While the epic Stadium Series currently dominates PokerStars headlines, the prestigious Sunday Million refuses to go unnoticed. Here are five things you might have missed from the latest edition.

JULY 5-6, 2020

  • Overnight success
  • SCOOP champion from Finland wins it for $113K
  • Big hand sends SCOOP champion out in seventh
  • Fintan’s deep run
  • Plenty of top pros make Day 2

Scroll down to watch the Sunday Million final table replay with hole cards.


OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

The $109 Sunday Million was back to a two-day event this week, tying in with the two-day Stadium Series events which also begun their Day 1s on Sunday. 

As Fintan “easywithaces” Hand would call it, the Milly remains online poker’s Holy Grail.

We’ll have more on Fintan’s run later in this article, but first, let’s get down to the numbers.

There were a total of 10,979 entries this week (7,833 unique and 3,146 re-entries), which built a prize pool just shy of $1.1 million. Only 1,925 places would be paid, with $113,655 up top.

After around nine hours of play on Day 1, the event was paused for the night. When the clock came to a halt, just 105 players remained in contention (including plenty of familiar screennames – scroll down to find out who had deep runs).


SCOOP CHAMPION FROM FINLAND WINS IT FOR $113K

It would take another six hours and 22 minutes on Monday’s Day 2 for those 105 players to reach a victor.

When all was said and done (you can watch the entire final table with cards-up action at the bottom of this article) it was Finland’s “aandinho” who had all the chips in front of their zebra avatar.

With that, they also had $113,655 added to their PokerStars account.

This is “aandinho”’s largest career cash to date, by quite some way too. Their previous largest came from a 2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) victory in a €20 6-Max turbo fo €10,368.

“Aandinho” currently ranks 10th in Finland with $464K in online scores, according to Pocket Fives, but that ranking may improve once their Sunday Million win is accounted for.

The final table payouts


BIG HAND BUSTS SCOOP CHAMP IN 7TH

Canada’s “torscotr06” entered the final table as the chip leader and was no doubt a strong favourite to take it down, not only due to their stack.

With a 2019 SCOOP title on their resume ($99K – $1,050 NLHE), as well as victories in the High Roller Club ($66K) and the always tough $530 Bounty Builder High Roller ($50K), “torscot06” is no stranger to the bright lights of big final tables.

Things didn’t quite go to plan for the Canadian though, particularly when play reached seven handed.

With blinds at 300K/600K, “Marcshep5” opened to 1.25M from the hijack with K♠Q♥ and “torscot06” (who no longer held the chip lead by this point) picked up 10♦10♠ and three-bet to 3.3M on the button, off a stack of 20.3M.

Big swing incoming…

The problem was that “aandinho” was sat in the small blind with A♣A♠ and the biggest stack.

“Aandinho” four-bet to 6.9M and that shook off the original opener. “Torscot06” would make the call though.

The flop came 5♣7♥5♦ and “aandinho” continued for 3.1M. Both players had an overpair to the paired board and “torscot06” opted to jam for 13.3M, which was snap-called. 

“Torscot06” found no help on the turn or river and had to settle for $16,190.

That hand shot “aandinho” up to 52M, more than two times the stack of his closest competitor. 

The rest is history.


FINTAN HAND AND THE HOLY GRAIL

There was plenty of entertainment on the Poker Twitch streets on Monday night, headlined by James “OP-Poker James” Mackenzie’s final table run in the opening event of Stadium Series.

But his fellow PokerStars Ambassador Fintan “easywithaces” Hand also had a stream worth shouting about.

He returned to the second day of the Milly in 72nd position out of the 105 remaining players, but unfortunately, his Day 2 dreams quickly dwindled.



Fintan was the only member of Team PokerStars to cash, falling in 98th for $870.

If you’d like to see how he navigated his way so deep into the Milly, you can watch Fintan’s entire Sunday stream here.


PLENTY OF BIG NAMES REACH DAY 2

Fintan may have been the only red spade to reach Day 2, but he certainly wasn’t the only high profile player to do so.

Andras “probirs” Nemeth has been on fire of late, hardly surprising considering he’s a longtime crusher of the highest calibre. Nemeth would fire four bullets into this week’s Sunday Million, and the fourth time proved more fortunate as he’d go on to finish in profit (92nd for $870).

Andras “probirs” Nemeth

Brazil’s Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes–who won a SCOOP title in 2016 for $325K and now has more than $5.7M in career cashes, according to Pocket Fives–also went deep, busting shortly after Nemeth in 90th, also for $870.

Another former SCOOP champ, Argentina’s “El Pulgoso”, laddered up a few payjumps before being eliminated in 51st for $1,666. They won a $55 6-Max SCOOP title in 2018, good for $28K.

Nicolas “PKaiser” Fierro is a fixture of the high stakes MTT world and has been for years. He’s also no stranger to the Sunday Million, having won it just before Christmas 2019 for $116K. He finished in 36th place this week for $2,306, bringing his total career winnings to $12.4M, according to Pocket Fives.

Brazil’s Douglas “Dowgh_Santos” Ferreira, who currently plays from Canada, had a successful weekend, winning the Hot $215 on Sunday night before placing 25th in the Milly for $3,191.

 

His fellow Brazilian, Alisson “heyalisson” Piekazewicz finished just after him in 18th, good for the same cash.


WATCH THE FINAL TABLE

Courtesy of Kalipoker TV.


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Jack Stanton is a freelance writer specialising in poker.

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