Sunday Warm-Up: U.K. leads the way as SAUS wins $88K
While fans of England's soccer team may have been disappointed after today's loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 tournament after taking The Azures to a scoreless tie but losing in penalties, fans of United Kingdom poker players had something to cheer about during tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up. It was a shortened crowd tonight, especially when compared to last week's massive half-priced edition of this tournament as 2,817 players sent in the $215 buy-in for a shot at the $88,736.30. However, as the final table moved towards crowning U.K.'s SAUS the champion, two more mates also from the U.K. would finish in third (MrDeanoss) and fourth (AyeReady1966). Perhaps cleaning the palate of those who watched the penalty kick hit the cross bar earlier today.
Martin "AABenjamin" Hruby was at it again this week, in the top five in chips during the tournament's sixth hour. However, the Team PokerStars Pro member's tournament run would come to a halt quickly in the seventh hour, finishing in 76th place ($901.44) but marked his second straight week of deep finishes so we will be looking for him again next week.
Despite the near 40 big blind average enjoyed by the final two tables the tournament would shrink quickly to our final nine.
MrDeanoss would reign as the chip leader going into the final table, partially from taking out Madajax in 18th place ($1,831.05). With the blinds at 20K/40K ante 4K and 3.725 million chips in the middle, MrDeanoss made a huge call with top pair Q♦T♣ on the 2♣ 5♣ Q♥ flop, as Madajax tried pushing MrDeanoss off that hand with a shove holding a flush draw and an overcard K♣9♣. Neither draw would full for Madajax as the A♦ and 4♥ fell and MrDeanoss' stack started a huge upwards climb.
Down to 12 players and MrDeanoss' stack up to 6.7 million now, another victim was being lined up. With the blinds at 30K/60K ante 6K Matt "Lapozie" Lapossie needed some chips holding 551,882 and shoved from the hijack seat. MrDeanoss would re-raise from the button just in case the blinds wanted to jump in. They declined. Pocket nines 9♥9♠ for MrDeanoss would make it through the J♥ 5♥ 7♠ 4♠ Q♦ board unscathed against lapozie's small ace 3♣A♥ knocking out the short stack in 12th place ($3,521.25). Lapossie has made a splash away from the virtal felt as well making it to the final table of the 2009 EPT Barcelona taking seventh.
After im_so_proud exited in 11th place ($3,521.25) the bubble did not keep people waiting long as two hands later MrDeanoss' mega-stack would set up our final table. Blinds moving up to 40K/80K ante 8K MrDeanoss would min-raise from the button as mikey_00009 (special agent perhaps?) shoved from the big blind holding 8♥A♦. MrDeanoss with 7.6 million chips and two face cards Q♦J♥ made the call. The ace led for all of .00009 seconds as two jacks hit the flop 3♦ J♠ J♦ 4♥ 8♣ and mikey_00009 hit the rail in tenth place ($3,521.25) as the final table below started up.
Seat 1: KolliMong (2482202 in chips)
Seat 2: Nico "PKaiser" Fierro (2265346 in chips)
Seat 3: MrDeanoss (8655921 in chips)
Seat 4: OverTheTop43 (611124 in chips)
Seat 5: Mazak14 (3505706 in chips)
Seat 6: SAUS (2845587 in chips)
Seat 7: ThisIsPete (2087947 in chips)
Seat 8: AyeReady1966 (2320636 in chips)
Seat 9: jabko82 (3395531 in chips)
That's Mister Chip Leader to you
Just a few moments after the final table started and before the ninth hour of the tournament our nine players still enjoyed sizable stacks against the 40K/80K ante 8K blinds. All players except OverTheTop43 who held 451,124 chips and decided to try to take some chips from MrDeanoss holding a fat stack of over nine million chips. After MrDeanoss min-raised, OverTheTop43 shoved the short stack holding pocket fours 4♦4♥. MrDeanoss made the easy call with Q♥T♥. An easy call that turned into a profitable one after a queen dropped in on the flop 5♥ Q♠ K♥ 5♦ 7♦ and held to knockout OverTheTop43 in ninth place ($4,788.90).
Mong is gone
With the blinds moving up to 50K/100K ante 10K KolliMong was missing two million of the 2.4 million brought to the final table and in serious need to picking up chips. Finally, a spot opened to open shove from the button holding Q♦T♦. Unfortunately, PKaiser sitting in the small blind also had a queen... two of them actually Q♣Q♠ and made the call. A slight pause for a ten on the flop 2♣ T♥ 8♥ 9♥ K♥ but the pair of ladies prevailed and KolliMong was gone in eighth place ($7,617.16).
Yeah, that is a favorable flop
Mazak14 was looking for some easy blinds and antes opening with a shove for 1.8 million with the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K. However, ThisIsPete holding 4.7 million in chips made the call from the big blind holding K♠Q♠. Watch the video below to see if Mazak14's T♥J♦ found a way to win:
Most of the time with a king and a queen on the flop holding jack-ten is a good thing. But, in Mazak14's case, it would end the tournament as the Q♥ K♣ Q♦ flop gave ThisIsPete a boat and sent Mazak14 out in seventh place ($13,239.90).
