Sunday Warm-Up: KTURK strikes it rich with victory after three-way deal

Macau Millions Main Event hitting its stride, MicroMillions on the horizon starting up Thursday, and the EPT stop in Vienna next week makes for a busy start to March. Tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up was no exception as 3,401 players tried their luck with hopes of taking home a Sunday Major title. KTURK from the United Arab Emirates would make a three-way deal after over 10 hours of play, taking away the largest share of the split adding on $10,000.00 aside from the chop for a total of $96,978.46 as this week's champ.

Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree, Vicky Coren and Johnny Lodden dropped by to donate their buy-ins tonight as the all the Red Spades were shut out from the cashier's window.

Down to four tables, recent Super Tuesday champ NhFy was trying to make another run at a Sunday Warm-Up final table but would fall short in 36th place ($1,530.45). buckguy2200 defeated one of the largest Sunday Warm-Up fields in December after taking down the WCOOP Challenge Series Event #5. For the victory buckguy2200 received a 2014 WCOOP Main Event seat and $170K on the side. Tonight, however, a return trip to the winner's circle was denied as buckguy2200 took away $1,530.45 in 28th place.

Down to two tables after over eight hours of play, with the way the players were falling it seemed like the final table would be reached before the ninth hour. 15 minutes before the ninth hourly break pezdispenced (Canada), qqhj075074 (China), ThoNapalm (Croatia), 7ofthe7 (Denmark) would leave the tournament area posthaste in 15th through 18th place.

Play would slow down a bit after the five minute break as only the vacated seat of 14th place vic_xcite changed the tournament landscape. Maybe good for the rest of the field as vic_xcite holds final tables from the WCOOP, SCOOP, and TCOOP. It would take another 15 minutes for bnxr80's ace-jack to stare straight into the pocket aces of geopaep to earn $4,081.20 in 12th place after failing to suckout.

After 7SainT7's 8♦K♣ missed the 7♠ Q♦ 4♠ 3♠ 2♣ board against klinger63's pocket nines 9♥9♦, our remaining 10 players faced blinds of 80K/160K ante 16K with an average stack around 3.4 million. Hanging in the back of their minds however was the fact that 10th place would take home $4,081.20 and the rest would hold a one-in-nine shot at $106,792.71 and the Sunday Warm-Up title.

Just before the blinds were to move up to 100K/200K ante 20K, TrAi8SeKsA was able to open-shove a shortstack of 548,017 chips from the small blind. Kredka77 had no issue taking a shot at eliminating TrAi8SeKsA and made the call from the big blind with 3♥J♣. That was beautiful music for TrAi8SeKsA's ears after flipping up A♠J♠. But, a sour note on the flop and river 2♦ 3♣ T♠ T♥ 3♦ left TrAi8SeKsA in tenth place and off the final table below:


Seat 1: PeepOnTheSly (331,154 in chips)
Seat 2: KTURK (6,851,949 in chips)
Seat 3: Dario-one (2,772,213 in chips)
Seat 4: allucan3at (3,891,102 in chips)
Seat 5: agnik80 (2,246,392 in chips)
Seat 6: klinger63 (1,322,228 in chips)
Seat 7: bennybunny18 (5,330,444 in chips)
Seat 8: Kredka77 (8,025,897 in chips)
Seat 9: geopaep (3,238,621 in chips)

Peeping from afar

PeepOnTheSly came to the final table with a little more than two big blinds and on the seventh hand of the final table those two blinds would be redistributed. geopaep would open for a min-raise from the small blind to force PeepOnTheSly to call off the remaining 75,154 chips in the big blind. Both cards for PeepOnTheSly's T♦4♣ were live against geopaep's 6♥K♥, however neither player would nick the 2♦ A♦ 7♥ 9♠ 8♠ board. Now a real spectator, PeepOnTheSly earned $5,441.60 in ninth place.

Klinger fails to catch

As the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K klinger63 was, well... clinging to a stack that dwindled down to just 122,228 chips and finally found a spot to put them in. allucan3at's min-raise got the blinds out but klinger63's 7♠A♣ made the call from the button. Slightly ahead of allucan3at's J♦K♦ went to completely behind after the flopped jack 2♣ J♥ 2♠ 6♦ 4♠ pushed klinger63 out in eighth place ($8,502.50).

