NigDawG collars $64K-plus score in Super Tuesday (10/18/11)

Super Tuesday logo.pngWhile much of the poker world's attention has been directed toward the south of France where the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event is playing out, a significant segment spent their Tuesday evening focused on another tournament -- this week's Super Tuesday, the $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em event that routinely brings out many of the best in poker.

There were 335 players gathered around the virtual tables for tonight's event, creating a total prize pool of $335,000. The top 45 finishers would be dividing up the money at evening's end, with the player finishing first due to claim $64,822.50 of it.

A half-dozen representatives of Team PokerStars took their chances at grabbing part of the Super Tuesday loot this week, although ultimately all six fell short. Among the relatively early elims were Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (238th), Pat Pezzin (174th) Johnny Lodden (171st), Team Online member Shane "shaniac" Schleger (160th), and J.P. Kelly (158th). And while Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman of Team Online made a more extensive run, he, too, missed the money with a 62nd-place finish.

It would take just over five hours for that cash bubble finally to burst, with thaaj2004 the unfortunate player to finish 46th. With 45 remaining, Betudontbet sat atop the counts with just over 155,000, NigDawG was next with almost 134,000, and Mr Brizza the only other player in six figures with almost 115,000.

An hour later there were 18 players left, at which point rizih had moved in front with about 185,000, followed by Betudontbet with a little more than 163,000 and OMGitshunt with just under 160,000. Altrum Altus was still there with an average stack, and a few other familiar names -- Tom "kingsofcards" Marchese, Paul "paulgees81" Volpe, and Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen -- were still among those battling, too.

Volpe would soon end up involved in a big three-way hand with plexi7 and guccyka. Down to less than 14 big blinds, plexi7 open-shoved from the button and Volpe called from the small blind. guccyka then shoved over the top from the big blind, and Volpe called, committing his entire stack of just over 100,000 (about 50 BBs).

plexi7 had T♣9♠ and had run into Volpe's Q♣Q♠. But both were unfortunately up against guccyka's K♦K♠. The board actually brought the other two kings, giving guccyka quads and knocking out both plexi7 in 16th ($3,350) and Volpe in 15th ($4,187.50).

Just a moment later Marchese was three-betting his stack of about 22 big blinds all in and getting called by NigDawG. Marchese had K♣J♥ and hoping to catch against NigDawG's A♣K♦, but the board brought no help to "kingsofcards" who went out in 14th ($4,187.50).


Tom "kingsofcards" Marchese

guccyka continued to gather chips, and after knocking out ekko1 in 11th ($5,025) had pushed out to a huge chip advantage with nearly 500,000. With 10 left, NigDawG was the next closest with about 250,000, while rizih was in third with just over 194,000.

The final table bubble lasted for another half-hour, with the tourney moving past the seven-hour mark. Then simultaneous knockouts on both five-handed tables meant there would be only eight players left when the final table began.

On one table it was Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen getting sent out in 10th ($5,025) after failing to catch up with K♥Q♥ versus paulw2's A♣Q♦. Meanwhile, armenioz was all in with A♦J♥ against chip leader guccyka's 3♥3♦. An ace flopped, but so did a trey, and two cards later armenioz was out in 9th ($5,862.50).

The final eight were then assembled around the final table.


Seat 1: Betudontbet -- 82,736
Seat 2: Altrum Altus -- 55,428
Seat 3: OMGitshunt -- 324,835
Seat 4: empty
Seat 5: paulw2 -- 82,799
Seat 6: rizih -- 151,010
Seat 7: Carlos34x -- 79,222
Seat 8: NigDawG -- 312,838
Seat 9: guccyka -- 586,132

It would take almost 10 minutes for the first elimination of the eight-handed final table to occur. With the blinds 1,600/3,200 (ante 400), Carlos34x opened with an all-in shove from middle position for 75,622 and it folded around to Altrum Altus who called with his remaining 64,378 from the small blind. OMGitshunt folded the BB, and the cards were turned over.

Altrum Altus had A♠K♥ and Carlos34x T♠T♣. The board ran out 7♥8♠9♣8♥5♦, and Altrum Altus was gone in eighth.

The remaining seven battled over the next half-hour, with Betudontbet, paulw2, OMGitshunt, and Carlos34x all surviving all-ins along the way -- the latter two a couple of times each.

Then came a big hand between rizih and Carlos34x. With nearly even stacks, Carlos34x picked up pocket rockets and ended up getting almost his entire stack in on the flop against rizih. But the flop had been much kinder to rizih. Take a look:

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Those trip jacks enabled rizih to take nearly all of Carlos34x's stack, and just one hand later he'd take the rest when his 3♦3♣ held against Carlos34x's Q♥8♣, eliminating the latter in seventh.

