Genys13 rides rush, cruises to 7/29/12 Sunday Warm-Up win and $92K
With the 2012 Summer Olympics well underway, the weekly international poker competitions that happen every Sunday on PokerStars played out as usual, among them this week's $215 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up.
This week's Warm-Up saw 2,943 players from all around the world take part, together creating a total prize pool of $588,600. The top 432 finishers would divide that prize money, with the player winning the "gold" (so to speak) scheduled to earn a nifty $92,410.85 for first place.
It took about four hours and 45 minutes for the cash bubble to burst, at which point kosuha1978 of Russia led everyone with nearly 330,000, with Steve "BetrThanPhil" Tripp of Canada and totya0611 of Hungary next in the counts.
Among the representatives of Team PokerStars, only Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby remained with 432 left, albeit with a short stack of about 23,000 -- just eight big blinds or so, and about a third the average at the time. Sporting the flag of the Czech Republic as his avatar, Hruby would soon score a couple of double ups, then grew his stack further as the field began to shrink.
By the six-hour mark just 146 remained, Hruby still among them. Canada's Ace0fDiamond led all with more than 665,000, with arujnk (Lithuania) and USoGotPwned (U.K.) the nearest challengers. An hour later they were down to 59, with FaenusAvidus (Norway) in front with more than 1.7 million, followed by Oxota (Canada) and USoGotPwned.
Hruby was still alive then, too, in 45th position and with below average chips. At last Hruby saw his run come to an end after running 8♦8♥ into the A♠A♦ of arujnk, earning $1,118.34 for his 51st-place finish.
A little over an hour later they'd crossed the eight-hour mark, and with 20 players left Genys13 of Lithuania had pushed over 3 million and into the chip lead.
It would take about an hour more for that group to be cut down to 10, with Genys13 extending the lead and building a stack of more than 7 million. Finally TheDrunkLife fell in 10th in a hand versus TerjePower18 to cash for $3,678.75, and the final table was set.
Seat 1: FaenusAvidus -- 5,128,080
Seat 2: theanomaly21 -- 1,225,316
Seat 3: GM_VALTER -- 1,724,013
Seat 4: TerjePower18 -- 2,847,800
Seat 5: Genys13 -- 7,431,445
Seat 6: vmnielsen -- 1,830,429
Seat 7: cswidler -- 4,231,327
Seat 8: Oxota -- 2,820,726
Seat 9: 5typesofmeat -- 2,190,864
On just the third hand of the final table, FaenusAvidus opened for the minimum with a bet of 200,000 from the cutoff, then GM_VALTER reraised all in from the small blind for 1,594,013 total. That's when TerjePower18 reshoved over the top from the big blind for more than 2.8 million, forcing a fold from FaenusAvidus.
GM_VALTER showed K♣K♠ while TerjePower18 had A♠K♦. The J♣A♥6♠ flop swiftly swung the advantage to TerjePower18's favor. The turn was the 3♥ and river the 8♣, and just like that GM_VALTER was gone in ninth.
Soon the blinds were 65,000/130,000 when Oxata raised to 260,000 from early position, then theanomaly21 reraised all in for 1,024,316 from the button. The blinds folded, and Oxata quickly called, turning over K♥K♠. theanomaly21, meanwhile, had T♠T♥, and after the five community cards came 2♠7♣J♦Q♣3♦, theanomaly21 was eliminated in eighth.
It was shortly after that one that Genys13 was opening for 260,000 from under the gun, then Carter "cswidler" Swidler called from a couple of seats over. Oxota was next to act and reraised all in for 3,605,042, and it quickly folded back around. Genys13 called, and Swidler stepped aside.
Pocket pairs for both, with Genys13 the better of the two. The board came 9♦Q♥5♣2♣6♥, and Oxota was knocked out in seventh.
They were still in Level 34 (blinds 65,000/130,000) when the next elimination came. 5typesofmeat open-raised all in for 1,625,864 from early position and when it folded to Genys13 in the small blind, Genys13 reraised to force a fold from vmnielsen in the big blind.
Genys13 then turned over yet another big pocket pair -- Q♦Q♥ -- well ahead of 5typesofmeat's 9♦9♥. The board ran out 5♠3♦3♣6♦7♠, and they were down to five.
Genys13 had begun the final table with the chip lead, and had extended it considerably, moving over 16 million with that knockout. Meanwhile, TerjePower18 and cswidler were the nearest challengers with about 4.5 million each, with FaenusAvidus just over 2.5 million and vmnielsen just under 1.7 million.
Genys13 would keep up the pressure -- and keep knocking out opponents -- as they cruised toward the 10-hour break.
The blinds were 100,000/200,000 when FaenusAvidus pushed all in from the cutoff steat for 1,110,220, Genys13 reraised all in from the small blind, and vmnielsen folded from the big blind. FaenusAvidus had A♠3♥ and Genys13 A♦Q♣, and five cards later -- 9♣2♣T♦A♣5♠ -- FaenusAvidus was done fifth.
Then in the last hand before the break, Genys13 open-raised all in from the small blind and vmnielsen called for 1,699,346 total from a seat over. Genys13 had A♣9♥ and vmnielsen K♦Q♣, and when the board came 3♣2♥4♦A♥K♣ just three players were left.
Soon after play resumed, they were still at 100,000/200,000 when TerjePower18 open-pushed for 1,533,486 from the small blind and Genys13 was there to call from the big blind. TerjePower18 had A♠T♣, but Genys13 had woken up with A♥A♣.
"sick" admitted Genys13, noting having been dealt yet another big hand. The cards came 9♥6♦3♣9♠A♦, and they were down to two.
Heads-up play began with Genys13 well in front with 24,860,412 to cswidler's 4,569,588. The pair would play 14 hands after which the stacks hadn't changed much. Then with the blinds still 100,000/200,000, Genys14 raised to 400,000 from the button, Swidler pushed all in for 4,647,364 total, and Genys14 quickly called.
Once again, Genys13 had picked up a big pocket pair, but the 3♥6♥6♠ flop gave Swidler hope with a flush draw. The 7♠ then fell on the turn, giving cswidler a couple more outs to survive. But the river was the K♠, and Genys13 had knocked out a sixth straight opponent to win the Sunday Warm-Up.
Congratulations to Genys13, who with 20 left assumed the chip lead and never looked back to claim this week's Sunday Warm-Up and a nifty $92K-plus score!
Sunday Warm-Up results for 7/29/12:
1st: Genys13 (Lithuania) -- $92,410.85
2nd: cswidler (Canada) -- $68,866.20
3rd: TerjePower18 (Norway) -- $48,865.57
4th: vmnielsen (Denmark) -- $33,844.50
5th: FaenusAvidus (Norway) -- $25,309.80
6th: 5typesofmeat (United Kingdom) -- $19,423.80
7th: Oxata (Canada) -- $13,537.80
8th: theanomaly21 (South Africa) -- $7,651.80
9th: GM_VALTER (Brazil) -- $4,708.80
Seven countries were represented among the nine who made the Sunday Warm-Up final table tonight -- like the Olympics, a truly international competition!
Speaking of, the World Championship of Online Poker will be drawing players from all over the globe, too. The WCOOP is right around the corner -- read all about the schedule here.