A two-time Sunday Warm-Up champ going for number three, a VIP Supernova, and a SCOOP champion all trying to walk away with tonight’s $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up title. And that was just the final three as the World Series of Poker beginnings ring in the background, tonight’s Sunday Major still drew 2,915 players looking to claim the $91,822.50 up top. It would be the VIP Supernova taking home the title as Casharrie won $91,822.50 after denying Dsavo a third Sunday Warm-Up title.
At the ninth hourly break only 15 players remained including two-time Sunday Warm-Up winner Dsavo. While it has been awhile, Dsavo took down this Sunday Major twice in a three week span in December 2010 and again in January 2011 banking $254K between the two wins.
Another player looking to bank another major title here at PokerStars was Jim “reelhugefish” Gilbert. 15 minutes after the break Gilbert would hand walking papers to Pipisimple in 13th place ($2,769.25) after both players flopped top pair but Gilbert’s ace-kicker would take down the 2.6 million chip pot with the blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K. reelhugeflish is anything but his namesake having won a SCOOP title in 2013 (Event # 18-M) for $32K.
omyg0t got a rude awaking after open shoving for 1.6 million from the small blind with 10♠A♥ as the newly minted chip leader vip25459 insta-called with pocket aces A♣A♠. Despite a small sweat with a ten on the flop, vip25459 would take away 3.4 million chips after the 8♥ 10♣ Q♦ 6♠ 3♠ board ran clean. omyg0t claimed $3,643.75 in 12th place as blinds moved up to 65K/130K ante 13K after the hand.
After Gorrocóptero’s nines got shot down on the river by FellipeNunes’ big slick, hand-for-hand play on the opposite table started a little tense with a three-bet all-in by Dsavo and Gratitdude taking a good amount of time to fold. Shortly after the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 16K reelhugefish would shove from the small blind holding K♥Q♦ playing the part of the bully to SCOOP 2013 Event #35-M champ FellipeNunes. In a battle of the two SCOOP champs FellipeNunes would make the call all-in with pocket jacks J♦J♣. No river magic this time as a queen showed up in the door Q♠ 2♦ 10♥ 7♥ 6♥ knocking FellipeNunes out in 10th place and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: reelhugefish (4731162 in chips)
Seat 2: Dsavo (5335957 in chips)
Seat 3: evgen sochi (2938762 in chips)
Seat 4: Gratitdude (2488934 in chips)
Seat 5: GaborMarton (1040000 in chips)
Seat 6: Casharrie (3676304 in chips)
Seat 7: joben19 (1325980 in chips)
Seat 8: vip25459 (6635249 in chips)
Seat 9: lundkok86 (977652 in chips)
86’d on the third hand
One player was not allowed to be dealt into the fourth hand of this final table. With the blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K lundkok86 was knocked down to just 689,652 after paying the blinds on the previous two hands and shoved from the button. Dsavo with plenty of chips to gamble with made the call holding J♦8♠, two live cards against lundkok86’s A♣6♠. A jack on the flop along with an eight on the river 6♦ Q♥ J♠ 2♦ 8♦ meant lundkok86 was refused further service in ninth place ($4,955.50).
One diamond short
Still in the 80K/160K ante 16K blind level GaborMartin, who chalked up a decent payday in the Super Tuesday last year taking away $35K in fourth place would open shove from the button for 2.09 million. Casharrie looking down at Q♦A♥ was happy to make the call as a shortstacked joban19 got out of the way. GaborMarton’s 8♦9♦ would find two diamonds on the flop, and a straight draw on the turn, but no more 10♠ 5♦ 10♦ Q♥ 7♠ ending the night in eighth place ($7,882.16).
Shortstacked no more
Just four hands later as the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K joben19 would find a couple of face cards K♣J♥ in early position and shoved for 905,980. Folded around to evgen sochi in the big blind with a good-sized ace A♣10♥, and the Russian would make the call. Medium-sized cards littered the 6♦ 8♣ 7♦ 9♦ 9♠ board as evgen sochi’s straight sent joben19 home in seventh place ($13,700.50).
Reeling in the chips
15 minutes past the tenth hourly break as the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K Gratitdude and Jim “reelhugefish” Gilbert would face off for a 6.1 million chip pot. Watch below big slick takes away the pot:
Gratitdude’s Q♦A♠ got no help on the J♠ 7♣ 8♠ 2♥ A♣ against Gilbert’s K♦A♦ as Gratitdude hauled away $19,530.50 in sixth place.
Cut down then cut out
Two hands after the big preflop battle between Gratitdude and Gilbert, the other three players at the table got involved with only two surviving. First, Casharrie would open shove from the small blind with 4.6 million chips holding pocket fours 4♣4♦ as vip25459 covered and made the call with K♥Q♣. A king on top would not hold as the two-outer K♦ 3♠ J♥ 9♦ 4♥ hit the river shipping 9.3 million chips to Casharrie. Two hands later vip25459 tried to claw back into the tournament shoving 609,103 from the button holding A♦6♦ as Dsavo made the call with a dominated Q♦6♠. 1.4 million chips slid to the two-time champ after a queen 4♣ Q♣ 10♥ 5♦ 3♠ landed on the flop sending $25,360.50 to vip25459 in fifth place.
Feeling left out
Three players with relatively similar stacks and one on the outside looking in like someone trying to get into an exclusive club without the proper attire, evgen sochi was trying to make a deal but asked for a little too much as the shortstack. A few hands later with the blinds holding at 125K/250K ante 25K Gilbert would min-raise from the button as evgen sochi shoved from the big blind with pocket fours 4♣4♦. reelhugefish made the call holding a medium ace 7♣A♦ and was rewarded with a seven on the door 7♠ 10♣ 10♥ K♠ 2♦ as evgen sochi was bounced from the final table club earning $33,522.50 in fourth place.
Yes, the real huge fish was finally caught. With the blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K and after another failed attempt to chop up the top three spots, Jim “reelhugefish” Gilbert face an all-in shove from Casharrie in the big blind holding pocket eights 8♥8♦. Gilbert would make the call for less creating a 13.8 million chip pot facing Casharrie’s 5♥A♣. Gilbert’s eights would make it safely around the turn but the river put down straight Q♦ 5♦ K♠ 10♦ J♣ for Casharrie as reelhugefish claimed $48,972.00 in third place.
Most players here at PokerStars would be happy to claim one Sunday Major or a -COOP title. Dsavo was one hold away from claiming a third Sunday Warm-Up title. Chip lead and all-in with a dominating ace-ten against Casharrie’s ace-eight, an eight would hit the flop and finish with a flush for the VIP Supernova. Five hands later with Dsavo trying to catch extra life, Casharrie would deny Dsavo of that third title in this hand below:
This time the dominating hand held as Casharrie’s K♦J♥ defeated Dsavo’s K♣2♣ on the 8♠ 5♣ J♦ 7♥ A♥ board to win this week’s Sunday Warm-up and $91,822.50!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (05-25-14)
Places paid: 414
Prize pool: $583,000.00
1. Casharrie (Austria) $91,822.50
2. Dsavo (United Kingdom) $68,502.50
3. Jim “reelhugefish” Gilbert (Costa Rica) $48,972.00
4. evgen sochi (Russia) $33,522.50
5. vip25459 (Kazakhstan) $25,360.50
6. Gratitdude (Estonia) $19,530.50
7. joben19 (Belgium) $13,700.50
8. GaborMarton (Israel) $7,882.16
9. lundkok86 (Denmark) $4,955.50
David Aydt is a freelance contributor