Last week we were expressing excitement about a record-tying field of 540 players participating in the Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament. It was just the second time we'd seen the field exceed 500 players, which of course meant a better-than-half-million-dollar prize pool, plus a cool six-figure payday for the winner.
Well, they did it again. And then some, with the field of 547 players establishing a new high mark for the Super Tuesday. The $547,000 prize pool smashed the $300K guarantee, with the top 63 getting paid and $103,930 awaiting the winner. That first-place prize would represent another Super Tuesday record, if there were no deal made at the final table to lessen the winner's share.
After five-and-a-half hours of play, that huge field had been cut down to 64 players, led by mxny (138,336), ringosnuff (103,440), and NegroVente1 (92,829). Also on the first page of the leaderboard were Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert (4th), Joseph "subiime" Cheong (11th), and Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier (17th).
Hand-for-hand play lasted nearly half an hour before wiczar became the unfortunate player to finish 64th and miss by one spot sharing in that record Super Tuesday prize pool.
It would take nearly two hours more for the field to be reduced to 18 players, at which point Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima led the way with more than 350,000, with ringosnuff the nearest challenger with about 250,000. During the interim Team Online Pro Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen lasted to a 39th-place finish, good for $2,735 cash.
Almost exactly an hour later, they were down to nine players, with floppinhel and OMGitshunt having pushed to the top of the counts. During that stretch Matt "ch0ppy" Kay (18th), Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert (17th), and mxny (16th) each earned $4,376 for their finishes; rogl_MS (15th), Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier (14th), and P0CK€TF@CE$ (13th) cashed for $5,470 apiece; and ringosnuff (12th), FALLEN_LI (11th), and AceSpades11 (10th) saw $6,564 added to their PokerStars accounts.
The final nine was set.
Seat 1: M.nosbocaJ (United Kingdom) -- 319,512
Seat 2: Malle1000 (Germany) -- 182,927
Seat 3: psjebemvas (Serbia) -- 379,185
Seat 4: Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima (Brazil) -- 246,691
Seat 5: Rhys "floppinhel" Jones (United Kingdom) -- 462,315
Seat 6: LBBigSlickAK (Mexico) -- 300,698
Seat 7: OMGitshunt (Belarus) -- 416,088
Seat 8: Joseph "subiime" Cheong (Canada) -- 238,860
Seat 9: Michael "WatchOutFish" Benvenuti (Germany) -- 188,724
It took just a few hands to reach the nine-hour break, and shortly after play resumed the blinds were 4,000/8,000 when Malle1000 open-shoved from the cutoff seat for 60,782 and got a caller in Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima from the big blind. Malle1000 held Q♣J♣ and XTheDecanoX K♣J♠. The flop came 9♦K♦9♦, further increasing Nishijima's edge. The turn was the 4♣ and the river the K♠, improving XTheDecanoX to a full house and knocking Malle1000 out in ninth.
A few minutes later it was Rhys "floppinhel" Jones opening with a 2x raise to 16,000 from the cutoff, then Joseph "subiime" Cheong shipped for 205,860 from the big blind and got a call from floppinhel. Cheong showed A♥K♦ and Jones Q♦Q♠, and when the community cards came eight-high -- 8♣3♦5♦6♣2♥ -- subiime's run had ended in eighth.
About 15 minutes later the blinds were 5,000/10,000 when Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima open-pushed for nearly 300,000 from the small blind and Rhys "floppinhel" Jones called all in for 117,238 from the big blind. It was K♥7♦ for Jones versus the Q♦6♦ of Nishijima. The flop came 5♥9♠T♥ and floppinhel was still okay, but the 6♣ fell on the turn to pair XTheDecanoX, and after the 5♣ river they were down to six.
Then, just before the 10-hour break, OMGitshunt opened with a slightly-more-than-2x raise of 24,359 from under the gun, then LBBIgSlickAK reraised all in for 223,499 from the big blind and OMGitshunt called.
The flop fell 5♠Q♣6♥ to put OMGitshunt in front. The turn was the 8♦ and river the 4♥, and LBBigSlickAK was eliminated in sixth.
