Sunday Million: Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman banks $145k after four-way deal

American poker exile Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman, a self-declared "professional nit" by way of his Twitter bio, claimed the top prize in this week's Sunday Million after a four-way deal. Wasserman has earned over $3.4 million in multi-table tournaments on Stars and has multiple final table finishes in the Sunday 500 and the notoriously tough Super Tuesday, however, tonight marked his largest career online score. Wasserman contended with a tough final nine that included 2013 WCOOP champion JNandez87 and 2015 SCOOP winner TheDegenFund en route to the title.

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Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman

Perhaps owing to the late summer weekend or the record-breaking festivities at the EPT Barcelona, for the first time in recent memory, the Sunday Million had a slight overlay. 4,962 players competed for a share of the $1 million prize pool. 720 places were paid out, with the champion set to earn $156,430.00.

With ten players remaining, the blinds were up to 100,000/200,000 and four were below the ten big-blind threshold. Handebraken picked up K♠Q♥ and moved all-in for 1,689,325 from the cutoff and StrungOut1 called from the big blind with J♦J♣. The A♣J♥4♠ flop gave StrungOut1 a set of jacks and Handebraken a gutshot straight draw, but it was all over when the J♠ turned, making StrungOut1 quad jacks. Handebraken hit the rail in tenth place, sending us to the final table.
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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: JNandez87 (4,380,880 in chips)
Seat 2: StrungOut1 (8,558,369 in chips)
Seat 3: franco50 (11,011,545 in chips)
Seat 4: DMS75 (1,878,026 in chips)
Seat 5: $tupidann (1,353,224 in chips)
Seat 6: XR-1 (3,872,592 in chips)
Seat 7: TheDegenFund (8,380,728 in chips)
Seat 8: triinukene (8,986,882 in chips)
Seat 9: brenddis (1,197,754 in chips)

Brenddis arrived at the final table with the fewest chips and was the first player eliminated. Down to 1.1 million with 200,000 already committed in the big blind, brenddis called triinukene's small blind shove with A♠T♠. Unfortunatey for brenddiss, triinukene had the goods with J♦J♠ and flopped a set on the J♥8♥3♦A♥T♣ board, ending brienddis's run in ninth place.

Moments later, with the blinds up to 125,000/250,000, JNandez87 led off the action with a min-raise to 500,000. StrungOut1 called and DMS75 three-bet shoved for 1.61 million. The action folded back around to JNandez87, who reshoved for 5.03 million and StrungOut1 called, having both players covered.

JNandez87 T♥T♣
DMS75 9♣9♠
StrungOut1 A♥A♠

StrungOut1's pocket aces held up on the K♥5♠2♠7♠4♦ board and he raked in the massive 12.25 million chip pot. DMS75 finished in 8th place, while JNandez87 earned seventh-place cash.

Three hands later, $tupidann had 250,000 of his remaining 363,000 committed in the big blind. Triinukene opened for 525,000 and $tupidann called all-in with A♣3♣. Triinukene was behind with K♦Q♦, but hit a boffo K♥Q♠5♠ flop to make top two pair. $tupidann didn't catch up on the 5♣ turn or the T♠ river and departed in sixth place.

With the field down to five, XR-1 was, by far, the shortest stack remaining with only 1.34 million (5BB), while StrungOut1 was up to 21.6 million, thanks to that double KO. StrungOut1 opened for 502,555 and XR-1 moved in for 1.31 million with K♦Q♠. StrungOut1 called off the additional 813,000 with Q♦5♥, but XR-1 caught a king on the K♣T♥7♣ flop. The 5♣ turn paired StrungOut1 and the Q♥ gave both players two pair, but XR-1 had the upper hand with kings and queens and doubled to 3 million.

Five-handed play slogged on for another twenty minutes and the blinds were up to 200,000/400,000 when StrungOut1 made it 1,000,000 to go. Franco50 called from the small blind and XR-1 called from the big. The flop came down T♦5♥2♥ and both blinds checked to StrungOut1, who bet 1,543,240. Franco50 folded and XR-1 raised all-in for 2.54 million. StrungOut1 called, his A♥6♣ well behind XR-1's pocket nines. The turn was the 4♣, the river was the 8♥, and XR-1 doubled again, this time to 8.28 million.

