As the World Series of Poker moved into its second week in Las Vegas, the Super Tuesday on PokerStars attracted a large field as usual, with 365 runners entering PokerStars’ weekly $1,050 no-limit hold’em tourney.
That group created a prize pool of $365,000, besting the $300K guarantee. The top 45 finishers made the cash, with $70,627.50 due the winner.
“Let’s see if I can make 3 consecutive deep runs in the $1K Super Tuesday,” tweeted Kevin “WizardOfAhhs” Thurman near the start of play on Tuesday. Thurman was hoping to improve on his 17th-place finish two weeks ago (good for $3,970) and a 20th-place last week (worth $2,898).
Alas for Thurman, his streak was broken this week as he succumbed in 132nd. Only 2011 WSOP Main Event champion Pius Heinz was left to represent Team PokerStars at that point, though he, too, would be ousted shy of the final 100.
Three hours in it was Mike “Pipedream17” Dietrich out in front of the pack followed by TiltMeHarder and kwil20. A couple of hours later they were approaching the money, with progre69, Dan “danloulou” Smyth, and sarnabul leading the way.
Soon the cash bubble burst, and over the next two-and-a-half hours the field was whittled down to the final nine. Among those cashing along the way were Giuseppe “Ansgar2000” Pantaleo (45th, $2,190), Luke “lb6121” Schwartz (41st, $2,190), Luke “LukeFromB13” Staudenmaier (37th, $2,190), Tom “tollgate” Grigg (32nd, $2,372.50), kwil20 (31st, $2,372.50), Dan “danloulou” Smyth (26th, $2,737.50), Mike “Pipedream17” Dietrich (12th, $5,475), and Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky (10th, $5,475).
The final nine was set.
Seat 1: joaoMathias — 122,910
Seat 2: progre69 — 252,262
Seat 3: ImDaNuts — 157,187
Seat 4: gmcrafter — 80,255
Seat 5: crazybambos — 107,098
Seat 6: Patrick_GBR — 517,268
Seat 7: flashdisastr — 369,376
Seat 8: softcored — 68,371
Seat 9: sarnabul — 150,273
Once again, there were several familiar names among the final nine, including Joao Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten and Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver with just below-average stacks, with Oliver hoping to better his seventh-place finish in last week’s Super Tuesday.
Meanwhile softcored — who bubbled last week’s Super Tuesday final table — made it to the final nine this time albeit with a short stack. All were chasing Patrick_GBR, however, who himself took eighth in this tournament last week.
Not long after the final table began, the blinds were 2,400/4,800 when Joao Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten open-shoved all in for 50,082 from middle position with A♠10♠ and got snap-called by leader Patrick_GBR in the big blind with A♥K♥. The board came 5♣6♦J♦9♦9♠, and they were quickly down to eight.
It would take another 45 minutes for the next elimination to come. By then the blinds had moved to 3,600/7,200. Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver moved all in for 61,192 from middle position, then flashdisastr reraise-shoved from the small blind, getting a fold from softcored in the BB.
Oliver held A♠10♦ and needed help versus flashdisastr’s K♠K♦, but the community cards came 5♠3♠J♣10♠7♦ and Oliver was out in eighth, nearly equaling his seventh-place finish from a week ago.
They pushed through the nine-hour break, with Patrick_GBR still leading with better than 580,000 and softcored still battling with a short stack as the only player with less than 100,000.
Then, with the blinds 4,000/8,000, gmcrafter opened for the minimum from middle position, and when it folded to the big blind softcored shoved all in for 90,492 and got called. softcored had A♦9♦ and gmcrafter K♠Q♠. The flop came 3♣2♣K♥ to pair gmcrafter, and after the 10♥ turn and J♥ river, softcored was gone in seventh.
Not long after that they’d reached Level 35 (blinds 5k/10k) when it folded to Patrick_GBR in the small blind who raised to 140,000 — more than the 113,470 flashdisastr had sitting behind in the BB. flashdisastr called all in, showing K♦Q♠ to Patrick_GBR’s A♣5♥. The flop came 5♦7♣5♣ to improve Patrick_GBR to trips. The turn was the 10♥, meaning the 3♥ was no matter and flashdisastr was eliminated in sixth.
