Sunday Million: SGE1977 goes from worst to first, 14alonso14 wins top dollar

With every seat at this final table still full, Mike "14alonso14" McDonnell was the prohibitive favorite to take it down. After crippling SilentPurple on the fifth hand of final table play, 14alonso14 held close to 60% of the chips in play. He went on to take out three more opponents before stepping up to the negotiating table with the four remaining short stacks. 14alonso14 secured himself a payday only $6,500 short of the published first place and with $20,000 still up for grabs, he had the potential to exceed it by quite a bit should he score the win. However, when play turned three-handed, KorW1n22 completely flipped the script when he rivered a flush against 14alonso14's kings up. Suddenly 14alonso14 was on the short stack and he went out a few hands later in third place. KorW1n22 took the chip lead into heads-up play but soon fell behind as SGE1977 hit his rush. After starting the final table with little more than three big blinds, SGE1977 doubled his way into the history books with a remarkable come-from behind victory en route to his first Sunday Million title.

Tonight's Sunday Million drew 6,675 players and the prize pool topped out at $1,335,000.00. 990 places were paid with first place set to earn $203,053.50. With the EPT Barcelona in full swing, only five Red Spades entered the fray: Theo Jorgensen, Vicky Coren, Caio Pessagno, Lex Veldhuis, and Andre Coimbra. Unfortunately, none of them finished in the money.

Ten players remained and blinds were up to 150,000/300,000 when 14alonso14 opened for a min-raise to 600,000. The action folded around to Gli_som_faen in the big blind, who moved all-in for 2.55 million. 14alonso14 called, his pocket nines racing with A♠K♠. 14alonso14 flopped bottom set on the K♥Q♣9♣6♦7♠ board and Gil_som_faen went out one spot short of the final table.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: SGE1977 (952,680 in chips)
Seat 2: apobuba12 (3,773,960 in chips)
Seat 3: guvonasat (4,075,832 in chips)
Seat 4: kleath (2,802,374 in chips)
Seat 5: cicamica96 (3,920,889 in chips)
Seat 6: KorW1n22 (4,950,397 in chips)
Seat 7: SilentPurple (19,706,250 in chips)
Seat 8: 14alonso14 (19,465,319 in chips)
Seat 9: Trems019 (7,102,299 in chips)

14alonso14 takes a commanding chip lead

SGE1977 slipped onto the final table with only 952,680 in chips, but doubled to 2.24 million on the first hand when his K♠J♦ held up against SilentPurple's K♥4♦.

Then, on Hand #5, a clash of the chip leaders changed the shape of this final table. It began when SilentPurple opened for 600,000 and 14alonso14 called from middle position. SilentPurple led out for 702,000 on the T♦7♠3♥ flop and 14alonso14 called to see the 4♦ turn. SilentPurple fired out 1,860,600 and 14alonso14 called. The river was the 8♦ and SilentPurple made it 4,840,680 to go. 14alonso14 raised to 14.1 million and SilentPurple called. 14alonso14 turned over A♦K♦ for the nut flush and SilentPurple mucked. Nearly even in chips to start the hand, SilentPurple was left with only 2.1 million while 14alonso14 rocketed to 38 million-- about 57% of the total amount of chips in play and five times the stack of second-in-chips Trems019.

cicamica96 runs QQ into AA

A pair of short stacks got their turn to double in the next orbit. Guvonasat picked up A♦A♠ against a very unlucky cicamica96's Q♣Q♦ and doubled to 7.75 million, while SilentPurple regained a few lost chips from his nemesis 14alonso14 as his K♥3♣ turned kings up vs. A♦4♥. Cicamica96, however, was unable to recover and succumbed in ninth place a few hands later when his Q♥T♠ did not improve vs. 14alsonso14's K♣T♥ ($10,346.25).

kleath out in eighth, SilentPurple succumbs in seventh

With 400,000 of his 1 million remaining chips committed in the big blind, kleath called all-in with 6♣7♦ when guvonasat made a small blind shove for 7.9 million. Guvonasat's K♦8♣ held up on the K♣9♠5♣9♦Q♠ board and kleath was eliminated in eighth place, good for $16,020.00.

Moments later, SilentPurple's run came to an end. Holding 4♥4♣, SilentPurple open-shoved for 4.03 million on the button, but 14alonso14 was lying in wait with 7♠7♣ in the small blind. 14alonso14 flopped a set of sevens and SilentPurple was out in seventh place, earning ($29,370.00).

SGE1977, apobuba12 double as Trems019 falls

SGE1977 scored another double up, this time to 6.07 million, when his J♥J♠ held against 14alonso14's K♠8♠. Apobuba12 did the same when he picked up A♥A♣ and three-bet shoved for 1.85 million from the big blind. Initial raiser Trems019 called with A♠3♣ and fell to 3.58 million. Only three hands later, Trems019 ran into aces yet again when he shoved with 5♠5♥ from UTG and guvonasat called on the button. Guvonasat's A♥A♦ held up on the K♥T♦4♦7♠8♠ board, leaving Trems019 with only 1.2 million.

On the next deal, 14alonso14 opened for a 3x raise to 1.5 million from the small blind and Trems019 called all-in with 8♣9♥ in the big. Although Trems019 turned a pair of eights, 14alonso14 spiked a river queen and sent him to the rail in sixth place ($42,720.00).

