Sunday Million: Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido rolls to win, $166K
It was another exciting Sunday Million this week with a big field (6,658), a guarantee-exceeding prize pool ($1,331,600), and a hard-fought final table from which rportaleoni of Brazil emerged as the winner, claiming a cool $166,746.41 following a four-way final table deal. Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido carried a huge chip lead to that final table this week, and nearly led from start-to-finish, only losing the advantage briefly during heads-up play before securing the win.
Garrido kicks off 2015 much like he concluded 2014, a year that saw him win player of the year honors for the Brazilian Series of Poker. That earned him not only the prestige associated with the award, but a package to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (completed last month) and buy-ins to all of the BSOP Main Events this year.
And now Garrido also added a huge score to start the new year nicely as well. Read on for the story of his Sunday Million win.
It took exactly five hours for those 6,658 to play down to 990 and the cash bubble to burst, at which point the Russian Mikhail "Mikleler" Semin sat atop the counts as leader.
By the way, for those wondering about Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion, the U.K. player who won last week's Sunday Million -- his second win in just over six months -- he was in the field again this week but fell during the afternoon hours to miss the money.
About three hours later the field had shrunk to less than 100 players, with Team PokerStars Pros Martin "AABenjamin" Hruby (364th, $506.00) and João "jomane" Nunes (268th, $585.90) among those cashing, with Semin falling soon thereafter in 92nd ($1,318.28) and PALblCH of Belarus moving up into first position. A little over 90 minutes after that they were down to 18, with ravanelli7 of Portugal the new leader and PALblCH still there with an average stack.
Roberto "DiegoSouz7" Masuda (18th), bagg3lis (17th), and FishnOnDRiva (16th) successively hit the rail shortly thereafter, picking up $3,728.48 apiece. rmntaw4ever (15th), AAgroot (14th), and Puurle (13th) followed, earning $5,592.72 each.
FullOfBears (12th) and Zenzor (11th) were the next to go, then former leader PALblCH was all in with K♦K♠ versus Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido's 9♦9♥. Alas for PALblCH, a nine fell among the community cards, knocking PALblCH out in 10th to earn $7,456.96 like the last two eliminated.
That hand helped Garrido add further to what had become a significant lead, pushing up over 24 million while the nearest challenger had but around a third of that. After just over 10 hours of play, the final table had begun.
Seat 1: Pede25 (Denmark) -- 6,994,556
Seat 2: fournn (Canada) -- 8,183,029
Seat 3: SuperMiX_777 (Germany) -- 3,004,990
Seat 4: Ice B (United Kingdom) -- 7,682,778
Seat 5: Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido (Brazil) -- 24,227,589
Seat 6: Sanjay "sanjizzy" Sahijwany (Chile) -- 4,078,207
Seat 7: m1ronO (Ukraine) -- 2,536,675
Seat 8: Mads "Mr Longhit" Bertelsen (Denmark) -- 2,996,698
Seat 9: ravanelli7 (Portugal) -- 6,875,478
They'd play through a couple of orbits, then with the blinds at 125,000/250,000 it was Ice B opening with a raise to 512.500 from middle position. It folded to Mads "Mr Longhit" Bertelsen in the big blind who reraised all in for just under 1.2 million, and Ice B called.
Bertelsen had K♦J♦ and needed to improve to beat Ice B's 5♣5♥. But the board ran out ten-high and Bertelsen was out in ninth.
A short while later SuperMiX_777 open-pushed all in from early position for just under 670,000 (just over two big blinds) and was called by both ravanelli7 (small blind) and Pede25 (big blind). SuperMiX_777's two opponents both checked the 5♦9♣A♦ flop, then after ravanelli7 led following the 2♣ turn, Pede25 stepped aside.
SuperMiX_777 turned over J♥T♠ while ravanelli7 had a pair of aces with A♣6♣. The J♠ river was too little too late for SuperMiX_777 who finished eighth.
