Sunday Warm-Up: likely to win, likely2cash collects $89K and title after three-way chop
Compromise is not something usually associated with poker. Perhaps better used when a spouse is upset by agreeing to handle some fun chores like vacuuming the house for the sake of marital bliss, working out differences on the felt can have monetary consequences. For example, tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up almost ended with a five-way deal but some philosophical differences quashed the compromise and cost one player nearly $60K. In the end though a three-way deal was reached giving P0kerBrain, likely2cash, and luckysir a decent cut of the over $700K prizepool. likely2cash would walk away with the fullest wallet claiming $89,299.50 after defeating luckysir heads-up for the weekly title.
Four Red Spades would find themselves still in the tournament after puto59 claimed the last unpaid spot in 541st place. Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville, who claimed a small cash here in the Sunday Warm-Up back in June dropped by again today to take away $379.08 in 313th place. Andre Akkari, who uses his FPPs to freeroll the Sunday Majors, likely received another night of pure profit for his 277th place finish ($407.16). Singapore's Bryan Huang was swimming with the sharks again (like in this video from the APPT Cebu), and managed only to lose his tournament in 174th place ($596.70).
Only one Red Spade however would last into the double digits, as Team SportsStars member Fatima De Melo used her skills tonight to last past the tournament's seventh hour. With the blinds at 10K/20K ante 2K she would open-shove a short stack of 192,124 into the middle from UTG as two-time World Series of Poker Omaha champ Scott "BigRiskky" Clements called the bet holding pocket queens Q♦Q♣. Fatima's T♦A♥ died by the turn thanks to the flopped set 2♣ Q♠ 5♣ 9♥ J♠ earning her $1,193.40 in 64th place.
Clements would use those chips (and many others) to reach the final two tables where 14 players took to the five minute break after the ninth hour of play. His arrival break from the break would be short-lived however as the Omaha specialist (who obviously excels at this two-card playing as well) would get bumped by the aptly named likely2cash in 14th place ($3,159.00).
Following Clements out the door was another fairly accomplished player live and online. EPT Berlin champ Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee entertained the thought of adding a Sunday Major to his impressive poker totals. But, shortly after Clements' bustout 77eagle77's pocket jacks J♣J♦ would soar over MacPhee's T♣K♠ for a 2.3 million chip pot ending Kevin's night in 13th place ($3,159.00).
After THE CUBE's departure in 12th place ($3,159.00) our final 11 had no intentions of leaving as they would play through the entire hour leaving a table of six and table of five to determine who would play for $110,214.00 and who would go home with $4,212.00. likely2cash with blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K would take the commanding chip lead of 8.6 million to the break as Josh1047 with four million in chips stood in second.
Despite half the field holding less than ten big blinds all 11 players continued into the 100K/200K ante 20K level. sYsonator would be the first victim of the rising blinds after shoving 1.4 million from the hijack seat as catostar shoved for a bit more from the button holding A♦Q♥. sYsonator's 8♣A♣ caught a eight on the flop, but catostar's kicker was there as well J♥ Q♠ 8♦ 2♥ 5♠ ending sYsonator's night in 11th place ($4,212.00).
luckysir would live up to the name as the tables finally combined under the spotlights. With the blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K luckysir shoved from the button for 3.03 million chips as 77eagle77 called from the small blind for less holding J♣A♣. Acey-deucy A♠2♥ for luckysir would find a wheel on the river 3♠ 4♣ T♣ 4♦ 5♥ to start up the final table below:
Seat 1: catostar (4083994 in chips)
Seat 2: 4better (2990325 in chips)
Seat 3: likely2cash (7101249 in chips)
Seat 4: luckysir (5558270 in chips)
Seat 5: AA DOCTOR (3712640 in chips)
Seat 6: DonkCommited (2883518 in chips)
Seat 7: Josh1047 (4273390 in chips)
Seat 8: P0kerBrain (2459620 in chips)
Seat 9: Big Fella GW (2036994 in chips)
No luck necessary
Just after the blinds jumped up to 125K/250K ante 25K a shortstacked catostar would shove for 1.41 million as it folded around to luckysir with 4.8 million chips and pocket tens T♣T♠ to reshove for 4.8 million from the cutoff. No other customers on the table meant catostar's T♦Q♥ went looking for a queen but instead the last ten in the deck showed up on the turn 4♥ 8♥ 8♣ T♥ 2♠ to give luckysir an unbeatable boat and hand catostar $5,616.00 in ninth place. Chalk up another ninth place finish in a Sunday Major for catostar as the Dane scored $10K in June's Sunday Million.
The players saw the huge blinds against their rapidly falling stacks and started chatting about a chop despite being eight handed. Talks however cooled and the six-figure first place prize remained intact.
