This week's edition of the Sunday Warm-Up drew 4,603 players, creating a prize pool of $920,600 to be shared among the final 675 players. Among the players who made the money were three members of Team PokerStars: Team Romania pro Toni Judet (below) - 149th, Team PokerStars online player Steven Paul - 206th, and Team Netherlands pro Joep "Pappe_Ruk"van den Bijgaart - 521st.
After nearly eight hours of tournament action, the final table bubble would be burst. Blinds were at 80,000/160,000 with an ante of 16,000 when ZeelandBoy opened from the button with a raise to 320,000 holding A♠J♦. ROBALINHO 15 found A♣Q♠ from the small blind and shoved for 1,213,474 as ZeelandBoy made the call. ROBALINHO 15 looked due to double up, but the flop came down 2♠ K♦ J♠ as ZeelandBoy moved into the lead. The turn and river were of no help to ROBALHINO 15, coming 2♥2♦ to finish in 10th place, good for $5,523.60.
Here's how the final table was seated with nine players remaining:
Seat 1: arhigos21 (9,959,908 in chips)
Seat 2: Limitless22 (6,422,939 in chips)
Seat 3: himmelseng (10,566,351 in chips)
Seat 4: progre69 (1,509,541 in chips)
Seat 5: bureat (1,634,416 in chips)
Seat 6: trontrontron (767,998 in chips)
Seat 7: ZeelandBoy (5,708,514 in chips)
Seat 8: OnTheThinIce (3,295,320 in chips)
Seat 9: P Cim720 (6,165,013 in chips)
The first player to leave the final table was trontrontron, earning $7,364.80 for ninth place. One hand after doubling up, trontrontron's moved all-in for 1,199,996 with T♠T♦. Limitless22 called from the small blind with A♦7♦ and it looked good for trontrontron to double up again. The flop came down 7♣ 3♣ 6♠, but the 7♥ on the turn moved Limitless22 in front; earning the checkmark when the 3♠ came on the river to take trontrontron's chips.
In back-to-back hands, OnTheThinIce would dispatch the next two players from the final table. Action started with bureat shoving from the button with A♠9♦ for 962,416 in chips as OnTheThinIce called from the big blind with K♠9♥. The flop came down Q♥ T♦ 6♥, but the turn card flipped the script as the K♦ had bureat hoping for one of the three remaining aces. The 6♦ on the river meant a payday for bureat of $11,507.50.
On the next hand, the blinds moved up to 100,000/200,000 with an ante of 20,000. The hand began with progre69 shoving for 1,585,541 with Q♣J♥ and OnTheThinIce called from the small blind with A♠9♠. The flop came down 6♠ 2♦ 9♦ to maintain OnTheThinIce's lead. The turn was the J♦ and progre69 took over the lead, having to avoid an ace or nine on the river. The river wasn't good for progre69, as the 9♥ on the river gave OnTheThinIce trip 9's while progre69 earned $20,713.50 in seventh place.
The biggest hand of the tournament took place with six players left as Limitless22 knocked out two players in one hand to take an overwhelming chip lead with four players left. This hand took place with the blinds at 150,000/300,000 with an ante of 30,000. Here's how the hand played out:
OnTheThinIce finished in fifth place for $39,125.50, while ZeelandBoy pockets $29,919.50 in sixth place.
Four-handed play continued with the blinds moving up to 200,000/400,000 with an ante of 40,000 when himmelseng was the next to go, earning $52,013.90 in fourth place. The final hand for himmelseng began when arhigos21 raised to 1,200,000 with 6♥6♠ as himmelseng shoved for 6,153,178 total with A♣Q♦ as arhigos21 made the call and it was coinflipping time. The board ran out 9♦ J♣ 5♦ 9♣ 4♦ as arhigos21 closed in on Limitless22's chip lead, while P Cim720 was the short-stack.
A few hands later, P Cim720 tried to make a miraculous comeback, but would be comforted with the $75,949.50 earned for third place. The action would begin with arhigos21 raising to 1,200,000 with A♦3♣. After Limitless22 folded from the small blind, P Cim720 raised all-in from the big blind for 2,585,437 with K♣2♣. Arhigos21 made the call and five cards later P Cim720 was without chips: 8♦ 5♦ 6♠ T♠ A♣ and the battle was on heads-up between Limitless22 and arhigos21.
Talk of a deal was brief, as Limitless22 offered to take $135,000 with arhigos21 taking the rest, but was quickly denied. The pair would then get involved in several big hands, with each holding the chip lead. The tournament appeared about over when arhigos21 held a 2-1 chip lead, but two hands later, Limitless22 would win the Sunday Warm-Up. The blinds were now up to 250,000/500,000 with an ante of 50,000 when this hand took place:
The final hand of the tournament had Limitless22 raising from the small blind with A♦K♦ to 1,500,000 while arhigos21 shoved for 15,493,808 total with A♥9♣ as Limitless22 made the call. The board ran out [3c Ac 7h Qs] 2♠ and Limitless22 earned $144,425.87 for the Sunday Warm-Up victory. Arhigos21 gets a six-figure score of their own, earning $107,249.90 for the runner-up finish.
The last EPT tournament of 2010 starts in Prague on Monday, December 13. Be sure to check the PokerStars blog for updates throughout the week!
Sunday Warmup 12/12/10 Results:
1st: Limitless22 - $144,425.87
2nd: arhigos21 - $107,249.90
3rd: P Cim720 - $75,949.50
4th: himmelseng - $52,013.90
5th: OnTheThinIce - $39,125.50
6th: ZeelandBoy - $29,919.50
7th: progre69 - $20,713.50
8th: bureat - $11,507.50
9th: trontrontron - $7,364.80