Sunday Million: lazrom rises, wins $151k after three-way deal

Give a bad beat. Weather a bad beat. Both will happen en route to a tournament win, it's all a matter of how they're handled. Tonight's champion could have easily busted off the final table in ninth place-- after all, he arrived there with the shortest stack. Instead, lazrom took out the ninth-place finisher with pocket eights over pocket fours and was poised to survive at least a couple of pay jumps. But for his next trick, lazrom dealt a crushing blow to RyuuuuK when both players flopped trip kings, but lazrom's queen kicker trumped RyuuuuK's jack. Shortly thereafter, lazrom scored another knockout when his A♥Q♥ flopped the nut flush against ThieF83's A♦K♠, and he got off the short stack for good when he doubled through monster stack GX91, his A♠9♥ four-flushing against J♣T♣. Although he was second in chips when a three-handed deal was made, lazrom picked up pocket aces and knocked out r0ckyd0nky in third, setting up a heads-up battle with GX91. On the first hand of their match, GX91 got a bit of revenge by flopping a flush and earning a full double, but lazrom struck back quickly, cracking K♣K♠ with K♥6♥. GX91 was unable to recover and lazrom took down the Sunday Million title, along with over $151,000.

Although the guarantee was easily met, this week saw a lighter-than-usual crowd sign up for the Million, with 5,754 players creating a $1,150,800.00 prize pool. 855 places were paid with first place set to earn $178,376.70.

The blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 with ten players remaining and short stack SiLSiLViNiO was all-in for 227,360 in the big blind. Just when you thought everyone at the table might limp in and check it down, Palmito9 moved in for 3.52 million from UTG and folded out his other three opponents. He had a good reason-- Palmito9 turned up K♥K♣- and the pocket kings held up against SiLSiLViNiO's J♥8♣ on the 5♣5♥3♥T♠Q♣ board, ending his run on the final table bubble.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Leqenden (5,505,544 in chips)
Seat 2: A_Angel_10 (8,830,300 in chips)
Seat 3: lazrom (2,844,944 in chips)
Seat 4: Henkibett89 (3,253,949 in chips)
Seat 5: ThieF83 (3,095,392 in chips)
Seat 6: r0ckyd0nky (7,019,142 in chips)
Seat 7: RyuuuuK (8,258,878 in chips)
Seat 8: Palmito9 (3,998,278 in chips)
Seat 9: GX91 (14,733,573 in chips)

Palmito9's pocket pair worked out for him on the bubble, and with the blinds up to 150,000/300,000, he found 4♠4♣ and moved in for 2.27 million. Unfortunately for him, lazarom woke up with 8♣8♠ in the big blind and the snowmen held up on the 7♠6♠2♣3♥2♠ board, sending Palmito9 to the rail in ninth place. Later in the same level, Leqenden three-bet shoved for 5.36 million on the button and initial min-raiser r0ckyd0nky called. Leqenden's 8♥8♣ were no match for r0ckyd0nky's T♣T♠ and he exited in eighth place.

The blinds were up to 200,000/400,000 when lazrom and RyuuuuK went to war on a K♥K♣7♠ flop. RyuuuuK check-raised to 1.75 million, lazrom three-bet to 2.7 million and RyuuuuK shoved for 3.93 million. Lazrom called and turned up K♦Q♠, just outkicking a very unlucky RyuuuuK with K♠J♠. RyuuuuK didn't improve on the 2♣ turn or the A♣ river and went out in seventh place.

Four hands later, GX91 opened for 800,800, lazrom three-bet to 2 million straight and ThieF83 shoved for 4.58 million from the big blind. GX91 got out of the way, but lazrom called, his A♥Q♥ trailing ThieF83's A♦K♠. Everything changed, however, when the flop came down K♥6♥4♥, making lazrom the nut flush. There was no hope for ThieF83 on the 5♦ turn or the Q♠ river and he hit the rail in sixth place.

Then, on the very next deal, A_Angel_10 open-shoved for 3.49 million from UTG with A♠7♣ and GX91 called from the big blind with A♦T♠. Unlike lazrom, A_Angel_10's dominated hand didn't get any help from the J♠T♦5♥T♥2♦ board and the Chilean ended his run in fifth place.

