The Babe Approves, Yankees31 Wins Sunday Warm-Up

The Sunday Warm-up keeps getting bigger and bigger as we welcomed 4,066 to this $750,000 guarantee prize pool tournament tonight. With a player funded $813,200.00, the champion will be walking away with six figures again tonight as 585 players took home at least $406.60.

Soren “Kongsgaard” Kongsgaard made yet another deep run in a big Sunday tournament. The previous Sunday Million winner won $1,463.76 in 38th place tonight. Other players were doing double duty like TwistedEcho, who just finished third in the monthly Battle of the Planets SnG promotion. He added another $1,463,76 for 40th place, to his $4,500.00 he won in third place just a few hours ago in the $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll.

They will not be gracing the final table tonight, but these nine did after a lengthy industrial strength bubble struggle ended when ClaudeX took down unlucky banda7381 when ClaudeX’s dominated A4o found a four-flush on the river versus banda7381’s ATo:


Seat 1: propell (6418140 in chips)
Seat 2: Gbgwrestler (3500886 in chips)
Seat 3: yaron1209 (974912 in chips)
Seat 4: moaninator (5452431 in chips)
Seat 5: Yankees31 (3634317 in chips)
Seat 6: Troels1 (1301149 in chips)
Seat 7: ClaudeX (13413780 in chips)
Seat 8: frost10000 (3500363 in chips)
Seat 9: Hallrmonky2 (2464022 in chips)

yaron1209 wasted no time in trying to get a necessary double-up with his short stack. Just four hands into the final table he pushed his remaining 794,912 into the middle from middle position with Qs-Js, folded to tournament chip leader ClaudeX who was responsible for bursting a very long bubble, he made the math call with 5s-6h in the big blind with the blinds at 100,000/200,000 ante 20,000. The math added up to a 1.8 million chip pot shipped to ClaudeX, as he flopped the nut straight on the board of 4c-8h-7d-Tc-Th and sent yaron1209 home in ninth place. But, for making the final table yaron1209 will enjoy an extra $6,993.52 in his PokerStars account.

Stealing is a necessary evil late in poker tournaments when the blinds get high, with luck you never have to show your cards. Unfortunately for Hallrmonky2 he only held 804,022 chips with the blinds at 125,000/250,000 ante 25,000 and found two live cards to steal with as he open shoved with 7d-Td from the cutoff. The button folded, but Gbgwrestler found a correct call with Kd-Jh and took home the two million chip pot when the board fell 3h-Qh-6h-5s-3d. For his eighth place efforts $10,165.00 will earn the monkey a new cage.

14 million chips.

About the amount chip leader ClaudeX held near the beginning of the final table. Some of those chips found their way into the middle during a three-way all-in between ClaudeX, Gbgwrestler, and moaninator.

moaninator’s 1.9 million chips went in preflop UTG as ClaudeX made the call from the cutoff and Gbgwrestler called from the big blind while the blinds were at 200,000/400,000 ante 40,000. After a flop of 7d-Tc-2d, Gbgwrestler checked and ClaudeX lead out for two million. A swift check-raise all-in came from Gbgwrestler for 4.07 million with ClaudeX making the call:

Gbgwrestler: Ad-Kd
ClaudeX: 6s-6d
moaninator: Ac-3d

The Td on the turn completed the flush for Gbgwrestler and no two outer on the river for ClaudeX as Gbgwrestler assumed the chip lead with that 14 million chip pot and moaninator was odd-man out in seventh place with $16,264.00 to show for his efforts.

frost10000 and Troels1 would find double ups to survive, but propell would not. With the blinds still at 200,000/400,000 ante 40,000 propell would shove his remaining 3.2 million into the pot from middle position with Ad-4d as Gbgwrestler on his immediate left would make the call with Js-Kh. The flop Ah-Qh-9c was a great one for propell as he took a big lead with a pair of aces, but the turn ended the night for propell as the Tc completed the gutshot straight draw leaving the shortest stack drawing dead. $24,396.00 in sixth place for propell’s run tonight will help with the bills for a while.

Harsh times fell upon ClaudeX after tripling up Gbgwrestler and doubling up frost10000. Short-stacked, ClaudeX called the all-in cutoff push of Yankees31 with Ad-9d for his last 2.6 million. Yankees31 had him covered by one million and flipped up red pocket deuces. Hard times became lost times as the board Kd-Jc-5c-Js-8c showed only one diamond and no aces, no nines, and ClaudeX was no more. $32,528 for fifth place should help out with any disappointment he may have from going from chip leader to fifth in short order.

Yankees31 continued his aggressive game after doubling up with aces against frost10000. While four handed he open shoved from the button for his 14 million chip stack and Troels1 who previously was quiet, woke up with a snap call in the small blind for his remaining 4.8 million with Kc-Ac. Yankees31 found himself caught with his hand in the cookie jar with Ks-5s. The flop was a Troels1-safe 3h-8c-6d, but the 5d on the turn leaned the 10.5 million chip pot heavily in Yankees31’s favor. The 2s on the river sent our fourth place finisher, Troels1, home with a $40,660.00 bad beat story.

When it’s your night, everything is going to go your way no matter the cards and percentages say. Yankees31 had to be feeling this way as he shoved again from the big blind after facing a 3.5 million chip raise from Gbgwrestler sitting in the small blind. Snap call from Gbgwrestler was justified from his red pocket kings as Yankees31 got caught again with As-3s. The 25 million chip pot would give the winner command of the tournament with the blinds at a hefty 250,000/500,000 ante 50,000. The flop Qd-4h-6h provided nothing, but the 5c on the turn opened up 11 outs and Gbgwrestler could do nothing but think of what could have been after the Ac splashed the river giving Yankees31 the win. He couldn’t grapple the luck of Yankees31, but Gbgwrestler did go home with $48,792.00 in third place.

Going into heads-up play this is how the chips were spread out:

frost10000: 7,019,544
Yankees31: 33,640,456

Immediately frost10000 would strike blood with a double up when Yankees31 again shoved from the button with 5d-4d. frost10000’s Ad-4h would hold up on the board of 8d-Jc-8c-Ac-Js to flatten out the chips a bit to 14 million for frost10000 and 26 million for Yankees31. But six hands later, the final lucky drop for Yankees31 would happen. Starting the hand 7.8 million to 30.9, frost10000 found himself behind the very aggressive Yankees31. frost1000 raised from the button to 1.25 million and was met by another shove by Yankees31 which he called creating an 18.3 million chip pot.

frost10000: As-Td
Yankees31: Ad-2h

But, this was Yankees31’s night as proven when the board flopped a four-flush Ah-9h-8h in Yankees31’s favor. The 6s did nothing, the dagger 3h came down to complete the run for the Bronx Bomber fan as his flush sent the final man back to the clubhouse. For his runner-up efforts frost10000 received $73,188.00 and Yankees31 might be able to afford a new Yankees Stadium skybox with his $105,716 winner’s share!

Here’s the final tally:

Sunday Warm-up Results: 11-30-08
1. Yankees31 $105,716.00
2. frost10000 $73,188.00
3. Gbgwrestler $48,792.00
4. Troels1 $40,660.00
5. ClaudeX $32,528.00
6. propell $24,396.00
7. moaninator $16,264.00
8. Hallrmonky2 $10,165.00
9. yaron1209 $6,993.52

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up