10/26/10 Super Tuesday: AGabor23 victorius after four-handed deal

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The final Super Tuesday of October drew a field of 386 players, creating a prize pool of $386,000 to be divided amongst the top 45 players. Unfortunately for the Team PokerStars players who took part in the tournament, none made the money. After a lengthy final table, play eventually made it's way to the final four players before making a chip-count deal.

The final table bubble was burst with the blinds at 1,800/3,600 with an ante of 450. The action began when RAZA14 raised to 7,399 with A♥K♠. Action folded to chisca1 from the small blind, shoving their remaining 86,061 with Q♠Q♥. RAZA14 made the call and the race was on. The flop moved RAZA14 into the lead: T♥ 7♣ A♣. The K♣ on the turn meant chisca1 was drawing to six outs to remain in the mix for a final table, but the T♠ on the river wasn't good enough, sending chisca1 just short of a final table, earning tenth place money of $5,790. Here's what the final table looked like when play resumed:

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Seat 1: inwooke (157,073 in chips)
Seat 2: B_Davis5 (148,041 in chips)
Seat 3: kobsame (146,606 in chips)
Seat 4: campeao200 (278,302 in chips)
Seat 5: sil_eye_hand (180,116 in chips)
Seat 6: AGabor23 (165,503 in chips)
Seat 7: koolkeith13 (149,525 in chips)
Seat 8: elitelive (317,300 in chips)
Seat 9: RAZA14 (387,534 in chips)

Action at the final table started very slowly, taking nearly an hour before the first player was eliminated. The blinds were at 2,400/4,800 with a 600 ante when RAZA14 opened the action with a raise to 10,500 with A♦J♦. Action folded around to the small blind, when B_Davis5 shoved from the small blind for 83,755 with J♣J♠ as RAZA14 made the call, putting B_Davis5 at risk. The flop came down 5♣ Q♥ K♥, followed by the 6♥ on the turn, leaving B_davis5 to fade any ace or ten on the river. The prettiest card in the deck, the A♠ came on the river, giving RAZA14 the better pair, while B_Davis5 pocketed ninth place money, good for $6,755.

Action remained to be slow at the final table before Kobsame was eliminated in eight place, cashing for $9,264. The blinds had gone up to 3,200/6400 with a 800 ante for kobsame's fateful hand. Elitelive opened with a raise to 13,090, followed by kobsame moving in for 109,969 from the small blind. Elitelive made the call with A♥T♥. which was ahead of kobsame's A♦8♦. The flop moved elitelive further into the lead: T♦5♥Q♥. Kobsame picked up gutshot straight outs with the 9♣, but the 6♣ on the river meant their thoughts of a Super Tuesday win were now over for this week, while elitefive moved into the chip lead.

After another long stretch without an elimination, koolkeith13 would earn $13,124 a seventh place finish. Crippled to just 38,815 in chips with the blinds now at 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000, koolkeith13 called elitelive's UTG raise to 17,988 from the big blind. On the flop of J♦ 9♣ 5♠, elitelive bet enough to put koolkeith13 all-in. With both player's cards now revealed, elitelive's T♦9♦ had outflopped the K♣2♣ of koolkeith13. The Q♣ on the turn gave additional flush and straight draws, but the 7♥ on the river was not the card koolkeith13 was hoping to see as his seat at the table was now without chips.

Shortly after the hourly break, campeao200 added $16,984 to their account with a sixth place finish. After losing with pocket kings to AGabor23's [ax][qx], campeao200 was severely crippled. However, they were able to survive three straight all-in hands before their T♠8♠ was unable to best elitelive's A♠9♣ when the board showed 7♦ K♣ A♦ Q♦ T♣.

Play continued five-handed with another long stretch of hands played before the final elimination before a deal was discussed. The blinds were now at 6,000/12,000 with an ante of 1,500 with RAZA14 the short stack with 108,868 in chips. In a blind v blind confrontation, elitelive shoved from the small blind with J♠5♠ with RAZA14 calling with J♥8♥. The thoughts of doubling up were quickly dashed when the first three cards were T♣ 2♣ 5♦ giving elitelive the lead. The J♦ on the turn and the 4♠ on the river led RAZA14 to say "kplsfdg,nfh;", left to receive notification they had won $22,002 for fifth place.

With play four-handed, the players, appearing to want to get this over with in a hurry, quickly decided to make a deal based on their chip counts:

elitelive 664,884 chips $58,573.34
sil_eye_hand 485,170 chips $51,348.83
AGabor23 - 425,011 chips $48,930.44
inwooke - 354,935 chips $46,113.39

With the tournament over monetarily, the players sped up the play, with the eliminations as follows:

After the deal was arranged, on the the first hand after play resumed, elitelive, sil_eye_hand and AGabor23 got all their chips in pre-flop. Elitelive held Q♦9♣, sil_eye_hand held Q♠ 5♣ and AGabor23 held A♥2♥. The board ran out 4♠ A♣ 6♦ 8♥ T♦ as AGabor23's pair of aces won the main pot, with elitelive taking down the small side pot, with sil_eye_hand knocked out in 4th place.

Several hands later, inwooke would finish in 3rd place, when their 7♦7♠ was run down on the river by elitelive's A♠4♦ with all the money in pre-flop. Five cards later, K♦ 2♥ J♦ Q♠ T♦, elitelive's straight meant inwooke was sent packing.

On the final hand of the tournament, the river card would not be so kind to elitelive. AGabor23 and elitelive were near even in chips, with them all in the middle once again pre-flop. This time, elitelive held the lead with A♠3♦ against AGabor23's K♠9♦, maintaining the lead on a flop of Q♦ 4♣ 2♦, the 3♠ turn card changed nothing, but the K♦ on the river meant AGabor23 would earn the victory this Super Tuesday, although earning only third place money.

EPT Vienna action continues all this week, be sure to check out the PokerStars blog for updates and chip counts.

10/26/10 Super Tuesday Final Table Results*:

1st: AGabor23 - $48,930.44
2nd: elitelive - $58,573.34
3rd: inwooke - $46,113.39
4th: sil_eye_hand - $51,348.83
5th: RAZA14 - $22,002
6th: campeao200 - $16,984
7th: koolkeith13 - $13,124
8th: kobsame - $9,264
9th: B_Davis5 - $6,755

* Reflects a deal made four-handed.