With the Sunday Million on hiatus due to 8,669 players who are trying to gain a last minute ticket into this year's World Series of Poker Main Event, the big tourney of the evening started a few hours earlier. The $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up had a strong showing tonight despite all the players looking for a last minute Father's Day gift, much like a certain writer who picked up a Home Depot gift card on the way to see his dad. 4,129 showed up for with the $215 buy-in and unlike last week, crushed the guarantee creating an $825,800.00 prize pool leaving aside $129,553.34 of that for tonight's winner. Perhaps the victor tonight will show up at his or her father's place with little more than I did after taking home the six-figure win.
Down to the final table bubble and a difference of around $1,600 on the line, not to mention the six figures awaiting for our winner, short-stacked Mochuelo1 with just over one million chips and 80K/160K ante 16K blind tried to improve with a shove from the cutoff holding K♠Q♥. JoeJ1337 in the big blind looking down at pocket tens T♣T♠ refused to relinquish the blinds and made the call. In an odd reverse fade, JoeJ1337 started spamming "Q" in the chat box, and sure enough nary a "Q" found the 7♠ 5♥ 8♠ 7♥ T♥ board and Mochuelo1 was sent home in tenth place ($4,954.80).
Seat 1: needdollarz (7782684 in chips)
Seat 2: Nitrite (3644958 in chips)
Seat 3: degiomusic (6655267 in chips)
Seat 4: SiiliSuhonen (2076100 in chips)
Seat 5: JoeJ1337 (4826878 in chips)
Seat 6: raare01 (3537032 in chips)
Seat 7: QazMiNowPlz (5872951 in chips)
Seat 8: lankeshwar (2080064 in chips)
Seat 9: da produca (4814066 in chips)
Blinds would move up to 100K/200K ante 20K within a few minutes of the final nine being seated as needdollarz came in with the most tournament dollars followed closely by degiomusic and QazNiNowPlz who was flying the colors of Denmark.
After losing a huge eight million chip pot to SilliSuhonen, lankeshwar was left with just a half million in chips. Three hands later with the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K, lankeshwar found A♦Q♠ in early position and open shove for 476,916 chips. Folded around to degiomusic in the big blind who only had to call another 226,916 while holding 3.4 million behind, made the math call with 4♥9♥. 1.3 million chips in the middle with lankeshwar having to fade a flush draw T♥ 3♥ 3♦ after two hearts hit the flop. J♠ on the turn was fine, the red lady on the river Q♥ completed the flush for degiomusic sending lankeshwar off in ninth place ($6,606.40).
Moving with the chip rhythm
Five hands later da produca would open shove from UTG holding pocket nines 9♠9♦ for 3.3 million. Two spots over degiomusic held pocket kings K♦K♥ and called all-in for just 82,947 chips less as the rest of the table went back to watching World Cup highlights. Two pair came out on the Q♥ 5♠ T♦ T♠ Q♠ board as degiomusic's kings over queens reigned supreme, taking in the 7.1 million chip pot. The very next hand da produca's 82,947 chips went into the middle in the big blind as QazMiNowPlz and degiomusic made the call. After the K♦7♦6♣ flop, degiomusic led out for the minimum as QazMiNowPlz left the hand and turned up K♣J♠ for top pair. da produca still had some life with the ragged 5♥9♥ and an inside straight draw. But, the saving eight would stay away from the 6♥ turn and 3♣ river sending the da produca back to da studio in eighth place ($10,322.50).
Nitrite blows up
In one of the biggest pots of the tournament to this point, chip leader SilliSuhonen would put needdollarz to the test preflop after needdollarz found his preflop raised by both Nitrite and SilliSuhonen. needdollarz would abandon the 532,123 chips as Nitrite was all-in against SilliSuhonen for the 7.9 million chip pot. Watch the results below:
Pocket queens for SilliSuhonen Q♦Q♣ would trample Nitrite's J♦A♣ on the 3♦ 3♥ K♦ 8♦ T♥ board and scoop the 7.9 million chips as Nitrite took in $18,580.50 in seventh place.
The blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K as JoeJ1337 and QazMiNowPlz tried to combine their similar five million chips and change stacks into one massive stack preflop. JoeJ1337 would cover by 57,705 chips and turned over pocket eights 8♠8♦ to QazMiNowPlz's big slick K♣A♦. Much like the final table bubble hand, JoeJ1337 immediately went for the reverse sweat and started spamming "aaaaaaaaaa". Obviously, that worked as no ace hit the board but a king did on the river 3♠ 7♥ 4♣ 4♥ K♠ sending the 11 million chip pot to QazMiNowPlz. The next hand SilliSuhonen would scoop up JoeJ1337's scraps and send the elite one out in sixth place ($26,838.50).
Time to face the music
Just two hands later degiomusic, who helped carve a few players from the final table would find his own head on the chopping block facing chip leader SilliSuhonen. After raare01 and degiomusic made the call of SilliSuhonen preflop raise to 700K all three would see the Q♠K♠5♦ flop. From the big blind degiomusic tried to scare off the remaining players with a shove for 2.7 million. Instead the response was an equally quick call from SilliSuhonen holding big slick K♠A♠ and quick fold by raare01. degiomusic also held top pair but a lesser kicker 9♥K♦, and failed to catch up on the 8♥ turn and 7♠ river leaving the tournament in fifth place ($35,096.50).
Three eliminations in four hands tends to make writer's hands cramp up. With the blinds holding steady at 150K/300K ante 30K raare01 tried to hop into the action by shoving for 2.3 million over the top of a preflop raise by needdollarz. Holding 6.1 million in chips and only having to call 1.7 million more, needdollarz would make the call holding 7♠A♣. raare01's A♥8♣ looked a lot brighter after the 6♦9♠J♣ flop. But, the 7♥ would dim the lights on raare01's tournament as the 3♠ turned those five million chips in needdollarz's direction. raare01 would finish just outside of the proposed deal in fourth place ($46,657.70).
Did I mention a deal?
Immediately the final three had our PokerStars host pause the time clock for one of the quicker deals I have had the pleasure of covering. Details below leaving $10,000.00 for the winner:
Eight is not enough
Watch this massive 17 milllion chip pot between needdollarz and QazMiNowPlz play out below:
After the 4♥6♥8♠ flop QazMiNowPlz would check as needdollarz would lead out for one million. QazMiNowPlz check-raised all-in and covered as needdollarz could not hit the call button quickly enough with the flopped straight 5♦7♠. QazMiNowPlz's top pair K♥8♦ would be drawing dead by the 3♠ turn as 17 million chips went to needdollarz. QazMiNowPlz's remaining 666,873 chips would be placed in the middle for a snack on the next hand as SilliSuhonen would hit a broadway straight to send off QazMiNowPlz in third place ($87,678.76).
Quick end to a long tourney
Ten hours after 4,129 players started, heads-up play would begin with needdollarz in a 15.8 million to 25.4 million chip deficit to SilliSuhonen. Three hands in needdollarz would score a needed double-up with another eight high straight, scoring 31.2 million chips. After the reversal in chip counts, needdollarz would apply the pressure in winning six of the final eight hands including the final hand where SilliSuhonen decided to test his luck preflop and shoved for 7.5 million chips holding two face cards Q♥J♣. With decent suited ace T♦A♦ needdollarz made the call. A jack on the flop K♠ 8♠ J♥ had SilliSuhonen looking good to get back into the tournament. 9♦ helped no one on the turn but the rivered Q♠ improved both hands as needdollarz racked up yet another straight and the final 15 million tournament chips to become this week's Sunday Warm-up champion and collected the additional $10,000 bringing the total winnings to $98,320.19!
$750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up Results (06-20-10)
(*denotes part of three-way deal)
1. needdollarz (St.Petersbourg) *$98,320.19
2. SiiliSuhonen (roma) *$107,888.59
3. QazMiNowPlz (Jyllinge) $87,678.76
4. raare01 (no chat) $46,657.70
5. degiomusic (cournonterral) $35,096.50
6. JoeJ1337 (Livonia) $26,838.50
7. Nitrite (Stockholm) $18,580.50
8. da produca (Zurich) $10,322.50
9. lankeshwar (Northborough) $6,606.40