So, PokerStars are releasing a short documentary film about me today. To be completely honest, when I was first discussing joining Team Online with PokerStars, this was the part of it that I was most hesitant about.
I generally live a pretty normal life. I have a group of friends in Bristol who mainly also played poker at the same university as me, some good friends in Northampton who I’ve known since school and some other good friends from university dotted around who I keep in touch with. So while it has obviously been amazing to make the sort of money that I have been able to make through poker, I don’t really live some baller lifestyle, traveling the world and doing crazy stuff like the stereotypical young poker player.
I mainly sit around playing poker in the flat I rent with my girlfriend, occasionally venturing out to play some football or to go indoor bouldering (a new hobby that my friend Simon has got us into).
Now and again, I can even be found heading out for a few drinks with my mates. I’m really happy with all that but I felt pretty stupid about the idea of them trying to make a video about me as if this will all be thrilling for everyone to watch.
You can therefore imagine how delighted I was when I got the schedule and they were going to be filming it on a Monday and Tuesday. “How are you possibly going to make my life look vaguely interesting by following me around on a Monday and Tuesday?” and “You’re just gonna end up with two days of footage of me sitting around in my pants clicking buttons” were two of the thoughts going through my mind. Nobody wants to see that.
Anyway, Chris, the head of Team Online, assured me that they just wanted to get my poker story to introduce me a bit to people who know nothing about me and that it didn’t matter what we were doing. Also I knew that Ryan Firpo was going to be making the film. Having seen Bet, Raise, Fold and a few of the other Team Online videos that he made, I knew that he was good, so I decided to just go with it, do what I’m told, and trust that it’d somehow work out alright.
Next up was deciding what and who we were going to film. My girlfriend was in her last week of experiments for her PhD so she didn’t really have time to be a part of it. Luckily, despite not really being the type of people who love being in the public eye, my mates in Bristol were really good about it and agreed to do whatever was needed. In particular, I know how much my old housemate Simon hates doing anything like that, so I was really grateful that he agreed to be in it.
It would have been nice to be able to visit Northampton and talk to a couple of my old school friends as well, but you can’t have everything I suppose. Ryan and the crew were already traveling a load filming a few of these back-to-back, and we only had a couple of days to film, so Ryan decided it’d be best to stick to filming in Bristol.
We ended up going bouldering together, and they just filmed us there and then kicking a football around after so that we could talk about where my “Kanu7″ screen name comes from. Then they filmed some interviews with me back at my flat and we walked around Bristol a bit.
The filming ended up being pretty fun overall actually. Ryan and the crew were all clearly really good at what they do and were all very easy to get on with. That made it easy for me to just do what I was told and answer any questions in a relaxed way.
A quirk of doing interviews for stuff like this is that the questions they ask won’t be in the final version so you have to say what the question is during your answer so that it makes sense when people watch it. Usually it’s not too bad but there was one scene we filmed where they asked me to talk about my Bluff Europe poker awards.
I had to pick them up and say “oh look what we have here, a couple of poker awards, I’ll just talk about these for a while…” To make matters worse, Eve, the editor of Bluff Europe had come along for the filming to write an article about it so she was standing behind the film crew watching.
So, I was trying to talk about the awards in a way that didn’t sound ridiculously self-indulgent given that it would appear that nobody had asked me about them, while also making sure that it didn’t sound like I was saying they weren’t a big deal while Eve was standing there. Very awkward and took a few takes as I kept laughing as I tried to introduce the awards. Somehow the scene even made the first draft of the video, but luckily for my dignity, it didn’t make the final version!
The other thing that was a bit awkward was being filmed outdoors around Bristol. It’s not like there’s one guy filming the thing on an iPhone. There’s a crew there with a big camera and mic, etc, and we’re walking around a city so the streets are not exactly empty. I guess some people would really like, that but I just focused on what I had to do and tried to ignore the fact that it must look like I think I’m some huge celebrity wandering around Bristol with cameras following me.
Luckily (or not) I had prior experience of something worse which made this time seem a bit better. When I did my first photoshoot for a poker magazine, we planned to just take a few photos around Bristol in the early afternoon while most people were at work. The photographer’s train was delayed though and it was getting dark by the time he arrived. It was also getting pretty cold and pretty busy as everyone finished work.
Due to the lack of light, the photographer stuck a big light on the top of his camera which was constantly shining on me while the photographer told me to do various poses, while hundreds of people walked past wondering who this distinctly average looking clown was who thought it was a good idea to pose for photos in the dark and freezing cold around Bristol at the busiest time of day. I thought if I managed to get through that without dying of embarrassment, this would be alright as well.
