Sunday Warm-Up: Licensed to Win, Slaktaren007 takes down $97K in victory

Thumbnail image for Sunday Warm-Up logo NEW.PNGAfter eating a sausage biscuit sandwich for breakfast, normally it would be time to catch up world news and Lindsay Lohan's latest mishap. But, today for some reason opening the PokerStars client to see the start of today's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up made sense as the tournament will be taking a nap for next couple of weeks as the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker takes center stage. Usually a Sunday morning means waking up late and settling down for the rush to the final table but seeing only 954 players entered at 10:00am CST had this writer a little worried the guarantee would not be met. But, suddenly that number grew exponentially and after the three hour late registration was done 3,371 players made sure we would be sending off the Sunday Warm-Up for a slumber in style. $674,200.00 prize pool and $105,850.21 for the winner are number that will rival those looking for a SCOOP championship watch next week.

Speaking of champions, a Team Online member with a WCOOP bracelet, and Team PokerStars Pro with multiple titles under her belt would make their way into the money this evening. Shane "shaniac" Schleger took down the Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw WCOOP event last year and managed to finish in the top 495 players tonight to bank $377.55 in 323rd place. Listing all of Vanessa Selbst's titles may take awhile but the WSOP bracelet, back-to-back Mohegan Sun victories, and Partouche Main Event for $1.6 million would be a big part of the long champion's resume. Tonight she would not add a Sunday Majors title but did take away $377.55 as well in 313th place.

Down to the final two tables, eddymaksoud, KKremate, and NhFy would all earn $2,022.60 in 16th thru 18th place quickly as the rush to stack-up before the final table took place. SDK13 would make some heads turn with a call out of the big blind for nearly all of his chips against a shove by eddymaksoud in the small blind. eddymaksoud flipped up K♦9♣ while SDK13 clung to a medium connector 6♠7♦ and connect it did with a six on the turn 5♦ 3♠ T♥ 6♦ A♠ to send eddymaksoud home in 15th place ($3,033.90) barely missing his second Sunday Warm-Up final table this year after finishing 6th in the same tournament that saw Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari pickup his first Sunday Major.

KevAndMoney, raare01, and Renster12 went out almost as fast as 16th through 18th places as the hand-for-hand play crept around the corner. SDK13 was at it again when joaodiogostr shoved for 1.6 million from the cutoff and now with a 5.6 million chip stack, SDK13 made the call from the button holding 9♠A♣. Pocket sevens 7♥7♣ would be joaodiogostr's choice of weapon to stay in the tournament, however a nine would show its face on the door 9♣ 6♣ Q♠ 3♦ T♣ and joaodiogostr was out the door in 11th place ($4,045.20).

Only three hands later with the blinds upped to 65K/130K ante 13K arsenalfca would bully a short-stacked ael1979 in the big blind by shoving from the small blind. The short-stack did not mind the wedgie because ael1979 was holding big slick K♥A♠ and quickly made the call. arsenalfca turned over Q♥J♦ and despite being the underdog the bully would walk away with the lunch money after a jack hit the flop 2♠ J♠ 7♣ 5♥ 9♠ setting up the final table below:


Seat 1: Berkyy (8706273 in chips)
Seat 2: Catafract80 (5030688 in chips)
Seat 3: arsenalfca (2238814 in chips)
Seat 4: SDK13 (4905736 in chips)
Seat 5: Slaktaren007 (2262223 in chips)
Seat 6: Radiihead (6208364 in chips)
Seat 7: instigator85 (1798301 in chips)
Seat 8: bubys (953235 in chips)
Seat 9: Halfrek (1606366 in chips)

Berkyy's stack gets bloated

Only a few minutes after the final table started Berkyy and arsenalfca butted heads for a 4.4 million chip pot. With the blinds still at 65K/130K ante 13K Berkyy would lead out for a min-raise from the button as arsenalfca shoved from the big blind for 2.1 million. Holding pocket sixes 6♦6♥ and plenty of chips Berkyy would make the call, and dominated the fours 4♠4♣ held by arsenalfca. A quiet trip down the 3♥ 2♦ 9♦ 3♠ K♠ board and arsenalfca was booted off the pitch in ninth place ($5,393.60).

More Berkyy, Less Players

Still in the 65K/130K ante 13K level SDK13 would lead out for 390,000 from UTG as a shortstacked Halfrek would push from the cutoff for 1.03 million as Berkyy stuck in a larger bet of over 10 million. That bet scared off SDK13 as Berkyy turned over big slick K♣A♥ dominating T♦A♥ held by Halfrek. King on the flop killed any chance of an upset 8♣ K♠ 3♣ 3♥ 4♦ and Halfrek took down eighth place ($8,427.50). Brian "Halfrek" Elgaard is no stranger to deep cashes like 35th place in the Super Tuesday this weekand will certainly be back another time.

