a.S.e High soars over all to claim 7/31/12 Super Tuesday, $77K

Super Tuesday logo.pngLike everyone else, we've got Olympics fever around here at PokerStars. So do many players, a lot of whom are temporarily sporting their home country's flags as their avatars through August 12th (by going to Options > Country Avatars).

Much like the Olympics, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament known as the Super Tuesday attracts players from around the world to compete against the best. This week was no exception, with 399 players from 54 different countries coming together to battle.

It was cash, not medals, these combatants were after, with that group together building a prize pool of $399,000 -- well over the $300K guarantee. The top 45 finishers were due to divide those riches, with $77,206.50 of it going to the winner.

From 399 to 45

After three hours and 45 minutes the field had been trimmed to 100 players. At that point valec888, one of those representing Venezuela, was leading all and nearing the 80,000-chip mark, with a.S.e. High (Romania) and franc1978685 (Russia) the nearest challengers

Nearly a couple of hours later they were approaching the money bubble, with a.S.e High having moved out in front with more than 135,000 and jawadedade14 of Belgium the only other player in six figures, chip-wise. Meanwhile, OMGitshunt (Belarus), KaptianKush (Canada), reru1983 (Switzerland), and David "dhilton12" Hilton (Costa Rica) were all nursing short stacks of less than 10,000, each hoping to last a couple more eliminations and make it to the cash.

As it turned out, all four of those would make it. First Lifesucksyah went out in 47th after seeing A♥K♠ fail to hold up against jawadedade14's A♦6♦ when the latter drew a flush. Then one-time chip leader valec888 fell in 46th with K♣J♥ to lotos64's 7♠7♦, and just 45 remained.

From 45 to 9

By the six-hour break just 26 were left. Among the eliminated were Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (45th, $2,394), Nicolas "niccc" Chouity (44th, $2,394), David "dhilton12" Hilton (37th, $2,394), Dan "APowers1968" Colpoys (34th, $2,593.50), Torsten "jektiss" Brinkmann (33rd, $2,593.50), and Luke "lb6121" Schwartz (29th, $2,593.50). Meanwhile a.S.e. High and jawadedade14 continued to occupy the top spots on the leaderboard.

It would take a little over two more hours for the field to be cut down to nine. Among those falling shy of the final two tables were KaptianKush (25th), pyszalek (23rd), and jawadedade14 (20th), each of whom earned $2,992.50.

Shortly after that it was lotos64 (18th), Tomatee (17th), and ssletten10 (16th) each taking away $3,990. Then dyng247 (15th), husaberg2009 (14th), and liutas.a (13th) all received $4,987.50 for their finishes. And Big_Nemo (12th), hithighfull (11th), and David Buetta (10th) all saw $5,985 added to their PokerStars accounts.

The final table was set. And as several of the players' avatars indicate, it was quite the international group, with no less than eight different countries represented among the final nine.


Seat 1: papapu123 (Colombia) -- 98,902
Seat 2: JohnyK91 (Greece) -- 128,710
Seat 3: OlazabalJuan (Finland) -- 200,547
Seat 4: Her087 (Germany) -- 243,082
Seat 5: C. Darwin2 (Sweden) -- 276,891
Seat 6: a.S.e High (Romania) -- 536,072
Seat 7: fearfuljay (Canada) -- 61,252
Seat 8: Mr.Ingenious (Germany) -- 102,774
Seat 9: pezler06 (United Kingdom) -- 346,770

a.S.e. High continued to maintain the advantage as the final table began, with pezler06 and C. Darwin2 occupying the next two spots in the counts.

From 9 to 2

It would take about 15 minutes before the first elimination of the final table would come. With the blinds at 3,200/6,400, C. Darwin2 opened for 12,800 from late position, then the table's short stack fearfuljay reraised all in for 82,304 from the small blind. It folded back to C. Darwin2 who called, tabling T♣T♦ to fearfuljay's 4♥4♦.

The flop came 2♥T♥9♦ to improve C. Darwin2 to a set, and after the 3♣ turn fearfuljay was drawing dead and they were down to eight.

That left Mr.Ingenious as the short stack, and soon came a hand in which C. Darwin2 again opened to 12,800, chip leader a.S.e High called, then Mr. Ingenious reraised to 44,800, leaving but 694 behind. It folded to JohnyK91 in the big blind who reshoved all in for 112,550 total, forcing a fold from C. Darwin2 but a.S.e High decided to call.

Mr.Ingenious then surprisingly chose not to put the last 694 in and folded instead. JohnyK91 had A♠J♠ and a.S.e. High A♥J♦, and the pair ended up splitting the pot.

Mr.Ingenious would be all in on the next hand with K♣3♥ against C. Darwin2's T♣T♠, and when the community cards came J♣3♣2♦4♥7♠, Mr.Ingenious was out in eighth.

