Sunday Warm-up: lbkslim gets big with $135K victory

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgThe WSOPE wrapped up after Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu narrowly missed adding another bracelet to his collection in the WSOPE Main Event getting to heads up play against Barry Shulman and came one card away from victory. Currently the PokerStarsBlog team is covering another London-based event with the EPT Season Six London Main Event as they have bagged up for day two with 111 players coming back tomorrow to continue playing for the £850,000 first place prize.

With all the high rolling action in London enough PokerStars players were still near a computer to crush tonight's Sunday Warm-up $750,000 Guarantee. 4,329 players strung together $215 a piece to create a $865,800.00 prize pool with $135,826.71 of that going to tonight's champion.

After a little more than nine hours of play and some lengthy bubble sweat, our final table was set by DM the best. Playing five-handed with blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K, DM the best would open from UTG for 480K and it folded around to rAdve in the small blind who would push for 2.1 million with pocket tens T♥T♠. DM the best covered and made the call with the dominating pocket jacks J♥J♠. 8♣ 3♦ Q♣ 4♠ A♣ spilled onto the virtual felt and rAdve dripped away as tonight's bubble boy in tenth place ($5,194.81) setting the final table shown below:


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Seat 1: ugritaly (2671998 in chips)
Seat 2: lbkslim (4573212 in chips)
Seat 3: thegwtg (2990808 in chips)
Seat 4: slyfox151 (3395010 in chips)
Seat 5: exposabre (7241547 in chips)
Seat 6: Shhh00kem (5860221 in chips)
Seat 7: pleasepick (5433313 in chips)
Seat 8: DM the best (6268253 in chips)
Seat 9: Poiser (4855638 in chips)

No overwhelming chip leader coming into the final nine tonight as exposabre shows up the biggest stack, with blinds quickly going up to 100K/200K ante 20K play would come fast. As shown by the sixth hand of the final table when lbkslim started the hand with a middle position raise to 435,000 and was challenged by a three-bet all in from thegwtg for 2.6 million total on lbkslim's immediate left. Folded back around the lbkslim who would cover and make the call holding pocket queens Q♣Q♦ which held the lead over thegwtg's J♦K♥. thegwtg would flop a pair of jacks and turn a gutshot (of which lbkslim held two little ladies) but couldn't pull off the upset on the J♥ T♦ 5♦ A♥ 8♦ board. thegwtg's final table lasted six hands but earned $6,926.41 in ninth place for those hands.

With the blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K ugritaly would pick up a much needed double up at the hands of DM the best who's pocket queens Q♣Q♠ were not the best against the J♥A♣ of ugritaly. Both players got their money in preflop, but ugritaly would catch an ace on the flop, and hold on the T♣ 3♦ A♠ 9♦ 3♠ board for the 4.5 million chip pot.

One hand before the blinds rolled up to 125K/250K ante 25K, ugritaly and Poiser would tangle preflop for a 7.9 million chip pot with near even stacks. Watch the hand play out below:

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The suck and re-suck as Poiser's flopped pair of tens holding A♠T♦ looked to be the winner until ugritaly's Q♣A♣ caught back up on the river 8♥ T♠ J♣ 2♦ K♣ by hitting the gutshot broadway straight and sending Poiser down to under 100K in chips. Those chips would be taken by lbkslim two hands later as Poiser was sent off the stage in eighth place ($10,822.51).

ugritaly wasn't done yet as four hands later slyfox151 would try to sneak past the big stack. Blinds held steady at 125K/250K ante 25K as ugritaly made a three times the big blind raise from middle position and slyfox151 came over the top, shoving for 2.5 million with big slick K♦A♣ from the button. The blinds took a chance to watch the late night NFL game as ugritaly called with pocket queens Q♠Q♣. ugritaly would have to fade a diamond draw with two overs on the river of the 7♦ 4♣ 5♦ T♦ 7♠ board but the 5.5 million chip pot would ship to ugritaly's stack in the end. slyfox151 was hoping for a repeat performance of a Sunday Warm-up victory last year (read the PokerStars Blog final table report here), but came up short in seventh place ($19,480.51).

With six left and the break signaling a raise of the blinds to 150K/300K ante 30K four players agree to look at some chop numbers in the first chatter of the entire final table. Two abstained from such talks so play resumed, with one of the short stacks, DM the best, finding a touch of luck on the river against ugritaly holding Q♠5♦ and pushing all-in preflop in a blind versus blind battle. ugritaly held a sizable hand in the big blind and called with big slick K♣A♥. Just when it looked like we were going to announce our fifth place finisher DM the best struck gold on the 3♣ 6♦ 9♥ 6♣ Q♥ river for the 5.8 million chip pot.

