Poker is easy, EZHOV wins $125,474 in Sunday Warm-up Victory

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgDespite the poker madness at the Amazon Room in Las Vegas right now nearly 4,000 players sat down with their $215 buy-in for the $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up tonight. If you do the hard math, no extra money was needed and a tidy $125,474.41 of the prize pool would go to our skillfully lucky champion tonight as 585 players made it into the money. Recent WSOP Champions Invitational winner Tom McEvoy hung out with the final table this evening.

VernonH clung to a short stack while on the bubble, making plays to stay in the game, but when the stack size finally got out of push-and-pray territory, a cooler swept the chips away. After VernonH 3-bet Mr Rolex's cutoff raise, Mr Rolex put VernonH to the test for those hard earned chips by pushing. VernonH would meet the push with a call holding K♥A♥ and see the domination of Mr Rolex's pocket kings K♠K♦ and despite some flush excitement on the flop, the 3♥ 9♦ 5♥ Q♦ K♣ board failed to produce the third necessary heart or an ace and we had our final table set below:


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Seat 1: mighty pair (3056938 in chips)
Seat 2: bdubs3737 (4902915 in chips)
Seat 3: maestroB (2780676 in chips)
Seat 4: jenone (7726774 in chips)
Seat 5: anenstef (2268622 in chips)
Seat 6: Mr Rolex (4961809 in chips)
Seat 7: EZHOV (7869907 in chips)
Seat 8: bdm1bdm1 (4482056 in chips)
Seat 9: Sarbahcom (1910303 in chips)

Chips were fairly spread out this evening at the final table with EZHOV and jenone enjoying the lead as we started the trek towards awarding $125,474.41 to one lucky player tonight with blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K.

All nine would survive the 65K/130K ante 13K blind level as EZHOV snagged back-to-back pots to increase the chip leading stack to over nine million chips as Sarbahcom and anenstef saw their stack dwindle down below ten big blinds.

But as the blinds increased to 80K/160K ante 16K in the hand before the break, Sarbahcom took a shot at the blinds from the small blind holding A♠3♥ by pushing for 866K. mighty pair holding the not-so-mighty-but-ahead pair of deuces 2♦2♣ made the call. Up to the turn mighty pair was leading 4♠ T♣ 4♥ 8♠, but the counterfeiting T♥ dropped on the river giving Sarbahcom the better kicker with two pair on the board, the 1.8 million chip pot, and mighty pair took a dive down to 812K chips.

Starting up the new blinds of 100K/200K ante 20K, bdubs3737 made a huge call with just a pair of sixes and jenone's ace high 1.4 million chip bluff on the river with the board showing 9♣ 4♦ 5♠ 9♦ K♦ was thwarted. 5.8 million chips found their way to bdubs3737's stack.

mighty pair would stick around for a couple more orbits finally deciding to gamble by open pushing T♠J♥ for 652K from the cutoff. Pocket queens Q♥ Q♦ are a mighty pair to hold and they happened to be in the hand of maestroB who made the call from the small blind. No love for the underdog here as the 9♦ 5♦ 6♦ A♠ 9♣ played out with the ladies holding up and mighty pair got a mighty sized payout of $6,393.61 for ninth place

The stylish Mr Rolex would make the same open-push play as mighty pair with T♠J♠ and a short-ish stack of 2.1 million with blinds bumped up to 125K/250K ante 25K. Once again the blinds held pocket queens Q♣Q♥, this time it was bdubs3737 as the benefactor. This hand was done by the turn A♣ 4♣ 2♦ 7♦ 2♣ as Mr Rolex will be able to add another fine time telling piece of wrist jewelry with the $9,990.01 won tonight in eighth place.

Seven hands later with the blinds still at 125K/250K ante 25K another short-stack made a move to improve their chip position with bad results. Watch below as Sarbahcom's pocket tens T♦T♠ receive some love at the river, but also improved the hand of maestroB.

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Sarbahcom's set of tens go down to maestroB's rivered straight to the king on the 6♦ 9♦ J♥ 2♣ T♥ and for staying alive with the short stack, Sarbahcom earned $17,982.01 in seventh place.

