It was a weekend like few others on PokerStars, as the Turbo Championship of Online Poker was in full swing and offering everything from Hold’em to Omaha. All of the TCOOP events have turbo structures, obviously, so the Sunday Million was a nice addition to the lineup this week.
For the usual price of $215, players in the Sunday Million had their chance to compete for a $1 million guarantee. As per usual, though, the prize pool soared far beyond that number when the field was complete. The final registration numbers were:
Prize pool: $1,464,800
Paid players: 1,080
There were quite a few members of Team PokerStars in the money this week. The money bubble burst to guarantee the top 1,080 players a minimum of $307.60, and Team Pro Lex Veldhuis was one who exited in that payout category, finishing 1002nd. Fellow Team Pro Matthias de Meulder went further and finished in 866th place, Maxim Lykov followed in 755th,Johnny Lodden was out in 694th, and Henrique Pinho took 590th place. Team Online’s Kevin “WizardOfAhhs” Thurman was eliminated in 556th place, and Team Pro Liv Boeree was the last PokerStars Pro standing, ultimately leaving in 438th place with $483.38.
Just past the 9.5-hour mark, the field was reduced to only two tables. It took another 45 minutes to reduce to the final table bubble, which happened when snake8484 departed in 11th place. Hand-for-hand play didn’t take long, as Crazy Elior was prepared to move all-in after an initial raise from stackarn. Crazy Elior had A♣8♠, and stackarn called with A♦Q♠. The board came 9♥Q♣3♥A♥5♠ to give stackarn two pair, and Crazy Elior was out in tenth place with $8,056.40.
Stackarn with chip leader stacks
The final table began in Level 37, with blinds of 125,000/250,000 and a 25,000 ante, along with these players’ chip counts:
Seat 1: dionus77 (2,275,742 in chips)
Seat 2: RovoDice (12,341,239 in chips)
Seat 3: stackarn (15,270,751 in chips)
Seat 4: Daddddymufff (1,748,170 in chips)
Seat 5: murballz66 (11,751,870 in chips)
Seat 6: francispoker (13,275,050 in chips)
Seat 7: Vzsolt800 (4,881,594 in chips)
Seat 8: bigdogpckt5s (9,710,288 in chips)
Seat 9: Somme (1,985,296 in chips)
Francispoker was quickly on the rise, taking a pot worth 10.35 million from the chip leader and then tangling with several players in a big hand. It started with a raise from murballz66 and call from francispoker. Somme then raised all-in from the big blind, and murballz66 called. Francispoker raised all-in, and murballz66 folded. Somme showed 10♥10♦, but francispoker had Q♥Q♣, and the board of J♦8♥2♦K♥9♣ failed to produce the save card. Somme was eliminated in ninth place with $11,352.20.
Daddddymufff was the next player to move, doing it from UTG with 4♣4♥. Stackarn called 848,170 more chips from the big blind with A♥9♣, and the board produced 6♥K♥10♣6♦10♦. Stackarn had the better kicker for the two pair on the board, and that left Daddddymufff out in eighth place with $17,577.60.
Three hands later, dionus77 pushed all-in with A♥J♥, and RovoDice called with 7♦7♠. The race was on as the flop came 6♠5♣9♠ for a straight draw for RovoDice. The 7♣ gave that player the set of sevens, though, which was more than enough to eliminate dionus77 as the river brought the K♦ to end it. Dionus77 departed in seventh place with $31,493.20.
Vzsolt800, 2012 Sunday Warm-Up winner, then pushed all-in UTG with K♠J♥. RovoDice called with Q♥Q♣, and the board came 6♥9♣9♦10♣2♠. The queens turned into two pair and handily eliminated Vzsolt800 in sixth place, which was worth $45,408.80.
The final five competitors played several rounds before pausing the tournament to look at some potential chop numbers. A friendly conversation ultimately led to agreement on the following, which takes into account an extra $20,000 set aside for the winner:
Seat 2: RovoDice (13,613,575 in chips) = $122,628.10
Seat 3: stackarn (22,593,921 in chips) = $144,701.22
Seat 5: murballz66 (6,776,574 in chips) = $95,992.58
Seat 6: francispoker (18,010,642 in chips) = $134,793.79
Seat 8: bigdogpckt5s (12,245,288 in chips) = $118,154.40
They resumed play, and stackarn was aggressive, determined to stay in the chip lead this time and run away with it. And francispoker lost ground but doubled through RovoDice in this big hand to jump into second place:
Murballz66 then doubled through RovoDice, and the latter was anxious to make a move. Two hands later, stackarn started the hand with a raise, and murballz66 called. Bigdogpckt5s reraised all-in, and RovoDice called all-in. Stackarn then came over the top all-in, which prompted a fold from murballz66 and put bigdogpckt5s at risk as well. Stackarn had then both covered with J♥J♣, bigdogpckt5s showed A♣9♠, and RovoDice was on the line with Q♥6♥. The board came 2♦2♠9♥2♥A♦ and gave bigdogpckt5s the full house, winning the main and side pots. RovoDice was eliminated in fifth place with $122,628.10.
Then murballz66 doubled through stackarn to climb into a very solid second place behind bigdogpckt5s with this hand:
Stackarn then made a push after an initial raise from francispoker. Francispoker responded to the all-in by calling all-in with K♦10♠, and stackarn turned up A♠4♥. The board blanked with 8♠6♦7♣6♠2♥, only providing the pair on the board. The ace played as the kicker to eliminate francispoker in fourth place with $134,793.79.
Stackarn became the shortest stack again, though, and doubled through murballz66 to stay in the game. In fact, stackarn then plowed through competitors to take the chip lead.
Bigdogpckt5s on a roll
Bigdogpckt5s started a subsequent hand with a raise, and when stackarn reraised, bigdogpckt5s did the same. Stackarn moved all-in, and bigdogpckt5s called all-in with A♣10♠. Stackarn was in trouble with A♠6♦, and the situation remained unchanged as the flop came 8♣4♣5♥. But the 6♠ hit on the turn to give stackarn the lead, and the 8♥ on the river ended the tournament for Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek. He has been no stranger to PokerStars final tables or winners’ circles, as he won a 2011 Sunday Warm-Up and a Super Tuesday on January 8 of this year. Not only that, but Jarzabek finished fourth in the Sunday Million last week before taking home $118,154.40 for third place this week.
Stacking ’em heads-up
The final two players began the match with these stacks:
Seat 3: stackarn (54,820,012 in chips)
Seat 5: murballz66 (18,419,988 in chips)
Three hands into it, stackarn raised, and murballz66 pushed all-in. Stackarn called with K♥K♠, and murballz66 was in trouble with 4♣4♦. The board came J♦6♣10♦3♥J♠, and murballz66 took second place and $95,992.58.
Stackarn collected $164,701.22 for the victory. Congrats!
Sunday Million Results for 01/20/13 (reflects five-way deal):
Paid players: 1,080
1st place: stackarn (Sweden) – $164,701.22*
2nd place: murballz66 (Canada) – $95,992.58*
3rd place: bigdogpckt5s (Canada) – $118,154.40*
4th place: francispoker (Canada) – $134,793.79*
5th place: RovoDice (Latvia) – $122,628.10*
6th place: Vzsolt800 (Hungary) – $45,408.80
7th place: dionus77 (Netherlands) – $31,493.20
8th place: Daddddymufff (UK) – $17,577.60
9th place: Somme (Canada) – $11,352.20
*Indicates players involved in five-way deal with $20K added to first place money
For more information on ways to register and qualify for upcoming Sunday Million tournaments, visit the Sunday Million page.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.