Women's Sunday: kittymstar claws her way to victory
It was quite an Easter Sunday for PokerStars Women, headlined, of course, by Team Pro Victoria Coren Mitchell's historic win at the EPT San Remo Main Event. Back in 2006, Coren became the first woman to win an EPT Main Event with her victory in London and today she was crowned the tour's first two-time champion. The shortest stack to start the day, Coren powered all the way to a €476,100 score and now ranks in the top ten on the all-time Women's Money List.
Just as Coren Mitchell was hoisting her winner's trophy and smiling for the cameras, 221 players sat down for the Women's Sunday, bringing the prize pool up to a total of $11,050.00. The top 36 spots were paid with first place set to earn $2,259.83.
After nearly four hours of play, the field was down to its final ten players. With the blinds up to 1,400/2,800, ZEFUROZ opened for 5,600, kittymstar three-bet to 15,400 and ZEFUROZ smooth-called. The rest of their money went in on the J♣T♦6♦ flop, ZEFUROZ having kittymstar covered. While ZEFUROZ had the preflop lead with A♣A♥, kittymstar's pocket jacks hit a set on the flop. ZEFUROZ did not improve and was left with only 26,000 in chips while kittymstar doubled to 150,500. Six hands later ZEFUROZ open-shoved from the cutoff with 8♥T♣, only to run into kittymstar's A♥T♦ on the button. Kittymstar flopped aces and tens and turned tens full, ending ZEFUROZ's run on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: Aurora_2011 (133,824 in chips)
Seat 2: kittymstar (169,402 in chips)
Seat 3: drkamikaze1 (126,955 in chips)
Seat 4: kalmykiAA (59,620 in chips)
Seat 5: anneelis1 (46,513 in chips)
Seat 6: Bags&Shoes (214,713 in chips)
Seat 7: POLONY210 (163,742 in chips)
Seat 8: coloccini20 (51,931 in chips)
Seat 9: _valitsaki_ (138,300 in chips)
With the blinds up to 1,600/3,200, short stack coloccini20 found her moment when kittymstar opened for a min-raise to 6,400 from UTG and drkamikaze1 flat-called from UTG+1. Coloccini20 shoved for 44,731 with 7♥7♣ and successfully folded out kittymstar, but drkamikaze1 snap-called, having set a perfect trap with A♠A♥. Coloccini20 did not improve on the J♥2♣2♥T♠9♦ board and went out in ninth place ($209.95).
As the clock struck 4:20 pm on North America's west coast, _valitsaki_ opened for 6,400 from UTG and both anneelis1 and Bags&Shoes called from the blinds. The flop fell 5♦5♠3♣ and anneelis1 shoved for 34,913 from the small blind. Bags&Shoes folded and _valitsaki_ called, her Q♣5♣ having out flopped anneelis1's pocket sevens. _Valitsaki_ hit the Q♦ on the turn to make fives full of queens and eliminated anneelis1 in eighth place, good for $276.25.
kalmykiAA triples in a three-way all-in
Moments later, three players got their stacks in before the flop, _valitsaki_ having both Bags&Shoes and kalmykiAA covered. Although _valitsaki_'s K♠K♣ held up through the turn, kalmykiAA spiked a nine on the river to make a set and triple to 185,000. Bags&Shoe's A♥T♥ did not improve and she was eliminated in seventh place ($386.75).
Then, with the blinds up to 2,000/4,000, drkamikaze1 opened for 8,800 and POLONY210 shoved for 71,764 on the button with A♦Q♣. Drkamikaze1 called with A♠K♣ and her dominating hand held up on the J♠5♥3♥8♠5♠ board. Drkamikaze1 moved up to second in chips with 204,000 while POLONY210 hit the rail in sixth place ($497.25).
drkamikaze1 scores again, kalmykiAA coolers Aurora_2011
Drkamikaze1's rush continued in a hand she opened for 8,800 with Q♦J♦. Aurora_2011 called from the big blind and the flop fell T♦9♣4♦. Aurora_2011 check-called drkamikaze1's 11,050 bet and did the same for 22,100 when the K♦ turned. The river was the 2♠ and Aurora_2011 checked a third time. Drkamikaze1 bet 48,000 with her king-high flush and Aurora_2011 paid her off. Drkamikaze1 raked in the 184,400 pot and took the chip lead with 334,000.
