3/29/11 Super Tuesday: Sir_winalot9 wins a lot for first, Chad Brown takes third

Super Tuesday logo.pngThe last Super Tuesday of March brought out 394 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $394,000, once again topping the $1,050 buy-in tourney's $300K guarantee. The top 45 finishers would be dividing the cash, with first place due a handsome $76,239.

After about three-and-a-half hours the field had been trimmed to 100 players, with James "jcamby33" Campbell out in front followed by Russell "rdcrsn" Carson, i need bond$, christoso9225, and Ravi "govshark2" Raghavan.

At that point two members of Team PokerStars had been eliminated -- Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (223rd) and Dennis Phillips (113th) -- while four still remained with chips. Andrew "foucault82" Brokos (Team PokerStars Online) was in 11th place, Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (Team PokerStars U.S.) was in 15th, Pat Pezzin (Team PokerStars Canada) was in 33rd, and Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc (Team PokerStars Online) was hanging on in 90th.

Physioc wouldn't hang on much longer, though, soon exiting in 95th place. But the other three would continue the battle, each maintaining above-average stacks for much of the next 90 minutes. After that stretch 50 players remained, with James "jcamby33" Campbell still out in front, Chad Brown in second, and Russell "rdcrsn" Carson remaining near the top in third.


Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown

By then Brown's teammates Pat Pezzin and Andrew Foucault had both slipped to below average stacks, and soon Pezzin would be getting all of his remaining chips in the middle with A♦Q♠ versus Zeber86's K♥K♠. The board came nine-high, sending Pezzin out in 50th place just a few spots shy of the cash.

By the six-hour break just 28 players remained. Among those hitting the rail once the cash bubble burst were Sam "siola" Iola (45th, $2,364), Nicolas "PKaiser" Fierro (42nd, $2,364), Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin (41st, $2,364), and Shyan "G's Zee" Srinivasan (31st, $2,561).

2010 WCOOP Main Event champion Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks soon joined the march of players hitting the rail, going out in 28th ($2,561). Not too long after that it was Chris "moorman1" Moorman being eliminated in 22nd ($2,955).

Meanwhile, Team PokerStars Online member Andrew "foucault82" Brokos had become severely short-stacked, and after sitting out his last couple of orbits was finally blinded out in 21st place ($2,955). Following him were Michael "wyrwotX" Wywrot (19th, $2,955), Andrew Boccia (17th, $3,940), hummylun (14th, $4,925), and n1kola14 (11th, $5,910).

With 10 left, Zeber86 had pushed out into the chip lead, followed closely by lone remaining Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown, when a huge hand arose between Matt "papamat25" Iles and Dan "Danny98765" Smith. The pair got it all in following a 6♦4♠7♣ flop, with Smith having pocket fours but Iles holding the better set with pocket sixes. Two cards later Smith was out in 10th ($5,910), and the final table was set.


Seat 1: Zeber86 -- 384,063
Seat 2: chistoso9225 -- 92,885
Seat 3: delaney_kid -- 158,477
Seat 4: jcamby33 -- 44,349
Seat 5: papamat25 -- 438,480
Seat 6: rdcrsn -- 233,520
Seat 7: Team PokerStars Pro Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown -- 347,321
Seat 8: govshark2 -- 140,903
Seat 9: Sir_winalot9 -- 130,002

That set-over-set hand had pushed papamat25 into the chip lead to start the final table. However, with the blinds still just 1,800/3,600 and the average stack nearly 220,000, there was still likely a long way to go before a winner would be determined.

It would take about 10 minutes before the first elimination of the final table occurred. With the blinds still 1,800/3,600, Chad Brown opened with a minimum-raise to 7,200 from early position, and Sir_winalot9 called behind him. It folded around to James "jcamby33" Campbell who pushed all in for 37,149 from the small blind. papamat25 folded the big blind and the action was back on Brown.

Pausing just a beat, Brown made it 67,098 to go, then Sir_winalot9 pushed all in over the top for 121,002 total. Brown quickly made the call.

jcamby33 A♥K♥
Brown 9♣9♠
Sir_winalot9 A♠A♦

All three showed up with big hands, though Sir_winalot9's was the biggest, and after the board came 6♦J♥7♣K♠6♥ those aces remained best. Sir_winalot9 scooped up both the main and side pots (about 286,000 total), Brown was still okay with more than 220,000, and Campbell hit the rail in ninth.

About 15 minutes later, with the blinds up to 2,000/4,000, Zeber86 opened for 8,000 from middle position, then chistoso9225, sitting to Zeber86's left, pushed all in for 64,285. It folded back around and Zeber86 called instantly, showing K♥K♣. chistoso9225 had a big hand, too, A♠K♠, but couldn't catch up as the board ran out 7♦2♠J♥8♥Q♠, sending chistoso9225 to the rail in eighth.

