Sunday Warm-up: bullyon muscles final table for the win

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgA quieter crowd once again for the Sunday Warm-up this week as the first crowd this year fewer than four thousand showed up for tonight's $750,000 guarantee tournament. 3,965 runners lined up their $215 buy-ins which still beat out the guarantee and allotted the $793,000.00 to award two players a six-figure score. How did they get there? Find out below after bluffdeez503 set up the final table.

No need to bluff these

Down to the bubble and five aside on two tables with blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K, jaxxonxxx would try to take down the blinds with a button shove holding pocket deuces 2♥2♣. But, bluffdeez503 held a higher pair, covered the bet in the small blind, and would make the call holding pocket sevens 7♠7♣. Bookended by eights 8♥ T♠ 3♦ Q♥ 8♣ the board showed no surprises in breaking the final table bubble for nine finalist and sent jaxxonxxx home in tenth place ($4,758.00).


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Seat 1: trionojnika (3825052 in chips)
Seat 2: Showťime (4222252 in chips)
Seat 3: ValueH (3925108 in chips)
Seat 4: bullyon (9925874 in chips)
Seat 5: Jeremysl98 (3989460 in chips)
Seat 6: Sunny220v (2416900 in chips)
Seat 7: CHRISCCC (3440612 in chips)
Seat 8: ginofluit (3186592 in chips)
Seat 9: bluffdeez503 (4718150 in chips)

Night time for Sunny220v

Team PokerStars Pro Tom McEvoy took time away from the busy World Series of Poker floor to MC tonight's Sunday Warm-up final table. And no sooner than the former world champ stating the amount for tonight's ninth place finisher, that player was named. bullyon with the bullying stack led out for 360,000 with blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K as shorter stacked Sunny220v two seats over shoved for 2.7 million. Folded back around to the chip leader who would snap call with pocket queens Q♥Q♦. The pocket nines 9♦9♠ for Sunny220v looked very cloudy, especially after a queen hit the flop 2♠5♣Q♣. By the turned A♠ Sunny220v's sunset was complete in ninth place ($6,344.00).

All bullyon does is flop sets and take names

You are sitting down with a coin flip holding a pocket pair and flop your set. Life is good. But, suddenly the turn cards comes over giving your opponent an open ended straight flush draw and realize the celebration may have started a bit early. Check out the hand below between bullyon and Jeremysl98 for the river card that helped both players:

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Jeremysl98 would catch a rivered flush holding the overcards A♠Q♥, but on the board of 6♥ J♣ 9♥ T♥ J♥ bullyon's nines full 9♦9♣ would take down the 6.8 million chip pot eliminating Jeremysl98 in eighth place ($9,912.50).

It's a monster!

Not the best way to go out of a tournament but CHRISCCC had little choice to go after the blinds with maybe less than premium cards. With blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K CHRISCCC would open shove holding J♣3♣ and no sooner than the cards folded to trionojnika in the small blind making the quick call as Showt'ime in the big blind found time to fold. Pocket kings K♠K♥ for trionojnika looked good for the three million chip pot, even more after the T♠4♣4♥ flop. But, a club would pop off on the turn T♣ giving CHRISCCC a flush draw, which failed to fill on the J♦ river shipping CHRISCCC off in seventh place ($17,842.50).

Big bully(on)

As the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K here's how the stacks lined up with bullyon firmly in the lead:

Seat 1: trionojnika (9,731,190 in chips)
Seat 2: Showťime (3,595,253 in chips)
Seat 3: ValueH (4,353,104 in chips)
Seat 4: bullyon (15,617,122 in chips)
Seat 8: ginofluit (3,430,620 in chips)
Seat 9: bluffdeez503 (2,922,711 in chips)

More lunch money for bullyon

Playing some big stack poker and making the others come up with an answer to his aggression bullyon would lead out on the button for 3.75 million forcing both the blinds to call for their stacks if they wanted to play. ginofluit would fold in the small blind, but bluffdeez503 made the call holding A♦T♠. bullyon held 2♠K♣ and would be at a slight disadvantage until a deuce was produced on the door and held on the 2♦ 6♥ 4♣ 9♠ 9♦ board sending the person who broke the final table bubble home in sixth place ($25,772.50).

Value call

Eight hands later bullyon had someone all-in again, this time it was ValueH trying to shove in small stack of 2.2 million from the small blind holding 4♦A♣. But, bullyon had the stack a suited ace to make the call 5♥A♥. Sometimes this hand would end in a tie but the flop 8♦ 8♥ 9♥ showed bright red hearts for bullyon. The hearts were not needed though, as a 5♣ hit the turn shutting out ValueH in fifth place ($33,702.50).

Express train to victory?

As the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K bullyon would put ginofluit to the test after re-raising ginofluit's UTG 900K raise and putting him all-in from the big blind. Holding 9♦8♦ and only 1.3 million behind, ginofluit would make the call. bullyon had the upper hand in more than one way holding two diamonds himself A♦T♦. No slowing down bullyon's declamation of the final table so far as the flop showed two aces A♥ 2♠ A♠ 3♠ 6♦ making the rest of the board moot and shipping the 4.7 million chip pot to bullyon's overflowing stack. ginofluit's night was ended in fourth place ($45,597.50). This finish would top ginofluit's recent April score in this very tournament, getting seventh place for $20,646.00 (click here for the recap).

Agree to disagree

Two hands after ginofluit's departure the three would try to hash out a deal but unable to come up with a suitable amount. And as soon as McEvoy turned on the poker machine the two smaller stacks shoved preflop to combine for one big stack. Watch Showt'ime and trionojnika combine their stacks for a 15.8 million chip pot below:

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Showt'ime: T♦T♠
trionojnika: A♥Q♣

Queen on the flop would be Showt'ime's dagger as the board ran out Q♠ 2♦ J♥ 3♦ 2♣ in favor for trionojnika. Showt'ime would settle for the third place check ($65,422.50) and armed with the 15.8 million chips from the pot, trionojnika would have the chips to take on bullyon heads-up for the title.

A bluff called

bullyon would ask for $107,000 for the chop as he now held a very slight lead 20.3 million to 19.2 million. trionojnika balked at the idea with the chip counts so close. "You called my bluff, we have a deal" said bullyon as the two would lock up six-figure scores and play for the remaining $10,000 left in the prize pool.

bullyon: $104,120.08
trionojnika: $103,161.92

Not backing down from the bully

After battling back from the several chip deficits, trionojnika would make the chase for the final $10,000.00 of the prize pool a lengthy one. After over ten hours of play, with the blinds moving all the way up to 250K/500K ante 50K the two players decided to let their cards do the talk on the final hand.

bullyon: 5♦5♠
trionojnika: J♣K♠

The all low 7♠ 7♦ 4♣ flop was safe for trionojnika who was looking for a much needed double-up with this 20.9 million chip pot. K♣ on the turn flipped things in bullyon's direction leaving two outs on the river for trionojnika to stay alive. 3♥ appeared as trionojnika avatar disappeared from the table leaving bullyon with all the chips as this week's Sunday Warm-up champion!

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (06-06-10):
(* denotes part of two-way deal)
1. bullyon (chandler) *$114,120.08
2. trionojnika (Pazardjik) *103,161.92
3. Showťime (Vechta) $65,422.50
4. ginofluit (sint jansteen) $45,597.50
5. ValueH (Sliema) $33,702.50
6. bluffdeez503 (Sherwood) $25,772.50
7. CHRISCCC (Leicester) $17,842.50
8. Jeremysl98 (Souderton) $9,912.50
9. Sunny220v (Kiev) $6,344.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up