Super Tuesday 11/2/10: DuckU wins marathon final table

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While today was Election Day in the US, a field of 403 players from around the world elected to put up $1,000 in the first Super Tuesday of November. The field created a prize pool of $403,000 with the winning candidate expected to earn over $77,000. Unfortunately for the Team PokerStars ticket, none of the registered players finished in the money.

The final table was established after raveman210 finished in tenth place. The blinds were at 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante when raveman210 shoved from UTG +1 for 61,686 with A♠T♣. Little Kraut was next to act and shoved all-in with A♦K♦ as the rest of the table folded. Five cards later: 5♥ 2♣ 6♣ 8♦ Q♠ and raveman210 earned $6,045 while the rest of the surviving players formed the final table which looked like this:

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Seat 1: jornxx (102,867 in chips)
Seat 2: Greg "DuckU" Hobson (576,104 in chips)
Seat 3: Benyfox (21,128 in chips)
Seat 4: Little Kraut (284,139 in chips)
Seat 5: JUMPJC (71,895 in chips)
Seat 6: ringosnuff (369,756 in chips)
Seat 7: Elliot "EeeTee2008" Nicholls (239,538 in chips)
Seat 8: Pessagno (158,500 in chips)
Seat 9: Drew843 (191,073 in chips)

The first hand at the final table saw Benyfox dispatched to the rail in ninth place for $7,052.50. Action folded to jornxx on the button, min-raising to 8,000 with K♥2♠, as Benyfox moved in from the big blind for 12,628 more with A♦J♥. Both players hit the flop, but jornxx held the lead: K♠ 4♣ J♣, and the 3♣ turn and 7♥ river left Benyfox having a short stay at the table.

JUMPJC was the next player ejected from the final table, pocketing $9,672.00 for eight place. With the blinds increases to 2,400/4,800 with a 600 ante. Action folded around to DuckU, raising to 11,111 in the cutoff with K♠8♠. JUMPJC put their remaining 42,095 chips in the middle with A♠3♥ as DuckU made the call. The board ran out T♣ K♣ 9♣ 6♣ 3♦ as the final table was down to seven.

DuckU started the final table with the chip lead, but this hand moved EeeTee2008 into the lead when a fortunate card came on the river:

Jornxx took seventh place money of $13,702 with EeeTee2008 taking the rest of jornxx's chips. The blinds were now 2,800/5,600 with a 700 ante when jornxx open-shoved for 73,392 with K♠Q♦. EeeTee2008 made the call from the big blind with A♥K♦. The flop came down 4♠ T♦ J♥, the turn card was the Q♥, leaving jornxx drawing dead to a chop with one of the three remaining aces. The 9♣ gave jornxx the wrong end of the straight as EeeTee2008 phoned home with some additional chips at their disposal., building on their increasing chip lead.

Little Kraut tried to double up their little stack of 61,154 with the blinds now at 3,200/6,400 with an ante of 800, shoving from UTG with 9♥5♥ with Pessagno calling from the small blind with K♦T♦. The flop was K♣ 2♥ Q♣ leaving Little Kraut drawing to running hearts. While the 3♥ on the turn brightened their hopes, the 3♠ river meant $17,732.00 was coming Little Kraut's way for a sixth place finish.

Once again, the blinds were now up to 3,600/7,200 with an ante of 900 when drew843 picked up fifth place earnings of $22,971.00. Drew843 opened from UTG to 21,600, then DuckU re-raised to 65,555. Drew843 then moved in for 120,648 total with 8♦8♣ as DuckU called with A♠K♦ and the race was on. The flop was T♣ 2♠ K♠ to put DuckU into the lead while Drew843 was drawing to the two remaining eights. The 5♦ turn and A♣ river left drew843 with zero chips and an empty seat where they once were located.

An attempt was made to make a deal with four players remaining, but the numbers weren't good enough for some an play resumed. EeeTee2008's chips started to dwindle as the other three players closed the gap. With the blinds at 5,000/10,000 with an ante of 1,000, DuckU would regain the lead as Pessagno would finish in fourth place for $33,247.50:

Ringosnuff, who had turned down a deal when four-handed, wound up in third place for $44,330.00. Ringosnuff opened the action with a raise to 23,000 as DuckU made the call. On a flop of 5♣ Q♦ 3♥, DuckU check-raised Ringosnuff's bet of 24,445 to 54,444. The 4♣ on the turn had DuckU check and Ringosnuff move all in for their remaining 150,529 in chips as DuckU called. When their cards were revealed, DuckU had Q♥T♦ for top pair, while Ringosnuff showed 9♦6♦ for a straight draw. The 4♦ on the river was no good, as DuckU started heads-up play with a nearly 2-1 chip lead over EeeTee2008.

Heads-up play was nearly over shortly after it began when DuckU and EeeTee2008 got all their chips in on a flop of 9♥ 8♥ 5♣. Both players had flush draws, but DuckU's A♥7♥ was well ahead of EeeTee2008's Q♥J♥. The 3♠ turn didn't change things, but the checkmark went to EeeTee2008 when the J♦ hit on the river, retaking the chip lead by a small margin. The duo would battle for several hours with both players holding the chip lead as they tried to wear their opponent out. Throw in a lengthy server restart in the 11th hour of the tournament, and a lack of a deal being discussed, and it appeared the tournament would never end. Fortunately, since you're reading this recap, the tournament finally came to a conclusion. DuckU had built up a 4-1 chip lead when the final hand was played out. The blinds were now at 12,500/25,000 with an ante of 3,125 when EeeTee2008 limped from the small blind with Q♠4♦ while DuckU checked with 3♣2♣. After the flop of T♣ J♣ 8♦, DuckU check-called the 25,000 bet of EeeTee2008. The 9♣ on the turn gave EeeTee2008 a straight, but DuckU had made a flush and the tournament if he didn't fold. DuckU checked, EeeTee2008 bet 50,000, as DuckU re-raised to 133,333 then EeeTee2008 moved in for 417,005. However, when the cards were turned over, EeeTee2008 was drawing dead as the 5♠ on the river would be the final card dealt in the tournament. EeeTee2008 earned $58,435.00 for the runner-up finish, while DuckU picked up $77,980.50 for the Super Tuesday triumph.

Super Tuesday 11/2/10 Final Table Results:

1st: Greg "DuckU" Hobson - $77,980.50
2nd: Elliot "EeeTee2008" Nicholls - $58,435.00
3rd: ringosnuff - $44,330.00
4th: Pessagno - $33.247.50
5th: Drew843 - $22.971.00
6th: Little Kraut - $17,732.00
7th: jornxx - $13,702.00
8th: JUMPJC - $9,672.00
9th: Benyfox $7,052.50

Be sure to check out the PokerStars Blog this weekend as Jonathan Duhamel and Jason Senti bookend the WSOP Main Event final table in the chip counts.