Adding up the collective MTT earnings at this week’s Sunday Million final table will (a) give you a headache and (b) cause serious bankroll envy. Two of them (GadMO and dennishtm) already made the final table of the Million within the last 18 months. Another (krasark) won the Sunday Rebuy just last week. And Russia’s Nopaleva made headlines last month when he parlayed a 25,000 FPP satellite entry into a buy-in for the WCOOP $51,000 Super High Roller event, where he finished fourth for $230,000. Walking among these giants tonight was ARTtimeSHOW, who was sitting on an average stack until he scored back to back knockouts and took the chip lead. ARTtimeSHOW maintained that lead all the way to three-handed play, where a deal was struck. ARTtimeSHOW went on to end krasark’s run in third place, before putting away Nopaleva in a two-hand heads-up battle en route to his first Sunday Million title.
In a small uptick from last week, tonight’s Million drew 5,704 players and the prize pool topped out at $1,140,800.00. 810 places were paid with the champion set to earn $178,423.55.
Blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 with ten players remaining and moehammer1 was still hanging on with 4.5 big blinds. When Nopaleva opened for 500,000 from UTG, moehammer1 found two red tens and moved in for 1.13 million from the big blind. Nopaleva called with 3♥4♣. However, the A♣6♣3♣ flop couldn’t have been worse for our short stack as Nopaleva picked up a flush draw. The 5♣ turn filled it and moehammer1 departed in tenth place, sending the remaining nine to the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: GadMO (9,790,021 in chips)
Seat 2: ARTtimeSHOW (5,954,839 in chips)
Seat 3: krasark (5,095,868 in chips)
Seat 4: Nopaleva (10,513,618 in chips)
Seat 5: dennishtm (3,066,720 in chips)
Seat 6: Wildace_hun (12,610,456 in chips)
Seat 7: Sly-Snitch (571,672 in chips)
Seat 8: Saitek00 (1,143,439 in chips)
Seat 9: gilleschro (8,293,367 in chips)
Saitek00 got off to a strong start at the final table, doubling up twice in the first six hands. First, his pocket sixes held up against Nopaleva’s A♠J♥ and four hands later, he turned a set of sixes against gileschro’s A♥K♥ to move up to 6.2 million in chips. Sly-Snitch, however, was not as fortunate. On Hand #7, Sly-Snitch was all-in for less from the small blind and krasark led off the action with a shove for 3.25 million from middle position with Q♠10♠. Sly-Snitch’s 4♣6♥ hit a gutshot straight draw on the 3♥3♣7♦ flop, but missed when the A♦ turned. The river was the Q♣ and krasark tood down the pot with queens and threes while Sly-Snitch hit the rail in ninth place.
Gilleschro picked up a monster hand at the perfect time. The action folded to Saitek00 on the button and he moved in for 7.3 million with A♥7♠ gilleschro happily called all-in with K♥K♦ and his cowboys held up on the J♣10♥8♥8♣6♣ board to double his stack to 11.88 million. Saitek00 was left with 1.8 million. Three hands later, short stack dennishtm made a stand and moved in for 1.46 million from UTG+1 with Q♥10♠ only to run into ARTtimeSHOW’s A♠10♦. Although dennishtm turned a pair of queens, ARTtimeSHOW rivered an ace to send dennishtm home in eighth place. Then, on the very next hand, Saitek00 open-shoved for 1.64 million with 7♣7♥ and ARTtimeSHOW called with A♥Q♦. Saitek00’s sevens held up through the turn on the 6♣6♦10♠3♦ board, but ARTtimeSHOW spiked the A♣ on the river to end Saitek00’s run in seventh place.
Three hands later, gilleschro limped in for 400,000 on the button and GadMO moved in for 2.48 million from the small blind. Gilleschro called, his 9♠9♦ well ahead of GadMO’s A♥2♣. GadMO did not improve on the J♣8♥7♦Q♣8♦ board and hit the rail in sixth.
After that hand, gilleschro took the chip lead with 16.8 million but was unable to hang onto it for very long. With the blinds up to 200,000/400,000, Wildace_hun open-shoved for 6.42 million from UTG and gilleschro reshoved from UTG+1. Gilleschro’s 9♣9♦ were racing with Q♦J♣ and things got a lot more interesting when the flop came down K♠9♥8♥. Gilleschro flopped middle set, but Wildace_hun picked up a straight draw. The 10♣ turn filled it and the river blanked with the 5♣, sending the 13.64 million pot Wildace_hun’s way.
A short time later, gilleschro open-shoved for 5.25 million on the button and ARTtimeSHOW called from the small blind. In an eerie echo of the previous hand, ARTtimeSHOW turned over 9♠9♣ while gilleschro showed Q♣J♥. This time, however, the pocket nines held up on the A♦6♥5♣8♠2♦ board and gilleschro had to settle for fifth place.
Wildace_hun was the shortest stack of the four remaining, but managed to double through chip leader krasark when his K♥Q♥ turned a flush against A♠3♣. Wildace_hun moved up to 6.74 million, but with the blinds up to 300,000/600,000 he was still dangerously short. A few hands later, the action folded to Wildace_hun in the small blind and he open-shoved with A♠9♣… only to have ARTtimeSHOW wake up with A♥10♥ in the big blind. There was still a decent enough chance for a chop, but ARTtimeSHOW’s kicker played on the K♥7♥4♣A♣5♣ board, ending Wildace_hun’s run in fourth place.
When play turned three-handed, ARTtimeSHOW, Nopaleva, and krasark immediately agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here’s how they stacked up at the time:
The board ran out Q♠8♦5♣J♠6♥ and ARTtimeSHOW and Nopaleva split the pot, eliminating krasark in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: ARTtimeSHOW (50,562,382 in chips)
Seat 4: Nopaleva (6,477,618 in chips)
After one exchange of the blinds, ARTtimeSHOW moved all-in on the button and Nopaleva called all-in from the big blind.
ARTtimeSHOW’s pocket tens held up on the 9♦5♣3♣A♣5♦ board, locking up his first Sunday Million title.
Congratulations to ARTtimeSHOW on joining the ranks of Sunday Million champions! He backed $150,294.11 for the win, while runner-up Nopaleva added another $127,759.28 to his bankroll.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 10-25-2015
Places paid: 810
1. ARTtimeSHOW (Israel) $150,294.11*
2. Nopaleva (Russia) $127,759.28*
3. krasark (Australia) $127,218.24*
4. Wildace_hun (Hungary) $64,455.20
5. gilleschro (Canada) $48,484.00
6. GadMO (Israel) $37,076.00
7. Saitek00 (United Kingdom) $25,668.00
8. dennishtm (Austria) $14,260.00
9. Sly-Snitch (Australia) $9,126.40
*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner