StarlingC soars to victory in May 6 Women's Sunday

Sunday Special corner logo.jpgMay is here! And the new month brings the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars for players of various bankrolls. There are 40 tournaments over the next two weeks, and each one has three buy-in levels so everyone can play in their own comfort zones. With $30 million in guaranteed prize money and satellites running around the clock, there are many incentives to get in on the action.

All of the SCOOP information can be found at this link, including a leaderboard and list of all satellites for each event.

While playing or following along with that action, the Women's Sunday was in its usual spot today. The $10K guarantee and the promise of $50 Team Pro bounties for a $55 buy-in brought a solid group of players to the tables today. The final registration numbers were:

Total players: 242
Prize pool: $12,100.00
Paid finishers: 36

There were several Team PokerStars Pros in the field, but two of them exited within moments of each other. Ana Marquez busted in 166th place, and Celina Lin tweeted her elimination in 164th place:

Lost 99 to AK in the @PokerStarsWomen Sunday :( Try again next week! #timetoflipgood #winaflip

Sandra Naujoks headed out in 145th place, and Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome registered late and busted late, going out of the tournament in 91st place.

The money bubble burst as the three-hour mark approached, as SADE31 exited on the bubble in 37th place and Lili LaFae took home $90.75 for her 36th place finish. Play moved forward as players like iculook, Aussteiger13, and luzzzy hit the virtual rail.

The final table bubble came on rather quickly. Moments after bezgarantiy was eliminated on one of the two remaining tables, a-nadine moved all-in on the other one. Dntcalmefish called with J♥J♠, while a-nadine was on the line with A♥T♣. The board of 6♣2♠T♠7♥8♥ wasn't enough to save a-nadine, who left in tenth place with $193.60.

$TurboPandi leads at the start

The final table began with these starting stacks and at the beginning of Level 18, with blinds of 1,250/2,500 and a 250 ante:

Seat 1: StarlingC (115,117 in chips)
Seat 2: $TurboPandi (169,499 in chips)
Seat 3: nutbreakerLL (101,282 in chips)
Seat 4: lankorio (15,670 in chips)
Seat 5: simobe28 (22,794 in chips)
Seat 6: dntcalmefish (123,781 in chips)
Seat 7: 4Lisa (29,801 in chips)
Seat 8: rosemarie209 (123,729 in chips)
Seat 9: Kispocok91 (24,327 in chips)

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On the second hand of action, Kispocok91 made a push for 23,877 from middle position. Lankorio called all-in for 12,720 from the big blind with A♣K♣, and Kispocok91 showed 9♦9♠. The better hand only improved to a flush on the 4♠8♠T♠T♥6♠ board and eliminated lankorio in ninth place with $229.90.

Double-ups were in order, and that trend started with 4Lisa doubling through dntcalmefish and simobe28 doing the same through StarlingC. Kispocok91 did it through nutbreakerLL as well.

When StarlingC doubled back through 4Lisa, the latter had a tough time recovering. In fact, it was only a few hands later when 4Lisa pushed her 6,608 chips all-in with A♦2♣, and dntcalmefish called from the big blind with 9♦3♣. But the board came T♣9♠2♥J♣Q♥, giving dntcalmefish the pair of nines and leaving 4Lisa out in eighth place with $302.50.

The very next hand saw simobe28 push all-in with less than 9K chips with 2♣2♠, and Kispocok91 had a dominating T♥T♦. The board of 4♦6♠J♥Q♦Q♥ changed nothing, and simobe28 had to leave in seventh place with $423.50.

After rosemarie209 doubled through nutbreakerLL, the latter participated in some split pots before moving all-in again with A♦5♣. Dntcalmefish had K♦Q♦ and hit the flop of Q♥K♣3♠. The two pair stood up to the 9♦ turn and J♦ river, which eliminated nutbreakerLL in sixth place with $544.50.

Rosemarie209 leaps ahead

Things then took a nasty turn for dntcalmefish. After losing some chips and the lead, the all-in move was made by dntcalmefish holding K♣J♣, but rosemarie209 called with A♥Q♥. The ace-high hand held up to the T♥6♦2♠5♠9♠ board, and dntcalmefish bowed out in fifth place with $701.80.

When $TurboPandi was ready to risk it all with T♣J♦, rosemarie209 was there with A♦4♠ and a supportive board of 9♦7♥A♠6♣7♠. That left $TurboPandi out in fourth place with $1,028.50.

StarlingC doubled through rosemarie209 more than once during three-handed play, but this one put the former in the chip lead:

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The very next hand saw Kispocok91 push all-in with K♣T♦, but rosemarie209 quickly called with K♠K♦, which only improved to two pair on the 2♥2♠4♣Q♣6♥ board. Kispocok91 had to leave in third place with $1,367.30.

Mexico vs. UK heads-up

The last two players standing began their heads-up battle as follows:

Seat 1: StarlingC (331,334 in chips)
Seat 8: rosemarie209 (394,666 in chips)

StarlingC was the aggressor and chipped up into the lead rather quickly. It only took a few rounds for rosemarie209 to risk all of her 280K chips with 3♥3♦, and StarlingC snap-called with J♠J♥. The board came 9♦2♦9♣5♣Q♦, and rosemarie209 had to accept second place and the $1,815.000 in cash that went with it.

StarlingC of Mexico won this week's Women's Sunday and $2,474.45 in cash. Congratulations!

Women's Sunday Results for 05/06/12:

1st place: StarlingC ($2,474.45)
2nd place: rosemarie209 ($1,815.00)
3rd place: Kispocok91 ($1,367.30)
4th place: $TurboPandi ($1,028.50)
5th place: dntcalmefish ($701.80)
6th place: nutbreakerLL ($544.50)
7th place: simobe28 ($423.50)
8th place: 4Lisa ($302.50)
9th place: lankorio ($229.90)

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