Sunday Million: Victory for elmelogno4, heads-up deal yields $214k payday
Elmelogno4 knows what it's like to just miss out on a major win. Earlier this year, he final tabled the Sunday Warm-Up, but fell short of the title with a fourth-place finish. Less than six months later, he gave himself a second chance. Elmelogno4 made the final table of this week's Sunday Million with a substantial chip lead and quickly turned it into a dominating one when he eliminated three players. After a short breather when LPE22 took out luckylukas13 in sixth place, elmelogno4 went on to eliminate his remaining four opponents en route to a $214k score and his first Sunday Million title.
Even with the WSOP in full swing, the Million still drew 7,464 players, the prize pool reaching $1,492,800.00. 1,080 places were paid with first place set to earn $223,924.92. Half a dozen Red Spades joined the field including Caio Pessagno, Vicky Coren, Martin Hruby, Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas and this week's bounty Matthias "Mati312" Brandner. The only one to cash was Team Online's Lex Veldhuis, who finished in 501st place.
Blinds were 150,000/300,000 with ten players remaining. Lagrecasso opened for a min-raise to 600,000 and Jon_Raise71 three-bet to 1.5 million from the small blind. Lagrecasso called and they saw a Q♥9♥6♣ flop. Jon_Raise71 completed his stop-n-go with a shove for 5.45 million and Lagrecasso snap-called, having executed a perfect trap with A♣A♠. Jon_Raise71's A♦9♠ did not improve on the 3♣ turn or the J♥ river and he went out on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: luckylukas13 (5,407,716 in chips)
Seat 2: Lagrecasso (16,072,020 in chips)
Seat 3: elmelogno4 (13,520,281 in chips)
Seat 4: LPE22 (6,226,815 in chips)
Seat 5: talitay (9,263,943 in chips)
Seat 6: C.Abe.AIL (6,387,188 in chips)
Seat 7: Schurke88 (2,730,476 in chips)
Seat 8: chefsn (7,837,330 in chips)
Seat 9: GOTTARDO333 (7,194,231 in chips)
elmelongo4 takes out three
Schurke88 made the final table with seven big blinds and doubled his stack when his A♠K♣ held up against LPE22's 8♣9♣. Fellow short stack luckylukas13 also scored an early double-up, increasing his stack to 7.8 million when his K♠J♣ flopped a king vs. talitay's A♦Q♥.
However, it was chip leader elmelogno4 who drew first blood. Holding A♠K♣ under the gun, Schurke88 open-shoved for 3.37 million. GOTTARDO333 reshoved for 4.41 million from middle position with A♥K♥ and elmelogno4 moved in from the cutoff with T♠T♣, having both players covered. Elmelogno4's pocket tens held up on the 9♦8♦7♦2♦5♣ board, ending Schurke88's run in ninth place ($11,569.20) and GOTTARDO333's in eighth ($17,913.60).
One orbit later, the action folded to elmelogno4 on the button and he moved all-in for 25.9 million. LPE22 folded the small blind but talitay called from the big, revealing A♠5♠. Elmelogno4 was behind with J♠T♣, but picked up a gutshot straight draw on the Q♥8♠4♥ flop. The turn blanked with the 3♣, but elmelogno4 spiked the 9♣ on the river to make a queen-high straight. Elmelogno4 moved up to a dominating 32.8 million while talitay exited in seventh place ($32,095.20).
LPE22 triples, luckylukas13 busts
With the blinds up to 250,000/500,000, luckylukas13 moved in for 8.77 million and Lagrecasso reshoved right behind him for 13.3 million. LPE22 snap-called all-in for 6.1 million from the big blind, having picked up the perfect hand at the perfect time.
LPE22's aces held up on the J♠9♣3♥Q♥3♠ board and he tripled to 20.3 million, good for second in chips. Lagrecasso fell to 8.9 million and luckylukas13 was eliminated in sixth place ($46,276.80).
elmelogno4 outflops chefsn
A few minutes later, elmelogno4 struck again. Chefsn three-bet shoved for 6.42 million from the small blind and elmelogno4 called. Although chefsn had the preflop lead with 9♠9♣ vs. A♣7♣, elmelogno4 made trip aces on the A♥T♥A♠ flop. Chefsn did not improve and exited in fifth place for a $61,204.80 score.
