Gambit360 runs circles around field, captures 1/31/12 Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday logo.pngThe last Super Tuesday of January drew a large group of 378 to play the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament. That meant a prize pool of $378,000 -- again, as usual, crushing the $150K guarantee -- with the top 45 finishers dividing the cash and $73,143 due the winner barring any final table deals.

It would take almost four hours for the group to be whittled down to 100. The elimination of Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen in 101st place marked the occasion, with Petersen joining fellow Team Online member Björn 'Bjoerni89' Schneider (246th) and Pat Pezzin of Team PokerStars Canada (238th) on the rail.

With 100 players left, the Swede Stefan "Mattssons" Mattsson led the way with almost 75,000, Jose Raul "head27" Severino was next with just under 64,000, and Alex "Schildy1984" Debus third with a little more than 54,000.

Martin Staszko of Team PokerStars Czech Republic was the lone PS representative remaining, although he was sitting near the bottom of the counts with less than 10,000 chips (about 15 big blinds). He'd double soon after, though, using Q♣Q♠ to overcome Jose Raul "head27" Severino's A♥Q♦.

That hand bought Staszko an extension on his tourney life, though he'd become short-stacked again as the field shrunk below 60. That's when Staszko once more picked up Q♥Q♣ and reraise-shoved a stack of about 16 big blinds, getting a call from Deputado1414 who held A♥K♠. A king flopped, and Staszko couldn't catch up, meaning he'd fallen shy of the cash in 59th place.

By the five-hour mark they were down to 50 players with Mattssons still in front with better than 111,000, giumas987 hovering just above 100k, and Tom "tollgate" Grigg just below the six-figure mark.

Ninety minutes later the cash bubble had long since burst and they were down to 18 players gathered around two tables. By then giumas987 had pushed way out in front with more than 354,000, well ahead of nearest challenger Jamie "TheCronic420" Rosen in second with about 252,000. SiiliSuhonen was third with just over 226,000, while ELPESIMISTA, Dani "supernova9" Stern, and Gambit360 were next in line, all three with between 100k-120k.

An hour later they were down to 10, with giumas987 still the leader and closing in on 400,000 chips, TheCronic420 still second with about 360,000, and Gambit360 third with a little over 336,000.

The final table bubble would last for quite a while, during which stretch kinkel99 appeared destined to fall in 10th after shoving with A♦J♣, getting called by Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima with 9♥9♦, then watching the flop come 5♥7♠7♣ and turn the 4♣. But the A♥ fell on the river, and kinkel99 survived.

A little while after that came a big hand between Jamie "TheCronic420" Rosen and leader giumas987 in which giumas987 led with a small river bet with the board showing 8♥4♣Q♦J♥K♣ and Rosen raised all in for his last 122,048. There were nearly half a million chips in the middle, and giumas987 thought for some time before calling Rosen's raise. TheCronic420 showed J♣J♦ for a set of jacks, better than guimas987's T♦T♥, and Rosen had seized the chip lead.

The ten players would continue right up until the last hand before the eight-hour break, with the blinds moving to 2,400/4,800 (Level 29). Finally Jose Raul "head27" Severino open-pushed his short stack of less than 20,000 with K♠8♠ and was called by Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima in the big blind with T♥2♣. The board ran out T♣Q♠6♥2♥A♣, giving XTheDecanoX two pair and sending Severino out in tenth place ($5,670).

After a five-minute break, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: supernova9 -- 126,074
Seat 2: Gambit360 -- 287,150
Seat 3: giumas987 -- 175,559
Seat 4: kinkel99 -- 242,762
Seat 5: CASINOICE -- 31,760
Seat 6: XTheDecanoX -- 114,406
Seat 7: TheCronic420 -- 564,956
Seat 8: tollgate -- 260,021
Seat 9: Poker Own U -- 87,312

The final nine played about 15 minutes before a big hand occurred between CASINOICE and Jonathan "Poker Own U" Bardier that resulted in a significant exchange of chips. After an opening raise from UTG by CASINOICE, Poker Own U shoved all in from late position for 125,802 and CASINOICE nearly matched the raise with an all-in call.

Poker Own U held A♦K♥ and CASINOICE Q♣Q♦. A queen flopped, then the case queen came as well to give CASINOICE quads and leave Poker Own U with less than 2,000 chips.

Bardier would double up on the next hand, then would survive a little bit longer so as to move up a spot in the money.

In the interim, the blinds were 2,800/5,600 when Dani "supernova9" Stern open-raised all in for 114,974 from middle position, then Gambit360 reraised over the top from one seat over to scatter the others. It was a similar-looking confrontation as Stern held A♦K♣ and Gambit360 a pair of queens. This time the board came 6♣9♠5♣Q♦T♣ to give Gambit360 a set of queens and send supernova9 out in ninth.

Soon after that hand Poker Own U was all in for 6,586 with Q♦T♥ against Gambit360's A♥2♥, and after the five community cards came 9♣6♦3♦7♦4♥ Bardier had been eliminated in eighth.

