Sunday Million: Robert Chiro clinches victory for Brazil, wins over $200k

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGThey hailed from Vancouver to Venezuela, the U.K. to Uzbekistan. 6,609 strong, each with $215 and the same long-odds dream-- spinning those bills into an avalanche of cash. Over $10,000 for making the final table. More than $200,000 for first. Every week someone wins this thing. Why can't it be me? Robert Chiro probably had those very thoughts running through his head as he sat down at the computer this afternoon. Less than twelve hours later, he'd turned them into reality after earning his first Sunday Million title.

More than two dozen members of Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online spent their Sunday on the virtual felt including Liv Boeree, Lex Veldhuis, Humberto Brenes, Victor Ramdin, and Vicky Coren. Three of them were among the 990 players who earned a share of the $1,321,800 prize pool--John Duthie (677th), Johnny Lodden (379th) and Matthias De Muelder, who made it all the way to 42nd place.

As the final table bubble loomed, the blinds rose to 125,000/250,000, placing several of the remaining players in the danger zone. With only 1.15 million remaining, TeneriaVrb couldn't afford to wait much longer, and moved in with K♠7♠ on the button. Andethegreat looked him up with A♦9♠ in the small blind and hit top pair when the flop fell A♣6♣2♦. TeneriaVrb was drawing dead when the Q♦ hit the turn and departed in tenth place as the final table was set.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: KumoZing (7,772,916 in chips)
Seat 2: chrisf44 (4,224,660 in chips)
Seat 3: Frqen (2,433,936 in chips)
Seat 4: andethegreat (7,144,030 in chips)
Seat 5: Pasiu (2,536,316 in chips)
Seat 6: Phantomes124 (19,813,943 in chips)
Seat 7: PUSHTHELIMP (6,140,411 in chips)
Seat 8: Robert Chiro (10,970,632 in chips)
Seat 9: S0me1Call911 (5,053,156 in chips)

Frqen got off to an excellent start, doubling up in quick fashion when he flopped a full house against PUSHTHELIMP. Up to 5 million in chips, he picked up A♣A♦ three hands later and got his chips in the middle preflop against Robert Chiro's Q♠Q♣. However, instead of zooming up to second in chips, Frqen was bounced from the final table when a queen hit the flop to make Robert Chiro a set. Robert Chiro moved up to 16.4 million in chips while Frqen collected $10,243.95 for ninth place.

PUSHTHELIMP was the next player to hit the rail, With only 1.16 million remaining, PUSHTHELIMP decided to run with his Q♥9♦, but ran into chrisf44's A♣Q♦ in the small blind. A king-high board sent PUSHTHELIMP packing in eighth place ($15,861.60) while chrisf44 picked up some much-needed ammo, his stack moving up to 5.5 million.

PUSHTHELIMP's elimination set off a flurry of action that wouldn't slow down until this final table was four-handed. On the very next deal, S0me1Call911 shoved his last 2.05 million with the (very popular) Q♦9♠ and Pasiu called with K♠J♣ from the big blind. Both players made flushes on the A♠6♥4♠8♠6♠ board, Pasiu's the higher, and S0me1Call911's run came to an end with a seventh-place finish and a $29,079.60 score. Five hands after that elimination, Robert Chiro opened for 840,000 from the cutoff and KumoZing responded with a three-bet shove for 5.13 million with his A♥Q♦. Robert Chiro called in a shot and tabled A♣A♦, the rockets holding up to send KumoZing packing in sixth place with a $42,297.60 consolation prize.

But wait, there's more!

Before anyone could catch their breath, the action folded around to andethegreat, who looked down at 8♠9♦ in the small blind. Hoping to elicit a fold from Pasiu, he decided to open-shove for his last 18 big blinds, but instead fell victim to poor timing. Pasiu quickly called with pocket sevens and the pair held up, felling andethegreat in fifth place. He earned $55,515.60 for his finish.

With four players remaining, Phantomes124 retained the chip lead with 23.4 million. Pasiu held 19.25 million, Robert Chiro was close behind with 17.8 million, and chrisf44 was the short stack with 5.5 million. With the blinds up to 250,000/500,000, chrisf44 needed to make a move. With the action folded to him in the small blind, he decided to go with his Q♠T♠, but Pasiu called with A♠4♥ in the big blind. The A♥Q♣T♥ flop, however gave chrisf44 a reprieve, his two pair moving him up to 7.45 million. Minutes later, chrisf44 scored another double-up at Pasiu's expense, his A♥Q♦ prevailing over 9♣T♣. Now Pasiu was the one fighting on the short stack. Pasiu picked up K♦8♦ and shoved from the button, but could not improve against Phantomes124's pocket sevens. For his fourth-place finish, Pasiu earned $72,699.

Chrisf44 continued to charge, doubling through Phantomes124 when his A♠7♠ caught a 9♠7♦6♠ flop against A♣Q♦. Suddenly this tournament was a true horse race, with all three players sporting stacks around 22 million apiece. Chrisf44 went to work, steadily chipping away at both his opponents, but it was Robert Chiro who landed a haymaker against Phantomes124 and changed the entire dynamic. Check out the hand below:

The tournament went on a standard 55-past-the-hour break after that hand, and on the first hand after action resumed, Phantomes124 pulled the trigger, shoving for 9.8 million with A♣7♥. Robert Chiro tanked for a bit before calling with pocket nines. Although Phantomes124 paired up on the K♣8♣7♠ flop, he could not improve any further and departed in third place, his $105,744 payday not the largest of the day, but still the stuff online poker dreams are made of.

Robert Chiro had a slight chip advantage over chrisf44 as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 2: chrisf44 (28,723,080 in chips)
Seat 8: Robert Chiro (37,366,920 in chips)

This was as swift of a heads-up battle as you'll see in a Sunday Million that did not end in a deal. After taking down an 11.7 million pot on the first hand with a rivered pair of jacks, Robert Chiro finished off chrisf44 on hand number three. All the marbles went in before the flop, chrisf44 five-bet shoving for 22.4 million with A♣Q♣ and Robert Chiro making the call with pocket eights. More than $50,000 in prize money would literally be decided on the flip of a coin.

The T♦T♠9♦ flop missed chrisf44 completely, leaving him two shots at an ace or a queen. The 3♠ on the turn was no help either. And while the river brought paint, it was the wrong kind the K♥ falling to seal Robert Chrio's Sunday Million victory. $201,049.56 was headed to Brazil, while chrisf44 collected $148,702.50 for his runner-up finish.

Sunday Million results for 11-27-11

1. Robert Chiro (Brazil) $201,049.56
2. chrisf44 (Canada) $148,702.50
3. Phantomes124 (Austria) $105,744.00
4. Pasiu (Poland) $72,699.00
5. andethegreat (United Kingdom) $55,515.60
6. KumoZing (Ireland) $42,297.60
7. S0me1Call911 (Romania) $29,079.60
8. PUSHTHELIMP (Spain) $15,861.60
9. Frqen (Denmark) $10,243.95

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Sunday Million