The final four agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:
elmelogno4 - 40,601,746
LPE22 - 20,065,842
Lagrecasso - 9,895,224
C.Abe.AIL - 4,077,188
Final table hose Matthias "Mati312" Brandner provided the players with both chip count chop and ICM numbers. Given elmelogno4's huge lead, the chip count chop numbers offered him the potential to earn more than the published first place should he win and pick up the additional $20k. This fact was not lost on Lagrecasso, who pleaded with elmelogno4 to accept the more reasonable ICM numbers. Even though short stack C.Abe.AIL agreed to give up $5,000 from his ICM share to elmelogno4, it still wasn't enough to satisfy him. With the negotiations at an impasse, cards went back in the air.
LPE22 lassos Lagrecasso
Only a few hands after action resumed, C.Abe.AIL picked up K♠9♣ and moved in for 3.6 million from the button. Lagrecasso reshoved from the small blind and turned up A♥J♠. C.Abe.AIL picked up a pair of nines on the 9♥8♥4♦ flop and Lagrecasso couldn't find an ace or a jack on the turn or river. C.Abe.AIL doubled to 8.33 million, leaving Lagrecasso on the short stack.
A few hands later, Lagrecasso shoved for 3.41 million on the button and both opponents called from the blinds. Elmelogno4 and LPE22 both checked the K♣4♦3♣ flop, but when the 6♦ turned, LPE22 folded to elmelogno4's 7.35 million bet. Elmelogno4 turned up K♠4♠ for two pair and Lagrecasso was drawing dead with 8♠9♠. The river was the 5♣ and Lagrecasso hit the rail in fourth place, earning $79,118.40.
C.Abe.AIL takes third
As play turned three-handed, elmelogno4 had a massive chip lead with 49.8 million, LPE22 was second with 17.6 million and C.Abe.AIL was the short stack with 7.2 million. Pots stayed small for the most part until LPE22 open-shvoed for 11.9 million from the small blind and C.Abe.AIL called all-in from the big with 8♦8♥. LPE22 was behind with 7♠9♠ but rivered a seven-high straight on the 6♣5♦4♣3♣5♠ board. For third place, C.Abe.AIL took home $119,424.00.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: elmelogno4 (55,149,867 in chips)
Seat 4: LPE22 (19,490,133 in chips)
Shortly after heads-up play commenced, elmelogno4 and LPE22 took another run at making a deal. This time they agreed to an ICM chop, but LPE22 admitted he was only making a deal because he had other pressing matters:
LPE22: nope, sorry bud, numbers as is or play
LPE22: i only want to deal because I would like to watch Game of Thrones now
LPE22 got his chips in the middle as a dog with K♣8♣ vs. elmelogno4's A♣Q♠, but flopped an eight to double up to 27 million. Elmelogno4 whittled him back down to 10.5 million, then halved LPE22's stack again when he fired the flop, turn, and river on a Q♦6♣5♣K♦Q♥ board. LPE22 called him down only to muck at the sight of elmelogno4's K♠2♣.
On the next deal, LPE22 doubled to 10.8 million when his 3♥4♥ flopped a four vs. A♦K♥. Then he doubled again on the hand after that, raking in 21.5 million when his Q♠T♦ rivered a straight against elmelogno4's 4♠4♥.
LPE22 hit a high-water mark of 38.2 million, briefly taking the cup lead before elmelogno4 snagged it back. Down to 27.6 million in chips, LPE22 opened for a min-raise to 2 million on the button and elmelogno4 called. Elmelogno4 check-called 1.5 million on the K♠5♦4♦ flop and did the same on the Q♠ turn for another 4,104,000. The river was the 7♠ and elmelogno4 checked a third time. LPE22 moved in for 19.8 million and elmelogno4 called, turning up A♠5♠ for the nut flush. LPE22's eight-high straight with 6♥8♦ was no good and he settled for second place as elmelogno4 locked up his first Sunday Million title.
Congratulations to Uruguay's elmelogno4, our newest Sunday Million champ. He banked $214,117.96 for the win while runner-up LPE22 earned $174,567.29.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 6-8-2014
Places paid: 1,080
1. elmelogno4 (Uruguay) $214.117.96*
2. LPE22 (Mexico) $174,567.29*
3. C.Abe.AIL (Romania) $119,424.00
4. Lagrecasso (Brazil) $79,118.40
5. chefsn (Austria) $61,204.80
6. luckylukas13 (Sweden) $46,276.80
7. talitay (Israel) $32,095.20
8. GOTTARDO333 (Brazil) $17,913.60
9. Schurke88 (Germany) $11,569.20
*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.