Sunday Warm-up: Ansgar2000 finishes the job this time, wins $136K

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgState Fairs are around the corner, Target is announcing Back-To-School specials in the Sunday newspaper ads, and the Premiership and NFL return to our television sets. But, something else comes with the fall colors and does not require a rake and 30 gallon garbage bags. The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is coming to an internet connection near you with Event #1 on September 5th a six-max tourney with a $1.25 million guarantee. // With the WCOOP in just three weeks, players are packing into the Sunday Majors like tonight's $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up hoping a big win like the $136,079.62 first prize tonight. 4,337 players bought in for $215, thus crushing the guarantee and created a $867,400.00 prize pool.

Team PokerStars pros Tae Joon Noh ($494.41 260th place), Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart ($442.37 312th place), Steve Paul ($442.37 316th place), Alvaro "VARICO" Ballesteros ($355.63 418th place) were among the 630 players who cashed tonight. Bijgaart and Ballesteros enjoyed cashing in the Sunday Warm-up for the second consecutive week but were unable to move on to the final table.

No extra cheddar for GrimeRat420

GrimeRat420 was the chip leader with 25 players remaining but could not hold to those chips. With the final table bubble at hand and blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K, GrimeRat420 tried a shove for 3.6 million from the button holding A♦8♠ but one of the blinds was not going away. justpartime6 called and covered GrimeRat420's bet while holding A♣Q♣. Both would flop two pair, but justpartime6's aces over queens 8♣ Q♦ A♥ 3♠ T♣ was the winner for the 7.6 million chip pot and set up the final table below:


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Seat 1: hierki (2081976 in chips)
Seat 2: kittevajen (6252146 in chips)
Seat 3: Shamus888 (2360158 in chips)
Seat 4: Al K. Holick (4274727 in chips)
Seat 5: Ansgar2000 (3754177 in chips)
Seat 6: Ramux (6854104 in chips)
Seat 7: justpartime6 (10525990 in chips)
Seat 8: EndlessJ (2366743 in chips)
Seat 9: bigfr0g (4899979 in chips)

The blinds would jump quickly to 125K/250K ante 25K as fast play was needed with the blinds crunching down on our final nine as evidenced by two all-ins and calls in the first ten hands. No eliminations though as Al K. Holick and bigfr0g managed to double up.

Endless refills only allowed at McDonald's and rebuy tourneys

The blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K in what was the longest we have seen for the first elimination at the Sunday Warm-up final table. Played folded to EndlessJ in the hijack holding Q♦9♦ and just 1.8 million in chips and those went into the middle trying to snag the blinds. bigfr0g in the cutoff however had other plans holding pocket aces A♥A♦ and made the call. The board spit out J♠ 6♥ 7♦ 2♥ 8♦ and EndlessJ's bottomless cup finally ran dry in ninth place ($6,939.20).

Yes sir I'll have another

Four hands later kittevajen tried limping in from early position as Shamus888 had other plans and shoved for 3.7 million. Not done with the action yet, Al K. Holick covered Shamus888 and also shoved. Folded back to kittevajen who also folded as Shamus888 turned up J♥K♠ and Al K. Holick found pocket rockets A♣A♦. Shamus888 would give some sweat with an open ended straight draw on the river, but missed 2♣ 8♣ Q♦ T♦ 7♠ to finish in eighth place ($10,842.50).

Time to punch out on the job

After coming into the final table as the chip leader justparttime6 was whittled down to just 1.6 million as the 150K/300K ante 30K blind level claimed another chair. After open shoving for his stack, justpartime6 watched kittevajen make the call in the big blind holding A♣7♣. Holding 7♦T♦ justpartime6 was dominated but nailed a ten on the flop T♥ J♥ 3♣. But, the broadway cards kept coming, Q♠ on the turn and a K♣ on the river shipped a straight and 3.5 million chips to kittevajen as justpartime6's final table experience was cut short in seventh place ($19,516.50).

