A few hours ago a PokerStars player named Kozlicek_x snagged over $24,000 at the micro-stakes six-max table as part of the PokerStars 10th Anniversary celebration. 72,000,000,000th hand, if each hand was a mile long (and some tales of these hands could tell would make them seem a mile long) laid end-to-end they would be able to make the trip around the sun approximately 387 times. A much shorter distance would be traveled by the 3,680 players entered in tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up. $115,552.00 of the $736,000.00 prize pool sits at the final table waiting to be claimed by our champion tonight as players who have contributed towards that large hand number sitting on the upper left hand corner of every table look to get something back.
While 540 players would burst the money bubble, only three Team PokerStars Pro players found themselves in the final 200 today. Romanian Toni Judet (172nd place, $625.60) would be followed closely by Canada's Pat Pezzin when Pezzin shoved all-in with 96,675 chips with the blinds at 4K/8K ante 800 holding A♣Q♠ and was looked up by Maksimus1978 finding big slick at the right time K♦A♥. An unnecessary king on the river 5♣ 5♠ 2♠ 3♥ K♣ sealed the Team Pro's fate in 165th place ($662.40).
That left Sebastian Ruthenberg to try to bring it home for the Team Pros this evening. He would stick around 100K in chips until the 7.5K/15K ante 1.5K level and found a spot to open shove for 87,308 getting a caller in Bear4rms. Sebastian was live holding K♥8♥ to Bear4rms A♥J♣ and even more alive when an eight hit the 2♣ 3♠ 8♥ flop. 210,616 chips would come in handy for the German pro but the river had other ideas, 9♦ on the turn and a tournament-ending J♥ on the river ended the Team Pro's Sunday Warm-Up in 79th place ($1,177.60).
This may be the Czech Republic's night at the tables as with eleven left: dsnka, Niorm, and lubos1980cz all representing the Czech Republic would hold the top three chip positions going into the ninth hourly break and looking to make a bigger score than their fellow countryman Kozlicek_x did with the 72nd billionth hand promotion a few hours ago. dsnka would be looking to better the ninth place finish from this tournament last year.
While this scribe's eyes were on dsnka and Niorm at Table 56, perhaps my sight should have been on Table 145 where a three-way all-in would result in a final table being started immediately. With the blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K truesyalose would shove a little over a million preflop and found callers in dirkdiggler9 and Zimmy86 in the blinds. Zimmy86 covered both players showing pocket jacks J♦J♠ for the lead over truesyalose's nines 9♣9♥ and dirkdiggler9's A♦7♦. A jack on the flop for a set was needed to take the 2.9 million chip pot as a lame duck ace appeared on the turn 2♠ 6♦ J♥ A♥ 3♣ still shipped the big pot to Zimmy86 for the win starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: syvers007 (3585323 in chips)
Seat 2: mitdadu (2324790 in chips)
Seat 3: lubos1980cz (4301229 in chips)
Seat 4: BBlackkk (2741576 in chips)
Seat 5: Zimmy86 (5612435 in chips)
Seat 6: Niorm (6349411 in chips)
Seat 7: dsnka (2546009 in chips)
Seat 8: dannsy89 (6126715 in chips)
Seat 9: Miksta (3212512 in chips)
Slow start ended by kings
Far from the norm, due to the evened out stacks play would roll through the rest of the 50K/100K and 65K/130K levels without elimination. It would take nearly 20 minutes to name our ninth place finisher. With the blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K Zimmy86 would start the betting with a raise to 325,000 as dannsy89 made the call. syvers007 tried to squeeze with a shove to 3.1 million but found Zimmy86 quickly calling with pocket kings K♠K♣. dannsy89 folded as syvers007 showed a bit of a cooler with big slick A♥K♦. No aces on the 7♦ 5♠ Q♠ 3♦ T♠ board and syvers007 was handed $5,888.00 in ninth place.
Kings for a day
Just three hands later Miksta would open shove from UTG + 1 for a little less than two million as two seats down lubos1980cz was more than happy to make the call with pocket kings K♥K♣. Needing a five to match the 5♦5♠ in his hand, Miksta watched the heart heavy J♥ 7♥ 3♥ 9♥ J♣ come down in lubos1980cz's favor for the win. Miksta would take away $9,200.00 in eighth place.
