Archie1833 wins $2,454 in New Year's Day Women's Sunday

Sunday Special corner logo.jpgHappy New Year! As we welcome in 2012, there are great things on tap for female players on PokerStars. And why not kick things off with the Women's Sunday tournament? The staple in the list of Sunday "Specials" has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, with prize pools in December nearing the $20K mark. Let's look to set more records this year!

In other PS Women news, check out this article for information about the 2012 Women's Poker League. Big changes include the addition of a $5.50 league, three daily freerolls, and times to better accommodate players in different time zones. It all kicks off on January 3.

Meanwhile, let's look at today's numbers. Despite the holiday, the registration number still exceeded the $10K guarantee:

Total players: 240
Prize pool: $12,000.00
Paid finishers: 36

While many of the Team PokerStars Pros were finishing their holidays and preparing to head to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this week, Team Pro Liv Boeree joined the action as a $50 bounty. However, she eventually exited in 162nd place.

Play was tough today, as the money bubble took quite a long time to burst. It was well into the second hour when hand-for-hand play began, but short-stacked butterflysh finally exited in 37th place. That left minimum payouts of $90.00 for the remaining players, though all were going for the $2,454.00 first place prize.

Past the three-hour mark, the final table bubble was in progress, and exciting hands played out on each of the last two tables. The first happened on Table 15 when acumen plus pushed all-in preflop with 4♠4♥, and lookingfor29 called with A♥T♠. The Q♠8♣3♠A♦3♣ board gave lookingfor29 the best two pair and left acumen plus out in tenth place with $192.00.

On Table 14, Hedda C and monster qv6, the latter in the big blind, got involved to see a K♥3♣Q♠ flop. Monster qv6 pushed all-in with K♠J♠, and Hedda C called with J♥J♣. Monster qv6 was ahead, and stayed there with the 9♦ on the turn, but the J♦ on the river gave Hedda C the set of jacks and sent monster qv6 out in ninth place before reaching the final table. The prize money awarded was $228.00.

Hedda C at the head of the line

The final eight players were seated as follows in the last minutes of Level 17, with blinds of 1,500/3,000 and a 300 ante:

Seat 1: Trylika (59,396 in chips)
Seat 3: lookingfor29 (152,946 in chips)
Seat 4: archie1833 (81,564 in chips)
Seat 5: LennyCALL (44,801 in chips)
Seat 6: Hedda C (159,873 in chips)
Seat 7: copperprop (51,549 in chips)
Seat 8: bookhead (91,996 in chips)
Seat 9: noahnn (77,875 in chips)

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The very first hand of action saw LennyCALL double through bookhead to stay in the game. Bookhead then moved all-in on the very next hand for little less than 50K in chips. LennyCALL reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, and showed T♠T♦. That dominated the 9♥9♣ of bookhead, and nothing about the 3♠A♠8♣Q♥6♥ board changed that. Bookhead departed in eighth place with $300.00.

Another big hand developed when Trylika got involved with Hedda C. The two took a look at the 5♠A♣8♦ flop, and Trylika bet. Hedda C called, and the T♥ came on the turn. Another bet led to a raise from Hedda C, and Trylika moved all-in holding A♦J♦. Hedda C called with 8♠8♣ and the flopped set. The K♦ on the river eliminated Trylika in seventh place with $420.00.

Arthie1833 doubled through copperprop, and the latter had a difficult time. Copperprop finally pushed her 5K chips all-in with 2♣2♠, but LennyCALL was able to get in there with A♣A♠. the board came 8♣8♥4♠4♣9♥, and copperprop had to go in sixth place with $540.00.

Hedda C and LennyCALL then got into a preflop raising war from the blinds that led to LennyCALL moving all-in. Hedda C called all-in for her tournament life with K♣T♦, and LennyCALL showed Q♣Q♦. The board brought 4♣T♠J♣A♣6♥, and the queens held up to eliminate Hedda C in fifth place with $696.00.

Play finally slowed a bit during four-handed play, but it wasn't long after the 3.5-hour break that big pots resumed. Noahnn doubled through lookingfor29, but the reverse then happened to put lookingfor29 back in the chip lead. Archie1833 then made her move and doubled through lookingfor29 to jump into the top spot:

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Noahnn doubled two more times through lookingfor29, and the latter was on the short stack of the final four until doubling through archie1833.

Lookingfor29 was looking for another double-up and moved all-in preflop with 6♦6♥, and archie1833 called with A♣Q♠. But the board immediately brought A♦ to give archie1833 the advantage, followed by 7♥J♥J♦T♦, and that pushed lookingfor29 out in fourth place with $1,020.00.

LennyCALL was the next player to move, and she did it with A♣J♣. Archie1833 was there again, this time with A♠K♠ to dominate, and that hand held up to the 7♣2♥5♦6♥5♠ board. LennyCALL was out in third place, which paid $1,356.00.

Archie1833 leads in heads-up against noahnn

The starting stacks:

Seat 4: archie1833 (588,268 in chips)
Seat 9: noahnn (131,732 in chips)

Noahnn had a tough time but held her own for the first few rounds of heads-up play, and a double-up put her over the 200K mark as the tournament hit its fifth hour. Not long after, noahnn was down to less than 150K again and made another move. After a raise from archie1833, noahnn reraised all-in with A♠J♥, and archie1833 called with 8♣7♠. But the flop came 8♥T♠5♣ to give archie1833 the advantage. Neither the 4♣ turn nor Q♠ river card changed anything, and noahnn had to accept second place and the $1,800.00 that went with it.

Archie1833 of the UK won the first Women's Sunday of 2012, along with $2,454.00 in cash. Congratulations!

Women's Sunday Results for 01/01/12:

1st place: archie1833 ($2,454.00)
2nd place: noahnn ($1,800.00)
3rd place: LennyCALL ($1,356.00)
4th place: lookingfor29 ($1,020.00)
5th place: Hedda C ($696.00)
6th place: copperprop ($540.00)
7th place: Trylika ($420.00)
8th place: bookhead ($300.00)
9th place: monster qv6 ($228.00)

There are many ways to get in on the Women's Sunday action. Take a look at the home page for information on daily satellites. And join us on Facebook for news and monthly freerolls, and Twitter for the latest information. See you next week!

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Women's Sunday