Sunday Warm-Up: X marks the win by Sweden's carolusXX
Around the time the players in tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up were moving into the 360 player money position, five Team PokerStars Pros were about to begin their very expensive journey into the most expensive poker tournament at the World Series of Poker. The One Drop boasts a buy-in of $1,000,000 which Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Daniel Negreanu, and Jason Mercier are shooting for a $18 million non-deal payoff. To put into perspective, tonight's 2,453 entries into the Sunday Warm-Up would need another 2,547 buy-ins ($200+$15) just to reach the funds the Team Pros put up. While tonight's $79,000.00 first prize will not allow the winner to go purchase an island like billionaire Larry Ellison recently did, but it is more than most people make in a full year.
Players like im_so_proud were back late in the tournament against this week. After finishing 11th place in this tournament last week the U.K. rounder would come close again to a final table, just missing out in 32nd place ($1,300.00). lubor74 got a front row seat to Team Pro's Viktor "Isildur1" Blom Event #2-M SCOOP victory after making the final table (finishing in ninth place $12,772). But, tonight's journey would end shortly before the last table for lubor74 taking home $1,300.00 in 27th place.
Down to the final two tables Funk244's pocket queens took a dive against Troubaduren's A♦T♥ when two aces showed up on the flop A♠A♣3♦T♦5♥ and turned a boat for the extra needle to finish in 17th place ($1,850.00). Gord0nGeck0's run on Wall Street ended much like his tournament tonight, swiftly. With the blinds at 30K/60K ante 6K Gord0nGeck0 would take a shot at calling the all-in shove by kinkel99 with A♣K♥, but kinkel99's pocket jacks J♦J♥ would safely flow through the 2♥T♠3♣2♦4♠ board as the Australian took home $2,550.00 in 14th place.
After pokerturo's pocket sevens failed to hold against carolusXX's big slick, just one hand of hand-for-hand play would go down. On Table 36 with the blinds still at 40K/80K ante 8K Brandvold fresh off a costly bluffing attempt against VIVSMAN would min-raise from the cutoff as bambam500599 called out of the small blind. bambam500599 checked the 4♥9♥3♠ flop as Brandvold shoved for 824,000. Holding pocket fives 5♣5♥ bambam500599 made the gut-check call, and it was the right one as Brandvold turned over 7♠A♦. No ace nor a seven on the J♠ turn and 3♦ river and Brandvold was tonight's bubble boy in 10th place ($3,250.00) starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: smcrawford2 (3027816 in chips)
Seat 2: firstname.lastname@example.org (1084080 in chips)
Seat 3: kinkel99 (2881318 in chips)
Seat 4: bambam500599 (2315746 in chips)
Seat 5: VIVSMAN (6956233 in chips)
Seat 6: kersepit (952844 in chips)
Seat 7: need2klonk (1385600 in chips)
Seat 8: carolusXX (4952491 in chips)
Seat 9: Troubaduren (973872 in chips)
On this side of the pond we usually wait until July 4th to light off the bottle rockets and colorful mortar rounds. The second hand from tonight's final table would have a three-way all-in involving Troubaduren, smcrawford2, and kersepit. Two would have the same hand, but only one would go home, check out the video below for the answer:
smcrawford2 K♥A♣ and kersepit K♣A♦ both held big slick as Troubaduren was behind with J♣A♥. The disadvantage was only temporary as a jack showed itself on the door J♦ 5♦ 6♦ 3♠ 7♥ of the 3.04 million chip pot. Troubaduren would pick up the pot as kersepit lacked the chips to continue falling in ninth place ($4,250.00).
Not a laughing matter
As the blinds moved up to 50K/100K ante 10K so did the aggression as email@example.com took a shot at carolusXX's opening 220,150 raise by three-betting all-in to 922,080. Holding a couple of face cards K♣Q♥ carolusXX made the call and was behind the A♠J♦ of firstname.lastname@example.org . The jack on the flop was moot despite pairing email@example.com, but the ten and nine that followed it were not 7♦ 6♣ J♠ T♠ 9♦ as carolusXX rivered the runner-runner straight for a serious ending to firstname.lastname@example.org's night in eighth place ($7,250.00).
