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Anniversary Sunday Million: Brazilian "AAAArthur" turned $11 into $1 200 000

Sunday Million 2020

The 14th anniversary Sunday Million has finished at PokerStars. The event collected 93 016 entries, and the total prize pool this time amounted to as much as $18 603 200.

Sunday Million participants have won many of the seats through the satellites at PokerStars. For example, the Brazilian "AAAArthur", who eventually became the champion of the tournament, paid $11 instead of $ 215 for participation

The guy didn't make a single re-entry, so that he managed to turn $11 into $1.2 million.

This is a huge success for the Brazilian, especially considering the fact that his maximum prize money in online tournaments (before the Sunday Million) was $90.

There were 91 players to start the final day of the three-day event. The minimal payout was equal to $10 910, and the six-digit prize money was awarded starting from the 8th place.

When there were four players left in the event, it was decided to make a deal, according to which the prize money was divided by the ICM method. The guys also left $50 000 for the champion. The payouts were distributed as follows:

  • AAAArthur (Brazil) – $1 142 802
  • Stefan "CrAzY_sTeFaN" Piele Dragos (Romania) – $921 328
  • salonteskis (Lithuania) – $826 920
  • caroline2963 (UK) – $786 874

It became clear that only AAAArthur would receive a seven-figure payout, but the fact that he would become the champion and add another $50 000 to the winning amount was revealed a bit later.

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The "AAAArthur" knocked out the Lithuanian "salonteskis" in the 4th place by calling his preflop all-in with A♥Q♥. The Brazilian managed to hit the flush of hearts on the river, and he became the owner of the billionth stack.

Then "CrAzY_sTeFaN" beat the "caroline2963", having received a king on the river, which the player needed to complete a full house. But his stack was two times less compared to the Brazilian’s one.

However, at some point, Stefan became a chip leader. It happened thanks to one hand: he shoved with A2 against A4 of "AAAArthur"; the board was 2♣4♣2♥2♠. Even jack on the river didn’t change the situation, because the Romanian had four of a kind against the Brazilian’s full house.

AAAArthur and CrAzY_sTeFaN in Sunday Million 2020

After a while, "AAAArthur" regained the leadership position and won the tournament after he called Piele Dragos’ all-in with a pair of deuces. The board came as follows: J♣J♦2♣A♦6♦.

AAAArthur won Sunday Million 2020

For Stefan "CrAzY_sTeFaN", this prize money became the largest winning in his career, although, unlike his opponent in heads-up, there are some large five-digit wins on his record. Thus, last year he received $72 000 for the second place in the UFC KO Poker Series 58: $109 NLHE [Main Event]. Also, the guy has repeatedly become the champion of regular tournaments at PokerStars – he’s twice won the Bounty Builder for $109, and in the spring of 2019 Stefan took down the SCOOP 55-L: $11 NLHE [Deep Stacks].

It was an exciting tournament that culminated in the phenomenal victory of the Brazilian player, who only performed at micro-limits before. This victory turned him into a high roller and a dollar millionaire.

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