xHAPKOMAHx crushes final four in May 12 Women's Sunday

Everyone at this final table learned a valuable lesson today-- don't mess with a woman on a hot streak. Eight days ago, xHAPKOMAHx made one of her largest-ever online scores, finishing second in May 4th's Hot $11. Now, she's a Women's Sunday champion. A quiet threat in the early stages, xHAPKOMAHx steadily grew her stack and rarely showed down a hand before doubling through chip leader panda_kls with four players remaining. xHAPKOMAHx took control and never let go, eliminating all three of the final four en route to the win.

220 players came out for the Mother's Day edition of the Women's Sunday, creating an $11,000 prize pool. 36 places were paid with first place set to earn $2,249.50. With the Red Spade Army busy invading Monte Carlo for the EPT Grand Final, the field was free of bounties this week but still full of plenty of familiar faces and past champions including Xuan "xx23xx" Liu, Ana Marquez, Jan "jamjars69" Combes, and Grindettes Katie "katie75013" Stone, Jamie "AndTheLawWon" Kerstetter, and Katie "hotjenny314" Dozier, who finished in 19th place.

Blinds were 800/1,600 with ten players remaining and crankychick was the short stack. After Juliya-Lucky opened for 3,200 from UTG, crankychick found A♣J♦ and three-bet shoved for her last 15,000. Although Juliya-Lucky turned up the same hand with A♠J♠, the T♦6♠4♠ flop left her freerolling with the nut flush draw. Juliya-Lucky hit it on the turn with the 8♠, crowning crankychick the final table bubble girl.

However, on the same deal of hand-for-hand play, Kispocok91 lost a coinflip for almost her entire stack. Kispocok91's 2♠2♥ hung on through the turn before luckyno75's K♦Q♥ spiked a king on the river. Kispocok91 made the final table, but with less than one big blind left.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: luckyno75 (77,968 in chips)
Seat 2: jvgcook (194,086 in chips)
Seat 3: Juliya-Lucky (99,085 in chips)
Seat 4: Kispocok91 (1,410 in chips)
Seat 5: jam3s1nlove (64,508 in chips)
Seat 6: xHAPKOMAHx (48,883 in chips)
Seat 7: Mandalena (29,262 in chips)
Seat 8: szczubcia (36,725 in chips)
Seat 9: panda_kls (108,073 in chips)

Kispocok91 KOed, jvgcook burns chips

As expected, the last of Kispocok91's chips went in on the first hand, her 4♥7♦ up against jam3s1nlove's Q♥8♦. The board double-paired jacks and threes, jam3s1nlove's queen playing to eliminate Kispocok91 in ninth place.

Jvgcook brought a dominant chip lead into this final table but saw it evaporate entirely within the first ten minutes of play. Most of her chips landed with panda_kls, who called jvgcook's preflop three-bet and check-called both the flop and turn on a 3♠6♠7♦A♠ board. When the J♥ hit the river, panda_kls moved in for her last 47,000 and jvgcook surrendered the 175,000 pot. Luckyno75 snagged her own chunk of jvgcook's stack a few hands later. With the blinds up to 2,000/4,000, Luckno75 three-bet jvgcook's UTG min-raise to 10,000. Jvgcook four-bet shoved for 126,000 and luckyno75 gladly tossed in her last 50,000 with A♦A♠. Her pocket aces held up against A♥K♥, doubling luckyno75 to 123,000. Once on top with 194,000, jvgcook was down to only 66,000.

Mandalena gets lucky, goes broke

Moments later, Mandalena got the rest of her stack in on a A♣T♣9♠ flop vs. Juliya-Lucky. Although Juliya-Lucky flopped a set of tens, Mandalena hit running cards to make Broadway with the J♦ turn and K♠ river, doubling to 53,000. However, new chip leader panda_kls undid most of those gains when Mandalena check-folded to her 20,000 bet on a 9♣5♣4♦6♦ board, relinquishing a 44,600 pot. Panda_kls moved up to 220,000 and Mandalena was left with only 35,000.

Mandalena survived a few more orbits before luckyno75 picked up A♦A♥ and crippled her to less than 4,000 in chips:

Mandalena put her last 3,441 in a few hands later, but her pocket fives couldn't fade xHAPKOMAHx's A♣T♣ when an ace hit the flop. For eighth place, Mandalena picked up $275.00.

