Sunday Warm-Up: LeBronn2333 dunks the competition winning $144K

Trickle down economics. The gist is if you give more money through tax cuts to the wealthy they will spend those saving and the money will eventually reach poorer folks. While we doubt anyone with $215 to buy-in to tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up could be labeled as poor, the participants certainly profited from the tournament's wealthier older brother. The 7th year anniversary of the Sunday Million celebration brought an astonishing 49,287 players to those tables this evening with a whopping $1.2 million sitting up top for the champ. The Sunday Warm-Up saw a uptick itself in the population as 902 more players than last week hopped into the early Sunday Major and Russia's LeBronn2333 dribbled away with $144,172.72 after defeating the field of 4,595.

Red Spades hit the money tonight in more ways than one. Friend of PokerStars Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander claimed $321.65 in 586th place, close to her was Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero in 548th place ($330.84). We would climb the ladder a ways to find Team Pro Angel Guillen in 364th place ($395.17) and the lovely Vicky Coren working overtime to claim $459.50 in 300th place after barely missing the cash in the EPT Deauville High Roller. Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind's run at the final table would end in 210th place ($551.40) but one Red Spade still remained in the hunt.

The last of the Red Spades, Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas, would perish from the tournament in a way that people would turn away in horror. With the blinds at 15K/30K ante 3K Mountino would min-raise from early position as Kalfas put in a good chunk of his short stack with a three-bet to 150,000. Mountino four-bet to 240,000 as Kalfas called his remaining 6,040 chips with Q♣A♣. Dominating the A♦8♥ of Mountino, the advantage actually went down a bit despite flopping a straight K♥T♥J♥. The heart missed on the turn T♠ but not the river A♥ as Kalfas took 61st place ($1,580.68) after the rivered flush.

Also bowing out in the eighth hour of play was a familiar face to live and online players. After winning Event #25 at the 2012 WCOOP for $22K, osten was back again making a run at a larger than normal field for the Sunday Warm-Up. However, Thor "osten" Hansen would not add another Sunday Major final table so far this year after taking sixth in the Sunday Million in January instead claiming a slightly lower prize for finishing 36th place ($2,021.80).

Starting off the ninth hour of play, and testament to the large than usual crowd tonight, 19 players still remained in the hunt for the $144,172.72 prize. There was enough in the prize pool for two six-figure prizes. To put that in a small perspective, three weeks ago SLips713's two-way chopped victory was worth $108,877.08 after beating out 3,693 players. Tonight the runner-up was slated to walk away with only a thousand less than that ($107,063.50) mainly due to the 902 extra runners.

Those players could afford to be somewhat cautious as the average stack held over 30 big blinds but five players would still meet their end within the first 20 minutes of the ninth hour. They would be followed by la maquette in 13th place ($4,135.50) and theoryofart in 14th place ($4,135.50).

vadka would take care of claduioney18 in 12th place ($5,514.00) and after Roberta114 suffered some bad timing with pocket queens Q♥Q♦ getting cracked by MAMOHT_T's nines 9♦9♣ when a nine popped off on the 8♦ 9♥ 5♠ 5♦ J♥ board to end Roberta114's night in 11th place ($5,514.50).

With the blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K nine hands of hand-for-hand play would count down until Mountino shoved 2.5 million chips over the top of a 320,000 chip raise by Tudlenudle. Holding A♦Q♠ Tudlenudle made the call and dominated the J♥A♥ held by Mountino. Despite rivering a jack, the four spades matched the queen held by Tudlenudle 8♦ 9♥ 5♠ 5♦ J♥ launching Tudlenudle to the final table and Mountino to the sidelines in 10th place ($5,514.00).


Seat 1: LeBronn2333 (5983489 in chips)
Seat 2: vadka (9164118 in chips)
Seat 3: zuckmeout (3256168 in chips)
Seat 4: MAMOHT_T (5321810 in chips)
Seat 5: caicu (3399831 in chips)
Seat 6: Tudlenudle (7010133 in chips)
Seat 7: kay3000 (2493954 in chips)
Seat 8: AZAZELLL0 (3083168 in chips)
Seat 9: wlalex (6237329 in chips)

A scare and some relief

After our final table received a little five minute rest after the ten hour mark all nine returned to blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K. AZAZELLL0 would trade raises with LeBronn2333 until all 1.91 million chips were in the middle holding A♠6♠. LeBronn2333 had no problem calling with pocket kings K♣K♦ but may have had an issue with the two spades on the flop 4♠3♠8♥. Luckily for those kings no other spades decided to join the party and the board 3♣Q♣ blanked for AZAZELLL0 ended the night in ninth place ($7,352.00).

