Super Tuesday 11/1/11: MendaLerenda overthrows theczar19, earns $63,855
The first of November brings a new month of Super Tuesdays for players to pony up a cool grand (plus $50). It's also the start of Movember, a fundraising effort in recognition of men's health issues. Even bigger than Movember was the announcement of PokerStars 10th Anniversary promotion, featuring a $10 million dollar guaranteed Sunday Million.
Back to tonight's Super Tuesday, a field of 386 players created a prize pool of $386,000, easily doubling the $150,000 guarantee. The final 45 players made the money, with first place expecting to earn almost $75,000 at the end of tournament action. Deals were attempted and failed on two separate occasions, but eventually a deal was made heads-up though as Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell bested Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli heads-up, earning almost $64,000.
Two members of Team PokerStars Pro made their way into the money. Team Spain's Ana Marquez was the first to make the money, finishing in 45th place. Team Canada Pro Pat Pezzin picked up yet another cash in the Super Tuesday, as he made the final table. More on him later in this report.
Notables seeing an email from PokerStars support and some extra money in their cashier page included Dan "djk123" Kelly (13th), Denis "BigDennys" Bergeron (19th) and WSOP Europe Main Event winner Elio "smokrokflock" Fox (25th).
The final table bubble loomed in the seventh hour of the tournament as eleven players remained, each hoping for a score big enough to create a mustache of cash. The blinds were at 1,600/3,200 with an ante of 400 as the standard hand-for-hand play would be unnecessary with a double elimination of recognizable names. From UTG, Rick "ThEcLaiMEer" Trigg min-raised to 6,400 holding J♥J♣. Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick found 6♥6♣ worthy of a re-raise all in for 25,067 chips. In the big blind, Veronica "princesa" Dabul looked down at A♥K♥ and shipped it for 73,892 total chips. Trigg called and it was down to five cards to decide the three player's fate. A flop of Q♦7♣5♣ kept Trigg in the lead. The J♠ on the turn meant Chidwick was drawing dead, while Dabul held a gutshot straight draw. The 9♥ on the river meant Dabul and Chidwick each earned $5,790.00 for their 10th and 11th place finishes respectively, leaving this group of players at the final table:
Seat 1: BigPig400 (342,560 in chips)
Seat 2: Finspb812 (355,836 in chips)
Seat 3: Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell (230,474 in chips)
Seat 4: Rick "ThEcLaiMEer" Trigg (290,679 in chips)
Seat 5: MON3Y$HOT (199,890 in chips)
Seat 6: blOOOmm (42,585 in chips)
Seat 7: Pat Pezzin (57,808 in chips)
Seat 8: Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli (320,382 in chips)
Seat 9: hlamberg (89,786 in chips)
The first elimination at this week's Super Tuesday final table happened less than ten hands into festivities. The blinds were now 1,800/3,600 with an ante of 450 when hlamberg shoved all-in from the small blind with K♠5♣ for 47,701 chips. BigPig400 snap-called with A♦K♥. The board ran out T♦9♠8♦J♥2♠ as hlamberg pocketed a quick $6,755.00 for their 9th place finish.
Rick "ThEcLaiMEer" Trigg started the final table in the middle of the pack, boosted by eliminating two players with a pocket pair. A pair would send Trigg to the rail in 8th, cashing for $9,264.00. A lengthy period before another elimination saw the players moving to 2,400/4,800 with an ante of 600 when Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell opened from UTG with a raise to 9,840. Trigg was next to act and three-bet to 22,505. Action folded back to MendaLerenda, four-betting to 40,800 as Trigg five-bet shoved for 175,734 total with Q♣Q♠. MendaLerenda had a very easy decision, snap-calling with A♥A♠. Hopes for hitting a two-outer were quickly dashed as MendaLerenda had a set on the A♣8♦5♥ flop, the T♦ 8♣ turn and river left seven players in contention.
Another elimination happened a few hands later, as the blinds jumped to 2,800/5,600 with an ante of 700. For blOOOmm, they were all in and ahead on the flop, but Finsbp812 had other ideas:
The 7th place finish for blOOOmm was worth $13,124.00.
Pat Pezzin took his short stack as far as he could but came out on the wrong side of a coinflip to finish 6th, earning $16,984.00. From UTG+1, Pezzin shoved for 72,666 with 8♣8♦, followed by Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli moving all-in with A♥K♠ as the rest of the table folded. The flop moved Piccioli in front: A♦Q♠7♣. Pezzin couldn't overthrow Piccioli as the 9♦9♥ turn and river left five players doing battle for the Tuesday night title.
