Britain's Zimnan Ziyard and Germany's Hauke Heseding. If you are following the European Poker Tour Louttraki live blog more those two names are very familiar to you by now as they were the last two players remaining for the Greek EPT stop. Perhaps not household names on the tour, one of them will hoist the spade trophy tonight along with €347,000 in cash. As an avid reader of the PokerStarsBlog you could learn all about the final two by reading their profiles and know that Heseding was one elimination away from banking that sizable ROI on his €27 satellite investment (actually the second place cash of €221,800 he did earn works out to 8,214 times his buy-in). Likewise in tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up, a champion could arise from a satellite consisting of nothing more than Frequent Players Points, earning top prize of $109,806.97 by merely playing their favorite MTTs, SNGs, or ring games. Through satellite and direct buy-in 3,497 players lined up at the door with a dream much like Heseding to turn a buy-in into something much more substantial.
Defending champ heißtercamp was kind enough to take the night off, as only 540 players would get a return on their time and money investment tonight.
Team PokerStars Pro Maxim Lykov was looking closely at a spot of cash from the guarantee busting $699,400.00 prize pool but bowed out just before the bubble in 571st place. Team Online's Richard "Tzen1" Veenman found the will to get through nearly 90% of the field, taking home $328.71 in 383rd place. Greek challenger gkap13 cashed in back-to-back Sunday Warm-ups finishing a little behind last week's finish in 324th place ($377.67). Leaving sixth hour chip leader Team Pro Matthias de Meulder as the last Red Spade standing.
Matthias would run into a big of a cooler in the 10K/20K ante 2K level. Holding 338,973 in chips, Matthias saw the 204,940 chip shove by ThoboyJPG while sitting in the big blind holding pocket jacks J♥J♦ and made the call. Nearly 500K in the middle but the Dutch pro was well behind the aces A♥A♦ of ThoboyJPG. After a clean run for the aces K♥ 5♠ 9♣ T♠ 4♥ de Meulder was left with a little over 100K in chips. BostonHuppi's pocket tens would clean up Matthias' last chips eight hands later as de Meulder finished in 68th place ($1,188.98).
ThoboyJPG would take a big run with de Meulder's chips and briefly held the chip lead, but down to two tables and blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K ThoboyJPG would run a flopped top-pair top-kicker A♥Q♦ into acura2603's turned two pair with 7♣6♠. After the river card touched down 2♥ Q♣ 7♥ 6♦ 3♦ the massive 4.8 million chip pot, along with the rest of ThoboyJPG's chips, went to acura2603's stack ending ThoboyJPG's night prematurely in 17th place ($2,098.20).
On Table 262 acura2603 did not stop at eliminating ThoboyJPG taking down D_Burmistrov and LukeFromB13 as three players busted within 10 minutes of returning from the ninth hourly break leaving just 11 remaining.
After ChernyAV went down acura2603's high card ace in 11th place ($4,196.40), the final table bubble finally arrived.
Well... that's one way to break the bubble with flair
Check out the three-way all-in below:
Janibp: shows Q♥ Q♦
Sguirre1: shows A♦ 8♣
Freddyjsjc: shows 9♠ 9♦
Freddyjsjc on the short-stack and Sguirre1 covering all bets as the queens took hand after the flop 8♥ 6♠ Q♠ 2♥ 7♣ eliminating Freddyjsjc ($4,196.40) in tenth place and sending Sguirre1 to the final table below with a severe limp.
Seat 1: Pendos90 (4750376 in chips)
Seat 2: Sguirre1 (535784 in chips)
Seat 3: acura2603 (12581630 in chips)
Seat 4: grigson1955 (2404901 in chips)
Seat 5: Janibp (4083356 in chips)
Seat 6: Alex21reg (1399942 in chips)
Seat 7: ZioZ17 (2653888 in chips)
Seat 8: gorodski (1608224 in chips)
Seat 9: TMMPOKPOK (4951899 in chips)
Home field advantage
acura2603 would run up the tournament leading stack to over 12 million chips on Table 262, and continue to increase that lead as the players merged to Table 262 for the final nine. Second hand with the combined tables, acura2603's min-raise from UTG with the blinds at 65K/130k ante 13K got Sguirre1 to toss in the short-stack of 509,784 chips from the big blind. acura2603 called for the extra 249,784 holding Q♣J♥ dominating the 8♥Q♦ of Sguirre1. No miracle comeback this evening for Sguirre1 as the 6♥ T♠ 3♣ 2♥ 6♠ board gave another 1.2 million to acura2603 and Sguirre1 claimed ninth place ($5,595.20).
One is nice, two is unnecessary
Six minutes later still in the same blind level, Alex21reg would shove 1.37 million chips over the top of grigson1955's UTG raise. Holding Q♥A♠ grigson1955 would make the call, flipping against Alex21reg's pocket tens T♥T♠. An ace on the flop and an extra one on the turn 8♣ 9♠ A♦ A♣ 3♠ was enough to send the Russian packing in eighth place ($8,742.50). A second Sunday Warm-Up final table this year for Alex21reg, finishing as the runner-up in May to a rivered ace.
