The last Super Tuesday of August also marked the last before the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker begins this weekend, meaning the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold’em tournament will be taking a hiatus for a few weeks.
Perhaps as a result, a larger than average field came out for this week’s tournament, with a whopping 480 players joining the fray, the largest group since 495 played back in early April. That meant a big prize pool of $480,000 — crushing the event’s $300K guarantee — due to be split among the final 54 finishers with a cool $92,112 reserved for the winner.
It took a little over four hours for that huge field to be carved to just 100 players, at which point FODMAND led everyone with nearly 80,000 chips. Among that group was PokerStars Team Online member George “Jorj95” Lind, although unfortunately for him he’d last only a little longer to exit in 91st.
That left just Team Pro Johnny “johnnylodden” Lodden of Norway to represent the home team, although he would find himself nursing a short stack as they began to get within shouting distance of the money bubble.
Lodden would hang on as the field continued to shrink. Then on the final hand before the five-hour break the blinds were 500/1,000 when Lodden open-pushed all in for about 12 big blinds from early position. He’d get a caller in FODMAND from the cutoff, and after the others folded Lodden showed K♥Q♥ and FODMAND Q♠Q♣. The board failed to improve Lodden’s hand he was out in 61st place.
With 60 left it was Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb sitting in the top spot with better than 97,000, followed by Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver with just over 90,000, Bandano with just under 90,000, and Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilifnosky with about 87,000.
It would only take a few minutes after the break for Yakiddinme’s A♣7♣ to fall to upstrick77’s 10♣10♦, sending Yakiddinme out in 55th and bursting the cash bubble.
Two-and-a-half more hours would pass while the final 54 whittled themselves down to nine. Those cashing along the way included arnon shraga (48th, $2,400), João “joaobarb” Barbosa (43rd, $2,640), Mr. Tim Caum (30th, $2,880), Bandano (27th, $3,360), upstrick77 (25th, $3,360), bearsfan775 (22nd, $3,360), FODMOND (20th, $3,360), caecilius (16th, $4,320), whereisdonny (15th, $5,280), Laurence “Rivermanl” Houghton (14th, $5,280), bloczek60 (13th, $5,280), Brandon “oncommand” Meyers (12th, $6,240), ThijsRemie (11th, $6,240), and AlexeyKID (10th, $6,240)
Shaun Deeb would maintain the lead throughout that stretch, and was still sitting atop the counts as the final table commenced.
Seat 1: ActionFreak — 116,979
Seat 2: NeverScaredB — 105,415
Seat 3: Raaadzio91 — 162,497
Seat 4: Anjeyyy — 307,396
Seat 5: Sheeter 200 — 377,754
Seat 6: ImDaNuts — 127,954
Seat 7: MaltLiquor40 — 187,604
Seat 8: shaundeeb — 586,182
Seat 9: roo_400 — 428,219
The blinds were 2,000/4,000 as the final table began, and on the very first hand ActionFreak raised to 8,113 from the cutoff seat, then saw Sheeter 200 reraise to 24,000 from the small blind. It folded back to ActionFreak who pushed all in for 116,479 total and Sheeter 200 made the call.
ActionFreak had 10♣10♦ while Sheeter 200 turned over A♥K♣. ActionFreak remained ahead after the 6♦6♥2♣ flop, but the K♥ fell on the turn to put Sheeter 200 in front, and after the 5♥ river ActionFreak was swiftly sent railward in ninth.
It would then take nearly an hour for the next elimination to occur. With the blinds having pushed up to 3,200/6,400, Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky raised to 12,800 from the cutoff seat, then Anjeyyy reraised all in for 157,840 total from the small blind. Sheeter 200 folded the BB, but Wilinofsky called instantly, turning over A♣A♦. Anjeyyy was way behind with K♠Q♥, and after the community cards fell 2♥J♥6♦10♥3♣ they were down to seven.
Pocket rockets would also be involved in the next elimination, although in that case the player with the aces would be on the losing side of things.
After Raaadzio91 opened for the minimum with a raise to 12,800 from late position, Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver reraised to 31,205 from the small blind. Raaadzio91 responded with an all-in push and Oliver called with the 176,969 he had left.
Oliver looked in good shape to double up, but when the board rolled out J♥5♣9♠7♥8♠, Raaadzio91 had made a straight to send ImDaNuts out in seventh. That hand pushed Raaadzio91 into the chip lead with more than 756,000, finally removing Shaun Deeb from first position as he fell to second with almost 620,000.
They’d crossed the nine-hour mark and the blinds had moved to 4,000/8,000 when leader Raaadzio91 opened for 16,000 from under the gun and got a couple of callers in roo_400 (small blind) and Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky (big blind). The flop came 8♦Q♣J♥. roo_400 checked and NeverScaredB bet 21,800, leaving himself 72,658 behind. Raaadzio91 folded, then roo_400 raised all in and Wilinofsky called with his remaining stack.
