Super Tuesday 2/1/11: Teelaluck needs no luck, earns $70,748


The first day of February gives players a chance to hit the refresh button if they've had a bad start to their year as another month of major tournaments on PokerStars kicked off with the Super Tuesday. Tonight's tournament drew a field of 401 players creating a $401,000 prize pool to be distributed among the top 45 players. The bubble was burst when Ryan "ryanbluf" Karp decided to make a bluffe, shoving with Q♥8♥
over multiple WCOOP bracelet winner Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo's opening raise. D'Angelo made the call with A♥K♠ and after the board ran out, ace-high would still be good in a pot worth over 127,000 chips as the rest of the field were now in the money.

Three members of Team PokerStars Pro who were among those in the money, including Team USA Pro Victor Ramdin (27th), and Colombia Pro Jose Ignacio "nachobarbero" Barbero (30th). But bragging rights among the Team PokerStars Pro family would go to Canada pro Pat Pezzin (below), falling just short of the final table with a 12th place finish.


It's rare to see two players eliminated on the final table bubble, but sometimes what seems impossible becomes reality. Hand for hand play was well underway when the blinds were at 2,800/5,600 with an ante of 700 as Yapinsh13 shoved their remaining 45,256 chips from the button into the middle with A♣7♠. Bryan "IKnewwwIt" Leskowitz called from the big blind with a dominating A♠9♠. The board ran out 4♥6♣Q♦8♣T♣ to eliminate Yapinsh13. Meanwhile on the other table, it would be a blind v
blind confrontation between ciacobellis and Teelaluck that settled the final table. From the small blind ciacobellis shoved for 109,811 with A♦7♠ but Teelaluck woke up with A♥Q♥ and snap-called. The flop came down K♠J♣T♣ to give Teelaluck Broadway,
but ciacobellis could chop if another Q came on the turn or river. Alas, the K♥ turn and A♠ river meant ciacobellis would also make their exit from the tournament.

Because ciacobellis started the hand with more chips, 9th place winnings of $7,017.50 would come their way while Yapinsh13 would settle for 10th place monies of $6,015.00 as we now had our final table of eight, seated as follows:

Super Tuesday 2-2-11 final table.JPG

Seat 1: Adam "akat11" Katz (772,568 in chips)
Seat 2: Monk532 (78,055 in chips)
Seat 3: Bryan "IKnewwwIt" Leskowitz (324,900 in chips)
Seat 4: AreUgood? (113,549 in chips)
Seat 5: Fominoff (75,728 in chips)
Seat 6: joserivas397 (172,446 in chips)
Seat 8: chillfirs (72,676 in chips)
Seat 9: Teelaluck (395,078 in chips)

Teelaluck, who had a 13th place finish in the Sunday Million two days ago, said ""yeah lets play for some big dough!". Those would be words to live by as the final table played to its thrilling conclusion. Just two hands in, chillfirs open-shoved from the hijack with A♣T♠ for 71,276 chips and Teelaluck called from the cut-off with A♦J♠. The board was 9♠ 2♥ 3♥ K♣ J♦ and chillfirs was frozen without any chips for protection, earning $9,624.00 for 8th place.

Fominoff would earn 7th place honors for $13,634.00 after running into a dominating hand from joserivas397. The blinds were now at 3,200/6,400 with an ante of 800 as Fominoff opened with a raise in the hijack position to 14,550. From the cutoff joserivas397 re-raised to 35,999 as the blinds got out of the way. Action was back to Fominoff, re-raising all-in for 136,675 total with A♦J♦. Joserivas397 made the call with A♠K♥ and Fominoff would need some help. The board would not cooperate as the five cards on the virtual felt were 8♣ 9♣ 3♦ 8♦ 6♠ as the king kicker played, leaving Fominoff to bemoan their bad fortune.

Two hands later Teelaluck would take over the chip lead. The action in the hand started with Teelaluck opening with a min-raise from the cutoff to 12,800. Adam "akat11" Katz re-raised from the button to 29,780. In the small blind, Bryan "IKnewwwIt" Leskowitz 4-bet shoved for 176,117 with A♦Q♠. Teelaluck did the triple-fist-pump snap-shove with A♥A♣. Katz folded, later saying in the chat having to fold [a][j]. The board ran out 2♠ K♥ J♣ 8♥ J♦ to send Leskowitz out in 6th place for $17,644.00 to move Teelaluck into the chip lead over Katz.

When play got to five-handed, Teelaluck was trying to negotiate a deal as he was getting tired. It was met with silence as play rolled along. The next player to be eliminated at the final table was Monk532. The blinds increased again to 3,600/7,200 with an ante of 900 when Monk532 opened with a raise from the button to 21,600. AreUgood? flat-called while joserivas397 moved all-in, having the other two players well covered. Monk532 called all-in for their remaining 140,477 with A♥K♥ while joserivas397 turned over K♣K♠. The flop came down K♦5♣2♣ to give joserivas397 a set while Monk532 needed divine intervention to arrive on the turn and river. The 3♥ on the turn gave some life, needing a four on the river to stay alive. It would be the J♦ on the river that silenced Monk532 in 5th place for $22,857.00.

AreUgood?'s short stack was next to be sent to observer status, finishing 4th for $33,082.50. Here's how that hand played out:

Deal discussions would begin again when three-handed play took place. Here's how the chip counts looked when talk began:

Adam "akat11" Katz 798,799
joserivas397 605,545
Teelaluck 600,656

Katz wanted $70,000 while the other two appeared to want a chip count deal. Some numbers were discussed, but Katz held firm and the deal was taken off the table as play continued. Three-handed play did not go well for Katz, steadily losing chips to both Teelaluck and joserivas397 to eventually fall to third place. The blinds were now at 4,500/9,000 with an ante of 1,125 as Teelaluck limped from the small blind. Katz saw 6♥6♦ and moved in for 288,879 from the big blind, only to see to his chagrin that Teelaluck had frozen him with A♥A♠. Katz was down to two outs, but the board wasn't coming to his aid: Q♠ K♠ K♦ 8♠ K♣ leaving Katz to be declawed in 3rd for $44,110.00 as Teelaluck held a commanding chip lead.

The two remaining players quickly agreed to a chip count deal with Teelaluck earning $70,748.99 and joserivas397 pocketing $64,989.51. With only TLB points to play for, sleep appeared to be Teelaluck's biggest concern as both players moved all-in on the next hand. The hands were revealed to be Q♥7♦ for Teelaluck v J♠T♦ for joserivas397. The board helped neither player: A♥ A♠ 6♠ K♦ 2♥ leaving queen-high to be good enough for Teelaluck to be crowned the Super Tuesday winner as joserivas397 settled for 2nd.

Super Tuesday 2/11/11 Results:

*1st: Teelaluck - $70,748.99
*2nd: joserivas397 - $$64,989.51
3rd: Adam "akat11" Katz - $44,110.00
4th: AreUgood? - $33,082.50
5th: Monk532 - $22,587.00
6th: Bryan "IKnewwwIt" Leskowitz - $17,644.00
7th: Fominoff - $13,634.00
8th: chillfirs - $9,624.00
9th: ciacobellis - $7,017.50

* Reflects deal made heads-up

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