Stammdogg pawed his way to victory in June 8 Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday logo.pngThe interwebs are full of reports from the 2010 World Series of Poker, as people from all over the world tune in to see how their favorite poker players are faring in Las Vegas. They might also be looking for updates on their cousin who's playing the $1,000 NLHE on the weekend, but that's a little tougher to find.

For those looking to watch some of the biggest names in online poker, though, there's one place to go on a Tuesday night - PokerStars. Even tuning in to the Super Tuesday event late in the game with a few tables remaining, poker fans could see some of the most accomplished players competing for the coveted Super Tuesday title.

The Super Tuesday started its $1,000 + $50 tournament on June 8 with 294 players, a slightly smaller crowd that usual for the $300K guarantee, but many of its regulars are busy with some live WSOP poker right now. Even so, the solid crowd gathered to play for the 36 paid spots in order to grab some of the $300,000 prize pool, and on the way to that money, Team PokerStars Pro Pat Pezzin ended up falling a bit short, finishing in 61st place.

As the tournament moved right along, hitting two tables by the six-hour mark, it took another hour to reach the final table, and in the process, chip leader NeverScaredB went from first to worst, suffering from a short stack by the time the tournament was down to ten players. Ultimately, NeverScaredB showed no fear and moved all-in for 47,842 preflop with A♥6♥, and iCeVeNoM reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, with K♣Q♦. The board came 3♦4♠K♦6♦2♦ to give iCeVeNoM the best pair, and NeverScaredB left in tenth place with $4,800.00.

Stammdogg fetches the chip lead as action begins

In the middle of Level 26, with blinds at 1,600/3,200 and a 400-chip ante, the final table was set with nine players and ready to begin. Their starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: Stammdogg (239,730 in chips)
Seat 2: Poker Own U (126,642 in chips)
Seat 3: g0lfa (68,062 in chips)
Seat 4: doubledave22 (234,551 in chips)
Seat 5: xalkidas (226,928 in chips)
Seat 6: iCeVeNoM (141,751 in chips)
Seat 7: makavelyces (199,950 in chips)
Seat 8: joaoMathias (120,657 in chips)
Seat 9: graybone (111,729 in chips)

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The very first hand saw makavelyces take a pot worth 244,500 chips from doubledave22 and jump into the chip lead. And in a very short period of time, Stammdogg was out of the chip lead, as makavelyces took over the top spot and xalkidas climbed into second. But it was only a few hands later that Stammdogg clobbered makavelyces for a 327,100 pot and reclaimed his spot.

Doubledave22, on the other hand, was having a rough go of it. G0lfa was able to double through him when his jacks cracked aces, and though doubledave22 doubled back, as his name would indicate was his forte, it wasn't enough. Doubledave22 had less than 65K remaining and shoved all-in with A♦7♦ preflop. ICeVeNoM called from the big blind with A♣7♥, and what looked like a chopped pot turned into a flush when the board came 3♣9♣8♦8♣T♣. The clubs eliminated Dave "doubledave22" D'Alesandro in ninth place with $5,700.00.

And the table started to get aggressive. The next big hand saw xalkidas and iCeVeNoM head to a flop of J♠8♣2♦. A bet was followed by a raise and a reraise until iCeVeNoM called all-in for his tournament life with A♠J♦ and top pair. But xalkidas showed K♠K♦ for the overpair. The 9♦ turn and Q♠ river changed nothing. Saul "iCeVeNoM" Khalili departed in eighth place with $7,500.00.

G0lfa had been relegated to a chip stack of less than 100K and decided to push for another double-up from the big blind with two players already in the game. That prompted original raiser joaoMathias to reraise all-in, and Stammdogg got out of the way. G0lfa showed T♣T♦, but joaoMathias had the threatening A♦A♠. The flop was full of sets with 2♠T♥A♣, and the 7♦ turn and 9♥ river allowed the set of aces to stand. Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo, two-time WCOOP winner and 2010 PCA final tablist, couldn't pick up a win tonight. He accepted the $10,500 for the seventh place finish.

Six-handed play lasted for quite awhile, but after Poker Own U doubled through graybone, the latter had a tough time battling back from the deficit. Graybone ultimately pushed all-in from the small blind with J♠J♦, and original raiser xalkidas called with 8♣8♠ for 127,086 more. But the flop of 5♥8♥9♠ hit xalkidas with the set, and the Q♦ on the turn and Q♥ on the river only made it into a full house. Grayson "graybone" Nichols was sent to the rail in sixth place with $13,500.

Five-handed play went on for another long while, but it was makavelyces who finally got into a preflop raising war with Stammdogg that resulted in makavelyces all-in with A♣J♥. Stammdogg showed the dominating J♣J♠, and the board blanked with 7♣8♥Q♥3♠3♦. Cesar "makavelyces" Fuentes, who as recently as April of 2010 took fourth place in a Super Tuesday, had to accept fifth place this week, which came with a payout of $17,400.00.

A short time later, short-stacked joaoMathias pushed his last 142,672 chips all-in with K♥K♠, and the double-up looked like a safe bet when Stammdogg called with 3♦3♥. The flop allowed things to stand as they were when it came Q♦2♠9♠, but the 3♠ on the turn gave Stammdogg the set of treys. An 8♥ came on the river to end the run for Joao "joaoMathias" Mathias Baumgarten in fourth place, which was worth $25,500.00.

As the eighth hour of play came to a close, three-handed play began with Stammdogg holding the lead, xalkidas pulling up second, and Poker Own U in a somewhat distant third. Each time Poker Own U chipped up, one of his opponents took the chips back, so it was a rough ride throughout the trio's battle.

Stammdogg then lost the lead to xalkidas, but a big hand developed - the biggest thus far in the tournament - that changed everything:

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The short stacks struggled, though eventually, Poker Own U was able to double through xalkidas to stay alive, but Poker Own U was ready to move again soon. The all-in move came preflop for 307,254 chips with 3♦3♥, but Stammdogg called with T♣T♠. The board brought nothing of significance when it came 9♠K♥8♥5♣6♦, and Jonathan "Poker Own U" Bardier was eliminated in third place with $33,900.00.

Rolling over for Stammdogg

Though Stammdogg had a dominating chip lead during most of three-handed play and going into heads-up, it wasn't an easy road. But the chip difference was tough to overlook.

Seat 1: Stammdogg (1,305,945 in chips)
Seat 5: xalkidas (164,055 in chips)

Xalkidas was careful with those chips and was able to find a few pots with which to chip up. But he finally picked a spot with A♣4♦, and Stammdogg called with K♠J♥. The ace high was good through the 5♦Q♣8♦ flop, and the 4♦ on the turn made a pair of fours for xalkidas, but the J♦ dropped on the river to give Stammdogg the pair of jacks. Xalkidas finished the tournament in second place, which was worth $45,000.00.

Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen became the June 8 Super Tuesday champion, and along with the weekly title went $61,350.00 in prize money.

Super Tuesday Results for 06/08/10:

1st place: Stammdogg ($61,350.00)
2nd place: xalkidas ($45,000.00)
3rd place: Poker Own U ($33,900.00)
4th place: joaoMathias ($25,500.00)
5th place: makavelyces ($17,400.00)
6th place: graybone ($13,500.00)
7th place: g0lfa ($10,500.00)
8th place: iCeVeNoM ($7,500.00)
9th place: doubledave22 ($5,700.00)

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Super Tuesday