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January 5, 2009 3:02 AM

Stolen! First Sunday Million of 2009 Taken by stoledog

Sunday Million logo.jpgWhat to do on the first weekend of 2009... Work on those New Year's resolutions by going to the gym, reading a book, or spending more time with family? Seriously, these are poker players we're talking about here, and with a $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool on PokerStars, they're certainly not going anywhere without computer access. Players came out in droves for the first Sunday Million of the new year.

A total of 8,504 registrants joined in the first Sunday of 2009, creating a massive prize pool of $1,700,800. And 1,260 of the players would get a piece of that, as was demonstrated by tobededope, the player who left in 1261st place with only a memory of the 3 hours and 50 minutes of play that led to his or her demise. RSRMCA then cashed in 1260th place for $340.16 and led the way for many to follow.

It was just before the 9-hour mark of the tournament that hand-for-hand play ensued again, this time for the right of nine players to take spots at the final table. After about 15 minutes, devolveNZ took pocket jacks into battle for his tournament life, but he was met by the pocket aces of stoledog. The board brought three sevens, giving each player a full house, with stoledog having the sevens full of aces to win it and knock devolveNZ out in 10th place with $8,504.00.

The final table then began with blinds of 150,000/300,000, a 30,000 ante, and the following chip counts:

Seat 1: The Midget (4,759,579 in chips)
Seat 2: stoledog (21,146,264 in chips)
Seat 3: bukithepro (13,340,694 in chips)
Seat 4: aceskay (7,758,953 in chips)
Seat 5: USA_20080920 (9,613,727 in chips)
Seat 6: Fold Ü Phish (2,293,680 in chips)
Seat 7: simon1471 (4,366,848 in chips)
Seat 8: jayvedo (18,089,056 in chips)
Seat 9: Prom Queens (3,671,199 in chips)

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Without delay, the first hand of the final table brought major action. Short-stacked Fold Ü Phish pushed all-in preflop with Ah-9d, but jayvedo called from the big blind with a dominating Ad-Th. The board came Kh-5d-7d-3s-5h, and Fold Ü Phish was forced to accept a ninth place finish and the $11,905.60 that went with it.

Not long after, aceskay did the preflop all-in play holding 9c-8c, and who was there, again, in the big blind to call but jayvedo with Ac-9d. The board brought a pair for both and a second pair for jayvedo with 6s-6h-As-Ks-Qd, and aceskay was gone in eighth place with a $19,559.20 prize.

Again, without too much time passing, another player's tournament life was on the line when short-stacked The Midget pushed all-in with 8s-8h. Though jayvedo was in the big blind again, it happened to be Prom Queens, the original preflop raiser, who called with pocket Qd-Qc. The board brought lots of clubs for Prom Queens with 2c-7c-Ac-9d-6c, and The Midget was shorted (*groan*) and eliminated in seventh place for $29,764.00.

A preflop raising war led to simon1471 being all-in preflop with Ah-4d, and bukithepro was in there with Qc-7s. The flop gave a small pair to bukithepro when it came Jd-Ts-7c, and the kings on the flop and the turn solidified the outcome, as simon1471 was sent to the virtual rail in sixth place with $42,520.00.

Things didn't stay rosy for bukithepro, however. After an initial raise from stoledog to 1,299,999, bukithepro called to see the 3c-2s-Ts come on the flop. bukithepro came out betting 2.65 million, but stoledog pushed all-in for nearly 24 million. bukithepro called all-in for 8,774,392 with Ks-Qs and the flush draw, and stoledog showed Ac-Kc. The 9d on the turn didn't make much of a difference, but the Ad on the river made sure that stoledog would take the pot. bukithepro was gone in fifth place with $59,528.00 to make him feel better.

It took a little time, but jayvedo took a bit hit when his As-Qs lost to the pocket kings of all-in Prom Queens to cripple jayvedo. jayvedo then put his 1,205,284 into the pot preflop with Ah-8s, and stoledog called with Qh-9s. It looked like jayvedo might be able to double up until the cards started unfolding. It came as Qc-Qs-4c-9c-4d, and the full house was good for stoledog. jayvedo took a fourth place elimination and the $76,536.00 that accompanied it.

When three-handed action began, the trio agreed to see some chip-chop numbers with a possible deal in mind. When the administrator first returned with the deal numbers, Prom Queens asked for some time to consider, then requested nearly $3,000 extra in prize money. Without hesitation, stoledog agreed to give it from his number, and the deal numbers were official as follows, with $30,000 more to be awarded the eventual winner:

stoledog (40,017,372 in chips) = $150,793.55
Prom Queens (35,701,174 in chips) = $150,000.00
USA_20080920 (9,321,454 in chips) = $108,182.93

With that, play resumed in the midst of Level 36. The caution level was still high amongst the three, and short-stacked USA_20080920 was not going quietly, as he doubled through stoledog with pocket aces. stoledog came back, though, and when Prom Queens decided to push all-in preflop, it was stoledog who called and had him covered. Prom Queens showed Ac-Jd, but stoledog had pocket queens. The battle began when both players received a favorable card on the flop of Qd-9d-Jh, but the Tc on the turn and 2c on the river gave it to stoledog, while Prom Queens was sent away with the agreed-upon amount of $150,000.00 even.

Heads-up action began as follows:

Seat 2: stoledog (37,737,092 in chips)
Seat 5: USA_20080920 (47,302,908 in chips)

stoledog consistently chipped up with a few sizable pots to take the lead, eventually gaining a 2:1 chip advantage over USA_20080920. That was until the latter doubled through stoledog to take it back. But over the course of the match, the chip lead would be exchanged several times. Finally, one hand decided the tournament (as it always does). stoledog made the initial raise to 2.4 million, USA_20080920 raised it up to 4 million, and stoledog called to see the flop come 6s-9d-Ah. USA_20080920 led out with a 5 million chip bet, stoledog raised to 21.6 million, and USA_20080920 shoved all-in. stoledog called with Ts-9s for middle pair, while USA_20080920 showed As-3s for top pair. The Js on the turn gave stoledog more outs, and the Th on the river gave it to him with two pair. USA_20080920 was eliminated in second place with the aforementioned deal amount of $108,182.93.

stoledog came out ahead with a first place finish in the first Sunday Million of 2009 and $180,793.55 to show for it. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 01/04/09:

1st place: KopplarJocke ($180,793.55)*
2nd place: USA_20080920 ($108,182.93)*
3rd place: Prom Queens ($150,000)*
4th place: jayvedo ($76,536.00)
5th place: bukithepro ($59,528.00)
6th place: simon1471 ($42,520.00)
7th place: The Midget ($29,764.00)
8th place: aceskay ($19,559.20)
9th place: Fold Ü Phish ($11,905.60)

*based on three-way chop numbers

For more information on ways to register and qualify for upcoming Sunday Million tournaments in 2009, visit the Sunday Million page.

December 29, 2008 4:22 AM

Stockholm's lp_Saki Saki is no Swedish fish, topping record Sunday Million field

Sunday Million logo.jpgThe fields were super-sized during World Record Week and December 28th's special edition of the Million drew a mind-boggling 16,260 players to the felt creating a prizepool of $3,252,000, easily surpassing the $2.5 million guarantee placed on the event in honor of World Record Week. As the tournament neared the end of its fourth hour, 2.475 of those players made the money, with Katja Thater winning the Team PokerStars Pro last-longer, making a deep run that ended in a 134th place finish.