After filming, I did an interview with Eve about the whole thing. Having spent the last couple of days with cameras in my face whenever I was speaking, it felt so much like an informal chat that I think I just rambled about anything and everything with no regard for whether what I was saying was suitable or useful for an interview. If she’s brave enough to attempt to get some useful stuff from it and actually write an article about the whole thing then I’ll be interested to see what I said because I have no idea!
With everyone gone, it was time for me to get back to actually playing some poker and down to Ryan to put everything together to make the video. I had pretty much nothing to do with it after that other than getting sent a couple of drafts and giving a bit of feedback.
I have to say that once again Ryan did a great job with it. That’s pretty much my poker story. I really enjoyed some of the other Team Online videos he’s made, so I hope people enjoy watching this one. If not, then never mind I guess. All you can do with these things is represent yourself honestly and hope it’s well received.
I have really enjoyed representing PokerStars so far. I said when I joined that I wouldn’t have considered representing another site for 3x the money, and I stand by that and haven’t been disappointed. They’re a cut above any other online poker site in my opinion, and I hope this video helps people to get to know me a bit and helps me to continue to represent PokerStars better into the future.
Good luck at the tables everyone and hope you enjoy the video,
It’s a natural phenomenon, and one that has been put to the test as recently as this month during the football World Cup – the relation between time wasting and the fortunes of the player or team involved.
It was a point made during the World Cup by Geoff Foster, who wrote his analysis in the Wall Street Journal of one of the more irritating aspects of modern football. He added up the amount of time each team’s players spent “writhing” on the ground, only to stand up and play on moments later, having undergone an almost miraculous recovery.
Looking at the opening group stages of the World Cup, Foster discovered Brazil were most commonly seen in “anguish”, while Bosnia proved most likely to man up, shake it off and play on.
There was something else that he discovered. The amount of time spent rolling around on the floor was strongly linked to the situation shown on the scoreboard. A losing team spent less time appealing to the Academy of Motion Pictures than teams that were winning.
Poker has a similar problem, although in comparison the cause is reversed. Players don’t fall from their chairs and roll around on the floor holding their ankle, but they do something else, tanking with great drama for great lengths of time to help their cause, particularly when the bubble is about to burst.
It’s one of the more unsavoury things you might have to watch from the rail of a poker tournament, the blatant time wasting to slow down the action, the rechecking of cards, the false agonising as if there’s a decision to make with your nine-three off-suit under the gun.
On the World Series of Poker Main Event bubble, it swept through the place like an epidemic. John Juanda even had a face mask on.
The floor staff would be busy, not just in marshalling their dealers, but in keeping players in line. The cry of “clock” as play moved into that vital stage before hand-for-hand, echoed across the Amazon Room. One corner in particular getting the full works with a Jack Effel broadside.
It appeared on one table everyone had been doing something wrong and Effel was adamant. He’d declare any hand dead that he chose to if he got the merest whiff of stalling. “Play poker!” he demanded, before striding off, threatening to return with a stop watch.
As those at the cautioned table pointed fingers of blame at each other, players on the neighbouring table had their own problems.
You might actually be familiar with Zach Hall without even knowing it. He’s the player who has on a rainbow coloured umbrella hat. He’s now tanking so much that several players looked like they wanted to empty the contents of a nearby fire extinguisher in his direction.
It’s not as straight forward as all that. With more than $18,000 to those who min-cash it’s almost churlish to suggest that players hanging on for dear life shouldn’t do everything they can to eke into the money. It’s not pretty. It’s annoying even, and might not be in the spirit of the game (poker being a game of selflessness and courtesy, cough). But on closer look, not everyone on the table was like Curtis Rystadt (himself about to cash for the biggest win of his career) timing each tanked hand Hall played with a stopwatch app out of pure frustration. Others seemed relieved that Hall was doing their dirty work.
The solution to all of this was not far off. With 695 player left hand-for-hand play was introduced, which nullifies the time-wasters in the way a penalty shootout will get the Brazilians into shape.
It would take only one hand to see off the three players needed, albeit one that would take an age. The players were expectant.
“I’ve got five all-in calls,” said Jack Effel into the mic. “Five all in calls…” He lingered over it, almost teasing the crowd. It was though this was a giant supper club and there was a prize draw, with prizes between courses. The crowd oohed, giddy at the prospect of a money finish, and stood to hear what would be a succession of hands called out to them.
Effel then became a kind of pied piper, leading a small circus of reporters, cameramen, photographers, hangers on, and the people who hold giant microphones on sticks, from one table to another.
The first would be the most spectacular, although perhaps painful is more accurate.
John Dwyer got his chips in with a full house, only to run it into the quads of Mark Newhouse. He even tanked. It’ll be a decision that stays with him for a long time yet.
Effel delivered the news with professional neutrality before leading everyone over to the next hand, each being turned over in order to rule out any advantage.
