Sunday Warm-up: JoseGuti does good, earns $143K in victory

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgIf you are a golf fan, today's Masters Championship in Augusta, Georgia won by Phil Mickelson was the best sporting event offered today. If you are a poker fan (and we have a feeling if you're reading here that's probably true) then today's victory by Vanessa Selbst in the PokerStars sponsored North America Poker Tour's stop at Mohegan Sun was the highlight of your sporting weekend. Luckily, for the 4,588 players in tonight's $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up, Vanessa was too wrapped up in taking down the final table to enter. Everyone is invited to watch a replay of Vanessa strong-arming her way to victory at PokerStars.TV, or you could check out her take on the final table in the video below:

As for the maters tonight, because of the large turnout, a prize pool of $917,600.00 was complied with $143,955.23 of it set aside for tonight's champion. Among the 675 cashing this evening and making a deep run were Team PokerStars Pros Andre "aakkari" Akkari (92nd place $1,101.12) and German pro Jan Heitmann (101st place $1,009.36). Down to two tables and 10 players left and after several shortstacks found a way to stay alive by doubling up we had our last elimination before the final table. With blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K and nearly done with the level, ziale who had just doubled-up JoseGuti after getting coolered by holding pocket jacks to JoseGuti's pocket aces, was down to 2.2 million chips and shoved from the cutoff with 6♣A♣. hafizzle sitting in the small blind holding A♠Q♦ made the call as the board spilled out an unnecessary full house for hafizzle J♦ Q♠ J♥ K♠ Q♣ as ziale was done in 10th place ($5,505.60) setting up the final table below:

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Seat 1: Xenor30 (2485060 in chips)
Seat 2: JoseGuti (11416720 in chips)
Seat 3: ginofluit (3797761 in chips)
Seat 4: hafizzle (6520597 in chips)
Seat 5: chino285 (3834475 in chips)
Seat 6: jcgoheels (6581772 in chips)
Seat 7: Rigboz (5115080 in chips)
Seat 8: ague007 (3683472 in chips)
Seat 9: thebirdman84 (2445063 in chips)

With the help of the 10 million chip pot taken prior to the final table, JoseGuti came in as only player in eight figures and tonight's chip leader. But, with the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K, the table will need to play fast to prevent getting blinded off. Xenor30 was one of the shortstacks, but managed to slide A♥Q♣ past the 7♣A♣ of ginofluit for a 4.2 million chip double up in the early goings. However, five hands later, thebirdman84 was not as lucky. After shoving from UTG+1 holding J♣A♣, thebirdman84 watched the table fold around to jcgoheels who would call from the small blind with big slick K♥A♦. There was a flush scare on the turn but the favorite held up on the 5♣ 9♠ 5♦ 3♣ T♦ board and shipped the 4.8 million chip pot to jcgoheels. After the board was laid out thebirdman84 flew off with 9th place money ($7,340.80).

Two hands later and blinds holding steady at 125K/250K ante 25K we'd start an explosion of action and missing seats as a result. Rigboz started the hand with a standard 3XBB raise, as shortstacked ague007 on the immediate left tried to make something happen with a shove for 2.2 million holding pocket jacks J♣J♠. Rigboz covered and quickly made the call with A♥Q♥. The race was ended quickly by the 5♥ 2♣ A♦ flop as ague007 missed hitting the needed jack on the 7♦ turn and 8♥ river to finish in 8th place ($11,470.00).

Another two hands later hafizzle found a pair after ginofluit shoved all-in just ahead of him. Watch the results play out below:


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Another race and another elimination, as this time the pocket pair of hafizzle T♣T♠ successfully outran big slick A♠K♦ held by ginofluit. 7.7 million was shipped to hafizzle as ginofluit couldn't handle the sizzle, burning out in 7th place ($20,646.00).

Three hands later (like we said, the action was quick!) we had the biggest pot of the tournament. JoseGuti sitting UTG started off the hand with a raise to 525,555 with the blinds still at 125K/250K ante 25K. hafizzle, still stacking the chips made from busting ginofluit, quickly reraised to 1.25 million. Undeterred, JoseGuti still holding the chip lead, would 4-bet to 2.79 million, and hafizzle definitely liking the pocket queens Q♣Q♥ 5-bet all-in. Passed back to JoseGuti holding a suited big slick A♠K♠ would just as quickly make the call. This time the pocket pair was not lucky for hafizzle as the ace would hit flop and an king on the turn gave JoseGuti the winning two pair on the 8♥ 3♦ A♦ K♦ J♣ board good for the 21.8 million chip pot. hafizzle, well, fizzled out in 6th place earning a little coin on the side ($29,822.00). This isn't hafizzle's first brush with big tournament success, as he sat down with Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier at the Event #38 2009 WCOOP final table and walked away with a cool $93K in 4th place.

