Sunday Million: smk2113 earns title, nearly $166K after four-way chop

This week's Sunday Million saw yet another huge field with 7,458 runners entering online poker's most popular weekly tournament. That turnout meant a prize pool of $1,491,600 -- beating the $1 million guarantee -- with the top 1,080 finishers dividing the money. Almost exactly 12 hours after it began, it was smk2113 of Sweden outlasting everyone including Adam "squee451" Sherman heads-up to claim the victory and earn a handsome payday of $165,948.18 following a four-way final table deal.

After five hours the money bubble had burst and the field had just shrunk to less than 1,000 players, with auercan in first with almost 475,000 and not one but two Team PokerStars Pros occupying the next two spots on the leaderboard with Jose "Nacho" Barbero and Andre Akkari next in line, both hovering at around 350,000.

Meanwhile, their teammate Alex Kravchenko had just gone out in 992nd place ($313.23), with both Jake Cody and Lex Veldhuis among those still battling.

Cody would ultimately go out in 579th place ($447.48), then Barbero would slide to fall in 359th ($556.80). By the six-and-a-half-hour break DJFr@nsie had moved in front as the first player to 1 million chips, with auercan still up there in second.

A couple of hours later they were down to 60 players with half of them having also joined the million-chip club. Among the fallen by then were the remaining Team PokerStars Pros -- Veldhuis (147th, $909.87) and Akkari (154th, $835.29) -- as well as auercan (79th, $1,909.24) and DJFr@nsie (91st, $1,461.76).

They were approaching the 10-hour mark when just 18 were left, with jellyfish223, UncleAnte9, michio.cH, and MeJohann all close to even at the top of the leaderboard with more than 6 million. But there'd be a lot of chip movement over the next half-hour as nine more fell, with UncleAnte9 improving the most to build a stack of more than 21 million to start the final table.

quocanhcz (18th), Venge33 (17th), and LoWrIdeR_BAR (16th) each earned $4,176.48 for their finishes. weekesy333 (15th), jellyfish223 (14th), and MeJohann (13th) went out next, taking away $6,190.14 apiece. Then DaDumon (12th), ndrshrstd (11th), and Zgaga (10th) were knocked out, picking up $8,203.80 each.

The final table was underway.


Seat 1: smk2113 (Sweden) -- 6,145,452
Seat 2: P-i-t.DqDoG (Morocco) -- 4,623,740
Seat 3: michio.cH (Switzerland) -- 12,167,621
Seat 4: Killer_ooooo (Israel) -- 6,259,958
Seat 5: Hausgaard87 (Denmark) -- 8,307,478
Seat 6: UncleAnte9 (Canada) -- 21,045,735
Seat 7: gregkdy2 (Poland) -- 4,626,308
Seat 8: leosig07 (Iceland) -- 5,189,337
Seat 9: Adam "squee451" Sherman (Canada) -- 6,214,371

Nine players playing from eight different countries had made the final table, with more than 1,200 from all of the world railing as indicated by that number over in the upper left corner, a new feature at PokerStars. That group of spectators would swell to nearly 2,000 before the table would end as the last hour-and-a-half of the Sunday Million played out.

It took about 20 minutes for the first final table elimination to come in a hand that started with leader UncleAnte9 min-raising to 60,000 from early position. It folded around to P-i-t.DqDoG on the button who reraise-shoved for 5,148,740. The blinds got out, and UncleAnte9 called.

P-i-t.DqDoG had J♣J♠ but would need help versus UncleAnte9's Q♦Q♣. The board brought no improvement to P-i-t.DqDoG's hand, however, coming 6♣4♦5♦7♦T♣, and they were down to eight.

About 10 minutes later michio.cH open-pushed for 3,402,066 (about eight-and-a-half big blinds) from the hijack seat with A♥K♥ and it folded to gregkdy2 in the big blind who called all in for 2,922,616 with 8♥8♠. The 2♠6♦2♦ flop was okay for gregkdy2, but the turn and river both brought aces -- coming A♠, then A♣ -- making a full house for michio.cH and knocking gregkdy2 out in eighth.

Just a few minutes later the blinds were still 200,000/400,000 when UncleAnte9 open-pushed from the button, then watched as both of the blinds called all in -- leosig07 for 4,379,337 from the small blind, and Adam "squee451" Sherman for 6,638,742 from the big blind. The trio's cards were turned over:

leosig07: T♠T♦
squee451: A♣K♣
UncleAnte9: 6♠4♦

Both of the blinds had woken up with hands, and after the board ran out A♥J♣Q♠A♦3♣, Sherman's hand was best to win close to 19 million total while leosig07 went out in seventh.

