Sunday Warm-Up: Half-price for big win by Germany's jkfrankfurt
We were warned it was coming. But the monster field that showed up likely was not on the minds of the creators of tonight's Half-Priced Sunday Major's promotion. Five tournaments were included in the deal, the Sunday Storm, Women's Sunday, Sunday Kickoff, Sunday Million, and tonight's Sunday Warm-Up. All retained their full price guarantees while giving the players a shot more for less. Seems like a deal a shopper would find on Wal-Mart clearance rack but no discount on quality for quantity as tonight's prize pool would nearly double from last week as 10,453 players cashed their half-off tickets creating a whopping $1,045,300.00 prize pool!
While Team Pro Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (677th place, $271.77) and Friend of PokerStars Belgium's Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander (1,529th place, $156.79) would cash, it was Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby who would find himself holding a decent stack late in this massive tournament. With the blinds at 30K/60K ante 6K Hruby worked himself back to 771,176 up from sitting under six big blinds and decided to look for more by open shoving UTG. Folded around to WinterF in the cutoff holding 1.3 million and a suited big slick A♦K♦, re-shoved to get the button and blinds to fold. Hruby turned over pocket tens T♠T♦, and his tournament hopes looked slim with a king peeking on the door K♣Q♦8♥. The turned 9♠ opened a few more outs but the 5♠ did not fill in the Team Czech Republic team member's hand as Martin took home $1,306.62 in 65th place.
Tonight's tournament would be a stark contrast to last week during hvarga's victory sprint, with nearly 8,000 more players taking advantage of the huge prize pool at half the cost. There would be 13 players still remaining during the 150K/300K ante 30K blind level which was never reached last week when hvarga took home the title!
Twelve players would enjoy the 11th hourly break after jkfrankfurt got a pair of ducks 2♥2♣ to swim to the win over 666IQ666's 8♠A♥ on the club-heavy 3♣ T♣ T♦ J♣ 6♣ board. Aetsirc and Stiv24 holding 19 million and 17 million chips respectively held the top two chip positions with blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K as the players moved towards the final table quickly with jkfrankfurt taking down a massive 14.3 million chip pot on the first hand back from the break.
A three-way all-in would break out between gigaplayer holding T♥A♦, Mojo_9_Iggy with 9♠9♦, and covering both players, jkfrankfurt's dominating pocket kings K♠K♣. Call it a roller-coaster with a side of an upset stomach but the A♠ Q♣ J♥ 3♦ T♣ provided plenty of ooooh's and aaaah's after gigplayer flopped top pair, then got caught on the river the after catching two pair which gave jkfrankfurt a broadway straight. Both Mojo_9_Iggy (12th place) and gigaplayer (11th place) would take home $4,390.26 for their efforts.
Table 471 had three players with over 10 million in chips, while table 344 had none. With the blinds up to 250K/500K ante 50K having an eight figure stack was needed to survive. libanos, the shortest of the 10 remaining players, would open shove for 4.1 million from the cutoff as KOSDAV21 conveniently holding pocket aces A♦A♣ in the big blind made the call. A deep deficit for libanos' A♥Q♣ would find a winner on the 5♣ 4♦ 3♦ K♣ J♣ board as libanos took home $4,390.26 in tenth place starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Stiv24 (15044029 in chips)
Seat 2: jacksonroble (6294961 in chips)
Seat 3: OLEGOS970 (8817142 in chips)
Seat 4: jkfrankfurt (20253029 in chips)
Seat 5: Aetsirc (14558788 in chips)
Seat 6: KOSDAV21 (12556235 in chips)
Seat 7: WinterF (6960818 in chips)
Seat 8: sporic13 (8546512 in chips)
Seat 9: BubasFil (11498486 in chips)
Action that Jackson did not want
The blinds would hold at 250K/500K ante 50K as jacksonroble found a spot to open shove for a little more than five million chips from the cutoff, trying to collect some needed funds. However, Aetsirc's big slick K♣A♣ in the big blind had other ideas and made the call. jacksonroble's 4♠A♦ would find an ace but the Aetsirc's king-kicker rules the day on the 5♣ 4♦ 3♦ K♣ J♣ board to finish in ninth place ($6,585.39).
OLEGO it is time to go
OLEGOS970 would cling to a small stack for much of the final table after losing several chips to BubasFil and Stiv24 early on. With the blinds moving up to 300K/600K ante 60K OLEGOS970 would open shove for 2.8 million UTG as it folded around to sporic13 on the button holding big slick A♣K♦. sporic13 re-shoved for 9.2 million chips as the blinds folded quickly and like jacksonroble's elimination with a smaller ace, OLEGOS970 would need some help holding 7♥A♥. There would be two hearts on the board by the turn Q♣ K♥ 8♦ 5♥ but the blank 4♠ river shipped the 7.1 million chip pot to sporic13, ending OLEGOS970's night in eighth place ($10,453.00).
Just two hands later, jkfrankfurt was trying to send a "gg" to the recently departed OLEGOS970 but instead got tangled up in a big 15.9 million chip preflop pot with WinterF. Check out the results in the below video:
A race for the 15.9 million chip pot would prove to be big financial decision (which we will get to in a moment). Pocket tens for jkfrankfurt T♣T♦ up against the Q♣A♥ of WinterF. Despite two overcards hitting the K♦ 5♥ 8♦ J♠ 2♥ board WinterF missed as jkfrankfurt swept in the huge pot. Seventh place tonight ($20,906.00) was worth more than sixth place last week, as WinterF stepped off the stage to open up chop talks.
