You guys finally did it. Piggy-backing off the largest Sunday Million field seen at PokerStars (19,377 players to be exact) thanks to its bumping of the guarantee to two million this week there was a new record here as well. The $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up's attendance tonight hit 5,268 runners creating its first one million dollar prize pool ($1,053,600.00). With 765 of those players taking home a piece of the pool and creating not one but two six figure payoffs for our final two players this evening. $164,817.24 for the winner and $122,744.40 for the runner-up sat at the final table waiting to be deposited into our final two player's accounts.
To get to the final table we first had to say goodbye to 5,259 including several Team PokerStars Pros that found themselves in the money.
Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren saw herself in great contention for tonight's six figure days waiting at the final table. Firmly in the top ten in chips at hour seven of the tournament the wheels came off after losing a few hands. With 465,055 chips left and blinds at 20K/40K ante 4K she would push from UTG with A♣T♠ and find a caller in Bergmannen holding pocket nines to create a one million chip pot. The pocket pair would hold up on the 4♣ Q♣ K♦ 4♥ Q♥ board to eliminate Coren in 42nd place ($2,086.12). Other Team PokerStars Pros cashing tonight include Nichoel "NicP" Peppe in 145th place ($790.20), Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser 184th place ($611.08), Gavin Griffin continuing a hot streak in 242nd ($547.87), Alexey "LuckyGump" Makarov 368th place ($431.97), Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra 469th place ($379.29), and Amanda "ROXY24" Thomas 590th place ($347.68)
While the Team PokerStars pros will not be represented at the final table, our final nine came to be after Rawhide0728 who seemed to have HitMePat's number tonight got the last of those chips. HitMePat tried steal the blinds by pushing for 1.7 million with blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K after it folded to the small blind with 7♥J♣. But Rawhide0728 sat in the big blind and called with A♣T♠. HitMePat would jump out to the lead by flopping a pair of sevens 9♣ 7♦ 4♦ but the A♦ hit the turn and Rawhide0728 would river two pair T♠ for good measure to eliminate HitMePat in tenth place as the bubble boy setting up the final table below:
Seat 1: androo11 (4586206 in chips)
Seat 2: Rawhide0728 (6892804 in chips)
Seat 3: 1234palleB (3798874 in chips)
Seat 4: Reds Fan '73 (4141570 in chips)
Seat 5: smokingjoep (3391193 in chips)
Seat 6: SHOGUN1000 (7036627 in chips)
Seat 7: Le Dolce (15870352 in chips)
Seat 8: JAMES-OO7 (3722541 in chips)
Seat 9: Stenbek (3239833 in chips)
With the high starting blinds 100K/200K ante 20K moving quickly into 125K/250K ante 25K the short stacks needed find to find some love quickly. Stenbek did just that doubling thru Rawhide0728 on a bit of suckout as Rawhide0728 lead preflop with Q♥A♥ but Stenbek's J♥Q♠ would find a jack on the flop to win the near six million chip pot. Three hands later SHOGUN1000 would show our first final table contestant the door for ninth place money. After seeing flop of 7♦ 3♠ 6♥ smokingjoep check his option while SHOGUN1000 tried to take down the pot with a 500K bet. But, with top pair 7♥9♥ smokingjoep was going nowhere and shoved for 2.7 million. SHOGUN1000 covered and decided to call with presto 5♣5♥ leaving six outs on the board. One of those hit the turn, the 4♦ gave SHOGUN1000 the straight as T♥ on the river sealed up the 6.8 million chip pot and smokingjoep became a wisp of air but earned $8,428.80 in the process.
Seven hands later with the blinds still at 125K/250K ante 25K SHOGUN1000 sliced the competition down from eight to seven. Folded around to 1234palleB on the button who held K♠4♠ and just 1.9 million in chips, there was an attempt to take the blinds by shoving. SHOGUN1000 however was perfectly situated to defend with big slick K♥A♠ and a pile of chips thus made the call. A spade did not hit the 7♣ T♦ 8♥ 7♥ 9♠ board until the river and by then it was too late and 1234palleB can count the new $13,170.00 in his PokerStars account for the eighth place finish.
Things settled down for a bit as the blinds jumped to 150K/300K ante 30K as the two big stacks of Le Dolce and SHOGUN1000 played a little game of preflop chicken that ended as a huge 25 million chip pot. Le Dolce led out UTG for 723,410 chips as SHOGUN1000 bumped it to 2.4 million. After a blink or three Le Dolce shoved for 12.3 million, back to SHOGUN1000 who had a decision as no other player at the table had more than five million chips. Were the pocket kings K♥K♠ of SHOGUN1000 in for a massive cooler? No, as SHOGUN1000 made the call and was relieved to see the pocket queens Q♣Q♠ of Le Dolce. Even if Le Dolce held pockets aces they wouldn't held up to the eventual quad kings offered by the 4♣ K♦ 6♣ 9♦ K♣ board. Bad cooler against the wrong player and Le Dolce had to settle for seventh place ($23,706.00) while SHOGUN1000 zoomed to over 34 million with that pot and the race for second place was on.
