Sunday Warm-up: WATnlos whacks table after five-way deal

new_sunday_warmup_thumb.PNG What if your favorite championship team got to hold on to their title just a little longer without having to defend their win? Man U could hold to their Premier League trophy, La Liga would still be ruled by Barça (although they may be holding on to that title for a while), and the Green Bay Packers could stash the Lombardi trophy for another year inside Lambeau Field. The winner of tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up may not get a parade through a city's downtown area after the win, but champ will get to hold on to their title as a weekly Sunday Major champ until the WCOOP winds down at the end of September. Oh, the victor gets nearly six figures ($99,257.31) for the defeating the other 3,160 players as well.

A couple of Team PokerStars pros found themselves in the running late for that huge payoff. JP Kelly, who recently penned a two-part post (part one here, part two here) on his amazing 26th place run in the World Series of Poker Main Event would finish just outside of the 450 money spots in 469th place. 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Andre "aakkari" Akkari did find some money in 411th place ($335.06) leaving Lex Veldhuis and Angel Guillen to the task of taking down this tournament. Guillen would run into a bit of a cooler in the sixth hour, finding all his chips in the middle with pocket jacks against orlando8308's pocket queens. No help on the 9♣ 9♦ 6♦ T♣ 7♣ board and the Mexican pro collected $809.21 in 123rd place.

Lex however continued to collect chips as seven table became six, and six tables became five as the Dutch pro did not hold a big stack but found a way to double up when needed.

As the 14 players strolled off for a hit of caffeine during the ninth hourly break Lex Veldhuis was still kicking. A little better than the 205th place in last week's Warm-up Veldhuis was just five players away from a Sunday Major final table. Shortly after kammie04 and C-Webb93 exited in 14th and 13th place Lex was looking at a 1.6 million chip pot coming to his after picking off a light small blind open shove from WATnlos. The German however would find a second deuce 9♣ 2♥ 6♥ Q♠ 2♦ on the see-saw board to give WATnlos trip ducks T♠2♠ defeating Veldhuis' A♠Q♥.

Then Palau777 went down in 12th place, just two away now. But, the Dutch pro's run would end on the next hand after Palau collected $3,888.03 for the late finish. With the blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K Veldhuis would stare down a button shove from Doroshev G holding T♣A♣ in the big blind. Doroshev G covered the Team PokerStars pro and Lex made the call to see it was not a bullying raise as Doroshev G flipped up the dominating A♥J♦. Neither player touched the all-low 4♣ 3♦ 8♦ 4♦ 6♠ board and Veldhuis collected $3,888.03 in 11th place.


A happy Lex Veldhuis in 11th place

After WATnlos finished off the microstacked duwinna1 on the very next hand, we had our final table below:


Seat 1: Mrazeg (5337520 in chips)
Seat 2: WATnlos (1909372 in chips)
Seat 3: Doroshev G (3372768 in chips)
Seat 4: Bjuran (1486771 in chips)
Seat 5: PDJ4ck (7237031 in chips)
Seat 6: SirMoonMann (1877904 in chips)
Seat 7: vasil1976197 (4905432 in chips)
Seat 8: luwis (3933060 in chips)
Seat 9: Kovalski1 (1550142 in chips)

One orbit, one player gone

With the blinds holding at 50K/100K ante 10K Mrazeg would raise to 212,454 and got Bjuran to go all-in, upping the cost to play to 1.25 million. Holding pocket sixes 6♦6♣ and comfortable chip stack Mrazeg made the call against Bjuran's big slick K♥A♠. Despite a big flop J♠ 8♦ Q♥ Bjuran missed the straight and pair outs on the turn 5♥ and river 3♣, ending the night in ninth place ($5,057.60).

Hard to beat quads

Three hands later it was another short stack's head on the chopping block while holding two overs versus a pair. Kovalski1 took a shot with 1.1 million chips shoving over the top of two raises holding A♣Q♦. PDJ4ck would fold the initial raise, but vasil1976197 would call with pocket fives 5♥5♦. It turned out to be a good decision since the other two fives in the deck hit the T♠ J♦ 5♠ 8♥ 5♣ giving vasil1976197 quads and Kovalski1 eighth place cash ($7,902.50).

vasil collects another one

The action continued to be hot but the eliminations slowed down as we pushed through the 65K/130K ante 13K level with all seven players but slow played aces would play a part of someone being eliminated in seventh place in the below hand:

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vasil1976197 lured PDJ4ck in and after the 8♠6♥5♣ closed the trap after PDJ4ck shoved with 6♦A♦ while vasil1976197 held the rockets A♣A♥. The last ace in the deck hit the turn A♠ and PDJ4ck hit the rail in seventh place ($14,224.50). August have been good to PDJ4ck as the UK player hit the Sunday Million final table three weeks ago collecting $72K in a fourth place effort.

