PokerStars does many things well, if we do say so ourselves, and one of things is multi-tasking. We have a gazillion (give or take) online tournaments and cash game tables to manage, as well as live tournaments to host at various locations around the globe. But somehow, we manage. Thus, we are here on the blog to bring you all the action from the Super Tuesday final table while an entire crew is set up at the Mohegan Sun readying for Day 1 of the North American Poker Tour stop that kicks off tomorrow.
In truth, the NAPT crew is at the PokerStars welcome party tonight, but rest assured they’ll be ready, though maybe not so rested, for the Main Event shuffle-up-and-deal at noon on April 7. Check the PokerStars blog often throughout the coming days for all of the action as it happens at Mohegan Sun.
And now to the business at hand. The Super Tuesday got underway with 396 players, all eyeing the $300K guarantee and willing to put up $1,000 + $50 (or the price of a bargain satellite!) to take a shot at it. When the numbers were tallied, the prize pool landed at $396,000, which was divvied up amongst the top 45 finishers. But of course, the big money awaited the final table players.
With two tables remaining and nearly eight hours of the tournament in the books, hand-for-hand action finally brought them to the final table bubble hand. It happened when two fairly big stacks collided. PKaiser and herdgolf86 went to check out a 9♣6♣7♥ flop. PKaiser put out a bet, but herdgolf86 check-raised. That prompted an all-in reraise from PKaiser, and herdgolf86 called all-in for his last 115,034 chips with pocket sixes for the flopped set. PKaiser showed 8♣7♣ for the middle pair and straight and flush draws. The A♥ on the turn meant nothing, but the 4♣ on the river gave PKaiser the flush and eliminated herdgolf86 in tenth place with $5,940.00.
Dana Gordon glides into final table with chip lead
The last nine players in the tournament were seated together just as Level 28, with blinds at 2,000/4,000 and a 500-chip ante, came to an end. Their chip counts going into action were as follows:
Seat 1: Dana Gordon (521,677 in chips)
Seat 2: PERRINS-08 (73,660 in chips)
Seat 3: DaMurdera3 (313,156 in chips)
Seat 4: VARICO (233,063 in chips)
Seat 5: sheriiff* (126,768 in chips)
Seat 6: Mindalterer (218,006 in chips)
Seat 7: PKaiser (359,981 in chips)
Seat 8: vinifenomeno (63,392 in chips)
Seat 9: UH Big Tex (70,297 in chips)
After a few low-key hands, Dana Gordon wielded that virtual chip stack and took a pot worth 195,050 from PKaiser to extend the lead. The others, it seemed, were going to have to fend for themselves.
One of the shorter stacks decided to make that big move preflop, and UH Big Tex did it with pocket sixes. PERRINS-08 reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, and he showed A♦Q♠. The flop of J♦5♠A♥ immediately gave PERRINS-08 the lead in the hand, and while the 9♦ excited no one, the A♠ on the river made trips. UH Big Tex was the first to leave the table, taking with him $6,930.00 for the ninth place finish.
Then it was time for some double-up attempts that worked. Sheriiff* was successful in doubling through PERRINS-08, and vinifenomeno did the same through DaMurdera3.
Not long after, vinifenomeno was still fairly short-stacked and tried to make another move. This time, it was with A♥Q♣, but original raiser Mindalterer called with pocket nines and made the set when the 2♠9♥10♦ showed up on the flop. The K♥ and 8♠ cards finished the hand, leaving vinifenomeno out of the tournament in seventh place with $9,504.00.
Team Pro Varico vacates the premises
The last Team PokerStars Pro standing in the tournament was Alvaro “VARICO” Blanco, who represents the online team of pros. It was as recently as mid-February that VARICO made a Super Tuesday final table and finished fifth, so it certainly wasn’t a surprise to see him at this one. But he seemed unable to gain much momentum. And when PKaiser took a 146K-pot from him, VARICO was at the low end of the chip counts.
He hung in there for awhile but finally moved all-in for his last 76,933 chips with pocket threes. Mindalterer called from the big blind with K♠10♥, and the straight draw came with the Q♣9♦7♠ flop. And the J♠ on the turn? Well, in poker, we call that a straight. The Q♦ on the river sealed the deal, and Alvaro “VARICO” Blanco was gone in seventh place with $13,464.00 as a consolation prize.
Altering the leaderboard
Over the next few rounds, DaMurdera3 took some serious hits to his stack, as PERRINS-08 and sheriiff* took their turns doubling through him.