Here was where Zhen Cai’s tournament would come to an end, one of several to run into pocket aces at the same time. His pocket queens were probably a sight for sore eyes when he first looked down at them. Darren Keyes though would ensure that his eyes remained sore.
Forwards marched Effel, not wasting any time – no time for writhing allowed – this time to oversee Kori Hunter’s fate. Hunter also had aces. Facing him was Harry Kaczka with nine-eight of diamonds. Kaczka had flopped eight-seven, and turned a five. The nine on the river though was what saved him, even Effel’s voice betrayed his neutrality as it landed, sending Hunter out.
At this point most players in the room knew that they had cashed, but dared not celebrate until told to. Paul Tedeschi would double in all-in hand number four, against Arthur Morris, his aces against pocket queens.
Waiting all of this time was Stuart Rutter. His all-in had been the first to take place but was the last to be called. Effel led the circus over to see what Rutter held – ace-jack of hearts against Daniel Alaei’s jack-nine off-suit, on a jack-high flop. The wait for Rutter was worth it, with nothing on the turn and river to change anything.
All of a sudden there was no reason to tank, to time waste, or writhe. A high card draw determined which of the three players would get their buy-in paid for next year, Cai at least getting something to show for more than three days of poker. Hunter and Dwyer were quick to depart.
The crowd roared as the shutters on the pay-out desk were raised, metaphorically at least. We’re back up to full speed in the Main Event. And we’re in the money.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.
Matthias de Meulder is the last member of Team PokerStars pro or Team Online left in the 2014 WSOP Main Event.
“Oh, is that so?” he said after arriving to his table today.
He has every right to be surprised. WSOP players haven’t even hit the money yet, and against every bit of history, it’s almost impossible to find a member of the Red Spade Brigade.
“We’re 50 off the money,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting, but the bubble is notoriously long.”
De Meulder–one of two twin brothers on the team–comes from Belgium. It’s a long way to come and go home with nothing. He hasn’t even bothered calling his family to mention he’s on the cusp of making it into the money.
“Once we get deeper, I’ll start calling,” he said.
De Meulder isn’t new to this game. He knows how to handle a bubble. He has fewer than 40 big blinds. He knows he’s going to have to pick his spots.
“Everything very much depends on the players. If you have eight other players looking to cash, open up your game and try to steal as many blinds as possible,” he said.
But just looking at his opponents, it may be more of a matter of waiting for a hand. He’s got Owen Crowe, Paul Tedeschi, and Nick Yunis at his table.
Nevertheless, De Meulder has been in this spot before. He has one WSOP Main Event cash to his name.
“Let’s hope to make it a second time,” he said, “and then go for the $10 million, of course,”
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging
As any teenager will tell you, separation from the internet, when you rely on it so much, can be a serious condition, treatable only by a massive dose of free Wi-Fi.
Symptoms can get pretty ugly; an involuntary twitch in the right hand, a dazed look of confusion owing to an inability to look up even simple things online. Abandoned to an analogue world those suffering this condition will become desperate very fast.
Fortunately Randy “nanonoko” Lew is smart enough to spot the symptoms when they set in and do something about it. Struck by this medical emergency while in Las Vegas, noticing first that his left-click finger was having convulsions, he immediately booked a flight over the border to Vancouver where he was rushed to an internet terminal. Thankfully he arrived in time.
Well that’s almost true. Lew did fly home to Vancouver mid-series because he was missing online poker, but it wasn’t exactly owing to an urge to click things.
“It’s tough, honestly,” said Lew about being restricted to live poker. “That’s why I left. I left to go play online in Vancouver!
“When you play every day here in the World Series it’s for long days and you’re playing one tournament. I didn’t do very well for the first half of the Series and I felt that, because I don’t play live that much, I didn’t feel as confident. So I found a slot of time in the World Series where it wasn’t ideal tournaments for me to play, like random games or mixed games. I decided to go back to Vancouver and get back into playing a lot of hands and getting more comfortable – like good training!
So there was no twitching?
“Maybe when I first got to the series I was like that,” he confessed. “As you play more I realised, it’s a lot of money on the line! I stopped messing with my phone as much!”
Lew is known more for his online antics – the multi-tabling, the records he’s set – than for his live play, even though he has an APPT title to his name from Macau in 2011, and just short of $1 million in live earnings. But does slogging away in a live environment bring the same kind of satisfaction?
“Usually when I’m playing live it’s for a big buy-in tournament, so there’s definitely a lot of excitement,.” he said. “You might not play as many hands, but just seeing everyone at my table… when you lose a pot to someone it doesn’t feel as great!
“So I really hone in on each player and think about what’s he’s doing. Because if I lose to them I have to face them as I walk away. So I think it makes me try extra hard because I can focus. And there’s a lot of money on the line.
