Sunday Warm-Up: Ladies champ ProXimaVez, adds Sunday Warm-Up to resume

Thumbnail image for Sunday Warm-Up logo NEW.PNGQuads are usually a rarity in Texas Hold Em'. With three players remaining tonight the rarity would show up in back-to-back hands that perhaps someone with a mind for probabilities could figure out the odds of this happening. The draw possibility for completing quads with paired cards by the turn is 2.128% as we are sure tonight's runner-up PikkuHUMPPA will remember after being coolered before starting up chip chop talks during the late-stage of tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up. The 2,808 player turnout this evening showed signs of wary high rollers making their way back from the journey to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker as day six of the Main Event currently showed about 58 players still in including Team PokerStars Jan Heitmann.

On the virtual felt Team PokerStars' Jude "j. thuddeus" Ainsworth did some damage this evening, collecting $589.68 for a 169th place showing. Ainsworth would be only Red Spader to cash this evening, joining the other 413 players to carve a chunk of the $561,600.00 prize pool.

Only 15 brave players would reach the ninth hourly break and none ready to go home yet as it would take a level a play to reach our final table. I R STUPID, Action-DG, and BAGBAGBAGBAG would all receive $2,667.60 in 13th through 15th place. BAGBAGBAGBAG's finish stopped a potential second Sunday Warm-Up victory after taking down this tournament in January for $91K.

mikey_00009 and ronaldgrauer found $3,510.00 shipped to them in 11th and 12th place as hand-for-hand play saw an interesting three-way all-in preflop. With the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K MishuNona, DJSlow, and biezpienelis all tossed their chips in with DJSlow covering both players. MishuNona would turn up K♦A♦, biezpienelis holding pocket treys 3♦3♥, and DJSlow behind both with T♠A♥. Three queens on the flop and nothing else of note on the Q♣ Q♦ Q♠ 9♣ 2♦ board allowed both MishuNona and biezpienelis to continue in the tournament.

Five hands later at the same table, solody fresh off doubling up ProXimaVez, and holding just 193,482 chips called bingogobernd's 273,000 chip raise out of the big blind for less. solody would turn up the better hand preflop holding Q♣K♠ to bingogobernd's 9♥J♦ but a nine on the flop 6♣ 2♣ 9♠ 5♥ T♥ would send the pot to bingogobernd leaving solody to collect $3,510.00 as the bubble boy. solody has collected several final tables of major tournaments here at PokerStars before including the 2010 WCOOP Event #40 H.O.R.S.E. tourney picking up an eighth place cash.

After solody's avatar was removed the player reconvened at Table 77 for the spotlighted final table seen below:


Seat 1: MishuNona (1390376 in chips)
Seat 2: DJSlow (3237058 in chips)
Seat 3: biezpienelis (1726738 in chips)
Seat 4: PikkuHUMPPA (2242130 in chips)
Seat 5: Lede007 (1063029 in chips)
Seat 6: trollllort (3694400 in chips)
Seat 7: ProXimaVez (3486214 in chips)
Seat 8: PamPamPake (1423025 in chips)
Seat 9: bingogobernd (9817030 in chips)

Slow means fast

DJSlow may have laid out a meager raise but it ended up capturing a bulky pot. With the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K DJSlow led from the cutoff with a min-raise as biezpienelis shoved for 2.1 million from the button. Holding A♥Q♣ DJSlow could have folded and waited for a better spot, but after a few ticks on the clock correctly called as biezpienelis flipped up the dominated A♠9♣. The all-low 8♦ 7♣ 2♣ 4♥ 4♣ board never threatened as DJSlow scooped up the 4.5 million chip pot and biezpienelis would settle for $4,773.60 in ninth place.

Pam Pam's stack goes Bye Bye

With the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 16K, PamPamPake would shove from UTG for 698,025 getting called by MishuNona a few seats over for 656,376 holding pocket kings K♠K♣. PamPamPake's nines 9♠9♦ sighed heavily after seeing the king in the door K♦ 2♠ J♣ A♠ 2♥ knocking the Finn down to 41,649 chips. Despite a quadruple up on the next hand , PamPamPake's tourney would come to an end after Lede007's jacks J♥J♦ squashed PamPamPake's Q♠9♥ hitting a set with the board showing 3♣ 8♠ 4♣ J♠ K♦ and collecting $7,592.83 in eighth place.

Wrong lead paragraph for Lede007

While we will recap Lede007's final hand of the tournament, it is our guess that Lede007 would have rather seen the final recap report's lead paragraph detailing the UK native's victory tonight. With the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K PikkuHUMPPA would apply pressure by opening from the small blind to one million chips. Lede007 holding just 624,976 chips called the raise showing a couple of suited broadway cards Q♥T♥. PikkuHUMPPA's medium ace 6♥A♣ led throughout first by pairing the ace on the flop, then rivering a straight 3♦ A♠ 5♣ 4♠ 7♣. Lede007 would go down as one of the final tablist but not the winner tonight finishing in seventh place ($13,197.60).

