Sunday Million: João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio ends up on top, earns $213K

The Sunday Million returned to normal this week after last week's huge 10th anniversary bash that saw over 55,000 take part. Of course, "normal" is still something special, and this week's installment of the $215 no-limit hold'em event on PokerStars was extra special for João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio of Brazil. That's because after battling for more than 11-and-a-half hours on Sunday, Otávio had accumulated every last chip and had earned a handsome first prize of $213,724.92. Here's the story of how he did it.


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There was a 7,124-player field for this week's Milly, meaning the total prize pool of $1,424,800 well exceeded the event's $1 million guarantee.

The top 1,080 finishers made the money, a milestone that occurred shortly into the tournament's sixth hour. Later, near the end of the 10th hour they were down to 18, with Lucas "Sh0w3rs4u" Blanco and Markku "markovitsus" Koplimaa then battling for the chip lead with about 9.5 million each.

Mor Havoc (18th), haidari13603 (17th), and bluffeverytm (16th) were the next knockouts, earning $3,989.44 apiece. AroNah (15th), banana0008 (14th), and xulescux (13th) followed, each cashing for $5,912.92.

They crossed the 10-and-a-half-hour mark, then after having slipped in the counts Markku "markovitsus" Koplimaa was ousted in 12th, then Lucas "Sh0w3rs4u" Blanco also became short and was knocked out in 11th. toha_toha was next out in 10th -- like Koplimaa and Blanco earning $7,836.40 -- and with gimpshow the new chip leader, the final table was underway.


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Seat 1: extragloves (Canada) -- 5,420,000
Seat 2: LStrelec (Russia) -- 13,278,282
Seat 3: navebit83 (Israel) -- 3,003,123
Seat 4: rodloiola (Brazil) -- 3,885,021
Seat 5: gimpshow (Canada) -- 19,313,258
Seat 6: omeriko (Israel) -- 2,574,346
Seat 7: Calaviero (Netherlands) -- 1,057,120
Seat 8: Matt "OffTh3Radar" Davenport (United Kingdom) -- 5,283,225
Seat 9: João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio (Brazil) -- 17,425,625

On just the third hand of the final table, Calaviero open-shoved from under the gun for 967,120 (a little over three big blinds) then watched navebit83 reraise-push from late position to isolate. Calaviero had Q♦T♠ and navebit83 A♠J♠, and following a board of 6♣K♣3♣8♦2♦ Calaviero was out in ninth.

Just four hands after that, a hand arose that saw omeriko open-push from the hijack for 2,604,346 (not quite 8 BBs) with 6♥6♠ and get called by João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio who had been dealt K♦K♠ on the button. The board came 2♥4♥7♦A♦5♦ and omeriko was done in eighth.

About an orbit later navebit83 was the one open-raising all-in from early position for 3,700,243 (a little more than 12 BBs) and getting called by extragloves in the big blind. navebit83 had K♦Q♦ but extragloves had woken up with A♦K♥. Five cards later -- 7♠J♠A♣K♣Q♠ -- both had two pair, but extragloves' were better and navebit83 was sent railward in seventh.

The final six battled another 15 minutes as Matt "OffTh3Radar" Davenport and João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio moved out in front and led with around 25 million each. Then a short-stacked rodloiola open-pushed from middle position for 1,065,021 -- just 2.5 BBs -- and was called by both gimbshow (cutoff) and extragloves (big blind).

The latter two checked it down as the board came 9♣J♥2♦3♦Q♣, then extragloves showed Q♥5♥ for a pair of queens. That was good as both rodloiola and gimpshow mucked, and rodloiola was out in sixth.

Five minutes after that the blinds were 250,000/500,000 when Matt "OffTh3Radar" Davenport open-pushed for 7,902,900 from the small blind and João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio called from the big blind. Davenport had K♠T♥ and Otávio A♠K♥, and after the 5♠T♦9♣ flop and J♣ turn Davenport was in front. But the Q♣ river made a straight for Otávio, and Davenport's run had ended in fifth.


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Matt "OffTh3Radar" Davenport

A few hands later gimpshow min-raised to 1 million from UTG and LStrelec called from the big blind, then following a T♦2♦Q♥ flop LStrelec shoved all-in for 785,677 and gimpshow called. LStrelec had 8♥7♣ and gimpshow K♦J♥, and after the 3♦ turn and A♦ river gimpshow had improved to a flush while LStrelec had but ace-high to finish fourth.

Another 15 minutes passed with João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio moving well out in front with nearly 44 million while extragloves and gimpshow hovered around the 14 million-chip mark.

Then came a hand in which Otávio min-raised to 1.2 million from the button, extragloves called from the small blind, then gimpshow shoved all-in for 13,232,151 from the big blind. At that Otávio chose to reraise all-in over the top, and extragloves stepped aside.

gimpshow had 6♠6♥ but Otávio had 7♠7♣. The board came T♠Q♠9♣, then 8♥, then 2♠, and the curtain fell on gimpshow in third.

That boosted Otávio's lead even further, giving him 58,355,022 to start heads-up play versus extragloves' 12,884,978.

The pair played 20 hands after which Otávio sat with nearly 61 million and extragloves had dipped to just over 10 million. That's when extragloves open-pushed from the button and got a call from Otávio, and the final showdown soon came.

extragloves had J♥T♦ and though behind Otávio's A♥K♥ did have two live cards. The board came all small, however -- 6♦6♥2♦5♠3♠ -- and it was all over. Otávio had won.

Congratulations to João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio for beating out this week's huge Sunday Million field to earn a nice $213,724.92 payday.

3/27/16 Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Entrants: 7,124
Prize pool: $1,424,800.00
Places paid: 1,080

1. João "XxJoaoFeraxX" Otávio (Brazil) $213,724.92
2. extragloves (Canada) $157,255.17
3. gimpshow (Canada) $113,984.00
4. LStrelec (Russia) $75,514.40
5. Matt "OffTh3Radar" Davenport (United Kingdom) $58,416.80
6. rodloiola (Brazil) $44,168.80
7. navebit83 (Israel) $30,633.20
8. omeriko (Israel) $17,097.60
9. Calaviero (Netherlands) $11,042.20

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