Marcel perhaps had too many holiday engagements this evening to attempt defending his title in tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up after taking home the big prize last week. The 3,381 entries tonight likely were happier not seeing his smiling face among those shooting for the $106,164.21 first place prize as one less skilled player makes it easier for rest of the field to advance. Last week the lucky card for the champion was a ten, this week's victor Germany's Waldur1983, who took home the entire first place prize, will look at clubs in a whole new light.
Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara would find himself as the lone Red Spade as the tournament clock hit seven hours. The Japanese World Series of Poker* bracelet champ held a short stack of just over 270K with the blinds at 12.5K/25K ante 2,500 and two hands after matching big slick versus big slick against Hand of D00m, his run at the Sunday Warm-Up title hit a bad ending.
clAAs22 would open from UTG for 63,000 as meift three-bet to 150,000. One folder as Naoya looked down at A♥Q♠ and shoved for 284,177. The original bettor folded but meift decided to take a look at the board and called with Q♣J♦. 700,354 chips would go a long way for the Team Online member but a jack on the door spelled a different ending J♥ 6♥ 7♥ 7♣ 9♦ as Kihara claimed $1,386.21 in 43rd place.
Down to the final 15 players Doug "imcastleman" Dicken would bow out in 15th place ($3,042.90) adding a deep finish in the Sunday Warm-Up to the recent Super Tuesday tournament where Dicken nearly made the final table finishing in 17th place earning $4,208.00. He was followed quickly by squashchamp (Denmark) and Majchi (Germany) in 13th and 14th place also earning $3,042.90. Right before the hourly break with the blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K munchenHB would min-raise from UTG as Sobizzle21's three-bet made it 340,550 to go. It would not make it back around the table as BobJose on the button decided to shove for 1.58 million. munchenHB holding pocket kings K♠K♦ was happy to reshove for 2.22 million as Sobizzle21 slid the dead chips into the middle and folded. BobJose's Queens Q♦Q♥ needed help and would not receive any from the all-low 8♦ 6♥ 4♥ 2♣ 7♦ board ending BobJose's tournament in 12th place ($4,057.20).
acske would end meks2410's night in 11th place after a hearts filled flop 7♥Q♥9♥ missed meks2410's A♥T♦ and connected just enough for acske's 8♦9♦ to collect 3.13 million chips and startup hand-for-hand play.
As the blinds moved up to 50K/100K ante 10K meift tried to send the Sunday Major into the final table but ended up on the rail instead. While five-handed, meift led with a min-raise from the hijack seat as lehout shoved for 2.02 million from the small blind. Holding pocket jacks J♠J♦ meift made the call and was racing against lehout's Q♦A♠. The race was decided on the flopped pair of aces T♠ A♦ K♥ 3♣ K♦ by lehout as meift's stack was reduced to just 317,011 chips. The very next hand lehout would take the rest of those chips and started up the final table below:
Seat 1: Waldur1983 (3386412 in chips)
Seat 2: munchenHB (3969662 in chips)
Seat 3: Alex be rich (2606498 in chips)
Seat 4: Sobizzle21 (6246857 in chips)
Seat 5: bossamtisch (3783620 in chips)
Seat 6: san the one (932468 in chips)
Seat 7: acske (5343023 in chips)
Seat 8: lehout (4745057 in chips)
Seat 9: Civell (2796403 in chips)
Coming into the table as the chip leader, Sobizzle21 was looking to take down that six-figure $106,164,21 prize sitting up top. san the one was happy to assist on this journey as Sobizzle21 shoved over the top of san the one's opening raise to 325,000. Holding 1.25 million more and J♦A♣ san the one made the call. No bullying here by the VIP Supernova as Sobizzle21 turned over a suited big slick K♠A♠. Nothing over a ten showed up on the 9♠ 4♥ 3♦ 4♦ 2♥ board as san the one was the one leaving the final table in ninth place ($5,409.60).
Alex be taking eighth place money
As the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K Sobizzle21 set sights on making another subtraction from the final table as Alex be rich would open shove for 1.59 million from the cutoff. Sobizzle21 now holding the chip lead, made the call from the button with A♦T♣. The chip leader was in serious kicker trouble as Alex be rich turned up A♠J♠. But no worries despite a jack hitting the flop, two tens bookended it T♠ J♥ T♦ 3♥ 8♦ sending Alex be rich to collect eighth place cash ($8,452.50).
