We're back! After a few weeks of a break for the Sunday Million to make way for the ever-popular SCOOP series, the biggest tournament of the Sunday majors returns with its $1 million guarantee.
And we return with news! Beginning next week, the Sunday Million will have a new starting time at 14:30 ET, two hours prior to the accustomed time. Players requested the change, and PokerStars delivered. Not only that, but the first week of the new time brings the excitement of a celebration, one that will boost the guarantee - for one week only - up to $2 million. So check out all of the new Sunday changes here and join us next week, earlier than usual, of course.
But let's refocus our energy on this week for the moment. It was a week that provided a bit of an overlay for players, as PokerStars had to kick some prize money to keep the promise of the $1 million guarantee. With that done, the 4,833 players signed up for the tournament would play down to 720, at which point the payments were set to kick in.
There were several Team PokerStars Pros still in the tournament as the money bubble approached a few hours into the tournament, and the unfortunate bubble player was one of them. Team Pro Liv Boeree exited in 721st place. Ouch.
Going into the money, though, Team Pro Juan Manuel Pastor cashed in 463rd place, followed by Goerge Danzer in 348th and Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg was eliminated in 202nd place. Carrying the torch for the team was Team Online's Jorge "twin-caracas" Arias of Venezuela, pictured below. He went deep in the tournament but ended up finishing in 63rd place.
It wasn't until the eighth hour of the tournament that the final 18 players saw a few of their own hit the rail. And at the start of the ninth hour, with the elimination of bakubayor1 in 13th place, only 12 remained. It was slow going for the big payouts waiting for the top finishers.
Action moved a little quicker as stevensegalx took 12th and Gribnogrib 11th. And during hand-for-hand play, it didn't take long for sol sano to push all-in with A♦9♦, but The__Anfied called from the small blind with J♠T♦. The board of J♦4♥3♦3♥6♣ produced two pair for The__Anfied and eliminated sol sano in tenth place with $5,950.00.
The __Anfied, The Chip Leader
The final table was reached in Level 33, with blinds at 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante. The players' starting chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: Maroc_Dk 77 (6,142,335 in chips)
Seat 2: The__Anfied (14,740,578 in chips)
Seat 3: rumazon (3,317,324 in chips)
Seat 4: swillslinger (1,433,470 in chips)
Seat 5: reutsim (3,759,829 in chips)
Seat 6: TomsBrakis (2,466,044 in chips)
Seat 7: 3max (2,219,846 in chips)
Seat 8: sedinoel (2,902,958 in chips)
Seat 9: PokerNoob999 (11,347,616 in chips)
Not long after swillslinger doubled through Maroc_Dk 77, all nine players agreed to pause the tournament to discuss a possible deal. The discussion was going surprisingly well with an exception or two, but they worked through it and came to a nine-way agreement. (Yes, I'm serious.) With an extra $20K set aside for the eventual winner, the payouts were agreed as follows:
Seat 1: Maroc_Dk 77 = $49,354.30
Seat 2: The__Anfied = $129,319.00
Seat 3: rumazon = $42,861.55
Seat 4: swillslinger = $40,773.098
Seat 5: reutsim = $42,295.27
Seat 6: TomsBrakis = $26,834.20
Seat 7: 3max = $25,917.22
Seat 8: sedinoel = $37,521.16
Seat 9: PokerNoob999 = $115,053.33
Play was still more cautious than expected, but it was swillslinger who risked everything with A♦4♠ from the small blind. Reutsim reraised all-in from the big blind, and original raiser The__Anfied called everything with K♥9♥. Reutsim showed A♣Q♣, which made two pair on the Q♠2♣5♥5♠T♠ board and was good for the entire pot. Swillslinger left in ninth place with $40,773.98.
Shortly after, a huge hand developed between reutsim and The__Anfied. After the 5♦4♥K♥ flop, a bet and call led to the 7♠ turn. Reutsim bet all-in, and The__Anfied check-called with Q♦Q♠, which dominated the 6♣6♥ of reutsim. The 21.7 million-chip pot went to The__Anfied and sent reutsim out in eighth place with $42,295.27.
3max doubled through sedinoel, leaving the latter on a very short stack and prepared to move. Two hands later, sedinoel pushed with Q♦T♦ from the big blind, but PokerNoob999 made the easy call with A♦A♣. That hand only improved on the 8♠A♥3♥A♠Q♠ to quad aces, and sedinoel couldn't argue with that. The seventh place finish was worth $37,521.16.
When PokerNoob999 is not a poker noob
TomsBrakis doubled through The__Anfied, and PokerNoob999 doubled through TomsBrakis, who did the same through Maroc_Dk 77.
Short-stacked 3max couldn't gain much momentum and moved all-in with A♣2♣, and The__Anfied was along for the ride with A♦J♦. The board came 9♦Q♠3♦5♥9♣, and that was enough to eliminate 3max in sixth place with $25,917.22.
The very next hand saw rumazon push all-in with 8♦6♦, and original raiser PokerNoob999 called with 8♠8♥. Nothing came on the 2♣A♣3♥9♥J♠ board to help rumazon, who had to leave in fifth place with $42,861.55.
Maroc_Dk 77 doubled through TomsBrakis, who did the same through PokerNoob999. But no one could seem to do harm to The__Anfied, who held a 2-to-1 lead over second-place PokerNoob999.
But PokerNoob999 was prepared to change that:
And that put PokerNoob999 in the lead.
The__Anfied then doubled through Maroc_Dk 77, leaving the latter with very few chips, all of which went in on the next hand. The__Anfied was along for the ride from the big blind with Q♣7♠ against the 7♥6♣ of Maroc_Dk 77, and the board of T♦2♠Q♦8♣4♠ sent Maroc_Dk77 packing in fourth place with $49,354.30.
The first hand after the 10.5-hour break saw more action. A preflop raising war saw PokerNoob999 take control and move all-in, and TomsBrakis called all-in with A♠5♥. PokerNoob999 had only 8♥6♥ but hit the T♣J♠8♠ for a pair. The J♦ and 4♦ that completed the board left TomsBrakis with the worst hand and $26,834.20 for the third place finish.
Friendly but serious final fight
The last two players were ready for the battle that would undoubtedly ensue. But friendly chatter kept the fight as pleasant a one as could be. Their starting stacks were:
Seat 2: The__Anfied (17,059,376 in chips)
Seat 9: PokerNoob999 (31,270,624 in chips)
The__Anfied doubled through PokerNoob999 once when K-Q won the race against pocket jacks, but the following double put The__Anfied in the chip lead:
But PokerNoob999 came back with a double-up of his own with A-K over A-4. And finally, PokerNoob999 wore down his opponent. The__Anfied risked more than 15 million chips with K♥9♦, and PokerNoob999 was there with 2♣2♦. The board came A♠6♦T♠7♣6♠, and PokerNoob999 won with two pair. The__Anfied was the second place finisher with $129,319.00.
Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier, who won a SCOOP title in 2009, collected a Sunday Million title today, along with $135,053.32 in prize money. Congrats!
Sunday Million Results for 05/29/11 (reflecting chop):
1st place: Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier ($135,053.32)*
2nd place: The__Anfied ($129,319.00)*
3rd place: TomsBrakis ($26,834.20)*
4th place: Maroc_Dk 77 ($49,354.30)*
5th place: rumazon ($42,861.55)*
6th place: 3max ($25,917.22)*
7th place: sedinoel ($37,521.16)*
8th place: reutsim ($42,295.27)*
9th place: swillslinger ($40,773.98)*
*reflects a nine-way deal
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