It's always been the crown jewel in the Sunday lineup. Your shot at turning $215 into six figures. Even if you spend your days multi-tabling Nanonoko-style, it still hurts to bust and it's a long wait until next week.
This Sunday was different.
It wasn't Groundhog Day but it felt like it, as PokerStars gave grinders a second chance at every Sunday major. The Sunday Million kicked off at its usual time (14:30 ET), drew its usual crowd (7,000+), and carried its usual guarantee ($1,000,000), but had a twin tournament begin thirty minutes after the first. In that one, 2012 PCA Main Event runner-up Kyle Julius took the top spot after defeating a 5,671-player field. And in this one (Sunday Million I? The OG Million?) Germany's uWi$hIamDeaD grabbed the brass ring, earning over $139k after a five-way deal.
7,852 players bought in to the Million I, creating a $1,570,400 prize pool. 1,170 places were paid, with first place set to earn a staggering $235,564.05. Of the 31 Team Pros in the field four made the money. Irish pro Jude Ainsworth doubled his buy-in with a 642nd-place finish, reigning WSOP champion Pius Heinz cashed in 349th, Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen bowed out in 295th, and Liv Boeree claimed Red Spade last-longer honors, finishing in 77th place.
With ten players remaining, vovan123456 was sitting with less than eight big blinds and decided to go with A♣8♦, three-bet shoving for 2.17 million. Initial raiser Jeb Gees called, turning over a dominating A♥9♣. It was all but over on the 9♠6♥5♥ flop, Jeb Gees hitting top pair, while vovan123456 picked up a gutshot straight draw. He couldn't fill it, the turn and river falling the A♠ and the 5♣ to send him home on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: DCARLOS17 (3,561,753 in chips)
Seat 2: AQUA RAIDER (4,419,448 in chips)
Seat 3: TMMPOKPOK (8,569,829 in chips)
Seat 4: adrian_114iz (5,844,064 in chips)
Seat 5: Jeb Gees (13,614,075 in chips)
Seat 6: insovietrus (5,736,627 in chips)
Seat 7: PopaDama (6,285,733 in chips)
Seat 8: Kaksnel (17,743,907 in chips)
Seat 9: uWi$hIamDeaD (12,744,564 in chips)
Holding 8 million in chips, TMMPOKPOK wasn't in imminent danger as the final table commenced. On the third hand, the action folded to him on the button and he opened A♠J♠ for a 600,000 raise. Jeb Gees three-bet to 1,499,999 from the big blind but TMMPOKPOK wasn't going to give up so easily. He shoved for 8.02 million and Jeb Gees called, turning over 8♣8♦. The Q♠5♣3♥ flop missed TMMPOKPOK and although he picked up a straight draw on the turn with the T♦, the river blanked out with the 6♠, sending him to the rail in ninth place. He earned $12,170.60 for his efforts.
Jeb Gees moved into the chip lead after that hand, but PopaDoma was gunning for a piece of that newfound fortune. With K♦K♣ in the small blind, PopaDoma three-bet shoved for 7.06 million and Jeb Gees called with A♠J♠. The kings held up and rivered a set for good measure, doubling PopaDama's stack to 14.85 million.
Meanwhile, DCARLOS17 blinded down to only 511,000 before doubling up with K♠9♣ against Jeb Gees' Q♦J♦. Five hands later, he doubled again, his K♣J♦ besting Kaksnel's 5♦7♣. Although he pumped his stack back up to 3.6 million, he finally succumbed when his K♥8♦ did not improve against adrian_114iz's A♥J♦. For his eighth-place finish, DCARLOS17 collected $18,059.60.
AQUA RAIDER was the next to fall, after staking his tournament life on pocket nines. PopaDama called with A♥K♠ and flopped an ace, ending AQUA RAIDER's run in seventh place ($31,408.00).
