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Sunday Warm-Up: Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske victorious after four-way chop

Team PokerStars pro Marcel Luske is known for the charisma and the smiles he brings to the table. And perhaps during his run to the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up victory, some of those good feelings he gives others came back in the form of karma. While his winner's check of $75,039.68 is not the largest he has earned, with multiple six-figure cashes at the World Series of Poker and other tournament series events, Marcel will now be able to claim some online kudos after this Sunday Major win.

It is not often that two players holding the PokerStars Red Spade before their names make a big final table like this, especially with 3,668 players entered. But Marcel and Team Online's Mickey Petersen managed the feat this evening as "mement_mori" would take home $23,842.00 in sixth place.

How did the pair get to the final table? Read on.

Jason "jakoon1985" Koon was turning the Sunday Warm-Up into his personal ATM machine for the past two weeks with a victory worth $109K two weeks ago and a near-miss last week finishing fourth we were wondering if Jason would drop by for some more free money this week. Unfortunately for Mr. Koon the cards did not favor him this week as he finished well out of the money in 2,478th place.

At the eight hour mark two Red Spades still appeared on the leaderboard with valid chips and a chance at tonight's title. Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske working on his NLHE game would find himself towards the lower part of the chip count but hanging tight with a little more than 400K with blinds at 25K/50K ante 5K well below the million chip average. Over on Table 55 sat EPT Copenhagen champ Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen just doubled through bertulsons after his J♦Q♣ snuck past bertulsons' A♠J♣ when a queen found itself way to the K♣ 9♠ Q♥ 6♠ 4♠ board for a 964,376 chip pot and the Team Online member lived to play again.

With six minutes left in the 25K/50K ante 5K level Marcel finally found a couple of cards to his liking, pocket aces, and ran through NCSU2012's ace-seven for a 685,088 chip pot but still remained towards the bottom of the chip count with 32 players remaining. As the lineup condensed to three tables of nine players and the blinds moving up to 30K/60K ante 6K, Marcel continued to grind his small stack of around 450K while Mickey managed to advance a bit hovering around one million, just below the 1.4 million chip average.

As the blinds moved up to 40K/80K ante 8K SCOOP 2011 Event 1-H champ B4d3m3!st3r would fall out in 24th place ($1,870.68) as Luske and Petersen continued to grind their way to a potential final table still hanging below average. Then, Marcel found a stroke of luck the hand before the ninth hourly break. Holding T♠A♣ Luske would open shove from UTG for 628,088 as buckguy2200 two seats over re-shoved for more with A♣J♣. The flop 3♣5♠3♠ was clean for buckguy2200 but the The Flying Dutchman would claim the pot with the T♥ turn as the river brought no jack 4♦ as 1.4 million chips headed to Marcel's smiling picture.

Both Mickey and Marcel came out firing after the break. With a couple of preflop raises, Marcel was able to spin up an extra 800,000 chips bringing his stack to 2.2 million. Right after the chips slid to Marcel, Petersen was all-in UTG for 961,241 and got a caller in the aptly named Allin_Tasse holding big slick A♦K♠. No worries for Mickey however as he turned over aces A♠A♥. Despite the flop giving up four outs, Petersen's aces cleared the J♣ T♥ 4♠ 3♠ K♦ board for the 2.1 million chip pot. Four hands later Mickey struck again for another 2.1 million chip pot pushing his chip stack over three million with 19 players remaining and blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K.

Lots of well-wishing Dutch started to appear at Marcel's table as the field shrunk down to 15 and the possibly of two Red Spades appearing at the final table was becoming more real. Mickey would claim the chip lead with 13 left and blinds moving up to 65K/130K ante 13K after busting SNG Grind_15 when his pocket tens T♣T♠ held against pocket treys 3♠3♦ for a 4.6 million chip pot.

At the nine hour-thirty minute mark, hand-for-hand play had both the Red Spade holders in contention for the title tonight both holding average stacks as the two tables of five needed one more elimination before the final table. Then with the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 16K our final table with not one but two Red Spades would come to be. NCSU2012 would open all-in for 1.3 million as it folded to tormos in the big blind. Holding pocket kings K♦K♠ tormos made the easy call as NCSU2012 showed Q♥J♥. An open-ended draw would appear on the flop, but nothing more 7♣ T♥ 9♠ 7♥ 3♠ as NCSU2012 nearly missed a second shot at this Sunday Major after coming in eighth two months ago, NCSU2012 took home $4,401.60 in tenth place.