New chip leader
munchenHB perhaps found that online name from the excellent Hofbrauhaus restaurants, one of the oldest German eateries still slinging massive steins of beer in Germany as well as the United States, would assume the chip lead going into the tenth hour of play after this hand below:
With the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K bossmtisch would three-bet shove 2.03 million chips over munchenHB's min-raise. Pocket fives 5♦5♠ were enough for munchenHB to make the call as bossmtisch's 9♣A♠ would race for a chance to stay alive. The fives were the only thing staying alive however as the board 4♠ T♥ J♠ 4♣ 3♦ did not match up with medium ace and bossmtisch took home $15,214.50 in seventh place.
Not very Civell
Just before the tenth hourly break Civell would shove from the cutoff seat for 1.79 million and Waldur1983 made no reservation about wanting a piece of that stack by shoving for 3.7 million. The blinds sat this one out as Civell showed K♥2♥ as Waldur1983's pocket tens T♦T♣ were firmly in the lead. That lead would expand Waldur1983's tournament wallet as the board 8♦ 8♠ 6♠ A♦ 3♣ was absent of kings and hearts. Civell's sixth place finish earned a very regal $21,976.50
Only four minutes removed from the tenth hourly break our final five got nasty in a hurry. First, with the blinds holding at 100K/200K ante 20K Waldur1983 continued a surge from near the bottom of the chip count. acske would open shove from the button for 2.86 million as Waldur1983's J♠A♣ quickly made the call out of the big blind. The dominated Q♠J♦ held by acske got no sweat on the 4♦ 9♥ 4♠ 5♠ K♠ board taking home $28,738.50 in fifth place.
Then two hands later munchenHB, still holding the chip lead, would raise to 487,445 from the small blind as Sobizzle21 shoved for 4.39 million. Holding pocket eights 8♠8♣ munchenHB made the call as Sobizzle21's sevens 7♠7♦ appeared to be heading to the cashier. And they did after the 4♦ J♦ 4♣ 9♦ 4♥ board offered zero assistance and Sobizzle21 claimed $38,881.50 in fourth place. Last year Sobizzle21 was collecting $55,101.74 at the inaugural Turbo Championship on Online Poker (TCOOP) Event #10 after chopping up the tournament and finishing third perhaps Sobizzle21's score tonight will fund another shot at a TCOOP title next month.
Lots of three-way play
After nearly 30 minutes of three-way play and one busted attempt to chop up the remaining prize pool, this Sunday Major was finally down to heads-up play. With the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K Waldur1983 would min-raise from the button as lehout called out of the big blind. A coordinated T♥ 6♦ 8♠ got lehout to take the lead and bet 817,662 chips as Waldur1983 made the call. J♣ on the turn and lehout got defensive by checking as Waldur1983 bet 1.28 million. lehout however was not done and called the bet. 3♦ river and lehout checked again as Waldur1983 forced the action with a shove that covered lehout's stack. Holding top pair T♣9♥ lehout made the call as Waldur1983 flipped up the turned straight Q♣9♠ knocking out lehout in third place ($55,786.50). Not lehout's first ride in a major final table after taking seventh in 2012 SCOOP Event #16-M scoring $19,090.40
Never bet against clubs
A lesson this author has learned playing live and online poker is a club flush nearly always makes it there (sort of). The winning hand of this week's Sunday Warm-Up will show proof of this in the video below:
After nearly 20 minutes of heads-up play and blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K, Waldur1983 scratched out a sizable 24.8 million to 8.96 million chip lead as munchenHB min-raised from the button. Waldur1983 wasted no time in shoving with 5♣A♣ as munchenHB just as quickly called holding the dominating Q♥A♦. But the bigger kicker was no match for the clubs as running clubs on the turn and river 8♥ 6♣ 8♦ 9♣ 7♣ gave Waldur1983 the ace high flush and $106,164.21 as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (12-23-12)
Players entered: 3,381
Places paid: 495
Prize pool: $676,200.00
First prize: $106,164.21
1. Waldur1983 (Germany) $106,164.21
2. munchenHB (Cyprus) $79,115.40
3. lehout (Netherlands) $55,786.50
4. Sobizzle21 (Canada) $38,881.50
5. acske (Australia) $28,738.50
6. Civell (Belgium) $21,976.50
7. bossamtisch (Germany) $15,214.50
8. Alex be rich (Greece) $8,452.50
9. san the one (Switzerland) $5,409.60
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David Aydt ate too much at the holiday parties this evening and is a very full freelance contributor