Sunday Million: Luis "Turko_Man" Rodriguez makes it back to win another Milly
Way back in June 2009, the Luis "Turko_Man" Rodriguez claimed a Sunday Million title, one of many deep runs the Finland-based player would claim on PokerStars over the years. This week Rodriguez made it back to the Sunday Million final table, and almost seven years later managed to win the Sunday Million again, this time for a cool $183,708.88 first prize.
With 5,926 entrants in this week's $215 no-limit hold'em tournament, the prize pool was $1,185,200, again besting the Milly's $1 million guarantee, with the top 855 finishers splitting the winnings.
After just over nine hours of poker, just 27 players remained with Rodriguez the leader, Friend of Team PokerStars Pro Felipe "mojave" Ramos sitting in the top third of the counts, and Andrew "RunThisTable" Lichtenberger also still in the mix.
Ramos would fall, however, losing a big preflop all-in with ace-king versus the pocket nines of calamitas to finish in 21st. And shortly afterwards Lichtenberger put his short stack at risk with pocket tens against the same calamitas who held ace-seven, and when an ace came Lichtenberger fell in 19th, like Ramos earning $2,785.22.
Those pots helped calamitas take the chip lead with 18 players left, having built a stack of more than 9 million when no one else had as much as 5.5 million.
Conor "Earl Hindman" Shelly (18th), S Hawking (17th), and ova dawg (16th) were the next to go, picking up $3,318.56 each. B14ckSh4rk (15th), mashenka86 (14th), and Dylan "DylzSkillz" Garland (13th) followed, earning $5,096.36 apiece. Then $harkFlo (12th), BerGermano (11th), and Iam1966 (10th) were successively knocked out, taking away $6,874.16 each from the prize pool.
With Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez again the big chip leader with more than 21 million, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: acumen plus (Canada) -- 2,725,660
Seat 2: Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez (Finland) -- 21,973,654
Seat 3: dffg (Canada) -- 1,344,926
Seat 4: salta44 (Argentina) -- 9,827,187
Seat 5: pujarooo91 (Hungary) -- 2,968,943
Seat 6: oOwL (Germany) -- 2,794,634
Seat 7: calamitas (Ireland) -- 2,912,159
Seat 8: DerRaeuber (Austria) -- 12,504,311
Seat 9: goldfish108 (Canada) -- 2,208,526
A few minutes into the final table, the blinds were 150,000/300,000 when leader Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez opened for 645,000 from middle position, then a short-stacked dffg called all-in for just 114,926 from the next seat. It folded to calamitas who called from the big blind, then checked after the 5♥4♣3♣ flop. Rodriguez then shoved all-in, and calamitas called with the 1,412,159 left behind.
The turn was the A♦ and river the 6♥, making calamitas' two pair best and knocking dffg out in ninth.
Shortly after that the blinds had increased to 200,000/400,000 when oOwL open-pushed for 795,766 from under the gun with A♣J♣ and got one caller in goldfish108 sitting a couple of seats over with A♥Q♦. The board came 9♠5♣4♣Q♠8♣, giving goldfish108 a pair of queens but a flush for oOwL to send goldfish108 out in eighth.
On the very next hand salta44 open-shoved a stack of more than 8.3 million from the button and oOwL called all-in from the big blind for 1,967,052. oOwL had picked up A♣J♥ again and this time was up against salta44's K♠T♠. The community cards came 3♠A♦2♥4♠2♠, making a flush for salta44 to beat oOwL's two pair and knock the latter out in seventh.
The remaining six players didn't even get through another orbit before another knockout occurred. It was acumen plus open-shoving this time from the cutoff for 2,871,320 (about seven big blinds) and salta44 reshoving from the small blind to isolate, turning over T♠T♣ versus the K♣T♥ of acumen plus. The board came 4♦Q♦7♥9♣6♠, and acumen plus was sent railward in sixth.
Just a couple of minutes later calamitas opened with an all-in raise to 5,755,301 from under the gun and after Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez reraised all-in over hte top from the button the blinds got out. Rodriguez had 9♥9♦ while calamitas showed K♣Q♣, and once the board came ten-high -- T♥4♠5♠J♦5♥ -- calamitas was finished in fifth.
A few more hands passed, then with the blinds at 250,000/500,000 the new leader salta44 open-raised to 1,140,000 from UTG, then pujarooo91 three-bet all-in for 4,303,658 from a seat over and all folded back to salta44 who called. salta44 had K♠J♣ and pujarooo91 A♠7♠, and when the board came 9♥T♥4♥8♥7♣ salta44 had made a straight and pujarooo91 just a pair of sevens, ending the latter's run in fourth.
A few minutes later they were approaching the tournament's 12-hour mark when DerRaeuber open-shoved for 7,869,709 over the small blind (about 13 BBs) and Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez called. DerRauber had J♥8♥ and Rodriguez A♥Q♥. The A♦4♥2♦ flop gave Rodriguez top pair, and by the 9♠ turn DerRauber was drawing dead to finish third.
That pot gave Rodriguez the edge to start heads-up play with 30,588,465 to salta44's 28,671,535 -- a difference of just over two big blinds. Rodriguez swiftly chipped up to build a big lead, and even after salta44 managed a small double-up with pocket aces Rodriguez was well in command when the final hand took place.
That last one began with an all-in shove by Rodriguez followed by salta44 calling all-in with the 7,757,804 left after posting the 800,000 big blind. salta44 had A♠2♣ and Rodriguez Q♣5♠, and the Q♥4♥5♥ flop swiftly gave two pair to the leader. The turn was the 4♦ to keep salta44 drawing live, but the 7♣ river sealed it for Rodriguez.
Congratulations to Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez who years after his first Sunday Million win has taken down another, this time for over $183K.
4/10/16 Sunday Million ($215 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $1,185,200.00
Places paid: 855
1. Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez (Finland) $183,708.88
2. salta44 (Argentina) $136,298.00
3. DerRaeuber (Austria) $96,001.20
4. pujarooo91 (Hungary) $66,548.98
5. calamitas (Ireland) $49,778.40
6. acumen plus (Canada) $37,926.40
7. oOwL (Germany) $26,074.40
8. goldfish108 (Canada) $14,815.00
9. dffg (Canada) $9,244.56
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.