"But, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad why can't we go to one more row of houses?" Ah, the plea for more candy from the young ones. Taking two hours of primping to make sure the Power Rangers outfit is just like the TV show or the Cinderella costume is complete with faux glass slippers, kids are not willing to go out for just a few rounds of knocking on neighborhood doors for candy, they want a good return on their invested time getting the costume perfect. Tonight we had 3,267 players who may or may not have been sitting behind their laptops dressed as Frankenstein, but they all wanted as much candy from the $653,400.00 prize pool as possible as the Sunday Warm-up was set to drop bite-sized to king-sized morsels into the pillow cases of 495 players.
Perhaps the field was too scary for Team PokerStars to bear this evening as only one Team Pro would weave through over 80 percent of the field to collect his Hershey Kiss-sized cash. Belgium's Matthias de Meulder would outlast his fellow Team Pro brother Christophe and enough dressed up ghouls to claim $313.63 in 432nd place.
Much further up the pay scale a familiar name was attempting to reach the final table of this tournament once again. Vingtcent, who took third place for $67K just two weeks ago in this tournament was aligned for another final table tonight. With the blinds at 20K/40K ante 4K and down to a shade under 400K in chips, Vingtcent would shove UTG finding a caller in Xplogo. A couple of hearts 6♥K♥ for Vingtcent needing three more on the board against Xplogo's big slick K♣A♣. Vingtcent would get two, but not three hearts 4♠ 8♣ A♥ T♥ Q♣ ending the night in 33rd place ($1,470.15).
Down to the final table bubble VIP Supernova tvasmif and Solomolo sitting on their shortstacks looking for a double up as the blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K. Pimola was involved with three different preflop all-ins, losing twice, winning once to remain in. A tough bubble to burst as our final ten would play through the entire level as the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K to put even more pressure on the short stacks. Solomolo felt that candy sack of chips getting lighter and lighter from the Skittles going into the blinds and antes and with 683,028 chips in the small blind tried to open shove hoping to snag that free money. Pokerfred99's pocket eights 8♦8♣ had other ideas and made the call racing against Solomolo's 9♦A♠. After the 7♦ J♥ T♣ flop Solomolo did not want to pair that nine. But, the board did not hear those pleas and placed the 9♣ on the turn giving Pokerfred99 a straight and Solomolo's night in tenth place starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: stormi22 (5441223 in chips)
Seat 2: tvasimf (763222 in chips)
Seat 3: BrightStripe (6306797 in chips)
Seat 4: MikeCzechl (4780876 in chips)
Seat 5: totaloser (3341176 in chips)
Seat 6: Pokerfred99 (4487896 in chips)
Seat 7: Pimola (1924930 in chips)
Seat 8: akb1 (3143346 in chips)
Seat 9: freshleo111 (2480534 in chips)
Shining even brighter
tvasimf was not able to take a stack with under five BBs to start the final table and roll it up into something worth six figures in real cash. With the blinds still at 80K/160K ante 16K and down to just 379,222 chips the short stack would find his shove called by stormi22 and BrightStripe. After a 5♥ K♣ T♥ flop BrightStripe led out for 364,645 as stormi22 replied with a "pfffffffffff" while folding. BrightStripe's set of fives 5♦5♠ had the hand almost locked over tvasimf's A♥6♦. No heart on the 9♦ turn and tvasimf was off to collect $5,227.20 in ninth place.
The ladies are not sleeping
The ladies are not sleeping
Sometimes it's better to just let the big blind take a walk...
The open small blind shove carries a lot more weight when the stakes are this high and the blinds are reaching levels that make pushing preflop necessary. Pimola would put 2.7 million the middle with a small ace 3♥A♦ just needing to quietly walk away with the dead money in the middle. But, akb1's lovely pair of ladies Q♦Q♠ had no intention of resting on Halloween eve and danced their way to 5.6 million chip pot after avoiding an ace on the K♥ 4♣ K♦ K♠ 9♥ board to send Pimola home with $8,167.50 in eighth place. Chalk up another big final table for the German, as Pimola was also seen at the first Sunday Million final table this year finishing 7th for $37K.
Just before the player were about to restock their snack pile on the tenth hour break, the freshleo111 tried to Pokerfred99 away from his min raise while in the big blind. Holding a modest A♠8♦ Pokerfred99 and plenty of chips to cover, he made the call and was a slight favorite over the J♦K♠ of freshleo111. No aces, no faces on the 9♠ 2♣ 9♥ 3♦ 2♥ board and freshelo111's roar was silenced in seventh place.
