mor255 wins Sunday Million Special Edition after seven-way chop; cid5 collects $178K

There was something special for this week's Sunday Million, designated the penultimate event of the WCOOP Challenge and given a bigger $1.5 million guarantee. A whopping 10,164 came out for the "Sunday Million Special Edition," and after two days of poker it was Israel's mor255 emerging as champion to earn a $139,148.81 payday.

The win came following a seven-handed final table deal, with fourth-place finisher cid5 of Canada ultimately taking away the biggest share of this week's Sunday Million prize pool, earning $178,378.

Day 1: From 10,164 to 178

That big turnout meant a guarantee-busting prize pool of $2,032,800, and after a day's worth of poker just 178 players remained to fight for the greater part of those riches.

Team Online member Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen had lasted fairly deep into Sunday evening to finish 342nd for a $772.46 cash, while Team PokerStars Pro Chris "chrisdm" de Meulder was among the early cashers after the money bubble burst at 1,350 players, finishing 1,174th for $365.90.

Still in the hunt at that point were Chris's brother and fellow Team PokerStars Pro, Matthias, albeit with a relatively short stack placing him 165th of 178. So, too, was Team Challenger Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas who also had below average chips to sit in 142nd position.

Meanwhile near the top of the counts in third position sat none other than Tom "hitthehole" Middleton, winner of both the EPT10 Barcelona Main Event last fall and the WCOOP Challenge Main Event back in March of this year.

Here's how the top 10 appeared overnight:

1. tellkunze (Switzerland) -- 2,962,897
2. UmakeMeSikkk (Hungary) -- 1,659,406
3. Tom "hitthehole" Middleton (United Kingdom) -- 1,612,433
4. OMGRubCasco (Uruguay) -- 1,607,188
5. WhuckTsssch (Ireland) -- 1,381,798
6. GJ1515 (Canada) -- 1,346,541
7. Eddy "eddymaksoud" Maksoud (Lebanon) -- 1,266,659
8. jayme1987 (United Kingdom) -- 1,266,271
9. Come on K#48 (Switzerland) -- 1,216,082
10. droulis9 (Greece) -- 1,197,003

Day 2: From 178 to 9

Alas for the two remaining red spades, both would see their tourney runs end within the first 15 minutes of Day 2.

First Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder three-bet all in with his last seven big blinds with A♠Q♦, then barwen1899 woke up in the blinds with K♦K♠. An ace flopped for de Meulder, but a king fell on fifth street to knock out the Team PokerStars Pro in 168th for $1,097.71.

Just minutes later a preflop raising war saw Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas all in for his last 13 big blinds with A♦K♠ versus spewcall's 7♥7♠, and when the board came ten-high Kalfas was out in 159th for $1,138.36.

As Monday afternoon wore on the field was further carved down, with Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (125th, $1,422.96), Carter "cswidler" Widler (93rd, $1,829.52), and Christian "charder30" Harder (70th, $2,744.28) among players hitting the rail.

Then after slipping to less than a dozen big blinds, Tom "hitthehole" Middleton reraise-shoved from late position with K♥J♥, but unfortunately for him original raiser gynaikologos had A♥A♦, and five cards later Middleton was out in 65th for $2,744.28.

It took close to four hours on Monday to play down to 18 players, at which point Hoelle1 led all with more than 12.2 million chips with jsizzle20 the nearest challenger with about 11.4 million.

Nearly another hour would pass before the next nine players fell. harrrrmonica (18th), Sch_Attack (17th), and CalBears123 (16th) each cashed for $5,082. Mr.Matios (15th), sardor11 (14th), and UmakeMeSikkk (13th) next went out, earning $7,826.28 apiece. And Mette29 (12th), i3BarrelforU (11th), and start-of-day-2 leader tellkunze (10th) took away $10,570.56 for their finishes.

With Hoelle1 the new chip leader with nearly 23.2 million, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Balle254 (Denmark) -- 7,529,218
Seat 2: Hoelle1 (Germany) -- 23,197,245
Seat 3: cid5 (Canada) -- 19,880,111
Seat 4: jsizzle20 (Canada) -- 16,033,066
Seat 5: skill_poker1 (Germany) -- 14,007,963
Seat 6: convoypc4860 (Hong Kong) -- 1,402,331
Seat 7: mor255 (Israel) -- 6,594,051
Seat 8: jaggaRbomb (Canada) -- 6,363,294
Seat 9: Cobra15979 (Germany) -- 6,632,721

convoypc4860 pulled over in ninth

On just the second hand of the final table, the blinds were 250k/500k when convoypc4860 open-raised all in for 1,277,331 from middle position then watched mor255 reraise all in from a seat over to scatter the others.

convoypc4860 had A♦4♠ and needed to improve versus mor255's A♣K♣. But a runout of J♦J♠3♣Q♥K♠ provided no help and convoypc4860 was eliminated in ninth.

jaggaRbomb defused in eighth

Just a few minutes later it was jaggaRbomb open-shoving for 3,325,794 from middle position (not quite seven big blinds), and after Balle254 reraised from the cutoff the others stepped aside.

jaggaRbomb had K♣7♣ but had run into Balle254's K♠K♥, and five cards later -- T♣8♣K♦J♦A♠ -- jaggaRbomb was done in eighth.

A seven-way chop successfully negotiated

After playing a few more minutes the remaining seven players paused the tournament to discuss a possible deal with cid5 the new leader with more than 29.2 million and skill_poker1 the short stack at just under 7.2 million.

