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The celebrations from the beginning of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event last week seemed to have left a bit of a hangover on the Sunday Majors. PokerStars $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up had to use a bit of that guaranteed money tonight as 2,990 players lined up their $215 buy-ins causing an overlay on this evening’s tournament. It would take a little less than nine hours to chop up the last four spots in the money pool, but another 45 minutes to determine a winner. Let’s see how we got there.

No choppy here

Down to five aside on two tables and the prized final table awaiting all but one, short-stacked ch0ppy tried to take the blinds down from the button by open shoving for 954,560 chips with blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K holding KQ. But, Fled was standing his ground with A9 in the small blind and made the call. Despite notching a king on river 3 2 8 10 K ch0ppy would lose to Fled’s nut flush and was tonight’s bubble boy in tenth place ($4,687.50). Don’t feel bad for ch0ppy as there’s an Audi TT sitting his garage from taking down the $1 Million Turbo Takedown last year in July.


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Seat 1: OMGSHIPIT (2068737 in chips)
Seat 2: Mighty_L (1550824 in chips)
Seat 3: Mr_Lanne (1080336 in chips)
Seat 4: xAndorx (2228821 in chips)
Seat 5: Dang_Girl85 (3512018 in chips)
Seat 6: Fled (3624660 in chips)
Seat 7: SirSwish6 (4000767 in chips)
Seat 8: DONNAN123 (7910827 in chips)
Seat 9: Akustikus (3923010 in chips)

Just five hands into the final table, short stacked Mr_Lanne would use big slick to pass SirSwish6’s A10 and take down a much needed double up as the blinds moved quickly to 50K/100K ante 10K.

The mighty have fallen

With just a little more than ten big blinds Mighty_L let out a roar from early position with a shove for 1.1 million chip holding pocket eights 88. Around to the cutoff where Dang_Girl85 was awaiting with QA, with a slightly larger stack Dang_Girl85 would make the call. Top two on the flop 9 A Q K 9 was enough as Dang_Girl85 silenced Mighty_L in ninth place ($6,000.00).

Is it cold in here or is it just me?

Five hands later the blinds bumped up to 65K/130K ante 13K and Akustikus led off the betting with a raise to 390,000. Two doors to the left, Mr_Lanne was ready to mix it up again holding pocket queens QQ and shoved for a shade less than two million chips. Folded back around quickly to Akustikus who covered and held a cooler in the form of pocket kings KK, made the call. The two-outer would hit the flop 9 A Q for Mr_Lanne with a flopped set of queens. 3 and the 4.2 million chip pot looked good for Mr_Lanne but cruel justice came on the rivered K giving Akustikus a set of kings and driving Mr_Lanne off the final table road in eighth place ($9,750.00).

One is not enough

We would take seven into the beginning of the 80K/160K ante 16K level but lose two players nearly back-to-back. First, watch below as xAndorx tries a little bluff after the flop against Akustikus.

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After a preflop raise and call, Akustikus would lead out for 480,000 after the Q66 flop. Sensing weakness xAndorx bounced and shoved for 1.6 million holding 10A. Having a sizable amount of chips already, Akustikus would make the call quickly after out-flopping xAndorx with Q10 good for top pair. Another queen on the river 9Q and xAndorx took leave in seventh place ($17,250.00).


Just two hands later OMGSHIPIT would shove a small stack of 1.4 million from the button holding J10. Fled sitting in the big blind would take a few tickets to think about it but made the right call holding 5A. Fled would be rewarded by taking down the hand immediately after flopping the nut flush 392. The rest of the cards were moot as the 2.9 million chips headed into Fled stack, and OMGSHIPIT received $24,750.00 in sixth place. OMGSHIPIT received just a little less than he did two years ago at the Sunday Warm-up taking fifth place in that one for $30K.

Is everyone late for supper?

Just four hands after bidding OMGSHIPIT a good night SirSwish6’s short-stack of 1.2 million would also find its way into the middle preflop holding K8 and hoping no one would wake up with a hand. DONNAN123 let the card lie, but Akustikus found a couple of jacks JJ and quickly made the call. A eight would flop 8 10 4 but the five outs would not materialize on the 2 turn nor 10 river and SirSwish6 was flushed out of the final table in fifth place ($32,250.00). This was Sirswish6’s second run at the Sunday Warm-up final table, taking home 6th place last December for $29K.

Debating War and Peace would have been shorter

Our final four would play three quick hands and began to sit down for a very lengthy conversation of poker acumen and a love for rounded numbers. Back and forth the chop talks went until finally Akustikus and DONNAN123 shaved enough off their dollar amounts to come to the agreed to four-way chop below:

$80,000.00 Akustikus
$79,890.00 DONNAN123
$71,000 Fled
$70,000 Dang_Girl85

Flips for fours

We’ll slip a little alliteration in there for the fireworks between Fled and Dang_Girl85 shortly after the tournament clock was unfrozen. Watch the ten million chip preflop flip between the two in the video below:

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The pocket fours 44 for Fled flopped… oh I’ll stop it now, managed to weave by all of the outs for Dang_Girl85’s suited big slick on the J 7 3 8 Q board knocking Dang_Girl85’s stack down to under a big blind. Depsite a couple of double ups, Dang_Girl85 would bust out to Akustikus’ KJ outflopped her AQ and Dang_Girl85 received $70,000.00 from the chop in fourth place.

One pip and we are down to two

Blinds moving up to 100K/200K ante 20K and DONNAN123 was slipping a bit to 5.5 million chips after holding a virtual lead with Akustikus during the chip chop talks. After Fled started the betting with a button raise to 445,666 chips, DONNAN123 would three-bet to 1.4 million. Akustikus got out of the way but Fled answered with a shove for 9.7 million. Holding QA DONNAN123 had a big decision with the rising blinds and decided to make the call. Fled was more than happy to turn over the dominating big slick AK and more happy when the 11.4 million chips hit his stack after the 2 8 3 10 J failed to produce a suckout. $79,890.00 for a little more than nine hours of work as DONNAN123 exited in third place.

Neck and neck

Fled holding 15.5 million to Akustikus’ 14.3 million and blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K would give both players time to dance a bit before awarding the $10,000.00 left from the chop to tonight’s champion. Akustikus would strike the first blow by value betting pocket tens on each street of the 4 K 9 K 5 board and claimed a 11.6 million chip pot when Fled mucked.

Two aces arrive, one is left standing

Down 6.8 million to 22.9 million and blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K Fled would make a move preflop with A8 by four-bet shoving from the button. Akustikus clearly covered and would make the call turning over the dominate A9. An all-low board 6 3 2 3 5 prevented a chop and pushed the final 13.8 million chip pot to this week’s Sunday Warm-up champion Akustikus who added the $10K to take his winning total to $90,000.00!

$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (07-11-10)
(* denotes part of four-way chop)
1. Akustikus (Luzern) *$90,000.00
2. Fled (la) *$71,000.00
3. DONNAN123 (WHITEHAVEN) *$79,890.00
4. Dang_Girl85 (Plano) *$70,000.00
5. SirSwish6 (Chicago) $32,250.00
6. OMGSHIPIT (Orlando) $24,750.00
7. xAndorx (Makeyevka) $17,250.00
8. Mr_Lanne (Stavanger) $9,750.00
9. Mighty_L (Brøndby Strand) $6,000.00

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