Losing most of a sizable stack to anenstef the hand before was no excuse, but to flop the world and lose made a painful exit even worse for bdm1bdm1. Holding just 517K in chips after missing the board with two overs and the nut flush draw in the previous hand against anenstef, bdm1bdm1 would push those chips and 7♦6♦ into the pot. In the cutoff maestroB would find big slick A♥K♦ and make the call. As mentioned bdm1bdm1 would flop big T♠ 8♥ 9♣ leaving maestroB needing running cards for a chop or win. The J♥ opened both of those possibilities, and the Q♣ was the gut-punch as maestroB hit the broadway straight sending bdm1bdm1 home with $25,974.01 in sixth place.

As the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K the previously quiet EZHOV found pocket kings enough to make some noise with as the starting final table chip leader had been chipped down to under four million chips. A call by maestroB holding
pocket tens T♦T♠ and no suckout, EZHOV collected the 8.7 million chip pot and got back into the game while pushing the resurgent maestroB to the back of the pack. A few orbits later maestroB would push the remaining stack of 1.6 million from the button with just 7♥4♥ hoping not to have to expose them. But, jenone had a stack and A♣7♣ to make the call out of the small blind. Flopped two pair for jenone on the board of A♠ 9♠ 7♠ 4♦ J♦ was enough for the 3.9 million chip pot and sent maestroB home with more than a song and dance in fifth place ($33,966.01).

At the break before blinds increased to 250K/500K ante 50K the table looked like this with the incredible run of anenstef from starting short stack to chip leader with four left:

1. anenstef (14,546,712 in chips)
2. EZHOV (9,351,920 in chips)
3. bdubs3737 (8,155,378 in chips)
4. jenone (7,905,990 in chips)

jenone continued to preach to a brick wall for a potential deal, only anenstef responded and for any deal at PokerStars all players must play nicely and agree to even look at the numbers.

Four hands later the only two wanting a deal butted heads and jenone walked away the better with a 14.6 million chip pot after anenstef's pocket deuces were counterfeited on the river and jenone's A♥9♣ ace-high played.

Nine hands later, anenstef's big chip lead was gone as were all of the chips. Attempting a blind steal from the small blind with T♥J♠ for 5.8 million chips found EZHOV calling and covering with Q♠A♦ in the big blind. As with the ten-jack all-in hands previously, this one also went down in flames as EZHOV would flop a pair of queens to beat anenstef's flopped pair of jacks on the J♥ Q♦ K♥ 8♣ 8♥ board to send anenstef off in fourth place ($45,954.01).

EZHOV would spike a double up at the expense of bdub3737 to the tune of 24 million chips when both would flop a pair of aces, but EZHOV's J♦A♠ jack kicker beat out bdubs3737's A♦5♦ on the T♦ 8♣ A♥ 9♣ K♦ board. Ten hands later the transfer of power was complete as the two would tangle again in the hand below for a 21 million chip pot and bdubs3737's tournament life at stake:

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The jacks would hold up for EZHOV as bdubs3737 improved on a SCOOP final table cash (read final table summary here) to the tune of $65,934.01 for third place.

EZHOV would start heads up play with the 3:1 chip advantage over jenone shown below:

Seat 4: jenone (10523960 in chips)
Seat 7: EZHOV (29436040 in chips)

With blinds at 300K/600K ante 60K the play was fast as on hand number 17 of heads up play, EZHOV and jenone would both find a flop K♦8♣8♦ to their liking and pushed the remainder of their chips in. Watch the 17 million chip hand play out below:

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Nasty cooler as jenone's 7♦8♠ was outkicked by EZHOV's J♦8♥ and awarded the runner-up check for $93,506.41 to jenone. Our Sunday Warm-up Champion started as the chip leader, hung around during the middle part of the final table, then leapt at the end to seize the $125,474.41 first prize.

Be sure to head to PokerStars.TV after reading this tomorrow for the Sunday Warm-up wrap-up show and for all your favorite Team PokerStars Pros out competing the World Series of Poker currently.

$750,000 Guarantee $215 Sunday Warm-up (06-07-09)
1. EZHOV (Тольятти) $125,474.41
2. jenone (Budapest) $93,506.41
3. bdubs3737 (St. Charles) $65,934.01
4. anenstef (Elewijt) $45,954.01
5. maestroB (Den Haag) $33,966.01
6. bdm1bdm1 (Paris) $25,974.01
7. Sarbahcom (Amsterdam) $17,982.01
8. Mr Rolex (Copenhagen) $9,990.01
9. mighty pair (Brookfield) $6,393.61

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up