Sunday Warm-up: Akustikus finds $90K in bankroll after win

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgThe celebrations from the beginning of the World Series of Poker's Main Event last week seemed to have left a bit of a hangover on the Sunday Majors. PokerStars $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up had to use a bit of that guaranteed money tonight as 2,990 players lined up their $215 buy-ins causing an overlay on this evening's tournament. It would take a little less than nine hours to chop up the last four spots in the money pool, but another 45 minutes to determine a winner. Let's see how we got there.

No choppy here

Down to five aside on two tables and the prized final table awaiting all but one, short-stacked ch0ppy tried to take the blinds down from the button by open shoving for 954,560 chips with blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K holding K♦Q♣. But, Fled was standing his ground with A♥9♦ in the small blind and made the call. Despite notching a king on river 3♥ 2♥ 8♥ T♠ K♥ ch0ppy would lose to Fled's nut flush and was tonight's bubble boy in tenth place ($4,687.50). Don't feel bad for ch0ppy as there's an Audi TT sitting his garage from taking down the $1 Million Turbo Takedown last year in July.


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Seat 1: OMGSHIPIT (2068737 in chips)
Seat 2: Mighty_L (1550824 in chips)
Seat 3: Mr_Lanne (1080336 in chips)
Seat 4: xAndorx (2228821 in chips)
Seat 5: Dang_Girl85 (3512018 in chips)
Seat 6: Fled (3624660 in chips)
Seat 7: SirSwish6 (4000767 in chips)
Seat 8: DONNAN123 (7910827 in chips)
Seat 9: Akustikus (3923010 in chips)

Just five hands into the final table, short stacked Mr_Lanne would use big slick to pass SirSwish6's A♠T♣ and take down a much needed double up as the blinds moved quickly to 50K/100K ante 10K.

The mighty have fallen

With just a little more than ten big blinds Mighty_L let out a roar from early position with a shove for 1.1 million chip holding pocket eights 8♥8♦. Around to the cutoff where Dang_Girl85 was awaiting with Q♥A♠, with a slightly larger stack Dang_Girl85 would make the call. Top two on the flop 9♣ A♦ Q♦ K♥ 9♥ was enough as Dang_Girl85 silenced Mighty_L in ninth place ($6,000.00).

Is it cold in here or is it just me?

Five hands later the blinds bumped up to 65K/130K ante 13K and Akustikus led off the betting with a raise to 390,000. Two doors to the left, Mr_Lanne was ready to mix it up again holding pocket queens Q♦Q♠ and shoved for a shade less than two million chips. Folded back around quickly to Akustikus who covered and held a cooler in the form of pocket kings K♥K♠, made the call. The two-outer would hit the flop 9♥ A♣ Q♥ for Mr_Lanne with a flopped set of queens. 3♥ and the 4.2 million chip pot looked good for Mr_Lanne but cruel justice came on the rivered K♣ giving Akustikus a set of kings and driving Mr_Lanne off the final table road in eighth place ($9,750.00).

One is not enough

We would take seven into the beginning of the 80K/160K ante 16K level but lose two players nearly back-to-back. First, watch below as xAndorx tries a little bluff after the flop against Akustikus.

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After a preflop raise and call, Akustikus would lead out for 480,000 after the Q♦6♠6♦ flop. Sensing weakness xAndorx bounced and shoved for 1.6 million holding T♦A♠. Having a sizable amount of chips already, Akustikus would make the call quickly after out-flopping xAndorx with Q♣T♣ good for top pair. Another queen on the river 9♥Q♥ and xAndorx took leave in seventh place ($17,250.00).


Just two hands later OMGSHIPIT would shove a small stack of 1.4 million from the button holding J♦T♥. Fled sitting in the big blind would take a few tickets to think about it but made the right call holding 5♣A♣. Fled would be rewarded by taking down the hand immediately after flopping the nut flush 3♣9♣2♣. The rest of the cards were moot as the 2.9 million chips headed into Fled stack, and OMGSHIPIT received $24,750.00 in sixth place. OMGSHIPIT received just a little less than he did two years ago at the Sunday Warm-up taking fifth place in that one for $30K.