Aurora_2011 was left with 16 big blinds and moved in from UTG with pocket nines. Unfortunately for her, kalmykiAA woke up with pocket tens in the small blind and reshoved. Aurora_2011 didn't get a miracle on the J♦J♥K♣A♠8♦ board and exited in fifth place, good for $640.90.
kittymstar takes the chip lead
With four players remaining, kittymstar gained ground on her opponents by winning two huge pots back to back. First, she got three streets of value from kalmykiAA when her A♦T♥ made two pair. Then, on the next deal, she four-bet drkamikaze1 pre flop and led out on the K♠T♥5♠ flop. Drkamikaze1 gave up her hand and kittymstar climbed into the chip lead with 486,000.
The blinds rose to 2,800/5,600 and short stack _valiksaki_ opened for 11,200 from the cutoff. Kittymstar three-bet to 28,000 and _valitsaki_ four-bet shoved for 105,145. Kittymstar called, her A♦K♣ racing with J♠J♣. _Valitsaki_ was down to two outs when the flop fell K♦Q♣K♠ and was drawing dead when the Q♠ turned. For fourth place, _valitsaki_ picked up $939.25.
kalmykiAA runs into KK
As play turned three-handed, kittymstar held the chip lead with 631,000, drkamikaze1 was second with 313,000 and kalmykiAA was the short stack with 162,000. Only three hands after _valitsaki_'s departure, kittymstar opened for 11,200 from UTG and kalmykiAA called from the big blind. KalmykiAA checked the 8♦8♣3♠ flop, kittymstar bet 8,400 and kalmykiAA raised to 28,000. Kittymstar called. The turn was the 4♠ and kalmykiAA immediately moved all-in for 117,425. Kittymstar snap-called, revealing K♥K♦. KalmykiAA revealed 5♠7♠ and needed to catch a six or a spade to survive, but got the 3♦ instead, ending her run in third place ($1,248.65).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: kittymstar (792,201 in chips)
Seat 3: drkamikaze1 (312,799 in chips)
Both of this week's heads-up opponents were Women's Sunday final table veterans. Kittymstar has a third and a fifth-place on her CV, while drkamikaze1 finished fourth only last week. Kittymstar began heads-up play with a 2.5 to 1 chip advantage and went about slowly chipping away at the aggressive drkamikaze1. Drkamikaze1 fell to 284,800 before she popped kittymstar's 12,800 opening raise to 30,000. Kittymstar four-bet to 68,000 and drkamikaze1 shoved for 283,999. Kittymstar flashed the A♠ as she folded and drkamikaze1 moved up to 354,000 in chips.
Kittymstar went back to Plan A and whittled drkamikaze1 down to 184,423 before all the chips went in pre flop. Although drkamikaze1 had the advantage with pocket nines, kittymstar's A♣3♣ hit an ace on the flop to lock up the win.
Congratulations to Taiwan's kittymstar on her first Women's Sunday title! She banked $2,259.83 for the win, while runner-up drkamikaze1 earned $1,657.50.
PokerStars Women's Sunday results for 4-20-2014
Places paid: 36
1. kittymstar (Taiwan) $2,259.83
2. drkamikaze1 (Canada) $1,657.50
3. kalmykiAA (Russia) $1,248.65
4. _valitsaki_ (Greece) $939.25
5. Aurora_2011(United Kingdom) $640.90
6. POLONY210 (Russia) $497.25
7. Bags&Shoes (Portugal) $386.25
8. anneelis1 (Finland) $276.25
9. coloccini20 (Finland) $209.95
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.