Campeao200 Climbs to Victory in 4/17/11 Sunday Warm-Up

Sunday Warm-Up logo.jpgThe name of the Sunday Warm-Up may indicate that it's a good tournament to play in preparation for other Sunday tournaments, which is certainly the case. But it has developed into a staple and a "main event" of sorts in its own right, having been on the schedule weekly since 2006 and grown into one of the majors in the regular lineup.

This weekend's Sunday Warm-Up launched into action with a $500,000 guarantee for its usual $200 + $15 buy-in, and players were prepared to blow that guarantee out of the water. They did just that when the field grew to 3,737 and the subsequent prize pool landed at $747,400.

The money bubble was set at 540 places, and Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki just missed that mark when he exited in 562nd. Those who finished in the money for the team were Jonathan Duhamel in 455th place, Vadim Markushevski in 444th, and Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser in 166th. But representing Greece and still in the game going toward the last few tables was Greek Team Pro Stavros "ISOLLS" Kalfas, pictured here.

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Well into the eighth hour of the tournament, the field had thinned to only 12 players, and halfway through that hour, the bubble burst. Dadav23 moved all-in preflop with Q♦4♣, and GermanBraine was along for the ride with 8♥8♣. The board came 6♣8♦9♣3♣9♥, and the full house was more than enough to eliminate davdav23 in tenth place with $4,484.40.

Lissi stinkt smelled like the chip leader

The final table was set and got underway in Level 31, with blinds at 65,000/130,000 with a 13,000 ante. The starting chip counts for the nine players were:

Seat 1: LeKnave (1,689,395 in chips)
Seat 2: GermanBraine (1,816,133 in chips)
Seat 3: IDOLLS (2,811,126 in chips)
Seat 4: to1R (6,266,470 in chips)
Seat 5: campeao200 (2,907,669 in chips)
Seat 6: ~Düüüdchen~ (5,275,666 in chips)
Seat 7: McMang (4,053,830 in chips)
Seat 8: j_dmx (3,147,342 in chips)
Seat 9: lissi stinkt (9,402,369 in chips)

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It only took four hands to see some serious movement. After an initial raise by McMang, GermanBraine reraised all-in from the small blind, and McMang called. GermanBrain showed A♥[Kh, and McMang turned over 7♠7♣ for the race situation. The board came 3♥9♦7♦Q♥A♠, and the pair of aces was no good against the set of sevens. GermanBraine was gone quickly, taking home $5,979.20 for ninth place.

A few hands later, LeKnave moved all-in preflop with 6♠6♥, and to1R called with A♠Q♠. Another race was underway, and the 5♥J♣3♦Q♥J♦ gave to1R the better two pair. LeKnave was ousted in eighth place with $9,342.50.

Play slowed tremendously for the next few rounds, though the raising action made up for it. Some players wanted to discuss a deal, but others refused to respond, so the action pressed on.

Next on the list of short stacks was j_dmx, and when faced with a raise from McMang, j_dmx shoved all-in with 5♠5♥. McMang called with 4♥4♣ but caught the magic card on the 7♣9♣4♦ flop. The T♥ turn and 3♠ river ended the run for j_dmx, who finished with $16,816.50 for seventh place.

McMang moves on up

McMang crossed the 10 million chip mark and climbed even further ahead of the pack, though lissi stinkt was in pursuit.

The final six players paused the tournament to discuss a deal, but it quickly became clear that no agreement was going to be had. Play resumed without much delay.

To1R doubled through lissi stinkt to jump into second place on the board, and campeao200 doubled through ~Düüüdchen~ to relegate the latter to the short stack.

Soon after, ~Düüüdchen~ moved all-in from early position with K♠J♦, and to1R called from the small blind with A♦8♥. The board produced 3♦9♠5♥9♣2♥ to give to1R the trip eights, and ~Düüüdchen~ was eliminated in sixth place with $24,290.50.

Moments later, former chip leader lissi stinkt made the all-in push with K♣9♠, but to1R called from the big blind with A♥K♦. The 5♣T♥6♦A♦4♠ from the dealer was plenty to drive lissi stinkt from the tournament in fifth place, which was worth $31,764.50 in prize money.

Another round of deal talks broke out, and it lasted nearly 45 minutes. After many discussions and refiguring of the numbers, they four finally came to an agreement. With $10,000 set aside for the eventual winner, the payouts would be as follows:

Seat 3: IDOLLS (4,932,126 in chips) = $70,000.00
Seat 4: to1R (16,503,501 in chips) = $90,424.77
Seat 5: campeao200 (4,561,738 in chips) = $59,000.00
Seat 7: McMang (11,372,635 in chips) = $80,000

On the first hand back, IDOLLS doubled through McMang, but the following double by campeao200 through IDOLLS put the latter in jeopardy:

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Not long after, IDOLLS raised, and when campeao200 reraised all-in, IDOLLS called all-in for the rest of his stack holding A♠Q♥. Campeao200 showed T♥T♣, and the board of A♣T♦K♣8♥7♥ created a set of tens. Team Pro Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas was eliminated in fourth place with $70,000.00.

McMang was next on the short-stack list and made a move with A♣4♣ from the button. Campeao200 called with A♦A♥, and the rockets held up - even improved to two pair - on the Q♣7♣7♦5♠J♦ board. McMang departed in third place with $80,000.00.

Arisen from the short stack

The final two players were an interesting matchup, as the short stack at the time of the deal talks - campeao200 - came to dominate doing into the heads-up battle.

Seat 4: to1R (14,351,521 in chips)
Seat 5: campeao200 (23,018,479 in chips)

To1R couldn't seem to gain any momentum and was finally reduced to little more than 8.4 million chips. The two started the last hand with a raise and call to see a 8♣K♥J♥ flop. Campeao200 bet, to1R raised, and campeao200 came over the top. To1R called all-in with Q♣T♦ for the draw, but campeao200 showed J♦8♦ for the flopped two pair. The 8♥ on the turn made that into a full house, and the 7♦ on the river ended the hand. To1R finished in second place with $90,424.77.

Campeao200 of Brazil won the April 17 Sunday Warm-Up and the $69,000.00 in prize money. Congrats!

Sunday Warm-Up Results for 04/17/11:

1st place: campeao200 ($69,000.00)*
2nd place: to1R ($90,424.77)*
3rd place: McMang ($80,000.00)*
4th place: Team PokerStars Pro Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas ($70,000.00)*
5th place: lissi stinkt ($31,764.50)
6th place: ~Düüüdchen~ ($24,290.50)
7th place: j_dmx ($16,816.50)
8th place: LeKnave ($9,342.50)
9th place: GermanBraine ($5,979.20)

*results of a four-way deal

Information regarding weekly Warm-Up tournaments can be found on its home page.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up