The tourney had just crossed the eight-hour mark when Benjamin "delaney_kid" Delaney opened with a 2x raise to 9,600 from UTG, then Ravi "govshark2" Raghavan reraised to 25,434 from the button. Sir_winalot9 four-bet from the small blind to 48,840, forcing out the big blind and Delaney. Raghavan pushed all in for 153,933, and Sir_winalot9 made the call.

Sir_winalot9 showed Q♦Q♠ and Raghavan A♦K♥, and the race was on. The flop came 5♥8♥Q♥, giving Sir_winalot9 a set of queens but Raghavan hope with a flush draw. But the turn and river brought two black fours, giving Sir_winalot9 a full house and sending govshark2 out in seventh.

Over the next half-hour Sir_winalot9 continued to add chips to his stack, pushing further out into the lead to more than 800,000 while Zeber86 and papamat25 were his nearest foes with about 350,000 each. Sir_winalot9 -- who final tabled the Super Tuesday just one week ago -- appeared to be positioning himself well to improve on last week's fourth-place finish.

With the blinds up to 3,200/6,400, Matt "papamat25" Iles raised to 12,800 from under the gun and it folded to Sir_winalot9 on the button who reraised to 29,680. Zeber86 folded in the small blind, then Benjamin "delaney_kid" Delaney shoved all in for 160,648 from the BB. Iles stepped aside, but Sir_winalot9 called, showing Q♠Q♥ to delaney_kid's Q♣8♣. The board came 9♥9♠6♦4♦2♣, and Delaney was out in sixth.

Two hands later Chad Brown -- at the time fourth of the remaining five -- was all in before the flop with A♦[10c] versus Sirwinalot_9's A♠Q♠. A ten flopped, and Brown's hand held to push him back into contention.

Soon Zeber86 opened for 12,800 from the cutoff, Russell "rdcrsn" Carson pushed all in for 108,448 from the blinds, and Zeber86 called. Carson had 9♥9♦ and was hoping they'd hold versus Zeber86's A♦Q♦. But the flop paired Zeber86 not once but twice, coming Q♠4♣A♣, and after the K♥ turn and 5♥ river, Carson was out in fifth.

Play continued, with Zeber86 opening for 14,400 (a 2x raise) from the cutoff, then papamat25 pushing all in for 125,685 from the button. The blinds got out, and Zeber86 quickly called with A♣9♥, well ahead of papamat25's A♥2♥. The flop came 3♣K♠A♠, giving both top pair, but Zeber86's kicker was best. The turn was the 7♦ and river the 8♦, and Matt "papamat25" Iles was gone in fourth.

Sir_winalot9 won the next three hands (small pots), then Brown the next three (medium pots), bringing them to the nine-hour break. Sir_winalot9 was in front with more than 1.1 million, Zeber86 next with more than 586,000, and Brown last with almost 303,000.

The trio battled for 15 more minutes, after which their stacks remained roughly the same. Finally came a hand in which Zeber86 opened with a min-raise to 18,000 from the small blind, then Brown called from the big blind. The flop came Q♠A♠6♥. Zeber86 checked, Brown bet 36,000, then Zeber86 raised to 72,000. Brown pushed all in for 201,933, and Zeber86 called.

Brown had 9♠6♠ for sixes and a spade flush draw, while Zeber86 had top pair with A♣8♥. The turn was the A♦ and river the 4♦, and they were down to two.

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Heads-up play began with Sir_winalot9 still in front with 1,095,408 to Zeber86's 874,592. Within a half-dozen hands Zeber86 had drawn even, but Sir_winalot9 immediately retook the advantage and over the next 15 minutes gradually chipped away at his opponent's stack, eventually building a 10-to-1 chip lead. Finally, after nine-and-a-half hours, the final hand arrived.

With the blinds 5,000/10,000, Zeber86 limped from the button and Sir_winalot9 checked. The flop came K♦A♣5♠. Sir_winalot9 checked, Zeber86 bet 10,000, then Sir_winalot9 check-raised to 26,800. Zeber86 called the raise.

The turn was the 2♠. This time Sir_winalot9 bet 59,680, prompting an all-in shove for 144,542 from Zeber86. Sir_winalot9 called, showing A♦7♦ for aces. Zeber86 had K♣4♠ for second pair, and after the J♦ fell on the river, Sir_winalot9 had won a lot... $76,239, to be exact.

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Congratulations to Sir_winalot9 for following up last week's impressive fourth-place finish with a Super Tuesday title!

Super Tuesday Results for 3/29/10:

1st: Sir_winalot9 ($76,239)
2nd: Zeber86 ($53,130)
3rd: Team PokerStars Pro Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown ($43,340)
4th: papamat25 ($32,505)
5th: rdcrsn ($22,458)
6th: delaney_kid ($17,336)
7th: govshark2 ($13,396)
8th: chistoso9225 ($9,456)
9th: jcamby33 ($6,895)

Yet another exciting night of tournament poker at PokerStars. Like most nights, really. See the PokerStars tournament page for information on the many tourneys happening every day on the world's largest poker site.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Super Tuesday