Sunday Warm-up: ShiFtYFiNGeR points straight to six figure win

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgTonight's champion will get the hold the title of $750,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-up champion for nearly the entire month of September. If you read here regularly and play at PokerStars there may have been a few hints left about the upcoming celebration of online poker known as the $50,000,000 guaranteed WCOOP. Bracelets and stacks of cash to be won for the better part of September in place of our normal Sunday majors, so as a going away party 4,236 players showed up with their $215 buy-ins and 630 of them got a little slice of cash back. Among those cashing were Team PokerStars pro Pete De Korver ($381.24, 374th place) was he was the only Team PokerStars pro to break through to the cashier's window.

In what seemed like a race to the final table, we went from 18 to 10 in just one level after a series of big pairs vs. big pairs confrontations took places and the players who covered took it down. Down to the final table bubble cautious play trickled in as hand-for-hand play was in effect as our final 10 on two tables played to the 65K/130K ante 13K level with nearly everyone still holding at least 20 big blinds. Raise-shove-fold took place over a dozen times as shorter stacked tollgate tried to shove over the top of Mexitexi's min raise from UTG. Instead tollgate's pocket deuces 2♠2♣ got an insta-call from pocket kings K♦K♠. A third duck failed to make an appearance on the Q♣ T♠ 4♦ A♠ 4♣ board and tollgate would barely miss out on a second Sunday Warm-up final table in 2010 after taking 4th for $45,965.50 back in July (final table write-up here).


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Seat 1: melous (4253573 in chips)
Seat 2: citrusjim (4523381 in chips)
Seat 3: Erasmus Hurt (2953676 in chips)
Seat 4: lausfloh (5000588 in chips)
Seat 5: ShiFtYFiNGeR (2767664 in chips)
Seat 6: Don Pedro07 (2663006 in chips)
Seat 7: sabbsezero (8505227 in chips)
Seat 8: Mexitexi (5091109 in chips)
Seat 9: badgergav (6601776 in chips)

Spicy start

MexiTexi would draw first blood as the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K with a big double up against badgergav. Pocket kings for MexiTexi K♠K♦ and pocket jacks J♠ J♣ for badgergav as both players would flop sets K♣ J♥ 5♣ but the board decided to make things more interesting with the 6♣ turn giving badgergav a shot at a flush. But, instead the 3♦ fell and MexiTexi picked up the 6.4 million chip pot while knocking badgergav down to 4.4 million.

Erasmus puts the hurt on lausfloh

When it looked like we would not have an elimination during the 80K/160K ante 16K level Erasmus Hurt led off with a raise to 480K as short-stacked lausfloh had just a little over twice that amount and shoved for 1.07 million. Folded quickly back to Erasmus Hurt who called with pocket rockets A♦A♠. lausfloh's pocket treys 3♦3♣ were in serious trouble and never recovered on the 9♦ 6♠ J♣ 6♦ 6♥ board finishing the tournament in ninth place ($6,777.60).

The 100K/200K ante 20K level would swoosh by without our final table attendance falling any further. Shortly after the switch to the 125K/250K ante 25K level though, MexiTexi built even further on the table's first double up and became the first player to hit eight digits holding a near four million chip lead on Don Pedro07 and six million on third place citrusjim.

High five time

Already saddled with the large lead, MexiTexi took a risk to make it even bigger. After min-raising while still in the 125K/250K ante 25K level with pocket fives 5♦5♥, MexiTexi would call the shove of Erasmus Hurt holding A♥K♥. Watch the results of the 5.5 million chip pot below:


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Prior to this hand MexiTexi took down four pots in a row preflop with three-bets and raw aggression, this time quad fives would have to do on the 6♦ 9♣ 5♠ 5♣ 2♦ board as Erasmus Hurt took home eight place money ($10,590.00).

Shifting into fifth gear

After a half-hour of stagnant action, the players suddenly came alive and three hands after Erasmus Hurt took leave, citrusjim would raise to 550K as Don Pedro07 made the call two chairs to his left and badgergav trying to get out of the chip cellar shoved for 1.9 million. citrusjim abandoned ship, but Don Pedro07 would make the call holding pocket eights 8♠8♥. Those eights were two pips above the sixes 6♦6♥ in badgergav's hand as the flop would bring an eight 7♥ A♦ 8♦ nearly closing out badgergav's night as the K♠ on the turn formally brought badgergav's night to a close in seventh place ($19,062.00).

