Sunday Warm-Up: No10Nostr8 needed no straight to win $70K

There's a show on cable called "How It's Made" showing how everything from a grand piano to a baseball mitt starting with leather, string, and wood ending as a finished product for catching a fly ball or playing Mozart. As you can read through the archives on the PokerStarsBlog, many of the Team PokerStars Pros and Online Pros have stories on how they made their bankrolls. Some grinded up from the penny ante games, others tore up the small live games in college dorm rooms. The champion of this week's $400,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up could use their score a few years from now as the focal point of how it made their bankroll. No10Nostr8 would make a massive comeback over wudsikurdukk to take away $70,112.00 and possibly the start of high-stakes story to be written in the future.

Read below on No10Nostr8's run to number one.

Down to two tables a familiar face showed up as the final 18 took their seats. TCOOP 2014 Player of the Series and Super Tuesday winner Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm was still in and looking to add a Sunday Major to his impressive wins. Instead, Elgstrøm would run his final chips into the waiting arms of kursplunk finishing in 17th place ($1,665.16).

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Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm


SCOOP 2015 Event #3-M runner up Kurtkaare was trying to get back to the spotlight table. Narrowly missing a SCOOP watch back in May, Kurtkaare did manage to score $174K after chopping three-ways, but the Norwegian would have to wait another week for redemption after finishing in 14th place ($2,322.46).

SCOOP 2013 Event #8-H champ Sobizzle21 would finish off holly17 in 11th place ($2,979.76) just before the ninth hourly break giving the players a five minute time-out before the final table bubble.

Back at it seven minutes later with the blinds up to 50K/100K ante 10K two shortstacks would go all-in preflop to determine who would bring a workable stack to the final table. Steinisancho showed A♠T♥ as luckymo32 was holding the larger stack and larger kicker A♣J♥. Steinisancho was not able to catch up on the A♥ 7♠ K♥ J♦ 6♦ board finishing in 10th place and starting up the final table below:

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Seat 1: No10Nostr8 (5160648 in chips)
Seat 2: DEdgge (1220899 in chips)
Seat 3: Brixinka (1090947 in chips)
Seat 4: Toproy (1639312 in chips)
Seat 5: MaltLiquor40 (2354369 in chips)
Seat 6: lehout (2656320 in chips)
Seat 7: luckymo32 (1798537 in chips)
Seat 8: wudsikurdukk (2692016 in chips)
Seat 9: Sobizzle21 (3296952 in chips)

A fast start to the final nine would end three players' tournaments within the first four hands. First, Brixinka would open-shove for just over a million chips as wudsikurdukk called out of the big blind holding big slick A♠K♥. Brixinka's 2♠A♥ kicker problems did not clear up by the 9♦ T♥ 8♦ 7♠ 9♣ river earning $3,949.80 in ninth place.

Next hand wudsikurdukk tried rolling with the momentum shoving 4.4 million chips over a min-raise by Toproy. Toproy's aces A♦A♥ called immediately and almost as quickly lost to wudsikurdukk's pocket sixes 6♠6♦ as the third one appeared in the door 6♥ 3♦ Q♣ K♣ 8♠. Not much of a consolation with mid-five figures sitting up top, but Toproy's broke aces were worth $6,353.90 in eighth place.

Not done yet, wudsikurdukk would sit this one out and let the rest of table get some face time. Same blinds as before as DEdgge would raise to 1.1 million from early position. MaltLiquor40 came out shooting like a Colt .45 and shoved for two million. DEdgge softly put in the remaining 69K in chips holding K♠Q♥ as MaltLiquor40 showed pocket tens T♣T♠. No scares on the 9♣ 8♥ 6♠ J♥ J♣ board as DEdgge took away $10,735.90 in seventh place.

Six-handed play would last nearly 15 minutes, an eternity for the pace being put out by the final table this week. With the blinds moving up to 65K/130K ante 13K, lehout, a three-time COOP winner (2011 SCOOP, 2014 WCOOP, and a freshly minted watch from this year's SCOOP 2015 Event #43-L), would shove from the button with only 715K left. Wudsikurdukk seems bent on taking out most of the table making the call from the big blind holding 9♥7♦. Lehout's ace 5♠A♥ could not bypass the seven on the flop 2♠ 8♣ 7♥ 2♦ 6♠ taking home $15,117.90 in sixth place.

Tomas "Luckymo32" Geleziunas came oh so close to a WCOOP 2013 bracelet earning $229K as the runner-up to mr.MaxRipper. Unfortunately, after doubling up Sobizzle21, Geleziunas would have to settle for another near-miss earning $19,719.00 in fifth place.

Holding nearly fifty percent of the chips in play wudsikurdukk continued to charge through this table. With the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K wudsikurdukk would limp in from the cutoff as MaltLiquor40 took offense to this and shoved 3.3 million holding K♣J♥. The chip leader could afford the call and did so with the better hand A♦J♠. Chances for a chopped pot left after the ten on the river Q♥ 8♦ Q♦ 8♠ T♠ as it was last call for MaltLiquor40 in fourth place ($26,292.00).

No10Nostr8 has been moving up ninja-like as opposed to wudsikurdukk's smash-and-grab tactics. Eight minutes into the tenth hour of play Sobizzle21's stack needed an infusion holding just 1.64 million chips with blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K. Holding Q♠3♠ Sobizzle21 would shove from the small blind as No10Nostr8 decided to give action with 6♥A♦. An ace on the flop A♥ 5♠ 5♣ 8♦ 6♦ would sink Sobizzle21's chances in third place ($37,247.00).

With a final table full of players that have made it this far in Major tournaments, it's no surprise that wudsikurdukk nearly took away a WCOOP bracelet in 2013 earning $24K in Event #25 and No10Nostr8 was making a second Sunday Warm-Up final table appearance (2014, earning $15K in seventh place). It seemed like wudsikurdukk's title to lose after running over the final table and starting off heads-up play with a 17 million to 4.86 million chip lead.

But, after 20 minutes No10Nostr8 continued to chip away at wudsikurdukk to even up the chip counts and even taking over the chip lead as the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K.

Twenty five minutes into the battle, an uncalled four-bet shove and a bluff catcher would leave wudsikurdukk with under four million chips. Down but not out, wudsikurdukk would find kings and double up to eight million.

That would be the last big pot for wudsikurdukk as No10Nostr8 would take it home from here. Holding 4.8 million chips and blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K wudsikurdukk would limp from the button as No10Nostr8 shoved for 17 million with pocket threes 3♣3♠. Wudsikurdukk's choice of weapon was A♣J♥ but the 4♥ 9♥ 4♠ K♠ 2♠ board denied the overcards as No10Nostr8 completed the comeback earning $70,112.00 as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!


PokerStars Sunday Warm-up results (07-19-15)

Entrants: 2,191
Places paid: 324
Prize pool: $438,200.00

1. No10Nostr8 (Romania) $70,112.00
2. wudsikurdukk (Germany) $52,474.45
3. Sobizzle21 (Mexico) $37,247.00
4. MaltLiquor40 (Canada) $26,292.00
5. luckymo32 (Ireland) $19,719.00
6. lehout (Netherlands) $15,117.90
7. DEdgge (Israel) $10,735.90
8. Toproy (Denmark) $6,353.90
9. Brixinka (Czech Republic) $3,943.80

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up