Sunday Warm-Up: KennethKenny takes away victory after four-way chop

Walking through a casino on the way to a lively game of Pai Gow or heading to take up the six seat for the next eight hours to grind, it is hard to ignore those video temptations that line nearly every aisle before reaching the poker room. They are named after TV shows, celebrities, and movies, slot machines have always been a part of casino atmosphere. Before the bonus games of trying to pick the door which contains the Beatles band members to earn free spins, sevens used to ring victory on old school slot machines. Tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up would feature a four-way chop which KennethKenny took the biggest slice, then captured the extra $10,000.00 for the title for a total of $77,777.14.

Halfway through the eighth hour of play the near 3,000 player tournament would collapse into a two-table SnG with $93,698.29 awaiting the new Sunday Major winner. Among those still in the hunt for the near six-figure was munchenHB who took down the WCOOP 2011 Event #42 for $353,120.00. But, munchenHB would not add a Sunday Warm-Up to the WCOOP bracelet after taking home $1,939.60 in 17th place.

NemesisMsop took 14th place in this tournament last Sunday and looked to press a little further today. Being denied a Sunday Major final table once is cruel, but to do it in back-to-back weeks and getting so close to big payouts might cause a lesser player to give up. But, NemesisMsop will need to wait another week to enact revenge for another near final table miss ending the night in 15th place ($2,834.80).

A tense 20 minute session of hand-for-hand play had our final ten unwilling to step aside before the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K and babecallme shoved from the button holding 903,680 chips a medium suited ace 8♥A♥. Well, the namesake came true as parker881010 made the call in the big blind also holding a suited ace J♣A♣. Both of them would pair the flop, but parker881010's jacks were better 8♦ K♠ J♦ 9♠ 7♠ as the final table started below:


Seat 1: KingPaulie (2549103 in chips)
Seat 2: Gruaiggorm (3836856 in chips)
Seat 3: Roberta114 (7065770 in chips)
Seat 4: undemoni0 (1050735 in chips)
Seat 5: 4QuietSTorm4 (5372835 in chips)
Seat 6: parker881010 (2911761 in chips)
Seat 7: akb1 (2362128 in chips)
Seat 8: race200 (2279737 in chips)
Seat 9: KennethKenny (2411075 in chips)

He already has an ANZPT Title, third place in the Sunday Million, and now Paul "KingPaulie" Hockin stood eight players away from another big poker score, taking down the Sunday Warm-Up.

Quick start to the tenth hour

After the first hour of play all nine players would battle on. But, after the first five minute break, three players would take a seat on the rail in a span of four hands. First, with the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K parker881010, who cracked open the doors to the final table, would shove all-in for 1.8 million from early position. Folded around to Gruaiggorm in the small blind holding A♠Q♥ and 2.2 million in chips. Gruaiggorm would also shove and got a first-hand look at parker881010's pocket kings K♠K♣. The kings would live until the turned ace 2♦ 9♦ T♠ A♦ 4♥ as parker881010 received $4,774.40 in ninth place.

On the next hand Paul Hockin would min-raise from the cutoff as undemoni0 sitting on just 45,735 chips after paying the big blind's fee, made the call all-in holding 4♦7♦. Hockin's 8♥J♠ would find two eights on the 9♣ 8♣ 7♥ 8♠ 4♠ board sending undemoni0 away with a little more than zero, $7,758.40 for eighth place.

Two hands later with the blinds holding Hockin went for more blood and min raised UTG+1 as play folded around to a microstacked race200 in the small blind holding just 193,737 chips and calling all-in with 9♥2♠. race200 had two live cards as Hockin turned up 8♦J♦, but neither player could touch the all-low 7♠ 6♦ 3♠ 4♣ 4♥ board as Hockin collected the million chip pot and race200 took away $13,726.40 in seventh place, and Hockin may start considering Jack-Eight for a new favorite hand.

Gruaiggorm is gone

After the trio of eliminations it would take two levels and one quick chop attempt in the chat box to name tonight's sixth place player. With the blinds up to 150K/300K ante 30K Gruaiggorm would try to scare up some free blinds by open shoving from first position for 3.25 million. Folded to Roberta114 in the cutoff sitting on pocket queens Q♠Q♦ and 5.1 million chips, the Finn would shove as well getting heads-up against Gruaiggorm's T♣J♣. Despite a jack on the door J♦ A♦ 7♠ 2♣ A♣ the queens would hold and Gruaiggorm earned $19,694.40 in sixth place.


As the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K it was time for the shorter stacks to get busy livin or get busy dying. 4QuietSTorm4 would shove from the cutoff for 2.04 million as KennethKenny made the call in the small blind. 4QuietSTorm4's A♣2♣ would pair the deuce and pick up a nut flush draw by the turn Q♣ 2♦ T♠ 7♣ 8♥, but the lady in the door gave KennethKenny's K♠Q♥ the higher pair shipping $25,662.40 to 4QuietSTorm4 in fifth place.

Deal is served for four on Table 119

With the shorted stacks against the rising blinds all four players were quick to agree to the chopped amounts sitting below with $10,000 set aside for the winner:

KennethKenny (Norway) $67,777.41
KingPaulie (New Zealand) $66,763.27
akb1 (Mexico) $51,620.80
Roberta114 (Finland) $51,224.74

Paul "KingPaulie" Hockin eliminated in fourth place

Shortly after the four-way deal, the blinds would move up to 250K/500K ante 50K and KennethKenny holding 13.6 million chips would bully the blinds with a shove from the button. Hockin looked down at a medium suited ace 8♣A♣ making the call all-in for 4.87 million from the small blind. The chip leader held K♣5♣ for the lower clubs and high card, but took out Hockin with a rivered king 3♠ 7♥ 6♠ 9♦ K♠ as the ANZPT champ took away $66,763.27 from the chop.


Paul "KingPaulie" Hockin - 4th place ($66,763.27)

Quads make poker easy

Two minutes later with the blinds holding on Roberta114 would shove from the small blind for 7.45 million as akb1's A♣7♥ was enough to call all-in for 6.85 million. Roberta114's pocket fives 5♣5♦ would find their brothers (or sisters) on the 5♠ 4♥ 7♦ 5♥ 9♣ board to knockout akb1 in third place earning $51,620.80 from the chop.

Quick ending

The final table would end the same way it started.


After the four-way chop it would take a total of six minutes to name tonight's champ and award the extra $10,000 left aside. With the blinds still at 250K/500K ante 50K KennethKenny holding a huge 27.5 million to 2.33 million lead over Roberta114 would raise to 1.6 million from the button as Roberta114 had little choice but to go with the 3♥Q♣ in the big blind and shoved all-in. KennethKenny had one better for each card showing K♠4♥. Both players would put their high cards away and let the kickers do the talking on the J♦ 3♦ 8♣ 4♠ A♠ board as KennethKenny took down this week's Sunday Warm-Up earning the lucky $77,777.41!

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (06-08-14):

Players entered: 2,984
Places paid: 432
Prize pool: $596,800.00

(* denotes part of four-way deal)

1. KennethKenny (Norway) *$77,777.14
2. Roberta114 (Finland) *$51,224.74
3. akb1 (Mexico) *$51,620.80
4. Paul "KingPaulie" Hockin (New Zealand) *$66,763.27
5. 4QuietSTorm4 (Canada) $25,662.40
6. Gruaiggorm (Ireland) $19,694.40
7. race200 (Switzerland) $13,726.40
8. undemoni0 (Argentina) $7,758.40
9. parker881010 (China) $4,774.40

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
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