Super Tuesday August 10, Roxx Box turns short stack into over $81,000

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PokerStars' Super Tuesday drew a field of 424 players paying $1,050, to easily top the $300,000 guarantee, creating a $424,000 prize pool paid out to the final 54 players. Tonight's winner would take down $81,365.60 for first place.

Unfortunately for Team PokerStars PRO, their hopes of getting a piece of the prize pool were dashed quickly as none of the players made the money. The highest placed Team PokerStars member was Argentina's Veronica "Princesa" Dabul, finishing 94th.

Bax stacked on final table bubble

After a couple of orbits of hand-for-hand play, it would be Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy who would just miss the final table. With the blinds at 2,000/4,000 and a 500 ante, DrunkPPlaya made a raise to 10,000 from the button with A♥J♦. From the big blind, JohnnyBax moved in for his last 72,109 with 7♦4♦. DrunkPPlaya called, and after the board ran out 3♥ K♥ Q♣ 9♣ 8♠ as DrunkPPlaya's Ace-high held up, knocking out JohnnyBax at the final table bubble, earning $5,512 for his efforts. That created a final table that was seated as follows:

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Seat 1: 1$ickDisea$E (230319 in chips)
Seat 2: eMarkM (651299 in chips)
Seat 3: tralaira (173832 in chips)
Seat 4: nadalon (309251 in chips)
Seat 5: DrunkPPlaya (172749 in chips)
Seat 6: Roxx Box (145934 in chips)
Seat 7: xthesteinx (49017 in chips)
Seat 8: squatbody53 (229972 in chips)
Seat 9: domino020 (157627 in chips)

Back to back eliminations, part 1

The blinds had moved up to 2400/4800 with a 600 ante when squatbody53 opened with a raise to 11,900 with domino020 and eMarkM both calling. The flop came down 2♠ Q♦ J♦, after eMarkM checked, squatbody53 bet 23,500. Domino020 then raised to 58,855 and after eMarkM folded, squatbody53 moved in for an additional 123,580 in chips. Domino020 snapcalled, turning over 2♥2♦ for bottom set, while squatbody53 revealed A♦Q♠ for top-top. The turn brought the J♠ giving domino020 a full house, but giving squatbody53 four outs for a higher full house. However, the river brought the 4♦, sending squatbody53 to the virtual rail in 9th place, good for $7,038.40.

On the very next hand, xthesteinx moved in from middle position for their last 35,617, with 1$ickDisea$E making the call. From the small blind, tralaira shoved for 146,322 total, leaving 1$ickDisea$e to a decision before eventually deciding to fold. xthesteinx only had K♠3♠ while tralaira had the goods with K♦K♣. The board was T♥ J♦ 7♠ 7♥ 8♣, as xthesteinx closed the table, recording an 8th place finish for $9,540.00.

Back to back eliminations, part 2

The blinds had climbed to 3,200/6,400 with an 800 ante when the next two eliminations took place. In the first elimination, nadalon made a min-raise to 12,800 with 1$ickDisea$e calling from the big blind. The flop was 7♣9♦ J♠, when 1$ickDisea$e check-raised to 34,567, followed by nadalon's shove for 123,222. Nadalon had A♥J♣ for top-top, but 1$ickDisea$e had the overpair: K♠K♦. Nadalon's hand didn't improve as the turn was the 3♦ and the river was the Q♠, the cashier's window now including the $13,780.00 7th place money.

On the next hand (again), domino020, now chip leader after doubling through eMarkM after making a bigger full house on the river, would dispatch eMarkM in 6th place. Domino020 made a min-raise from the button with A♥K♥ from the button, calling eMarkm's shove with Q♠T♠. eMarkm was unable to improve their hand, while Domino020 got an unnecessary ace on the river as the board came down 7♣ 4♣ 2♦ J♣ A♠, leaving eMarkM an additional $18,020 for more tournaments on PokerStars. In the meantime, domino020 had the chip lead with 1,133,425 in chips five-handed.

Back to back eliminations, part 3
A few hands later, the pattern of back to back eliminations appeared yet again. In a blind v blind confrontation, DrunkPPlaya moved in from the small blind for 75,527 with A♦8♠ as Roxx Box called with a dominated A♠7♠. The flop was with Roxx Box, hitting their kicker as it came down 7♥6♣A♣. The 2♥ turn and T♠ river meant a 5th place finish was DrunkPPlaya's, with $23,744.00 recorded in the tournament results.

On the next hand, tralaira shoved with their last 118,365 from UTG with A♦J♣, with Roxx Box snap calling with A♠K♥. Roxx Box hit the flop again when it came down Q♣ 6♦ K♠ giving tralaira four outs to a gutshot straight draw. The turn and river came down 7♠8♠, as tralaira added $33,920.00 to the bankroll, finishing 4th.

Domino020 gets ill from 1$ickDisea$e

As three-handed play began, here's how the chip counts looked:

domino020 1,094,070
1$ickDisea$E 703,807
Roxx Box 322,123

It looked like it would be domination for domino020, but the river would be unkind in two huge pots. Roxx Box would double through domino020 on the river, hitting a set of kings against a flopped two pair to remain in contention. The chip lead would be passed around among the final three as the blinds were now 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante. 1$ickDisea$e held the lead in domino020's final hand, which started with a Roxx Box min-raise from UTG to 16,000, followed by 3-bet from domino020 to 49,555. 1$ickDisea$e got into the action with a 4-bet to 138,722. After Roxx Box timed out, domino020 made a 5-bet shove for 401,975 total as 1$ickDisea$e made the call. It was looking good for domino020, holding 9♣9♦ while 1$ickDisea$e held A♥T♥. The flop was low: 4♦2♣5♣ and the Q♦ on the turn meant domino020 had to dodge 10 outs to double up. Unfortunately, the 3♥ was one of those outs, giving 1$ickDisea$e a straight, while domino020 was disappointed with the $54,220 for the 3rd place finish.

Roxx Box finishes strong

Heads-up play began with 1$ickDisea$e holding almost 1,300,000 in chips to Roxx Box's 825,000, but Roxx Box would take the lead by making a higher straight on the second hand of heads-up play. The last hand of the tournament started with Roxx Box making a min-raise from the small blind to 16,000 as 1$ickDisea$e re-raised to 44,000 as Roxx Box made the call. The flop was Q♦8♠K♣ as 1$ickDisea$e check-called a bet of 32,000. The turn was the 6♠ as 1$ickDisea$e check-raised Roxx Box's 72,000 bet to 238,000 with Roxx Box making the call. 1$ickDisea$e shoved for their last 618,369 when the 4♠ came on the river, trying to represent the flush. Roxx Box made the call, turning over K♠Q♥ for a flopped two pair. 1$ickDisea$e only had A♦8♥, having flopped bottom pair, along with no more chips. 1$ickDisea$e's second place was good for a respectable $60,420.00, while Roxx Box got the rungood at the right time, taking the short stack into all the chips, earning $81,365.60.

Super Tuesday Results for 08/10/10:

1st place: Roxx Box (Live Oak) $81,365.60
2nd place: 1$ickDisea$e (Denver) $60,420.00
3rd place: domino020 (Pismo Beach) $44,520.00
4th place: tralaira (Sarria) $33,920.00
5th place: DrunkPPlaya (Sterling Heights) $23,744.00
6th place: eMarkM (schaumburg) $18,020.00
7th place: nadalon (Mexico) $13,780.00
8th place: xthesteinx (Boca Raton) $9,540.00
9th place: squatbody53 (Alexandria) $7,038.40