PokerStars Sunday Million Won By MAE9690March 9, 2010 8:46 am
PokerStars’ flagship tournament the ‘Sunday Million’ managed to attract an impressive field of 10,123 players on March 7th, all willing to fork out the $215 buy-in for a chance of taking home a slice of the $1.5 million guarantee prize pool.
However, the tournament has been regularly attracting larger numbers of players such that Sunday’s prize-pool was a massive $2,024,600 with four figure sums going to the top four placed players.
The tournament got started at 3:30 pm CST and around four hours later the bubble had burst ensuring that all the remaining 1,440 players would at least have their entry fees covered.
By the tenth hour the tournament had reached the hand-for-hand stage whereby one more elimination was necessary to get the final table action underway. Despite a cautious approach adopted by the remaining 10 players to avoid being the bubble boy, rigodoncio found himself with just 100,000 in chips and so pushed all-in holding As 6c. He couldn’t have been happy to see his push called in two spots and after the flop fell 7h 8s 8c, camillo30’s bet holding AK forced a fold from maestrocaggi and with a Qh and then a Ts completing the board, rigodoncio ended his tournament in tenth for a $10,123 pay-day.
As the final table got underway, the blinds were at 200,000/400,000 and a 40,000 ante and two hands later short stacked eterno pushed all-in with Qc Js only to be called by chip leader camillo30 holding 8h 7s. A 7d on the river sealed eterno’s fate, who then exited the tournament in ninth place with $13,767.28.
Next out was Lagerborg in eighth ($20,246) after pushing for his remaining chips with Kh 8c only to be called by three players, one of which made a straight on the river. Soon after maestrocaggi was eliminated in seventh ($40,492) after his Ad 7h push from the blind was called by camillo30 with Kd Jd, who ended up making a straight.
Sixth place and $60,738 went to over.be who fancied his pocket 8’s and called an all-in shove by MAE9690 with Tc 9s but lost the race to a 9 on the river. AA TURON AA then collected $80,984 for his fifth place finish after his Ad Jd failed to hold up against MAE9690’s 9s 7s shove.
With four players remaining, a deal was struck according to a chip count whereby MAE9690 would be assured $230,000, camillo30 $176,959.80, while asturiano and reelhugefish would both receive $150,000 each.
With $30,000 left to vie for the play resumed, and exactly in order of chip count asturiano was eliminated in fourth, reelhugefish in third, while camillo30 collected $176,959.80 for his runner-up finish after his Qc Tc was looked up by MAE9690 holding Ad 4d. True to form MAE9690 hit an A on the flop and made a straight on the turn and so added a massive $260,000 to his bankroll, as well as the honour of winning such a prestigious tournament.