Super Tuesday 11/23/10: Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen top dog at final table

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This week's edition of the Super Tuesday had some competition, as the USA COOP Event #4, a $320 NL Hold'em event with a $750,000 guaranteed prize pool, may have led some American players to take advantage of the overlay. For those looking to take their shot at a smaller field, 417 players from around the world created a $417,000 prize pool with the top 54 spots making the money after njw11 burst the money bubble in 55th place.

As usual, several members of Team PokerStars PRO and Online tried their hand of hitting it big in the Super Tuesday, as Chris Moneymaker, George "jorj95" Lind, Jose Ignacio "nachobarbero" Barbero and others spotted at the tables. Unfortunately, none of those PokerStars players came close to winning back their buy-in as they fell short of the money.

The last two hands of hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble were not kind to Mer "PeachyMer" Brit. The first hand had PeachyMer holding K♠K♦ against 2010 WCOOP ME champion Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks, all in with A♥Q♥, when the chips went in pre-flop. The flop was 3♦ 2♠ Q♠ and the turn was the T♦. That left POTTERPOKER drawing to six outs on the river, as the A♦ on the river doubled up Marks, while leaving Brit with just over 13,000 in chips with the blinds at 2,400/4,800 with an ante of 600. On the next hand, POTTERPOKER moved in from the small blind with T♠6♥ as PeachyMer called with A♦7♠. This time, it was the turn card that moved POTTERPOKER into the lead, as the board ran out J♠ J♥ 2♦ 6♠ Q♣ to send PeachyMer to the rail in 10th place, collecting $5,421.00 as the final table was now set with this lineup:

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Seat 1: t_cam21 (139,641 in chips)
Seat 2: Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen (129,894 in chips)
Seat 3: PUICA (190,392 in chips)
Seat 4: makavelyces (154,400 in chips)
Seat 5: DeanoSupremo (86,091 in chips)
Seat 6: Tyson" POTTERPOKER" Marks (296,345 in chips)
Seat 7: Sir_winalot9 (465,918 in chips)
Seat 8: APowers1968 (157,126 in chips)
Seat 9: Little Kraut (465,193 in chips)

The first player eliminated from the final table would be POTTERPOKER, suffering the same fate he inflicted on Brit on the final table bubble, eliminated after a pair of bad beats on the river. The blinds were now up to 3,200/6,400 with an ante of 800 when
the hand that crippled POTTERPOKER occurred :

The elimination hand was for a lot less chips, but still stung all the same. Little Kraut opened from under the gun to 12,800 as PUICA re-raised to 31,595. POTTERPOKER moved in for 40,993 total from the small blind as Little Kraut decided to fold and PUICA called. POTTERPOKER held T♠6♠ as PUICA held A♣J♣. The flop moved POTTERPOKER into the lead: 9♣ 5♠ 6♦. The T♣ on the turn had PUICA drawing to 15 outs on the river, and the 3♣ on the river was one of those outs, dispatching POTTERPOKER in 9th place for $6,922.20.

After nearly an hour of play at the final table, a pair of eliminations would take place in back-to-back hands. The blinds were now at 4,500/9,000 with an ante of 1,125 when PUICA would be knocked out in 8th place for $9,382.50. Action was folded around to PUICA in the cutoff position, now at just 86,735 in chips, PUICA moving in with 9♦6♦ with DeanoSupremo calling from the small blind with A♥Q♦. The flop was A♣ 8♠ 2♣ as DeanoSupremo moved further out in front. The 7♠ gave PUICA a chance of winning on the river, but it was not to be as the 6♣ on the river was the end of PUICA's time at the table. On the next hand, makavelyces decided to make a move from the cutoff as well, shoving their last 153,375 into the middle with Q♠9♠. However, APowers1968 was more than willing to double-fistpump-snapcall with A♣A♠. The flop was a bit scary: 6♠ T♠ 8♦, but the turn and river were of no use to makavelyces, 6♦, 4♣ sending the rest of their chips into APowers1968's stack, picking up $13,552.50 for finishing 7th.