Head of the class
MrDeanoss continued his authority a little later in the 65K/130K ante 13K blind level. After calling a min-raise from jabko82 in the big blind, MrDeanoss would check after a coordinated 7♣4♥5♥ flop. jabko82 saw the opportunity to shove for 965,790 holding nothing but a gutshot T♦8♦. However MrDeanoss with plenty of chips to spare decided to make the call holding an open-ended straight draw K♣6♠. The 8♠ filled that draw and the 2♣ prevented the chop as MrDeanoss gathered in another 2.59 million chips and jabko82 got a poker lesson finishing in sixth place ($18,873.90).
SAUS SAUS SAUS SAUS
The name sounds like a gladiator chant and the crowd would be a little pumped up from the rush SAUS went on for six straight hands during the 65K/130K ante 13K blind level. First, a 1.2 million chip pot off ThisIsPete then Nico "PKaiser" Fierro shoved from the cutoff for 1.6 million as SAUS in the small blind made the call holding J♣Q♦. A light call perhaps, as PKaiser had some choice words after turning over the dominated 8♠J♠. The 3♦ T♥ 4♣ 5♠ 2♦ board did not help PKaiser's mood any as the fifth place finisher took home $24,507.90. Perhaps the reason for the choice words were due to the pro's long list of big finishes including the LAPT Rosario's final table where he finished eighth for $28K.
After claiming the blinds on the next hand, SAUS would open from the cutoff for 320,000 as AyeReady1966 was prepared to rock and shoved for 1.72 million in the small blind. This time the call was MUCH easier as SAUS held pocket aces A♦A♠. AyeReady1966's K♠Q♥ had zero percent to win after the ace on the turn 2♥ 6♥ 8♠ A♣ 4♥ as the British player took fourth place ($32,395.50).
UK meets Pete
AyeReady1966, MrDeanoss, and SAUS all represented the United Kingdom tonight. AyeReady1966 met the end in fourth place, then with the blinds up to 80K/160K ante 16K MrDeanoss lost a few big pots against SAUS and ThisIsPete still holding a sizable stack of 7.7 million chips before getting into this massive 15.5 million pot versus ThisIsPete:
MrDeanoss flopped top pair A♦7♣ and called ThisIsPete down all the way on the A♣ 3♠ J♣ 5♠ 9♥ board. But, it was the river that killed MrDeanoss' tournament as the deadly nine get ThisIsPete two pair J♥9♠ and United Kingdom its second straight elimination as MrDeanoss was out in third place ($47,325.60).
U.K. all the way
37 minute battle to the finish would see SAUS start with a deficit but power the way to victory. ThisIsPete held a 18.5 million to 9.6 million chip lead to lead off the race for the $88,736.30 first prize as the player did not discuss any sort of chop of the $22K difference between first and second.
SAUS would take the chip lead 14 minutes into the heads-up match after drawing to a smaller deficit (13.4 vs. 14.6 million), SAUS would check-call on three streets with the board showing 8♠ K♦ 7♠ A♦ A♥ and flip up K♠J♥ out-kicking ThisIsPete's K♣4♣ for the 6.93 million chip pot.
Then with the blinds up to 125K/250K ante 25K holding a 16.7 million to 11.4 million chip lead, SAUS would turn a wheel holding A♠4♠ leading the betting on all three streets as the board showed 2♥ 5♥ 7♠ 3♣ 2♠. After SAUS' cards were flipped up, ThisIsPete's cards shot into the muck as you the viewer will need to come back tomorrow for the replay to see what ThisIsPete folded after this 13.5 million chip pot went to SAUS.
Finally, with SAUS in the driver's seat holding 22 million to ThisIsPete's 6.07 million the tournament would crown its champion. SAUS would limp in from the button as ThisIsPeter shoved holding K♠Q♦. SAUS with pocket nines 9♦9♠ made the call and the board complied with the pocket pair 2♥ 7♦ T♥ 2♦ 7♣ and SAUS found an extra $88,736.30 in the bankroll after the Sunday Warm-Up victory!
Players Entered: 2,817
Prize Pool: $563,400.00
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (06-24-12):
1. SAUS (United Kingdom) $88,736.30
2. ThisIsPete (Denmark) $66,199.50
3. MrDeanoss (United Kingdom) $47,325.60
4. AyeReady1966 (United Kingdom) $32,395.50
5. Nico "PKaiser" Fierro (Chile) $24,507.90
6. jabko82 (Czech Republic) $18,873.90
7. Mazak14 (Sweden) $13,239.90
8. KolliMong (Sweden) $7,617.16
9. OverTheTop43 (Germany) $4,788.90