Gustawa grabs gold for Mother's Day Women's Sunday win

Sunday Special corner logo.jpgIn some respects, this couldn't be a more perfect day to host a Women's Sunday tournament. Sure, it happens every Sunday, but its presence on a day that some countries in the world celebrate Mother's Day is better than a coincidence. For those mothers who love poker, it's an ideal way for them to do what they love on their special day.

Rebekah Mercer shared some Mother's Day thoughts earlier this week in this article, wherein mothers discuss the part that poker plays in their lives. Balancing a hobby and motherhood has its challenges, and PokerStars Women provided a forum for some discussion about that.

While many women were spending today with their mothers or grandmothers, children or grandchildren, or aunts or other special people in their lives, a group of them found their way to the weekly Women's Sunday. The final numbers are here:

Total players: 221
Prize pool: $11,050.00
Paid finishers: 36

The first hour of play saw two of the Team PokerStars Pros exit the field in succession. Ana Marquez was eliminated in 143rd place, and Vanessa Selbst followed in 142nd place. That left one player with the red space near her name to carry the flag for PokerStars, and Fatima Moreira de Melo did just that.

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The money bubble burst at the 2.5-hour mark of the tournament, which saw $TurboPandi of last week's final table unfortunately out in 37th place this week on that bubble. Snail2009 was the first player to cash for $82.87, and others lined up to collect their payouts as well. Fatima only survived until two tables remained, at which point her A♣T♦ met up with the K♥J♦ of Ira_161 and lost to a jack on the flop. Ira_161 picked up the $50 bounty, and Fatima Moreira de Melo took home $121.55 for 18th place.

After the 11th place elimination of TyForPlayinX, hand-for-hand play led to an all-in move from FranPoker on a 8♦T♥A♥9♥8♥ board with A♦7♥. Gustawa was there with T♦T♣ for the full house, and that was enough to eliminate FranPoker in tenth place with $176.80.

Gustawa goes strong as chip leader

The final table began with these chip counts:

Seat 1: netti.S1984 (44575 in chips)
Seat 2: Lexi4Bet (64253 in chips)
Seat 3: evjersen (65862 in chips)
Seat 4: patawkubakia (47092 in chips)
Seat 5: chelle_can (22103 in chips)
Seat 6: JulieBRIGHT (81279 in chips)
Seat 7: Ö_ö °Mopsi°° (47025 in chips)
Seat 8: Ira_161 (58665 in chips)
Seat 9: Gustawa (232146 in chips)

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A few double-ups led things off, as chelle_can did it through evjersen and jilieBRIGHT doubled through Lexi4Bet.

A big hand then began with JulieBRIGHT and Ö_ö °Mopsi°° limping. Gustawa limped as well, but netti.S1984 raised all-in for 43,280 chips. JulieBRIGHT was the only caller with A♠A♦, and netti.S1984 showed A♥K♥. The flop of J♥9♦3♣ changed nothing, though the K♦ on the turn brought some double-up hope. But the T♥ on the river sent former MicroMillions champion Anett "netti.S1984" Sandke (/en/blog/micromillions/2012/micromillions-winner-has-her-own-super-n-092170.html) out in ninth place with $209.95.

Ö_ö °Mopsi°° was the next player to move all-in, doing it from middle position with Q♥8♥ and 22,565 chips. Ira_161 reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, and showed A♣K♦. The board came T♥3♦A♦3♠K♥ to give Ira_161 two pair, and Ö_ö °Mopsi°° was left with $276.25 for the eighth place finish.

Patawkubakia moved her short stack from the button with A♦J♣, and JulieBRIGHT called from the big blind with 7♣6♣. But the board was on the latter's side when it came J♥9♥5♦A♠8♥ for the nine-high straight. Patawkubakia's two pair were no good and resulted in a seventh place exit with $386.75.

Lexi4Bet chose the big blind from which to make her push for 13,475 chips. Original raiser JulieBRIGHT called with A♥A♣, and Lexi4Bet could only show A♠Q♥. The board of A♦2♥4♦5♥8♦ brought no hope for Lexi4Bet, who left in sixth place with $497.25.

Two hands later, chelle_can made her move. After being short-stacked for most of the action and relegated to a miniscule stack after some disconnection problems, chelle_can risked her 5,000 chips with A♠9♠. Gustawa had K♦3♦ but caught the first card on the K♣6♥8♥ flop. Chelle_can did have a pair of eights and hope, but the 7♦ and 3♥ finished off the hand with two pair for Gustawa and a fifth place payout of $640.90 for chelle_can.

Ira_161 raised from UTG, and Gustawa reraised on her left. The blinds got out of the way, and Ira_161 rebumped it all-in for 62,244 chips. Gustawa called with K♥K♦, and Ira_161's odds were diminished with A♣8♥. The flop of 5♣9♣K♣ only gave Gustawa the set of kings, and the 3♠ and 8♦ cards finished the hand. Ira_161 had to go in fourth place with $939.25.

Evjersen doubled through Gustawa, and upon losing more chips, doubled through JulieBRIGHT. One more double-up through Gustawa looked promising, but evjersen remained the shortest of the three stacks.

A hand then developed as evjersen and JulieBRIGHT tangled tos ee a T♥A♣8♥ flop. Evjersen bet, and JulieBRIGHT check-called to get to the 6♠ on the turn. The same betting pattern led to the 4♠ on the river, which prompted JulieBRIGHT to bet and evjersen to call all-in with A♠9♦. But that top pair was trumped by the A♦4♥ and two pair of JulieBRIGHT. Evjersen was out in third place with $1,248.65.

Russian vs. Czech

The final two players took their places with these counts:

Seat 6: JulieBRIGHT (414,103 in chips)
Seat 9: Gustawa (248,897 in chips)

The second hand of heads-up play brought this hand that turned the tables completely:

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Shortly thereafter, JulieBRIGHT looked down at K♠5♣ and limped. When Gustawa raised with A♦T♦, JulieBRIGHT responded by moving all-in. Gustawa called, and nothing about the presentation of the 4♦6♦9♠Q♦A♠ board changed the outcome. Gustawa only improved to a diamond flush, and JulieBRIGHT had to settle for second place and $1,657.50.

Gustawa of the Czech Republic won this week's Women's Sunday nad $2,259.83 in cash. Congratulations!

Women's Sunday Results for 05/13/12:

1st place: Gustawa ($2,259.83)
2nd place: JulieBRIGHT ($$1,657.50)
3rd place: evjersen ($1,248.65)
4th place: Ira_161 ($939.25)
5th place: chelle_can ($640.90)
6th place: Lexi4Bet ($497.25)
7th place: patawkubakia ($386.75)
8th place: Ö_ö °Mopsi°° ($276.25)
9th place: netti.S1984 ($209.95)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Women's Sunday