Brazilian Wins PokerStars Sunday Million 18th Anniversary Event For $1,000,000

The 18th edition of the PokerStars Sunday Million saw ‘Sunday Melon’ nearly clinch the victory, in an event that drew 39,226 entries with a $215 buy-in, just shy of the $8 million guarantee. Ultimately, Brazil’s Mateus ‘CrossBreed17’ Mendes emerged triumphant, bagging $1,000,000 after a heads-up battle against ‘Sunday Melon’.

Throughout the three-day online event from April 7th to 9th, the top eight players secured six-figure payouts. Poland’s ‘Sunday Melon’ claimed $733,959 for the second-place finish.

Among the finalists, Jans ‘Graftekkel’ Arends, a World Series of Poker bracelet holder, showcased his skills, finishing fifth for $270,961, despite his A-8 suited falling short against Mendes’ K-Q.

Mendes also eliminated another notable contender on the third day, Bert ‘girafganger7′ Stevens, who placed 25th. Stevens’ 10♠️5♦️ couldn’t match up against Mendes’ K♦️K♣️ on a 10♣️8♠️6♥️ flop, settling for $13,600.

During three-handed action, Mendes surged ahead by winning a crucial pot. With Q♣️10♥️, Mendes called ‘Sunday Melon’s’ 4x raise with J♠️5♠️, eventually securing a massive pot and a significant chip lead.

Mendes further solidified his position by eliminating ‘FcProto10’ in third place for $526,523, entering the heads-up battle with a substantial lead. Despite offering a deal, Mendes engaged in a 90-minute heads-up duel with ‘Sunday Melon’, ultimately sealing the win.

In the final hand, ‘Sunday Melon’ called all-in with 5♠️5♣️ against Mendes’ 9♦️7♦️. The board ran out A♠️K♠️2♣️9♥️K♦️, securing Mendes’ victory.

PokerStars Sunday Million 18th Anniversary Final Table Results

1Mateus “CrossBreed17” MendesBrazil$1,000,000
2“Sunday Melon”Poland$733,959
5Jans “Graftekkel” ArendsNetherlands$270,961

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