With the madness of the World Series of Poker behind us (at least until the November Nine return to the Main Event final table), 4,209 players filled the void this evening by trading $215 for a ticket to the $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up. Easily breaking the guarantee, 630 players divided up the $841,800.00 prize pool.
Mr.Ingenious had the perfect plan to set up the final table this evening. First, call short stacked Scary_Tiger's push from the button with T♠A♣. Second, acknowledge the advantage over Scary_Tiger's 9♣K♦. Third, after watching a king fall on the turn promptly river an ace to take the 3.2 million pot on the J♦ 6♦ 7♦ K♥ A♠ to send the stripped one home in tenth place ($5,051.81). Poker is easy, and the Sunday Warm-up had its final nine.
Seat 1: USCphildo (3834464 in chips)
Seat 2: bigboybunk (2486561 in chips)
Seat 3: Purr Of Aces (4208584 in chips)
Seat 4: gummmmi (3276552 in chips)
Seat 5: leclash (5256829 in chips)
Seat 6: ole6 (1068160 in chips)
Seat 7: Scarer (7476307 in chips)
Seat 8: starchiebear (9812468 in chips)
Seat 9: Mr.Ingenious (4670075 in chips)
Scarer will be looking to improve on a Sunday Warm-up final table in March (ninth place finish write-up here) tonight. Scarer is no stranger to success having taken down SCOOP Event #10 low buy-in NLHE heads-up tourney in April for $13,402.41 (check out the SCOOP write-up here).
Derek "Purr Of Aces" Morris will be representing Great Britain at the final table tonight. The two-time veteran of the PokerStars World Cup of Poker (see write-up from the PokerStars World Cup here) comes in with a mid-stack as the blinds start off at 80K/160K ante 16K.
All nine players survived the first blind levels as the chip counts shifted slightly when bigboybunk's flush doubled-up off of Scarer and Scarer the very next hand took down a 4.3 million chip pot with trip kings to retrieve some of those chips from the chip leader starchiebear:
Seat 1: USCphildo (2643464 in chips)
Seat 2: bigboybunk (7910683 in chips)
Seat 3: Purr Of Aces (3404584 in chips)
Seat 4: gummmmi (3660552 in chips)
Seat 5: leclash (2828268 in chips)
Seat 6: ole6 (1155160 in chips)
Seat 7: Scarer (7664819 in chips)
Seat 8: starchiebear (10005259 in chips)
Seat 9: Mr.Ingenious (2817211 in chips)
After the break, gummmmi once left for dead after running a button steal that ended up badly when leclash turned up pocket aces A♠A♣ against 8♦K♣, made a respectable comeback to three million chips after surviving two all-ins against starchiebear and leclash.
USCphildo along with the shortstacks Mr.Ingenious, Purr Of Aces, and ole6 started to feel the crunch of blinds rising to 125K/250K ante 25K. Making a standard raise to 600K from UTG + 1, USCphildo was left to make a decision for the tournament life when starchiebear re-raised all-in. Pocket jacks J♠J♣ was the choice of weapon for USCphildo, slightly ahead of the big slick A♥K♦ of starchiebear and looked good after the 4♦ Q♦ 2♠ flop. But, the A♣ on the turn flipped the coin in starchiebear's direction and stayed that way after the T♣ river for our first elimination of the evening. USCphildo picked up $6,734.41 for the ninth place finish.
Shortstacked with pocket queens Q♣Q♥ is a favorable position to be in, and Purr Of Aces was looking good for a double up after calling the all-in shove by Mr.Ingenious. The PlatniumStar Mr.Ingenious could only produce a suited T♠A♠, but the 6♦ 3♠ 9♣ A♣ 6♣ board provided the ace needed to crack Morris' ladies and sent the Wigan native home in eighth place with $10,522.51 to warm up with for another possible World Cup run next year.
Action continued to heat up as Scarer wrestled the chip lead away from starchiebear after pocket jacks J♦J♠ all-in preflop for Scarer held up against starchiebear's 9♥A♦ for a 9.6 million chip pot. Three hands after the big pot between Scarer and starchiebear, shortstacked ole6 tried to get back into the action pushing preflop with big slick K♠A♣ with a blind level change coming in just three hands later and holding only 2.5 big blinds. bigboybunk provided the action calling from the small blind with Q♣T♣ to gather 1.6 million chips in the middle . The 3♥ J♣ 2♣ flop made the hand a coin flip as bigboybunk added a flush draw to the outs available, the Q♠ on the turn hit one of those outs, and trips on the river with the Q♥ sent ole6 away with $18,940.51 in seventh place money.
