Time again for the weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tourney that routinely draws the best of the best, the Super Tuesday. This week's tourney drew 440 players, the same number as last week's tourney won by alexandr18ru for a $80,136 score.
That meant another $440,000 prize pool -- easily eclipsing the $300K guarantee -- with the top 54 finishers dividing up the loot and $84,436 due the winner absent any late night deals at the final table.
After just over four hours of play there were 100 players remaining, with patronemesmo, caecilius, and gmcrafter leading the counts. At that point Team Online member George "Jorj95" Lind III -- back on the team and the grind just this week after a relocation -- had just been eliminated in 113rd, joining Team PokerStars Pros Pius Heinz (244th) and Ana Marquez (260th) on the rail.
A little over an hour later they were down to 55 and one elimination away from the cash. patronemesmo still led with more than 153,000, with BriDge2PaiN next with about 132,000 and touchmynuts1 and caipsa both hovering just above 100,000. The bubble would last another 20 minutes until finally a short-stacked BIZZY42 was the unfortunate 55th-place finisher after his 9♠9♥ failed to hold against Kortess85's J♦9♦.
It would take another three hours for the field to be reduced down to just 11, and at the eight-hour break it was Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier leading the way with almost 313,000, followed by pampa27 with about 294,000 and faithless in third with just over 283,000.
Those 11 would battle for another 20 minutes, during which time both WhEADa and Dowgh-Santos experienced good fortune to survive all-ins. In WhEADa's case, he was all in before the flop with 9♦9♠ against Hustlaaaaaa's A♠A♣, but a nine flopped and WhEADa's hand held. Meanwhile Dowgh-Santos used pocket sixes to survive against patronemesmo's A♦5♠.
Finally touchmynuts1 was knocked out by Hustlaaaaaa in 11th ($5,720) when his K♦Q♠ failed to hold against the latter's K♠J♠ after a jack fell on the river. Several minutes later it was utreg going out in 10th ($5,720) when his A♠8♠ couldn't catch up to PokerNoob999's A♣Q♥, and the final table was set.
Seat 1: patronemesmo -- 137,593
Seat 2: Hustlaaaaaa -- 116,073
Seat 3: vbjishfij -- 370,693
Seat 4: pampa27 -- 261,671
Seat 5: WhEADa -- 285,420
Seat 6: PokerNoob999 -- 504,323
Seat 7: Dowgh-Santos -- 146,366
Seat 8: faithless -- 226,762
Seat 9: gmcrafter -- 151,099
The final nine played on for another 15 minutes and were approaching the nine-hour break when the first elimination of the final table took place.
With the blinds 3,600/7,200, patronemesmo open-pushed all in from UTG for 115,976 and got a single caller in Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier from late position. patronemesmo had K♦4♦ and PokerNoob999 A♣Q♦, and after the board came 5♥6♦Q♠7♥A♦ Reinkemeier had two pair and patronemesmo was out in ninth.
It was shortly after the break that PokerNoob999 was getting involved again, min-raising to 16,000 from early position. gmcrafter then reraised all in for 107,949 from a couple of seats over, and when it folded back around Reinkemeier called.
gmcrafter held A♦7♣ and PokerNoob999 A♣T♣. The five community cards came Q♦2♦K♥8♠5♦, and gmcrafter was eliminated in eighth.
Just moments later vbjishfij opened for the minimum from the hijack seat, then it folded around to Dowgh-Santos in the big blind who pushed all in for 86,166 and vbjishfij called. Dowgh-Santos had 4♥4♠, but had run into a better pocket pair in vbjishfij's J♥J♠. The board came 3♥3♣T♦Q♦K♣, and Dowgh-Santos finished in seventh.
The blinds were still 4,000/8,000 when WhEADa opened for 16,525 from the button, then faithless reraised to 48,000 from the big blind. WhEADa responded with an all-in push for 213,620, and faithless called.
