The November 16, 2008 PokerStars
Sunday Millions was a star-studded event that included nearly 8,000 players and
a prize pool of $1,599,800. Among the 7,999 entrants, one could see the likes
of Daniel “ Kidpoker " Negreanu , Chris “ Money800 ” Moneymaker, Hevad “
RaiNKhAN ” Khan and many others vying for a chunk of the immense prize pool.
The day however did not go as planned for these weathered professionals, and
only a few finished in the money, with Daniel Negreanu collecting the highest
cash of 1,439.82 and a 236th place finish.
The rest of the field, who were all
battling for the top 1170 spots and a chance at the money, saw players begin to
fly out of the tournament very quickly after hellhound broke the seal and
collected 319.96 for his effort and a 1170th place finish. Players
continued to dissipate for several hours until the final two tables were
determined at about the nine hours mark, at which point play slowed
While it took some time to dwindle
down to ten players, the move from ten to eight came very quickly. Within a
span of just a few minutes, kjmosu1978, who was short stacked, pushed all his
chips in pre-flop with Tc-9c and was eliminated by the pocket queens of orkim
when three deuces hit the flop, and LEstradioto was eliminated when his Kc-7d
ran into Mr_BigQueso who was holding Kh-Jh. Kjmosu1978 collected $7,999 for his
effort and a tenth place finish, while LEstradioto finished 9th and
took home $11,198.60.
The final table was now set with
just eight players, and fireworks began almost immediately with jarocho123
risking all his chips with As-Qd against kesher 79’s pocket 4’s. The flop
yielded nothing for jarocho123, with the turn and river achieving the same
result, ending jarocho123’s tournament in 8th place and giving him a
cash of $18,397.70.
RiverCardRob was the next to go
when his Ah-Kd went up against the pocket queens of rS.Wisdom. An ace hit the
flop to give RiverCardRob a chance to keep his tournament hopes alive, but a
queen on the river ironically sent RiverCardRob packing in 7th
place, and $27,996.50 in prize money. Yet rS.wisdom wasn’t finished clearing
the table, and orkim was the next to go as his pocket eights we crushed buy the
pocket aces of rS.Wisdom at showdown, ending orkim’s tournament in 6th
place with $40,794.90 in prize money. Shortly after, kesher79 eliminated
Mr_BigQueso when his pocket aces crushed Mr_BigQueso’s Ad-9d and sent him
packing in 5th place and $56,792.90 richer. This was followed
maverick8487 also being eliminated by kesher79 when maverick8487’s pocket
fives were trumped by kesher79’s pocket jacks, ending his tournament in 4th
place and $72,790.90 for his effort.
At the ten-hour mark three players
remained to fight it out for the first place money. Kesher79 and rS.Wisdom
were almost even in chips, with mjluth, who avoided confrontation at the final
table, short-stacked and down 3-1 in chips. While he managed to hang around and
battle for a few hands, mjluth was eliminated in 3rd place when
kesher79 hit a three outer on the turn to beat mjluth’s Ac-Kh with his Ks-Qd.
While no doubt disappointed, mjluth collected $89,588.80 for this fantastic
With just two players left,
kesher79 had a seventeen million-chip lead over rS.Wisdom, and the rest of the
tournament lasted only a few more hands. On the last hand of the tournament,
rS.Wisdom, who held Ad-Tc, turned two pair with the board showing Jh-Td-2h-Ac.
The final card seemed like an innocuous 2s and rS.Wisdom called his last $19
million chips after the river. But kesher79 was slow playing an absolute
monster, turning over pocket deuces to show quads, ending the tournament for
rS.Wisdom who took home $132,143.48 for his second place finish.
Kesher79, who outlasted nearly
eight thousand entrants, claimed the first place prize money of $195,975.50, which has propelled him up the Top Shark Player of the Year leader board.
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