Put a halo on the Women's Sunday for winner xAnGeLxEyEzx
It was another exciting Women's Sunday this weekend. In fact, the turnout was particularly great, with the guarantee set aside for a prize pool that exceeded the $10K by several thousand dollars.
Perhaps it's due to the added Women's Sunday qualifiers that you might have noticed on the schedule. More chances to qualify for the $55 buy-in Women's Sunday include several satellites requiring only Frequent Player Points, one that requires only 50 of them to play a turbo qualifier. There are also five-max SNGs Round 1 qualifiers. For as little as those 50 FPPs or $.033 - or through the weekly Saturday freeroll - you have more chances to win your seat at a bargain.
Also, the new FPP qualifiers have a deeper structure with 5K chips instead of 3K. You asked for it, and we responded.
When registration closed on the Women's Sunday this week, these were the final numbers:
Total players: 284
Prize pool: $14,200.00
Paid finishers: 45
The $50 bounty in this week's tournament was Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, who didn't make it too deep this time.
Those players who did continue on had the chance to cash for $85.20, and that money bubble burst before the four-hour mark of the tournament. Play moved swiftly from there, with two tables remaining within the hour. Then it was Haufniensis who pushed all-in with K♠J♠ but ran into the A♥A♦ of Nixie111. Haufniensis exited in tenth place with $213.00.
Nixie111 nails initial lead
The final table was set in the lasts moments of Level 27, with blinds at 1,800/3,600 and a 450 ante. The players and their corresponding chip stacks were as follows:
Seat 1: Chuperak BG (106,754 in chips)
Seat 2: Mylly8 (42,860 in chips)
Seat 3: MONSLAR (105,998 in chips)
Seat 4: Nixie111 (386,280 in chips)
Seat 5: cheesebreeze (205,122 in chips)
Seat 6: xAnGeLxEyEzx (320,982 in chips)
Seat 7: drkamikaze1 (143,571 in chips)
Seat 8: cynthia0276 (4,691 in chips)
Seat 9: Natty1704 (103,742 in chips)
On the very first hand of action, the very short-stacked cynthia0276 pushed all-in UTG with Q♠5♣, and xAnGeLxEyEzx raised from the small blind to isolate, which worked. She sshowed A♣3♠, which only improved to jacks with the best kicker on the J♥K♠9♣J♠2♥ board. Cynthia0276 was gone in ninth place with $248.50.
It was no secret to the table that xAnGeLxEyEzx had her eyes on the chip lead. When Chuperak BG made a raise and cheesebreeze reraised from the small blind, xAnGeLxEyEzx took the opportunity to raise it up again from the big blind. Chuperak BG folded, and cheesebreeze moved all-in for 216,722 chips holding J♣J♠. But xAnGeLxEyEzx showed K♥K♣, and that better pair only turned into a set on the 3♣5♥6♥7♠K♦ board. Cheesebreeze departed in eighth place with $340.80.
Not only did that put xAnGeLxEyEzx into the chip lead, but this happened two hands later to extend that lead:
Mylly8 doubled through Chuperak BG, and the latter shoved three hands later with A♣4♠. But xAnGeLxEyEzx had 9♥9♦, which held up to the 3♥2♣Q♦K♦4♦ board to eliminate Chuperak BG in seventh place with $482.80.
MONSLAR then doubled through Nixi111, leaving the latter with little more than 14K chips. Those went all-in on the next hand, and Natty1704 and Mylly8 both called. They checked the flop of 4♠J♠K♦ and the turn of K♣, and the 4♦ on the river drew checks as well. Natty1704 shoed 7♠7♥, but Mylly8 had J♥3♥ for two pair for the pot. Nixie111 mucked and left in sixth place with $624.80.
Natty1704 was the next player to move all-in, doing so UTG with less than 50K chips and A♦8♦. Drkamikaze1 called from the big blind with 9♠9♣, and nothing about the board of J♣7♣T♥3♦Q♠ changed anything. Natty1704 was out in fifth place with $809.40.
Mylly8 doubled through drkamikaze1 in this hand:
A few rounds later, drkamikaze1 risked just under 100K chips from the big blind with K♣T♠. Original small blind raiser xAnGeLxEyEzx showed A♣5♦, and the ace kicker played on the 6♥Q♣3♠3♦7♠ board. Drkamikaze1 had to leave in fourth place with $1,171.50.
Everything changes three-handed
Mylly8 doubled through xAnGeLxEyEzx on the very next hand, and MONSLAR did the same a few hands later. MONSLAR then went on to double through Mylly8. As MONSLAR took over the chip lead, Mylly8 gained some ground with a big double-up through xAnGeLxEyEzx, but the latter took a big pot from Mylly8 to regain second place of the three finalists.
Mylly8 was the shortest of the stacks and got aggressive. She pushed with J♥J♦, and MONSLAR was the caller with Q♥T♥. The flop came 4♣8♠Q♣, which gave MONSLAR the lead in the hand, and nothing about the A♣ turn or 7♥ river changed that. Mylly8 left in third place with $1,562.00.
Monster heads-up battle
The two remaining players and their starting stacks for heads-up play were:
Seat 3: MONSLAR (850,002 in chips)
Seat 6: xAnGeLxEyEzx (569,998 in chips)
That was the time for careful aggression on the part of xAnGeLxEyEzx, who seemed to use that strategy and chip up into the lead in the first 20 hands of the match. Not long after, xAnGeLxEyEzx took a 369K-chip pot to climb over 1 million chips.
Not long after, MONSLAR pushed with K♦Q♠, and xAnGeLxEyEzx called with A♥Q♦. The ace played as the kicker on the 7♥T♣Q♣7♦5♥ board, and MONSLAR took second place for $2,059.00.
Longtime PokerStars player xAnGeLxEyEzx of the UK took home the title and $2,747.70. Congrats!
Women's Sunday Results for 04/13/14:
Prize pool: $14,200.00
Paid players: 45
1. xAnGeLxEyEzx (UK) $2,747.70
2. MONSLAR (Belgium) $2,059.00
3. Mylly8 (Finland) $1,562.00
4. drkamikaze1 (Canada) $1,171.50
5. Natty1704 (Germany) $809.40
6. Nixie111 (Canada) $624.80
7. Chuperak BG (Servia) $482.80
8. cheesebreeze (Russia) $340.80
9. cynthia0276 (Switzerland) $248.50
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.