"Bax" and Wigg Final, but Fischer80 Takes Home the Aug. 18 Super Tuesday Title
Sometimes victory is just out of reach.
Well, this Tuesday, in the prestigious $1,000+50 buy-in Super Tuesday, Team PokerStars as a whole came agonizingly close to the payoff Promiseland, only to go home empty handed. Team Canada pro Pat Pezzin came the closest to grabbing a share of the $366k prize pool, only to exit three spots from the money in 48th.
Even without a Team PokerStars contingent, those players lucky enough to navigate the 366 person field to the money represented an impressive cross section of professional poker. Among those fighting it out when play wound down to the final table bubble was a WSOP bracelet winner, an EPT champion and a former WCOOP Main Event final tablist. Rest assured, one thing was for certain as the tournament played to a final nine, the poker would be excellent.
The Online Grind
Although well represented in the final two tables, notable online tournament grinders found the going rough as we approached the final nine. Prolific online pros chapmoney and makavelyces bowed out in 13th ($4,575) and 12th ($5,490) respectively, and then were followed quickly out the door by supernova hasankiki in 11th ($5,490).
After this quick succession of big name eliminations the tournament finally had its bubble boy, brendon1717, a player with over $600k in online and live tournament winning in his own right. Under the gun, Al K. Holick doubles the blinds to 7,200. Play then folds around to brendon1717 in the big blind who moves all-in for his last 44k. Al K. Holick makes the call and reveals A♦ Q♥, which is ahead of brendon1717's K♦ [10d]. The flop pairs Al K. Holick, falling Q♠ 6♠ 9♣, and left brendon1717 drawing slim to a king or some sort of runner straight. The 9♦ on the turn pushed brendon1717 closer to the door, with the 6♦ sending the online pro home in tenth, good for $5,490.
With the final table now set, the remaining nine players reconvened at table 21 to battle it out for the Super Tuesday title and the over $70k first place prize. Former WCOOP Main Event final tablist Fischer80 led the charge to the final table with 428,317 in chips, while engelberth.v entered the last table on the short stack with just 27,215 . Blinds were 1,800/3,600 with a 450 ante when play resumed. Here is a look at how the final table began:
Seat 1: Fischer80 (428317 in chips)
Seat 2: Sphinx87 (242170 in chips)
Seat 3: Al K. Holick (390564 in chips)
Seat 4: JohnnyBax (77166 in chips)
Seat 5: JohnnyBelow (53805 in chips)
Seat 6: OBAMA_MCCAIN (173914 in chips)
Seat 7: Monk532 (231404 in chips)
Seat 8: engelberth.v (27215 in chips)
Seat 9: antesvante (205445 in chips)
JohnnyBax Has Left the Building
To say that JohnnyBax is a legend in online poker may be understating the player's accomplishments. "Bax," as he's known in the online community, has won nearly everything in the world of poker, including a WSOP bracelet in 2005. But if poker has taught us anything, no one is invulnerable, even legends.
With blinds at 2k/4k JohnnyBax raises to 8,775 from middle position, only to be re-raised all-in by engelberth.v on the button. Having engelberth.v barely covered, JohnnyBax makes the snap call and shows A♥ A♠. engelberth.v has a good hand, [10d] [10s], but obviously is far behind JohnnyBax's pocket rockets. The flop comes safe for JohnnyBax, K♥ 8♥ 4♣, but the [10h] on the turn leaves Bax drawing to an ace or heart that doesn't pair the board in order to avoid being crippled. Alas for JohnnyBax, the 8♠ on the river seals engelberth.v's double up and cripples Bax down to just over 9k in chips. The legend bows out in ninth ($6,405) just two hands later, his J♦ [10d] failing to run down Al K. Holick's A♣ 9♠.
The Johnny Contingent Loses Another
Just one hand after JohnnyBax exited in ninth another Johnny is shown the door, noted online pro JohnnyBelow. OBAMA_MCCAIN makes it 12k to go from under the gun and gets one caller, JohnnyBelow from the big blind. The flop comes Q♣ 9♦ 4♦ and JohnnyBelow checks. OBAMA_MCCAIN makes another 12k bet only to be raised all-in by JohnnyBelow for about 50k. OBAMA_MCCAIN makes the call and is way behind as his A♦ [10h] is no match for JohnnyBelow's K♦ Q♦, which has flopped top pair with a king high flush draw. The [10d] falls on the turn, giving JohnnyBelow the second nut flush and leaving OBAMA_MCCAIN drawing to only a diamond for the win. Bing! The 9♦ comes on the river, painfully eliminating JohnnyBelow in eighth place ($8,784). And just like that, no Johnnys remain...
BING: Part II
Swedish poker pro Anton "antesvante" Wigg has been having a very good 2010, with 19 major live and online cashes good for more than $1 million in prize money so far. Wigg even took down the EPT Copenhagen title this past February.
engelberth.v Can't Solve the Sphinx
Following Wigg's exit play stabilized at six-handed for 45 hands until a shorter stacked engelberth.v found himself on the wrong side of a cooler. With blinds at 2,800/5,600 Fischer80 raises to 12,555 under the gun. Sphinx87 smooth calls one seat to Fischer80's left and play is folded around to engelberth.v in the big blind, who moves all-in for just over 130k. Initial raiser, Fischer80 gets out of the way, but Sphinx87 makes the call. engelberth.v had a strong ace, A♣ Q♦, but it was second best to Sphinx87's A♥ K♥. The board stays kosher, A♠ 6♣ 2♦ 6♦ 4♣, and engelberth.v bows out in sixth, collecting $16,104 for his troubles.
