A great Sunday night for online poker continued with two major events at PokerStars, the weekly Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up tourneys. In a rarity, the Warm-Up failed to reach its guarantee and thereby offered a small bonus overlay to its participants, while the Sunday Million, as usual, had little problem making its numbers. "Gunslinger3" and "GrtWhtHype", respectively, captured the events to headline play at Stars on the night.
PokerStars Sunday Million
This weekend's PokerStars Sunday Million had 7,651 entrants for a total prize pool of $1,530,200.00 and a winner's prize of $187,449.50. Notable finishes included Steve "gboro780" Gross in 45th place ($2,601.34) and Mark "RandALLin" Flowers in 39th place ($2,601.34). The chip counts entering the final table were:
M.nosbocaJ – 12,196,632
x-13 – 11,801,220
bastinho06 – 9,941,299
Gunslinger3 – 9,100,597
RBC* - 8,574,216
exomil – 7,786,435
Neab – 7,644,299
OCTAGONS – 6,690,528
Jordan "Octavian_C" Rich – 2,774,774
A rarity almost occurred at the start of the final table. Seven of the nine players agreed to look at the numbers for a chip-count chop, but two refused and play was underway. Almost an hour later, the first elimination occurred. After running jacks into kings, Jordan "Octavian_C" Rich was very short-stacked and was soon out. With the blinds at 300,000/600,000 and an ante of 60,000, RBC* raised to 1,500,000 and Rich called all in for 936,984. The rest of the table folded and the cards were revealed. Rich's would need help to beat RBC*'s , but no help came and Rich earned $10,711.40 for ninth place. A few hands later, exomil pushed all in from the small blind for 3,846,435 with and was called by M.nosbocaJ in the big blind with . The board brought and exomil was the eighth-place finisher for $17,597.30. Shortly after that, Neab moved all in with and was called by bastinho06 with . No ace would fall and Neab finished in seventh place for a payday of $26,778.50.
Next out was x-13. The blinds and antes were now at the 400,000/800,000/80,000 level. RBC* made it 2,000,000 under the gun and bastinho06 reraised to 4,800,000 from the cutoff. X-13 then moved all in from the button for 4,918,786 total. RBC* then reraised all in for 8,951,200 and bastinho06 called. The hands were:
The board ran out and RBC* won the big hand to take the chip lead while eliminating x-13 in sixth place ($39,020.10). With five people left, a chip count chop was agreed upon, with the Stars-decreed minimum of $30,000 remaining to be played for. The numbers from the deal were:
It was a good thing that chip leader RBC* made the deal since on the first hand following the agreement, he ran into Gunslinger3's . RBC* failed to improve, and Gunslinger3 became the chip leader with over 41 million. When the blinds increased to 500,000/1,000,000 with an ante of 100,000, Bastinho06 ran into some bad luck to become the shortest stack at the table and was soon eliminated in fifth. From the small blind, bastinho06 moved all in for 1,420,258 with and was called by Gunslinger3 with . The board did not improve for either player and bastinho06 earned $88,441.00 for his run. Two hands later, Gunslinger3 raised from under the gun to 2,444,323 and RBC* moved all in for 16,153,308. Gunslinger3 called and showed , leading RBC*'s . The board ran out and RBC* finished fourth for $121,197.00. The next hand would be the last for OCTAGONS. From the small blind, Gunslinger3 raised to 4,444,323 with and OCTAGONS called all in for 3,177,570 from the big blind with . The board came out and OCTAGONS collected $88,441.00 for the third-place finish.
Heads-up play began with Gunslinger3 holding 65,926,854 in chips to M.nosbocaJ's 10,583,146. The duel was brief and ended when Gunslinger3 raised enough to put M.nosbocaJ all in. M.nosbocaJ called with and was up against Gunslinger3's . The board ran out and M.nosbocaJ finished runner-up and earned $89,013.00, while Gunslinger3 captured the PokerStars Sunday Million and $140,921.00 for the official triumph. The final results were:
*1. Gunslinger3 - $140,921.00
*2. M.nosbocaJ - $89,013.00
*3. OCTAGONS - $88,441.00
*4. RBC* - $121,197.00
*5. bastinho06 - $88,441.00
6. x-13 - $39,020.10
7. Neab - $26,778.50
8. exomil - $17,597.30
9. Jordan "Octavian_C" Rich - $10,711/40
* — five-way chip chop; $30,000 to eventual winner
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up
The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up drew 3,373 players, meaning an overlay of more than $75,000 was in place for the players. The final-table chip counts were:
JSchnett – 6,667,423
GrtWhtHype – 6,378,918
Matt "mattster24" Sterling – 5,963,076
QuasiFiction – 4,330,967
CoooKay – 3,374,984
Stajje – 2,759,034
Montjeu8 – 1,421,980
Christopher "TaTaTunes" Antunes – 1,316,622
KingGr – 1,156,996
The first elimination came when Montjeu8 and CoooKay saw a flop of . Montjeu8 moved all in for 1.9 million with and CoooKay called, showing . The turn was the and the river the , knocking out Monjeu8 in ninth place for $7,050. Next to be out was KingGr. With the blinds at 125,000/250,000 and an ante of 25,000, KingGR moved all in for 788,992 from the cutoff and was called by Matt "mattster24" Sterling in the small blind. KingGR showed and was racing against Sterling's . The board ran out and KingGR was out in eighth place, earning $10,500.
CoooKay then took the chip lead on a huge hand, eliminating two opponents in the process. Christopher "TaTaTunes" Antunes moved all in from middle position with and QuasiFiction called from the button with . CoooKay then raised all in from the big blind with and QuasiFiction made the call and was a big favorite to win the hand. However; the flop brought an ace and CoooKay's kicker would play, eliminating Antunes in seventh place for $16,500 and QuasiFiction in sixth for $24,000.
Three hands later, Stajje busted. CoooKay made it 600,000 to go from under the gun and Stajje moved all in from the big blind for 1,634,108. CoooKay called, showing , and looked for some help as Stajje showed . That help came on the flop. The turn gave Stajje some hope but the river was the , eliminating Stajje in fifth for $31,500.
At the 150,000/300,000/30,000 level, Matt"mattster24" Sterling was knocked out in fourth place. Current chip leader GrtWhtHype made it 745,000 to play, and Sterling moved all in from the big blind for 6,124,290. GrtWhtHype called, showing , and had Sterling's drawing thin. The board came and Sterling earned $39,375 for his showing.
The chip counts with three players remaining were:
GrtWhtHype – 22,178,208
JSchnett – 6,855,201
CoooKay – 4,696,591
CoooKay finished in third when the blinds were 200,000/400,000 with an ante of 40,000. From the small blind, CoooKay moved all in with and was called by JSchnett with . The board ran out and CoooKay departed with $52,500 for the third-place finish. Heads-up play began with GrtWhtHype holding just over a 2:1 chip lead, and 51 hands later he would win the tournament. The blinds and antes reached the 250,000/500,000/50,000 level when it ended, as JSchnett called from the button and GrtWhtHype made it 1,500,000 to go. JSchnett then moved all in for 10,982,792 and GrtWhtHype called. The hands were:
The board did not bring an ace, coming out and eliminating JSchnett in second for $75,000, while GrtWhtHype's win was worth $105,000. The final standings:
1. GrtWhtHype - $105,000
2. JSchnett - $75,000
3. CoooKay - $52,500
4. Matt "mattster24" Sterling - $39,375
5. Stajje - $31,500
6. QuasiFiction - $24,000
7. Christopher "TaTaTunes" Antunes - $16,500
8. KingGr - $10,500
9. montjeu8 - $7,050