The Sunday Million has a long, rich history of being the largest online poker tournament in the world. For many years, it has boasted of the largest guarantee of all weekly online events offered on any website, and its title holds the most prestige. "I won the Sunday Million" is a statement that not many players can make, but it's on the list of poker goals of nearly everyone in the industry.
Today was another chance for a player to claim that kind of victory. And it was another opportunity for a player to emerge from the masses and claim a six-figure payday that could change their bankroll and poker future. And no matter what a player's starting bankroll, there isn't a player in the world who wouldn't be proud of a $200K addition to it. In the form of a $1 million guarantee, massive final table prize payouts, and the most impressive weekly tournament title in the game, the Sunday Million began the day with the offer of a $1 million guarantee for the $215 buy-in. What resulted was this set of numbers:
Prize pool: $1,457,800.00
Paid players: 1,080
Of the numerous Team PokerStars Pros in the field, only a few of them cashed in the tournament. The money bubble burst to allow the final 1,080 players to finish in the money, and the first Team Pro in that category was Christophe "chrisdm" de Meulder, who finished in 1056th place. Vicky Coren followed him to the rail in 917th place, and Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg headed out in 704th. Vanessa Selbst stayed in for awhile longer until she left in 404th place.
Team Pro Richard Toth of Hungary was going strong but lost some ground in the tenth hour. He ultimately came close to the final table but left in 17th place with $4,081,84 for the deep run.
Into the 11th hour, the 11th place elimination of micis R32 led to hand-for-hand play, and it was soon after that when Patatoe pushed all-in from the small blind with A♥2♣. Moukari6 called from the big blind with A♦8♦ and only improved on the 8♠8♣J♠6♠4♠ board. Patatoe was gone in tenth place with $8,017.90.
Jmc8609 starts with strong lead
In the midst of Level 37, with blinds of 125,000/250,000 and a 25,000 ante, the final table began with these starting chip stacks:
Seat 1: MVPAT (5,010,051 in chips)
Seat 2: ep20allin (9,160,892 in chips)
Seat 3: PapaGreggio (3,036,637 in chips)
Seat 4: moukari6 (13,414,072 in chips)
Seat 5: jmc8609 (24,291,322 in chips)
Seat 6: spidermike17 (1,349,112 in chips)
Seat 7: kucin3d (9,514,510 in chips)
Seat 8: seastar912 (1,701,990 in chips)
Seat 9: ElRupert (5,411,414 in chips)
Only a few hands in, the top chip leaders got into a big hand. It started with an UTG raise from moukari6 and reraise from jmc8609. Moukari6 then reraised, and jmc8609 called to see a flop of J♠K♥Q♠. Moukari6 moved all-in for more than 10 million chips with A♥A♦ for the overpair and straight draw, and jmc8609 called with A♠5♠ for the spade flush draw. It hit on the 2♠ turn for the winning hand, and the 8♣ on the river made it official as moukari6 made a surprising exit in ninth place with $11,297.95.
Shortly thereafter, PapaGreggio raised preflop, and jmc8609 repopped it. PapaGreggio responded by moving all-in with Q♦Q♥, and jmc8609 called with A♥5♥. The flop of 6♣8♥A♣ gave jmc8609 the better hand, and the J♥ and J♦ finished the board to give each player another pair. But PapaGreggio had the worst of it and left in eighth place with $17,493.60.
On the very next hand, spikdermike17 moved all-in with 4♠4♥, and original raiser jmc8609 called with 5♠5♥. The board blanked with 2♦3♣T♠7♥K♣, and that was enough to send spidermike17 home in seventh place with $31,342.70.
Can anyone stop jmc8609?
Seastar912 doubled through jmc8609, but the latter still held more than 40 million chips and a massive lead over the rest of the players. Seastar912 then moved again, that time with K♠9♥, but jmc8609 called with A♦T♦. The board came 8♥Q♠7♣7♠5♥, and the ace kicker played to eliminate seastar912 in sixth place for $45,191.80.
Two hands later, ElRupert made the push with K♥9♥. Original raiser jmc8609 called (shocking!) with A♣A♠. Nothing about the board of T♦A♥5♣6♣3♣ was good for ElRupert, though jmc8609 made a set of aces. ElRupert departed in fifth place with $59,769.80.
Four for a deal
It took some wheeling and dealing amongst the four players, but they finally agreed to some numbers. With $20,000 set aside to be added to the winner's money, the payouts would be as follows:
Seat 1: MVPAT (4,225,051 in chips) = $103,618.50
Seat 2: ep20allin (7,485,892 in chips) = $122,330.20
Seat 5: jmc8609 (50,254,547 in chips) = $192,000.00
Seat 7: kucin3d (10,924,510 in chips) = $135,511.00
MVPAT doubled through kucin3d to chip up, and kucin3d moved all-in on the very next hand with Q♣T♣. Jmc8609 called with J♠J♦, and the board of 2♦6♥A♠A♣5♠ eliminated kucin3d in fourth place with $135,511.00.
MVPAT then doubled through jmc8609, as seen here:
Two hands later, ep20allin made the all-in move, and jmc8609 reraised all-in. Original raiser MVPAT called all-in, and the hands were shown:
The dealer gave them a 9♥J♠4♦3♠A♣ board, which gave MVPAT the set of jacks and the ability to collect the main and side pots. Ep20allin was out in third place with $122,330.20.
Canadian heads-up battle
For the first time at the final table, jmc8609 did not have the chip lead. Instead, MVPAT eliminated the last player for a change and took those chips to first position of the final two.
Seat 1: MVPAT (37,607,076 in chips)
Seat 5: jmc8609 (35,282,924 in chips)
Jmc8609 was determined to regain the lead and did it. MVPAT had troubles but was able to find double-up opportunities when needed to stay in action. After nearly one hour of heads-up action, MVPAT and jmc8609 got involved in a preflop raising war that saw MVPAT push nearly 30 million chips all-in with Q♠9♠. Jmc8609 showed J♣8♣, but the flop came 8♠8♦3♠ for trip eights. The K♦ on the turn made no difference, nor did the 5♦ river card. That left MVPAT out in second place with $103,618.50.
After winning a TCOOP title earlier this year, jmc8609 of Canada won tonight's Sunday Million and $212,000.00 in cash. Congrats!
Sunday Million Results for 04/15/12 (reflects deal):
1st place: jmc8609 ($212,000.00)*
2nd place: MVPAT ($103,618.50)*
3rd place: ep20allin ($122,330.20)*
4th place: kucin3d ($135,511.00)*
5th place: ElRupert ($59,769.80)
6th place: seastar912 ($45,191.80)
7th place: spidermike17 ($31,342.70)
8th place: PapaGreggio ($17,493.60)
9th place: moukari6 ($11,297.95)
*Numbers based on a four-way deal with $20K reserved for first place
For more information on ways to register and qualify for upcoming Sunday Million tournaments, visit the Sunday Million page.