Fives alive

Not sure the Five Alive punch from back in the 80s is still around, with its wonderful mix of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and lime, but KTURK was thankful for fives staying alive tonight. Watch below as KTURK rakes in a nearly six million chip pot:

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KTURK's 5♦5♥ would hold against agnik80's big slick A♣K♦ as agnik80 took away $15,304.50 in seventh place.

Hop, hop, hopping away

Just six hands later, and one hand before the blinds were scheduled to move up to 125K/250K ante 25K, allucan3at decided to play the role of bully and open-shoved for 5.9 million from the small blind. bennybunny18 looked to improve the 2.2 million chip stack with a medium ace 8♣A♣ and made the call. The correct call, as allucan3at showed the suited 3♦9♦. Correct call does not always equate to profitable call as a nine hit the flop T♦ 9♥ K♠ 6♠ Q♣ sending bennybunny18 down the hole in sixth place ($22,106.50).

Kredka77: 1 Dario: 0

Dario-one was looking desperately for some help holding just 1.5 million chips, and with blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K, shoved from the hijack seat holding pocket queens Q♣Q♥. Sitting on the button was Kredka77 holding a cooler and more chips. Kredka77 would shove for 3.5 million with pocket kings K♠K♦ as the board favored the favorite J♥ T♠ T♥ 4♥ J♦, giving $28,908.50 to Dario-one in fifth place.

A buffet of money

The players would pause a few minutes to discuss certain financial arrangements for the final four spots of significant money still on the board. Despite Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome leading the chop talks the foursome decided to play on. A short while later as the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K, KTURK would min-raise from the button as allucan3at got shove happy and laid out 4.6 million chips. KTURK did not back down, making the call with A♣2♣. Both players would show suited connectors as allucan3at flipped up 56s but only KTURK's would connect with the 2♠ K♥ 2♦ J♦ 8♥ board. 9.6 million chips slid to KTURK and $39,111.50 to allucan3at in fourth place.

This pause is for real

This time the players hammered out their differences quickly and neatly, chopping up the final three places leaving $10,000.00 on the table for tonight's champ:

KTURK: $86,978.46
geopaep : $73,702.74
Kredka77 : $71,810.91

Not hanging around

After the deal was cut Kredka77 and geopaep needed to make a move against the huge chip leader KTURK as KTURK owned 22.1 million to their combined 11.7 million chips. Instead of fighting against KTURK, they would battle each other as geopaep min-raised from the button with the blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K, and Kredka77 shoved from the small blind. geopaep made the call holding A♣5♣, hoping for assistance against Kredka77's pocket jacks J♦J♠. No clubs and no ace for geopaep Q♠ 2♥ K♦ 9♦ 7♦ would send the Greek home with the chopped $73,702.74 in third place.

Strikes them out

There would be not a tale of redemption while facing huge odds against the chip leader tonight. KTURK would allow Kredka77 to take the blinds on the next hand, then claimed back-to-back pots of 4.395 million and 7.26 million to push the chip advantage to 27.6 million to 6.3 million. Five minutes later it was all over. Check out the final blow below:

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Needing help on the river, KTURK's T♠Q♥ would overcome Kredka77's flopped top pair K♣4♣ as the jack T♥ 9♦ K♥ 4♦ J♥ completed the straight and completed KTURK's run as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (03-09-14)

Players entered: 3,401
Places paid: 495
Prizepool: $680,200.00

(* denotes part of three-way deal)

1. KTURK (United Arab Emirates) *$96,978.46
2. Kredka77 (Poland) *$71,810.91
3. geopaep (Greece) *$73,702.74
4. allucan3at (Netherlands) $39,111.50
5. Dario-one (United Kingdom) $28,908.50
6. bennybunny18 (Australia) $22,106.50
7. agnik80 (Russia) $15,304.50
8. klinger63 (Denmark) $8,502.50
9. PeepOnTheSly (Malaysia) $5,441.60

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up