Sunday Warm-up: Mazzze puzzles the field in $125K victory

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgTired? Sleepy? Need a nap? Perhaps a shot of five-hour energy, six pack of Red Bull, or if the World Series of Poker PokerStarsBlog crew is to be believed, a handful of Atomic Fireballs would help you make it through the $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up in one piece. The post-WSOP time started after a marathon to go from ten to nine in the Main Event with Brandon Steven busting out after his big slick failed to catch against Matt Jarvis' pocket queens, and the final nine will reconvene in November to play for $8.9 million. Today also marked our sleepy online players returning to the virtual felt in droves as last week's 2,990 player field was trampled by the 3,997 players that showed up tonight breaking the guarantee and muscling up the prize pool to $799,400.00 with $125,507.15 going to our winner.

Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin showed no signs of fatigue from the World Series of Poker as he ran extremely deep tonight. With ten tables remaining though Victor tried taking control of a blind versus blind situation after Bostero10 made a raise from the small blind to 40,050 with blinds at 7,500/10,000 ante 1,500. Ramdin would shove from the big blind for a not-so-small 305,605 with 6♣A♠ but Bostero10 had the pro covered and made the call with a dominating A♦9♦. By the turn 2♠ 7♦ 2♣ 8♦ Victor would lose another potential out and the 9♥ on the river meant his lost all his chips in 85th place ($1,119.16).

Bounce back

Down to the bubble where the hand immediately after MrNebula was all-in and dominated A8 vs. the A9 of mement_mori but managed to flop an eight and have it hold for the 6.2 million chip pot, we would bust our 10th place finisher. mement_mori possibly steaming from the previous hand would open shove from the button for 5.5 million with the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K holding J♦K♥. Directly to his left, korjae would make the call for less holding Q♦A♦. A king on the 6♣ 4♥ K♠ flop had korjae scrambling for an ace. No help on the 4♠ turn and the Q♥ on the river wasn't enough as mement_mori took down the four million chip pot as korjae earned $4,796.40 in tenth place.


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Seat 1: Mazzze (6699187 in chips)
Seat 2: tollgate (3246504 in chips)
Seat 3: marcuscha (2405400 in chips)
Seat 4: SPAZdos304 (4116596 in chips)
Seat 5: jackmeplz69 (3113393 in chips)
Seat 6: Bulat09 (2258483 in chips)
Seat 7: mement_mori (7743977 in chips)
Seat 8: MrNebula (6237012 in chips)
Seat 9: danger0us (4149448 in chips)

High blinds and low chips is no way to go through life (or a tournament)

Five hands into the final table Mazzze would lead off the betting by raising to 600,000 as it folded to shortstacked Bulat09 in the small blind. Holding 1.9 million in chips Bulat09 would shove holding pocket fives 5♣5♦ as Mazzze quickly made the call with pocket jacks J♣J♦. Neither player improved on the Q♠ 3♦ 9♣ 7♥ Q♥ board and Bulat09's short stint at the Sunday Warm-up final table was over in ninth place ($6,395.20).


Not discounting the nickname but if someone named "danger0us" is cutting out a raise I'd think twice about calling. danger0us was on the lighter side of the chip count holding 2.6 million with blinds bumped up to 125K/250K ante 25K and shoved in early position holding A♠T♠. But, Mazzze was to the immediate left holding A♦J♣ and an eight-figure chip stack to make the call. No excitement came down the 8♦ Q♥ 3♥ 2♦ J♥ board and Mazzze scooped up the 5.7 million chip pot while danger0us was off to terrorize other tables finishing in eighth place ($9,992.50). This was not danger0us' first Sunday major final table, back in August 2009, danger0us frightened off 8,001 players taking 6th place in the Sunday Million for $48K.

Seven left for $125K

As the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K here's how our final seven stood shortly after a double up by tollgate who managed to trim a few chips off the chip leader Mazzze:

Seat 1: Mazzze (8,721,787 in chips)
Seat 2: tollgate (5,793,008 in chips)
Seat 3: marcuscha (5,785,800 in chips)
Seat 4: SPAZdos304 (2,743,192 in chips)
Seat 5: jackmeplz69 (4,907,772 in chips)
Seat 7: mement_mori (6,825,995 in chips)
Seat 8: MrNebula (5,192,446 in chips)

Flipped Out

After losing a 10 million chip preflop flip to jackmeplz69 with big slick unable to catch pocket queens, mement_mori tried his luck against tollgate the very next hand. Watch the pocket eights 8♣8♦ race against the Q♠K♠ on tollgate below:

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The win would wait for a nasty river as the king hits 2♣ J♦ A♥ 5♠ K♦ and tollgate offered this send-off for mement_mori in seventh place ($17,986.50). The high-stakes tournament pro wasn't able to quite catch the $72K won after taking 5th place in Event #23-high at the 2010 SCOOP tournament series.

tollgate offered this in chat after busting the unfortunate mement_mori: "now lets hear about mement_mori a dane who made this tale gory. his stack went and up and down, he made his opponents frown but tollgate will be finishing this story".

Potential deal six handed? Not if the bard has his way

tollgate again with the quotes: "more flops we will peel because tollgate says no deal".

tollgate is quickly becoming more quotable than former NBA star Charles Barkley.