Six-way deal in the Warm-Up? Yes sir.
Thanks to the massive prize pool and attendance tonight, there was enough cash in the pot for our remaining six to dip their hands into. Check out the cuts below which left $10,000 for the champion.
Friendly no longer
Despite the quick camaraderie surrounding the quickly brokered six-way deal these players still had $10,000.00 and the right to be called champion of what might be the largest $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up field here at PokerStars. Just a few hands after the deal and blinds at 400K/800K ante 80K sporic13 would shove for 10.04 million from the cutoff as BubasFil re-shoved for 15.4 million holding Q♠A♦. sporic13's pocket fives 5♣5♠ got a rude answer from the board very quickly as a queen appeared 7♦ 7♥ Q♦ K♣ 2♣ ending sporic13's tournament in sixth place ($63,276.65).
Seven hands later with the tournament chips now worth a lot less, Stiv24 would lead off the betting with a min-raise and blinds still at 400K/800K ante 80K. jkfrankfurt three-bet to 3.6 million from the button as KOSDAV21, left short after losing in an eight million chip pot versus BubasFil, shoved from the big blind for 4.7 million with A♥4♥. Pocket sevens 7♦7♠ were plenty to call with for jkfrankfurt as the board answered by giving KOSDAV21 a flopped two-pair A♦ 4♠ Q♦. But, the diamonds kept raining on the board as the turned T♦ and rivered 2♦ gave jkfrankfurt an unlikely four-flush and gave KOSDAV21 walking papers in fifth place ($62,495.16).
WinterF and KOSDAV21 already fell to the Germany's jkfrankfurt but perhaps Aetsirc would have the right mojo to defeat the chip leader. With the blinds still at 400K/800K ante 80K Stiv24 would lead off again with a min-raise as jkfrankfurt again three-bet to 3.6 million and again a third player would shove. This time it would be Aetsirc doing the shoving for 9.8 million total and Stiv24 folded and jkfrankfurt called holding pocket treys 3♦3♠. Once again the German was up against an ace T♦A♠ and again the pocket pair would hold, although this time a four-flush was not needed on the 2♦ 8♠ 8♥ 6♥ 5♣ board. Aetsirc would be directed to collect $73,256.75 from cashier in fourth place.
Bubas cannot Fil
After doubling up Stiv24, BubasFil would struggle with a chip stack under 10 million as the blinds moved up to 500K/1MM ante 100K. Stiv24 led off with a familiar min-raise from the button as jkfrankfurt donated the small blind. BubasFil felt it was go-time and shoved for 9.07 million holding 9♣K♥. Stiv24 with J♦T♠ had just enough to make the call and was rewarded with a ten on the flop 8♠ 6♣ T♣ Q♥ 2♥ that would send BubasFil home with the chopped third place cash ($73,559.96) setting up a potentially lengthy heads-up match.
Don't call it a comeback... ok we won't
Our final two would embark on a fun two-person stroll while chasing the $10,000 extra from the six-way deal and potentially beating the largest Sunday Warm-Up field with a $500,000 guarantee. jkfrankfurt would start with a slight lead of 54.1 million to Stiv24's 50.3 million as jkfrankfurt would push that lead to 75.8 million to 28.6 million after six minutes, but Stiv24 found a double-up after out-kicking the German after both flopped top pair of eights to take a 57.2 million chip pot.
However jkfrankfurt's aggressiveness was relentless stringing together several wins while Stiv24 could not counter the preflop aggression as jkfrankfurt would take three in a row, then Stiv24 collected the blinds, then jkfrankfurt would take four more in a row including a rivered straight which netted 31.4 million chips.
Down to 17.7 million and blinds at 600K/1.2MM ante 120K, Stiv24 would finally catch a double up with 9♣K♦ finding two nines on the 9♥ 4♦ J♦ 9♠ A♠ as jkfrankfurt called the preflop shove holding A♥7♠.
The very next hand they would crown a champion. Watch below for the final hand:
A flip to end it seemed fitting. All-in preflop with 71.0 million in the middle as Stiv24 turned up A♣J♥ facing off against the pocket sevens 7♠7♥ whose pocket pairs did well in previous flips during the final table. This was no exception as the board blanked for Stiv24's ace 5♠ 9♣ 4♥ 2♣ 6♦ giving jkfrankfurt a total of $89,594.24 and the Half-Priced Sunday Warm-Up title! Definitely not the first time for the German as jkfrankfurt notched $57K which finishing fifth last year in the Sunday Million.
Player Entered: 10,453
Places Paid: 1,530
Prize Pool: $1,045,300.00
$500,000 Half-Priced Sunday Warm-Up results:
(* denotes part of six-way deal)
1. jkfrankfurt (Germany) *$89,594.24
2. Stiv24 (Cyprus) *$86,361.59
3. BubasFil (Portugal) *$73,559.96
4. Aetsirc (Romania) *$73,256.75
5. KOSDAV21 (Greece) *$62,495.16
6. sporic13 (Greece) *$62,276.65
7. WinterF (Russia) $20,906.00
8. OLEGOS970 (Russia) $10,453.00
9. jacksonroble (Germany) $6,585.39
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the PokerStarsBlog recap of tonight's successful Half-Priced Sunday Majors!