Sunday Warm-up: DaHusstla makes all the right moves in victory
While those of us at home wait patiently for the ESPN rebroadcast of yesterday's World Series of Poker Main Event final table, you could click a few links here at the PokerStarsBlog as the live crew traveled back to Vegas and chronicled shrinking the November nine from nine to two via this game of skill. The Penn and Teller Theater will be alive again tomorrow for the conclusion as PokerStars' sponsored Joe Cada will take his chip lead against the man who held the chip lead for four months, Darvin Moon.
Tonight however we have big poker action for those who followed the exploits of the November nine into the wee hours last night. The $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up started off at noon Central Standard Time with 4,578 runners signing over $215 for a shot at the $143,641.17 first place prize. Among those in the running late were a rarity at the PokerStars tables, someone holding six stars with a nifty black background like former Sunday Million winner tsifknits. The Supernova Elite was alive up to the final two tables but ran pocket threes into the pocket tens of jackson18249 and couldn't find any help from the board but took home $2,746.80 in 17th place.
A railbird asked how one makes it to the final table of the Sunday Majors while 2009 WCOOP final tablist DAVIDOXXX was all-in with A♠Q♦ against the pocket deuces of Falfaris 2♦2♣ and the board 2♥ K♣ 3♣ 2♠ 9♠ to give Falfaris four-of-a-kind.
Another commenter deadpanned after the hand "Get quads".
Tonight's bubble boy probably hoped for quads but would have settled for just a pair as BabyAS was all-in with 7♦A♥ against the A♦Q♦ of DaHussstla. The 3♦5♥ T♠ 3♣ J♠ missed both players but DaHussstla's queen kicker was enough to send BabyAS into the corner as the bubble boy in tenth place ($5,493.60) setting up the final table below:
Seat 1: lukro8 (3497262 in chips)
Seat 2: DaHussstla (5662939 in chips)
Seat 3: Falfaris (3210426 in chips)
Seat 4: Frank NoLuck (686588 in chips)
Seat 5: Slayer_pol (5418052 in chips)
Seat 6: jphilli (9357408 in chips)
Seat 7: Shippotamus (6981026 in chips)
Seat 8: jackson18249 (7588193 in chips)
Seat 9: Thrasymachus (3378106 in chips)
jphilli comes in as the chip leader this evening after making a tough call with 15 players remaining on a coordinated board with a set of nines against the push of Thrasymachus who held pocket queens and an open-ended straight draw. No outs arrived as jphilli starts off with the most chips and 65K/130K ante 13K blinds.
Seven hands in the short stacked Frank NoLuck found a lucky double-up with A♦J♣ finding an ace on the board against pocket queens Q♠Q♥ of Slayer_Pol for a 1.5 million chip pot to stay afloat. But, ten hands later Frank No Luck would find no improvement on that short stack and found those newly acquired chips in the middle pre-flop against Falfaris. After folding around to the small blind, Falfaris would shove a covering stack into the Frank NoLuck in the big blind. Needing to gamble after losing some of those chips in previous hands found in the double-up, Frank NoLuck would make the call for 690,176 total holding J♠8♠ and probably was surprised about being ahead of Falfaris' 6♠9♣. A flopped jack 7♥ A♠ J♥ gave Frank No Luck a big lead, the turned T♦ gave FalFaris outs that were not there before, and the river 8♣ snatched away Frank NoLuck's victory giving FalFaris the straight and sending Frank NoLuck home in ninth place ($7,324.80).
The very next hand a shift in the chip lead would take place as jackson18249 and chip leader jphilli would play an expensive game of chicken. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K jphilli would open from the button for 444,000 and jackson18249 re-popped for 1.28 million from the big blind as jphilli would make the call to see the 2♣ 8♣ 2♠ flop. jackson18249 would lead out for 1.48 million and jphilli made the call. K♥ on the turn and jackson18249 would slow down and check as jphilli tried a 1.75 million chip bet to take down the pot but jackson18249 came alive with a check-raise all-in for 5.75 million total. The bet was not answered and jackson18249 took down the huge 9.2 million chip pot as the hole cards will have to wait to be revealed tomorrow during the replay of the final table as shown in the PokerStars lobby.
After a quick five minute break, the players wasted no time getting back to business. On the very first hand after the break, with the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K, lukro8 decided to try to improve on a short stack by shoving for nearly 1.7 million chips from early position holding K♥T♥. But, Falfaris was looking for elimination number two and re-shoved from the cutoff with J♣A♦. lukro8 could only find two hearts and no kings or jacks on the 6♦ 4♥ Q♠ 3♣ 3♥ board as Falfaris sent home the Poland native home in eighth place ($11,445.00).
Thrasymachus (ok say that three times REALLY fast) would also find a need to improve on a short stack despite doubling up on the chip leader jackson18249 after jackson attempted a big stack bullying blind versus blind move with T♠2♠ and shoved into Thrasymachus found an ace A♥6♠ which improved to a straight and snagged a 3.8 million chip pot. Unfortunately that roll would not last as the blinds increased to 125K/250K ante 25K and Thrasymachus tried again to beat jackson18249, this time shoving from UTG for 2.7 million with K♣J♥ but jackson18249 was waiting in the big blind with plenty of chips and A♣Q♠ to make the call. A flopped queen was all it took, as character from Plato's dialogue couldn't find a king to catch up on the 4♣ Q♥ 2♠ 5♣ 9♠ board and the Greek philosopher was out to contemplate the meaning of finishing in seventh place ($20,601.00).
