The month of June ushers in another very exciting few weeks of poker. Whether players are in Las Vegas for the live tournament action or on holiday from their respective homes around the world, it is a thrilling time for poker players. There may be more action from Sin City on your Twitter and Facebook accounts these days, but the online poker world continues to thrive in its own quiet way.
Take the Sunday Million, for example. One might look at previous months and see registration numbers above the 7K mark, which makes anything less seem a little disappointing. But put in perspective, the number of players in tonight's Sunday Million still exceeded the guarantee and added another $300K to the prize pool. No matter the number of players who might be in Las Vegas and unable to access their PokerStars accounts this month, there are multitudes of them around the world looking to pick up over $200K and a Sunday Million title.
Here's what this week's registration produced:
Prize pool: $1,326,800.00
Paid players: 990
Because of the aforementioned Las Vegas series, many of the usual Team PokerStars Pros were missing from the online lineup. Team Pro Toni Judet was the last one standing of those who registered today, and he finished in 1095th place, just outside of the money. That bubble burst shortly thereafter with Mixail810 as the first player to cash for $305.16 for 990th place.
Payouts jumped to more than $1K per player as the clock passed the seventh and eighth hours, and payouts increased to more than $5.5K at the 10-hour mark. It was about 20 minutes later that Woher exited in 11th place to start hand-for-hand play. Soon after, Pokerger1337 raised and jooorgen called from the big blind to see a [4d][5h][Qs] flop. Pokerger1337 led out with a bet, and jooorgen check-raised all-in. Pokerger1337 called with [3d][2c] for the straight draw, and jooorgen showed [Qc][5c] for top two pair. The [Th] on the turn didn't change anything, but the [6h] on the river made the straight and eliminated jooorgen in tenth place with $7,430.08.
Pokerger1337 leads the pack
The final table was set in Level 37, with blinds at 125,000/250,000 and a 25,000 ante. Players' starting stacks were as follows:
Seat 1: buffyslayer1 (6,045,098 in chips)
Seat 2: diesanser (9,006,356 in chips)
Seat 3: marianoprg (14,676,036 in chips)
Seat 4: Phily88 (5,943,581 in chips)
Seat 5: georgeskl (4,532,974 in chips)
Seat 6: yryryryr (1,763,550 in chips)
Seat 7: habib253 (2,938,364 in chips)
Seat 8: Pokerger1337 (16,273,146 in chips)
Seat 9: EMPTY1SEAT (5,160,895 in chips)
A few hands led to the 10.5-hour break, after which EMPTY1SEAT doubled through diesanser in a hand that tested both players' time banks. A bit later, georgeskl doubled through EMPTY1SEAT to gather some of those chips, and habib352 eventually doubled through marianoprg.
Eventually, one double-up attempt was bound to fail. That process started when marianoprg raised and habib253 called from the big blind to see a [Js][Ac][3s] flop. Both players checked to the [2s] turn, and habib253 bet and marianoprg called. The [6s] on the river brought a bet from marianoprg and check-raise from habib253. Marianoprg moved all-in, and habib253 called all-in with [Qs][Tc]. But that flush was beat by the [As][5c] of marianoprg, and habib253 departed in ninth place with $10,282.70.
Diesanser doubled through buffyslayer1, and georgeskl doubled through marianoprg.
When Phily88 raised all-in from the button, yryryryr called all-in for little more than 1.4 million chips from the big blind with [Ac][Js]. Phily88 only had [Ad][8d], but the board of [As][Kh][2h][8h][Tc] gave Phily88 two pair and eliminated yryryryr in eighth place with $15,921.60 in prize money.
Diesanser then doubled again, that time through georgeskl, and climbed into contention for the chip lead:
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EMPTY1SEAT was the next player to risk chips and the move came after an UTG raise from Pokerger1337. But the hand was much more complicated. Marianoprg then reraised all-in, and Phily88 called all-in, as did georgeskl. Pokerger1337 folded, and the hands looked like this:
The board came an uneventful [Tc][5d][2c][9h][5c], and Phily88 collected both side pots while chopping the main pot with georgeskl. EMPTY1SEAT was eliminated in seventh place with $29,189.60.
