Sunday Million: Booobich gets rich, wins after six-way deal; Team Pro Lex Veldhuis 11th

March madness has gripped the basketball world these days with the college game's tourney season now in high gear. Meanwhile the weekly frenzy of the Sunday Million continued as usual with another big turnout for PokerStars' popular weekly $215 no-limit hold'em tournament. There were 8,306 taking part this week, and after more than 12 hours of poker it was Booobich from Sweden claiming the win following a six-handed final table deal.

That deal left $20,000 for which to play, which added to Booobich's take-away made for a handsome $139,000.54 first prize. Meanwhile fourth-place finisher NastyMinder claimed the largest share of the prize pool with a $160K-plus score, and Team PokerStars Pro Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis also made a deep run this week to finish in 11th place.

Here's the story of how this week's Sunday Million unfolded.

That big field created a prize pool of $1,661,200 -- well over the $1 million guarantee -- with the top 1,260 finishers dividing the money. As the afternoon wore on, Veldhuis had grabbed himself a spot inside the top 10 in the counts early, and was still sitting in the top 30 when the money bubble burst about five hours into play.

Veldhuis's fellow Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen likewise by then had chipped up to build an above average stack and was occupying a spot just outside the top 50 with 1,260 remaining, with Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada and Team Online member Adrianne "talonchick" Rowsome still in the hunt as well. Meanwhile shakall76, *MAP*, and h0wwed0 topped the counts although there was a long way to go.

About three hours later the field had been carved to 100 players, with Mr Tytte, AB_Poker_12, and SlaterDaKing the new leaders and three of the four red spade sporters among the fallen.

Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome had been eliminated in 667th ($448.52) after her A♦T♦ failed to improve against AbramaovRus's A♣K♥. Angel Guillen dramatically busted in 436th ($531.58) after running K♦K♠ into konoval07's A♣A♠. And Joe "jcada99" Cada was finally knocked out in 249th ($730.92) after falling short and then busting with K♦9♠ versus supermaripr0's A♥K♠.

That left just Veldhuis to represent Team PokerStars, and with 100 remaining he was sitting right in the middle of the pack in 49th position with a slightly below average stack.


Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis

After slipping back down Veldhuis chipped back up again to climb into the top 10 once more, and he was still there when the tourney reached the nine-and-a-half-hour break with 30 players left and NastyMinder the new chip leader. Veldhuis continued to move up the leaderboard, and by the time the 10-hour mark approached had reached second position with more than 7.5 million while only SlaterDaKing had more with 12.4 million-plus.

Not long after that they were down to 18, with NastyMinder having pushed back into the top spot. Gustav (18th), Sirocko (17th), and MOvidio.Vic (16th) then were eliminated, each earning $4,319.12 for their finishes. TheDamGO (15th), guinaldo169 (14th), and OriQ9s (13th) went out next, picking up $6,561.74 apiece.

thebellboy followed by going out in 12th, then a hand arose that saw Booobich open for 2x to 600,000 from early position, then Veldhuis reraise-shove all in for 7,281,410 from the small blind. NastyMinder then pushed all in over the top from a seat over in the big blind, and Booobich stepped aside.

Veldhuis had 8♣8♦, but NastyMinder had K♥K♣, and after the board rolled out 9♥6♣9♣5♥Q♣, Veldhuis's run had ended in 11th.

eleazuki was knocked out in 10th soon thereafter, earning $8,804.36 as did Veldhuis and thebellboy, and with NastyMinder still in front the final table was underway.


Seat 1: AlexRidov (Russia) -- 4,767,840
Seat 2: libormar (Czech Republic) -- 2,345,240
Seat 3: SlaterDaKing (Germany) -- 9,996,095
Seat 4: NastyMinder (Switzerland) -- 17,494,216
Seat 5: AB_Poker_12 (Canada) -- 6,952,102
Seat 6: mikael0117 (Canada) -- 15,794,862
Seat 7: Mr Tytte (Sweden) -- 14,885,770
Seat 8: Booobich (Sweden) -- 7,703,333
Seat 9: ujisho (Georgia) -- 3,120,542

The tourney had just crossed the 11-hour mark with the blinds having reached 200k/400k when libormar open-raised all in for 1,285,240 from middle position and got one caller in Mr Tytte in the small blind. libormar had K♣Q♠ and needed help against Mr Tytte's A♥K♦, but the board came 8♠3♠9♥2♦7♦ and libormar was out in ninth.

Play moved into the next level where Booobich open-raised 2x to 1 million from under the gun, then ujisho called all in for 920,542 from a seat over. Everyone else folded, and while ujisho had T♥T♠, Booobich had the dominating hand with Q♣Q♦. The community cards came 9♠5♠5♦J♦6♣, and ujisho was eliminated in eighth.

Soon after AlexRidov was open-raising all in from early position for 4,371,913 (a little under nine big blinds) and getting one caller in chip leader NastyMinder from the cutoff seat. AlexRidov had A♠K♣ and the preflop edge over NastyMinder's A♦Q♥. But the flop came J♦T♦9♦ then the turn the 8♦ to give NastyMinder a flush and make the K♠ river no matter. Just six remained.

