PokerStars Sunday Million Won A Second Time By Juan "vietcong01" BarrosJanuary 25, 2010 12:39 pm
Juan Antonio Maceiras Barros, aka “vietcong01” has won his second Sunday Million title, just two and a half years after taking down PokerStars’ flag ship tournament for the first time. With his latest online victory, vietcong01 earned a massive $255,954 and a place in the PokerStars history books.
PokerStars prestigious tournament each week consistently attracts thousands of players from around the world hoping to win a share of the $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool. Barros originally won the competition in July 2007, and came close again in 2009 when he placed 6th, but he didn’t stop chasing another title and in the fourth Sunday of this year his dreams were realised once more.
Yesterdays turnout to “the biggest weekly online poker tournament in the world” was typically high, with 8,700 hopefuls shelling out their $215 entry fees to create a prize pool worth $1,740,000. It wasn’t until around 4 hours later, however, that the field had narrowed to 1,260 competitors with all remaining players earning a piece of the prize pool.
Ten hours into the tournament, jjandjj suffered the indignity of being the bubble boy and was eliminated in tenth place for a $9,222 pay day, after which the final table was set.
Two hands later LeftyStackswas out after he pushed his short stack with Ks Tc but was called by Benba’s pocket threes, which turned into a set on the flop. He left in ninth and collected $13,485 for his hard work.
A little later on, however, it was Benba who found himself short on chips and so pushed with Ah Qc only to be called by gettn deep holding 8d 4d, who made a flush on the turn. Benba was eliminated in 6th place for $52,200.
As things progressed, vietcong01 managed to double-up and take the chip lead and when “gettndeep” on a low stack, went all-in on the small blind with6c 4d, “vietcong01” called him with Qh 8s, and “gettn deep” was finally dispatched in third for a $130,500 pay day.
As heads-up play got started, vietcong01 was way out in front with 74,497,381 chips compared to EgorkaV sitting on a 12,502,619 stack. Despite a double up on the first hand by EgorkaV, he found himself all-in soon after, chasing a straight draw to his opponent’s flopped two pair. With no help coming from the board, EgorkaV finished in second place with an impressive $187,050 for his efforts. “vietcong01” on the other hand, walked away with the full accolade and an impressive first place finish of $255,954 to add to his expanding bankroll.