A lopsided deal

At this point, the final five agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up when the music stopped:

14alonso14 37,154,644
guvonasat 10,998,002
KorW1n22 9,080,074
SGE1977 6,571,440
apobuba12 2,945,840

After 45 minutes of negotiations, the players finally came to terms. Despite holding only six big blinds, apobuba12 guaranteed himself a $75,000 share, SGE1977 took $88,000, KorW1n22 and guvonasat agreed to $105,000 each and runaway chip leader 14alonso14 locked up $196,536.00 and the opportunity to take home more than the published first-place prize should he win and claim the $20,000 still on the table.

apobuba12 frozen out in fifth

Moments after cards went back in the air, SGE1977 limped in for 500,000 and apobuba12 shoved for 1.9 million on the button with pocket sixes. SGE1977 called and revealed 7♦7♠ for quite the cooler. Apobuba12 did not improve on the K♣Q♥8♠8♥2♣ board and exited in fifth place ($75,000.00).

14alonso14 cracks guvonasat's jacks

Five hands later, guvonasat opened for 1.25 million on the button and 14alonso14 shoved from the big blind with A♥9♠. Guvonasat quickly called with J♦J♣. Although 14alonso14 whiffed the Q♥5♦4♥ flop, he picked up the nut flush draw when the K♥ turned. The 5♥ river filled it and guvonasat hit the rail in fourth place ($105,000.00).

Reversal of fortune

When three-handed play commenced, 14alonso14 was still way out in front with 49.3 million, KorW1n22 was second with 10.2 million and SGE1977 brought up the rear with 7.2 million.

Once scraping the bottom of the chip counts with less than a million, SGE1977 continued his climb and doubled up two more times. He turned 4.1 million into 8.3 million when his K♣6♣ held up against 14alonso14's 7♠9♠, then spun 8.9 million into nearly 18 million when his A♠K♦ beat out 14alonso14's A♥4♠.

However, everything was turned on its ear when KorW1n22 and 14alonso14 clashed in a massive pot. KorW1n22 opened for a min-raise to 1.2 million with Q♥8♥, 14alonso14 three-bet to 2.75 million with K♥6♣ and KorW1n22 called. The K♠9♥6♥ flop hit both players-- 14alonso14 made top and bottom pair while KorW1n22 picked up a flush draw. 14alonso14 led out for 2,712,500 and KorW1n22 called. The T♠ turn missed KorW1n22 and 14alonso14 made it another 4,852,504 to go. KorW1n22 called and struck gold when the 2♥ rivered, making his flush. 14alonso14 shoved and KorW122 called off his remaining 9.74 million, his queen-high flush taking down the 40.9 million pot.

As 14alonso14 was no doubt thanking the heavens he made a deal when he did, KorW1n22 assumed the chip lead. SGE1977 added insult to injury when he doubled through 14alonso14, his J♠J♣ holding up against Q♠T♠. Left with only 6 million, 14alonso14 found 4♥4♠ and open-shoved from the small blind, but SGE1977 woke up with A♣7♣ and made the call. The coin once again landed with SGE1977 as the board came down K♦7♠3♠2♥7♥, making him trip sevens. Once the prohibitive favorite to win this edition of the Sunday Million, 14alonso14 exited in third place, albeit with the largest share of the prize pool by far at $196,536.00.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 1: SGE1977 (26,069,464 in chips)
Seat 6: KorW1n22 (40,680,536 in chips)

KorW1n22 chipped up to 46.5 million before SGE1977 went for broke on a 9♥7♦3♥ flop. Holding T♥7♠, SGE1977 check-raised to 4,000,000 and KorW1n22 three-bet shoved with A♣9♠ in response. SGE1977 called and found himself in terrible shape, but luckily spiked the T♦ on the river to double to 40.5 million.

KorW1n22 slipped all the war to 16.3 million before he doubled up, his A♥K♣ flopping top pair against SGE1977's J♣8♣. Back up to 32.7 million, KorW1n22 ground his way up to 37 million when SGE1977 three-bet shoved for 28.1 million on a Q♠J♥2♦ flop. KorW1n22 called and turned over 9♦T♠ for an open-ended straight draw while SGE1977 revealed Q♥5♥. KorW1n22 missed his draw, the A♥ and the T♣ landing on the turn and river to double SGE1977 to 59.6 million.

With 12.6 million remaining, KorW1n22 open-shoved on the button with A♠6♦, but SGE1977 woke up with A♦J♦ in the big blind. KorW1n22 didn't get any help from the Q♦9♦7♥J♠T♥ board and after starting the final table with less than a million in chips, SGE1977 now had every last one in front of him.

Congratulations to SGE1977 on a remarkable comeback! He banked $108,000.00 for the win while runner-up KorW1n22 earned $105,000.00.

PokerStars Sunday Million results for 8-24-2014

Players: 6,675
Prizepool: $1,335,000.00
Places paid: 990

1. SGE1977 (Brazil) $108,000.00*
2. KorW1n22 (Ukraine) $105,000.00*
3. Marc "14alonso14" McDonnell (Ireland) $196,536.00*
4. guvonasat (Canada) $105,000.00*
5. apobuba12 (Greece) $75,000.00*
6. Trems019 (Hungary) $42,720.00
7. SilentPurple (Canada) $29,370.00
8. kleath (Malta) $16,020.00
9. cicamica96 (United Kingdom) $10,346.25

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

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Kristin Bihr
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