After all of those weeks of 600-plus player fields in the Super Tuesday — plus a record 711-entrant one three weeks back — things have calmed down just a tad recently amid all of the tours currently happening around the world, including on the European Poker Tour where the Grand Final in Monaco is set to get underway this week. The 583 who came out for this week’s $1,050 no-limit hold’em event on PokerStars still nearly doubled the $300K guarantee, and when all was said and done Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready of Canada prevailed over all to collect a $110,187 first prize. Red-hot Ole “wizowizo” Schemion of German claimed a spot at this week’s final table, too, finishing seventh.
That turnout of 583 made for a $583,000 prize pool, to be divided among the top 72 finishers. As late registration was continuing, one of those hopping on to play this week was Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody. In fact, Cody had just a little earlier hopped onto a plane heading from Florida across the Atlantic for the upcoming EPT event, and he was taking advantage of in-flight wi-fi to join the Super Tuesday fun.
hopped in the $1,000 SuperTuesday on Pokerstars 🙂 my flight is about 8hrs… enough time to win it before we land! #pokerinthesky
— Jake Cody (@JakeCody) April 22, 2014
Alas for Cody, he was less able to get his tourney to take off and after battling for a few hours was grounded in 235th after losing the last of his stack to Gala_Terry.
One other Team PokerStars Pro remained in the counts, however, as the field shrunk under 200 players, as Nacho Barbero had secured a spot just inside the top 25. Some time after that the tourney had just crossed the five-and-a-half-hour mark as the money bubble burst, and with 72 players remaining hlamberg had claimed the top spot while Barbero was still there in 17th position with an above average stack.
Then a little while later a hand arose that saw CMoosepower min-raise to 3,600, Barbero reraise-shove for just under 28,000, then after it folded back around CMoosepower call. Barbero had Q♥J♥ and was in tough shape against CMoosepower’s K♥K♦. The board brought no help for the Team PokerStars Pro, and Barbero was sent railward in 47th for a $2,332 cash.
After seven-and-a-half hours the field had been carved to just 18 players, with the young German Ole “wizowizo” Schemion — fresh off of his High Roller victory at EPT Sanremo just a few days ago — out in front. Meanwhile hlamberg was still there with a top five stack, and Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm hanging on with below average chips.
Soon, though, Elgstrøm would fall in 18th, followed shortly thereafter by mak10 (17th) and IsraMazeltov (16th) with each of those three earning $4,664. gilcoe (15th), Frazes35 (14th), and Ana “ana marquez” Marquez (13th) each took away $5,830. And engantil (12th), RCpoker1 (11th), and WlkRamb0 (10th) made $6,996 apiece for not quite reaching the final table.
After about nine hours and 15 minutes of poker and with vander9279 having moved out in front, just nine remained.
Seat 1: ventox (Norway) — 105,072
Seat 2: vander9279 (United Kingdom) — 732,814
Seat 3: hlamberg (Latvia) — 149,143
Seat 4: blackie1958 (Ireland) — 257,460
Seat 5: bluet0m89 (Germany) — 333,959
Seat 6: Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready (Canada) — 365,152
Seat 7: Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (Germany) — 101,080
Seat 8: Humbadee (Canada) — 501,636
Seat 9: MON3Y$HOT (Australia) — 368,684
About one orbit into the final table, the blinds were 4,500/9,000 when leader vander9279 opened for 20,583 from under the gun. It folded to bluet0m89 in middle position who reraised all in for 237,709, and everyone folded back to vander9279 who made the call.
The pair were racing as vander9279 held Q♥Q♣ while bluet0m89 had A♣K♣. The board came J♦3♦7♥J♠2♠, and bluet0m89 was out in ninth.
Just three hands later Humbadee opened for 2x to 18,000 from middle position, then vander9279 reraised to 45,000 from the button. Playing from the small blind, hlamberg then pushed all in for 133,063, and after the big blind and Humbadee folded, vander9279 called.
This time it was vander9279’s opponent with queens as hlamberg had Q♦Q♣ while vander9279 turned over J♠J♣. The 6♥7♥J♦ flop suddenly swung the advantage to vander9279, however, and after the turn and river brought two kings — K♦, then K♣ — hlamberg was done in eighth.
vander9279 extended the lead further, pushing up over 1 million with blackie1958 the nearest challenger with just under 640,000. Meanwhile Ole “wizowizo” Schemion continued to battle with a middle-of-the-pack chip stack, then suffered a hit after MON3Y$HOT doubled through him with 7♦7♣ versus Schemion’s K♠Q♣ after the board came 10♠6♦K♥ (giving Schemion the lead), then 8♣ and 9♥ to make a runner-runner straight for MON3Y$HOT.
