Women's Sunday: xDani-Kartx takes a victory lap

The first Women's Sunday of 2014 drew 235 runners, the prizepool topping out at $11,750.00. 36 players earned a share of it with first place set to earn $2,402.98. With most of our Red Spades en route to the PCA (or already lapping up the Bahamian sunshine) there were no Team Pro bounties to be won this week.

The money bubble burst in Level 13 when SandritaS_1 open-shoved for her last 5,702 with Q♣T♥. Katie graves looked her up with pocket deuces and the baby pair held up, bouncing SandritaS_1 from the tournament in 37th place.

A little over an hour later, eleven players remained. With the blinds up to 1,250/2,500, kashtone moved all-in for 26,826 from the cutoff, xDani-Kartx called from the small blind and katie graves called from the big. xDani-Kartx shoved for 76,656 on the A♦8♦5♦ flop and katie graves called all-in for 57,409.

kashtone A♠3♦
xDani-Kartx A♥8♥
katie graves Q♥Q♦

While kashtone was drawing only to running cards, katie graves needed a diamond to make a flush and xDani-Kartx had to fade a diamond for her two pair to hold up. The 7♥ turn left kashtone drawing dead, and the river was the 4♣, missing katie graves' outs. xDani-Kartx scooped the main and side pots to take a massive chip lead to the final table while katie graves and kashtone were eliminated in tenth and eleventh places respectively.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Sonya Spades (38,930 in chips)
Seat 2: AAnyaLucKK (95,817 in chips)
Seat 3: olgabyg (38,041 in chips)
Seat 4: rüdiger1958 (46,900 in chips)
Seat 5: gyumo34 (55,268 in chips)
Seat 6: xDani-Kartx (216,043 in chips)
Seat 7: MYBOOTY (50,788 in chips)
Seat 8: Vanesskica (76,122 in chips)
Seat 9: Yeti1337 (87,091 in chips)

Early eliminations

Short stack olgabyg was the first to depart this final table. Yeti1337 led off the action with a min-raise to 6,000 and AAnyaLucKK three-bet shoved for 57,729 on the button. Olgabyg called all-in from the small blind and Yeti1337 gave up her hand. Although olgabyg led pre flop, her A♥K♣ up against 8♦T♦, AAnyaLucKK flopped a ten to send her home in ninth place ($223.25).

Later in the 1,500/3,000 level, Yeti1337 made another min-raise to 6,000 and rüdiger1958 moved all-in for 42,750 on the button. This time, Yeti1337 called, her A♦K♦ dominating rüdiger1958's A♣9♠. Rüdiger1958 didn't get any help on the 6♥4♠3♠Q♣A♠ board and departed in eighth place, good for $293.75.

Viva Vanesskica

Vanesskica turned her average stack into the chip lead when she picked up pocket kings. xDani-Kartx three-bet shoved with pocket eights in the small blind and Vanesskica happily called, doubling her stack to 154,000. Vanesskica padded her lead even further only a few minutes later. With the blinds up to 2,000/4,000 Vaneskica min-raised from UTG, Sonya Spades shoved for 16,880, and gyumo34 reshoved for 61,968 on the button. Both blinds folded and Vanesskica called.

Vanesskica J♣J♠
gyumo34 A♦K♠
Sonya Spades 4♦4♥

Gyumo34 paired her ace on the A♥T♥8♣ flop, leaving both her opponents drawing to two outs apiece. However, Vanesskica hit a miracle jack on the river to make a set and score a double KO. Sonya Spades went out in seventh place ($411.25) while gyumo34 finished sixth ($528.75).

Yeti1337 comes back from the brink

Having suffered through disconnection issues throughout the final table, AAnyaLucKK finally stayed true to her name when she picked up A♥A♠ and doubled to 140,000 through Yeti1337. Yeti1337 was left on only 45,000 (9BB), but rebounded to 76,000 when her 7♠T♠ rivered a flush vs. MYBOOTY's A♦8♣.