Podarok ended up the final table bubble boy, busting out in 10th place when salmor turned a flush against his flopped two pair. With that, we had our final nine, their stack sizes looking like this:

Seat 1: lp_SakiSaki (31,505,955 in chips)
Seat 2: manifest23 (13,908,936 in chips)
Seat 3: kharak (14,643,069 in chips)
Seat 4: MauryFishant (2,944,989 in chips)
Seat 5: salmor (26,352,162 in chips)
Seat 6: Beufford (13,892,416 in chips)
Seat 7: La_Alvarado (12,286,663 in chips)
Seat 8: AAmerican (35,907,574 in chips)
Seat 9: k0rt (9,458,236 in chips)

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Kharak was the first player to exit the final table. After AAmerican opened for 1.5 million with blinds of 250,000/500,000, khrarak moved all in for 10.8 million and salmor called from the big blind. AAmerican gave it up and kharak revealed Ah-Qc to salmor's 9d-9h. The first race of the final table went to the underpair, as the board ran out Jc-8c-4d-6d-4h, eliminating kharak in 9th place for a $22,764 payday. Next to go was La_Alvarado, who from the small blind shoved over the top of lp_SakiSaki's 1.5 million opening raise and MauryFishant's flat-call. Lp_SakiSaki folded but MauryFishant made the call. La_Alvarado was in trouble, his Ac-Td dominated by MauryFishant's As-Js. La_Alvarado couldn't catch up on the eight-high board and he hit the rail in 8th place, collecting $32,520.

Nearly 30 minutes would pass before the next elimination. With blinds up to 400,000/800,000, MauryFishant opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million. AAmerican shoved for just over 3.9 million and MauryFishant made the call, showing Qh-Jh to AAmerican's Ad-5h. A queen hit the flop, though and AAmerican could not improve, finishing in 7th place for $50,406. Four hands later, salmor would get very unlucky against lp_SakiSaki. With the board reading 7c-6s-5c-7h, salmor moved all in on the turn holding As-7d, only to run into lp_SakiSaki's flopped straight with 4s-8s. The 3d fell on the river and salmor was out in 6th, earning $73,170.

Manifest23 was the short stack as play turned five-handed, and with only seven big blinds left, he needed to make something happen quickly. He moved in on a steal from the cutoff, but Beufford looked him up, showing pocket sixes to his 3c-6c. No help on the board for manifest23 and he collected $97,560 for his 5th place finish.

With the field down to four k0rt broached the subject of a deal, but lp_SakiSaki quickly put the kibosh on it. Then, only about twenty seconds later k0rt was all in against lp_SakiSaki and in great shape, with Kc-Kd vs. lp_SakiSaki's Ad-Js. Though the flop was a seemingly safe-looking 9h-8c-6c, lp_SakiSaki turned the Qh and rivered the Tc to make a runner-runner straight and sent k0rt to the rail with a one-two punch and $130,080 in his pocket for 4th place.

Beufford was the next to bring up a chop, asking if his opponents wanted to "look at numbers". With 70 million in chips to Beufford's 54.2 million and MauryFishant's 37.3 million, lp_SakiSaki again declined, preferring to play it out for the full amount. Though MauryFishant won a few small pots early on in three-handed play, his stack began to dwindle steadily while lp_SakiSaki turned up the aggression. He may have been tightening up, he may have been utterly card-dead, but when he found 3c-3h on the button, he raised to 4.8 million, only to have lp_SakiSaki move in for his entire 101 million stack from the big blind. MauryFishant made the call, and was crushed to see lp_SakiSaki turn up Kc-Kd. The flop was Jh-7h-4s, and though MauryFishant got a ray of hope on the turn when the 5c fell and he picked up a gutshot straight draw, the 2d on the river sealed his elimination in 3rd place. He earned $162,600 for his finish--which, on a "normal" weekend, would be close to the Million's top prize.

As lp_SakiSaki and Beufford went heads-up, their chip counts looked like this:

Seat 1: lp_SakiSaki (127,356,568 in chips)
Seat 6: Beufford (35,243,432 in chips)

Lp_SakiSaki began heads-up play with a nearly 4-1 chip lead over Beufford. The two mostly traded small pots, lp_SakiSaki grinding Beufford down to a low of 21.3 million to his 141.2 million, but Beufford was able to double up to 42 million when he made two pair and lp_SakiSaki's straight draw failed to materialize. Beufford appeared to be gaining momentum and at one point narrowed the gap to a 5-3 chip deficit, but ultimately, it would not be enough to overcome lp_SakiSaki. On the final hand, lp_SakiSaki opened for 2.8 million from the button and Beufford called. Beufford led out for 4.2 million on the 8h-2d-2c flop and lp_SakiSaki came along with a call. The turn was the 4c and Beufford made a massive all-in overbet for his remaining 50.7 million in chips and lp_SakiSaki practically beat him into the pot, showing 2h-8d for a flopped full house! Beufford and his Kd-8c were drawing nearly dead--only the case 8 could end the hand in a tie. The Ts fell on the river, though and lp_SakiSaki took down the largest non-WCOOP tournament ever held on PokerStars, banking $331,378.80 for his win. Beufford earned $227,640 for his runner-up finish.

After playing for huge stakes with no chop of the prize money, here's what our nine finalists took home:

Sunday Million Results for 12/28/2008
1st place lp_SakiSaki ($331,378.80)
2nd place Beufford ($227,640)
3rd place MauryFishant ($162,600)
4th place k0rt ($130,080)
5th place manifest23 ($97,560)
6th place salmor ($73,170)
7th place AAmerican ($50,406)
8th place La_Alvarado ($32,520)
9th place kharak ($22,764)

For more information on how to register or satellite in to the Sunday Million, hit up the Sunday Million page.

December 22, 2008 3:57 AM

KopplarJocke jockeyed for position and took first in the 12/21 Sunday Million

Sunday Million logo.jpgWith two Sundays left before 2008 comes to a close, it meant only two more chances for poker players the world over to grab a Sunday Million title. What better way to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year than with a near-$200,000 prize and a prestigious online poker title?

With that in mind, a total of 8,015 players turned out for the 12/21/08 edition of the Sunday Million. The stellar field created an even more stellar $1,603,000 prize pool and corresponding first prize of $196,367.50. An amazing turnout for the most popular weekly tournament in cyberspace!

Knowing that 1,170 players would receive a portion of that $1.6 million at stake, play went quickly through the afternoon, only taking about 3 hours and 45 minutes to hit the hand-for-hand play that precedes the money. It took a few minutes, but Frings27 from South Bavaria ended up as the bubble player in 1171st place, making room for the remaining survivors to cash. Moments later, it was Sjelle who did it first, leaving in 1170th place with $320.60.

A flurry of players followed, but the tournament didn't reach its final two tables until about five hours later. And it was nearly 45 minutes after that that hand-for-hand play began for the nine available seats at the coveted Sunday Million final table. During that time, mezyoureyez was able to double up to stay in the game, and jeff710 went to do the same with an all-in push from the big blind preflop. vuki called with Kh-Ts, but jeff710 had to feel good showing the Ad-Qs. That was, until the board came Kc-7h-8c-9h-Tc, and the two pair were good enough for vuki, sending jeff710 out in tenth place. Despite the bubble status, he was awarded a hefty $8,015.00 for the effort.

The final table was then set with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: crazylarry43 (15,059,126 in chips)
Seat 2: tAAggart (2,531,626 in chips)
Seat 3: dstrung (12,033,491 in chips)
Seat 4: KopplarJocke (4,990,670 in chips)
Seat 5: vuki (26,436,817 in chips) out of hand
Seat 6: gladik (5,689,408 in chips) out of hand
Seat 7: mezyoureyez (2,709,944 in chips) out of hand
Seat 8: DFGBOYS (4,995,812 in chips)
Seat 9: phil steve (5,703,106 in chips)

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The unrivaled chip leader at the start of play was vuki, with many short stacks needed to double up -- at least once or twice -- to stay in contention. mezyoureyez attempted to do just that after the initial raise from vuki. mezyoureyez pushed all-in with pocket nines, and vuki called with an inferior-looking 7s-6s. But the board came just as the chip leader hoped -- 4h-Js-Ts-3s-2c -- and there was the flush. mezyoureyez was out in ninth place with those nines, and it was good for a $11,221.00 payout.

