Sunday Warm-up: Big redemption for BigFlopper01

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgThe fields for the Sunday Majors here at PokerStars continue to climb back to normal as one World Championship is firmly in the rear view mirror until November, and the other World Championship, as in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) starts up in September. 4,265 players paid their $215 tonight cracking the $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up and creating a prize pool of $853,000.00 paid out to 630 places. Let's go to the felt!

87 is 86'd

Bubble time and the difference between a potential six figure payday and a $5K consolation prize awaits. LVSEO would lead out UTG for 328,000 as the blinds just moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K, folded around to ATHIED87 on the low end of the chip count in the big blind holding K♠9♣ he would shove for 1.7 million. Costing of the stack LVSEO would calm cut the chips out and made the call with big slick K♣A♥. No nine for ATHIED87 came down the 4♣ Q♠ 2♣ Q♥ 7♣ board and our final table was set as ATHIED87 took down $5,118.00 in tenth place.


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Seat 1: BigFlopper01 (9933184 in chips)
Seat 2: BFGI800 (2620584 in chips)
Seat 3: Ivan MC 2007 (4832073 in chips)
Seat 4: AB1001 (3262380 in chips)
Seat 5: Patonius2000 (6691895 in chips)
Seat 6: LVSEO (5350831 in chips)
Seat 7: strflushtome (3079193 in chips)
Seat 8: drew5927 (4621150 in chips)
Seat 9: Sick´nSocial (2258710 in chips)

Not very social

Sick' nSocial was sitting with the least amount of chips at tonight's Sunday Warm-up final table with just over ten big blinds as the first hand was folded to him in the cutoff holding a small suited ace 2♦A♦. Sick' nSocial would shove those 2.2 million chips in as BigFlopper01 on the button held a big hand, pocket jacks J♦J♠, and quickly made the call. No wheel and no diamonds found their way onto the K♠ T♠ 6♥ 8♠ 3♥ board and Sick' nSocial left the table gracefully in ninth place ($6,824.00).

We're going with grabbing a four-pack of Red Bull

Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein dropped by for hosting duties tonight and quipped during the hourly five minute break "I'm going to take a five minute break let me know what happens". Hour nine had eight players still vying for the six figure payday and BigFlopper01 holding a sizable lead as the table's only player over ten million in chips as Patonius2000 at eight million and drew5927 were the closest competitors.

No straight, no flush, no chips

Back from the break at blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K, Patonius2000 led out from the cutoff for 442,568 as strflushtome would shove from the small blind holding A♥T♦ for 1.9 million chips. drew5927 folded the big blind as Patonius2000 had a suited big slick A♦K♦ and eased by the five cards across the middle 3♥ 2♣ 9♦ 7♠ Q♠ and collected the 4.2 million chip pot without incident. strflushtome was unable to catch a ten and took home $10,662.50 in eighth place.

Big Bully

Crippled in a five million chip preflop coin flip against LVSEO, Ivan MC 2007 was down to just 806,534 chips in the small blind and facing a raise from BigFlopper01 that would but put him all-in. Holding 6♣A♣ Ivan MC 2007 would shove those chips into the middle as BigFlopper01 made the math call holding 7♥J♠. Watch the "I knew it would hit the river" video below:

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The eight indeed would hit the 5♦ T♥ 9♦ 3♥ 8♣ river giving BigFlopper01 the straight, the two million chip pot, and forcing Ivan MC 2007 to take the party elsewhere in seventh place ($19,192.50).

Nancy Drew Mystery Solved: BigFlopper01 did it

The rich got richer as drew5927 with just 1.6 million chips, open shoved holding a modest 4♠K♠ but BigFlopper to the direct left held a not-so-modest A♠J♥ made the quick call. A trail of cards Q♠ 6♣ T♦ 6♦ 5♣ led the chips to their rightful owner as BigFlopper acquired another pelt and drew5927 became the next victim of the seemingly unstoppable chip leader and left with hammerific score ($27,722.50) in sixth place. July has been good for drew5927 as just two weeks ago he notched together a final table at the Sunday Million finishing 5th for a $63,000.00 score.

We're still playing for $133,818.64 right?

