Sunday Warm-Up: H.Oussalé out hustles Ravnbaek for the win
Today on the 300th day of 2013 someone was going home with a sack full of candy without having to dress up at an extra to Ylvis' "What Does The Fox Say?" and go trick or treating all night. While knocking on doors for over 11 hours may be a bit extreme, the candy involved in tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up would stretch a lot further than a mini-sized Twix. OverTheTop43, notched yet another five-figure cash in the Sunday Warm-Up coming in third place, and adding to a runner-up finish just two weeks ago. H.Oussalé from Germany would defeat an EPT event and SCOOP champ Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek to the claim the top prize of $102,930.19
Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville made it two cashes in a row at the Sunday Warm-up today taking away $314.68 in 416th place. Further up the pay ladder we would find a pair of Team Online players Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome and Caio Pessagno claiming 309th place ($367.13) and 252nd place respectively ($458.92).
PokerStars Greek Challenger Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas may have busted quickly from the monthly $50,000 Battle of the Planets freeroll, but was still playing strong into the sixth hour of this tournament. The seventh hour however was not as kind as Kalfas took away $885.06 in 106th place.
Only one Red Spade remained next to the avatar of Christophe de Meulder. de Meulder would take a small stack of 177,218 into the 12.5/25K ante 2.5K level promptly pushing over the top of table chip leader Emilohlsson's min-raise. Emilohlsson quickly called with queens Q♦Q♠ to flip against Christophe's big slick A♣K♣. The ace on the river was too little, too late for the Belgian pro as the flopped set of queens J♠ Q♥ 6♦ 9♠ A♠ would knockout the last Team PokerStars Pro in 51st place ($1,245.64).
Just eight and a half hours to reach the final two tables as the departure of SCOOP 2013 Event #42-H final tablist HealTheWorld in 14th place ($2,950.20) marked the end of the ninth hours as 13 players took a five minute breather before the ultimate rush towards the final table and $102,930.19 sitting top.
Hand-for-hand play would start up just nine minutes later after Portugal's NORTE busted in 11th place ($3,933.60) after a bad beat against H.Oussalé cost NORTE a 5.7 million chip pot with blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K. With only 420,919 chips left NORTE would go south two hands later as Da_Tweeka459 cleaned up the scraps.
Six minutes later with the blinds holding at 50K/100K ante 10K Emilohlsson still in the hunt would min-raise from the hijack seat as it folded to ManaicRazor in the big blind with pocket queens Q♥Q♣. 2.1 million chips were shoved forward as Emilohlsson quickly called all-in for less holding big slick K♥A♦. Unlike the head against de Meulder, big slick would take it down after a turned king J♦ 2♥ 7♥ K♣ 7♠ knocking ManiacRazon down to 216,858 chips. The next hand ManiacRazor would shove the small amount from the small blind just to see Emilohlsson was dealt another big slick in the big blind. An ace on the flop J♦ 2♥ 7♥ K♣ 7♠ soundly defeated ManiacRazor's 3♠Q♠ to start up the final table below:
Seat 1: LeoGef (2946831 in chips)
Seat 2: Emilohlsson (4113412 in chips)
Seat 3: Da_Tweeka459 (4303445 in chips)
Seat 4: H.Oussalé (1973522 in chips)
Seat 5: vladxxxro (1302946 in chips)
Seat 6: OverTheTop43 (7283408 in chips)
Seat 7: SONGJOY (4390242 in chips)
Seat 8: Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek(4670194 in chips)
Seat 9: ado06 (1796000 in chips)
Final table lineup tweaked
A slow start to the final table would speed up quickly. Towards the of level 34 with blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K Da_Tweeka459 would min-raise from UTG+1 as H.Oussalé from the immediate left for 2.29 million. Da_Tweeka459 made the call with A♠Q♥ and H.Oussalé also flipped up A♣Q♣. However, the K♣ 6♦ 5♣ 4♣ J♦ board got club happy and 4.9 million chips slid to H.Oussalé. On the next hand Da_Tweeka459 dropped in the remaining 89,923 chips and lost to ministerborg to finish in ninth place ($5,244.80).
Bidding ado to Leo
Just three hands later as the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K ado06 would min-raise from middle position as LeoGef shoved a shortened stack of 1.53 million holding J♣K♣. ado6 covered and called with big slick K♥A♣ which matched up nicely with the ace in the door A♦ Q♠ 6♦ Q♥ 2♦ sending LeoGef to the rail in eighth place ($8,195.00).
