Nice catch for SFisch4, 11/20/12 Super Tuesday title and $83K

The Super Tuesday this week attracted another huge field, with 489 entering the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament. That meant a $489,000 prize pool -- beating the $300K guarantee -- with the top 63 spots paying. And after nearly 11-and-half-hours it was SFisch4 of Canada prevailing to claim a first-prize share worth $83,685.

At the five-hour mark 69 players still remained, and almost a half-hour later hunter_az533 was eliminated in 64th and they'd reached the cash. Eventual champ SFisch4 led the way at that point with a little over 150,000, with mrAndreeew the nearest challenger with about 140,000 and 121anonymous in third position with just over 100,000.

Among others still alive then were two Team PokerStars Pros, Angel Guillen of Mexico and Andre Akkari of Brazil, both of whom had average stacks.

Both Team Pros would last a while longer, before Akarri was eliminated in 41st place after his K♣J♣ failed versus the K♦Q♥ of OMGitshunt. Guillen would go out soon thereafter in 39rd after a hand versus 121anonymous in which Guillen committed his short stack with A♣J♥ against his opponent's A♠2♠. An ace flopped, but a deuce on the turn spelled the end for Guillen who like Akkari earned $2,445 for his finish.

By the seven-and-a-half-hour mark they were down to 18 players, with ROO221194 in front and 121anonymous still near the top as the only other player with more than 300,000 chips.

It would take another hour and 15 minutes for the next nine to fall. Steve "mcnallyville" McNally (18th), d1rdyharry (17th), and myzikant (16th) each earned $3,912 for their finishes. hibachi41 (15th), p0cket00 (14th), and XuxiSanchez (13th) each realized $4,890 paydays. And Timorm1 (12th), Ce$ar$pa (11th), and Naza114 (10th) picked up $5,868 apiece for just missing the final table.

Just nine remained.


Seat 1: 121anonymous (Netherlands) -- 192,342
Seat 2: Drewfus81 (Canada) -- 239,160
Seat 3: enrique tech (Uruguay) -- 40,948
Seat 4: ROO221194 (Romania) -- 427,386
Seat 5: birs320 (Hungary) -- 613,129
Seat 6: Mucho_Nachos (Sweden) -- 72,708
Seat 7: SFisch4 (Canada) -- 612,000
Seat 8: András "probirs" Németh (Hungary) -- 109,620
Seat 9: Chris "Moorman1" Moorman (United Kingdom) -- 137,707

They were just about to reach the nine-hour break when the first final table elimination occurred. The blinds were 3,600/7,200, and after ROO221194 opened for 14,400 from middle position it folded to András "probirs" Németh in the big blind who reraised all in for 34,924 total. ROO221194 called, showing A♠8♥. Meanwhile probirs held K♦2♦. The board came 8♣T♠9♦T♦3♠, and ROO221194's two pair meant Németh was out in ninth.

Not long after play resumed, birs320 was raising 2x to 14,400 from middle position, then Chris "Moorman1" Moorman reraised to 30,400 from the hijack seat. It folded back to birs320 who shoved all in, and Moorman quickly called with the 146,907 he had left.

Moorman had A♥K♦ while birs320 held J♥J♦. The board did not help Moorman, coming 5♣Q♥4♣5♦9♥, thus sending him to the rail in eighth.

Play continued and the blinds increased to 4,000/8,000. Then a hand arose in which Mucho_Nachos raised to 16,000 from under the gun, then Drewfus81 made it 36,555 to go from the cutoff seat. It folded back to Mucho_Nachos who pushed for 85,508 total, and Drewfus81 called, turning over A♣Q♠ to Mucho_Nachos's Q♦Q♥.

The flop fell J♥A♥4♦, pairing Drewfus81's ace and suddenly putting Mucho_Nachos way behind. The turn was the 3♥ and river the 9♣, and Mucho_Nachos's Super Tuesday run had ended in seventh.

121anonymous would be the next casualty in sixth place in a hand that saw the table fold around to SFisch4 in the small blind, then SFisch4 raise enough to put 121anonymous all in. 121anonymous called all in for 122,142, showing A♥9♣ to the Q♥7♦ of SFisch4. The flop was fine for 121anonymous, coming 5♣K♣J♠, but the 7♠ on the turn paired SFisch4. The river was the 3♦, and they were down to five.

