Sunday Warm-up: a$$ou makes more dollar signs in six figure win

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgAs the final table wound down to its conclusion after a ten hour battle and the New York Yankees dancing across their newly minted field securing their spot in the World Series it was time to put this week's $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up to bed as well. Ever creeping toward the mystical 5,000 player plateau, tonight saw 4,768 with $215 in their PokerStars accounts to gather a whopping $953,600.00 prize pool which would pay out 720 places. This author is still holding on to the possiblity of seeing the first $1 million prize pool in the Warm-up before the year is out.

On to the road to the six figure payouts tonight:

After heavy hitters like grebnrets86 (Final table Sunday Million August 2009 $18K, and two Sunday Warm-up final tables in March 2008 for $34K and $76K) and MCLegend (Runner-up Sunday Million February 2009 $127K and Runner-up 2008 WCOOP Event #26 for $84K) exited in 13th and 12th place respectively we crept closer to the final table.

On the bubble it was the very aggressive munchenHB getting a shorten 2.3 million chip stack while holding K♦A♥ into middle against big stacked a$$ou holding pocket fours 4♠4♥ thus started the roller-coaster board for both of them. First, munchenHB would hit a king on the 3♥ 3♣ K♠ flop to take the lead, but a$$ou would come right back to turn a boat 4♣. munchenHB couldn't find a king on the J♠ river and was out in 10th place ($5,673.93) as tonight's bubble boy.


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Seat 1: jasonbarton (4655579 in chips)
Seat 2: sdrltd55 (5067960 in chips)
Seat 3: WhiteRabbito (1653112 in chips)
Seat 4: sizzlinbetta (12515454 in chips)
Seat 5: dawod_swe (1262960 in chips)
Seat 6: POKER-OBIWAN (1588112 in chips)
Seat 7: a$$ou (11103247 in chips)
Seat 8: seppmann7 (3857688 in chips)
Seat 9: Catenaccio (5975888 in chips)

Two Team PokerStars Pros Tom McEvoy and Chris Moneymaker would welcome the final nine to the table this evening.

Final table play would start with 80K/160K ante 16K blinds and sizzlinbetta and bubble-buster a$$ou come in as the big stacks. Usually there's time to settle into the final table as the players get used to each other's betting habits before the explosion of action happens.

Not tonight.

Just nine hands into the final table we would send off our ninth place finisher. In middle position and under ten big blinds in the stack for POKER-OBIWAN fold or shove was the only two options. Pocket queens Q♦Q♠ are an above average hand as POKER-OBIWAN decided to test the waters by shoving all-in for 1.1 million in middle position. There was however a disturbance in the force to POKER-OBIWAN's immediate left named a$$ou who would raise and push out any other attempts to play holding pocket kings K♣K♥. No amount of jedi training would help here as the board ran out 3♣ 3♦ 6♥ T♠ 5♥ to send POKER-OBIWAN back to Tatoonie with ninth place money ($7,628.81).

Rest is for the weak we've heard and none of these players have rested much while battling for the past nine hours. Just two hands later WhiteRabbito would find Q♥A♥ and shove 1.3 million into the middle against chip leader sizzlinbetta's pocket fours 4♠4♥. After flopping trips, WhiteRabbito hold retain the lead by the river A♦ A♠ 9♥ J♠ 2♦ and score a three million chip pot to stay alive.

Another two hands later with the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K dawod_swe tried to improve on a small stack by three-betting all in on the button for 1.5 million chips over the top of Cantenaccio's UTG raise holding A♠Q♣. Again, like POKER-OBIWAN, dawod_swe was facing the pocket kings K♥K♦ of Cantenaccio. The kings would hold again on the J♠ 2♦ 9♠ J♦ 2♣ board as dawod_swe took an exit stage left in eighth place ($11,920.01).

Action, action, action, continued just eight hands after seeing off dawod_swe another all-in and call occurred. This time it was seppmann7 and WhiteRabbito trying to improve their stacks. Check out the video below for the results of the 5.5 million chip pot as both go all-in preflop:

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Pocket aces would spell seventh place ($21,456.01) for WhiteRabbito as A♦9♥ couldn't find a second nine against seppmann7's rockets on the 7♦ 6♣ 4♣ 9♠ Q♦ board.

Keeping with the fast playing trend of the final table tonight, just another six hands went by before the largest pot of the tourney went off. With blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K sdrltd55 would raise to 550K in early position as chip leader sizzlinbetta would three-bet in the cutoff to 1.44 million. sdrltd55 elected to call and see the T♠ K♣ A♥ broadway flop. sdrltd55 would check to the aggressor as sizzlinbetta would simply shove all-in covering sdrltd55's remaining three million chips. Holding K♠Q♠ sdrltd55 would make the call to see the dire straits the hand was in against the big slick A♠K♦ of sizzlinbetta. A queen on the turn Q♦ opened a few outs, but there was no jack to chop nor queen on the river 7♥ and sdrltd55 was out in sixth place ($30,992.01).

jasonbarton decided to join the party twelve hands after sdrltd55 bid adieu. With blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K and after a raise to 545,455 from a$$ou UTG, jasonbarton would three-bet shove for 2.1 million total holding pocket sevens 7♥7♠. Those killer kings K♦K♠ showed up yet again as a$$ou covered easily and made the call. The kings were never threatened on the T♥ Q♦ 6♠ 5♥ A♠ board as jasonbarton became the latest causality to pocket kings tonight, but takes home $40,528.01 in fifth place.


