Sunday Warm-Up: Avtor(RUS) soars to victory worth $74K

Reunions can give people who are great friends to catch up for a weekend around a bonfire once life starts dealing you busy schedules full of youth soccer games, work deadlines, and never-ending yard work. In poker some reunions take place with thousands of dollars on the line, not exactly a relaxing situation but potentially profitable. The $400,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table found two players who reached the same Super Tuesday final table a few months ago. However, neither of those players would go home with the big prize as Avtor(RUS) would scoop up $72,427.28 as this week's champ.

Read on below for Avtor(RUS)'s run to the weekly Sunday Major title.

Just before the final two tables, alberto.m7 was looking for a second Sunday Warm-Up title after bagging $74K in February. But, the former champ would settle for $1,421.04 in 20th place twenty minutes into the eighth hour of play.

The chip leader with 18 players left looked to add another line to his already impressive list of accomplishments at PokerStars. Alex "MrKloutt" Casals has a SCOOP watch and added a Super Tuesday title in February and started off the final two tables by knocking out skarbnik79 in 17th place to increase his chip lead.

During that Super Tuesday win, Casals busted Seth "Setherson2" Davies in seventh place earning $19K. Davies is back again, hanging on with a below average stack with 14 players remaining hoping to enact a little revenge.

That rematch became more of a possibility after cbolt21 ($2,979.60) and V7JCV21 ($2,337.84) busted in 12th and 13th place respectively.

Kaveh001 was not afraid to go after Casals' chips taking down three decent head-to-head pots with big uncalled bets on the river. The third pot would catapult kaveh001 to the chip lead with over six million chips and blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K as the players rested during the ninth hourly break. This is not the first time kaveh001 is looking at a big payday as the German nearly took down the one billionth tournament promotion earning $241K as the runner-up.

First hand back from the break oeschi111 would shove from the cutoff for 640K as kaveh001 made the call with A♥9♦. Oeschi111's A♠7♣ would unfortunately find no love on the 8♠ A♦ 9♥ Q♦ K♠ board adding to kaveh001's chip lead and starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: kaveh001 (6246188 in chips)
Seat 2: Raul draw (1703193 in chips)
Seat 3: Avtor(RUS) (2584816 in chips)
Seat 4: nutscrack27 (1477324 in chips)
Seat 5: MrKloutt (2990376 in chips)
Seat 6: fc19880608 (1903198 in chips)
Seat 7: Setherson2 (1387126 in chips)
Seat 8: gnat777 (1250666 in chips)
Seat 9: extasyman (3377113 in chips)

After a fairly slow start to the final table, the bustouts would flow so quickly poor Team PokerStars Online Pro Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur had a tough time keeping up.

Over 30 minutes would pass as the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K Seth "Setherson2" Davies was left with under a million chips and shoved from UTG as fc19880608 made the call from the big blind holding big slick A♦K♠. Davies' Q♦A♠ would go down quickly with the flopped king 4♦ 8♣ K♥ 2♠ 2♣ earning $3,896.40 in ninth place.


Seth "Setherson2" Davies - ninth place ($3,896.40)

Two hands later extasyman would earn a five million chip double up at kaveh001's expense. Three hands after that with the blinds still at 65K/130K ante 13K gnat777, kaveh001, and Raul draw jumped into a three-way preflop all-in with Raul draw covering all bets. Raul draw's big slick A♣K♠ looked primed for a double knockout against gnat777's J♦K♥ and former chip leader kaveh001's A♠6♥. But, gnat777 managed to bite enough of the T♦ 5♠ J♠ 8♠ 4♦ board to take the main pot as Raul draw's win on the 2.6 million side pot ended kaveh001's chances in eighth place ($6,646.80).

The next hand shortstacked nutscrack27 would try to sneak A♠9♦ past the K♠T♥ of extasyman but failed to make it past the flop 3♠ J♠ T♣ 7♥ 7♦ taking home $11,230.80 in seventh place.

Other four hands after all that action, Ladouceur caught up with the bustout announcements just in time for two more back-to-back.

The blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K as Raul draw would open shove 2.23 million from the small blind. Avtor(RUS) looked up Raul draw with K♦8♦ as the aggressor turned over a small ace A♠2♦. An eight on the flop Q♣ 3♦ 8♣ 9♥ 2♥ ended Raul draw's tournament in sixth place ($15,814.80).

On the next hand Avtor(RUS) tried to ride the success with a button min-raise but Alex "MrKloutt" Casals promptly shoved for 2.9 million from the small blind with A♦8♠. Unluckly for Casals, fc19880608 was waiting with more chips and a better hand Q♥Q♦ in the big blind. Avtor(RUS) caught the hint and folded as Casals' tournament would end in fifth place ($20,398.80) after the ace-less J♥ 3♦ 9♦ 3♥ J♣ board.


Alex "MrKloutt" Casals - fifth place ($20,398.80)

Despite folding the last hand, Avtor(RUS) was not ready to sit back and try coasting into more money. Three hands after Casals' elimination Avtor(RUS) would shove four million chips over a min-raiseby gnat777 and three-bet by extasyman. Gnat777 was ready to party with big slick A♣K♣ but extasyman said maybe later and folded. Avtor(RUS) showed pocket tens T♠T♣ but the race was a short one after the third ten on the flop T♥ 5♠ 9♣ J♦ 3♠ shipped gnat777 $26,816.40 in fourth place.

Three-handed play would roll along for 20 minutes until Avtor(RUS) and extasyman decided to tangle preflop. With the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K extasyman would limp in from the small blind as Avtor(RUS) shoved the chip leading 12.1 million chip stack. Extasyman quickly made the call with big slick K♣A♠ as Avtor(RUS) showed a pair of sixes 6♣6♦ for the race. Extasyman could not catch up on the 8♠ 7♣ 5♥ Q♥ T♦ board earning $38,964.00 in third place, quite the improvement from the last trip here in 2011 taking ninth place at the time.

The nine minute heads-up battle was heading towards a chop agreement but someone decided to semi-bluff. With the blinds still at 100K/200K ante 20K, Avtor(RUS) holding a 16.5 million to 6.3 million chip lead would min-raise from the button as fc19880608 called. Fc19880608 would check the eight high flop 8♦ 6♦ 4♥ as Avtor(RUS) bet 739K. Fc19880608 would shove holding a straight draw 7♦T♥ as Avtor(RUS) called with two pair 6♠4♣. The turned 8♠ would negate one of those small pairs, but the J♣ sealed the $72,427.28 first place prize for this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion Avtor(RUS)!

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (07-26-15)

Entrants: 2,292
Place Paid: 342
Prize Pool: $458,400.00

1. Avtor(RUS) (Russia) $72,427.28
2. fc19880608 (China) $54,398.32
3. extasyman (Romania) $38,964.00
4. gnat777 (Ukraine) $26,816.40
5. Alex "MrKloutt" Casals (Andorra) $20,398.80
6. Raul draw (Brazil) $15,814.80
7. nutscrack27 (United Kingdom) $11,230.80
8. kaveh001 (Germany) $6,646.80
9. Seth "Setherson2" Davies (Mexico) $3,896.40

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up