4/17/12 Super Tuesday: Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth aces final table for $84,627

Super Tuesday logo.pngTeam PokerStars Pro Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth didn't start his Tuesday on the right foot as he eliminated on Day 1B of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Main Event in Berlin. Fortunately for Ainsworth, that gave him plenty of time to enter the $1,050 Super Tuesday along with 440 other players. Getting a second chance at tournament success, Ainsworth more than made up for his earlier misfortune as he claiming the Super Tuesday title outright, earning over $84,000.

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Notable cashers:

The final 54 players made the money in tonight's Super Tuesday. Here's a few of the notables collecting some of the $441,000 prize pool:

Simon "Pokerbrat13" Charette (14th), Caio Pimenta (20th), Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald (35th), Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier (38th), Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad (39th), Aaron Been (53rd).

Team PokerStars Pros Ana Marquez, Andre "aakkari" Akkari, and Maxim Lykov were joined by Team Online player George "Jorj95" Lind III among a long list of players failing to make the money.

Kelly bubbles final table - $5,733.00

Ten players remained as hand-for-hand play began before the field combined to a final table and expectations were high that Daniel "djk123" Kelly would be one of the fortunate nine. However, VL-Hannibal would catch a fortunate card on the river to send Kelly to the rail in 10th place. Here's how the hand played out with blinds at 1,800/3,600 with an ante of 450:

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The elimination of one of the best players in online poker likely was a relief to the remaining nine players gathered at the final table. Jude Ainsworth started the final table as chip leader, but former Super Tuesday champion and 2011 SCOOP bracelet winner Hernan "HN Kakaroto" Novick wasn't going to back down. Here's how the final table looked when play resumed:

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Seat 1: Expolive (186,038 in chips)
Seat 2: Artem205 (246,339 in chips)
Seat 3: Naza114 (191,054 in chips)
Seat 4: Hernan "HN Kakaroto" Novick (239,743 in chips)
Seat 5: VL-Hannibal (418,790 in chips)
Seat 6: inca7bar (44,216 in chips)
Seat 7: MeatPounder (349,683 in chips)
Seat 8: Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (444,502 in chips)
Seat 9: OMGitshunt (84,635 in chips)

Inca7bar overthrown in 9th - $7,320.60

The final table started out well for MeatPounder as the cards were breaking the right way for the Canadian. On the fifth hand, inca7bar open-shoved for their remaining 41,966 chips with Q♦Q♥. MeatPounder was next to act and quickly called with A♠A♦ as the remaining players folded. The board ran out A♣J♥2♠6♦ 9♥ and just like that, everyone received a pay jump.

MeatPounder finds aces again, Naza114 goes busto 8th - $9,922.50

Just a few hands later, MeatPounder was back in action and Naza114 would not be happy about that development. The blinds climbed to 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante as
MeatPounder started the action with a min-raise to 8,000. Artem205 flatted then Naza114 3-bet to 29,100 as MeatPounder called and Artem205 decided to pass. The flop came J♠6♥4♠, looking good for Naza114 as they held K♣J♦ for top pair and led out for 28,300. MeatPounder held A♥A♦ and put Naza114 to the test, re-raising to set them all-in. Naza114 called and wasn't please to see they were against an overpair. The turn and river were the 8♣ and T♣, reducing the field to seven as MeatPounder moved into the chip lead.

Expolive explodes, out in 7th - $14,332.50

MeatPounder widened his chip lead over the next half hour of play, only suffering a brief setback when Hernan "HN Kakaroto" Novick flopped a set of threes against MeatPounder, holding pocket aces once again, unable to claim their third straight elimination. MeatPounder took a page out of Novick's playbook a few hands later, sending expolive to the pay window in 7th place. Blinds are now at 2,800/5,600 with an ante of 700 as MeatPounder again opened the action with a min-raise to 11,200, holding 4♣4♥. Expolive held K♣K♠ and decided to click it back to 22,400 as MeatPounder called. The 4♦3♦3♥ flop moved MeatPounder in front with a flopped full house, deciding to check. Expolive made a bet of 22,400 and MeatPounder responded with a re-raise to 56,000. MeatPounder shoved, but it was Expolive's tournament life at stake when they called. An A♠ on the turn and T♦ on the river left the remaining 5 players wondering when the rungood would end for MeatPounder.

