Noirduck coolers qucumba to claim June 22 Super Tuesday title
Everyone looks to better themselves, to improve on what they have or what they do. But sometimes, a solid performance has to be given the credit it's due.
Take the registration for this week's Super Tuesday, for example. There were 324 players signed up to play. Last week's number was 326. While an increase is optimal, remaining the same at a time when most major tournaments are dipping because of various factors - the WSOP, summertime, etc. - is a positive sign. Being able to attract a solid group of players week after week for a $1000 + $50 tournament is admirable.
Speaking of this week's tournament, the players created a solid $324,000 prize pool for themselves. And as the event moved through throngs of eliminations and into the money at 36 players, there were two Team PokerStars Pros who continued to play strong - Chris "Money800" Moneymaker and Veronica "Princesa" Dabul. Neither made the final table, as Moneymaker exited in 23rd place and Dabul followed in 21st. But both have done well on a consistent basis in this tournament, particularly Dabul. Her picture has graced this blog many times. (Thus, we'll do it once more.)
Under the current circumstances, as she is in Las Vegas, dealing with weather and time changes, playing the sometimes-intense WSOP live tournaments, and likely missing her Argentinean home just a bit, she also found the time to play the Super Tuesday and finish 21st out of 324 tough players. While it's not the win she no doubt sought, it was a solid performance just the same. And that's due some credit.
Along the same lines, REDDYBABY902 was headed toward the second final table in a row when the bustout ended up warranting a 13th place finish. A second run at victory would have been nice, but the strong run should be noted. As the tournament continued and finally reached the hand-for-hand stage with ten players, it was dhilton12 who moved all-in from the small blind with K♦J♥ and JurassicShip who called from the big blind with J♠T♠. But the board came T♥5♦3♥4♠6♣, and dhilton12 was out in tenth place with $5,184.00.
Qucumba not in a pickle, just in the lead
Just before the eight-hour mark of the tournament and just into Level 29, with blinds at 2,400/4,800 and a 600-chip ante, the final table was set as follows:
Seat 1: JurassicShip (202,747 in chips)
Seat 2: donvito1st (99,837 in chips)
Seat 3: running solo (45,184 in chips)
Seat 4: dal_elama (144,982 in chips)
Seat 5: PQuest99 (205,458 in chips)
Seat 6: gator93 (172,616 in chips)
Seat 7: noirduck (171,664 in chips)
Seat 8: BUYAKASHA808 (95,574 in chips)
Seat 9: qucumba (481,938 in chips)
As per usual, action was cautious from the outset. It took nearly 30 minutes before there was an all-in and a call, and that resulted in running solo doubling through donvito1st.
But donvito1st couldn't recover from the double. A few hands later, when JurassicShip raised all-in from the small blind, donvito1st called all-in for 56,437 from the big blind with A♥8♦. JurassicShip showed 9♣5♠, but the K♣7♦3♣Q♣A♣ board gave JurassicShip part of that club flush, eliminating donvito1st in ninth place with $6,156.00.
Then it was BUYAKASHA808 who doubled through dal_elama, leaving the latter crippled with less than 30K. Dal_elama pushed it all-in with 6♥5♥, and original raiser gator93 called with K♠J♥. The flop of T♠T♣5♣ looked good for a double-up for the short stack, and the 3♥ didn't change that, but the K♠ on the river did. Gator93 had the best two pair, and dal_elama exited in eighth place with $8,100.00.
Qucumba took a hit when BUYAKASHA808 doubled through, but no one could seem to touch the chip lead or take it from qucumba. Some of the short stacks make more moves, though, as running solo doubled through noirduck, and then noirduck doubled through qucumba.
Running solo was still seeking more chips. After qucumba made a preflop raise and JurassicShip reraised all-in, running solo called for his tournament life, prompting qucumba to fold. JurassicShip showed A♣6♣, and running solo turned over T♥T♣. The flop of K♣Q♣3♣ immediately gave the flush to JurassicShip, and the 4♥ turn and 6♥ river ended the tournament for running solo, who departed in seventh place with $11,340.00.
After noirduck doubled through BUYAKASHA808, the latter moved all-in from the small blind with 9♠6♣, and qucumba called from the big blind with T♣9♥. The board came T♥8♦4♦A♣8♠, and BUYAKASHA808 was forced to leave in sixth place with $14,580.00.
On a Pquest99 to crack the qucumba
The ninth hour found gator93 doubling through JurassicShip and pquest doing the same through qucumba, and in the course of a few levels, qucumba lost the lead to noirduck.
It was JurassicShip who found the need to move and did it with A♥Q♠, only to find that PQuest99 called with a dominating A♠K♥. The board came J♥3♦2♠A♣K♠ to give PQuest99 the two pair and a solid scoop of the chips. JurassicShip, on the other hand, was sent out in fifth place with $18,792.00.
Shortly thereafter, short-stacked gator93 pushed from the small blind with A♣9♥. Original raiser PQuest99 made the call with T♦T♠, and the board produced 6♦Q♣J♣2♥9♣ to allow the pair of tens to hold. Gator93 departed in fourth place with $27,540.00.
During three-handed play, qucumba was the short stack, and just when it looked like the cool one could be the next to go, the following hand changed it all:
PQuest99 soon became the short stack and moved all-in with A♦6♠, but qucumba called with 7♠7♦. The board blanked with T♥5♥2♥Q♣J♦ to keep qucumba in front with the pocket pair. PQuest99's journey was over in third place, for which he received $36,612.00.
A duck and a garden vegetable...make a deal?
Heads-up play then started just past the ten-hour mark of the tournament with chip counts as follows:
Seat 7: noirduck (891,027 in chips)
Seat 9: qucumba (728,973 in chips)
Qucumba wasted no time or aggression to take the lead, and eventually the two decided to sit out while requesting a host to help them come to some sort of chip-chop deal. Despite qucumba holding 943,586 chips to the 676,414 of noirduck, the two ultimately decided to split most of the money evenly, each taking $54,929.00, and leaving just $5,000 and the title for which to play. They both agreed, and play resumed.
Play continued for a bit until a monster hand changed everything. Noirduck moved all-in with A♥J♥ against the 9♦9♠ of qucumba, and the jack that hit on the flop gave noirduck the double-up. Qucumba was left with only 60,970 chips.
Qucumba moved all-in on the next hand with 5♥3♥, and noirduck showed Q♥8♦. The board blanked with 2♠T♠9♥4♣9♣, and the nines played with noirduck's queen kicker. Qucumba had to accept a second place finish and the $54,929.00 that went with it.
Noirduck won the Super Tuesday and walked away with $59,929.00 to show for it. Congratulations!
Super Tuesday Results for 06/22/10:
1st place: noirduck ($59,929.00)
2nd place: qucumba ($54,929.00)
3rd place: PQuest99 ($36,612.00)
4th place: gator93 ($27,540.00)
5th place: JurassicShip ($18,792.00)
6th place: BUYAKASHA808 ($14,580.00)
7th place: running solo ($11,340.00)
8th place: dal_elama ($8,100.00)
9th place: donvito1st ($6,156.00)