Freshly squeezed chips

After doubling up off MexiTexi, citrusjim was not done there as the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K, he would call melous' small blind raise to 770K to see a 6♣ 8♠ 5♠ flop. Immediately melous shoved for 3.3 million holding middle pair J♦6♥, and after a little thought citrusjim would make the call holding top pair Q♠8♥. 4♦ on the turn opened up a possible split of the 8.4 million in the middle but the A♠ on the river shipped the chip lead to citrusjim who now held over 15 million chips. melous' going away present in sixth place was a healthy $27,534.00 perhaps some funds for a bracelet next week?

Shifting the chip stacks

Moving up to the 200K/400K ante 40K blind level sabbsezero was left with just 2.7 million chips and tried to make a play UTG by shoving with pocket sevens 7♠7♥. Folded around to ShiFtYFiNGeR in the small blind who held over 14 million, made the call with a suited A♣8♣. The sevens would get out-flopped then pummeled by the turned nut flush on the 3♣ A♦ 9♣ K♣ 9♠ board. Left with nary a chip, sabbsezero finished in fifth place ($36,006.00).

At the hourly break with four left ShiFtYFiNGeR held the lead with Don Pedro07 about 2.5 million behind, here's how they stacked up:

ShiFtYFiNGeR 15,258,303
Don Pedro07 12,770,944
MexiTexi 9,092,960
citrusjim 5,237,793

Are we playing Omaha tonight?

While the big hands normally regulated to the four-card variant. they continue to fall on this final table. Watch our former chip leader (MexiTexi) and current chip leader (ShiFtYFiNGeR) put their chips in preflop as someone hits quads yet again in this 19 million chip pot:


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While MexiTexi profited from quads before, it was ShiFtYFiNGeR's turn while having the preflop advantage of pocket tens T♥T♦ to MexiTexi's pocket sevens 7♦7♥ the lead was blown open with two tens hitting the flop as MexiTexi did manage to river a limp straight T♣ 6♣ T♠ 9♠ 8♥ and finished the night in fourth place ($47,866.80).

Plucked from the money tree

Just four hands later was would have our heads-up battle. As the blinds stayed at 200K/400K ante 40K citrusjim tried to make a play for the blinds by shoving preflop from the small blind for 5.1 million holding 3♠K♥. The chip leader ShiFtYFiNGeR however had plenty of tournament tokens to spare and a decent A♠8♦ to make the call with creating a 10.5 million chip pot. Just like MexiTexi's elimination, ShiFtYFiNGeR made short work of citrusjim by flopping trips A♣ Q♦ A♥ ShiFtYFiNGeR ended citrusjim's night in third place ($69,894.00).

Don Pedro07 vs. ShiFtYFiNGeR

ShiFtYFiNGeR's near three to one chip lead (30.3 million to 11.9 million) over Don Pedro07 looked huge but there was room to wiggle as the blinds were at 200K/400K ante 40K to start heads-up play. Don Pedro07 would itch closer to evening things up by doubling up on the 15th hand of heads-up play by winning a 14 million chip coinflip 4♦A♣ vs. ShiFtYFiNGeR's pocket deuces 2♥2♦ on a 4♣ 3♠ 4♥ 3♣ Q♦ board.


Four fours equal $132,910.50

After the double up, the chips would resemble a quick action ping-pong game going back and forth between the players as play moved on to 250K/500K ante 50K level. With Don Pedro07 holding 14.8 million he would call ShiFtYFiNGeR's min raise in the big blind as the two saw a 4♦ 3♥ 4♠ (eerily similar to the hand that doubled-up Don Pedro07 earlier) flop. Don Pedro07 lined up his 13.8 million chips shoved them into the middle holding 3♦5♦. A like last time two fours showed up on the flop, someone held the third one, as ShiFtYFiNGeR quickly called and turned up 5♠ 4♣. 4♥ on the turn gave us our third showing of quads at the final table, and gave ShiFtYFiNGeR $132,910.50 as this week's Sunday Warm-up champion!

Be sure to check here at the PokerStarsBlog and PokerStars.tv next week for the up-to-date scoop on the WCOOP proceedings.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (08-29-10)
1. ShiFtYFiNGeR (Melbourne) $132,910.50
2. Don Pedro07 (bucuresti) $98,698.80
3. citrusjim (london) $69,894.00
4. Mexitexi (Rotterdam) $47,866.80
5. sabbsezero (Las Vegas) $36,006.00
6. melous (palma mallorca) $27,534.00
7. badgergav (Essex) $19,062.00
8. Erasmus Hurt (Norwalk) $10,590.00
9. lausfloh (Neusiedl am See) $6,777.60

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up