Sunday Million: Brazil's ivoelemento takes the top spot, $151k after three-way deal
Tonight, the Sunday Million had the potential to crown a two-time champion for the second week running. Poland's Neeeeek won his first Million in May 2013 and arrived at the final table second in chips. However, after a bit of early momentum, he lost traction and ended up going out in sixth place, opening the door for a trio of upstarts looking for their first major titles. Tonight, those honors went to ivoelemento of Brazil, who turned his 22 big blind stack into nearly $151k by night's end.
6,465 players entered this week's Sunday Million, pushing the prize pool up to $1,293,000.00. 990 places were paid with first place set to earn $196,665.30. A dozen Team Pros were in the field including Jake Cody, Christian De Leon, George Danzer, and Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen. Liv Boeree (890th) and Leo Fernandez (755th) made the money while Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome and host/bounty Alex "Kanu7" Millar advanced to the final 50.
With fifty players remaining, Rowsome opened for a min-raise to 100,000 with A♠Q♠ and PolecatRider three-bet to 220,220. The action folded back to Rowsome, who shoved for her remaining 909,560. PolecatRider called and turned up A♣K♥. Although Rowsome caught a queen on the Q♥7♥4♦ flop, a king came on the turn, ending her run in 50th place.
Moments later, the action folded around to Kanu7 in the small blind. He open-shoved for 797,686 with Q♠T♣ and jayme1987 called from the big blind. Jayme1987's K♠J♥ hit top pair on the K♦9♦5♣5♦4♦ board and he eliminated Kanu7 in 47th place, collecting his $215 bounty.
Blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 on the final table bubble as several players hovered around the ten big-blind mark. With only 1.43 million remaining, jayme1987 open-shoved with A♥J♣ from UTG and nbolt snap-reshoved from the cutoff with A♣K♦. Nbolt flopped a king and rivered aces up, the board running out K♥6♠2♠T♠A♠ to end jayme1987's run in tenth place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: duke_of_fluk (3,979,160 in chips)
Seat 2: Schauzeit (3,897,064 in chips)
Seat 3: classom (4,443,264 in chips)
Seat 4: Neeeeek (12,188,693 in chips)
Seat 5: t0pchedz (1,677,146 in chips)
Seat 6: stealwave (13,205,042 in chips)
Seat 7: ivoelemento (5,404,757 in chips)
Seat 8: FL_RAP (7,948,957 in chips)
Seat 9: nbolt (11,905,917 in chips)
classom's tens fall to aces and kings
A monster pot unfolded on Hand #3 as t0pchedz open-shoved for 1.6 million, duke_of_fluk reshoved for 3.4 million from the cutoff and classom came over the top for 4.11 million from the small blind.
The aces held on the Q♥9♦6♣3♦J♣ board and short stack t0pchedz doubled to 5.28 million. Duke_of_fluk took the 3.6 million side pot and classom was crippled to only 714,000 in chips.
On the next deal, nbolt opened for a min-raise to 500,000 and classom moved all-in for 689,000 on the button. Nbolt called, his A♦4♦ up against K♣T♠. Although classom picked up an open-ended straight draw on the turn, nbolt's ace-high held up, sending classom to the rail in ninth place ($10,020.75).
FL_RAP exits in eighth place
Three hands later, the action folded to t0pchedz, who made a 3x raise to 750,000. Stealwave three-bet to 1.75 million on the button and FL_RAP shoved for 8.37 million from the big blind. T0pchedz folded but stealwave called, his Q♠Q♣ racing with A♠K♦. Stealwave's queens held up on the nine-high board and FL_RAP's tournament came to an end in eighth place ($15,516.00).
Schauzeit eliminated in seventh
Schauzeit doubled to 6.16 million when his K♣T♥ flopped a ten vs. Neeeeek's A♦Q♠. Two hands later, Schauzeit made it 900,000 to go preflop and stealwave three-bet to 2.1 million. Schauzeit shoved and stealwave called, his pocket queens crushing Schauzeit's pocket tens. The queens held on the 5♥5♦4♣7♣A♠ board and Schauzeit exited in seventh place ($28,446.00).
duke_of_fluk takes out Neeeeek in sixth
With six players remaining and the blinds up to 150,000/300,000, duke_of_fluk was the short stack with 4.2 million in chips. All-in vs. nbolt with A♥2♦ against A♣K♦, duke_of_fluk caught a stroke of luck when a deuce hit the J♣3♣2♥ flop. Nbolt didn't catch up on the 3♦ turn or the 9♠ river and duke_of_fluk doubled to 8.9 million.