VL-Hannibal grounded by MeatPounder in 6th - $18,742.50

That question would remain unanswered a few hands later, just a couple of hands after MeatPounder took down another healthy pot by showing pocket aces. Another level increase meant the players were facing blinds of 3,200/6,400 with a running ante of 800. "You're hogging all the aa", quipped Ainsworth. Coincidentally, VL-Hannibal held A♦A♠ at that very moment, min-raising to 12,800. MeatPounder held A♣K♠ and re-raised to 29,446 as VL-Hannibal called. Both players checked on the Q♠T♥5♥ flop, but the fireworks would come when the J♥ hit the turn. VL-Hannibal led out for 42,154 as MeatPounder re-raised to set VL-Hannibal all in, eventually deciding to call. VL-Hannibal was left drawing to the three remaining kings for a chop, but the J♣ meant MeatPounder had disposed of four straight players at the final table, taking the lead back from HN Kakaroto as five remained.

Ainsworth starts the comeback, has a setback

Jude Ainsworth was now in 4th place with just over 220,000 chips, good for about 30 big blinds as play was now at 3,600/7,200 with a 900 ante. Doubling through MeatPounder by winning a flip (A-Q v pocket fours) sent the Irish pro in the right direction, but the stack went south again after tangling with HN Kakaroto:

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Ainsworth captures OMGitshunt's chips in 5th - $24,696.00

Undeterred by that loss, Jude Ainsworth once again came back from the bottom into contention after doubling through MeatPounder (A-Q bests K-3 all-in preflop). A few hands later Ainsworth was chip leader and looking for more. OMGitshunt rode the short stack most of the final table, rarely getting into 25-30 big blind territory. The blinds were now 5,000/10,000 with a 1,250 ante as Ainsworth min-raised from the button and OMGitshunt shipped it from the small blind for about 145,000 with 2♠2♣. Ainsworth snap-called with A♣A♥ as the board ran out 9♣8♠7♦4♥ K♦, leaving a field of four.

Artem205 becomes ArtemZero, 4th - $35,280

Artem205 quietly built their stack, hovering among the top three in chips for most of the final table. Within a few hands, their chips were now in Ainsworth's stack, winding up in 4th place. The first big blow was in a three-way pot as MeatPounder was briefly involved:

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Jude Ainsworth now had about 1,300,000 chips with the other three players each holding about 300,000. The battle now appeared to be for the runner-up position and Artem205 decided to go after the chip leader, with unfortunate consequences. Artem205 opened with a min-raise holding T♣8♦ as Ainsworth called from the big blind with J♣9♣. Both players liked the T♦8♣5♦ flop as Artem205 held top two pair while Ainsworth has an open-ended straight draw. Ainsworth bet 21,259, Artem205 re-raised to 57,800 and Ainsworth set his foe all-in. Artem205 called, hoping for a double-up. The 7♦ gave Ainsworth the straight, but Artem205 had four cards to fill up on the river. The 4♠ wasn't one of those cards, as Jude Ainsworth closed in on 1,700,000 chips with three remaining.

MeatPounder tenderized in 3rd - $46,305.00

MeatPounder had disposed of the first four players at the final table, but it was now time for j.thaddeus to eventually take care of the next four. Action was now at 6,000/12,000 with a 1,500 ante as MeatPounder moved all-in for just over 235,000 chips with Q♥9♠ as Ainsworth re-raised all-in with A♦8♥ to keep HN Kakarato from meddling. The flop put MeatPounder into the lead: T♥9♦8♠, but the bad fortune Ainsworth had in the afternoon in Berlin wasn't around in the early morning hours of Wednesday as the A♣ hit the turn. No help for MeatPounder as the 6♥ on the river gives Ainsworth a dominating 6-1 chip lead heads-up against Hernan "HN Kakarato" Novick.

No more chips for Novick, 2nd - $62,842.50

Heads-up play lasted just ten hands before Jude Ainsworth could officially claim the Super Tuesday title. The final hand started with a minraise from HN Kakarato with T♦8♥ as Ainsworth called holding Q♠T♥. The first three cards were the T♠9♥4♦, giving both players top pair. Ainsworth checked, HN Kakarato bet 26,851 as Ainsworth re-raised to 62,698. HN Kakarato then moved in for 282,182 as Ainsworth called. The 9♦ turn and 3♠ river meant Ainsworth's two pair with a queen kicker would hold up, earning $84,627.90. Hernan "HN Kakarato" Novick couldn't take down another Super Tuesday title, but picking up almost $63,000 likely softens that blow.

April 17, 2012 Super Tuesday final table results:

1st: Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth - $84,627.90
2nd: Hernan "HN Kakaroto" Novick - $62,842.50
3rd: MeatPounder - $46,305.00
4th: Artem205 -$35,280.00
5th: OMGItsHunt - $24,696.00
6th: VL-Hannibal - $18,742.50
7th: expolive - $14,332.50
8th: Naza114 - $9,922.50
9th: inca7bar - $7,320.60

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