2/7/12 Super Tuesday: 99NvrLosez earns $85,395 in marathon final table
It's been a busy January on PokerStars with tournaments in the Bahamas and France the past few weeks. Throw in the first TCOOP series and it may make you forget about the regular major events on the schedule. The calendar states that this is the first Super Tuesday in February, and 445 players put down their $1,000 (plus $50) to create a $445,000 prize pool distributed to the final 54 players. Tonight's winner will earn over $85,000, an impressive sum no matter when it happens.
Six members of Team PokerStars participated in the festivities with Team Canada Pro Pat Pezzin once again having the highest finish of the group, the only player to make the money. Team UK and Ireland Pro Liv Boeree finished a few positions short of a min-cash, better than the efforts of Greece Challenger George "gkap13" Kapalas, Team Spain Pro Ana Marquez, Team Nordics Pro Johnny Lodden and Team Romania Pro Toni Judet.
More notables picking up a four-figure score: Rick "ThEcLaiMEer" Trigg (18th), Benjamin "delaney_kid" Delaney (20th), Peter "twirlpro" Turmezey (35th) and Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald (36th).
The field was down to ten players as hand-for-hand play began, none of them wanting to bubble the final table. Eventually, after over 15 minutes of play, with the blinds at 2,400/4,800 and an ante of 600, PhilRoyal888 decided to make a move. Action started with 99NvrLosez opening from UTG to 10,200, then PhilRoyal888 shoved for 108,492 chips with 5♦5♣. 99NvrLosez looked down at A♣Q♠ and called to set up a race situation. This time, 99NvrLosez could change their username to AQNvrLosez as the flop came A♦J♥7♥ to move out in front. The turn and river brought no help for PhilRoyal888, coming 3♠8♣ to earn $5,785.00 and set up the final table.
Pezzin is joined by 2010 EPT Barcelona winner Toby "810clubs" Lewis (below). As for the rest of the table, here's how it looked when play resumed:
Seat 1: Scott" scott96dl" Glenn (381,910 in chips)
Seat 2: jalman69 (129,074 in chips)
Seat 3: Toby" 810ofclubs" Lewis (300,591 in chips)
Seat 4: vvirtue (376,484 in chips)
Seat 5: pampa27 (142,213 in chips)
Seat 6: thecornerAA (237,006 in chips)
Seat 7: danskemann (155,683 in chips)
Seat 8: Pat Pezzin (109,092 in chips)
Seat 9: 99NvrLosez (392,947 in chips)
The first hour had its share of all-in moments, but every time it was the short-stacked player doubling up to stay in the tournament.
Lewis noted this shortly after the break going into the 10th hour:
810ofclubs said, "been like an hour since a bust"
810ofclubs said, "sicckkk"
Here's the counts when the second hour of the final table started, blinds now at 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000:
Seat 1: scott96dl (396,810 in chips)
Seat 2: jalman69 (112,550 in chips)
Seat 3: 810ofclubs (239,248 in chips)
Seat 4: vvirtue (391,442 in chips)
Seat 5: pampa27 (133,356 in chips)
Seat 6: thecornerAA (451,862 in chips)
Seat 7: danskemann (92,286 in chips)
Seat 8: Pat Pezzin (125,009 in chips)
Seat 9: 99NvrLosez (282,437 in chips)
An additional 15-minute level was played before we lost the first player, Pat Pezzin from the final table. The blinds are now at 4,500/9,000 with an ante of 1,125 as vvirtue min-raised from early position and Pezzin re-raised all in for 76,884 holding 8♣8♠. Vvirtue called and turned over K♥Q♠. The flop gave vvirtue an open-ended straight draw: J♠T♦3♣, but the Q♥ on the turn was enough to put them past Pezzin into the lead. Pezzin's hopes for a chop didn't pan out on the 7♦ river, giving the Canadian ninth place winnings good for $7,387.00
Eighth place at tonight's final table would go to Norway's danskemann, picking up a payday worth $10,012.50. Pampa27 started the hand with a raise to 18,000 as danskemann moved in for their remaining stack of 44,411 chips. Folded back to pampa27, calling with A♦T♥ to dominate danskemann's J♠T♠. Both players flopped a pair on the K♣T♣6♦ board, but danskemann would not hit their kicker on the 9♣ turn and A♠ river, leaving seven to contend for the title.