From here things sped up a bit as the blinds stayed at 125K/250K ante 25K as Falfaris and jphilli went to war preflop in the below hand with similar stacks for a 6.4 million chip pot:
jphilli's dominating J♣A♠ would hold up over Falfaris' A♦9♠ on the 7♣ J♥ T♥ K♠ 6♠ board to cripple Falfaris to just 488K in chips. Those scraps would double-up once, but seven hands later ended up in DaHussstla's stack, ending Falfaris' night in sixth place ($29,757.00).
The very next hand after Falfaris took leave from the table, the chip leader jackson18249 would three-bet jphilli who raised to 650K from UTG. The 1.65 million three-bet wasn't enough to detour jphilli, as the answer was a shove all-in for 4.7 million. jackson18249 holding pocket sevens 7♠7♣ and a sizable chip lead made the call. jphilli would be all-in for the coin flip holding a suited K♠Q♠ but the only broadway card that showed up for the party was a couple of jacks 5♣ J♠ 6♣ 9♦ J♦ as jackson18249's sevens held up and jphilli was gunned down in fifth place ($38,913.00).
Immediately following jphilli's elimination, jackson18249 broached the idea of a chip chop to the other players. With Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan standing by to take all orders, the players sporadically peppered some answers but gave nothing definitive as five hands would be played when Slayer_pol raised to 699,999 from small blind. The blinds holding at 150K/300K ante 30K, the awesomely named Shippotamus went for broke by shoving for 5.1 million holding A♣7♥. Slayer_pol not only covered but the Hannibal Lecter icon licked his lips maybe with fava beans and a nice chianti while holding pocket rockets A♠A♦ and made the easiest call in poker. Shippotamus would snag a seven on the flop but those chips in the middle would get devoured by Slayer_pol after the rest of the T♣ 8♣ 7♦ 4♠ 9♣ board fell awarding the 10 million chip pot to Slayer_pol. Shippotamus received $51,731.40 for fourth place as the remaining players cut right into the chopping business again.
This time RaiNKhaN crunched the numbers for our remaining trio and after a very brief negotiation they agreed to the chip chop numbers below:
$10,000.00 still awaiting our champion tonight as the game was turned back on with the blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K. The players would loosen up their preflop range with the big money off the table and jackson18249 took the first big hit as shown in the video below:
jackson18249's K♦J♦ would catch huge on the T♠ 5♦ Q♥ flop with an open-ended straight draw and live pair cards, but the 3♣ and 6♦ failed to overcome DaHussstla's ace-high A♠8♥. The biggest pot of the tournament awarded 21.2 million chips and the chip lead to DaHussstla.
Nine hands later it was Slayer_pol's turn to double-up, again off of jackson18249 who would three-bet Slayer_pol all-in with T♠8♠. Holding A♠J♣ Slayer_pol would make the call creating a 15.2 million chip pot. An eight should show up on the 5♠ 3♦ 8♥ flop and Slayer_pol was standing up ready to leave as the 7♦ failed to turn the tide, but the river A♥ again brought the money card and Slayer_pol stayed alive while massive chip leader jackson18249 would be knocked down to under 10 million chips for the first time since grabbing the chip lead early at the final table.
The river seemed to bring love to the person behind all night, the following hand was no exception as jackson18249 was all-in after the flop against Slayer_pol. Check out the river dropping in the video below:
Despite the set of flopped tens by Slayer_pol holding T♦T♣, the rivered broadway straight of jackson18249 holding K♦J♣ on the 2♠ T♥ Q♠ 7♣ A♥ board shipped 17 million chips to jackson18249 while crippling Slayer_pol to just 3.4 million chips and blinds going up to 200K/400K ante 40K.
Several hands of blind trading took place before Slayer_pol rattled off four preflop blind steals in a row before getting called. In the fifth hand Slayer_pol would push for 3.9 million from the small blind holding K♣T♣ and get called by jackson18249 with the dominating big slick K♥A♣. No surprises here as the board 2♥ A♦ J♥ 6♠ 6♣ failed to connect on the turn or river for Slayer_pol who finished with the chopped $94,781.77 in third place.
Considering the aggressiveness of the two players, this author was to believe heads-up play would take all of two or three hands. As they started out with the chip counts shown below:
Seat 2: DaHussstla (26677346 in chips)
Seat 8: jackson18249 (19102654 in chips)
I was off by 34 hands as the 37 hand battle saw little chip movement but ended with a bang. jackson18249 would lose about four million chips coming into the final hand shown below and looked good to double-up...
... but that river card just refused to cooperate tonight as yet another river reversal resulted in the extra $10,000.00 being sent to DaHussstla when the A♦J♠ he held hit the rivered ace to overcome the pocket nines 9♦9♠ of jackson18249 on the 3♥ 5♠ Q♣ Q♠ A♣ board to earn $103,868.28 and become this week's Sunday Warm-up champion!
jackson18249's chip lead during the chop talks allowed the runner-up tonight to walk home with $127,196.23
Be sure to check out all the action tonight as covered on Pokerstars.TV on Tuesday with commentary and hole cards revealed to see who was bluffing who out of those big preflop pots.
$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up (11-08-09)
(*denotes three-way chop)
1. DaHussstla (Hannover) $103.868.28
2. jackson18249 (Las Vegas) $127,196.23
3. Slayer_pol (Lucynów) $94,781.77
4. Shippotamus (Reutum) $51,731.40
5. jphilli (langley) $38,913.00
6. Falfaris (Wien) $29,757.00
7. Thrasymachus (Toronto) $20,601.00
8. lukro8 (Warszawa) $11,445.00
9. Frank NoLuck (Winona) $7,324.80