The 11-and-a-half-hour break arrived, and during those five minutes the six all agreed to pause the tourney to discuss a possible deal. NastyMinder was in front at that point with 22.7 million, Mr Tytte next with almost 18.1 million, Booobich third with just under 13.1 million, and SlaterDaKing, AB_Poker_12, and mikael0117 all close to each other with stacks of 9-10 million.

"ICM"-based figures were presented (leaving $20,000 for which to play), and all players except NastyMinder agreed with the deal. NastyMinder was being guaranteed a little under $150k under the terms, but told the others "170k and Im fine."

A couple of the others offered a few thousand to the cause, while AB_Poker_12 typed "I can give 16 cents." Eventually AB_Poker_12 offered a bit more than that and everyone else chipped in, too. Together Nastyminder's opponents were able to gather more than $11K from their payouts to give to the leader, thereby making NastyMinder's payout total more than $160K. All were amenable to the new numbers, and a six-way deal having been struck play continued.

A litte after play resumed NastyMinder opened with a 2x raise to 160,000 from early position then AB_Poker_12 shoved for 3,056,624 from the cutoff. It folded around to Booobich who called from the big blind, and NastyMinder called as well.

Both Booobich and NastyMinder checked the 8♥T♥A♠ flop, then after the 4♠ turn Booobich bet 1,612,455 and NastyMinder called. The river then brought the 3♥ and an all-in push by Booobich which forced a fold from NastyMinder.

Booobich then showed A♦A♥ for a set of aces, better than AB_Poker_12's K♣J♠ and the latter was out in sixth.

Soon the blinds were 400k/800k when SlaterDaKing raised to 1,712,000 from the cutoff, then Mr Tytte made it 3.2 million to go from the big blind. SlaterDaKing responded with a big all-in push to 9,836,672 total and Mr Tytte called.

Mr Tytte: A♦J♦
SlaterDaKing: 6♠6♥

SlaterDaKing was hoping that small pair would hold, but the flop came 8♣A♣9♥ to swing the advantage Mr Tytte's way. The turn was the 7♦ and river the Q♠, and SlaterDaKing's Sunday Million run had ended in fifth.

Just four hands after that Booobich min-raised to 1.6 million from under the gun, NastyMinder shoved for 10,643,761, and when it folded back around Booobich called.

It was A♥9♠ for Booobich and K♥Q♠ for NastyMinder. The five community cards arrived A♣8♣9♦2♣9♣, giving Booobich a full house, nines full of aces, and knocking NastyMinder out in fourth.

With that hand Booobich had pushed up around 33 million, a bit behind leader Mr Tytte who had more than 36 million. Booobich then edged in front, and with the blinds at 500k/1m a hand arose that saw the short stack mikael0117 fold from the button, Mr Tytte raise to 2 million from the small blind, and Booobich call from the big blind.

The flop came 9♣5♦6♥. Mr Tytte led for 2 million, and Booobich called. The turn was the 8♥. Mr Tytte bet 8 million this time, and Booobich called again.

The river then brought the A♣ and an all-in bet of 19,408,336 from Mr Tytte, and Booobich called one last time. Mr Tytte then showed Q♣5♣ for a pair of fives, and Booobich showed 8♦6♣ for two pair, eights and sixes, winning the big pot and sending Mr Tytte railward in third.

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Heads-up play began with Booobich way out in front with 76,951,960 to mikael0117's 6,108,040. mikael0117 did manage one quick double-up to more than 12.2 million, but on just the fourth hand of heads-up play the tourney's end arrived.

The blinds were still 500k/1m when mikael0117 opened for 3 million, Booobich reraise-shoved, and mikael0117 called with the 9,116,080 left. It was K♥Q♦ for mikael0117 who need improvement to survive against the A♦2♦ of Booobich. But the board brought no such help, coming J♠6♣2♠2♣9♣ to give Booobich trip deuces, and Booobich had won the extra $20,000 and a Sunday Million title.

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Congratulations to Booobich for outlasting everyone to earn a first prize totaling just over $139K. And well done to the final half-dozen for making it to the deal, in particular NastyMinder for snaring the largest share of prize pool with more than $160K.

3/16/14 Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results

Players: 8,306
Prize pool: $1,661,200.00
Places paid: 1,260

1. Booobich (Sweden) $139,000.54*
2. mikael0117 (Canada) $101,804.23*
3. Mr Tytte (Sweden) $135,572.21*
4. NastyMinder (Switzerland) $160,503.06*
5. SlaterDaKing (Germany) $105,000.00*
6. AB_Poker_12 (Canada) $105,000.16*
7. AlexRidov (Russia) $33,224.00
8. ujisho (Georgia) $18,273.20
9. libormar (Czech Republic) $12,874.30

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

While the prizes aren't quite as big as those won in the Sunday Million, the ongoing MicroMillions 7 series offers similar (and even better) ROIs for the winners with buy-ins of just a few bucks and thousands waiting those at the final table. Check the MicroMillions 7 web page for full details of the remaining events.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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