Sunday Warm-Up: hbx13902 boxes out the field landing the win and $93K

Ah, spring is here and with it comes the Spring Championship of Online Poker or otherwise known as SCOOP. Bracelet hunting become watch hunting on May 12th as the low, medium, and high versions of Event #1's NLHE 6-max will get everyone's attention. Especially the alarm clocks of the PokerStarsBlog's staff as we will be here to cover every event, every buy-in level, and every final table until someone takes home those Main Event watches. Tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up is here to provide players with a little bit funding for the madness in two weeks. After 3,476 players were knocked out, hbx13902, utreg, and steve3331 all took the largest pieces of the $695,800.00 prize pool and hbx13902 would walk away with the largest share after defeating utreg heads-up for $93,538.53 and the weekly title.

Going into the ninth hour of play and blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K only 15 players remained alive for this week's title. The Netherlands utreg would be trying to avoid a similar exit in this tournament. Back in May 2012 utreg would be on the Sunday Warm-Up final table bubble with a shortstack and lost out to a flopped straight exiting the tournament without a shot at the six-figure prize just one seat away.

On consecutive hands petertai would go from short-stack to average stack after winning two pre-flop shoves. With the blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K DC613 tried to bully petertai by open shoving from the small blind. petertai however woke up with big slick A♠K♣ and rode it to victory over DC613's 6♦5♦ on the Q♣ A♣ 8♥ A♥ 7♣ board. Then, Poeira4 took a 1.33 million chip shot from middle position as petertai again woke up in the blind with big slick A♦K♥ and reshoved for 1.8 million. Poeira4's J♥A♣ added some outs by the turn but the T♦ 9♣ 4♦ Q♦ A♠ board declared petertai the winner once again, scooping up the 2.8 million chip pot and knocking out Poeira4 in 15th place.

Germany's goodvibe1 would get close to the final table once again but finished tonight in 13th place after making a good call on a three-bet shove by zebest_666 for a 5.7 million chip pot holding 9♥A♦. But, the 7♣ 4♥ 9♠ K♣ J♠ board liked zebest_666's T♥8♦ more ending goodvibe1's night short of the final table once again.

utreg however would get redemption tonight after bustouts by bolovic (12th place - $4,174.80) and KnownStrangr (11th place - $4,174.80), utreg would carry a sizable amount of chips into the final table. With the blinds up to 65K/130K ante 13K zebest_666 would min-raise from the hijack seat as it folded to DC613 in the small blind holding jacks J♥J♣. The Canadian would shove for 1.98 million as utreg may have had a brief flashback about missing out on the bubble last year before re-shoving with queens Q♠Q♥. zebest_666 flashed the A♠ and folded as the 2♠ 7♥ 6♣ K♣ 5♥ board provided utreg 4.2 million more chips to bring the final table shown below:


Seat 1: steve3331 (3993497 in chips)
Seat 2: petertai (2860484 in chips)
Seat 3: The Lag rat (2190193 in chips)
Seat 4: hbx13902 (1673362 in chips)
Seat 5: utreg (5656539 in chips)
Seat 6: Theo7171 (3340055 in chips)
Seat 7: Legadzo (1816833 in chips)
Seat 8: Sttephen.L (3511142 in chips)
Seat 9: zebest_666 (9747895 in chips)

Another player seeking place improvement

It may have taken awhile but steve3331 made it back to the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up. After finishing seventh in the Sunday Warm-up in October of 2010 the Hungarian was back and looking to improve on that early bustout. With the blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K Theo7171 would raise to 334,400 from the hijack seat as Legadzo would three-bet all-in to 1.73 million from the cutoff. Folded to steve3331 in the big blind with big slick A♣K♥ the Hungarian re-shoved for 4.02 million. Theo7171 wanted nothing to do with the hand and folded as Legadzo was dominated A♥7♥. Despite two hearts on the flop Q♥ J♥ 4♣ T♣ 8♦ the board notched a four million chip win for steve3331 as Legadzo walked away with $5,566.40 in ninth place. Legadzo had a tall order to eclipse a runner-up finish here in March 2011, banking $138K in the process.

zebest has zebest hand

As the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K The Lag rat would shove in a smallish stack of 1.4 million from early position as it folded around to Sttephen.L in the small blind who made the call. Not so fast says zebest_666 as the big blind woke up with big slick A♥K♣ and reshoved for 7.7 million well covering Sttephen.L's stack. The small blind thought for a bit before folding as The Lag rat flipped up A♠T♦. A king on the flop 7♦ 6♥ K♥ 3♣ 6♦ put this one away early as The Lag rat skittered away in eighth place ($8,697.50).