B-3 not called spells BINGO!

Sometimes while playing Bingo it is the numbers that are not called that send a player to the podium to have their winning combination read from the five by five card. Just three hands after Lede007 went to the rail, watch below for bingogobernd's winning line coming out on the board:

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MishuNona's A♠3♦ would not find any help from the 7♠ 8♣ T♥ 5♠ K♠ board as bingogobernd's big slick K♣A♥ held on for the win sending MishuNona home in sixth place ($18,813.60).

Double BINGO!

Not long after bingogobernd showed MishuNona to the rail, and still in the same 100K/200K ante 20K blind level, the German would add another sizable pot to the chip leading stack. Leading off from the hijack seat, bingogobernd raised to 420,000 as DJSlow shoved a decent sized stack, 4.77 million chips to be exact, with hopes of a quick pot. Instead bingogobernd had the easiest call in poker to make holding pocket aces A♥A♦ and dominating DJSlow's A♠J♦. Despite a bumpy flop with a jack in the door, the aces cleared the rest of the J♣ 9♠ 4♣ 8♣ T♥ board without incident. DJSlow's performance on the poker turntable tonight was worth $24,429.60 in fifth place.

Pro to be reckoned with

Still in the 100K/200K ante 20K level ProXimaVez led out for 404,585 from the cutoff as trollllort came out of the big blind cave with a shove for 2.4 million. Almost half of ProXimaVez's stack the Austrian made the call with pocket fours 4♠4♦ racing against trollllort's A♠8♣. ProXimaVez would vanquish trollllort from the tournament after the 6♦ 3♠ 9♥ 2♦ T♥ failed to connect on the aggressive attack earning $32,292.00 in fourth place.

If you have ever dropped by a bingo hall or church cranking out old wooden balls from a sphere at the end of the night there is usually a game of cover-all laid out for the big bucks. If the card cost one dollar during the night, the cover-all bumps this up to five bucks so someone can go home with a decent cash for the night. The object is to cover all of the spaces on the five by five board, and as you watch the hand below, PikkuHUMPPA covers board and walks off with at least $18K more in cash:

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Top pair flopped for PikkuHUMPPA's 9♠Q♥ but bingogobernd found two pair 5♦7♦ on the 9♥5♥7♠ flop. But, the turned 9♦ and rivered 9♣ gave PikkuHUMPPA runner-runner quads and the huge 17.3 million chip pot sending bingogobernd out of the bingo hall with a head-scratching third place ($47,174.40).

$500.00 sealed the deal

ProXimaVez and PikkuHUMPPA would immediately go into deal talks after a huge pot broke out immediately after bingogohernd took the third place cash. ProXimaVez picked up aces as PikkuHUMPPA got coolered with queens and had to watch his opponent snag quads as the 20 million chip pot went to ProXimaVez, completely changing the deal they were about to make.

After ProXimaVez shipped an extra $500 to PikkuHUMPPA, they came to the deal below (leaving $10K for tonight's champ):

ProXimaVez: $74,690.43
PikkuHUMPPA: $69,750.31

Women's Sunday Champ now Sunday Warm-Up Champ

After the 10 minute chop talks ends ProXimaVez returned to the table with a 20.7 million to 7.3 million chip lead. With this sizable lead the chop talks lasted twice as long as the actual heads-up match!

Two hands after ProXimaVez picked up pots of 2.9 and 2.7 million back-to-back PikkuHUMPPA was down to 5.4 million chips facing a raise to 605,585 and blinds of 150K/300K ante 30K. Holding 9♥K♥ PikkuHUMPPA shoved from the big blind as ProXimaVez made the call with A♣7♥. Both players would pair on the 9♠A♠6♦ flop but that's all PikkuHUMPPA could connect with as a queen on the turn Q♣ and another ace on the river A♦ spelled victory and an extra $10,000.00 for our Sunday Warm-Up champion ProXimaVez. This was not the Austrian's first trip to the winner's circle on Sunday as she took down the Women's Sunday in December for $3K as well.

Players Entered: 2,808
Places Paid: 414
Prize Pool: $561,000.00

$500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up results (07-15-12):
(* denotes part of two-way deal)
1. ProXimaVez (Austria) *$84,690.43
2. PikkuHUMPPA (Finland) *$69,750.31
3. bingogobernd (Germany) $47,174.40
4. trollllort (Switzerland) $32,292.00
5. DJSlow (Finland) $24,429.60
6. MishuNona (Israel) $18,813.60
7. Lede007 (United Kingdom) $13,197.00
8. PamPamPake (Finland) $7,592.83
9. biezpienelis (Latvia) $4,773.60

Be sure to check in on our Team PokerStars pros still in the World Series of Poker Main Event as Team Blog is providing the stories not always told by the cards on the felt.

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up