Marianoprg never recovered and pushed all-in UTG with [Ah][Js]. Pokerger1337 reraised from the button to isolate, which worked, and showed [Ad][Tc]. The flop of [6h][5d][8s] was innocent enough, but the [Th] on the turn gave Pokerger1337 the pair of tens. The [7h] on the river ended the tournament for marianoprg, who left in sixth place with $42,457.60.
Buffyslayer1 doubled through Pokerger1337, and diesanser did the same through georgeskl. The latter suffered and moved all-in soon after with [Kc][Td]. Pokerger1337 called with [8h][8s], and the flop of [Qh][9h][Kh] gave georgeskl the pair of kings. The [Ad] on the turn changed nothing, but the [5h] on the river made the heart flush for Pokerger1337 to eliminate georgeskl in fifth place with $55,725.60.
Diesanser doubled through Pokerger1337 again, but it was the latter who challenged Phily88 to a duel. Phily88 moved all-in with [As][Jd], but Pokerger1337 had the indisputable[Ah][Ad]. Nothing about the [Qc][2h][Td][7c][Qs] board changed the outcome, and Phily88 had to depart in fourth place with $72,974.00.
Buffyslayer1 doubled through Pokerger1337, as did dieanser, and the latter took a sizeable chip lead.
The final three players paused the action to discuss a possible chop, and they discussed chip-chop and ICM numbers provided by the host. Neither met the payout requirements of all three players, but the discussions continued for more than 30 minutes until they finally had a deal. It was our own little miracle in the chat box when they all agreed to it. With $30,000 in prize money set aside for the winner, they decided on the following payouts:
Seat 1: buffyslayer1 (10,916,704 in chips) = $127,126.22
Seat 2: diesanser (37,529,504 in chips) = $159,431.05
Seat 8: Pokerger1337 (17,893,792 in chips) = $140,661.79
On the third hand back in play, buffyslayer1 and Pokerger1337 got into a preflop raising war that led buffyslayer1 to call all-in with [6h][6d]. Pokerger1337 showed [As][Jd], and after missing the [9d][Kh][Kd] flop hit the [Ah] turn. The [Jh] river was irrelevant, and buffyslayer1 was out in third place with $127,126.22.
Heads-up for $30K and title
The two finalists began their battle with these counts:
Seat 2: diesanser (37,529,504 in chips)
Seat 8: Pokerger1337 (28,810,496 in chips)
Pokerger1337 worked hard to gain traction and did take the lead in the match briefly. But it was this hand that put diesanser back on top:
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Pokerger1337 was then chipped down to less than 20 million chips and moved all-in with [8d][8c]. Diesanser was there with [Ad][Kc], and the race took an interesting turn when the flop came [Kd][4h][9h]. The [Qc] turn and [2d] river completed the board and allowed the kings to stand up for the win. Pokerger1337, who just won the Super Tuesday last week, was out in second place with $140,661.79.
Diesanser of Mexico won the Sunday Million and $189,431.05 in cash. Congrats!
Sunday Million Results for 06/03/12 (reflects deal):
1st place: diesanser (Mexico) - $189,431.05*
2nd place: Pokerger1337 (Malta) - $140,661.79*
3rd place: buffyslayer1 (UK) - $127,126.22*
4th place: Phily88 (Germany) - $72,974.00
5th place: georgeskl (Russia) - $55,725.60
6th place: marianoprg (Poland) - $42,457.60
7th place: EMPTY1SEAT (Germany) - $29,189.60
8th place: yryryryr (Portugal) - $15,921.60
9th place: habib253 (Germany) - $10,282.70
*Numbers based on a three-way deal with $30K reserved for first place
For more information on ways to register and qualify for upcoming Sunday Million tournaments, visit the Sunday Million page.