The last time we saw Kyle "KJulius10" Julius, he was heads-up in the PCA Main Event, bluff-shoving his unimproved nine-high into John Dibella's rivered flush. Although Julius departed the Bahamas with an extra $1.5 million in his pocket thanks to a deal, the exiled American pro fell just short of the title. It took him only a little over a month to land at another major final table, where he defeated Australia's Timothy "weygang" English to win his first Sunday Million title and over $177,000. Julius entered the final table as the chip leader and functioned as a one-man wrecking ball, eliminating seven of his eight opponents en route to victory.
Today, PokerStars gave new meaning to the phrase "running it twice." It was the return of Double Vision Sunday, giving players two shots at every Sunday Major-- the Kickoff, the Storm, the Warm-Up, the Million, whatever your poison. Starting thirty minutes after the regular Sunday Million, this special edition "Sunday Million II" drew 5,671 players to the virtual felt, creating a $1,134,200 prize pool that easily eclipsed the $1M guarantee. 810 places were paid with first place set to pay out $177,391.58.
Thirty members of Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online were in the mix and four finished in the money. Spain's Javier "El_Canonero" Dominguez climbed eight spots above a min-cash on the pay ladder, finishing 487th, while Greek Challenger George "gkap13" Kapalas (150th), Costa Rican "Chark" Humberto Brenes (125th), and Russian sensation Maxim Lyov (83rd) all cracked the top 150.
Seeing as this Million started half an hour behind the first one, you'd think it would be the last to finish, right? Well, not exactly. Although both tournaments had the same structure, the second Million drew about 2,200 fewer players. Fewer players, faster tournament. The number of players remaining in both tournaments converged with about nine tables to go, and as the beginning of hour ten approached, both fields held at 11 apiece.
Weygang was a 96% favorite to go out on the final table bubble after shoving his 3♠3♦ into 26071985's A♥A♣. With one card to come, the board read T♥J♥5♣T♣ and 26071985 needed to fade one of the two remaining threes. It was weygang's turn to run good, however, and the 3♥ spiked on the river to save him and double his stack to 8.8 million.
Instead, bubble boy honors went to camikater, who moved in for his last million in chips with A♣Q♠ only to run into KJulius10's pocket aces. No miracles this time and camikater exited in 10th place, setting the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: DONTSTAKEME (2,073,765 in chips)
Seat 2: p.s.newreg (2,921,847 in chips)
Seat 3: engelberth.v (4,239,060 in chips)
Seat 4: kinamon8 (5,958,250 in chips)
Seat 5: 26071985 (8,327,504 in chips)
Seat 6: padjes (2,128,376 in chips)
Seat 7: KJulius10 (15,914,261 in chips)
Seat 8: weygang (9,097,190 in chips)
Seat 9: vwborat18 (6,049,747 in chips)
Ten hands in, KJulius10 opened for a min-raise to 500,000 and DONTSTAKEME three-bet shoved for 1.98 million from the small blind. KJulius10 called, his T♦T♥ racing with A♣Q♦. A king-high board gave KJulius10 his first final table knockout and the 4.4 million pot as DONTSTAKEME departed in 9th place.
Minutes later, a nearly identical situation unfolded. KJulius10 made it 500,000 from under-the-gun, p.s.newreg moved in for 2.07 million and KJulius10 called. This time p.s.newreg had the tens and KJulius10 the A♥Q♦, a queen hitting the flop to make him top pair. P.s.newreg couldn't find another ten and was eliminated in eighth place, earning $14,177.50.
Padjes surges, KJulius10 sinks
DONTSTAKEME and p.s.newreg's eliminations left padjes as the table short stack with only 2.12 million in chips and the blinds up to 125,000/250,000. Padjes staked his tournament life on pocket sevens and doubled through 26071985, who called with K♠7♠ and did not improve. Next, he three-bet shoved for 4 million over 26071985's opening min-raise, only to have mega-stack KJulius10 re-shove behind him. 26071985 got out of the way, leaving padjes's J♣J♥ up against KJulius10's A♦Q♠. This time the coin fell on padjes' side, the board running out ten-high to double his stack to 9 million.
KJulius10 didn't waste much time before doubling up another short-stacked opponent. In a hand that recalled his PCA Main Event bustout, KJulius10 bluffed all-in on the turn with bottom pair, only to run into 26071985's top two pair:
Weygang whacks vwborat18, engelberth.v eliminated in ugly fashion
Weygang brought 9 million in chips to the final table after his lucky spike on the final table bubble, but saw that stack erode to around 5.7 million before he picked up T♣T♠. With the action folded around to him on the button, weygang opened for 600,000 and vwborat18 three-bet shoved for 5.5 million from the small blind. Weygang called and vwborat18 revealed 8♣9♣, a victim of bad timing. The board ran out K♦7♣3♣2♦Q♦ and vwborat18 was out in seventh place, earning $25,519.50 for his troubles (or, as final table hostess Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome put it, "a quarter of a hundred thousand dollars.")
With only 1.8 million left and the blinds up to 200,000/400,000, engelberth.v had only one move left. After KJulius10 opened for 800,000 on the button, engelberth.v found K♠T♦ and shoved. KJulius10 couldn't have been too happy to have to toss in another million with only 6♠T♥... that is until he hit top two pair on the T♠6♦3♥ flop. The turn was the 4♥ and the 6♥ on the river boated up KJulius10 and ended engelberth.v's run in sixth place. $36,861.50 should go a long way toward soothing that nasty beat.
Weygang picks up mo', KJulius10 scores double KO
With five players remaining, KJulius10 still held the chip lead with 18.8 million, weygang, padjes, and 26071985 all sported stacks between 10.6 and 12.5 million, and kinamon8 was on the ropes with only 4 million. Weygang seized momentum when he claimed over 80% of 26071985's stack, his A♦K♠ holding up against A♣Q♠. Left with less than 2 million, 26071985 open-shoved with 2♠2♦, padjes reshoved for 10 million holding A♣8♣, and KJulius10 cold-called from the big blind with K♠K♣. The kings held up to win both the main and the side pot, sending both opponents to the rail. 26071985 started the hand with fewer chips and took fifth place ($48,203.50) while padjes finished fourth ($64,082.30).
Two hands later, kinamon8 moved in for his last 3 million with J♥2♦ from the small blind and KJulius10 called with Q♠T♦ in the big. A queen hit the flop and kinamon8 was out in third, collecting $93,401.37.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 7: KJulius10 (33,587,512 in chips)
Seat 8: weygang (23,122,488 in chips)
Both players were no stranger to the final table of a Sunday Major. Weygang won the Sunday 500 last June for $93k and finished fourth in the Million back in April, earning $71k. KJulius10 also has a Sunday 500 title as well as a win in the Sunday Supersonic for $38k. And while KJulius10 made an early exit from the "regular" Sunday Million, weygang made another deep run, finishing in 114th place.
Weygang struck early, flopping top and bottom pair against KJulius10's middle pair to double up to 35.2 million and reverse the chip counts. However, never underestimate the poker gods' sense of humor. Remember how weygang was saved by a three on the river and avoided bubbling the final table? Well, it was payback time, as KJulius10 caught his own two-outer with his tournament life at stake in a 42 million-chip pot:
Weygang was left with 14.8 million after that hand and was unable to recover. After exchanging small pots for a few minutes, KJulius10 opened for a min-raise to 1.2 million and weygang decided to shove with 5♦5♠. KJulius10 called with K♠J♠. It looked good for weygang on the 9♥9♠4♥ flop and even better when the 4♦ hit the turn, but KJulius10 caught another lightning bolt on the river, the K♦ falling to make him top two pair and seal his Sunday Million victory.
Congratulations to Kyle "KJulius10" Julius on a dominating final table performance. He banked $177,391.58 while runner-up Timothy "weygang" English earned $132,134.30.
PokerStars Double Vision Special Edition Sunday Million results for 2-12-12:
1. Kyle "KJulius10" Julius (Canada) $177,391.58
2. Timothy "weygang" English (Australia) $132,134.30
3. kinamon8 (Israel) $93,401.37
4. padjes (Netherlands) $64,082.30
5. 26071985 (United Kingdom) $48,203.50
6. engelberth.v (Venezuela) $38,861.50
7. vwborat18 (Lithuania) $25,519.50
8. p.s.newreg (Russia) $14,177.50
9. DONTSTAKEME (Canada) $9,073.60
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