During a following the break our remaining six would make several attempts to stop the clock for chop discussion but with one or two players looking to take home the entire $102,584.70 first place prize there would be no stoppage.
Not winner but not a complete loser either
Our final six would play on for nearly a whole level without an elimination. But, as the 125K/250K ante 25K blinds were just about to go up MikeCzechl decided to break the raise it and take it norm. Another small blind open shove by MikeCzechl covering the big blind, but totaloser was feeling lucky with 3.7 million chips and an ace A♠6♥ making the call. MikeCzechl was not playing the bully this time turning up big slick A♦K♥. King on the flop K♣ 5♣ T♣ and since totaloser was club-less the 5♥ turn would shutout the Finn as totaloser was a winner today earning $21,235.50 in sixth place.
Hitting a set on the flop usually gives a player the reason for a fist pump. However BrightStripe is not likely to be throwing a party for the set of tens shown below:
Pocket tens T♠T♦ for BrightStripe looked great on the 9♣ K♠ T♥ flop. But akb1's A♥J♦ looked better with the Q♥ turned straight. Non-pairing 3♣ river and BrightStripe would not go wire to wire finishing in fifth place ($27,769.50). No stranger to big final tables BrightStripe had one final table at the 2011 WCOOP and nearly another during Event #23's 4-max event.
Speaking of 4-max... the remaining four players tried to hash out a deal but akb1 did not like the cut for the shortest stack (who still had over 20BBs with blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K) and play pushed foward.
Pokerfred99 would leap into the chiplead right before the 11th hour break with a shove over a bet by MikeCzech post-flop and 9.5 million chips give Pokerfred99 a 12 million chip stack to lead into the 200K/400K ante 40K blind level.
Pokerfred99's stack would grow rapidly after the break going from seven million and then with the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K to nearly twenty million after taking down stormi22. Pokerfred99 would lead out for 884,000 preflop as stormi22 three-bet to 2.2 million. Back to Pokerfred99 with pocket queens Q♥Q♠ no decision was needed and shoved enough to put stormi22 all-in. stormi22 still had around four million behind and decided to go with pocket jacks J♠J♣. Pokerfred99 could not find a jack on the 2♣ 9♠ K♠ 7♦ K♥ board for the two-outer and the final table cleared with sunshine as stormi22 was swept away in fourth place ($37,570.50).
Another try at a deal was quickly killed with the sizable chip leader. As Pokerfred99 wanted more money than the proposed chop and neither akb1 and MikeCzechl would open their wallets as play moved to the 250K/500K ante 50K blind level.
Wow, nearly two blind levels later our third place finisher would be named. With the blinds at 300K/600K ante 60K and a new blind level just two minutes away, MikeCzechl would make a stand with T♣A♣ by shoving for 5.2 million from the small blind. Holding pocket sixes and a 19 million chip stack Pokerfred99 made the call 6♠6♣. A potential $50K flip for the difference between third and first as the chip leader's sixes held on the all-low 8♦ 2♠ 5♦ 7♠ 8♣ board to send MikeCzechl off with $53,905.50 in third place
Pokerfred99 takes the Sunday Warm-Up title
Heads-up play was not slated to last long with the high blinds and Pokerfred99 sitting on a huge 24.6 million to 7.9 million chip lead. But, akb1 picked good spots to make it last until the blind moved up to 400K/800K ante 80K. Only four minutes longer but akb1 did not give in willingly as he shoved from the button for 7.2 million chip on the final hand. Holding an ace A♠3♦ was plenty for Pokerfred99 to make the call as both players would pair the flop A♣ 4♠ 6♣. But akb1 could not improve his 6♥Q♠ any further as the 4♦ and river 5♠ would end akb1's night as the runner-up ($76,447.80). The lone player with chips, Pokerfred99 said no to all chop offers and finished six-figures richer as a result taking down $102,584.70 as this week's Sunday Warm-Up champion!
If you have taken a gander around the PokerStarsBlog for the past few days, the Halloween themes are pouring in some scary amounts of money into the bankrolls of our players. The 70 Billionth hand promotion will be giving away over $750,000.00 in the next few days, after you grab some Halloween candy tomorrow be sure to get your cut by playing.
$500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up results (10-30-11)
1. Pokerfred99 (Germany) $102,584.70
2. akb1 (Mexico) $76,447.80
3. MikeCzechl (China) $53,905.50
4. stormi22 (Germany) $37,570.50
5. BrightStripe (Austria) $27,769.50
6. totaloser (Finland) $21,235.50
7. freshleo111 (Russia) $14,701.50
8. Pimola (Germany) $8,167.50
9. tvasimf (Ukraine) $5,227.20