REDDYBABY902 was set to go and won the June 15 Super Tuesday
Summer nights in Las Vegas provide so many options. There are amazing restaurants, theater presentations, Cirque productions, comedy and music shows, and bars and nightclubs. Oh, and there is a little series of poker tournaments called the World Series of Poker happening over at the Rio. But no matter what the possibilities, serious online poker players will do their best to make time for their favorite weekly tournaments. And lest we forget those who are not in Sin City; they had lives to lead as well, we presume.
But no matter what corner of the world or possible distractions, the players did manage to put those aside in order to participate in the Super Tuesday this week, as a solid bunch of 326 players bought in for $1,000 + $50 (or satellited in for much less) to bypass the $300K guarantee to set the prize pool at $326,000. That's the kind of money that makes the big Tuesday event even more interesting.
The top 45 players cashed in the tournament, though none of the Team PokerStars Pros made it to that section of the leaderboard. Alex "Allingomes" Gomes was the last team member standing but finished in 73rd place. As play continued, it was well into the seventh hour when the final table bubble saw hand-for-hand play slow things down a bit, and finally, it was Godfatti who moved all-in from the big blind with A♣7♥ against the pocket deuces of HighNetWorth. The board came 3♠2♥A♥6♣T♦ to give HighNetWorth the set, and Godfatti exited in tenth place with $4,890.00.
High in action
The tournament was running later than Super Tuesday events in the past week, as it was into Level 28 that final table action got underway. With blinds at 2,000/4,000 and a 500-chip ante, players got into it with starting chip counts as follows:
Seat 1: bEatNicK"OG" (210,482 in chips)
Seat 2: RAZA14 (279,801 in chips)
Seat 3: TheCronic420 (238,839 in chips)
Seat 4: Stammdogg (183,318 in chips)
Seat 5: Da_Ruffneck (85,751 in chips)
Seat 6: REDDYBABY902 (235,703 in chips)
Seat 7: fergwrx (89,467 in chips)
Seat 8: viirusss (31,029 in chips)
Seat 9: HighNetWorth (275,610 in chips)
Normally, players are highly cautious at the start of the Super Tuesday final table, but this week found almost immediate action.
On the third hand, one of the shorter stacks decided to try for an all-or-nothing play. Da_Ruffneck raised preflop, and when Stammdogg reraised from the big blind, Da_Ruffneck called all-in with A♠Q♦. But it just so happened that Stammdogg had A♥K♠. The board brought nothing of significance with 4♥2♣8♠4♣7♠, and Da_Ruffneck was gone quickly with $5,705.00 for the ninth place finish.
Two hands later, it was the decision of fergwrx to push all-in after HighNetWorth opened with a raise and Stammdogg called. But HighNetWorth got out of the way and Stammdogg was the only caller. Stammdogg showed A♥K♦, and fergwrx was going to need to improve the Q♠J♠. The virtual dealer did not cooperate, though, and only provided a 5♦5♣7♦3♥4♠ board. That left fergwrx out in eighth place with $7,824.00.
More action ensued. BEatNicK"OG" took a 168K pot from HighNetWorth, and TheCronic420 proceeded to take one worth 300K from the same player. HighNetWorth went from the table's chip leader to a short stack in a matter of a few hands, which led to a much-needed double-up through TheCronic420 to stay alive. The other critically short stack, viirusss, doubled through REDDYBABY902 to stay in the game.
But viirusss was working a short stack for quite some time, and the decision was made to attempt another double-up. This time, the hand started with HighNetWorth moving all-in, TheCronic420 calling, and viirusss raising all-in to prompt another call from TheCronic420. The hands:
TheCronic420 took the side pot with the rivered pair of queens, HighNetWorth grabbed the main pot for his set of sixes, and viirusss left the tournament in seventh place with $11,084.00.
Five-handed action went on for quite some time, during which HighNetWorth worked hard to climb back to the higher half of the leaderboard. One hand that helped involved a 253K pot from bEatNicK"OG".
