Super Tuesday 12/7/10: If you want to win a Super Tuesday, go see cal42688

Super Tuesday logo.pngThis week's Super Tuesday drew a field of 417 entrants fighting over a prize pool of $417,000. First place money would be just over $80,000 as the last 54 players would finish in the money. The unfortunate bubble boy this week was David "dhilton12" Hilton, winner of last week's Super Tuesday. One of the players to make it into the money was, a member of Team PokerStars PRO made it into the money as Team Argentina pro Veronica "Princesa" Dabul finished in 48th place, good for $2,085.00

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The final hand of hand-for-hand play at the final table bubble would be a bit anti-climatic as the shortest stack at table 2, cDShiva would finish in 10th place. The blinds were at 1,600/3,200 with an ante of 400 when cDShiva shoved for their remaining 57,296 chips from the cut-off with A♠Q♣ only to have ilya_crasher wake up on the button and make the call with A♥K♣. The flop came down K♦ J♠ 2♠ to give ilya_crasher top-top and cDShiva hoping for a ten or running spades to double up. The 7♥ on the turn reduced the outs to four, and the 5♠ shut the door on cDShiva, picking up $5,421.00 for 10th place as the remaining players were now able to be seated at the final table.

Here's how the players were situated at table 32 when action resumed:

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Seat 1: Snow in June (254,136 in chips)
Seat 2: Eric "psuNYY51" Ladny (123,288 in chips)
Seat 3: Michael "bEatNicK"OG"" Stroh (98,080 in chips)
Seat 4: Gambit360 (279,801 in chips)
Seat 5: modogrinder (437,115 in chips)
Seat 6: pmahoney22 (112,807 in chips)
Seat 7: Blitzburgh17 (154,625 in chips)
Seat 8: ilya_crasher (346,832 in chips)
Seat 9: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (278,316 in chips)

The first hand at the final table was pmahoney22's last of the tournament. Just six players were dealt into the hand as modogrinder opened the action from UTG +1 with a min-raise to 6,400. Pmahoney22 called as the rest of the table folded, with the pair seeing a flop of 3♥ T♣ 8♦. Modogrinder led out with a bet of 11,298, pmahoney22 raised to 28,775, then modogrinder moved all-in as pmahoney22 called for their remaining 77,232 in chips. After the cards were revealed modogrinder's J♦J♣ were not looking good against pmahoney22's K♠K♥ as modogrinder commented "nh". The turn was the 4♣, but the "nh" would turn into "gg" as the J♠ on the river meant $6,922.20 would be sent to pmahoney22 for finishing in 9th place.

Eric "psuNYY51" Ladny finished on the final table bubble in last week's Super Tuesday. This week, he moved up a couple spots to earn $9,382.50 for an 8th place finish. The blinds had now increased slightly to 1,800/3,600 with an ante of 450 as cal42688 made a raise on the button to 8,100 with T♦T♥, Ladny shoved from the small blind with 3♠3♣ for his remaining 110,288 in chips as cal42688 made the call. The board ran out 8♠ Q♥ A♦ 2♥ J♠, giving cal42688 the checkmark after Ladny's chips were added to cal42688's stack.

The shortest stack at the final table, Michael "bEatNicK"OG"" Stroh was able to hang around and outlast two players before finally succumbing in 7th place for $13,552.50. The blinds were now up to 2,400/4,800 as the action began with cal42688 making an opening raise to 10,800 from the cut-off. In the small blind, Stroh moved all-in for 50,280 total with K♠Q♥. Gambit360 called from the big blind with A♥[K♣ as cal42688 folded. After five cards the results stayed the same: T♦ 7♦ 6♦ T♠ 8♠ as Gambit360's ace-high was best, sending Stroh to the virtual rail.

