Sunday Warm-Up: jenbizzle sizzles a $97K victory to start 2012

Thumbnail image for Sunday Warm-Up logo NEW.PNGYou wake up in a dark room. There is a faint odor of champagne and confusion in the air what is your next move? Well, for 3,100 players the next move was to sign up for the New Year's hangover edition of the $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up. These players are not called grinders for nothing as they downed water, Pepto, Advil, and maybe even mixed up a Bloody Mary to get over the party last night. However we believe money is the best cure for over-indulgence, and $97,340.00 was sitting at the final table for our champion to celebrate with. Well, maybe in a few days.

Team Online and reigning SCOOP Player of the Year Anders "Donald" Berg would find himself among the 450 players to cash this evening, finishing in 354th place ($347.20). Team Pokerstars Pro Martin Staszko // found himself in a familiar place while making back-to-back cashes in the Sunday Warm-Up. Last week in the Sunday Warm-Up the Czech Republic native and also a 2011 SCOOP champ dropped out in 288th place ($405.00), but tonight he would climb a little bit further up the pay ladder in 138th place ($731.60).

Team PokerStars Pros were not done yet. Like last week's 40th place run by Vicky Coren, tonight it was Johnny Lodden's turn to take the spotlight with hopes of a final table to start the new year. Down to three tables and seated with 2010 SCOOP Event #8 champ BrynKenney /en/blog/scoop/2010/scoop-a-day-in-the-life----brynkenney-wi-069580.html Lodden was looking for another major final table after taking 4th place ($35,360.00) in the Super Tuesday just two weeks ago. With a little over 500K in chips and blinds at 25K/50K ante 5K the Norwegian pro would open shove from the cutoff holding T♥J♥. Two seats away BrynKenney saw the Team Pro's easy money for holding pocket kings K♦K♦ re-shoving for just a bit more. A jack on the door but Lodden would get no more on the J♠ 2♣ 5♣ A♥ K♠ board finishing the tournament in 23rd place ($1,643.00).


Johnny Lodden 23rd place

Those chips would not last long for BrynKenney as he would get short-stacked and knocked out in a massive 4.5 million chip four-way pot won by a flopped set of nines for Flying Smile. BrynKenney would finish in 15th place ($2,883.00) and Juan Antonio Maceiras "vietcong01" Barros, who was looking to add a Sunday Warm-Up title to his Sunday Million win last year, instead found his top pair top kicker crushed by that same set of nines finishing in 14th place ($2,883.00).

Less than 15 minutes later (this is including a five minute hourly break) we would have our final nine as the players patience seemed to be a little short, perhaps from ringing in the New Year last night. With the blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K AlexKP on the short stack with 1.2 million would shove from the five-handed table from the button. Spades4Fun held no spades but the A♥J♦ in his hand would do nicely making the call. AlexKP's 9♠Q♣ was indeed live until the five cards on the board T♣ 4♥ 6♥ 2♣ 4♣ moved the rest of his chips into Spades4Fun's stack starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: AngleZero (949274 in chips)
Seat 2: sevshi (714760 in chips)
Seat 3: jenbizzle (5120768 in chips)
Seat 4: Spades4Fun (3535729 in chips)
Seat 5: MFC_79 (1479442 in chips)
Seat 6: Flying Smile (9894306 in chips)
Seat 7: colomo1 (4221791 in chips)
Seat 8: lehai80 (3788832 in chips)
Seat 9: H3nryy (1295098 in chips)

Rapid pace continues

The difference $97,340.00 for first and $4,960.00 for ninth had no effect on the play as we had two eliminations in the second and third hand of the final table. First, H3nryy with 1.2 million would open shove holding J♠A♦ in early position as jenbizzle made the call from the cutoff. Pocket nines 9♠9♣ would make an eliminating set once again 8♥ 4♠ 8♦ 9♦ J♥ as H3nryy's two pair on the river was not enough collecting $4,960.00 in ninth place.

