Sunday Million: EVitoy fights off shibonimo after three-way deal for $136K win (4-9-17)

One hour of play at this week's Sunday Million final table was all it took to narrow the field to the final two competitors. Separated by just three big blinds were shibonimo from Canada, a TCOOP 2016 Sunday Supersonic Special Edition champ, and past Super Tuesday finalist EVitoy from Brazil. With their prizes already locked in thanks to a three-handed deal, they would play almost exactly as many hands heads-up as it had taken to knock out the first seven players. EVitoy fell behind early before winning the majority of the bigger pots to secure the extra $20K on the table, earning a $136,000 payday and the coveted Sunday Million title.

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This week's field was a healthy 5,743 players strong. Their combined buy-ins built a $1,148,600 prize pool, which was split among the top 953 finishers. After four hours and 20 minutes of play Poland's timektimek88 busted in 954th place, setting off a cascade of all-in bets as the shorter stacks raced to either double up or collect their winnings.

The winnowing continued for six more hours. The last of those to miss out on a final table payout was 89rhino89. Down to less than 10 big blinds on the bubble, the Russian player jammed from the small blind with A♣ 9♠ but wound up facing TigObittiess, who had J♣ J♥. The 3♠ 8♦ T♦ 2♥ K♣ board was full of blanks, busting 89rhino89 in 10th and setting up this final:

Seat 1: EVitoy (12,083,054 in chips)
Seat 2: shibonimo (8,621,673 in chips)
Seat 3: lesik1979 (1,078,675 in chips)
Seat 4: Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (5,034,334 in chips)
Seat 5: bumsi05 (7,615,168 in chips)
Seat 6: moysescohen (5,198,000 in chips)
Seat 7: toddy.Jm (6,344,770 in chips)
Seat 8: TigObittiess (5,910,128 in chips)
Seat 9: Razvan "razvyqq" Belea (5,544,198 in chips)

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The very first hand of the final table saw two of the shorter-stacked players at the table both pick up pocket pairs. moysescohen opened for 573K with K♠ K♦ in middle position and toddy.Jm called immediately behind with J♠ J♣. toddy.Jm called 950K on the 6♥ 9♠ T♠ flop and then 3.65M after moysescohen moved all-in on the Q♦ turn. The Q♥ river gave moysescohen the 10.9M-chip pot and left toddy.Jm with just over four big blinds' worth of chips.

toddy.Jm shoved under the gun with A♦ 8♠ a few hands later and doubled when moysescohen was the lone caller, in the big blind with 6♠ 4♦. Six hands later it was the incoming short stack, past Sunday Warm-Up finalist lesik1979, whose tournament was on the line. The Russian player called in the big blind for 728K with K♦ J♣, a solid favorite against small-blind raiser shibonimo's 8♦ 7♦. shibonimo picked up a flush draw on the J♦ 6♦ Q♥ flop and added an open-ended straight draw on the 5♣ turn, finally taking the 1.6M-chip pot with a flush when the T♦ came on the river. With that, lesik1979 left in ninth.

toddy.Jm was back in the big blind three hands later and folded to bumsi05's button raise before the flo, taking the final table to its first break. The Brazilian player picked up A♦ Q♥ on the first hand back and jammed for 2.1M after EVitoy min-raised in early position. EVitoy called the extra five big blidns and showed 8♦ 8♠, which held up on the 7♦ 3♦ 6♠ 5♠ 7♠ board to knock toddy.Jm out in eighth.

Past SCOOP champ and Super Tuesday runner-up Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde was next to go. He picked up 2♣ 2♠ on the button five minutes later and shoved for 12 big blinds, and moysescohen called in the big blind with 6♥ 6♠. The board fell 9♥ Q♣ 8♦ 5♠ J♠, giving the sixes the win and knocking ImaLucSac out in seventh.

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Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde, out in seventh

Eight minutes' worth of hands never went past the flop before moysescohen limped from the small blind with K♥ 7♣ and TigObittiess checked in the big blind with K♣ 8♣. Both made two pair on the K♦ J♦ J♠ flop, where moysescohen opened the betting and then called when TigObittiess moved all-in for 3.2M. The 3♠ kept the short stack ahead, but the two split the pot with an eight kicker when the 8♠ hit the river.

Two hands later TigObittiess was dealt 9♥ 9♠ on the button and moved all-in for 4.5M. EVitoy called with A♦ Q♠, but what had been a coin-flip situation before the flop turned into a set versus a back-door straight draw when the first three community cards were T♠ 7♠ 9♣. Then the 8♣ turn and J♣ completed EVitoy's draw, earning the Brazilian the 9.4M-chip pot and eliminating TigObittiess in sixth.

Online grinder and Eureka Poker Tour 6 Bucharest finalist Razvan "razvyqq" Belea picked up K♣ K♥ in the cutoff seat seven hands later and mvoed all-in for 2.5M. EVitoy, flush with chips in second place, called with A♣ 7♣ on the button and made three of a kind on the 6♠ 2♦ A♥ 4♣ A♠ board, ending razvyqq's day in fifth.