Not a nice neighbor

Shortly after the tenth hourly break with the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K steve3331 min-raised from early position. Two places over hbx13902 would shove for 2.36 million holding pocket fives 5♥5♦ and two more place over Theo7171 would also shove for 2.38 million holding nines 9♣9♥. steve3331 wanted nothing to do with the two shoves and folded. The 4♥ 3♦ 7♥ 3♥ board looked good for the near double-up but the 6♦ turned Theo7171's tournament upside down. Left with 25,862 chips, Theo7171's scraps would also be shoveled off to hbx13902 as well as Theo7171 was one card from a big stack but ended the night in seventh place ($15,655.50) instead.

Once was not enough

As the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K petertai would score a four million chip pot against chip leader steve3331 holding over 11 million chips. But, two hands later after steve3331 opened for a min-raise from the cutoff and petertai tried again by shoving 4.03 million into the pot. Holding pocket sevens 7♣7♦ steve3331 was ready once again with a call, squaring off against petertai's A♥Q♠. This time steve3331's hand was favored on the 5♦ K♠ 3♥ 5♣ 2♠ board as petertai could not claim the second battle against steve3331 finishing in sixth place ($22,613.50).

No longer zebest

steve3331's stack reached 16.8 million, dwarfing second place hbx13902's 7.2 million and the chip leader went looking for more. Watch below for the results of the hunt:

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The once freerolling zebest_666 was left with 4.2 million and shoved pocket nines 9♣9♠ from the hijack, getting called by steve3331 one seat over holding queens Q♥Q♠. Nines never caused trouble on the T♥ 4♣ 3♥ 8♥ T♠ board and zebest_666 was gone in fifth place ($29,571.50).

utreg steps in to say hello

Five hands later with the blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K utreg would shove from the small blind for 2.67 million as Sttephen.L with an even smaller stack of 1.83 million. utreg's small ace 5♣A♠ would outrank Sttephen.L's small queen Q♥2♥ preflop and after the J♠ K♥ 8♣ 8♦ 5♦ river to claim the 4.6 million chip pot as Sttephen.L went quietly in the night claiming fourth place ($40,008.50).

Shortly after Sttephen.L's departure our remaining three did not like the first set of number thrown out to them by Team Online's Shane "shaniac" Schleger so the poker pro and part-time blogger went back to the numbers machine and found some ICM numbers that they agreed fairly quickly to:

hbx13902 (Canada): $83,538.53
steve3331 (Hungary): $78,556.36
utreg (Netherlands): $75,958.89

The deal left $10,000.00 for the champ as the ending came rather fast.

steve3331 takes a leave

The first hand back from the chop discussion and hbx13902 wanted to show how expedient the Canadian could win this title. With the blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K hbx13902 min-raised from the button as steve3331 three-bet to 1.95 million. Holding pocket fives 5♦5♥ hbx13902 shoved for 14.8 million as steve3331 made the call with Q♠A♠. The only face card to hit the K♥ 9♥ 2♣ 2♦ 4♠ board was a king, meaning hbx13902 would claim the huge 21.7 million chip pot and steve3331 collected the chopped third place cash ($78,556.36).

Domination not a problem

Nine hands later shortly after the blinds moved up to 250K/500K ante 50K and hbx13902 extending the chip lead to 28.4 million chip to utreg's 6.33 million, utreg finally had enough of hbx13902's bullying and shoved from the button. hbx13902 won seven out of eight heads-up hands to this point and the chip leader would make it nine. Watch the Sunday Warm-Up title winning hand below:

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Despite being dominated by utreg's A♣T♣, hbx13902's K♥T♠ would find a king on the turn 9♠ 5♠ Q♥ K♠ 7♦ taking down the Sunday Warm-Up for $93,538.53!

$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (04-28-13):

( *denotes part of three-way deal)

Players entered: 3,479
Places paid: 495
Buy-in: $215.00
Prize pool: $695,800.00
First place: *$93,538.53

1. hbx13902 (Canada) *$93,538.53
2. utreg (Netherlands) *$75,958.89
3. steve3331 (Hungary) *$78,556.36
4. Sttephen.L (Poland) $40,008.50
5. zebest_666 (Canada) $29,751.50
6. petertai (Taiwan) $22,613.50
7. Theo7171 (Canada) $15,655.50
8. The Lag rat (Costa Rica) $8,967.50
9. Legadzo (United Kingdom) $5,566.40

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
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