balbooba brings home $2,494 in Women's Sunday win

Only a few weeks removed from her first Women's Sunday final table appearance, balbooba arrived at her second with an average stack. As the action kicked off, gritte24 was the one to watch. She sported a 50,000-chip lead over second place, but soon fell back to earth when she gave desunottuds an early double-up. Moments later, balbooba finished her off in eighth place and both she and desunottuds rode that momentum all the way to heads-up play. However, this tournament belonged to balbooba, who pulled out a victory despite being on the wrong end of a preflop cooler on the final hand.

244 players bought in to this week's Women's Sunday, the prize pool topping out at $12,200.00. 36 spots were paid with $2,494.90 set aside for first place. Friend of PokerStars Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander was today's Red Spade bounty. Hominin claimed it when her 3♥3♣ held up against Van Brabander's Q♣J♥, sending the Belgian to the rail in 174th place.

The money bubble burst just over three hours into play. Acumen open-shoved her last 706 chips from UTG with A♣6♥, desunottuds reshoved for 20,454 from the small blind, and BorN_2RuN1 called all-in for 643 with J♣T♣ in the big. Desunottuds's A♦5♠ flopped trips on the 8♠5♣5♦3♦7♦ board, sending acumen and BorN_2RuN1 him in 38th and 37th places respectively.

Less than an hour later, ten players remained. With the blinds up to 1,500/3,000, Mylly8 open-shoved for 24,008 on the button and mara_M133 reshoved from the small blind. Mada_M133 turned over K♥Q♠ while Mylly8 revealed 7♣8♥. The A♦9♣2♥ flop missed both players but mara_M133 caught the K♦ on the turn to pair up. The A♣ river made mara_M133 aces and kings, ending Mylly8's run on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: El_Porqu3 (72,100 in chips)
Seat 2: mada_M133 (76,858 in chips)
Seat 3: yoyo070 (81,617 in chips)
Seat 4: balbooba (75,764 in chips)
Seat 5: desunottuds (69,429 in chips)
Seat 6: CzaRnaPL (49,955 in chips)
Seat 7: hotjenny314 (91,941 in chips)
Seat 8: gritte24 (141,151 in chips)
Seat 9: Jettableue (73,185 in chips)

CzaRnaPL runs QQ into AA, gritte24 ground out in eighth

Although gritte24 brought the chip lead into the final table, she quickly surrendered it when she called desunottuds's three-bet shove on a J♥7♠5♥ flop. Desunottuds turned up A♣J♣, outkicking gritte24's K♥J♦. The turn and river fell the 4♠ and the 8♣, doubling desunottuds's stack to 145,458 while gritte24 fell to 80,000.

Meanwhile, jettableue picked up steam when she eliminated CzaRnaPL. The money went in on a T♥9♠6♣ flop, CzaRnaPL's Q♣Q♥ coolered by A♥A♣. CzaRnaPL couldn't spike a two-outer and exited in ninth place, earning $231.80.

Gritte24 hung on until the 2,000/4,000 level when she three-bet balbooba's opening min-raise to 16,000. Balbooba called and the flop came down 9♣6♠5♣. Gritte24 made it 20,000 to go, Balbooba shoved and gritte24 called all-in, revealing Q♣Q♦. Balbooba was way behind with 9♠T♦, but spiked the 9♦ on the river to snap off gritte24's queens. The onetime chip leader was suddenly on the rail in eighth place, collecting $305.00.

desunottuds pops El_Porqu3

El_Porqu3 had slipped below the 10 BB mark when she picked up 9♠9♦ in the big blind and three-bet to 28,800. Original min-raiser desunottuds four-bet to 49,600 with K♠Q♣ and El_Porqu3 called off her remaining 9,800. El_Porqu3 made two pair on the J♦7♠7♠ flop, but desunottuds snatched away the lead on the turn when the K♦ fell. The river blanked with the 2♦ and El_Porqu3 was out in seventh place, earning $427.00.

Katie "hotjenny314" Dozier dusted in sixth place

On the very next deal, desunottuds opened for another min-raise and PokerStars Women contributor Katie "hotjenny314" Dozier shoved for 89,441 with A♠K♠. Jettableue reshoved for 153,520 on the button with Q♣Q♥ and desunottuds gave up her hand. Dozier lost the coin flip and her tournament life with it, the board running out 9♠5♦2♣4♥5♣ to send her home in sixth place ($549.00).

Jettableue takes the lead

Jettableue seized the chip lead with 259,000 and pulled even further away when yoyo070 committed her last 63,000 pre flop with A♥9♣. Jettableue's 6♣6♠ were outdrawn when the flop fell K♦9♠7♠, but she hit running spades on the turn and river to make a flush. Yoyo070 was eliminated in fifth place and picked up $707.60 for her efforts.

With four players remaining, mada_M133 was the only short stack left. With the action folded to her on the button, mara_M133 moved all-in for 52,878 and balbooba reshoved from the small blind, folding out desunottuds in the big. Balbooba's Q♦Q♣ held against mara_M133's K♥Q♠ on the T♠T♥4♥4♠8♣ board, ending her run in fourth place ($1,037.00).

balbooba's aces yield 500k pot

As play turned three-handed, Jettableue retained the chip lead with 353,000. balbooba was up to 228,000 and desunottuds held 152,000. With the blinds at 2,500.5,000, Jettableue opened for 15,000, balbooba three-bet to 30,000 and Jettableue called. The flop fell T♦4♥2♣ and Jettableue check-raised balbooba's 25,000 bet to 135,000. Balbooba shoved and Jettableue called, revealing 9♥9♠. Balbooba turned over A♣A♦. Down to only two outs, Jettableue blanked on the 4♠ turn and 3♥ river, her stack falling to only 54,000 while balbooba doubled to 500,000.

A few hands later, Jettableue open-shoved her remaining 33,614 from the small blind and balbooba called from the big. Balbooba's A♣8♥ held up vs. Jettableue's K♦6♥, sending her to the rail in third place ($1,378.60).

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: balbooba (578,742 in chips)
Seat 5: desunottuds (153,258 in chips)

Balboobla and desunottuds traded small pots for a few minutes before desunottuds got the rest of her chips in with K♦K♠ against balbooba's Q♣Q♥. Balbooba hit an open-ended straight draw on the flop and filled it on the river to snap off pocket kings with a queen-high straight:


Congratulations to balbooba on her first Women's Sunday title! She banked $2,494.90 for the win while runner-up desunottuds collected $1,830.00

PokerStars Women's Sunday results for 1-19-2014

Players: 244
Prizepool: $12,200.00
Places paid: 36

1. balbooba (Ukraine) $2,494.90
2. desunottuds (Switzerland) $1,830.00
3. Jettableue (Canada) $1,378.60
4. mada_M133 (Romania) $1,037.00
5. yoyo070 (Canada) $707.60
6. Katie "hotjenny314" Dozier (Mexico) $549.00
7. El_Porqu3 (Romania) $427.00
8. gritte24 (Belgium) $305.00
9. CzaRnaPL (Poland) $231.80

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Women's Sunday