Lovely win for lovely denny in March 31 Women's Sunday

The Women's Sunday is so strict about keeping the tournament for women only that the Easter Bunny wasn't even allowed to play. It was a tough call for PokerStars, but rules are rules. Sorry, Mr. Bunny.

This week, we were back to our regular $10K guarantee in the $55 Women's Sunday, and the bounty on Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome was back down to its usual $50. Those amounts of money are still great, but did you see the big deal that was our Women's Sunday Second Birthday last weekend? It was a wild one with 641 players and a prize pool of $32,050.99 that blew away the special $20K guarantee!

The entire weekend was fun, especially our special YouTube Hangout chat. The video is embedded in this summary post if you missed it.

And that brings us to today, and another solid turnout for the weekly Women's Sunday:

Total players: 251
Guarantee: $10,000.00
Prize pool: $12,550.00
Paid finishers: 36

The tournament took more than 2.5 hours to reach the money bubble, and at least 10 minutes of hand-for-hand play happened before the bubble burst. At that point, 2 fun shapes became the first player to cash for $94.12, and Team Online's talonchick wasn't far behind, exiting in 31st place for the same amount.

Approximately one hour later, the final table bubble was on tap, just after the 12th place elimination of two-time Women's Sunday winner luzzzy in 12th place and 2011 Women's Sunday winner Lizetta in 11th.

It didn't take long for RedKo888 to make a move with K♣K♦, and IL0veB0ndage was there with K♥T♥. But the board came J♣5♦9♥Q♣3♦ for the king-high straight, and RedKo888 was out in tenth place with $200.80.

Vasiria starts in top spot

The final table began in the last moments of Level 17, with blinds of 1,000/2,000 and a 200 ante, along with these players' chip counts:

Seat 1: KorTopPlayer (158,130 in chips)
Seat 2: preiin (73,199 in chips)
Seat 3: IL0veB0ndage (87,794 in chips)
Seat 4: irongirl899 (36,303 in chips)
Seat 5: PuTa(UA) (26,465 in chips)
Seat 6: lovely denny (49,515 in chips)
Seat 7: ju_lunina (47,640 in chips)
Seat 8: Vasiria (186,924 in chips)
Seat 9: backdoorrrr (87,030 in chips)

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Some big pots developed right from the start, including a double-up for PuTa(UA) through preiin. IL0veB0ndage then took a pot worth more than 100K from preiin.

Ju_lunina was one of the shorter stacks at the table and got involved in a raised flop with backdoorrrr. After the 8♠8♥5♠ was dealt, they both checked to receive the A♦ on the turn. A bet and call led to the J♦ on the river, at which point ju_lunina bet all-in for 23,440. Backdoorrrr called with A♣K♠ for two pair with the king kicker, and ju_lunina showed A♠Q♠ before departing in ninth place with $238.45.

Preiin then doubled through Vasiria to stay alive, and then PuTa(UA) and lovely denny each doubled through Vasiria to put her on a very short stack. Vasiria doubled through KorTopPlayer for a save, and then tripled through preiin and IL0veB0ndage to gain more momentum.

PuTa(UA) pushed all-in with nearly 70K holding A♦Q♥, but preiin called from the small blind with K♣K♥. The board only improved preiin's hand when it came K♦2♦5♦2♥Q♠ for the full house. PuTa(UA) was eliminated in eighth place with $313.75.

A short time later, irongirl899 took a chance for her short stack with Q♣Q♥, and initial raiser IL0veB0ndage called with A♣K♦. The flop of 4♥J♣K♠ gave IL0veB0ndage the advantage with top pair, and that held up to the 8♠ turn and T♠ river. Irongirl899 was gone in seventh place with $439.25.

KorTopPlayer and lovely denny then tangled to see a raised flop of 8♣K♦J♣. KorTopPlayer bet, and lovely denny reraised, which was met by a call from KorTopPlayer. The 5♠ appeared on the turn, and lovely denny pushed all-in. KorTopPlayer called all-in for 81,390 - her last chips - with A♦K♣. But top pair couldn't beat the K♠J♦ and two pair of lovely denny, and the 2♥ on the river changed nothing. KorTopPlayer exited in sixth place with $564.75.

Five-handed play went on for some time with Vasiria as the shortest of the stacks. Finally, Vasiria moved all-in with 5♥5♦, and backdoorrrr reraised to isolate, which worked, with A♦Q♠. The virtual dealer gave them 7♣6♦2♠Q♦J♥, and the queen on the river made the best pair, eliminating Vasiria in fifth place with $727.90.

As the final four tried to call the moderator to discuss a deal, play moved forward. IL0veB0ndage lost ground and finally pushed her 52,225 stack all-in with 7♥4♥ preflop, and backdoorrrr called with A♥T♥. The flop of A♣T♦6♠ gave backdoorrrr two pair, thought the 3♦ on the turn gave IL0veB0ndage a straight draw. But the A♠ on the river made a full house for backdoorrrr, eliminating IL0veB0ndage in fourth place with $1,066.75.

Lovely denny then doubled through backdoorrrr to jump into a solid second place on the leaderboard.

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And it was backdoorrrr who moved all-in soon after. The hand started with an UTG raise from backdoorrrr and all-in reraise from preiin. Backdoorrrr called all-in with K♠T♠, and preiin showed 7♥7♦ for the race. The board delivered 8♠2♦3♠8♣4♣ but did nothing to improve backdoorrrr's hand. That left backdoorrrr out in third place with $1,418.15.

Heads-up begins with preiin lead

The final two players began their match with these chip stacks:

Seat 2: preiin (500,360 in chips)
Seat 6: lovely denny (252,640 in chips)

Preiin started strong and took a pot worth 183,400 chips to extend her lead, but lovely denny scored a double-up that nearly evened the stacks:

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And lovely denny took it from there. Preiin didn't make it easy, but lovely denny wasn't ready to give up. And then the two battled in the last of many big hands. It started with a raised flop of 5♠8♠9♣. Lovely denny bet, and preiin called, with the same action taking place after the 3♠ on the turn. When the A♠ came on the river, lovely denny checked, and preiin pushed all-in for 231,220 more chips. Lovely denny called with K♦9♠ for the spade flush, while preiin showed only K♥5♥. Preiiin took second place and $1,882.50.

Lovely denny of Romania won the Women's Sunday and $2,566.58. Congrats!

Women's Sunday Results for 03/31/13:

1st place: lovely denny (Romania) - $2,566.58
2nd place: preiin (India) - $1,882.50
3rd place: backdoorrrr (Latvia) - $1,418.15
4th place: IL0veB0ndage (Thailand) - $1,066.75
5th place: Vasiria (Sweden) - $727.90
6th place: KorTopPlayer (South Korea) - $564.75
7th place: irongirl899 (Canada) - $439.25
8th place: PuTa(UA) (Ukraine) - $313.75
9th place: ju_lunina (Ukraine) - $238.45

There are many ways to get in on the Women's Sunday action. Take a look at the home page for information on daily satellites. And join us on Facebook for news and monthly freerolls, and Twitter for the latest information. See you next week!

Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.

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