Sunday Warm-up: Jackpot for Pkr_b777 taking title after four-way chop
Today marked the final day in which a poker player could snag a bracelet for 2011. The PokerStarsBlog team is hard at work out at the Rio welcoming in the massive crowd of players for the final flight of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. Yep, the last day this year to snag a bracelet for those at the WSOP, but you are not probably not there at the moment and being a loyal reader to these pages (thank you) you already know about the upcoming 2011 World Championship of Online Poker in September right here at PokerStars. Unlike the massive Amazon room, no tables need to be pulled out of storage after a tournament series is done because the action never stops here, nor is there a need to stand in a massive queue before taking your seat. Take for instance today's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-up, 2,920 players handed over their $215 buy-in and were instantly transported to a seat of their choice for a chance to win $91,688.00 thanks to breaking the guarantee.
432 players will wake from the couch to the fridge as their winning did not require standing in another line to cashout as tournament winnings found their way to the correct account fairly quickly. Most of the Team PokerStars pros and Team Online were making live appearances in Las Vegas but Jude Ainsworth (1,641st place), Anders "Donald" Berg (1454th place), Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez (1,319th place), Christian "el grillo" de Leon (1,187th place) all found time to drop off their buy-ins but none found their way to the money.
Down to two tables Bet-10 found a stroke of bad luck at the wrong time. With the blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K and a flop showing 8♦3♥A♦ Bet-10 would lead out for 160,000 chips with 471,708 already in the middle. MVDC111 carved off a little bit more pushing in 1.2 million into the pot. Back to Bet-10 holding J♥A♠ and only 669,970 chips behind, he would make the call and perhaps enjoyed a fist pump or two having the good fortune of being well ahead of MVDC111's A♣9♥. T♠ on the turn and 2.1 million chips looking ripe for Bet-10's stack, until the 9♠ fell sending Bet-10 home short of the final table in 14th place ($2,774.00).
MVDC111 would strike again, this time while ahead taking out madalain while all-in preflop. madalain open shoved pocket eights and ran right into MVDC111's kings. After dodging an eight for five cards 2♥ 9♦ 6♣ A♦ 6♦ MVDC111's stack swelled to nearly seven million chips, good for the current chip lead as madalain took home $3,650.00 in 11th place.
Ever raised your hands in victory a little too soon? Ever think you had the winning hand and watch the chips slide across to the other side of the table? Watch Juancesan make a flush that he did not want below:
Flopped the pair to get ahead, flushed the unwanted flush as Juancesan's Jack-high flush is defeated by 5damage's Queen-high flush to take home $3,650.00 in tenth place and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: MVDC111 (4228526 in chips)
Seat 2: Pkr_b777 (4109756 in chips)
Seat 3: Goldenboys (1970255 in chips)
Seat 4: davianvalek (2255608 in chips)
Seat 5: Juliane (1131632 in chips)
Seat 6: KUDUZ (2056518 in chips)
Seat 7: Sasuke234 (4357440 in chips)
Seat 8: 5damage (5625601 in chips)
Seat 9: breckster79 (3464664 in chips)
Jack-Ace is not gold
14 hands into the final table as the blinds just moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K and Goldenboys with just 1.46 million found J♦A♠ in the hijack to shove for the blinds. Big slick was waiting in the small blind however, as KUDUZ made the call holding K♦A♦. The flop Q♦ 3♦ T♦ hit KUDUZ a little bit, with the nut flush Goldenboys was a looking for a 989:1 shot and running perfect cards. They did not come 9♥ Q♥ as Goldenboys finish was worth about 3oz. of the precious metal in ninth place ($4,672.00). Don't feel too bad for Goldenboys as the finish tonight pales in comparison to the SCOOP watch he acquired this year in Main Event-Medium that win was good for $365,386.88
Chips for the poor? Anyone? Chips for the poor?
Juliane was found sitting on the curb unable to pay the final table rent after losing several chips to Pkr_b777. With just 112,632 chips and the blinds hanging at 80K/160K ante 16K Juliane was basically all-in from the small blind after the nemesis Pkr_b777 came sniffing around for the rest of those chips. Two live cards 5♦6♦ for Juliane as Pkr_b777 flipped up 7♥A♣. After flopping two pair, this one was done by the turn Q♣ A♠ 7♦ K♠ K♥ as Juliane was tossed to the streets but the eighth place finish ($7,592.00) should be enough money to get through the night.
