The final Sunday Warm-Up to conclude 2011 had a hammer-rific 2,700 entries as the crowd from last week's near million-dollar prize pool were off celebrating the holidays. But, for those diehards looking to take home a Christmas or Hanukkah gift in the form of a Sunday Major win, the depleted field meant a better shot at the goods. $85,050.00 for first place would be enough to pamper the child of your choice with five BabyWit Diamond Pacficiers at a mere $17,000 a piece, they are made of 14-karat gold and diamond studs for the soon-to-be rap star toddler in your life.
Not kidding around was Team PokerStars today as 2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up Martin Stasko and Alex Kravchenko were both near the top of the leaderboard when the 396 remaining claimed a part of the $540,000.00 prize pool. Martin would drop out in 288th place ($405.00) and Alex caught a couple more holiday bucks in 152nd place ($648.00). After their departure, three Team PokerStars players remained in the hunt for a final table berth.
Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville would be stopped in 84th place ($837.00) as would Greece's Alexios "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos 61st place ($972.00), both just out of reach to close out 2011 on a high note for Team PokerStars.
Then, along came a lady. Vicky Coren outpacing nearly the whole field as the tables shrunk from six to five. But, with the blinds at 12.5K/25K ante 2.5K her evening would come to a close. Holding 383,745 chips from UTG, Vicky would shove with a suited 8♥A♥ getting looked up by ukulule in the small blind with a slightly better A♣Q♦. A lady on the flop came with two hearts Q♥ 9♦ J♥ giving Coren flush and straight draws. But, no Christmas miracle today as the 7♠ turn and 8♣ river ended the Team PokerStars Pro's night in 40th place ($1,134.00).
We would reach the final table bubble before the nine hour mark after Iceland's okemp's pocket nines 9♦9♣ were outrun by crossthervr who found a king on the door K♥4♦ T♣2♥8♦ to go with big slick A♦K♣. Then just ten minutes prior to the ninth hourly break our final nine 2011 would be set. With the blinds at just 40K/80K ante 8K as opposed to a normal final table that starts after nine hours with higher blinds, elik567 tried to apply the big pressure from the small blind on posten in the big blind. Holding just 777,855 chips posten would make the call holding A♥5♣. That small ace was dominating elik567's K♠5♥ until a king showed up on the flop, and held on the diamond-laden K♦ T♥ 3♦ T♦ 4♦ board to end posten's night in tenth place ($3,375.00).
Seat 1: modulindo (1261536 in chips)
Seat 2: crossthervr (6136247 in chips)
Seat 3: Who's da Pro (3135342 in chips)
Seat 4: liiteri (1271411 in chips)
Seat 5: tomitomsen22 (3457748 in chips)
Seat 6: elik567 (6481604 in chips)
Seat 7: Jeanbob123 (1982644 in chips)
Seat 8: s-botnang (1569329 in chips)
Seat 9: mrAndreeew (1704139 in chips)
A diverse final table tonight as all nine players hailed from different countries: Azerbaijan, Russia, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Finland, and Singapore but all were looking for the same thing, a Sunday Warm-Up win.
elik567 starts off final table with a bang
Fresh off eliminating posten to start the final table, elik567 wasted no time running up the chip leading stack to eight figures. First, on the final table's second hand, elik would call a 525,000 three-bet of his raise from Who's da Pro as the two saw a 8♦A♥A♦ flop. Who's da Pro would slow down and check as elik567 tried a 640,000 chip bet. Holding pocket jacks J♠J♦ and not believing elik567's flop bet, Who's da Pro would check-raise shove for 2.59 million. elik567's trip aces A♣7♣ needed no further hesitation to make the call. A jack-less turn T♥ and 5♣ river would sent da Pro to da Rail in ninth place ($4,590.00).
During the first hand back from the ninth hour break, elik567 was back in action again, this time against liiteri with no post-flop decisions. liiteri's shove for 1.1 million holding A♦T♠ got elik567's attention as he too would shove for nearly nine million more with big slick A♣K♠. King on the flop was nice but liiteri's outs expanded to a flush draw on the all diamond flop K♦ 4♦ 9♦. Q♣ on the turn added jacks into the mix, but the A♠ river literally ended liiteri's night in eighth place ($7,300.80). The 2.5 million chip pot pushed elik567 over the ten million chip mark with only crossthervr holding a stack over three million.
