Parmupill halts KJulius10's run at a second Sunday Million title
One year ago, nearly to the day, Kyle "KJulius10" Julius won the Sunday Million and over $177,000. Back then, he was only about a month removed from the life-changing score he made at the 2012 PCA, taking second place in the Main Event for $1.5 million. Today, Julius was poised to repeat the feat. Much like his last run, Julius took a commanding chip lead with 14 players remaining, rode it to the final table, and locked up the lion's share of the prize pool in a three-way deal. It seemed a fait accompli that he'd earn a spot in the elite fraternity of two-time Sunday Million winners, but the universe, the poker Gods, destiny, whatever you want to call it, had other plans. Instead, the win belonged to Estonia's parmupill, who, despite a 3 to 1 chip deficit, mounted an astounding comeback heads-up to snatch away the Sunday Million title.
7,848 players bought into this week's Million, creating a $1,569,600 prize pool. 1,170 places were paid out, with the winner set to receive $235,443.87. Over two dozen Red Spades joined the field, including Jonathan Duhamel, Liv Boeree, Humberto Brenes, Johnny Lodden, Angel Guillen, and Joe Cada. Three made the money, all of them members of Team Online: Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman (983rd), Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara (926th), and Tatiana "Mysters_Y" Barausova (636th).
With 18 players remaining, KJulius10 seized the chip lead, and with 14 to go, he pulled away from the pack entirely. Holding A♣J♠, he three-bet Dr.H.H.77 to 884,220, only to be met with a shove for 4.96 million. KJulius10 called, his opponent revealing K♣T♦. KJulius10 flopped a jack and eliminated Dr.H.H.77 in14th place, his stack growing to 22 million.
Blinds were 150,000/300,000 on the final table bubble and 1 EUR moved in for his last 4.65 million with A♥Q♣. Unfortunately for him, parmupill woke up with A♣A♠ in the big blind. 1 EUR did not improve and hit the rail in tenth place, setting the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: cristi888 (6,193,505 in chips)
Seat 2: akzack (1,568,240 in chips)
Seat 3: IdolIvey (8,151,503 in chips)
Seat 4: ragAAAila19 (7,874,292 in chips)
Seat 5: Dönig (4,221,280 in chips)
Seat 6: KJulius10 (22,583,690 in chips)
Seat 7: 42oscar (13,585,959 in chips)
Seat 8: parmupill (10,751,089 in chips)
Seat 9: pistecaloze (3,550,442 in chips)
ragAAAila19 KOs two, IdolIvey flips for his life
Akzack quickly dipped below a million in chips and three-bet shoved preflop for his last 818,000 with K♠Q♣. RagAAAila19 looked him up with A♣T♦. Akzack got no help from the board and departed in ninth place with a $12,164.40 score. Two hands later, ragAAAila19 opened again for a standard min-raise and this time Dönig came over the top for his remaining 2.5 million. RagAAAila19's A♣K♦ flopped top two pair against Dönig's A♠6♦, and he exited in eighth place, earning $18,050.40.
As the blinds rose to 200,000/400,000, IdolIvey made a move, jamming for 6.1 million over parmupil's 814,000 preflop raise. Parmupill snap-called with pocket queens and won the flip against IdolIvey's A♠K♣, the board running out T♣8♣7♣3♠7♦ to send him to the rail in seventh place.
Parmupill takes over the top spot
Now a strong second in chips with 15.6 million, parmupill scored a huge coup when his pocket jacks flopped a set against KJulius10's pocket aces. Parmupill raked in the 32 million pot and took the chip lead, while KJulius10 fell to 10.4 million:
Knocked down to third in chips, KJulius10 quickly rebounded by eliminating two short stacks. Pistecaloze made a stand with 8♥8♠, moving in for 6.6 million preflop, but KJulius10 called with A♠T♠ and hit trip aces on the flop to send him home in sixth place. Back up to the 20 million mark, KJulius10 ended cristi888's run minutes later when his K♠K♥ held up against A♦Q♣. For fifth place, cristi888 picked up $62,784.00.
KJulius10 plays hardball
The final four took two stabs at a deal, neither one successful. During the first round of negotiations, parmupill and KJulius10 shared the chip lead with 27 million each, while 42oscar and ragAAAila19 held 13.6 and 10.2 million respectively. When the first set of chip count chop numbers came out, everyone was keen on the amounts except for KJulius10, who wanted at least $200,000, nearly $28,000 more than the share he was offered. Unable to reach a compromise, cards went back in the air... but not for long. Ten minutes later, the action was paused for another round of negotiations. This time, short stack 42oscar balked at the numbers, and play resumed once again.