NeverScaredB had K♣Q♥ for top pair of queens, but roo_400 had flopped a set with J♦J♠. The turn was the 7♥ and river the 7♦, improving roo_400 to a full house and ending NeverScaredB’s run in sixth.
Soon after a huge hand developed between Shaun Deeb and Sheeter 200 which saw the latter all in on the turn with the board showing A♥8♦10♣4♠ and holding A♣K♥ to Deeb’s A♦Q♥. The river was the 5♥, and suddenly Sheeter 200 was the big leader with more than 1.26 million while Deeb had become crippled down to less than 32,000 (not four big blinds).
Deeb would subsequently survive a few all-ins, and before long had climbed back up over 150,000. He’d double up again after going all in with A♠7♠ against Sheeter 200’s 5♥5♦, then watching the board come 9♠10♠2♣8♥6♠ to give him a flush and a pot of more than 370,000.
Deeb appeared headed back toward the top of the counts. Then came a hand in which Sheeter 200 raised 2x to 20,000 from the button and Deeb defended his big blind. The flop came 8♣J♥10♥. Deeb checked, Sheeter 200 bet 38,437, Deeb check-raised to 128,123, Sheeter 200 reraised again to more than 435,000, and Deeb called with the 151,427 he had left behind.
Deeb had 10♦9♠ for tens and an open-ended straight draw while Sheeter 200 had Q♠Q♥ for an overpair and a gutshot. The turn and river both brought aces, coming A♣ then A♦, and Deeb was out in fifth.
The final four battled a while longer before all agreed to pause the tourney and discuss a possible deal. At that point Sheeter 200 continued to lead with 946,294, Raaadzio91 was next with 842,689, roo_400 was third with 355,595, and MaltLiquor40 last with 255,422.
“ICM” numbers were produced to determine how to divide up the remaining prize money with $6,000 set aside for the eventual winner. However, terms could not be decided upon and cards were soon back in the air.
They’d moved past the ten-hour mark with the blinds at 7,000/14,000 when MaltLiquor40 open-pushed for 168,172 from the small blind and roo_400 called from the big blind. MaltLiquor40 had but 8♥5♠ but both cards were live versus roo_400’s K♥10♥. The 7♣8♣A♦ flop hit MaltLiquor40’s hand, but the J♣ turn and Q♣ river made a backdoor straight for roo_400, and MaltLiquor40 was knocked out in fourth.
The remaining three were again just about to talk chop, but a hand began to develop between Sheeter 200 and Raaadzio91 that interrupted the conversation.
That one began with Raaadzio91 raising 2x to 28,000 from the button and only Sheeter 200 calling from the small blind. The flop came 2♥K♠A♥, Sheeter 200 checked, Raaadzio91 bet 31,299, and Sheeter 200 called. Both then checked the 4♠ turn.
The river brought the A♠ and this time Sheeter 200 led with a bet of 103,386. Raaadzio91 raised to 261,290, prompting a reraise to more than 920,000 by Sheeter 200. Raaadzio91 called all in with the 563,075 left behind, turning over 7♠6♠ for a rivered flush. Alas for Raaadzio91, that river had given Sheeter 200 a full house with A♣4♣, and suddenly they were down to two.
Heads-up play began with Sheeter 200 well out in front with 1,960,333 to roo_400’s 439,667 — a better than 4-to-1 chip lead. roo_400 quickly cut into the lead by doubling up with 9♥9♦ against Sheeter 200’s 5♥5♠, but Sheeter 200 soon started whittling away once more to push roo_400 back down under 425,000.
Then with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 it was Sheeter 200 raising to 32,000 from the button and roo_400 calling. The flop came 6♦7♥10♦. roo_400 checked, Sheeter 200 bet 34,000, roo_400 raised to 92,625, and Sheeter 200 called. The turn brought the 2♦ and an all-in push for 297,709 from roo_400, quickly called by Sheeter 200.
roo_400 showed K♥10♠ for tens, but was already drawing dead against Sheeter 200’s 9♦4♦ — a diamond flush. Nearly ten-and-a-half hours after the first hands were dealt, the tournament had been decided.
Congratulations to Sheeter 200 for topping a huge field of 480 players to take this week’s Super Tuesday and a better than $92K score!
Super Tuesday results for 8/28/12:
1st: Sheeter 200 (Canada) — $92,112
2nd: roo_400 (Canada) — $68,400
3rd: Raaadzio91 (Poland) — $50,400
4th: MaltLiquor40 (Canada) — $38,400
5th: shaundeeb (Mexico) — $26,880
6th: NeverScaredB (Canada) — $20,400
7th: ImDaNuts (Costa Rica) — $15,600
8th: Anjeyyy (Ukraine) — $10,800
9th: ActionFreak (Greece) — $7,968
It’s almost here! The 2012 World Championship of Online Poker begins this Sunday, September 2nd. Check the WCOOP site for the full schedule, including information about the many satellites to all 65 events.
Martin Harris is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.