With MicroMillions madness sweeping the virtual tables and March Madness competing for the attention of more than a few Sunday grinders, this week's Warm-Up almost felt like a relaxing walk in the park. That is, if your idea of relaxation is competing for a six-figure score. 3,280 players came out for the Sunday Warm-Up, smashing through the $500,000 guarantee to create a $656,000 prize pool. 495 players came away with a share of it, with this week's champion set to earn $102,992.00.
Two dozen members of the Red Spade Army bought in, including Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, newly minted EPT champion Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, Lex Veldhuis, Alex Kravchenko, and Eugene Katchalov. Finishing in the money were a trio from Team Online, Bjorn "Bjoerni89" Schneider (439th), Anders "Donald" Berg (289th), and a man who's never met a hyper-turbo satellite he didn't like, George "Jorj95" Lind III who finished up in 143rd place.
With ten players remaining, plazein found A♦5♣ on the button and decided to take a stand, moving in for his last 1.36 million. Mysters_Y, however, woke up in the big blind with Q♦Q♥. Although plazein flopped a gutshot wheel draw, he blanked the turn and river, exiting on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: yurasov1990 (6,576,780 in chips)
Seat 2: johngarvey (1,661,852 in chips)
Seat 3: Maverick 36O (6,850,571 in chips)
Seat 4: SUNDAYKING (1,961,526 in chips)
Seat 5: Mysters_Y (4,575,011 in chips)
Seat 6: dimetriospb (4,705,766 in chips)
Seat 7: kiskin1979 (1,503,686 in chips)
Seat 8: a.S.e High (3,256,824 in chips)
Seat 9: rssoul20 (1,707,984 in chips)
Three hands in, the final table lost its first player. With the blinds up to 100,000/200,000, rssoul20 moved all-in for 1.57 million with A♠8♠, but Maverick 36O called from the big blind with A♥T♠. Rrsoul20 did not improve and was eliminated in ninth place. Next to go was johngarvey, who blinded down to 850,000 before he made his move, open-shoving with K♦T♥. SUNDAYKING re-shoved behind him with A♥9♦ and hit two pair on the flop to take johngarvey out in eighth.
A.S.e High solidified his position, moving up to 8 mllion when he picked up pocket queens and doubled through yurasov1990, who looked him up with pocket tens. Yurasov1990 was still in the lead pack with 6.5 million when he opened for 512,499 from the cutoff and was met with a 1,237,475 three-bet from Maverick 36O. With ten big blinds left and A♦K♥ in the hole, SUNDAYKING four-bet shoved, earning a call from Maverick 36O with Q♠9♠. It was all but over on the flop for SUNDAYKING as Maverick36O hit a king-high straight, the board running out J♥T♦K♣9♣6♣ to end SUNDAYKING's run in seventh place.
The next hand saw Mysters_Y commit his last 2.83 million with A♠3♥, but he could not improve against kiskin1979's pocket eights. Left with less than two big blinds, Mysters_Y's last 382,000 went in on the next hand from under-the-gun, both kiskin1979 and Maverick 36O making the call. The two active players checked down the 9♠9♣3♠8♠5♣ board to the river, when Maverick 36O make it 625,000 to go. Kiskin1979 gave up his hand and Maverick 36O revealed 6♣7♠ for a nine-high straight. Mysters_Y's K♦2♠ was no good and he departed in sixth place, collecting $21,320.
Yurasov1990 had been slowly bleeding chips since doubling up a.S.e High and with 21 big blinds left, he picked up 7♦7♠ in the small blind and three-bet to 1.11 million behind a.S.e High's 500,000 button min-raise. Maverick 36O, however, was still lurking in the big blind and holding A♥K♥, decided to cold four-bet to 2.3 million. A.S.e High released his hand, but yurasov1990 shoved and Maverick 36O called, setting up an 11 million-chip coinflip. This time, the sevens held for Maverick 36O and yurasov1990 suddenly found himself on the rail in fifth place.
The remaining four players decided to pause the action and discuss a deal, but their negotiations were short-lived. With half the chips in play, Maverick 36O wanted more than his opponents were willing to offer and a.S.e High wouldn't deal for anything less than a $73,000 share of the prize pool. Confident in his abilities, a.S.e High put the kibosh on the deal, but not before offering up some choice words.
a.S.e High: im clearly the best player here and trust me youre a flip away from 4th
a.S.e High: so think hard
a.S.e High: before you take any decision
Maverick 36O: I'll take 100K in a deal sir.
Maverick 36O: it's in your court
a.S.e High: youre from Netherlands right ?
a.S.e High: are you high right now ?
Maverick 36O: sure, want to visit?
Once the cards went back in the air, it took only five more hands to decide the tournament. No, not to eliminate another player, to finish the whole dang thing.
Hand #1 saw Maverick 36O open-shove for 17.1 million and get no callers. A.S.e High opened Hand #2 for a min-raise to 600,000 and was met with a 2.33 million shove from dimetriospb in the small blind. Kiskin1979 re-shoved behind him and a.S.e got out of the way, demetriospb's K♦T♦ up against kiskin1979's A♠J♠. The ace-high held up and demetriospb ended his run in fourth place, collecting $37,720.
A.S.e. High successfully stole the blinds with a min-raise on Hand #3 and Hand #4 saw him open again for the same amount. Maverick 36O three-bet to 1.5 million, and kiskin1979 came over the top for the rest of his chips, 6.24 million in all. A.S.e High folded once again and Maverick 36O called, turning up 9♠9♦ to kiskin1979's A♥K♦. Maverick 36O's pair survived the J♦6♠2♥4♠6♦ board and kiskin1979 hit the rail in third place, earning $54,120 for his finish.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: Maverick 36O (24,677,457 in chips)
Seat 8: a.S.e High (8,122,543 in chips)
Final table host Sigge "ClarkKent89" Reichard barely had time to congratulate kiskin1979 before all the chips were in the middle again. Although his A♣2♦ trailed a.S.e High's T♥T♦, Maverick 36O hit an ace on the flop and rivered a runner-runner wheel, just for good measure:
Congratulations to Maverick 36O on the Sunday Warm-Up title and a $102,992 payday. For his runner-up finish, a.S.e High earned $76,752.00.
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (3/18/2012)
1. Maverick 36O (Netherlands) $102,992.00
2. a.S.e High (Romania) $76,752.00
3. kiskin1979 (Belarus) $54,120.00
4. dimetriouspb (Russia) $37,720.00
5. yurasov1990 (Belarus) $27,880.00
6. Mysters_Y (Russia) $21,320.00
7. SUNDAYKING (Sweden) $14,760.00
8. johngarvey (Denmark) $8,200.00
9. rssoul20 (United Kingdom) $5,248.00