Players on PokerStars continue to count the days until the 9th edition of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) gets underway September 5th. One way to help build up their roll is to take down this week’s edition of the Sunday Warm-Up. Today’s edition drew a field of 4,247 entrants, creating a prize pool of $849,400 that was distributed to the final 630 players.
Several PokerStars: Team PRO members were part of today’s field, including Chris Moneymaker, Noah Boeken, and Jose Ignacio Barbero , However, only four would make the money: Portugal’s Henrique Pinho earned the bragging rights for the best finish, 98th for $1,061.75. The other Team PokerStars players who made the money: Team Online member Alvaro “VARICO” Ballesteros – 334th for $416.20, The Netherlands’ Joep Van Den Bijgaart – 345th for $399.21, Spain’s Juan Maceiras – 516th for $322.77.
Jamesms11 jettisoned at final table bubble
With 10 players left, Jamesms11 was the short stack with less than 1m in chips with the blinds at 80,000/160,000 with the ante at 16,000. Jamesms11 shoved from under the gun with Q♣10♣, it was folded around to Raidan909 in the big blind, calling with A♥10♦. The flop came down 6♣A♠K♣, giving Jamesms11 straight and flush draws, but the 3♦ turn and Q♦ river were of no use, sending Jamesms11 to the rail finishing in 10th for $5,096.40 as the final table was now established with these nine players:
Seat 1: OlyDaJew (9240091 in chips)
Seat 2: lpoker64 (3285766 in chips)
Seat 3: Shark 00100 (4779290 in chips)
Seat 4: Ocall (3154105 in chips)
Seat 5: holyguacmole (2713457 in chips)
Seat 6: peter804 (3818546 in chips)
Seat 7: Raidan909 (11816959 in chips)
Seat 8: Bushman (1282440 in chips)
Seat 9: mextrex (2379346 in chips)
Mextrex runs out of checks
The players at the final table were feeling each other out as there was little action during the first 20 hands. The blinds were now at 100,000/200,000 with a 20,000 ante when the elimination happened. Action had been folded around to mextrex in the small blind, moving in for their last 1,223,346 with K♣8♣, only to have OlyDaJew make the call with A♦7♥. The flop brought no help to metrex, 4♥ 6♥ 10♠, and their tournament was over when the turn was the A♥. The 10♥ on the river completed the hand, as OlyDaJew eliminated a player, something that would happen often at this final table, as mextrex earned $6,795.20 for 9th place.
OlyDaJew speeds up the tournament
After several hands where few flops were seen, Shark 00100 and Ipoker64, two similar stacks, got tangled up in a hand. When the flop came down 9♥6♣10♥, Ipoker64 led out for 725,555, while Shark 00100 moved in for 3,111,290 with J♥J♦, as Ipoker64 called with J♠10♠. The Q♦ on the turn gave hope for Ipoker64, but the 4♦ on the river meant Ipoker64 with just 4,036 in chips, barely 1/5 of an ante. Miraculously, Ipoker64 would win the next three hands to get up to climb up to over 678,000 in chips. The blinds had jumped to 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante when Ipoker64 and Ocall saw their final hand of the tournament. Action had folded to OlyDaJew, who raised to 505,555, Ipoker64 moved in for 603,728 while Ocall also went all in for 1,766,398. When the cards were revealed:
Ocall looked poised to more than double their stack, but the flop of 6♠J♣6♣ had Ipoker64 was drawing slim to a chop, while Ocall needed runner-runner clubs. The turn was the 4♦, as Ocall was drawing dead, and the 3♣ eliminated Ipoker64 in 8th place for $10,617.50, and Ocall earned 7th place money, good for $19,111.50
Peter804 has chips no more
Six-handed play didn’t last long, as the short-stacked Peter804 moved in for 2,687,545 with A♣J♠, while Raidan909 calling from the small blind with K♣Q♠. The flop was good for Peter804: 6♦5♥9♥, but the K♦ on the turn moved Raidan909 into the lead. The 7♦ on the river didn’t change matters, as Peter804 finished his tournament with $27,605.50 for a 6th place finish while Raidan909 moved into the chip lead. However, that was short-lived, along with their tournament survival.
