CharlesTY. becomes January 29 Sunday Million champion

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGEvery Sunday on PokerStars is a big day. There's a reason the big tournaments that play out on Sundays are called "the majors." Big guarantees and even bigger prize pools award millions of dollars to players who compete and make it into that money. January 29 was no different - maybe even a little better than usual.

That is attributed to TCOOP, the inaugural Turbo Championship of Online Poker, which wrapped up its 11-day, 50-event series tonight. The last day of action offered six tournaments, with the Main Event boasting of a $1.5 million guarantee and coming up with an actual prize pool of $2,438,555. The other finale events found similarly positive outcomes, making for a busy Sunday of poker action.

Players were pleased to find that the Sunday Million was also in the lineup, along with some of their other favorite Sunday tournaments, and they showed up in force. Here were tonight's Sunday Million numbers:

Players: 7,302
Prize pool: $1,460,400.00
Paid players: 1,080

The first Team PokerStars Pro to cash in tonight's tournament was Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic, finishing in 1030th place for $306.66 just after the money bubble burst. Fellow Team Pro Angel Guillen of Mexico exited in 550th place, followed a bit later by Nuno Coelho in 126th and Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero in 104th. That left Andre "aakkari" Akkari of Brazil waving the PokerStars flag well into the deeper levels of the event.

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Akkari made a run at the final table but unfortunately exited in 25th place with $3,402.73.

As the 10-hour mark passed, only two tables remained, and 20 minutes later, hand-for-hand play ensued after the 11th place finish of gforrai83. That led to the all-in move by yoohoo79 with Q♦Q♣ against the A♣J♣ of hownorez, and the board of 8♣A♦5♦8♥2♦ gave hownorez the best two pair. Yoohoo79 exited in tenth place with $8,032.20.

Curiplop leads final table action

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

Seat 1: CharlesTY. (12,454,649 in chips)
Seat 2: Meewams (1,968,672 in chips)
Seat 3: hownorez (14,354,996 in chips)
Seat 4: bas0r (7,129,652 in chips)
Seat 5: rasputoon (2,972,269 in chips)
Seat 6: curiplop (17,658,012 in chips)
Seat 7: Joroy70 (2,919,884 in chips)
Seat 8: Chikakaa (7,103,988 in chips)
Seat 9: K0VAK (6,457,878 in chips)

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After the 10.5-hour break, Meewams made a move and doubled through curiplop to get things going.

Rasputoon then made a move, all-in from the button for little more than 2.1 million chips with T♥T♠. Original UTG raiser Chikakaa called with 9♥9♦ and immediately hit the flop of 9♣2♥8♣. The 7♠ on the turn and 7♣ on the river then gave Chikakaa a full house and eliminated rasputoon in ninth place with $11,318.10.

Joroy70 was the next player to move. After a raise from curiplop, Joroy70 pushed all-in with A♣8♠, and curiplop called with K♠T♥. The very first card on the flop was K♣ to give curiplop the advantage, and the other cards that followed on the board were 7♠Q♣4♦2♠. Joroy70 did not improve and finished in eighth place with $17,524.80.

K0VAK doubled through curiplop, and Meewams scored another double through hownorez.

Meewams still had trouble, though, and moved yet another time. The hand started with an UTG raise from Chikakaa, and Meewams responded by moving all-in for nearly 3.5 million chips with A♣K♣. It just so happened that Chikakaa was able to call with K♥K♠, and nothing could save Meewams on the 8♠2♦2♣7♦4♥ board. Meewams finished in seventh place with $31,398.60.

Then it was Chikakaa's turn. When curiplop made a preflop raise from the button, Chikakaa called all-in for just under 10 million chips with A♣A♠. Curiplop showed 8♦3♥ but flopped an amazing J♥8♥3♦ two pair. The 5♥ on the turn and 2♣ on the river gave the pot to curiplop, and Chikakaa departed in sixth place with $45,272.40.

CharlesTY. doubled through bas0r in a huge pot shown here:

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K0VAK got involved in a raising war preflop with curiplop, and the two were dealt a 4♠6♣K♣ to start the board. K0VAK moved all-in for 1.8 million, and curiplop check-called with Q♠9♥. K0VAK was ahead with A♣K♦ and top pair, but the T♦ turn and J♠ river gave curiplop the straight. K0VAK exited in fifth place with $59,876.40.

Bas0r doubled once through hownorez but had to move again soon and did it with A♦K♠. Hownorez was in the hand holding K♣9♣ and hit the nine on the 4♦8♥9♦5♣4♠ board. Bas0r had to leave in fourth place with $77,401.20.

Three to a deal

The final three players paused the tournament in order to discuss a deal, and with a few adjustments to chip-chop numbers, they found harmony. With $20,000 set aside for the winner, these were the payouts agreed to by the players:

Seat 1: CharlesTY. (18,000,298 in chips) = $148,000.00
Seat 3: hownorez (16,106,977 in chips) = $148,000.00
Seat 6: curiplop (38,912,725 in chips) = $181,080.74

Big pots and action ensued, and hownorez finally moved all-in with A♦3♣. Curiplop reraised, which prompted original raiser CharlesTY. to fold. Curiplop showed a dominating A♠K♠, which only improved on the 2♦8♥T♦Q♣J♠ board to a straight. Hownorez left in third place with $148,000.00.

South American heads-up battle

The final two players - CharlesTY. from Brazil and curiplop from Chile - started their match with these counts:

Seat 1: CharlesTY. (16,879,298 in chips)
Seat 6: curiplop (56,140,702 in chips)

On the second hand, CharlesTY. doubled through curiplop with pocket jacks over 3-2, and the former was able to keep the stacks close to even for more than a few rounds, even taking the lead toward the end.

The two then got involved in a raised and reraised pot to see a flop of 4♣Q♥K♥. CharlesTY. bet, and curiplop raised to 12.8 million. CharlesTY. reraised all-in, and curiplop called all-in with Q♠J♠. But CharlesTY. showed K♣J♥ for top pair, and those kings faded the A♥ turn and 2♦ river to eliminate curiplop in second place with $181,080.74.

CharlesTY. of Brazil won the Sunday Million and $168,000.00 to go with the title. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 01/29/12 (reflects deal):

1st place: CharlesTY. ($168,000.00)*
2nd place: curiplop ($181,080.74)*
3rd place: hownorez ($148,000.00)*
4th place: bas0r ($77,401.20)
5th place: K0VAK ($59,876.40)
6th place: Chikakaa ($45,272.40)
7th place: Meewams ($31,398.60)
8th place: Joroy70 ($17,524.80)
9th place: rasputoon ($11,318.10)

*Numbers based on a three-way chop with $20K added to winner's money

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

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million