Sunday Warm-Up: MORTIIIIIIII dots the all the "I"s in victory

Stats don't lie, unless they do. Sure there are unnamed programs and databases out there for people to take a peek at another player's stats and previous finishes (access to this information can be blocked as well simply by opting out). And those stats may paint a picture of an unprofitable player which may lower the guard of someone with a better ROI. Tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up winner MORTIIIIIIII will likely now show up with a sizable jump in tournament profitability after chopping up the last two spots in the prize pool with Lithuania's Davydenko123 while earning $93,795.28.

A few months ago Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz asked himself if he was a successful Team Online player. All the tracking graphs shown within the blog post showed upward trends signifying a profitable work ethic since joining Team Online in December of 2009. Tonight Mikielewicz would turn in a profitable ROI during tonight's Sunday Warm-Up after trading a $215 buy-in for a $1,161.72 61st place finish.

Grzegorz would top three other Red Spades claiming one of the 495 paying spots. Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara 219th place ($484.05), and a pair of Team PokerStars Pros: Christophe de Meulder 381st place ($322.70) and David Williams 438th place ($303.33) would all claim a part of the $645,400.00 prize pool.

Just to show that success does not change people's habits much, WCOOP Main Event champ PlayinWasted decided the victory lap was done and decided to hop into the Sunday Majors this evening with a sizable $1.5 million bump in bankroll (well... a percentage of that after a staking arrangement). Unfortunately for the champ, the 23 year old German college student was not able to replicate that bracelet winning run today finishing in 1,127th place.

Just eight and half hours into the tournament the field of 3,227 would shrink to two tables of nine with $101K sitting at the final table for our winner tonight.

14 players would make the ninth hourly break with a few familiar faces near the top of the leaderboard. Russia's Gribnogrib already has a Sunday Warm-Up title from June 2011 a SCOOP title (2012's Event #29-H) and nearly snagged a WCOOP bracelet last month taking the runner-up check in Event #7. Gribnogrib would be sitting second in chips to Sweden's MORTIIIIIIII who nearly made a Sunday Million final table in July.

rcrane082985 came out of the gates quickly from the break collecting all of the chips previously held by Radiihead and jimo91. They choose a poor time to pick up legitimate hands as rcrane082985 found pocket aces A♣A♦ to be a little better than jimo91's A♥Q♣ and Radiihead's pocket jacks J♠J♦ on the 2♦ 9♥ 6♣ 2♥ K♦ board to claim a chip leading pot of 6.1 million with blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K.

rcrane082985 kept tilting the table's chip in the direction of the Lannister's favorite son taking out TerjePower18 a dozen hands later in 11th place ($3,872.40) while collecting 2.1 million more chips and setting up hand-for-hand play.

TCOOP champ WorDn looked like a lock for the final table sitting third in chips at the break. But, down at the bubble WorDn picked the wrong time to pick up pocket tens as the German called the preflop three-bet shove of nerdje08 who happened to hold pocket kings. After losing the 4.6 million chip pot, WorDn would toss in the remaining 391,153 chips on the next hand. Davydenko123 and rcrane082985 would both call out of the blinds and check down a 3♦ Q♠ A♥ 4♠ 3♥ board. Showing just king-high Davydenko123 would knockout WordDn in tenth place starting up the final table below:


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Seat 1: rcrane082985 (8416951 in chips)
Seat 2: Davydenko123 (4224435 in chips)
Seat 3: MORTIIIIIIII (4744620 in chips)
Seat 4: Gribnogrib (2127993 in chips)
Seat 5: Berkyy (2881570 in chips)
Seat 6: Crimson Cain (2312082 in chips)
Seat 7: HeniferLopez (1846931 in chips)
Seat 8: C.L.R.L. (1087098 in chips)
Seat 9: nerdje08 (4628320 in chips)


Wanting Title Number Two

As mentioned above, Gribnogrib is looking for Sunday Warm-Up title number two tonight and started off the final table in the right direction. With the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K and 12 minutes after doubling up off the chip leader rcrane082985, Gribnogrib would lead off with a min-raise from middle position as C.L.R.L. shoved a shortstack of 486,098 all-in from the small blind. Gribnogrib was committed and made the call with 8♣J♠. C.L.R.L. showed a small ace 3♣A♣ which managed to find top pair, but only after Gribnogrib flopped trips 8♠ K♦ 8♦ 6♥ A♥. C.L.R.L. would walk off the table with $5,163.20 in ninth place.


Falling short in the second attempt

Berkyy made the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up in April last year claiming $38,766.50 in fourth place. Tonight, things would not quite swing in a positive direction for the Australian. With the blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K, Berkyy would shove from UTG for 2.14 million as nerdje08 did the same three chairs over, shoving for 3.13 million with pocket aces A♠A♣. Pocket jacks seem to be ace magnets tonight as Berkyy's J♥J♠ would not find a third hook on the 8♦ 5♣ 4♠ Q♦ T♠ board to finish in eighth place ($8,067.50).