On the very next hand Flying Smile looking to continue the momentum which saw his stack go from 2.7 million to almost 10 million chip in just 15 minutes. MFC_79 on the button would try to slide 1.3 million chips and 7♠A♣ past Flying Smile's pocket kings K♠K♣ in the small blind. But, the United Kingdom's MFC_79 would find little comfort in pairing the seven on the 7♥ 4♦ 8♥ T♦ 8♦ board, falling in eighth place ($7,750.00).


The players would show some mercy for this hungover author as nearly a half-hour would elapse before our seventh place finisher was named in the hand below:

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AngieZero's J♥A♣ took a bit of a beat against colomo1's 8♣A♦ with a eight on the flop Q♠ 8♥ 3♠ 3♣ 9♣ to end the night in seventh place ($13,950.00). No stranger to major final tables, AngieZero claimed fifth place ($15,963.75) in Event #30 at the 2011 WCOOP.

Bizzle sizzles

With the blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K, jenbizzle led out for a min-raise UTG as colomo1, unable to build off taking out AngieZero, would shove from the button for 2.6 million. Folded back to jenbizzle who wasted no time calling with pocket queens Q♥Q♦. colomo1's sevens 7♥7♣ were in deep trouble for the 5.6 million chip pot and stayed that way through the T♠ 3♥ 5♦ T♣ 8♣ board as jenbizzle would climb into the chip lead after showing colomo1 to the door in sixth place ($20,150.00) and taking a 9.4 million chip pot off a struggling Flying Smile.

If tonight was a musical instrument it would be an accordion

Expanding out for air then compacting quickly to squeeze out the notes, 24 minutes would elapse until another pair of back-to-back railbirds were named. With jenbizzle dominating the final table holding over half the chips in play the VIP Supernova would claim a small pot off micro-stacked Spades4Fun. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K jenbizzle would put in a bullying push from the button as Spades4Fun had little choice but to call for his remaining 228,256 chips holding a decent A♥9♦. The flopped nine 8♠ 9♣ J♥ held the lead but the turn T♥ gave jenbizzle's 6♥7♣ a straight to knock out Spades4Fun in fifth place ($26,542.20).

Then sevshi who was able to parlay a short-stack at the beginning of the final table into an excellent run, would also run into the power of six-seven offsuit. Flying Smile no longer the chipleader but continued to play aggressively, was able to turn 6♦7♠ into a full house defeating sevshi's Q♠K♣ for a 1.4 million chip pot on the 7♥ 3♥ 6♠ 6♣ K♥ board. sevshi's stubbornness netted $35,650.00 in fourth place.

A flying leap

Watch below as everyone jumped into the pool for a 11.3 million chip pot and jenbizzle with a chance to end the tournament right here:

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Pocket kings K♣K♠ for lehai80 would rule the day as the J♥ 3♣ 5♦ 3♦ J♣ cooperated to claim the huge pot over jenbizzle's T♣A♣ and Flying Smile's A♥Q♣ ending Flying Smile's night in third place ($51,460.00).

A quick attempt of a deal was shot down by both players as jenbizzle went into heads-up play with a 19.6 million to 11.3 million chip lead.

Close but not really

Claiming to be a heads-up specialist, jenbizzle showed those skills in ending this battle fairly quickly. Despite giving up a 7.9 million chip pot jenbizzle would come back with a vengeance taking down four of the five final hands as heads-up play would only last four minutes after a five attempt to deal broke. With the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K lehai80 would try to shove 11.1 million chip over the top of jenbizzle's button min-raise. Holding Q♣A♣ jenbizzle had no problem making the call as lehai80 was in dire need of a deuce or some spades holding 2♠A♠. Instead of spades or deuces the T♥ T♣ J♣ 5♦ 4♦ board ran clean for jenbizzle who claimed $97,340.00 and 2012's first Sunday Warm-Up victory!

$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (01-01-12)
1. jenbizzle (United Kingdom) $97,340.00
2. lehai80 (Russia) $72,540.00
3. Flying Smile (Russia) $51,460.00
4. sevshi (Chile) $35,650.00
5. Spades4Fun (United Kingdom) $26,542.20
6. colomo1 (Belgium) $20,150.00
7. AngleZero (Finland) $13,950.00
8. MFC_79 (United Kingdom) $7,750.00
9. H3nryy (Portugal) $4,960.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up