Just a few minutes later, the blinds were 2,000/4,000 when OMGitshunt raised to 8,280 from middle position, then paulw2 reraised to 21,250 from one seat over. It folded to NigDawG in the big blind who four-bet to 41,050. OMGitshunt stepped aside, but paulw2 responded with an all-in shove for 237,863 and NigDawG quickly called.

NigDawG: A♦A♥
paulw2: Q♥Q♠

The aces worked out better for NigDawG than they had for Carlos34x, as the board came 3♣6♠5♠J♠6♦, knocking out paulw2 in sixth.

The remaining five made it to the eight-hour break, with rizih in front with 458,437, NigDawG next with 349,597, guccyka third with 303,555, OMGitshunt fourth with 301,504, and Betudontbet fifth with 261,907 -- all still with healthy stacks with the blinds at 2,400/4,800.

They pushed through to Level 30 (700/2,800/5,600) when rizih lost most of his stack to Betudontbet in a preflop all-in confrontation in which Betudontbet's pocket jacks held against rizih's A♦Q♦.

Then on the next hand OMGitshunt opened for 11,592 from UTG and rizih pushed all in for 56,456 from the cutoff. NigDawG called the reraise, then it folded around to OMGitshunt who called as well. Those two checked the 7♣8♦2♦ flop, then OMGitshunt bet 43,620 after the 3♠ turn, forcing a fold from NigDawG.

OMGitshunt had 5♦5♥ and rizih A♣J♥, and after the 4♣ river fell rizih was out in fifth.

Not long after that guccyka found himself all in and at risk with K♣K♠ versus NigDawG's A♠3♠. Things looked especially dire for guccyka after the 8♥A♥Q♠ flop paired NigDawG's ace, then the 2♠ added a flush draw. But the K♥ popped out on the river, saving guccyka for the time being.

However, about a half-hour later guccyka had slid back to fourth of the remaining four. With the blinds 3,600/7,200, guccyka made a minimum-raise to 14,400 from UTG and got one caller in OMGitshunt from the small blind. The flop came T♣8♣6♥ and OMGitshunt checked. guccyka bet 20,988, then OMGitshunt check-raised to 67,360. guccyka pushed all in for 162,203 total and OMGitshunt called.

OMGits hand had A♣T♠ for top pair of tens while guccyka had flopped a straight flush draw with J♣9♣. But guccyka couldn't hit any of those outs as the turn was the 4♠ and river the T♦, knocking guccyka out in fourth.

Soon the nine-hour break arrived, with all three remaining players nearly even in chips -- NigDawG 597,020, OMGitshunt 563,450, and Betudontbet 514,530.

After 15 minutes the stacks were still close when they'd reached Level 34 (1,125/4,500/9,000). OMGitshunt opened for 18,360 from the button and NigDawG folded in the small blind. Betudontbet then reraised to 40,469 from the big blind, prompting another reraise to 85,675 from OMGitshunt. Betudontbet pushed all in for 559,410 total, and OMGitshunt called.

Betudontbet had 9♥9♦ and OMGitshunt A♠K♥. The flop came 6♣6♠K♠, putting OMGitshunt in front. The turn was the 4♥ and the river the A♦, leaving OMGitshunt with the better two pair and Betudontbet finished in third place.

That hand meant OMGitshunt had a better than 2-to-1 chip advantage to start heads-up play with 1,145,086 to NigDawG's 529,914. However just a few hands in NigDawG turned a flush to claim a 700,000-plus chip pot and seize the lead from OMGitshunt.

Soon after the blinds were 5,000/10,000 when NigDawG opened with a min-raise from the button, then OMGitshunt made it 52,465. NigDawG reraised to 121,050, OMGitshunt shoved all in for 632,451 total, and NigDawG snap-called.

OMGitshunt had 6♣6♠ while NigDawG had A♥K♣. The flop brought an ace, coming 3♣8♠A♣, and OMGitshunt was hunting for a six to survive. But the turn was the T♠ and river the 4♣, giving NigDawG all 1.675 million chips.

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Congratulations to NigDawG, this week's Super Tuesday champion!

Super Tuesday results for 10/18/11:
1st: NigDawG ($64,822.50)

2nd: OMGitshunt ($48,575)

3rd: Betudontbet ($36,850)

4th: guccyka ($27,637.50)

5th: rizih ($19,095)

6th: paulw2 ($14,740)

7th: Carlos34x ($11,390)

8th: Altrum Altus ($8,040)

9th: armenioz ($5,862)

While Cannes, France was a nice spot for those participating in the events at 2011 WSOP Europe this year, the Bahamas is a pretty nice destination as well. Qualifiers for the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure are underway -- read all about it here.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Super Tuesday