Welshwizard9 wins, Toth takes fifth in exciting Sunday Million action

Sunday Million logo NEW.PNGHome, sweet home. It's what a lot of poker players are thinking after being in Las Vegas for a summer of poker. Since then, though, most have departed the desert, some have taken vacations and holidays, and home is the final destination. And home for many means that the Sunday majors are back on their weekly schedules.

When players travel for tournaments, they often miss the Sunday Million most of all. The $1 million guarantee is sweet, and the prize pool typically soars well past that number with the big crowds. Everyone wants that Sunday Million title on their poker résumé.

This week, the $215 buy-in event drew significant numbers:

Players: 6,153
Guarantee: $1,000,000
Prize pool: $1,230,600
Paid players: 900

The money bubble burst when QuimQuim departed in 901st place, and xXAlex1337Xx was the first player to cash for $319.95. Among the Team PokerStars Pros in the field, two made it into the money, and Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby was the first to exit, taking home $602.99 for the 248th place finish.

Still going strong, even as the field thinned down to two tables, was Team Pro Richard Toth of Hungary.

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Team PokerStars Pro Richard Toth

Just after the 10-hour mark, zipanxxxxx was eliminated in 11th place to instigate hand-for-hand play. Less than 10 minutes later, AlexD666 moved all-in from the big blind with A♥3♥. Original raiser welshwizard9 called with A♣Q♠, and that only improved to two pair on the 5♥J♦Q♣J♥7♦ board. AlexD666 exited in tenth place with $6,891.36.

Welshwizard9 and Team Pro Toth lead final table

The final table began in the last minutes of Level 36, with blinds of 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante. Players' starting stacks were as follows:

Seat 1: Popiedejopie (7,515,093 in chips)
Seat 2: 1jos2 (6,862,307 in chips)
Seat 3: JeanGrae (6,271,240 in chips)
Seat 4: cobramoney (4,016,939 in chips)
Seat 5: ludvo777 (7,174,729 in chips)
Seat 6: welshwizard9 (9,832,424 in chips)
Seat 7: BoBoNe93 (5,367,513 in chips)
Seat 8: Richard Toth (8,158,646 in chips)
Seat 9: DSRasmussen (6,331,109 in chips)

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It only took three hands to see big action. It started with a middle position raise from DSRasmussen and button reraise from 1jos2. DSRasmussen responded by reraising all-in, and 1jos2 called with 8♣8♦. DSRasmussen turned over 2♥2♠ and never improved on the T♦7♠K♦5♠3♦ board. DSRasmussen left in ninth place with $9,537.15.

Three hands after that, another big hand developed when Popiedejopie raised and 1jos2 reraised. Ludvo777 responded with another raise, which prompted a fold from Pipiedejopie. 1jos2 popped it up again to go all-in, and ludvo777 called all-in with Q♠Q♣. But 1jos2 showed K♠K♥, and the board blanked as it came 3♣6♣7♥5♠J♠. Ludvo777 was eliminated in eighth place with $14,767.20.

BoBoNe93 doubled through 1jos2, but the latter retained the newfound chip lead.

JeanGrae was one of the shorter stacks and made the all-in move with A♠J♥. Richard Toth reraised all-in from the small blind, and the big blind folded. Richard Toth showed 9♦9♣, and the board of 7♦2♦3♠5♣T♥ allowed that pocket pair to hold up. JeanGrae left in seventh place with $27,073.20.

Three hands (again with the three hands!) later, Popiedejopie risked more than 4.6 million chips with J♥J♦, but 1jos2 called with A♣Q♥. The flop of 8♣K♣2♣ was interesting for 1jos2, who then had the flush draw, but the A♠ on the turn made top pair for 1jos2. The T♥ on the river changed nothing, and Popiedejopie had to depart in sixth place with $39,379.20.

Short-stacked cobramoney doubled through 1jos2, and boBoNe93 doubled through welshwizard9. Then this massive hand saw welshwizard9 triple up, 1jos2 lose the chip lead, and Richard Toth become crippled:

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Richard Toth was left with 217,424 chips, which were all-in on the next hand with the big blind. Welshwizard9 called with Q♥7♥, and Richard Toth showed 8♥6♣. The board came 3♥7♦3♠Q♠T♥, and the turned two pair was more than enough to eliminate Team PokerStars Pro Richard Toth in fifth place, which was worth $51,685.20.

Cobramoney was on the short stack again and moved with A♥J♦. Welshwizard9 was there with 8♦8♥ and only improved to two pair on the 4♠7♠5♦5♠3♦ cards from the dealer. Cobramoney was out in fourth place with $67,683.00.

BoBoNe93 doubled through welshwizard9 and then through 1jos2. The latter then doubled through welshwizard9 to stay alive and nearly even the stacks again. Three-handed play went on for quite awhile until 1jos2 finally went into battle with welshwizard9 again.

The preflop raising war started with a raise from BoBoNe93 and reraise from 1jos2. Welshwizard9 pushed it up again, and BoBoNe93 folded. 1jos2 pushed all-in with A♦T♥, and welshwizard9 called with Q♦Q♣. The race took a turn when the flop of 9♥A♥7♠ gave 1jos2 top pair and the advantage, and the 3♦ on the turn supported that. But the Q♠ hit hard on the river to give welshwizard9 the set of queens, and 1jos2 left in third place with $98,448.00.

Difficult but quick heads-up battle

The two began their match with these counts:

Seat 6: welshwizard9 (46,885,040 in chips)
Seat 7: BoBoNe93 (14,644,960 in chips)

This double-up for BoBoNe93 on the second hand of action made it more of a closer count, though:

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The two paused the tournament to discuss a possible chip-chop deal, but no agreement could be made. Play resumed.

Surprisingly, it only took a few rounds to find a champion. BoBoNe93 started the last hand with a raise, and welshwizard9 reraised. BoBoNe93 responded by moving all-in for more than 25 million chips with A♦Q♥, and welshwizard9 called with 6♦6♣. The flop of 5♥K♦T♥ gave BoBoNe93 a big straight draw, though the 9♦ on the turn didn't help. The T♦ on the river only gave welshwizard9 two pair and eliminated BoBoNe93 in second place with $138,442.50.

Welshwizard9 of the United Kingdom took first place and the title outright, winning $187,177.77 in cash. Congrats!

Sunday Million Results for 07/29/12:

Players: 6,153
Paid players: 900

1st place: welshwizard9 (UK) - $187,177.77
2nd place: BoBoNe93 (Poland) - $138,442.50
3rd place: 1jos2 (Netherlands) - $98,448.00
4th place: cobramoney (Austria) - $67,683.00
5th place: Team PokerStars Pro Richard Toth (Hungary) - $51,685.20
6th place: Popiedejopie (Netherlands) - $39,379.20
7th place: JeanGrae (Canada) - $27,073.20
8th place: ludvo777 (Slovakia) - $14,767.20
9th place: DSRasmussen (Denmark) - $9,537.15

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Million