The PokerStars Sunday Million boasted a field of 8,342 entrants this weekend, with a total prize pool of $1,668,400 and a first-place payday of over $200,000. Among the top finishers falling short of the final table were GARIFUNA1 in 16th place ($4,337.85), Bryan “bparis” Paris in 20th ($3,670.49), Jesper “KipsterDK” Hougaard in 52nd ($2,836.59), and Daniel “Allanon85” Drescher in 61st ($2,586.03). In the end, it came down to a battle of the Swedes as Daniel “Danneville” Loewinski faced off against Michael “Skämmes” Tureniec, with Loewinski emerging as the victor. The chip counts at the start of the final table were as follows:
Michael “Skämmes” Tureniec - 18,407,722
asbo22 - 13,017,771
Daniel “Danneville” Loewinski - 12,275,378
BREAKURFACE - 9,112,220
KingGorn - 7,320,978
FreeLancerZZ - 6,546,888
ThePokerBody - 6,394,602
domino16 - 5,346,851
buttonsAAAA - 4,997,590
The first to exit the final table was buttonsAAAA at 250,000/500,000/50,000. From early position, KingGorn raised to 1,142,475 and buttonsAAAA moved all in for 3,986,104 from the button with . KingGorn called with and took down the pot as the board came . For the ninth-place finish, buttonsAAAA earned $12,930.11.
FreeLancerZZ was the next to fall after losing a battle of the blinds. BREAKURFACE made it 1,400,000 to play from the small blind and FreeLancerZZ shoved for 6,906,125 from the large blind. BREAKURFACE called with and defeated FreeLancerZZ’s as the board ran out . FreeLancerZZ took $18,352.41 for eighth place. Two hands later, asbo22 made a move with and ran into chip leader Michael “Skämmes” Tureniec‘s . The board fell ace-high and asbo22 was out in seventh place for $33,368.01.
BREAKURFACE departed at the 300,000/600,000/60,000 level. Under the gun, BREAKURFACE raised to 1,350,000 and next to act, Michael “Skämmes” Tureniec popped it to 3,500,000. It folded back around to BREAKURFACE, who went all in for 17,483,470. Tureniec called and revealed pocket tens to BREAKURFACE’s . The community cards came as BREAKURFACE came up short, out in sixth place for $50,052.01. KingGorn was dethroned after getting it in with against domino16’s . The board rolled out as KingGorn was knocked out in fifth place for $66,736.01.
ThePokerBody was sent to the rail after seeing Daniel “Danneville” Loewinski shove with the bigger stack from the small blind. ThePokerBody called all in for 6,919,204 with and was in good shape facing Loewinski’s . However, the board ran out as ThePokerBody exited in fourth place for $83,420.01.
Domino16 was the next to fall. On the button, domino16 made it 1,800,000 to go and Michael Tureniec reraised to 4,200,000 from the small blind. Loewinski folded in the big blind and domino16 shoved for 17,222,065. Tureniec called with and was flipping against domino16’s . The board came down as domino16 failed to catch up to Tureniec’s nines, out in third place for $125,130.01.
After much discussion, a deal was agreed upon. Michael “Skämmes” Tureniec was guaranteed $202,271.36, while Daniel “Danneville” Loewinski was promised $192,503.30. The remaining $30,000 would be awarded to the winner. Despite being at a chip disadvantage at the start of heads-up play, Loewinski went on to win the tournament.
On the final hand at 400,000/800,000/80,000, Loewinski opened to 2,400,000 and Tureniec reraised to 6,400,000. Loewinski shoved with the bigger stack and Tureniec called all in for 32,143,612 with . Loewinski tabled and won the race by making a flush on the river after the board ran out . Michael “Skämmes” Tureniec collected $202,271.36 for finishing as the runner-up. Daniel “Danneville” Loewinski was the winner of this week’s PokerStars Sunday Million, good for $222,503.30.
*1. Daniel “Danneville” Loewinski - $222,503.30
*2. Michael “Skämmes” Tureniec - $202,271.36
3. domino16 - $125,130.01
4. ThePokerBody -$83,420.01
5. KingGorn - $66,736.01
6. BREAKURFACE - $50,052.01
7. asbo22 - $33,368.01
8. FreeLancerZZ - $18,352.41
9. buttonsAAAA - $12,930.11
* - Two-way deal awarding $30,000 to the eventual winner.