It is possible the Team PokerStars Pro Martin “AABenjaminAA” Hrubý is drafting a book “How to build your bankroll from the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up” after taking home the runner-up check this evening for $76,471.20. Showing the results he has for the past few months from this tournament alone is just another reason why that Red Spade appears next to his name. While he was able to outlast 3,266 of the 3,267 other players, it was PokerSavage1, who cashed yet again the Sunday Million this evening as well, to take home a much larger payday here, banking $102,616.19 for the win.
As mentioned Team PokerStars Pro Martin “AABenjaminAA” Hrubý loves the Sunday Warm-Up. cashing three times in July and he would hit paydirt once again tonight. And not just a run-of-the-mill triple digit placing as tonight the Team Czech Republic star would take an above average stack into the final two tables with a chance to better his fourth place finish way back in June of 2007.
Only 15 players would survive into the ninth hourly break all looking at the sizable $102,616.19 sitting up top and just 14 players to outlast for the title. A quick swipe of the tournament population took place right after the break as three players Gatto751 (Switzerland), birddy420 (Canada), and Brryann (Netherlands) all collected $2,941.20 in 13th through 15th place.
On the final table bubble Hrubý would be all-in with A♣10♣ facing [ FB ]Voodoo’s pocket queens Q♠Q♥. An ace appeared on the flop 4♠ K♥ A♠ 6♦ 10♥ and the Team Pro’s tournament life was extended with a fresh stack of 3.4 million chips and blinds at 50K/100K ante 10K.
In a similar hand SamRostan was not as fortunate. Holding pocket kings K♣K♠ SamRostan faced off against mctoad99’s 10♠A♣ all-in preflop with 3.9 million chips in the middle. And once again, the Ace-Ten found an ace on the flop A♥ 4♠ 5♣ Q♥ 6♥ scoring mctoad99 a huge pot and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: PokerSavage1 (2794395 in chips)
Seat 2: Jord4n (2871628 in chips)
Seat 3: Team PokerStars Pro Martin “AABenjaminAA” Hrubý (3374352 in chips)
Seat 4: SiSiFamille (3319986 in chips)
Seat 5: HOMERos (1677731 in chips)
Seat 6: EMPTY1SEAT (4366076 in chips)
Seat 7: grigorq77 (3446258 in chips)
Seat 8: mctoad99 (6115531 in chips)
Seat 9: [ FB ]Voodoo (4714043 in chips)
Slow start to the action
With the chip stacks fairly equally distributed it would take 25 minutes of play before our first contestant was asked to politely leave the stage. Blinds up to 80K/160K ante 16K [ FB ]Voodoo would min-raise from the cutoff as Jord4n shoved 2.07 million chips from the small blind. Hruby folded in the big blind as [ FB ]Voodoo made the call with pocket nines 9♣9♠. Jord4n’s small ace A♠4♣ was wrecked by a turned boat 3♣ J♦ 3♥ 9♥ 7♣ for [ FB ]Voodoo ending the night in ninth place ($5,228.00). Chalk up another big final table for Jord4n with a few final tables in -COOP tourneys including a SCOOP 2010 champion’s watch after taking down Event #35-M for $172,800.
Catching some zzzz’s
Despite a smattering of all-in sprinkled in, the final eight would not become the final seven until reaching near the end of the 125K/250K ante 25K level. EMPTY1SEAT would open shove from the button for 2.98 million chips as mctoad99 holding just over two million in the big blind decided to call holding A♣10♥. EMPTY1SEAT’s Q♥K♦ needed a little dessert to win and instead received the whole five-course meal 8♦ 2♦ Q♠ K♣ K♥ with a rivered full house. mctoad99 would hop away with $8,170.00 in eighth place.
HOMER hits one out of the park
Just six hands later after taking nearly an hour to eliminate two players, SiSiFamille tried to steal some open blinds with a shove from the cutoff seat holding K♣5♣. But, HOMERos woke up with aces A♦A♣ on the button and re-shoved to knockout the blinds. Despite flopping top pair 7♥ J♦ K♦ 2♠ Q♠ we said see-see you later to SiSiFamille in seventh place ($14,706.00).
