money was 1799th place, which went to Marcin "Goral" Horecki of Poland.

With that, let's focus on some of the players who did make it through. Blixx was the first player to cash today, taking home $315.61 for 810th place. FRIGIOUIUVERO made the next money jump, making $326.88 for finishing 765th, and Bykladjo finished 720th for $338.16.

Much later in the day, BallistiK24 was the first player to make it into the four-figure arena, taking home $1,014.48 for 117th place. Bayesian scooped up $2,028.96 for 54th place, krystalo made the next money jump with $2,198.04 for 45th, and OP_4001 walked with $2,423.48 for 36th. The next money jump gave OnMyOwn777 $2,761.64 for 27th place, and that left only two tables.

Those two tables began just past the 9.5-hour mark, and zavor was the first to go, making $3,325.24 for 18th place. A bit later, IntheMoment exited in 15th place for $5,016.04, and the final 14 marched into the next hour.

Twenty minutes later, chrise190 exited in 12th place with $6,706.84, followed by Bufalo-Bull. Hand-for-hand play went on for quite some time. And the last hand finally began with bedoyiya moving all-in with 5♦4♦ and lol1k12 calling with A♣4♠. The board of 5♣3♥9♦A♥3♠ gave the best two pair to lol1k12. Bedoyiya, former 2010 WCOOP champion exited this event in tenth place with $6,706.84.

Dr.greenish looking for more green

It was in Level 38 that the action got underway, with blinds at 150,000/300,000 and a 30,000 ante. The starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: miccabrio93 (4,677,280 in chips)
Seat 2: dr.greenish (11,551,299 in chips)
Seat 3: shpongle12 (2,857,752 in chips)
Seat 4: pokernoeide (7,245,662 in chips)
Seat 5: lol1k12 (8,802,724 in chips)
Seat 6: cimente (3,699,818 in chips)
Seat 7: o_omx (9,097,955 in chips)
Seat 8: pollaku (4,629,576 in chips)
Seat 9: PedroKL (3,797,934 in chips)

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Annnnd, action!

On the very first hand of the final table, dr.greenish and miccabrio93 got into a preflop raising feast that led to the 7♣5♠5♦ flop. Miccabrio93 then moved all-in with 9♠8♣, but dr.greenish showed the dreaded A♦A♥. The Q♦ turn and 9♣ river allowed the two pair to stand, and miccabrio93 was forced out in ninth place with $9,017.60.

Three hands later, short-stacked shpongle12 (please take a moment and say that several times in a row, quickly) moved all-in preflop with 9♦9♥. Original raiser o_omx called with A♦K♠, and the race was on. But the J♦K♣3♥7♠4♦ board let the pocket nines win the race, and shpongle12 had to depart in eighth place with $14,090.00.

Then it was double-up time, as short stacks made their moves. PedroKL doubled through cimente, who then did the same through lol1K12 and again through o_omx. Pollaku did it courtesy of dr.greenish.

Can we get a seven-way deal?

The final seven players all agreed to pause the tournament to discuss a possible deal. After chip-chop figures were given, there was some discussion as one player tried to plead a case for some extra money, but in the end, everyone agreed to the numbers as given. A seven-way deal! Yes, indeed. And with $20,000 set aside for the eventual winner, the deal numbers were as follows:

Seat 2: dr.greenish (15,494,075 in chips) = $128,865.31
Seat 4: pokernoeide (5,405,662 in chips) = $61,472.83
Seat 5: lol1k12 (7,269,246 in chips) = $73,921.92
Seat 6: cimente (4,773,912 in chips) = $57,252.62
Seat 7: o_omx (10,232,085 in chips) = $93,714.23
Seat 8: pollaku (6,819,152 in chips) = $70,915.21
Seat 9: PedroKL (6,365,868 in chips) = $67,887.18

Moving on, play was more cautious than expected, but eventually, PedroKL had seen his stack dwindle to less than 5 million and moved all-in with K♠9♠. Dr.greenish called from the small blind with A♥5♦, and the flop brought a pair for each with 2♣K♣A♣. But the aces were best and held up to the J♣ turn and Q♥ river. That left PedroKL out in seventh place with $67,887.18.

Cimente and pollaku got involved to see a flop of K♥Q♠T♠. A bet and call led them to the 9♥ turn card. Pollaku bet, and cimente raised all-in with Q♦Q♥. Pollaku called with J♣T♦ for the turned straight, which beat the set of queens. The 8♣ on the river finished the hand with cimente headed out in sixth place with $57,252.62.

Two hands later, lol1k12 moved all-in preflop with A♦Q♠, and dr.greenish called with T♥T♦. The board of 6♠7♠4♠5♥K♦ brought some teasers but let the tens stand up in the end. That sent lol1k12 out in fifth place with $73,921.92.

Pokernoeide was on a mission to chip up and started it by doubling through dr.greenish. A short time later, the following double through o_omx did wonders for pokernoeide's stack:

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With o_omx struggling, the all-in move came soon after with T♦T♠ in the big blind, but pokernoeide called from the small blind with A♥K♠. The dealer gave them 5♣K♥9♦A♠7♣, and the two pair won the race, eliminating o_omx in fourth place with $93,714.23.

Pollaku was the next to risk it all, doing it with K♣J♠ from the small blind. Dr.greenish called from the big blind with A♥Q♥, and the board of 7♠5♣7♦7♥8♠ allowed the ace kicker to play. Pollaku was gone in third place with $70,915.21.

Norway vs. Netherlands

The last two players standing were ready to go:

Seat 2: dr.greenish (32,321,785 in chips)
Seat 4: pokernoeide (24,038,215 in chips)

They got off to a bit of a slow start and experienced a break a few minutes into the match.

As pokernoeide became more aggressive, the following hand put him in control:

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The very next hand, dr.greenish pushed all-in with K♦J♠, and pokernoeide called with A♣K♥. The board came K♣Q♣7♣8♥Q♦ for two pair each, but the ace kicker worked to eliminate dr.greenish, former winner of a Sunday Warm-Up. Dr.greenish had to settle for second place and $128,865.31 today.

And pokernoeide of the Netherlands won the Sunday Million! Along with the title, there will be $81,472.83 in pokernoeide's account. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 06/26/11 (reflecting deal):

1st place: pokernoeide ($81,472.83)*
2nd place: dr.greenish ($128,865.31)*
3rd place: pollaku ($70,915.21)*
4th place: o_omx ($93,714.23)*
5th place: lol1k12 ($73,921.92)*
6th place: cimente ($57,252.62)*
7th place: PedroKL ($67,887.18)*
8th place: shpongle12 ($14,090.00)
9th place: miccabrio93 ($9,017.60)

*based on seven-way deal

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million