Winning a Super Tuesday is a special accomplishment for an online poker player, given how the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold’em tournament on PokerStars routinely draws the best players from around the world. Winning two of them in the space of less than seven months is even more special, and that’s just what Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu of Romania has managed to do after winning tonight’s tournament, topping a field of 524 to win another Super Tuesday and a $74,000 first prize.
Nedelcu’s win came following a three-way final table deal with Brazil’s Gustavo “gremistaAK” Pinto and Amit “bblacklegend” Jain of India, with Jain having had the most chips at the time to guarantee himself a big $83,653.23 score and largest chunk of the prize pool. Here’s the story of how Nedelcu outlasted those two as well as a tough final table that included Rasmus “RasA86” Agerskov and Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche.
That big field meant a $524,000 prize pool, well over the $400K guarantee. It was around the five-and-a-half-hour mark that they raced past the bursting of the bubble, and as the field shrunk below 63 it was pablotenisis racing ahead of the pack to assume the top spot.
A little over 90 minutes later they were already down to two tables, with Johan “busto_soon” van Til (23rd, $3,144) and Mike “munchenHB” Telker (20th, $3,144) among the recently eliminated. pablotenisis was still thriving with a top five stack while Amit “bblacklegend” Jain had moved up into first position.
Wenderr (18th), Philipp “philbort” Gruissem (17th), and TiltMeBig (16th) were the next to go, each earning $4,192. iCeVeNoM (15th), chikka21 (14th), and pyratul (13th) followed them to the rail, picking up $5,240 apiece. Then Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (12th), former chip leader pablotenisis (11th), and UA_Kharkov72 (10th) were successively eliminated, cashing for $6,288 each.
With Amit “bblacklegend” Jain still in front, having built a stack more than twice the size of the nearest challenger, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: lissi stinkt (Germany) — 137,279
Seat 2: Rasmus “RasA86” Agerskov (Denmark) — 106,028
Seat 3: Gustavo “gremistaAK” Pinto (Brazil) — 223,058
Seat 4: KaptianKush (Canada) — 410,531
Seat 5: E.D.B.T.ZUK (Canada) — 91,975
Seat 6: Amit “bblacklegend” Jain (India) — 850,353
Seat 7: Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu (Romania) — 238,582
Seat 8: Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche (United Kingdom) — 196,326
Seat 9: deivid29 (Czech Republic) — 365,868
The very first hand of the final table saw KaptianKush — who won the Super Tuesday back in 2012 — open with about a 2.5x raise to 12,320 from the cutoff, then E.D.B.T.ZUK made an all-in reraise to 91,275 from the button. It then folded to Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu in the big blind who shoved for 237,882 total, forcing a fold from KaptianKush.
E.D.B.T.ZUK had 8♠8♣ but Nedelcu had that beat wiht 10♠10♥, and five cards later — 2♥Q♠K♥9♦Q♥ — E.D.B.T.ZUK was on the rail in ninth.
A short while later the blinds were up to 3,200/6,400 when deivid29 opened for 14,400 from under the gun, then lissi stinkt shipped all in for 125,819 from a seat over. It folded to Amit “bblacklegend” Jain on the button who called the shove, then the blinds and deivid29 all stepped aside.
Jain had A♣K♠ while lissi stinkt had J♠J♣. The flop fell K♥A♠8♥ to give Jain two pair and the lead, and after the 8♦ turn and A♥ river Jain had improved to a full house as lissi stinkt — winner of a SCOOP event this spring — had been eliminated in eighth.
Just two hands later, Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche open-pushed his short stack of 67,734 (about 10-and-a-half BBs) from the button and Rasmus “RasA86” Agerskov called from the big blind.
Nitsche had K♠Q♦ and needed help to survive against Agerskov’s A♦9♦. The flop came 5♠3♥J♥, then the A♥ turn paired Agerskov while providing Nitsche outs to Broadway. But the river was the 7♥, and Nitsche was done in seventh.
Agerskov turned over 10♥9♥ and had two overcards to deivid29’s 6♦6♣. The flop came 4♦5♠6♥, however, to give the latter a set. The 3♦ provided chopportunities — as they say on EPT Live — but the river was the K♠ and Agerskov was ousted in sixth.
With four left Amit “bblacklegend” Jain continued to lead, having pushed way up close to 1.6 million by then with the other three hovering between 200K and 500K.
It wasn’t too long after that KaptianKush was open-pushing from the small blind for 141,736 (not quite 16 BBs) and Jain called. KaptianKush had A♦8♣ and was ahead of Jain’s K♠J♣, but a K♣10♣6♠4♣5♠ runout gave Jain a pair and the pot, and KaptianKush finished fourth.
The remaining players continued for another 15 minutes, then stopped to discuss a deal with Amit “bblacklegend” Jain sitting with 1,686,716, Gustavo “gremistaAK” Pinto 584,946, and Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu 348,338.
“ICM”-based numbers were suggested (leaving $8,000 for which to play), and while commenting that he knew “chip chop” numbers would be better for him, Jain agreed to the proposed figures. Meanwhile Nedelcu — who as mentioned above won the Super Tuesday before just last March — started petitioning for more, and while Jain wasn’t giving up any Pinto finally agreed to do so to help the deal happen.
Not too long after the deal was made, Nedelcu used K♣Q♣ to double through Jain’s A♦9♥ after getting all in before the flop and watching a queen come on the turn. Nedelcu then won a few more pots to edge ahead of Jain in the counts, then came a hand that saw the pair trading preflop bets until Jain six-bet shoved for nearly 900,000 (about 90 BBs) and Nedelcu called.
The flop then came A♦2♥6♦, pairing Jain’s ace and leaving Nedelcu in dire straits with two cards to come. Then came the turn… the 9♦! A set for Nedelcu, and just like that Jain was drawing dead to finish in third.
With that big pot Nedelcu enjoyed a big lead to start heads-up play with 2,035,104 to Gustavo “gremistaAK” Pinto’s 584,896. The pair played on for about 10 minutes, skipping the break scheduled for the tournament’s 10-hour mark, with Nedelcu whittling Pinto down close to 300,000.
Pinto was in tough shape, and things became quickly worse with the A♦6♣10♠ flop. The 2♠ then fell on the turn, making the 7♥ river no matter, and Nedelcu had won.
Congratulations to Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu who wins his second Super Tuesday in 2015, and kudos as well both to Gustavo “gremistaAK” Pinto and Amit “bblacklegend” Jain for making it to the three-handed deal and earning handsome payouts themselves.
10/13/15 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold’em) results
Prize pool: $524,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu (Romania) $74,000.00*
2. Gustavo “gremistaAK” Pinto (Brazil) $68,976.77*
3. Amit “bblacklegend” Jain (India) $83,653.23*
4. KaptianKush (Canada) $40,872.00
5. deivid29 (Czech Republic) $28,820.00
6. Rasmus “RasA86” Agerskov (Denmark) $22,270.00
7. Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche (United Kingdom) $17,030.00
8. lissi stinkt (Germany) $11,790.00
9. E.D.B.T.ZUK (Canada) $8,698.40
* = denotes a three-way deal leaving $8,000 for the winner
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.