The action heated up quickly in the 150K/300K ante 30K as Hruby continued to hold the chip lead until the monstrous 10.4 million chip pot shown below developed between PokerSavage1 and grigorq77.
grigorq77’s attempted to pressure PokerSavage1 with a three-bet shove but PokerSavage1 made the call with big slick K♥A♣. grigorq77’s A♥Q♦ never caught up on the 3♣ A♦ 5♥ 3♦ 8♥ board. The very next hand PokerSavage1 would take grigorq77’s scraps leaving the Polish rounder $21,242.00 in sixth place.
Taking the gloves off
PokerSavage1 was not done after showing grigorq77 the door. On the very next hand with the blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K PokerSavage1 would min-raise from the cutoff seat as EMPTY1SEAT still filling a seat in this tournament shoved for 4.05 million from the big blind. PokerSavage1 was not going to be pushed away so easily with the chip lead and made the call holding A♣10♣. EMPTY1SEAT could not match the strength turning over 10♠4♣. A ten-four good buddy was the call as EMPTY1SEAT took a seat on the rail in fifth place ($27,778.00) after the board K♥ 3♠ 6♣ J♣ 6♦ failed to help. Not the first Sunday Major final table for EMPTY1SEAT who claimed $96K after a third place in the Sunday Million two years ago.
After doubling through grigorq77, PokerSavage1 took full control of this tournament. Despite a brief pause to knockdown a potential four-way split the cards went back into the air with blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K. A min-raise from the chip leader from the cutoff seat got HOMERos’ attention. After looking down at pocket kings K♣K♠ HOMERos shoved for 4.6 million from the small blind as PokerSavage1 quickly called with jacks J♥J♣. A little bit of luck with aggressiveness never hurts as PokerSavage1 found a jack 5♣ Q♥ 9♣ 5♥ J♠ at the end of the board to knockout HOMERos in fourth place ($37,582.00). The Swede has played here for a long time as evident from final tabling the Sunday Million before it was known as the Sunday Million!
Another attempt at a chop ended quickly as PokerSavage1’s chip stack tilted the chip chop numbers a little too far in the chip leader’s favor for the other two player’s liking. With the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K [ FB ]Voodoo would min-raise from the button as PokerSavage1 wasted no time in trying to swat down the bet with a shove to 18.9 million. Holding A♣J♦ [ FB ]Voodoo made the call and started the race against PokerSavage1’s pocket fives 5♠5♦. A lonely queen was the only broadway card on the Q♥ 3♠ 4♣ 8♦ 2♣ ending [ FB ]Voodoo’s night in third place ($53,922.00).
PokerSavage1 defeats Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hrubý heads-up from the title
It was not a fair fight with PokerSavage1 holding a 26.2 million to 6.4 million chip lead but the two would pause for a quick chip chop attempt. About three minutes later the cards went back up in the air as this heads-up match for the Sunday Warm-Up title only lasted five hands. Watch the winning hand below as Hrubý finds hope on the turn only to get crushed on the river:
A turned pair of jacks for Hrubý’s K♦J♦ turned into a rivered straight 2♠ Q♥ 8♥ J♣ 9♠ for PokerSavage1’s 10♥A♠ who banked $102,616.19 as tonight’s champion!
PokerStars $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up results (08-11-13)
Players entered: 3,268
Places paid: 495
1. PokerSavage1 (Mexico) $102,616.19
2. Team PokerStars Pro Martin “AABenjaminAA” Hrubý (Czech Republic) $76,471.20
3. [ FB ]Voodoo (Poland) $53,922.00
4. HOMERos (Sweden) $37,582.00
5. EMPTY1SEAT (Germany) $27,778.00
6. grigorq77 (Poland) $21,242.00
7. SiSiFamille (Malta) $14,706.00
8. mctoad99 (United Kingdom) $8,170.00
9. Jord4n (Mexico) $5,228.00
David Aydt is a freelance contributor