Sunday Warm-Up: Illini213's Ace on the River Worth $131K
Not one but two Sunday Warm-ups would give players a shot at calling themselves "Sunday Major winners". As the first Sunday Warm-up this evening would line up 4,176 players (and the second one which was taken down by none other than Team PokerStars pro Andre Akkari also drew a guarantee busting crowd of 3,773). Both editions of the Sunday Warm-up carried a $500,000 guarantee but week after week the player tell PokerStars to keep their guaranteed cash as $215 buy-ins made for a $835,200.00 prize pool and $131,027.94 of that slated for first.
Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel has been on a roll lately, well, for the year really as the reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champ tallied up another deep score the PCA high roller last month for $634,550 along with PCA $5K side event win for $239,830. But, this evening he would come up just a bit short of adding a Sunday Major win to his resume finishing in 670th. Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen would come close to the cash as well finishing 652nd.
Team PokerStars would break through the 630 player bubble though. Arnaud "frenchkiss" Mattern seduced enough players into giving him chips while taking home $409.24 in 339th place. No stranger in cashing this tournament, Matthias de Meulder would score another cash in the Sunday Warm-up this time taking home $584.64 in 195th place.
The team was not done yet as Singapore's Bryan Huang would ride a pot a big 2.3 million chip pot during the seventh hour of play cracking aces with a flopped set of queens and riding those chips deep into the eight hour of play. With 19 players remaining and fresh off losing 2/3rds of his stack after his big slick ran into Gentamicina3's aces. Four hands later and down to 759,701 chips and 40K/80K ante 8K blinds, Huang would move all-in from UTG as Woher to his immediate left re-pushed for more and flipped up J♦A♦. Bryan was looking to pocket queens Q♣Q♥ again for another large pot. Unfortunately, a mess of diamond on the board 6♦ 3♣ T♦ 4♦ 7♦ would match the ones in Woher's hand to knockout the Team PokerStars pro in 19th place ($2,088.00).
We would go from 18 to 11 in short order after Huang's elimination. insanocut was out looking for a second Sunday Warm-up win
but a series of bad flips would land the Canadian out in 11th place ($5,011.20). The very next hand with the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K Dodorox would shove 1.1 million UTG as Illini213 re-shoved from the button for 3.2 million. No one else joined the party as Dodorox showed K♣Q♣ flipping against Illini213's T♥A♥. The 2♠ 4♣ J♦ 6♦ 3♦ board failed to match either player's hand as Illini213's ace-high would send Dodorox out on the bubble in 10th place ($5,011.20) setting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Erik_Ikast (8087902 in chips)
Seat 2: Woher (4246873 in chips)
Seat 3: Timur Valeev (5822107 in chips)
Seat 4: Gentamicina3 (2150792 in chips)
Seat 5: stato_1 (1526623 in chips)
Seat 6: Illini213 (4662834 in chips)
Seat 7: JamsLaNoche (5217372 in chips)
Seat 8: selmita44 (6355021 in chips)
Seat 9: SteenD (3690476 in chips)
Need a chip infusion STAT!
stato_1 came to the final table last in chips and bled down to 1.4 million before shoving UTG trying to pick up some easy chips. Instead Erik_Ikast in the cutoff would make a min-raise encase anyone else wanted to join the hand. They did not as Erik_Ikast showed pocket queens Q♦Q♠ facing off against the big slick K♦A♥ of stato_1. The attempts of CPR on stato_1's stack would prove to be not enough as the board 6♦ 3♥ 2♠ T♦ 7♥ ran dry and Erik_Ikast claimed the 3.2 million chip pot and stato_1 drove off with $6,681.60 in ninth place.
Despite the flashy beginning, the rest of the 65K/130K ante 13K level and the entire 80K/160K ante 16K level would go quietly as Timur Valeev would build up the first eight figure stack taking the lead into the tenth hourly break.
Jams too soon
Shortly after the break JamsLaNoche would make a move on the blinds by shoving from the button for 2.5 million. Instead selmita44 would re-shove for more from the small blind showing a middle ace A♣6♣. The ace would be ahead of JamsLaNoche's K♣J♠ and stay ahead after the all-low 3♣ 8♦ 6♠ 2♦ 2♣ board took JamsLaNoche to the rail in eighth place ($10,440.00).