Four hands later, duke_of_fluk made it 800,000 to go on the button and Neeeeek shoved for 6.94 million from the small blind with K♦9♠. Duke_of_fluk looked him up with A♥4♦ and made aces up on the Q♦Q♥K♥A♦9♣ board. For sixth place, Neeeeek earned $41,376.00.
Less than an orbit later, stealwave, ivoelemento, and duke_of_fluk all saw a Q♥7♥2♦ flop for 800,000 apiece. Duke_of_fluk and stealwave both checked to ivoelemento, who bet 1.26 million. Duke_of_fluk gave up his hand, but stealwave raised to 3.2 million. Ivoelemento shoved for 8.72 million and stealwave called all-in for less, his K♥6♥ needing a king or a heart to beat ivoelemento's Q♠J♥. Stealwave blanked on the 3♦ turn and the 5♠ river and ivoelemento doubled to 20.4 million.
duke_of_fluk conquers t0pchedz
Despite ivoelemento's double-up, duke_of_fluk still held the chip lead and he opened for 800,000 from UTG. T0pchedz looked down at pocket sevens and shoved for 6.48 million, and duke_of_fluk called with A♥9♦. Duke_of_fluk hit a nine on the flop and with no two-out miracle in store, t0pchedz departed in fifth place.
nbolt's elimination triggers a three-way deal
Six hands passed before ivoelemento opened for 800,000 from the cutoff and bolt three-et shoved for 4.8 million on the button. Duke_of_fluk folded the small blind, but stealwave reshoved for 11.4 million from the big blind, forcing out ovelemento. Stealwave's A♣Q♥ had nbolt's A♠4♦ dominated and nothing changed on the T♠9♣3♥5♣9♦ board. For fourth place, bolt took home $71,115.00.
Immediately following nbolt's elimination, the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up when the music stopped:
Alex "Kanu7" Millar provided the assist with the numbers and all parties came to a quick agreement on an ICM deal. With $20,000 still in play, cards went back in the air.
stealwave needs a bigger boat
Short stack ivoelemento defended his big blind to steal wave's small blind raise and they saw a Q♦9♠6♣ flop. Stealwave led out for 800,000 and ivoelemento called. The turn came the 6♠ and stealwave fired another 1.8 million. Again, ivoelemento called. The river was the 9♥ and stealwave checked. Ivoelemento shoved for 11.2 million and stealwave called, turning over 4♦6♥ for bottom full house. Ivoelemento had him one better with 9♣5♣ for the top boat and doubled to 29.8 million.
Three hands later, stealwave doubled to 9.2 million when his J♠T♥ turned a jack-high straight vs. ivoelemento's A♠Q♦. However, only moments later, his chips were back in the middle. All-in preflop with A♠J♠, stealwave had duke_of_fluk's A♥3♠ dominated. The flop was a safe T♥9♣5♥ and the turn came the T♠ to pair the board. However, the river 3♣ dealt stealwave a crushing blow and he was suddenly on the rail in third place. However, thanks to the three-way deal, he departed with a hefty $139,206.22.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: duke_of_fluk (33,264,861 in chips)
Seat 7: ivoelemento (31,385,139 in chips)
Nearly even in chips to start, ivoelemento created some separation from duke_of_fluk when he won a 16.1 million pot on the river without a showdown. Up to 40.2 million, ivoelemento opened for 1.25 million on the button and duke_of_fluk called. Duke_of_fluk checked the J♠T♠T♣ flop to ivoelemento, who bet 1,326,000. Duke_of_fluk raised to 4 million and ivoelemento called. The turn brought the 9♦ and duke_of_fluk fired another 6 million. Undeterred, ivoelemento shoved for 34.9 million and duke_of_fluk called with J♦5♠ for two pair. Ivoelemento rolled over 7♣8♣ for a jack-high straight, leaving duke_of_fluk drawing to only four outs. The river, however, was the 7♦ and ivoelemento clinched victory.
Congratulations to Brazil's ivoelemento on his first Sunday Million title! He banked $150,936.56 for the win. Kudos are also due to duke_of_fluk, who not only put up a valiant fight, but took home the largest share of the prize pool at $155,425.02 thanks to the three-way deal.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 11-9-14
Places paid: 990
1. ivoelemento (Brazil) $150,936.56*
2. duke_of_fluk (United Kingdom) $155,425.02*
3. stealwave (Russia) $139,206.22*
4. nbolt (Portugal) $71,115.00
5. t0pchedz (Canada) $54,306.00
6. Neeeeek (Poland) $41,376.00
7. Schauzeit (Germany) $28,446.00
8. FL_RAP (Ukraine) $15,516.00
9. classon (Colombia) $10,020.75
*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.