No break for the weary
Just past the tenth hour of play Davianvalek found big slick at the wrong time and got in the majority of a decent stack against MVDC111's pocket kings. An ace did not hit for the 7.4 million chip pot and Davianvalek was left with just 606,981 chips. On the very next hand with the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K Davianvalek would get those chips in preflop holding 4♣7♠ against Pkr_b777's 9♥K♣. King on the flop, and Davianvalek could not recover after catching a gutshot straight draw on the turn K♦ 5♥ 2♠ 8♣ 8♠ finishing in seventh place ($13,432.00).
Just two hands later Sasuke234 found a chance to open shove from the small blind with a very short stack of 856,424. 5damage had plenty of chips and 200K already in the pot deciding to make the call with an adventurous 8♦3♥. Sasuke234 held a more traditional hand K♥Q♠ for all-ins but the river frowned on the better hand as an eight T♦ 9♥ 5♠ 2♥ 8♣ would end Sasuke234's night in sixth place ($19,272.00). Which is a little better than the $9,600.00 Sasuke234 banked at the SCOOP Event #35-M
No deal = lost cash for 5damage
Players tried to hash out a deal five-handed but with two abstainers the card were toss back in the air. Not long after that would cost 5damage about $20K. With the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K 5damage led out from the cutoff for a min raise as Pkr_b777 wasted no time in shoving for 6.3 million. Back to 5damage holding Q♣K♠ and less chips, a call was the answer. Pkr_b777 was not bluffing turning over the better hand J♥A♥ and 8.1 million chips in the middle. Jack on the flop and an ace for a nail on the river 5♥ J♣ 8♠ 5♣ A♠ shipped Pkr_b777 the high pot for the chip lead and sent 5damage home with $25,112.00 in fifth place.
Pkr_b777 held the most chips and wanted more money due to that fact. The table relented and hashed out the deal below:
There's a feeling of utter dread after walking along enjoying perfect weather with a light breeze and *squish*. You don't want to look down to survey the damage but it is necessary. MVDC111 heard the *squish* too late after this hand below:
19.2 million in the middle preflop, pocket jacks J♠J♦ for MVDC111 and the massive aces for Pkr_b777 A♠A♥. Nothing to clean his shoe off with on the 8♠ 8♥ 3♠ 6♣ 4♦ board and MVDC111 gladly took away $57,123.41 in fourth place.
Good hands = easy game
Pkr_b777 got the maximum payoff on good hands and quickly found another one as the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K. Holding almost 20 million in chips which towered over the other two player's stacks, Pkr_b777 slyly put in a min raise from the button as breckster79 called from the big blind. 2♥Q♦6♦ on the flop and breckster79 checked as Pkr_b777 followed through with a 707,770 chip bet. breckster79 check-raised to 2.1 million as Pkr_b777 wasted no time shoving over the top. Holding top pair Q♣J♠ quickly made the call as Pkr_b777 was way ahead the whole time holding a couple of cowboys K♥K♦. 6♥ on the turn made the J♣ river especially cruel as the overpair became the better two pair and breckster79 will enjoy $46,160.24 in third place from the deal.
KUDUZ has neither a chip nor a chair
Watch below as KUDUZ started with a 2.09 million to 27.1 million deficit, got ground down to 1.07 million in four hands ending the tournament with the final board below:
Much like the chip difference the final hand would feature similar disparity. 5♠A♦ for Pkr_b777 and 5♥8♦ for KUDUZ. T♦ K♣ Q♠ A♠ 9♠ shot out as Pkr_b777 demanded more cash and got it winning the $10,000.00 left over from the deal bring this week's Sunday Warm-up champion's haul to $85,907.95!
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up results (07-10-11):
(* denotes part of four-way deal)
1. Pkr_b777 (Switzerland) *$85,907.95
2. KUDUZ (Slovenia) *$52,888.08
3. breckster79 (Finland) *$46,160.24
4. MVDC111 (Netherlands Antilles) *$57,123.41
5. 5damage (Latvia) $25,1112.00
6. Sasuke234 (Sweden) $19,272.00
7. davianvalek (Canada) $13,432.00
8. Juliane (Denmark) $7,592.00
9. Goldenboys (United Kingdom) $4,672.00