With more $11 million in career tournament winnings, the EPT10 Player Of The Year title, and a bevy of high roller and super high roller victories to his credit, Ole “wizowizo” Schemion has enjoyed plenty of success in the last five years. Just as impressive is his online resume, which includes two Super Tuesday victories – one in 2012, and a second tonight on the strength of a big final table comeback.
After two weeks of relatively small Super Tuesday fields, this week’s installment bounced back with 361 entrants. Just 114 of them remained when late registration closed at 6:00 p.m. ET, and in the end only 53 would cash. Team PokerStars pro Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville just missed out on the money in 56th place, leaving the field devoid of Red Spades.
By 10:39 p.m. ET the blinds and antes had progressed to 10K/20K/2K, and these nine players – including two past Super Tuesday winners and four other previous Super Tuesday finalists – were still in the hunt:
Seat 1: Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (416,692 in chips)
Seat 2: kamese (232,476 in chips)
Seat 3: engantil (193,122 in chips)
Seat 4: WATnlos (435,865 in chips)
Seat 5: am4ever1111 (1,548,170 in chips)
Seat 6: flaszeczka (2,215,753 in chips)
Seat 7: Ravic85 (903,188 in chips)
Seat 8: Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes (1,946,155 in chips)
Seat 9: Jimmy “jays94” Molloy (1,133,579 in chips)
Schemion got started right away on following up his April 2012 Super Tuesday win. engantil, the two-time 2015 Super Tuesday finalist, re-raised all-in with A♠ Q♠ over the top of Schemion’s opener, but Schemion called with A♣ K♥. The kickers played on the 2♦ 7♦ A♥ 8♣ 9♥ board, Schemion grabbed the 426K-chip pot, and engantil left in ninth.
Ravic85 started with nearly five times the chips engantil had, but two hands later a cooler sent the WCOOP 2015 Main Event finalist to the rail. After raising on the button with 10♠ 10♥, Ravic85 jammed over the top of Jimmy “jays94” Molloy’s three-bet from the big blind. jays94, who took fourth in this tournament two weeks ago, called with A♦ A♥; the board fell 5♠ 8♣ 6♠ 8♥ 7♥, and Ravic85 finished in eighth.
flaszeczka by force
Hungary’s kamese was able to avoid the same fate, getting in as a slight dog with K♦ 7♦ to chip leader flaszeczka’s A♣ J♦ only to catch top pair and turn a king-high flush. That closed out the early eliminations and set up a seven-handed rotation that would last for 45 minutes. Ole Schemion doubled up twice in desperate situations with pocket queens, but otherwise the defining feature of this stretch of the final was the expansion of flaszeczka’s chip lead.
The Polish player, a 2012 TCOOP winner & 2013 Super Tuesday finalist, played small ball in position with 7♦ 6♦ after calling am4ever1111’s pre-flop raise. That led to a 1.21M-chip pot after hitting a flush on the river, which moved flaszeczka north of 3M chips. As it turned out, 4M wasn’t far behind. flaszeczka picked up A♥ K♠ in the small blind and re-raised all-in when am4ever1111 jammed on the button with A♣ Q♦. The 4♠ 8♦ 7♥ 9♣ 7♠ board changed nothing and am4ever1111 departed in seventh.
With all those chips in hand and nobody else at the table holding more than 1.4M, flaszeczka had every tool available on every street of every hand. That luxury helped to keep the pressure up on the five other players clustered together on the leaderboard while flaszeczka kept picking off small pots. Eventually WATnlos, a 2015 Super Tuesday finalist & runner-up after a four-way deal in 2013, moved in with A♣ K♦. 2014 Super Tuesday & 2016 SCOOP winner Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes re-raised to isolate with A♦ A♠, climbing to 1.59M chips after the board fell K♠ 4♥ 10♥ 3♣ J♦ to bust WATnlos in sixth.
kamese would end up the ultimate beneficiary of GM_VALTER’s win a few hands later. The player from Hungary raised to 88K on the button with A♠ 9♣ and checked behind after GM_VALTER called in the big blind and checked the J♦ 9♥ 6♦ flop. GM_VALTER checked again on the the A♥ turn, then raised to 368K after kamese bet 120K. kamese called there, and then called all-in for 945K when GM_VALTER jammed on the K♠ river. GM_VALTER had timed a bluff with 8♥ 5♦ poorly – kamese’s two pair, aces and nines, took the 2.8M-chip pot. Two hands later GM_VALTER got all-in with 8♦ 6♦ but missed the board completely against flaszeczka’s Q♠ J♠, leaving in fifth.
flaszeczka’s win streak continued three hands later. The Polish player check-called three streets of bets from the big blind and showed down A♥ 7♠, god for three of a kind on the 4♥ 10♦ 9♥ A♣ A♦ board. jays94’s K♦ 5♦ had missed completely, and he bowed out in fourth.
Ole roars back
With 5.3M chips to kamese’s 2.7M and Ole Schemion’s 926K, flaszeczka was in firm enough control of the table that the only question seemed to be who would occupy the other seat during the heads-up duel.
By chip counts, Schemion was the underdog to advance. But he managed to turn things around after raising on the button with 8♥ 7♥ and calling a small re-raise from kamese to catch top pair on the 5♦ 8♣ 4♥ flop. A call all-in there resulted in three of a kind after the 8♠ turn and J♠ river, good enough to move Schemion’s stack up to 1.3M.
Fifteen hands later Schemion inched ahead of kamese, taking away another 1.3M-chip pot with a bet on the river with the board reading A♠ 10♣ 4♠ 5♠ 9♦. When kamese folded on the river again two hands later, this time to a bet from flaszeczka, the Hungarian player was left with a stack worth just 1.1M. Finally kamese jammed on the button with A♠ K♥, only to have Schemion call with A♣ A♥. The board ran out Q♦ 9♠ Q♥ 7♠ 3♣ and kamese was gone in third.
After beginning the final table with the third-shortest stack, Schemion enjoyed a 370K-chip edge as heads-up play began at 12:26 a.m. ET. The next 30 minutes were a tense, back-and-forth affair between him and flaszeczka, but the balance of the confrontations favored Schemion. By the time the break arrived his advantage had grown to 3M chips. Constant aggression in the 11 minutes immediately following the break grew that lead until Schemion opened all-in with 2♥ 2♠ and flaszeczka called for 1.3M with K♥ J♥. The Polish player’s cards stayed live the whole way, but with no intervention from the 7♥ Q♣ 5♠ 3♣ 8♣ board, the deuces held up to secure Ole Schemion’s second career Super Tuesday win.
8/30/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 NL Hold’em) results
Total prize pool: $361,000
Places paid: 53
1. Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (Germany) $66,060.25
2. flaszeczka (Poland) $48,507.38
3. kamese (Hungary) $35,618.60
4. Jimmy “jays94” Molloy (Canada) $26,154.52
5. Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes (Brazil) $19,205.09
6. WATnlos (Germany) $14,102.17
7. am4ever1111 (Colombia) $10,355.10
8. Ravic85 (Russia) $7,603.70
9. engantil (Germany) $5,583.33
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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.