Is everyone late for supper?

Just four hands after bidding OMGSHIPIT a good night SirSwish6's short-stack of 1.2 million would also find its way into the middle preflop holding K♥8♦ and hoping no one would wake up with a hand. DONNAN123 let the card lie, but Akustikus found a couple of jacks J♥J♣ and quickly made the call. A eight would flop 8♣ T♦ 4♣ but the five outs would not materialize on the 2♦ turn nor T♣ river and SirSwish6 was flushed out of the final table in fifth place ($32,250.00). This was Sirswish6's second run at the Sunday Warm-up final table, taking home 6th place last December for $29K.

Debating War and Peace would have been shorter

Our final four would play three quick hands and began to sit down for a very lengthy conversation of poker acumen and a love for rounded numbers. Back and forth the chop talks went until finally Akustikus and DONNAN123 shaved enough off their dollar amounts to come to the agreed to four-way chop below:

$80,000.00 Akustikus
$79,890.00 DONNAN123
$71,000 Fled
$70,000 Dang_Girl85

Flips for fours

We'll slip a little alliteration in there for the fireworks between Fled and Dang_Girl85 shortly after the tournament clock was unfrozen. Watch the ten million chip preflop flip between the two in the video below:

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The pocket fours 4♦4♠ for Fled flopped... oh I'll stop it now, managed to weave by all of the outs for Dang_Girl85's suited big slick on the J♦ 7♥ 3♠ 8♠ Q♥ board knocking Dang_Girl85's stack down to under a big blind. Depsite a couple of double ups, Dang_Girl85 would bust out to Akustikus' K♣J♣ outflopped her A♣Q♥ and Dang_Girl85 received $70,000.00 from the chop in fourth place.

One pip and we are down to two

Blinds moving up to 100K/200K ante 20K and DONNAN123 was slipping a bit to 5.5 million chips after holding a virtual lead with Akustikus during the chip chop talks. After Fled started the betting with a button raise to 445,666 chips, DONNAN123 would three-bet to 1.4 million. Akustikus got out of the way but Fled answered with a shove for 9.7 million. Holding Q♠A♣ DONNAN123 had a big decision with the rising blinds and decided to make the call. Fled was more than happy to turn over the dominating big slick A♦K♠ and more happy when the 11.4 million chips hit his stack after the 2♥ 8♦ 3♣ T♠ J♠ failed to produce a suckout. $79,890.00 for a little more than nine hours of work as DONNAN123 exited in third place.

Neck and neck

Fled holding 15.5 million to Akustikus' 14.3 million and blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K would give both players time to dance a bit before awarding the $10,000.00 left from the chop to tonight's champion. Akustikus would strike the first blow by value betting pocket tens on each street of the 4♠ K♠ 9♥ K♦ 5♥ board and claimed a 11.6 million chip pot when Fled mucked.

Two aces arrive, one is left standing

Down 6.8 million to 22.9 million and blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K Fled would make a move preflop with A♣8♥ by four-bet shoving from the button. Akustikus clearly covered and would make the call turning over the dominate A♥9♦. An all-low board 6♥ 3♠ 2♠ 3♥ 5♠ prevented a chop and pushed the final 13.8 million chip pot to this week's Sunday Warm-up champion Akustikus who added the $10K to take his winning total to $90,000.00!

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (07-11-10)
(* denotes part of four-way chop)
1. Akustikus (Luzern) *$90,000.00
2. Fled (la) *$71,000.00
3. DONNAN123 (WHITEHAVEN) *$79,890.00
4. Dang_Girl85 (Plano) *$70,000.00
5. SirSwish6 (Chicago) $32,250.00
6. OMGSHIPIT (Orlando) $24,750.00
7. xAndorx (Makeyevka) $17,250.00
8. Mr_Lanne (Stavanger) $9,750.00
9. Mighty_L (Brøndby Strand) $6,000.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up