Victory for vladobu6i, WizardOfAhhs takes seventh in Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGAugust is an unusual month. Not only are there several weeks without a major live tournament, the next online tournament series isn't until September. It's a rare time period in which players can enjoy their time at the online tables with a regular, unenhanced schedule of tournaments like the Sunday majors. Some are enjoying the rarity of the moment.

Meanwhile, others are planning for the upcoming EPT Barcelona that will kick off the ninth season of the European Poker Tour. And for September, the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is set and ready to go. Enjoy the downtime while you can!

As for today's Sunday Million, the $215 buy-in NLHE tournament with its $1 million guarantee was out to change the bankrolls of a number of players. It got underway with these registration numbers:

Players: 6,270
Guarantee: $1,000,000
Prize pool: $1,254,000
Paid players: 900

The members of Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online were out in force for this tournament, and several of them made it into the money. Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind barely squeezed in to finish in 888th place for $326.04. Team Pro Liv Boeree continued on for quite awhile longer, ultimately exiting in 387th place, followed soon after by Angel Guillen in 355th. Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder went on to finish in 248th place for $614.46.

As the field thinned further, Team Online's Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman continued on, flirting with the top five area of the leaderboard and consistently climbing. He was still going strong at the 9.5-hour mark when only two tables remained.

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Play continued well past the 10-hour mark, with a considerable amount of time spent with 11 players remaining. Eventually, the 11th place elimination of xredschix prompted hand-for-hand play to begin. After the half-hour break and minutes later, FireFaux moved all-in with 8♠4♠ from the small blind, but ynd! called with T♣T♠ from the big blind. The board came Q♥7♦K♣A♥5♣, and that eliminated FireFaux in tenth place with $7,022.40.

Vladobu6i leads, WizardOfAhhs in contention

Action at the final table began with these chip counts in Level 38, with blinds at 150,000/300,000 and a 30,000 ante:

Seat 1: Pi$toL_789 (1,450,779 in chips)
Seat 2: galaxyseven (3,572,170 in chips)
Seat 3: ynd! (7,767,125 in chips)
Seat 4: vladobu6i (23,132,608 in chips)
Seat 5: jjthomas1212 (11,820,744 in chips)
Seat 6: kinglune (4,291,356 in chips)
Seat 7: WizardOfAhhs (5,637,565 in chips)
Seat 8: ZISIMO7 (2,550,070 in chips)
Seat 9: 4better (2,477,583 in chips)

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Only a few hands into it, ZISIMO7 had the chance to double through WizardOfAhhs with pocket aces over A-K. Soon after, 4better doubled through vladobu6i as well. Pi$toL_789 then tripled up to stay in the game, though still one of the shortest stacks of the final nine. Galaxyseven doubled through ZISIMO7.

ZISIMO7 moved a relatively short stack all-in from middle position preflop, and 4better reraised from the button to isolate, which worked. ZISIMO7 showed A♣8♦ but was covered by the A♥T♥ of 4better. The flop of K♦T♠6♦ only made that hand into a pair, and the 4♦ and Q♠ ended it for ZISIMO7, who took home $9,718.50 for ninth place.

Pi$toL_789 then doubled through WizardOfAhhs, who was then working a very short stack. But it was Pi$toL_789 who was anxious to move again and did it with K♠J♥. Galaxyseven called with A♥K♦, though, and only improved to a better hand on the 3♣5♠4♥A♣J♣ board. That left Pi$toL_789 out in eighth place with $15,048.00.

Ahh, WizardOfAhhs exits

The short-stacked Team Online player made his move soon, too. He started with a raise, and vladobu6i reraised. WizardOfAhhs called all-in for 525,537 chips with A♦J♣ as he typed "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!" in the chat box. Vladobu6i showed K♠6♠ but caught the end of the 7♠2♣6♦ flop. The 8♠ on the turn changed nothing, but the 6♥ on the river secured the win for vladobu6i. WizardOfAhhs was eliminated in seventh place with $27,588.00.

Six players, 50 minutes, one deal

During six-handed play, the remaining players decided to pause the tournament to discuss a possible chop of the prize money. The reveal of the ICM numbers prompted discussions that went on for approximately 50 minutes. Finally, with all players in agreement that $26,000.00 would be set aside for the eventual champion, these were the payouts:

Seat 2: galaxyseven (9,580,214 in chips) = $95,629.30
Seat 3: ynd! (6,005,525 in chips) = $80,558.09
Seat 4: vladobu6i (22,112,006 in chips) = $127,358.82
Seat 5: jjthomas1212 (15,297,742 in chips) = $113,448.05
Seat 6: kinglune (5,581,377 in chips) = $77,277.89
Seat 9: 4better (4,123,136 in chips) = $73,622.25

Ynd! made a push from the small blind holding K♦Q♣, and original UTG raiser jjthomas1212 reraised all-in. Galaxyseven folded out of the way, and jjthomas1212 showed T♣T♠. Ynd! couldn't improve when the race played out with a board of 6♠A♥6♥7♠A♠, and ynd! was out in sixth place with $80,558.09.

Galaxyseven was the next at risk, pushing all-in from the small blind with A♥3♣. Vladobu6i called from the big blind with K♥J♠ and hit the flop of J♣8♦T♣ for top pair. The Q♠ and 7♦ finished the board and eliminated galaxyseven in fifth place with $95,629.30.

Two hands later, short-stacked 4better made a move with A♦K♥, looking to double up against the 9♣6♥ of kinglune. But the board of 3♠7♦8♦9♠Q♣ turned the pair for kinglune, and 4better had to leave in fourth place with $73,622.25.

Kinglune then doubled through vladobu6i to gain some ground:

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The very next hand saw jjthomas1212 get into a preflop raising war with vladobu6i, and jjthomas1212 moved all-in with K♣Q♠. Vladobu6i called with A♦9♦ and made a diamond flush on the 8♥T♦6♥K♦2♦ board. Jjthomas1212 departed in third place with $113,448.05.

Original chip leader stays ahead

The final two players took their positions in the heads-up match as follows:

Seat 4: vladobu6i (45,040,974 in chips)
Seat 6: kinglune (17,659,026 in chips)

It took some time, but vladobu6i continued to dominate. Kinglune made some progress, though, and moved up to just under 30 million chips. But all of those went in preflop with K♥8♠. Bladobu6i called with A♦4♠ and picked up two pair on the A♣T♦T♠ flop. The 2♦ on the turn changed nothing, but the T♣ on the river gave vladobu6i the full house. Kinglune had to accept second place and $77,277.89.

Bulgaria's kinglune won the tournament and $153,358.82 in cash. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 08/05/12 (reflects six-way deal):

Players: 6,270
Paid players: 900

1st place: vladobu6i (Bulgaria) - $153,358.82*
2nd place: kinglune (Hong Kong) - $77,277.89*
3rd place: jjthomas1212 (Denmark) - $113,448.05*
4th place: 4better (UK) - $73,622.25*
5th place: galaxyseven (Taiwan) - $95,629.30*
6th place: ynd! (Taiwan) - $80,558.09*
7th place: Team Online's Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman (Canada) - $27,588.00
8th place: Pi$toL_789 (Canada) - $15,048.00
9th place: ZISIMO7 (Greece) - $9,718.50

Players in six-way deal; $26K added to winner's payout

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million