It only took a few more minutes to see the next exiting player. tAAggart took the opportunity to raise all-in preflop for 4,403,252, and it folded around to DFGBOYS, who called from the small blind with pocket tens. But tAAggart was happy to show his pocket aces, and they anxiously awaited the board...until it came 9h-7c-Th-Js-4s. The flopped ten gave DFGBOYS the trips and the win, while tAAggart went down swinging with those aces. tAAggart was out in eighth place with the accompanying $18,434.50 prize.

gladik was another who attempted a double-up, and it worked once as he doubled through crazylarry43. But several hands later, gladik tried it again but went in slowly with a 2,000,000 raise preflop. phil steve wanted to push it, though, and raised all-in. gladik called all-in for 2,238,816 more with Ac-Qh, and phil steve showed Ad-Jd. Again, it was the flush that did it when it came Td-7d-8c-8s-8d, phil steve took the pot, sending gladik to the virtual rail in seventh place with $28,052.50.

In a conversation initiated by DFGBOYS, many of the six remaining players were willing to look at the chip count numbers with reference to a possible deal, but with no responses from dstrung or crazylarry43, no talks were to be had.

A few hands after the break prior to starting Level 37, dstrung was low on chips and ready to move. dstrung got involved with 9s-8s against the Jc-8h of phil steve, with the former having committed all of his chips. But when the board came 8c-7d-7s-4s-Ac, the two split the pot. dstrung was able to live another day...or another hand. The very next hand prompted another all-in move from dstrung, this time finding a caller in DFGBOYS. dstrung showed Js-Th, but DRGBOYS turned over Ad-9c. The board came 4s-Ks-6h-5s-4h, and the ace kicker took it. dstrung, on the other hand, took sixth place and a $40,876.50 prize.

The next elimination took some time, but it happened with DFGBOYS pushed preflop for a bit more than 4.5 million with pocket eights, only to be called by phil steve and his As-6s. Since it was flush night at the Sunday Million final table, it was logical that the board would come 4s-2c-7s-9c-3s to give phil steve the flush. DFGBOYS was eliminated in fifth place, which was worth an admirable $56,906.50.

The four players realized that the time was nearing 3:00am ET, and everyone was admittedly tired and ready to discuss numbers. Upon asking for a chip chop count, they received the following numbers:

vuki $133,610.69
phil steve $119,579.58
crazylarry43 $107,565.94
KopplarJocke $100,723.59

With the understanding that an additional $30,000 would be awarded the ultimate victor, everyone quickly agreed, and play resumed.

And the fatigue factor was obvious, as KopplarJocke pushed all-in only a few hands after the deal with A-2. But he cracked the pocket kings of phil steve when he hit the wheel on the turn. And crazylarry43 attempted an all-in with pocket tens versus the jacks of vuki, only to double when a ten came on the turn.

Finally, vuki pushed again preflop with only 3,589,208, and KopplarJocke called with Ah-6c. vuki showed Ts-9s and might have been looking for the ever-popular flush. But the Kc-8s-As-6h-Jd came just short of it and knocked vuki out in fourth place, though it was worth $133,610.69 based on the deal made previously.

The all-ins and double-ups continued three-handed...and continued...and continued until one player just couldn't repeat the process again. phil steve moved all-in for just over 12 million chips with 9c-6c and was called by KopplarJocke and his Ah-3d. The board, shockingly, delivered a four-flush for KopplarJocke with 5d-Qd-Ks-6d-Kd, and phil steve was ousted in third place for the previously-agreed upon amount of $119,579.58.

Heads-up play began with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: crazylarry43 (19,548,362 in chips)
Seat 4: KopplarJocke (60,601,638 in chips)

The two battled for some time despite the starting chip disparity. crazylarry43 took a 25K pot to nearly even the stacks, and though crazylarry43 lost ground again over time, the chip lead did change hands. Neither were willing to concede the match, though, because of the title and the additional $30K attached to the win.

On the 66th hand of heads-up action, it came down to the deciding hand. KopplarJocke began by raising it up to 4,250,000, and crazylarry43 popped it up and all-in for his final 27,208,362. KopplarJocke called with Ad-7d and was likely relieved to see that crazylarry43 had As-4h. The virtual dealer gave them Ts-8d-9c-7c-Ks, and crazylarry43 was designated as the tournament's runner-up with a $107,565.94 prize.

It was KopplarJocke who was patient enough to wait for the right moment. He captured the Sunday Million title and the $130,723.59 prize money. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 12/21/08:

1st place: KopplarJocke ($196,367.50)*
2nd place: crazylarry43 ($132,407.80)*
3rd place: phil steve ($119,579.58)*
4th place: vuki ($133,610.69)*
5th place: DFGBOYS ($56,906.50)
6th place: dstrung ($40,876.50)
7th place: gladik ($28,052.50)
8th place: tAAggart ($18,434.50)
9th place: mezyoureyez ($11,221.00)

*based on four-way chop numbers

For more information on ways to register and qualify for the last Sunday Million of 2008, visit the Sunday Million page.

December 15, 2008 3:26 AM

12/14 Edition of the Sunday Million Taken Down by opis/sp

Only a few more opportunities to claim a Sunday Million victory in the 2008 calendar year brought another stellar field to the PokerStars tables on December 14th. No amount of holiday shopping or family obligations could keep poker players away from the most popular weekly tournament in online poker.

The total of 7,549 players brought the prize pool over the guarantee to $1,509,800, and the top 1,080 finishers would be awarded a piece of it.

Play moved right along until hand-for-hand kicked in at the money bubble little more than 3 hours and 45 minutes into the tournament. Several minutes later, it was 0120 who busted in 1081st place on the bubble to allow for Bradford_211 to cash in 1080th place for $301.96. Another 30 players left in the next two minutes, and play progressed toward the final table.

Among the Team PokerStars Pros in the field this Sunday were Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Luca Pagano, Chad Brown, Vanessa Rousso, and John Duthie. But it was Steve Paul-Ambrose who finished in the money at 459th place.

From the 8 ½ hour mark at which the final two tables were reached, it took approximately 30 minutes to find the nine finalists. It happened when TommyE79 and Jarfish went to see the 9d-5h-Ac flop. Both checked, but when the Tc came on the turn, Jarfish pushed all-in with Jc-7c. TommyE79 called with As-Ad for trip aces, and when the 7h on the river didn’t complete Jarfish’s straight or flush, he was gone on the final table bubble. The tenth place finish was worth $7,549.00.

The final table was then set as follows:

Seat 1: opis/sp (12,767,804 in chips)
Seat 2: Mighty Horse (3,541,273 in chips)
Seat 3: CHI01 (10,390,449 in chips)
Seat 4: jdballer40 (8,197,282 in chips)
Seat 5: TommyE79 (14,622,073 in chips)
Seat 6: AvelonSalheb (5,001,841 in chips)
Seat 7: drpossjr25 (6,631,726 in chips)
Seat 8: Eeedz (10,212,455 in chips)
Seat 9: 5fish (4,125,097 in chips)

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On the very first hand of nine-handed play, 5fish doubled up to be in a more comfortable position. After some time passed, drpossjr25 and Eeedz doubled as well. But when AvelonSalheb tried the same feat, it didn’t turn out as planned. He pushed from the big blind for 5,461,281 with Ad-Jd, and CHI01 called with Kh-Qd. The board came almost too perfectly for CHI01 with Td-Js-8c-9h-6d, and AvelonSalheb was gone in ninth place with $10,568.60.

