With the WCOOP on everyone's mind and players looking to grab some extra bankroll cash for the two and a half week long extravaganza starting September 3rd 4,100 showed up at the cashier's window for tonight's $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. With a prize pool of $820,000.00 and $128,740.00 of that going out to first place that could buy you into all the events with enough left over for a trip to Vegas or Macau and some poolside drinks.
Right before the final table, heißtercamp had this author scrambling the search engines on how to insert the German letter into the page. Luckily, there were enough people out there on the internet with the kindness in their hearts to educate me on such matters. The reason it was important? heißtercamp came into tonight's final table as the chip leader after knocking out deamon10 after the two traded raises until deamon10 was all-in holding J♣A♣. heißtercamp was looking great flipping up a suited big slick A♥K♥ and the dominant hand would hold on the Q♦ 4♥ A♠ 6♦ 4♦ board to ship the huge 7.5 million chip pot and the chip lead to heißtercamp and knock out deamon10 as tonight's bubble boy in tenth place ($4,920.00).
Seat 1: CuCbKu (4637081 in chips)
Seat 2: MarcMcFly (1956052 in chips)
Seat 3: gargamelesp (2896426 in chips)
Seat 4: heißtercamp (10905983 in chips)
Seat 5: J0hnny_Dr@m@ (6373880 in chips)
Seat 6: Morph2oo6 (1716156 in chips)
Seat 7: Monterpol (3429307 in chips)
Seat 8: apestyles (2861000 in chips)
Seat 9: Jarfish (6224115 in chips)
Morph2oo6 got the party started early going all-in just five hands from the start of the final table with the blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K and riding big slick K♠A♦ to victory over the J♦A♠ of CuCbKu for the 3.4 million chip pot. Play would settle in for a bit as the chip leader heißtercamp took many pots uncontested preflop including one for 2.6 million after 4-betting J0hnny_Dr@m@ and taking it down without any board cards.
After two blind levels of mostly preflop poker, heißtercamp would stumble a bit running pocket queens into pocket kings twice and doubling up apestyles and CuCbKu in the process. Right before the second cooler, CuCbKu managed the first elimination at the final table taking out gargamelesp. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K gargamelesp would shove 2.3 million chips from UTG and got the table to fold around to CuCbKu in the small blind who made the call holding K♥A♣. Big slick dominated the A♦T♣ held by gargamelesp and would hold on the Q♣ J♥ 9♣ 7♥ 7♠ board sending The Smurf's arch enemy home in ninth place ($6,560.00). The very next hand using the newly acquired five million chips from gargamelesp, CuCbKu would take the chip lead from heißtercamp when the pocket kings would hold up against heißtercamp's queens for a 12.6 million chip pot.
heißtercamp was not detoured by the bad luck as on the very next hand MarcMcFly tried to steal the blinds open pushing a short 1.9 million chip stack on the button with J♦Q♠. heißtercamp reeling from the large pot lost to CuCbKu was still sitting in the small blind with over four million chips made the call holding J♣A♠. This time it was heißtercamp's turn with the dominate hand and it would hold on the 8♥ 9♠ K♣ A♦ 7♠ to retain a few chips via the 4.2 million chip pot. MarcMcFly was sent back to Hill Valley without the DeLorean but will have $10,250.00 for the eighth place to help save the clock tower.
The players finally took a breather from the big pots for five hands when Morph2oo6 was facing a 511,000 chip raise from J0hnny_Dr@m@ holding only 2.2 million chip and a suited big slick A♦K♦. The three bet all-in was made as J0hnny_Dr@m@ thought over the pot odds and made the call with T♣Q♣. All was a walk in the park towards a much needed double up for Morph2oo6 until the river card hit on the 7♦ 5♦ 6♠ 2♣ T♥ board as J0hnny_Dr@m@ hit the four outer on the river to send Morph2oo6 home in seventh place ($18,450.00).
