Sunday Million: Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion defeats Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek, wins his second Sunday Million title

One hundred sixty-one days after he won the Sunday Million for $214k, the U.K.'s Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion accomplished a most extraordinary feat in the PokerStars galaxy-- he won it again, this time for just over $200,000. Tinnion joins an elite club of two-time winners, among them Jesper "KipsterDK" Hougaard, Peter "twirlpro" Turmezey, and Kevin "kevsteele" Steele. Much like Steele, who won his two Millions only months apart in 2011, Tinnion captured his second title less than six months after the first.

Although Tinnion was in solid chip position during the later stages of the tournament and went to the final table at the top of the chip counts, he did not have an easy time staying there. Standing in his way were two formidable foes and one brash upstart. On his right was Seth "Setherson2" Davies, a 2014 SCOOP champion who banked nearly a quarter of a million dollars for his victory in Event #30-H. Across the table loomed Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek, a terror both online and live, who boasts TCOOP and SCOOP titles along with a €128k score from a side event win at the EPT Prague in Season 9. And to his left lay the wild card, newcomer elme1989, who, with gutsy play and faith in his reads, demonstrated enough chutzpah to take the whole thing down himself.

6,579 players turned out to this week's Million, the prize pool reaching $1,315,800.00. 990 places were paid with $200,136.96 up top.

As the field played down from 54 players, robtinnion and elme1989 traded the chip lead. However, with 14 players remaining, elme1989 showed what he's made of and retook the lead after a confounding hand against Hermea7. It started innocently enough when Hermea7 opened for a min-raise to 400,000 from UTG with Q♥J♥. Elme1989 called from the cutoff with K♣Q♦. Both players whiffed on the 7♦3♠2♣ flop and Hermea7 put out a 600,000 continuation bet. Elme1989 called and the 9♠ came on the turn. Hermea7 fired a second barrel for 1.22 million and again elme1989 flat-called with king high. The K♥ river suddenly gave elme1989 something to work with and shockingly enough, Hermea7 pulled the trigger, moving all-in for 3,677,487. Elme1989 called with his top pair and shot into the chip lead with 12.2 million as Hermea7 exited in 14th place.

Fifteen minutes later, only ten remained and with the blinds up to 125,000/250,000, i need sheet opened for 500,000 from UTG. Ministerborg defended his big blind with 3♣4♠ and they saw a Q♣6♣5♠ flop. Ministerborg checked his open-ended straight draw, i need sheet bet 475,100, and ministerborg shoved for 5.4 million. I need sheet called and revealed A♥Q♥ for top pair, but ministerborg turned the 7♥ to make his straight and sent us to the final table.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: rybn1k (3,175,387 in chips)
Seat 2: Setherson2 (2,319,406 in chips)
Seat 3: dieterD6 (12,777,554 in chips)
Seat 4: robtinnion (17,581,455 in chips)
Seat 5: boloban25 (3,536,829 in chips)
Seat 6: Mylo723 (1,976,078 in chips)
Seat 7: elme1989 (11,423,661 in chips)
Seat 8: kadafi11 (2,571,776 in chips)
Seat 9: ministerborg (10,427,854 in chips)

"Even chop?" joked short stack Setherson2 to titters around the table. However, he didn't stay on the bottom for long. Dealt pocket tens UTG, Setherson2 moved in for just over 3 million and dieterD6 called with A♠Q♦. Setherson2 kept his lead on the eight-high flop and turned a set of tens, doubling his stack to 6.85 million. Then, on the next hand, elme1989 opened for 600,000 from middle position and kadafi11 shoved for 1.41 million from the cutoff. Although elme1989's Q♠9♠ trailed kadafi11's A♣J♦ preflop, elme1989 flopped queens and nines and ended kadafi11's run in ninth place. Later in the same level, Setherson2 called Mylo723's 1.32 million shove and turned up K♥8♣. Mylo723's Q♦9♣ didn't have the same luck, the T♦T♥4♣T♣A♥ board spelling his eighth-place elimination.

Four hands later, rybn1k moved in for his last six big blinds with Q♣K♦ and elme1989 looked him up with A♥9♥. Elme1989 made an ace-high flush on the J♥3♠2♥A♦8♥ board and rybn1k hit the rail in seventh place. Rybn1k's elimination left boloban25 as the short stack, but he followed him to the rail in sixth place when his K♦T♥ did not improve vs. Setherson2's A♦T♠.

Chips shuffled around the table until the 250,000/500,000 level when dieterD6 made his last stand, moving in his remaining 3.89 million with 8♦T♣. Ministerborg called from the small blind with K♦J♦ and made kings up by the river, sending dieterD6 home in fifth.


Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek celebrates at the EPT9 Prague

At ministerborg's suggestion, the final four agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:

Setherson2 23,367,548
ministerborg 22,667,573
robtinnion 10,859,055
elme1989 8,895,824

Ministerborg was solely interested in a chip chop deal, but robtinnion requested ICM numbers as well. Final table host Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara presented both sets of figures as a starting point for negotiations, but things didn't progress very far. Although robtinnion and elme1989 were willing to take the ICM deal, ministerborg wanted a $160k share, ($13k more than chip chop, $20k more than ICM). From there, negotiations quickly broke down and cards went back in the air.

Elme1989 doubled to 19.1 million when his A♣J♦ held up against Setherson2's K♦Q♥, but those chips landed with robtinnion on the next hand when his A♣Q♦ spiked a queen on the flop vs. elme1989's A♠K♠. His stack up to 24 million, robtinnion suggested they take another run at a deal and the action paused a second time with the following chip counts.

ministerborg 24,047,573
robtinnion 23,998,110
Setherson2 9,311,724
elme1989 8,432,593

This set of negotiations didn't go any better than the first. Although ministerborg had virtually the same amount of chips as robtinnion (the chip chop deal offered them $151k apiece), he felt he deserved a far larger share of the pie.

ministerborg: so 100k elme, 108k sether, me 165k and 133k for rob and 20k to play for
ministerborg: then we have a deal
robtinnion: yeah sure now im getting 133k
robtinnion: 150k for me
ministerborg: 150k was wrong
robtinnion: why
ministerborg: thats not possible
robtinnion: we have the same stack you inbred
ministerborg: true
ministerborg: but I would love to gamble
ministerborg: + I feel in good shape here
ministerborg: nothing personal
ministerborg: this is just my game
robtinnion: right...
ministerborg: will you take that rob?
robtinnion: ive won this before, how many time you won it?
ministerborg: does it matter?

Robtinnion held firm-- $150k or no deal-- and with ministerborg unwilling to budge, the action resumed.

On the first hand back, the action folded to Setherson2 in the small blind and he moved all-in with A♦7♦. Robtinnion called with J♥T♦ and was in serious trouble when the flop fell A♣J♣5♥. The 9♥ turn was no help to robtinnion, but he spiked the T♠ on the river to make jacks up. Suddenly, Setherson2 was on the rail in fourth place.

As play turned three-handed, ministerborg made a last-ditch attempt at a deal, but short stacked elme1989 realized that at this point, it was worth it to gamble.

ministerborg: elme u want to secure 115k with 20k to play for?
elme1989: im gonna win t

A couple orbits later, robtinnion opened for 1.5 million and elme1989 three-bet shoved for 7.83 million with A♠4♣. Unfortunately for elme1989, robtinnion had a dominating A♥T♠ and made a full house on the A♣T♥9♠2♣T♣ board. For third place, elme1989 earned $105,264.00.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: robtinnion (44,557,027 in chips)
Seat 9: ministerborg (21,232,973 in chips)

After a few minutes trading small pots, ministerborg offered up yet another deal, but robtinnion was ready to play for it all.

ministerborg: 168k for u, 160k for me and 20k to play for?
robtinnion: no
robtinnion: 200k for me

Robtinnion whittled ministerborg down to 20 big blinds in a raised pot where both players checked the 5♣4♠2♦ flop. When the Q♦ turned, ministerborg checked to preflop raiser robtinnion, who bet 1,788,800. Ministerborg called and the 4♣ hit the river. Again, ministerborg checked and robtinnion bet 6,422,208. Ministerborg gave up his hand and fell to 16 million in chips.

Robtinnion stayed on the offensive and with 10 million remaining, ministerborg open-shoved from the button with K♦8♠. Robtinnion looked down at A♦3♣ and called. Robtinnion made bottom pair on the T♦6♦3♦ flop, leaving ministerborg drawing to only a king or a non-diamond eight. The 6♥ turn didn't help and the T♥ river gave both players tens and sixes, robtinnion's ace kicker playing to give him him the win.

Congratulations to Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion on his second Sunday Million title! He banked $200,136.96 for the win, while runner-up Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek earned $148,027.50.

PokerStars Sunday Million results for 2-8-2015

Players: 6,579
Prizepool: $1,315,800.00
Places paid: 990

1. Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion (United Kingdom) $200,136.96
2. Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek (Denmark) $148,027.50
3. elme1989 (Switzerland) $103,264.00
4. Seth "Setherson2" Davies (Mexico) $72,369.00
5. dieterD6 (Austria) $55,263.60
6. boloban25 (Mexico) $42,105.60
7. rybn1k (Poland) $28,947.60
8. Mylo723 (United Kingdom) $15,789.60
9. kadafi11 (Sweden) $10,197.45

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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