Mighty Horse had been unable to get much going and finally pushed pre-flop for 1,841,273 with 9s-8c. TommyE79 called from the small blind with Ah-8h, and the short stack would need to improve dramatically. But the 6h-Kh-3c-2h-5s board didn’t cooperate, and Mighty Horse was eliminated in eighth place with a $17,362.70 prize.

Despite 5fish’s strong start, he found himself short again and moved his last 1,475,205 into the pot pre-flop with Ks-Qs from the small blind. opis/sp called from the big blind with Ts-2c, and the board came Jc-8s-Tc-6s-8h. The pair of tens for opis/sp, along with the eights on the board, was good enough to take it and send 5fish out in seventh place with $26,254.80.

Play then slowed tremendously. Many rounds passed before someone was willing to put all of their chips at risk, and it was TommyE79 who did it with his last 4,072,829 chips pre-flop. CHI01 called with Th-Qs, and TommyE79 showed As-2h. The board was a beautiful one for CHI01 when it came Ks-Kc-9c-8s-Jh to give him the straight, while TommyE79 wasn’t as thrilled but took $39,254.80 for the sixth place finish.

The very next hand saw Eeedz push all-in pre-flop with Ad-5h from the button, and drpossjr25 called from the big blind with pocket kings. The automated dealer gave them 9s-9c-Jc-7d-2h, and the kings held up for drpossjr25, while Eeedz was relegated to the rail in fifth place with $54,352.80 for the effort.

As the final table approached the hour and a half point, jdballer40 tried several times to instigate deal talks, but there were no responses in the chat box from any competitors. And with that, jdballer40 proceeded to chip up and double up to a very respectable stack. Finally, he got involved with drpossjr25 in a pre-flop raising war that ended with drpossjr25 all-in with pocket kings to the aces of jdballer40. The board brought another ace on the flop to solidify the deal, and after all of the Jh-Ad-6s-4s-3d cards were seen, drpossjr25 was gone in fourth place with $69,450.80.

With three left, all did choose to pause the action for talks, but without even seeing the chip count deal amounts, talks fell apart when the players were too far apart on their thoughts. With jdballer40 in the lead and opis/sp as the short stack, play resumed. But when opis/sp doubled through CHI01, the latter called for talks to resume. The result of the second deal-break was as follows:

$122,006.84 for each of the three remaining players
$30,000 extra for the ultimate winner

Play resumed with the deal in place and three players happy to know they were each getting a three-figure payout no matter the outcome. It took a few rounds to see the first elimination, but it happened after jdballer40 and opis/sp saw the 9c-4c-Ac flop. jdballer40 pushed all-in with Kc-Qd for the flush draw, but opis/sp called with Ah-8c and top pair. The turn and river were 5s and Qh, respectively, and jdballer40 was ousted in third place with the agreed-upon amount of $122,006.84.

Heads-up play began with the following counts:

Seat 1: opis/sp (57,879,650 in chips)
Seat 3: CHI01 (17,610,350 in chips)

And it only took two hands for the decision to be rendered. Both players raised it pre-flop but with no all-in, the two saw Jh-Kd-6s come on the board. opis/sp checked, but CHI01 pushed all-in with 5d-3d. opis/sp called with Qc-Jc and middle pair. The turn was a 6c that only gave opis/sp an even better hand, and the 7s on the river ended the tournament. CHI01 was eliminated in second place for $122,006.84.

opis/sp won the December 14th edition of the Sunday Million and collected $152,006.84 for the effort. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 12/14/08:

1st place: opis/sp ($152,006.84)*
2nd place: CHI01 ($122,006.84)*
3rd place: jdballer40 ($122,006.84)*
4th place: drpossjr25 ($69,450.80)
5th place: Eeedz ($54,352.80)
6th place: TommyE79 ($39,254.80)
7th place: 5fish ($26,421.50)
8th place: Mighty Horse ($17,362.70)
9th place: AvelonSalheb ($10,568.60)

*amounts reflect three-way chop

For more information on ways to register and qualify for the next weekend’s festivities, visit the Sunday Million page.

December 8, 2008 3:22 AM

Hyperactivity not a problem for drritalin, latest Sunday Million winner

Sunday Million logo.jpgAs the stores and malls are bustling with shoppers during the busiest shopping month of the year, PokerStars has been busy with the World Cup of Poker and its regular uber-popular Sunday tournaments. The holidays have yet to put a dent in the number of players who log on to compete for the $1.5 million guarantee in the Sunday Million, and this week was no different.

A total of 7,577 players registered for the December 7th edition of the Sunday Million, creating a $1,515,400 prize pool. And along with the masses were several well-known Team PokerStars Pros, including Dario Minieri, Isabelle Mercier, John Duthie, and Marcin Horecki. William Thorson played along and busted short of the money in 1221st place, but Steve Paul-Ambrose did better by finishing in 1083rd for a small payout. It was Barry Greenstein who bested the rest of the pros by making it to 351st place, which was good for $909.24 in prize money.

Speaking of reaching the money, it was platinni as the bubble player in 1171st position who created the opportunity for the remaining players to get paid on this Sunday, with JasonGray leading the way as the 1170th place finisher; he received $303.08 for that distinction.

The survivors played on, finally reaching ten tables just after the six and a half hour mark, but it wasn’t until more than eight hours into the tournament that the final two tables were reached. Play slowed a bit, as it took nearly an hour to reach the final table. Stuck at 11 players for a bit, it was the elimination of wilder12u in 11th place that made way for hand-for-hand play to begin.

It was then that shane261966 decided to make an all-in move for just over 3 million chips with pocket jacks, but ggiillaadd called with pocket kings. The board brought some hope in the form of a straight draw for the short stack when it came 7c-Qd-8h-9c-4d, but the kings held up for ggiillaadd, and shane261966 became the final table bubble player, out in tenth place with a consolation prize of $7,577.00.

The final table was then seated as follows:

Seat 1: hiclimber (6,243,555 in chips)
Seat 2: drritalin (14,670,216 in chips)
Seat 3: herdgolf86 (9,750,193 in chips)
Seat 4: Winn8D (7,103,357 in chips)
Seat 5: mozitas (3,488,167 in chips)
Seat 6: Aftret (6,387,148 in chips)
Seat 7: mrvogt (7,929,158 in chips)
Seat 8: JSchnett (4,743,206 in chips)
Seat 9: ggiillaadd (15,455,000 in chips)

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It only took a few hands for the first final tablist to be at risk, but hiclimber started it off by raising preflop to 777,777. Aftret came over with a reraise from the small blind to 2.4 million, and hiclimber responded with an all-in move for 5,558,555. Aftret called with pocket kings, and hiclimber showed pocket tens. The board couldn’t have been better for Aftret with 8h-Kh-Kc for quads, and the irrelevant 2d and 9s on the turn and river couldn’t have made a difference. hiclimber couldn’t argue with quads and took a ninth place finish and the $10,607.80 that came with it.

mozitas was the new short stack at the table and found no better time to try to double up. When herdgolf86 made an initial raise to 725,698, mozitas pushed all-in for 4,248,866 with Ac-Qs. herdgolf86 called with Ad-Kc and had to have felt pretty confident. That confidence was warranted as the board came 3d-3s-Tc-2s-4d, and herdgolf86 had to take an eighth place finish and $17,427.10 in prize money.

The next significant hand began with an all-in push from JSchnett preflop and a call from ggiillaadd. JSchnett showed As-Tc, and it would be a race against the pocket nines of ggiillaadd. The board brought 9d-4d-Td-6s-7c, and the pair of tens for the short stack didn’t match up to the trips of ggiillaadd. JSchnett was ousted in seventh place for a $26,519.50 prize.