KJulius10 ground his way back into the chip lead and crossed the 30 million mark before doubling up ragAAAila19. KJulius10's K♦Q♣ did not improve against ragAAAila19's A♦6♦ and he moved up to 22.6 million while KJulius10 fell to 19.1 million. But once again, KJulius10 wasn't down for long. Three hands later, he reclaimed the chip lead after successfully value-betting parmupill when he rivered two pair.
Just as things were gearing up for a third round of four-handed deal negotiations, KJulius10 took out 42oscar in a cooler of a hand. All the money went in preflop, 42oscar's 9♦9♥ up against KJulius10's J♣J♦. The flop was a heartbreaking J♠9♠A♦, KJulius10 flopping middle set over 42oscar's bottom set. Running eights ended the hand and 42oscar departed in fourth place, earning $79,107.84.
Ready for Round 3?
Round three of "Let's Make a Deal" turned out to be a winner. Here's a look at the chip counts when negotiations began:
A chip count chop awarded KJulius10 $200,281, ragAAAila19 $154,797, and parmupill $150,742 with $20,000 still left in play. Parmupill and KJulius10 quickly agreed to the terms, but ragAAAila19 insisted on a $157,000 payday. It was up to KJulius10 and parmupill to come up with the difference. Ultimately, KJulius10 gave up $1,281 and parmupill donated $742 to close the deal and boost ragAAila19's share to $156,820.
I need a hero
Action resumed and it wasn't long before we had a casualty. Holding A♠K♥, ragAAAila19 opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million. KJulius10 three-bet to 2.65 million and ragAAila19 came back over the top for 4.22 million total. KJulius10 called and they saw a J♣5♦2♥ flop. KJulius10 check-called 2.15 million and they went to the turn, which fell the 3♥. KJulius10 checked, ragAAAila10 moved in for 12.1 million, and KJulius10 called, turning over K♦3♦ for only third pair. RagAAAila couldn't find an ace on the river and went out in third place, the pot boosting KJulius10's stack to 58 million.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 6: KJulius10 (58,223,876 in chips)
Seat 8: parmupill (20,256,124 in chips)
Down almost 3 to 1 in chips, parmupill had work to do and got straight to it, betting KJulius10 off two huge pots on the turn to even their chip counts. KJulius10 regained some momentum, though, when he three-barrel bluffed with seven-four on a dangerous board... and showed it.
KJulius10 was back up to 51 million and could have closed out the win on the next hand had the coin fallen on the other side. Parmupill four-bet shoved for 27.5 million with 4♦4♥ and KJulius10 called, but his A♥K♠ didn't get any help from the J♠J♥J♣2♥6♠ board. Parmupill doubled to 55.2 million and KJulius10 was left with 23.2 million.
Undeterred, KJulius10 chipped back up to 35 million, but parmupill undid all that work in a single hand, moving all-in for 43.2 million over KJulius10's 7.92 million four-bet. KJulius10 gave up his hand and fell back to 27 million. It was back to the grind for him but once again, the process repeated itself. KJulius10 inched back up to 35 million, then lost it all back in one hand when he called parmupill to the river, only to be shown top two pair.
Three hands later, it was all over. KJulius10 three-bet K♠Q♠ preflop, then called parmupill's shove. Parmupill turned over 2♦2♠ and the coin fell on his side, the baby pair flopping a set to seal the win.
Congratulations to parmupill on an amazing comeback. In addition to the Sunday Million title, he picked up $170,000 for the win. The largest share of the prize pool, however, went to KJulius10, who banked $199,000 thanks to the three-way deal.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 2-10-2013
Places paid: 1,170
1. parmupill (Estonia) $170,000.00*
2. Kyle "KJulius10" Julius (Canada) $199,000.00*
3. ragAAAila19 (Romania) $156,819.87*
4. 42oscar (Canada) $79,107.84
5. cristi888 (Romania) $62,784.00
6. pistecaloze (Netherlands) $47,088.00
7. IdolIvey (Germany) $31,392.00
8. Donig (Germany) $18,050.40
9. akzack (Norway) $12,164.40
*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.