Sunday Warm-Up: bjartefau outlasts stacked final table to win $77K

Live victories and Major online victories: the final table players of the $425,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up had both and were looking to claim another. However, bjartefau would quietly stay in charge and after a chop attempt went for naught, bjartefau would take away the full $77,610.00 as this week's winner.

Read on below for the final table action.


Guntis "poker@luffyD" Aleskins, runner-up in 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Event #2 and the Sunday Million back in 2013, would not get that long deserving Major title after finishing in 14th place ($2,505.12) here.

Imluckbox proved to own the logon name towards the latter part of the eighth hour, after being all-in with big slick K♠A♥ against LeoAlcantara's aces A♣A♦. A turned straight T♥ Q♦ 3♣ J♠ 3♠ would right the ship all the way to nearly taking the chip lead by the end of the hour. Imluckbox got close here finishing in 11th place in February , but looking to take a big chip stack into the final table instead of another near-miss.

The ten players remaining at the eighth hourly break would come back to hand-for-hand play and determine who would get a shot at $77K and a consolation prize of $3,192.80. imluckbox continued the upwards streak 20 minutes into hand-for-hand play with the blinds up to 50K/100K ante 10K imluckbox would raise to 262,500 as LeoAlcantara was now the player in trouble shoving all-in for 1.57 million. imluckbox made the call with K♦Q♣ as LeoAlcantara turned up A♦T♥. The king would wait until the turn to appear 7♣ 7♥ J♥ K♠ T♠ as the final table started up below:


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Seat 1: Bruno chato (1321468 in chips)
Seat 2: bjartefau (1859139 in chips)
Seat 3: Aguskb (3875410 in chips)
Seat 4: Pa3yM (1507930 in chips)
Seat 5: imluckbox (5344511 in chips)
Seat 6: poosnack11 (2417989 in chips)
Seat 7: Spowi07 (2160709 in chips)
Seat 8: dennishtm (3649927 in chips)
Seat 9: TMoney0209 (2422917 in chips)


While hand-for-hand play lingered on for 20 minutes, eliminating the first player at the final table would only take three hands. Shortly after the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K poosnack11 would open for a min-raise UTG as dennishtm shoved for 3.6 million two chairs over. Poosnack11, fresh off a Sunday 2nd Chance victory last month, would make the call all-in with queens Q♦Q♥. Dennisthm's K♠A♦ was up for the challenge flopping an ace A♣ 2♦ 7♦ 3♣ J♠ knocking out poosnack11 in ninth place ($4,175.20).

There would be no flipping for dennishtm's next challenge. With the blinds moving up 80K/160K ante 16K Spowi07 tried to squeeze the chip leader for the blinds with a 1.91 million chip shove holding K♣7♥. But, dennishtm was ready to rock with a better kicker 7♦A♥ and the diamond 8♦ 6♦ 9♦ J♦ 8♠, along with four on the board, helped end Spowi07's night in eighth place ($7,122.40).

Five hands later dennishtm kept up the aggression with a raise to 347,200 as Bruno chato shoved for 1.5 million. Imluckbox did not want to give away the big blind and re-shoved for 5.29 million holding pocket tens T♥T♠. Dennishtm would concede the floor and folded as Bruno chato turned up T♣A♠. Bruno "Bruno chato" Nunes was looking for his second Major victory this year after taking down the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) Event #7 for $49K. The second win would need to wait another day as Nunes' T♣A♠ failed to find an ace on the 7♣ 6♠ 2♥ 3♠ K♠ board to take $12,034.40 in seventh place.


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Bruno "Bruno chato" Nunes

On the next hand dennishtm was at it again looking for a third elimination three-betting Pa3yM all-in. Pa3yM was up for a fight calling all-in for 2.18 million with A♦9♣ and towering over dennishtm's 8♠A♥. But, another four-flush for dennishtm T♥ 3♠ 2♥ 5♥ 6♥ would send Pa3yM to the sidelines in sixth place ($16,946.40).

Bang. Bang. Bang. A poker tournament reporter's dream as frighteningly quick exits would leave us with four players still in the 80K/160K ante 16K blind level. The PokerStars Host did not even have the chance to say good luck to Nunes yet and a second player would be asked to leave. This time it was TMoney0209, who has WCOOP and TCOOP final tables including one this year in TCOOP's Event #47 earning $66K for sixth place. But, those cashes could not get queens Q♦Q♥ to hold against bjartefau's A♦K♣ on the 2♠ A♥ 7♠ 7♣ 3♥ board earning another big cash of $21,858.40 in fifth place.

Why stop at three straight? Not sure if I have seen this outside of a TCOOP tournament but on the fourth consecutive hand another player with impressive online and live wins would be asked to come back at another time. Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson won the European Poker Tour London Main Event in season six and the Sunday Warm-Up. Unfortunately, Aaron's return to the Sunday Warm-Up final table would not end in victory after shoving 2.73 million over a raise and a call with big slick K♣A♣. It looked good for Gustavson after bjartefau called with A♦T♣ but a ten on the flop 4♠ Q♥ T♠ 3♠ 5♣ would end his run at a second Warm-Up title in fourth place ($28,735.20).


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Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson - fourth place ($28,735.20)

After that furious run the players would try to settle down with some chop talks. After looking at the chip and ICM chops the threesome decided they were better off playing it out for the $77K still sitting up top.

About ten minutes later with the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K with bjartefau holding over half the chips in play imluckbox and dennsihtm would flip their near identical stacks to see who would play heads-up for the title. Dennishtm's A♠9♠ would not catch up to imluckbox's pocket sevens 7♣7♦ on the all-low 8♣ 6♦ 2♠ 2♥ 2♦ board as dennishtm was left with less than a small blind. Those chips would go to imluckbox on the next hand as dennishtm pick up $41,752.00 in third place.

Bjartefau would start with a 14.1 million to imluckbox's 10.4 million and with a low blinds, could have been a long, drawn-out battle for the Sunday Warm-Up title. But, bjartefau threatened to end it quickly after notching two big pots in the first three hand taking a 17.9 million to 6.6 million lead.

Ten minutes later after hanging around and scoring a double-up, imluckbox would briefly take the chip lead.

For one hand.

Another ten minutes later with the blinds up to 150K/300K ante 30K and bjartefau holding a 17 million to 7.5 million chip lead imluckbox would shove over a min-raise with A♥9♦ as bjartefau snap-called with pocket jacks J♥J♣. A lack of an ace on the 3♣ K♥ 7♠ 5♥ 8♠ board shipped $77,610.00 and the weekly Sunday Warm-Up title to bjartefau!


PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (04-03-2016)

Entrants: 2,456
Prize pool: $491,200.00
Places paid: 360

1. bjartefau (Norway) $77,610.00
2. imluckbox (Australia) $58,290.70
3. dennishtm (Austria) $41,752.00
4. Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson (Mexico) $28,735.20
5. TMoney0209 (Canada) $21,858.40
6. Pa3yM (Russia) $16,946.40
7. Bruno "Bruno chato" Nunes (Brazil) $12,034.40
8. Spowi07 (Austria) $7,122.40
9. poosnack11 (Canada) $4,175.20


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David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up