Sunday Warm-up: jc_bluej flies away with $99K in victory, Heitmann fourth place
Each week here at PokerStars the day of rest becomes the day that can change someone's entire year. The Sunday Majors and their huge prizepools allow players a shot at near six-figures for just a $215 buy-in. Tonight's $500,000 Sunday Warm-up is no exception. 3,175 players found enough loose change for a seat in the tournament and a shot at the $99,695.00 first prize. With players making their way back to online poker from the brutal World Series of Poker month and a half marathon that at press time was in Day six and Team PokerStars pro JP Kelly with a top ten chip stack in the Main Event)
Last time we checked in with Georgios "gkap13" Kapalas he was trying to add to his live earnings in day 2 of the Greece Cup last week and en route towards adding to his bankroll. Tonight Kapalas was staring down a shot at taking down a Sunday Major. Along with Team PokerStars pro Jan Heitmann two players with the red spades next to their smiling faces made it to the final two tables tonight. Kapalas unfortunately would pull up just short in seeking the $99K first prize being offered. With the blinds at 30K/60K ante 6K Georgios would open shove from UTG + 1 for 555,692 holding a couple of face cards Q♥K♥. Passed around the table quickly to bmky88 in the small blind who managed to make the call with pocket aces A♠A♥. A set of aces for bmky88 on the 2♥ A♦ T♦ flop gave Kapalas a little hope for a suckout with a gutshot straight draw. However, no jack came of the rescue on the K♠ turn and 8♥ river shipping the 1.2 million chip pot to bmky88 and Kapalas was out in 17th place ($1,905.00).
Heitmann however would ride a roller coaster into the final table which included losing a huge hand with pocket nines versus tens preflop and having just three big blinds left in his hand. But, the German pro stormed back with a double up on the very next hand. Five hands later, doubled again to nearly 1.5 million chips giving him a seat at the final table as all eyes fell on bmky88 who was all-in over on table 162. Five-handed as the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K bmky88 tried to muscle his way to picking up the blinds by shoving for 1.2 million from the small blind. However 777REGEN777 saw through the ruse and made the call holding Q♥K♣. bmky88 was in a bind turning over the dominated Q♦J♦, and bmky88 would not escape after A♠ 3♣ 9♠ 7♥ K♦ was laid out on the board sending the player from Singapore home in tenth place ($3,810.00).
Seat 1: Lionel466 (5259050 in chips)
Seat 2: utvekklo2 (1916381 in chips)
Seat 3: Team PokerStars pro Jan Heitmann (1501632 in chips)
Seat 4: 777RENGEN777 (4145691 in chips)
Seat 5: Ronzie99 (3328486 in chips)
Seat 6: jc_bluej (5097714 in chips)
Seat 7: POED1 (2906718 in chips)
Seat 8: JcostUmoney (3157228 in chips)
Seat 9: detee (4437100 in chips)
Heitmann wasted no time improving his chip stack to something more playable. On the 11th hand of the final table with the blinds still at 65K/130K ante 13K Jan would shove his short stack of 1.3 million over the top of detee's min-raise and call by Lionel466. detee would make the call holding pocket tens T♦T♥ as Lionel466 dropped out and the German pro flipped up pocket deuces 2♣2♠. This was not the flip Heitmann was looking for but it did not matter as he got the river card was looking for. 4♠ 4♦ K♠ 9♦ 2♦ with the duck on the river shipping the large 3.1 million chip pot which he would chip up to over six million and take the chip lead by the next blind level.
Just prior to the hourly five minute break, after nearly 45 minutes of play at the final table, we would say goodbye our first competitor. After losing a huge 3.8 million chip pot to Ronzie99, Lionel466 was left with just 525,180 chips and tried to put those chips to work right away by shoving two hands later over the top of detee's min-raise. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K and just 125,180 chips to call detee did just that and rolled over jacks J♦J♥ as Lionel466's pocket tens T♥T♠ did not look so mighty any longer. Unlike the hand with Heitmann, pocket tens did not disappoint as the jacks held on the 7♠ 2♠ 8♠ 4♥ Q♦ board to send Lionel466 home in ninth place ($5,080.00).
Getting things straighten out
Five hands later Heitmann would flex his muscles as the chip leader calling the short all-in (563,422 chips) of 777RENGEN777 in the big blind. Watch below as the German pro found a decent flop:
Holding 7♠9♦ Heitmann could only sit back and enjoy the ride as he flopped the nut straight 6♥ 5♥ 8♥. Since no one held a heart, only running hearts or at least a nine high straight on the board would save 777RENGEN777's A♣3♣. 8♠ and Q♣ were not those miracle cards and 777RENGEN777 earned $7,937.50 in eighth place.
jc's got the rhythm and utvekklo2's got the blues
Another quick elimination, just three hands after 777RENGEN777 took off, utvekklo2's short stack of 512,381 found its way into the middle on the turn with jc_bluej and POED1 still in the hand and the board reading 8♦ 5♦ K♠ J♦. Both live players would check the 5♥ river as jc_bluej turned over a pair of eights A♠8♥ which gave him the 375,238 chip side pot as POED1 mucked. utvekklo2 could not top the eights and mucked as well shipping the other 1.6 million chips to jc_bluej as utvekklo2 was done in seventh place ($14,287.50).
