The schedule of Sunday tournaments on PokerStars is enough to satisfy even the strongest multi-tabler in the game. Players have everything they could want in tournaments, not to mention cash games, on their favorite online poker site. From the PCA satellites to the Sunday Million, there are trips to win and six-figure scores to be chased. What else do poker players do on a Sunday?
Well, next weekend will provide one of those Sundays that players dream of. Double Vision is popular with many PokerStars players and will return next weekend to welcome in the month of November. The schedule will provide two identical Sunday Kickoffs, Warm-Ups, Storms, and Millions - double the usual guarantees, double the prize pools up for grabs, and dare I say double the fun?
That is next weekend. As for today, we had one Sunday Million with its usually impressive $1 million guarantee. But the prize pool soared beyond that number as it usually does.
Prize pool: $1,433,800
Paid players: 1,080
Play moved along for the first few hours, and around the five-hour mark, the money bubble burst. Players saw their investment pay off as the guaranteed minimum payout was $301.09.
Several members of Team PokerStars were still in action at that time, and the first one to exit in the money was Team Pro Christophe "chrisdm" De Meulder, who left in 885th place. Fellow Team Pro Richard Toth hit the rail in 612th place a bit later, Stavros Kalfas followed in 505th, and one Team Pro, specifically Team Czech Republic Pro continued on. It was Martin Staszko, who moved forward until his eventual elimination in 169th place for $774.25.
The final three tables turned to two just before the 10-hour mark of the tournament, and play moved along rather quickly, and NinziAkaPaxi led the pack toward the final table. Action slowed a little at 11 players, but Tsetung eventually exited to allow hand-for-hand play to begin. The short stacks were making moves, but when eisenhower1 pushed with A♠6♦ and g3r4d0x called with A♣J♠, everyone watched. And the board was an uneventful 9♦T♣4♥5♥J♦, only pairing the jacks for g3r4rd0x, who won the hand regardless. Eisenhower1 left in tenth place with $7,885.90.
NinziAkaPaxi holds lead
The final table began in the first half of Level 37, with blinds of 125,000/250,000 and a 25,000 ante, along with these player starting stacks:
Seat 1: b2bporker (6,454,184 in chips)
Seat 2: PESCJAU (2,774,342 in chips)
Seat 3: NinziAkaPaxi (17,364,326 in chips)
Seat 4: 2fingerz 2u (10,933,145 in chips)
Seat 5: pengebingen1 (13,508,506 in chips)
Seat 6: g3r4rd0x (8,945,629 in chips)
Seat 7: tsakoni22 (3,035,728 in chips)
Seat 8: vecneZivec (5,749,348 in chips)
Seat 9: faithless (2,924,792 in chips)
NinziAkaPaxi increased the lead after taking a pot worth 8.7 million chips from 2fingerz 2u, but pengebingen1 claimed a pot of 10.6 million chips from NinziAkaPaxi, and the two then fought for the lead.
Original short stack PESCJAU lost ground in the first few rounds of final table play and then moved 1.8 million chips all-in with A♠J♥ from early position. Pengebingen1 called from middle position with 4♥4♠, and the flop proved interesting with J♣5♥9♦. PESCJAU took the lead in the hand and improved to two pair on the A♦ turn. But the 4♣ on the river gave pengebingen1 the set, and PESCJAU was out in ninth place with $11,111.95.
Another shorter-stacked player, tsakoni22, also took the opportunity to move. It happened with NinziAkaPaxi raised from early position. Tsakoni22 reraised all-in from the small blind with K♥Q♦, and NinziAkaPaxi called 830,728 more with 4♥3♥. The board of 2♦4♣2♣T♠8♣ was on the chip leader's side, though, and the flopped two pair eliminated tsakoni22 in eighth place with $17,205.60.
On the very next hand, NinziAkaPaxi raised again, that time UTG. Faithless pushed all-in from the small blind with K♣Q♥, and b2bporker called. NinziAkaPaxi then reraised all-in, which prompted a fold from b2bporker. NinziAkaPaxi showed T♣T♥, and that pair only grew to two pair on the 2♣6♠A♦4♦6♦ board. Faithless exited in seventh place with $30,826.70.
There was some talk in the chat box about pausing the tournament to discuss a deal, but NinziAkaPaxi was not receptive. As the far-and-away cihp leader, NinziAkaPaxi simply typed "oh hell no!" And that was that for the moment.