Raidan909 goes from hero to zero
Raidan909 ran out of their rungood in a hurry, first losing the chip lead to OlyDaJew, then holyguacmole A♣Q♦ doubled through Raidan909 A♦5♣ in a nearly 6m chip pot. Raidan909 then doubled up Bushman in a blind v blind battle, shoving with 10♦9♥ while Bushman instacalled and threw in the triple fist pump for good measure, turning over A♠A♣. The board didn’t improve as Bushman won a 9,323,520 chip pot. The blinds had now jumped to 150,000/300,000 with a 30,000 ante when Raidan909 moved in for 5,075,537 chips with 4♠4♥ while OlyDaJew called with 9♥9♣. There wasn’t a two-outter or any further help coming as the board ran out 6♥ A♥ K♥ J♣ 8♦, leaving Raidan909 to wonder what happened, finishing 5th for $36,099.50 as OlyDaJew moved into a dominating chip lead.
holyguacmole! I got counterfeited on the river!
OlyDaJew kept up the pressure at the final table, as the other three players were looking for a hand to double up. Holyguacmole saw 5♥5♣ and min-raised to 600,000. OlyDaJew then made it 1,515,555 from the big blind, then holyguacmole shoved for their remaining 6,052,713, as OlyDaJew called with A♠J♦ to create an over 15,000,000 chip pot. The flop was K♣10♦10♠, giving OlyDaJew a straight draw to go along with their two overcards. The 6♦ gave OlyDaJew three more outs to counterfeit holyguacmole’s hand. The K♦ on the river was certainly not the card holyguacmole was hoping for, as their two pair was counterfeited as OlyDaJew’s two pair with ace-high now the best hand. The $47,991.10 4th place money for holyguacmole of little comfort at the moment.
Shark 00100 bitten
OlyDaJew held over 33,000,000 chips three-handed, almost 80% of the chips, looking to end the tournament quickly. From the small blind, a raise of 6,000,000 was enough to put Shark 00100 all-in, calling with 6♣6♥ against OlyDaJew’s K♣7♠. The good fortune for OlyDaJew continue when the flop was 7♦J♦2♦. The K♥ still meant Shark 00100 had two outs, as the 5♥ on the river meant Shark 00100 earned 3rd place money, with $70,075.50 added to their account.
Bushman’s mission not accomplished
Here’s how the chips looked when it got to heads-up:
OlyDaJew – 36,323,146
Bushman – 6,146,854
It looked to be a foregone conclusion for OlyDaJew to be victorious, but Bushman, who started the final table 9th in chips, tried hard to make a comeback. Bushman was able to double up once in heads-up play to over 11,000,000 in chips, but was back down to under 7,000,000 in chips when the final hand was dealt. The blinds were now at 200,000/400,000 with a 40,000 ante, when OlyDaJew bet enough to put Bushman all-in, holding 5♣5♦. Bushman called with A♥K♦ and was hoping for a fortunate flop to double up for a second time. However, the flop left Bushman drawing to a chop as OlyDaJew flopped a set: 5♠7♦6♥. The door was closed when the 7♣ on the turn gave OlyDaJew the checkmark, as the K♥ on the river did Bushman no good as the tournament came to an end. Bushman’s 2nd place finish was good for $98,955.10, leaving OlyDaJew with a six-figure payday for 1st, good for $133,255.78.
$750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up Results (08-08-10)
1st: OlyDaJew (naperville) $133,255.78
2nd: Bushman (Mission) $98,955.10
3rd: Shark 00100 (janabia) $70,075.50
4th: holyguacmole (Amsterdam) $47,991.10
5th: Raidan909 (Murrieta) $36,099.50
6th: peter804 (Southsea) $27,605.50
7th: Ocall (Barcelona) $19,111.50
8th: Ipoker64 (SARATOV) $10,617.50
9th: mextrex (Vilnius) $6,795.20