Another player on the ropes found a decent pocket pair to push with eight hands later as gummmmi shoved from the button with pocket jacks J♥J♠ with the blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K and holding a micro stack of just under 750,000 chips. Scarer in the big blind made the easy math call holding A♠8♦ and caught the ace on the flop and retained that lead thru the river A♣ T♣ 6♦ 3♠ Q♠ to send home gummmmi in sixth place ($27,358.51).
This author's favorite hand happens to be pocket nines, that might not be the case for Mr.Ingenious after the hand below played out for the PlatinumStar's tournament life against the big slick of bigboybunk:
The ace on the flop does in the pocket nines, and Mr.Ingenious diabolical poker ways were ended in fifth place adding $35,776.51 to the bankroll.
Four handed played lasted thru a blind level, as the remaining four shuffled chips across the felt with bigboybunk getting ground down to just four million chips and blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K. Facing a 945,565 chip raise from Scarer, bigboybunk took 7♣A♦ and those four million chips into the middle. Scarer made the call with pocket nines 9♦9♥, this time the pocket pair holds up against the ace as the 5♦ Q♥ T♣ K♠ 8♥ board remained ace-free to award the 8.6 million chip to Scarer and $47,561.71 in fourth place money to bigboybunk.
The biggest hand of the tourney came down while three handed as leclash led over for a little more than a le-million on the button and was facing the push of starchiebear from the big blind. Watch the remainder of the action below:
leclash's T♥A♥ holds on the 6♦ 5♠ 3♦ 8♦ 3♠ board over starchiebear's 9♥A♦ having dodge a diamond on the river to ship $69,448.51 as heads-up play would have to wait until after the players broke with the blinds rising to 250K/500K ante 50K.
Seat 5: leclash (25607717 in chips)
Seat 7: Scarer (16482283 in chips)
Despite the chip deficit, Scarer and leclash spoke briefly about chopping up the prize pool but nothing solidified as the players decided to let the cards decide who would walk away with that $132,061.59 and with a SCOOP victory in a heads-up tournament, the advantage may be with Scarer.
First big pot went to Scarer as pocket kings K♠K♥ were more than enough to overcome the Q♥K♦ of leclash as the two got all their chips into the middle preflop for a 32 million chip pot. The kings held on the 5♦ 7♠ A♠ 5♣ 6♥ board and Scarer held a 32 million to 9 million chip advantage.
But, leclash did not back down as eight hands later the double up would go into his stack after correctly calling with pocket kings on a jack-laden flop J♣ J♠ 9♠ Q♦ and catching the crafty Scarer holding just pocket fives 5♦5♠ instead of a jack to win that 22 million chip pot.
The lead would open up to 34 million for leclash versus seven million for Scarer as the blinds increased again to 300K/600K ante 60K, and on the first hand of the new blind level the players pocket nines would once again provide someone with chips. Watch the up and down hand provide Scarer some love on the turn and well, see for yourself in the video.
Straight for Scarer on the turn, and the rivered boat as the four paired up to give leclash the title of Sunday Warm-up Champion! Scarer vastly improved on the ninth place finish a few months back in the same tournament, taking home $98,069.71 tonight as the runner-up, while leclash made the right decision not to deal and made off with the whole $132,061.59 for the win.
Be sure to check back tomorrow as PokerStars.TV will provide commentary and hole cards for your viewing pleasure of the big hands from tonight's contest.
$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (07-19-09)
1. leclash (baillargues) $132,061.59
2. Scarer (Glasgow) $98,069.71
3. starchiebear (provo) $69,448.51
4. bigboybunk (West Palm Beach) $47,561.71
5. Mr.Ingenious (Hamburg) $35,776.51
6. gummmmi (Thuine) $27,358.51
7. ole6 (Markkleeberg) $18,940.51
8. Derek "Purr Of Aces" Morris (Wigan) $10,522.51
9. USCphildo (Mount Pleasant) $6,734.41