Super Tuesday 12/14: Koolkeith13 cashes in with bad cards
412 players signed up for this week's Super Tuesday, creating a prize pool of $412,000 to be divvied up among the final 54 players. Unfortunately for Team PokerStars players, it was another Super Tuesday without a cash. The highest placed Team PokerStars pro was Chris "Money800" Moneymaker, with an 80th place finish.
While the standard in Super Tuesdays is to have a prolonged bubble period, this week's edition of hand-for-hand play on the final table lasted just one hand. However, it did help that the 10th place finisher was extremely short-stacked. With the blinds at 2,000/4,000 with an ante of 500, DYBDYX was in the big blind with just 19,773 in chips. Action had folded around to CPT CRUX on the button, making a min-raise to 8,000 with 7♥7♠. DYBDYX shoved their remaining 15,273 with Q♣5♣ as CPT CRUX quickly called. The flop was 7♣ J♠ T♠, leaving DYBDYX drawing to running straight cards or clubs for a win. A final table appearance wasn't meant to be for DYBDYX as the turn and river were the 4♥K♥ respectively as DYBDYX's 10th place finish was awarded $5,356.00.
The remaining nine players gathered around Table 19 to make up the final table, and here's their chip counts:
Seat 1: Rajesh "BadcardsAA" Vohra (367,110 in chips)
Seat 2: John "$30K" Racener (208,366 in chips)
Seat 3: DWF1029 (427,332 in chips)
Seat 4: Andrew "Drewfus81" St. Jean (239,491 in chips)
Seat 5: BRA|Daniel (104,121 in chips)
Seat 6: Todd "koolkeith13" Lewis (111,501 in chips)
Seat 7: Dane "WatchTheSea" Miller (299,472 in chips)
Seat 8: Eugoogleizer (76,847 in chips)
Seat 9: Nicholas "CPT CRUX" Stowell (225,760 in chips)
The first elimination at the final table featured a three-way confrontation with two players all in for their tournament life. The blinds had moved up to 2,400/4,800 with an ante of 600 when action opened with BRA|Daniel making a raise to 10,400. This was followed by koolkeith13 shoving for 82,101 total with A♦Q♣, then Eugoogleizer went all-in for 112,035 with K♠K♣. BRA|Daniel called their remaining 80,221 in chips with Q♦Q♠ and it looked good for Eugoogleizer to knock out two players at the final table. However, the flop would benefit koolkeith13 the most as the first three cards were 5♣ A♥ 6♥ to move from third to first in the hand. The turn and river were both blanks: 7♥J♥, sending BRA|Daniel to the rail in 9th place to collect $6,839.20 and tripling up koolkeith13.
Crippled after losing to koolkeith13, Eugoogleizer hung on for a few more hands before being dispatched in 8th place, cashing for $9,270.00. The blinds were now 2,800/5,600 with an ante of 700 when koolkeith13 opened from UTG +1 to 14,100 with 6♦6♣. Eugoogleizer saw 4♦4♣ and risked their remaining 25,054 chips. After the blinds got out of the way, koolkeith13 called and five cards later he added to his stack as the board ran out 5♦ 7♦ 3♠ T♦ 3♣.
The action started to pick up as another player was shown the exit a few hands later. John "$30k" Racener opened with a raise to 12,770 from UTG. Dane "WatchTheSea" Miller re-raised to make it 25,000 straight on the button with J♥J♣, followed by Nicholas "CPT CRUX" Stowell 4-bet shoving from the small blind with A♦K♥ for 226,650 total. Racener got out of the way. Miller made the call and it was time for a tournament flip for stacks. The flop revealed itself to be J♦ 6♣ 4♦ as Miller flopped a set. Stowell needed a lot of help to stay alive, but the turn and river weren't helping in this tournament as the 7♥8♠ completed the hand. Stowell was eliminated, earning the first five-figure score of the final table - $13,390.00 for 7th place as Miller took over the chip lead.
Another short stretch of hands took place before it was 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up finisher John "$30k" Racener would add an additional $17,510.00 to his online tournament results. Action folded around to Rajesh "BadCardsAA" Vohra in the small blind shoving into Racener with K♦Q♠, who was well covered by Vohra. Racener called from the big blind with A♣9♥. The first four cards didn't change the situation: 6♣ 6♠ 5♣ 4♦, but the river was the Q♥, giving Vohra the checkmark and 2nd in chips with five remaining.