As the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K here's how our remaining six shaped up to the mountain that is SHOGUN1000:
Seat 1: androo11 (5011416 in chips)
Seat 2: Rawhide0728 (4285942 in chips)
Seat 4: Reds Fan '73 (3246570 in chips)
Seat 6: SHOGUN1000 (34486836 in chips)
Seat 8: JAMES-OO7 (3782541 in chips)
Seat 9: Stenbek (1866695 in chips)
androo11 would trim a little off SHOGUN1000's stack with his own quad kings crushing the pocket eights of SHOGUN1000 for an 11 million chip pot. But, five hands later SHOGUN1000 retrieved several of those chips by pressuring JAMES-007 in the big blinds. In a battle of the capital letters, JAMES-007's A♣5♥ was slightly ahead of the Q♥J♥ of SHOGUN1000. Both players would flop pairs J♣ A♦ 6♦ putting JAMES-007 firmly in the lead. Nothing changed on the 9♥ turn but SHOGUN1000 would find one of those seven outs on the river with the J♠. 6.4 million chips for SHOGUN1000 and sixth place money for JAMES-007 ($34,242.00). This was not JAMES-007's first five figure cash, as back in May 2008 there was a 5th place in the Sunday Second Chance for a little under $12K.
Things started moving a break-neck pace from here on out as the very next hand saw Rawhide0728 raise to 1.2 million getting a call from SHOGUN1000 on the button but Stenbek in the small blind wanted to play too and shoved for 3.3 million holding A♦Q♦. Rawhide0728 put on his run good shoes and made the call with K♣T♥ as SHOGUN1000 bowed out despite holding 30 million chips and covering both by a wide margin. Rawhide0728 saddled up for the bumpy board as it was pointing in Stenbek's favor after the turn J♣ J♠ 6♣ 2♣ but that deuce opened up a flush draw for Rawhide0728. 5♣ indeed hit the river and sent Stenbek home in fifth place ($44,778.00) as Rawhide0728 took in the 8.5 million chip pot.
The players waited a whole three hands for the next elimination as Reds Fan'73 took a stab from the button with a very short stack of 2.4 million and 200K/400K ante 40K blinds. The suited 3♠Q♠ for the Big Red Machine was no match for the A♦Q♥ held by androo11 who made the call from the big blind. Neither player hit the 4♠ 8♥ T♦ 2♥ J♦ board and androo11's ace-high took the 5.2 million chip pot and awarded Reds Fan '73 with fourth place ($59,528.00).
Normally this is where the players try to sort out a deal but before anyone could even ask for Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker to check out the numbers for them there was yet another all-in and a call. Three hands after Johnny Bench and crew were sent off the final table androo11 and SHOGUN1000 knotted up for a 27.5 million chip pot. The blinds held at 200K/400K ante 40K as SHOGUN1000 led off the betting from the small blind and raised to 1.2 million and androo11 would 3-bet to 3.2 million. Undeterred, SHOGUN1000 would make the call to see the coordinated 7♦ 9♣ 5♣ flop. SHOGUN1000 calmly checked as androo11 bet 2.9 million, SHOGUN1000 then shoved with the authority of 26.4 million behind it as androo11 made a very quick call holding pocket queens Q♣Q♦. SHOGUN1000 hit the flop harder though as his 6♣7♣ had (lemme get a calculator, multiple 85 by 243, carry the two divide by the sigma and...) yeah there's trips, flush, straight flush, straight, and two pair outs. One of those outs hit the 4♣ turn but did leave hope for androo11 for a higher flush. 3♦ was not one of those clubs and 27.5 million chip were added to SHOGUN1000's already huge stack as Supernova androo11 was left looking the cracked ladies and $86,922.00 earned for third place.
A 4:1 chip lead awaited SHOGUN1000 as we began heads-up play and still nary a peep about any deals so we're playing for the whole $164,817.24 tonight as they started out with the below stacks:
Seat 2: Rawhide0728 (9156027 in chips)
Seat 6: SHOGUN1000 (43523973 in chips)
Fittingly for how quickly this final table moved, so did heads-up play. Just eight hands into the final two we had our winner. SHOGUN1000 chopped Rawhide down to 6.2 million and rose to one million from the button as the blinds held at 200K/400K ante 40K. Rawhide0728 needed to make something happen and quickly, thus shoved with 5♦K♣ as SHOGUN1000 made the call holding Q♣J♠ to create a 12.6 million chip pot. Rawhide0728 looked good for a double up after the A♠ 7♠ T♦ flop but SHOGUN1000 had those run-good shoes on tight and the J♦ spiked on the turn. Needing a king on the river to extend the tourney Rawhide0728 instead got an insult to injury with another jack J♥ and earned a hefty runner-up prize of $122,744.40.
The big stack that snowballed into an even big one and didn't stop until all the chips sat in the same stack as SHOGUN1000 held all 52.6 million chips and cashed them in for the $164,817.24 first place prize. Congrats to all our cashers tonight and be sure to check out PokerStars.TV later this week for highlights on tonight's victory by SHOGUN1000.
$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (01-31-10)
1. SHOGUN1000 (Santa Pola) $164,817.24
2. Rawhide0728 (San Antonio) $122,744.40
3. androo11 (Stockholm) $86,922.00
4. Reds Fan '73 (Englewood) $59,528.40
5. Stenbek (Denmark) $44,778.00
6. JAMES-OO7 (Groningen) $34,242.00
7. Le Dolce (Quebec) $23,706.00
8. 1234palleB (Oslo) $13,170.00
9. smokingjoep (Groningen) $8,428.00