The traditional tenth year anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. While we are sure the players here at PokerStars are happy about their favorite soda or energy drink encased in aluminum, cash seems like a much better way to celebrate, after all that's why we hit the tables in the first place. The only aluminum you would find at tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up would be the discarded cans of Red Bull and Mountain Dew as 3,735 players took to the tables this evening for a ten to eleven hour journey that would end with a potential $117,279.00 score in someone's bankroll for a $215 investment.
540 players would take a chip or two from the $747,000.00 prize pool including several from Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online. Maxim Lykov ($321.21, 461st place) and Victor Ramdin ($328.68, 434th place) would excuse themselves shortly after the bubble. Greece Challenger George "gkap13" Kapalas would walk away further up the ladder in 281st place ($433.26) but it would be a Team Online player winning tonight's Red Spade last longer.
Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen almost cracked the 200s finishing in 205th place leaving Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez as the last Red Spade alive. His journey as a short stack would not last very long however as the Spanish online pro doubled up to 74K in chips would then see those chips leave just two hands later. With the blinds at 4K/8K Javier open shoved from the cutoff and found a caller in peter bosen. Happy about getting a caller holding pocket aces A♦A♠, Dominguez could probably only let out a sigh when the 4♦ 8♥ 5♠ T♠ 3♠ board laid out running spades to match the two K♠Q♠ in peter bosen's hand for the 168K chip pot, sending off Javier in 177th place ($634.95).
Two hours later 13 players would take the final five minute break before the final table with a sizable $113,917.50 difference between first and thirteenth on their minds or the difference between getting aluminum and platinum for a tenth anniversary gift.
D.END.49 met the end of his tournament flipping A♣J♥ against kangis' black nines 9♣9♠ earning $3,361.50 13th place. Closely behind was JackBauer82 who was off to take down another evil plot after K♥7♦ failed to get pass the turn against emaestrodobi's Q♦J♣ catching a jack on the turn, fear not for JackBauer82 as he'll be back in 24 hours after collecting $4,482.00 in 12th place. Taking out JackBauer82 was not good karma for emaestrodobi as the Czech player was out four hands later to kangis' pocket tens (11th place, $4,482.00).
Table 241 might as well been called "the place where tournament dreams go to die" as all four eliminations after the ninth hour break would occur here. With the blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K shortstacked secky0222 tried popping the chip leader's open raise with a shove for 461,458. kangis holding over nine million in chips before the hand called the extra 245,058 while turning up T♣A♠. A flip for tournament life is about as good as could be expected with pocket deuces 2♦2♣ and while secky0222 would end up with a full house, so would kangis on the king-heavy K♣ T♥ K♦ K♠ 9♦ board ending secky0222's night in tenth place ($4,482.00) and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: theRIBBER83 (4747394 in chips)
Seat 2: vovkawow (6568059 in chips)
Seat 3: vladmit777 (1817942 in chips)
Seat 4: Macstribe (2494625 in chips)
Seat 5: BACIC (1205576 in chips)
Seat 6: kinamon8 (2758338 in chips)
Seat 7: KKoverhere (1587992 in chips)
Seat 8: heißtercamp (6382207 in chips)
Seat 9: kangis (9787867 in chips)
Isn't one kick to the junk enough?
BACIC would be all in on the final table's second hand and behind holding A♠Q♦ against vladmit777's K♦A♥. But, a timely queen on the flop T♦ 8♣ Q♥ 6♣ A♦ shipped 2.5 million chips to BACIC as vladmit777 was knocked to just over five big blinds. Seven hands later as the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K vladmit777 with just 433,366 chips after the antes, open shoved from UTG finding a caller in the big blind. vovkawow's A♣8♣ would need some help in sending the shortstack home as vladmit777's big slick A♦K♣ was a heavy favorite. "Was" being the operative word as not one but two eights would hit the 6♥ 8♦ J♠ 8♥ 6♣ board handing vladmit777 two bad beats and $5,976.00 in ninth place.
KK would have been better
The rest of the 65K/130K ante 13K level went by quietly, and the 80K/160K ante 16K was about to do the same until KKoverhere tried to jump on Macstribe's min-raise with a shove for 1.7 million. Holding pocket tens T♦T♣ Macstribe made the call, facing off against KKoverhere's suited Q♣A♣. No clubs and no card over a jack would hit the 9♦ 4♥ J♦ 8♠ 5♥ board as Macstribe scooped the 3.7 million chip pot and relieved KKoverhere from the table in eighth place ($9,337.50).
