Sunday Million: jony_lv goes wire-to-wire, wins $180k
Get chiplead, check. Keep chiplead, check. Pick up kings, queens, and jacks in key situations? Check. Come back from 2 to 1 chip defect in only four hands to win? Check. It was undoubtedly a long road to get there, but tonight jony_lv made quick work of the Sunday Million final table, earning a $180k payday while making it all look oh so easy.
7,090 players turned up for this week's Million, the prize pool topping out at $1,418,000. 1,080 places were paid with first place set to earn $212,700. Among the 20 Red Spades in the field were Humberto Brenes, Johnny Lodden, Andre Akkari, Jonathan Duhamel, Lex Veldhuis and Joe Cada. Four finished in the money: Christophe De Meulder (897th), Marcel Luske (587th), Richard Toth (348th), and Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen (251st).
Blinds were up to 150,000/300,000 with ten players remaining. With less than 10 BB left, dealgoe5 made a no-brainer button shove with A♥Q♣ only to run straight into mizzB111's Q♦Q♥ in the small blind. The queens held up and dealgoe5 was eliminated, sending the remaining nine to the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: lillstubben (9,887,657 in chips)
Seat 2: szwindel (5,440,503 in chips)
Seat 3: mizzB111 (8,433,598 in chips)
Seat 4: sick_rådi (11,907,485 in chips)
Seat 5: Monsthand (6,029,943 in chips)
Seat 6: Flamboyantz (2,806,187 in chips)
Seat 7: GAN 029 (5,446,908 in chips)
Seat 8: henrikx (3,749,972 in chips)
Seat 9: jony_lv (17,197,747 in chips)
From nine to six in eight minutes
Henrikx didn't waste any time getting his last 13 BB in with A♣K♦, three-bet shoving for 3.8 million from middle position after Monsthand opened for 600,000 from UTG. Monsthand turned up 8♣8♠ and won the race, the board running out J♦T♦2♥2♦3♠ to end henrikx's run in ninth place ($10,989.50).
Barely three minutes went by before a raising war ignited between sick_rådi and lillstubben. All the money went in preflop, lillstubben calling sick_rådi's four-bet shove with T♦T♣. Sick_rådi had the goods with A♣A♥ and rivered a set for good measure, sending lillstubben to the rail in eighth place ($17,016.00).
Less than an orbit later, the action folded to GAN 029 on the button. He moved all-in for 2.4 million with A♠3♠ only to run into jony_lv's pocket jacks in the small blind. The queen-high board didn't improve GAN 029's hand and he took seventh place, earning $30,487.00.
sick_rådi rivers Broadway to bust MizzB111
Although he wasn't the shortest stack remaining, szwindel was the next to make a move. With the action folded to him on the button, swindle shoved for 4.2 million with T♥8♦ and mizzB111 reshoved from the small blind with pocket sevens. The sevens held on the A♦5♥2♦ flop, but the turn brought the 8♠, pairing up szwindel. The river was the J♦ and szwindel doubled to 9 million while mizzB111 was left with only five big blinds. MizzB111 committed his last 2 million on the next hand with A♠J♣ and although he flopped an ace and turned aces and jacks, sick_rådi hit a ten on the river to make Broadway with K♥Q♣. MizzB111 hit the rail in sixth place, banking $43,958 for his efforts.
Flamboyantz runs into kings
Two hands later, sick_rådi opened for a min-raise to 1,000,000, short stack Flamboyantz moved all-in for 1.57 million from the small blind, and jony_lv made a cold four-bet to 3.38 million. Sick_rådi gave up his hand and jony_lv revealed K♠K♣. Flamboyantz's A♣8♦ was in a world of trouble and although he paired eights on the flop, he didn't improve any further. The shortest stack to start the final table, Flamboyantz finished in fifth place, earning $58,138.00.
sick_rådi busts szwindel
At this point, Monsthand was keen on making a deal, but szwindel wasn't having it. Play continued on and before long, szwindel four-bet shoved preflop and sick_rådi called, his A♥J♣ up against pocket kings. Szwindel's cowboys held up and he doubled to 13.8 million.
Moments later, szwindel opened for 1 million and sick_rådi called on the button. Szwindel check-raised all-in on the 8♥5♠4♥ flop, his bottom two pair with 4♣5♣ up against sick_rådi's A♥4♠. However, sick_rådi proved true to his name, catching running hearts to make an ace-high flush. Szwindel was suddenly on the rail in fourth place, collecting $75,154.
We have a deal!
With the deal's lone dissenter out of the way, the final three agreed to pause the action and run numbers for a chip count chop. Here's how they stacked up at the time.
sick_rådi - 34,653,056
jony_lv - 25,839,008
Monsthand - 10,407,936
After making some small adjustments to jony_lv's share, all three agreed to the deal. With $20,000 still up for grabs for the winner, cards went back in the air.
Jony_lv moved up to 35 million after snagging an 11 million pot from sick_rådi, but the Swede rebounded only three hands later, flopping two pair with A♣5♣ vs. jony_lv's unimproved Q♦J♦:
Sick_rådi moved into the chip lead with 38.6 million and on the very next deal he opened for 1.2 million from the small blind. Monsthand three-bet shoved for his remaining 8.93 million and sick_rådi called, tabling A♣T♣. Monsthand's Q♣4♣ made two pair on the K♠Q♠4♠ flop, but sick_rådi rivered a jack to make Broadway, eliminating Monsthand in third place ($130,396.94)
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: sick_rådi (47,712,095 in chips)
Seat 9: jony_lv (23,187,905 in chips)
It took all of four hands to decide this heads-up match. On Hand #2, jony_lv picked up Q♠Q♣ just as sick_rådi decided to run a bluff. Jony_lv opened for 1.2 million, sick_rådi three-bet to 3 million with T♣6♦ and jony_lv came back over the top for 6.47 million. Still believing he could move jony_lv off his hand, sick_rådi shoved for 47.6 million and jony_lv snap-called. Sick_rådi flopped a six but didn't improve any further, jony_lv taking down the 46.3 million pot with his queens.
With the chip counts reversed from where they started, jony_lv managed to close out the match only two hands later. Again, all the money went in preflop, jony_lv's A♦6♥ up against sick_rådi's Q♣T♦. Jony_lv flopped an ace and with no gutshot Broadway cards appearing on the turn or river, he locked up his first Sunday Million title.
Congratulations to jony_lv on his Sunday Million win! He banked $180,020.36 while runner-up sick_radi earned $172,227.36.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 8-25-2013
Places paid: 1,080
1. jony_lv (Israel) $180,020.36*
2. sick_radi (Sweden) $172,227.36*
3. Monsthand (Russia) $130,396.94*
4. szwindel (Malta) $75,154.00
5. Flamboyantz (Netherlands) $58,138.00
6. mizzB111 (Netherlands) $43,958.00
7. GAN 029 (Russia) $30,487.00
8. lillstubben (Sweden) $17,016.00
9. henrikx (Sweden) $10,989.50
*= 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.