Fade and then faded

Mrazeg's exit was swift thanks to Doroshev G. First, with the board showing T♠5♥A♥8♠ Mrazeg had a big decision to call 2.6 million more after Doroshev G shoved holding pocket kings K♥K♠. Mrazeg held an open ended straight flush draw 9♠7♠ and made the call to miss everything after the T♦ hit the river and 7.8 million chips slid to Doroshev G. Two hands Mrazeg would shove from the button holding 1.29 million chips and blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K. Doroshev G in the big blind made the call with T♥Q♥. Mrazeg held K♣9♥ hoping the high card would fade the board, unfortunately a ten would hit the turn 3♠ 4♠ 8♦ T♣ J♦ as Mrazeg's night ended prematurely in sixth place ($20,546.50). This was not Mrazeg first run at a big-time final table as the Russian nearly scored a WCOOP bracelet last year finishing fourth in Event #14 for $36K.

At the 10th hourly break Team Online's Mathew "chipstar1" Didlick worked his number crunching magic for our remaining five player's desire to reach a deal. After some money trickled down from vasil to WATnlos we had the following deal:

vasil1976197 $72,533.43
Doroshev G $66,693.15
luwis $49,568.91
WATnlos $50,847.27
SirMoonMann $39,470.53

The player were now in for the month-long title of defending Sunday Warm-up champion and $10,000.00 left from the chop agreement.

Shoot the moon

While the phrase "shoot the moon" is one from Hearts for collecting all the hearts plus the queen of spades giving everyone else unwanted points, SirMoonMann was hoping to collect the five million chips in the middle after shoving 1.8 million into a 1.4 million chip pot with the board reading 4♣K♣4♥ and holding pocket nines 9♠9♥. But, luwis flopped top pair K♠T♣ and was not letting go it, making the call and ending SirMoonMann's night in fifth place ($39,470.53) after a third nine failed to hit the J♦ turn and 3♠ river.

WATnlos versus vasil1976197

Five different times after the chop WATnlos and vasil1976197 were all-in against each other. Watch the final battle between these two below:

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Crippled from the previous win by WATnlos, the largest benefactor of the chop agreement would be all-in against WATnlos holding T♠9♠. WATnlos flipped up the dominating T♣A♠ as both players would turn a straight J♦ 9♣ Q♦ K♣ 4♣ but WATnlos' was the mightier showing broadway and collecting the 2.5 million chips as vasil1976197 took $72,533.43 into the night in fourth place.

WAT wacks another

With the blinds up to 125K/250K ante 25K WATnlos decision to ask for more money during the chop agreement seems to become more and more justified. 2.6 million in the pot and the board showing 3♣Q♥T♣, WATnlos would shove his now chip leading stack into luwis who raised WATnlos initial flop bet to one million. Holding just 2.7 million more behind, luwis made the call with top pair 9♦Q♦. WATnlos however had a few pips better showing top pair-king kicker Q♠K♠. Despite the A♥ on the turn and trips on the river Q♣ for both of them, the king still played and luwis left with the chop agreement cash ($49,568.91) in third place.

No giving up

Most nights the Sunday Warm-up heads-up match for the title last shorter than the amount of time to make toast. Tonight however WATnlos and Doroshev G would battle intensely despite WATnlos enjoying a 22.1 million to 9.4 million chip lead.

First big pot was shipped to Doroshev G who got WATnlos to bet his top pair all the way through the river while collecting a 9.9 million chip pot and nearly evening the score. Then 15 minutes into the match the hand that would flip Doroshev G's run at the title would be a 21.9 million preflop all-in flip shown below:

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J♠A♦ for WATnlos would find a jack on the flop 7♣ J♦ 4♣ K♣ K♦ to overcome Doroshev G's pocket tens T♣T♥ and take the chip lead in the process.
Five minutes later WATnlos ground Doroshev G down to just 2.8 million chips as the Ukraine player picked 7♠4♥ to go with and WATnlos with plenty of chips to spare called with a small ace A♥5♦. The small ace became a $10,000.00 ace as the board ran dry for both players 6♥ K♠ 2♥ 8♠ 8♥ and WATnlos will now be known as the defending Sunday Warm-up champion for nearly the whole month of September!

$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up results (08-28-11)
(* denotes part of five-way deal)
1. WATnlos (Germany) *$60,847.27
2. Doroshev G (Ukraine) *$66,693.15
3. luwis (Ukraine) *$49,568.91
4. vasil1976197 (Ukraine) *$72,533.43
5. SirMoonMann (Denmark) *$39,470.53
6. Mrazeg (Russia) $20,546.50
7. PDJ4ck (United Kingdom) $14,224.50
8. Kovalski1 (Brazil) $7,902.50
9. Bjuran (Sweden) $5,057.60

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up