Sunday Million: kongolainen banks $171k after a four-way chop

Kongolainen and Epakfailer were one-two to start, and one-two to finish. Both were sitting pretty as the final table commenced and they traded the lead back and forth, their opponents falling one by one until akport eliminated reikr in fifth place and caught up to them. Eager to lock up major paydays, the final four made a deal, but in the end kongolainen claimed the title and the extra cash, banking over $171k for his first Sunday Million win.

7,499 players entered this week's Million, pushing the prize pool up to $1,499,800 (only one entry short of $1.5 million!). 1,080 places were paid with $224,974.92 set aside for first place. Over a dozen Red Spades joined the field, including Lex Veldhuis, Johnny Lodden, Andre Coimbra, Christian De Leon, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, and Nacho Barbero. The only one to cash was Team Online's newest member, Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur, who ended his run in 173rd place when his Q♣9♣ fell to Tommy C 06's A♣7♣.

Blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 with ten players remaining and DeigoteOte was the short stack with 2.45 million. Holding A♥9♠ in the small blind, DiegoteOte three-bet shoved and initial raiser Epakfailer called with A♠K♠. Epakfailer's dominating hand held up, the board running out A♦7♥4♣5♦6♠ to send DiegoteOte to the rail on the final table bubble.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: reikr (7,745,442 in chips)
Seat 2: mentalpshyco (5,309,860 in chips)
Seat 3: 3aDRoTiShe (4,298,766 in chips)
Seat 4: Epakfailer (12,982,190 in chips)
Seat 5: akport (7,905,040 in chips)
Seat 6: sontilou (4,560,088 in chips)
Seat 7: fozzybear13 (3,497,043 in chips)
Seat 8: kongolainen (18,801,366 in chips)
Seat 9: OS165 (9,890,205 in chips)

OS165 sinks, sountilou doubles

OS165 arrived at the final table with an above-average stack, but sunk to only 1.9 million after only a single orbit. First, OS165 called flop and turn bets from kongolainen before checking down the river on a T♦8♠4♠A♣9♣ board. Kongolainen turned up pocket sixes and OS165 couldn't beat them. A few hands later, OS165 opened for a min-raise to 50,000 and reikr three-bet to 1.05 million. OS165 called and they saw a Q♦9♠7♣ flop. OS165 check-called reikr's 1.25 million c-bet. Both players checked the Q♠ on the turn. The river was the 5♣ and OS165 led out for 2.5 million. Reikr called and turned up pocket kings, having picked off OS165's bluff with K♦J♥. Reikr raked in the 10.2 million pot, leaving OS165 on 1.9 million in chips.

A few minutes later, sontilou raised all-in on a J♥T♠3♣ flop and kongolainen called with K♦Q♦. Sontilou revealed J♠J♣ for top set and rivered jacks full, the board finishing with the 4♦ and the 3♥. Sontilou doubled to 9 million and kongolainen dipped to 20 million. Kongolainen gave away another chunk of chips on the next deal, when OS165 three-bet shoved for 1.58 million with A♥8♣. Kongolainen called with Q♥T♣, but couldn't catch up on the K♠5♣3♠4♠K♦ board.

Three down in a row

Short stack fozzybear13 couldn't find any traction at the final table. With the action folded to him in the small blind, fozzybear13 open-shoved for 2.4 million with A♠7♣, but kongolainen was lying in wait with 8♦8♣ in the big blind. Fozzybear13 did not improve on the J♠2♥6♠8♠K♥ board and was eliminated in 9th place ($11,623.45).

Moments later, OS165 found 9♦9♠ UTG and open-shoved for 2.56 million, only to run straight into Epakfailer's Q♦Q♣. The queens held up and OS165's run came to an end in eighth place, good for $17,997.60.

Short-stacked since the final table bubble, mentalpshyco hung on and made two pay jumps before shoving for 2.43 million from the hijack. 3aDRoTiShe reshoved with J♣J♠ in the cutoff, leaving mentalpshyco's A♥4♣ in dire shape. Mentalpshyco got no help from the board and went out in seventh place, earning $32,245.70.

Akport KO's two

The blinds rose to 200,000/400,000 and 3aDRoRiShe made a button raise to 840,000 with K♣Q♣. Akport three-bet to 1.56 million from the big blind and they saw a 8♥4♣3♣ flop. Akport led for 2.4 million, 3aDRoTiShe shoved for 6.2 million and akport called, revealing J♣J♠. 3aDRoTiShe needed a king, queen, or a club to survive, but blanked the turn and river, the 9♥ and the A♦ falling to send him to the rail in sixth place ($46,493.80).

