Sunday Warm-Up: UsleSvend sails to victory, Team Pro George Danzer 3rd

Thumbnail image for Sunday Warm-Up logo NEW.PNGWith the World Series of Poker in full swing, the eyes are on the Team PokerStars pros taking their skills to the live arena at the Rio for riches and bracelets. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst would increase her career tournament earnings to over $5 million after placing fourth in Event #2 for $161,345. Team Pro Daniel Negreanu would also score a final table in Event #5 but came up short in his quest for a fifth bracelet finishing fifth for $41,683. Both Team Pros David Williams and Barry Greenstein would meet in the Seven Card Stud Event #7 final table finishing fourth and second respectively.

Tonight fellow Team Pro George Danzer took to the online felt for a shot at a major title as the German pro would make the final table of the $215 buy-in $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. After battling through a field of 3,175 players for over 10 hours, Danzer would nearly add this Sunday Major to list of poker achievements.

Hand-for-hand play looked to be a quick affair with the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K and just two hands after Denmark's Pokalmest took home 11th place ($3,810.00), rumnchess would call Cartman.DG's all-in holding A♠Q♣. Turning over 7♥A♥ Cartman.DG bubble looked like it was about to burst with 5♠ 2♠ 6♣ 9♥ on the board. However a river 8♦ filled Cartman.DG's gutshot straight to stay alive.

Much of that 2.2 million chip pot would get shipped right back to rumnchess on the next hand as rumnchess shoved K♣T♣ from the button as Cartman.DG called from the big blind with J♥A♦. Flopped two pair for Cartman.DG A♥ K♠ J♣ put rumnchess in needs. 5♣ on the turn opened flush possibilities, but the club was not needed as the river Q♥ filled the second straight gutshot draw as rumnchess took down the 3.1 million chip pot.

Three hands later and now down to 691,362 chips Cartman.DG shove from the cutoff as UsleSvend made the call holding K♥Q♥. A small ace A♦4♦ for Cartman.DG would not clear the Q♠ 9♥ T♠ K♣ A♠ board as UsleSvend's two pair finally sent Cartman.DG packing in tenth place ($3,810.00) starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: mmoneymike1 (3625305 in chips)
Seat 2: rumnchess (2945916 in chips)
Seat 3: UsleSvend (5218065 in chips)
Seat 4: Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer (3092085 in chips)
Seat 5: jamilg (3289493 in chips)
Seat 6: ctlime (5446151 in chips)
Seat 7: tabzzy (1053300 in chips)
Seat 8: jess1947 (6105441 in chips)
Seat 9: dnshvskpp (974244 in chips)

Starting off with a bang, Danzer scores a double elimination

rumnchess, dnshvskpp, and George Danzer all caught premium hands at the same time and decided to press that luck preflop for a combined 9.8 million chip pot. Watch the German pro take it home below:

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rumnchess Q♦ Q♥
GeorgeDanzer K♣ K♦
dnshvskpp K♠ A♣

No one was about to fold as Danzer had the other two players covered as all three watched a face-less and ace-less 3♠ 7♥ 6♦ 9♥ 2♣ board shove the massive pot to the German pro as dnshvskpp would take ninth place cash ($5,080.00) and rumnchess eight place ($7,937.50) due to chip position at the time. Too bad rumnchess did not get down to heads-up play as the Canadian made it to the semifinals in 2010 WCOOP Event #12 scoring $25K for the effort.

One step back, one step forward

Shortly after Danzer took down that massive pot, he would get coolered himself shoving all-in with pocket queens Q♦Q♣ preflop against the aces A♦A♠ and losing the 11 million chip pot and knocking George down to 5.1 million chip and blinds still at 80K/160K ante 16K but still in a solid second position in chips.

Just before the tenth hourly break Danzer would min-raise from UTG with the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K and a short-stacked tabzzy shoved all in for 1.04 million from the cutoff. Holding pocket nines 9♦9♥ George made the call starting a quick race against tabzzy's big slick K♣A♠. Quick, due to the third nine that popped off on the flop 8♠ 9♣ 3♣ T♦ T♥ giving the Team PokerStars Pro his third elimination of the final table as tabzzy took home $14,287.50 in seventh place.