Rigboz at least waited eight hands to chop final table down to four. After Rigboz limped in from the cutoff, chino285 would shove his remaining 2.9 million into the pot holding A♣7♥. Covering the bet, Rigboz would make the call showing the dominating T♥A♠. No surprises on this hand as both would pair their ace, but the 3♠ 5♦ A♥ 2♠ 8♦ board stayed low enough for Rigboz's ten kicker to play, as chino285 earned a solid $38,998.00 in fifth place.

Finally the players let off the gas a bit as the death trap of the 125K/250K ante 25K level was allowed to move up to 150K/300K ante 30K. A quick blurb asking to see the numbers was ignored as the quiet chat box remained silent throughout the rest of the night.

Down to just 1.6 million, Xenor30 wasn't finding many playable hands and finally found A♠7♠ UTG to shove with. Rigboz sitting in the big blind with plenty of chips to spare would make the call holding K♣J♥. A flopped pair of sevens 3♠ 7♥ T♠ changed nothing for Xenor30 who's ace held the preflop lead but there was added a cushion with the flush draw negating some of Rigboz's outs. But a turned non-spade king K♦ spiked and the river was spade, seven, and ace-less 2♥ sending our hard-working shortstack Xenor30 out in fourth place ($51,844.40).

Three hands later jcgoheels would steer pocket jacks J♥J♦ to a 11.1 million chip pot, slicing into the chip stack of Rigboz who couldn't find an ace to match his A♥3♣. About ten hands later jcgoheels would saw off some more chips from Rigboz, this time with 7♦9♦ betting the whole way until the river on the 5♠ 2♣ T♣ 9♠ 7♠ board as Rigboz tried a 2.7 million bluff with just king high J♦K♥, but had to concede the 8.4 million chip pot after jcgoheels made the call. Five hands later with a depleted stack Rigboz would find himself all-in against the chip leader JoseGuti. Watch below for the results:


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No race here as Rigboz's pocket fives 5♣5♠ started behind the pocket sixes 6♦6♠ of JoseGuti and stayed there throughout the 7♣ 4♦ 8♣ 9♠ 3♠ paint-free board. $75,702.00 for the third place finisher Rigboz, as we moved on to heads-up play for the six figure pay outs waiting there for our final two.

Starting Heads-Up Chip Stacks
Seat 2: JoseGuti (33638550 in chips)
Seat 6: jcgoheels (12241450 in chips)

JoseGuti would start out with a 3:1 chip lead on jcgoheels as the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K. And despite only two players remaining, this was the longest the final table went without an elimination.

Over 70 hands were played as the players had reached the tenth hour of this tournament. JoseGuti's big stack was too much for jcgoheels, as JoseGuti continually took the blinds including winning the last six hand of the tournament in a row. As the blinds moved up to 250K/500K ante 50K, jcgoheels was knocked down to just 4.1 million chips and moved over the top of JoseGuti's min raise from the button holding 9♥A♥. Being priced in and having a huge lead, JoseGuti would call with K♣5♠. The lead would only last preflop, as a king would hit the T♠ K♠ 2♠ spade ladened flop. No one held a spade but there plenty out there for the taking. 2♥ on the turn and no ace on the 3♦ river meant we had a new Sunday Warm-Up champion! Don't fret for jcgoheels $106,900.40 in second place money was shipped after the hand completed. The biggest chunk of the pie went to our champ, JoseGuti, as the Swede will be getting a deposit of $143,955.23 that certainly beats out a previous Sunday final table best of $2,044 earned a few years ago.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-Up Results (04-11-10)
1. JoseGuti (Gothenburg) $143,955.23
2. jcgoheels (San Francisco) $106,900.40
3. Rigboz (karlstad) $75,702.00
4. Xenor30 (Baden-Baden) $51,844.40
5. chino285 (madrid) $39,998.00
6. hafizzle (stockton) $29,822.00
7. ginofluit (sint jansteen) $20,646.00
8. ague007 (La Garenne Colombes) $11,470.00
9. thebirdman84 (Mays Landing ) $7,340.80

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up