Tom McEvoy and the shinny WSOP Champions Trophy

Whew. As the players finally came up for air the remaining four asked the kind staff at PokerStars to look into the chop numbers shown below with the help of Team PokerStars pro Tom McEvoy:

sizzlinbetta: $118,283.99
a$$ou: $112,738.74
seppmann7: $81,054.08
Catenaccio: $70,739.67

A debate broke out about who's better than who and of course no one wins by arguing over the internet as the players got back down to business with no deal in place as the blinds were about to rise to 125K/250K ante 25K. All four would play thru the level with only a gentle flatting out of the chips occurring as a$$ou assumed the chip lead from sizzlinbetta as shown by the chip count starting the 150K/300K ante 30K level:

Seat 4: sizzlinbetta (13367510 in chips)
Seat 7: a$$ou (17884248 in chips)
Seat 8: seppmann7 (9620139 in chips)
Seat 9: Catenaccio (6808103 in chips)

Catenaccio would spike the first ten million chip pot of the tourney after getting a suited big slick K♣A♣ and nearly five million chips into the middle preflop against the chip leader a$$ou's K♦J♠. By the turned pair of jacks for a$$ou 7♠ 9♦ 8♣ J♣ it looked like Catenaccio would earn a pricey bad beat story. River cards are laid out for a reason, and this one contained a club Q♣ giving Catenaccio a river flush and the 10.2 million chip pot. With a further flattening of the chip counts the chop talks sparked again with the below figures given out for the player's consumption:

sizzlinbetta: $106,295.67
seppmann7: $99,006.45
a$$ou: $94,280.03
Cantenaccio: $83,234.32

No dice again and the cards were spun in motion for our four handed table. The final four would play thru the 150K/300K ante 30K level with no one leaving as sizzlinbetta and a$$ou started pulling away from seppmann7 and Catenaccio as the blinds rose to 200K/400K ante 40K.

a$$ou would take down three hands in-a-row, on the fourth hand we saw the second ten million chip pot play out between a$$ou and seppmann7:

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After completing in the small blind a$$ou waited for seppmann7 to pounce on the apparent weakness. seppmann7 would comply by pushing all-in from the big blind with A♥6♠ as a$$ou couldn't find the call button quick enough with pocket kings K♣K♠. As with all the elimination hands involving kings tonight they would hold with authority here K♥ Q♥ 7♣ K♦ 3♠ hitting quads by the turn and sending seppmann7 home with $53,878.41 in fourth place.

Talks of chopping never entered the picture three handed as sizzlinbetta and a$$ou shut down Cantenaccio to just one pot for the first ten hands of three-handed play. Finally Cantenaccio put together three wins in a row until finding pocket fours 4♠4♣ sitting on the button and shoving for 7.7 million chips. After sizzlinbetta folded, a$$ou woke up with a pocket pair as well. No, not kings but pocket sixes 6♦6♠ which were enough to call and the greater pocket pair would prevail again on the 5♥ A♦ 7♥ J♣ K♠ board as Cantenaccio earned $78,672.01 in third place.

Starting heads-up play, a$$ou's elimination of third and fourth place gave the chip leader a 32 million to 14 million chip lead over sizzlinbetta. Thanks to the lead of a$$ou, sizzlinbetta now looked for an opportunity to lock up some additional prize pool dollars as the two agreed upon the third attempt at a chip chop seen below:

a$$ou: $130,745.60
sizzlinbetta: $119,520.46

Leaving $10,000.00 on the table for the winner, this heads-up match would be over quickly. sizzlinbetta did manage a sizable 13.5 million chip pot, but a$$ou's chip lead was too strong winning seven of the eight heads-up hands including the tournament ending hand below:

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After completing on the button, a$$ou would call the 1.3 million chip raise from sizzlinbetta to see the 2♠ 9♣ 3♥ flop. sizzlinbetta would lead out for 1.6 million and be met with a raise to 4.8 million by a$$ou. sizzlinbetta would top that raise with a three-bet to 12 million. a$$ou put an end to the raises putting sizzlinbetta all-in with a four-bet to 19.2 million. Pot committed, sizzlinbetta would make the call with presto 5♦5♥ and see the bad news as a$$ou flopped top pair holding Q♣9♠. The A♣ turn opened up four more outs, but sizzlinbetta couldn't find any presto magic on the J♦ river and the 35.5 million chip pot was shipped to a$$ou. $119,520.46 was taken home by sizzlinbetta who's aggressive play took the big stack all the way to second place.

In the end it was the other starting big stack, a$$ou, that would ultimately walk away with the biggest prize, winning $140,745.60 as this week's Sunday Warm-up champion.

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$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (10-25-09)
(* denotes two-way chop)
1. a$$ou (HAMPSTEAD) *$140,745.60
2. sizzlinbetta (Little Egg Harbor) *$119,520.46
3. Catenaccio (Hamburg) $78,672.01
4. seppmann7 (Berlin) $53,878.41
5. jasonbarton (Liverpool) $40,528.01
6. sdrltd55 (sandbanks) $30,992.01
7. WhiteRabbito (Perth) $21,456.01
8. dawod_swe (Västerås) $11,920.01
9. POKER-OBIWAN (Edwards) $7,628.81

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up