Sunday Warm-Up: sms2306 calls in a $93K win

Official time of the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up clocked in at 57 minutes. That would include a nice five minute break for the final three players to catch their breath while bingogobernd turned what is normally a long, drawn out fight for a significant amount of money in this case $93,415.00 up top, into a sprint to the finish. bingogobernd was looking like Usain Bolt leaving seven players in the dust up until sms2306 snatched away victory during the final moments to claim the Sunday Warm-Up title.

Joao 'joaoMathias' Baumgarten, frequently in the money in the big name tournaments such as the Super Tuesday and a final table appearance during the 2012 WCOOP Event #15 was deep again tonight looking to add a Sunday Warm-Up title to those accolades. Unfortunately the Brazilian ran low on chips pushing J♣T♠ into the A♣T♣ of IAmLegend11 during the 30K/60K ante 6K blind level and as the 1.1 million chip slid over to IAmLegend11, Baumgarten slid out with $1,933.75 in 16th place.

Over the course of eighth hour another Super Tuesday regular (claiming fourth place and $38K in August), MaltLiquor40 was still looking to party for cheap as the $215 buy-in was already worth a minimum of three thousand dollar with 11 players remaining. But, with the blinds moving up to 40K/80K ante 8K, MaltLiquor40 holding a little over a million chips, called sms2306's all-in holding pocket fives 5♣5♦. Well ahead of sms2306's 2♣A♥, at least until an ace 2♥ 6♣ K♦ 4♥ A♠ hit the river sinking MaltLiquor40 in 11th place ($3,718.75).

Hand-for-hand play would last into the end of the eight hour as IAmLegend11 became seriously low on chips 12 minutes into ninth hour. Finally finding an opening, IAmLegend11 would open all-in from the small blind for 621,668 chips holding 8♥9♠ looking to take the blinds. However, AT11211 made the call with T♣K♣ as both players watched the J♦ 4♣ 5♥ 5♠ J♣ board come down without helping either hand sending nine player to the final table below:


Seat 1: bingogobernd (6591660 in chips)
Seat 2: BAGBAGBAGBAG (2470496 in chips)
Seat 3: romashka2496 (974150 in chips)
Seat 4: sms2306 (4653078 in chips)
Seat 5: Zihuatanejo3 (1252836 in chips)
Seat 6: AT11211 (3348895 in chips)
Seat 7: delahunty (4050111 in chips)
Seat 8: OzzyM91 (2657008 in chips)
Seat 9: talonaquiles (3751766 in chips)


After claiming a 2.6 million chip pot on the final table's second hand, delahunty went looking for more prey on the fifth hand. With the blinds holding at 50K/100K ante 10K sms2306 raised to 300K from middle position as Zihuatanejo3 three-bet all-in to 1.15 million. delahunty would make the call two chairs over as sms2306 abandoned the original raise. A flip for tournament life as Zihuatanejo3 showed big slick A♥K♥ but the pocket jacks J♠J♦ of delahunty would take down the 2.8 million chip pot after the T♠ 4♦ 6♥ 3♣ 8♦ board favored the hooks. Zihuatanejo3 might find Red and Andy Dufresne on the ocean to cards with after claiming $4,760.00 in ninth place.

"B-6" That's a bingo folks, clear your boards

Just six minutes later with the blinds moving up to 65K/130K ante 13K romashka2496 feeling the shortstack heat holding 679,150 chips fired them into the pot from UTG. Folded around to bingogobernd in the small blind with pocket sixes 6♣6♥ to make the call. Another race of big slick versus a pocket pair as romashka2496 showed K♦A♦. Once again, no love for ace-king as the 3♦ Q♠ 9♣ 3♣ J♥ board favored the pocket pair, sending romashka2496 to the rail in eighth place ($7,735.00).