Until this point, Kaksnel held a comfortable chip lead, but adrian_114iz gained ground on him in this hand, where he got three streets of value on his top pair:
Adrian_114iz picked up even more momentum after scoring another knockout. With the blinds up to 300,000/600,000, Adrian_114iz opened for 1.2 million with A♦K♣, insovietrus shoved for 8.8 million with pocket nines and adrian_114iz quickly called. The ace-king flopped top two pair and insovietrus busted in sixth place, earning $47,112.00.
With five players remaining, everyone agreed to pause the action to discuss a deal. Everyone was amenable to the chip count chop numbers final table hostess Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome presented and with $20,000 still left in play for the winner, action resumed with a deal in place that guaranteed each player six figures.
Kaksnel almost immediately doubled through Jeb Gees when his A♥5♥ flopped an ace against pocket fours. Jeb Gees was left with only 3.14 million and was able to reclaim some of those lost chips three hands later, when his Q♥J♥ held up against Kaksnel's Q♦8♦. Back up to 7 million, he picked up Q♥Q♠ and three-bet shoved, getting a call from uWi$hIamDead with A♣2♣. Although uWi$hIamDead flopped the world when the first three fell 2♦4♣5♣, all his draws missed and Jeb Gees climbed to safety with 14.75 million in chips.
Unfortunately, he wouldn't hang on much longer. After doubling uWi$hIamDeaD back up when his Q♣J♠ didn't improve against pocket threes, Jeb Gees moved his last 4.5 million in with J♦8♣. Adrian_114iz's K♣T♦ flopped top pair and rivered trip kings, sending Jeb Gees home in fifth place. His share of the five-way deal totaled $119,549.33.
Kaksnel gave up most of his stack to PopaDama in a blind vs. blind battle. PopaDama shoved from the small blind with J♣6♣ and Kaksnel looked him up with K♦J♥ in the big. PopaDama hit two pair on the J♦9♥6♥ flop and rivered a full house to take down the 19 million pot and leave Kaksnel on the short stack. Six hands later, Kaksnel open-shoved for 10.45 million from the button with A♦2♠ only to run into uWi$hIamDead's pocket queens. The queens held up and Kaksnel hit the rail in fourth place, earning $108,703.80.
Two hands after that, adrian_114iz min-raised to 1.6 million, PopaDama three-bet shoved for 17.9 million and uWi$hIamDead moved all-in for 34.8 million behind him. Adrian_114iz got out of the way and the cards went on their backs-- uWi$hIamDead's A♠K♥ dominating PopaDama's A♦5♥. A king hit the flop and PopaDama was out in third place, setting our final duel.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: adrian_114iz (23,852,125 in chips)
Seat 9: uWi$hIamDeaD (54,667,875 in chips)
Heads-up lasted all of four hands, uWi$hIamDead winning the last three. The chip counts had hardly budged when adrian_114iz opened for 1.6 million on the button and uWi$hIamDead called. Both players checked the 5♣4♣4♦ flop, but all hell broke loose when the 9♦ hit the turn. UWi$hIamDead led out for 1,111,111, adrian_114iz raised to 2.4 million, uWi$hIamDead came back over the top for 5.55 million and adrian_114iz shoved for 22.4 million. UWi$hIamDead called, having flopped a full house with 4♥5♥. Adrian_114iz turned over A♦9♠. Only a nine could save adrian_114iz, but the Q♠ fell instead, locking up the win for uWi$hIamDead.
Congratulations to uWi$hIamDead on his Sunday Million title and $139,159.47. Thanks to the deal, runner-up adrian_114iz ended up taking the lion's share of the prize pool at $165,116.06.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 2-12-12
1. uWi$hIamDeaD (Germany) $139,159.47*
2. adrian_114iz (Spain) $165,116.06*
3. PopaDama (Romania) $135,523.55*
4. Kaksnel (Finland) $108,703.80*
5. Jeb Gees (Switzerland) $119,549.333*
6. insovietrus (Russia) $47,112.00
7. AQUA RAIDER (Canada) $31,408.00
8. DCARLOS17 (Portugal) $18,059.60
9. TMMPOKPOK (Germany) $12,170.60
*= reflects a five-way deal that left an additional $20,000 for the winner
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