Soon after they returned from the break a hand arose in which M.nosbocaJ min-raised from the cutoff seat for 24,000 and attracted one caller in XTheDecanoX from the small blind. Both checked the 9♦8♣7♦ flop, then Nishijima led for 35,555 at the 2♣ turn card and M.nosbocaJ called. The river then brought the 7♠ and a check from Nishijima. M.nosbocaJ bet 88,405, and XTheDecanoX responded with an all-in shove for 343,540 which M.nosbocaJ called right away. Nishijima showed A♠J♥ while M.nosbocaJ had K♠7♣ for trip sevens to send XTheDecanoX railward in fifth.
Soon the blinds were 7,000/14,000, and Michael "WatchOutFish" Benvenuti open-pushed from under the gun for 194,589. It folded to psiebemvas in the small blind who called the raise, then OMGitshunt reraised over the top from the big blind, forcing psiebemvas to step aside. Benvenuti had A♥2♣ and OMGitshunt A♦J♣, and after the board rolled out 3♦5♦8♠6♥J♥, OMGitshunt's hand was still best and WatchOutFish was gone in fourth.
The remaining trio battled for a while, then paused proceedings for some chop talk. At that point psjebemvas led with 1,041,619, OMGitshunt was next with 929,416, and M.nosbocaJ third with 763,965.
"Chip chop" numbers were proposed (leaving $6K for which to play), but M.nosbocaJ was more interested in getting the other two to consider an even split. The discussion continued for a short while, and when no agreement could be reached the tourney was resumed.
They played on, nearing the 11-hour break, with the stacks of OMGitshunt and M.nosbocal increasing and that of psjebemvas going down. Then on the final hand before the break was to occur, psjebemvas opened with a 2x raise to 36,000 from the button, OMGitshunt reraised to 85,645, M.nosbocal four-bet to 155,290, psjebemvas shoved for 588,595 total, OMGitshunt folded, and M.nosbocal called.
psjebemvas showed 5♣5♦, but had run into M.nosbocal's Q♣Q♦. The flop came 6♣Q♠K♣ to make things even worse for psjebemvas, and after the J♥ turn, the quads-making Q♥ on the river was no matter. They were down to two.
Before play restarted, the final two decided to talk about a deal once more, with M.nosbocaJ now leading with 1,708,742 to OMGitshunt's 1,026,258. The "chip chop" numbers were again produced, and once more M.nosbocaJ was asking for more. OMGitshunt said no, and they started the 12th hour of play with that record $103,930 first prize still awaiting a winner.
A huge hand soon developed that saw OMGitshunt check-raising all in on the turn with the board showing 8♣Q♣T♣2♥. OMGitshunt held T♦8♦ for two pair while M.nosbocaJ had Q♠J♠ for top pair of queens and a gutshot. The river was the 5♣, and suddenly OMGitshunt was ahead with more than 2.51 million chips to the 222,460 of M.nosbocaJ.
Just four hands later, M.nosbocaJ min-raised to 40,000 from the button, OMGitshunt shoved, and M.nosbocaJ called. It was K♦J♣ for M.nosbocaJ, while OMGitshunt had A♥K♠. The flop came an intriguing Q♥T♠8♣ to give M.nosbocaJ an open-ended straight draw, but the turn was the 5♣ and river the 6♦, and it was all over. OMGitshunt had won!
Congratulations for OMGitshunt for topping the largest Super Tuesday field ever and claiming the biggest first prize the tourney has offered of more than $103K!
Super Tuesday results for 10/30/12:
1st: OMGitshunt (Belarus) -- $103,930.00
2nd: M.nosbocaJ (United Kingdom) -- $76,580.00
3rd: psjebemvas (Serbia) -- $56,067.50
4th: Michael "WatchOutFish" Benvenuti (Germany) -- $42,666.00
5th: Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima (Brazil) -- $30,085
6th: LBBigSlickAK (Mexico) -- #23,247.50
7th: Rhys "floppinhel" Jones (United Kingdom) -- $17,777.50
8th: Joseph "subiime" Cheong (Canada) -- $12,307.50
9th: Malle100 (Germany) -- $9,080.20
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.