Live Cards equal Sunday Warm-up win for plz be live

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgSome nights the $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up final table is a close battle with extra thin value bets determining the winner. Other nights, like tonight, the players bust out their sledgehammers and go to work on the weak. After starting out with 10,000 chips and 4,075 other players signed up for the $215 buy-in tourney it was plz be live or maybe read "please believe",that received a big bankroll boost after taking home the entire first place check of $127,986.41

plz be live can thank the guarantee busting crowd in assembling the $815,200 prize pool that was divided among 585 players tonight.

PiMaster sliced up Manta_Rays to set up the final table by riding a suited big slick A♦K♦ to victory over Manta_Rays' A♠T♠ when the board ran out Q♦ A♥ 2♥ 8♥ 4♣ to set up the final nine below:


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Aftret was the one to watch tonight, having some past success in the Sunday Million with two final tables in the past year (see the PokerStars blog write ups here and here) and looking for first place after finishing 7th and 3rd in the Sunday Million in the past year.

Seat 1: cailloulefou (3109574 in chips)
Seat 2: Bojinator (5489418 in chips)
Seat 3: GAKingChaser (6126495 in chips)
Seat 4: Dago40 (7668711 in chips)
Seat 5: BenDana-1 (1973408 in chips)
Seat 6: PiMaster (4306153 in chips)
Seat 7: Aftret (1867182 in chips)
Seat 8: plz be live (3307510 in chips)
Seat 9: hugo1006 (6911549 in chips)

With the blinds starting at 65K/130K ante 13K hugo1006 would waste no time claiming the first big pot of the evening, calling down Bojinator on a board showing K♣ T♥ K♠ 7♠ 2♥ and was happy to find that second pair of tens 9♦ T♣ was more than enough for the 5.3 million chip pot.

Five hands later it was the aforementioned Aftret started the final table with the low end of the leaderboard but got a much needed double up after pushing all-in with big slick into the middle A♠K♥ while UTG and getting some action from Bojinator holding pocket tens T♣T♥. Slick would hit an ace on the flop and hold on the A♣ J♠ 2♦ Q♦ 4♠ for the 3.8 million chip pot sending Bojinator under one million chips. Bojinator would last for a few more hands but ultimately hand those remaining chips over to GAKingChaser when Bojinator's T♣K♠ couldn't suck out versus the T♠A♠ on the 9♣ 6♥ 8♦ 5♣ 9♥ board. After starting fourth chips, Bojinator would have to settle for ninth place and $6,521.61 tonight.

BenDana-1 called out for the PokerStars One Time Chip after getting low on chips with blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K finding T♣A♣ all-in preflop against the big slick of PiMaster A♦K♠. The A♠ 8♣ 7♦ gave both a pair of aces but the king kicker still ruled. 2♣ on the turn brought the flush draw, with filled up on the 5♣ river as BenDana-1 swept the much needed 2.7 million chip pot.

The blinds rose again to 100K/200K ante 20K as short stacked PiMaster took A♣8♦ in the cutoff for a raise to one million. Folded to hugo1006 who would 3-bet it putting PiMaster all-in in the big blind holding J♣K♠ and enough chips to gamble. PiMaster made the call and the brief preflop favorite got a rude J♥ K♥ 6♣ flop, and was drawing dead by the 2♣ turn. The A♥ on the river was too little, too late and sent my favorite geometrical symbol home with $10,190.01 in eighth place.

The very next hand cailloulefou would wrestle the chip lead away from hugo1006 after flopping trip tens as hugo1006 did not believe the three-bet after the flop and called to see pocket threes on the 6♥ T♥ T♣ were not going to cut it. No trey on the 8♣ turn nor K♦ river and the huge 13 million chip pot was shipped to cailloulefou as hugo1006 slipped to 4.3 million. Two hands later cailloulefou found another big pot to tangle in, this time with GAKingChaser. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K folded around, cailloulefou would raise to 500K from the button and GAKingChaser would give action with a three-bet to 1.225 million. The chip leader would make the call in position to see a mono-tone 2♥ 7♥ Q♥ flop. With a stop-and-go play, GAKingChaser tried pushing J♠4♥ for 3.4 million. But, cailloulefou held Q♠ K♠ good for top pair and just had to fade the flush draw. Two clubs later 3♣ and J♣, the 9.8 million chip pot flowed into cailloulefou's stack as GAKingChaser was chased from the table in seventh place ($18,342.01).

BenDana-1 would capture another short stacked double up courtesy of Aftret immediately after GAKingChaser's departure. Taking down a 4.7 million chip pot as the two were all-in preflop and BenDana-1's K♦Q♦ held up over Aftret's 9♥J♥ on the 8♣ 2♥ 6♦ 2♣ Q♠ board.