LeBronn. More like "LeBrawn"

Out-muscles yet another. With the blinds up to 125K/250K ante 25K LeBronn2333 would min-raise from UTG as it folded to kay3000 in the small blind holding A♥7♠ and 1.21 million chips. kay3000 decided to shove and was met with a rather quick call by LeBonn2333's sixes 6♥6♣. It was almost as if LeBonn2333 knew a third six on the flop would protect against the seven laying besides it 6♦ 7♦ 4♦ K♣ 8♦ as LeBonn2333 took down the 2.8 million chip pot and kay3000 collected $11,487.50 in eighth place. This was not kay3000's first ride to a big table, especially not with a SCOOP watch on after taking down Event #16-M in 2011 for $29K.

Royal Flush? Not quite.

Watch below as one player flops a Royal Flush draw, the other nails two pair. One stays with 7.1 million more chips, the other receives seventh place cash:

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MAMOHT_T's A♣Q♣ found a promising flop K♣J♣8♥ against vadka's two pair K♦J♦ but the Royal Flush draw would miss the rest of the way K♠ and 7♠ ending MAMOHT_T's night in seventh place ($20,677.50).

Dance with me

wlalex and Tudlenudle decided to tango a bit before creating a 8.9 million preflop pot. With the blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K there would be a five-bet by Tudlenudle's pocket fours 4♦4♠ and a call by wlalex's big slick K♣A♣. The 7♠ 7♥ T♦ 9♥ 5♦ board played to Tudlenudle's tune as wlalex was bounced in sixth place ($29,867.50) as Tudlenudle scooped up a sizable 8.9 million chip pot.

vadka explodes again

The volcano avatar of vadka lit up the final table for another big pot. With the blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K zuckmeout shoved from the hijack seat for 4.57 million as vadka sat patiently in the big blind holding T♠A♣ to make the call. zuckmeout's pocket eights 8♠8♦ got no chance to race as the first card out was an ace A♦ 5♥ 3♣ 5♣ T♦ shipping the 9.5 million chip pot to vadka as zuckmeout claimed $39,057.50 in fifth place.

Toodles to Tudlenudle

One hand before the blinds moved up to 300K/600K ante 60K Tudlenudle down to 1.35 million chips thanks to a tangle with LeBronn2333 as Tudlenudle tried to represent the trip fives that LeBronn2333 held and 13.9 million chips would slide into LeBronn2333's hand. On the fateful hand caicu would back Tudlenudle into a corner with a min-raise from the small blind as Tudlenudle made the call and called all-in on the small flop bet. Tudlenudle's 4♥2♥ never threatened the 3♣K♣ held by caicu on the 8♥ Q♣ 6♣ J♠ T♥ board to end Tudlenudle's tournament in fourth place ($51,923.50).

Not a good spot for big slick

With the blinds up to 300K/600K ante 60K caicu would lead out with a min-raise from the button as LeBronn2333 three-bet to 2.32 million. caicu wasted no time in shoving for 10.8 million chips. Perhaps caicu would have pondered a bit more if the Portuguese knew LeBronn2333 was holding aces A♦A♣. LeBronn2333 of course made the quick call and covered caicu's big slick A♠K♣. After the lady filled 5♣ 9♠ Q♠ Q♣ Q♦ board was finished so was caicu in third place ($75,817.50).

Lots of play, except when there isn't

LeBronn2333 at 26.4 million and vadka at 19.5 million chips to start heads-up play both held enough chips to make this final battle last for a good while. They had plenty of cash to play for as vadka shot down a last attempt at a chop. Six hands later they settled the $37K difference between first and second preflop for with 33.8 million chips in the middle. Watch below for the results:

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Pocket eights 8♠8♣ for vadka against LeBronn2333's big slick K♠A♣ as once again trips would fill the board. But, this time an ace came along for the ride J♠ A♥ 6♥ J♥ J♣ and LeBronn2333 would capture the biggest prize from this loaded prize pool by winning $144,172.72 as tonight's Sunday Warm-Up champion!

$500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up results (03-03-13):

Players entered: 4,595
Places paid: 675
Buy-in: $215.00
Prize pool: $919,000.00
First place: $144,172.72

1. LeBronn2333 (Russia) $144,172.72
2. vadka (Ukraine) $107,063.50
3. caicu (Portugal) $75,817.50
4. Tudlenudle (Czech Republic) $51,923.50
5. zuckmeout (Norway) $39,057.50
6. wlalex (China) $29,867.50
7. MAMOHT_T (Russia) $20,677.50
8. kay3000 (Russia) $11,487.50
9. AZAZELLL0 (Turkey) $7,352.00

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up