Sunday Warm-Up: Run dat Game rolls over final table, scores $95k
It takes a pinch of hubris to choose a screen name like "Run dat Game," but it's pretty safe to say Chris Lovett has earned it. In October 2011 Lovett twice final tabled the Sunday 500, coming away with more than $50,000 in earnings. One year later, he finally has his first Sunday major title. Tonight, Lovett truly lived up to his name, taking a dominant chip lead into the final table and running over his eight opponents to win the Sunday Warm-Up and more than $95,000.
This week's prize pool swelled to $656,800 thanks to 3,284 entries. 495 spots were paid with first place set to earn $103,118.68. Scattered around the tables were 18 Red Spades, including Humberto Brenes, Lex Veldhuis, Vicky Coren, Angel Guilen, Martin Staszko and Christian De Leon. Four finished in the money: Nacho Barbero (452nd), Pius Heinz (294th), Shane "shaniac" Schleger (88th), and Jude Ainsworth, who exited in 58th place when his A♥Q♥ didn't improve against pocket sevens.
With ten players remaining, dekat15 was deep in the danger zone with little more than three big blinds, but The_Freshlex was quick to shove for his last 12.5 BB when he picked up pocket nines in the cutoff. Unfortunately, he ran headlong into elpipsi87's T♦T♠ and went out on the final table bubble when the board ran out J♥5♣4♦K♦6♥.
Final table chip counts
Blinds 65,000/130,000, ante 13,000
Seat 1: Run dat Game (9,150,357 in chips)
Seat 2: Elmagico19A1 (3,910,839 in chips)
Seat 3: elpipsi87 (4,305,162 in chips)
Seat 4: HEMIpowerSWT (3,260,860 in chips)
Seat 5: schmette (3,659,259 in chips)
Seat 6: GeoManousos (2,633,558 in chips)
Seat 7: TMMPOKPOK (4,355,392 in chips)
Seat 8: nezamr (1,148,029 in chips)
Seat 9: dekat15 (416,544 in chips)
dekat15 and nezamr double
With 28% of the chips in play to start the final table. Run dat Game was way out in front of his opponents, while dekat15 was hanging on by his last claw. With 130,000 of his remaining 403,000 committed in the big blind, dekat15 called all-in holding K♦T♠ only to find himself facing TMM POKPOK's A♣K♣. Although the 9♠7♥4♠ flop favored his opponent, dekat15 caught a big break when the T♣ spiked on the turn, making him top pair. Dekat15 doubled to 963,000 and moved over 1.1 million on the next hand with a small blind open-shove.
Nezamr was also below a million in chips until he picked up J♦J♣ and three-bet shoved over TMMPOKPOK's 260,000 min-raise. TMMPOKPOK's A♥2♥ did not improve and nezamr moved up to 2.08 million.
Run dat Game ejects HEMIpowerSWT in ninth
Run dat Game picked up momentum when he flopped a set of sixes against HEMIpowerSWT. After checking the flop, Run dat Game picked up two streets of value, leaving HEMIpowerSWT on 10 BB. Scmette finished off HEMIpowerSWT a few hands later, his A♠T♦ flopping a ten against HEMIpowerSWT's J♦5♦. For ninth place, HEMIpowerSWT departed with $5,254.40.
dekat15 has nine lives, GeoManousos out in eighth place
Dekat15 got another reprieve when he took his 6♦6♥ up against Elmagico19A1's T♦T♠ for his last 843,000. Although Elmagico19A1 rivered a set on the K♣8♥7♥J♥T♥ board, dekat15 made a flush and doubled to 1.97 million.
That left GeoManousos as the short stack. A few hands later, he moved in for his last 2 million with A♣K♦ in the hijack and was met with a reshove from TMMPOKPOK in the cutoff. TMMPOKPOK's 6♥6♠ flopped a set and rivered a boat, ending GeoManousos's run in eighth place ($8,210.00).
Run dat Game rolls over schmette
Run dat Game next set his sights on schmette, as they went to a A♦K♠3♦ flop for 320,000 apiece. Schmette check-called 268,000 from Run dat Game, then check-called another 695,000 when the 9♦ hit the turn. The board paired on the river with the 9♠ and schmette check-called 1.76 million, only to have Run dat Game roll over his full house with K♦9♣. Run dat Game moved up to 15 million in chips while schmette was left with 1.8 million.
