Sunday Warm-Up: Elation for Elay99 winning $64K after three-way chop

As many times before, the players who have been to this or any Major final table at PokerStars tend to show up multiple times and improve with the subsequent tournaments. The $400,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table would feature players who have WCOOP bracelets, EPT final tables, and have been at this weekly Major's final table before. LoneHixx, vladxxxro, and Elay99 chopped three ways but Elay99 came away with the win earning $64,169.59.

Keep reading below for Elay99's path to the Sunday Warm-Up title.

Nearing the ninth hourly break, a big three-way preflop all-in hand broke out between LoneHixx, bauruzito, and dan1lych with LoneHixx covering all bets. Bauruzito's kings K♥K♣ stood tall against LoneHixx's big slick A♣K♠, and dan1lych's Q♦A♥. However, the 9♣ T♠ 2♠ A♠ 2♣ board had other ideas knocking out bauruzito in 15th place ($2,495.94) and dan1lych in 16th ($1,810.78).

That 2.6 million chip pot with blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K would help pad the former Super Tuesday champ's stack as 13 players made it to the last break before the final table.

Third hand back from the break vladxxxro was itching to make a third Sunday Warm-Up final table appearance. With DeBoLa89 all-in, vladxxxro and MaRyJoAnNa00 played through the 4♥ 3♣ 7♦ 8♣ K♣ board and went check-check after the third club hit. Vladxxxro showed the flopped pair of sevens A♣7♠ but MaRyJoAnNa00's flopped set 3♠3♦ left DeBoLa89 mucking in 13th place ($2,495.94).

While vladxxxro lost a few chips, the Romanian will be looking to improve on a fourth place finish ($30K) and eighth place finish ($13K) on back-to-back weekends in March.

After MicroMillions champ DIAS18 left in 12th place ($3,181.10), and newly minted WCOOP champ William "hellzito" Arruda left in 11th place ($3,181.10), all eyes watched Malaka$tyle try to make a comeback. Malaka$tyle would be left with 9,481 chips after running into Pokerccini's quad kings but managed to win the next two all-ins. LoneHixx was not in the giving mood, eliminating Malaka$tyle with pocket jacks on the third hand thus starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (2749935 in chips)
Seat 2: Elay99 (2999290 in chips)
Seat 3: LuckeLogan (2609770 in chips)
Seat 4: LoneHixx (1886411 in chips)
Seat 5: MaRyJoAnNa00 (4631014 in chips)
Seat 6: Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini (1868164 in chips)
Seat 7: vladxxxro (4227258 in chips)
Seat 8: marlin5555 (2493671 in chips)
Seat 9: williams46 (1004487 in chips)

Arruda was not the only WCOOP champ to go deep as WCOOP 2014 Event #52 winner Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan looked to add another Major title to his list of accomplishments. Just 12 hands into the final table he would catch a huge break while capturing a 3.3 million chip pot. Pokerccini showed K♠A♦ as Srinivasan turned up the dominated A♥Q♦. The king on the river actually helped Shyam to the win, completing a broadway straight J♦ 6♥ T♦ 3♥ K♦ and eliminating Pokerccini in ninth place ($4,159.90). Like Shyam, Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini also has some solid live scores as well, making the final table at the EPT Berlin in 2012 winning $287,612 in fourth place.


Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini - ninth place $4,159.90

Shortly after MaRyJoAnNa00 knocked off shortstacked william46 in eighth place ($7,096.30), two more players would be forced to watch from the sidelines.

With the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K MaRyJoAnNa00 would lead with a min-raise as marlin5555 shoved for 2.01 million. LuckeLogan covered and called from the small blind as MaRyJoAnNa00 took some time off by folding. LuckeLogan's big slick A♣K♦ had no issues taking down marlin5555's A♠T♠ on the spade-less 3♦ J♥ K♣ 5♥ 9♥ board, shipping $11,990.30 to marlin5555 in seventh place.

Four minutes later Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan took a few chip hits during the hour and found a spot to shove 1.85 million from the button. Elay99 was happy to re-shove for four million holding A♦Q♥. The suited K♣2♣ found a turned flush draw J♣ A♥ 4♠ 5♣ 2♠ but could not complete it, ending Srinivasan's tournament in sixth place ($16,884.30).


Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan - sixth place $16,884.30

Near the midway point of the tenth hour of play with the blinds moving up to 125K/250K ante 25K LuckeLogan led for a min-raise from the hijack seat as LoneHixx three-bet to 1.23 million. MaRyJoAnNa00 called all-in for a little less as LuckeLogan stuck around and also called. LoneHixx would follow-through with a 1.3 million chip bet as LuckeLogan decided that was too much and folded. MaRyJoAnNa00's K♥Q♦ missed the 5♥ J♥ 8♦ 4♦ 3♠ board as LoneHixx's 8♠A♣ was enough to send MaRyJoAnNa00 out in fifth place ($21,778.30).

That was not enough to get chop talks in place as one player's query went unanswered.

Six hands later with the blinds moving up to 150K/300K ante 30K LuckeLogan and LoneHixx would battle again. This time it was for keeps as LuckeLogan's A♠3♠ would be all-in preflop against LoneHixx's pocket sixes 6♥6♣. The nine-high board 9♣ 5♠ 7♦ 8♥ 7♣ left LuckeLogan out in fourth place ($28,629.90).

Despite holding the shortest stack, vladxxxro advised LoneHixx and Elay99 either deal now, or no deal HUs as vladxxxro proclaimed to enjoy the one-on-one battles. After both vladxxxro and Elay99 slid $500 more from the original numbers to LoneHixx, the deal below locked up the majority of the cash leaving $8K aside for the weekly champ.

LoneHixx: $58,807.93
Elay99: $56,169.59
vladxxxro: $54,024.21

LoneHixx made off like a bandit as three minutes after the re-start, the chip leader would be out. Holding 5.5 million in chips, LoneHixx would call a min-raise by Elay99 to see a 6♥5♣9♣ flop. LoneHixx called the flop and turn A♥ bets as Elay99 shoved after the T♦ river. Once again LoneHixx called showing the flopped top pair 9♦J♣ but Elay99 turned a higher one Q♣A♦ sending LoneHixx away with $58,807.93 in third place.

Vladxxxro did improve on previous two finishes here, got to heads-up play as planned, but Elay99 was too much to handle.

Twice vladxxxro would be one board away from finishing as the runner-up but the third time that became a reality. With the blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K Elay99 shoved for 19.8 million as vladxxxro called all-in holding 4.12 million and 5♥A♣. Elay99's queens Q♦Q♣ dodge the ace J♥ 4♠ J♣ T♠ 9♠ becoming this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion and winning $64,169.59!

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (10-11-2015)
Entrants: 2,447
Prize pool: $489,400
Place paid: 360

1. Elay99 (Sweden) $64,169.59*
2. vladxxxro (Romania) $54,024.21*
3. LoneHixx (Canada) $58,807.93*
4. LuckeLogan (Germany) $28,629.90
5. MaRyJoAnNa00 (Germany) $21,778.30
6. Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (Canada) $16,884.30
7. marlin5555 (Canada) $11,990.30
8. williams46 (Switzerland) $7,096.30
9. Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini (Germany) $4,159.90

* = denotes a three-way deal

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David Aydt
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