Seat 1: blueskyyM (4691210 in chips)
Seat 2: Team Online Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen (3456774 in chips)
Seat 3: gnat777 (4268633 in chips)
Seat 4: tormos (5269102 in chips)
Seat 5: Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske (3376068 in chips)
Seat 6: Cashcid Linc (3634104 in chips)
Seat 7: monar31 (3750136 in chips)
Seat 8: Aussie_star1 (3325463 in chips)
Seat 9: geirto (4908510 in chips)

The remainder of the 80K/160K ante 16K level went without incident as all nine players would make it to the tenth hourly break and coming back to blinds of 100K/200K ante 20K.

Not so safe on the return

Well, pended up aggression from the break let loose on the first four hands back from the break as we lost two players in rapid succession.

First, Cashcid Linc would knock gnat777 off a three-bet with a four-bet shove from UTG hauling in 2.1 million. Then it was Marcel's turn to show some nasty as he shoved over a min-raise by Aussie-star1 to take in a 1.1 million chip pot.

A little banter between Cashcid Linc and gnat777: Cashcid Linc said, "DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS?!?!?! DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY TO THREE BET A WARRIOR?!?!?"

Others however were more worried about their tournament stakes on the line as geirto was all-in for 2.08 million as it folded around to monar31 in the big blind holding Q♦A♥ and ready to make the call for less. geirto would flip up J♣K♣ as both watch four clubs land on the A♣ 7♣ 2♥ T♣ 8♣ board to knock out monar31 in ninth place ($5,868.80).

Aussie_star1 said, "gg warrior"
gnat777 said, "gg warrior"

On the very next hand the warrior would get a rather rude awaking from the Team Pro. gnat777 would lead off for a min-raise as it folded to Marcel in the hijack seat with Q♠A♠. No messing around with three-bet amounts, he shoved for 4.07 million as Cashcid Linc did the same in the cutoff with the dominating big slick A♥K♣. gnat777 found better things to do as Cashcid Linc watched a flopped two pair K♦ J♥ A♣ turn into nasty bad beat after the blank turn 8♥ a tournament crushing river T♠ giving Marcel the straight and Cashcid Linc $9,170.00 in eighth place.

Four minutes later...

High blinds meant for a quick final table tonight as just four minutes after losing our first two players we would trim the table to six left. With the blinds holding at 100K/200K ante 20K blueskyyM would min-raise from the hijack seat as gnat777 shipped for 3.03 million on the button holding A♦Q♣. Back to blueskyyM with A♥T♥ and a decision for over half the stack, blueskyyM made the call. For the second straight all-in pot, the heavy underdog had its way with the board. Two hearts on the flop and one on the river J♥ 7♥ T♦ 8♦ 4♥ blueskyyM would haul in the 6.5 million tournament chips as gnat777 hauled away $16,506.00 in seventh place.

Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen eliminated in sixth place

It was bound to happen.

The preflop favorite finally held but this time, Mickey Petersen would be on the wrong end of it. Watch below as the Team Online member roots for a duck to appear:

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Mickey's deuces 2♦2♠ failed to pass up blueskyyM's aces A♥A♣ on the Q♦ 8♣ 3♥ K♦ J♥ board as the first Red Spade left the stage in sixth place ($23,842.00).


Team Online Mickey Petersen 6th place ($23,842,00)

Shining bright tonight

Four hands later as the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K Aussie_star1 would open for a min-raise in the cutoff as blueskyyM shoved for a table covering 14.5 million from the small blind. tormos follow suit, calling all-in for 2.09 million as Aussie_star1 ALSO called all-in with pocket kings K♣K♠. blueskyyM held A♥J♣ for a live card as tormos needs a two-outers with pocket nines 9♦9♣. A nine did show up on the board, but only after Aussie_star1 flopped a boat Q♥ K♦ Q♠ 9♥ 2♠. The 11.6 million chip three-way pot headed down under as tormos' tournament was ended in fifth place ($31,178.00). Chalk up another big cash for tormos as the WCOOP 2011 Event #60 runner-up banked $207,776.00 came within an aces vs. kings cooler of claiming that bracelet.