Kings, kings, and more kings
First two players were eliminated by pocket kings, why not make it three? Watch the video below for the game-changing 9.8 million chip pot between Zimmy86 and BBlackkk:
This time the pair of ladies Q♦Q♠ of BBlackkk would attempt to dethrone in the kings K♦K♣ of Zimmy86. The kings however would hold once again on the 3♥ 5♣ 3♣ 2♣ 9♥ board for the third elimination of the 80K/160K ante 16K level ending BBlackkk's night in seventh place ($16,560.00).
Too much Czech
The 100K/200K ante 20K level went by without any change in the number of players, but as the 125K/250K ante 25K level started up two players would find the end of the their tournament very quickly. First, dannsy89 would shove from UTG for 2.3 million chips finding only Niorm in the small blind to call. 7♠Q♥ for dannsy89 would need some help against Niorm's 9♦A♠. Neither player would hit the 2♠ J♥ 6♦ 3♠ J♣ board and dannsy89 became the sixth place finisher ($23,920.00). Two hands later dsnka would deal mitdadu a huge setback taking big slick A♣K♥ to victory over mitdadu's pocket threes on the Q♥ 8♦ 2♥ 4♠ K♣ board spiking the king on the river for a 7.7 million chip pot. With mitdadu's stack smashed down to less than one million Zimmy86's T♠9♣ would spike a straight on the river against mitdadu's 3♠A♦ which flopped top pair 7♦ 8♣ A♠ 2♦ 6♣. Chop talks immediately began after mitdadu collected $31,280.00 in fifth place.
Three of the four remaining players hail from the Czech Republic and only the chip leader Zimmy86 from the U.K. was a part of the four-way deal below:
Zimmy86 is trying to take out the three Czech Republic players and take that extra $10,000 reserved for tonight's champion got a good start with a little luck from the hand below:
With the blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K and 18 million chips in the middle, Zimmy86 needed some help holding Q♦A♦ against Niorm's pocket queens Q♥Q♣. Help came early as the second card on the flop showed an ace and held through the 8♣ A♥ 5♥ J♣ 4♦ board taking out Niorm in fourth place ($74,873.40).
Zimmy86 now holding 21.2 million chips towered over dsnka and lubos1980cz who combined for 15 million chips. lubos1980cz would try to steal from the button with a min-raise as the blinds held at 150K/300K ante 30K. dsnka was not about to let go and three-bet to 1.5 million. Trying to outflex dsnka, lubos1980cz shoved for 6.8 million total holding just 6♠7♣. dsnka found the right call holding T♠A♣ and looked like he was going to be rewarded with the 13.9 million chip pot until the 8♠ Q♥ 4♣ K♥ 6♥ six on the river spiked knocking dsnka's stack to 1.7 million. Zimmy86 would scoop those chips up on the next hand giving dsnka third place ($68,623.85) setting up the heads-up battle with lubos1980cz.
U.K. versus Czech Republic
Zimmy86 looked like he would knock down all three players involved in the chop holding a 23.1 million to 13.6 million chip lead going into heads-up play against lubos1980cz. But, the VIP Supernova lubos1980cz had other plans as this heads-up battle would blow through an entire 15 minute level as neither player was willing to part with the $10,000.00 set aside for tonight's champ as lubos1980cz took down a big double up 15 minutes into play finding a couple of jacks to match the K♠J♦ sitting in his hand for a 20.2 million chip pot and would carry that lead into the 11th hourly break.
Shortly after their return to the table however both players would get it all in after a 3♠ T♣ 7♥ flop. lubos1980cz holding a strong preflop Q♦A♦ hand, but after the flop trailed the top pair Q♥T♦ of Zimmy86. No help on the turn 9♦ or 5♠ river and Zimmy86 collected the 35.1 million chip pot leaving lubos1980cz with just 1.6 million and blinds at 250K/500K ante 50K. lubos1980cz would double once and looked to be doubling again to six million but Zimmy86's 5♠7♣ found a runner-runner straight on the A♣ Q♠ 8♥ 4♥ 6♠ board to claim the extra $10,000.00 and this week's Sunday Warm-Up title!
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (12-11-11):
(* denotes part of a four-way deal)
1. Zimmy86 (United Kingdom) *$87,721.71
2. lubos1980cz (Czech Republic) *$73,485.04
3. dsnka (Czech Republic) *$68,623.85
4. Niorm (Czech Republic) *$74,873.40
5. mitdadu (Russia) $31,280.00
6. dannsy89 (United Kingdom) $23,920.00
7. BBlackkk (Ukraine) $16,560.00
8. Miksta (Australia) $9,200.00
9. syvers007 (Norway) $5,888.00