Every Sunday, PokerStars hosts two major tournaments with the Sunday Million being the flagship event of the weekend. This time the prize pool exceeded $1.4 million and more than 7000 players bought in, with “jony_lv” from Israel winning the main prize worth $180,000. He could’ve won even more but when three handed play began, the surviving players agreed to split the money according to their stacks with the winner to receive an additional $20,000.
There was no shortage of stars at the beginning of the tournament, with Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada, Andre Akkari and Humberto Brenes being some of those who paid the entry fee. Among Team Poker Stars Pro players Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen made a deep is run and finished on the 251st place. The Israeli player was the chip leader for most of the final table, but eventually lost that position to one of the three Swedish players and started the heads up with a 2 to 1 deficit.
This makes it even more surprising that the final stage of the competition didn’t last more than four hands, but that’s all it took “jony_lv” to close the deal. He reclaimed the chip lead with pocket queens and then shoved his chips with a slightly better hand that improved on the flop, to win his first Sunday Million.
This is the final placement of the nine players that made the final table and their corresponding payouts:
1. jony_lv – $180,020.36
2. sick_radi – $172,227.36
3. Monsthand – $130,396.94
4. szwindel – $75,154.00
5. Flamboyantz – $58,138.00
6. mizzB111 – $43,958.00
7. GAN 029 – $30,487.00
8. lillstubben – $17,016.00
9. henrikx – $10,989.50
RibyJl9R from Russia wins the Sunday Warm-Up
Over 3000 players competed for the first prize in this tournament that had a $500,000 prize pool guaranteed and 450 places paid. Eventually the prize pool was boosted to $615,000 and a Russian player using the screen name “RibyJl9R” won the jackpot worth nearly $100,000.
It was by no means a joyride as the Russian encountered fierce opposition including a couple of Team Poker Stars Pros, but one by one they were eliminated from the race. Caio Pessagno made the deepest run but collected no more than $449 for his efforts, while his colleague Sebastian Ruthenberg had to settle for even less. The final table was a rather short affair and it could’ve been even shorter after “Stella948” from Australia was sent to the rail in the fourth-place.
The remaining three players couldn’t reach a deal and the games resume shortly with “Sobizzle21” from Mexico going all in against the Russian only to see his entire stack melting away. After catching a lucky ace on the river, “RibyJl9R” had more chips than his opponents when heads-up began and in exactly 8 hands the final hand of the tournament was dealt.
These are the final table standings at the end of the day:
1. RibyJl9R – $96,555.00
2. da Ape – $71,955.00
3. Sobizzle21 – $51,045.00
4. Stella948 – $35,362.50
5. Éles01 – $26,328.15
6. PURSHistik – $19,987.50
7. Chaz D 87 – $13,837.50
8. AliStatus33 – $7,687.50
9. OTT CANADA – $4,920.00