Still in the 100K/200K blind level Monterpol would pick up a much needed double up against apestyles as pocket queens took another beating, this time Monterpol's 8♠A♠ found an ace on the 5♣ J♥ A♦ J♣ T♦ board to ship the 3.6 million double up to Monterpol.
apestyles would take some chips back as the blinds rose to 125K/250K ante 25K after shoving over the top of an UTG raise from JarFish and a three-bet from J0hnny_Dr@m@. The four-bet was not answered by either player as apestyles raked in the 4.3 million chip pot. The very next hand JarFish's K♣J♥ would double up off J0hnny_Dr@m@'s big slick A♦K♠ pulling out a three-outer on the river with the board showing 6♠ 7♦ 8♠ 8♣ J♠ for a 10.4 million chip pot.
Monterpol would let J0hnny_Dr@m@ back into the game as it was J0hnny_Dr@m@'s turn for some luck as J0hnny_Dr@m@'s 2♣A♦ hit versus Monterpol's dominating 9♥A♥ on the 4♠ 2♦ 4♦ Q♣ 3♠ board for a 3.4 million chip pot. Since the two were similarly stack Monterpol was left with fumes that JarFish would collect five hands later while rivering a straight sending Monterpol home in sixth place ($26,650.00).
With the newly acquired chips J0hnny_Dr@m@ tried to get out of the chip cellar taking on the chip leader CuCbKu all-in preflop. Watch below for the results:
This time J0hnny_Dr@m@ holding A♥5♠ couldn't sneak the smaller kicker past the five card board as CuCbKu's big slick A♦K♠ held up on the 4♠ J♣ 9♦ J♥ 7♣ board as J0hnny_Dr@m@ took home $34,850.00 in fifth place.
The next elimination came at the hands of part head-scratcher and part great instincts. With the blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K watch the hand between heißtercamp and apestyles play out:
heißtercamp went for the three-bet bluff from the big blind holding 3♥2♥ and apestyles put together the pieces of the puzzle enough to call with A♠5♠. Both players managed to hit two pair, but apestyles' was the mightier on the 8♣ 2♣ A♦ 5♣ 3♠ board sending home the beginning final table chip leader in fourth place ($47,150.00).
After JarFish trimmed a six million chip pot off CuCbKu the players held very similar stacks and brief chop talks took place. apestyles wasn't 100 percent on board, looking for a six figure score so play resumed. A few hands later apestyles was already to relent and was ready to look at the figures after the current hand...
... and lost the all-in preflop battle against CuCbKu knocking the chip leading apestyles from 18 million chips to a little over six million and boosting CuCbKu to over 24 million when CuCbKu's A♣J♥ held over apestyles' T♥A♥.
The wheels came off in a hurry for apestyles' as three hands later CuCbKu called apestyles' button push from the big blind with pocket eights 8♠8♥. apestyles could only produce 3♣A♦ and watched CuCbKu promptly hit a set on the flop and with apestyles drawing dead by the turn, a mocking ace hit the river on the 6♠ 8♦ 5♠ J♣ A♥ board. Although it's not the six figure score, apestyles was looking for the $67,650.00 earned in third place is decent brag post material.
After apestyles left the tournament table, JarFish and CuCbKu got together to carve out a couple of six-figure scores as the two used the chip chop suggestions from the PokerStars host and agreed to the figures below:
With the big money off the board there was still a sizable $10,000 set aside for tonight's champion. JarFish was looking at a long road to recovery starting off with a 31 million to 9 million chip deficit as CuCbKu held a commanding lead.
JarFish would chiseled up to 13 million chips but tried snag a one million chip preflop raise from CuCbKu with an overshove holding K♥7♣. The aggressiveness did not pay off here as CuCbKu snap called with pocket jacks J♥J♦ and rode the 8♠ 4♥ 2♣ 8♣ 3♣ board to victory in tonight's Sunday Warm-up!
CuCbKu's win earned the extra $10,000.00 set aside from the deal bringing the total win to $122,986.37 as JarFish took home six-figures as the runner up tonight with $101,693.63 from the two person deal.
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$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (08-30-09)
*denotes part of two-way deal
1. CuCbKu (Augsburg) *$122,986.37
2. Jarfish (Port Moody) *$101,693.63
3. apestyles (Austin) $67,650.00
4. heißtercamp (Neverscared) $47,150.00
5. J0hnny_Dr@m@ (Athens) $34,850.00
6. Monterpol (Police) $26,650.00
7. Morph2oo6 (Oudenbosch) $18,450.00
8. MarcMcFly (Windhagen) $10,250.00
9. gargamelesp (Singapore) $6,560.00