Sunday Warm-Up: PIPI tapis! covers final table and wins $80K

The $425,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up showed an uptick in players this week. Perhaps a little warm-up to the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) starting up on Thursday's Event #1 Phase Three tournament (Phase One began today) holding a lofty $1.5 million guarantee and not-so-lofty $27 buy-in. As for the matter at hand, PIPI tapis! outlast the 2,554 player field after ten and a half hours of play earning $80,706.69 as this week's champ.

Read on below for PIPI tapis! run for a Sunday Major victory.

With two tables left mennck was looking to avoid another deep run without a final table at a major tournament. After bubbling the SCOOP 2015 Event #33-L mennck would be asked to sit out the Sunday Warm-Up final table as well after running pocket nines into PIPI tapis! kings to finishing in 18th place ($1,915.50).

After mennck's departure the exit door became much larger as the second half of the ninth hour saw the population of the tournament roll from 17 to hand-for-hand play. The remaining ten players would get to chill for five minutes before one hand could decide the difference between receiving $3,192.50 and a potential $80K payday.

True to the fast-styled play of the last half hour, it would only take five minutes to reach the spotlights shown below. With the blinds up to 40K/80K ante 8K t3hN1njALV would four-bet shove over DixyDix who has a SCOOP and a Sunday Million final table. Make that a Sunday Warm-Up final table as well, as DixyDix would make the call with A♠T♥ and prevail over t3hN1njALV's Q♣9♣ on the T♦ 9♥ 6♥ 8♦ A♦ board to open up the final table below:

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Seat 1: 10Badboy10 (2330150 in chips)
Seat 2: dimiangelako (1240021 in chips)
Seat 3: DixyDix (4883333 in chips)
Seat 4: Chapex (1825277 in chips)
Seat 5: PIPI tapis! (2990504 in chips)
Seat 6: ileudo (3908448 in chips)
Seat 7: Balazs "birs320" Botond (1305033 in chips)
Seat 8: Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks, (3584111 in chips)
Seat 9: MountainRo$e (3473123 in chips)


Ten minutes into in the final table Balazs "birs320" Botond with a final table in TCOOP 2014's Event #3 would try to better that sixth place result with a shove over an initial raise by PIPI tapis!. However, PIPI tapis! had the goods, quickly calling with K♣A♥. Botond's J♣K♥ started behind and ended behind T♥ 4♠ 6♥ T♠ 8♦ picking up $4,341.80 in ninth place.

Shortly after the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K a massive three-way pot between 10Badboy10, ileudo, and LoneHixx starts up with one player living on to tell the tale. Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks, a Super Tuesday champ, all-in holding K♥Q♠, would be looking up at ileudo's kings K♣K♠, and even worse, 10Badboy10's aces A♠A♣. The aces would prevail on the 8♦ 8♠ 5♣ 4♥ 8♥ board scooping the 8.2 million chip pot, knocking out Hicks in eighth place ($7,406.60) and ileudo in seventh ($12,003.80).

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Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks - eighth place ($7,406.60)


Eight hands later PIPI tapis! was not happy about giving up the chip lead and decided to re-claim it. With the blinds up to 80K/160K ante 16K. PIPI tapis! would raise to 336,000 as DixyDix shoved from the small blind for 2.68 million. PIPI tapis! started with nearly seven million and made the call flipping up Q♣A♣ to race against DixyDix's fives 5♠5♥. A queen in the middle of the 6♣ J♦ Q♠ 7♠ 8♠ board earned DixyDix $17,111.80 in sixth place.

On the next hand dimiangelako held out a shortstack long enough to move up the pay ladder decided to try to move up a little more with a push for 1.2 million from the cutoff. MountainRo$e decided to defend the big blind and called with Q♠A♥. It worked the last hand for PIPI tapis! and it would work again as dimiangelako's 6♠A♣ did not find any help 9♦ 3♣ 4♦ 7♦ 9♣ ended the tournament in fifth place ($22,219.80).

After some brief chop talks that went nowhere and the five-minute hourly break, the next two hands would decide who would play heads-up for $80K.

First, with the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K Chapex would min-raise from the button as MountainRo$e decided to defend the big blind again, shoving for 3.4 million. Chapex covered and called with pocket nines 9♠9♥ as MountainRo$e turned up the popular ace-queen Q♣A♣. Unfortunately for MountainRo$e ace-queen's magic would not see this one through K♥ 7♣ T♦ 4♣ 8♦ ending the run in fourth place ($29,876.69).

On the next hand 10Badboy10 would three-bet PIPI tapis! to 1.1 million as the chip leader made the call. 9♠5♥T♥ flop got both players excited as 14 million chips ended up in the middle with PIPI tapis! holding straight and flush draws Q♥8♥ and 10Badboy10 clinging to top pair-top kicker T♦A♣. 2♦ turn was solid for the double up but the heart on the river 3♥ would send 10Badboy10 home in third place ($42,907.20).

PIPI tapis! would bring in a sizable lead (17.7 million to 7.7 million) to heads-up play and would hold that lead over the course of the match. Halfway through the 10th hour of play with the blinds up to 125K/250K ante 25K and PIPI tapis! extending the lead 19.9 million to 5.5 million, Chapex would take a shot at a double up. With the board reading 9♠5♥6♠K♠5♠ PIPI tapis! shoved as Chapex called for 3.6 million left holding rivered trips T♣5♣. PIPI tapis! got the max payoff for the flopped straight 8♣7♦ earning $80,706.69 as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!


PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (01-17-16)

Entrants: 2,554
Places paid: 378
Prize pool: $510,800.00

1. PIPI tapis! (Malta) $80,706.69
2. Chapex (Peru) $60,274.40
3. 10Badboy10 (Russia) $42,907.20
4. MountainRo$e (Israel) $29,876.69
5. dimiangelako (Greece) $22,219.80
6. DixyDix (United Kingdom) $17,111.80
7. ileudo (Russia) $12,003.80
8. Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks (Canada) $7,406.60
9. Balazs "birs320" Botond (Hungary) $4,341.80

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in Sunday Warm-Up