vegasdream29 wakes up with a Women's Sunday win
As the stars walked the Oscar red carpet under a sunny Hollywood sky, 217 of PokerStars finest femmes lined up for the Women's Sunday. 36 of them earned a share of the $10,850.00 prize pool with first place set to bank $2,218.93. Team Pro Liv Boeree, Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome were in the mix, each with a $50 bounty on her head. Unfortunately, all three of our Red Spades missed the money, Rowsome lasting the longest with a 61st place finish.
Down to six and a half big blinds on the final table bubble, ablady17 found A♠Q♠ and moved in for 13,000 only to run into sladost's A♣A♥ in the big blind. Ablady17 flopped a queen but couldn't find another and fell just short of the final table in tenth place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: durrr085 (74,035 in chips)
Seat 2: vegasdream29 (46,588 in chips)
Seat 3: sladost (185,487 in chips)
Seat 4: pamrleader (13,207 in chips)
Seat 5: SandrAA79 (67,177 in chips)
Seat 6: Baralto (96,795 in chips)
Seat 7: roxieforu05 (21,343 in chips)
Seat 8: MrNiIsson (82,101 in chips)
Seat 9: SorryHoney (64,267 in chips)
Roxieforu05 and pamrleader first to fall
Baralto and vegasdreams29 were the early movers and shakers, the former picking up a 103,000 pot when she rivered Broadway against SandrAA79 and the latter doubling through SorryHoney with a king-high flush. SorryHoney was left with only a little over 10 big blinds, but rebounded when roxieforu05 open-shoved with A♥9♥. SorryHoney snap-called with A♣K♣ and doubled to 45,000 while roxieforu05 was crippled to only 264 chips and busted in ninth place two hands later.
Short stack pamrleader blinded down to 4,700 in chips before finding a hand she could go with. Vegasdream29 opened for a 3x raise and pamrleader called all-in with A♣8♥, only to be shown pocket queens. Pamrleader found an ace on the flop, but a queen came with it and she hit the rail in eighth place.
SandrAA79 and SorryHoney bust back to back
SandrAA79 never recovered after losing that early pot to Baralto. She three-bet shoved for her last 16,000 with A♣Q♣ only to get a call from MrNiIsson with A♥K♦. SandrAA79's dominated hand did not improve and she went out in seventh place. On the very next deal, vegasdream29 opened for a min-raise to 6,000 and SorryHoney shoved for 34,000 from the big blind with 4♣8♠, no doubt hoping for a fold. Instead, vegasdream29 looked her up with A♣6♦, the board running out Q♦J♣3♦K♣A♠ to end SorryHoney's run in sixth place.
The rise of MrNiIsson
The short stack five-handed, durrr085 made a move, shoving for 17BB with K♥J♦ over MrNiIsson's button raise. However, vegasdream29 spoiled her plans to steal the pot and cold-called from the big blind, leading MrNiIsson to fold. Vegasdream29's pocket nines held up on the 8♣7♥T♦4♣Q♠ board and durrr085 was eliminated in fifth place.
As four-handed play began, vegasdream29 held the chip lead with nearly 239,000, closely followed by Baralto with 211,000. Sladost moved up from third position to second when she three-bet shoved against vegasdream29, her T♣T♦ holding up against A♣9♠. A short time later MrNiIsson doubled through vegasdream29, her A♦3♦ hitting running straight cards against 8♦8♠. However, vegasdream29 quickly recovered those chips when her Q♥T♦ rivered a straight to snap off MrNiIsson's turned set of aces. Ouch.
Down to 92,000, MrNiIsson put the rest of her chips in with J♦T♦ against Baralto's A♠J♠ only to hit this beauty of a flop:
MrNiIsson continued to roll, extracting three streets of value from vegasdream29 when she flopped top pair, turned two pair, and rivered eights full. Then, with the blinds up to 2,500/5,000, Baralto open-shoved for 150,000 from the cutoff. Holding A♣Q♣ on the button, MrNiIsson reshoved for 280,700 and both blinds folded. Baralto turned up 5♦5♠ and looked good on the J♣6♠2♠ flop, but the A♦ hit the turn to give MrNiIsson the overwhelming lead. The river was the K♠ and Baralto was out in fourth place, earning $922.25 for her efforts.
MrNiIsson held the lead with 348,000 while sladost and vegasdream29 both hovered around 150,000. The two shorter stacks ended up doing battle three-handed, after MrNiIsson opened for 12,344, vegasdream29 flat-called from the small blind, and sladost moved in for 154,000 from the big. MrNiIsson folded, but vegasdream29 called all-in, his 9♦9♠ up against A♠K♥. Vegasdream29 flopped middle set and doubled to 308,000 while sladost was left with only 7,400. Sladost moved in with K♦6♦ on the next hand, but MrNiIsson outflopped her with 4♥T♠, the board running out T♣7♣3♦9♥J♦ to send sladost home in third place for a $1,226.05 score.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: vegasdream29 (307,634 in chips)
Seat 8: MrNiIsson (343,366 in chips)
Vegasdream29 immediately took control, winning nine of the first ten hands to take the chip lead with 414,000. She reached a high-water mark of 452,000 before MrNiIsson regained all her lost ground in one fell swoop. On a J♦5♦Q♣T♣ board, MrNiIsson check-called 12,000 on the turn, then checked again when the K♠ hit the river. Vegasdream29 shoved and MrNiIsson called all-in for 168,500, turning over A♦4♥ for the nut straight. Vegasdream29 had the bottom end with 2♣9♣ and fell to 253,000 in chips.
Undeterred, vegasdream29 went back to work and ground out a small chip lead before the deciding hand. Vegasdream29 open-shoved with Q♠3♠ and MrNiIsson called with A♠J♠, but vegasdream29 was saved by the turn, a queen falling to give her the win.
Congratulations to vegasdream29 on an exciting come-from-behind victory! She took home $2,218.93 for the win while runner-up MrNiIsson earned $1,627.50.
PokerStars Women's Sunday results for 2-24-2013
Places paid: 36
1. vegasdream29 (Greece) $2,218.93
2. MrNiIsson (Germany) $1,627.50
3. sladost (Russia) $1,226.05
4. Baralto (United Kingdom) $922.25
5. durrr085 (Russia) $629.30
6. SorryHoney (United Kingdom) $488.25
7. SandrAA79 (United Kingdom) $379.75
8. pamrleader (United Kingdom) $271.25
9. roxieforu05 (Canada) $206.15
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.