Sunday Warm-Up: Bagging the title, Magorefet wins title and $74K after three-way chop
The attendance of the $500,000 guarantee has slowly increased since the summer poker camp known as the World Series of Poker broke away until November. 2,751 players piled in last week and 2,915 created a $583,000.00 prize pool this week as $91,822.50 was slated for the champion tonight but our final three rounds had different ideas and chopped up the funds. Magorefet would claim the lion share with the extra $10,000.00 set aside and win $74,653.20 with the title.
Challenger winner Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas seems to be a man who loves living on the edge. Just three weeks ago Kalfas came in 415th place in this very tournament to finish out of the money on the bubble. Today with 414 places paying again, he would finish in 414th place and grab a small ($326.48) instead of air.
Team PokerStars Pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby seems to use the Sunday Warm-Up as a personal ATM machine found himself in the money again tonight earning $378.95 in 310th place. Further up the ladder we would find the final two Red Spades. Team Pros Lex Veldhuis and Sebastian Ruthenburg would get knocked out back-to-back in 200th and 201st place both earning $524.70 as the post-WSOP crowd as filtered their way back into the Sunday Warm-Up.
Aftret with plenty of final table appearances in the Sunday Warm-up was last seen at the final table of the 2012 WCOOP Event #37 in a Norwegian heavy final table taking third place. Tonight Aftret was trying to notch another big final table but got stopped cold by villepn's aces versus big slick to take 18th place ($1,894.75). Mikleler also with plenty of Sunday Majors and -COOP final table experience such as SCOOP 2013 Event #24-M claiming seventh place in the mixed NLHE/POL tournament would fall just short of the final table tonight in 14th place ($2,769.25).
After tpleta busted in 11th place ($3,643.75) hand-for-hand play would spill into the ninth hourly break with Germany's Dodin150812 leading the way with over eight million chips and coming back to blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K.
krakts, fresh off losing a big pot to Calvin32 holding kings versus queens and Calvin32 catching a third queen on the flop, would hand the rest of those tournament chips to the same player five hands later. With the blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K krakts moved all-in from the button for 1.01 million as Calvin32 made the call from the big blind holding A♠T♦. krakts looked for a little retribution holding the dominated hand this time Q♦T♣. Unfortunately, the cards played out to the percentages 6♣ 3♦ 7♠ T♠ 6♥ shipping the 2.1 million chip pot to Calvin32 and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Jozinho6 (5248757 in chips)
Seat 2: fiscardddd (1885104 in chips)
Seat 3: WestCliff21 (1790104 in chips)
Seat 4: jpgossn (2987907 in chips)
Seat 5: Maggia10 (3187723 in chips)
Seat 6: Dodin150812 (8063522 in chips)
Seat 7: Magorefet (1820590 in chips)
Seat 8: Calvin32 (3256028 in chips)
Seat 9: villepn (910265 in chips)
SCOOP champ the first to go
villepn has several deep finishes in Sunday Majors as well as various -COOP events including a SCOOP champion watch from 2010's Event #14-H. Tonight as a shortstack villepn was not able to add a Sunday Warm-Up title to the mix as the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K the SCOOP champ shoved for 1.22 million from the hijack seat as WestCliff21 joined the party and re-shoved for 1.54 million from the small blind. Kicker problems for villepn's 7♣A♦ against WestCliff21's T♦A♣ held through the heart-filled 5♥ T♥ A♥ 8♥ Q♠ board earning villepn $4,955.50 in ninth place.
Calvin cuts out another player
With the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 16K Calvin32 would min-raise from early position as Jozinho6 shoved a small stack of 592,296 from the immediate left. Action folded to Dodin150812 who called out of the big blind and Calvin32 to offense to the calling by re-shoving for 2.3 million. This time Dodin150812 took the hint and folded as Calvin32 turned up big slick K♠A♦ facing off against Jozinho6's pocket ladies Q♣Q♥. The disappointment for Jozinho6 would wait until the river ace 4♦ 8♠ 2♠ 4♠ A♠ as the cracked queens earned Jozinho6 $7,882.16 in eighth place.
