Sunday Million: twirlpro takes second Sunday Million title, $213K

Amid PokerStars' "December Festival" full of promotions and boosted guarantees, a "regular" Sunday Million played out this weekend with the usual $1 million guarantee for a $215 buy-in. The field was big nonetheless, with 8,316 coming out to create a huge $1,663,200 prize pool. It would take nearly 13 hours for the tourney to complete, with Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy managing to outlast the field to win his second Sunday Million and take away a $213,479.97 first prize after a five-way final table deal.

It took almost exactly five hours for the money bubble to burst, and with 1,260 players left it was BEGEMOT13, vadanas, and chokdee1980 sitting in the top spots on the leaderboard with stacks 5-6 times the average.

A couple of Team PokerStars Pros had spots inside the top 100 at that point, with Johnny Lodden in 47th and Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara in 91st and their teammates Maxim Lykov and Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder both still in the hunt as well.

Short-stacked, de Meulder was soon all in before the flop with K♦9♠ against two players including stickbean who had pocket kings, and five cards later was out in 1,109th ($316.00). Kihara would last more than an hour more before risking his last eight big blinds with A♠J♦ versus be_awesome1's 8♦8♣ and failing to improve, thus finishing in 421st place ($548.85). And Lykov went out shortly thereafter with a similar stack after running A♥6♣ into komarolo22's pocket aces to finish 370th ($598.75).

That left just Lodden to sport the red spade, and the Norwegian was still there with a below average stack as the tourney crossed the eight-hour mark and just 100 players remained. Peaksone had risen to the top spot in the counts at that point with just over 4 million chips while the nearest challengers vadanas and Reggie10000 hovered around the 2.6 million-chip mark.

Lodden continued to hang on for another 45 minutes, then shoved a seven-BB stack with K♣[10h] and got looked up by kylef89 with K♦Q♠ in the big blind. The board brought no help for Lodden, ending his tourney run in 47th ($2,827.44).

By the time the tourney was approaching the 10-hour mark just 18 were left with Peaksone still leading with more than 9 million but the chasing pack starting to close the gap. It would take a little less than an hour more for the field to be trimmed to nine.

Nosferatoon (18th), pellompogos (17th), and birddy420 (16th) were the next to go, each earning $4,324.32. BEGEMOT13 then won a huge preflop all-in with A♥A♠ against VyruAlus's K♠K♥ to take the chip lead, after which jmiami36 (15th), LAJG (14th), and HeRoCaL4HiGh (13th) went out to earn $6,569.64 apiece. And as Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy pushed into the top spot, bustoville (12th), DSmunichlife (11th), and DJG1989 (10th) saw their tourney runs end with each taking away $8,814.96.

The final table -- featuring players from nine different countries -- was underway.


Seat 1: SAS6677 (Slovenia) -- 10,289,490
Seat 2: BEGEMOT13 (Russia) -- 15,826,312
Seat 3: Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy (Hungary) -- 19,874,912
Seat 4: chokdee1980 (Netherlands) -- 6,156,772
Seat 5: Peaksone (Canada) -- 9,874,591
Seat 6: SamTeymour (Iran) -- 4,629,894
Seat 7: Aleksandras "VyruAlus" Rusinovas (Lithuania) -- 5,973,663
Seat 8: GoodStoryBro (Israel) -- 3,774,992
Seat 9: AAKaliber1 (Austria) -- 6,759,374

Not long after the final table began, the blinds were 200k/400k when leader Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy min-raised to 800,000 from under the gun, then chokdee1980 reraised to 1,825,200 from a seat over. It folded around to SAS6677 in the small blind who four-bet all in for 7,659,490, after which it folded back to chokdee1980 who called the shove with the 3,371,572 left behind.

chokdee1980 had Q♥Q♦ but was behind SAS6677's K♣K♥. The board came 7♠4♥8♠6♦K♠ to improve SAS6677 to a set, and chokdee1980 was out in ninth.

About five minutes later Turmezy was again min-raising to 800,000 -- from middle position this time -- and Aleksandras "VyruAlus" Rusinovas reraised all in for 3,443,663 from the small blind. It folded back to twirlpro who called, showing Q♣J♠ to Rusinovas's A♠J♦. The flop came 6♣8♣Q♠ to pair Turmezy's queen, and after the 5♠ turn and 4♥ river Rusinovas was done in eighth.

Peaksone would be the next to go in seventh just a few minutes later in a hand that began with Peaksone shoving all in for 3,085,217 (a little less than eight big blinds) from early position then watching SamTeymour reraise-shove from a seat over to clear the field. Peaksone had Q♥J♠ and SamTeymour A♣K♠, and after the 5♠Q♦6♣ flop Peaksone had seized the lead for the moment. But the turn was the K♣ to give SamTeymour a better pair, and after the 2♣ fell on fifth street they were down to six.

Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy was extending the lead further when the next elimination took place to bring BEGEMOT13 a bit closer. By then the blinds were 300k/600k, and when GoodStoryBro open-pushed from the cutoff for 5,549,984 with A♥3♣, BEGEMOT13 was quick with a call from the big blind with A♣Q♣. The board rolled out 7♥2♣J♠2♦A♠, and GoodStoryBro hit the rail in sixth.

Not long after that the remaining five stopped the tourney to discuss a possible deal, with Turmezy sitting with just over 35.6 million, BEGEMOT13 next with a tiny bit under 27 million even, and the other three -- SAS6677, SamTeymour, and AAKaliber1 -- all between 5.7 and 8.1 million.

Both "chip chop" and "ICM" numbers were produced (leaving $20K for which to play), with the former set of figures guaranteeing twirlpro over $214K and the latter a little more than $181K. Eyeing both figures, twirlpro began the negotiations thusly:

twirlpro: I'm happy to meet in the middle and take 200k. I am the most experienced here and I have won this before. I don't minde what you guys do with rest but I'm going to need 200k to settle

As mentioned before, Turmezy indeed had an earlier Sunday Million title under his belt, having won the tourney back in 2008. He also picked up a TCOOP title in early 2012.

The ensuing discussion would take nearly half an hour, during which the others were able to negotiate twirlpro down to a guaranteed payout of a little under $193,500. Terms finally being reached, play at last resumed with that extra $20K still up for grabs.

On just the second hand back, SamTeymour open-pushed from the cutoff for 6,545,222 (a little over eight big blinds) with K♠Q♥ and BEGEMOT13 called from the big blind with J♠J♦. The board rolled out nine-high -- 5♦7♠7♣4♥9♦ -- and SamTeymour was out in fifth.

Shortly after that hand AAKaliber1 won one preflop all-in to double through SAS6677, then on the next hand pushed again to knock SAS6677 out in fourth. With the blinds 400k/800k, AAKaliber1 shoved from under the gun and SAS6677 called for just 370,038 from the button, showing T♠3♦ to AAKaliber1's A♠3♣. The community cards came J♣4♠5♣6♥J♠, and SAS6677 was out.

Play continued and before long the three remaining players were roughly even, all within the 25-30 million-chip range. Then as the blinds increased to 500k/1m it was AAKaliber1 pushing out ahead of the others, widening the gap before a hand took place involving the other two that saw the next elimination.

It began with Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy opening for the minimum with a raise to 2 million from the button, then it folded to BEGEMOT13 in the big blind who shoved for 17,642,018. Turmezy called instantly, showing K♦K♣ while BEGEMOT13 was hoping to hit an ace with A♣Q♥.

Hit an ace BEGEMOT13 would -- in fact two of them -- as the flop came A♦A♥7♠, and after the 4♠ turn it appeared BEGEMOT13 was about to double up while twirlpro would be left crippled. Then came the river... the K♠! Turmezy had spiked the two-outer, and BEGEMOT13 was done in third.

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Heads-up play began with AAKaliber1 still in front with 43,790,020 versus Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy's 39,369,980. But 10 hands into their match a decisive hand arose that saw twirlpro four-bet shoving before the flop with 3♣3♠ and AAKaliber1 calling with A♦Q♠. The small pocket pair managed to hold for twirlpro when the board came eight-high with a trey to help improve Turmezy to a set.

That hand put Turmezy up over 75 million and knocked AAKaliber1 down below 8 million, and just a couple of hands later with the blinds at 600k/1.2m it was twirlpro open-raising all in from the button and AAKaliber1 calling all in for 7,580,040.

Turmezy had 4♦4♣ and AAKaliber1 A♣7♣. The flop brought an ace but a four as well, coming 4♠9♦A♥, and so by the 2♣ turn AAKaliber1 was already drawing dead as twirlpro had secured his second Sunday Million title.

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Congratulations to Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy for surviving another oversized field to win another Sunday Million and take away the lion's share of this week's prize pool.

12/15/13 Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results (*reflects five-way deal)

Players: 8,316
Prize pool: $1,663,200.00
Places paid: 1,260

1. Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy (Hungary) -- $213,479.97*
2. AAKaliber1 (Austria) -- $103,085.78*
3. BEGEMOT13 (Russia) -- $166,342.50*
4. SAS6677 (Slovenia) -- $110,992.34*
5. SamTeymour (Iran) -- $103,982.81*
6. GoodStoryBro (Israel) -- $49,896.00
7. Peaksone (Canada) -- $33,264.00
8. Aleksandras "VyruAlus" Rusinovas (Lithuania) -- $18,295.20
9. chokdee1980 (Netherlands) -- $12,889.80

The European Poker Tour Prague Main Event is playing out this week with a field of 1,007 working its way to a final table in just a few days. Check all of the reports from the Czech Republic here to see who takes down the next EPT title.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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