Contrary to what you might think, the money aspect still applies even to the best and richest of players.
“It’s definitely a factor,” said Lew. “The bracelet’s very important to me too, but the money is an incentive, an incentive for me to play even harder. If we were all playing for play money here I might not play as well. Everything changes. But with the $10,000 Main Event right now, it’s still life changing money for me to make the final table. I’ve never cashed this event. And I’ve played it at least 7 times, so I’m trying to break that record too!
Those chances took a beating earlier when Lew lost a big hand with pocket queens. “The door card was a queen,” said Lew. “But the dealer was so fast; she was like “king!” So he had less than half a second to enjoy his advantage.
“But you know the structure’s really deep,” said Lew. “I still have 30 something thousand, and while it may not seem a lot relative to everyone else I’m still very comfortable. In a normal tournament I’d still be considered a big stack.
“So I’m going to play my game and I’m pretty confident. I’ll grind it out a little bit and get my chips in with strong equity. I’m going to play the odds and I think they’re in my favour.”
If you’re in Las Vegas and have been affected by any of the issues raised in this blog post, such as “right hand twitch” or “Randy Lew Syndrome”, contact your airline ticket desk for immediate help.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.
No matter who you speak to, it’s impossible to find anyone to say a bad word about Chad Brown. When the poker community lost Chad to cancer last week, the flood of memories online and in casinos around the world was enormous. Everyone was looking for a way to express just how they feel.
Today, Chad’s friends announced they will host a memorial service and charity poker tournament at Binion’s Gambling Hall this Sunday. Because Chad was such an important part of the PokerStars family, PokerStars has announced it will provide big prizes for the tourney and match all funds raised.
Sue Hammett, Director of Corporate Giving for PokerStars said, “PokerStars was proud to have Chad Brown on our team. We are devastated and mourn the passing of our dear friend Chad Brown. For this year’s inaugural Chad Brown Poker Tournament, PokerStars is pleased to announce and donate the following to this worthy charitable event. The first place winner of Chad’s tournament will receive a Main Event seat at the next PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event. The second place winner will receive a main event seat including hotel for five nights at the Montreal Poker Festival which will take place August 22nd thru September 4th of this year. PokerStars will match all funds raised for the charity from the tournament. All of us here at PokerStars are honored to do this in Chad’s name.”
Both of the events are open to the public.
For more information, visit the Chad Brown Memorial site.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging
So you buy-in, you wait for your turn to play on Day 1C. Then, when the day comes you set about finding your table. When you get there a makeshift sign says you should go to the main stage in the Amazon Room. It’s at this point that it dawns on you that your first day in the biggest tournament of your life will be played on the TV stage, under the lights and in front of the cameras.
But there’s more. As you get used to the idea of all that attention, something else dawns on you. If your table is going to be the feature table, who is it exactly that’s providing the feature?
This might have been what the first three players to arrive on stage, dressed comfortably for a long day, were thinking as they sat, or stood awaiting the news that would potentially affect how their big day panned out.
Like three defendants about to go on trial, waiting to see what kind of man their judge was, they did their best to look calm, like all of this was normal. They didn’t talk to each other. Instead they made their last preparations, taking things out of bags, tapping things into their phones, taking a sip of water.
Off stage the introductions were taking place. It didn’t look like these three men were paying much attention to it, but if they did it might at least have distracted them, as a white flash whizzed by wearing a back pack, arriving on stage to take its seat.
This was Joe Cada, the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, here to confirm the three men’s worst fears.
In many ways 2014 has been an even bigger year for Cada than 2009, when he became the Main Event’s youngest ever winner. This summer brought with it the all-important second bracelet, the vindication that leaves any remaining sceptics out in the cold.
“Just winning a bracelet in general is amazing,” Cada said after the win. “To win two is a great feeling.
Team PokerStars Pro Cada was the star pupil of the class of 2009, a class which this year showed it’s quality, with three of its alumni winning bracelets.
As well as Cada, Eric Buchman, who finished fourth in 2009, won his second bracelet 24 hours after Cada in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Then Phil Ivey, out seventh in 2009, won the 8-Game mix a little more than a week ago, bracelet number 10.
(For good measure Jordan Smith, who finished 10th in 2009, won the $120 Memorial Day River Poker Series event in Thakerville, Oklahoma this past May).
I’m not sure if any of this occurred to those who will share a table with the in-form Cada. Perhaps there was some comfort in knowing that the cameras were not yet switched on, and if Cada was to bring them humiliation early, it would at least be private.
For now Cada sets out on another bid to become the Main Event champion. He has the experience and he has the form. It would certainly be some triple.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.
It’s nearly six hours into Day 1 of the World Series of Poker Main Event, and the man who famously won it all in 2003 is feeling generous.