With six players remaining, it was exactly tight play but cautious play that kept all of them playing for quite awhile. None were afraid to get millions of chips in the pot, but none wanted to go all-in either. mrvogt wanted to talk numbers, and Aftret was open to the idea, but herdgolf86 kindly said no and wished everyone good luck. Playing on through Level 35 and 36 they did, as ggiillaadd climbed to a massive 22 million chip stack.

Finally, it was herdgolf86 who pushed all-in for 5,812,036 preflop with Qh-Jc, and Aftret called from the big blind with Ah-Qd. The board came almost all hearts with Kh-7h-5c-3h-4h, and Aftret won with the ace-high flush, while the second-best king-high flush left herdgolf86 on the virtual rail in sixth place with $38,642.70 in prize money.

The remaining five players then paused the action to see request chip-count numbers from the tournament administrator. With the understanding that $30,000 must be set aside for the ultimate winner, the numbers were given, but Winn8D insisted on some additional cash. After much deliberation, the five players agreed on the following payouts:

ggiillaadd: $114,355
drritalin: $106,021
mrvogt: $96,458
Aftret: $92,881
Winn8D: $78,701

With that, play resumed…slowly. It took another dozen or so hands before a player was put in serious risk. That player was Winn8D who moved all-in after an initial raise from Aftret. Aftret called with pocket tens, but Winn8D showed pocket jacks for a good chance at a double-up survival. But the board produced Qs-Ts-Kh-3h-Kc and a full house for Aftret. Winn8D was out in fifth place with the agreed-upon amount of $78,701.

Aftret had become the aggressor at the table and raised preflop, as he had so many times before. This time, however, mrvogt pushed his short stack of 11,556,103 all-in from the small blind in response. Aftret called with pocket kings, and mrvogt showed the Kh-Tc that made him the severe underdog. The virtual dealer gave them Ks-4s-4h-Qd-3h, and Aftret had another full house for the win. mrvogt was forced out in fourth place for the $96,458 deal amount.

Aftret lost a little of the afore-mentioned mojo when drritalin doubled through Aftret and took the lead with more than 47 million. Aftret gained some back in a subsequent hand, however, but couldn’t get back into the lead. Finally, after an initial raise by ggiillaadd, Aftret pushed 17,114,314 into the pot all-in with Ah-Th, and ggiillaadd called with Ad-Qh. The board came 3d-Jc-Kd-6h-6c, and ggiillaadd had the better kicker. Aftret was eliminated in third place with $92,881 in prize money.

Heads-up play then began with the following counts:

Seat 2: drritalin (23,539,671 in chips)
Seat 9: ggiillaadd (52,230,329 in chips)

drritalin doubled through ggiillaadd during heads-up play, but the tables were turned in the very next hand when ggiillaadd doubled back. drritalin maintained the chip lead, though, and ggillaadd was crippled with less than 5 million in chips. Still cautious, though, the two players saw a hand all the way through to the river as the board showed 4c-6h-6s-3d-5s. When drritalin made the last bet, ggiillaadd called all-in with 8s-4s for two pair, but drritalin showed 6c-5d for the full house and the win. ggiillaadd took a second place finish, which was good for the pre-made deal amount of $114,355.

drritalin was the December 7th Sunday Million winner, and in addition to the agreed-upon amount of $106,021, drritalin also received the $30,000 held out for the winner, making the total first place prize $136,021.00. Congratulations to the doc for the win!

Sunday Million Results for 12/07/08:

1st place: drritalin ($136,021.00)
2nd place: ggiillaadd ($114,355.00)
3rd place: Aftret ($92,881.00)
4th place: mrvogt ($96,458.00)
5th place: Winn8D ($78,701.00)
6th place: herdgolf86 ($38,642.70)
7th place: JSchnett ($26,519.50)
8th place: mozitas ($17,427.10)
9th place: hiclimber ($10,607.80)

For more information on ways to register and qualify for the next weekend’s festivities, visit the Sunday Million page.

December 1, 2008 3:08 AM

November 30th Sunday Million Taken Down by twirlpro

The last day of November in 2008… Can anyone believe it? Another year seems to have flown by, but there is always time to get in a few more Sunday Million tournaments before the big New Year’s Eve party. And for the last one in November, a total of 8,001 players logged in to take part and compete for their share of the prize pool and put a little extra holiday spending money in their virtual pockets.

The sizable field of players created a prize pool of $1,600,200, which would be divvied up among the 1,170 final players with the most - $196,024.50 - going to the ultimate winner. Someone’s family and/or friends will be getting some sweet holiday gifts this year.

Per the usual timeframe, the bubble approached as the four-hour mark neared. Hand-for-hand play began at exactly 3 hours and 47 minutes with 1,171 players remaining, and four minutes later, it was determined that kobeshomie was the bubble player who left the tournament with nothing but memories. It was Majkal who benefitted from that bubble and cashed in 1170th place for $320.04. Four others followed from hand-for-hand, and it only took two more minutes to lose an additional 70 players. Within the next hour, the field was more than cut in half, down to less than 500 players.

A number of Team PokerStars Pros came to the tables today, including Alexandre Gomes, Barry Greenstein, Noah Boeken, John Duthie, Daniel Negreanu, Isabelle Mercier, Hevad Khan, Steve Paul-Ambrose, and William Thorson, but none of them made it into the money portion of the evening. But the one who came closest was Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who finished in 1906th place.

The tournament reached its final two tables at the 8 hour and 20 minute mark with twirlpro as the leader with more than 12 million in chips. It only took about 25 minutes to reach the final table, and it was courtesy of the final table bubble player.

It began with martyyy as the short stack at the table, who attempted a move by pushing all-in from the small blind for 1,623,726. The original raiser, PureProfitFo, called with As-Jh, and martyyy showed Ad-9h with a need to improve. That need was not met with the Kh-3d-Ah-Qd-5c board, and martyyy was out in tenth place with $8,001.00 to show for it.

The final table was then set with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: twirlpro (12,725,996 in chips)
Seat 2: omba (1,880,872 in chips)
Seat 3: 1bobbyL (6,220,333 in chips)
Seat 4: Terkel1 (2,165,369 in chips)
Seat 5: svansa (19,352,418 in chips)
Seat 6: ankolo (4,635,660 in chips)
Seat 7: NewsKoooL (3,712,744 in chips)
Seat 8: PureProfitFo (11,800,471 in chips)
Seat 9: fratzl (17,516,137 in chips)

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Though twirlpro had taken a firm third-place spot on the leaderboard, possibilities were still there. But svansa and fratzl had a fairly firm hold on the top two places, and it would take a grand effort for some of the shorter stacks to catch up.

One of those with the least chips made a stand not long into final table action. omba pushed all-in preflop for 1,760,872 in chips, and it was NewsKoool with the reraise all-in to isolate. It worked, and NewsKoool showed Ah-Qs, while omba turned over the As-Js for the underdog hand. The board came 5s-Kh-9h-Th-5d, and it was all over for omba in ninth place, which was worth an a prize of $11,201.40.

Play slowed a bit until the next major hand went down. PureProfitFo made an initial raise to 650,000, and svansa came over the top with a reraise to 1,750,000. PureProfitFo responded with an all-in reraise holding pocket jacks, and svansa called with As-Kh. The virtual dealer turned over Kd-2c-2h-9d-9s, and the flopped king was good enough for svansa to win with top two pair. PureProfitFo left the tournament in eighth place with $18,402.30 - not a bad profit for a day’s work.

