Big win for nik_hatzi in October 20 Women's Sunday
Sundays are big on PokerStars, especially with special events running like the Carnival of Tournaments this weekend. That brought about the Tourney Number 800 Million, which ran today for $109 and offered a $1 million guarantee. But with more than 21K players in action, the actual prize pool was over $2.1 million!
Women have special events every weekend for the rest of the year, with the opportunity to win $3,300 prize packages to the PS Women Live tournament at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Every weekend, there is a Weekly Final that offers a guaranteed prize package. This week's final attracted 19 players, with Kjersti "UwouldntKnow" Grini of Norway taking down the final prize and winning her way to the 2014 PCA.
Action runs through December 29, so there are many more chances for you to join her in the Bahamas!
Meanwhile, this was a big week for the Women's Sunday, with the $10K guarantee left behind for a bigger prize pool due to the sizeable field. Here are the final registration numbers:
Total players: 243
Prize pool: $12,150.00
Paid finishers: 36
There were two members of Team PokerStars in the lineup, each with a $50 bounty on their heads. Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome ran deep but eventually bowed out of the tournament in 83rd place, and Friend of PokerStars Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander was not far behind when she finished in 61st place.
It took nearly 3.5 hours to reduce the field to two tables but less than a half hour from that point to reach the final table bubble. It was then that RedKo888 pushed all-in UTG with K♥3♦, and panda_kls called from the big blind with A♥7♠. The board came J♦5♣4♠A♣7♦, and that was more than enough to eliminate RedKo888 in tenth place with $194.40.
Nik_hatzi has initial chip lead
When the final table got underway in Level 18, the players' chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: panda_kls (63,607 in chips)
Seat 2: zzomer (39,840 in chips)
Seat 3: watiswijs (99,339 in chips)
Seat 4: DaliaAllin (119,194 in chips)
Seat 5: nik_hatzi (142,251 in chips)
Seat 6: saris79 (70,860 in chips)
Seat 7: MyMilkCans=D (106,204 in chips)
Seat 8: Simbad 777 (66,255 in chips)
Seat 9: Herz.dame <3 (21,450 in chips)
It only took five hands for the action to heat up. The hand started with an early raise from saris79 and reraise from watiswijs from the small blind. Saris79 responded with an all-in move holding A♣Q♣, but watiswijs called with K♦K♣. Those kings held up to the 7♠T♥5♥J♠3♥ board, leaving saris79 out of the tournament in ninth place with $230.85.
Short-stacked zzomer woke up with K♣K♠ a few hands later and made her move. Simbad 777 called with Q♦Q♣, and it looked like a double-up opportunity for zzomer. But the flop came 3♣Q♥2♣ for the set of queens, and the Q♠ on the turn made quads. It's tough to argue with quads. Simbad777 left the action in eighth place with $303.75.
In short order, a hand developed that pitted new chip leader watiswijs against Herz.dame <3. the raised flop of K♦4♣2♠ prompted a bet from Herz.dame <3 and call from watiswijs. The 2♦ on the turn brought an all-in bet from Herz.dame <3 with A♥Q♥, but watiswijs called with 5♦5♠. The 3♠ on the river ended action for Herz.dame <3, who left with $425.25 for seventh place.
Soon after, DaliaAllin moved all-in UTG, and nik_hatzi called from the next seat. MyMilkCans=D reraised all-in from the next position, and panda_kls called all-in from the small blind. MyMilkCans=D covered both opponents in chips with A♣Q♣, while DaliaAllin was on the line with K♠J♦ and panda_kls with T♠T♥. The board came 5♠Q♦4♣9♥7♦, and the queens collected all of the chips. DaliaAllin, who finished fifth last week, took sixth this week for $546.75, and panda_kls departed in fifth place for $704.70.
A very long four-handed session took MyMilkCans=D from first place to the shortest of the four stacks. It was then that an initial UTG raise from nik_hatzi prompted MyMilkCans=D to move all-in with A♣6♣. Simbad 777 reraised all-in, and nik_hatzi folded out of the way. Simbad 777 showed A♠K♦, and the kicker played as the board revealed A♦9♦T♥4♠J♦. MyMilkCans=D was ousted in fourth place with $1,032.75.
During three-handed play, watiswijs scored a huge double through nik_hatzi in this hand:
But nik_hatzi slowly rebuilt her stack, and when Simbad 777 wanted to get involved, nik_hatzi was there. The two saw a reraised flop of T♥2♠3♥, at which point Simbad 777 moved all-in with J♥8♥ for the flush draw. Nik_hatzi called with K♣T♣ for top pair, and that only improved to two pair when the board completed with 9♦K♠. Simbad 777 exited in third place with $1,372.95.
Nearly even heads-up start
The two remaining players began their match with these stacks:
Seat 3: watiswijs (376,966 in chips)
Seat 5: nik_hatzi (352,034 in chips)
As play moved on, it looked like there was no stopping nik_hatzi. She took pot after pot and chipped up beyond the 500K mark, leaving watiswijs with less than 200K.
Watiswijs then pushed her stack all-in with A♣Q♥, and nik_hatzi quickly called with J♦J♠. The flop of K♠6♥J♣ made a set for nik_hatzi but gave watiswijs the straight draw. But neither the 5♦ turn card or 7♥ on the river made that straight. Watiswijs was eliminated in second place with $1,822.50.
Nik_hatzi of Greece won the tournament and $2,484.78 in cash. Congrats!
Women's Sunday Results for 10/20/13:
Prize pool: $12,150.00
Paid players: 36
1st place: nik_hatzi (Greece) $2,484.78
2nd place: watiswijs (Netherlands) $1,822.50
3rd place: Simbad 777 (Russia) $1,372.95
4th place: MyMilkCans=D (Estonia) $1,032.75
5th place: panda_kls (Lithuania) $704.70
6th place: DaliaAllin (Portugal) $546.75
7th place: Herz.dame <3 (Germany) $425.25
8th place: zzomer (Russia) $303.75
9th place: saris79 (Sweden) $230.85
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.