VIVS is the man
Just nine hands later chip leader VIVSMAN, in the small blind, would look up the 1.4 million chip shove by smcrawford2. Flipping over pocket fives 5♠5♥ smcrawford2 would watch way too many aces and kings come out on the A♥ K♣ 9♦ K♦ A♠ board that matched the ace in VIVSMAN's hand A♣Q♣. Nearly three million chips would float to VIVSMAN's leading stack as smcrawford2 floated away in seventh place ($12,250.00).
need2klonk would start bambam500599's downfall. With the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K and bmbam500599 up to 2.7 million would call the all-in of need2klonk in the small blind holding A♣J♣. A good call considering need2klonk turned up A♥T♠ but the board did not feel that way as a ten flopped 8♥ T♥ 3♠ 9♠ 8♣ sending bambam500599 down to just 683K. A dozen hands later and down to 63,491 chips VIVSMAN would pick-up the scrap chips with a set of threes 3♦3♣ versus bambam500599's 6♣4♣ on the 3♠ J♥ 7♥ Q♥ A♥ board ending Pebble's playmate's night in sixth place ($17,250.00).
Aces end the night instead of starting it
With the blinds up to 80K/160K ante 16K carolusXX would make a small raise to 380,000 from the cutoff as kinkel99 made the call from the small blind. T♠J♥K♣ flop got both of their attention as kinkel99 would check-raise all-in for 2.7 million and carolusXX had enough chips to make the call. Check out the video below to see who ended up with the 6.4 million chip pot.
Flopped straight for carolusXX's Q♣9♦ would crack kinkel99's aces A♥A♠ on the T♠ J♥ K♣ 5♥ 4♥ board as kinkel99's slow play ended up with a fifth place payday ($22,250.00). kinkel99 is known for playing higher stakes as seen with a sixth place finish in the $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday in January.
klonk gets bonked
Four-handed the blinds would move up to 100K/200K ante 20K and need2klonk needed to find some chips holding 2.6 million and shove them in from the cutoff. carolusXX sitting one chair over with pocket sevens 7♥7♦ would re-raise all-in to 6.4 million and the blinds wanted nothing to do with the hand quickly folded. need2klonk needed to bink a six holding pocket sixes 6♦6♠ but found nothing on the 4♦ A♣ K♠ J♥ 7♠ board to finish in fourth place ($29,250.00).
ICM, chip chop, something in-between?
The threesome would shuffle chips for five hands before calling on Team Online's Roy "GodLikeRoy" Bhasin. Because they could not decide between chip chop and ICM numbers he would present both shown below:
ICM (adjusted to give $40 from carolusXX to VIVSMAN)
After 20 minutes ICM was the winner and so were our final three all locking up near second place money.
With the money locked up, except $10,000.00 for our champion, the very hand after the dealer started pitching cards in the air would see VIVSMAN and carolusXX all-in preflop. 12.8 million in the middle and VIVSMAN covered while holding big slick K♠A♣. carolusXX rolled over the dominated A♦9♥ but the board could not stop rolling out hearts as four of them showed up to match the nine of hearts in carolusXX's hand 7♥ T♥ T♦ J♥ Q♥ to ship the huge pot carolusXX's way. Three hands later with just over a million chip left VIVSMAN would shove 4♦5♥ from the big blind hoping to beat the 9♦Q♦ held by the nemesis carolusXX. Neither player hit the T♦ 8♦ T♠ 3♣ 3♥ board and VIVSMAN would take home the chopped third place cash ($56,000.16).
Long night turned short
This would not be Troubadren's first dance into big final table's, the Dane's list is impressive including chalking up $112K in April after taking third in the Sunday Million.
Blinds holding at 100K/200K ante 20K, the heads up battle had a chance to be a long night as carolusXX started with the lead at 12.7 million chips and Troubaduren holding 11.8 million for almost 60 big blinds a piece. However, carolusXX went on a tear winning the first three hands, giving up 1.2 million to Troubaduren, then winning the next six hands to knock down Troubaduren to 6.6 million.
Then after Troubaduren picked up the blinds and antes on the 11th hand heads-up Troubaduren would min-raise from the button as carolusXX three-bet to 1.2 million. Holding A♠4♦ Troubaduren would shove for 6.6 million as carolusXX made the dominating call T♥A♥. An unnecessary runner-runner straight 5♦ 3♣ Q♦ K♥ J♦ would send carolusXX to the winner's circle in style, picking up the extra $10,000.00 and this week's Sunday Warm-Up title!
Players Entered: 2,453
Places Paid: 360
Prize Pool: $500,000.00
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (07-01-12):
(* denotes part of three-way chop)
1. carolusXX (Sweden) *$64,676.69
2. Troubaduren (Denmark) *$60,158.15
3. VIVSMAN (United Kingdom) *$56,000.16
4. need2klonk (Sweden) $29,250.00
5. kinkel99 (Romania) $22,250.00
6. bambam500599 (Germany) $17,250.00
7. smcrawford2 (Canada) $12,250.00
8. email@example.com (United Kingdom) $7,250.00
9. kersepit (Netherlands) $4,250.00