M.a-0000 defeats Xuan Liu to take Women's Sunday title

Sunday Special corner logo.jpgIt's an exciting week for women as the PS Women Live tournament in Monte Carlo gears up for its start on Monday, April 30. The ladies-only event will be live amidst the EPT Monaco festivities, and the women of poker have descended upon the elegant resort city of Monte Carlo to compete for a prestigious poker title.

With May just around the corner, there were quite a few exciting prospects for the month. First up will be the activities surrounding the 80 billionth hand being dealt on PokerStars. There will be prizes for those at key tables when that anniversary hits. And beginning on May 6, the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) will get underway with opportunities for players at all buy-in levels to compete for $30 million in guaranteed prizes.

For today, it was the traditional Women's Sunday, and these were the final numbers this week:

Total players: 210
Prize pool: $10,500.00
Paid finishers: 36

There were several Team PokerStars Pros in the field, each offering a $50 bounty for their elimination. Ana Marquez was the first of them to leave the action in the first hour of play, followed shortly after by Fatima Moreira de Melo. It wasn't until quite a bit later that Vanessa Selbst exited the tournament in 87th place, and that was the end of bounty hunting for the remaining players.

The money bubble burst into the third hour of play, and LaliTournier was the first player to cash for $78.75. A bit later and on the verge of the three-hour mark, elize1984 busted in 11th place to initiate hand-for-hand play. Moments later, pokerdr@gon pushed all-in with A♣7♦ and statuskuo called with A♠Q♦. The board of T♠3♠7♣6♥Q♥ only improved statuskuo to the best pair, and pokerdr@gon left in tenth place with $168.00.

M.a-0000 starts as chip leader

The final table began in the last minutes of Level 16, with blinds of 1,250/2,500 and an ante of 250. Players' starting stacks were:

Seat 1: statuskuo (60,031 in chips)
Seat 2: roxana II (43,943 in chips)
Seat 3: fantasstic (38,775 in chips)
Seat 4: m.a-0000 (130,987 in chips)
Seat 5: Tat0chka (105,072 in chips)
Seat 6: jeca79 (108,123 in chips)
Seat 7: LEV1712 (49,945 in chips)
Seat 8: xx23xx (71,502 in chips)
Seat 9: maroulaki999 (21,622 in chips)

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Short-stacked maroulaki999 doubled through m.a-0000 to get things going, and she attempted it a few hands later. When xx23xx raised preflop from the button, maroulaki999 reraised all-in with A♥4♠ from the small blind. Xx23xx called with K♣J♣ and made a straight on the 4♥T♥8♣9♦7♥ board. Maroulaki999 was ousted in ninth place with $199.50.

Statuskuo was the next player at risk, making the push with A♥J♥ from the big blind. Original raiser m.a-0000 quickly called with A♦K♥, and that hand stood up to the 7♥8♦3♠3♦6♥. With the ace and king as kickers, m.a-0000 took the pot as statuskuo exited in eighth place with $262.50.

Tat0chka fights for recognition

LEV1712 put her tournament on the line with K♣J♠, and Tat0chka went along with A♠7♥. The flop of A♥J♦6♣ gave Tat0chka top pair but hope for LEV1712 with second pair. The turn of Q♠ changed nothing, and the 7♦ on the river only gave Tat0chka two pair, leaving LEV1712 out in seventh place with $367.50.

Roxana II pushed all-in with A♠4♠, but Tat0chka made the call from the big blind with A♣K♣. The board came 3♥3♣2♥4♣K♦, and the river gave Tat0chka the best two pair, sending roxana II out in sixth place with $472.50.

Fantasstic doubled through jeca79, leaving the latter on a short stack. A short time later, jeca79 pushed all-in from the button with A♠7♥ for 16,398 chips, and fantasstic called from the big blind with Q♥J♦. The dealer provided a 2♣6♣K♦J♥9♣ board to pair fantasstic, and jeca79 had to accept $609.00 for the fifth place finish.

But fantasstic had struggles of her own. When xx23xx pushed all-in from the small blind, fantasstic called all-in with A♠4♥. Xx23xx showed only 9♥2♥ but hit the flop of 8♣9♣3♥. That pair of nines held up to the J♥ turn and 6♣ river, and fantasstic was forced out in fourth place with $892.50.

Xx23xx doubled through m.a-0000, and the latter then doubled through Tat0chka. That left Tat0chka on a short stack, and she moved all-in a few hands later with 7♠5♠. The caller was xx23xx with K♣J♠, and the T♦Q♠6♦5♣J♥ board ended the tournament for Tat0chka. Some might remember her from her 2011 WCOOP victory, and Tatiana Ryzhkova (pictured below) finished today's tournament in third place for a $1,186.50 prize.

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Tough heads-up Canadian battle

The final two players began their match as follows:

Seat 4: m.a-0000 (399,198 in chips)
Seat 8: xx23xx (230,802 in chips)

Shortly into battle, xx23xx won a pot worth more than 215K to take the lead, and she furthered her lead with another pot worth over 187K. However, m.a-0000 doubled up to regain her lead. Neither of the players would concede this match without a fight.

But xx23xx couldn't make a comeback. Down to less than 200K in chips, xx23xx raised preflop with A♦J♦, and m.a-0000 reraised. Xx23xx responded by pushing all-in, and m.a-0000 called with K♠Q♣. The flop of K♥9♦K♦ gave xx23xx the flush draw but provided trip kings for m.a-0000. The 6♣ on the turn changed nothing, nor did the T♥ on the river. That left Xuan "xx23xx" Liu, well-known live and online professional poker player (pictured below), out in second place with $1,575.00.

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Canadian m.a-0000 won the Women's Sunday and took home $2,147.25 in cash to go with the title. Congrats!

Women's Sunday Results for 04/29/12:

1st place: m.a-0000 ($2,147.25)
2nd place: xx23xx ($1,575.00)
3rd place: Tat0chka ($1,186.50)
4th place: fantasstic ($892.50)
5th place: jeca79 ($609.00)
6th place: roxana II ($472.50)
7th place: LEV1712 ($367.50)
8th place: statuskuo ($262.50)
9th place: maroulaki999 ($199.50)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Women's Sunday