Shoving for the chip lead
Both H.Oussalé and Emilohlsson held a little more than five million chips before deciding to combine their stacks in the hand shown below:
Pocket nines 9♠9♦ for Emilohlsson failed to clear the flop as H.Oussalé's K♥Q♠ found a king 4♥ J♣ K♦ 8♣ A♣ to claim the 10.3 million chip pot leaving $14,751.00 for Emilohlsson in seventh place. The was not the Swede's first big final table as Emilohlsson took home $10K in a fifth place effort during this year's WCOOP Event #28.
Five hands later with the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K shortstacked vladxxro would raise to 1.4 million as it folded around to the very active H.Oussalé who three-bet to 2.6 million. With only 112,892 chips left vladxxro made the call with pocket deuces 2♦2♥. H.Oussalé turned up a mid-ace 8♦A♦ which fit nicely with the turned broadway straight J♠ T♠ K♣ Q♠ J♦ ending vladxxro's night in sixth place ($21,307.00).
Running away with the win?
H.Oussalé's name would come up yet again another five hands later as the blinds remained at 100K/200K ante 20K. Already holding a solid chip lead with 12.2 million H.Oussalé would call the min-raise of SONGJOY out of the big blind to see the T♦4♠A♦ flop. H.Oussalé checked as SONGJOY bet 480,000 chips. H.Oussalé check-raised to 1.13 million as SONGJOY made the call to a see the 6♣ turn. This time H.Oussalé led out for 1.57 million as SONGJOY called for another six 6♥ on the river. H.Oussalé shoved as SONGJOY made the call creating a 15.6 million chip pot with T♥K♥, but H.Oussalé turned up the flopped two pair A♠T♣ sending SONGJOY off with $27,863.00 in fifth place. Nearly a WCOOP champ, SONGJOY claimed $48K during this year's WCOOP Event #61 PLO Heads-up tournament.
Ado to tournament chips
As the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K our final four would briefly consider looking at chop numbers but this was struck down quickly as the players felt they had some wiggle room and play continued without the intervention of Team Online's George Lind III. ado06 would min-raise from the cutoff as Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek who claimed €128,700 winning the EPT Prague Event #11 last year made the call from the big blind to see a coordinated T♠8♠9♠ flop. ministerborg check-called a 750,000 chip bet from ado06 as both players checked the 6♣ turn. However, on the 8♣ river ministerborg would bet 2.5 million holding the flopped straight J♦Q♠ as ado06 called all-in for less with the lesser turned straight 7♦Q♦ earning $37,697.00 in fourth place.
H.Oussalé has constantly challenged his opponents to this point with several three-bets and shoves while maintaining the chip lead for most of the tenth hour. As the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K SCOOP champ and coming off a runner-up finish in this tournament just two weeks ago OverTheTop43 would min-raise from the button as H.Oussalé called from the big blind. T♦9♠9♣ flop got the chip leader to check as OverTheTop43 put out 680,000 chips. H.Oussalé came back with 1.49 million as OverTheTop43 shoved for 5.21 million with the overpair of jacks J♣J♠. H.Oussalé calmly called also holding an overpair of aces A♦A♥ which safely sailed through the 3♠ turn and 5♥ river claiming another big 12.3 million chip pot. OverTheTop43 claimed yet another five-figure score earning $54,087.00 in third place.
No deal means more for the champ
After a 30 minute Heads-up ride which saw both players claiming the chip lead several times, and ministerborg finally got the itch for a deal. However, Ravnsbaek who is also a SCOOP champ, was looking for a 50/50 cut despite being down 18.3 to 14.4 million. No deal meant the cards went back up in the air with blinds at 250K/500K ante 50K.
For one hand.
Check out the Sunday Warm-Up winning hand below:
ministerborg min-raised from the button as H.Oussalé made it 2.5 million. Holding 8♦A♦ ministerborg shoved for 14.4 million as H.Oussalé made the call with the dominating T♣A♣. With a ten on the flop K♠ T♠ 5♥ 7♣ 3♥ the lengthy heads-up battle closed quickly as H.Oussalé left the virtual arena $102,930.19 richer from winning this week's Sunday Warm-Up!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (10-27-13):
Players entered: 3,278
Places paid: 495
1. H.Oussalé (Germany) $102,930.19
2. Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek (Denmark) $76,705.20
3. OverTheTop43 (Germany) $54,087.00
4. ado06 (Switzerland) $37,697.00
5. SONGJOY (South Africa) $27,863.00
6. vladxxxro (Romania) $21,307.00
7. Emilohlsson (Sweden) $14,751.00
8. LeoGef (Russia) $8,195.00
9. Da_Tweeka459 (Belgium) $5,244.80
David Aydt is a freelance contributor