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Razvan "razvyqq" Belea, out in fifth

Only three more hands passed before bumsi05 picked up K♣ T♠ under the gun and moved all-in for just under 10 big blinds before the flop. shibonimo called with A♥ J♠ in the big blind, then made a pair of jacks and dodged a gutshot draw as the board came 9♣ 5♦ J♦ 4♣ 8♣, sending bumsi05 to the rail in fourth.

A deal, and a duel

That left the table three-handed with the blinds and antes still at 175K/350K/35K. It took just five minutes to see the ICM numbers, agree to them, and get back to play with $20,000 and a Sunday Million title left for the winner.

shibonimo and EVitoy both held significantly more chips than moysescohen, and other than a few unchallenged steals, the Brazilian player mostly folded for the next seven minutes. Down to 6.1M, moysescohen then picked up Q♦ Q♥ and played it slow enough to get shibonimo to attack with 7♣ 3♣ and a pair of sevens after the 9♥ 7♦ 2♠ flop. The 9♦ turn and 9♣ river gave moysescohen nines full of queens, good for a double back to 12.4M.

moysescohen lost nearly half of that a few hands later with a turned pair of sixes, falling short against EVitoy's 7♣ 7♦, but then picked up Q♥ Q♠ on the button again just four hands after that. The Brazilian again opened with a min-raise, then called all-in after shibonimo jammed in the big blind with A♥ Q♣. The queens fell when the 3♠ A♦ 5♣ 8♦ 3♦ board made a pair of aces for shibonimo, and moysescohen was out in third.

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With 86 hands of final table play in the books, the last two players at the table were separated by just over three big blinds as heads-up play began. That narrow difference foreshadowed a pitched battle for the title that would last for another 85 hands.

The first major clash went to shibonimo. EVitoy min-raised to 800K on the button with 6♣ 4♣ and then called EVitoy's re-raise to 2.6M. shibonimo checked the T♥ J♣ 7♣ flop and EVitoy checked behind, going from a flush draw to a combo flush-and-straight draw when the turn was the 5♦. This time shibonimo led for 2.2M, which EVitoy called, bringing the 2♠ river. shibonimo checked and then called EVitoy's 3.9M-chip bluff, showing down 9♣ 9♠ to take the 17.6M-chip pot.

EVitoy won just over half of the next 20 pots, but shibonimo picked up an extra 4 million chips to lead over that stretch, going into the 2:55 a.m. break in solid shape. After returning from the break, EVitoy played back before the flop in the big blind, re-raising shibonimo's 1.1M-chip button opener to 3.4M with 7♥ 6♠. shibonimo called and EVitoy made two pair on the 9♥ 7♣ 6♦ flop, but being out of position on a dangerous board limited the Brazilian's ability to coax out more value. Still, the 14.1M-chip pot brought shibonimo's lead back to less than 20 big blinds.

EVitoy min-raised the button to 1M five minutes later with T♣ 7♥ and hit paydirt after shibonimo called and the flop came 9♥ 6♦ 8♦. Holding J♣ 9♣ for top pair, shibonimo check-called 750K there and then 2.9M more on the 4♥ turn before leading for 6.5M with jacks and nines on the J♥ river.

EVitoy was up 37.5M to 19.8M at that point, but shibonimo fired back immediately, winning the next seven pots in a row to retake the lead by 11 big blinds. They continued to trade the lead for the next 15 minutes, neither player able to pull away, until a hand that opened with shibonimo raising the button to 1.5M. EVitoy re-raised to 4.3M and, after shibonimo called to see the A♠ 6♦ 2♥ flop, led for 3.1M. shibonimo called that bet and another 6.1M on the 5♥ turn, but EVitoy's 17.1M-chip all-in bet on the 9♥ river knocked shibonimo off the pot.

That win gave EVitoy 44.9M chips, and three hands later the Brazilian put about a quarter of that total on the line with K♥ T♦ to call shibonimo's all-in bet. shibonimo's Q♣ J♣ never caught up as the board fell 4♠ 3♠ T♠ 6♠ 4♥, and EVitoy's pair of tens locked up the pot to end the tournament.

shibonimo's take for holding the lead when the three-handed deal was struck came to $128,553.72, almost exactly double the prize for that TCOOP 2016 victory. And EVitoy grabbed the extra $20K on the table as the champion, earning $136,000.12 and this week's Sunday Million title. Congratulations to both players, and to moysescohen as well for sharing in the three-way deal atop the leaderboard!

4/9/17 Sunday Million ($215 NL Hold'em) results
Entrants: 5,743
Total prize pool: $1,148,600
Places paid: 953

1. EVitoy (Brazil) $136,000.12*
2. shibonimo (Canada) $128,553.72*
3. moysescohen (Brazil) $109,155.99*
4. bumsi05 (Germany) $57,059.23
5. Razvan "razvyqq" Belea (Romania) $39,489.44
6. TigObittiess (Germany) $27,329.78
7. Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (Canada) $18,914.34
8. toddy.Jm (Brazil) $13,090.24
9. lesik1979 (Russia) $9,059.46
* - denotes results of a three-handed deal leaving $20,000 for the winner


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