“You want to try the glasses on?” he asks an opponent. “They’re magic.”
Chris Moneymaker, the man who helped kick off the biggest poker boom in history, reaches down to the sunglasses around his neck and hands them across the table.
“Now, I’m going to give you a piece of advice,” he says. “They only work if you actually play a hand. You want to play the lottery, but you don’t buy a ticket, and then you complain the glasses don’t work!”
He’s needling a conservative opponent, but it’s all in good fun. The entire table laughs. It’s like a redefinition of the so-called Moneymaker Effect. Eleven years ago, his underdog win ushered in thousands of new players to the game. Now, he’s entertaining everybody again. It doesn’t matter that there’s not a camera nearby. The Moneymaker Show is on.
For longtime Moneymaker watchers, it’s clear he’s come a long way since winning the Main Event so many years ago. In the past couple of years, he’s seemed to be a changed man. It’s nothing that’s easy to pinpoint. It’s a sort of new energy he carries with him everywhere. It’s almost as if it really is magic.
“It looks like we’re going to be breaking soon,” he announces. “You don’t have long to use the glasses’ power.”
Magic or not, Moneymaker is doing a good job selling the specs. He’s one of several celebrity endorsers for Blue Shark Optics, and–if the performance this afternoon is any indication–he might be their best.
To wit: the guy now wearing the shades isn’t the first person at the table to benefit from the Moneymaker magic. There is an older man two to the former champ’s left, and I’ll be damned if he’s not wearing the exact same glasses. Apparently he tried out Moneymaker’s and then liked them so much, he literally ran out into the hallway to the Blue Shark kiosk and bought the exact same pair.
“I told the guy to try my glasses, he goes and buys them, and now he’s beating me out of every pot!” Moneymaker says.
Moneymaker is stewing, but it’s an act. When he stands up to stretch, he says he actually feels fantastic. He should. He has more than 46,000 in chips after starting with 30,000. Nevertheless, he attempts some vocal self-analysis for those listening.
“When I had the glasses around my neck, I was doing great. Now…” he says.
The kid wearing Moneymaker’s magic glasses quickly reaches for them.
“Do you want them back?” he asks.
Moneymaker eyes the kid for a second, and then says, “Nah. That’s alright. You need a little more chips.”
Again, everyone–even the kid–laughs hard. It’s a gratifying sound.
In an era when many have criticized poker pros for making the game uncomfortable for recreational players, a world champion is doing the exactly opposite. He’s going out of his way to make sure everyone–including himself–is having fun.
Eventually, Moneymaker will get his glasses back, but no matter what he says, most people watching will have a creeping suspicion: the thing that gives Moneymaker’s sunglasses their magic is Moneymaker himself.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging
Poker tournaments are not just about big boys (and girls) with deep pockets. MicroMillions is the PokerStars series you can pay for small change, and best of all the prizes are still spectacular.
MicroMillions 8 runs from July 17 through 27, and boasts 100 events starting with a buy-in of just 11 cents (it’s a rebuy!). Most other events can be played for less than ten bucks, while the main event is a still-reasonable $22, with at least $100,000 guaranteed for first.
There’s also a pretty cool side promo happening – enter the MicroMillions Challenge and, if you play in six or more MicroMillions tourneys, you’ll be entered into a special all-in shootout for free.
In the last MicroMillions series back in March, the UK’s RainmanRJA bested a 63,000-strong field to take the $78,000 first prize. If you fancy following in his footsteps, satellites for MicroMillions events are running now,
For more information, including the full schedule, satellite details, and more, visit the MicroMillions page.
Best of luck.
The Women’s Sunday has an exciting announcement for its players!
There will be a Women’s Sunday replay of the entire final table each week going forward. Players will be able to access it under the “Special” tab in the “Tourney” category, and the replay will be available on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. This will happen each week, just as it is done with the weekly Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, and Sunday Storm tournaments.
Look for “Replay: Women’s Sunday Final Table – June 29″ as the first one.
It’s a great way for players to watch their opponents, all of the action, and to use it as a learning tool for improving their game.
As for today’s tournament, the final registration numbers were listed as follows:
Total players: 235
Prize pool: $11,750.00
Paid finishers: 36
The bounty this week was on the virtual head of Team Online’s Katerina “katerina289″ Malasidou, who got involved early in the game. But her run came to an early end, as she tweeted:
This was the most short-lived #WomensSunay for me! Congrats to koanju from Hungary for getting my bounty http://t.co/HRcULSSWTL
— Katerina Malasidou (@katerina0289) June 29, 2014
Koanju took home the $50 bounty, and play moved on toward the money portion of the tournament.
