Some run for rumrun1 who won the Sunday Million, $246K
What a week of poker! Tournaments have been playing out all over the world -- in London, Seoul, Viña del Mar, and online on PokerStars, too, with the MicroMillions 4 series currently in full swing. Yet amid all of that action, the Sunday Million rolls on, with another huge field topped this week by rumrun1 of Canada who earned a whopping first prize of $246,808.79.
A total of 8,389 came out for the Sunday Million this week, thus building a big $1,677,800 prize pool to be divided among the top 1,260 finishers. In other words, the $1 million guarantee was easily exceeded yet again.
After eight hours of play just 100 players were left, with flpro157 and lobalaise atop the leaderboard with about 2.7 million chips apiece. Among those cashing prior to that point was Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki who earned $419.45 for his 745th-place finish.
About an hour and 45 minutes later they were down to 27 players, with botinhaa having claimed the top spot with more than 9.5 million chips at a time when the average was about a third of that total. And by the 10-hour mark just 18 remained, with Renato "leguito" Almeida having edged out in front of botinhaa to occupy first position.
It would take another hour for 18 to become nine, during which stretch leguito further built on the lead while botinhaa's slipped back to short-stacked status.
bbbbb33 (18th), Grekzorba (17th), and rOOOw14 (16th) each earned $4,362.28 for their finishes. (Incidentally, rOOOw14 just final tabled MicroMillions Event #27 earlier in the day, earning $567.15 in the $1+R event.) aylink18 (15th), Sheeter 200 (14th), and 42ayay (13th) made $6,627.31 apiece. And SpeedKing78 (12th), Roman777xXx (11th), and finally botinhaa (10th) picked up $8,892.34 paydays.
The final table was underway.
Seat 1: Skrigepas (Denmark) -- 5,327,734
Seat 2: Renato "leguito" Almeida (Portugal) -- 18,611,884
Seat 3: GoldRU (Russia) -- 8,439,772
Seat 4: mysya 555 (Ukraine) -- 5,444,286
Seat 5: programmed (Canada) -- 6,123,807
Seat 6: Gallerhead (Germany) -- 10,208,894
Seat 7: davidas75 (Israel) -- 8,972,440
Seat 8: Gustavo9911 (Canada) -- 7,414,588
Seat 9: rumrun1 (Canada) -- 13,346,595
On just the fourth hand of the final table, the blinds were 200,000/400,000 when rumrun1 raised to 1.2 million from the button, then Skrigepas reraised all in for 4,767,734 from the small blind. It folded back to rumrun1 who called, turning over 4♦4♠ to Skrigepas's A♣Q♥.
The flop came 5♦8♣6♣ and turn the K♦, leaving Skrigepas searching for a saving ace or queen on the river. But fifth street brought the 4♥, improving rumrun1 to a set and knocking out Skrigepas in ninth.
Just three hands after that Gustavo9911 made a 2x raise to 800,000 from early position, then rumrun1 reraised to 1.68 million from a seat over. It folded to Gallerhead in the big blind who pushed all in for 9,928,894, and after Gustavo9911 folded, rumrun1 made the quick call.
Two big hands, and after the 7♥4♦T♣8♥2♠ board rumrun1's kings had proven best, thus eliminating Gallerhead in eighth.
A short while later the blinds were 250,000/500,000 when davidas75 opened from early position for 1.5 million, then it folded to programmed who reraised all in from the big blind and davidas75 called with the 4,402,440 left behind.
A good spot for davidas75, it appeared. Until the flop, that is, which came K♣8♣9♣ to give programmed the club flush. The turn was the 7♠, making the river 6♣ no matter and reducing the field to six.
Just four hands later the blinds had bumped up to 300,000/600,000 when Gustavo9911 open-raised all in for 6,844,588 from the cutoff seat, then Renato "leguito" Almeida reraised from the small blind to isolate. Almeida showed 6♠6♦ and Gustavo9911 A♥5♦, and after the five community cards came T♦Q♦Q♠J♠3♣, Gustavo9911 was sent railward in sixth.