Pocket queens have been part of the story of tonight's tourney in several all-in hands. Watch below as Illini213 and SteenD make the ladies a part of a eight million chip pot:
Again big slick K♥A♠ this time held by Illini213 and pocket queens Q♦Q♥ held by SteenD would face-off. Unlike stato_1's elimination hand big slick would win this one as not one but two aces would hit the flop 5♣ A♦ A♥ 3♠ 9♦ coast Illini213's hand to victory as SteenD picked up $18,792.00 in seventh place.
As the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K selmita44 on the short stack with 2.7 million would shove from the button as Woher made a speculative call with 9♦K♦ from the big blind. I'd love to hear Woher's stock picks as selmita44 showed K♠4♥ and the best hand preflop would be the best hand after 7♠ 5♦ Q♦ 8♥ 9♠ hit the board to end selmita44's tournament in sixth place ($27,144.00).
Whoa WHOA Woher
Appearently the Polish player was not content with taking out selmita44 as a few hands later Woher would grab the chip lead from Timur Valeev. With the blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K Woher led out for 600,499 as Timur Valeev three-bet to 1.8 million. Back to Woher and another raise to 3.9 million as Timur Valeev smooth called to see J♠8♣9♦ on the flop. Immediately Woher shoved for 6.8 million as Timur Valeev made the call holding pocket deuces 2♥2♦. What was the call of the tournament with 18.5 million chips in the middle as Woher showed big slick A♣K♥. Q♣ on the turn opened up a few more outs but the ten did not come, instead it would be the rivered ace A♦ as Timur Valeev's pressure packed call would go for naught after busting in fifth place ($35,496.00). Not the first time at a Sunday Major final table as Timur Valeev took sixth place and claimed $48K and during a Sunday Million last May.
Hanging on no longer
Erik_Ikast's stack would slowly take hits over the course of the previous hour until it was down to just under three million. With blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K Erik_Ikast would shove that short stack into the middle from the button holding a small ace 3♣A♠ as Gentamicina3 woke up with kings K♦K♠. The ace magnets sent the other three aces in the deck away from the 2♥ Q♣ 9♣ T♥ 7♣ board to knockout Erik_Ikast in fourth place ($47,188.80) starting up some chop talks after a few three-handed orbits.
Storage Wars for bigger cash
Apparently Illini213 is a fan of the hit show Storage Wars where a camera crew follows of five individuals who attempt to buy storage lockers full of either junk of priceless collectables. Just like the antagonizing Dave Hester, Illini213 stood his ground and bid too high to accept the deal with $280,000 to split up as play moved on.
Dave Hester's famous call is probably being rung at loud volumes from Illini213 after taking the chip lead from Woher and running up the stack to over 24.6 million. Gentamicina3's was trickling the other way after doubling up Woher, and was left with just 2.6 million chips and blinds at 250K/500K ante 50K. Gentamicina3 had little choice but to shove for 2.6 million and hope for the best as both Illini213 and Woher made the call out of the blinds. Despite eight million chips in the middle, neither player made a move at the 8♥ 6♦ 6♠ 8♠ Q♥ board as Illini213's ace-high 3♣A♣ was good enough to get both players to muck as Gentamicina3 would claim $68,904.00 in third place.
River hits again
Illini213 would start heads-up play with a 29.9 million to 11.7 million chip lead and blinds of 250K/500K ante 50K. Woher would not go quietly into the night however knocking that lead down to 25.5 million to 16.2 million when this gut-wrenching hand showed up:
No words to describe a potential 32.4 million tournament chips and a commanding lead heads-up and just needing to get past the river to get there. Woher's pocket sevens 7♣7♥ held the winning hand with the board showing 9♥K♦2♥4♠ against Illini213's A♠3♠, but the A♦ on the river changed all that as Illini213's pair of aces would vault him into a Sunday Warm-up victory and the entire $131,027.94 first place prize!
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (02-12-12):
1. Illini213 (Canada) $131,027.94
2. Woher (Poland) $97,300.80
3. Gentamicina3 (Portugal) $68,904.00
4. Erik_Ikast (Malta) $47,188.80
5. Timur Valeev (Russia) $35,496.00
6. selmita44 (Argentina) $27,144.00
7. SteenD (Denmark) $18,792.00
8. JamsLaNoche (Hungary) $10,440.00
9. stato_1 (United Kingdom) $6,681.60