Women's Sunday: AvoAvocado mashes final table, wins $2,249
Women of PokerStars, May the Fourth be with you. As Star Wars fans around the globe celebrated their annual holiday, this Women's Sunday final table saw friendships forged, dramatic three-outers, and a player go from less than ten big blinds to a second-place finish.
220 ladies turned up this week, the prize pool topping out at an even $11,000.00. 36 players earned a share of it with the winner set to earn $2,249.50. Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome was this week's Red Spade bounty and it was claimed in the early going, the mum-to-be exiting in 142nd place.
Three hours and twenty minutes of play took us to the money bubble, where short-stacked Jennyfer992 held only 6,112 in chips with the blinds up to 600/1,200. She found pocket nines under-the-gun and moved in, hominin reshoving for nearly 41,000 from the button to isolate with A♥K♣. A king hit the flop and Jennyfer992 ended the hand with an inferior full house, the board running out K♥8♠8♣4♣8♥ to end her run just short of the money.
Ninety minutes later, a double elimination sent us to the final table. The blinds were up to 1,800/3,600 and-for-hand play was in effect with ten players remaining. On Table 14, the action folded around to PASITRAN on the button and she moved all-in for 56,468 with A♦2♥. Unfortunately for her, M.A.POKER-V had her covered and was lying in wait with A♥Q♠ in the small blind. PASITRAN's dominated hand did not improve on the K♣9♥8♠5♠3♣ board and she went out in tenth place.
Meanwhile on Table 10, KleineTaschi opened for a min-raise to 7,200 and Bo-Peep_86 called from the big blind. All the money went in on the 9♥9♠5♠ flop, KleineTaschi coming in with a three-bet shove and Bo-Peep_86 calling all-in for less. Bo-Peep_86 revealed A♠J♠ and needed an ace or a spade to snap off KleineTaschi's Q♥Q♣. She got it in the form of an ace on the river and sent KleineTaschi to the rail in ninth place ($209.00).
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: ibiza5un (102,802 in chips)
Seat 2: AvoAvocado (179,560 in chips)
Seat 3: M.A.POKER-V. (130,542 in chips)
Seat 4: Beaverhausin (164,691 in chips)
Seat 5: hominin (173,502 in chips)
Seat 6: Bo-Peep_86 (207,441 in chips)
Seat 7: WSBilly55 (106,744 in chips)
Seat 9: 13112009 (34,718 in chips)
ibiza5un goes down in eighth
Bo-Peep_86 kept the action going on the first hand of the final table. Ibiza5un opened for 8,220 from UTG+1 and Bo-Peep_86 shoved from the small blind for nearly 207,000. Ibiza5un happily called off her remaining 94,000 with K♦K♥ and Bo-Peep_86 turned over A♣K♣. Although the kings kept the lead on the T♠3♦3♣ flop, Bo-Peep_86 spiked the A♠ on the turn and filled up on the 3♥ river, ending ibiza5un's run in eighth place ($275.00).
Beaverhausin's stack was decimated when she raised the turn on a 6♥2♦3♦2♠ board and AvoAvocado called all-in. AvoAvocado's K♠K♣ had Beaverhausin's A♠6♣ crushed and she doubled to 236,000, leaving Beaverhausin on only 42,000. A few hands later, Beaverhausin rebounded, doubling to 86,000 when her K♥T♥ flopped a king and rivered trips vs. M.A.POKER-V's 6♣7♠.
Down to 32,000 in chips with the blinds up to 2,000/4,000, M.A.POKER-V three-bet shoved preflop with A♦9♣ and WSBilly55 looked her up with K♣J♣. M.A.POKER-V's ace-high held up and she doubled to 73,000.
WSBilly55 out in seventh
WSBilly55 was down but certainly not out when she opened A♥8♥ for 14,400 from UTG. AvoAvocado called from the hijack and they saw a J♥9♦6♣ flop. WSBilly55 check-raised AvoAvocado's 9,600 bet to 24,000 and she called to see the 7♦ turn. WSBilly55 checked, AvoAvocado bet 21,600, and WSBilly55 raised all-in for an additional 55,532. AvoAvocado snap-called and turned up K♠J♠. WSBilly55 needed a five or a ten to make a straight or an ace to make top pair, but missed her eleven outs on the river. For seventh place, WSBilly55 picked up $385.00.
Short stack 13112009 had already doubled up once to save her tournament life, winning a Q♥J♣ vs. 4♥4♠ flip against AvoAvocado. Since then, her stack had fallen back to 19,672 with the blinds up to 2,800/5,600. 13112009 was lucky enough to pick up 7♣7♠ and moved in from the button, getting a call from AvoAvocado with 6♦6♣ in the small blind. 13112009 flopped a set of sevens and rivered sevens full to move up to 47,744.