A repeat of last week?
harif1988 dominated the final table last week eliminating nearly the entire table before succumbing to RedRad01. Tonight elik567 would start off in a similar manner. Watch knockout number three below:
elik567 had everything running right and winning flips is a part of taking down a Sunday Major. A small all-in pot (1.6 million) was added to elik567's stack after his 6♦6♠ took out modulindo's suited big slick K♥A♥ on the 2♠ T♦ 9♠ J♦ 2♦ board. modulindo would take away $12,690.00 in seventh place.
Calling Mr Andrew to the dressing room
Soon after the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K s-botnang and mrAndreeew would face off preflop for a 2.3 million chip pot hoping to combine stacks and challenge elik567 for the title. s-botnang's Q♥K♦ would try to overtake mrAndreeew's J♠A♦. All clear until the river 4♣ T♦ 5♣ 9♣ K♥ as s-botnang's rivered pair of kings made mrAndreeew exit stage right in sixth place ($18,090.00).
Not a bot
Moving up to the 100K/200K ante 20K level and even more pressure for someone to catch elik567 who expanded the chip leading stack to over 13 million, Jeanbob123 tried to open shove from the small blind for 1.4 million but s-botnang was there with enough to make the call holding 5♦A♦. The raggedy 8♦J♠ for Jeanbob123 was live until the queen hit the 2♣ K♦ 9♠ 3♦ Q♥ river. $23,490.00 extra in Jeanbob123's stocking for fifth place.
Hunter becomes the hunted
No, not elik567 as the chip leader continued to punish the table with constant raises. But, rather s-botnang who was responsible for the last two eliminations and would soon find a seat on the rail as well. In two consecutive all-ins preflop against tomitomsen22 holding the same hand (King-Queen) s-botnang had $31,050.00 of the prize pool with the fourth place finish. First Q♦K♥ lost to tomitomsen22's pocket eights 8♣8♠ for a 4.8 million chip pot, then Q♣K♦ failed to connect on the T♦ 5♠ T♠ A♥ 4♥ board for a 5.8 million chip pot that went to tomitomsen22's A♣7♠.
Going to heads-up tied up
The tournament's biggest pot to this point would come down to crossthervr and tomitomsen22 getting it in preflop for 11.9 million chips. Watch the outcome below:
crossthervr covering slightly and holding 4♠A♠ to tomitomsen22's pocket threes 3♦3♣. The ace wasted no time in showing up on the J♠ A♦ Q♣ 6♥ 5♠ board ending tomitomsen22's night in third place ($45,360.00) and knotting things up with the runaway chip leader elik567.
Crossing the river safely
In similar fashion to last week where the chip leader looked like they would go wire-to-wire, a dominating performance by their opponent steals the victory. This time heads-up would start nearly even (13.6 million to 13.3 million) in favor of elik567. But, it would only take crossthervr five hands to take the lead and accelerate to the finish. At one point crossthervr would take down nine straight hands, then the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K and crossthervr holding a 21.3 million to 5.6 million chiplead the match would finish just as swiftly. Domination before the flop with crossthervr holding T♥A♥ and elik567 shaking his head with 5♠A♣ and 11.2 million chips in the middle. Domination through the 6♣ Q♥ 7♦ K♣ T♠ board ending with a $85,050.00 Sudnay Warm-Up win for crossthervr!
Thank you for a great 2011 Sunday Warm-Up season and we'll see you next year!
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (12-25-11):
1. crossthervr (Russia) $85,050.00
2. elik567 (Azerbaijan) $63,450.00
3. tomitomsen22 (Austria) $45,360.00
4. s-botnang (Germany) $31,050.00
5. Jeanbob123 (Netherlands) $23,490.00
6. mrAndreeew (Sweden) $18,090.00
7. modulindo (Spain) $12,690.00
8. liiteri (Finland) $7,300.80
9. Who's da Pro (Singapore) $4,590.00