Not long after the blinds were 3,600/7,200 when Her087 raised to 14,400 from the button, then a.S.e High pushed all in over the top from the big blind. Her087 called with the 146,935 behind, turning over A♦T♠ while a.S.e High had K♣8♠. The flop came 8♦Q♣2♠ to pair a.S.e High, and after the 6♥ turn and 2♣ river, Her087 was out in seventh.

The final six made it to the nine-hour break, then saw their numbers swiftly halved in the space of six minutes.

First it was pezler06 open-raising all in for 199,776 from the cutoff seat then watching OlazabalJuan call from the big blind for the 109,392 OlazabalJuan had left. pezler06 showed 6♥6♦ and OlazabalJuan A♥K♣, and when the board came 7♠2♣2♦3♣T♥ OlazabalJuan was knocked out in sixth.

Soon after that the blinds were 4,000/8,000 when papapu123 open-pushed for 108,833 from the button and got a single caller in C. Darwin2 from the big blind. papapu123 had Q♥J♥ and needed help against C. Darwin2's A♠K♥, but the 4♥3♦2♦A♥8♠ board brought no such aid and papapu123 was out in fifth.

Five hands later pezler06 opened for the minimum to 16,000 from under the gun, then JohnyK91 reraised to 32,000 from a seat over. It folded back to pezler06 who four-bet shoved all in, and JohnyK91 called with the 153,750 left. JohnyK91 had A♣Q♣ and was looking to catch versus pezler06's 9♠9♣, but the community cards rolled out T♠J♣7♦4♥3♠, and JohnyK91's run had ended in fourth.

With three left the stacks were fairly even, and after four more hands a.S.e High was in front with 734,363, C. Darwin2 next with 643,592, and pezler06 third with 617,045. The trio then had the tourney paused to discuss a possible deal, although terms couldn't be reached and play was soon resumed.

On the very first hand back -- the last of Level 34 (blinds 4,000/8,000) -- a.S.e High opened with a min-raise to 16,000 from the button and pezler06 quickly folded. Then C. Darwin2 reraised to 46,725 from the big blind. a.S.e High responded by pushing it up again, this time to 96,517, then C. Darwin2 five-bet to 158,425. a.S.e High made it 228,711 to go, C. Darwin2 pushed all in for 642,592 total, and a.S.e High called.

C. Darwin2: Q♣Q♠
a.S.e High: K♣K♠

They'd started the hand with stacks of about 80 and more than 90 big blinds, respectively, and two big pocket pairs had been enough to get all those chips in the middle. The board ran out 3♦9♠9♦5♦J♠, and just like that C. Darwin2 was on the rail.

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"wow... v unlucky," typed a.S.e High afterwards. Just two remained.


Thanks to that big hand versus C. Darwin2, a.S.e High began heads-up play with a better than 2-to-1 chip lead with 1,382,955 to pezler06's 612,045.

a.S.e High would quickly start whittling away at pezler06's stack, then pezler06 would double back in a hand in which a.S.e turned a set of nines but pezler06 rivered a queen-high straight.

a.S.e High still had close to a 2-to-1 lead, though, and would again start winning pots to knock pezler06 back down toward the 500,000-chip mark. But pezler06 persevered, and the pair made it through a half-hour's worth of play to the 10-hour break.

They'd push on for several more hands, after which pezler06 had slipped down just below 400,000 while a.S.e High moved up near the 1.6 million mark. Then with the blinds at 6,000/12,000, a.S.e High raised to 24,000 and pezler06 called, and the pair saw a flop come 2♦4♦3♣.

pezler06 checked, and a.S.e High fired 18,740. pezler06 took a few seconds, dipping into a nearly-depleted time bank, then raised to 40,900. a.S.e High paused, too, before making it 96,543 to go. pezler06 then pushed all in for 370,179 total and a.S.e High called right away.

pezler06 had Q♦J♦ for overs and a flush draw, but a.S.e High's prospects were better with A♦7♦. The turn was the 2♣, leaving pezler06 hoping for a jack or queen to fall on fifth street. But the river was the 3♦, giving both flushes though a.S.e High's ace-high one was best.

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Congratulations to a.S.e High who began the final table with the chip lead and ended it still on top, thereby besting another tough Super Tuesday field filled with some of the world's best online poker players to earn a cool $77K-plus payday.

Super Tuesday results for 7/31/12:
1st: a.S.e High (Romania) -- $77,206.50
2nd: pezler06 (United Kingdom) -- $57,855
3rd: C. Darwin2 (Sweden) -- $43,890
4th: JohnyK91 (Greece) -- $32,917.50
5th: papapu123 (Colombia) -- $22,743
6th: OlazabalJuan (Finland) -- $17,556
7th: Her087 (Germany) -- $13,566
8th: Mr.Ingenious (Germany) -- $9,576
9th: fearfuljay (Canada) -- $6,982.50

August is here, which means we're that much closer to the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker starting in early September. Take a look at the schedule by clicking here.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Super Tuesday