Sunday Warm-Up: Sunny side up, Snuup wins $84K after chop

Whether you spent the day hunting down hidden painted eggs or paint on the river, Sundays are always special here. The $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up delivered again with 2,882 players creating a $576,400.00 prize pool and a shade over $90K scheduled for the weekly champ. While it looked like Einhorn 308 would run away with the full prize, Snuup would come back from a shortstack to win $84,697.75 after a two-way chop.

Eight and a half hours into the tournament, Einhorn 308 kicked off the final two tables by trimming down FarmluFarm and Jelmer FCG in 16th and 17th place (both receiving $1,873.30) and taking over the chip lead. FarmluFarm unfortunately would suffer another near-miss after making the final two tables here last week, getting knocked out by Team Online's Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz.

Two weeks ago irache 87 would take down the $80K guaranteed $215 Week Turbo NLHE for $14K but would fall short this week as kereshme's pocket eights flopped a set against king-queen to earn $2,737.90 in 14th place.

Usually hand-for-hand play waits until after the ninth hour of play but the players were still hungry even if they ate a little too much at the brunch buffet. Hand-for-hand would start off about ten minutes before the ninth hourly break as the ten players came back to one of the most critical parts of the tournament.

On the first hand back Solidthought would three-bet enough to put InMexico (actually playing in Germany) all-in preflop. Holding J♣A♣ InMexico called all-in to dominate Solidthought's K♦J♥. Both would flop a jack but a king on the river 3♣ J♠ 3♥ Q♣ K♠ sent InMexico away starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: kereshme (2315551 in chips)
Seat 2: Snuup (1085833 in chips)
Seat 3: kya0209 (3596249 in chips)
Seat 4: nizmo jiz (2349202 in chips)
Seat 5: Einhorn 308 (5489102 in chips)
Seat 6: u3meha (4205961 in chips)
Seat 7: Solidthought (6141580 in chips)
Seat 8: sketch1967 (1809310 in chips)
Seat 9: alberto ka (1827212 in chips)

It would take a little more than 15 minutes before shortstacked alberto ka tried to slide K♠T♠ pass Snuup's pocket tens T♦T♣. Despite the flop bringing a few more outs and even more on the turn, the river J♠ 3♥ A♣ 4♠ 9♥ did not connect ending the 2012 TCOOP Event #19 champ's tournament in ninth place ($4,899.40).

Thanks to the quick start of the final table the next knockout would take 20 minutes to determine. nizmo jiz and kya0209 would throw a total of 5.4 million chips into the middle with nizmo jiz holding just over 200K behind. nizmo jiz was looking at an extreme shortstack after turning over Q♦A♣ to kya0209's big slick A♥K♠. But, a touch of river luck 6♦ 7♠ T♣ 2♠ Q♥ would ship the pot to nizmo jiz. As a result, kya0209's eighth place result ($7,792.92) would not best a third place finish here just two months ago.

Einhorn 308 sped things up a bit just four hands later after dispatching a shortstacked sketch1967 in seventh place ($13,545.40). The chip leader would take down four hands in a row while racking up a 13.3 million chip stack representing nearly half the chips in play with blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K.

After the Einhorn 308 gobbled up most of the chips, u3meha decided to pick on the less fortune as a shortstacked kereshme shoved all-in with pocket eights 8♣8♠ only to get looked up by u3meha's tens T♥T♣. The flopped set A♥ 5♥ T♦ 6♠ K♣ was more than enough to send kereshme off in sixth place ($19,309.40).

Shortly after the tenth hourly break Einhorn 308's stack looked about as stuffed as the queche my mother made for Easter brunch. On a night where bad beats have ruled Einhorn 308's A♥T♣ would take down u3meha's A♠J♥ on the K♦ T♠ 6♠ 8♥ 7♦ board for an 8.7 million chip pot sending u3meha away in fifth place ($25,073.40).

Things continued to fall right for Einhorn 308 about five minutes later. Solidthought would take a swipe at the chip leader's stack nearly going all-in with Q♦A♣. Einhorn 308 would re-raise to get the rest of Solidthought's chips in the middle holding big slick A♠K♥. This time the favorite would make it through the 2♣ 2♥ J♠ K♣ 9♠ board as Solidthought collected $33,143.00 in fourth place.


Chip leader since two tables left but after three-handed play started the shine came off of Einhorn 308's stack. Both nizmo jiz and Snuup would double up off the embattled Einhorn 308. After a flop of 9♣5♦2♣ Einhorn 308 would be all-in with K♣Q♣ and slightly behind nizmo jiz's 5♣4♣. The turn T♥ brought more outs as the river J♠ was one of the them shipping Einhorn 308 the 11.4 million chip pot and knocking nizmo jiz to just under three million with blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K.

nizmo jiz would double up two hands later but Snuup would win the big flip on the following hand. nizmo jiz's pocket eights 8♦8♥ survived the flop and turn K♣ 3♥ 2♣ 7♠ against Snuup's A♠J♠. But the river A♣ sent $48,417.60 to nizmo jiz in third place. Chalk up another big third place finish for nizmo jiz after claiming $13K and third place in the SCOOP 2013 Event #40-L.

In a giving mood, both players quickly squared up the final two money spots chopping according to chip count while leaving $10K aside for the champion.

Snuup: $74,697.75
Einhorn 308: $73,813.05

The heads-up finish was a quick one.

Einhorn308 took down the first five hands but Snuup would win the more important last hand of the tournament. After winning three in a row Snuup would take a 22.7 million to six million chip lead with blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K. Snuup led out after the T♠T♣7♠ flop as Einhorn 308 called. 2♦ on the turn and Snuup set out 2.64 million as Einhorn 308 shoved with the hammer 7♦2♣. Unfortunately Snuup also carried a seven 7♣K♠ in making the call as the river 8♦ blanked sending the weekly Sunday Warm-Up title and extra $10,000.00 to Snuup!

PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (04-05-15):

Entrants: 2,882
Places Paid: 414
Prize Pool: $576,400.00

(* denotes part of two-way deal)

1. Snuup (Norway) *$84,697.75
2. Einhorn 308 (China) *$73,813.05
3. nizmo jiz (Australia) $48,417.60
4. Solidthought (United Kingdom) $33,143.00
5. u3meha (Ukraine) $25,073.40
6. kereshme (Germany) $19,309.40
7. sketch1967 (Brazil) $13,545.40
8. kya0209 (Taiwan) $7,792.92
9. alberto ka (Brazil) $4,899.40

David Aydt is a freelance contributor to the PokerStarsBlog

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