Sunday Warm-Up: sava-lenivec wins $73,203.33

Russia, Lithuania, Romania (times two), United Arab Emirates, Israel, Bulgaria, Norway, and Germany all decided to join our colorful $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table this evening. While it would take just under an hour to reach heads-up play (including a five-minute break and stoppage time for a three-way deal between Andr the gun, LoredanKK, and sava-lenivec) the final two would grind it out for over a half-hour with the remaining $10,000.00 on the line. sava-lenivec took down Andr the gun for the Sunday Warm-up title and $73,203.33

Sweden's NhFy was last seen bubbling the two-day SCOOP 2013 Event # 29-H but was on the verge tonight of making the final table down to 18 players. After making it to the Sunday Warm-Up final table August 2012 (7th place, $13,923.00) only nine more players to go to prevent a return trip for NhFy. rbg187 did not want to see the talented Swede there and after NhFy was knocked down to 478,575 chips with blinds at 30K/60K ante 6K rbg187 would close out NhFy's day. All-in preflop holding Q♣K♥ NhFy was not happy to see rbg187's pocket kings K♦K♠ safely wade through the 9♠ 9♦ 5♦ 5♠ Q♥ board to exit in 17th place ($1,866.80).

Doeks was also for another big time final table having hit the SCOOP 2011 Event #5-H running and nearly claiming the championship watch as the runner-up while taking home $113,770. However sava-lenivec had something to say about that taking out Doeks' shortstack check-raise attempt after a A♣K♥7♣ flop. With 1.2 million in the middle and Doeks holding T♣K♦, sava-lenivec watch the mid-ace A♠8♦ take down the pot after a safe card on the 2♠ turn and 9♣ river. Doeks earned $2,728.40 in 13th place and shortly after Sasha21571 claimed $3,590.00 in 12th place, the remaining 11 players took a five minute breather during the ninth hourly break.

The tournament would see rbg187 gunned down in 11th place ($3,590.00) ten minutes after the break as we moved into hand-for-hand play. With the blinds up to 65K/130K ante 13K Carterboy11 would run into ply10 twice in three hands. The first one ply10 would double up after Carterboy11 flopped top pair to ply10's flopped flush for a 2.2 million chip pot. Then, two hands later both were all-in pre-flop with an ace. Carterboy11's A♣T♠ would find a ten on the Q♥ A♠ Q♦ 6♦ T♦ board but thanks to the two ladies, ply10's big slick A♥K♥ won the kicker war knocking out Carterboy11 in tenth place ($3,590.00) starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: ply10 (3442477 in chips)
Seat 2: orange6 (2714764 in chips)
Seat 3: matze_widi (1508337 in chips)
Seat 4: Andr the gun (4038436 in chips)
Seat 5: shteddy (1436345 in chips)
Seat 6: K0VAK (3356561 in chips)
Seat 7: LoredanKK (2511380 in chips)
Seat 8: sava-lenivec (4728656 in chips)
Seat 9: manio57 (4983044 in chips)

matze_widi shot down

A quick start to the final table this evening, with the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K and just four hands in matze_widi would shove from the small blind for 1.6 million hoping to pick up some easy chips holding Q♠8♥. However, Andr the gun with 9♦A♠ and nearly four million in chips decided to make the call out of the small blind. Despite the flopped flush draw for matze_widi, neither player touched the J♥ 3♥ 7♥ K♦ K♠ board ending matze_widi's night in ninth place ($4,882.40).

Hand eight not great for shteddy

A fast start to the final table as it only took eight hands to trim both shortstacks from the race for the $90K first place prize. With the blinds still at 65K/130K ante 13K shteddy would shove 1.26 million from middle position as it folded around to sava-lenivec in the small blind making the call with J♠Q♦. For a brief moment shteddy's 5♣A♥ took the lead, but a jack on the door and a queen to shut the J♥ 4♥ 5♦ 8♦ Q♠ board ended shteddy's tournament in eighth place ($7,765.88).

Should have used two-ply

After the quick eliminations of shteddy and matze_widi, seven players would bunker down as seventh place was finally named during the 100K/200K ante 20K level. Watch below as K0VAK and ply10 knot up for a 4.3 million chip preflop pot:

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ply10's pocket sevens 7♣7♦ did not have to wait until the river to get the bad news from K0VAK's big slick A♠K♦. Three broadway cards on the flop Q♠ J♦ A♥ 6♣ 3♣ was plenty to pull K0VAK to victory and flush ply10 out of the tournament in seventh place ($13,498.40).

