12/13/11 Super Tuesday: Gurbe1 grooves a victory for $71,654

Super Tuesday logo.png The holidays loomed closer in this week's Super Tuesday, as you can now start working on "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The field of 413 created a prize pool of $413,000, giving 54 players more than their money back. Tonight's winner could win nearly $80,000, which would buy quite a few partridges in a pear tree, golden rings, or if truly baller, going to a strip club and making it rain on some ladies dancing. After a heads-up deal was negotiated, it was a victory for the Netherlands as gurbe1 defeated Germany's Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini earning over $71,000.

But first...

Here's the results from last week's Super Tuesday:

12/6/11 Super Tuesday final table:

1st: joeyspanne88 ($72,175.50)
2nd: rizih ($54,085.00)
3rd: mcnallyville ($41,030.00)
4th: Gasnjep ($30,772.50)
5th: proggrezive ($21,261.00)
6th: dagggggggg ($16,412.00)
7th: pampa27 ($12,682.00)
8th: kleath ($8,952.00)
9th: SHANI ($6,527.50)

Notables: guillet76 (11th, $5,595), WhEADa (13th, $4,662.50), Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (17th, $3,730), Athanasios "Athanasios 9" Polychronopoulos (20th, $2,797.50), Jordan "Jymaster11" Young (22nd, $2,797.50), zwacke (25th, $2,797.50), Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez (36th, $2,424.50), and Dan "Danny98765" Smith (40th, $2,238).

Now back to your regularly scheduled Super Tuesday recap.

Three Team PokerStars players entered this week's event, but none made the money as Team Canada Pro Pat Pezzin was the highest placed finisher in 110th place. Pezzin finished well ahead of Team Online player Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman (139th) and Team Russia Pro Maxim Lykov (265th).

Notables to make the money included Nick "FU_15" Maimone (18th) and Caio Pimenta (53rd). Two notables would make the final table: Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini and J.C. "PrtyPSux" Alvarado (below).


This week's Super Tuesday field was larger than previous weeks, but still got down to the final table in the eighth hour of play. UK player Se7enTr3y helped move along the action by having more than twice the chips as the second place stack of Alvarado. The chip leader went on a tear would take care of the hand for hand bubble with ten players remaining. The blinds were at 1,600/3,200 with a running ante of 400 as badboypony opened with a raise to 7,100. The short-stacked tupacmn moved in for 58,674 chips with A♣8♣ in the small blind as Se7enTr3y called with A♦T♦ in the big blind as badboypony stepped asided. Although they were dominated, tupacmn was hoping for a resurrection worthy of Tupac Shakur. However, the flop of T♣T♠3h] left tupacmn fighting for their tournament life. When the 9♥ hit the turn, tupacmn was no longer bulletproof as the 6♠ made their 10th place finish official, good for $5,369.00 and set up the final table.

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Seat 1: Se7enTr3y (771,032 in chips)
Seat 2: gurbe1 (271,481 in chips)
Seat 3: RLOG (49,652 in chips)
Seat 4: J.C. "PrtyPsux" Alvarado (398,585 in chips)
Seat 5: tunnny (49,670 in chips)
Seat 6: danger0us (227,594 in chips)
Seat 7: The_child2 (35,520 in chips)
Seat 8: Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini (163,353 in chips)
Seat 9: badboypony (98,113 in chips)

The first player ousted from the final table was tunnny. The Canadian open-shoved for 46,070 chips with A♦K♣ as badboypony called from the small blind with A♥T♦. The board ran out 8♠7♠6♥7♦9♦ as badboypony made a straight on the river. That wasn't very funny for tunnny, earning $6,855.80 for their 9th place finish.

RLOG was the next player ejected from their seat, earning $9,292.50. Facing a min-raise from gurbe1, RLOG chucked in their 43,252 chips from the small blind with K♥Q♠. Since gurbe1 held A♣Q♣, they quickly called and no help came to RLOG as the board came down Q♦ T♣8♥4♠9♠, as seven remained.

Play would continue seven-handed for a while as the blinds moved up to 1,800/3,600 with an ante of 450. It was during this level that gurbe1 doubled up twice to move from 6th place into the chip lead. The first hand featured gurbe1 getting dealt A♠A♦ as danger0us moved in on the short stack with 7♦7♠. One snapcall and a flopped ace later, gurbe1 had a comfortable stack. Three hands later, gurbe1 would find good fortune against the chip leader:

The lead would briefly go back to Se7enTr3y before gurbe1 reclaimed command of the lead, crippling danger0us down to a single chip as the blinds were at 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante. Although danger0us was able to take their one chip up to 49 over the next two hands, badboypony would collect the microstack on the third hand as their A♠J♠ flopped an ace against the Q♥4♦ of danger0us, earning $13,422.50.

