Agrobot_388Z wins the Sunday Million one week after $225k Red Spade Open score
Any number of great mathematical minds could explain why luck doesn't really come in streaks, but it's tough to argue against momentum. Confidence breeds confidence at the poker table and two of tonight's final nine were bursting with it thanks to recent scores. Two weeks ago, Slovakia's Epakfailer made the final table of the Sunday Million, outlasting a field of nearly 7,500 players. Tonight, he did it again. On it's own that's a seriously remarkable feat, but one of his opponent did him one better. Only seven days ago, Agrobot_388Z finished second out of over 32,000 players in the Red Spade Open. Although he missed out on the title, Agrobot_388Z came away with the lion's share of the prize pool, collecting $225,689 after a five-way deal. For most of us mere mortals, that's a once-in-a-lifetime score, but Agrobot_388Z doubled it tonight. That's right. Doubled it. This time, no deal was necessary as Agrobot_388Z won the Sunday Million outright, the $224,550 first-place prize pushing his eight-day total to a staggering $450,239.
This week's Million drew 7,485 competitors, the prize pool topping out at $1,497,000. 1,080 players earned a share of it with $224,550 set aside for first place. Twenty Red Spades were in the mix including Jake Cody, Andre Coimbra, ElkY, Humberto Brenes, Andre Akkari, Eugene Katchalov, and Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome. None of them finished in the money, however.
Blinds were up to 100,000/200,000 with ten players remaining. After Epakfailer opened for a min-raise to 400,000 and pilouface888 three-bet to 800,000, Ship It 2010 four-bet shoved for 4.93 million from the small blind. Epakfailer folded and pilouface888 called all-in for 3.4 million. Ship It 2010's T♠T♣ turned a set vs. pilouface888's 4♣4♥, sending him home on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: greenrizla (4,493,275 in chips)
Seat 2: PAULMARCKO (4,068,447 in chips)
Seat 3: Agrobot_388Z (16,977,146 in chips)
Seat 4: Epakfailer (7,349,300 in chips)
Seat 5: R_Caiaffa (3,224,955 in chips)
Seat 6: Ship It 2010 (9,837,845 in chips)
Seat 7: Ysjah (7,058,350 in chips)
Seat 8: Essa_mania (9,216,668 in chips)
Seat 9: OneTime1Time (12,624,014 in chips)
Ship It 2010 sails away in ninth
Short stack R_Caiaffa got his stack moving in the right direction when he took his A♠Q♦ up against Agrobot_388Z's J♣T♣ and doubled to 7.4 million. PAULMARCKO also got an early chip infusion after getting his stack in preflop with pocket sixes vs. Ship It 2010's A♥Q♥. PAULMARCKO flopped a set and rivered sixes full of eights, doubling to 5.73 million.
After doubling up PAULMARCKO, Ship It 2010 still had a healthy 5.85 million. However, on the next hand, Ship It 2010 four-bet shoved with A♠K♦ and Agrobot_388Z called with 5♠5♣. Agrobot_388Z's pair held up and Ship It 2010 was suddenly on the rail in ninth place ($11,601.75).
OneTime1Time snaps off AA
Agrobot_388Z widened his chip lead even further, moving up to 25.7 million before he picked up A♠A♦ and smooth-called OneTime1Time's opening min-raise. The flop came down 6♠3♦2♣ and OneTime1Time continued for 777,777. Agrobot_388Z called. The turn was the T♣ and OneTime1Time fired another 1,257,913. Again, Agrobot_388Z smooth-called. The river paired the board with the T♥ and OneTime1Time shoved for 4.72 million. Agrobot_388Z practically beat him into the pot, only to watch OneTime1Time roll over Q♦T♦. Agrobot_388Z's aces snapped off, he fell to 18.2 million while OneTime1Time doubled to 15.6 million.
PAULMARCKO exits eighth, R_Caiaffa out in seventh
Back down to 3.3 million in chips, PAULMARCKO picked up A♠8♣ UTG and open-shoved, only to run into Agrobot_338Z's Q♦Q♠. PAULMARCKO did not improve and exited in eighth place ($17,964.00).
PAULMARCKO's elimination left greenrizla as the short stack with 2.94 million. Holding pocket threes UTG, greenrizlo open-shoved and R_Caiaffa reshoved from the button with A♣J♥. Greenrizla's baby pair held up on the Q♥Q♣5♠9♦8♦ board, good for a double-up to 6.7 million. R_Caiaffa was left with only a million in chips with the blinds up to 200,000/400,000. Two hands later, greenrizla finished off R_Caiaffa in seventh place when his K♥8♣ rivered a king-high straight.
Epakfailer eliminated in sixth
Epakfailer had been relatively quiet until now, but with the action folded to him in the small blind, he moved all-in for 4.3 million with K♥9♣. Ysjah called all-in with A♠5♦ in the big blind and rivered two pair, the board finishing 8♠8♥3♣4♥5♠. Ysjah doubled to 6.55 million while Epakfailer fell below a million. Five hands later, Epakfailer's remarkable run came to an end. Nearly half his stack committed in the big blind, Epakfailer called all-in with 4♦T♦ vs. Agrobot_388Z's A♦5♦. An ace hit the flop and Epakfailer was out in sixth place. Add the $46,407 Epakfailer earned tonight to the $150k and change he banked in the four-way chop on October 27th and you have a three-week Sunday Million haul totaling $197,282.95.
