At long last, Clark "snake8484" Hamagami wins the Sunday Million

We've watched Clark "snake8484" Hamagami slither through high-stakes MTT fields for almost eight years now, beginning with the 2005 WCOOP. Online, he's final tabled the Super Tuesday, the Sunday 500, and multiple SCOOP events. Live, he's done the same at the Aussie Millions and the World Series of Poker. However, despite a list of online MTT wins as long as your arm, none of those victories ever came in a Sunday major. For Hamagami, that era finally came to an end tonight with a Sunday Million title.

The field was 7,159-strong this week, the prize pool topping out at $1,431.800.00. 1,080 places were paid with first place set to earn $214,774.92. Nearly two dozen Red Spades were in the mix including Nacho Barbero, Humberto Brenes, Andre Akkari, Jake Cody, Marcel Luske, and Shane "shaniac" Schleger. Four finished in the money: Angel Guillen (343rd), Toni Judet (169th), Christophe De Muelder (156th) and Caio Pessagno (101st). And one former World Champion made an even deeper run.

With 91 players remaining, Joe "jcada99" Cada was second in chips and with 63 left, he held the chip lead. All-in on a T♣9♥3♦ flop with A♠A♥ vs. YugiohPro's K♦K♥, Cada was poised to put some serious distance between his stack and second place when the K♠ spiked on the turn to make YugiohPro a set. Rather than shooting up to nearly 5 million in chips, Cada fell to 2.36 million, still good for sixth in chips.

With 36 remaining, Cada had chipped back up to nearly 3 million, but lost half his stack when his pocket jacks couldn't hold up against phaplap's K♣Q♠. Down to 1.37 million, he squeezed from the small blind with A♠J♥ after a min-raise from ENIGMA4UME and a call from poker@luffyD, but the latter turned up with J♣J♦. Cada couldn't find an ace on the board and hit the rail in 34th place, capping off his second Top 35 finish in the Million this year.


Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada, 34th place

Blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 on the final table bubble. With the action folded to him in the small blind, snake8484 opened for 4.5 million and short stack josefkgb called all-in for 1.36 million from the big blind. Josefkgb's Q♥8♦ was dominated by snake8484's Q♦T♦, the board running out K♣9♠3♣4♣2♣ to end his run in tenth place.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: ENIGMA4U4ME (3,491,026 in chips)
Seat 2: sh4wshank (4,015,808 in chips)
Seat 3: UlDuffer (4,766,208 in chips)
Seat 4: anculinka (4,400,000 in chips)
Seat 5: snake8484 (16,515,662 in chips)
Seat 6: poker@luffyD (10,303,301 in chips)
Seat 7: sergito80 (7,759,214 in chips)
Seat 8: iChipd (10,566,405 in chips)
Seat 9: PKaiser (9,772,376 in chips)

Three in a row

Anculinka was the first short stack to make a move, opening for 625,000 with K♠K♣. PKaiser called from the big blind and they saw a A♦7♣6♥ flop. PKaiser checked and anculinka checked behind. The turn came the 8♣ and PKaiser led out for 800,244. Anculinka called and the river fell the 6♦. PKaiser shoved for 5.6 million and anculinka called all-in for 2.4 million. PKaiser turned up A♥J♣ for the win and anculinka was eliminated in ninth place ($11,096.45).

On the very next deal, UIDuffer opened for a min-raise to 500,000 and poker@luffyD three-bet to 1.25 million. UIDuffer shoved and poker@luffyD called, his A♥K♠ up against T♠T♣. Poker@luffyD his a king on the turn to snap off UIDuffer's tens and sent him to the rail in eighth place ($17,181.60).

The action didn't slow for even one hand, as poker@luffyD opened the next pot for 500,000 and sergito80 three-bet to 1,125,000. Poker@luffyD called and the rest of their money went in on the J♠7♥6♥ flop. Sergito80's TPTK with A♣J♣ was toast against poker@luffyD's set of sevens, the turn and river falling the 9♦ and the 4♦ to end his run in seventh place ($30,783.70).

poker@luffyD shanks sh4wshank

ENIGMA4UME doubled up when he four-bet shoved with K♠K♥ and poker@luffyD looked him up with T♠T♠. However, poker@luffyD quickly recovered those lost chips when he picked up another big pair. Sh4wshank open-shoved for 2.9 million from the cutoff and poker@luffyD made the world's easiest call with A♠A♦ in the small blind. Poker@luffyD flopped top set against K♣Q♥, eliminating sh4wshank in sixth place ($44,395.80).