After the four-hour mark, the field was reduced to just two tables of players, and it took another hour to reach hand-for-hand play. Moments later, VVVictorYYY pushed all-in with her short stack and K♣2♠ from the small blind. Quenofpkr called from the big blind with just a few chips behind and A♠9♠. The board of J♠9♣K♠Q♥T♣ gave Quenofpkr the nut straight and eliminated VVVictorYYY in tenth place for $188.00.
GaelleGD going strong
The final table started in Level 29, with blinds at 2.4K/4.8K and a 600 ante, with these players and their chip counts:
Seat 1: SexyFlush (134,156 in chips)
Seat 2: Ima Notellin (84,777 in chips)
Seat 3: Bags&Shoes (90,749 in chips)
Seat 4: lini0728 (165,379 in chips)
Seat 5: LuxoR_C (125,273 in chips)
Seat 6: GaelleGD (267,266 in chips)
Seat 7: oo00uch!! (137,948 in chips)
Seat 8: Poker-Eksper (91,962 in chips)
Seat 9: Quenofpkr (77,490 in chips)
Bags&Shoes quickly doubled through Ima Notellin to climb into a strong second place on the leaderboard. Just a few hands later, ImaNotellin moved all-in with 12,656 chips UTG holding A♦T♣. Bags&Shoes called with 8♥8♦, which only improved to a set of eights on the 8♠Q♠3♠K♥6♠ board. ImaNotellin was eliminated in ninth place with $223.25.
Bags&Shoes lost ground but doubled through lini0728, and SexyFlush doubled through GaelleGD. Quenofpkr had been relegated to stack of less than 10K chips, though she managed a double through GaelleGD to stay in action, and she then tripled through Poker-Eksper and LuxoR_C. Lini0728 doubled her stack through Bags&Shoes.
Quenofpkr then scored another double to climb to the top half of the leaderboard with this hand:
Two hands later, Quenofpkr raised from middle position, and when lini0728 moved all-in for 109,650 chips from the big blind, Quenofpkr called with A♠9♦. Lini0728 showed 6♦6♠, but the board of T♠9♠T♣9♥7♠ gave Quenofpkr the full house and sent lini0728 out in eighth place for $293.75.
Oo00uch!! doubled through Poker-Eksper, and the two tangled again three hands later. Poker-Eksper moved all-in for less than 14K chips, LuxoR_C called from the big blind, and original raiser oo00ch!! called. The flop of 6♣K♥J♠ brought a bet from oo00uch!! and call from LuxoR_C, but another bet on the 5♠ turn prompted LuxoR_C to fold. Poker-Eksper showed K♠T♠, but oo00uch!! had the J♥J♦ for a set. The 5♣ on the river officially sent Poker-Eksper out in seventh place with $411.25.
Bags&Shoes doubled through SexyFlush, and the latter never recovered. SexyFlush put the last of her chips at risk with 9♣J♥ against the T♦T♣ of LuxoR_C, and the board of 8♣7♦7♥6♠9♠ gave LuxoR_C the straight. SexyFlush was gone in sixth place for $528.50.
LuxoR_C doubled through GaelleGD, though the former chip leader was still in very good shape. GaelleGD then got involved with Quenofpkr and Bags&Shoes to see a raised flop of 9♥K♠4♠. Quenofpkr bet, and Bags&Shoes got out of the way as GaelleGD called. The 6♥ on the turn prompted Quenofpkr to move all-in with K♣J♥ and top pair. GaelleGD called all-in with K♦Q♦ for top pair with the better kicker. But the J♠ hit hard on the river to eliminate Gaëlle “GaelleGD” Garcia Diaz in fifth place for $681.50.
Bags&Shoes doubled through Quenofpkr, as did oo00uch!!, but oo00uch!! had a long way to go. So oo00uch!! pushed all-in again with T♣9♣ after seeing the 5♥9♥2♦ flop. Quenofpkr called with J♣J♦, though, which held up on the 5♦ turn and 6♦ river. Oo00uch!! ended her run in fourth place for $998.75.
The comeback of Quenofpkr was impressive, and she only extended her lead as the table played on. As three-handed action commenced, the three stacks were as follows:
Seat 3: Bags&Shoes (297,257 in chips)
Seat 5: LuxoR_C (126,123 in chips)
Seat 9: Quenofpkr (751,620 in chips)
LuxoR_C doubled through Bags&Shoes, and the latter then did the same through LuxoR_C, while Quenofpkr climbed above 800K chips. LuxoR_C doubled through Bags&Shoes again, and the latter did it through Quenofpkr. LuxoR_C did it again through Bags&Shoes.
That left Bags&Shoes with little more than 3K chips, which went all-in on the next hand with 5♦4♥. LuxoR_C had Q♠8♣, and the board came 8♥8♦7♥8♠A♥ to eliminate Bags&Shoes in third place with $1,327.75.
