For many people, the arrival of spring gives new perspective to many things, as more sunlight and warmth bring a certain freshness to life. But for online poker players? Some may not even realize that spring has arrived until they emerge in a few days from an immersion in the online world. Thus, the public service announcement here about the changing of the seasons.
Clearly, one player took a day off from online poker, as the March 23rd edition of The Super Tuesday had one less player than the week before. If anyone knows the missing player, let him or her know that they missed an exciting Tuesday on PokerStars!
The Super Tuesday with its $250K guarantee did bring a total of 427 players to the tables for its $1000 + $50 buy-in weekly event. And some quick math tells us that the prize pool landed at $427,000. The last 54 players standing were in the money, and included in that group was Maria “Maridu” Mayrinck, representing Team PokerStars for a deep run in the tournament that left her with a 50th place finish.
As the action continued toward the last few tables, fellow Brazilian Team PokerStars Pro Andre “aakkari” Akkari maintained a solid position in the top five on the leaderboard among others who were no strangers to PokerStars tables. Finally, as the final table approached, it was Darryll “df1986” Fish who moved all-in preflop with a short stack of 85,284. The move from the big blind was made with pocket kings, and vietcong01 called with pocket jacks. But the flop of J♣7♠10♦ gave vietcong01 the set, which held up through the 8♥ turn and 4♥ river. With that, df1986 was gone in tenth place with $5,551.00.
What’s in a name?
It was in the first few minutes of Level 28, with blinds at 2,000/4,000 and a 600-chip ante, that the final table got underway with the following players and corresponding chip counts:
Seat 1: M@RS_iK*FLA* (152,133 in chips)
Seat 2: vietcong01 (225,239 in chips)
Seat 3: THE D0NAT0R (104,978 in chips)
Seat 4: aakkari (209,914 in chips)
Seat 5: MONSTER_DONG (440,762 in chips)
Seat 6: JoeAltomonte (130,474 in chips)
Seat 7: takechip (452,265 in chips)
Seat 8: 1-ronnyr3 (97,850 in chips)
Seat 9: Martin1213 (321,385 in chips)
In top chip position to kick things off was takechip, but vying for that top spot and grabbing it within the first few hands was MONSTER_DONG, who continued to slowly but surely extend his lead to about 2-to-1 over takechip.
First to fall victim to MONSTER_DONG completely was M@RS_iK*FLA* after having already lost a pot worth 92,500 chips to vietcong01. The last 113,371 chips of M@RS_iK*FLA* went all-in preflop with A♥K♣, and MONSTER_DONG called from the big blind with pocket jacks. The flop of 7♦K♦5♥ brought that king for M@RS_iK*FLA*, and though the Q♠ on the turn was harmless, the J♣ on the river gave MONSTER_DONG the set of jacks. M@RS_iK*FLA* was the first to leave the table, taking home $7,088.20 for the ninth place finish.
Martin1213 then chose to do battle with MONSTER_DONG but lost the first round that consisted of a 123,200-chip pot. Four hands later, action heated up again. It started with MONSTER_DONG making the initial raise and takechip reraising. Martin1213 came over the top from the big blind, but when MONSTER_DONG took it up one more notch, takechip folded and Martin1213 responded with an all-in play for 239,997 chips. MONSTER_DONG called with A♥K♦, and Martin1213 showed a solid K♥K♣. But the board was not on the side of the short stack, as the flop of 3♦2♦A♦ gave MONSTER_DONG the pair of aces and the 7♦ on the turn made the flush. The 5♠ on the river ended the madness, and Martin1213 was forced out in eighth place with $9,607.50.
THE D0NAT0R was next to be at risk, and the short-stacked player moved all-in with 71,599 and A♦K♣, but takechip called with pocket queens, and the race was on. But the board brought nothing when it produced 4♦4♣2♠7♠5♠, and THE D0NAT0R, who recently placed sixth in the February 24th Super Tuesday, was gone in seventh place this time with $13,877.50.
