Brazil’s AAAArthur Turns $11 Satellite into $1,192,802 with PokerStars Sunday Million 14th Anniversary Victory

PokerStars 14th Anniversary Sunday Million has been won by Brazil’s AAAArthur, who took $1,192,802.46 after a 4-way deal having satellited into the tournament for just $11.

By: Andrew Burnett

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With a previous biggest cash of just $90, the Brazilian came into the final table of nine with the shortest stack, after a record-breaking field of 93,016 players - PokerStars biggest-ever online tournament with an $18,603,200 prizepool -  had been whittled down over the best part of three days play.

Two Romanians, two Lithuanians and one each from Germany, Cyprus, the UK and Croatia joined the South American to battle it out for over $5million, the final day’s starting number of 91 decimated.

The four who would eventually agree on an ICM deal each played their part in eliminating the competition, with one-time chip leader AlexHoldz falling in 5th to Romania’s Stefan 'CrAzY_sTeFaN' Piele Dragos

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AlexHoldz: K♥ J♣
CrAzY_sTeFaN: K♦ Q♥
Board: 8♥ 5♦ 3♣ 7♥ 10♥

That meant a $329,356.63 payout for the Croatian, but the quartet who were left would soon be pocketing almost $½million more after they struck an ICM deal giving the figures below:

AAAArthur: $1,142,802.46
CrAzY_sTeFaN: $921,328.12
Salonteskis: $826,919.68
caroline2963: $786,873.65

With $50k set aside for the winner, the four played it out to the end, AAAArthur disposing of Salonteskis in 4th, and CrAzY_sTeFaN again sharing the workload by taking out caroline2963 in 3rd.

Deuces were the name of the game in two of the most extraordinary hands a heads-up battle has seen, the first witnessing the Romanian doubling up with quads!

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CrAzY_sTeFaN: A♣ 2♦
AAAArthur: A♠ 4♦
Board: 2♣ 4♣ 2♥ 2♠ J♣

Undeterred, Brazil’s AAAArthur fought back from that setback and eventually finished off the greatest day of his poker life with some deuce magic of his own…

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AAAArthur: 2♠ 2♦
CrAzY_sTeFaN: 5♥ 5♠
Board: J♣ J♦ 2♣ A♦ 6♦

The title and an extra $50k belonged to AAAArthur, a remarkable victory for the satellite qualifier who scooped $1,192,802.46 – a 100,000x ROI payday.

Final results

1 AAAArthur $1,192,802.46*
2 Stefan 'CrAzY_sTeFaN' Piele Dragos $921,328.12*
3 caroline2963 $786,873.65*
4 salonteskis $826,919.68*
5 AlexHoldz $329,356.63
6 Marios 'Jully-19' Mansour $225,108.02
7 tweny1 $153,854.04
8 pokerfrance $105,154.58
9 Paulius 'D3cor' Vaitiekunas $71,869.74

 

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