Right AT you

AT11211 also short on chips would last only another six minutes into the final table. As the blinds held at 65K/130K ante 13K talonaquiles min-raised from middle position as it folded around to AT11211 in the big blind holding 956,895 chips and Q♦A♠. More than enough to go with as AT11211 pushed all-in getting a snap call from talonaquiles holding a slightly better hand, pocket kings K♣K♦. The rivered ace could have been disaster for talonaquiles but luckily the door card king K♥ 8♣ J♦ 4♥ A♥ shipped the 2.06 million chip pot to talonaquiles as AT11211 marched out in seventh place ($13,685.00).


bingogobernd was looking to make this the faster Sunday Warm-Up final table ever with back-to-back knock outs. With the blinds up to 80K/160K ante 16K and just 26 minutes into the final table bingogobernd shoved all-in from the small blind to apply pressure to BAGBAGBAGBAG in the small blind. Holding a mid-ace 8♠A♥ BAGBAGBAGBAG made the call for 1.86 million. A good call as bingogobernd was deep in the hole with 8♦6♦. A hole which bingogobernd would quickly climb from after two sixes hit the flop 7♠ 6♥ 6♣ Q♦ T♦ and scooped the 4.1 million chip pot knocking out the former Sunday Warm-Up champ BAGBAGBAGBAG in sixth place ($19,635.00).

The next hand bingogobernd once again was dominated until the German was not. Watch below as bingogobernd takes in a huge 7.5 million pot:

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With the board showing 2♥ K♠ 8♦ Q♠ both players made a move for the pot as talonaquiles called all-in with an open-ended straight draw J♠T♦ trailing bingogobernd's pair and a flush draw 8♠T♠. No change on the 6♦ river and bingogobernd claimed a second win by sending talonaquiles to the rails in fifth place ($25,585.00).

Another BINGO pun?

We are fresh out of more play on words for B-I-N-G-O with bingogobernd's continued decimation of this final table but the German is making it hard to keep up with the bodies being left behind in near-record fashion. Just three hands after the double KO, bingogobernd did it again. With the blinds still at 80K/160K ante 16K OzzyM91 would try to carve some chips out of the chip leader by pushing 1.79 million holding Q♠6♠ from the button. Unfortunately for Ozzy, bingogobernd was holding big slick A♥K♣ in the small blind reshoving the huge 12.3 million chip stack. sms2306 quickly folded as the chip leader watched the 9♥ K♦ 5♦ A♠ Q♦ board spill out two pair and spill another 3.8 million pot into the German's chip stack. OzzyM91 would claim $34,212.50 in fourth place.

Just not their night

bingogobernd seems to knack this evening for dashing the table's dreams of winning that $93K first prize. Having enough chips to gamble, bingogobernd made the most of that chip lead once again three-handed against delahunty. As the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K bingogobernd raised to 420,000 from the button as sms2306 called in the small blind, and delahunty shoved 3.57 million holding tonight's cursed hand big slick A♦K♠ from the big blind. bingogobernd made the call with the dominated A♥8♥ but no matter as the flopped flush K♥ 3♥ 5♥ A♣ 9♣ told the story ending delahunty's night swiftly in third place ($49,396.90).

Less than an hour to finish?

44 minutes to our last two and it looked as bingogobernd would sweep this table before the hour was up. But, sms2306 had other plans despite the 17.1 million to 12.5 million chip deficit. As four hands into heads-up play sms2306 would turn this tournament into the Russian's favor. With the board showing 9♥ 6♦ J♥ 7♠ and 6.24 million in the middle sms2306 would push out 6.2 million holding 5♣9♣. But, bingogobernd liked top pair more and shoved over the top with J♦K♥. Holding just 1.69 million left sms2306 made the call and watch a lovely 8♥ drop on the river making a 22 million chip straight.

Eight minutes later with bingogobernd down to 2.36 million would push from the button and after a call we have the final hand of the tournament below:

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No come from behind this time as sms2306 called with K♣Q♠ squaring off against bingogobernd's 6♦K♦. Despite a scary flop 8♥ 4♦ A♦ 7♣ 3♥ sms2306 got safely home to claim this week's Sunday Warm-Up title and $93,415.00!

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (06-09-13):

Players: 2,975
Players paid: 432
Prize Pool: $595,000.00

1. sms2306 (Russia) $93,415.00
2. bingogobernd (Germany) $69,615.00
3. delahunty (Canada) $49,396.90
4. OzzyM91 (Poland) $34,212.50
5. talonaquiles (Portugal) $25,585.00
6. BAGBAGBAGBAG (Switzerland) $19,635.00
7. AT11211 (Finland) $13,685.00
8. romashka2496 (Russia) $7,735.00
9. Zihuatanejo3 (Russia) $4,760.00

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
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