Soon after Killer_ooooo raised 3x to 1.5 million from under the gun, leaving but 149,507 behind, and only squee451 called from the button. The flop came A♦4♠4♣, Killer_ooooo pushed all in, and Sherman called.

Killer_ooooo had J♠9♦ while squee451 had A♣8♥ for aces and fours. The J♦ on the turn meant Killer_ooooo wasn't quite drawing dead, but the 4♥ fell on the river and Killer_ooooo was eliminated in sixth.

The remaining five were just starting to talk about the possibility of a deal when michio.cH open-raised all in for 4,389,364 from late position and only UncleAnte9 called from the small blind. michio.cH had A♦K♣ and the preflop edge over UncleAnte9's K♦Q♠, and continued to be ahead after the K♥6♥2♥ flop. But the turn was the Q♦ to give UncleAnte9 a second pair, and after the 3♣ river michio.cH was done in fifth.

The others played on for a while, then stopped the tourney to talk about possibly dividing the remaining prize pool. By then UncleAnte9 still led with 21,305,057, but smk2113 was close to the lead with 20,963,616 and squee451 was, too, with 20,310,157. Meanwhile, Hausgaard87 was in fourth with 12,001,170.

Both ICM and "chip chop" figures were produced (leaving $20,000 for which to play), and while all favored ICM, Adam "squee451" Sherman needed more to be satisfied. The other three each agreed to give up some to guarantee squee451 a little over $150K while UncleAnte9 and smk2113 were assured a little less and Hausgaard87 just over $123K.

The deal being made, cards went back in the air to begin the process of finding out who would be winning the remaining $20,000.

They played a few minutes more, then with the blinds 300,000/600,000, smk2113 raised to 1.2 million from the button. UncleAnte9 had slipped to 10,935,057 to start the hand, and when folded to shoved that stack all in and smk2113 called right away.

UncleAnte9 showed A♦8♦ while smk2113 had Q♥Q♠. The community cards came 6♥T♦4♥, then 5♠, then 5♣, and smk2113's queens remained best as UncleAnte9's run ended in fourth.

It was long after that hand that smk2113 raised the minimum to 1.6 million from the button, then Hausgaard87 pushed all in for 13,051,170 from the small blind. squee451 folded, then smk2113 called, showing J♦T♥ to Hausgaard87's 8♦6♠.

The board ran out K♥9♥J♥4♦8♣, giving both players pairs but smk2113 the better one to end Hausgaard87's run in third place.

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smk2113 began heads-up play with a lead with 47,509,843 to Adam "squee451" Sherman's 27,070,157, and after just three hands it was all over.

The first two hands between the pair saw little change in the stacks, then it was Sherman min-raising to 1.6 million from the button and smk2113 calling.

The flop came 7♠T♥K♦, and smk2113 led with a bet of 1.6 million. squee451 raised to 3.6 million, smk2113 made it 8 million to go, squee451 raised again to 12.4 million, smk2113 pushed all in, and Sherman called with his remaining chips.

smk2113 had flopped top pair with K♠5♠, but squee451 had picked up A♠A♦ to enjoy a commanding edge while all in. But the turn brought the 5♥ to give smk2113 a second pair. The river was the Q♦, Sherman's aces had been cracked, and smk2113 had won.

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Congratulations to smk2113 for topping yet another huge Sunday Million field to earn a big $165,948.18 score. And kudos as well to squee451, Hausgaard87, and UncleAnte9 for making it to the four-way deal to ensure themselves handsome take-aways as well from this week's tournament.

8/18/13 Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results (*reflects four-way deal)

Players: 7,458
Prize pool: $1,491,600.00
Places paid: 1,080

1. smk2113 (Sweden) -- $165,948.18*
2. Adam "squee451" Sherman (Canada) -- $150,341.77*
3. Hausgaard87 (Denmark) -- $123,151.89*
4. UncleAnte9 (Canada) -- $147,313.55*
5. michio.cH (Switzerland) -- $61,155.60
6. Killer_ooooo (Israel) -- $46,239.60
7. leosig07 (Iceland) -- $32,069.40
8. gregkdy2 (Poland) -- $17,899.20
9. P-i-t.DqDoG (Morocco) -- $11,559.90

The 2013 World Championship of Online Poker starts on September 8th. Check the WCOOP information page for all the details.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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