BrusYvo battles back for strong Sunday Million win
On the last day of MicroMillions III, much focus was on that Main Event and the other tournaments scheduled for the last day of the 100-event series. The excitement surrounding the series increased numbers overall from the second running of MicroMillions, and the final numbers were being tabulated and winners being crowned tonight.
At the same time, the Sunday Million is in a category by itself. Well, it is in the Sunday majors category with other big PokerStars Sunday events, but the Million stands alone in its $1 million guarantee each week and the breadth of players who take their seats in it each week. This Sunday was no different, as players put up (or satellited in for) $200 + $15 in the hopes of grabbing one of the top three six-figure payouts.
The final registration numbers showed, as always, a much larger prize pool than the guarantee envisioned:
Prize pool: $1,373,000
Paid players: 990
The bursting of the money bubble left players with a guaranteed payout of $315.79, and quite a few members of Team PokerStars were still in action at that point. The first to leave was Team SportStars player Fatima Moreira de Melo, who was out in 883rd place, and she was followed shortly thereafter by Team PokerStars Pro Joao "jomane" Nunes in 763rd. Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen departed in 526th place, Jan Heitmann in 438th, and David "dwilliams" Williams in 375th. Team Online's Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno of Brazil was the last to go, heading out in a very respectable 152nd place with $851.26.
The final two tables were in play before the 9.5 hour mark, and it took about 45 minutes to thin the field further. With 11 players remaining, a big hand developed on Table 478. Peterwhooo raised from the button all-in with T♣8♠. Paranoya1983 called all-in from the small blind with K♥4♦, and gabriel171 called both players from the big blind and had them covered with A♥A♦. The board of 6♠J♣5♠J♥9♣ helped neither all-in player, and paranoya1983 exited in 11th place, followed by peterwhooo in tenth. Each of them took home $7,688.80 for the finishes.
910suited44 with solid starting lead
In Level 36, with blinds of 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante, the players started the final table with these chip counts:
Seat 1: gabriel171 (7,789,703 in chips)
Seat 2: Nav84 (2,756,898 in chips)
Seat 3: Belinda20 (11,608,250 in chips)
Seat 4: 910suited44 (19,259,984 in chips)
Seat 5: Kam1kazemaus (4,525,463 in chips)
Seat 6: dr.greenish (3,649,566 in chips)
Seat 7: lacoste44 (5,856,635 in chips)
Seat 8: brusYvo (5,544,059 in chips)
Seat 9: a Bull 67 (7,659,442 in chips)
It only took a few hands for short-stacked Nav84 to get involved, and it happened with a middle position all-in raise preflop holding 9♠9♣. 910suited44 reraised all-in from the small blind, and the big blind folded. 910suited44 showed K♠Q♠, and the flop immediately brought the pair of kings with J♠K♥7♣. The advantage stayed with 910suited44 as the 5♠ turn and 4♦ river eliminated Nav84 in ninth place with $10,640.75.
Kam1kazemaus doubled through gabriel171 during an extended time of eight-handed play. Meanwhile, 910suited44 continued to climb and eclipsed the 26 million chip mark.
Gabriel171 stayed steady, though, and when a Bull 67 wanted a preflop raising war, gabriel171 was up for the challenge. A Bull 67 ended up moving all0in with 8♣8♦, and gabriel171 called with A♠K♠, only to catch the ace on the Q♦A♦6♦ flop. A Bull67 was looking for another diamond for the flush or an eight, but the 9♥ and 7♠ finished the board. A Bull 67 had to leave in eighth place with $16,476.00.
Lacoste44 was the next player at risk, pushing from middle position with A♥Q♦. Belinda20 called from the big blind with A♦J♥ and was in danger of suffering a double by lacoste44. But the board came T♦J♦4♦2♦9♦, and each player had a diamond, with Belinda20 having the nut flush. Lacoste44 took that bad beat out in seventh place with $30,206.00.
The once short-stacked Kam1kazemaus doubled through Belinda20 in this hand:
And Kam1kazemaus was not slowing down, as indicated by an all-in raise from the button on the very next hand. Dr.greenish called all-in from the small blind with A♦J♦, and Kam1kazemaus showed 9♠9♣. That pair held up and turned into two pair on the 5♠8♥T♦T♣2♣ board. Dr.greenish, winner of a 2011 Sunday Warm-Up, left in sixth place with $43,936.00.
BrusYvo doubled through 910suited44 to stay in action, and Belinda20 was then the shortest stack at that time.
Final five deal
The last five players paused the tournament and took a look at chip-chop and ICM deal options. After some discussion and adjustments to the numbers, they agreed to the following payouts, with an additional $20,000 waiting to be added to the champion's total:
Seat 1: gabriel171 (11,479,917 in chips) = $113,855.04
Seat 3: Belinda20 (6,257,047 in chips) = $91,480.08
Seat 4: 910suited44 (23,025,678 in chips) = $141,084.59
Seat 5: Kam1kazemaus (15,309,242 in chips) = $123,429.44
Seat 8: brusYvo (12,578,116 in chips) = $116,467.65
On the first hand back from that break, brusYvo and gabriel171 got involved until brusYvo pushed all-in. Gabriel171 then called all-in with A♥Q♠, and brusYvo showed 9♠9♥. Nothing about the board of 8♦2♦J♠5♠4♠ changed anything, though, and the nines held up to eliminate gabriel171 in fifth place with $113,855.04.
BrusYvo blows past the rest
Over the course of four-handed play, Kam1kazemaus lost ground while BrusYvo used the chips well from the gabriel171 bustout. So when Kam1kazemaus raised and brusYvo reraised, Kam1kazemaus pushed all-in and found brusYvo ready for the call with 6♣6♦. Kam1kazemaus was going to need help with 2♦2♠, and the board did not have it when it came K♦T♥J♦7♥8♠. Kam1kazemaus exited in fourth place with $123,429.44.
Two hands later, Belinda20 risked everything with K♥6♥, and brusYvo was there with A♣8♠. The board came 5♠3♠2♥Q♣7♠, and Belinda20 couldn't beat ace-high, so third place was the finish for $91,480.08.
Four heads-up hands
The two finalists started their battle with these stacks:
Seat 4: 910suited44 (30,639,778 in chips)
Seat 8: brusYvo (38,010,222 in chips)
BrusYvo won every hand for the past few rounds and into the heads-up match as well. The fourth hand saw a riase from 910suited44 and simple call from brusYvo. The 2♣2♠4♣ flop spurred big action, as reraises led to an all-in move by brusYvo and call all-in from 910suited44. The latter showed Q♦4♠ for two pair, and brusYvo turned over K♣8♣ for the flush draw. The Q♣ on the turn made that flush, and the T♣ eliminated 920suited44 in second place with $141,084.59.
BrusYvo won the Sunday Million and $136,467.65 in prize money. Congrats!
Sunday Million Results for 11/25/12 (reflects five-way deal):
Paid players: 990
1st place: brusYvo (Czech Republic) - $136,467.65*
2nd place: 910suited44 (Canada) - $141,084.59*
3rd place: Belinda20 (Sweden) - $91,480.08*
4th place: Kam1kazemaus ($123,429.44)*
5th place: gabriel171 (Brazil) - $113,855.04*
6th place: dr.greenish (Norway) - $43,936.00
7th place: lacoste44 (Ukraine) - $30,206.00
8th place: a bull 67 (Denmark) - $16,476.00
9th place: Nav84 (Canada) - $10,640.75
*Denotes five-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.