Sunday Warm-Up: Jenny has the answer as m8675309a wins $58K after chop

The weather in this neck-of-the-woods is finally showing its true season. A day of sunshine, freshly raked lawn, and ten tons of pollen-induced allergies on my nose while settling in along with 2,365 runners for this week's $425,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up.

Someone not affected by a stuffy head and consistently dripping nose? Our champ this week, m8675309a, earning the biggest slice of a five-way chop, then polished off the remaining four players while taking away $58,452.38.

Read on below as m8675309a proves to be more than a one-hit wonder.

Well into the eighth hour of play Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver was back again looking for a Sunday Major title. If you do not remember, Oliver was one player away from taking home the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event title. His road to a victory tonight almost ended in the eighth hour after a shoving a short-stack with ace-five and getting looked up by krapcity112's ace-king. A four-flush on the river would keep Oliver's title hopes alive.

Another familiar face in Sasuke234 who has several Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) final tables and a Super Tuesday one last year banking $17K in seventh place. But, Sasuke234 would not add a Sunday Warm-Up final table this week after pocket fives failed to carry through the river versus m8675309a's ace-seven earning $3,074.50 in 12th place.

A few minutes later after three-time -COOP champ Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood failed to spin-up a short-stack in 11th place ($3,074.50), with the blinds up to 50K/100K ante 10K P Force 7 would be all-in pre-flop for 338K as rasulov_a and Duraircwb joined in. The paired board 8♣ A♥ 4♥ A♣ 7♠ got Duraircwb to bet the turn and river as rasulov_a decided to get out after the 523K river bet. Good call on rasulov_a's part as Duraircwb turned over a boat 8♠8♥ which P Force 7's Q♥T♥ could not match starting up the final table below:

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Seat 1: krapcity112 (3004421 in chips)
Seat 2: Duraircwb (3809426 in chips)
Seat 3: pulbier (1138002 in chips)
Seat 4: rasulov_a (3424024 in chips)
Seat 5: tjmosier (2126865 in chips)
Seat 6: ibotown (1104706 in chips)
Seat 7: INGA951 (1105930 in chips)
Seat 8: m8675309a (3878437 in chips)
Seat 9: ImDaNuts (4058189 in chips)

Nine hands into the final table with the blinds holding at 50K/100K ante 10K krapcity112 decided to pressure the short-stacked big blind by shoving 2.77 million from middle position. INGA951 was up for the challenge, calling all-in for 893K holding J♥T♥. A flip against krapcity112's pocket nines 9♣9♠ looked good after flopping a ten and a straight draw, but a nine on the turn Q♠ T♠ A♦ 9♥ 6♠ would send INGA951 home in ninth place ($4,020.50).

Half-way through the ninth hour with the blinds moving up to 65K/130K ante 13K tjmosier would raise from middle position as krapcity112, unable to gain ground after eliminating INGA951, would shove all-in from the big blind for 936K as tjmosier called with aces A♣A♥. Bad news for krapcity112's big slick K♣A♦ as the flop gave some hope, 9♥ T♥ J♥ 5♠ 6♣ but by the river krapcity112 was gone in eighth place ($6,858.50).

Ten minutes later heading towards the tenth hour of play with the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 16K ibotown, who already has a Super Tuesday win, would shove for 790K getting a call from pulbier in the big blind. Ibotown's 8♥A♦ would not catch against pulbier's treys 3♥3♠ on the 2♠ 9♠ Q♥ 2♦ K♥ board taking away $11,588.50 in seventh place.

Right before the ninth hourly break with the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K m8675309a would min-raise as Duraircwb called from the big blind to see the 8♦6♦J♠ flop. Duraircwb check-raised all-in for two million as m8675309a made the call holding a flush and straight draw T♦Q♦ facing Duraircwb's pair K♠6♠. The pair would not last past the turn 5♦ making the 3♣ river moot as Duraircwb's demise in sixth place ($16,318.50) would start some unusually early chop talks.

Several times over the ten minute chat, the final five were one uncooperative player away from the cards going back in the air without a deal, but they managed to kiss and make up while dividing the funds up below (leaving $8K for the champ):

m8675309a $50,452.38
rasulov_a $42,940.08
tjmosier $40,155.23
pulbier $39,180.78
ImDaNuts $39,060.44

After the five-way deal, things sped up considerably. Eight hands after the deal pulbier would min-raise as rasulov_a isolated with a shove for 4.3 million. Folded around back to pulbier who called all-in for 3.6 million and A♦Q♠. Unfortunately, rasulov_a's pocket nines 9♣9♠ would do pulbier no favors on the 7♥ K♥ 8♥ T♦ 5♦ board grabbing $39,180.78 from the chop in fifth place.

Oliver did not wait long to make a move. Four hands later he would shove 3.77 million from the big blind after m8675309a completed the small blind. A♣3♣ was enough to make the call as Oliver turned over J♠T♣. Thanks to the plethora of clubs Q♦ 8♣ 5♣ Q♣ 4♣ both players would make a flush, but m8675309a's ace-high would send Oliver out in fourth place ($39,060.44).

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Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver - 4th place ($39,060.44)


After dispatching Oliver, m8675309a's sight turned immediately to tjmosier who shoved 2.2 million over m8675309a's min-raise. Still in a gambling mood (and owning over half the chips in play) m867509a made the call with K♣J♦ looking slightly up at tjmosier's A♥9♠. The ace would not make it to the river as a turned king 6♠ 4♠ 5♥ K♠ 9♦ favored the chip leader thus ending tjmosier's tournament in third place ($40,155.23).

Heads-up play went the same way as the post-chop hands have.

Fast and in m8675309a's favor.

The chip leader would win all seven hands (well, one chopped) as the final hand played out like this. With the blinds up to 125K/250K ante 25K and after a J♦K♠4♣ flop rasulov_a would three-bet all-in for 4.8 million as m8675309a called with top pair 6♦K♣. Not dead holding an open-ended straight draw Q♠T♣ rasulov_a could not connect with the turn 6♣ nor river 3♠.
Top stack after the chop, top stack after finish as m8675309a called in a big win earning $58,452.38 as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!


PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up (04-17-2016)

Entrants: 2,365
Places paid: 342
Prize pool: $473,000.00

1. m8675309a (Turks and Caicos Islands) $58,452.38*
2. rasulov_a (Azerbaijan) $42,940.08*
3. tjmosier (Canada) $40,155.23*
4. Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (Costa Rica) $39,060.44*
5. pulbier (Netherlands) $39,180.78*
6. Duraircwb (Brazil) $16,318.50
7. ibotown (Austria) $11,588.50
8. krapcity112 (Canada) $6,858.50
9. INGA951 (Norway) $4,020.50

* Reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $8,000 in play for the winner


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David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up