With the World Series of Poker and a big football tournament happening all over Brazil at the moment one could understand why the minds of the players may be focused on other things while trying to claim a Sunday Major victory. Add in PokerStars’ Football Fever promotion handing out daily challenges for freeroll entries into All-In Shootouts and ending with a $1 million guarantee tournament on July 6th, its hard to believe tonight’s Sunday Warm-Up final table was able to stay focused for over ten hours. But, they did and after a two-way split, broddish would claim $76,163.83 and the title.
Despite a chip average of only 20 big blinds, 16 players would take a five minute break to gather their thoughts before starting up the ninth hour of play. Tamthemanwho would brandish the chip lead holding 4.5 million chips with the blinds at 40K/80K ante 8K and did not have to worry so much about the blinds and could direction attention towards eliminating the other 15 hopefuls.
CuAt69UsdSng (Poland), 22ehnutzz (Brazil), and igor69 (Finland) would take leave in 14th through 16th place respectively during the first 15 minutes back. The chip leader at the break would be named 13th place 20 minutes after the break as Tamthemanwho would double up Gabikonor003 on the first hand back for a 3.1 million chip pot, then could not stop the bleeding while handing over the remaining chips to DONSANTIAGO7 and earning $2,542.20 in 13th place.
The end of hand-for-hand play would come quickly. Just 10 minutes later with the blinds up to 65K/130K ante 13K Isidora CdLL, sitting with a microstack of 64,889 as a result of losing the 1.8 million chip pot on the last hand, would call all-in after max15183 min-raised from the hijack seat. Isidora CdLL’s A♠9♥ would find itself dominated by max15183’s A♦Q♥ and to put any thoughts of a three-outer went out the window as a queen hit the flop A♣ 6♥ Q♦ 8♥ 4♥. With Isidora CdLL heading out in 10th place the final table started up below:
Seat 1: DONSANTIAGO7 (2807064 in chips)
Seat 2: art3933 (1189316 in chips)
Seat 3: UH Big Tex (1866702 in chips)
Seat 4: max15183 (6825109 in chips)
Seat 5: broddish (4927968 in chips)
Seat 6: Leupho (1374211 in chips)
Seat 7: Cruel Ego (2423618 in chips)
Seat 8: Gabikonor003 (3572243 in chips)
Seat 9: beukie555 (1773769 in chips)
Ten minutes into the final table with the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 16K Leupho would shove 1.4 million from middle position as Cruel Ego on the immediate left made the call holding Q♠A♥. After the button and blinds folded Leupho would flip up A♠9♠ in a similar hand that ended hand-for-hand play. Also similar to Isidora CdLL’s bustout hand, the queen kicker would hold 8♥ 5♠ A♣ K♦ 2♠ knocking out Leupho in ninth place ($4,549.20).
Setting the tone
After nothing for the first ten minutes of the final table, the next ten minutes would knock off half of the table’s population. Just three hands after Leupho’s exit with the blinds holding at 80K/160K ante 16K beukie555 would toss in 1.01 million chips from early position as it folded around to broddish in the big blind. Holding a suited connector 9♦10♦ and enough chips to gamble broddish made the call facing off against beukie55’s A♠J♠. Two diamonds on the flop would give beukie555 some concern, but it was the nine on the river K♥ 3♦ 5♦ 3♥ 9♠ that would hand beukie555 $7,235.90 in eighth place.
Moving to sprinting pace
Still in the 80K/160K ante 16K blind level and four hands removed from the last elimination broddish went looking for more chips while raising to 385,444 from the hijack seat as it folded to art3933 in the blind holding 1.03 million chips total. Pocket sixes 6♠6♦ would be the choice of weapon for the Russian as art3933 shoved. broddish however would make the call and turn up a slightly better pocket pair of tens 10♠10♣. Those tens did not find any problems on the A♥ 4♦ 8♣ 2♥ 9♥ board as art3933 received $12,577.20 in seventh place.
Cruel Ego would change the table dynamics in back-to-back hands. First, still in the 80K160K ante 16K blind level Cruel Ego played the part of cruel big stack by open shoving from the small blind, hopefully to grab easy chips from the small stacked Gabikonor003 in the big blind. 1.7 million chips left, Gabikonor003 was happy to comply holding pocket nines 9♥9♦. Cruel Ego’s A♥6♠ needed help and found it in the form of a six card straight 3♠ 8♦ 2♥ 4♣ 5♦ ending Gabikonor003’s night in sixth place ($17,929.20).
On the next hand, Cruel Ego would raise to 368,000 from the button as DONSANTIAGO7 shoved 2.2 million from the small blind. Holding pocket tens 10♣10♦ Cruel Ego made the call as DONSANTIAGO7 went hunting for an ace. A nine would show up on the J♥ J♦ 7♥ 9♣ 8♥ board but that was all DONSANTIAGO7 could connect with as Cruel Ego claimed the 4.6 million tournament chips and DONSANTIAGO7 took away $23,281.20 in fifth place.
Four no more
After an hourly break and a brief and busted chip chop discussion, the foursome finally tired of passing chips around to each other to try another chop talk with three players. With the blinds moving up to 100K/200K ante 20K max15183 would shove 2.1 million from the small blind holding J♣Q♣ as broddish had a decision to make with 6♣K♥ in the big blind. broddish pondered for a bit but made the call and was rewarded with a flopped two pair 7♠ K♣ 6♠ 8♦ A♦. max15183 was forced to settle for $30,774.00 in fourth place.
Big Tex hits and misses
The second attempt at a deal almost went through but Spencer “UH Big Tex” Hudson’s wants were a little more than the charity the other two players were willing to give up. Hudson already had a Sunday Million final table finish, earning $60K in 2012 and nearly claimed a SCOOP watch this year in Event #30-L and was looking to seal up Sunday Major victory tonight. With the blinds moving up to 125K/250K ante 25K broddish would min-raise from the button as Hudson shoved for 2.54 million from the big blind. broddish called and showed two overcards J♦K♣ against Hudson’s pocket tens 10♣10♥. He would hit the turn hard making a set, but miss on the river A♠ 2♦ 6♥ 10♦ Q♦ as the queen filled broddish’s straight draw sending $44,956.80 to UH Big Tex in third place.
Deal and a win
Without objections this time Cruel Ego and broddish would make a quick concession of the remaining prize pool and split it up as shown below with $10K left to play for:
Cruel Ego: $71,016.57
With the funds out of the way our final two would speed up the ending of the tournament taking only eight minutes to settle the $10,000 still left to play for. The blinds would move up to 150K/300K ante 30K as broddish muscled to a 17.6 million to nine million chip advantage while min-raising on the button. Cruel Ego made the call to see the 5♣7♠9♥ flop. They wasted no time to pour in their remaining tournament funds as Cruel Ego made the final call holding middle pair and straight draw 7♥8♠. broddish’s flopped set 5♦5♥ would turn into a full house after two tens hit the 10♠ turn and 10♣ and river to award broddish $76,163.83 and this week’s Sunday Warm-Up title!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up results (06-15-14)
Players entered: 2,676
Places paid: 396
Prize pool: $535,200.00
(* denotes part of two-way deal)
1. broddish (Sweden) *$76,163.83
2. Cruel Ego (Russia) *$71,016.57
3. UH Big Tex (Mexico) $44,956.80
4. max15183 (Germany) $30,774.00
5. DONSANTIAGO7 (Mexico) $23,281.20
6. Gabikonor003 (Hungary) $17,929.20
7. art3933 (Russia) $12,577.20
8. beukie555 (Netherlands) $7,235.90
9. Leupho (Germany) $4,549.20
David Aydt is a freelance contributor