Sunday Warm-up: VAMOOOO for lu_tricolor's victory

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgAfter the extracurricular excitement during Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee's one million Euro win at the EPT Berlin, online players returned to the quieter virtual felt for tonight's $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. With the buy-in still a scant $215, the prizes continue to reward the players who make the final table in a big way. $144,143.45 slated for tonight's champion as 675 players from the starting 4,594 runners will walk away with at least $312.39.

The EPT Berlin champ was safely behind the controls of his computer tonight, but MacPhee couldn't add a Sunday Warm-up victory tonight finishing in 3,817 place while his shadow and maybe a fan of the online phenom "ImaLucSac" (without the "k") finished a tad higher but still out of the money in 1,964th place.

It would take nine hours to reach the final table tonight after the half hour delayed start due to daylight savings time coming into effect for several players today and not everyone's diligent enough to set their alarm clocks after an all-nighter at the tables. The blinds would reach 100K/200K ante 20K before the penultimate hand before the final table was played. Playing five handed, mega stacked Mur917 was in the big blind facing a 2.2 million chip shove from robbybest. With plenty of chips to call, Mur917 would do so with a modest 8♦K♦ as robbybest was only slightly ahead holding 7♠A♥. Both players would hit the T♦ 8♣ 9♣ flop as Mur917 caught bottom pair to take the lead while robbybest now held an open ender with an overcard. Q♣ on the turn helped no one and the river 3♠ sent robbybest to the sidelines with $5,512.80 for the tenth place finish setting up our final table below:


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Seat 1: CallMeIdiot (4236421 in chips)
Seat 2: emiwarg (2998504 in chips)
Seat 3: F3dOrOv9191 (3118892 in chips)
Seat 4: Mur917 (12936933 in chips)
Seat 5: minisune (2509351 in chips)
Seat 6: King 2307 (2365595 in chips)
Seat 7: lu_tricolor (5472110 in chips)
Seat 8: Mollpan (4684281 in chips)
Seat 9: 1-ronnyr3 (7617913 in chips)

Just eight hands after being seated the blinds would move up to 125K/250K ante 25K further pressuring the short stacks to make a move. minisune was in such a position with just seven big blinds facing a min-raise from 1-ronnyr3 in the big blind. Holding A♣6♠ minisune would shove 1.7 million into the pot only to get snap called by 1-ronnyr3 with big slick A♦K♣. 4♦ 3♥ Q♠ J♥ 5♠ was laid out for our final nine to see, as they became eight when 1-ronnyr3's king kicker played and minisune was asked politely to pick up $7,350.40 at the cashier's window for a ninth place finish.

As the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K, Mur917 retained the commanding chip lead and built on it with nearly seven million more than 2nd place lu_tricolor as shown below with F3dOrOv9191 trying to hang on:

Seat 1: CallMeIdiot (2,192,732 in chips)
Seat 2: emiwarg (4,437,008 in chips)
Seat 3: F3dOrOv9191 (1,091,392 in chips)
Seat 4: Mur917 (16,822,973 in chips)
Seat 6: King 2307 (4,434,146 in chips)
Seat 7: lu_tricolor (9,720,220 in chips)
Seat 8: Mollpan (2,023,860 in chips)
Seat 9: 1-ronnyr3 (5,217,669 in chips)

F3dOrOv9191's decision to tough it out was a good one, after doubling up the short stack, he would watch Mollpan and CallMeIdiot go to war preflop with Mollpan's tournament life on the line. With 5.9 million in the middle and blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K Mollpan held pocket eights 8♦8♠ which were very much behind the pocket nines 9♠9♦ of CallMeIdiot. Neither player would touch the 4♣ J♣ 2♦ 6♦ 2♣ board and Mollpan received $11,485.00 in eighth place.

Two hands later after getting a $9K bump in pay, F3dOrOv9191 found K♥Q♣ on the button after the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K and moved in for the remaining 1.6 million chips. Mur917 however was in the small blind with K♦6♥ and with 14.3 million behind made the call. Both would pair their king but Mur917 nailed the six kicker as well on the 3♥ 6♦ K♣ flop. No re-suck here for F3dOrOv9191 as the rest of the board 5♠ and T♠ ran dry for the unlucky short stack as F3dOrOv9191 was left to collect $20,673.00 with a bad beat story in seventh place.

This started a huge wave of action as just another two hands later CallMeIdiot was involved in another hand all-in preflop. This time up CallMeIdiot was up against emiwarg, who with just 2.6 million, would shove over the top of CallMeIdiot's 950K UTG raise. Pocket tens T♠T♣ made the call easier for CallMeIdiot as emiwarg flipped up Q♠A♥ to start the race for emiwarg's tournament life. Zero broadway cards hit the 9♠ 4♠ 8♣ 2♦ 2♥ board as emiwarg missed the board completely to finish in sixth place ($29,861.00). emiwarg added that 29K to an impressive run at the 2008 WCOOP event #9, where he nearly took a bracelet but finished as the runner-up good for $55.9K in the NLHE 4-max event.