Then HighNetWorth went into battle with TheCronic420 to see a flop of 8♠7♦8♦. A bet and raise prompted TheCronic420 to reraise all-in for 226,582 chips with 4♥4♣, but HighNetWorth called with 8♣6♦ for the flopped trip eights. The 2♦ on the turn and 3♣ on the river ended the hand with the big pot shipped to HighNetWorth, and TheCronic420 was smoked in sixth place, for which he was awarded $14,344.00.
Reddy for the takeover
During five-handed play, one pot changed the entire makeup of the table. REDDYBABY902 waited for the right opportunity to make a move, and with the following hand, that player then soared to a massive chip lead over the rest of the pack:
One player making a run at the chip leader was HighNetWorth. After doubling through bEatNicK"OG", HighNetWorth challenged RAZA14, who moved all-in from the small blind with K♣J♦. HighNetWorth called with A♦Q♦, and the board came 2♥9♠4♦5♦A♣. HighNetWorth collected the chips, and RAZA14 exited in fifth place with $18,582.00.
HighNetWorth then took on bEatNicK"OG" several times, and the two continued to double through each other, though one of those times it was bound to have a different conclusion. And it did. BEatNicK"OG" moved all-in preflop with A♦K♥, and HighNetWorth called with 9♥8♣ as the underdog in the hand. But the flop was 8♥8♠8♦ for quads! The T♥ turn and 2♥ river were virtually ignored as everyone was reeling from the quads moment. And the result was that bEatNicK"OG" was eliminated in fourth place with $26,895.00.
Though HighNetWorth climbed into the chip lead for a moment, REDDYBABY902 claimed that lead soon after. And when those two tangled, it got intense.
A raise and reraise led them to a flop of 4♠K♣7♥, which prompted a bet from REDDYBABY902 and call from HighNetWorth. The T♠ on the turn brought the reverse action, with a bet from HighNetWorth and check-call from his opponent. The 8♣ on the river prompted the all-in move from HighNetWorth for his last 316,496 chips with Q♣5♠, but the bluff didn't work, as REDDYBABY902 check-called with K♠K♦ for the flopped set. HighNetWorth, one of the 2010 SCOOP winners was gone in third place with $35,860.00.
Stammdogg fights for back-to-back win
Just past the ten-hour mark of the tournament, there were two players seated at the virtual table, and though REDDYBABY902 was the dominating chip leader, last week's winner Stammdogg was motivated by the notion of winning back-to-back Super Tuesday titles. Their starting chip counts were:
Seat 4: Stammdogg (484,791 in chips)
Seat 6: REDDYBABY902 (1,145,209 in chips)
Stammdogg was relentless. He was aggressive and took down many pots, but some significant enough to push him toward and eventually into the chip lead. But as the two battled, they came into contact during one hand that changed it all. On a 6♦5♣K♣A♠ board with a big pot already brewing, REDDYBABY902 bet, Stammdogg raised, and REDDYBABY902 shoved. Stammdogg folded and allowed the 861,554-chip pot to go REDDYBABY902's way. And that put Stammdogg in a position to want to move.
Three hands later, Stammdogg pushed all-in preflop for 331,290 chips. REDDYBABY902 called with 6♥6♦, and Stammdogg turned over A♣2♣. The board came 4♦7♠3♦J♥9♣, and nothing could save Stammdogg. Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen, winner of last week's Super Tuesday, took second place this week for $47,270.00.
REDDYBABY902 claimed a hard-fought victory to grab $63,081.00 in prize money to go with the Super Tuesday title.
Super Tuesday Results for 06/15/10:
1st place: REDDYBABY902 ($63,801.00)
2nd place: Stammdogg ($47,270.00)
3rd place: HighNetWorth ($35,860.00)
4th place: bEatNicK"OG" ($26,895.00)
5th place: RAZA14 ($18,582.00)
6th place: TheCronic420 ($14,344.00)
7th place: viirusss ($11,084.00)
8th place: fergwrx ($7,824.00)
9th place: Da_Ruffneck ($5,705.00)