Just a few minutes later it was the short-stacked enrique tech open-pushing for 41,542 from the small blind and ROO221194 calling from a seat over. enrique tech had K♥8♠ and ROO221194 7♦6♠, and when the community cards came 9♦4♥3♠7♥Q♣ ROO221194's pair of sevens were best, sending enrique tech away in fifth.

They'd moved to Level 35 (5,000/10,000/1,250) when birs320 opened for 21,000 from the cutoff, then Drewfus81 pushed for 297,988 from the big blind. birs320 called with a pocket pair -- 6♣6♣ -- while Drewfus81 had A♥J♦. Five cards later birs320's pair had become four of a kind, as the cards rolled out 9♦5♦6♦J♠6♠, and Drewfus81 was eliminated in fourth.

That hand pushed birs320 well out in front with more than 1.5 million. SFisch4's was next with a little more than 655,000 while ROO221194 was last with about 280,000. They'd play on another 20 minutes to reach the 10-hour break. Along the way, SFisch4 would grab a series of pots to steal the lead away from birs320. And ROO221194 would dramatically survive a preflop all-in with K♠K♣ versus SFisch4's 4♦4♠ when a four flopped but a saving king appeared on the turn.

After they returned from the break, ROO221194 began chipping away at birs320's stack, including picking up a couple of significant pots to push ahead of birs320 and into second position.

The trio would battle for another half-hour. Then came a hand in which ROO221194 made a 2x raise to 32,000 from the small blind, then birs320 reraised all in for 243,018 from the big blind. ROO221194 called immediately, showing A♦K♣, while birs320 turned over K♠J♣. The board rolled out an intriguing 8♦8♥T♥8♠8♣, meaning ROO221194's ace kicker played and birs320 was out in third.

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Soon after heads-up play began, the remaining pair decided to talk about a possible deal. ROO221194 and SFisch4 were nearly even in chips by the time the tourney was paused, with ROO221194 sitting with 1,270,000 and SFisch4 with 1,175,000.

The pair decided upon an even split of the remaining prize money -- leaving $6,000 for which to play -- and soon the cards were back in the air.

Those two continued to battle through to the 11-hour mark, with SFisch4 gradually edging ahead to enjoy about a 2-to-1 chip lead at that point. ROO221194 survived another all-in with 4♠4♣ versus SFisch4's A♣K♠ to double up and narrow the gap, then a few hands later would grab the advantage for a time before giving it back up to SFisch4. Finally after nearly a half-hour more the blinds were up to 12,500/25,000 when the last hand arrived.

The hand began with a raise to 50,000 from SFisch4 on the button that ROO221194 called. The flop came K♣8♥4♥ and ROO221194 checked. SFisch4 continued with another bet of 50,000, ROO221194 pushed all in for 499,375, and SFisch4 called.

ROO221194 turned over 7♠6♦ for a gutshot straight draw while SFisch4 had flopped a set with 8♣8♠. The turn was the A♣ and river the K♥, and it was all over.

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Congratulations to SFisch4 of Canada for topping a field of 489 to claim this week's Super Tuesday and a $83K-plus first prize. And kudos as well to Romania's ROO221194 for making it to heads-up and a deal worth more than $77K for finishing second.

11/20/12 Super Tuesday final table results (*reflects two-way deal):
1st: SFisch4 (Canada) -- $83,685.00*
2nd: OO221194 (Romania) -- $77,685.00*
3rd: birs320 (Hungary) -- $50,122.50
4th: Drewfus81 (Canada) -- $38,142.00
5th: enrique tech (Uruguay) -- $26,895.00
6th: 121anonymous (Netherlands) -- $20,782.50
7th: Mucho_Nachos (Sweden) -- $15,892.50
8th: Chris "Moorman1" Moorman (United Kingdom) -- $11,002.50
9th: András "probirs" Németh (Hungary) -- $8,117.40

Entrants: 489
Prize pool: $489,000.00
Places paid: 63

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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