Nine hands later with the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K it was 1-ronnyr3's turn to take a crack at Mur917 chip fortress. Watch the hand play out below:

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No coming from behind needed here, as Mur917's K♠J♣ dominated 1-ronnyr3's K♣T♣ from start to finish on the 6♠ 5♥ 6♣ 9♣ A♦ board earning 1-ronnyr3 $39,049.00 in fifth place.

The chat box was only filled with Team PokerStars Pro's Gualter Salles' farewells to the departing players as no words like "gg" "nice hand sir" "what did you think of Amazing Race tonight?" "would you like to chop?" ever hit the conversation box as the deathly serious players were now down to four remaining and two six figure prizes still on the table.

Two hands after the 1-ronnyr3 was roped in, King 2307 got a temporary reprieve by doubling up off Mur917 but as stated the temporarly newly found chips quickly exited his stack as shown below:

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It take a turned king but lu_tricolor's big slick K♥A♠ would overcome the pocket treys 3♦3♠ of King 2307 for the 13.7 million chip pot. While perhaps unappropriately knocked out by a king, King 2307 will be happy to know $51,912.20 is heading toward that sizable bankroll for the fourth place finish.

With that pot lu_tricolor nearly took over the chip lead, then as the blinds moved up to 250K/500K ante 50K, the chromatically named player would hit a big hand as the two chip leaders butted heads. lu_tricolor would start the betting by raising to 1.1 million as CallMeIdiot folded and Mur917 called to see the 6♣ A♠ 5♣ flop. Mur917 led out at the preflop raiser for one million as lu_tricolor made the call. Both would check the 2♦ turn to see the Q♦ hit the river. Mur917 pushed out three million this time as lu_tricolor liked the lady enough to raise to seven million. A call from Mur917 and a quick muck after lu_tricolor showed two more ladies Q♣Q♠ taking down the 18.6 million chip pot.

That hand set up the massive chip leader's demise in this hand below:

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After 3-betting and a call preflop, both players saw the 2♦3♠2♠ flop. Mur917 tried to take down the 5.4 million in the middle with a two million chip bet, but lu_tricolor wasn't going anywhere with K♠9♠ and shoved over the top of the bet. Pot committed Mur917 was perhaps surprised that he was still a bit ahead with A♣Q♠. Until the K♦ hit the turn and lack of a non-spade ace or queen on the 8♦ river meant the mighty chip final table chip leader would be forced to take solace in third place money ($75,801.00).

Three to one chip lead for lu_tricolor as the chat box continued to remain dry as they would start off with 250K/500K ante 50K blinds

Seat 1: CallMeIdiot (10685940 in chips)
Seat 7: lu_tricolor (35254060 in chips)

CallMeIdiot would pull the chip counts much tighter after taking down huge pot with Q♦9♥ that made two pair and managed to extract value to the tune of 17.5 million chips. With the newly found chips both players also found their keyboards and quickly went to work on a deal. Team PokerStars Pro Salles was armed with chip count deal numbers but they were not necessary as the players agreed to an even chop (leaving aside $10,000 to the winner)

lu_tricolor $120,591.82
CallMeIdiot $120,591.82

With the deal in place CallMeIdiot went on a mini-heater, taking down the next six hands in a row and took a slight two million chip lead as the blinds moved up to 300K/600K ante 60K.

That chip lead would evaporate as both players would get their stacks into the middle preflop. A♥Q♠ for CallMeIdiot was a huge hand to get heads-up but not when set up against pocket queens Q♣Q♥ which resided in lu_tricolor's hand. The board 7♥ 8♣ 3♣ 9♠ T♥ stayed ace free in lu_tricolor's favor as the Brazilian pro Salles and Andre Akkari gave their fellow countryman a little "VAMOOO" in the chat for winning the 44.8 million chip pot.

The scraps of CallMeIdiot went in the very next hand as he found himself dominated yet again with 9♠J♦ against lu_tricolor's 9♣A♣. No catching up happened on the 2♣ Q♣ 7♥ 4♠ Q♠ board and lu_tricolor would take down tonight's Sunday Warm-up and the extra $10,000 as its champion!

Congrats to all our winners this evening, and be sure to check out PokerStars.TV for all the latest live event highlights and a replay of tonight's final table big hands with commentary.

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (03-14-10):
(*denotes part of two-way chip chop)
1. lu_tricolor (Sao Paulo) *$130,591.82
2. CallMeIdiot (Cool,Ne) *$120,591.82
3. Mur917 (Brooklyn) $75,801.00
4. King 2307 (La Venganza) $51,912.20
5. 1-ronnyr3 (bern) $39,049.00
6. emiwarg (tyresö) $29,861.00
7. F3dOrOv9191 (Bratislava) $20,673.00
8. Mollpan (Täby) $11,485.00
9. minisune (Århus) $7,350.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up