A monster of a lead
Sitting in second place on the leaderboard was Juan Maceiras “vietcong01” Barros, holder of two Sunday Million titles, the most recent having been in January of 2010. But deciding to tangle with the chip leader put vietcong01 in danger of elimination. The two went to see a flop of J♦9♠3♦, at which point, vietcong01 starts off with a bet but MONSTER_DONG raises and the two took it to the point that MONSTER_DONG moved all-in. vietcong01 called for his tournament life with 9♣9♦ for the set of nines, and MONSTER_DONG showed 8♦6♦ for the flush draw. And it hit when the 10♦ came on the turn. A 7♣ was given as the river card, and vietcong01 was eliminated in sixth place with $18,147.50.
MONSTER_DONG had more than 1.3 million chips. It didn’t seem as if anyone else could catch up.
Team PokerStars Pro Andre “aakkari” Akkari made a move to climb the board, and a successful double-up through 1-ronnyr3 allowed him to do just that. But not long after, takechip doubled through aakkari, and the latter was again the short stack at the table.
The aggressor in the hand was 1-ronnyr3, who moved all-in for only a few thousand more chips than aakkari, who called for his tournament life with K♣J♣ against the A♣6♥ of 1-ronnyr3. The board immediately came down in favor of 1-ronnyr3 with a A♥2♥7♦ flop, and the 4♣ turn and J♦ river ended it. The fifth place finisher in the tournament was aakkari, who proudly carried the team torch to a solid final table showing and $23,912.00 payout.
Andre “aakkari” Akkari
Soon after, JoeAltomonte made a push from the small blind with A♥10♠, and takechip made the call from the big blind holding A♠K♣. The board was an uneventful 8♥3♣7♥J♦J♥, and JoeAltomonte was gone in fourth place with $34,160.00 in prize money.
How 1-ronnyr3 prepared to battle a monster
The three-handed match lasted nearly 45 minutes, and it was during the latter part of that time period that 1-ronnyr3 began to slowly accumulate chips through a bit of aggression and some well-timed moves.
But takechip had no such luck. And when 1-ronnyr3 took a 473K-pot from takechip, the new short stack simply couldn’t recover. Finally, takechip moved all-in with K♦6♥ but was called by 1-ronnyr3 holding pocket fours. The board came Q♦3♣A♠4♥6♣, and the set of fours eliminated takechip from the tournament in third place, which was worth $44,835.00.
Heads-up then began with chip counts as follows:
Seat 5: MONSTER_DONG (1212323 in chips)
Seat 8: 1-ronnyr3 (922677 in chips)
MONSTER_DONG took the first pot of the match, a nice one worth 248,474 chips. But two hands later, 1-ronnyr3 came back to take a pot worth nearly double that amount, and the following hand gave 1-ronnyr3 a dominating lead over his suddenly short-stacked opponent.
MONSTER_DONG came back with aggression to take the next few pots, but it took only a few minutes for him to decide to risk it all. The all-in move by MONSTER_DONG was made with 270,854 chips and 9♦6♦, but 1-ronnyr3 called with 5♦5♥. The flop was solid for 1-ronnyr3 with 5♣K♠6♥ and the set of fives. The 3♥ on the turn didn’t give MONSTER_DONG much to work with, and the A♣ finished the job. MONSTER_Dong was awarded $60,847.50 for second place.
The Super Tuesday victory goes to 1-ronnyr3, who only days earlier finished in fifth place in the Sunday Warm-Up. He grabbed the first place prize of $81,941.30 for coming back from some tough spots to take this well-earned victory.
Super Tuesday Results for 03/23/10:
1st place: 1-ronnyr3 ($81,941.30)
2nd place: MONSTER_DONG ($60,847.50)
3rd place: takechip ($44,835.00)
4th place: JoeAltomonte ($34,160.00)
5th place: Team PokerStars Pro Andre “aakkari” Akkari ($23,912.00)
6th place: vietcong01 ($18,147.50)
7th place: THE D0NAT0R ($13,877.50)
8th place: Martin1213 ($9,607.50)
9th place: M@RS_iK*FLA* ($7,088.20)