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vluff cruises to Sunday Warm-Up victory

sunday-warmup-thumb.jpgThe summer is almost over with retailers hawking their Back-to-School wares and getting parents like myself to make a double-take at the calendars wondering where the sunshine and beach trips went. One constant besides death and taxes is the Sunday Warm-up at PokerStars with its $750,000 Guarantee and habit of making someone's bankroll gain six figures. Tonight's tournament was no exception as 4,288 players combined to bloat the prize pool to $857,600.00 and 630 of those players took a little something for their flush draws getting there but only one would go away with tonight's $134,540.29 first prize.

With about 50 players left tonight, there was a familiar name sitting atop the leaderboard. Team PokerStars Pro Maridu Mayrinck was leading the pack and looking to equal or pass the third place finish fellow Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier had in the Sunday Million just three ago (read the write up here) Unfortunately in a blind versus blind battle, she would run into the flopped straight by The- Toilet 0 after turning trips and could not fill up on the river to finish in 22nd place ($2,144.01).


Team PokerStarss Pro Maridu Mayrinck

But, Maridu was not the only storyline coming from Rio de Janerio tonight as Friend of PokerStars race car driver Gualter "stockcar99" Salles was heading for the final table himself standing on the penultimate table but ran 7♦A♦ into the pocket queens Q♠Q♥ of vluff and couldn't find an ace or diamonds on the 6♥ J♠ 2♠ Q♣ K♠ board to finish in 15th place ($3,859.21).

Maridu's adversary The- Toilet 0 would grace the final table after kingpin023's K♦Q♣ outran the A♥T♥ of purjo1 after the two got all their chips in the middle preflop. purjo1 was looking great for a double up to nearly three million chips on the T♣ 5♣ 7♦ 6♥ board, but the rivered K♥ shipped the pot to kingpin023 and set up the final table below:


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Seat 1: PetjeXL (3428072 in chips)
Seat 2: RichyPal (2482518 in chips)
Seat 3: DAFLYINGKIWI (2781632 in chips)
Seat 4: The-Toilet 0 (2665792 in chips)
Seat 5: kingpin023 (9560652 in chips)
Seat 6: gokveld (7454736 in chips)
Seat 7: Hobbes200 (7548222 in chips)
Seat 8: vluff (4505164 in chips)
Seat 9: jdog_fl (2453212 in chips)

Starting off with blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K tonight for our final nine just eight hands into the big money PetjeXL made the first reach for the top cash of $134,540.29 by raising it up to 382,900 and getting kingpin023 to shove with pocket fours 4♠4♦ over the top forcing PetjeXL to make an easy decision with pocket queens Q♦Q♥. A♥ 6♠ 5♦ 5♥ 2♥ spilled out on the board and PetjeXL doubled up with the 5.5 million chip pot.

Six hands later we would have our first loss of the final table when shortstacked jdog_fl would raise a middle position limping Hobbes200 from the button with blinds still at 80K/160K ante 16K. On the 3♠ 6♠ 5♥ flop Hobbes200 tried to be the aggressor and led out for 1.06 million, but jdog_fl holding an overpair of jacks J♦J♥ was going nowhere and pushed the remaining chip stack of 2.01 million over the top and into the middle. Hobbes200 would make the call holding two overcards (actually only one that mattered) and the flush draw T♠K♠. The turn was all that was needed as Hobbes200's flush draw got there with the A♠ landing jdog_fl ($6,860.81) in ninth place as the jacks became useless.

RichyPal would trim a 3.5 million chip pot off Hobbes200 slowing down Calvin's sidekick reign as the chipleader temporarily. But, six hands later holding A♥Q♥ in the small blind and looking down the barrel of The-Toilet 0's shove for 3.3 million, Hobbes200 would make the call. The- Toilet 0's 7♥8♥ wasn't looking too hot after the A♦ 9♦ 3♥ flop, the 7♦ gave everyone's favorite bathroom utensil for reading the Sunday paper some life, but the 9♥ on the river flushed The- Toilet 0 out of tonight's final table in eight's place ($10,720.01).

DAFLYINGKIWI would get a much needed double up four hands later as the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K taking pocket jacks to the house against the pocket nines of gokveld's for a 3.1 million chip pot.

But, gokveld would those chips back and more in the following hand against the RichyPal:

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RichyPal's pocket queens Q♥Q♠ were no match for gokveld's big slick K♥A♣ in the night's first eight digit pot as gokveld took down the 11.2 million chip pot and RichyPal added $19,296.01 to the family vault in seventh place.

vluff started a run at the chip lead get a timely double up off Hobbes200 when 7♣A♠ was good enough against Hobbes200's K♠J♦ for a 6.8 million chip pot. As the players finally took a breather for several hands until DAFLYINGKIWI got gokveld for a double up taking the road to value town after flopping a full house with big slick and earning 6.7 million chips in the process.