Blinds not allowing four-betting
With the blinds moving up to 150K/300K ante 30K the average stack only contained 16 big blinds rendering the final table to more aggressive tactics. 4better displayed the norm preflop action by shoving from UTG for 2.4 million but got a call from Big Fella GW in the big blind holding a couple of high hearts Q♥K♥. 4better's A♦9♥ preflop lead dissipated postflop as a queen T♦ Q♦ 6♥ J♥ 4♦ sent 4better home in eighth place ($8,775.00). A return to a Sunday Major final table for 4better after a six-way chop in the Sunday Million last year netted $73K.
Holding out for more
Despite pleas for a chop from several players, play continued as the blinds laddered up to 200K/400K ante 40K and a continuation of shove-fold or shove-call preflop play was necessary to stay alive. Just before the 11th hour break Big Fella GW tried the tactic of open-shoving from the small blind to snag a significant amount of chips already in the middle. Unfortunately, likely2cash was waiting in the big blind with pocket aces A♦A♥ and Big Fella GW's K♠7♠ would only catch a pair of sevens on the T♠ 4♦ 2♥ 7♥ 6♠ board to finish in seventh place ($15,795.00).
Call a doctor
Coming back from the break was not kind to AA DOCTOR. Getting it all-in preflop with J♥K♥ against DonkCommited's A♠9♥ on the first hand back would prove to be unkind. An ace on the flop T♣ 8♥ A♥ 6♠ 3♦ shipped 11.4 million chips to DonkCommited, leaving the doctor with just 253K. Those scraps would be tossed in two hands later DonkCommited scooped up those chips defeating AA DOCTOR's Q♠J♦ with K♥9♥. Another Sunday Warm-Up final table for AA DOCTOR who finished in eighth here in June of 2012, walks away a little better tonight in sixth place ($22,815.00).
ICMs and chops abound... but not so fast
Five-handed our players saw the advantages of locking up the final table cash and after some bickering of ICM and chop numbers they agree to the deal below:
$10K still sitting on the table for our champ tonight after the long-winded deal was set in stone as our players returned to the fast pace of the final table.
** sound of record scratching **
Well... that would have been the deal and after one player balked we would see DonkCommited's stack take a freefall. Watch below as DonkCommited goes from big chip leader locking up $88K to receiving fifth place cash:
Ace-queen the hand before cost DonkCommited an 11.6 million chip pot against P0kerBrain. Then, big slick A♣K♥ would cost DonkCommited almost $60K from the aborted chop as likely2cash woke up with pocket aces A♥A♠ and cleared the 8♣ 9♠ 6♥ 6♣ 3♥ board to knockout the former chip leader in fifth place ($29,835.00). David "DonkCommited" Miscikowski's result tonight was a little better than Event #4 of this year's WCOOP when he unfortunately bubbled the PLO tournament.
Likely to make a lot of money
Four-handed play once again saw more deal attempts but zero splits as the foursome tried to hash out differences between the ICM and chop numbers only to have the cards slung back into the air. With the blinds at 300K/600K ante 60K, Josh1047 would shove all-in from the cutoff for 5.3 million chip as it folded to the chip leader likely2cash in the big blind with Q♣K♣. A call was the answer as Josh1047's T♦A♦ looked ready to take down the 11.3 million chip pot at the turn 5♠ J♠ 2♠ 9♣. But, a Q♦ river would send the UK player out in fourth place ($40,365.00).
Meet in the middle
Our final three would take the ICM and chip chop numbers and agree to average the two into the deal below leaving $10K for our weekly winner:
Outsmarting the brain
With the blinds all the way up to 500K/1MM P0kerBrain would shove from the button for 7.64 million holding 6♣Q♣. Not allowing the button steal was luckysir sitting on a comfortable pair of eights 8♥8♠ to make the call in the big blind. A eight in the door 8♦ K♦ 5♥ 6♥ 4♠ shut this one down early as P0kerBrain collected $86,195.18 in third place.
Much like watching the quick demise of DonkCommited, luckysir's 21.1 to 13.9 million chip lead would be gone in four hands, and the tournament over in five. Check out the Sunday Warm-Up winning hand below:
After likely2cash's 4♣A♣ outlasted luckysir's K♣Q♦ on the previous hand, likely2cash would get luckysir to commit 11.3 million chips preflop with 9♥K♣ while holding a dominating J♥K♦. Two jacks on the end K♠ 2♦ Q♦ J♦ J♠ sent the remaining $10K in the prizepool to this week's champion, likely2cash!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (10-20-13):
Players entered: 3,510
Places paid: 540
(* denotes part of threee-way deal)
1. likely2cash (New Zealand) *$89,299.50
2. luckysir (United Kingdom) *$74,768.32
3. P0kerBrain (Germany) *$86,195.18
4. Josh1047 (United Kingdom) $40,365.00
5. DonkCommited (Mexico) $29,835.00
6. AA DOCTOR (Greece) $22,815.00
7. Big Fella GW (Austria) $15,795.00
8. 4better (United Kingdom) $8,775.00
9. catostar (Denmark) $5,616.00
David Aydt is a freelance contributor