On the very next deal, short stack sontilou three-bet shoved for 5.7 million with A♣T♣ and akport called with A♥9♦. Although akport hit his kicker on the 9♣6♥6♣ flop, sontilou rivered the Q♣ to make the nut flush and doubled to 11.6 million.

Akport dipped to 12.6 million, but didn't have to wait to long to get those chips back. Reikr open-shoved for 7.28 million from UTG and akport reshoved from middle position with J♦J♠. Reikr's pocket threes were crushed, the board running out A♣7♣4♣9♦9♣ to end his run in fifth place ($61,491.80).

Here's the deal...

As the field narrowed to four players, Epakfailer polled his opponents to gauge interest in a deal. Kongolainen, akport, and sontilou quickly agreed to pause the action and look at numbers. Here's a look at how they stacked up when negotiations began:

kongolainen 22,333,772
Epakfailer 21,972,509
akport 20,743,367
sontilou 9,940,352

An ICM chop awarded big stacks kongolainen, Epakfailer, and akport around $150,000 each while short stack sontilou would be guaranteed at least third-place money with a $119,000 share. The four agreed to these terms and with $20,000 still in play for the winner, cards went back int he air.

sountilou sinks in fourth, akport takes third

With the blinds up to 250,000/500,000, sontilou open-shoved 9.7 million from the cutoff with A♠J♠ and kongolainen called with pocket sevens on the button. Kongolainen flopped a set, the board finishing K♥7♦6♠Q♦A♣ to send sontilou to the rail in fourth place ($119,042.25).

Then, on the very next deal, Epakfailer min-raised to 1,000,000, akport three-bet to 2.5 million and Epakfailer shoved for 27.4 million. Akport called off his last 14.7 million, his A♣T♣ dominated by Epakfailer's A♠K♥. Epakfailer turned a pair of kings and akport was out in third, his share of the deal yielding a $148,522.76 payday.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: Epakfailer (45,265,876 in chips)
Seat 8: kongolainen (29,724,124 in chips)

Epakfailer and kongolainen battled it out for forty-five minutes before a winner emerged. Kongolainen evened up the chip counts early on when he called Epakailer's turn and river bluffs on a 9♦4♥3♦8♣2♦ board with an unimproved A♥Q♣. Epakfailer was firing with Q♥T♥ and kongolainen raked in a 12.5 million pot. Over the next ten minutes, kongolainen inched into the chip lead. He widened the gap when his 11.4 million river raise scared Epakfailer off a A♦7♦2♠J♦4♦ board and took his chip count up to 56.6 million. Epakfailer was left with only 18.4 million, but doubled back up when his 6♣6♥ held up against kongolainen's A♣9♦.

The counts nearly even again, Epakfailer ground his stack up to 58.4 million before a K♣K♦ vs. Q♦Q♥ cooler gave kongolainen a double-up to 35.9 million. Epakfailer was back to square one and moved out to 53.7 million when he flopped trip tens, only to have kongolainen double to 42 million a few hands later. Kongolainen widened his lead a few hands later when he and Epakfailer saw aQ♦6♠6♥ flop for 5.1 million apiece. Epakfailer c-bet 4.21 million and kongolainen called. The turn came the T♦ and Epakfailer fired again for 7.56 million. Kongolainen shoved, but Epakfailer gave up his hand, electing to save his remaining 15.5 million.

Epakfailer ground out some small pots and moved up to 23.7 million in chips before a classic cooler ended this heads-up battle. All the money went in before the flop, Epakfailer's A♠Q♥ running headlong into konglainen's A♦A♥. The aces rivered top set and kongolainen locked up the extra $20k, and the win:

Congratulations to kongolainen on his first Sunday Million title! Kongolainen banked $171,540.28 for the win, while runner-up Epakfailer earned $150,875.95.

PokerStars Sunday Million results for 10/27/2013

Players: 7,499
Prizepool: $1,499,800.00
Places paid: 1,080

1. kongolainen (Finland) $171,540.28*
2. Epakfailer (Slovakia) $150,875.95*
3. akport (Russia) $148,522.76*
4. sontilou (Canada) $119,042.25*
5. reikr (Germany) $61,491.80
6. 3aDRoTiShe (Russia) $46,493.80
7. mentalpshyco (Portugal) $32,245.70
8. OS165 (Sweden) $17,997.60
9. fozzybear13 (Ukraine) $11,623.45

*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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