Sunday Warm-Up: bigdogpckt5s bite bigger than bark, wins after three-way chop

new_sunday_warmup_thumb.PNGHigh blinds, long hours, but those bricks of cash sitting on the final table is every poker player's dream. To finally make a Sunday Major final table is a huge accomplishment. Just ask tonight's winner bigdogpckt5s who's appears often under the Sunday tournament results recaps, but tonight that would be taken to another level. 3,395 players found $215 under the couch to play tonight's $500,000.00 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. 495 of those would get a return on their investment but all were eyeing the $106,603.00 sitting on top of the money pile for our champion tonight.

Where oh where have my Team PokerStars pros gone, where oh where could they be? You would only find one at the cashier's window this evening as Vicky Coren (431st place, $325.92) was the only Team Pro to catch some cash and PokerStars Challenger George "gkap13" Kapalas was back in the money after cashing two weeks ago in this tournament (250th place, $475.30).

After a little more than nine hours of play just ten players remained with blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K. aleksandr274 made a sly open min-raise playing five-handed as it folded around to dsg888 in the big blind. A medium ace A♠9♥ go well together as dsg888 shoved for 2.01 million hoping to take it down without five in the middle. aleksandr274 however had no intention of folding pocket kings K♦K♠ even if it was a Sunday Major final table. No ace but a heart scare on the turn T♥ 5♦ 6♥ 2♥ gave the Russian a pause before claiming victory with the 2♦ river, sending his fellow countryman dsg888 to the rail in 10th place ($4,074.00).


Seat 1: wulko333 (2505027 in chips)
Seat 2: 4betUr3bet (3801057 in chips)
Seat 3: FRAMEKINGS (1236566 in chips)
Seat 4: BeSje (2825727 in chips)
Seat 5: Mr. OPW (5718624 in chips)
Seat 6: aleksandr274 (4530240 in chips)
Seat 7: bigdogpckt5s (8242984 in chips)
Seat 8: punkrott (1693523 in chips)
Seat 9: TTycho (3396252 in chips)

That's MISTER OPW to you!

After watching Mr. OPW take down three hands in a row, BeSje decided enough was enough and open shoved from the cutoff for 1.8 million as the blinds recently moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K. Mr. OPW however was sitting snug on the button with pocket aces A♥A♣ and calmly made the call dominating BeSje's Q♥A♦. A little scare on the turn as four outs appeared for BeSje 7♣ T♠ 4♥ K♥. But, no miracle runner-runner broadway for the Netherland's BeSje as the 7♦ hit the river ending the night in ninth place ($5,432.00).

True to the name

Four hands after BeSje hit the rail, bigdogpckt5s opened to 325,555 chips from middle position as punkrott to the immediate left tried to take it down preflop with a shove for 2.82 million. Instead 4betUr3bet decided to do just that and four-bet for a little more, all-in for 2.88 million on the button. Back to bigdogpckt5s who wanted nothing to do with the raising war and took his bone home for another hand. 4betUr3bet flipped up big slick A♥K♦ as punkrott was suited but still dominated holding A♦J♦. Sixes lined the 6♣ 6♦ T♥ 6♥ 5♠ board but 4betUr3bet's king kicker still played and punkrott received $8,487.50 in eighth place.

Someone wants six figures in a hurry

It would take nine and a half hours to reach the Sunday Warm-up final table and just 14 minutes for one-third of the table to leave. The difference between first and ninth tonight is $101,171.00 so there's a good reason to stick around and play for a while. Despite the average stack a shade over 30 big blinds we would have just six left after the hand below between wulko333 and aleksandr274:

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Not sure which book shows the making for this play but it worked for aleksandr274 as wulko333 shoved for 2.1 million chips from the big blind over aleksandr274's open min-raise from the cutoff. With the blinds still at 80K/160K ante 16K aleksandr274 covered but it cost half the stack to make the call. A 4♥5♥ suited connector was good enough to do so but had long odds against the overpair of nines 9♣9♦ held by wulko333. The flop hit aleksandr274 like he was expecting it to 7♥ 8♥ 5♣ but no straight draw, instead needing a four, five, or heart to crush wulko333's soul. No river drama here as the K♥ hit the turn ending the Romanian's night in seventh place ($15,277.50).

