The Sunday Warm-Up will be going into hibernation for a few weeks as PokerStars is throwing a little $40 million guaranteed party called the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) for the balance of September. Don’t worry Warm-Up fans as the weekly $500,000 guarantee will pop-up with special editions each Sunday such as Event #2’s 6-max two-day tournament with a $750,000 guarantee and of course the WCOOP bracelet awaiting the winner. Tonight, emran86 picked up one heck of a stake to tackle several WCOOP events after shipping the entire $103,275.68 first place prize.
After the field of 3,289 was whittled down to just two tables of nine players mid-way through the eighth hour of play, it took just 25 more minutes to eliminate another five players including torino2000 (17th place, $1,973.40) who bubbled the final table of the weekly Super Tuesday two weeks ago.
luckyfish89 could have used a timely river card here. With the blinds up to 50K/100K ante 10K the shortstacked luckyfish89 would be all-in with pocket sixes 6♠6♣ facing the pocket eights 8♣8♦ of GOGOGOGO#1. Instead of a six, a four was placed at the end of the A♣ 10♥ Q♥ Q♦ 4♦ board shipping 3.5 million tournament chips to GOGOGOGO#1 and $3,946.80 for luckyfish89 in 11th place.
With luckyfish89’s elimination hand-for-hand play would slow down the sprinting pace of the past half hour. Despite a handful of big pots, it would take ten minutes for the player to decide who would continue their run towards a potential six-figure score. Normally there would nine avatars in the screenshot below, but thanks to a double elimination our ninth place finisher would claim the cash, but not get seated for hand number one under the spotlights.
Just as the blinds increased to 65K/130K ante 13K WRUUUUM min-raised from the cutoff as rideniuk took a 1.81 million chip shot from the big blind, shoving all-in with A♣8♦. WRUUUUM was happy to call with the dominating A♥Q♥, also finding an unnecessary queen in the Q♦ 9♦ 10♦ 8♠ K♥ door to send off rideniuk in 10th place ($3,946.80). On the adjacent table Mihai Nutt pushed ALIN76poker all-in preflop holding pocket aces A♥A♣. ALIN76poker flipped up a dejected pair of nines 9♥9♣ and after the J♥ 2♣ 5♣ Q♥ 4♥ board failed to bring the two-outer, ALIN76poker collected ninth place ($5,262.40) cash due to stack sizes before the hand starting up the final table of eight below:
Seat 1: Mihai Nutt (5068293 in chips)
Seat 3: AlwaysiNduCe (3977492 in chips)
Seat 4: emran86 (3058664 in chips)
Seat 5: SmartFAB (1846608 in chips)
Seat 6: WRUUUUM (5216660 in chips)
Seat 7: wiisssppppaa (3795544 in chips)
Seat 8: GOGOGOGO#1 (8048569 in chips)
Seat 9: BigdaddyAdde (1878170 in chips)
Sprinters become marathoners
The pack of eight raced to reach the final table like they were trying to break Usain Bolt’s 100 meter dash record. But, once there they would slowed their pace into the rhythmic strides of a marathoner while all players made it though the 65K/130K ante 13K and 80K/160K ante 16K levels. GOGOGOGO#1 would lead the pack and controlled most of the preflop aggression thanks to a sizable 13 million chip stack dwarfing second place wiisssppppaa’s five million and everyone else lagging further behind with a combined 15 million.
wiisssppppaa’s demise came swiftly after the tenth hourly break. Doubled up a shortstacked BigdaddyAdde, then lost another double to emran86 leaving the one-time above average stack to under a big blind. Then, SmartFAB would min-raise from middle position as wiisssppppaa called all-in from the button and BigdaddyAdde also called from the big blind. Q♣5♦J♥ got BigdaddyAdde to check-raise SmartFAB all-in for just over a million chips. SmartFAB folded as BigdaddyAdde flipped up top two Q♦J♦. Running diamond wouldn’t help wiisssppppaa’s 7♦6♦ but a straight would as the turned 3♣ gave four outs. 6♥ was not one of them as wiisssppppaa took away $8,222.50 in eighth place.
Going, going, gone!
A slow play would set up a three-way all-in and finish with a double knockout. First, with the blinds moving up to 125K/250K ante 25K and the board reading A♦ 3♥ 4♣ 2♥ BigdaddyAdde snapped the trap shut with a shove of 1.5 million as WRUUUUM called for nearly all of a shortened stack holding two pair 3♦A♥. Unfortunately, WRUUUUM was drawing dead to a chop facing BigdaddyAdde’s aces A♠A♣. No five 6♠ on the river and WRUUUUM was forced all-in on the next hand.