The final two players began their match with these chip stacks:
Seat 5: LuxoR_C (423,536 in chips)
Seat 9: Quenofpkr (751,464 in chips)
LuxoR_C doubled through Quenofpkr, and the latter doubled back. As LuxoR_C gained ground, the stacks were nearly even when the two paused the tournament to discuss a chop of the prize money. They agreed to each accept $2,082.74 and play for the title alone.
Quenofpkr quickly chipped up, and both then got involved in a reraised pot to see a flop of 4♣T♠Q♣. LuxoR_C bet all-in with A♦J♥ for the draw, and Quenofpkr called with A♣K♠ for the draw as well. The A♠ on the turn gave each of them top pair, and the Q♦ on the river gave each two pair, but the king kicker played. LuxoR_C exited in second place.
Quenofpkr captured the Women’s Sunday title. Congrats!
Women’s Sunday Results for 06/29/14:
Prize pool: $11,750.00
Paid players: 36
1. Quenofpkr (Belgium) $2,082.74*
2. LuxoR_C (Greece) $2,082.74*
3. Bags&Shoes (Portugal) $1,327.75
4. oo00uch!! (Argentina) $998.75
5. GaelleGD (Belgium) $681.50
6. SexyFlush (Netherlands) $528.75
7. Poker-Eksper (Norway) $411.25
8. lini0728 (China) $293.75
9. Ima Notellin (Canada) $223.25
*Figures denote two-way chop
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.
There will be some celebrating in The Netherlands tonight. Well, there was that football match that the men in orange won and may cause a few pubs to keep their lights on later tonight. But, someone else donning the Dutch national colors may be joining in a different celebration. Ned_bg would start the $400,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table with the chip lead and end up as its champion taking down $78,147.09 with the victory.
Tonight it only took eight hours to break down the mass of 2,473 entries into two tables and with the shortened field they threatened to reach the final table within the hour. Players like EZGrind, with a third place during the Sunday Million last year (earning $118K) and MCvisitor who nearly claimed a SCOOP watch during Event #36-L this year, would reach the final two tables. But, MCvisitor and EZGrind would go no further claiming $1,830.02 in 17th and 18th place respectively.
40 minutes into the eighth hour onkel georg would take away $3,214.90 in 11th place after darogio flopped a set of jacks and avoided onkel georg’s diamond flush draw for a 2.1 million chip pot. Five minutes later with the blinds still at 30K/60K ante 6K nille93ab would raise to 180,000 from the small blind as fjaluz made it 2.38 million total after shoving from the big blind. Holding 605,655 chips left, nille93ab made the call holding a suited mid-ace 7♣A♣ and leading fjaluz’s 9♥K♦. That lead evaporated on the flopped two pair 5♠ K♠ 9♣ 3♦ 3♥ for fjaluz as nille93ab’s elimination started up the final table below:
Seat 1: bananeraise (1154368 in chips)
Seat 2: L_Cesk (1098118 in chips)
Seat 3: Lew1903 (596404 in chips)
Seat 4: BitterAce12 (855153 in chips)
Seat 5: AlGiNho (2741876 in chips)
Seat 6: darogio (3434509 in chips)
Seat 7: fjaluz (3205086 in chips)
Seat 8: BubsenMan (3722980 in chips)
Seat 9: Ned_bg (7921506 in chips)
Netherlands strike first
Showing off the country football colors as part of the PokerStars Football Fever promotion, Ned_bg was making waves early on hoping for a second big victory for the Dutch today. With the blinds at 30K/60K ante 6K fjaluz would raise UTG to 126,000 as Ned_bg called from middle position. BitterAce12, no stranger to the Sunday Warm-Up final table after chopping up in third place for $72K last October, was back again and looking for the title. BitterAce12 would shove 741,153 from the cutoff as fjaluz pulled back the cards and released them. Ned_bg however made the call with pocket nines 9♣9♦. BitterAce12′s big slick K♥A♠ was racing until the turned set of nines for Ned_bg 2♥ Q♠ 4♣ 9♥ 2♠ ended BitterAce12′s tournament in ninth place ($4,204.10).
L_Cesk needs less diamonds
Just six minutes later as the blinds moved up to 40K/80K ante 8K darogio would min-raise UTG as it folded around to L_Cesk on the button with under a million chips and big slick K♠A♠. L_Cesk would push those 934,118 chips as darogio made the call also with a suited ace A♦9♦. Only one suit can prevail if any and this time it was diamonds that splashed across the K♦ 7♦ 5♦ 5♠ 6♣ flop sending L_Cesk off with $7,171.70 in eighth place.