Andrew "Drewfus81" St. Jean roared from the back of the pack to move into the chip lead after two very successful hands. After winning a nearly 400,000 chip pot against DWF1029, St. Jean would take the chip lead away from WatchTheSea after this hand played out with the blinds now at 3,600/7,200 with a 900 chip ante:
Now the short-stack, DWF1029 hoped to double up, instead they finished 5th for $23,072.00. From the cutoff, DWF1029 min-raised to 14,400 with 5♣5♥. In the small blind, koolkeith13 re-raised to 43,200 with 8♣8♥, then DWF1029 shoved for 127,971 total and koolkeith13 made the call. Hoping for a 2-outter, the wishes of DWF1029 were unanswered as the board ran out T♣ K♠ 3♠ 9♣ T♦ and remove DWF1029 from the virtual table.
Another blind increase meant another player knocked out, as Dane "WatchTheSea" Miller finished in 4th place, good for $32,960.00. The blinds were up to 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000 when action began with Miller min-raising to 16,000 with A♦Q♥. Rajesh "BadcardsAA" Vohra re-raised from the small blind to 48,000 with A♣K♦. Miller 4-bet to 86,000, then Vohra moved all-in, having Miller well covered as he made the call. The board ran out A♥ 9♦ 3♠ 2♦ K♥ as Vohra moved into the chip lead as the players made their first attempt to make a deal.
A chip chop deal was considered amongst the trio, with the payouts being:
BadcardsAA - 893,461 $65,489.31
Drewfus81 - 727,750 $61,366.42
koolkeith13 - 438,789 $54,177.07
After a brief negotiating period, the deal was denied and play resumed. For a very long time. Three-handed play would last over 150 hands, as the players took turns holding the chip lead as the blinds continued to increase slowly. The blinds were up to 5,000/10,000 with an ante of 1,250 and drewfus81 was on the short stack after koolkeith13 doubled through him. It was BadcardsAA poised to knock him out after flopping a set. But the poker gods had other ideas:
Eventually, Andrew "Drewfus81" St. Jean would be knocked out in 3rd place, pocketing $43,260.00. The blinds were now up to 7,000/14,000 with an ante of 1,750 when St. Jean shoved from the small blind for 245,768 total with A♦Q♣. Todd "koolkeith13" Lewis made the call from the big blind with a dominated A♥2♦. St. Jean looked due to double up once again as the board read 3♥ 7♣ 9♦ T♣. However, if you've read this far you should know what card appears on the river. That's right the dreaded 2♠ meant koolkeith had knocked out Drewfus81 as the tournament was finally down to heads-up.
After some deliberation a deal was made where koolkeith13 would earn $70,500 while BadcardsAA would take the remaining $67,272.80. All that was left to play for now was TLB points as both players decided to shove every hand. On the first hand, BadcardsAA lived up to the name, doubling up when his  outflopped koolkeith13's [q] to take a nearly 4-1 chip lead. Unfortunately, this would also be the last hand BadcardsAA would win. The second hand, BadcardsAA held [k][t] against  when a trey on the river doubled up koolkeith. Here's how the third hand played out:
The final hand actually had koolkeith13 in the lead for once, holding Q♦8♦ against BadcardsAA's 5♥3♣. The board ran out A♥ 6♣ 8♥ K♦ Q♠ and Todd "koolkeith13" Lewis earned this week's Super Tuesday title with Rajesh "BadcardsAA" Vohra finishing in 2nd place.
SUPER TUESDAY 12/14/10 RESULTS:
(Deal made heads-up)
1st: Todd "koolkeith13" Lewis - $70,500.00
2nd: Rajesh "BadcardsAA" Vohra - $67,272.80
3rd: Andrew "Drewfus81" St. Jean - $43,260.00
4th: Dane "WatchTheSea" Miller - $32,960.00
5th: DWF1029 - $23,072.00
6th: John "$30k" Racener - $17,510.00
7th: Nicholas "CPT CRUX" Stowell - $13,390.00
8th: Eugoogleizer - $9,270.00
9th: BRA|Daniel - $6,839.20
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