Theme of the night: Play Hard, Play Fast

Still in the 80K/160K ante 16K blind level and wulko333's drink barely cleared from the table FRAMEKINGS pushed a short stack of 975,566 into the middle from the button. Once again aleksandr274 was holding a couple of broadway cards T♠K♥ and much fatter stack starting the hand with over seven million to make the call. FRAMEKINGS did not hold kings but rather J♦A♦ and was rewarded with an ace on the flop 4♠ A♠ 2♥. But no one could stop the spades from piling up on the board. 5♠ turn and another on the river 3♠ and aleksandr274 turned another dog into a winner with another flush. FRAMEKINGS was left to take a screenprint of a well-deserved five figure score finishing sixth ($22,067.50).

bigdog leads the pack

Maybe the players felt bad for this tired scribe, trying to set a record for fastest Sunday Warm-up final table but trying to keep up with the flurry of all-ins was getting tough at this point! Five players left and they would finally allow the blinds to move up to 100K/200K ante 20K when a three-way all-in erupted between bigdogpckt5s, a short stacked Mr. OPW, and aleksandr274 who covered both players. Watch the results below:

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Mr. OPW open shoved from the button for 1.8 million holding a couple of clubs K♣8♣, aleksandr274 called in the small blind, as bigdogpckt5s re-raised all-in to 3.1 million and again aleksandr274 made the call. bigdogpckt5s flipped up A♥J♠ as aleksandr274 clung onto pocket nines to hold 9♥9♦ for the big 8.2 million chip pot. He with the ace barked the loudest, as one hit the door and held on the A♠ 2♥ 5♦ 4♦ T♦ board to eliminate Mr. OPW in fifth place ($28,857.50) and knock aleksandr274 back to 2.7 million chips.

Live by the flush, die by the flush

Three hands after the big three-way all-in, 4betUr3bet applied the pressure to aleksandr274 by shoving from the small blind. Holding pocket deuces 2♦2♠ aleksandr274 called hoping for a flip. K♦Q♦ for 4betUr3bet and while it was aleksandr274 being the benefactor of a couple of flushes this evening, this time the tables would turn as a diamond on the river K♠ 5♦ 7♦ 7♥ A♦ added an ironic flush on the board for 4betUr3bet and sent the Russian home with $39,042.50 in fourth place.

Talk of equity and ICM ends with a handshake

Chop talks never end the same way. Some are verbal jousting of prior conquests, others have a language barrier, but this one got the job done quickly after TTycho (who was the chip leader despite not eliminating one player thus far) gave up enough to come to the below agreement (leaving $10,000.00 on the table for our champ).

TTycho $82,063.50
4betUr3bet $77,000.00
bigdogpckt5s $73,000.00

Slap Jack

Simple game, jack comes up in the deck and the first one to slap it gets the cards below. This time with $10,000.00 on the line TTycho would slap 4betUr3bet away from the chips in the middle. With the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K, TTycho would raise to 500,500 from the button as 3betUr4bet bumped it to 1,223,345. Back to TTycho holding pocket jacks J♠J♣ with 8.3 million chips to shove in and did so, as 4betUr3bet made the call with A♦T♦. Usually it's the ace that hits the flop but this time it was a couple of tens 4♠ T♠ T♣. Suddenly the chop time chip leader was down to two outs, 8♠ on the turn was a blank, but ** SLAP ** J♦ on the river and TTycho's jacks full had 17 million heading to his stack as 4betUr3bet would be knocked to just 2.5 million chips.

Those 2.5 million chips would also go to TTycho on the very next hand as TTycho's K♦Q♦ outran 4betUr3bet's pocket tens T♥T♦ on the 9♦ 9♣ J♦ K♣ 6♠ board to finish in third place ($77,000.00).

TTycho vs. bigdogpckt5s

$75K earned in just over an hour for our champ tonight. The final table tonight would be decided just over an hour's worth of playing time as TTycho would start heads-up play with a 19.8 million to 14.1 million chip edge over bigdogpckt5s. But the Canadian would not back down, drawing first blood on hand eight of heads-up play taking down a 13 million chip pot with the board reading 3♥ 8♦ 7♥ 2♣ as TTycho had no answer to the 10.2 million chip check-raise. bigdogpckt5s would open up the lead with another big bet on the turn a few hands later taking another eight figure pot (10.8 million) without showing.

TTycho down to 9.7 million chips and blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K tried to mount a comeback winning the next five hands in a row. But, bigdogpckt5s came back with back-to-back wins and finally the two decided to end things preflop. Watch below for the final hand:

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Q♠K♣ for TTycho needing to hit the board against the 7♠A♥ of bigdogpckt5s. Unfortunately for TTycho the only person hitting that board would be bigdogpckt5s, notching two pair on the 8♠ 6♥ 7♣ 6♦ A♣ board to take the extra $10,000.00 and this week's Sunday Warm-up title!

$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up results (10-23-11):
(* denotes part of three-way chop)
1. bigdogpckt5s (Canada) *$83,000.00
2. TTycho (Netherlands) *$82,063.50
3. 4betUr3bet (Austria) *$77,000.00
4. aleksandr274 (Russia) $39,042.50
5. Mr. OPW (Germany) $28,857.50
6. FRAMEKINGS (Canada) $22,067.50
7. wulko333 (Romania) $15,277.50
8. punkrott (Austria) $8,487.50
9. BeSje (Netherlands) $5,432.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up