Sunday Warm-up: Boruzze bulldozes field in victory

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgThe slight downturn in attendance in tonight's $750,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-up is probably directly correlated with the many high-stakes players from across the globe descending upon Las Vegas for the start of the World Series of Poker this week. Still be noted that the guarantee was not needed once again, as 4,029 managed to join us tonight for the $215 buy-in tourney creating a $805,800.00 prize pool.

Team PokerStars Pro Thierry van den "BOKPOWER" Berg fresh off a decent run during the SCOOP series carried the PokerStars flag late in the tourney. But, ultimately fell short in 77th place earning $1,208.70 for the effort.


Thierry van den Berg Last Longer Winner 77th place

Down to ten players after eight and a half hour with five aside on two tables we would shrink our field to the final table which only seats nine. Blinds sitting at 80K/160K ante 16K Boruzze would lead out for 374,512 from UTG folding to w4ldo who found two cards he liked and shoved for 1.3 million. Boruzze covered easily and made the call holding T♥K♠ and was slightly behind the 9♦A♥ of w4ldo. Ten on the flop and king on the river Q♠ 3♦ T♣ 7♣ K♥ to seal the hand for Boruzze sending w4ldo to be found on a different tournament page as his night was done in tenth place ($4,834.80).


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Seat 1: ryanghall (8561201 in chips)
Seat 2: Slawas1 (4857173 in chips)
Seat 3: PSÄ! (4834607 in chips)
Seat 4: vador50 (6586791 in chips)
Seat 5: guinor (2367872 in chips)
Seat 6: Boruzze (6151507 in chips)
Seat 7: King_Lewis8 (2142911 in chips)
Seat 8: EndlessJ (1981236 in chips)
Seat 9: Cule100 (2806702 in chips)

Action would start quickly for the final table as blind were at a lofty 80K/160K ante 16K. ryanghall would lead off our first eight figure pot of the night with a raise to 348,000 as it folded to vador50 who would three-bet to 1.28 million. ryanghall had enough of the raising and shoved for 8.1 million as vador50 made the call for less holding Q♥A♠. Normally a decent hand, but ryanghall held the rockets A♥A♣ which looked solid for winning the 11.2 million chip hand. Sure enough, the pocket aces would never be threatened on the 9♥ J♣ 6♥ 6♣ 7♦ board as vador50's destiny was in ninth place ($6,446.40).

End of the road

Five hands later EndlessJ would take a big hit in a battle of the shorter stacks. The pair would take their all-in flipping battle preflop creating a 5.1 million chip pot. Pocket tens for EndlessJ T♠T♣ and Q♥A♠ for Cule100. EndlessJ covered by just 9,878 and that's all he'd have left after a queen would hit the flop and hold on the 8♠ Q♠ 8♦ 3♣ 9♣ board for the win. The scraps of EndlessJ were scattered into the antes the next hand which EndlessJ won, but the second time as part of a 1.1 million pot won by ryanghall, EndlessJ found the end of the tournament in eighth place ($10,072.50).

King Nothing

Down to just under five big blinds as the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K, King_Lewis8 tries to make something happen against guinor. Watch the hand play out below:

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King_Lewis8 stood an inch taller than guinor preflop holding 6♣A♣ to guinor's 8♥K♥. The flop however snubbed its nose at the ruler's ace high hitting both guinor's king and a flush draw 9♥ Q♥ K♠. The ace would not hit for King_Lewis8 but the unnecessary flush would 7♣ 6♥ knocking the royal blood line out of the tournament in seventh place ($18,130.50).

Cule to the core

Despite knocking out King_Lewis8 in seventh place guinor was reduced to 3.1 million chips with the blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K and didn't feel like playing post-flop poker and shoved holding T♦A♣. Boruzze would fold but Cule100 would not flipping up pocket queens Q♥Q♦. The trip down the river was an aceless one 5♣ 6♦ 3♣ K♥ 3♠ showing guinor to the door in sixth place ($26,188.50).

Slawas1 would take a big chunk of PSÄ!'s stack after a blind versus blind preflop confrontation for a 11.6 million chip pot ended with PSÄ! grabbing trips with A♥4♠ but Slawas1 would hold up the only diamond with his pair of treys 3♠3♦ to match the four diamond 9♦ 7♦ 4♦ 4♥ T♦ board for the win. Down to 1.1 million chips PSÄ! would shove from UTG holding 8♦T♥ getting called by big stacked ryanghall in the small blind with J♦A♣. PSÄ! had a four-flush diamond draw again by the turn, but ryanghall had not only the bigger diamond, there was the flopped pair of aces to go with it. The ace would hold on the 9♥ A♦ Q♦ 4♦ 2♠ board and ryanghall gained 2.6 million chips as PSÄ!'s message was clear: fifth place gets $34,246.50

Diced Slaw

Watch chip leader ryanghall lead Slawas1 into the pot in the hand below:

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Pair of eights for Slawas1 holding 8♣9♣ was no match for the aces of ryanghall A♠A♣ as Slawas1 was made into a side dish in fourth place ($46,333.50) after the board came down 6♥ 2♠ 8♥ 4♦ Q♣.

Cule100 has kicker problems

Blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K Boruzze would min-raise from the small blind and receive a call from Cule100. Flop of Q♣ 4♥ 7♦ got Boruzze to lead out for 578,588 as Cule100 bumped it to 1.6 million. Boruzze stuck with the min-raise action and did it again as Cule100 came back over the top for 7.4 million all-in. Boruzze took a little time to think it over and called holding Q♠K♦. Cule100 also had a pair of queens but only a ten kicker Q♥T♥. Two babies on the 3♠ turn and 6♠ river and Boruzze shoveled in the 16.5 million chip pot and shoveled Cule100 out of the tournament in third place ($66,478.50).

No 50/50 but a deal is struck

Despite the close chip stacks: ryanghall 20,664,776 to Boruzze's 19,625,224 ryanghall would not budge on a 50/50 split of the remaining prize pool leaving $10,000.00 to the winner. But, Boruzze was a little more accommodating and agreed to the below deal:

ryanghall: $110,790.64
Boruzze: $100,000.00


It's a sinking feeling after making strong play only to see your opponent roll over a nearly unbeatable hand. Watch below as ryanghall is forced to watch a useless river card:

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And with the full house completed on the turn Boruzze calmly hit the call button after ryanghall tried to represent what Boruzze already had with a 13.1 million chip shove. 8♠8♦ for Boruzze on the 4♦ 8♥ 2♥ 2♦ A♠ board was more than enough to defeat the busted flush draw of ryanghall 7♥6♥ and claim the extra $10,000.00 for this week's Sunday Warm-up champion!

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (5-29-10):
(*denotes part of two-way deal)
1. Boruzze (Borussia) *$110,000.00
2. ryanghall (Hamilton) *$110,790.64
3. Cule100 (Barcelona) $66,478.50
4. Slawas1 (Zielona Góra) $46,333.50
5. PSÄ! (SAARBRÜCKEN) $34,246.50
6. guinor (Porto Alegre) $26,188.50
7. King_Lewis8 (Waterloo) $18,130.50
8. EndlessJ (Oi) $10,072.50
9. vador50 (Avranches) $6,446.40

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up