Tunnny took down July 5 Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday logo.pngThere was a storm brewing in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night. Well, not really a storm as much as a party. In truth, not really a party as much as the biggest deal in the poker world. In short, we're talking about the Main Event of the 2011 World Series of Poker.

The action doesn't start for another day or so, but players are in the process of flying in from around the world, settling into their desert hotels, and adjusting to the outdoor heat and indoor air conditioning. Some are even relaxing with a little Pai Gow. While all of that takes place in the weeks ahead, readers know they can count on updates from the PokerStars Blog Team.

Meanwhile, back on the interwebs, the millions of poker players who can't make that trip to Sin City log on to PokerStars to compete at the tables. And on this day, there is nothing bigger or more exciting than the Super Tuesday.

From the comfort of their homes or local cafes, poker players put up the $1,050 or won satellites into the Super Tuesday. The final registration number showed 232 players, which created a prize pool of $232,000, well beyond the $150,000 guarantee.

Among the players were several with PokerStars logos next to their names. Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas was the first of them to exit the field, leaving in 163rd place, followed by Team Online's Anders "Donald" Hoyer Berg in 130th. The last Team Online player standing was Javier "El_Canonero" Dominguez, who ended up leaving this party in 45th place, short of the money.

More than five hours into the tournament, the bubble burst to allow LUTEIXEIRA to cash in 27th place for $2,320.00, and action moved quickly from there.

An hour later, only 11 players remained in the event, and it took nearly a half hour to find Trueteller to be the 11th place finisher. Hand-for-hand play then began. Several double-ups and about another 20 minutes finally led to mrlimp moving all-in preflop with 3♦3♠. Tunnny called with A♦K♠, and the board of K♦K♥2♣4♣Q♥ produced trip kings. Mrlimp left in tenth place with $4,060.00.

Most chips for Cheaster1990 at the start

It wasn't until well into Level 26 that the final table was reached. With blinds at 1,600/3,200 and a 400 ante, the players were listed with these chip counts:

Seat 1: Sherrii (37,013 in chips)
Seat 2: alexandrapau (99,662 in chips)
Seat 3: Cheaster1990 (254,912 in chips)
Seat 4: oneofakind1 (67,213 in chips)
Seat 5: RuiNF (125,398 in chips)
Seat 6: hlamberg (160,108 in chips)
Seat 7: APD0290 (133,101 in chips)
Seat 8: tunnny (120,976 in chips)
Seat 9: Le_Liz@Rd (161,617 in chips)

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Everything was about to change, however, and quickly. On the very first hand of the table, oneofakind1 doubled through Cheaster1990.

A few hands later, Sherrii raised all-in preflop with Q♦T♦, and alexandrapau called with K♥K♦. They were off to the races, but the 3♠5♦6♦K♣7♥ board only gave alexandrapau a better hand with the set of kings. Sherrii was shushed in ninth place, leaving with $4,640.00.

Hlamberg proceeded to take a pot worth more than 126K from Le_Liz@Rd, putting the former in the position of chip leader. Tunnny then doubled through alexandrapau to climb up the board as well.

Alexandrapau couldn't recover and soon got involved from the big blind with Q♦8♣. APD0290 was along for the ride to a J♦A♦8♦ flop. They both checked to the K♠ on the turn, at which point alexandrapau pushed all-in with the draws and bottom pair, but APD0290 showed K♥K♣ for the set of kings. The 9♠ on the turn changed nothing, and alexandrapau, winner of a 2011 SCOOP event, took eighth place and $6,960.00 tonight.

hlamberg seeks second title in two weeks

Cheaster1990 fell from the top chip position and found no momentum at the final table. Ultimately, Cheaster1990 got involved with hlamberg. Several raises took the duo to the T♠4♣9♦ flop. A bet from hlamberg and call from Cheaster1990 brought the T♣ turn, at which point Cheaster1990 pushed all-in for more than 95K. Hlamberg called with J♠T♦ and trips, while Cheaster1990 showed K♠Q♦ for the straight draw. The 5♦ on the river ended the tournament for Cheaster1990, who walked away with $9,280.00 for seventh place.

Le_Liz@Rd doubled once through hlamberg to stay alive, but the two tangled again. A preflop battle led to Le_Liz@Rd moving all-in with T♠T♣, and hlamberg called with A♠K♦. The board of T♥7♦J♠5♦Q♠ gave hlamberg the straight and eliminated Le_Liz@Rd in sixth place with $11,600.00.

Oneofakind1 was on a very short stack and moved all-in for 18,321 with T♥7♥. APD0290 called with 9♥9♦ from the big blind, and that pair stayed the best hand through the 2♦3♣8♥4♣A♥ deal. Oneofakind1 was ousted in fifth place with $13,920.00.

After a long while of four-handed play, the following double-up of APD0290 through hlamberg changed the game:

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Tunnny to the lead

Tunnny then doubled through hlamberg, and the latter's time at the top seemed to be waning. RuiNF doubled through APD0290 to stay alive, and tunnny took a reasonable pot from APD0290 to jump into the lead. RuiNF then doubled through hlamberg, who was left on the short stack with less than 100K.

It took awhile, but hlamberg finally moved all-in with K♦T♥ from the small blind, and APD0290 called from the big blind with A♣5♥. The flop of 7♠5♠5♣ gave APD0290 trip fives, and the K♥ turn and 9♣ finished off the board to eliminate hlamberg - winner of last week's Super Tuesday - in fourth place, which was worth $20,300.00 in cash.

When tunnny hit the following hand to double through APD0290, tunnny became the massive chip leader of the remaining three:

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APD0290 doubled through tunnny to stay in the game, but four hands later, when RuiNF moved all-in with A♣3♦, APD0290 called all-in (covered by little more than 7K chips) with K♠Q♣. The board came 2♥9♥5♥6♦8♦, and ace-high knocked APD0290 out in third place with $27,260.00.

The heads-up portion of the tournament began with these starting chip counts:

Seat 5: RuiNF (362,749 in chips)
Seat 8: tunnny (797,251 in chips)

Both players wished each other luck, and they were off. Tunnny put the pressure on, but RuiNF won a 190K pot to keep up. About 15 minutes into the match, RuiNF began to climb, but tunnny responded by taking a pot worth 350K to keep a substantial lead.

RuiNF did double through once, but tunnny continued to apply pressure and maintain control.

After nearly 40 minutes of heads-up play, the two got into a hand that proved to be the final one. A raise from RuiNF and call from tunnny took them to a 4♣A♠7♣ flop. A bet and check-call brought the 5♣, at which point both players checked. When the J♦ came on the river, tunnny led out and several raises led to RuiNF all-in with J♥4♦ for two pair, but tunnny showed K♣J♣ for the turned flush. RuiNF, who recently took third in a Sunday Warm-Up, accepted second for this tournament and the $35,960.00 that went with it.

Tunnny of Canada won the Super Tuesday and $49,880.00 in winnings. Congrats!

Super Tuesday Results for 07/05/11:

1st place: tunnny ($49,880.00)
2nd place: RuiNF ($35,960.00)
3rd place: APD0290 ($27,260.00)
4th place: hlambert ($20,300.00)
5th place: oneofakind1 ($13,920.00)
6th place: Le_Liz@Rd ($11,600.00)
7th place: Cheaster1990 ($9,290.00)
8th place: alexandrapau ($6,960.00)
9th place: Sherrii ($4,640.00)

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Super Tuesday