Akademnuk aces November 4 Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGWhen PokerStars announces something like their recurring Double Vision promotion, players know that it's going to be a big day. The double tournaments will not only give them twice the opportunities to win the most coveted titles in poker, but the field sizes will increase in the major events as well. And that was the case on November 4.

Several of the Sunday majors, like the Warm-Up and the Storm, participated in double vision, as did this Sunday Million. This is a recap of the original and primary Sunday Million tournament, and the second version is a separate entity with the same $1 million guarantee. For this event, the prize pool grew well past its normal million-plus dollar amount as the field soared above the 8K-player mark.

The final registration numbers were:

Players: 8,027
Guarantee: $1,000,000
Prize pool: $1,605,400
Paid players: 1,170

The money bubble burst several hours into action when nlcordeiro departed in the unfortunate 1171st place. Rockets91 became the first player to cash in this event, taking home $321.08 for 1170th place.

Of the member of Team PokerStars in action, the first one to exit in the money was Team Pro Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero in 1158th place. Former WSOP world champion Pius Heinz took 978th place, and Team SportStars player Fatima Moreira de Melo exited a bit later in 600th. Team Pro Victor Ramdin stuck around until 208th place, and the last Team Pro standing was Ana Marquez, who finally exited in 125th place for $1,204.05.

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Play moved forward past the 10-hour mark, at which point three tables were reduced to two, and action was rather fast as the final table approached. The 11th place elimination of mojave14 made way for hand-for-hand action, and it didn't take long for short-stacked blackyjacky7 to get involved. the hand started with a limp from OBigO and check from blackyjacky7 in the big blind. The 8♣2♠5♦ flop brought a bet and check-call, and the 4♠ on the turn prompted OBigO to bet all-in. Blackyjacky7 check-called all-in with 6♣5♠, but OBigO had top pair with 8♥6♥, and the K♥ officially sent blackyjacky7 out in tenth place with $8,588.89.

Oh? OBigO leads final table

The final table was set in Level 37, with blinds of 125,000/250,000 and a 25,000 ante. Players' chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: Kabira (8,039,891 in chips)
Seat 2: OBigO (16,864,867 in chips)
Seat 3: birdyfcn (10,256,549 in chips)
Seat 4: Flamboyantz (8,130,955 in chips)
Seat 5: Slagteren (7,209,915 in chips)
Seat 6: Akademnuk (7,213,180 in chips)
Seat 7: sebbau (9,738,149 in chips)
Seat 8: ROFLshove (5,226,730 in chips)
Seat 9: Brankerr (7,589,764 in chips)

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It didn't take long for players to begin pushing bigger pots, and Akademnuk took on OBigO, doubling through the latter for close to 16 million chips and the top spot on the leaderboard. But most of the play going forward was cautious, at least for the time being.

Nearly 30 minutes after the final table began, ROFLshove pushed all-in preflop from the small blind with Q♥T♠. Button raiser sebbau called with A♥K♠, and the board blanked with 4♦5♠8♥7♠3♦, allowing the ace-high hand to win the pot. ROFLshove was the first to leave the table, taking home $12,441.85 for the ninth place finish.

Kabira doubled through Slagteren to climb into first place, while OBigO slipped in the standings.

Sebbau seizes control

Sebbau climbed again, though, courtesy of the next elimination. Brankerr was working a fairly short stack, so when sebbau raised from the small blind, Brankerr called all-in from the big blind for 4.7 million chips with A♦4♥. Sebbau showed J♦4♦ and needed to improve, and that happened on the flop when it came 3♦J♥6♠. The turn of 2♥ and river of 8♦ combined to end the hand and eliminate Brankerr in eighth place with $18,462.10.

Birdyfcn doubled through Flamboyantz, leaving the latter on a short stack just before the 11.5-hour break. Soon after their return, Flamboyantz moved all-in from the small blind with Q♦J♦. Original raiser sebbau called with A♠6♠, and the board of 4♣8♦4♥7♦T♠ allowed the ace kicker to play. Flamboyantz exited in seventh place with $32,108.00.

Akademnuk schools the table

This double of Akademnuk through Kabira put the former in solid position for what was to come:

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Three hands later, a bid situation developed. It started with an early position raise from OBigO all-in. Slagteren reraised all-in from the button, and Akademnuk moved in over the top all-in. Sebbau folded from the big blind. Akademnuk showed K♥K♣, while Slagteren had A♦K♦ and OBigO showed 2♦2♠. The board came 5♠7♥J♦K♠A♠ to give Akademnuk the set of kings. OBigO was forced out in sixth place with $48,162.00, and Slagteren followed in fifth with $64,216.00.

Kabira doubled through sebbau twice, taking over second place, just under the lead of Akademnuk. Sebbau then came back to double through Kabira in a pot worth more than 28 million chips.

Birdyfcn was the shortest of the four stacks and getting shorter, so the all-in move then came for 6 million chips with J♥T♠. Kabira called with A♣T♦, and that hand only improved further to a straight on the Q♦K♦J♠7♥K♠ board. Birdyfcn had to leave in fourth place with $80,912.16.

Gamboooooool, they say

The final three started their action with these counts:

Seat 1: Kabira (22,650,909 in chips)
Seat 6: Akademnuk (28,774,529 in chips)
Seat 7: sebbau (28,844,562 in chips)

They immediately paused the tournament to discuss the potential of a deal, and when the chip-chop numbers were given, sebbau objected. The request for more money was denied by Akademnuk, and sebbau requested that they play on. Sebbau typed, "gamboooooool," and they got back into action to do that.

Kabiru then proceeded to double through Akademnuk in this key hand:

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Akademnuk then doubled through sebbau, and two hands later, a preflop raising war between the two prompted sebbau to move all-in. Akademnuk called with K♥Q♦, and the race was on with the 7♣7♥ of sebbau. But the flop of J♦K♣4♠ gave Akademnuk top pair, and the 4♦T♠ finished the board with Akademnuk ahead. Sebbau was out in third place with $120,405.00.

Let's make a deal!

The heads-up match began with these counts:

Seat 1: Kabira (35,125,818 in chips)
Seat 6: Akademnuk (45,144,182 in chips)

It didn't take long for the two to discuss another chop, and this time, they both quickly agreed to the numbers provided. With $20,000 set aside to be added to the winner's cash, Akademnuk agreed to $199,425.24, while Kabira was promised $197,982.81.

Play went on for a few minutes before Akademnuk began to have a disconnection problem. The return came in decent time, though, and Akademnuk pushed with A♦J♣. Kabira showed 5♠5♣, but the flop came 2♣A♠2♠ to give Akademnuk top two pair. The 9♦ on the turn and 3♥ on the river ended the tournament with Kabira out in second with $197,982.81.

Akademnuk, winner of a 2011 Super Tuesday , of Russia won the Sunday Million and $219,425.24 in cash. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 11/04/12 (reflects two-way deal):

Players: 8,027
Paid players: 1,170

1st place: Akademnuk (Russia) - $219,425.24*
2nd place: Kabira (Germany) - $197,982.81*
3rd place: sebbau (Germany) - $120,405.00
4th place: birdyfcn (Germany) - $80,912.16
5th place: Slagteren (Denmark) - $64,216.00
6th place: OBigO (UK) - $48,162.00
7th place: Flamboyantz (Netherlands) - $32,108.00
8th place: Brankerr (Netherlands) - $18,462.10
9th place: ROFLshove (Australia) - $12,441.85

*Denotes two-way deal that left $20,000 aside for the winner

For more information on ways to register and qualify for upcoming Sunday Million tournaments, visit the Sunday Million page.

Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.

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