HN Kakaroto Takes Down Tough May 25th Super Tuesday
For most, it was an average Tuesday. But for poker players, it was the Tuesday leading up to the start of the 2010 World Series of Poker. That meant travel for many, last-minute get-togethers with friends and family for some before nearly seven weeks of non-stop poker, and settling into summer digs in Las Vegas for others.
And for serious online poker players, it also meant one more chance at a Super Tuesday title on PokerStars, the prize money and momentum from which could only benefit a WSOP player. So 317 of them logged on to the site on this Tuesday night to compete for the $300K guarantee, and the numbers actually added up to a $317,000 prize pool.
The tournament played down toward the money bubble as Team PokerStars Pros Chris "Money800" Moneymaker and Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc began to lose their grasp on their chips. Moneymaker ended up finishing in 61st place, and Physioc took 51st as the top 36 players in the tournament went on to cash.
Prior to the seven-hour break of the event, troster16 was eliminated in 11th place, and hand-for-hand play ensued, continuing on after the break. It took about ten minutes to find the next elimination, and it happened when pbtoau pushed all-in preflop with pocket aces. When forcewithme9 called with pocket queens, it looked like a double-up opportunity until the Q♣ was the first card to hit on the flop. The rest of the board came 6♥3♣J♣9♣, and the aces were cracked, sending pbtoau out in tenth place with $5,072.00.
HN Kakaroto led final nine
The final table was set in the latter stages of Level 26, with blinds at 1,600/3,200 and a 400 ante. Starting chip counts for the players were as follows:
Seat 1: liutas.a (67,337 in chips)
Seat 2: MariusT (36,115 in chips)
Seat 3: HN Kakaroto (433,586 in chips)
Seat 4: xthesteinx (118,467 in chips)
Seat 5: PrtyPsux (321,383 in chips)
Seat 6: forcewithme9 (386,064 in chips)
Seat 7: CrazyHorse76 (49,752 in chips)
Seat 8: Improved (13,034 in chips)
Seat 9: galgal11 (159,262 in chips)
On the very first hand, short-stacked MariusT moved all-in. From the big blind, xthesteinx reraised all-in, prompting original raiser galgal11 to fold. MariusT showed A♣8♦, and xthesteinx revealed 9♥9♠. The board came J♠5♥T♣6♦4♥, and MariusT found no help there. He left in ninth place with $6,023.00.
Two hands later, Improved doubled through PrtyPsux, but it only took a short time before the time for a second attempt came about. Improved pushed all-in from the button with A♥J♣, and galgal11 called from the small blind with K♠T♦. The flop came K♦3♣T♠ to give galgal11 two pair and Improved the straight draw, but the J♥ turn and K♥ river gave galgal11 the full house. Improved couldn't improve and finished in eighth place with $7,925.00.
A long period of time went by as small ball poker became the name of the game. But it was during that time that CrazyHorse76 doubled through forcewithme9 and liutas.a did the same through xthesteinx.
Though galgal11 made a solid climb on the leaderboard at one point, the stack eventually diminished, and the all-in move was made with A♠K♥. CrazyHorse76 woke up with A♦A♣ from the big blind and easily made the call. The flop of 5♦7♠K♣ brought a pair for galgal11, but the 9♣ turn and Q♥ river offered no further improvement. Galgal11 departed in seventh place with $11,095.00.
Soon after, a battle of the blinds ensued between xthesteinx and PrtyPsux. The result was short-stacked xthesteinx all-in for his last 115,190 chips with Q♣Q♠ and PrtyPsux calling with the powerful A♥A♦. The first card on the deal was the A♣ to give PrtyPsux the set of aces, and the rest of the board came 9♦3♦9♣6♦ for a full house. That left Benjamin "xthesteinx" Zamani, the recent fourth place finisher at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, with a sixth place finish in this event, which was worth $14,265.00.
Within minutes, another short stack was moving and shaking, though more of the former. Liutas.a moved all-in with A♠2♦ from the big blind, but original raiser PrtyPsux made the call with 7♣7♥. The board was a fairly uneventful 9♣T♦5♣5♦4♣, and liutas.a was eliminated in fifth place with $18,386.00.
As some players struggled to stay alive, as when forcewithme9 doubled through CrazyHorse76, one by the name of PrtyPsux was extending a chip lead.
CrazyHorse76 came back to double through PrtyPsux, though, and stay in contention but then tried it one more time. The hand started with a raise from HN Kakaroto and reraise from PrtyPsux, but when CrazyHorse76 moved all-in for 263,698 from the big blind, HN Kakaroto came over the top all-in, which pushed PrtyPsux out of the way. CrazyHorse76 showed A♠Q♦ preflop, but HN Kakaroto had A♣K♣. And the T♠4♣8♣T♣J♣ board brought that flush to ensure the pot went to HN Kakaroto as CrazyHorse76 rode off into the sunset with $26,945.00 for the fourth place finish.
The following hand developed, as PrtyPsux looked to double up at the expense of forcewithme9, who had a few more chips than PrtyPsux. The double-up worked as follows:
That left forcewithme9 with less than 20K. Two hands later, forcewithme9 was all-in preflop, and the other two players went along for the ride. They checked the 8♥9♦4♠ flop and the Q♠ turn. When the river brought the 6♦, PrtyPsux bet, and HN Kakaroto folded. Forcewithme9 showed A♣3♥ for ace high, and the T♦9♥ of PrtyPsux was good for the pair of nines and the win. Forcewithme9 was gone in third place with $35,821.00.
Prepared for a heads-up duel
The last two players standing were set up to do battle with very similar chip stacks:
Seat 3: HN Kakaroto (698,388 in chips)
Seat 5: PrtyPsux (868,658 in chips)
HN Kakaroto was relentless. Slowly chipping up, PrtyPsux lost momentum rather quickly, but it was one big hand that put HN Kakaroto into a solid lead. The two got involved in a hand that went to the river of a Q♦T♠6♣4♥9♠ board. PrtyPsux went there with T♣7♣, but the pair of tens was no good against the J♦J♥ of HN Kakaroto, who scooped a 687,874-chip pot. HN Kakaroto climbed over the 1 million mark.
PrtyPsux held on for quite awhile, with well-timed all-in moves that his opponent couldn't call. After more than 45 minutes of dueling, the two went to see a J♥5♥4♠ flop, at which point a series of raises led to PrtyPsux calling one of them all-in with J♣6♣ for top pair. But HN Kakaroto showed Q♠J♦ for the same pair but with a better kicker. The 8♣ on the turn and A♦ on the river finished it off and left JC "PrtyPsux" Alvarado with $47,550.00 for the second place finish.
HN Kakaroto won the Super Tuesday and walked away with $64,826.50 for the accomplishment.
Super Tuesday Results for 05/25/10:
1st place: HN Kakaroto ($64,826.50)
2nd place: PrtyPsux ($47,550.00)
3rd place: forcewithme9 ($35,821.00)
4th place: CrazyHorse76 ($26,045.00)
5th place: liutas.a ($18,386.00)
6th place: xthesteinx ($14,265.00)
7th place: galgal11 ($11,095.00)
8th place: Improved ($7,925.00)
9th place: MariusT ($6,023.00)