Sunday Warm-Up: Gerge Jung gets the win, banks $111k

Dejanaceking is no stranger to a PokerStars final table. He's been there during the SCOOP and the MicroMillions, banking some solid five-figure cashes. Gerge Jung, however, is more likely to be found beating up 18-man SNGs, although he's been on a MTT hot streak as of late. Gerge Jung never banked more than $6,600 in a tournament until today, but all that changed in a hurry as he slogged through a tough final table and defeated a fierce heads-up opponent in dejanaceking to emerge as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion.

3,559 players joined this week's Warm-Up, creating a $711,800 prize pool. 540 places were paid with first place set to earn $111,753.77. Among the 17 Red Spades in the field were Andre Akkari, Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, and Lex Veldhuis, but only one finished in the money, Team Pro Martin Hruby who cashed in 475th place.

Radiihead and Akserr were similarly short-stacked on the final table bubble, playing a game of chicken with each other during hand-for-hand play. Radiihead was the first to blink, and open-shoved for 1.36 million when the action was folded to him in the small blind. Unfortunately for him, Gladi3 woke up with A♥4♦ in the big. Radiihead's K♥6♦ did not improve and he went out in tenth place.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: A.Tricarico (4,772,524 in chips)
Seat 2: Hope_Flooky (2,652,768 in chips)
Seat 3: Pocket2Chris (7,659,598 in chips)
Seat 4: Gerge Jung (3,976,442 in chips)
Seat 5: Akserr (1,470,631 in chips)
Seat 6: oncommand (4,271,930 in chips)
Seat 7: aces1096 (1,740,990 in chips)
Seat 8: Gladi3 (5,251,834 in chips)
Seat 9: dejanaceking (3,793,283 in chips)

Akserr axed

Akserr made the final table with less than ten big blinds and didn't have to fold for too long before finding a hand he could go with. He three-bet shoved for 1.17 million with pocket tens and A. Tricarico called with A♦Q♥. The Q♣J♥9♠ flop made A. Tricarico top pair, but Akserr held hope with an open-ended straight draw. The turn and river blanked out, however, the 4♠ and the 2♣ falling to send Akserr to the rail in ninth place.

Gerge surges, dejanaceking douses A. Tricarico

In this cooler of a hand, the money was going in no matter what between A. Tricarico and Gerge Jung, the former picking up A♦A♣ under-the-gun and the latter three-betting with Q♠Q♥. A. Tricarico shoved for 6.2 million and Gerge Jung called off his remaining 2.9, only to hit a set on the K♣Q♣3♠ flop. A. Tricarico's aces snapped off, he dropped to 2.6 million in chips while Gerge Jung moved up to second position with 7.6 million. A. Tricarico, however, reclaimed most of those lost chips a short time later with his own stroke of luck, his A♠4♥ turning a four against Pocket2Chris's A♥J♦ in a 4.9 million pot.

Gerge Jung moved to the front of the pack and furthered his chip lead when he won a coinflip to eliminate aces1096 in eighth place, his A♦9♥ flopping an ace against pocket sevens. But just as Gerge Jung moved up to 10.9m, dejanaceking shifted gears and relentlessly attacked the blinds, winning 9 out of the next 10 pots to move up to 7.5 million. Dejanaceking took over the top spot after firing three streets on a Q♣8♥2♦8♣5♠ board. A. Tricarico folded the river and fell to 3.4 million while dejanaceking closed in on 9.7 million. A. Tricarico only lasted one more orbit, putting the rest of his chips in with A♥Q♦ against dejanaceking's pocket threes. The threes held and A. Tricarico took seventh place, earning $16,015.50.

Gerge Jung KOs two, Gladi3 busts Pocket2Chris

Two hands later, the action folded to Gerge Jung in the small blind. Holding A♥4♦, he opened for 2.89 million, more than enough to set big blind oncommand all-in. Oncommand called off his remaining 1.1 million with K♥6♦, but did not improve, the board running out Q♣8♥4♠3♥7♣ to end his run in sixth place. This was oncommand's second deep run of the day; earlier this evening, he finished 18th in TCOOP Event #16 ($320 NLHE KO).