Juliya-Lucky never regained momentum from her earlier setback against Mandalena and dropped to 38,000 in chips. She committed her last 15 big blinds preflop vs. jam3s1nlove, her K♥J♠ trailing A♣9♠. An ace hit the flop and that was all she wrote for Juliya-Lucky, who took home $385.00 for seventh place.

luckyno75 vs. the shorties

With six players remaining, both short stacks doubled through luckyno75. Jvgcook put her last 26,000 in with Q♥J♣ and flopped a jack against A♥5♠ while szczubcia three-bet shoved 17,700 with K♠K♥ and held against A♠9♠. Luckyno75 slipped to 116,000, down, but still solidly in the middle of the pack.

Jam3s1nlove was next to put her tournament life at risk. With the blinds up to 2,000/4,000, she three-bet jammed for 78,718 from the big blind with A♥9♦, but panda_kls looked her up with 8♠8♣. The pocket pair hung on and jam3s1nlove hit the rail in sixth place, earning $495.00.

Moments later, szczubcia tried to see if lightning would strike twice vs. luckyno75. Szczubcia open-shoved for 26,810 with A♠6♥ but ran into luckyno75's A♣K♣ on the button. Both players flopped an ace but luckyno75's kicker played, eliminating szczubcia in fifth place ($638.00).

Here comes xHAPKOMAHx

As the field thinned to four, panda_kls was still on top with 285,000, xHAPKOMAHx was second with 151,000, luckyno75 held 127,000 and jvgcook was the short stack with 96,000. With the blinds only 2,500/5,000 no one was in immediate danger, but nevertheless, a monster pot unfolded that would prove to be the pivotal one of the tournament. With the action folded to xHAPKOMAHx in the small blind, she opened for a min-raise to 10,000 and panda_kls called. xHAPKOMAHx led out for 10,000 on the Q♠6♠3♣ flop, panda_kls raised to 20,000, and xHAPKOMAHx three-bet to 40,000. Panda_kls called, and the J♦ hit the turn. xHAPKOMAHx fired again, making it 55,000 to go. Panda_kls raised to 110,000 and xHAPOKOMAHx called off her remaining 46,000, revealing A♦Q♣. Panda_kls had also hit top pair, but with a dominated Q♦5♦. Panda_kls needed to pair her kicker, but instead xHAPKOMAHx paired hers, the A♥ falling on the river to make her aces and queens. xHAPKOMAHx doubled to 304,000 and took the chip lead while panda_kls fell to 134,000.

xHAPKOMAHx weilded her big stack like a club and took out jvgcook a short time later, her A♦K♣ turning trips to crack pocket queens. For fourth place, jvgcook banked $935.00. Luckyno75 was next to go. Down to 63,000, she open-shoved with A♥K♦, but didn't improve against xHAPKOMAHx's pocket jacks. Now a six-time Women's Sunday final tablist, luckyno75 added another $1,243.00 to the till with her third-place finish.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 6: xHAPKOMAHx (620,638 in chips)
Seat 9: panda_kls (39,362 in chips)

The wrecking ball xHAPKOMAHx took a final, successful swing on the second hand of heads-up play. Panda_kls shoved with Q♣8♥ and xHAPKOMAHx looked her up with K♦2♣, her king playing on a paired board to lock up the win.

Congratulations to xHAPKOMAHx on her first Women's Sunday title! She banked $2,249.50 for the win while runner-up panda_kls earned $1,650.00.

PokerStars Women's Sunday results for 5/12/2013

Players: 220
Prizepool: $11,000
Places paid: 36

1. xHAPKOMAHx (Belarus) $2,249.50
2. panda_kls (Lithuania) $1,650.00
3. luckyno75 (Romania) $1,243.00
4. jvgcook (Belgium) $935.00
5. szczubcia (Poland) $638.00
6. jam3s1nlove (Germany) $495.00
7. Juliya-Lucky (Russia) $385.00
8. Mandalena (Greece) $275.00
9. Kispocok91 (Hungary) $209.00

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Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Kristin Bihr
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