Swedish player The_child2 started the final table with barely 10 big blinds, climbed into 6th place for a $17,552.50 payday. From the cutoff, The_child2 shoved for 57,684 with J♦T♦, Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini re-raised all-in with A♠T♥ to isolate and get the blinds to fold. The_child2 picked up an open-ended straight draw on the Q♥9♠5♥ flop, but the T♠ turn and 9♣ river could not get them over the hump, leaving a quintet of contenders going into the break at the end of hour eight.

Nearly an hour after the elimination of The_child2, the next player dropped out of contention as the stacks started to tighten up. The blinds had now increased to 3,200/6,400 with an ante of 800 when badboypony earned 5th place, good for $23,128.00. The hand started with gurbe1 min-raising from UTG with 8♠8♣. Pokerccini flatted from the button as badboypony shipped it for 174,121 from the small blind with A♣J♣ as gurbe1 called and Pokerccini laid it down. Unfortunately for badboypony, the coinflip wouldn't go their way as the five cards on the board were the K♠3♥2♦7♣4♣ leaving a gang of four.

The next two eliminations would come about a bit quicker. Next to get an email from PokerStars about their winnings was J.C. "PrtyPSux" Alvarado, earning $33,040 in 4th place. Blinds were now at 3,600/7,200 with an ante of 900 as Alvarado opened with a raise out of the small blind to 21,600. Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini three-bet from the big blind to 51,785. Alvarado four-bet all-in for 292,309 as Puccini called and it was another race situation. Alvarado started in front with 7♣7♥ as Puccini held A♥T♥. This time the flop flipped in Puccini's favor: A♦8♥4♣. The 4♥ turn and 6♠ river and then there were three.

Puccini and gurbe1 were well out in front of Se7enTr3y, desperate to double up. Holding 6♥6♠, Se7enTr3y min-raised to 14,400 as gurbe1 clicked it back to 28,800. Se7enTr3y four-bet to 59,425 as gurbe1 five-bet to 90,050. A six-bet all-in to 344,960 by Se7enTr3y was followed by a call from gurbe1 with J♥J♦. No help came on the board of K♠Q♠8♦5♥8♣ as just two remained.

Both players quickly agreed to take a look at the numbers and make a chip chop deal. Here's how the numbers looked and the adjusted payouts, with $3,000.00 going to the eventual winner:

gurbe1 - 1,163,085 ($68,654.07)
Pokerccini - 901,915 ($66,453.13)

Both players agreed to those figures as play continued.

Pokerccini grabbed the lead in the early hands of the heads-up battle but that would quickly change as gurbe1 would take the lead for good after this hand. Gurbe1 was dominated, but the flop was gin:

Pokerccini was able to double up to take the deficit down to 3-1, but that was as close as he would get to victory. The final hand of the tournament featured Pokerccini min-raising with K♦3♦ as gurbe1 reraised to 36,000 with 2♥2♠ as Pokerccini called. Both players caught a huge piece of the board on the T♣6♦2♦ flop. Pokerccini held a flush draw as gurbe1 flopped a set of deuces, hoping they wouldn't get cracked by another diamond. Gurbe1 led out with a bet to 38,376 as Pokerccini min-raised to 76,752. Gurbe1 clicked back to 115,128 and Pokerccini decided to pounce, going all in for all of their chips as gurbe1 called. The turn was the 8♣ as Pokerccini needed a diamond that didn't pair the board to win. The river was the 4♠, not good enough for Pokerccini as gurbe1 earned the victory and over $71,000. Pokerccini settles for over $66,000 in a hard fought Super Tuesday.

Dec. 13, 2011 Super Tuesday final table results:

*1st: gurbe1 - $71,654.07
*2nd:Mario "Pokerccini" Puccini - $66,453.13
3rd: Se7enTr3y - $43,365.00
4th: J.C. "PrtyPSux" Alvarado - $33,040.00
5th: badboypony - $23,128.00
6th: The_child2 - $17,552.50
7th: danger0us - $13,422.50
8th: RLOG - $9,292.50
9th: tunnny - $6,855.80

*Reflects a deal made heads-up

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