As the sextet took their break at the :55 mark, Blitzburgh17 was 2nd in chips while Snow in June was the short stack. Less than 15 hands later, Snow in June was the chip leader while Blitzburgh17 was knocked out in 6th for a surely disappointing $17,722.50. Snow in June first doubled up through Blitzburgh17 with [A][A] against [t][t] to get to nearly 200,000 in chips. On the next hand, Blitzburgh17 looked to get those chips back, but a fortunate turn card for Snow in June would mean yet another double-up:

A few hands later, Snow in June completed the role reversal, taking the rest of Blitzburgh17's chips. Blitzburgh17 min-raised to 9,600 with Q♥Q♣, ilya_crasher called, cal42688 re-raised to 36,000, then Snow in June made a 4-bet to 66,665 with A♠Q♦. Blitzburgh17 shoved for 147,089 total as ilya_crasher and cal42688 decided to pass and Snow in June made the call. The flop meant more good fortune for Snow in June or more bad luck for Blitzburgh17, depending on whose perspective you wish to take in the matter: 2♠ 8♠ A♥. The J♠ on the turn meant Blitzburgh17's hopes of a one-outter were dashed as it would give Snow in June a flush. The inconsequential 3♥ on the river meant the end for Blitzburgh17 and a bad five-minute run of cards.

As play continued, Snow in June would double up cal42688 when [a][j] could not best [a][q], but had enough chips to eliminate ilya_crasher in 5th place, good for $23,352.00.
The blinds were now at 3,200/6,400 with an ante of 800 as Snow in June opened with a bet of 15,555 holding A♣K♦. Ation folded to ilya_crasher in the big blind, shoving for 256,823 total with A♠Q♥ as Snow in June made the call for almost all of their chips. The board ran out 8♦ 7♠ 7♣ 5♥ J♦, giving Snow in June's Big Slick the win as ilya_crasher tournament came to an end.

The 4th place finisher was Gambit360, adding $33,360.00 to their bankroll. Cal42688 opened the action with a raise to 14,400 with 4♠4♦. Gambit360 held Q♥Q♠ and re-raised to 36,000 as cal42688 made the call. The flop looked good to Gambit360's overpair: J♦ T♣ 4♣ as he check-raised all-in for 222,059 in chips. After cal42688 made the call and showed a flopped set, Gambit360 was left to comment "grrr". The J♣3♣ turn and river left Gambit360's hand unimproved while cal42688 now held over half of the chips in play three-handed.

Snow in June finished 3rd in a Sunday Million back in August for just over $123,000. The same fate would eventually happen in today's Super Tuesday after nearly an hour of three-handed action, this time the payday was for $43,785.00. The chip leader would remain cal42688 throughout, as modogrinder and Snow in June were battling for 2nd place. The blinds had now increased to 4,500/9,000 with an ante of 1,125 as cal42688 raised from the small blind to 22,500. Snow in June put in their remaining 235,766 chips into the middle with K♣Q♦. That would lead to a double fist-pump snap-call by cal42688 with the dominating A♦A♥. Hopes of a double-up were extinguished by the turn, as the five cards dealt were 5♣ 7♣ T♥ 4♠ A♣ as Snow in June can make it rain in December if they like.

Heads-up play appeared to be a formality as cal42688 held around 70% of the chips, but modogrinder would not go down easily, as heads-up play would last nearly 30 minutes. Able to double up just once, modogrinder kept battling though but eventually cal42688 would add a win in a Super Tuesday after earlier winning a WCOOP bracelet earlier this year in the $215 NL Single Draw 2-7 event. The blinds were now at 6,000/12,000 with an ante of 1,500 as modogrinder raised from the small blind to 25,784. Cal42688 re-raised to 66,000 then modogrinder shipped it for 405,713 chips as cal42688 made the call. When the cards were revealed, both players had an ace, but cal42688 had modogrinder dominated: A♠9♣ v A♣3♦. The flop came down Q♣ T♦ 6♣, but the 7♣ on the turn gave modogrinder a chance of doubling up if a trey or club appeared on the river. Alas, the 5♦ river card meant victory for Calvin "cal42688" Anderson, receiving an email from PokerStars alerting him that he had just won $80,022.30. Modogrinder would have to be content with the runner-up winnings of $59,422.50.

Super Tuesday 12/7/2010 Results:
1st: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson - $80,022.30
2nd: modogrinder - $59,422.50
3rd: Snow in June - $43,785.00
4th: Gambit360 - $33,360.00
5th: ilya_crasher - $23,352.00
6th: Blitzburgh17 - $17,722.50
7th: Michael "bEatNicK"OG"" Stroh - $13,552.50
8th: Eric "psuNYY51" Ladny - $9,382.50
9th: pmahoney22 - $6,922.20

If you're a high-stakes cash game player looking for a challenge the SuperStar Showdown featuring Isildur1 starts December 19th.

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