Fish4trips reeled in a Sunday Million win on August 19

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGThis weekend was one that divided attention between a live tournament and the online events. The Sunday Million was right on schedule, online and boasting of its $1 million guarantee as always. But many people were in Barcelona or tracking the events there as the European Poker Tour kicked off its ninth season. It was a busy weekend for the poker scene.

A final look at the Sunday Million numbers from this weekend showed a solid turnout, though, as many of the regulars found their way to their computers and registered for the largest weekly online poker tournament in the biz.

Players: 5,747
Guarantee: $1,000,000
Prize pool: $1,149,400
Paid players: 855

As the field thinned and hit the money a few hours into the action, only one member of Team PokerStars remained. Maxim Lykov then ended his run in 622nd place for $367.80.

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The playdown to the final table happened fairly fast once the nine-hour mark passed. And still inside that hour, the final table was set. It started with an all-in from palenque88 holding A♣J♥ against the K♥Q♥ of AlexaUKR. The board of 8♠T♥T♠K♣5♠ eliminated palenque88 in tenth place with $6,666.52.

At the same time but on the other table, nsinger made a final push with A♦Q♠, but Fish4trips called with a dominating A♥K♠. Nothing about the board of 2♥A♠3♣9♣9♥ changed the outcome, and nsinger was ousted in ninth place with $8,965.32.

Fish4trips leads final table of eight

The final table began in Level 35, with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and a 16,000 ante. Players' chip stacks were as follows:

Seat 1: gosuoposum1 (5,411,988 in chips)
Seat 2: Manitouwadge (7,841,181 in chips)
Seat 3: katalo269 (4,210,089 in chips)
Seat 5: Bandano (4,558,147 in chips)
Seat 6: adrianofcrj (3,366,371 in chips)
Seat 7: AlexaUKR (6,908,216 in chips)
Seat 8: Stealy7 (12,112,382 in chips)
Seat 9: Fish4trips (13,061,626 in chips)

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It took a solid 10 minutes before an all-in hand happened at the eight-person final table, and the result was a double-up for katalo269 through Bandano. A bit later, Bandano came back with a double through Manitouwadge. Gosuoposum1 then did the same through AlexaUKR.

Short-stacked adrianofcrj made a move with an UTG raise, and when Manitouwadge reraised from the button, adrianofcrj responded by moving all-in. Manitouwadge called with J♣J♦ and was prepared to race against the A♠K♣ of adrianofcrj. The flop of Q♥T♥9♦ gave the short stack a lot of home, but the 4♣ and T♦ finished the board and eliminated adrianofcrj in eighth place with $14,367.50.

The rise of Manitouwadge

AlexaUKR was the next to move, and it happened from the small blind with K♦Q♦. Original raiser Manitouwadge called with Q♥Q♠, and AlexaUKR couldn't catch a king or enough diamonds on the 2♦9♣5♠A♣4♥ board. That left AlexaUKR out in seventh place with $25,286.80.

Manitouwadge put other players to the test and began to scoop multi-million-chip pots time after time. Manitouwadge then became the first player to cross the 20 million chip bar, and that left Fish4trips and other players fairly far behind.

Gosuoposum1 pushed all-in a few hands later from middle position with K♣Q♣, and Bandano called from the big blind with A♣Q♦. The ace played as the kicker when the board revealed 9♥9♣7♠J♣4♦, and gosuoposum1 had to depart in sixth place with $36,780.80.

When Bandano was prepared to risk it all, Manitouwadge was there with the call. Bandano was on the line with A♠Q♦, and Manitouwadge showed T♦T♠, which flopped a full house with 2♥2♣T♣. The 9♣ turn and 4♠ river were formalities to eliminate Bandano in fifth place with $48,274.80.

Katalo269 doubled through Manitouwadge to stay in action, and Stealy7 did the same through Fish4trips. Katalo269 then tried it again, facing off with 9♣8♣ against Manitouwadge and Q♥4♥. The flop of 8♠J♣3♥ gave katalo269 the advantage, and the K♣ provided a flush draw, too. But the Q♦ hit on the river to give Manitouwadge the pair of queens and knocked katalo269 out in fourth place with $64,538.81.

Fish4trips chips up

Three-handed play started with players considering a pause for deal talks. Just before that break, Fish4trips and Manitouwadge got into this hand that gave Fish4trips the undeniable lead:

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Deal number prompted one player to insist on resuming play with no deal in place, so they did just that.

Manitouwadge did double through Fish4trips to be a little more comfortable, and then Manitouwadge took a pot worth nearly 11 million chips from that same player, nearly evening the stacks.

Stealy7 was down to little more than 3 million chips and pushed it with 5♣3♥. Fish4trips called with Q♣8♥ and increased winning odds by hitting the Q♥4♦2♠ flop. The 4♥ turn and J♣ river ended the tournament for Stealy7, who took home $93,101.40 for third place.

No deal, two player play on

Heads-up play began with these stacks:

Seat 2: Manitouwadge (26,487,154 in chips)
Seat 9: Fish4trips (30,982,846 in chips)

They immediately paused to see chop numbers, but Manitouwadge didn't agree to the deal. Play then resumed, and Manitouwadge proceeded to give Fish4trips a rough time. But Fish4trips stayed strong and aggressive, eventually working Manitouwadge's stack down to less than 10 million.

Manitouwadge risked that stack with A♦J♣, and Fish4trips had 8♠7♠. The double-up looked promising until the flop came A♠8♦7♣ to give Fish4trips two pair. The 6♥ turn and 4♠ river finished the hand with Manitouwadge out in second place with $132,181.00.

Fish4trips of Sweden won the Sunday Million and $178,159.79 in cash. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 08/19/12:

Players: 5,747
Paid players: 855

1st place: Fish4trips (Sweden) - $178,159.79
2nd place: Manitouwadge (Canada) - $132,181.00
3rd place: Stealy7 (Germany) - $93,101.40
4th place: katalo269 (Germany) - $64,538.81
5th place: Bandano (Netherlands) - $48,274.80
6th place: gosuoposum1 (Ukraine) - $36,780.80
7th place: AlexaUKR (Ukraine) - $25,286.80
8th place: adrianofcrj (Brazil) - $14,367.50
9th place: nsinger (Panama) - $8,965.32

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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