"ICM"-based figures were produced (leaving $30,000 for which to play) and all agreed except for skill_poker1 who wanted a couple thousand more than what was being suggested. "OK GUYS LETS PLAY AND WHEN SKILL WILL BUST (7TH) WE WILL DO NEW DEAL," was mor255's response, after which skill_poker1 then decided to accept the proposed payouts.

All seven having agreed, cards went back in the air with that $30,000 still up for grabs.

skill_poker1 sunk in seventh

As it would happen, skill_poker1 would be the next player eliminated.

The blinds had climbed to 400k/800k, and after an opening raise to 1.6 million by cid5 from the cutoff saet, jsizzle20 reraised all in for more than 10 million from the button. skill_poker1 then called all in for 5,782,963 from the small blind, and when the big blind folded cid5 showed one card -- the A♣ -- before folding as well.

skill_poker1 had A♠J♥ but jsizzle20 had A♦K♦, and after the board came 2♦6♥K♠6♠T♦ skill_poker1 was out in seventh, the $97,696.50 cash being well over the originally scheduled payout of just over $40,000 for seventh.

Cobra15979 corralled in sixth

They took the day's five-and-a-half-hour break, then soon after cid5 opened with a 3x raise to 2.4 million from middle position, Cobra15979 reraised all in for 14,103,500 from the small blind, and cid5 called.

Cobra15979: A♣J♠
cid5: A♥K♣

It was a similar scenario as had characterized the previous bustout, and the result here was the same, too. The board came 5♠T♠K♦7♥2♦, and Cobra15979 was out in sixth.

Hoelle1 hits rail in fifth

cid5 had a huge chip lead with more than 45 million, but would soon lose it after Balle254 enjoyed two double-ups through cid5 to grab the top spot.

The blinds then increased again to 500k/1m, and a hand arose that saw Hoelle1 limp in from the small blind and cid5 check from the big blind. The flop came T♦Q♠3♠. Hoelle1 bet 1 million, cid5 raised to 2 million, Hoelle1 made it 3 million to go, cid5 pushed all in, and Hoelle1 called with the 3,808,530 left behind.

Hoelle1 had A♣A♠ and appeared in good shape to double up as cid5 had Q♦5♥ for top pair of queens. The 2♥ turn was safe for Hoelle1, but the Q♥ fell on fifth street to give cid5 trips and send Hoelle1 railward in fifth.

cid5 cut down in fourth

Two hands later, cid5 limped in from under the gun, jsizzle20 pushed all in for more than 12 million from one seat over, and when it folded around cid5 called with the 9,759,325 left.

jsizzle20 had Q♠T♣ and the preflop edge versus cid5's T♠9♣. The community cards were all small, coming 2♠3♥2♣, then 6♦, then 4♥, and cid5 was out in fourth.

jsizzle20 fizzles in third

With cid5's knockout, the top three players in the counts at the time of the seven-way chop had all been eliminated, and after a short while mor255 was the new leader with more than 60 million while Balle254 was sitting at just under 27 million and jsizzle20 a little under 14 million.

Then with the blinds 600k/1.2m mor255 opened for 2.4 million from the button, jsizzle20 shoved for 13,571,089 from the big blind, and mor255 called.

Both players had pairs, but mor255's T♦T♥ had jsizzle20's 5♦5♣ dominated, and after the board came J♣A♦3♥4♦K♠, jsizzle20 was out in third.

mor255 busts Balle254, takes title

That hand gave mor255 about a 3-to-1 chip lead to start heads-up play with 75,572,727 to Balle254's 26,067,273.

Balle254 would chip up, however, and after earning a huge double-up with A♠Q♦ through mor255's A♣T♠ would seize the chip lead. But mor255 would soon move back ahead in a hand that saw all the chips go in on a king-high flop with mor255 holding A♥K♠ to Balle254's K♣T♠ and the better hand holding up.

mor255 would chip away further at Balle254's stack, moving up over 86 million while the latter slipped to about 15.5 million. then with the blinds 700k/1.4 million it was mor255 open-shoving from the button and Balle254 calling all in.

mor255 had K♥7♥ while Balle254 turned over 7♣6♣. The 3♠Q♥5♣ flop provided a gutshot straight draw to Balle254, then the 8♠ turn card made it an open-ender. But the river was the 3♣ and it was all over... mor255 had won!

Congratulations to mor255 for topping more than 10,000 opponents to win this week's Sunday Million Special Edition, and kudos as well to the other six players who made it to the final table deal -- especially cid5 who managed to take away the biggest part of the prize pool.

8/3-4/14 WCOOP Challenge Sunday Million Special Edition ($215 No-Limit Hold'em)
Entrants: 10,164
Prize pool: $2,032.800

Places paid: 1,350

1. mor255 (Israel) $139,148.81*
2. Balle254 (Denmark) $106,583.14*
3. jsizzle20 (Canada) $127,144.99*
4. cid5 (Canada) $178,378.00*
5. Hoelle1 (Germany) $137,515.80*
6. Cobra15979 (Germany) $153,199.42*
7. skill_poker1 (Germany) $97,696.50*
8. jaggaRbomb (Canada) $22,360.80
9. convoypc4860 (Hong Kong) $14,229.60

*= reflects the results of a seven-way deal that left $30,000 in play for the winner

It's "Omaha Week" on PokerStars, a great opportunity to learn the fun, popular variant. Read all about it here.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Sunday Million