Sunday Million: Christopher "MAKKAPAKK" Johnson bulldozes final table en route to $191k win
Christopher "MAKKAPAKK" Johnson may have thought his spring heater was over. The MTT grinder from Britain's West Midlands had a remarkable run in April and May, taking down the Big $55 and a $88 NLHE 4-Max turbo before finishing third in the $109 buy-in SCOOP "Low" Main Event for $129,270. However, his greatest accomplishment was still yet to come. Less than two months removed from that career-best SCOOP score, Johnson shattered that benchmark with a victory in the Sunday Million. Arriving with the chip lead, Johnson played fearlessly and eliminated six of his eight final table opponents en route to his first major online title and a $191k score.
Even with the WSOP Main Event kicking off this weekend in Las Vegas, tonight's Million still drew 6,296 players to the virtual felt, the prize pool topping out at $1,259,200.00. 900 places were paid with $191,528.46 set aside for first place. Red Spade bannermen in the field included two-time EPT champion Vicky Coren, two-time LAPT champ Nacho Barbero, Team Pros Christophe De Meulder and Martin Hruby, and Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind III, Caio Pessagno, and Tyler "frosty012" Frost. Greece's Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas was the only Red Spade to finish in the money, going out in 128th place when his A♥K♦ did not improve against pocket eights.
Blinds were up to 100,000/200,000 with ten players remaining and m1ronO was the short stack with 2.41 million in chips. When MAKKAPAK opened for a min-raise to 400,000 from UTG, m1ronO shoved right behind him and tiltcarla reshoved for 8.95 million on the button. MAKKAPAKK got out of the way, leaving m1ronO's T♣T♠ to race with A♥K♥. Tiltcarla flopped aces and queens on the A♠Q♥Q♦5♥4♣ board, eliminating m1ronO on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: FeaNoR4eG (5,062,316 in chips)
Seat 2: OMGlmBlack (4,737,646 in chips)
Seat 3: bb830 (3,446,593 in chips)
Seat 4: paulwiter (6,274,722 in chips)
Seat 5: Mathias_ø (8,877,472 in chips)
Seat 6: Batozmaj (3,222,158 in chips)
Seat 7: tiltcarla (12,167,011 in chips)
Seat 8: MAKKAPAKK (15,279,142 in chips)
Seat 9: Kashmir_uzi (3,892,940 in chips)
MAKKAPAKK takes out two
Only five hands passed before the final table saw its first elimination. Mathias_ø opened for 400,000 and got four callers including both blinds. The flop fell Q♦J♥2♥ and the action checked to MAKKAPAKK, who bet 600,000 from the cutoff. FeaNoR4eg raised to 1.8 million from the small blind and only MAKKAPAKK called. The turn came the 5♥ and FeaNoR4eG checked. MAKKAPAKK bet 5.78 million and FeaNoR4eG called all-in for 2.56 million, revealing K♥Q♥ for a king-high flush. However, MAKKAPAKK did him one better with A♥8♥ for the nut flush. The river was the 4♠ and MAKKAPAKK raked in the 10.9 million pot, ending FeaNoR4eG's run in ninth place ($9,758.80).
One orbit later, MAKKAPAKK struck again. On a 8♣5♣3♠ flop, paulwiter check-called MAKKAPAKK's 750,000 continuation bet, then checked again when the 7♥ hit the turn. MAKKAPAKK checked behind. The river was the K♦ and paulwiter checked a third time. MAKKAPAKK shoved for 18.9 million and paulwiter called off his remaining 3.89 million with 8♥9♦ for second pair. Although paulwiter was good through the turn, MAKKAPAKK's K♥Q♠ spiked a pair of kings on the river and sent paulwiter to the rail in eighth place ($15,110.40).