An orbit-and-a-half later, gmcrafter and sarnabul had an all-in confrontation before the flop in which sarnabul’s entire stack of 156,023 was in the middle, with gmcrafter having less than 1,000 still behind. sarnabul had A♠K♠ and gmcrafter 5♥5♠, but a king flopped and sarnabul’s hand held to cripple gmcrafter.
gmcrafter would be all in before the flop on the next hand against both sarnabul and progre69. The latter then bet the 10♦9♦K♦ flop to chase sarnabul, showing 5♦4♦ for a flopped flush against gmcrafter’s K♠3♣. The board ran out J♠ and 5♠, leaving gmcrafter with a pair of kings and a fifth-place finish.
A big hand soon developed between crazybambos and Patrick_GBR following a Q♦7♥J♦ flop. A series of raises saw crazybambos all in with Q♠J♠ for two pair against Patrick_GBR’s K♥K♦, and crazybambos’ hand held to earn a 831k-plus pot and the lead. Take a look:
crazybambos continued to lead as the final four moved past the ten-hour mark, and soon was open-raising for 2x from UTG for 28,000. It folded to progre69 in the big blind who reraised all in for 291,936, and crazybambos called, tabling A♠K♥ to progre69’s J♠J♣. The flop was fine for progre69, coming 2♠6♦Q♠, but the turn was the K♠ and river the A♥, and they were down to three.
At that point both sarnabul and Patrick_GBR had about 250,000 while crazybambos sat with just under 1.3 million. The trio had the tourney paused to discuss a deal, and “chip chop” numbers were soon produced. The suggested figures would give crazybambos $66,676.92, sarnabul $45,928.04, and Patrick_GBR $45,097.54, leaving $6,000 still for which to play (as required by the terms of the Super Tuesday).
Those figures meant a crazybambos win would actually earn more than first-place prize money, so the others suggested modifying the figures to $60,000 for crazybambos and $48,000 each for sarnabul and Patrick_GBR, with $7,702.50 left on the table. All agreed, and the tourney was soon back underway.
Patrick_GBR would soon see his stack slide down to 112,428, all of which went in the middle from the small blind following a crazybambos min-raise open to 14,000 from the button. sarnabul folded, and crazybambos called, showing 8♦6♦ to Patrick_GBR’s 2♠2♦. The flop came 4♦J♣9♦ and Patrick_GBR’s ducks were still best. But the 8♠ turn and 8♥ river gave crazybambos trip eights, and they were down to two.
Heads-up play began with crazybambos still comfortably in front with 1,326,231 to sarnabul’s 498,769. However sarnabul would soon grab a couple of sizable pots to close the gap, at which point the players began to discuss chopping the remaining $7,702.50 — not really an option, actually, although that didn’t prevent them from sitting out for several minutes to wait for a moderator. One finally arrived, explaining that no second deal was possible, and play began again in earnest.
During the wait, crazybambos had been chatting about needing to get to work and wanting to end the tournament quickly, thus it wasn’t too surprising to see some looser play going forward.
A hand soon arose in which crazybambos opened with a 2x raise to 36,000 from the button, sarnabul reraised to 87,333, and crazybambos called. The flop came 10♦3♣2♠, sarnabul bet 69,003, and crazybambos called. The turn brought the 5♠ and a check from sarnabul. crazybambos bet 218,000, then sarnabul pushed all in for 666,655 total and crazybambos called.
sarnabul: 10♥9♥ — top pair of tens
crazybambos: J♠3♠ — a pair of treys plus a flush draw
The river brought the Q♦, and sarnabul had the big chip lead with over 1.65 million to just under 175,000 for crazybambos.
Four hands later it was all over. In the last hand, crazybambos again min-raised from the button, sarnabul pushed all in, and crazybambos called, showing K♥5♣ to sarnabul’s A♥2♠. The 10♠J♠9♠ flop and K♣ turn meant crazybambos was in front with kings, but the 6♠ fell on the river to give sarnabul a winning flush… and all the chips.
Congratulations to sarnabul for taking this week’s Super Tuesday, and kudos as well to crazybambos for earning the biggest payday thanks to the three-way chop!
Super Tuesday results for 6/5/12 (*reflects three-way deal):
1st: sarnabul (Israel) — $55,702.50*
2nd: crazybambos (United Kingdom) — $60,000*
3rd: Patrick_GBR (Bolivia) — $48,000*
4th: progre69 (Argentina) — $30,112.50
5th: gmcrafter (Chile) — $20,805
6th: flashdisastr (Luxembourg) — $16,060
7th: softcored (Sweden) — $12,410
8th: ImDaNuts (Costa Rica) — $8,760
9th: joaoMathias (Brazil) — $6,387.50
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