Shortly after ugritaly unwillingly gave Shhh00kem a double-up, the remaining two players from the previously aborted chop talks spoke up as Team PokerStars Pro Steve Paul-Ambrose went behind the magic curtains to gather the potential chop numbers.

ibkslim $88,332
exposabre $80,596
Shh00kem $77,079
pleasepick $68,770
DM the best $59,571
ugritaly $37,622

But, exposabre put the sword to the deal and said no dice as the cards went back up in the air. Immediately, exposabre would double up the short stacked ugritaly as A♠Q♣ held over the J♠A♥ of exposabre for a 3.9 million chip pot giving ugritaly tournament life again. Pleas for a deal continued to pour in, but exposabre held fast to the "no deal" stance by staying out of the chat box as the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K. At this point only lbkslim had over 25 big blinds as the chips were still relatively spread out:

Seat 1: ugritaly (5417220 in chips)
Seat 2: lbkslim (10552218 in chips)
Seat 5: exposabre (7367272 in chips)
Seat 6: Shhh00kem (9102467 in chips)
Seat 7: pleasepick (6634313 in chips)
Seat 8: DM the best (4216510 in chips)

DM the best was knocked down to 3.8 million but after three-betting Shhh00kem all-in with pocket nines 9♠9♦ and having those nines hold against Shhh00kem's pocket ducks 2♠2♣ on a 7♣ J♥ 4♣ 8♣ K♥ board DM the best was back in business with the 8.5 million chip pot as Shhh00kem as knocked down to 2.6 million. Not to lie down for dead, Shhh00kem would double up five hands later holding A♥7♥ and catching an ace on the flop against pleasepick's pocket jacks J♦J♠ and gathering 4.5 million into the panda's stack.

Those newly acquired chips wouldn't last long as Shhh00kem shoved from the cutoff six hands later with A♣3♣ and got looked up by similarly stacked ugritaly in the big blind holding pocket sixes 6♣6♥. A flopped set of the sixes was needed as it rendered Shhh00kem's rivered pair of aces moot on the 6♦ 5♠ 7♥ J♦ A♦ board. Shhh00kem rattled $28,138.51 out of the prize pool in sixth place.

Again whispers of an attempted deal were shot thru the chat box as the blinds bumped to 250K/500K ante 50K but exposabre still remained silent but offered a "gg" to our tough luck fifth place finisher. Watch pleasepick and DM the best knot up in a preflop all-in blind versus blind battle:

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Oof. The bottom two cards in the deck 2♥3♣ made a rivered wheel on the 5♦ Q♦ A♣ 8♣ 4♥ board for pleasepick as DM the best was in excellent shape to double up holding T♥A♠ after flopping the pair of aces. The brutal beat would have to be salved with $36,796.51 in fifth place prize money for DM the best.

With the huge blinds and short stacks play continued with no post flop play as a raise or three-bet shove took the pot. Eventually two decent hands would collide and those hands belonged to lbkslim and exposabre. With blinds still at 250K/500K ante 50K exposabre's tournament life was on the line holding A♣J♠ and looking at the wrong end of the sword as lbkslim's pocket kings K♥K♦ were more than enough on the 5♥ 5♣ 7♦ J♣ 3♣ board. lbkslim collected the 16 million chip pot and exposabre collected the prize pool posted amount for the fourth place finisher ($48,917.71).

The blinds would move up to 300K/600K ante 60K and the number of players would move down from three to two. With the first sight of post flop play, ugritaly would call the three bet coming from ibkslim as the two would check out the 9♦ 9♣ 6♠ flop before getting their chips into the middle. ugritaly would lead out for 4.2 million and call the 9.8 million chip shove by ibkslim while slightly covering to be shown the bad news. Even though ugritaly's pocket eights 8♠8♣ dominated preflop, they were crushed after ibkslim flopped a boat with pocket sixes 6♣6♦ . The eights would never catch up on the 5♦ turn or K♠ river as ibkslim would collect the 27.8 million chip pot.

Left with under three big blinds, ugritaly would push A♦6♥ on the very next hand and ibkslim was right there to call with A♣7♥. Both would flop a pair but ibkslim's was one pip higher on the 6♠ 7♦ 2♦ 3♥ Q♠ board to send ugritaly out in third place ($71,428.51).

Heads-up play would start out like this:

Seat 2: lbkslim (29888624 in chips)
Seat 7: pleasepick (13401376 in chips)

The lead plus huge blinds favored lbkslim as the chip leader would only lose one out of eight heads-up hands en route to tonight's Sunday Warm-up victory. After a brief system break and the chat box unnaturally quiet of chop talks the two would get all their chips into the middle for the coin flip below:

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ibkslim's sailboats 4♦4♥ would drift off with the $135,826.71 in first place money, defeating the A♥8♣ of pleasepick on the tournament's final board of 5♣ K♦ 3♦ 3♠ 2♣.

For the runner-up a consolation prize was selected just for pleasepick in the sum of $100,865.71 ending the 11 hour battle at the Sunday Warm-up.

Congrats to all of our winners this evening, be sure to check out PokerStars.TV for all the EPT London updates and video replay with commentary and hole cards of the Sunday Warm-up and Sunday Million.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up (10-04-09)
1. lbkslim (lubbock) $135,826.71
2. pleasepick (Vienna) $100,865.71
3. ugritaly (perth) $71,428.51
4. exposabre (toronto) $48,917.71
5. DM the best (Cherepovec) $36,796.51
6. Shhh00kem (Brooklyn) $28,138.51
7. slyfox151 (Netherlands) $19,480.51
8. Poiser (Assen) $10,822.51
9. thegwtg (Immenstaad) $6,926.41

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up