Short and nowhere to go
Shortly after the five minute hourly break, microstacked Lew1903 tried to use the off-time to wrangle up a chop deal despite only holding 174,404 chips. Unfortunately, the table was not persuaded by Lew1903′s charms as the Swede pushed all-in slightly over the early fjaluz raise. fjaluz with just 6,404 chips to call, did so with pocket tens T♥T♠ as Lew1903 turned over the sizable Q♥A♦. A severe lack of broadway cards on the 9♣ 7♦ 2♣ 5♥ 5♣ board would send Lew1903 home in seventh place ($12,117.70).
Late surge by the Dutch again
As with The Netherland’s late victory over Mexico today Ned_bg came on strong during the later parts of tonight’s final table. With the blinds moving up to 50K/100K ante 10K and Ned_bg, enjoying a sizable chip lead holding over ten million chips with only second place darogio close by with 5.5 million, would open shove from the small blind to place considerable pressure on the shortstacked bananeraise in the big blind. Holding two face cards K♦Q♥ bananeraise would give it go and called for 1.07 million as Ned_bg turned up 6♣A♣. The river 4♣ 9♥ T♥ 3♣ J♣ would help both players hit their draws as bananeraise caught a straight but Ned_bg did one better with the nut flush. Chalk up another big final table finish for bananeraise earning $17,063.70 in sixth place tonight along with a WCOOP final table in 2011 Event #50, also 6th place $16,925.70.
Taking a snooze
Further into the 50K/100K ante 10K level got fjaluz looking for extra chips in the wrong places. Able to open on the button, fjaluz shoved for 1.44 million as BubsenMan folded the small blind. However, the chip leader Ned_bg was more than accommodating to give action with pocket kings K♥K♦. fjaluz would flop a lesser two pair holding Q♠T♣ but Ned_bg finished with a full house on the 8♠ T♠ 8♣ A♠ K♣ board. fjaluz’s fifth place efforts earned $22,009.70. Micromillions 7 was fjaluz’s place to shine, after making a final table there as well.
Wire to wire for Ned_bg?
The chip lead was wielding the big stack like woodchipper going through branches and during all challengers into wood pulp. With the blinds up to 65K/130K ante 13K Ned_bg would min-raise from the button as AlGiNho shoved for 1.45 million from the small blind. Covering, darogio in the big blind made the call but deftly got out of the way once Ned_bg shoved the massive 13 million chip stack into the middle. AlGiNho’s J♥A♣ would get trampled by Ned_bg’s pocket queens Q♥Q♣ flopping a boat Q♦ 7♦ 7♥ 5♥ 7♠. $28,934.10 was shipped off to AlGiNho in fourth place.
Ever sit in the line at a government office waiting and waiting and waiting hearing every other number but yours getting called? Well, tonight Ned_bg was calling the numbers and biding time while eliminating all challengers. Still in the 65K/130K ante 13K blind level SCOOP 2014 Event #16-L champ BubsenMan would try to knock a dent into Ned_bg’s stack starting off with a min-raise from the button as Ned_bg three-bet to 650,000. BubsenMan made it 4.04 million holding 3♣K♥ as Ned_bg made the call with a decent ace A♥J♥. BubsenMan took the lead with a flopped top pair, but lost it on the river as the queen completed a straight K♠ T♠ J♣ T♣ Q♣ for Ned_bg. No Sunday Major victory today for the SCOOP champ as BubsenMan took away $42,041.00 in third place.
Why don’t you give up this is my tournament!
Ned_bg would start with a 21 million to 3.7 million chip lead with blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K but 40 minutes and a brief (and unsuccessful) chip chop discussion later, the stacks would flatten out a bit causing Ned_bg to ask darogio why Polish player was being such a pest.
darogio would be put against the ropes several times finding a double up at just the right moment to extend the tournament. After each double up Ned_bg would turn up the aggression and knock darogio right back down. Rinse and repeat a few times until the 125K/250K ante 25K blind level with Ned_bg holding a 19.2 million to 5.4 million chip lead both would get it all in the middle preflop as Ned_bg’s pocket fours 4♣4♥ squared off against darogio’s J♠K♦. Despite the scary flop 9♥ T♠ 9♦ 8♦ 6♥ Ned_bg would finally put the finish move on darogio, claiming $78,147.09 as this week’s Sunday Warm-Up champion!
PokerStars Sunday Warm-up results (06-29-14)
Players entered: 2,473
Places paid: 360
Prize pool: $494,600.00
1. Ned_bg (Bulgaria) $78,147.09
2. darogio (Poland) $58,694.18
3. BubsenMan (United Kingdom) $42,041.00
4. AlGiNho (Lithuania) $28,934.10
5. fjaluz (Sweden) $22,009.70
6. bananeraise (Austria) $17,063.70
7. Lew1903 (United Kingdom) $12,117.70
8. L_Cesk (Greece) $7171.70
9. BitterAce12 (Poland) $4,204.10
David Aydt is a freelance contributor