The new short stack at the table was ankolo, who pushed all-in preflop from the big blind after a raise from fratzl. fratzl called with Ks-Qs, and ankolo showed pocket jacks. Since the last all-in with jacks didn’t turn out so well, there might have been some anxiety on the part of ankolo, especially when the turn hit on the 4h-5c-Ah-Qd-9s board. The jacks, again, did not hold, and ankolo was the victim, out in seventh place with $28,003.50.

1bobbyL had been experiencing a roller coaster of a final table. When short-stacked previously, 1bobbyL doubled through fratzl. In an attempt to repeat and after an initial raise from twirlpro in the small blind, 1bobbyL reraised all-in for 8,450,666 from the big blind. twirlpro called with Ac-Qh, and 1bobbyL had to show only Th-5h. The board ran out Qc-6c-5c-7c-4d, and not only did twirlpro pair the queens, but he made a flush on the turn to solidify the win. 1bobbyL was ousted in sixth place with $40,805.10.

Terkel1 had been unable to win a substantial pot for several rounds and was relegated to short-stack position. When twirlpro made a raise in the small blind preflop, Terkel1 took a stand and reraised all-in for 6,151,476 with Ad-6d. twirlpro called and showed Kc-7s with a need to improve to knock a player out. The board gave him that improvement when it came Kd-7h-4s-2c-3c, and the two flopped pair were more than enough to beat ace high. Terkel1 was eliminated in fifth place, worth $56,807.10 for the PokerStars account.

The battle then took a turn - a long turn - as four-handed action went from level to level to level… NewsKoool doubled through fratzl twice, and fratzl then doubled through twirlpro. The all-ins were frequent, though the folds were more frequent, and play continued for some time. When svansa reached a solid second chip position, he inquired in the chat box about some possible deal-making but got no response. So, play on they did.

Finally, svansa took a chance and went into battle preflop with twirlpro with nearly ten million in the pot. After the 7d-9s-Ah flop, twirlpro came out betting 8.4 million with 8s-7s and the straight draw, and svansa called all-in for the last 7,587,889 of the stack with Ad-6c for top pair. The turn and river were Ts and 5s, running cards to give twirlpro the flush, which knocked svansa out of the tournament in fourth place with $72,809.10.

NewsKoool tried to talk numbers with fratzl and twirlpro several times, almost pleading in the chat box for some type of response. But the two were chatless, presumably wanting to leave the results up to the cards. Finally, NewsKoool had no choice but to move all-in against the two massive stacks. After twirlpro did the all-in move first from the small blind with Kc-6c, NewsKoool called it for his last 8,570,492 chips showing Ah-5h. The board was painful for the short stack as it came 8d-4c-Jd-Qc-9c. Runner, runner flush beat the ace high, and NewsKoool was gone in third place. Deal or no deal (no deal), third was worth $89,611.20.

Heads-up action finally began with the two remaining players nearing the end of Level 38, with 500,000/1,000,000 blinds and a 100,000 ante and the following chip counts:

Seat 1: twirlpro (37,782,346 in chips)
Seat 9: fratzl (42,227,654 in chips)

fratzl slowly lost the chip lead over a series of hands, and twirlpro continued to chip up, finally eclipsing the 50 million chip mark. Finally, as fratzl continued to fall, he pushed all-in preflop for 20,047,654 after a twirlpro raise. twirlpro decided to call with pocket kings, and fratzl showed Ac-Qd. The flop of 2c-Qh-Jc brought some hope for fratzl, and the 5c on the turn gave him four cards to the flush. But the Kh on the river brought a set for twirlpro, and fratzl was eliminated in second place with a $132,176.52 prize.

And twirlpro became the latest Sunday Million champion! The first prize awarded twirlpro was $196,024.50, and the tournament was in the books. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 11/30/08:

1st place: twirlpro ($196,024.50)
2nd place: fratzl ($132,176.52)
3rd place: NewsKoool ($89,611.20)
4th place: svansa ($72,809.10)
5th place: Terkel1 ($56,807.10)
6th place: 1bobbyL ($40,805.10)
7th place: ankolo ($28,003.50)
8th place: PureProfitFo ($18,402.30)
9th place: omba ($11,201.40)

For more information on ways to register and qualify for the next weekend’s festivities, visit the Sunday Million page.

November 24, 2008 3:17 AM

Persistence Took THE__D__RY to Victory in the November 23rd Sunday Million

The holidays are approaching. But instead of heading to the store to buy gifts or, in the U.S., the turkey and accompanying groceries for Thanksgiving dinner later this week, poker players had something else in mind on this late November Sunday. What could be more important than the holidays? Sunday tournaments on PokerStars, of course!

But seriously, with the holidays approaching and the subsequent start of the new year, poker enthusiasts are looking for a way to show improved tournament results for the year, and if a few thousand dollars are won just before gift-buying season, then all the better!

A total of 7,755 players from around the world joined together in the spirit of poker to play the infamous $215 NLHE Sunday Million with the $1.5 million guarantee. But with so many players, the prize pool rose above that guarantee to $1,551,000, so the wealth for the night would be spread around just a bit further.

Joining in on the Sunday fun were several of the Team PokerStars Pros, including Gavin Griffin, Isabelle Mercier, William Thorson, Chad Brown, Vanessa Rousso, Lee Nelson, Hevad Khan, and Andre Akkari. More names played and cashed in the event, including PokerStars blogger-turned-pro player Maria Mayrinck (901st place), Barry Greenstein (483rd), Ray Rahme (394th) and Marcin Horecki (174th).

And speaking of making the money, hand-for-hand play commenced at 3 hours and 43 minutes into the tournament with 1,171 players remaining, and it took about four minutes to find Thorbarden out of the event in 1171st place. That made way for rooney69 to become the first of the tournament to be eliminated in the money, as the reward was $310.20 for the 1170th place finish, and approximately 50 more players followed to the rail in only one minute. Play continued at an accelerated pace for awhile, as is typical after the money bubble bursts, but once the event was reduced to less than 50 players, it slowed quite a bit.

Once the tournament reached two tables, which wasn’t until more than eight and a half hours in, players stayed cautious, taking more than thirty minutes to reach the final table. Finally, with the elimination of Jan-E1981 in 11th place, hand-for-hand play ensued. In the very first H4H hand, Xanny21 pushed all-in preflop with a short stack of little more than 700,000. xfadomas666 called from the small blind, and Major_BomB came along from the big blind to see the 5d-3h-As flop. Players checked, as they did after the 6s on the turn and the 2c on the river. Major_BomB bet out with 5c-4s for the straight, xfadomas666 folded to that bet, and Xanny21 showed pocket sevens for the loss. Xanny21 left in tenth place with $7,755 for final table bubble status.

The final nine players took their seats at Table 1032, and the starting final table chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: A_Ivanovich (6753250 in chips)
Seat 2: Major_BomB (12095966 in chips)
Seat 3: Stammdogg (7207686 in chips)
Seat 4: parachuting (17204381 in chips)
Seat 5: xfadomas666 (7789228 in chips)
Seat 6: THE__D__RY (7502280 in chips)
Seat 7: Verichip (6436778 in chips)
Seat 8: Hikkespett (5545591 in chips)
Seat 9: thebosshead (7014840 in chips)

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Only a few hands into the action, the short stack at the table decided to move. After a raise from xfadomas666 to 1,200,000, Hikkespett pushed all-in for his last 4,682,712 with As-Tc, and xfadomas666 called with a dominating Ad-Jh. The board came 3h-8c-9s-7h, and though the Th on the river looked good for Hikkespett, it made a straight for xfadomas666 and gave him the pot. Hikkespett was suddenly gone from the final table in ninth place with a $10,857.00 prize.