The remaining five played on, then all agreed to stop the tourney to discuss a possible chop of the remaining prize money.
At that point leguito still led with more than 27.1 million, rumrun1 was next with about 19.9 million, programmed third with 15.8 million, mysya 555 fourth with just over 12 million, and GoldRU fifth with a little less than 8.9 million.
Both "chip chop" and ICM figures were produced (leaving $20,000 for which to play in both cases). Subsequent discussion showed a couple of players weren't happy with either proposal, and when the others weren't willing to budge, play resumed.
A little while later rumrun1 made a 3x raise from the cutoff seat to 1.8 million, then mysya 555 reraised all in for 8,341,692 from the big blind and rumrun1 called. It was A♣7♣ for mysya 555, but rumrun1 had picked up K♥K♦. The flop then came Q♦K♣8♠ to improve rumrun1 to a set of kings, and by the 4♥ mysya555 was drawing dead. Just four remained.
The blinds bumped up to 400,000/800,000, and leguito was soon raising to 1.6 million from under the gun. programmed then reraised all in for 13,230,054 from the small blind, and when rumrun1 folded the BB leguito called.
programmed had A♥9♥ but needed to improve versus Almeida's A♠J♥. The flop came T♠3♥A♣ to give both aces, then the J♠ fell on the turn to improve leguito to two pair, meaning no river card could help programmed whose run ended in fourth.
Soon after that elimination the tourney was paused once more, with Renato "leguito" Almeida still on top with 39.2 million, GoldRU next with almost 27 million, and rumrun1 third with 17.7 million. "Chip chop" numbers were again presented, but when leader Almeida was offered just over $198K, he asked for $210K and the others weren't willing to give up anything, and so play resumed once more.
The trio battled on, and soon their stacks had begun to even out, then rumrun1 pushed out into the lead. Then a hand arose in which rumrun1 opened with a 3x raise to 2.4 million from the button, leguito reraised to 6.2 million from the small blind, GoldRU folded, and rumrun1 called.
The flop came Q♣2♦8♥. leguito checked, rumrun1 bet 2.4 million, and Almeida called. The turn then brought the 4♣ and another check from leguito. rumrun1 responded by pushing all in this time, and Almeida called with the 15,169,120 left behind.
leguito had J♣J♠, but rumrun1 had the better pair with Q♠9♠. The river was the 3♥, and they were down to two.
Heads-up play began with rumrun1 well out in front with 74,258,526 to GoldRU's 9,631,474.
The pair played a half-dozen hands with little change to the stacks, then -- a little over 12 hours after the tourney had begun -- the final hand arrived.
GoldRU pushed all in for 7,151,474 from the button and rumrun1 instantly called. Both players had picked up aces, but GoldRU was well behind with A♥5♠ versus rumrun1's A♦K♥.
The board came 7♥Q♣Q♥, then 2♠, then 6♥, and it was all over. rumrun1 had won!
Congratulations to rumrun1 for topping another huge Sunday Million field and earning a $246K-plus first prize!
3/17/13 Sunday Million final table results:
1st: rumrun1 (Canada) -- $246,808.79
2nd: GoldRU (Russia) -- $180,363.50
3rd: Renato "leguito" Almeida (Portugal) -- $125,835.00
4th: programmed (Canada) -- $83,890.00
5th: mysya 555 (Ukraine) -- $67,112.00
6th: Gustavo9911 (Canada) -- $50,334.00
7th: davidas75 (Israel) -- $33,556.00
8th: Gallerhead (Germany) -- $18,455.80
9th: Skrigepas (Denmark) -- $13,002.95
Prize pool: $1,677,800.00
Places paid: 1,260
Curious about MicroMillions 4? Check the MicroMillions site for information regarding the 100-event long series playing out this week on PokerStars.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.