A few hands later the blinds were 6,000/12,000 when Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready raised to 24,000 from the hijack seat and only Schemion called from the cutoff. The flop came 3♦8♠3♣, and McCready continued for 30,000 with Schemion calling again. The turn brought the K♣ and a check from JeanGrae, with wizowizo taking the opening to bet 31,500. McCready responded with a check-raise all in, and Schemion called with 99,243 he had left.
Schemion showed K♦10♠ having turned two pair, but McCready had the same hand with a better kicker with K♠Q♦. The river was the 8♥, and the German was out in seventh.
Soon the 10-hour break came and went, then a short-stacked ventox open-pushed all in from the cutoff for 149,774 (about 12-and-a-half big blinds) and got one caller in blackie1958 in the small blind. ventox had A♥5♦ and needed help against blackie1958’s 10♠10♣, but the board came Q♥K♠J♦2♠4♠ and they were down to five.
Five hands later the blinds were still 6,000/12,000 when Humbadee open-pushed for 172,976 from under the gun, then MON3Y$HOT reraised all in from a seat over and all folded. Humbadee had 3♠3♣ and was hoping the small pair would outlast MON3Y$HOT’s A♠Q♠, but the community cards came K♥10♦K♠, then A♣, then 6♠, giving MON3Y$HOT the better two pair and ending Humbadee’s Super Tuesday run in fifth.
The final four continued and the lead swung away from vander9279 and over to blackie1958 with Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready not far behind. Then on the last hand of Level 38 (8,000/16,000/2,000), a big hand arose between vander9279 and MON3Y$HOT.
The pair had nearly even stacks when MON3Y$HOT was all in before the flop for almost 450,000 with 7♦7♥ versus vander9279’s K♦K♥. The flop then brought a seven, and when no saving king came vander9279 was suddenly down to just 1,997 chips.
They moved to Level 39 (9,000/18,000/2,250), and vander9279 didn’t even have a full ante left. All in with 4♦2♠ against McCready’s 10♦8♦, the board came 10♠5♦10♣A♣K♣ and vander9279 was suddenly out in fourth.
After that hand the remaining trio were very close in chips with Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready in front with 999,808, blackie1958 next with 989,398, and MON3Y$HOT third with 925,794.
It would be MON3Y$HOT’s stack that would be whittled down first, then a hand arrived that saw MON3Y$HOT raise 2x to 36,000 from the button and Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready call from the big blind. The flop came 9♦K♥7♦. McCready checked, MON3Y$HOT bet 38,383, JeanGrae check-raised to 86,000, MON3Y$HOT pushed all in for 465,572 total, and McCready called.
McCready had the overpair of aces while MON3Y$HOT had flopped an open-ended straight draw with a backdoor flush possibility. The turn was the K♣ and river the 7♣, and MON3Y$HOT was done in third.
Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready carried the lead to the start of heads-up play with 1,746,427 to blackie1958’s 1,168,573.
They pushed through the 11-hour mark with McCready retaining the advantage, then adding to it before blackie1958 climbed back to claim the lead. They battled back and forth for more than a half-hour more, then McCready surged back out in front, eventually taking a better than 3-to-1 chip lead.
Then with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 3,750 ante, blackie1958 was down to just over 620,000 to start the hand when limping in from the button. JeanGrae made it 105,000 to go, and blackie1958 called.
The flop came K♠7♥5♠, and McCready led for 100,000. blackie1958 raised all in for 512,198 total, and McCready made the call.
The situation was not unlike the one McCready had faced against MON3Y$HOT, as JeanGrae showed A♠K♦ for kings while blackie1958 was drawing to a straight with 8♦6♦. The turn was the 6♣ and the river the K♣, and it was all over… JeanGrae had won!
Congratulations to Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready for winning this week’s Super Tuesday and a $110K-plus first prize!
4/22/14 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold’em) results
Prize pool: $583,000.00
Places paid: 72
1. Aaron “JeanGrae” McCready (Canada) $110,187.00
2. blackie1958 (Ireland) $80,745.50
3. MON3Y$HOT (Australia) $59,466.00
4. vander9279 (United Kingdom) $44,891.00
5. Humbadee (Canada) $31,482.00
6. ventox (Norway) $24,777.50
7. Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (Germany) $18,947.50
8. hlamberg (Latvia) $13,117.50
9. bluet0m89 (Germany) $8,919.90
As EPT Monaco gears up to complete Season 10, read back on how the recently completed EPT Sanremo stop played out, including how Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren Mitchell became the first ever two-time EPT Main Event champion.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.