Greenrizla out in fifth, Essa_mania falls in fourth
Ysjah picked up pocket kings a few hands later and doubled through Agrobot_388Z, unfortunate enough to pull 9♦9♣ on the same deal. However, Agrobot_388Z recovered those chips in short order. OneTime1Time opened for a min-raise to 1 million and greenrizla three-bet shoved for 7.11 million with K♥Q♣ on the button. Agrobot_388Z reshoved 10.1 million from the small blind and OneTime1Time folded. Agrobot_388Z's A♦A♠ held up this time and made a wheel on the 5♦2♣2♦3♦4♥ board. Greenrizla was eliminated in fifth place, taking home $61,377.00.
Ysjah was the short stack four-handed, holding 6.8 million while his three opponents sported stacks between 21 and 26 million. Although Agrobot_388Z picked up K♣K♥ and was poised to knock him out, Ysjah's A♥9♣ flopped an ace and Ysjah doubled to 14.6 million.
Essa_mania lost most of his chips to OneTime1Time. In a three-bet pot, OneTime1Time c-bet 2,222,222 on the Q♠8♣7♠ flop and Essa_mania called. The turn came the A♠ and OneTime1Time check-raised all-in, leading Essa_mania to give up his hand. Down to 8.1 million, Essa_mania open-shoved with A♠7♠, but ran into Agrobot_388Z's A♣J♦. Agrobot_388Z's dominating hand held up and Essa_mania hit the rail in fourth place, collecting $79,341.00.
Time's up for OneTime1Time
As three-handed play commenced, Agrobot_388Z led with 26.7 million. OneTime1Time was close behind with 25.9 million and Ysjah held 22.1 million.
Ysjah soon tangled with OneTime1Time, who opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million on the button. Ysjah called from the big blind and they saw a K♦T♦7♣ flop. Ysjah check-called 1,234,567, then checked again when the 5♠ hit the turn. OneTime1Time checked behind. The river was the 3♦ and Ysjah checked a third time. OneTime1Time bet another 2,345,678 and Ysjah called, revealing J♥T♥ for second pair. OneTime1Time was bluffing with 2♥6♠ and Ysjah raked in the 11 million pot, boosting his chip count to 30.1 million. OneTime1Time fell to 16.5 million.
Two hands later a preflop raising war broke out between Agrobot_388Z and Ysjah. Ysjah min-raised to 1.6 million, Agrobot_388Z three-bet to 3,555,555, and Ysjah came over the top for 6.52 million. Agrobot_388Z five-bet shoved for 29.4 million and Ysjah relented, the 22.9 million pot landing with Agrobot_388Z. Agrobot_388Z moved up to 36.6 million while Ysjah fell to 23 million.
A couple of orbits later, Agrobot_388Z four-bet shoved pre flop for 40.3 million and OneTime1Time called all-in, revealing A♣7♣. Agrobot_388Z's pocket sixes won the race, the board running out T♣3♦2♣4♠K♥. OneTime1Time was out in third place, $119,760.00 headed his way.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: Agrobot_388Z (56,835,799 in chips)
Seat 7: Ysjah (18,014,201 in chips)
Ysjah went to work erasing the 3 to 1 chip defect, opening for a min-raise to 2 million. Agrobot_388Z shoved and Ysjah snap-called, revealing A♥A♠. Agrobot_388Z's A♣2♥ went up in flames on the T♥6♣3♥K♠9♥ board and Ysjah doubled to 25.4 million.
Only six hands later, Ysjah opened for a min-raise to 2 million and Agrobot_388Z shoved from the big blind. Ysjah called, his A♦5♣ dominated by Agrobot_388Z's A♠T♥. Although Ysjah outflopped Agrobot_388Z by hitting top two pair, Agrobot_388Z caught running hearts to make a queen-high flush and locked up the win.
Congratulations to our newest Sunday Million champion Agrobot_388Z on an incredible run. He banked $224,550.00 for the win tonight, bringing his eight-day total to $450.239. Kudos are also due to Ysjah, who went from the short stack with four to go to runner-up, good for $165.223.89.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 11-10-2013
Places paid: 1,080
1. Agrobot_388Z (Kazakhstan) $224,550.00
2. Ysjah (Netherlands) $165,223.89
3. OneTime1Time (Canada) $119,760.00
4. Essa_mania (United Kingdom) $79,341.00
5. greenrizla (Ireland) $61,377.00
6. Epakfailer (Slovakia) $46,407.00
7. R_Caiaffa (Brazil) $32,185.50
8. PAULMARCKO (Russia) $17,964.00
9. Ship It 2010 (United Kingdom) $11,601.75
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.