WSOP bracelet winner Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen would reduce the final table by one by eliminating Sir_winalot9 in 6th place just three hands later. The blinds had increased to 5,000/10,000 with a 1,250 ante when Sir_winalot9 open-shoved for 128,104 with A♦8♦. Stammdogg called from the big blind with the dominating A♥9♥. Five cards later the board read A♠ 7♥ 4♦ 2♣ 3♥ as Stammdogg remained in front, leaving Sir_winalot9 to earn $17,722.50.

After that flurry of eliminations, it would take over an hour of five-handed play before the next player was eliminated. The blinds were now up to 8,000/16,000 with an ante of 2,000 as APowers1968 opened the action with a raise from the button to 32,000. T_cam21 re-raised all in from the big blind for 246,784 total with 7♦7♥, as APowers1968 made the call. After the flop came down A♦ T♦ 9♣, t_cam21 was drawing to two outs, but the 3♥ turn and 2♣ river meant a 5th place finish, good for $23,352.00.

A few hands later, it was Dean "DeanoSupremo" Lyall, finishing in 5th place for $33,360.00 after Stammdogg caught a very good card for him on the turn:

As the remaining three stacks played some more hands and were close to even in chips, the players agreed to chop the top 3 places and play for $10,000. After a host came to make sure the deal was satisfactory to all involved, they each picked up $57,743.26 with the eventual winner picking up an additional $10,000.02.

After the deal was set, Stammdogg moved into the lead, holding over 1,000,000 in chips while Little Kraut and APowers1968 having a similar amount of chips. The blinds had jumped to 10,000/20,000 with an ante of 2,500 when Little Kraut min-raised to 40,000 with A♥K♠ while APowers1968 shoved for 499,364 total with 9♦9♥, as Little Kraut called for most of their chips. After the flop came down 4♥ 9♠ 6♥, Little Kraut was left drawing to a runner-runner flush. The J♥ on the turn gave Little Kraut hope, but the 8♦ on the river meant APowers1968 took the chip lead, while Little Kraut was left with just 61,930 in chips. After a flop of K♦ 5♠ J♠, Little Kraut put the rest of their chips in with J♦3♣ but Stammdogg held Q♣Q♦ for the lead. The 6♣ turn and 9♥ river brought an end to Little Kraut's hopes in the Super Tuesday, finishing in 3rd place as Stammdogg held the chip lead once again as play moved to heads-up action.

The tournament would end just three hands later, as Stammdogg closed out the tournament by winning every hand heads-up. After taking a pot of nearly 550,000 chips, the blinds were now at 12,500/25,000 with an ante of 3,125 when the final hand was dealt. APowers1968 min-raised from the small blind to 50,000 with 8♣3♥ while Stammdogg called with 5♥4♥. After a flop of 6♥ 9♠ 3♣, Stammdogg check-called a bet of 41,899. Action went check-check on the 2♥ turn, as Stammdogg made a straight, leaving APowers1968 drawing dead. The 8♥ on the river had Stammdogg leading out for 100,000, as APowers1968 min-raised to 200,000. Stammdogg decided to make it1,100,000, effectively putting APowers1968 all-in. After making the call, APowers1968 was without chips, as Stammdogg had improved to a flush, giving him the victory for $67,743.28 while APowers1968, 2010 WCOOP winner of Event 48, taking the runner-up position for $57,743.26.


1st: Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen - $67,743.28
2nd: APowers1968 - $57,743.26
3rd: Little Kraut - $57,743.26
4th: Dean "DeanoSupremo" Lyall - $33,360.00
5th: t_cam21 - $23,352.00
6th: Sir_winalot9 $17,722.50
7th: makavelyces - $13,552.50
8th: PUICA - $9,382.50
9th: Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks - $6,922.20

* Reflects deal made three-handed.

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