Strong comeback by sexylady409 to win November 18 Sunday Million

Much of the focus on this particular weekend was on the micro stakes tournaments, specifically those affiliated with the MicroMillions III. The series was in its fourth day and drawing huge numbers for the low buy-in tournaments.

But on Sunday, there is still one tournament to win, and that is the Sunday Million. High stakes players eagerly buy in for $200 + $15, but players of every bankroll look to the many satellites throughout the week to obtain a cheap seat. With a $1 million guarantee each week, and with prize pools that consistently exceed that number by hundreds of thousands of dollars, players do what they can to play the Sunday Million. It remains the gold standard of online poker tournaments.

This week, the numbers were solid, as usual:

Players: 6,783
Guarantee: $1,000,000
Prize pool: $1,356,600
Paid players: 990

When the bubble burst, players still seated were guaranteed a minimum of $312.01 for their efforts throughout the day. There were three PokerStars players who ran deep in the tournament, and the first of them to depart in the money was Team Pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby, who finished in 530th place with $434.11. Team Online's new member, Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara of Japan, was the next to go, taking home $461.24 for 442nd place, and Team Pro Christophe "chrisdm" De Meulder followed a bit later in 239th place, which was worth $610.47.

The final table bubble was near at the 10-hour mark, and it burst about 15 minutes later. Joe Hahn was in the small blind and called the button raise of FellipeNunes to be at risk with 9♠6♥. Fellipe Nunes showed Q♥8♠ and improved to a pair on the Q♣7♣4♦K♥J♣ board. Joe Hahn left in tenth place with $7,596.96.

Sexylady409 soars to final table

In the final minutes of Level 36, with blinds of 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante, the players took their seats with these chip counts:

Seat 1: FellipeNunes (13,474,341 in chips)
Seat 2: Jengleleg (4,125,496 in chips)
Seat 3: sexylady409 (18,354,231 in chips)
Seat 4: luizsanchez4 (6,753,683 in chips)
Seat 5: dijana123 (3,591,472 in chips)
Seat 6: WushuTM (4,358,786 in chips)
Seat 7: PikkuHUMPPA (2,387,278 in chips)
Seat 8: Paulkopopo (7,243,644 in chips)
Seat 9: gladius_85 (7,541,069 in chips)

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One of the shorter stacks took a chance on the second hand. The betting started with a raise from gladius_85 and reraise from sexylady409 on the button. Luizsanchez4 raised it up again, and dijana123 called from the big blind. Gladius_85 and sexylady409 both folded, and dijana123 showed A♥K♥. But luizsanchez4 flipped over the A♠A♦, which remained the best hand as the board came J♣7♦9♠J♠8♠. That eliminated dijana123 in ninth place with $10,513.65.

On the first hand after the 10.5-hour break, PikkuHUMPPA pushed from the small blind with A♦6♠. Original middle position raiser sexylady409 called with J♣J♦, and that pair held up to the Q♥3♣4♥7♣T♣ delivered by the automated dealer. PikkuHUMPPA exited in eighth place with $16,279.20.

Extended seven-handed play

Paulkopopo doubled through FellipeNunes to climb to the top half of the leaderboard. A bit later, Jengleleg doubled through Paulkopopo, and the latter doubled through FellipeNunes again. And... Jengleleg doubled through Paulkopopo again. WushuTM doubled through gladius_85.

Play was mostly cautious, though, as the seven players moved along without an elimination for more than 45 minutes. Then it was gladius_85 who moved all-in preflop from the button with Q♦6♣. FellipeNunes reraised from the small blind with A♦T♣, and the big blind folded. The board brought 2♣8♣3♣3♦5♣ to give both players a flush, but the ten of clubs made the better flush for FellipeNunes. Gladius_85 was eliminated in seventh place with $29,845.20.

Three hands later, Jengleleg took another chance by moving all-in with K♦6♦, but luizsanchez4 called from the small blind with A♣J♠. The board blanked with T♥9♥7♦3♥4♥, and that left Jengleleg out in sixth place with $43,411.20.

Luizsanchez4 takes control

This hand changed the makeup of the leaderboard. It started with an UTG raise from luizsanchez4 and reraised from FellipeNunes. Luizsanchez4 called, and the flop came Q♠4♦2♦. Luizsanchez4 bet, and FellipeNunes check-called. The turn of 9♠ prompted another bet from luizsanchez, and FellipeNunes check-raised all-in for more than 10,325,941 chips. Luizsanchez4 called with Q♥Q♣ for the flopped set, and FellipeNunes showed 9♥2♠ for the turned two pair. The J♣ on the river ended the tournament for FellipeNunes, who took home $56,977.20 for the fifth place finish.

Final four figure fair deal

The last four players decided to pause the tournament to look at chop numbers, and ICM chop figures were provided. One player - WushuTM - was the holdout for more money, and they were able to make some accommodations. Agreement was reached for the following payouts, with an additional $20,000 set aside for the eventual winner.

Seat 3: sexylady409 (9843381 in chips) = $112,928.76
Seat 4: luizsanchez4 (33176516 in chips) = $155,104.05
Seat 6: WushuTM (11807218 in chips) = $128,305.21
Seat 8: Paulkopopo (13002885 in chips) = $125,763.48

On the first hand back, sexylady409 doubled through Paulkopopo, and the latter doubled back through sexylady409 on the next hand. A few hands later, WushuTM doubled through sexylady409 to secure second place on the board. But Paulkopopo doubled through WushuTM to lose that spot.

Sexylady409 rises again

This double-up for sexylady409 hurt WushuTM and put sexylady409 back near the top of the counts:

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WushuTM found the all-in opportunity and took it with K♥Q♣, but sexylady409 had A♠Q♥. The board came J♦8♥4♣9♦8♦, and the ace kicker played to eliminate WushuTM in fourth place with $128,305.21.

Then this double through luizsanchez4 gave sexylady409 total control of the table:

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Two hands after that, Paulkopopo tried to raise preflop, and when sexylady409 reraised all-in, Paulkopopo called all-in with A♠7♦. Sexylady409 was again ahead, this time with A♣T♣, and the kicker played on the J♠Q♠9♠4♥6♣ board. Paulkopopo left in third place with $125,763.48.

Two hands of heads-up

The final two players started the battle with these counts:

Seat 3: sexylady409 (65,308,952 in chips)
Seat 4: luizsanchez4 (2,521,048 in chips)

The first hand saw a raise from sexylady409 and comment from luizsanchez4 of "give me a chance?" before folding.

The second hand started with an all-in raise from luizsanchez4 for little more than 1.8 million chips. Sexylady409 called with 4♠2♦, and luizsanchez4 showed J♣7♥ with high hopes of a double-up. But the flop came 3♥2♥T♦ to give sexylady409 the pair of deuces, and the 5♣ on the turn let that stand. The 8♦ on the river ended the tournament with luizsanchez4 out in second place with $155,104.05.

Sexylady409 won the Sunday Million and $132,928.76. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 11/18/12 (reflects four-way deal):

Players: 6,783
Paid players: 990

1st place: sexylady409 (Ireland) - $132,928.76*
2nd place: luizsanchez4 (Switzerland) - $155,104.05*
3rd place: Paulkopopo (Germany) - $125,763.48*
4th place: WushuTM (Austria) - $128,305.21*
5th place: FellipeNunes (Brazil) - $56,977.20
6th place: Jengleleg (Netherlands) - $43,411.20
7th place: gladius_85 (Germany) - $29,845.20
8th place: PikkuHUMPPA (Finland) - $16,279.20
9th place: dijana123 (Slovenia) - $10,513.65

*Denotes four-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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