A short time later, Yeti1337 doubled again at MYBOOTY's expense. All-in pre flop, Yeti1337's K♠J♥ flopped top two pair vs. MYBOOTY's pocket nines, leaving her on only 2,300 in chips. Although MYBOOTY doubled up to 6,400 on the next deal, she departed in fifth place two hands later when Yeti1337's 8♣9♣ turned trip nines against her Q♦4♦.

xDani-Kartx runs over Yeti1337

Yeti1337's next target was Vanesskica, who made a small blind shove for 209,435 holding Q♥J♠. Yeti1337 woke up with A♣J♥ in the big blind and doubled to 166,446 when the board ran out 7♥7♠6♣A♠3♣. Vanesskica was knocked below 100k in chips, but rebounded when she took her A♥8♠ up against xDani-Kartx's pocket tens. Vaneskica flopped an ace and turned an eight to double back up to 201,000.

With the blinds up to 3,500/7,000, Yeti1337 was still relatively comfortable with 21 big blinds. However, when xDani-Kartx opened for 14,770 on the button, Yeti1337 decided to go for it with K♦T♦. xDani-Kartx snap-called with Q♠Q♥ and turned top set on the 7♥6♠2♦Q♦5♠ board. Yeti1337 was eliminated in fourth place, earning $998.75 for her efforts.

AAnya's stroke of LucKK

It didn't take long before Vanesskica open-shoved for 113,000 from the small blind with A♣T♥ and AAnyaLucKK called with pocket fives in the big. In a coin flip for her tournament life, Vanesskica was dismayed to watch the flop fall 9♦6♠5♦, making AAnyaLucKK bottom set. The turn was the 3♣, the river was the J♠ and the onetime chip leader was out in third place, earning $1,327.75 for her run.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: AAnyaLucKK (409,725 in chips)
Seat 6: xDani-Kartx (295,275 in chips)

xDani-Kartx got off to a great start heads-up. Holding 2♣4♣, she opened for 16,400 and hit an open-ended straight draw on the 5♦3♣3♥ flop. xDani-Kartx check-called 13,040 on the flop and made two pair when the 2♦ hit the turn. xDani-Kartx check-called another 24,168 before the A♣ fell on the river, making her a wheel. xDani-Kartx led out for 32,344 and AAnyaLucKK looked her up, only to watch to 173,504 pot shipped the other direction.

xDani-Kartx took nearly a 2 to 1 chip lead but AAnyaLucKK stormed back. All-in pre flop with K♥Q♥ against xDani-Kartx's A♦T♥, AAnyaLucKK flopped a queen to double up to 525,000. xDani-Kartx was left on only 180,000. Only a few hands later, xDani-Kartx opened for 21,100 with K♣T♥ and AAnyaLucKK shoved from the big blind. xDani-Kartx called, devastated to see her opponent's dominating K♠J♣. The A♦8♠2♠ flop didn't change anything, nor did the 9♠ on the turn. However, xDani-Kartx spiked the T♦ on the river to stay alive and even up the chip counts.

From there on out it was all xDani-Kartx. She won eight of the next eleven pots to increase her stack to 555,000 before closing out the win:

Congratulations and vamooooo to Brazil's xDani-Kartx on winning her first Women's Sunday title. She banked $2,402.98 while runner-up AAnyaLucKK scored $1,762.50.

PokerStars Women's Sunday results for 1-5-2014

Players: 235
Prizepool: $11,750.00
Places paid: 36

1. xDani-Kartx (Brazil) $2,402.98
2. AAnyaLucKK (Belarus) $1,762.50
3. Vanesskica (Slovenia) $1,327.75
4. Yeti1337 (Canada) $998.75
5. MYBOOTY (Canada) $681.50
6. gyumo34 (Hungary) $528.75
7. Sonya Spades (Russia) $411.25
8. rüdiger1958 (Austria) $293.75
9. olgabyg (Russia) $223.25

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Kristin Bihr
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