Sunday Million II: Van Razor swiftly slices up field, earns $177K

Sunday's "Double Vision" promotion meant a second Sunday Million was added this week, meaning players had an extra chance at PokerStars' popular $215 no-limit hold'em tournament with the $1 million guarantee. The Sunday Million II started a half-hour later than the regular Sunday Million, but actually ended a few minutes before its counterpart thanks to a blindingly fast final table that saw Van Razor of Canada plow through a tableful of opponents to capture the title and $177,235.18 first prize.

Van Razor earned the largest share of the tourney's guarantee-busting $1,133,200 prize pool, created by the 5,666 who entered the Sunday Million II. The top 810 finishers made the cash, with it taking almost five hours for that money bubble to burst.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Margets was among those just missing the money when she was eliminated in 822nd. Meanwhile, Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra of Team Online was more fortunate to last a bit longer to finish 763rd for a $328.62 cash. Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov also got that far and more, lasting all of the way to 411th to take away $430.61, with his teammates Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby (317th, $487.27) and Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara (141st, $849.90) likewise making a profit in this one.

It would ultimately take about nine-and-a-half hours for the field to be whittled down to just 18 players gathered around the final two tables, at which point knif1807 and 77kol0bok77 were battling for the chip lead with both hovering around the 6.8 million-chip mark.

Krazy90 (18th), Muntjesvader (17th), and CuAt69UsdSng (16th) were the next to go, each earning $3,342.94 for their efforts. AKLJ90 (15th), Jannick "EDWARDHOPPER" Wrang (14th), and Ravic85 (13th) took away $5,042.74 apiece. And Pinocchyo (12th), CredeExperto (11th), and batcashaut (10th) each saw an additional $6,742.54 in their PokerStars upon their eliminations.

With Van Razor having pushed into the chip lead with more than 9.7 million, and 10/6/13 Sunday Million winner Runninggreat not far behind with almost 8.9 million, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: PIPI tapis! (Malta) -- 6,864,790
Seat 2: Van Razor (Canada) -- 9,753,776
Seat 3: loupeznik10 (Czech Republic) -- 6,266,469
Seat 4: Mzo. (Sweden) -- 6,356,096
Seat 5: 77kol0bok77 (Russia) -- 6,487,250
Seat 6: knif1807 (Germany) -- 7,315,800
Seat 7: bmky88 (Singapore) -- 1,502,563
Seat 8: _mauser_658 (Lithuania) -- 3,223,094
Seat 9: Runninggreat (Canada) -- 8,890,162

It took a little less than one orbit for the first elimination of the final table to occur.

The blinds were 125,000/250,000 when bmky88 open-pushed for 1,037,563 from middle position and got a single caller in Mzo. in the big blind. bmky88 had K♣Q♥ and Mzo. A♦7♠. The flop came a startling 9♦9♥9♠, then the 2♦ and 8♥ less dramatically followed to send bmky88 out in ninth.

Next to go was _mauser_658 in eighth after losing a preflop all-in confrontation with Runninggreat.

The blinds had hiked up to 150,000/300,000 when _mauser_658 opened with a shove for 1,943,094 from the button and Runninggreat called from the small blind. It was J♣T♦ for _mauser_658 and A♠7♠ for Runninggreat. The board ran out 8♣2♥5♣K♣8♦, and they were down to seven.

Shortly after that the blinds were 200,000/400,000 when Van Razor opened with a raise to 1 million from the button, then loupeznik10 reraised to 3.2 million from the small blind. It folded back to Van Razor who reraised again to 5.4 million, and loupeznik10 called with the 553,581 left behind.

loupeznik10 had A♦Q♦ and was hoping to improve against the 3♦3♠ of Van Razor, but the flop fell 5♦7♠3♥ to give the latter a set, and by the J♥ turn loupeznik was drawing dead to earn a seventh-place finish.