Eliminations would slow down for awhile as the blinds held steady at 100K/200K ante 20K when plz be live would take a 5.8 million chip pot from cailloulefou as plz be live's big slick A♠K♣ was very much alive against the J♦K♥ of the chip leader. cailloulefou didn't catch up on the T♠ 6♥ 3♦ 5♥ T♦ board and plz be live was back in action with the double up.

Three hands later with no change in the blinds, Dago40 and hugo1006 would push their similar stack into the middle preflop for a sizable 11.2 million chip pot. Watch the action play out below:

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Dago40's pocket sevens would hold against the Q♦A♣ of hugo1006 on the J♦ 9♣ 8♦ 4♣ 4♠ board as hurricane hugo was downgraded to a light spring rain shower exiting in sixth place ($26,494.01) as Dago40 was only looking up at cailloulefou in the chip counts.

After the blinds bumped up to 125K/250K ante 25K plz be live took the role of aggressor and pushed 549,775 into the middle from UTG. Folded around to Aftret who chose to call in the big blind to see the 3♦ 7♦ 5♠ flop. Aftret would check, prompting plz be live to bet out for 3/4th of a million. Aftret wasn't done with the hand and check-raised to two million. plz be live liked those pocket aces A♠A♦ enough to shove all-in as Aftret would call with T♦9♦. It was Aftret who was hoping to be live, and was until the 2♠ and T♠ came down on the board missing the flush draw and sending fifth place money ($34,646.01) to Aftret who adds yet another big finish in a PokerStars Sunday major.

Two hands later BenDana-1's run of getting low in the chip counts and doubling up would find its end. Down to 1.75 million chips and blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K BenDana-1 would push from the cutoff holding pocket sevens 7♠7♣. But, the other three table mates all held over 10 million chips, and one of them would make the call. Dago40 liked A♥8♦ enough to make the call in the big blind creating the 3.7 million chip pot. The flop 6♠ 6♣ K♠ was clean for BenDana-1, but the turned A♦ gave Dago40 a pair of aces which would fade the two sevens on the river 5♦, showing BenDana-1 where to pick up the fourth place cash of $46,874.01

Three-handed play was fairly even as the blinds notched up to the 150K/300K ante 30K level. cailloulefou took a near five million chip hit against plz be live when plz be live shoved out a 4.5 million chip bet on the river with the board showing Q♣ 2♣ 5♦ 3♣ Q♦ that cailloulefou couldn't answer as the former chip leader slipped to 8.4 million as plz be live enjoyed the big stack with over 18 million. That hand would set up the biggest hand of the tournament worth 17 million chips below as the same two online rounders would tangle:

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After both players liked the J♥J♣7♣ flop enough to shove all-in, it was the pocket eights 8♦8♣ of plz be live that were well ahead of the second pair of cailloulefou holding K♠7♠. The king nor seven would hit on the Q♠ turn nor 2♥ river as cailloulefou would have to settle for third place ($67,254.01) after a strong start to the final table.

The shallow blinds of 150K/300K ante 30K with our two final combatants both holding a wall of chips had all the makings for a long heads-up battle right?

Faster than eighth place PiMaster could count out Pi to the 10th place we had our Sunday Warm-up Champion.

In the third hand of heads up play with plz be live holding 29 million chips to Dago40's 11.6 million the two would trade bets preflop until all of their chips were in the middle creating a 23.3 million chip pot:

Dago40: 2♦2♥
plz be live: 4♥4♣

Already ahead with the higher pocket pair plz be live's dominating hand got a bigger bump on the K♥ A♣ 4♠ flop. Dago40's tournament live was down to a perfect-perfect situation and the 989:1 shot did not come in as the turned T♠ ended Dago40's tourney receiving nearly six figures ($95,378.41) as tonight's runner-up.

With the set of sailboats, plz be live casted off nearly ten hours ago to sail off into the sunset with an extra $127,986.41 as this week's Sunday Warm-up Champion!

Congrats to all of our winners tonight and be sure to check out PokerStars.TV tomorrow for the Sunday Warm-up wrap up show.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (08-16-09):
1. plz be live (Beavercreek) $127,986.41
2. Dago40 (Leipzig) $95.378.41
3. cailloulefou (limelette) $67,254.01
4. BenDana-1 (Muenchen) $46,874.01
5. Aftret (Trondheim) $34,646.01
6. hugo1006 (Häder) $26,494.01
7. GAKingChaser (watkinsville) $18,342.01
8. PiMaster (Glen Carbon) $10,190.01
9. Bojinator (Port Kembla) $6,521.61

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up