11/8 Super Tuesday: A "PureProfitFo" Karr, earning $76,045
Admittedly, the focus of the poker community on Tuesday evening was at the Penn & Teller Theatre in Las Vegas. The conclusion of the WSOP Main Event featured the latest member of Team PokerStars Pro, Pius Heinz, attempting to finish off his rivals Ben Lamb and Martin Staszko.
Meanwhile on the virtual felt, a field of 393 players participated in this week's Super Tuesday, creating a prize pool of $393,000 divided among the final 45 runners. First place this week was expected to be over $76,000, a mere pittance to the $8,700,000 offered in Vegas. However, tonight's tournament concluded in over eight hours for McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr to win, instead of the nearly four months the WSOP Main Event needed to determine their winner.
Three members of Team PokerStars participated in tonight's tournament, but Team Spain Pro Ana Marquez, Team Canada Pro Pat Pezzin and Greece Challenger George "gkap13" Kapalas fell well short of making the money. Notables who were able to cash included Adam "Roothlus" Levy (34th), Mike "MunchenHB" Telker (36th) and Nick "FU_15" Maimone (39th).
Two notables making their way to the final table were WPT and EPT High Roller winner McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr and Corey "rat sauce 89" Thompson.
If you were observing the action when play was ten-handed, it seemed a mere formality that iamnrg would finish in 10th, especially when they were under 10 big blinds at the time. However, the Australian managed to get their chips in good to double up and escape elimination. Meanwhile, it would be a player at the other table that became the unfortunate one out on the final table bubble. The blinds were at 2,400/4,800 with an ante of 600 as Havana85 opened with a raise to 10,320. Galactico999 looked down at A♠T♦ and shipped for 73,238. Havana85 snap-called with A♣A♥. There was hope for Galactico999 when the board read J♦9♠4♣8♠ but the 3♦ on the river ended thoughts of a final table, left to collect $5,895.00 and set up the final table.
The final table lineup:
Seat 1: 17c1ty (88,717 in chips)
Seat 2: McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr (162,464 in chips)
Seat 3: Havana85 (306,042 in chips)
Seat 4: cdnblaster (174,255 in chips)
Seat 5: Alemao1973 (255,356 in chips)
Seat 6: Corey "rat sauce 89" Thompson (130,859 in chips)
Seat 7: J. The Greek (460,062 in chips)
Seat 8: Eat_U_Up_ha (323,717 in chips)
Seat 9: iamnrg (63,528 in chips)
The first player knocked out at the final table was cdnblaster, earning $6,877.50 for their efforts. The blinds increased to 2,800/5,600 and a running ante of 700 as Karr opened with a min-raise to 11,200. Action folded to cdnblaster, shoving for 32,510 total with A♣6♦ as Karr revealed A♦T♠. The board ran out 7♥4♠3♦4♦T♣, leaving eight players in contention.
Next to be disappointed was Thompson, collecting a payday worth $9,432.00. Another blind increase left the field facing blinds of 3,200/6,400 and pitching in 800 each hand.
From UTG, Havana85 raised it up to 13,760. This decision was met by Thompson shoving for 79,359 with J♦J♣. Havana85 had little difficulty finding the call button, turning over K♦K♠. No help would come on a 8♦5♣4♣9♦6♠ board and it was rat sauce who was cooked.
Three hands later, there would be six left as Alemao1973 became the first to earn a five-figure score, cashing in for $13,362.00. The hand started with Eat_U_Up_ha raise to 14,400. McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr three-bet to 38,680, followed by a four-bet shove by Alemao1973 to 107,606. Eat_U_Up_ha laid down their hand, but Karr called, showing A♥K♦. Alemao1973 was flipping for their tournament life, holding Q♣Q♠. This hand, it was Karr who won the flip as the flop came down K♥7♥4♣. The 2♦ and 5♥ hit the turn and river, sending the Brazilian vamosing to the rail.