Deals for all!

After the torrent of eliminations, the final four played nicely with each other for an entire blind level and as the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K they decided to take a peek at some chop numbers thanks to Team Online's Caio Pessagno.

Two minutes later the foursome locked up the remaining holiday presents in the prize pool according to the split below:

blueskyyM: $82,149.17
Aussie_star1: $75,103.70
geirto: $71,419.02
Marcel Luske: $65,039.68

$10,000.00 and the Sunday Warm-Up title still on the line as the foursome headed back to the battlegrounds.

"10 is my lucky card"

Stated after the below hand as earlier tonight Marcel was saved from a similar dominated position all-in and tournament life on the line when a ten matched up his ace-ten against ace-jack. With four players remaining for the Sunday Warm-Up title it would happen again. With the blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K Aussie_star1 would min-raise as blueskyyM shoved for 7.39 million. In the big blind holding A♣T♥ Marcel shoved for 6.4 million as Aussie_star1 watched the battle from the sidelines. blueskyyM's J♣A♣ had the Team Pro dominated and looked great after the clean 4♣8♣Q♦ flop. But, just like the earlier hand, Marcel found a ten on the turn T♠. Insult to injury came on the rivered ten T♦ as blueskyyM was reduced to just 571,269 chips. Four hands later blueskyyM's scraps were shipped to geirto as the fourth place finisher took home the biggest cut of the chop ($82,149.17).

Fallen star

Down to just 3.17 million chips and blinds at 250K/500K ante 50K, Aussie_star1 would open shove from the small blind as geirto made the math call out of the big blind. Watch the results below:

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Neither player held a particularly strong hand. 6♣5♦ for Aussie_star1 went searching for a connection against geirto's 2♥Q♠. Both hands however would whiff on the 2♦ J♥ 4♥ 4♠ J♠ board as Aussie_star1 claimed third place and the second largest part of the chop ($75,103.70).

Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske wins the Sunday Warm-Up

The four-way chop standings would get flipped upside-down. blueskyyM took the most, but finished fourth, Aussie_star1 took the next biggest amount and finished third. So the logical order of finish would have Marcel winning the title.

And he did.

Just two hands after Aussie_star1 was eliminated Marcel would min-raise from the button as geirto called to see a 9♣K♦3♠ flop. geirto checked as Luske bet one million. A call from geirto exposed a second trey on the turn 3♥. Against geirto checked and again Marcel bet, this time 2.5 million. Done being passive, geirto min-check raised as Luske made the call. K♠ on the river and again geirto checked and once again Marcel bet, this time a shove for 8.67 million. geirto covered and quickly called with the turned trips and rivered full house 6♣3♣. Unfortunately for geirto, Luske turned two pair and also rivered a full house and a bigger one K♣J♦ to claim the 31.4 million chip pot.

Down to 5.2 million geirto would shove from the button on the next hand holding K♣2♠ as Marcel called the extra 4.68 million with a suited connector 9♦T♦. And connect it did, notching two pair on the 4♥ 9♣ 7♥ T♣ 8♠ board to claim the extra $10,000.00 and become this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!


Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske Sunday Warm-Up Champion $75,039.68

$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (12-16-12):

Players entered: 3,668
Places paid: 540
Buy-in: $215.00
Prize pool: $733,600.00
First Place: *$75,039.68

(* denotes part of four-way chop deal)

1. Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske (Malta) *$75,039.68
2. geirto (Norway) *$71,419.02
3. Aussie_star1 (Australia) *$75,103.70
4. blueskyyM (Estonia) *$82,149.17
5. tormos (Ukraine) $31,178.00
6. Team Online Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen (Denmark) $23,842.00
7. gnat777 (Ukraine) $16,506.00
8. Cashcid Linc (Germany) $9,170.00
9. monar31 (Russia) $5,868.80

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

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