CC2332 sees victory in April 29 Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGIt is an action-packed weekend at PokerStars. In addition to a final table getting underway at APPT Cebu, the EPT Grand Final Main Event is ready to find its 2012 champion on Monday in Monte Carlo. And the online poker geniuses are preparing for the upcoming SCOOP series to start on May 5, so things are a little busy around here.

Even so, nothing stops the Sunday majors from making big news every weekend. Today was no different, as the Sunday Million kicked off at its usual time with its $1 million guarantee. No matter where players may be in the world, they do what they can to find an Internet connection so as not to miss out on the biggest games in online poker. And the rest of us watch in awe as players compete for life-changing money in tournaments like these.

Speaking of this one, let's get to the facts and figures:

Players: 7,376
Guarantee: $1,000,000.00
Prize pool: $1,475,200.00
Paid players: 1,080

After a few hours of play, the money bubble burst, and Gord0nGeck0 was the first player to cash, taking home $309.79 for 1080th place. As for the Team PokerStars Pros in action, there were only three who made it into the money. The first to exit was Richard Toth in 778th place, followed by Martin Staszko in 638th. Victor Ramdin moved forward in strong fashion but finally exited in 318th place.

As the 10-hour mark came and went, two tables remained. After puicachamp was eliminated in 11th place, hand-for-hand play led to a relatively quick solution to that situation. Mitchizzil moved all-in, and Mikael 666 moved all-in over the top. Iacoga4 called both players from the big blind, and their hands were:

iacog4: 9♥6♠
Mikael 666: K♠Q♠
mitchizzil: K♣Q♣

The board came 7♦J♥4♠5♦6♥ to give iacog4 the pair of sixes, and the double elimination was complete. Mitchizzil took $8,113.60 for tenth place, and Mikael 666 received $11,432.80 for ninth.

CC2332 and iacog4 dominate from the start

The final table started with only eight players, and their initial chip stacks were as follows:

Seat 1: AW 500 (2,992,018 in chips)
Seat 2: ugulala55 (4,515,767 in chips)
Seat 4: MaryPop_SP (5,431,632 in chips)
Seat 5: Obafemi 9 (4,924,555 in chips)
Seat 6: iacog4 (20,510,916 in chips)
Seat 7: CC2332 (21,179,016 in chips)
Seat 8: oldrich88 (2,803,846 in chips)
Seat 9: triathlon4 (11,402,250 in chips)

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Play began slowly for the final eight, but the initial short stack at the table finally made a move. Oldrich88 pushed all-in with A♣K♠, and original raiser iacog4 called with A♥8♥. What looked like a double-up took an immediate turn in the other direction when the flop brought 8♣2♥A♠. The 6♣ and 3♠ cards finished the hand and sent oldrich88 out in eighth place with $17,702.40.

AW 500 also decided to get involved, and the short stack tangled with CC2332 and MaryPop_SP, the latter of whom just doubled up through iacog4. They saw a raised flop of 5♥8♥K♣, and CC2332 bet. AW 500 raised all-in, which prompted a fold from MaryPop_SP. CC2332 called with 8♦7♦ for middle pair, but AW 500 looked poised for a double-up with J♥8♠. The 6♥ on the turn changed nothing, but the 7♣ on the river gave CC2332 two pair. AW 500 had to leave in seventh place with $31,716.80 and a bad beat story.

Obafemi 9 was the next player at risk, choosing to move all-in from the button with 8♠7♥. Iacog4 called from the small blind with K♠J♠, and that hand only improved on the 2♣9♥3♦J♣A♦ board. Obafemi 9 was eliminated in sixth place with $45,731.20.

Rise and fall for MaryPop_SP

MaryPop_SP then found another double-up opportunity, this time through chip leader CC2332:

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When triathlon4 finally pushed a little over 2.1 million all-in with T♦8♠, MaryPop_SP was the caller from the small blind with A♦5♠. The board came T♠6♠Q♣A♠5♦, and that left triathlon4 out in fifth place with $60,483.20.

The very next hand saw MaryPop_SP in action again, this time to see a raised flop with iacog4. After that flop came 6♣5♣K♣, MaryPop_SP bet, and iacog4 check-called to bring on the 4♠ turn card. Another bet and check-call led to the K♦ on the turn, at which point MaryPop_SP moved all-in with 8♥7♥ for the straight. But iacog4 called and showed A♣3♣ for the flopped flush, and MaryPop_SP left in fourth place with $78,185.60.

Three agree to a deal

The last three players paused the tournament to discuss a chip-chop deal, and they all immediately agreed to the numbers. With $20,000 reserved for the eventual winner, the payouts were set as follows:

Seat 2: ugulala55 (18,195,733 in chips) = $149,609.38
Seat 6: iacog4 (33,141,115 in chips) = $175,559.15
Seat 7: CC2332 (22,423,152 in chips) = $156,949.47

It didn't take long for ugulala55 to move all-in after the deal. The hand started with a raise from iacog4 and reraise from ugulala55 holding 9♦9♥. Iacog4 then pushed all-in with A♥K♣, and ugulala55 called all-in. But the flop came 3♠Q♦K♥ to give iacog4 top pair, and that held up to the 8♥ turn and 7♣ river. Ugulala55 finished in third place with $149,609.38.

Top two from start to finish

The same players that led the pack on the way in to the action at this final table were the last two standing. Their initial heads-up stacks were:

Seat 6: iacog4 (53,136,848 in chips)
Seat 7: CC2332 (20,623,152 in chips)

CC2332 was determined to come back and started with this double-up:

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CC2332 was on a roll, though iacog4 did keep the stacks roughly even until the end. The two then got involved to see a raised flop of 6♦4♠6♠. Iacog4 bet 3,060,000, and CC2332 called. The A♠ on the turn prompted a bet of 5,195,000 from CC2332 and check-call from iacog4. The 4♥ river card brought another check from iacog4. CC2332 bet, and iacog4 called all-in with T♦T♥ for two pair. But CC2332 showed Q♥6♥ for the full house, and iacog4 had to accept second place and $175,559.15.

CC2332 of Slovenia won the Sunday Million and took home $176,949.47 for the victory. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 04/29/12 (reflects deal):

1st place: CC2332 ($176,949.47)*
2nd place: iacog4 ($175,559.15)*
3rd place: ugulala55 ($149,609.38)*
4th place: MaryPop_SP ($78,185.60)
5th place: triathlon4 ($60,483.20)
6th place: Obafemi 9 ($45,731.20)
7th place: AW 500 ($31,716.80)
8th place: oldrich88 ($17,702.40)
9th place: Mikael 666 ($11,432.80)

*Numbers based on a three-way deal with $20K reserved for first place

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million