This week's Super Tuesday follows a Super Sunday the Green Bay Packers had after winning the Super Bowl. While a fancy ring wasn't available to tonight's winner, over $90,000 was available for the 475 players who participated, with the final 54 players getting a piece of the $475,000 prize pool, as grifo173 burst the bubble in 55th place.
A handful of Team PokerStars Pros were in the field, as Joe Cada and Victor Ramdin finished one table from the money. Team Canada Pro Pat Pezzin was the top performing member of Team PokerStars once again. Hoping to improve on his 12th place finish in last week's Super Tuesday, Pezzin was under 500 chips during the first level; going on an extensive grind as his stack was near the bottom of the standings for hours before eventually making the money. Pezzin wasn't content on a min-cash, battling his way through the field before eventually getting an above average stack with two tables left before reaching the final table.
Now that we know Pezzin had one of the final nine spots, how did the other eight get there? Hand for hand play didn't go very well for DrewPinsky, finishing 10th for $6,175.00. Having lost a coinflip a couple of hands earlier against Travis "TravestyFund" Rice, DrewPinsky was in the 5,600 chip big blind with just 10,255 chips remaining. Ketan "kbp33" Pandya min-raised from UTG to 11,200 with K♣Q♥ as the table folded to DrewPinsky, calling with 9♣2♠. The board ran out T♣ 7♦ 6♠ 7♠ 3♣
and we now had a final table, as pictured below:
Seat 1: marioq2 (149,311 in chips)
Seat 2: Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez Cruz (270,940 in chips)
Seat 3: a$$ou (881,672 in chips)
Seat 4: Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (45,405 in chips)
Seat 5: Schinken777 (212,155 in chips)
Seat 6: Travis "TravestyFund" Rice (392,004 in chips)
Seat 7: Ketan "kbp33" Pandya (270,803 in chips)
Seat 8: Pat Pezzin (77,315 in chips)
Seat 9: Jon "G6Dragon" Lane (75,395 in chips)
Jon "G6Dragon" Lane was the first casualty at the final table, earning $7,885.00 for 9th place. The blinds were at 3,200/6,400 with an ante of 800 as kbp33 opened from the cutoff with a raise to 13,800 with J♠T♠. G6Dragon reraised all-in for 64,295 chips from the small blind with Q♥J♣ as kbp33 made the call. The flop flip-flopped the leader of the hand: T♥ A♦ 5♦. The 3♦ turn and 7♠ river meant a short stay at the final table for G6Dragon.
The next two players dispatched from the final table occurred in back to back hands. The first hand started with kbp33 opening the action with a raise to 13,800, followed by a re-raise to 32,000 by marioq, as kbp33 made the call. On the flop of 9♦ 5♥ 3♦, kbp33 bet 64,000 as marioq moved all-in for 87,811 total as kbp33 made the call. When the cards were on their backs, marioq showed A♥K♣ while kbp33 had a flush draw with J♦T♦. The turn was the 6♥ changed nothing, but the K♦ on the river gave kbp33 the flush and marioq zero chips. The next hand was the final one for Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan, earning $15,437.50 for 7th place. From the button, a$$ou raised to 14,000 with J♦J♠ then G's zee reraised to 96,000 with A♦6♥. A$$ou moved all-in as G's zee called for their remaining chips. The board ran out Q♥ T♠ K♥ 2♦ 3♣ as the final table was now six-handed.
Pat Pezzin would ride his short stack to a 6th place finish for $20,187.50 in a blind v blind battle. From the small blind kbp33 raised enough to put Pezzin all in with T♣4♠. Pezzin snap-called with J♠J♦ and seemed primed to double up. It would be a cruel flop for Pezzin when it came down T♥ 2♥ 4♦ to give kbp33 top two pair. The 4♥ on the turn changed nothing as one of the two remaining jacks would double up Pezzin. However, the river was the Q♥ as Pezzin hit the rail.
Play slowed down a bit until Schinken777 pocketed $26,600.00 for 5th place. The blinds were now up to 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000 as a$$ou opened the action from the button with a raise to 18,555 with 9♦9♥. In the big blind Schinken777 re-raised to 45,987 with Q♠Q♣. a$$ou shoved as Schinken777 made the call. The flop was 6♥ K♠ K♥ as a$$ou was drawing to two outs. One of those outs appeared on the turn, 9♠ and the re-suck would not come for Schinken777 as the J♦ river card sent Schinken777 short of a major victory.
Four-handed play didn't last long as Travis "TravestyFund" Rice collected 4th place money, good for $38,000.00. TravestyFund shoved for 140,884 chips with A♦7♦ and a$$ou instacalled with A♥Q♣. Five cards later Rice was cooked: K♦ 6♥ 2♥ 4♥ 9♣ as a$$ou held over half the chips in play.
Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez Cruz held the short stack for a long stretch, and was even able to double up to stay in contention. However, time was not on the player's side as in less than 20 minutes, a scheduled server restart would halt the tournament for over an hour. The blinds were now at 5,000/10,000 with an ante of 1,125 as Turko_man opened with a raise to 24,000 with Q♦9♠ as a$$ou made the call from the big blind holding 7♣6♠. The flop would be gin for a$$ou - 9♣ 5♥ 8♣ for the nut straight while Turko_man held only top-top, leading out for 28,000. a$$ou reraised to 56,000 to set the trap, and Turko_man fell into it by shoving for 346,436 as a$$ou made the triple fist-pump snapcall. The turn was the 4♦ as Turko_man was drawing dead. The meaningless river was the K♥ to bring the tournament down to heads-up play as a$$ou held a 3-1 chip lead.
The chip lead remained a$$ou's for several minutes as both players hoped to end the tournament as quickly as possible. The blinds were now at 6,000/12,000 with an ante of 1,500 as a$$ou shoved with 2♠2♣ as kbp33 decided to flip with A♣J♦. The flop rewarded kbp33: 8♠ K♣ A♥, as the T♣ turn and A♦ river closed the gap. On the next hand as the server restart loomed ever closer, the players quickly agreed to a chip chop deal:
After the players agreed to a deal, Ketan "kbp33" Pandya would win the remaining two hands first with K♥K♣ v T♠6♦ to double up, then take the rest of the chips with Q♠5♠ v T♠2♠ as the board ran out 2♦ 5♥ 7♣ A♠ 7♥ to appear at the top of the tournament standings while a$$ou earned more money for finishing 2nd.
2/8/11 Super Tuesday Final Table Results**:
1st: Ketan "kbp33" Pandya - $78,650.96
2nd: a$$ou - $80,189.04
3rd: Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez Cruz - $49,875.00
4th: Travis "TravestyFund" Rice - $38,000.00
5th: Schinken777 - $26,600.00
6th: Pat Pezzin - $20,187.50
7th: Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan - $15,437.50
8th: marioq2 - $10,687.50
9th: Jon "G6Dragon" Lane - $7,885.00
**Reflects deal made heads-up
On Sunday, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom holds his fourth SuperStar Showdown against Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov. More details can be found on the PokerStars Blog here.