Clean Sweep?

The German pro had no intentions of sleeping through the final table hoping to kick up a few notches on the pay scale. Shortly after the table reconvened from the break another short-stack jamilg would try to shove 1.07 million over Danzer's leading min-raise. Again George was there to make the call holding a suited Q♣9♣. jamilg however was also suited and dominated with A♦Q♦. The board was not kind for jamilg as a nine snuck in on the turn 4♥ 3♠ 5♣ 9♥ 6♦ to send the Brazilian home in sixth place ($20,637.50).

Chip leader wakes up

Despite Danzer's carnage to the population of the final table, jess1947 was the only player holding an eight figure stack with the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K. From the button the chip leader would make a min-raise as mmoneymike1 shoved from the small blind for 2.87 million. jess1947 pair of fives 5♠5♣ was just strong enough to make the call. mmoneymike1 would flip up J♥A♦ and while three broadway cards would hit the T♥ K♦ 3♥ K♥ 2♦ none helped mmoneymike1 overcome the pocket fives to finish in fifth place ($26,987.50).

45 minutes later only three remain

Just five hands later and the blinds moving up to 125K/250K ante 25K UsleSvend would start off the betting with a min-raise from the button as ctlime made it 3.67 million with a shove from the big blind. Holding pocket nines 9♦9♣ UsleSvend would cover and make the call. ctlime held the overcards K♥J♠ but was quickly put behind in the race as UsleSvend scored a set on the flop 6♦ 9♥ 8♠. The turned T♥ opened up straight possibilities, but the river 5♠ did not fill this time as ctlime was squeezed from the tournament in fourth place ($36,512.50).

Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer eliminated in third place

30 minutes of cautious three-handed play would go by as the momentum swung to UsleSvend as the Dane took up the chip lead with 15.8 million chips as jess1947 held 8.9 million. Danzer had denied a possible three-way split wanting to play a bit more before locking up any more cash sat on just under seven million chips when the following fateful hand took place:

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The Team PokerStars Pro would find himself with kicker problems after shoving from the small blind holding Q♣J♥ and jess1947 making the call with J♣A♥. Flopped top two 3♣ A♠ J♠ 2♥ 4♣ sent the German pro out of the tournament in third place ($52,387.50).


Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer 3rd Place

Settling in for the long haul? Not this time

Despite the stacks being near even during the start of heads-up play between jess1947 (15.9 million) and UsleSvend (15.8 million) and blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K we would name our champion in only seven minutes. Partly thanks to UsleSvend blazing out of the gates by winning the first five pots including one for eight million as UsleSvend caught a queen on the river with the board showing 7♣ 4♥ 6♥ T♥ Q♣ and flipping up K♥Q♠ to take the chip lead.

Then with the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K and UsleSvend pushing the chip lead up to 24 million to 7.7 million, the Dane would call jess1947's min-raise from the button to see a J♠ 2♦ 8♣ flop. UsleSvend would check-call a 1.2 million chip bet as the T♠ hit the turn. Both players checked as the A♦ hit the river. Immediately UsleSvend pushed out enough to cover jess1947's stack and just a quickly jess1947 made the call holding the turned straight 7♣9♣. UsleSvend however was not shoving a rivered pair of aces, as 9♦Q♦ was reveled for the turned nut straight as the cooler shipped UsleSvend the entire $99,695.00 first place prize!

Players Entered: 3,175
Prize Pool: $635,000.00
Places Paid: 495

$500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up results(06-03-12):
1. UsleSvend (Denmark) $99,695.00
2. jess1947 (United Kingdom) $74,295.00
3. Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer (Germany) $52,387.50
4. ctlime (Romania) $36,512.50
5. mmoneymike1 (Canada) $26,987.50
6. jamilg (Brazil) $20,637.50
7. tabzzy (Australia) $14,287.50
8. rumnchess (Canada) $7,937.50
9. dnshvskpp (Ukraine) $5,080.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up