WhEADa had J♣J♠ and appeared to have found a good spot versus faithless' T♦T♥. All remained well for WhEADa through the 7♣6♣Q♥ flop and 7♦ turn, but the T♣ arrived on fifth street to give faithless tens full and wipe WhEADa out in sixth.
The blinds had moved to 4,500/9,000 when a preflop raising war broke out between PokerNoob999 and faithless resulting in the latter committing all of his chips before the flop. First Reinkemeier min-raised from the cutoff, then faithless made it 144,000 from the button, leaving himself but 29,800 behind. The blinds got out, and when PokerNoob999 reraised again faithless called with the rest.
The board ran out 3♠7♣6♥4♣Q♠, and ace-high was good enough for Reinkemeier, thereby knocking faithless out in fifth.
The remaining four played on through the nine-and-a-half-hour mark with Reinkemeier now leading with more than 1.07 million, followed by vbjishfij (607,899), Hustlaaaaaa (362,746), and pampa27 (151,441).
Then, with the blinds 5,000/10,000, vbjishfij raised to 20,000 from UTG and pampa27 reraised all in for just over 15 big blinds from the button. The blinds got out, and vbjishfij called with A♠4♠, well behind pampa27's A♦K♠.
The flop came 7♦8♠5♥ and pampa27 was still best. The turn was the J♠, however, giving vbjishfij a flush draw to go along with the gutshot draw. The river then brought the 6♥, filling vbjishfij's straight and knocking pampa27 out in fourth.
The final trio made it to the ten-hour break, over which stretch vbjishfij pushed out ahead of Reinkemeier to claim the chip lead. The players then came back to blinds of 6,000/12,000 and soon vbjishfij was opening for 24,000 from UTG/the button. PokerNoob999 folded the small blind, but Hustlaaaaaa pushed all in from the BB for 215,292 and vbjishfij made the call.
Hustlaaaaaa had A♣4♣ and was ahead to start versus vbjishfij's K♥9♣. But the community cards rolled out T♠Q♦4♦8♦J♦, that river jack giving vbjishfij a straight and knocking out Hustlaaaaaa in third.
The final two began with vbjishfij enjoying nearly a 2-to-1 chip lead with 1,405,886 to PokerNoob999's 794,114. vbjishfij maintained the lead for the first few hands, and had increased it a bit when a big hand developed in which PokerNoob999 called vbjishfij's bets before the flop and on the first two post-flop streets, then pushed all in after vbjishfij checked the river with the board showing 9♣K♣2♠4♥6♠.
vbjishfij thought a long while before calling with A♣9♥ for nines, but PokerNoob999 had K♠T♥ for kings and claimed the 1.25 million-plus pot and the lead with his better pair. Take a look:
vbjishfij fought back, however, soon retaking the advantage and then gradually whittling Reinkemeier down. The pair had played more than 50 hands and half an hour, with vbjishfij pushing up over 1.7 million and Reinkemeier slipping just under 500,000. Then came a hand in which vbjishfij rivered two pair to knock PokerNoob999 down under 100,000, and just a few hands later came the tourney's final hand.
In the last one, vbjishfij open-pushed from the button and Reinkemeier called with the 71,078 had had left after committing the big blind. vbjishfij had Q♥9♦ and PokerNoob999 4♠4♥, but the K♣8♠Q♠ flop quickly gave vbjishfij the better pair. The turn was the A♥ and river the 3♣, and vbjishfij had won.
Congratulations to vbjishfij for outlasting an always-tough Super Tuesday field, plus a challenging heads-up opponent in Tobias Reinkemeier to grab this week's first prize of better than $84K!
Super Tuesday results for 3/13/12:
1st: vbjishfij ($84,436)
2nd: PokerNoob999 ($62,700)
3rd: Hustlaaaaaa ($46,200)
4th: pampa27 ($35,200)
5th: faithless ($24,640)
6th: WhEADa ($18,700)
7th: Dowgh-Santos ($14,300)
8th: gmcrafter ($9,900)
9th: patronemesmo ($7,304)
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