Sunday Million: geramas.G grinds out a $210k score
A robust crowd of 7,919 players bought in to this week's Sunday Million, the prize pool topping out at $1,583,800.00. 1,170 places were paid with first place set to earn $237,574.32. Among the 19 Red Spades in the field were Jake Cody, Marcel Luske, Christian De Leon, Vicky Coren, Joe Cada, Nacho Barbero, Andre Akkari, Fatima Moreira De Melo and George Lind III. However Team Online's Tyler "frosty012" Frost (1,050th) was the only one to cash.
Blinds were up to 150,000/300,000 with ten players remaining. Short stack Skeiedk open-shoved 1.46 million from the cutoff and aces_up4108 called with A♦7♣ on the button. Skeiedk's Q♦3♦ did not improve on the K♥6♥5♣2♣6♣ board, ending his run on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: DafDaf1986 (14,561,139 in chips)
Seat 2: SvenskTruita (3,519,640 in chips)
Seat 3: blackaces93 (12,234,597 in chips)
Seat 4: sandal1968 (6,652,127 in chips)
Seat 5: d-mon-d (4,654,826 in chips)
Seat 6: M_ad_04M_ax_ (16,643,381 in chips)
Seat 7: alextoon1 (6,053,783 in chips)
Seat 8: aces_up4108 (7,581,019 in chips)
Seat 9: geramas.G (7,289,488 in chips)
d-mon-d, sandal1968 exit early
D-mon-d, a Norwegian with a runner-up finish in the Sunday 500 and a WCOOP final table under his belt, came into today's final table as the second-shortest stack, but was the first player eliminated. With the blinds up to 200,000/400,000, blackaces93 shoved for 6.9 million on the button and d-mon-d looked him up with A♦J♦ in the big blind. Although blackaces93's A♥5♠ was dominated, he caught a five on the flop and two pair on the turn. Unlucky d-mon-d found himself on the rail in ninth place when the board ran out 7♥5♥2♦2♥9♣.
Three hands later, sandal1968 looked down at A♦K♥ and open-shoved for 3.93 million from the hijack. Alextoon1 reshoved for 5.73 million on the button with T♠T♥ and both blinds folded. Alextoon1 won the coinflip, the board finishing 9♥8♦2♥3♥3♦ to send sandal1968 home in eighth place.
SvenskTruita stays alive, geramas.G doubles
Short stack SvenskTruita stayed alive by doubling twice, first through aces_up4108 when K♠Q♦ dominated K♥T♣, and later via DafDaf1986 with Q♠Q♥ holding against A♥8♦.
Geramas.G surged ahead thanks to a lucky flop. Holding J♣J♦ vs. M_ad_04M_ax's A♠A♦, geramas.G hit top set when the flop landed J♥3♦2♠, snapping off pocket aces. Geramas.G slyly checked the flop and M_ad_04M_ax checked back. Geramas.G bet 1.6 million on the 8♦ turn and fired another 2.8 million when the 5♣ rivered. M_ad_04M_ax raised to 6.4 million and geramas.G called all-in for 2.57 million only to show his opponent the bad news. Geramas.G moved up to second in chips with 17.6 million, just behind DafDaf1986's 18.9 million.
blackaces93 finishes off aces_up4108 in seventh
Left with less than 5 million after doubling up SvenskTruita, aces_up4108 struggled to gain traction. With 4.68 million left at the 250,000/500,000 level, aces_up4108 found pocket eights and open-shoved, only to run into blackaces93's pocket jacks in the big blind. Aces_up4108 did not improve and hit the rail in seventh place, good for $31,676.00.
DafDaf1986 goes from first to sixth
Geramas.G kept the pressure on and ground his way into the chip lead with 19.5 million, surpassing DafDaf1986, who was still close behind with 18.1 million. However, geramas.G took down a 12.3 million pot when he turned kings up against DafDaf1986, leaving him on 12.1 million in chips. Geramas.G moved up to 27.8 million and seized the chip lead.