AlwaysiNduCe would raise to 750,000 as SmartFAB kicked it up to 2.35 million after shoving from the button. Holding pocket fours 4♠4♥ AlwaysiNduCe made the call as SmartFAB showed the dominating pocket tens 10♥10♣ and WRUUUUM playing for a small side pot with the hammer 7♦2♥. The seven-deuce would not come through as the underdog, but the fours did with a rivered two-outer 3♠ J♥ 8♣ K♥ 4♦ sending WRUUUUM home in seventh place ($14,800.50) and a disappointed SmartFAB in sixth place ($21,378.50).
Sometimes you feel like a nutt, sometimes you don’t
Ten minutes later still in the 125K/250K ante 25K blind level Mihai Nutt would open shove from the button for 1.6 million looking to stay alive with GOGOGOGO#1, still hoarding a 15 million chip castle, deciding to finally sit one out. However, AlwaysiNduCe was hungry after that fortunate river card and made the call from the small blind with J♥K♣. The jack kicker would loom over Mihai Nutt’s K♦9♠ as the 5♦ K♠ 3♠ 7♠ J♣ string of spades fell one short sending Mihai Nutt off in fifth place ($27,956.50).
Slow play: Act 2 (The Exit)
It worked once for BigdaddyAdde but this time the slow played monster hand would get swallowed by a bigger one. With the blinds up to 150K/300K ante 30K BigdaddyAdde limped in from the cutoff as emran86 got in for half-price and no longer the chip leader after doubling up AlwaysiNduCe, GOGOGOGO#1 checked in the big blind. 4♥Q♦10♦ flop got emran86 and GOGOGOGO#1 to check as BigdaddyAdde bet 600,000. emran86 made it 3.9 million to go as GOGOGOGO#1 got out of the way. BigdaddyAdde’s aces A♥A♠ made another appearance after calling all-in for 1.8 million. However this time on stage the aces would not drag the big pot as emran86 showed the flopped set 10♠10♥ and directed BigdaddyAdde to the dressing room in fourth place ($37,823.50) after the 9♠ turn and 2♠ finished the board.
AlwaysiNduCe briefly took over the chip lead from GOGOGOGO#1 after doubling through the German, but GOGOGOGO#1 would have revenge. With the blinds up to 200K/400K ante 40K emran86 would min-raise from the button as GOGOGOGO#1 called in the small blind. AlwaysiNduCe tried to steal from the big blind with a shove for 10.3 million. emran86 folded but GOGOGOGO#1 called with J♥A♣. AlwaysiNduCe’s K♥Q♠ would concede the 19.4 million chip pot after the 10♠ 7♣ 7♥ 2♥ 5♦ board failed to connect. Two hands later emran86 and GOGOGOGO#1 would call AlwaysiNduCe’s shortstack shove as emran86’s river bet on a A♠ 4♦ J♠ Q♠ 7♣ board got GOGOGOGO#1 to fold. emran86 showed the flopped two pair A♦J♣ edging out AlwaysiNduCe’s 9♦A♥ taking away third place ($54,268.50) cash.
Under ten for the win
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But, it happened.
emran86 offered a olive branch for chop talks but no reply would come through the chat box as GOGOGOGO#1 brought in a small chip lead (17.8 million vs. 15 million) to heads-up play. That lead would flip on the first hand as emran86’s top pair was good against GOGOGOGO#1’s pocket eights for a 9.5 million chip pot.
From there emran86 bided time in the lead, stretching it out to 19.3 million vs. 13.5 million when the chip leader min-raised from the button and GOGOGOGO#1 made the call to see a small 5♥3♥9♣ flop. GOGOGOGO#1 would check-call 800K on the flop then with the 2♦ turn, check-raised the second 800K bet to 3.6 million. This time emran86 was the one to call as another five hit the river 5♦. GOGOGOGO#1 tried to sell it hard with a shove for 8.3 million holding king-high K♦10♠ but emran86 already held the goods 5♣6♣ making the call that would shipped $103,275.68 and this week’s Sunday Warm-Up title!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (08-31-14):
Places Paid: 495
Prize Pool: $657,800.00
1. emran86 (United Kingdom) $103,275.68
2. GOGOGOGO#1 (Germany) $76,962.60
3. AlwaysiNduCe (Poland) $54,268.50
4. BigdaddyAdde (Sweden) $37,823.50
5. Mihai Nutt (Romania) $27,956.50
6. SmartFAB (Germany) $21,378.50
7. WRUUUUM (Finland) $14,800.50
8. wiisssppppaa (United Kingdom) $8,222.50
9. ALIN76poker (Romania) $5,262.40
David Aydt is a freelance contributor