Finsbp812 held the chip lead five-handed. I make note of that because they were the next player to get knocked out at the final table. It was a death by a thousand cuts as the stack of Finspb812 was down to 234,444 when their final hand played out, blinds were now 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000. MendaLerenda raised to 16,400 from UTG as MON3Y$HOT called and Finspb812 came along from the big blind. On a flop of 9♣8♥3♦, Finspb812 checked, MendaLerenda led out for 19,206 as MON3Y$HOT called. Finspb812 shoved for 217,044 total with T♥7♦ for an open ended straight draw. MON3Y$HOT had flopped a set, holding 8♦8♣. The 2♣ turn and 7♠ river sent Finspb812 to the rail in 5th place, collecting $22,002.00.
Two players were interested in talking deal as MendaLerenda and theczar19 (starting to make a comeback with a pair of double-ups) noted they had checked their boxes to talk figures. Here's how the chip stacks looked at that time:
Once again, holding the chip lead would be a curse as BigPig400 immediately squelched the idea of a deal. Visions of a win and cashing for over $70,000 were crushed when MendaLerenda doubled through the former chip leader in this hand as the blinds leaped to 6,000/12,000 with a running ante of 1,500:
On the next hand, as BigPig400 was all-in for their remaining chips, theczar19 noted: "good turn down on the chop big pig". BigPig400 would win that hand, but two hands later they were all in once again. Theczar19 opened with a min-raise to 24,000 holding K♠7♠ as BigPig400 re-raised all-in for 43,692 holding Q♦J♠ as theczar19 called. Both players hit a pair on the J♥7♣3♠ flop. BigPig400 was poised to double once again after the 6♦ on the turn, but instead it was $31,845 for the former chip leader as theczar19 spiked the K♥ on the river.
Once again, deal discussions were attempted, but this time it was MON3Y$HOT turning down thoughts of an offer. Their final hand started with theczar19 min-raising to 24,000. The the following happened:
theczar19 said, "its up to moneyshot"
MON3Y$HOT said, "nah lets gamble"
MendaLerenda said, "like the rouletee"
MendaLerenda said, "yuhu"
MON3Y$HOT re-raised to 55,555 then theczar19 four-bet to 91,911. MON3Y$HOT five-bet shoved for 431,218 with A♦K♥ as theczar19 snapped with A♣A♠. The board ran out J♠T♣5♦T♥K♠ as MON3Y$HOT settled for 3rd place money, collecting $42,460 as play moved to heads-up action.
The two players wanting to discuss figures had made it to heads-up, but theczar19 held a nearly 4-1 chip lead over MendaLerenda, deciding not to talk deal unless the chip counts moved closer. MendaLerenda doubled through by making a flush to narrow the disadvantage to a 2-1 margin. This time both parties agreed to a deal by chip counts, here's the agreed upon figures with $3,000.00 remaining in play for the winner to claim.
theczar19: 1,314,504 - $66,805.71
MendaLerenda: 615,496 - $60,855.29
From there it was the MendaLerenda show as he eventually claimed all the chips. The action moved up to 7,000/14,000 with an ante of 1,875 as he doubled through theczar19 in this hand:
MendaLerenda now held the nearly 4-1 chip lead when the final hand played out. The hand started with theczar19 min-raising from the small blind to 28,000 as MendaLerenda called. The flop came down [Ks 8♥3♣ as MendaLerenda check-called the bet of 24,543. The 5♠ on the turn brought another check-call for MendaLerenda of 45,445. The T♦ on the river had MendaLerenda opening the betting, nearly setting theczar19 all-in with their bet of 314,000. Theczar19 raised all-in to 321,350 as MendaLerenda decided to call. Both players hands were revealed with theczar19 flopping top pair with K♥2♣, but MendaLerenda rivered two pair with their holdings of T♠3♠. MendaLerenda collects $63,855.29 for the first November Super Tuesday, but theczar19
earned the most, cashing in for $66,805.71. Here's what he said about his opponent on Twitter:
Chopped Super Tuesday heads-up for $66K. 2nd biggest score lifetime, feels pretty good. GG @Menda_poker you were a very sick opponent.
November 1, 2011 Super Tuesday final table results:
*1st: Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell - $63,855.29
*2nd: Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli - $66,805.71
3rd: MON3Y$HOT - $42,460.00
4th: BigPig400 - $31,845.00
5th: Finsbp812 - $22,002.00
6th: Pat Pezzin - $16,984.00
7th: blOOOmm - $13,124.00
8th: Rick "ThEcLaiMEer" Trigg - $9,264.00
9th: hlamberg - $6,755.00
*Reflects deal made heads-up
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