Like the heads-up battle between Pius Heinz and Martin Staszko, action at the table dragged on for nearly 40 minutes without an elimination. During that time, J. The Greek held a dominating chip lead, only to see it whittled away by the other players to close the gap. Eventually someone would have to finish in 6th and it would be Karr holding the best hand (pocket aces) against 17c1ty holding the worst hand (7-2 offsuit). Here's how that hand played out with the blinds at 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000:
Holding the hammer meant 17c1ty pockets 6th place money, good for $17,292.00.
Next to be gobbled up was Eat_U_Up_ha, earning $22,401 in 5th place. Blinds were now up to 4,500/9,000 with an ante of 1,125 as Havana85 opened from the button to 21,500 with A♦Q♦. Eat_U_Up_ha shipped from the big blind with 9♣9♥ for another heads-or-tails matchup. This time the decision went in Havana85's direction as the board ran out J♣J♥2♥Q♠K♠.
The inevitable finally became reality for the perenially short-stacked iamnrg finished in 4th, earning $32,422.50. The blinds were now 5,000/10,000 as every player contributed 1,250. J. The Greek raised from UTG to 20,000 as iamnrg re-raised to 50,000 as the blinds got out of the way. J. The Greek then four-bet shoved to set iamnrg all in for their remaining 69,756 chips. Like previous hands, it was iamnrg holding the better cards, Q♦Q♠ as J. The Greek hold A♦J♠. The lead remained in the cards of iamnrg on the board of T♦5♠2♥K♥. Like the recently inducted Poker Hall of Fame member and Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, the A♠ on the river sapped iamnrg's power.
There was talk of a deal among J. The Greek and Havana85 when the tournament was down to three, but Karr quickly nixed the idea although he was third in chips, saying "nah... i like to play :)". Play is exactly what Karr did in delivering a crippling blow to Havana85. The action hand now moved to 6,000/12,000 with an ante of 1,500 as Karr raised from the small blind to 36,000. Havana three-bet from the big blind to 114,000 as Karr moved all-in for 588,822 total as Havana85 called. Once again it was a classic coinflip as Karr held A♠K♦ while Havana85 turned over T♦T♠. Once again, it appeared Havana85 would eliminate Karr and hold a 2-1 chip lead heads-up. The first four cards maintained that idea: 8♦3♥2♣7♠. Instead of the A♠, this time it was the A♥ on the river that moved Karr over 1.1 million in chips and leaving Havana85 crippled with five big blinds. J. The Greek would scoop up the rest of Havana85's chips when their A♦T♦ was much the best against Havana85's A♠5♠ as the board ran out T♥8♥5♦6♠7♠, giving Havana85 $43,230.00 for 3rd place.
Heads-up play began with J. The Greek once again asking Karr if he'd like to deal, and Karr declined once again. J. The Greek won a few early hands, but Karr applied the pressure, winning hand after hand as he added to his chip lead, eventually winning the last 11 hands of heads-up play. Karr took another huge chunk of J. The Greek's stack when his Q-2 outflopped his opponent's Q-T, Karr held a nearly 6-1 advantage going into the final hand. Holding A♣A♦ in the small blind, Karr bet them aggressively as J. The Greek shoved with a suited K♣8♣. Karr snap-called and here's how the hand played out:
J. The Greek would have to settle for the runner-up prize of $56,985 as McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr cashed in for $76,045.50, for a pure profit of almost $75,000.
11/8/11 Super Tuesday Final Table Results:
1st: McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr - $76,045.50
2nd: J. The Greek - $56,985.00
3rd: Havana85 - $43,230.00
4th: iamrng - $32,422.50
5th: Eat_U_Up_ha $22,401.00
6th: 17c1ty - $17,292.00
7th: Alemao1973 - $13,362.00
8th: Corey "rat sauce 89" Thompson - $9,432.00
9th: cdnblaster - $6,877.50
Shortly after Karr took down the Super Tuesday, Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz became the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. Congrats to Heinz and to Martin Staszko for a classic heads-up battle.