Markux from Manila Maneuvers June 29 Super Tuesday Victory

Super Tuesday logo.pngThings happen. And sometimes, things happen all at once.

The 2010 World Series of Poker is taking place in Las Vegas, with preliminary events wrapping up and the Main Event gearing up to begin in less than a week. That means many players are in transit to Las Vegas, enjoying the city, and reacquainting with friends. The World Cup is still capturing the attention of fans around the world. Americans are readying for a holiday weekend with the upcoming Fourth of July. Put those things together, and there are fewer people with the time to log on to PokerStars tonight to play the Super Tuesday.

Registration showed 280 players in the event this week for the $1,000 + $50 event, and with the help of PokerStars, the $300K guarantee was met and set as the official prize pool. That allowed the last 36 players in the tournament to receive payment for their play, though all eyes were on that title and $61,350.00.

Action moved along rather quickly on the last Tuesday in June, and it was finally during hand-for-hand play that short-stacked jackellwood pushed all-in preflop with 4[s]-4[c]. But PureProfitFo made the call with J♣9♠ and hit the 7♦J♠2♥2♣9♣ board. That eliminated jackellwood in tenth place with $4,800 and the distinction of bubble player.

Looking for PureProfitFo

In a relatively short amount of time, less than seven hours, the final table was set toward the end of Level 25, with blinds at 1,400/2,800 and a 350-chip ante. Their starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: VARICO (81,678 in chips)
Seat 2: Mamoi (154,111 in chips)
Seat 3: markux (97,566 in chips)
Seat 4: BBOY3110 (128,990 in chips)
Seat 5: PureProfitFo (390,654 in chips)
Seat 6: yod0r (86,981 in chips)
Seat 7: TakeMaJerb (229,294 in chips)
Seat 8: stpauli111 (70,656 in chips)
Seat 9: Wretchy (160,070 in chips)

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Play started with big action but those hands led to chopped pots. But TakeMaJerb was aggressive and chipping up in the hopes of bridging the gap with chipleader PureProfitFo.

But it was Wretchy who had been unable to get anything going. He decided to gamble preflop with PureProfitFo and stpauli111, and they saw a flop of T♥4♥4♦. A bet from PureProfitFo prompted a fold from stpauli111, and Wretchy reraised. PureProfitFo then bumped it again, and Wretchy called all-in with 7♠7♦. PureProfitFo showed J♥T♠ for the better two pair, and nothing about the 6♠ turn or 8♣ river changed that. Dan "Wretchy" Martin was gone in ninth place with $5,700.00.

The next of the short stacks to move was yod0r, who pushed all-in for his last 62,910 after a raise by markux, who made the call with T♣T♠. Yod0r showed 2♠2♣ and was going to need help, though it wouldn't be found on the board of 3♥4♦5♣J♥9♣ that was given to them. The pair of tens held up to send yod0r packing in eighth place with $7,500.00.

Very soon after, a big hand developed with PureProfitFo coming in for the initial raise and markux calling. But BBOY3110 challenged from the big blind and pushed all-in for 59,755. PureProfitFo got out of the way, and markux called with A♦Q♥, which dominated the A♠8♠ of BBOY3110. The flop came T♣A♥5♥ to give each player the pair of aces, but the Q♦ on the turn gave markux two pair. The 5♠ on the river changed nothing, and Larry "BBOY3110" Sharp was eliminated in seventh place with $10,500.00.

Team PokerStars Online Pro Alvaro "VARICO" Ballesteros had been making a run at the chip lead until the following hand:

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VARICO was left with less than 5K in chips and moved all-in on the next hand. Mamoi raised to isolate, which worked, and showed A♥K♠. VARICO turned over 4♦4♠, but the board of K♥7♥6♥5♥7♣ gave Mamoi the flush and eliminated VARICO from the tournament in sixth place with $13,500.00.

Five-handed play took quite a long time, as the double-ups took quite a bit of time and PureProfitFo seemed to take the worst of it.

Finally, though, it was stpauli111 who made a move with little more than 55K remaining. From the small blind, stpauli111 pushed all-in with 4♣3♦, but Mamoi in the big blind decided to call with K♠7♦. The board came 4♦J♠K♦8♣K♣ to give stpauli111 two pair but Mamoi the trip kings. That left Scott "stpauli111" Hall out in fifth place with $17,400.00.

Mamoi seemed to be on a roll and took a 330K pot from PureProfitFo, leaving the latter crippled. PureProfitFo was then all-in on the big blind, but all three other players went along for the ride, checking down the entire board of J♦2♦5♥A♣4♠. Mamoi ended up taking the entire pot with K♣3♦ and the straight, and PureProfitFo simply mucked his hand. McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr was eliminated in fourth place with $25,500.00.

Three-handed play ended when TakeMaJerb finally moved all-in for 133,688 chips with 7♠7♣, but Mamoi called with A♦5♣. The flop immediately hit Mamoi when it produced A♠8♣K♥, and the T♣ turn and 5♠ completed the board to give Mamoi two pair. TakeMaJerb was gone in third place with $33,900.00.

And then there were two...

Heads-up play then started with the following chip counts:

Seat 2: Mamoi (417578 in chips)
Seat 3: markux (982422 in chips)

It didn't take too long for Mamoi to ship his chips with A-7 offsuit, and it beat the pocket tens of markux for the double-up. Mamoi jumped ahead again with a 555K pot, but markux took the lead back when A-J took care of A-3 to give markux the 631K pot.

The final hand took place just after the ten hour mark, and a preflop raising situation prompted markux to move all-in. Mamoi called for his last 446,312 chips holding 5♥5♣, and markux showed A♣Q♥. The flop of J♣9♠4♠ looked safe for the double-up, as did the 9♦ on the turn. But the Q♣ hit on the river to give markux the top two pair. Mamoi was dismissed in second place with $45,000.00.

Markux won the Super Tuesday, and the associated prize money was $61,350.00.

Super Tuesday Results for 06/29/10:

1st place: markux ($61,350.00)
2nd place: Mamoi ($45,000.00)
3rd place: TakeMaHerb ($33,900.00)
4th place: PureProfitFo ($25,500.00)
5th place: stpauli111 ($17,400.00)
6th place: Team PokerStars Online Pro Alvaro "VARICO" Ballesteros ($13,500.00)
7th place: BBOY3110 ($10,500.00)
8th place: yod0r ($7,500.00)
9th place: Wretchy ($5,700.00)

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Super Tuesday