It’s standard for critics to pile on the jeers when it comes to sequels. It only stands to reason — for every Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, or The Godfather, Part II, there are hundreds of disappointing second parts for those hoping for something approaching whatever pleasures were afforded by the original.
Don’t tell D_DIGGLER99 of Canada that sequels usually stink, though, after having won today’s special Sunday Warm-Up II on PokerStars for a cool $76,346.44 score. Runner-up Leandro “leopeluca” Csome of Argentina would give the tourney a good review as well after taking away an even bigger prize of $83,203.09 thanks to a four-handed final table deal.
This special “Double Vision” Sunday Warm-Up II drew 3,499 entrants, making for a $699,800 prize pool that bested the tourney’s $500K guarantee. The top 540 finishers divided up the box office receipts, and it would take almost five hours for the money bubble to burst, at which point Tom “tollgate” Grigg, wiisssppppaa, and Andiz10 sat atop the chip counts.
There were a few Team PokerStars Pros still with chips when the payouts began, with Andre “aakkari” Akkari (528th, $293.91), Vivian Im (473rd, $300.91), Andre “acoimbra” Coimbra of Team Online (272nd, $405.88), and Alex Kravchenko (151st, $699.80) each eventually leaving with profits.
As the field shrunk below 100 players there was one last red spade remaining in the counts, the one beside the name of Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin who was still hanging on with a below average stack. Soon after Ramdin enjoyed a big double after picking up A♦A♠ versus steve3331’s 8♦8♥ and before long had claimed a spot inside the top 20 of the counts.
By the time the tourney reached the eight-hour mark, just 28 players remained with Ramdin having pushed all of the way up over 2.5 million and into second position, still about 1 million chips behind leader Timbi Land.
An hour later they were down to 18, with Leandro “leopeluca” Csome then in front with about 6 million and Ramdin still in the hunt.
PrisonMike89 (18th), THE ANYWAY (17th), and miki21221 (16th) next went out, earning $2,099.40 each. Ahhh Is It? (15th), daimer77 (14th), and Akademnuk (13th) followed, taking away $3,149.10 apiece.
Then pokersato123 went out in 12th for $4,198.80, and it looked for all the world like Ramdin would be next to go after getting his short stack all in with K♥Q♥ against $tupidann’s A♠10♣, then watching the flop come 4♦9♥J♠ and the turn the 2♠.
But the river was the 10♦, making a straight for Ramdin and preserving his tourney run. That run continued as $tupidann went out in 11th then iPUNI$H was eliminated in 10th (each earning $4,198.80), and a little over nine-and-a-half hours after the tourney had started, the final table had begun.
Seat 1: Timbi Land (Australia) — 4,222,475
Seat 2: carlos_084 (Malta) — 4,152,161
Seat 3: Mikleler (Russia) — 2,096,710
Seat 4: squashchamp (Denmark) — 7,325,824
Seat 5: zapacanov (Russia) — 3,390,027
Seat 6: D_DIGGLER99 (Canada) — 4,103,406
Seat 7: Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin (Canada) — 706,030
Seat 8: Leandro “leopeluca” Csome (Argentina) — 5,797,622
Seat 9: kircha85 (Russia) — 3,195,745
It wasn’t long after that Ramdin found himself all in and at risk again. With the blinds 65,000/130,000, D_DIGGLER99 opened for the minimum with a raise to 260,000 from middle position, then Ramdin shoved for 650,030 from a seat over. It folded back to D_DIGGLER99 who called, showing A♥2♥ to Ramdin’s K♠Q♣.
The flop came J♥Q♠4♥ to pair Ramdin and for a moment it appeared king-queen might have served him well once more. But after the 5♣ turn the 5♥ river fell, giving D_DIGGLER99 a flush and knocking the Team PokerStars Pro out in ninth.
About 20 minutes later the blinds were 80,000/160,000 when Mikleler raised to 320,000 from middle position, then zapacanov reraised all in for 2,108,027 from the cutoff seat. It folded back to Mikleler who called and turned over 10♠10♦. zapacanov, meanwhile, had A♠Q♠.
The flop came J♠7♣8♦, then the 9♥ turn gave Mikleler a straight and left zapacanov hoping for a fifth-street ten for a better straight to survive. But the river was the J♦, and zapacanov was done in eighth.