Short stack to no stack
No eliminations during the 100K/200K ante 20K level, but as the 125K/250K ante 25K started up kinamon8's less than a million chip stack needed some love in a hurry. Watch below as kinamon8 takes J♦A♣ up against theRIBBER83 and vovkawow all-in preflop:
All three missed the board as vovkawow held a similar J♠A♠ but the RIBBER83's queen kicker Q♠A♦ ruled the day, taking down the three million chip pot giving kinamon8 seventh place cash worth $16,807.50
An extra $18,301.50 for BACIC
BACIC's Sunday Warm-Up final table could have lasted as long as Kim Karadashian's marriage but instead the Australian managed a decent run an hour and fifteen minutes after catching a fortunate queen in the final table's second hand. With the blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K and chop rumors swirling, BACIC would shove 2.1 million total over Macstribe's min-raise. Pocket sevens 7♦7♣ were plenty to call as Macstribe was well ahead of the deuces held by BACIC 2♦2♥. A mostly low board teased the crowd 6♥ A♣ K♠ 5♥ 4♥ but did not deliver a third deuce ending BACIC's night in sixth place ($24,277.50).
Two hands two gone
Shortly after BACIC took a seat on the rail heißtercamp sent a popular min-raise into the middle with the blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K. kangis unable to improve since starting the final table with the chip lead would shove for 4.2 million trying to collect the dead money. heißtercamp's huge stack made the call with K♥Q♥ easier, and when kangis turned up K♦4♦ perhaps a sigh of relief. Even though both would pair the flop Q♦ 7♠ 4♠ 2♣ 3♠ kangis held the short end making $31,747.50 in fifth place. Immediately on the next hand another min-raise would end up with eight million chips in the middle. theRIBBER83 would open with a min-raise as Macstribe shoved quickly over the top covering theRIBBER83's stack. 7♦7♥ for theRIBBER83 would need another after making the call as Macstribe's aces A♣A♠ towered over the lesser pair. T♣ K♠ 8♠ J♦ 4♠ on the board and two players gone in two hands as theRIBBER83 snagged $42,952.50 in fourth place.
Pleas for a chop end with third place cash
vovkawow was seated between two sizable stacks as Macstribe now sported 11.7 million, still trailing heißtercamp's 19.7 million. The pleas for a chop coming from vovkawow were politely declined as five hands after the back-to-back eliminations heads-up play was about to start. The blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K and heißtercamp added a little more than a min-raise pushing out 650,000 chips from the small blind as vovkawow shoved for 5.8 million getting a snap call by the chip leader. Big slick A♣K♦ for heißtercamp and the other face cards Q♥J♠ for vovkawow. Is that a queen on the 7♠ 6♦ Q♦ flop? Yes, yes it is. But, after the safe 9♣ turn, the not-so-safe K♥ river ended vovkawow's chopless night in third place ($61,627.50).
No deals end the Sunday Warm-Up with a big six-figure victory
Nearly two-to-one lead (25.6 to 11.7 million) for heißtercamp as the German declined another attempt at a chop from Macstribe. As the two played "raise it and take it" until the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K and Macstribe slipping to just under ten million chips they would trade raises until Macstribe's tournament life was in the middle of a 19.7 million chip pot. Watch the final hand below:
Macstribe pained over calling the all-in three bet by heißtercamp but put in the final 7.8 million chips holding 6♣A♦. No bluff from the chip leader holding A♠Q♠ as both players would run through the 9♠ K♣ 8♦ 3♣ 8♥ board dry and a queen kicker ruled again, but time was worth $117,279.00 as heißtercamp claimed the Sunday Warm-Up title! Only took heißtercamp two year to return to the Sunday Warm-up final table (finishing 4th for $47K previously) but the wait was worth it.
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (11-13-11):
1. heißtercamp (Germany) $117,279.00
2. Macstribe (Spain) $87,399.00
3. vovkawow (Russia) $61,627.50
4. theRIBBER83 (Denmark) $42,952.50
5. kangis (Costa Rica) $31,747.50
6. BACIC (Australia) $24,277.50
7. kinamon8 (Israel) $16,807.50
8. KKoverhere (Ireland) $9,337.50
9. vladmit777 (Russia) $5,976.00