Each week we’ll bring you the five most interesting takeaways from the previous week’s Sunday Million.
- SCOOP makes this one extra special
- Online legend and former champ wins it a second time
- Big breakthrough for runner-up
- Day 2 chip leader makes it to final table
- Re-live Spraggy’s Brutal KO
Scroll down to watch the Sunday Million final table replay with hole cards.
The final day of the Spring Championship of Online Poker 2020 (SCOOP) attracted thousands of players to PokerStars on June 1, with 30,809 entries (21,054 unique, 9,755 re-entries) into the $109 Sunday Million.
The event’s regular weekly $1 million prize pool was increased to $2.5 million (this was #121-M of SCOOP, after all), but ended up at $3.08 million.
To spice things up further, the two-day June 1st edition of the Sunday Million was set a Progressive Knock-Out format, allowing players to start making money immediately through eliminating other players.
Prior to Monday evening, there were only 16 players in the history of the Sunday Million to have won the event twice (Russian end-boss Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov is the only person to have won it three times).
We can now add longtime crusher Clark “snake8484” Hamagami to that two-time champ list.
The Canadian has been playing high stakes online for longer than the Sunday Million itself has existed. He first came to our attention as a 19-year-old during the 2005 World Championship of Online Poker, before going on to final table the Super Tuesday, the Sunday 500, and multiple SCOOP events. Live, he’s done the same at the Aussie Millions and the World Series of Poker.
In 2013, Hamagami finally clinched his first much-deserved Pokerstars Sunday Major when he won the $215 Sunday Million for $175,782, following a three-way deal with runner-up “poker@luffyD” ($155,782) and Nicolas “PKaiser” Fierro ($155,782).
Six years later, just a few days before his 34th birthday, Hamagami did it again, this time winning the whole thing outright for $196,816 ($153,743 plus $43,073 in bounties). The score is his second-largest, as his biggest cash was from a runner-up finish in a 2013 FTOPS event on Full Tilt for $223,142.
Hamagami defeated his heads-up opponent, Finland’s “TruePrayer”, when he called “TruePrayer”’s shove with king-jack suited, while “TruePrayer” was ahead with ace-eight suited. A jack hit the board to end it.
Hamagami now has $3.4 million in online cashes, according to Pocket Fives.
While everyone who plays a PKO event desires the top spot (the winners not only win the lion’s share of the main prize pool but also the KO prize pool, as they win their only bounty too), Finland’s “TruePrayer” will no doubt be satisfied with his second-place finish.
“TruePrayer”’s $136,761 score ($109,574 plus $27,186 in bounties) is their largest career cash to date, and more than three times the size of their previous highlight (a third-place finish in the Sunday 500 for $37,345 back in 2014).
Welsh pro Rob “robc1978” Cowen knows a thing or two about navigating through big tournaments. He already had a SCOOP 2020 title from winning #86-H $2,100 6-Max NLHE/PLO for $74,995, and he made a valiant effort to win his second of the year.
Cowen entered Day 2 of the Sunday Million with the chip lead and 502 of the 30,809 entries remaining. Throughout the final day, he demonstrated his skills, riding that big stack all the way to the final table.
He’d eventually bust in fifth place for $39,689 plus $11,125 in bounties when his pre-flop all-in with pocket jacks couldn’t hold against “TruePrayer”’s ace-queen offsuit.
All the PokerStars Streamers were in action on Sunday, but when it came to the Sunday Million, Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg arguably had the most brutal bust-out.
You be the judge.
Courtesy of Kalipoker TV.