When four-handed play commenced, two big stacks-- GX91 with over 30 million and r0ckyd0nky with 15.5 million-- were up against two short stacks. Both shorties doubled up straight away. Henkibett89 was first, going from 2.75 million to 5.87 million when his T♠9♥ made two pair against lazrom's K♦7♦. Lazrom slipped to 7.13 million, but recovered with a double to 14.3 million through GX91 when his A♠9♥ caught four hearts on the board vs. J♣T♣. Three hands later, Henkibett89 tried his luck again and moved in for 3.44 million on the button with K♦7♦. However, GX91 found pocket nines in the big blind and they held up to take out Henkibett89 in fourth place.

After a few pots three-handed, everyone agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:

GX91 - 23,518,980
lazrom - 21,554,234
r0ckyd0nky - 12,466,786

An ICM chop gave chip leader GX91 a $133,851.84 share, but he was jonesing for an even $135k.

GX91: i will accept 135k guys
lazrom: haha
lazrom: take the deal
GX91: its only 600 dollars each
GX91: i think i have an advantage

Lazrom and r0ckyd0nky didn't seem thrilled to quibble over a few hundred bucks while splitting up nearly $384,000 in prize money. In the interest of closing the deal, both of them bowed to GX91's demand and relinquished $600 apiece. With $20,000 still up for grabs, cards went back in the air.

On one of the first hands back, lazrom opened for a min-raise to 1,000,000 and r0ckyd0nky three-bet shoved for 8.14 million from the small blind. Lazrom called, his K♠2♥ up against Q♣T♥. Although lazrom made the right call, he didn't get the right result as r0ckyd0nky flopped a ten on the A♣T♦5♥A♦5♣ board and doubled to 16.9 million. But only three hands later, r0ckyd0nky put all those hard-earned chips at risk again. Blinds were 250,000/500,000 when lazrom opened for 1,000,000 and both r0ckyd0nky and GX91 called. The flop fell T♥8♦8♠ and the action checked to lazrom, who bet 1.5 million. R0ckyd0nky called and GX91 folded. When the turn came the 7♣, r0ckyd0nky checked, lazrom moved in for 18.8 million and r0ckyd0nky called all-in for less. Lazrom had r0ckyd0nky's K♦T♣ crushed with A♥A♣ and as the 5♠ hit the river, r0ckyd0nky hit the rail in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 3: lazrom (38,221,020 in chips)
Seat 9: GX91 (19,318,980 in chips)

Lazrom had the good fortune to flop a flush during six-handed play, so it was only fitting that GX91 turned the tables on the first hand heads-up. With both players in for 1,000,000 apiece, the flop fell Q♦T♦5♦ and lazrom led out for another 1,000,000. GX91 raised to 2.4 million and lazrom called. The turn was the J♠ and lazrom checked to GX91, who bet 3,744,455. Lazrom called and the river fell the A♣. Lazrom took the lead and bet 27 million and GX91 snap-called all-in for 12.1 million with K♦J♦. Lazrom only had 8♦T♣ for a pair of tens and GX91 doubled to 38.6 million with his king-high flush.

Lazrom's luck, however, had not run out. GX91 limped in for 600,000 on the button and lazrom moved all-in for 14.8 million with K♥6♥. GX91 snap-called with K♣K♠ in a perfectly executed trap, but had the life drained out of him as the board ran out A♠Q♠6♣2♥6♦ and lazrom made trip sixes. Lazrom raked in the 29.7 million pot and took a slim lead over GX91, who was left with 27.8 million.

Lazrom maintained that slim lead and had 30.9 million when he found 4♥4♣ and open-shoved on the button. GX91 called all-in and revealed A♦J♠. In the final flip for all the marbles, the coin came down on lazrom's side as his pocket fours held up on the 8♥2♦2♣9♣7♥ board.

Congratulations to lazrom on his Sunday Million win! Thanks to the deal, he banked $151,210.51 while runner-up GX91 earned $135,051.84.


PokerStars Sunday Million results for 5-31-2015

Players: 5,754
Prizepool: $1,150,800.00
Places paid: 855

1. lazrom (Sweden) $151,210.51*
2. GX91 (Malta) $135,051.84*
3. r0ckyd0nky (Germany) $117,671.15*
4. Henkibett89 (Norway) $64,617.42
5. A_Angel_10 (Chile) $48,333.60
6. ThieF83 (Cyprus) $36,825.60
7. RyuuuuK (Mexico) $25,317,60
8. Leqenden (Belarus) $14,385.00
9. Palmito9 (Switzerland) $8,976.24

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

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Sunday Million