Just three hands later with the blinds moving up to 125K/250K ante 25K LVSEO and AB1001 would mix it up preflop. LVSEO spammed the five key for a 555,555 chip raise as it folded to AB1001 in the big blind who would shove for 1.8 million chips holding pocket nines 9♥9♠. LVSEO started the hand with over 11 million chips and had plenty to make the call holding pocket tens T♥T♦. Lots of broadway cards found the A♣ 4♥ J♥ K♦ A♠ board as LVSEO's tens held and AB1001 was done in fifth place ($36,252.50).

Court Full of Kings

As the blinds just moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K LVSEO would raise to 666,666 as BigFlopper01 bumped it to 1,555,555. Patonius2000, who was unable to gain traction tonight, was down to 5.9 million and shoved those chips in. LVSEO was undeterred and re-shoved for 15 million as BigFlopper01 left the tax for the re-steal on the felt and folded. Watch the video below for the results:

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Not needed LVSEO would hit the other two kings in the deck 2♦ 2♥ K♥ K♠ 7♦ for quad kings K♦K♣ as pocket nines 9♣9♦ were not lucky for the holder once again and Patonius2000's night ended in fourth place ($48,194.50). This was Patonius2000 second big score of 2010, after taking runner-up honors at the 2010 SCOOP $2,100 PLO Event #11 and earned $75,000.00

Squeezed out

Sitting in-between two huge stacks, BFGI800 had nowhere to run and a shortened stack of just 1.6 million chips after paying the big blind and was facing a raise from BigFlopper01 for the remainder of his stack. Heads-up A♥3♠ looked really good at that moment so BFGI800 would make the call and saw that 9♦A♦ twinkling above BigFlopper01's name. Neither player would match their kicker on the T♥ J♠ 5♦ 2♠ 8♠ board and heads-up play was about to begin after BFGI800 received $70,372.50 in third place.

Shotgun marriage of money

Do you? I do.

Do you? I do.

And so it was done, no fuss as LVSEO gave up a little and the chop nuptials were signed. With LVSEO in a slight lead 25 million to BigFlopper01's 17 million, they both took six figure paydays shown below:

LVSEO $113,192
BigFlopper01 $110,000

The wheels come off quickly

On the seventh hand of heads-up play LVSEO opened up the lead to 27 million over BigFlopper01's 15 million as both would flip preflop for a 30.3 million chip pot. BigFlopper01's pocket fours 4♥4♠ would survive on the Q♠ 9♠ 5♣ 3♠ T♥ board over LVSEO's A♦6♥ as LVSEO was knocked down to 12.3 million chips. Five hands later we would name this week's Sunday Warm-up champion and award the extra $10,000. With a flop of 2♣3♣2♥ both players would get their chips in the middle, watch it play out below:

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LVSEO laid the trap perfectly with pocket rockets A♥A♦ as BigFlopper01's top pair 3♦7♦ could only hope for one of two treys in the deck.

Turn card: 3♥

Did not wait for a dramatic river as the three gave BigFlopper01 the lead and the resuck would not hit 9♣ giving BigFlopper01 the final 24.6 million chips and the extra $10,000.00 as this week's Sunday Warm-up champion! BigFlopper01 laminated about being the chip leader of the Sunday Million two weeks ago on the same final table with 6th place drew5927 and finishing in 9th for $11,625.00, BigFlopper01 will not have to worry about that missed shot any longer after taking down $120,000 tonight.

Be sure to check out PokerStars.TV for the Sunday Wrap show later on this week for commentary and hole cards revealed from tonight's big hands.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (07-25-10)
(* denotes part of two-way deal)
1. BigFlopper01 (Vancouver) *$120,000.00
2. LVSEO (Henderson) *$113,193.14
3. BFGI800 (Karlovi -Vari) $70,372.50
4. Patonius2000 (Las Vegas) $48,194.50
5. AB1001 (Breda) $36,252.50
6. drew5927 (stumptown) $27,722.50
7. Ivan MC 2007 (Monaco) $19,192.50
8. strflushtome (ENSCHEDE) $10,662.50
9. Sick´nSocial (Leipzig) $6,824.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up