Imagine opening a basket containing fermented pig feet, corn flakes, flat grape soda, and jicama and being asked to create a dessert in less than 20 minutes while playing for $10,000. Well, the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up is not hosted by Ted Allen and does not require its contestants to have working knowledge of how to cook (personally I feel making microwaved macaroni and cheese is a bit challenging). ROMDOM and ForzaVaxholm would square off tonight heads-up for $10,000 playing poker after making a two-way deal. ROMDOM wasted no time during heads-up play to claim the extra funds for a total of $80,234.12.
Read below for ROMDOM’s road to victory
Maybe it was the hour of sleep lost from daylight savings time as the final two tables set up a little past the eight hour mark and only 14 left after the ninth hourly break.
Among those surviving was former Sunday Warm-Up champ heißtercamp who won this tournament back in 2011. heißtercamp also nearly notched a TCOOP win last year in Event #47 claiming $104K with the fifth place finish.
The former would not become the current weekly winner as ForzaVaxholm went on a tear knocking out heißtercamp in 13th place ($2,533.65) and five hands later notching a 6.2 million chip pot off LBBigSlickAK. This gave ForzaVaxholm the temporary chip lead with 11 players left.
While eliminations of quickly piled up after the break, hand-for-hand play would last nearly 25 minutes. scheisserle would open the doors to the feature table as neckbr4ke found the wrong time to pick up pocket queens Q♥Q♦. After shoving over the top of Hancock1489 and scheisserle, only scheisserle stuck around to make the call with aces A♣A♦. Another ace appeared on the flop A♥ 9♠ 4♥ 9♦ K♦ as neckbr4ke would not be returning to the final table (like in 2012) opening up the final table below:
Seat 1: remcoow1982 (2708369 in chips)
Seat 2: ForzaVaxholm (5441876 in chips)
Seat 3: scheisserle (5006775 in chips)
Seat 4: pokersoul_AA (821469 in chips)
Seat 5: lightshirt (666751 in chips)
Seat 6: Hancock1489 (2687842 in chips)
Seat 7: elhilario (2020814 in chips)
Seat 8: RunLkMercier (2287029 in chips)
Seat 9: ROMDOM (5029075 in chips)
RunLKMercier did not run like Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier. About ten minutes into the final table RunLKMercier would sprint Q♠A♦ head first into scheisserle’s queens Q♦Q♥. The final lady hit the flop Q♣ 4♥ 9♠ J♦ 5♦ and RunLkMercier hit the door in ninth place ($4,533.90). Unfortunately this also meant RunLkMercier would not improve on a fourth place finish in this tournament back in November 2013.
Nearing the tenth hour of play ForzaVaxholm would take the chip lead away from scheisserle thanks to back-to-back knockouts. First, the Swede would play the part of bully and send shortstacked pokersoul_AA to the poker afterlife in eighth place ($7,211.56). Then, while facing a 2.5 million three-bet from Hancock1489, ForzaVaxholm made the right decision to call with J♣A♦. Hancock1489’s 9♥A♥ would not turn the tide K♠ K♥ 6♥ 8♦ 10♣ finishing in seventh place ($12,534.90).
The final hand before the break, lightshirt’s dance with a shortstack would take an exit stage right. ForzaVaxholm’s min-raise was enough to get lightshirt to call all-in from the small blind as elhilario declined to play the mighty deuce-four (which actually would have won). lightshirt’s 4♥7♣ and ForzaVaxholm’s 10♠K♥ would both miss the 8♦ 9♥ Q♥ A♠ 2♦ board ending lightshirt’s tournament in sixth place ($17,868.90).
In a role-reversal after the hourly break scheisserle would become the shortstack. With the blinds moving up to 125K/250K ante 25K scheisserle found an excellent spot to double up. ForzaVaxholm shoving 4.7 million with A♠9♥ from the small blind while scheisserle held kings K♠K♦. However, an ace on the J♥ 3♠ A♦ 10♣ 7♥ flop would send scheisserle home in fifth place ($23,202.90).
Eight minutes later ace-nine was just fine for ROMDOM as well. In another blind versus blind battle elhilario would shove Q♣J♣ as ROMDOM covered making the call with A♥9♣. The was not needed this time, but showed up on the flop again 7♦ A♠ 2♠ 5♦ 3♠ ending elhilario’s run in fourth place ($30,670.50).
Usually around this time the players would get chatty about breaking up the final money spots. But, the $84,010.64 stayed up top as our remaining three seemed determined to play it out.
Well… that train of thought lasted until the seemingly unstoppable ace-nine appeared in ROMDOM’s hand again. With the blinds up to 150K/300K ante 30K remcoow1982 on the shortstack would shove 3.4 million from the button with pocket sixes 6♣6♦. ROMDOM however had 9♠A♣ and found an ace 10♥ 7♣ 10♣ A♠ J♥ to shutdown remcoow1982 in third place ($44,805.60).
Good thing ForzaVaxholm took the deal because this tournament would end two hands later. With ROMDOM’s sizable chip lead, the chip leader would take $70,234.12 while ForzaVaxholm carved out an extra $4K ($66,451.32) leaving $10K for the champ.
There would be no sudden reversals or heads-up mind games as ForzaVaxhom would min-raise from the button and ROMDOM shoved the massive 17.5 million chipstack over the top. Holding J♦K♦ ForzaVaxholm took the 8.2 million chip plunge as ROMDOM showed A♠10♥. Even without ace-nine, ace-ten was just enough on the 7♥ 7♦ 7♠ 6♠ 10♣ board for ROMDOM earning the extra $10K and this week’s Sunday Warm-Up title!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (03-08-15)
Places paid: 396
Prize pool: $533,400
(* denotes part of two-way deal)
1. ROMDOM (Mexico) *$80,234.12
2. ForzaVaxholm (Sweden) *$66,451.32
3. remcoow1982 (Netherlands) $44,805.60
4. elhilario (Argentina) $30,670.50
5. scheisserle (Germany) $23,202.90
6. lightshirt (Belgium) $17,868.90
7. Hancock1489 (Russia) $12,534.90
8. pokersoul_AA (Russia) $7,211.56
9. RunLkMercier (Canada) $4,533.90
David Aydt is a freelance contributor