Toby "810clubs" Lewis cashed in seventh place, earning $14,462.50. 99NvrLosez lived up to that name, opening to 19,000 with 9♥9♣. Lewis shoved for 205,373 with A♠K♦ as 99NvrLosez called. The board ran out T♥6♥2♦8♥ 3♣ and the nines held up, leaving half a dozen alive for the first place prize.
Pampa27 was hoping to follow the lead of 99NvrLosez, but their pocket nines were no good when up against thecornerAA. Here's how that hand played out as blinds moved to 5,000/10,000 with an ante of 1,250:
Pampa27 received an email to let them know they'll receive $18,912.50 for their sixth place finish.
The carnage continued a few hands later as 99NvrLosez and vvirtue tangled in a 800,000+ chip pot. Vvirtue min-raised to 20,000 as 99NvrLosez three-bet to 62,225. That bet was met by a four-bet shove from vvirtue to 427,095 as 99NvrLosez called. The cards were turned over and once again 99NvrLosez held the dominating hand, showing A♣K♣ to vvirtue's A♦J♦. Once again, the board ran out all low cards: 9♣7♥4♣4♦ 3♥ as vvirtue settles for $24,920.00 and a fifth-place result.
The final elimination in the flurry of coinflips and dominated hands had the short-stacked jalman69 finally succumbing in fourth. Their patience was rewarded for $35,600.00. Scott96dl opened with a raise to 21,000 with A♦9♥ as jalman69 put their remaining 98,175 into the middle with K♣T♥ as scott96dl called. The flop kept scott96dl in front: 9♠3♣2♥ as scott96dl remained the leader after the 6♣ turn and Q♥ river sending jalman69 earning the Last Canadian Standing declaration.
The three remaining players were relatively close in stacks, so talk of a deal occurred. Here's the chip counts and money breakdown at the time of the chat about dividing the loot ($3,000 was set aside for the eventual winner):
99NvrLosez: 790,670 - $65,330.80
thecornerAA: 716,985 - $63,596.86
scott96dl: 717,345 - $63,605.34
There was an immediate squabble on players wanting just a bit more, and that ended the deal debate.
Three-handed play featured 99NvrLosez and scott96dl distancing themselves from thecornerAA over the ensuing hands. Eventually 99NvrLosez would corner the remaining chips of thecornerAA, receiving third place earnings of $46,725.00. The blinds moved to 6,000/12,000 with a 1,500 ante as the hand played out below:
Heads-up play started with 99NvrLosez holding a nearly 2-1 advantage over scott96dl, expanding that to almost 4-1 after the first heads-up hand. Surprisingly they were still going at it over an hour later. Scott96dl was able to get an early double-up when their A-7 held against K-J, narrowing the gap even further with another huge pot on the next hand. The momentum was clearly in scott96dl's direction when he doubled again on this hand to hold nearly 90 percent of the chips:
All seemed lost for 99NvrLosez at this point, but the duel continued as they clawed their way back into contention, retaking control of the chip lead after this hand:
As the Super Tuesday went into the 12th hour, scott96dl doubled up to nearly even up the chip stacks once again when their 4-3 made a pair on the river against K-10. Alas, the tournament was over four hands later. The blinds had now moved to 10,000/20,000 with a 2,500 ante as scott96dl held A♦A♠ and was trying to trap 99NvrLosez. Unfortunately, the trapper was the trappee when the river proved disastrous:
Scott "scott96dl" Glenn collects $63,412.50 as 99NvrLoses pockets a Super Tuesday victory, good for $85,395.50 and likely a good night's rest after an extended final table and heads-up match.
February 7, 2012 Super Tuesday final table results:
1st: 99NvrLosez - $85,395.50
2nd:Scott "scott96dl" Glenn - $63,412.50
3rd: thecornerAA - $46,725.00
4th: jalman69 - $35,600.00
5th: vvirtue - $24,920.00
6th: pampa27 - $18,912.50
7th: Toby "810clubs" Lewis - $14,462.50
8th: danskemann - $10,012.50
9th: Pat Pezzin - $7,387.00
February 12th on PokerStars you'll be able to fill your eyes and maybe your pockets as Double Vision hits the site. Your favorite Sunday majors (Kickoff, Storm, Warm-Up and Million) will have a second edition starting 30 minutes after their regularly scheduled times.