The final six players played another 15 minutes to make it to the 11-hour break with Van Razor having a commanding lead with more than 21 million, nearly three times what anyone else had at that moment. When they returned five minutes later, a blitzkrieg of bustouts rapidly followed, with Van Razor knocking out all five opponents in the next six minutes, needing just a dozen more hands to finish the tournament!

The first three knockouts happened during Level 39, when the blinds were still 200,000/400,000 with a 40,000 ante.

First it was 77kol0bok77 open-pushing from under the gun for 4,373,650 with 7♦7♥ and Van Razor calling from the small blind with A♠K♣. The board came T♠4♠6♠9♥7♠, adding up to a set of sevens for 77kol0bok77 but a spade flush for Van Razor, thereby ending 77kol0bok77's run in sixth.

Five hands later, Van Razor opened for 980,000 from the small blind and Mzo. called from the big blind. As PIPI tapis! was asking the others about possibly discussing a deal, the flop came A♣3♥J♦, Van Razor checked, Mzo. bet 1.2 million, Van Razor raised to 6.8 million, and Mzo. called all in with the 5,511,547 left.

Mzo. showed A♦6♦ for top pair of aces, but Van Razor had flopped bottom two pair with J♥3♠. The turn was the T♣ and river the 4♠, and they were down to four.

Three hands after that it was Runninggreat raising to 1.56 million from the button, then Van Razor reraising to 5.04 million from the big blind and Runningreat calling all in with the 3,144,256 left.

Runninggreat had A♠T♣ but needed help against Van Razor's T♥T♦. The board came 2♦7♥K♥, then 5♠, then K♣, and Van Razor had claimed another victim to carve the field to three. Still, it was another great finish for Runninggreat who added a fourth to that first-place showing in the Sunday Million two months ago.

Two hands later they had reached Level 40 and the blinds had moved up to 250,000/500,000 when Van Razor raised to 1.1 million from the button, knif1807 reraised all in for 5,527,200 from the small blind, PIPI tapis! folded the big blind, and Van Razor called.

Van Razor was the one behind this time with K♠J♠ against knif1807's A♣6♠. But the 2♠T♠K♥ flop soon corrected that, giving Van Razor top pair of kings plus a flush draw. The turn was the 9♣ and river the 5♣, and they were down to two.

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Heads-up play would then last but one hand, with Van Razor completing the sequence of busts to claim the title in breathtakingly quick fashion.

The hand began with Van Razor way up to 49,175,210, about six-and-a-half times the 7,484,790 that PIPI tapis! had. The latter opened with a 2x raise to 1 million from the button, then Van Razor reraised to 3.5 million. PIPI tapis! pushed for 7,434,790, and Van Razor called.

Van Razor: A♦5♦
PIPI tapis!: 8♣8♦

The flop came 6♠7♠A♠ and just like that Van Razor was in front yet again, with PIPI tapis! looking for one of the two remaining eights to survive. The turn was the J♥ and the river the A♣, improving Van Razor further to trips and bringing an abrupt end to the Sunday Million II.

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Congratulations to Van Razor who carried the chip lead to the final table, then following the first two knockouts swiftly wiped out the rest of the table to claim one of two Sunday Million titles being awarded tonight!

12/1/13 Sunday Million II, Double Vision ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results:

Players: 5,666
Prize pool: $1,133.200.00
Places paid: 810

1. Van Razor (Canada) -- $177,235.18
2. PIPI tapis! (Malta) -- $132,017.80
3. knif1807 (Germany) -- $93,319.02
4. Runninggreat (Canada) -- $64,025.80
5. Mzo. (Sweden) -- $48,161.00
6. 77kol0bok77 (Russia) -- $36,829.00
7. loupeznik10 (Czech Republic) -- $25,497.00
8. _mauser_658 (Lithuania) -- $14,165.00
9. bmky88 (Singapore) -- $9,065.60

The UKIPT4 Nottingham Main Event has reached a final table, scheduled for Monday. Read reports on the event here.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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