Play continued, then three more knockouts came swiftly in three consecutive hands.
First it was Pede25 open-shoving for just under 1.7 million (not quite 3.5 big blinds) with A♥K♥, getting called by Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido who had A♠J♥, then watching a jack come among the community cards to end Pede25's run in seventh.
On the next hand, Garrdio was back in action with a just over 2x raise to 1.1 million from late position. m1ronO responded with an all-in push from the big blind for about 4.15 million, and Garrido called. m1ronO had A♠6♦ and Garrido A♣T♣, and with no help from the board m1ron0 was done in sixth.
Then on the hand after that Sanjay "sanjizzy" Sahijwany opened for 1.15 million from the button and got a single caller in ravanelli7 in the small blind. The flop came 5♥2♠5♠, and ravenelli7 check-called a bet of 1.5 million from Sahijwany. Both then checked the 9♥ turn.
The river was the 4♠. ravanelli7 led for 2.5 million this time, and when Sahijwany raised all in, ravanelli7 called all in with the just over 700,000 left behind. ravanelli7 had A♠9♠ for a rivered flush, but that river also made a full house for Sahijwany who had 4♣4♥, and they were down to four.
At that point with Garrido still leading a pause was called and a four-way deal made between the remaining players, leaving $20,000 for which to play. They pushed on and would almost reached the next break -- due to come at the 11-and-a-half-hour mark -- but before they got there two more would hit the rail.
The first of those knockouts came when Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido raised to 1.1 million from under the gun, Ice B shoved for about 13.2 million from the big blind, and Garrido called. Ice B had 7♣7♦ while rportaleoni shoewd A♥Q♥.
The flop came K♦9♦K♥ and the turn J♣, and Ice B's pair of sevens remained ahead. But the river was the J♠, putting two pair on the board and counterfeiting Ice B's hand, giving the pot to Garrido and sending Ice B out in fourth.
A few hands later Sanjay "sanjizzy" Sahijwany opened for 1.15 million from the small blind with Q♦Q♣, fournn shoved for almost 9.15 million from the big blind with 6♣6♦. A 7♥7♦Q♠ flop made a full house for Sahijwany, and after an ace on the turn fournn was drawing dead to finish third.
Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido took a lead into heads-up play with just over 40.2 million to the 26.3 million of Sanjay "sanjizzy" Sahijwany. They battled back and forth for about half an hour, with Sahijwany grabbing the lead but Garrido soon seizing it back. Then with rportaleoni having chipped back up over 44 million to the just under 22 million of Sahijwany, the final hand took place.
It began with a min-raise from the button to 1.6 million from sanjizzy, called by rportaleoni. The flop came T♣5♦Q♥, Garrido checked, Sahijwany bet 1.6 million, and Garrido called. Both players then checked the 7♥ turn.
The river was th 2♠. Garrido led this time for 2,689,600, and when Sahijwany pushed all in, Garrido didn't hesitate before calling.
Sahijwany had ace-high and a busted gutshot draw to Broadway while Garrido had turned two pair, and the latter won the pot and this week's Sunday Million.
Congratulations to Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido for topping a big Sunday Million field and another tough final table, and kudos as well to the four who made it to the final-table deal and thus all ensured themselves big paydays.
2/15/15 Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $1,331.600.00
Places paid: 990
1. Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido (Brazil) -- $166,746.41*
2. Sanjay "sanjizzy" Sahijwany (Chile) -- $136,402.36*
3. fournn (Canada) -- $98,248.53*
4. Ice B (United Kingdom) -- $130,714.20*
5. ravanelli7 (Portugal) -- $55,927.20
6. m1ronO (Ukraine) -- $42,611.20
7. Pede25 (Denmark) -- $29,295.20
8. SuperMiX_777 (Germany) -- $15,979.20
9. Mads "Mr Longhit" Bertelsen (Denmark) -- $10,319.90
*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.