The Quiet Monk is Silenced
Play slows down once again following engelberth.v's elimination, with 52 hands being dealt before the final table lost another player. Monk532 wasn't too active throughout the final table, but with just 36k chips remaining and the blinds rapidly approaching the silent one decided to make his stand and moved all-in from under the gun. Both Sphinx87, on the button, and OBAMA_MCCAIN, in the big blind, make the call and we go to a flop. The flop falls 2♣ 3♣ 3♥, prompting OBAMA_MCCAIN to lead out for 28,800 and Sphinx87 to get out of the way. The all-in Monk532 turns up K♠ J♠ for king high, while OBAMA_MCCAIN reveals [10h] [10d]. Paint on the turn, but it's only the Q♦, leaving Monk532 drawing dead to a king or jack. No dice for Monk532 as a river 3♠ ends his day in fifth, good for $20,862.
OBAMA_MCCAIN Runs Out of Rivers
Never let it be said that Super Tuesday doesn't give players a lot of play. 75 hands after Monk532's exit the final table finally gets down to three, courtesy of Fischer80 and OBAMA_MCCAIN. OBAMA_MCCAIN ran well early at the final table, but as the tournament soldiered on OBAMA_MCCAIN's strength waned. With just under 160k, OBAMA_MCCAIN doubled the blinds from under the gun only to have Fischer80 re-pop on the button to 54k. The blinds fold and action goes back on OBAMA_MCCAIN, who raises again to 117k. Fischer87 thinks for a long time before calling. We go to the flop with over 250k already in the pot and OBAMA_MCCAIN wielding just a 40k stack behind. The Flop comes 3♦ K♥ Q♦ and OBAMA_MCCAIN leads out for 36k, leaving him just 4k behind. Fischer80 just makes the call. The 8♦ falls on the turn, putting a possible flush out on the board, and OBAMA_MCCAIN finally moves the rest of his stack into the middle. Fischer80 snap calls and shows 3♠ 3♥ for a flopped set of threes. OBAMA_MCCAIN isn't dead, however, as he exposes A♦ J♣ for the nut flush draw and a gut shot straight possibility. However, no more bings for OBAMA_MCCAIN as the 5♠ on the river cuts him down in fourth ($30,195).
The screen name Fischer80 might not seem familiar to you, but this isn't the fishman's first big final table. Three years ago, Fischer80 finished the controversial 2007 WCOOP Main Event in eighth place, snagging more than 100k for his efforts. Now with just three left in the Super Tuesday, Fischer80 held a commanding 1.1 million to 360k to 330k lead over Al K. Holick and Sphinx87.
With the blinds at 4.5k/9k and a 1,125 ante here is how the final three stacked up:
Seat 1: Fischer80 (1130239 in chips)
Seat 2: Sphinx87 (337845 in chips)
Seat 3: Al K. Holick (361916 in chips)
In spite of Fischer80's massive lead over the field, another 38 hands would be pitched before play got to heads-up. On the button and down to just 20 big blinds, Sphinx87 moves all-in for 197k and is called by Fischer80 in the big blind. Sphinx87 is way ahead, his A♥ Q♥ crushing Fischer80's A♦ 9♥, and keeps his healthy lead through the turn, with a four card board of 5♥ K♣ 7♦ 8♣. Looking for the much needed double up, Sphinx87 just had to fade a nine or six to stay alive. But then, bam! The 6♣ on the river completed Fischer80's straight and sent Sphinx87 packing in third place ($40,260).
Fischer Finally Gets There
WIth Fischer80 holding a massive 1.5 million to 300k chip lead, a long heads-up duel was not expected. However, 150 hands later the match seemed to be going strong, with Fischer80 holding the slight lead over Al K. Holick. Then came the big flip. Al K. Holick raised to 32k on the button, only to have Fischer80 re-pop to 96k. Unfazed, Al K. Holick moved all-in for just over 800k and Fischer80 made the call. It was a classic flip, Fischer80's [10d] [10h] versus Al K. Holick's A♥ J♥. The flop stayed good for Fischer80, 8♦ 3♦ 5♠, so did the turn, 6♥, and the river, 9♦, giving Fischer80 the title and $70,821 in winnings. AI K. Holick fought a good battle, but finishes runner up for $53,070.
Super Tuesday Results for 8/18/10:
1st place: Fischer80 (Hamburg) $70,821.00
2nd place: Al K. Holick (--) $53,070.00
3rd place: Sphinx87 (Biala Podlaska) $40,260.00
4th place: OBAMA_MCCAIN (Naperville) $30,195.00
5th place: Monk532 (Riverview) $20,862.00
6th place: engelberth.v (venezuela -tachira) $16,104.00
7th place: antesvante (Stockholm) $12,444.00
8th place: JohnnyBelow (Hesseng) $8,748.00
9th place: JohnnyBax (Syosset) $6,405.00