Five hands later, XR-1 did it again. TheDegenFund opened for 800,000, triinukene flat-called, franco50 called from the small blind and XR-1 shoved for 7.68 million from the big. TheDegenFund reshoved for 8.04 million and both triinukene and franco50 got out of the way.

TheDegenFund Q♦Q♣
XR-1 A♠A♦

TheDegenFund was on the wrong end of a cooler, and his pocket queens failed to improve on the J♣T♦8♥6♦2♦ board. XR-1 doubled to 17.1 million and TheDegenFund was left with only 359,000. He was eliminated in fifth place on the next deal when his 9♠2♦ fell to franco50's A♥2♠.

During four-handed play, the table agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:

StrungOut1 - 25,709,938
XR-1 - 11,884,411
franco50 - 6,456,735
triinukene - 5,568,916

While the shorter stacks were happy to accept an ICM deal, chip leader StrungOut1 was looking for a larger payout, somewhere in between the chip count chop and ICM numbers. XR-1 and franco50 relinquished $2,321 and $3,661 respectively from their shares, appeasing StrungOut1 enough to close the deal. With $20,000 still in play for the winner, action resumed.

Four hands after cards went back in the air, XR-1 open-shoved for 15.46 million from the small blind and triinukene called all-in for 4.42 million from the big. Triinukene's Q♥T♠ did not improve vs. XR-1's K♠8♠ and triinukene went out in fourth place, earning $83,064.37 thanks to the deal.

Five more hands passed before StrungOut1 opened for 1,206,555 on the button and franco50 shoved from the small blind. StrungOut1 called, his K♦4♥ leading franco50's Q♦3♣. StrungOut1 flopped a pair of fours on the A♠9♠4♣6♥J♠ board and franco50 hit the rail in third place, $83,000.00 richer.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: StrungOut1 (29,428,252 in chips)
Seat 6: XR-1 (20,191,748 in chips)

"GL you two," declared final table host Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, reminding them of the extra $20,000 on the line. "A big sit and go now!"

Despite the significant chunk of change still at stake, it only took 13 hands for this heads-up match to finish. XR-1 took down several small pots to start and nearly evened the chip counts, before StrungOut1 fired three times at a 9♠3♥2♦3♠Q♥ board and got a fold on the river, claiming an 11 million-chip pot. StrungOut1 moved up to 31.3 million while XR-1 slipped to 18.35 million.

Three hands later, XR-1 opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million and StringOut1 three-bet to 3.87 million. XR- called and they both checked the A♦J♥T♠ flop. The turn came the Q♦ and both checked again, but when the 4♠ rivered, StrungOut1 bet 2,171,227. XR-1 looked him up, but mucked in the face of his J♣4♦ for two pair. StrungOut1 climbled to 37.3 million, while XR-1 was left with 12.2 million.

Four more hands passed before XR-1 limped in on the button and StrungOut1 raised to 2.4 million. XR-1 shoved and StrungOut1 called. XR-1 had the preflop advantage with A♣9♣ against K♠T♥, but StrungOut1 caught a king on the flop to take the lead. The board finished out K♣Q♦4♦2♦5♦ and StrungOut1 at last had every chip in front of him.

Congratulations to Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman on joining the ranks of Sunday Million champions! He banked $145,865.63 for the win, while runner-up XR-1 earned an even $100,000.00.

PokerStars Sunday Million results for 8-23-2015

Players: 4,962
Prizepool: $1,000,000.00
Places paid: 720

1. Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman (Mexico) $145,865.63*
2. XR-1 (United Kingdom) $100,000.00*
3. franco50 (United Kingdom) $83,000.00*
4. triinukene (Estonia) $83,064.37*
5. TheDegenFund (Mexico) $42,500.00
6. $tupidann (Netherlands) $32,500.00
7. JNandez87 (Switzerland) $22,500.00
8. DMS75 (Russia) $12,500.00
9. brenddis (Lithuania) $8,000.00

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

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Sunday Million