MAKKAPAKK doubles two short stacks, eliminates bb830
With that hand, MAKKAPAKK moved up to 25.6 million in chips, 7.8 million more than second-place tiltcarla's 17.8 million. However, on the very next deal, MAKKAPAKK opened J♦7♦ for 500,000 and OMGImBlack three-bet to 2.5 million, leaving himself only 17,121 behind. MAKKAPAKK called and min-bet the 9♦3♠2♠ flop to set OMGImBlack all-in. MAKKAPAKK's unimproved J♦7♦ was drawing nearly dead against OMGImBlack's Q♠Q♥ and although the 7♥ turn gave us pause, the river blanked with the 5♣, doubling OMGImBlack's stack to 5.6 million.
MAKKAPAKK gave up even more chips when he made a (very) light three-bet to 2.75 million on the button with 2♥5♦. Initial raiser Kashmir_uzi shoved for 3 million and MAKKAPAKK called the 250k balance. Kashmir_uzi's pocket nines held up and he doubled to 6.95 million while MAKKAPAKK fell to 19.6 million.
However, on the next deal, MAKKAPAKK found pocket threes and min-raised to 600,000 from the cutoff. Bb830 shoved for 2.8 million from the big blind with A♦J♦ and MAKKAPAKK called. The board ran out 7♥6♣5♦Q♠3♦ and MAKKAPAKK rivered a set of threes, ending bb830's run in seventh place ($27,702.40).
Back on top with 23 million, MAKKAPAKK ramped up the aggression once more when he three-bet Q♣7♣ to 900,000 pre flop. Initial raiser Mathias_ø bumped it to 1.2 million and MAKKAPAKK called. The flop fell 7♠4♦2♠ and MAKKAPAKK checked his top pair. Mathias_ø bet 1,822,222 and MAKKAPAKK shoved for 21.7 million. However, MAKKAPAKK didn't get the fold he was looking for as Mathias_ø snap-called and revealed A♥A♦. The 6♦ turned and the 6♥ rivered, doubling Mathias_ø's stack to 12.8 million.
Shorty vs. shorty
Meanwhile Batozmaj's stack had dwindled to only 1.4 million with the blinds up to 150,000/300,000. Finally, Batozmaj picked up Q♣Q♦ and three-bet shoved over Mathias_ø's UTG min-raise only to have OMGImBlack reshove for 4.9 million from the big blind. Mathias_ø gave up his hand and OMGImBlack revealed A♥K♥. Things were looking good for Batozmaj through the turn, but OMGImBlack spiked top pair on the river, the board finishing 9♠7♦4♠6♠K♦. For sixth place, Batozmaj picked up $40,294.40.
Negotiations: Round One
Shortly after Batozmaj's elimination, the final five agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up when the music stopped:
tiltcarla - 30,174,511
MAKKAPAKK - 10,350,765
Mathias_ø - 8,479,944
Kashmir_uzi - 7,213,380
OMGImBlack - 6,741,400
Final table host Tyler "frosty012" Frost ran the numbers and presented the players with both chip count chop and ICM figures. Chip leader tiltcarla naturally favored the chip count chop, especially seeing as it awarded her a $183k share with another $20k still in play for the winner. However, MAKKAPAKK quickly informed the table that were they to agree to the chip chop numbers, tiltcarla would take home $203k with a win, more than the $191k published first place. Although MAKKAPAKK, OMGImBlack, and Mathias_ø agreed to the ICM numbers, Kashmir_uzi wanted an extra $5k on top of his $94k share. No one was willing to give up any money to Kashmir_uzi and with negotiations at a standstill, action resumed.
MAKKAPAKK busts two more
On the second hand back, Mathias_ø opened for 600,000 on the button and MAKKAPAKK called from the big blind. The flop fell A♠T♠3♥ and MAKKAPAKK check-called 775,000 from Mathias_ø. However, when the A♥ turned, all hell broke loose. MAKKAPAKK checked, Mathias_ø bet 2.4 million and MAKKAPAKK raised all-in for 8.91 million. Mathias_ø quickly called and turned up A♦J♠, but his trips were no good against MAKKAPAKK's aces full of tens. Mathias_ø needed a jack on the river but got the 6♦ instead and exited in fifth place ($52,886.40).