Next, the players all seemed a bit stunned at the downfall of A_Ivanovich. After sitting at the top of the leaderboard when the field reached the final two tables, he lost ground and was suddenly the short stack with only eight players left. A_Ivanovich made a raise preflop to 2,888,586 with pocket jacks, and when Stammdogg came over the top with an all-in reraise, A_Ivanovich called all-in. Stammdogg showed pocket eights and would need to improve. The board did what he asked when it came 9s-Jh-6h-Ts-7h to give him the straight, and A_Ivanovich’s trips were no good. The former chip leader was gone in eighth place with $17,836.50 as a consolation prize.

A few hands later, thebosshead took a major hit when THE__D__RY doubled through him with A-K that turned into a full house to beat thebosshead’s pocket sixes. thebosshead was short-stacked with only 637,560 going into the next hand, and he pushed preflop all-in. Stammdogg and parachuting both called. The two checked the Qs-Td-5h flop, the 3c turn, and the Ks river. Stammdogg showed pocket fours, but parachuting turned over Kd-8c for a pair of kings. thebosshead simply mucked and left the tournament in seventh place with $27,142.50.

With six players remaining, action slowed somewhat, and it seemed that caution was the word of Level 36. Verichip did take the opportunity to double through Stammdogg, however, leaving the latter as the new short stack. Tried as he did, he could not climb above the six million chip mark for long and hovered around the 5.5 million spot for some time. Finally, when Major_BomB made a move all-in preflop, Stammdogg looked down at Kh-Qs in the big blind and decided to call all-in. Major_BomB showed 5h-4h and was in trouble. However, the board brought a five on the flop and nothing for Stammdogg all the way down as it showed 7d-5c-2s-Ad-2d. Stammdogg was sent to the rail in sixth place with a $39,550.50 prize.

Verichip had been sticking with a relatively short stack for awhile but outlasted Stammdogg with it. Finally, he pushed all-in preflop with Ks-Qc and his last 5,831,940, and xfadomas666 called from the small blind with Ad-Jc. The board ran out Ac-7h-2h-Kd-As, and trip aces were good for the win, while Verichip was relegated to the rail in fifth place, which was worth $55,060.50.

Major_BomB had been playing solidly throughout the final table but found himself the shortest stack with a little less than ten million chips. THE__D__RY tried to get in on the action preflop with a raise to 1.6 million, but Major_BomB pushed all-in for 9,879,253. parachuting called from the small blind, prompting THE__D__RY to fold with a comment: “well that makes that easier.” Major_BomB showed As-Kc, and parachuting turned over pocket nines. The race was on and to be determined by the virtual dealer, who gave them 7h-Qc-2h-7d-5s. That was that, and Major_BomB was forced out in fourth place with $70,570.50 in holiday shopping money.

Three-handed action saw xfadomas666 as the smallest stacked player for most of the action, until he doubled through THE__D__RY to climb up to a more-comfortable level of 16,294,224. It was parachuting who, no pun intended, went into a freefall. parachuting called an all-in bet by THE__D__RY, and parachuting’s Ah-7h couldn’t beat the Ac-Kd of THE__D__RY, so the latter doubled through parachuting in a pot worth just over 46 million.

parachuting then got involved with THE__D__RY again, calling a 2.4 million preflop raise to see the flop. After the As-Kh-Qc was dealt, THE__D__RY bet, and parachuting called the 2,850,000. But it was the turn of a 9c that prompted a 20 million bet from THE__D__RY and an all-in call from parachuting for his last 11,824,112. parachuting showed Kc-Jd for the pair of kings, but THE__D__RY turned over Ah-5d for the top pair of aces. An inconsequential 8s came on the river, and parachuting was out in third place with $86,856.00 in earnings for the day.

Heads-up action began with xfadomas666 at a significant deficit, with chip counts as follows:

Seat 5: xfadomas666 (14294224 in chips)
Seat 6: THE__D__RY (63255776 in chips)

xfadomas666 quickly asked about a deal in the chat box but got no response from THE__D__RY. That led to a more desperate move on the part of xfadomas666, as he saw his chips disappear on nearly every hand. THE__D__RY made an initial raise to 2,040,000, and xfadomas666 calmly called to see the 6d-4h-Ts on the flop. Both players checked, but when the 8s came on the turn, xfadomas666 bet all-in for 10,574,224. THE__D__RY called with 9c-7h and showed the straight, while xfadomas666 had to turn over his Qs-8d and meager pair of eights. The 3s on the river changed nothing, and xfadomas666 was eliminated in second place, which was good for a $128,112.60 addition to his PokerStars account.

THE__D__RY took first place and $189,997.50 in the 11/23 edition of the Sunday Million! It has been a long time coming for the seasoned online player. With hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings on PokerStars in only a few years, not to mention five cashes at the 2008 WCOOP, THE__D__RY had been waiting for a big score. Taking down the Sunday Million has to be sweet for the long-time PokerStars player, so congratulations to THE__D__RY for taking it down!

Sunday Million Results for 11/23/08:

1st place: THE__D__RY ($189,997.50)
2nd place: svadomas666 ($128,112.60)
3rd place: parachuting ($86,856.00)
4th place: Major_BomB ($70,570.50)
5th place: Verichip ($55,060.50)
6th place: Stammdogg ($39,550.50)
7th place: thebosshead ($27,142.50)
8th place: A_Ivanovich ($17,836.50)
9th place: Hikkespett ($10,857.00)

For more information on ways to register and qualify for the next weekend’s festivities, visit the Sunday Million page.

November 17, 2008 9:56 AM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-16-08)

This was one of those weekends where not even the biggest plot of internet real estate could handle all the PokerStars tournament action happening at the same time. At the very moment all the big Sunday majors at PokerStars were happening, the World Cup of Poker was underway with preliminary action. Meanwhile, the PokerStars APPT crowned a new champion in Manila. Halfway across the world in Warsaw, the European Poker Tour was working it way toward a final table. Antony Lellouche and Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri kicked off Day 2 in Warsaw at the top of the leader board.

While all of those events were important as always, the Sunday Majors changed the bankrolls of dozens of PokerStars players. Slyfox151 took down the Sunday Warm-up. You can read all about it in this report. Making an even bigger score was Denmark's kesher79 who won the Sunday Million for a nearly $200,000 payday. Read all about kesher79's outright win in this Sunday Million final table report.

For a complete list of PokerStars Sunday majors results, check out all the PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results for 11-16-08.

Congratulations to all the winners.

See everyone next week!

November 17, 2008 2:53 AM

kesher79 and quads take down the November 16th Sunday Million

Some might call it a retreat, a getaway from the news of the day, which includes everything from a worldwide economic crisis to raging wildfires in California. The Sunday Million is something that PokerStars players count on to be there each week, with its $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool and thousands of card players gathering on the internet from around the globe. The problems of the day will be there tomorrow, but the Sunday Million provides an ideal weekend escape for an afternoon…and for those whose strategy plays out, the evening as well.

The November 16th Sunday Million tournament found a total of 7,999 players registered for it, all looking for that getaway and personal economic windfall. With a prize pool of $1,599,800 going to 1,170 of the players and a first prize of $195,975.50 going to the winner, PokerStars was practically giddy with close to 8,000 players.

A number of Team PokerStars Pros got in on the action as well. Tom McEvoy, Chad Brown, Andre Akkari, Vanessa Rousso, Ray Rahme, Humberto Brenes, John Duthie, Chris Moneymaker, Hevad Khan, and Victor Ramdin all played but finished outside of the money. Others were more fortunate, however. Barry Greenstein placed 862nd, Steve Paul-Ambrose finished in 674th place, Maria Mayrinck made it to 357th, and Daniel Negreanu was the top PokerStars Pro finisher, taking $1,439.82 for 236th place.

