No deal or no deal? This week, despite the ability to chop by chip count in both the PokerStars and PartyPoker major events, nobody did. Everyone played it out to the bitter end, despite several occasions when the closeness in chip counts might have invited a chop. Good news for those who won first place, as they maximized their profit.
PokerStars Sunday Million
The PokerStars Sunday Million had a good crowd this week, with 6,342 players creating a big $1,268,400 prize pool. First place would receive $182,395.92 – and again, with no deal made, the maximum payout was at stake. 900 places paid this week.
One well-known online player made the final table of this one. Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth won the Bodog $100,000 Guaranteed on Feb. 18 and a $25,000 Guaranteed on PokerStars last Dec. 9. He also took second in a $200,000 Guaranteed on PokerStars on June 3, and is a "triple crown" winner on Pocket Fives, meaning he won three bigger online tournaments in a single 7-day period.
Among PokerStars-sponsored pros, only Victor Ramdin cashed, in 326th.
The first player out was PimpJazzyJef, who open-shoved from second position. calmdwn1 re-raised in the small blind to force Tulkaz in the big blind out, and it worked. calmdwn1 took some back, and flipped over to PimpJazzyJef's . The board was and PimpJazzyJef collected $7,864.08 for ninth.
At the ten-minute mark, squirtyb open-shoved under the gun for 1.8 million with blinds at 150,000/300,000 and a 30,000 ante. Tulkaz called and had to squirtyb's . The board came and squirtyb was out in eighth for $12,684.
At this point, gabrygabry had the chip lead with 17 million, but lost it all in eight minutes. gabrygabry went all in on the button and CHIPFLOW called. CHIPFLOW turned over to gabrygabry's . The board was and gabrygabry exited in seventh, earning 20,928.60.
Again, the chip leader would be the next one out. calmdwn1 had 15 million at the end of the previous bustout, but 26 minutes of back-and-forth action led to his elimination. calmdwn1 went all in under the gun, and Fjusse re-raised all in. CHIPFLOW folded and Fjusse took some back, showing to calmdwn1's . The board was , sending calmdwn1 home in sixth for $29,173.20.
Next, Tulkaz shoved in the cutoff and gbmantis re-raised all in. No callers and some back, and gbmantis had . Tulkaz had . The board was . Tulkaz left in fifth for $40,715.64.
Then, rowang shoved, also in the cutoff. CHIPFLOW called with to rowang's . The board was and rowang was out in fourth, earning $53,272.80.
After that, gbmantis was all in for 10,273,116 and CHIPFLOW called, showing to gbmantis' . The board was and Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth left in third for $68,366.76.
CHIPFLOW had a big 5:1 lead over Fjusse going into heads up, and play lasted exactly two hands. CHIPFLOW raised 2x and Fjusse called. The flop was and Fjusse checked. CHIPFLOW bet 2 million. Fjusse check-raised all in and CHIPFLOW called, showing to Fjusse's . Diamonds were not forever, as the turn and river came and Fjusse settled for $95,003.16 for second. CHIPFLOW won $182,395.92 and the PokerStars Sunday Million.
1st: CHIPFLOW — $182,395.92
2nd: Fjusse — $95,003.16
3rd: gbmantis — $68,366.76
4th: rowang — $53,272.80
5th: Tulkaz — $40,715.64
6th: calmdwn1 — $29,173.20
7th: gabrygabry — $20,928.60
8th: squirtyb — $12,684.00
9th: PimpJazzyJef — $7,864.08
Full Tilt $750,000 Guaranteed
Another event, another cash for Keith Sexton. This "red" Full Tilt pro has been on a mini-rush lately. First, he hit 90th in the $750,000 Guaranteed on Sept. 23. Then, 126th on Nov. 25. Now, a final table appearance. Perhaps a major win is in the cards for the near future. Other Full Tilt "red" pros who managed to make the money in this one: the unrelated Paul Sexton in 243rd and Julian Gardner in 170th.
Overall, there were 3,717 players, meaning this was a rare week when the event fell short of its guarantee. The prize pool was $750,000, of course, with Full Tilt chipping in an extra $6,600 to reach the guarantee. First place paid $132,786.50, and 522 places cashed.
The first one out was rkruok, who open-shoved in second position. waltripgolfpro called with only slightly less in chips. rkruok had to waltripgolfpro's . The board was and rkruok left in ninth for $10,050.
It would be a brutal 26 minutes, including one break, before another bustout as the remaining eight players refused to die. It was pro Keith Sexton who would be next, when LivesWithMommy shoved for 3.5 million in the small blind. Sexton, sitting on 518,000, called time on himself, and eventually called in the big blind, showing to LivesWithMommy's . Right call, wrong time as the board came , and Keith Sexton left in eighth for $13,500.