Hope_Flooky was next to fall, three-bet shoving for 4.27 million with J♦J♥ only to be met with a four-bet reshove to 8.37 million from Gerge Jung. Initial raiser dejanaceking got out of the way, and Gerge Jung revealed A♣K♥. Two kings on the flop all but ended it for Hope_Flooky, who departed in fifth place with a $30,251.50 score.

The blinds up to 125,000/250,000 and his stack below 2 million, Pocket2Chris needed to make a move. Thankfully, he picked up a hand worthy of a three-bet shove and moved in over the top of dejanaceking's 500,000 min-raise with A♠J♠. Dejanaceking looked him up with K♠6♠, but did not improve. The other remaining short stack, Gladi3, got his shot at a double-up, calling all-in with A♥Q♥ following a raising war with dejanaceking. Dejanaceking turned over A♠J♠ and did not improve, doubling Gladi3 to 10.2 million.

Pocket2Chris lasted only a few more orbits, ultimately shoving for 3.74 million on the button with A♦9♥. Gladi3 called with A♠T♦ and flopped a ten to take out Pocket2Chris in fourth place.

Can't deal

Their stacks nearly even, our final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. A chip count chop awarded Gladi3, dejanaceking and Gerge Jung $83.4k, $81.7k, and $78.5k respectively, but dejanaceking wouldn't make a deal for less than a $90,000 guaranteed payday. Gladi3 and Gerge Jung weren't willing to give up anything from their shares and with negotiations at a standstill, cards went back in the air.

Gerge decimates dejan

Gladi3 got the best of Gerge Jung, doubling to 18.3 million when he make a jack-high straight vs. sevens and eights, but Gerge Jung snagged those chips back a few minutes later, his A♦K♠ holding up against Gladi3's A♣Q♣. Back up to 17.4 million Gerge Jung left dejanaceking on only four big blinds when he turned quads with 8♠T♣:

Down but certainly not out, dejanaceking doubled to 4.4 million on the next deal when his 4♥6♥ flopped a flush draw and turned a pair against Gladi3's A♦9♠. Now Gladi3 was the one on the ropes and three hands later, he moved all-in from the small blind for 3.1 million. Dejanaceking called, his Q♣J♥ leading Gladi3's 6♦9♣. It was all over on the K♦T♣9♦ flop, as dejanaceking flopped the nut straight. Gladi3 was out in third place, leaving dejanaceking heads-up with Gerge Jung.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: Gerge Jung (28,511,900 in chips)
Seat 9: dejanaceking (7,078,100 in chips)

Although he was outchipped more than four to one, dejanaceking was not about to go gently. He doubled to 9.85 million when his A♠8♣ held against Gerge Jung's Q♥J♥ and doubled again, this time to 18.1 million when his pocket deuces hung on against A♦5♠.

Gerge Jung slipped to 15.8 million before getting three streets of value from his pocket nines in this 14.8 million pot:

Dejanaceking rebounded again, doubling to 19.6 million when his K♣9♠ held against K♥8♦. The slugfest resumed, Gerge Jung whittling dejanaceking's stack down to 12.6 million before a final coinflip decided this heads-up match. All the money went in preflop, Gerge Jung's A♦J♠ needing to improve against dejanaceking's 6♠6♣. An ace on the flop did it, the board running out A♠3♠2♣4♥7♣ to lock up Gerge Jung's Sunday Warm-Up win.

Congratulations to Gerge Jung on a hard-fought win. He earned $111,753.77 while runner-up dejanaceking banked $83,280.60.

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results for 1-20-2013

Players: 3,559
Prizepool: $711,800
Places paid: 540

1. Gerge Jung (Russia) $111,753.77
2. Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) $83,280.60
3. Gladi3 (Austria) $58,723.50
4. Pocket2Chris (Germany) $40,928.50
5. Hope_Flooky (Germany) $30,251.50
6. oncommand (Mexico) $23,133.50
7. A. Tricarico (Belgium) $16,015.50
8. aces1096 (Canada) $8,897.50
9. Askerr (Poland) $5,694.40

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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