Four hands later, schmette found J♣9♣ and shoved from the hijack. Run dat Game looked him up from the big blind with A♥T♦. Schmette picked up a gutshot straight draw on the flop, but didn't improve any further, his tournament ending with a seventh-place finish.
elpipsi87 perishes in three-way all-in
The dust had barely settled from schmette's elimination when three players got their money in before the flop. Elmagico19A1 open-shoved for 1.7 million on the button, elpipsi87 reshoved for 3.44 million from the small blind and TMMPOKPOK cold-called from the big, having both players covered.
Elmagico19A1 flopped a set of threes and won the 5.3m main pot, the board running out 8♠4♦3♠5♠A♦. TMMPOKPOK took the 3.44m side pot with top pair top kicker, and elpipsi87 went out in sixth place, earning $21,346 for his finish.
dekat15 KOed in fifth
With five players remaining and the blinds up to 100,000/200,000, Run dat Game was still the runaway chip leader with 16.7 million. Elmagico19A1 and nezamr held 5.2 million and 5.07 million respectively, TMMPOKPOK was on 4.2 million and dekat15 was the short stack with 1.5 million. Dekat15 took another shot at a double-up, committing the last of his chips with pocket tens against nezamr's A♥K♠, but this time he couldn't pull out a win. After an eight-high flop, the K♥ hit the turn to make nezamr top pair. The river was the 6♠ and after arriving at the final table with only 3.2 big blinds, dekat15 pulled out a fifth-place finish, earning $27,914.00.
TMMPOKPOK's miracle river sends nezamr packing
Four-handed play continued for a few more orbits before TMMPOKPOK opened for a min-raise to 400,000 from UTG. Nezamr made an oversized three-bet, reraising to 1.8 million with only an additional 2.3 million behind. TMMPOKPOK shoved for 4.55 million and nezamr snap-called, turning over T♣T♥. TMMPOKPOK's K♥Q♥ got no help from the A♣7♠7♦4♣ board until the river brought a miracle Q♦, sending nezamr to the rail in fourth place ($37,766.00).
Immediately following nezamr's elimination, the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's a look at the chip counts when negotiations began:
Run dat Game 18,726,337 (93.6 BB)
TMMPOKPOK 9,069,610 (45.3 BB)
Elmagico19A1 5,044,053 (25.2BB)
Per the players' request, final table host Shane "shaniac" Schleger presented them with both chip count chop and ICM numbers. Short stack Elmagico19A1 was quick to agree to an ICM chop, but Run dat Game wanted to split the difference between chip count and ICM, requesting $1,000 each from Elmagico19A1 and TMMPOKPOK. Both players agreed and with $10,000 still in play for the winner, the following deal was struck.
Run dat Game: $85,661.42
Elmagico19A1 doubles, TMMPOKPOK out in third
When action resumed, Elmagico19A1 quickly doubled through TMMPOKPOK, his A♣J♦ holding up against A♥7♥. Left with 3.54 million, TMMPOKPOK hit the rail two hands later after taking his K♦9♥ up against Run dat Game's J♠J♦. Run dat Game flopped two pair and rivered one of the two remaining jacks for a full house to send TMMPOKPOK home in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: Run dat Game (22,746,894 in chips)
Seat 2: Elmagico19A1 (10,093,106 in chips)
Heads-up play lasted all of five hands before Elmagico19A1 and Run dat Game went to war on a 8♠3♣2♣ flop. Elmagico19A1 missed completely and tried to muscle his opponent off the hand with a shove, but Run dat Game was all-too-happy to call with middle set:
Congratulations to Run dat Game on a dominating Sunday Warm-Up performance. He took home $95,661.42 for the win while runner-up Elmagico19A1 earned $65,111.67.
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results for 10/28/2012
Places paid: 495
1. Chris "Run dat Game" Lovett (Mexico) $95,661.42*
2. Elmagico19A1 (Netherlands) $65,111.67*
3. TMMPOKPOK (Germany) $73,377.19*
4. nezamr (United Kingdom) $37,766.00
5. dekat15 (Netherlands) $27,914.00
6. elpipsi87 (Belgium) $21,346.00
7. schmette (Germany) $14,778.00
8. GeoManousos (Greece) $8,210.00
9. HEMIpowerSWT (Costa Rica) $5,254,40
*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $10,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.