Then, waltripgolfpro made a 3x raise and NiteMarE404 re-raised all in. waltripgolfpro called with to NiteMarE404's . The board was and NiteMarE404 left in seventh for $17,250.
Next, AcesFall1 went all in on the button, and waltripgolfpro called with . The board was and AcesFall1 was out in sixth, earning $23,025.
At the one hour, six minute mark of the final table, waltripgolfpro limped in and mcpalermo shoved on the button. waltripgolfpro called with and mcpalermo showed . The board came and mcpalermo exited in fifth, earning $31,050.
In the very next hand, bmf823 went all in, and LivesWithMommy re-raised all in, in an isolation move. waltripgolfpro in the big blind indeed folded, and LivesWithMommy showed to bmf823's . The board was and bmf823 exited in fourth, earning $41,400.
Only a couple of hands later, the craziness continued. TCCASINO raised 3x on the button and waltripgolfpro re-raised all in. TCCASINO called with and waltripgolfpro had . The board was and TCCASINO exited in third, for $52,500.
Entering heads up, LivesWithMommy led nearly 2-to-1 over waltripgolfpro. The players would battle for only five minutes before this hand. LivesWithMommy raised 2.5x and waltripgolfpro called. The flop was and waltripgolfpro checked. LivesWithMommy bet 300,000. waltripgolfpro raised to 1,000,000. LivesWithMommy shoved and waltripgolfpro called. LivesWithMommy held to waltripgolfpro's and the board finished out . The dead man's hand, aces and eights, finished off waltripgolfpro in second for $80,250. LivesWithMommy won the Full Tilt $750,000 Guaranteed and $132,787.50, and can hopefully now get an apartment of his or her own.
1st: LivesWithMommy — $132,787.50
2nd: waltripgolfpro — $80,250
3rd: TCCASINO — $52,500
4th: bmf823 — $41,400
5th: mcpalermo — $31,050
6th: AcesFall1 — $23,025
7th: NiteMarE404 — $17,250
8th: Keith Sexton — $13,500
9th: rkruok — $10,050
PartyPoker $300,000 Guaranteed
PartyPoker again cleared its guarantee, with 1,534 players making for a $306,800 prize pool. First place would receive $61,360 and 200 places were paid.
Leaving in tenth as this final table began was Fold4V4lue, who went all in, in the small blind. ababababba called. Fold4V4lue flipped to ababababba's . The board was . Fold4V4lue did not fold this one for value, and left in tenth for $2,914.60.
Next, Montaigne1 raised 2x and M0NGY re-raised all in. huilaiqiao called all in, in the short stack. Montaigne1 folded and M0NGY took almost his whole stack back. M0NGY had to huilaiqiao's . The board was and huilaiqiao left in ninth for $4,141.80.
TRESprinceTIhof raised to 165,000 and Ota_SolGryn re-raised all in. TRESprinceTIhof called with to Ota-SolGryn's . The board was and Ota_SolGryn was out in eighth for $5,369.
Next, Montaigne1 shoved under the gun and savveboy called, also all in. Montaigne1 had to savveboy's and the board was . Montaigne1 left in seventh for $8,130.20.
After that, M0NGY raised to 180,000 and allminequick re-raises all in. M0NGY called with to allminequick's . The beat was placed with a board of and allminequick left in sixth for $10,584.60.
Next, ababababba raised to 166,000 and savveboy re-raised all in. ababababba called with to savveboy's . Another beat with a board of , and savveboy was out in fifth for $14,112.80.
Again, ababababba made a preflop raise, this time to 180,000. M0NGY re-raised all in and ababababba called, showing to M0NGY's . The board was and M0NGY was sent home in fourth for $16,720.60.
In third was the player with the amusing name of hellmuthaments. He open-shoved on the button and TRESprinceTIhof called with . hellmuthaments had . The board was and hellmuthaments was out in third for $21,169.20.
Entering heads up, ababababba held just over a 2:1 lead. The players would fight it out over 20 minutes. In the last hand, TRESprinceTIhof raised to 275,000 preflop and ababababba called. The flop was . ababababba checked and TRESprinceTIhof bet 325,000. ababababba called. The turn was . ababababba bet 750,000. TRESprinceTIhof raised ababababba all in, and ababababba called with to TRESprinceTIhof's . The river was and two pair beat two pair. ababababba collected $33,748 for second, and TRESprinceTIhof got $61,360, winning the Party Poker $300,000 Guaranteed.
1st: TRESprinceTIhof — $61,360
2nd: ababababba — $33,748
3rd: hellmuthaments — $21,169.20
4th: M0NGY — $16,720.60
5th: savveboy — $14,112.80
6th: allminequick — $10,584.60
7th: Montaigne1 — $8,130.20
8th: Ota_SolGryn — $5,369
9th: huilaiqiao — $4,141.80
10th: Fold4V4lue — $2,914.60