Later in the same level, hominin made a UTG raise to 11,200 and 13112009 shoved for 34,444 from the cutoff. While hominin's A♥J♥ held the preflop lead over 13112009's K♣T♣, a ten on the flop gave her another double-up, this time to 81,488.
Then, on the very next deal, 13112009 opened for 11,200 and hominin called from the big blind with K♦Q♣. Hominin hit top pair on the Q♦7♠2♦ flop, but checked over to 13112009, who checked behind. When the T♠ turned, hominin made it 19,696 to go and 13112009 raised to 39,392. Hominin called and the board paired tens with the T♦ river. Hominin checked, 13112009 shoved for 30,196 and hominin called, only to discover she'd been three-outed on the river by 13112009's A♦T♣. Suddenly 13112009 was a contender with 168,576 in chips.
Bo-Peep_86 shears 13112009
13112009 didn't let her newfound wealth just sit there--she immediately started mixing things up with the chip leaders. In a three-bet pot, she pushed AvoAvocado off the K♣9♦5♦ flop with a check-raise, increasing her stack to 256,000. However, nearly all of it disappeared in a flash when 13112009 aggressively bet her top pair into Bo-Peep_86's set of sixes. 13112009 fell to 78,500 in chips while Bo-Peep_86 took the lead with 484,000 - about 44% of the chips in play.
A neighborly rivalry
Another benefit of playing in the Women's Sunday? You might meet a neighbor you never knew you had. Earlier at the final table, hominin and Beaverhausin chatted it up and discovered that not only were they both U.S. poker exiles living in Mexico, but they happened to live only blocks apart in the same seaside town. This led to an excited exchange of Facebook pages and discussion of meeting up for a drink after they finished playing.
However, before cocktail hour could commence, they tangled in several pots. With the action folded to Beaverhausin on the button, she shoved for 67,000 with K♠8♥ and hominin reshoved from the small blind with A♥T♥. Beaverhausin hit an eight on the flop and doubled to 147,500, leaving hominin on 42,000. Two orbits later, the same situation unfolded. Beaverhausin made a button shove, but this time hominid had the goods and snap-called all-in with A♠A♣ in the small blind. Beaverhausin's K♣T♠ couldn't catch up and hominin doubled to 71,000.
Left with 64,000, Beaverhausin open-shoved on the next deal with A♣5♦. 13112009 called from the big blind with pocket tens and rivered a set on the K♦J♥2♦5♠T♥ board to eliminate Beaverhausin in sixth place ($495.00).
Two hands later, hominin moved in for 85,000 from UTG and AvoAvocado called from the big blind. Hominin's T♠T♥ lost the race to A♠Q♠ when an ace hit the flop and went out in fifth place ($638.00).
AvoAvocado takes the chip lead
With four players remaining, a huge pot unfolded between chip leader Bo-Peep_86 and second-place AvoAvocado. Both players flopped bottom pair and rivered trip deuces, but AvoAvocado won the kicker war. AvoAvocado took the lead with 540,500 while Bo-Peep_86 fell to 349,000.
AvoAvocado surged ahead even further when she ended M.A.POKER-V's run. Although M.A.POKER-V had expertly bobbed and weaved to stay alive on the short stack, her A♠3♦ couldn't fade AvoAvocado's K♠7♠. A seven hit the flop and M.A.POKER-V was eliminated in fourth place, earning $935.00.
Bo-Peep_86 tumbles in third place
As three-handed play commenced, AvoAvocado had the lead with 678,000, Bo-Peep_86 was second with 293,000 and 13112009 was the short stack with 130,000.
Blinds were 4,500/9,000 when AvoAvocado opened for 18,000 on the button and Bo-Peep_86 shoved from the small blind. Unfortunately for Bo-Peep_86, she ran her A♠9♦ into AvoAvocado's A♣K♣. Bo-Peep_86's dominated hand did not improve on the 7♣6♦2♦J♦4♠ board and she exited in third place ($1,243.00).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: AvoAvocado (940,975 in chips)
Seat 9: 13112009 (159,025 in chips)
With a six to one chip lead over 13112009, it took only six hands for AvoAvocado to close out the win. All the money went in on the turn, but 13112009's pocket jacks were drawing dead against AvoAvocado's flush.
Congratulations to Ukraine's AvoAvocado on shipping her first Women's Sunday! She banked $2,249.50 for the win while 13112009 went from final table short stack to second place and collected $1,650.00.
PokerStars Women's Sunday results for 5-4-2014
Places paid: 36
1. AvoAvocado (Ukraine) $2,249.50
2. 13112009 (Germany) $1,650.00
3. Bo-Peep_86 (Belgium) $1,243.00
4. M.A.POKER-V. (Hungary) $935.00
5. hominin (Mexico) $638.00
6. Beaverhausin (Mexico) $495.00
7. WSBilly55 (Canada) $385.00
8. ibiz5un (Russia) $275.00
9. KleineTaschi (Germany) $209.00
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.