Small stacks please make an orderly exit to the right
As the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K gorodski was still holding the same amount of chips held at the beginning of the final table. Trying to improve on that stack the Belgian would open shove for 1.6 million getting a caller in Pendos90 with pocket jacks J♦J♣. Unfortunately, gorodski was not able to procure one of the 4,523 aces in the deck 6♣ T♠ Q♥ 2♣ 8♦ taking home $15,736.50 in seventh place.
Could the writer get some air over here?
Just 30 minutes into the final table acura2603 decided to run over another innocent bystander. Watch below:
A dirty win this time for acura2603 holding Q♦K♦ to ZioZ17's big slick A♣K♥. But acura2603 had plenty of chips to gamble with after calling the 2.1 million chip shove. The queen made its appearance quickly on the flop and held 6♥ 2♥ Q♥ 3♠ 8♦ to claim another 4.6 million chips for the chip leader and ending ZioZ17's night in sixth place ($22,730.50).
Running through all stop signs
acura2603 gave up a few chips to TMMPOKPOK and Pendos90 but still held over 10 million when Janibp shoved over the top of his limp from early position. A perfectly slow-played pair of kings K♠K♦ were turned up in acura2603's hand as Janibp did not get a flip with pocket sevens 7♠7♦. But wait! There's a seven on the flop! Q♥ 7♣ 2♦ and by the time the fist pump went up the K♥ came down for the set over set. No quads on the river 4♦ and Janibp's bid to lay a bad-beat on acura2603 ended with a fifth place finish $29,724.50
Holding on to these chips by the hair on my chiny chin chin
The big bad wolf coming for the straw chip house of short-stacked grigson1955 was the aggressive TMMPOKPOK. No aggression needed on this hand however as grigson1955 open-shoved for 798,843 chips and TMMPOKPOK made a small raise to hint to the other two pigs to go scurrying for the next house. Pocket nines 9♠9♦ for TMMPOKPOK huffed and puffed and blew down grigson1955's J♦9♥ on the K♥ 5♦ 2♠ 4♦ 2♣ board to end grigson1955's night in fourth place ($40,215.50).
Three players to play for $10,000.00
A call for a truce came from Pendos90 to share a bit in light of Thanksgiving day coming later this week. And so our final three divided the remaining pie nearly equally as shown below, leaving $10,000.00 for this week's champion.
Quick and Quiet
As the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K TMMPOKPOK and Pendos90 remained the most active while three-handed as the two knotted up for this huge 21.1 million chip pot below:
TMMPOKPOK started with a button raise to 300,000 and Pendos90 three-bet to 1.189 million. TMMPOKPOK sensing weakness shoved for 11.4 million as Pendos90 not feeling weak with pocket queens Q♦Q♠ snap called. Pendos90 found a set on the door and avoided the gutshot draw Q♥ 3♣ J♣ 7♠ J♥ to knock TMMPOKPOK down to 883,223 chips. Very next hand Pendos90 picked up queens again and again defeated the ace 2♥A♠ (again) of TMMPOKPOK to send the German home in third place ($81,926.92).
Tale of two hands
The quick heads-up match between Pendos90 and acura2603 came down to two big hands. Starting off with a 12.7 million to 22.2 million deficit, acura2603 could not find the gear to go wire to wire tonight. After the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K a three-bet to 1.5 million was called by acura2603. Pendos90 led out on the 7♦ 6♥ K♦ flop for 1.246 million as acura2603 doubled it to 2.5 million and Pendos90 again three-bet to 4.5 million as acura2603 called. 5♣ turn and acura2603 had no answer for the shove by Pendos90 as the deficit increased to 28 million to 6.9 million.
Eleven hands later, acura2603 called a min-raise in the big blind to see a 7♠ 6♠ T♣ flop. Trying a different tactic, acura2603 would check-raise the aggressive Pendos90 to 2.25 million but Pendos90 would go over the top and shove covering acura2603's bet. Holding a pair A♠7♦ acura2603 called off the final 3.2 million and saw the bad news immediately. Flopped set of sixes 6♣6♥ for Pendos90 would hold easily as a pair of nines fell 9♦9♥ on the turn and river to give Pendos90 the weekly title of Sunday Warm-up champion! Adding another big score to the $130K won at the Sunday Million finishing in third at the beginning of the year.
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up results (11-20-11):
(* denotes part of three-way chop)
1. Pendos90 (Russia) *$91,352.37
2. acura2603 (Ukraine) *$76,057.98
3. TMMPOKPOK (Germany) *$81,926.92
4. grigson1955 (Brazil) $40,215.50
5. Janibp (Hungary) $29,724.50
6. ZioZ17 (Norway) $22,730.50
7. gorodski (Belgium) $15,736.50
8. Alex21reg (Russia) $8,742.50
9. Sguirre1 (Russia) $5,595.20