Sunday Warm-Up: KHAAAAAAAN! khanrava slays final table for $88K

Khan is a title of a ruler or Captain James T. Kirk's nemesis from Star Trek. Fittingly, khanrava is now a Sunday Warm-Up title holder after taking down tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up. Thanks to the 2,814 players donating $215 a piece, khanrava walked away with $88,641.87 after defeating iamtheboss12 heads-up after a little more than 10 hours of total play.

Many of the Team PokerStars Pros and Team Online currently fighting for a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet like Barry Greenstein's run at his fourth a few days ago in Event #31's PLO8 $1,500 buy-in taking third place for $99,091. However not all of the Red Spades are dashing around the Amazon room at the Rio for big tournaments to slay as Team Pro Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville managed to outlast over 90% of the Sunday Warm-Up field taking home $427.72 in 257th place.

Just after the eighth hour of play the field was chopped down to two tables of nine with iamtheboss12 feeling rather superior with the chip lead over a pair of Russians, kawachi1984 and l Wokkasak l close behind. After final tabling the Sunday Million in February (finishing in eighth place for $18K), iamtheboss12 was looking to add another big final table this year.

Down to 12 players another recent Sunday Million final tablist was trying to repeat the same feat tonight. LFCRED hit the April 14th Sunday Million getting heads-up with Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth and unfortunately was not able to overcome a huge chip disadvantage taking the runner-up check for $172,942.00. Tonight LFCRED would not get the chance to final table both the Million and Warm-up after running K♣T♠ into S1
00LE's T♣A♦ while low on chips and missing on the 7♥ J♦ 6♥ 8♥ 3♥ board to finish 12th ($3,517.50).

After tamo01 left in 11th place ($3,517.50) and the ninth hourly break on the horizon, two short stacks decided to go for broke on the last night before the intermission. With the blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K Sghango would shove for 507,010 followed up by sup-sport777 all-in for less showing A♥8♣. Sghango flipping up a smaller ace A♦5♣ watched a five J♥ 3♦ J♠ 5♦ K♣ hit the turn to claim the small pot but more importantly, start up the final table below:


Seat 1: incognito579 (2951166 in chips)
Seat 2: Sghango (984402 in chips)
Seat 3: S100LE (3983191 in chips)
Seat 4: iamtheboss12 (3417883 in chips)
Seat 5: l Wokkasak l (5465117 in chips)
Seat 6: khanrava (2171319 in chips)
Seat 7: kawachi1984 (2910299 in chips)
Seat 8: PikkuHUMPPA (2355626 in chips)
Seat 9: Chaesi (3900997 in chips)

Unable to hang

It would not take long for our first elimination tonight as the blinds moved up to 50K/100K ante 10K shortstacked Sghango would three-bet all-in for 394,402 chips over kawachi1984's min-raise. kawachi1984 put in the nominal amount showing 9♣A♣ facing off against Sghango's superior J♥A♦. Last time it was Sghango who came from behind to win, but time kawachi1984 would overcome the kicker problem on the 3♣ 9♥ 3♠ 7♠ 4♣ board catching a nine and knocking out Sghango in ninth place ($4,783.80).

Not the time to hit a set

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Picking up the action still in the 50K/100K ante 10K level both incognito579 and S100LE checked the 4♦3♠T♥ flop. But, as the 5♥ landed on the turn, both players would shove leaving S100LE all-in and 5.4 million in the pot. Set of fives for incognito579 was still looking down at the flopped set of tens T♣T♠ S100LE. After the quads T♦ closed out the hand, incognito579 cashed out in eighth place ($7,609.05).

Can't get over the hump

As the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K khanrava raised to 260,260 as PikkuHUMPPA was not messing around with odd amounts and shoved all-in for 2.33 million. Passed back to khanrava would make the call holding big slick A♠K♣ flipping against PikkuHUMPPA's pocket nines 9♣9♠. 4.9 million chips in the middle and all of them slid over to khanrava after a precisely placed jack hit the river 6♦ T♥ Q♠ 2♣ J♣ to complete the broadway straight and send $13,255.80 to PikkuHUMPPA in seventh place.

