Sunday Warm-up: atcasanova lets cards do the talking in $146K win

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgWith the successful opening of the North American Poker Tour last weekend at The Venetian players are back behind their computers for today's $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. 4,809 players remembered their logon IDs and ponyed up the $215 buy-in for a shot at the $961,800.00 prize pool. Nearly broaching a million dollars once again today, $150,456.75 was set aside for the soon-to-be-named winner this evening.


What Jose Barbero looks like while not behind a computer

Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero hot off his $279,330 victory in the LAPT Punta del Este wasted no time signing up tonight, but fell well short of the 720 places paid in 1932th place. However, Team PokerStars German Pro Ben Kang (601st Place $327.01), Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (534th place $346.24) and Florian Langmann (540th place $346.24) did manage to finish in the money.

After a long stall with two full tables remaining, the action picked up in the 80K/160K ante 16K level as players fell like beer cans during happy hour to reach hand-for-hand play to see who would be excluded from those potential six figure payouts at the final table after nearly nine hours of play. And that player was atito100 who's shortstack of 387,152 chips open shoved with pocket fours 4♠4♣ from the small blind just as the blinds went up to 100K/200K ante 20K and was called by hg18l7 in the big blind with pocket tens T♦T♠. Those tens were safe on the high A♣ A♥ Q♥ 7♣ K♣ board as atito100 would not be receiving a 100K prize tonight but rather $5,722.71 in tenth place.

With atito100's elimination that set up Team PokerStars Pro Steve Paul-Ambrose's welcome to the final table below:


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Seat 1: lechuckpoker (6273100 in chips)
Seat 2: hg18l7 (6696892 in chips)
Seat 3: paulitschMC (9949939 in chips)
Seat 4: Dardan0s (5439877 in chips)
Seat 5: CRICED (1169030 in chips)
Seat 6: dav_dau (4369366 in chips)
Seat 7: atcasanova (5438163 in chips)
Seat 8: surrbox (1449458 in chips)
Seat 9: oulendoulen (7304175 in chips)

The final table chip leader is a bit of a rare bird at the final table, paulitschMC is sporting the six stars of a Supernova elite and may have had to close down 20 to 30 tables to concentrate on this potential six figure payout.

13 hands into the final table, shortstacked CRICED was unable to gain any ground with the five big blinds brought to the table and found two cards good enough to call Dardan0s raise to 404,040 on his immediate left. CRICED was all-in for less and surrbox in the big blind made the call to see the 6♦ Q♠ A♣ 9♥ A♠ board run out after surrbox and Dardan0s checked it down. CRICED was forced to muck after surrbox turned over A♦3♦ for the winner of the 1.3 million chip pot and exited the tourney in ninth place ($7,694.40).

As the blinds rose to 125K/250K ante 25K surrbox would increase the stack even more after double thru the starting chip leader paulitschMC. Pocket sevens 7♥7♠ would outrun the A♣Q♦ of paulitschMC on the 4♣ Q♣ K♠ 5♥ J♦ board and 5.7 million was shipped to surrbox.

Eight handed, and the chat box already contained potential chop discussions. The poker table is not a democracy however and majority does not rule here as the other six players remained silent in the chat box as play rolled on.

Ten hands after paulitschMC doubled up surrbox, some of those chips lost would return back to the Supernova Elite's stack. With the blinds still at 125K/250K ante 25K hg18l7 tried to open shove in a battle of the blinds holding just 4♦3♦. But, paulitschMC covered the 3.08 million chip shove and decided the weak ace A♦2♥ was ahead enough to make the call. The flop 6♠ 5♥ A♥ came out great for both players, paulitschMC still ahead with now a pair of aces while hg18l7 snagged an open-ended straight draw. 3♥ on the turn gave hg18l7 a few more outs, but the paint on the river J♠ ended hg18l7's night in eighth place ($12,022.50).

As the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K lechuckpoker and oulendoulen sat with 10 milliion chip stacks as the rest of the field needed to make some moves to stay ahead of the rising blinds. Unfortunately, those moves sometimes get called as the case of dav_dau's push with 5♦A♠ shown below:

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paulitschMC found A♦J♠ in the big blind and avoided the suckout after both players hit their kickers on the flop. But, dav_dau couldn't find a second five on the J♦ 5♠ K♦ 8♠ J♥ board and was released from the final table in seventh place ($21,640.50).

surrbox tried again to get votes for a deal, and this time two players shot down the idea as the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K with the following stacks remaining and paulitschMC retaining the lead:

Seat 1: lechuckpoker (4722220 in chips)
Seat 3: paulitschMC (12375641 in chips)
Seat 4: Dardan0s (5361674 in chips)
Seat 7: atcasanova (11298257 in chips)
Seat 8: surrbox (4478972 in chips)
Seat 9: oulendoulen (9853236 in chips)

Pappe_Ruk (TeamPro) : My brother is off to bed, he is not joking

As the players waited for the cards to come out after the top of the hour break, Dardan0s announced he was heading to bed still holding 5.8 million chips. Not sure what the "big day" he mentioned in chat implied but it must be worth more than money. Good luck to his vacant stack...