Left cross and a right hook
Two sharp punches to the final table send two players to the ropes in three hands. First, with the blinds moving up to 100K/200K ante 20K fiscardddd would shove a shortstack of 735,208 from the button as WestCliff21 did likewise from the small blind for 2.1 million with A♥Q♦. fiscardddd had two live cards at least in T♠K♥ but unfortunately matching both those cards to the T♥ 3♦ J♠ K♦ 2♣ board helped WestCliff21 made a broadway straight and sent fiscardddd to the locker room in seventh place ($13,700.50).
Two hands later Magorefet would a small raise from UTG to 440,000 as jpgossn from the button for 1.8 million. Holding a medium-ace 8♠A♣ Magorefet made the call as jpgossn was slightly behind with a couple of suited face cards K♦J♦. Magorefet had to like the board showing just a single diamond and only one card above a seven 4♥ 7♥ 2♥ 9♠ 4♦. The ace played as jpgossn's departure in sixth place ($19,530.50) started up some chop talks.
Falling off the Cliff
With the blinds holding at 100K/200K ante 20K WestCliff21 would shove 2.48 million from the small blind hoping to bully Maggia10. That tactic backfired when Maggia10 made the call with A♦8♣ slightly ahead of WestCliff21's 6♣Q♥. The only one matching anything would be Maggia10's ace hitting the end of the 4♥ 7♣ J♥ J♦ A♥ board to clear the five million chip pot and pushing WestCliff21 off in fifth place ($25,360.50).
Three hands later the blinds would move up to 125K/250K ante 25K and the population of the table would go down to three. Dodin150812 opened for a raise to 625,000 as Calvin32 shoved from the small blind for 2.59 million. Maggia10 folded the big blind but Dodin150812 did not, making the call with pocket jacks J♥J♣ and thoroughly dominating the pocket fives 5♠5♥ held by Calvin32. A jack on the flop J♦ 6♦ A♣ A♥ 8♦ sealed this one up early as Calvin32 took home $33,522.50 in fourth place. It may have been awhile ago but Tim "Calvin32" Sullivan claimed a WCOOP title back in 2008 winning over $450K in the process.
Three players made their peace quickly all assuring themselves at least second place type cash in the chop below leaving $10,000.00 for the champ:
Mags? Mags. Mags!
It would be Mag on Mag warfare shortly after the three-way chop as Maggia10 and Magorefet traded bets until 10.9 million sat in the middle. For the results check out the video below:
Maggia10's Q♦T♠ would find a queen on the 6♣ K♥ 6♠ Q♣ 7♣ board but Magorefet's K♦J♣ king would rule the day as Maggia10 took away $66,584.55 in third place.
Three minutes to win it
Usually the name of the game is a minute to win it but Magorefet took three minutes tonight as the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K and Dodin150812 knocked down to 6.6 million tried to gain a little boost after shoving preflop over Magorefet's min-raise. Watch below as Magorefet become a Sunday Warm-Up champ after making the call:
Many times this would end in a chopped pot as Dodin150812's A♥2♣ took on Magorefet's A♠5♥. Unfortunately for Dodin150812 the board laid out a back-ended straight 9♠ 7♦ K♦ 8♦ 6♥ for Magorefet who became this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion earning $74,653.20!
PokerStars $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (07-21-13)
Players entered: 2,915
Places Paid: 414
(* denotes part of three-way chop)
1. Magorefet (Israel) *$74,653.20
2. Dodin150812 (Germany) *$68,059.25
3. Maggia10 (United Kingdom) *$66,584.55
4. Calvin32 (Cayman Islands) $33,522.50
5. WestCliff21 (Germany) $25,360.50
6. jpgossn (Argentina) $19,530.50
7. fiscardddd (United Kingdom) $13,700.50
8. Jozinho6 (Austria) $7,882.16
9. villepn (Finland) $4,955.50
David Aydt is a freelance contributor