Back up to 20 million in chips, MAKKAPAKK flat-called Kashmir_uzi's cutoff min-raise with K♦Q♠ in the big blind. MAKKAPAKK made top pair on the Q♣J♦6♦ flop and checked over to Kashmir_uzi, who bet 702,700. MAKKAPAKK raised to 1.5 million, Kashmir_uzi shoved for 5.38 million and MAKKAPAKK called, only to be shown A♥A♣. Luck, however, was still on MAKKAPAKK's side and he rivered the K♣ to snap off Kashmir_uzi's aces with two pair. MAKKAPAKK moved up to 27.2 million and Kashmir_uzi went out in fourth place, good for $69,256.00.
Negotiations: Round Two
As three-handed play commenced, tiltcarla had a slim lead over MAKKAPAKK with 29.7 million in chips to his 27.2 million. Meanwhile, OMGImBlack was still hanging on with 5.6 million in chips when he doubled through tiltcarla, his pocket threes holding up against A♥7♣. Tiltcarla didn't lose too much ground on that hand, but soon relinquished the chip lead to MAKKAPAKK when her pocket threes fell to pocket nines in a 10.1 million pot.
With the blinds up to 200,000/400,000 the final three decided to take another stab at making a deal. Here's how their stacks looked at the second pause:
MAKKAPAKK - 32,339,489
tiltcarla - 21,288,111
OMGImBlack - 9,332,400
OMGImBlack and tiltcarla agreed to the ICM numbers, which awarded them $141.7k and $120.7k respectively. However, MAKKAPAKK was looking to improve his $151.5k share to $160k before closing the deal. Neither tiltcarla nor OMGImBlack were willing to make concessions and once again, the negotiations failed.
Shortly after cards went back in the air, MAKKAPAKK reclaimed the chip lead when tiltcarla folded to his 19.3 million river bet on a T♦8♣4♥2♠K♥ board. Tiltcarla fell to 11.1 million and three hands later, got the rest of her chips in pre flop against OMGImBlack. Although OMGImBlack's pocket nines led tiltcarla's A♣8♥ both pre flop and on the 7♣5♥4♠, tiltcarla was saved by the A♥ turn and eliminated OMGImBlack in third place ($100,736.00).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 7: tiltcarla (18,850,511 in chips)
Seat 8: MAKKAPAKK (44,109,489 in chips)
Tiltcarla ground her stack up to 25 million before MAKKAPAKK's 3♦5♠ rivered a six-high straight to send her back down to 15 million. Five hands later, MAKKAPAKK picked up Q♣J♠ and opened for 800,000. Tiltcarla three-bet to 2.4 million, MAKKAPAKK shoved for 47.4 million and tiltcarla called with A♥2♦. Tiltcarla kept the lead on the T♥9♦7♣ flop, but MAKKAPAKK picked up an open-ended straight draw. The 9♥ turn was no help but the K♦ filled it and MAKKAPAKK locked up his first Sunday Million title.
Congratulations to MAKKAPAKK on a remarkable run! He banked $191,528.46 for the win, while runner-up tiltcarla earned $141,660.00.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 7-6-2014
Places paid: 900
1. Christopher "MAKKAPAKK" Johnson (United Kingdom) $191,528.46
2. tiltcarla (Sweden) $141,660.00
3. OMGImBlack (Norway) $100,736.00
4. Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) $69,256.00
5. Mathias_ø (Denmark) $52,886.40
6. Batozmaj (Croatia) $40,294.40
7. bb830 (Mongolia) $27,702.40
8. paulwiter (Uruguay) $15,110.40
9. FeaNoR4eG (Ukraine) $9,758.80
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.