The first edition of the Sunday Warm-up tonight would welcome a couple of past PokerStars online and live event champions to its final table. The Double Vision promotion attracted the sharks tonight with a total of 7,207 runners between both versions of the Sunday Warm-Up both soundly going over the $500,000 guarantee. Despite the big names, newArt!st would take down tonight’s first half of the Double Vision Sunday Warm-Up for $116,432.37 after defeating russkoeradio heads-up.
With two huge pots including the knockout of AAcademiKK in 19th place ($1,891.08) Nicolas “niccc” Chouity would take the chip lead into the final two tables. With a WCOOP, SCOOP, and of course the EPT Grand Finale title already in his credit Chouity would be looking to improve on his seventh place finish in the Sunday Warm-Up back in 2012.
After the tables condensed the railbirds would watch arnon shraga (Israel), nasukk (Romania), and Patrick Chan (Canada) quickly exit within the first five minutes in 16th through 18th place ($2,224.80). nasukk would narrowly miss a second Sunday Warm-Up final table this after placing fifth for $30K just a few weeks ago and bubbling the final table back in August. bruceKK would be the next to go painfully as the Swiss was all in with pocket aces and watched the four-flush of kunkles28 deliver the tournament death blow in 15th place ($3,337.20).
kristian2544 would take a seat in 14th place right before the ninth hourly break newArt!st and russkoeradio slid ahead of Chouity for the chip lead. At the other end was Paul “padjes” Berende clinging to 841,432 chips with blinds up to 40K/80K ante 8K while our three chip leaders held over 18 million collectively. Much like Chouity, Berende has also claimed to -COOP titles, with a SCOOP win in 2012 and the TCOOP title in 2013 looking to add a Sunday Major tonight. He would be helped by the quick exits of kunkles28, who final tabled Event #32 in this year’s WCOOP and Smileon in 12th and 13th place.
After tangarana’s exit in 11th place the tournament would slow down for hand-for-hand play. Players did not have wait long for the spotlights of the final table as two hands later with the blinds up to 50K/100K ante 10K Lauriston72 would shove for 763,794 from the cutoff seat as newArt!st made the call from the big blind holding 10♥Q♥. Lauriston72’s pocket sixes 6♥6♠ looked like a winner until the nine of clubs hit the J♣ 5♦ J♥ 8♣ 9♣ river starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: padjes (1304864 in chips)
Seat 2: zapacanov (1804152 in chips)
Seat 3: ludovi333 (3598453 in chips)
Seat 4: niccc (8288757 in chips)
Seat 5: newArt!st (6857386 in chips)
Seat 6: zianbeau (2873646 in chips)
Seat 7: russkoeradio (5704612 in chips)
Seat 8: Raaadzio91 (3735944 in chips)
Seat 9: humbe50 (2912186 in chips)
Padjes can’t pad chipstack
Shortstacked coming in, Berende needed a quick infusion of tournament funds and tried to make that happen in the final table’s third hand. After a min-raise by humbe50, padjes would shove for 1.1 million from the hijack seat holding Q♦A♥. Folded back around to humbe50 who quickly called with big slick K♠A♠. Both players failed to nick the 4♦ 8♥ 3♦ J♥ 10♥ board as Paul “padjes” Berende took home $5,932.80 in ninth place.
Painting a winning hand
The action would be relatively quiet over the remainder of the 50K/100K ante 10K level as our table of eight would play all the way up to the final hand of the 80K/160K ante 16K level before someone was asked to level. Chip leader newArt!st would four-bet shove after a short all-in by zapacanov for 1.17 million and a min-raise from Raaadzio91. Raaadzio91 declined to play on as newArt!st showed big slick K♣A♣ facing off against the pocket sevens 7♦7♥ of zapacanov. By the river 6♣ K♠ Q♠ 9♣ 3♠ zapacanov only had one out as the seven of spades did not drop ending zapacanov’s night in eighth place ($9,270.00).
Ace magnets failed to attract
With the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K Raaadzio91 would min-raise from early position as ludovi333 shoved for just under three million chips from the button. Holding pocket kings K♦K♣ Raaadzio91 quickly made the call facing off against the popular big slick K♥A♥. An all-low 6♠ 4♣ 3♥ 2♠ 8♣ board shipped the 6.4 million chip pot to Raaadzio91 as ludovi333 picked up $16,686.00 in seventh place.
niccc says c-ya later
Watch below as Nicolas “niccc” Chouity helps himself towards claiming a Sunday Warm-Up title:
It’s not often that pocket fives 5♥5♣ are the dominate hand in an all-in situation. But, Chouity’s fives reigned over the 5♠K♠ of zianbeau and with only one spade on the 10♥ 9♣ 3♠ 3♣ 7♣ board, zianbeau took away $24,102.00 in sixth place.
Wasting no time
On the very next hand Raaadzio91 would raise to 444,000 from the small blind as humbe50 tried to shut it down with a shove from the big blind for 4.05 million. Raaadzio91 was not playing the part of the bully as the VIP Supernova made the call with Q♥A♠. humbe50 needed to connect with the face cards 10♣K♠ but failed to touch part of the 3♦ 5♦ 2♣ 6♠ A♥ board finishing in fifth place ($31,518.00).
No new title for niccc
Gotta win those critical flips and unfortunately for Nicolas “niccc” Chouity he could not make that happen tonight in a pot that would name the new chip leader. With the blinds holding at 100K/200K ante 20K Chouity would min-raise from the cutoff as newArt!st made it 888,000 from the button. niccc was not done and four-bet to 1.71 million as newArt!st stopped the near-min raised and shoved for 13.5 million. Holding J♥A♠ Chouity made the call facing the pocket nines of newArt!st. The flop would set this one quickly as newArt!st nailed a boat 4♣ 9♣ 4♦ 3♠ 6♥ sending the EPT champ home in fourth place ($42,642.00).
Sealing up the win quickly
newArt!st would start up the three handed play with a holding 21.2 million chips to Raaadzio91’s 10.6 million and russkoeradio’s 5.2 million. The players would make it through the remainder of the 100K/200K ante 20K level and 125K/250K ante 25K intact. However, when the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K, newArt!st would finish the masterpiece.
First, Raaadzio91 down to 3.7 million chips would shove from the small blind holding 8♠K♥ as the chip leader newArt!st was happy to take a shot with 6♦A♠ out of the big blind. A dry J♥ 7♠ 3♠ 6♣ Q♣ board would send Raaaadzio91 off in third place ($61,182.00).
Four hands later with newArt!st holding a commanding 29 million to eight million chip lead, the tournament would be over. Watch below as newArt!st takes down the first half of the Double Vision Sunday Warm-Up:
Holding J♥A♦ russkoeradio decided to take the chance preflop by shoving for eight million as newArt!st made the call with pocket fives 5♠5♦. No aces and no jacks on the K♦ 2♣ K♥ 6♥ 7♣ meant newArt!st would be walking away tonight with $116,432.37 as this week’s Sunday Warm-Up champion (at least the first one…)!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up (Double Vision #1) results (12-01-13):
Players entered: 3,708
Places paid: 540
1. newArt!st (Belgium) $116,432.37
2. russkoeradio (Russia) $86,767.20
3. Raaadzio91 (Poland) $61,182.00
4. Nicolas “niccc” Chouity (Lebanon) $42,642.00
5. humbe50 (Uruguay) $31,518.00
6. zianbeau (Philippines) $24,102.00
7. ludovi333 (United Kingdom) $16,686.00
8. zapacanov (Russia) $9,270.00
9. Paul “padjes” Berende (Netherlands) $5,932.80
David Aydt is a freelance contributor