Wait five minutes to leave in one

Back-to-back eliminations greeted the table after the players enjoyed the tenth hourly break. K0VAK, with a Sunday Million final table under the Bulgarian's belt /en/blog/sm/2012/charlesty-becomes-january-29-sunday-mill-090504.html (5th place, $59,876.40) was looking to top that finish tonight. However after doubling up sava-lenivec prior to the break, K0VAK would shove 1.49 million with A♥5♥ over the top of a small blind raise from Andr the gun. K♣7♦ was enough for Andr the gun to make the call as both players watched a pair of kings hit the flop K♦ K♠ 6♥ 3♣ 6♣ ending K0VAK's run in sixth place ($19,242.40).

On the next hand orange6 shoved a shortened stack of 1.74 million chips from the cutoff as the chip leader sava-lenivec made an adventurous call holding K♣2♣. orange6 woke up with a real hand, turning over big slick K♦A♠. But, fortunate deuce on the door 2♥ 3♥ 8♣ 6♥ 3♠ and the Tigger avatar of orange6 was sent back to the Hundred Acre Wood with $24,986.40 in fifth place. Unfortunately, the former Sunday Warm-Up champ was not to replicate the win back in May 2012 for $86K.

Fastest gun in the East

Still in the 100K/200K ante 20K blind level sava-lenivec min-raised from the button as manio57 shoved 1.67 million from the small blind and Andr the gun three-bet to 2.95 million from the big blind. sava-lenivec made a wise decision to duck for cover as Andr the gun turned up pocket aces A♦A♣ . manio57's 4♥A♠ would find a four on the Q♦ 9♦ 4♠ 5♦ 7♠ board but no more taking away $33,028.00 in fourth place.

Seal the deal

Only a little bickering between the final three players causes a pause in the three-way deal shown below:

LoredanKK $66,578.94
Andr the gun $66,428.13
sava-lenivec $63,203.33

LoredanKK is not ok

After the three deal hashed out all but $10,000 of the remaining prize pool LoredanKK would run big slick into sava-lenivec's aces for an 18.9 million chip pot leaving the former chip leader with just 1.47 million chips and 125K/250K ante 25K blinds. Double up the first hand, and scrap together a few preflop pots and LoredanKK clawed back to 4.1 million chips and was all-in again preflop with a dominating 6♠A♠ versus Andr the gun's 3♣A♣. Even better, LoredanKK would flop trips Q♣6♦6♣ looking to get back into contention. A safe J♠ on the turn but a third club on the river 7♣ sent LoredanKK packing in third place ($66,578.94). Yet another big final table for LoredanKK, hitting the Sunday Million for $32K in February after taking seventh place.

Winner by TKO in the 15th round - sava-lenivac!

Nearly thirty minute long heads-up battle between sava-lenivac and Andr the gun was set up after sava-lenivac made a gut-check call on the river with top pair after a sizable shove by Andr the gun on the river earned 25 million of the 28.6 million chips in play. Eight hands later and the tournament finished out with the hand below:

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With the blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K holding four million in chips, Andr the gun would shove all-in over a min-raise by sava-lenivec holding pocket sixes 6♥6♣. sava-lenivac made the math call with 8♦7♦ finding a seven on the flop A♥ 7♥ 4♠ 4♦ T♠ to close out the Sunday Warm-up victory for sava-lenivec!

PokerStars $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (06-16-13):

Players entered: 2,872
Places paid: 414
Prizepool: $574,400.00

(* denotes part of three-way deal)

1. sava-lenivec (Russia) *$73,203.33
2. Andr the gun (Lithuania) *$66,428.13
3. LoredanKK (Romania) *$66,578.94
4. manio57 (United Arab Emirates) $33,028.00
5. orange6 (Israel) $24,986.00
6. K0VAK (Bulgaria) $19,242.40
7. ply10 (Norway) $13,498.40
8. shteddy (Romania) $7,765.88
9. matze_widi (Germany) $4,882.40

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
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