Sunday Warm-Up: MISHELA cracks aces and table to $108K victory

Thumbnail image for Sunday Warm-Up logo NEW.PNGAces. They look so pretty sitting in your hand and ready to get some unfortunate soul with a lesser hand to make the call. But, as we found out tonight, aces do get beat sometimes. Even twice in the same tournament. Tonight's $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up would attract 3,468 players as the ramp-up before SCOOP 2012 kicks off in two weeks will have bankroll seekers looking to take away a five or six figure win from the Sunday Majors such as this one.

Among those bankroll seekers (well, online bankroll) Team PokerStars pro and Team Online notched a few Red Spades in the top 495 money spots tonight. Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen took down EPT Copenhagen recently and Team Pro Martin Staszko earned $5.4 million as the World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up added a small amount to their SCOOP bankroll finishing in 487th place ($319.05) and 450th place ($325.99) respectively. No stranger to SCOOP as the reigning SCOOP Player of the Series Anders "Donald" Berg would also find some cash in 270th place ($450.84).

Another familiar name in the cash as well as Richard Toth scored $485.52 in 246th place but it was Greek Challenger Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas who elevated the Red Spade the furthest finishing in 98th place ($971.04).

Right at the eight hour 30 minute mark the tables broke from three to two and the blinds at 30K/60K ante 6K MISHELA was the kind recipient of pocket aces A♥A♣ while Granny063 found queens Q♦Q♣ and mashek was even more unlucky to grab kings K♠K♦. All the money went in preflop with MISHELA already covering the unfortunate other two and the flop would seal it for Australian as MISHELA boated up 2♠ 2♣ A♦ 3♦ 2♦ earning the 3.3 million chip pot, the chip lead, and knocking Granny063 and mashek in 17th and 18th place both earning $2,080.80. mashek will have another shot at making a SCOOP final like he did in 2009 during Event #5-medium in just two short weeks.

Followed quickly by LionLMe55i whose pocket tens T♥T♣ couldn't dribble past westy1983's big slick K♣A♦ after a king flopped to finish in 16th place ($2,080.80). Perhaps another football fan, jordankickz, would be removed from the PokerStars pitch after 9♥Q♠ could not overcome checktrap11's A♠Q♦ ending the night with a pay bump in 15th place ($3,121.20).

shumeilove flipped K♦9♦ against bigdogpckt5's pocket eights 8♣8♠ and despite flopping a nine, watched all the 1.2 million chips go to bigdogpckt5 after an eight found a place on the river 9♥ 2♦ 4♥ J♠ 8♦ for 14th place ($3,121.20). shumeilove would fall short of making both a Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Million final table like back in 2010 when shumeilove took home a cool $69K after finishing fifth.

The players seemed to be in a rush to get at that six-figure score waiting at the final table as the final hand before the ninth hourly break westy1983 would take out Hubertus91 and jamjams99 as pocket tens T♣T♦ held up versus Hubertus91's A♦J♥ and jamjams99's K♠A♠ to take down a three million chip pot leaving 11 players to rest for five minutes.

winga699 wasted no time making a move, shoving big slick A♠K♦ in the third hand back from the break as the blinds moved up to 50K/100K ante 10K. roo_400 was there to make the call holding jacks J♦J♥. Exactly zero threats made their way to the 9♦ 3♥ Q♠ 5♠ 8♣ board as winga699 flew away with $4,161.60 in 11th place. Like shumeilove, winga699 was also trying to add a Sunday Warm-Up to Sunday Million final table appearance. winga699 collected $76K back in October 2010 for a fourth place finish.

Hand-for-hand play would not last long as pornada needed a double-up posthaste holding just over five big blinds and found a big ace A♦T♣ to open with in the small blind. Holding 1.7 million, KojGysto would make the call out of the big blind holding pocket eights 8♣8♥. The broadway card to hit the board was a king 9♠ 6♥ 2♥ K♣ 3♣ as pornada's exit in 10th place ($4,161.60) opened the doors to the final table below:


Seat 1: KojGysto (2388960 in chips)
Seat 2: bigdogpckt5s (5032634 in chips)
Seat 3: westy1983 (4919450 in chips)
Seat 4: checktrap11 (4659824 in chips)
Seat 5: MrBarrett82 (4479802 in chips)
Seat 6: MISHELA (5872397 in chips)
Seat 7: roo_400 (3789567 in chips)
Seat 8: stotaka (1964912 in chips)
Seat 9: Olya2Ace (1572454 in chips)

Eight is not an Ace

Olya2Ace came in with the small stack to the final table and would leave with the smallest payout. With the blinds still at 50K/100K ante 10K the Russian would open shove the small stack of 1.3 million from the button holding K♦8♣ as bigdogpckt5s held a bigger kicker with a king Q♦K♣ making the call. If the eight was an ace Olya2Ace would have the 2.8 million chip pot and this report would not have Olya2Ace winning $5,548.80 in ninth place.

MISHELA sends big dog to the pound

8.3 million chips and the chip lead in the middle preflop. Aces, MISHELA, and bigdogpckt5s were involved. Check out the video below to see who got the big pot and who got a sizable bad beat story:

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In the case of "oh I don't think you have it... ewww I guess you do" MISHELA tried pushing bigdogpckt5s off pocket aces A♣A♠ when a series of raises and re-raises ended with 8.3 million chip in the middle. MISHELA's J♠K♥ would catch a jack on the flop and one on the turn 9♦ J♣ 8♦ J♦ T♠ to send bigdogpckt5s out unceremoniously in eighth place ($8,670.00). This was bigdogpckt5s second shot at a Sunday Warm-Up final table and possible two-time champ as bigdogpckt5s took down this tournament back in October 2011 for $83K after a three-way chop.