But as the short stacks garnered attention, Mindalterer was slowly but surely accumulating chips. And with the following hand, the chip lead was solidly in Mindalterer’s possession.
Then PERRINS-08 made the decision to tangle with Mindalterer. The two went to see a flop of 4♣2♠6♣. A bet from Mindalterer was met by a call from PERRINS-08, and the 5♥ was dealt on the turn. Both players checked to the J♠ on the river, at which point PERRINS-08 bet, Mindalterer raised all-in, and PERRINS-08 called for his last 68,626 chips. Mindalterer showed 8♠7♠ for the turned eight-high straight, and PERRINS-08 flipped pocket threes for the lower straight. And that was it for PERRINS-08, who left in sixth place with $17,424.00.
DaMurdera3 seemed willing to get involved quite often during five-handed play. He lost a 383K pot to Dana Gordon, and sheriiff* doubled through him. The battles between DaMurdera3 and sheriiff* continued until the former decided to tangle with the new chip leader.
DaMurdera3 pushed all-in preflop with A♦10♣, and Mindalterer called with a dominating A♠Q♣ from the big blind. The board came A♥9♣6♦6♥4♠, and both players ended up with two pair but Mindalterer had the queen kicker. DaMurdera3 was eliminated in fifth place with $22,572.00.
Mindalterer then proceeded to lose several serious pots in a row. Not only did sheriiff* double through the chip leader, but PKaiser did it twice. That left Mindalterer out of the top spot, and Dana Gordon happily took over for a few rounds.
Resume the starting status
Dana Gordon had enough of Mindalterer taking over the chip lead for a second time. Thus, this hand went down to change everything:
Three hands later, Mindalterer had less than 100K in chips and pushed it from the small blind. PKaiser called from the big blind with K♠7♦, and Mindalterer showed J♣3♥. The board came 7♠2♥2♣A♠10♥, and Mindalterer was eliminated in fourth place with $32,670.00 for that roller coaster ride.
The last three players at the table decided that they wanted to discuss a deal. They each sat out, forcing the action to be fold-fold-take it on each hand. They e-mailed someone to ask for assistance, and unlike a tournament like the Sunday Million where a tournament host is always at the ready, this was done differently. Finally, after about 15 minutes, a host appeared in the chat box and numbers were given. Discussions ensued, but no agreement could be made.
Play resumed 45 minutes after the players first decided to sit out.
Soon after, sheriiff* pushed all-in for 161,354 chips with Q♦8♦, and PKaiser was there with A♥J♥. The two watched the board produce J♠K♦9♠7♦2♣, and sheriiff* was forced out in third place with $43,560.00.
And then there were two
The heads-up match started with the following counts:
Seat 1: Dana Gordon (1,312,380 in chips)
Seat 7: PKaiser (667,620 in chips)
During the first hand, the two decided to pause the tournament and look at numbers again. It happened with a surprising quickness, as compared to the earlier discussion, that the players agreed to a deal. Dana Gordon would take $70,000 and PKaiser’s share would be $64,046. Nothing was leftover except tournament leaderboard points for which to play on. And that was that.
Except that both players wanted the points and the record of the actual Super Tuesday win. So they pressed forward and played…until PokerStars shut down its server for a scheduled restart. Players were told that it would take more than 30 minutes, so action was paused for the website maintenance.
Upon their return, play continued with all seriousness, as neither wanted to be the one who gave up the title too easily. It wasn’t until after 8:00am ET that the final hand was played. It started with a series of raises that prompted PKaiser to move all-in preflop. Dana Gordon called for 248,082 with A♦8♥, and PKaiser showed A♥Q♥. The board blanked with 2♠10♦9♥4♥K♠, and Dana Gordon took second place in the tournament and $70,000.
PKaiser won the Super Tuesday and took home $64,046, according to the agreement, for the victory.
Super Tuesday Results for 06/04/10:
1st place: PKaiser ($64,046.00)
2nd place: Dana Gordon ($70,000.00)
3rd place: sheriiff* ($43,560.00)
4th place: Mindalterer ($32,670.00)
5th place: DaMurdera3 ($22,572.00)
6th place: PERRINS-08 ($17,424.00)
7th place: Team Pro Alvaro “VARICO” Blanco ($13,464.00)
8th place: vinifenomeno ($9,504.00)
9th place: UH Big Tex ($6,930.00)