The blinds rose to 300,000/600,000 and DafDaf1986 slid to 8.3 million before he opened for a min-raise with A♠7♦. Blackaces93 shoved for 8.9 million from the big blind and DafDaf1986 called, only to watch him reveal T♠T♥. DafDaf1986 did not improve on the K♠6♦6♥Q♦9♠ board and was eliminated in sixth place, earning $47,514.00.
geramas.G vanquishes M_ad_04M_ax, blackaces93 busts alextoon1
Down to only six big blinds, SvenskTruita called all-in with A♠2♣ in the big blind when geramas.G made a small blind shove with J♦4♦. SvenskTruita's ace-high was good on the Q♥8♠5♣6♣T♥ board and he doubled to 9.67 million.
Only moments later, geramas.G rebounded and then some. With the blidns up to 400,000/800,000, M_ad_04M_ax opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million and geramas.G looked down at A♣A♦. Geramas.G three-bet to 4 million, M_ad_04M_ax shoved for 9.16 million and geramas.G snap-called. M_ad_04M_ax's Q♥J♥ did not improve and he went out in fifth place, collecting $63,352.00.
Meanwhile, alextoon1 had fallen to only 7.8 million in chips and called all-in from the big blind with J♥T♦ when blackaces93 made a small blind shove. Blackaces93 was behind with the lowly T♥6♣, but caught a pair of sixes on the turn to end alextoon1's run in fourth place ($79,823.52).
Chop it three ways
As play turned three-handed, blackaces93 led with 39.7 million, geramas.G was a strong second with 30.3 million and SvenskTruita, the shortest stack to start the final table, was still hanging on with 9.2 million.
Blackaces93 took a massive 36.5 million pot off geramas.G when his K♦6♦ rivered a king-high straight, but geramas.G got it back three hands later when they got their money in on a K♥3♦4♣ flop. Geramas.G's top pair with K♦Q♠ hung on vs. blackaces93's OESD with 2♣5♠ and he doubled back up to 37.2 million.
Shortly thereafer, SvenskTruita open-shoved for 6.95 million from the small blind and blackaces93 called with 3♣3♦ in the big. However, SvenskTruita's Q♦6♦ turned a pair of sixes, good for a double-up to 14.1 million.
At that point, blackaces93 suggested they discuss a potential deal. Both SvenskTruita and geramas.G agreed and the action was paused. Here's a look at how they stacked up:
After final table hose Tyler "frosty012" Frost presented both chip counts and ICM numbers, the final three agreed to a modified ICM chop that awarded an extra $5,000 to chip leader geramas.G. With $20,000 still to play for, cards went back in the air.
geramas.G eliminates blackaces93 in third
Only three hands after the action resumed, blackaces93 four-bet shoved for 26.7 million with A♠T♣ and geramas.G called with Q♠Q♦. Geramas.G's pocket queens held up on the K♥8♥5♣5♠9♣ board, busting blackaces93 in third place. Thanks to the deal, blackaces93 departed with $170,164.00, just short of second-place money.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: SvenskTruita (12,621,616 in chips)
Seat 9: geramas.G (66,568,384 in chips)
Geramas.G. brought a better-than 5 to 1 chip lead into heads-up play and didn't take long to finish off SvenskTruita. The money went in as soon as both players picked up ace high, geramas.G's A♣T♥ winning the kicker war against SvenskTruita's A♥7♣.
Congratulations to Greece's geramas.G on his Sunday Million win! He banked $210,000.00 thanks to the three-way deal. Kudos are also due to SvenskTruita, who came into the final table with 11 big blinds and spun it up into a runner-up finish good for $150,413.32.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 1-19-2014
Places paid: 1,170
1. geramas.G (Greece) $210,000.00*
2. SvenskTruita (Sweden) $150,413.32*
3. blackaces93 (Poland) $170.164.00*
4. alextoon1 (Malta) $79,823.52
5. M_ad_04M_ax (Canada) $63.352.00
6. DafDaf1986 (Denmark) $47.514.00
7. aces_up4108 (Japan) $31,676.00
8. sandal1968 (Russia) $18,213.70
9. d-mon-d (Norway) $12,274.45
*= 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.