TeamWispy defeats parrish09 to win Sunday Million and $201,962
Did you miss us? The Sunday Million was on hiatus for the majority of the month due to the World Championship of Online Poker. The 2012 series set records, awarded more than $55 million in 65 events, and witnessed maratik use FPPs to enter the Main Event, play it, make the final table, and win it for more than $1 million. Check out all of results, stories, and radio archives here.
And with the conclusion of the 2012 WCOOP, the Sunday Million was back on the schedule on this last Sunday of September. The registration numbers showed a very nice welcome back:
Prize pool: $1,327,800
Paid players: 990
After the money bubble, the payouts were fast and furious for a while, and one of them was made to the only PokerStars player with a red spade logo next to his name. Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen finished in 911th place for $305.39.
By the time the 10-hour mark came around, there were only two tables remaining, and action went quicker than expected. It took less than 30 minutes to get to hand-for-hand play, which happened after apfush exited in 11th place. Directly after the half-hour break, bergluur pushed all-in with A♣9♥, and parrish09 called with A♦K♣. The board came J♣Q♣3♣A♥3♦, and the king kicker played to eliminate bergluur in tenth place, which was worth $7,435.68.
Parrish09 dominates at the start
Level 37 brought on blinds of 125,000/250,000, a 25,000 ante, and these player starting stacks::
Seat 1: ERGUOTOU2 (3,984,970 in chips)
Seat 2: Carlito1983 (6,864,955 in chips)
Seat 3: depasseL (2,971,250 in chips)
Seat 4: AtnirTPT (1,583,959 in chips)
Seat 5: parrish09 (32,779,174 in chips)
Seat 6: meexxxx (7,888,392 in chips)
Seat 7: Justice182 (2,100,432 in chips)
Seat 8: hose66 (4,361,828 in chips)
Seat 9: TeamWispy (3,855,040 in chips)
There was action right from the start, with a split pot between depasseL and AtnirTPT, an uncalled all-in move from depasseL, and a double-up for Justice182 through parrish09. AtnirTPT then doubled through Carlito1983, and meexxxx doubled through depasseL.
DepasseL had a rough time and decided on another all-in move from middle position with K♦Q♠. DepasseL started with a raise, and meexxxx challenged with the all-in from the big blind that depasseL called. Meexxxx had 6♦6♠, and that only improved to a set on the 7♣3♥A♠6♥J♦ board. DepasseL didn't improve at all and was out in ninth place with $10,290.45.
TeamWispy doubled through parrish09, but parrish09 seemed to have enough of giving chips away. When Justice182 moved all-in, parrish09 was there with K♠J♣. Justice182 needed 9♦9♥ to stand up, but the flop of 2♦3♣K♥ gave parrish09 the better hand. The Q♠ and T♠ finished the board and sent Justice182 out in eighth place with $15,933.60.
Two hands later, when AtnirTPT pushed from the small blind, parrish09 called from the big blind with A♥2♣. AtnirTPT was ahead with A♠7♥, but the very first card on the 2♦4♥4♣3♣6♦ board gave the pot to parrish09. AtnirTPT had to leave in seventh place with $29,211.60.
And when ERGUOTOU2 made a push from the button with Q♣J♦, parrish09 called from the big blind with J♠4♠, but as per usual in this tournament, parrish09 improved. Again, the first card on the 4♣A♥2♥K♦J♥ board allowed for two pair and the elimination of ERGUOTOU2 in sixth place with $42,489.60.
Parrish09 has formidable opponents
TeamWispy moved again, and this time, the result put TeamWispy in second place on the leaderboard:
Two hands after that double, Carlito1983 and hose66 got involved in a hand. The raised flop of 5♠K♥J♠ prompted a bet from Carlito1983, but hose66 check-raised. After Carlito1983 raised it up again, hose66 called all-in with Q♣J♦ for middle pair, but Carlito1983 had A♥K♦ for top pair. The board finished with 8♣ and 5♦, and hose66 was hosed in fifth place, which was worth a payout of $55,767.60.
Carlito1983 and meexxxx tangled once in a chopped pot, and then soon battled again. Carlito1983 raised preflop, and meexxxx pushed all-in with A♠2♦. Carlito1983 had 2♥2♠, though, and that pair stood up to the 9♣T♠3♣J♦K♥ board. Meexxxx had to go in fourth place with $73,029.00.
TeamWispy took some hits, first at the hands of parrish09 in a 13 million chip pot, then by Carlito1983 in a pot worth more than 10 million. TeamWispy did double through Carlito1983 but remained in third of the three players. But a slow but steady process of chipping up put TeamWispy ahead of Carlito1983. The two got involved in a big pot when Carlito1983 moved all-in with A♣5♥, and TeamWispy called with K♣Q♠. The board of 3♥9♥K♠T♦9♣ gave TeamWispy the two pair, and Carlito1983 was eliminated in third place with $106,224.00.
TeamWispy leads heads-up
The two finalists began their battle with these counts:
Seat 5: parrish09 (30,058,070 in chips)
Seat 9: TeamWispy (36,331,930 in chips)
TeamWispy proceeded to chip up even more by taking down a pot worth 18 million chips. But parrish09 grew determined and chipped back up, especially with the help of a 23 million chip pot. They eventually decided to pause the action and discuss a deal, but that was squashed fairly quickly and they played on.
A bit pot put TeamWispy back on top, and it wasn't long before TeamWispy put parrish09 to the test. Parrish09 risked it all with 7♠7♥, and TeamWispy showed A♣4♣. The flop of 4♦5♥3♥ was interesting in that it gave TeamWispy a pair and the straight draw, and that draw came to fruition on the 2♠ turn. The J♣ on the river officially put parrish09 out in second place.
TeamWispy of Costa Rica won this week's Sunday Million and $201,962.16 in cash. Congrats!
Sunday Million Results for 09/30/12:
Paid players: 990
1st place: TeamWispy (Costa Rica) - $201,962.16
2nd place: parrish09 (UK) - $149,377.50
3rd place: Carlito1983 (Germany) - $106,224.00
4th place: meexxxx (Sweden) - $73,029.00
5th place: hose66 (Germany) - $55,767.60
6th place: ERGUOTOU2 (China) - $42,489.60
7th place: AtnirTPT (Portugal) - $29,211.60
8th place: Justice182 (Belgium) - $15,933.60
9th place: depasseL (Belgium) - $10,290.45
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.