Black hole of chips

Shortly before the hourly break, MrNebula made a move from UTG by shoving for 3.9 million and was re-raised by Mazzze on his left for 6.3 million shutting out the rest of the table. MrNebula's star was dimmed by the fact that Mazzze's big slick K♣A♠ far out-shone MrNebula's 9♥A♣. Wheel cards would hit the board 2♣ 3♦ 2♦ J♥ 4♥ but no nines as MrNebula took in $25,980.50 for sixth place.

Deal but no deal

Team PokerStars Pro Nuno Coelho was on held to dish up the numbers to our five-handed table:

jackmeplz69 $93,678.88
Mazzze $89,917.49
marcuscha: $57,029.91
tollgate $57,029.91
SPAZdos $50,856.70

No quip from tollgate this time as the players could not accept nor alter the numbers to their liking and the cards were back in the air.

Don't be a SPAZ

On the extreme shortstack, SPAZdos tried to take down the blinds with an open shove from the small blind holding 7♦K♦ and 2.3 million in chips. jackmeplz69 had more than enough to gamble with and did so making the call with a suited J♠6♠. jackmeplz69 was true to the name as a jack hit the flop and held for the win on the 2♦ J♥ T♥ 5♠ 5♦ board for the 4.9 million chip pot. SPAZdos had a quick unkind "die" for jackmeplz69 in the chat after taking fifth place money this evening ($33,974.50).

jackmeplz69: $106,748.99
Mazzze: $88,574.89
tollgate: $63,182.42
marcuscha: $62,446.65

Again marcuscha and tollgate wanted $70K and again we had an impasse. "Play" said the two big stacks, and play they did.

No encore

With the blinds set at 200K/400K ante 40K and four-handed, a sense of urgency started to trickle in to all the players. Mazzze would open from the cutoff with a min-raise as the poet tollgate would shove for 4.2 million. Back to Mazzze who thought for a bit before making the call holding Q♦T♣. The cards were live against the big slick A♠K♣ of tollgate, and even more live after a ten hit the T♦ 5♥ 6♥ flop. The ten had enough staying power to fade the 9♦ turn and 8♥ river for the 9.1 million chip pot and sadly our chat box star was no more, out in fourth place ($45,965.50).

Third time is anything but a charm

More numbers...

jackmeplz69: $99,456.35
Mazzze: $96,872.15
marcuscha: $78,658.95

And the same result. Back to the felt!

Diamonds Forever

Yuck. Ick. PU. Much like trying lima beans for the first and only time, this hand will leave a foul taste in marchuscha's mouth for awhile (unless you like lima beans of course). Watch the video below for the first hand after the third aborted deal:

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A string of diamonds made their way across the 8♦ K♦ 5♦ 7♦ 3♦ and jackmeplz69's pocket fours 4♦4♠ matched up just enough from a potential counterfeiting rivered diamond to defeat the pocket black jacks J♠J♣ of marcuscha. 13.4 million chips to jackmeplz69 and $65,950.50 for third place to marcuscha.

Dealing dealing one more time

Starting out heads-up play with a 24.1 million to 15.7 million lead, jackmeplz69 tried to cut a deal right away asking for $113K, but Mazzze would have nothing of it and play continued. Mazzze would briefly hold the lead after doubling through jackmeplz69 when the two threw the chips in the middle for a 27.7 million gamble. K♠5♥ for Mazzze, T♥A♣ for jackmeplz and Mazzze would pull of the win with a king on the flop K♦ 7♦ 8♥ 2♣ 8♦.

Navigating the Mazzze to victory

jackmeplz69 would take the lead back just as quickly doubling thru ten hands later and taking a 15 million chip pot two hands after that to reclaim the lead 25.9 million to 14 million. Mazzze however would grind a bit and pull within 17.6 million to jackplz69's 22.3 when this 35.2 million chip pot happened:

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Pocket queens Q♦Q♣ for Mazzze stayed ahead of the pocket sixes 6♠6♣ for jackmeplz69 on the 7♠ 5♠ K♥ A♥ K♣ to leave jackmeplz69 with just 4.7 million in chips and blinds at 250K/500K ante 50K. Those chips would find their way to the middle immediately as both players showed strong hands again on the very next hand. Pocket eights for Mazzze 8♥8♦ and suited Mrs. Slick Q♠A♠ for jackmeplz69. No spades, no queens, no aces 9♥ T♣ 6♠ 3♦ 7♥ meant no chips as jackmeplz69 would finish second ($93,529.80) and Mazzze by not taking any deals took home the whole first place pie getting a six-figure score ($125,507.15) as this week's Sunday Warm-up champion!

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-Up Results (07-18-10):

1. Mazzze (orebro) $125,507.15
2. jackmeplz69 (brookville) $93,529.80
3. marcuscha (Bremen) $65,950.50
4. tollgate (diggingafoxhole) $45,965.50
5. SPAZdos304 (Evergreen Park) $33,974.50
6. MrNebula (Graz) $25,980.50
7. mement_mori (Copenhagen) $17,986.50
8. danger0us (Houston) $9,992.50
9. Bulat09 (Novokuznetsk) $6,395.20

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up