Double-up craziness and a deal
VecneZivec doubled through NinziAkaPaxi to stay in action, while NinziAkaPaxi bullied players with that huge stack. NinziAkaPaxi took a pot worth nearly 19 million chips from b2bporker, but 2fingerz 2u then doubled through NinziAkaPaxi. B2bporker doubled thorugh pengebingen1, 2fingerz 2u doubled through vecneZivec, and the latter then tripled up to stay alive. Pengebingen1 doubled through NinziAkaPaxi, and b2bporker did the same at the expense of pengebingen1. VecneZivec doubled through NinziAkaPaxi. B2bporker doubled through NinziAkaPaxi. (Does anyone sense a trend here?) Six-handed play was tough.
After about 45 minutes, all six agreed to pause to look at some chop numbers. They looked at chip-chop payouts and ICM numbers, and they agreed on the latter. With $20,000 set aside to be added to the winner's money, the six payouts were set as follows:
Seat 1: b2bporker (11,121,488 in chips) = $105,541.81
Seat 3: NinziAkaPaxi (14,284,815 in chips) = $116,622.57
Seat 4: 2fingerz 2u (13,411,469 in chips) = $113,773.98
Seat 5: pengebingen1 (14,467,163 in chips) = $117,198.87
Seat 6: g3r4rd0x (7,195,629 in chips) = $88,234.99
Seat 8: vecneZivec (11,209,436 in chips) = $105,880.20
With that deal in place, action resumed. And there was big action!
NinziAkaPaxi retakes control
The first hand after the deal break saw NinziAkaPaxi double through the only bigger stack at the table:
Two hands later, 2fingerz 2u doubled through NinziAkaPaxi, and the latter got involved in a big hand. Pengebingen1 moved all-in UTG with 9♦8♠, and vecneZivec reraised. Bebporker pushed it up again, and NinziAkaPaxi responded by moving all-in. B2bporker called all-in with A♣T♠, and NinziAkaPaxi showed only 6♥2♥. But the board came K♣5♣K♥4♦3♣ to give NinziAkaPaxi the straight. Pengebingen1 was out in sixth place with $117,198.87, and b2bporker followed in fifth with $105,541.81.
Two hands after that, 2fingerz 2u did more damage and took a massive chip lead:
NinziAkaPaxi then pushed for little more than 4.5 million with T♠5♣, and 2fingerz 2u called with A♦7♦. The board came 7♥2♣4♦J♣7♣ to eliminate NinziAkaPaxi in fourth place with $116,622.57.
Two hands after that, vecneZivec pushed with 2♥2♣ against the K♦9♦ of 2fingerz 2u. The flop of A♦K♥4♣ gave 2fingerz 2u the pair of kings and the lead, which held up to the 3♣ turn and 6♠ river. VecneZivec departed in third place with $105,880.20.
Heads-up for $20K
The starting chip counts were:
Seat 4: 2fingerz 2u (66,244,371 in chips)
Seat 6: g3r4rd0x (5,445,629 in chips)
G3r4rd0x lost ground but doubled up with A-J versus K-4. Two hands later, the pocket nines of g3r4rd0x beat the A-K of 2fingerz 2u for another double. And shortly thereafter, it happened again when pocket fives stood up to A-7. G3r4rd0x then took the lead with this double:
G3r4rd0x took control of the match, and 2fingerz 2u was reduced to less than 20 million chips. That stack went all-in with K♥T♥, but g3r4rd0x was able to call with 9♦9♥. The pair grew to two pair on the 6♠8♠8♦ flop, and nothing about the A♣ turn or Q♦ river changed anything. 2fingerz 2u finished in second place with $113,773.98.
The shortest stack at the time of the deal went on to win the tournament, and g3r4rd0x took home $108,234.99 for that feat. Congrats!
Sunday Million Results for 10/28/12 (reflects six-way deal):
Paid players: 1,080
1st place: g3r4rd0x (Peru) - $108,234.99
2nd place: 2fingerz 2u (UK) - $113,773.98
3rd place: vecveZivec (Czech Republic) - $105,880.20*
4th place: NinziAkaPaxi (Finland) - $116,622.57*
5th place: b2bporker (Australia) - $105,541.81*
6th place: pengebingen1 (Norway) - $117,198.87*
7th place: faithless (Costa Rica) - $30,826.70
8th place: tsakoni22 (Bulgaria) - $17,205.60
9th place: PESCJAU (Brazil) - $11,111.95
*Denotes six-way deal that left $20,000 aside for the winner
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.