... or not, because as soon as the break ended apparently Dardan0s was back at the table raising all in to take the blinds. Jokes on us! :)

One hand before the blinds moved up to 250K/500K ante 50K shortstacked surrbox tried to add the blinds to his stack by pushing from the button for 2.03 million holding K♠5♠. Instead, oulendoulen in the small blind covered easily and made the call with 4♣A♦. Neither player was helped by the double paired Q♦ 6♣ T♠ 6♦ Q♣ board and surrbox had nothing left but the newly acquired sixth place money ($31,258.50).

Players got pushy-shovey after the break with several all-ins preflop including atcasanova's from the cutoff with 9♥7♥ for 6.6 million and got called by oulendoulen with A♥T♣. The suited one-gapper found a generous river card 8♣ 3♦ Q♠ Q♣ 9♠ and 14 million chips were shipped to the famous lover.

Dardan0s sleep would came easier once the chip stack was reduced to zero. After shoving from the button with 4.8 million chips left and a weak ace 4♥A♦, Dardan0s was facing a call and atcasanova's A♣T♣. No excitement here to wake the slumbering Dardan0s as the flopped ten put this one to rest early on the T♠ 7♥ Q♠ 8♦ Q♥ board. A nice pillow stuffed with $40,876.50 in fifth place prize money makes any Sleep Comfort bed number unnecessary.

Three hands later lechuckpoker was staring down pocket kings as the tournament was restarted since he never agreed to look at chop numbers. Watch what happens below as lechuckpoker shoves and gets called by the seemingly unstoppable atcasanova for a 15.7 million chip pot.

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Again atcasanova was behind with A♥J♣ but it didn't matter as the ace would spike on the flop and hold thru the 3♣ T♣ A♠ 3♥ 4♠ board leaving lechuckpoker out of the chop talks and home with $54,341.70 in fourth place. No stranger to success, lechuckpoker chopped up 2009 WCOOP Event #21 for $178,768.

Immediately the players got to work on the three-way chop leaving $10,000 to the winner. With a little help from Team PokerStars Pro Steve Paul-Ambrose and some negotiations they came to the following agreement:

atcasanova: $136,854.95
paulitschMC: $102,500.00
oulendoulen: $92,500.00

oulendoulen's night would end quickly after taking the bump in pay. Two hands after the deal was struck, A♠7♦ was enough to min-raise with from the button and call the 3-bet shove from paulitschMC. No such luck on paulitschMC playing the bully, as the Supernova Elite flipped up big slick K♥A♣. A bland T♦ J♣ 8♦ 3♥ 4♠ board and a deal meant oulendoulen's third place finish was worth more than the prize pool listed amount ($92,500.00).

The final two started off nearly even in chips as atcasanova still held the clip lead after paulitschMC took down the 17.7 million chip pot from eliminating oulendoulen.

Seat 3: paulitschMC (22091812 in chips)
Seat 7: atcasanova (25998188 in chips)

Twelve hands into the heads-up play, we had our champion. After the blinds moved up to 300K/600K ante 60K both players found the nine laden board of 9♣ 9♠ T♠ 9♦ to their liking. With 5.7 million already in the pot watch the hand play out below:

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paulitschMC made an all-shove check-raise play but unfortunately atcasanova held the hand the Supernova Elite was representing while turning over T♣A♣ for the full house. paulitschMC could only muster 8♣6♣ and was drawing very dead. For the runner-up paulitschMC took home the previously agreed to $102,500 as the extra $10,000 went to this week's Sunday Warm-up champion atcasanova who banked $146,854.95 with the win!

Congrats to all our winners this evening as be sure to check in on for replay of all the big hands with commentary.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up
(* denotes part of 3-way deal)
1. atcasanova (Cruzeiro/DF) *$146,854.95
2. paulitschMC (Pluederhausen) *$102,500.00
3. oulendoulen (Ihrhove) *$92,500.00
4. lechuckpoker (Munich) $54,341.70
5. Dardan0s (Nijmegen) $40,876.50
6. surrbox (Cherepovets) $31,258.50
7. dav_dau (Cph.) $21,640.50
8. hg18l7 (Amagansett) $12,022.50
9. CRICED (GOSIER) $7,694.40

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up