"Set up anyone??"
A quote from the Team PokerStars pro after this hand went down:
Althought he was not in the hand Heitmann watched Ronzie99's stack get decimated from being on the wrong side of a kings versus aces hand against POED1. POED1 took down the 6.8 million chip pot as Ronzie99 was left with 116,111 chips. Those would go to Mr. Heitmann on the next hand ending the Aussie's night in sixth place ($20,637.50).
Might be a little PO'd after this hand
After the 10 hour mark of the tournament and as the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K we got a breather after the series of quick eliminations in the 100K/200K blind level. jc_bluej tried to snag the blinds with a min-raise from the small blind over a short stacked POED1. POED1 however held a suited ace A♠T♠ and shoved for 2.4 million total. Holding over 13.1 million in chips jc_bluej made the big stack call holding 2♥K♣. 4♥ 6♥ 9♠ T♣ the board showing by the turn had POED1 pulling those 4.9 million in chips, but the river K♠ had other ideas and shipped the pot to the new chip leader. A rightfully pissed off POED1 staked a claim to fifth place ($26,987.50).
Team PokerStars pro Jan Heitmann eliminated in fourth place
The run-good that the German pro enjoyed in the final two tables came to an abrupt end. With the blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K Jan would min-raise from the cutoff as detee would shove for 7.8 million from the big blind. Holding pocket tens T♣T♦ Heitmann would make the call as detee needed some help holding a dominated T♥A♥. Once again this night was not kind to pocket tens as the four wheel cards on the 2♠ 4♠ 3♠ Q♠ 5♦ connected with detee's ace to make a straight and send the German pro packing in fourth place ($36,512.50).
Money left for others
We thought the quick eliminations were left in the previous hour but down to three players the next player gone would do so just a minute after Heitmann's departure. JcostUmoney holding a mere 3.1 million to detee's 11.9 million and jc_bluej's 16.6 needed some chips in a hurry to stay afloat and tried acquiring some easy chips preflop by shoving over the top of jc_bluej's min-raise from the button. With too many chips in the middle and in his stack jc_bluej would make the call holding K♥J♣. JcostUmoney was about to make more money for the remaining two after turning over a dominated T♥K♣ and failing to hit on the 7♠ 8♠ 6♥ 2♣ 5♣ board, leaving the final table in third place ($52,387.50).
Roller coaster ride for the title
The tone for heads-up play between detee and jc_bluej for the Sunday Warm-up title was set in the very first hand. jc_bluej would start with the chip lead holding 20.1 million chips and blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K as detee had some ground to make up with 11.6 million. A 11.6 million chip pot started off this journey for the $99K first prize, as detee turned a king high straight and got jc_bluej to call all bets to the river with the board showing 2♦ T♥ K♦ Q♠ T♣ to claim the first big pot.
Next it was jc_bluej's turn to fire back. After losing the chip lead and down 11.3 million to detee's 20.3 million, jc_bluej would try his luck preflop with big slick A♦K♠ as detee made the call with a smaller ace 5♦A♣. Despite flopping more outs, detee could not overcome the ace-king on the T♦ 4♠ 2♣ 4♣ 8♠ board and jc_bluej took back the chip lead with the 22.7 million chip pot.
Nearly a half hour later with the blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K and jc_bluej retaining a 19.6 million to 12.1 million chip lead the players would get their chips in the middle after taking a peek at a 9♥ 6♥ T♦ flop. Watch the rest of the board come down below:
Both had a jack as detee showed T♥J♦ but jc_bluej matched another card on the flop showing top and bottom pair 6♣T♣. No relief for detee would come on the 2♦ turn and 4♦ river as jc_blueJ scooped up the remaining 24.2 million tournament chips and turned them into $99,695.00 real cash as this week's Sunday Warm-up champion!
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$500,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up results (07-17-11)
1. jc_bluej (United Kingdom) $99.695.00
2. detee (Netherlands) $74,295.00
3. JcostUmoney (Aruba) $52,387.50
4. Jan Heitmann (Germany) $36,512.50
5. POED1 (Denmark) $26,987.50
6. Ronzie99 (Australia) $20,637.50
7. utvekklo2 (Sweden) $14,287.50
8. 777RENGEN777 (Russia) $7,937.50
9. Lionel466 (Germany) $5,080.00