Continuing with the rushed theme

Just six hands later as the blinds held at 65K/130K ante 13K KojGysto would min-raise from middle position as MrBarrett82 three-bet with another min-raise out of the big blind and KojGysto made the call. A fairly coordinated 7♠ T♠ 9♥ flop had MrBarrett82 leading out for 300,000 as KojGysto had no intentions of slowing down after shoving for 1.88 million. Holding pocket aces A♠A♥ MrBarrett82 made the call, but cringed after KojGysto rolled over 8♦7♦ for a pair plus and up and down straight draw. Flashes of bigdogpckt5s' demise came about when the board put out a five 5♠ and a jack J♠ giving KojGysto a straight. But the four spades plus that lovely ace of spades in MrBarrett82's hand prevent another ace cracking and sent KojGysto home with seventh place cash ($15,606.00).

Game of chicken turns into a cooler

Two cars going full speed right as each other and both have clunky motors. After a little tune-up on the flop both looked like sports cars you might find parked outside the EPT Monte Carlo /en/blog/ept/2012/ept-grand-final-making-history-in-monaco-093371.html €100,000 high roller tournament on Monday. checktrap11 would min-raise from small blind as MrBarrett82 re-min-raised to 480,000 as the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K. After an all-low 6♣ 3♥ 7♣ flop, neither car was going to stop. Both players would raise and re-raise until all 12.9 million chips sat in the middle. checktrap11 flopped top two pair 6♠7♠ but MrBarrett82 flopped the nut straight 5♠4♦. The board failed to pair the six or seven 8♦ 9♣ as MrBarrett82 raked in the tournament's largest pot to this point and chip lead, as checktrap11's cooler earned $22,542.00 in sixth place.

After the break, broken

Right after coming back after the tenth hourly break, shortstacked roo_400 tried to pounce by open shoving for 1.67 million from the small blind with a medium king K♦8♠. A good pressure play, but stotaka was waiting with a bigger king K♠A♦ in the big blind to make the call. A severe lack of eights on the Q♣ 4♥ T♣ 9♥ 6♣ board left roo_400 to settle for fifth place cash ($29,478.00). Another big tournament champ roo_400, like bigdogpckt5s, is a name that appears often in the Sunday tournament results. The biggest accomplishment would be taking down the 2010 SCOOP Event #35-Low tournament winning ELEVEN heads-up matches in a row for a $64K payday. With that kind of achievement the remaining players must feel safer not facing roo_400 for the title tonight.


Fans of Barcelona FC get used to cheering for Lionel Messi every game as he dazzles opponents with his skill MISHELA would get us to heads-up play very quickly by deftly taking out westy1983 and stotaka in short order. With the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K and MISHELA already holding 13 million chips and only MrBarrett82 with 11 million as the closest opponent, westy1983 trying taking down the blinds with a shove from the button for 4.5 million. MISHELA was not folding T♦A♦ out of the big blind, as westy1983 also held a suited ten but with a queen kicker T♥Q♥. Neither player was helped by the 4♦ K♣ K♠ 6♣ 3♣ board and westy1983 took home $39,882.00 in fourth place.

Two hands later MISHELA would open for a min raise from the button as stotaka took a shot at the chip leader with a shove for 5.1 million holding T♦9♥. Big slick A♦K♣ was more than enough for MISHELA to make the call but a nine along with a straight draw would make its way to the flop Q♦ 9♦ 8♦ for stotaka. But, after the fourth diamond hit the turn 3♦ stotaka needed the jack of diamonds for the improbable straight flush. K♠ on the river was not even red as MISHELA's ace of diamond ended stotaka's tournament in third place ($57,222.00).

Horror story ending

Despite starting with a 23.5 million to 11 million deficit, MrBarrett82 would quickly grab pots of 5.1 million and 9.1 million within four hands to overturn the disadvantage as MISHELA reached out to ask for a chop.

"no ty" "I like to play" responded MrBarrett82 politely as the final two were destined to name the six-figure top prize for just one player tonight.

In the next seven hands after MrBarrett82 took over the lead, MISHELA would take down six of them including the tournament decider below (warning video may contain big hands getting cracked in a brutal Stephen King-like fashion. Viewer's discretion is advised):

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A min-raise war preflop would end after sixth bet by MISHELA putting in 17.3 million and MrBarrett82 snap calling for just 176,362 less. Pocket aces A♥A♦ for MrBarrett82 as MISHELA has been in this spot before but this time $27K was on the line as MISHELA flipped up K♣Q♥. A low flop 9♣ 7♣ 4♠ was great for MrBarrett82. The set of aces A♣ was not wanted as a blank would have locked out MISHELA, and now the Brit had to sweat the river. 8♣ gave MISHELA the second pocket aces cracked this evening with a flush as MrBarrett82 could only be consoled for playing a good game and earning $81,151.20 as the runner-up. MISHELA's run to the Sunday Warm-Up title was a scary one but worth $108,896.19 which will become very useful in two weeks with SCOOP starting up.

$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (04-22-12):
1. MISHELA (Australia) $108,896.19
2. MrBarrett82 (United Kingdom) $81,151.20
3. stotaka (Bulgaria) $57,222.00
4. westy1983 (Australia) $39,882.00
5. roo_400 (Canada) $29,478.00
6. checktrap11 (United Kingdom) $22,542.00
7. KojGysto (Denmark) $15,606.00
8. bigdogpckt5s (Canada) $8,670.00
9. Olya2Ace (Russia) $5,548.80

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up