A few minutes later the blinds were still 2,800/5,600 when Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima raised to 11,555 from middle position and got two callers -- Gambit360 (small blind) and giumas987 (big blind). The flop came 4♣T♣K♥ and it checked to the raiser who continued for 15,888. Gambit360 called the bet, then after a pause giumas987 raised all in for 208,114.

Nishijima tanked for a short while, then called with the 118,673 he had left, and Gambit360 quickly folded. XTheDecanoX had 4♦4♠ for a set of fours while giumas987 was drawing with J♣7♣. The turn brought the 8♣ and a club flush for giumas987, and after the A♥ came on the river Nishijima was ousted in seventh.

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It would take another half-hour before the next elimination occurred. By then the blinds had moved to 3,600/7,200 (Level 32). Jamie "TheCronic420" Rosen min-raised to 14,400 from early position, then Gambit360 made it 33,680 from the button. It folded to kinkel99 who reraised all in for 162,202 from the big blind, TheCronic420 folded, and Gambit360 called.

kinkel99: J♦J♥
Gambit360: A♥K♦

The flop came K♣8♣4♦, pairing Gambit360, and after the 6♦ turn and 8♥ river they were down to five.

They reached the nine-hour break, with Gambit360 now leading with 584,902, followed by giumas987 (541,901), Jamie "TheCronic420" Rosen (428,942), CASINOICE (170,694), and Tom "tollgate" Grigg (163,561)

It was only a couple of minutes after they'd returned that Gambit360 was min-raising to 14,400 from the cutoff, then TheCronic420 reraised to 36,790 from the big blind. Gambit360 called, and the pair watched the flop come 2♦4♦7♣. Rosen led for 45,760 and Gambit360 called the bet. The turn was the 3♣, and again TheCronic420 was betting, this time 81,990. Gambit360 called once more.

The river brought the 4♠ and an all-in push by TheCronic420 for 256,302. Gambit320 quickly called yet again, turning over A♣5♣ for a straight. Rosen showed J♥J♠ before his avatar vanished from the table as he'd been eliminated in fifth.

With that one Gambit360 was sitting at 999,444, his stack now bigger than the other three players' combined.

A little while later the blinds were 4,000/8,000 (Level 33). Gambit360 had inched over the 1 million-chip mark when he raised to 16,000 from UTG and got two callers in giumas987 from the button and Tom "tollgate" Grigg from the big blind.

The flop came 3♠T♥2♠, and it checked to Gambit360 who bet 14,800. giumas987 raised to 40,000, then Grigg reraised all in for 76,945 total, forcing a fold from Gambit360. giumas987 called, however, showing 9♠8♠ for a flush draw. tollgate, meanwhile, had top pair with T♣9♣. The turn was the J♦ and Grigg was still head, but the 7♠ on the river completed giumas987's flush and tollgate was knocked out in fourth.

Gambit360 continued to add to his stack, moving up over 1.46 million while giumas987 and CASINOICE both fell back below 250,000. Then with the blinds 5,000/10,000, Gambit opened for 25,000 from the small blind and giumas987 called.

The flop came all fours -- 4♠4♣4♦ -- and Gambit360 bet 14,800. giumas987 responded by shoving all in for 168,033, and Gambit360 couldn't have called more quickly, turning over J♥4♥ for flopped quads! giumas987 had J♣9♦, and no turn or river cards could help him to avoid going out in third.

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Heads-up play began with Gambit360 well in front with 1,659,113 to CASINOICE's 230,887. They'd play but a dozen hands, with the stacks having changed little by the time the final hand was played.

With the blinds still 5,000/10,000, CASINOICE raised to 20,750 from the small blind/button, then Gambit360 reraised to 47,000. CASINOICE responded by shoving all in for 240,887 total, and Gambit360 called.

CASINOICE held 5♠5♣ and was hoping his small pair would hold versus Gambit360's A♠Q♥. The flop brought an ace, coming 8♣2♣A♣, putting Gambit360 in front but leaving CASINOICE with hopes for a flush. But the turn was the K♠ and river the A♥, and after nine hours and 41 minutes the Super Tuesday had a winner.

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Congratulations to Gambit360 for topping a tough field of 378 and knocking out six of his eight final table opponents to win the $73K-plus first prize!

Super Tuesday results for 1/31/12:
1st: Gambit360 ($73,143)
2nd: CASINOICE ($54,810)
3rd: giumas987 ($41,580)
4th: tollgate ($31,185)
5th: TheCronic420 ($21,546)
6th: kinkel99 ($16,632)
7th: XTheDecanoX ($12,852)
8th: Poker Own U ($9,072)
9th: supernova9 ($6,615)

The buzz from the recently-completed Turbo Championship of Online Poker is only just starting to die down. Check the TCOOP site for results and stats from all 50 events.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Super Tuesday