Last Call

Al K. Holick would lose a near 12 million chip preflop coin flip against Ansgar2000 as his Q♠A♠ could not catch up to pocket nines. Then on the very next hand another 12 million chip hand between the two played out. Watch the results below:

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No flip this time as Ansgar2000 claimed the rest of Al K. Holick's chips with pocket queens Q♠Q♣ besting A♦J♦ as all the chips went in preflop and moved into Ansgar2000's stack after a 5♠ 2♠ 2♥ K♠ 7♥ board. For Al K. Holick $28,190.50 in sixth place should manage to cover his bar tab for awhile.

At the hourly five minute break here's how our final five shaped up with Ansgar2000 claiming a big lead and coming back to 200K/400K ante 40K blinds:

Ansgar2000 19,021,695
Ramux 14,681,780
bigfr0g 5,664,664
hierki 2,701,616
kittevajen 1,300,245

Nine lives all used up

After doubling up shortly after the break and blinds rising to 250K/500K ante 50K we had a three-way all-in with kittevajen and hierki both all-in preflop for their tournament life and Ramux covering both players. Watch the hand play out below:

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hierki 6♣6♥
kittevajen A♥J♣
Ramux A♦5♦

The board 2♦ 2♠ Q♣ 3♦ T♠ spilled out blanks for everyone as both pots slid 5.7 million chips to hierki as kittevajen's night came to a close in fifth place ($36,864.50).

Rammed out in fourth place

Seven hands later Ansgar2000 put Ramux to the test by shoving a massive stack from the small blind into Ramux's big blind. Holding A♦T♠ Ramux would make the call for the rest of his chips creating a 11.1 million chip pot. Ansgar2000 was not throwing around chips air however and turned over K♠Q♠. The flop 7♣ 2♠ 9♦ was safe for Ramux to put a slight dent into Ansgar's stack but the K♣ on the turn was all Ansgar2000 needed as the T♦ paired Ramux but was not enough to stay in the game. Ramux took leave with $49,008.10 in fourth place.

Short stack war

The blinds held at 250K/500K ante 50K as just four hand after Ramux took leave from the table, a rejuvenated hierki and bigfr0g would take their chips in preflop watch them battle it out preflop below:

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bigfr0g's leap from the small blind found him in deep water as hierki called and turned up pocket jacks J♥J♠. bigfr0g was not out of it holding Q♠T♦ but could not find a queen on the all low 3♣ 6♦ 8♦ 5♥ 4♠ board and was done in third place ($71,560.50).

hierki vs. Ansgar2000 for $136,079.62

hierki's short stack ninja work holding just under seven big blinds at the break rolled up to a date heads-up with Ansgar2000. Ansgar2000 still head a sizable 33.5 million to 9.8 million chip lead but hierki's was on a roll and looking to move on to a win.

Deuces never loses, right?

Nine hands into heads-up play with Ansgar2000 stretching the lead to 35.2 vs. 8.1 million, hierki tried to shove with pocket deuces 2♣2♦ from the button and got a snap call from Ansgar2000 holding pocket queens Q♠Q♦. The deuces failed to find a third on the A♣ 8♣ 3♦ T♦ T♥ board and hierki took a short stack with five remaining to a six-figure payday as the runner-up ($101,052.10). Ansgar2000 rode the big stack after knocking out Al K. Holick all the way to this week's Sunday Warm-up victory and $136,079.62 for the win. This was not Ansgar2000 first brush with big money in this tournament, back in March he would take the second biggest piece of the chop and fourth place for $86K in March.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (08-15-10)

1. Ansgar2000 (Bielefeld) $136,079.62
2. hierki (junglinster) $101,052.10
3. bigfr0g (Wallisellen) $71,560.50
4. Ramux (la concha de la lora) $49,008.10
5. kittevajen (Stockholm) $36,864.50
6. Al K. Holick (--) $28,190.50
7. justpartime6 (chicago) $19,516.50
8. Shamus888 (Bath) $10,842.50
9. EndlessJ (Raleigh) $6,939.20

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up