The Imp does not go wire-to-wire

Tyrion Lannister has shown his survival skills by tapping his intelligence versus being the best with a broadsword on the hit HBO series and best selling book "Game of Thrones". Tonight rcrane082985's avatar of The Imp got to the final table with a chip leading stack but unfortunately could not survive this battle. With the blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K rcrane082985 would shove a shorten stack of 2.99 million from UTG as Davydenko123 to the immediate left shoved for just a bit more holding big slick K♦A♦. rcrane082985's pocket eights got clobbered by flopped trips and a turned boat K♣ K♥ 5♦ A♥ J♦ earning $14,521.50 in seventh place.


More Grib, Less HLo

Our former champ would move one step closer to that second title after knocking off HeniferLopez in this hand below:


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Rare post-flop play this late in the tourney as the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K as Gribnogrib called the min-raise out of the big blind to see a 4♦9♣T♣ flop. Gribnogrib checked as HeniferLopez shoved for 2.04 million. Gribnogrib covered and made the call with two overcards and a straight draw J♦Q♥. HeniferLopez turned over the leading middle pair A♠9♠. Ahead until the 8♣ handed a straight to Gribnogrib effectively ending the night for HLo in sixth place ($20,975.50).


Davy Jones' chip locker

The blinds would hold at 125K/250K ante 25K for Crimson Cain to finally make a little noise at the final table. Shoving a shortstack of 1.07 million from the button got nerdje08 to fold the small blind, but Davydenko123 was happy to call in the big blind with big slick K♦A♥. The disadvantage of holding A♠9♣ did not seem so bad after flopping top pair 3♦5♥9♦. But the turn K♥ flipped the upper-hand right back to Davydenko123 who took home the 2.4 million chip pot after the 4♣ river. Crimson Cain would finish in the black tonight earning $27,429.50 in fifth place.


Grib Grib Grib

Still marching towards that second title, just two minutes later Gribnogrib would knockout another opponent. With the blinds moving up to 150K/300K ante 30K, nerdje08 was on the outside looking in holding under two million in chips while the other three players held no less than 8.5 million. Open shove for 1.96 million from the cutoff for nerdje08 was an aggressive move holding 5♦8♦. It works if no one wakes up with a hand like Gribnogrib's big slick K♣A♥ in the big blind. After the call, Gribnogrib found a king on the flop and secured the 4.1 million chip pot by the turn J♣ K♦ 7♣ J♥ 4♣ to hand $37,110.50 to nerdje08 in fourth place.


Not the two-timing type

The Russian would give it a great run tonight and the tournament fate would come down quickly after eliminating nerdje08. With MORTIIIIIIII expanding the chip lead to 18.5 million against Davydenko123's 7.06 million and Gribnogrib's 6.65 million, the urgency to win a big flip got much bigger. Just seven hands after nerdje08 departure Gribnogrib would shove that stack over the top of MORTIIIIIIII's min button raise holding J♣K♦. Pocket nines 9♣9♥ was enough for the Davydenko123 to reshove for a bit more as MORTIIIIIIII took a pause before folding. A whiff on the 5♦ T♠ 4♥ 7♦ 6♠ board sent the former champ packing in third place ($53,245.50).


Flatter stacks mean easier dealings

After our final two crashed the first attempt at a deal, they would allow for the stacks to come closer together before reaching the chop shown below and $10,000.00 still up for grabs:

MORTIIIIIIII $83,795.28
Davydenko123 $83,045.22


Taking care of business

MORTIIIIIIII would lead throughout the 24 minute heads-up match. Tonight's champ put the finishing moves on the title by winning the last four hands in a row including this $10,000.00 hand below:


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Both players liked hitting top pair on the 6♠4♣7♦ flop. Especially MORTIIIIIIII whose K♣7♣ would just need to dodge a five or an eight after Davydenko123 shoved post-flop with 7♥8♥. No love on the 3♦ turn and A♠ river crowned MORTIIIIIIII this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (10-06-13):

Players entered: 3,227
Places paid: 495
Prizepool: $645,400.00

(* denotes part of two-way deal)

1. MORTIIIIIIII (Sweden) *$93,795.28
2. Davydenko123 (Lithuania) *$83,045.22
3. Gribnogrib (Russia) $53,245.50
4. nerdje08 (Netherlands) $37,110.50
5. Crimson Cain (Mexico) $27,429.50
6. HeniferLopez (United Kingdom) $20,975.50
7. rcrane082985 (Canada) $14,521.50
8. Berkyy (Australia) $8,067.50
9. C.L.R.L. (Cyprus) $5,163.20


David Aydt is a freelance contributor

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