Giving no Slak

Finally the players let the foot off the gas pedal as the blinds finally moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K. Watch below as Slaktaren007 and bubys battled with some top five hands:

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Slaktaren007 took initiative and min-raised as it folded around to bubys in the small blind who had 2.06 million to wager and shoved all of it in the middle with pocket queens Q♣Q♠. With no lack of power in his hand Slaktaren007 called quickly with big slick A♦K♦. Both would end up with boats but Slaktaren007's was the bigger holding jacks full of kings J♦ J♥ K♥ J♣ T♠ and bubys time was up earning $15,169.50 in seventh place.

Two Minutes for Instigating

The penalty box on the rail awaited for instigator85 who clung to a short stack for over an entire blind level but tripped the wrong player trying to get those chips back. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K instigator85 would shove all-in for 865,328 as only Slaktaren007 in the big blind would look it up and make the call holding 7♦8♥. Pocket deuces 2♣2♥ for instigator85 would watch four broadway cards come up on the board, but they were accompanied by an unwelcomed seven 7♠ K♠ J♣ Q♦ A♦ to end instigator85's night in sixth place ($21,911.50). The previously mentioned Sunday Warm-Up final table eddymaksoud? Yeah, instigator85 was there too taking ninth place.

Short intermission

The remaining five tried to hash out a deal but like the nine-way deal from tonight's Battle of the Planets final table one player had a sticking point (then another, and another...). But, here the inability to break that point left five players to get back to the battle.

Everything in its right place, that place is fourth for Radiihead

With the blinds going up to 125K/250K ante 25K both Radiihead and Berkyy watched their stacks get decimated down to 2.4 million and 3.6 million respectively. Radiihead tried gaining a few of those chips back by shoving A♥Q♥ over the top of Slaktaren007's min-raise. Declamation met desperation as Slaktaren007 snap-called with pocket queens Q♣Q♠. Radiihead watched the wrong suit get spread all over the J♣ 6♣ 8♠ 5♣ 8♣ board finishing in fifth place ($28,653.50).

$75K to $38K

Like watching an episode of "Deal or No Deal" sometimes the player takes a risk of choosing one too many briefcases only to get the big dollar amounts taken off the board and left with a small offer by the banker. Berkyy could have secured $75K in the five-way deal but chose to push on with the chip lead. Just a couple of laps around the four-handed table after Radiihead's elimination left Berkyy with 2.53 million and the Australian would shove those chips from the cutoff with J♥T♥. Folded to Slaktaren007 who seems to do well calling shoves from the big blind, called this one as well holding 4♣A♦. The high card was never threatened on the K♣ 3♠ 6♦ 4♦ 5♥ board and Berkyy would settle for $38,766.50 in fourth place. This was Berkyy's second shot at bringing home one of the two biggest Sunday Majors as in 2010 he made the Sunday Million final table finishing in seventh place.

Now we have a deal

No squabbles about a few dollars any longer as our remaining three quickly made the deal shown below leaving aside $10,000.00 for the champ:

Slaktaren007 $87,481.34
SDK13 $81,394.40
Catafract80 $61,477.37

My pair is bigger

Still in the 125K/250K ante 25K blind level and just after SDK13 would trim a 13.3 million chip pot off Slaktaren007, Catafract80 tried improving a woefully short-stack of 1.9 million by shoving over the top of a min-raise by Slaktaren007. Once again holding an ace 9♠A♥ Slaktaren007 would make the call looking for his third straight elimination against Catafract80's 4♠5♣. Both players would hit the flop 5♠ A♠ 8♠ 8♥ 7♥ but an ace trumps a five in most games including Texas Hold Em' so Catafract80 was out in third place ($61,477.37).

Three minutes to champ

SDK13 would start off with a sizable 21.3 million to 12.3 million chip lead but watched it slide to 18.9 million to 14.7 million when the hand of the tournament came up. With the blinds holding tight at 125K/250K ante 25K this 29.5 million chip pot would point the way to the extra $10,000.00 for our winner:

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An innocent min-raise and call preflop snowballed into a tournament changing hand. With the board showing J♣ T♠ 3♦ 7♠ and 9.55 million already in the pot Slaktaren007 would check-call for a little more than 10 million hitting two pair on the turn 7♣J♥. SDK13 looked longly at the soon-to-be cracked aces A♠A♦ as the K♠ hit the river shipping the big pot to Slaktaren007. Two hands later Slaktaren007 would ride big slick A♦K♠ to victory over SDK13's 9♣K♣ on the 6♣ A♠ K♥ T♣ 8♦ board earning a total of $97,481.34 for the Sunday Warm-Up victory!

$500,000 guaranteee Sunday Warm-Up results (04-29-12):
(* denotes part of three-way chop)
1. Slaktaren007 (Sweden) *$97,481.34
2. SDK13 (Israel) *$81,394.40
3. Catafract80 (Venezuela) *$61,477.37
4. Berkyy (Australia) $38,766.50
5. Radiihead (Canada) $28,653.50
6. instigator85 (Russia) $21,911.50
7. bubys (Spain) $15,169.50
8. Halfrek (Denmark) $8,427.50
9. arsenalfca (Denmark) $5,393.60

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up