Speaking of finishing in the money, it could be said that it was thanks to hgzp finishing in 1171st place after just three hours and 47 minutes into play that the next 1170 finishers could reap some of the tournament’s benefits. hellhound was the first to do so, taking home $319.96 for 1170th place. As players continued to take the money and run at near-record speed (30 of them in the first minute after the money bubble burst), it would still be a few hours before the field was significantly reduced.

The final two tables were determined at the eight and a half hour mark with kjmosu1978 in the chip lead as the only player with over ten million in chips. Just after the nine-hour break, the last ten remaining players were suddenly amidst hand-for-hand play to settle on the nine final tablists. Uncharacteristic of these players, however, play slowed tremendously during hand-for-hand play, taking more than thirty minutes to eliminate someone in tenth place.

Ironically, it was kjmosu1978 who had lost his position at the top of the leaderboard and sunk to one of the short stacks, pushing all-in preflop with Tc-9c. orkim called quickly with pocket queens, and it was over on the flop when three deuces were dealt. The 5s and 9s on the turn and river were unimportant, as orkim’s top full house took it. kjmosu1978 was the final table bubble player, finishing in tenth place for $7,999.00.

Within moments, before anyone could get their bearings, another player was all-in at the other table. LEstradioto raised preflop all-in for little 3,401,211, and Mr_BigQueso called, showing Kh-Jh. LEstradioto was way behind with Kc-7d, and the dealing of the community cards only solidified the outcome. The 8d-5h-Ah-Jc-9s sent LEstradioto out of the tournament in ninth place, which was worth $11,198.60.

When all of the remaining eight players took their seats at one table, the chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: kesher79 (13642058 in chips)
Seat 2: rS.Wisdom (4937219 in chips)
Seat 3: RiverCardRob (4010987 in chips)
Seat 5: mjluth (11728249 in chips)
Seat 6: jarocho123 (5389440 in chips)
Seat 7: Mr_BigQueso (17791780 in chips)
Seat 8: maverick8487 (9796110 in chips)
Seat 9: orkim (12694157 in chips)

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Those standings didn’t last long either. jarocho123 made an initial raise, but kesher79 came out of the big blind with an all-in raise. jarocho123 called all-in for his tournament life with As-Qd, and kesher79 showed pocket fours for the showdown. The virtual dealer gave them Ks-Ts-5s-5h-3d, and the pair on the board gave kesher79 two pair and the win, sending jarocho123 out immediately in eighth place with $18,397.70 in prize money.

RiverCardRob was the new short stack at the table, though only trailing rS.Wisdom by less than a million in chips. It was rS.Wisdom who raised all-in preflop and RiverCardRob who was called, the latter having all of his chips committed. rS.Wisdom had the better hand with two queens, but RiverCardRob had hope with Ah-Kd. More hope came on the flop with 4d-2d-Ac and a harmless 5s on the turn, but a Qh on the river was what rS.Wisdom needed. RiverCardRob was rivered and sent away in seventh place with an extra $27,996.50 in his PokerStars account.

With the action still fast and furious and rS.Wisdom with some newfound chips and confidence, he made an initial raise to 1,300,000 preflop. orkim called, and they saw 6s-4h-6d come on the flop. orkim led out with a bet of 1.5 million, which rS.Wisdom called. The turn of Kh prompted a check from orkim that time, but rS.Wisdom bet 1.5 million, and orkim called. The river card was a 7h, and rS.Wisdom pushed all-in and got an all-in call from orkim, who showed 8c-8h for two pair. But rS.Wisdom showed pocket aces for two pair, and orkim was gone in sixth place with $40,794.90 for the effort.

The next elimination came within minutes. The hand began with kesher79 as the initial raiser, but Mr_BigQueso came over the top all-in for 13,350,900. kesher79 called with the dreaded pocket aces, and Mr_BigQueso had to show Ad-9d. The board didn’t help matters for the all-in player when it came 9c-Ts-Td-Kh-Qd, and Mr_BigQueso had to settle for fifth place and the accompanying $56,792.90 prize.

Again, with no time to spare, maverick8487 raised a pot to 1.5 million, and kesher79 reraised three million more. maverick8487 came over the top all-in for 9,206,110 holding pocket fives, and kesher79 called with dominating pocket jacks. The board bricked for the short stack with 8s-7s-Qd-4d, and the Jh on the river only hurt a little more by giving kesher79 trips. maverick8487 was eliminated in fourth place, which was worth a solid $72,790.90.

A much needed break at the ten-hour mark came upon the final three players, and the chip counts at break were as follows:

kesher79 -- 36,500,259
rS.Wisdom -- 33,243,243
mjluth -- 10,246,498

The short stack posed the question of whether or not anyone might be interested in a chop, but rS.Wisdom put that notion to rest quickly with a “not right now” comment. Well, of course not. And mjluth continued to lose ground when play resumed, eventually being chipped down to little more than 5.5 million. But pushing all-in with Ad-8c versus the Ks-9c of kesher79 brought a much-needed double-up.

Trying to repeat the good fortune, mjluth pushed all-in again, this time with Ac-Kh from the small blind. When kesher79 called with Ks-Qd, it seemed like a good decision…until the rest of the cards came Tc-9d-3h-Qh-8s. That queen on the turn gave the pot to kesher79, while mjluth was forced out of the tournament in third place with $89,588.80.

The final two players began heads-up action without a monstrous difference in chip counts:

kesher79 -- 48,606,757
rS.Wisdom -- 31,383,243

Action began only a few minutes into Level 37, and despite the relatively close chip counts, it only lasted seven hands.

kesher79 posted the small blind and a raise to 1,800,000 preflop, and rS.Wisdom came along in the big blind to see a flop of Jh-Td-2h. kesher79 bet 2,400,000, and rS.Wisdom check-called. After the Ac on the turn, the same action occurred, only that time with six million in chips. And the 2s on the river prompted another bet from kesher79, this one all-in for 40,326,757. rS.Wisdom check-called for his last 19,143,243 and showed Ad-Tc for two pair, but he was outdone by the pocket deuces of kesher79 that turned to quads!

rS.Wisdom was forced to accept a second place finish with a $132,143.48 for the respectable finish. And kesher79 took down the November 16th Sunday Million tournament with its $195,975.50 first prize. Congratulations!

Sunday Million Results for 11/16/08:

1st place: kesher79 ($195,975.50)
2nd place: rS.Wisdom ($132,143.48)
3rd place: mjluth ($89,588.80)
4th place: maverick8487 ($72,790.90)
5th place: Mr_BigQueso ($56,792.90)
6th place: orkim ($40,794.90)
7th place: RiverCardRob ($27,996.50)
8th place: jarocho123 ($18,397.70)
9th place: Lestradioto ($11,198.60)

November 10, 2008 3:00 PM

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-9-08)

As you might expect, our focus this weekend has been on a little tournament playing out in Las Vegas. If you haven't been paying attention, we recommend you check out how PokerStars' Million Dollar Men did at the World Series this weekend. Tonight, two of the PokerStars 6 will go head to head for the bracelet. You can read more about that in our World Series Final Table wrap-up.

With all of that recognized, we can't let Monday pass without paying attention to the big online action from the weekend. As the winter months approach the northern hemisphere, the online poker tables and big Sunday tournaments are filling up.

Last night, TherookieQQ9 picked up $188,919.50 in the Sunday Million. Get the whole story on TherookieQQ9 and his win HERE.

A bit earlier in the night, Snookerfun took down the Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $100,000. For a full report, click on this post about Snookerfun's win.

For a complete list of this weekend's results, click: PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-9-08).

Congratulations to all of this weeks winners.

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