The blinds increased again to 100k/200k, and it folded around to a short-stacked kircha85 who pushed for 464,745 from the small blind with Q♠10♦ and got called by Timbi Land in the big blind with K♦Q♥. The board came J♠9♠6♠3♣5♥, and kircha85 was eliminated in seventh.
Just a couple of hands later it was carlos_084 open-jamming from the button for 2,396,381 (almost 12 big blinds) and getting one caller in squashchamp in the big blind. carlos_084 had J♣10♠ and needed help against squashchamp’s A♠K♠, but the community cards came 7♥A♥2♦A♦J♦ to give squashchamp trip aces and stop carlos_084 in sixth.
From there they crossed the midpoint of the 11th hour of play, then with the blinds up to 150k/300k it was D_DIGGLER99 raising to 600,000 from under the gun, Leandro “leopeluca” Csome reraising to 1,354,282 from a seat over, then Timbi Land four-bet shoving for 4,154,822 from the button. It folded to squashchamp in the big blind who pushed all in over the top of everyone for 4,411,718, and both D_DIGGLER99 and Csome folded.
Timbi Land: Q♦Q♣
Both players had hands worthy of those reraise-shoves, but Timbi Land was in dire straits with the lesser big pocket pair. The board ran out 10♥6♣6♥10♣5♥, Timbi Land was out, and just four remained.
Those four played on a while, then stopped the tourney to talk about a possible deal with Csome leading with just over 16 million, squashchamp next with almost 7.1 million, D_DIGGLER99 third with just under 6.6 million, and Mikleler third with about 5.3 million.
As “chip chop” and “ICM” numbers were being calculated, Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero stopped by the chat box to congratulate the remaining players, including his fellow Argentinian Csome. The four then agreed to the “ICM” figures — leaving $10,000 for which to play — and the tourney soon resumed. (See below for the adjusted payouts.)
It wasn’t long after that the blinds had climbed to 200k/400k when Mikleler shoved for 6,001,016 from the button with J♦9♦ and D_DIGGLER99 called from the big blind with A♦9♦. Five cards later — 2♥10♣5♣4♣8♣ — they were down to three.
They were still in the same level when squashchamp min-raised to 800,000 from the button, then D_DIGGLER99 reraise-pushed from the small blind for more than 20 million. It folded back to squashchamp who called off the 5,324,689 left, showing Q♠9♠ to D_DIGGLER99’s A♣9♦.
The community cards came A♦2♠10♥, then 3♥, then 4♣, and squashchamp’s run had ended in third.
Those two knockouts had helped D_DIGGLER99 carry a big chip lead to the heads-up portion of play with 26,823,890 to Leandro “leopeluca” Csome’s 8,166,110.
The first few minutes saw Csome chip back a bit to push close to 13 million and lessen the gap between the pair. But suddenly a big hand arose that saw leopeluca all in and at risk, and when the hand was over the tourney had been decided.
The final hand began with a 2x raise to 1 million from Csome who had the button, then when D_DIGGLER99 reraised all in, Csome called with the 11,937,699 he had left behind.
Csome had the preflop edge, and was still ahead after the K♣5♥6♦ flop and 9♣ turn, albeit in precarious shape as D_DIGGLER99 had a gutshot straight draw, a flush draw, and still had two live cards.
The river then brought the 6♣, completing D_DIGGLER99’s straight and ending the tourney.
Congratulations to D_DIGGLER99 for winning this week’s Sunday Warm-Up sequel. And kudos as well to Leandro “leopeluca” Csome who ended up taking away the biggest share of the prize pool thanks to the four-handed deal.
12/1/13 Sunday Warm-Up II, Double Vision ($215 No-Limit Hold’em) results (*reflects four-way deal):
Prize pool: $699,800.00
Places paid: 540
1. D_DIGGLER99 (Canada) — $76,346.44*
2. Leandro “leopeluca” Csome (Argentina) — $83,203.09*
3. squashchamp (Denmark) — $67,828.42*
4. Mikleler (Russia) — $62,340.42*
5. Timbi Land (Australia) — $29,741.50
6. carlos_084 (Malta) — $22,743.50
7. kircha85 (Russia) — $15,745.50
8. zapacanov (Russia) — $8,747.50
9. Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin (Canada) — $5,598.40
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.