Sunday Warm-Up: vrangen denies tnapoleao of second title winning $113K
Winning a Sunday Major is anything but easy. Winning two of them will get people's attention as tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table featured two players that already had a Sunday Warm-Up in their pockets and looking to chalk up a second title. Denmark's vrangen would get heads-up against the November 17th Warm-Up champ tnapoleao and denied the Brazilian of the second title by claiming the $113,072.57 first place prize.
Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville took some time today to shave a little money from the $720,200.00 prizepool. Running all the way until the fifth hour, Neuville would carry his Red Spade to 336th place to take home $374.50.
18 players were ready to take the five minute break after nine hours of play until Matt "mjw006" Wakeman decided he did not want to go slowly into the intermission. Wakeman took down the Super Tuesday in October for $83K but would not be adding a Sunday Major to his resume today after collecting $2,160.00 in 18th place.
Battle of the Planets champ 5pathic would also fall short of adding another big tournament win in 17th place ($2,160.00). RZA4444 with a couple of SCOOP final tables this year would also lose out before the final table finishing in 16th place ($2,160.00).
Down to the final table bubble with the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K shortstacked Far2012 would shove from the small blind for 520,083 chips as smashen made the call from the big blind holding pocket fives 5♠5♦. Good for Far2012's eights 8♣8♠ until a five decided to show itself on the door 5♥ T♥ 9♦ T♣ Q♣ to start up the final table below:
Seat 1: kterroristen (5929349 in chips)
Seat 2: smashen (8331060 in chips)
Seat 3: tnapoleao (2716760 in chips)
Seat 4: ChippinUp-24 (1838440 in chips)
Seat 5: heißtercamp (4169118 in chips)
Seat 6: vrangen (3206559 in chips)
Seat 7: AssDuive (3467814 in chips)
Seat 8: Gameslave (4198859 in chips)
Seat 9: xeon99 (2152041 in chips)
Lotta pushing going on
The first five minutes of final table play had plenty of action for the 700+ railbirds as four all-in with a call would move the chips around the table but our population remained at nine players. But, with the blinds going up to 80K/160K ante 16K vrangen would min-raise from middle position as Gameslave shoved for 1.64 million. Holding a suited ace A♥6♥ vrangen made the call falling well behind the pocket kings K♠K♥ of Gameslave. The myth of kings being ace magnets rang true as the 2♥ 7♥ A♦ T♠ J♠ board attracted one to leave Gameslave without a seat at the table in ninth place ($5,761.60).
Still in the 80K/160K ante 16K level xeon99 would raise to 480,000 as smashen out of the big blind decided to try to scare off xeon99 with a shove to 6.3 million. Holding a suited ace A♣2♣ xeon99 made the call all-in for 2.1 million. smashen turned over pocket kings K♣K♦ as a bout of déjà vu hung in the air from Gameslave's elimination. The ace in the door caused a little scare, but the king sitting to its left A♠ K♠ 7♥ 8♥ 7♠ shipped the 5.5 million chip pot smashen's way as xeon99 left with $9,002.50 in eighth place.
Terrorizing no longer
No blood during the previous level left our competitor a little amped up during the start of the 125K/250K ante 25K level. kterroristen would start things off with a shove for 2.82 million as tnapoleao sitting two seats over in the cutoff would re-raise to 3.6 million holding the popular hand of the night, pocket kings K♠K♥. kterroristen turned over J♦Q♥ and despite a pair on the flop 2♠ 5♠ J♥ 3♣ 4♥ the 6.1 million chip pot was shipped to tnapoleao as $16,204.50 went to kterroristen in seventh place.
More smash more cash
The thirst for action was not quenched as three hands later smashen and AssDuive would hook up for this 5.8 million preflop pot below:
No pocket kings involved this time as smashen turned over pocket aces A♣A♥ crushing AssDuive's J♥A♠ on the 2♦ 6♠ 8♥ T♠ 3♠ board as AssDuive collected $23,406.50 in sixth place.
Hulk wants more chips
smashen has been the talk of the tournament thus far knocking out two players and the German had sites on another. With the blinds moving up to 150K/300K ante 30K former Sunday Warm-Up champ heißtercamp was eyeing another title just five players away. heißtercamp would open shove for 2.58 million from the button as smashen holding pocket nines 9♦9♥ made the call from the big blind. 9♣K♦ would not make heißtercamp a two-time Sunday Warm-Up champ as the 7♥ 2♣ J♦ 5♥ 8♦ missed the king sending $30,608.50 heißtercamp in fifth place.
Done chipping up
Just four hands later with the blinds staying leveling ChippinUp-24 would shove for 3.6 million from the button as vrangen did the same for 6.3 million in the small blind. smashen left everyone alone for once as vrangen showed pocket jacks J♥J♠. ChippinUp-24's sixes 6♠6♥ a third six on the board, but it was accompanied by a jack J♦ 4♦ T♦ 6♦ 2♣ as well to end ChippinUp-24's night in fourth place ($41,411.50).
No deal, no smashen
The trio would tap Team Online's Roy Bhasin for some chop number however they failed to reach the three votes necessary to split up the funds as the cards went back up in the air with the $113K still sitting up top. Into the 200K/400K ante 40K level vrangen opened up a lead of 23.9 million to six million held by both smashen and tnapoleao. The two short stacks decided to combine their wealth. After a min-raise by tnapoleao on the button, smashen shoved preflop from the big blind holding 6♠Q♠. Pocket jacks J♣J♠ for tnapoleao was plenty to put away K♠ 5♦ K♥ 5♣ J♦ the 12 million chip pot. Holding just 86,189 chips smashen's scraps would go to vrangen on the hand finishing in third place ($59,416.50).
Sailing to the win
With a 24.1 million to 11.8 million lead going into heads-up play, vrangen dominated play to start by winning eight of the first ten hands. After grinding tnapoleao down to 4.3 million, vrangen finally would put away the title with this hand below:
Needing to make something happen tnapoleao would shove from the button holding 9♠8♣ as vrangen gambled with Q♣3♦. The shot worked as both players whiffed on the 5♣ K♦ J♠ 2♦ 2♠ board to ship the $113,072.57 to vrangen as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (12-29-13)
Players entered: 3,601
Places paid: 540
1. vrangen (Denmark) $113,072.57
2. tnapoleao (Brazil) $84,263.40
3. smashen (Germany) $59,416.50
4. ChippinUp-24 (Australia) $41,411.50
5. heißtercamp (Austria) $30,608.50
6. AssDuive (Germany) $23,406.50
7. kterroristen (Germany) $16,204.50
8. xeon99 (Sweden) $9,002.50
9. Gameslave (Germany) $5,761.60
David Aydt is a freelance contributor