Three hands later as the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K kingpin023 and Hobbes200 would knot up preflop for a huge 14 million chip pot. Hobbes200 turned up big slick K♥A♠ and kingpin023 pocket nines 9♠ 9♦ for a race for the tournament chip lead at this point. The A♣ 3♠ 5♦ T♥ K♦ board gave big slick another victory tonight as the Apple Valley native kingpin023 took home $27,872.01 in sixth place.

Seven hands later vluff would double up in the first 20 million chip pot when the 6♦A♥ out flopped Hobbes200's pocket eights 8♦ 8♠ on the A♣ 2♦ K♦ Q♠ 9♠ board, knocking the former chip leader down to 7.6 million chip with the blinds still at 125K/250K ante 25K. Hobbes200 would take another hit two hands later as PetjeXL got an extra large river card when pocket sixes looked dead in the water against Hobbes200's pocket tens. But the final card rained down 5♠ 4♥ Q♦ 4♦ 6♠ and with the six of spades PetjeXL was back in business with that 8.4 million chip pot.

Even though Hobbes200 was against the ropes, it would be gokveld's turn a few hands later with his tournament life on the line against DAFLYINGKIWI. This one ended before the excitement started as both players got their four million chip stacks into the middle preflop only to see DAFLYINGKIWI's pocket aces A♣ A♦ casting a huge shadow over gokveld's A♠T♦. No surprise four flushes or straights on the 5♦ 6♠ 9♣ J♠ 9♠ board as gokveld was awarded $36,448.01 in fifth place.

Hobbes200 would hold on to the short stack for several hands but ran into an extremely hot vluff who was in the mist of taking down nine out of ten hands in a row as the blinds held at 125K/250K ante 25K. Both players got their chips in the middle preflop, vluff with the tonight's popular hand, big slick A♣K♣, and Hobbes200 looking alive with T♦Q♠. The T♣ 3♣ 8♦ hit both players as Hobbes200 held top pair and vluff with the two overcards and flush draw. The overcards became worthless on the T♠ turn giving Hobbes200 trips, but the 9♣ on the river awarded the 9.9 million chip pot to vluff and fourth place money ($48,454.41) to Hobbes200.

A brief pause by Team PokerStars Pro Tom McEvoy http://www.pokerstars.net/team-pokerstars/tom-mcevoy/ shot out the potential chop number for the remaining three, but they didn't like the near six figures split up three-ways so a return to the battle was swift.

As opposed to the first six knock-outs of the final table the three handed battle would go across an entire blind level as no one was eliminated during the 150K/300K ante 30K level but vluff and PetjeXL would meet up all-in preflop when the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K. PetjeXL's short stack and tournament life was on the line after pushing 6.7 million chips on the button with pocket fours 4♠4♥ only to run into vluff's pocket nines 9♥9♣ in the big blind. PetjeXL would get need an extra small four on the board this time, and didn't get it on the A♦ A♠ 7♠ 6♥ Q♥ board. The not-so-small third place prize of $70,752.01 was transferred to PetjeXL's account after the pocket fours missed and set up heads-up play between vluff and DAFLYINGKIWI.

vluff would start out heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead (seen below) forcing DAFLYINGKIWI into defense mode most of the head-to-head battle with constant raises.

Seat 3: DAFLYINGKIWI (14395381 in chips)
Seat 8: vluff (28484619 in chips)

DAFLYINGKIWI was up to the challenge, briefly taking the chip lead at one point after a lengthy 20 minute war that final ended shortly after the introduction to the 250K/500K ante 50K blind level with the below hand:

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This time the pocket queens Q♦Q♠ of vluff hold over DAFLYINGKIWI's A♥8♣ after vluff turned on the gas and won 17 of the final 18 hands in succession and claimed this week's Sunday Warm-up crown for $134,540.29!

DAFLYINGKIWI unfortunately ran into the aggressive vluff and couldn't alter the tide but did take the tidy sum of $99,910.41 back to Auckland as tonight's runner-up.

PokerStars.TV will have the running commentary of tonight's tournament along with all the exposed cards during their video recap tomorrow. Congrats to all of our winners this evening!

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (08-02-09)

1. vluff (Quebec) $134,540.29
2. DAFLYINGKIWI (Auckland) $99,910.41
3. PetjeXL (De Meern) $70,752.01
4. Hobbes200 (Podnart) $48,454.41
5. gokveld (Jørpeland) $36,448.01
6. kingpin023 (Apple Valley) $27,872.01
7. RichyPal (dagenham) $19,296.01
8. The-Toilet 0 (Chicago) $10,720.01
9. jdog_fl (Deltona) $6,860.01

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