PKaiser takes the chip lead

After sending sh4wshank to the rail, poker@luffyD was up to 30.2 million in chips, more than twice second-place snake8484's stack. However, PKaiser was able to lay claim to some of poker@luffyD's newfound wealth when he flopped a set of nines and rivered a boat, picking up three streets of value:

Then, on the very next deal, PKaiser opened for 600,000. IChipd shoved for 8 million from the big blind and PKaiser snap-called, revealing Q♣Q♦. IChipd's 7♠7♣ did not improve and he departed in fifth place ($58,703.80).

snake8484 snaps off ENIGMA4UME

PKaiser now held the chip lead with 25.3 million, poker@luffyD was a close second with 22.6 million, snake8484 was third with 14.2 million and ENIGMA4UME was the short stack with 9.4 million. Only four hands after iChipd's elimination, ENIGMA4UME opened for 600,000 and snake8484 three-bet to 1.2 million on the button. PKaiser made a cold four-bet to 2.55 million from the big blind and ENIGMA4UME responded with a shove for 8.23 million. Snake8484 reshoved for 13.9 million and after a bit of a tank, PKaiser gave up his hand.

snake8484 A♦K♠

Snake8484 snapped off ENIGMA4UME's tens when the flop came king-high, ending his run in fourth place ($75,885.40).

Chop it three ways

Immediately following ENIGMA4UME's elimination, PKaiser asked if anyone wanted to look at numbers. Both poker@luffyD and snake8484 agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's a look at how they stacked up when negotiations began:

snake8484 - 25,172,869
PKaiser - 23,210,092
poker@luffyD - 23,207,039

With their stacks so close, PKaiser suggested an even three-way chop, leaving $20,000 up for grabs for the winner. Both his opponents liked the idea and they agreed to a deal that guaranteed each player at least $155,782.22.

With very few hiccups, the counts stayed more or less even until poker@luffyD five-bet shoved for 25.5 million with 8♣8♥ and PKaiser called all-in with A♦J♠. PKaiser flopped an ace but poker@luffyD turned a two-outer to make a set and eliminate PKaiser in third.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 5: snake8484 (24,368,606 in chips)
Seat 6: poker@luffyD (47,221,394 in chips)

Snake8484 went to work and closed the gap between their chip counts, inching his way up to 32 million before taking the chip lead:

Poker@luffyD was left with 22 million and set about rebuilding. He'd rebounded to 30 million before snake8484 roared back with this 20 million pot:

Now up to 50 million in chips, snake8484 opened for 1.2 million on the button and poker@luffyD called to see a 4♣3♦3♥ flop. Poker@luffyD check-raised to 3.6 million and snake8484 called. The turn came the J♥ and poker@luffyD led out for 3.9 million. Snake8484 flat-called. The river was the 8♣ and poker@luffyD fired out another 7.2 million. Snake8484 raised to 14.4 million and poker@luffyD gave up his hand, opting to save his last 10bb.

Three hands later, snake8484 closed it out. Poker@luffyD open-shoved for 6.02 million with K♦5♠ and snake8484 called with A♦7♠. A Q♥Q♣6♦6♥A♥ board sealed the win.

Congratulations to Clark "snake8484" Hamagami on a well-deserved Sunday Million win! He banked $175,782.23 for the win. Kudos are also due to poker@luffyD who capped off an incredible Sunday with a runner-up finish here for $155,782.23 after finishing second in the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $37k!

PokerStars Sunday Million results for 8/11/2013

Players: 7,159
Prizepool: $1,431,800.00
Places paid: 1,080

1. Clark "snake8484" Hamagami (Canada) $175,782.23*
2. poker@luffyD (Latvia) $155,782.22*
3. Nicolas "PKaiser" Fierro (Chile) $155,782.23*
4. ENIGMA4UME (United Kingdom) $75,885.40
5. iChipd (Australia) $58,703.80
6. sh4wshank (United Kingdom) $44,385.80
7. sergito80 (Portugal) $30,783.70
8. UIDuffer (Ireland) $17,181.60
9. anculinka (Czech Republic) $11,096.45

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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