Kawa outta here

Just three hands later kawachi1984 would lead off with a min-raise as S100LE made it 650,000 from the cutoff. Holding 2.2 million chips and big slick K♥A♥ kawachi1984 shoved all-in as S100LE quickly called with jacks J♠J♥. Despite a flush draw and wheel draw by the river 7♠ 5♦ 3♥ 4♥ T♣ S100LE's hooks made it through the board to claim the 4.6 million chip pot ending kawachi1984's night in sixth place ($18,853.80). Not the first big final table for kawachi1984 who nailed down a MicroMillions II win in Event #50 for $11,775.48.

Chaesi says good day

Five-handed play would last a good while as the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K before we say good bye to one-time chip leader Chaesi. Whittled down to 673,793 chips in the big blind and facing a shove by current chip leader khanrava, Chaesi made the call holding 4♦A♥. Pocket threes 3♠3♥ for khanrava initially failed to pass after an ace flopped, but with four spades on the 6♠ T♣ A♠ 7♠ 2♠ the three of spades was enough to send Chaesi to the rail in fifth place ($24,481.80).

No break for you!

The last hand before the tenth hourly break would also be the last hand of the tournament for S100LE. With the blinds holding steady at 100K/200K ante 20K khanrava would raise to 404,000 from the button as S100LE shoved for 1.7 million from the small blind. Feeling left out iamtheboss12 shoved for 5.25 million from the big blind. khanrava plotted silently in revenge and folded. S100LE's K♦J♥ was in serious danger against iamtheboss12's superior J♠A♦. It would stay in danger on the 3♦ 9♥ Q♣ 4♣ J♣ board ending S100LE's night in fourth place ($32,361.00).

Making the rules

Shortly after the break still in the 100K/200K ante 20K blind level iamtheboss12 would raise to the popular 404,000 chips as l Wokkasak l shoved for 3.3 million from the small blind. Holding a small, suited ace A♦4♦ and eight million chips behind. iamtheboss12 made the call to see l Wokkasak l's big slick A♥K♠. Lesson on why it's good to have the chips to gamble with, a four on the turn 6♦ J♥ T♣ 4♥ 9♥ would send the 6.89 million chip pot to iamtheboss12 as l Wokkasak l limped off with $47,275.20 in third place.


What started out to be a fairly even, as iamtheboss12 entered into heads-up play with a 12.4 million to 15.7 million deficit against khanrava, would turn in khanrava's direction quickly. Just four minutes into heads-up play khanrava would call down iamtheboss12 on a river bluff claiming a huge 11.5 million chip pot and taking a 20.5 million to 7.5 million chip lead.

After nearly 15 minutes of play, that lead extended to 25.2 million to 2.87 million as iamtheboss12 found this hand to try to stay alive:

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Pocket sixes 6♠6♥ looked good enough for a shove as iamtheboss12 looked to win the coin flip over khanrava's K♠T♠. The answer came quickly on the A♣ K♥ Q♠ Q♥ 8♠ board as khanrava's pair of kings earned the Sunday Warm-Up title and $88,641.87!

PokerStars $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (06-23-13)

Players entered: 2,814
Places paid: 414
Prizepool: $562,800.00

1. khanrava (Mexico) $88,641.87
2. iamtheboss12 (Germany) $66,129.00
3. l Wokkasak l (Russia) $47,275.20
4. S100LE (United Kingdom) $32,361.00
5. Chaesi (Switzerland) $24,481.80
6. kawachi1984 (Russia) $18,853.80
7. PikkuHUMPPA (Finland) $13,225.80
8. incognito579 (Azerbaijan) $7,609.05
9. Sghango (Germany) $4,783.80

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
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