NoaTheArk survives Super Tuesday flood of foes, wins $92K (3/27/12)

Super Tuesday logo.pngThe Super Tuesday, the weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that routinely brings out online poker's best, was back on tonight with another big field coming out to do battle. A total of 480 players bought in this week, creating a $480,000 prize pool and easily besting the event's $300K guarantee.

The top 54 finishers would divide up that money, with $92,112 due the winner barring any final-table deals.

After four hours and 15 minutes the field had shrunk to 100 players, at which point Ami "UhhMee" Barer was leading everyone with almost 83,000, Jamil11 was closest with nearly 69,000, and GoToCa$hier third with about 64,000.

An hour-and-a-half later the money bubble had burst, with Team PokerStars Pro Pat Pezzin among those making the money while nursing a short stack. He'd continue to survive as others began to hit the virtual rail over the next half-hour, including Leonard "Gerritss" Gerritss (51st, $2,400), WhEADa (47th, $2,400), katya03 (42nd, $2,640), magic 1717 (39th, $2,640), seymouraces (31st, $2,880), and GoToCa$hier (28th, $2,880).

With 27 left it was NoaTheArk leading all with almost 327,000, rportaleoni next with about 234,000, and bobivey third with just over 226,000. Pezzin was still there, too, sitting with less than 10 big blinds in 26th of 27.

A half-hour later just 18 were still with chips and gathered around two tables, with stauso (27th), MrBarret82 (25th), and Assani "jwvdcw" Fisher (19th) among the group going out with $3,360 cashes. Pezzin was still hanging on, then 18th of 18.

Greenback215 would be the next out in 18th ($4,320). Then Pezzin would jam his short stack of 14,328 (about five big blinds) with A♣4♠ and get a caller in LFmagic with A♥3♣. The flop brought a trey to pair LFmagic, and two cards later Pezzin's run had finally ended in 17th ($4,320).


Team PokerStars Pro Pat Pezzin

OCC480 would take away $4,320 as well for a 16th-place finish. The next three to go -- bobivey (15th), claudioney18 (14th), and IMFICKLE (13th) -- would all earn $5,280. And MrKlout (12th), LFmagic (11th), and danceofddead (10th) saw $6,240 added to their PokerStars accounts.

After about seven-and-a-half hours of poker, the final table was set.


Seat 1: KAROyal -- 73,210
Seat 2: rportaleoni -- 338,088
Seat 3: LetsFlipIt -- 174,560
Seat 4: NoaTheArk -- 645,737
Seat 5: o_omx -- 84,026
Seat 6: 10IsTheYear -- 329,786
Seat 7: RLOG -- 457,979
Seat 8: enrique tech -- 17,074
Seat 9: Jamil11 -- 279,540

The final table's super-short stack enrique tech started out folding hands for nearly an orbit, then doubled through rportaleoni after picking up A♠Q♣ versus rportaleoni's A♣2♠. enrique tech then folded for another orbit before being dealt pocket nines and tripling up to more than 35,000.

Then came a hand in which NoaTheArk opened with a minimum-raise to 11,200 from early position, and it folded around to KAROyal in the small blind who pushed all in from 74,510. rportaleoni folded the BB, and NoaTheArk made the call, showing Q♣J♠ to KAROyal's A♥K♠.

The flop came Q♦6♠J♥ to pair NoaTheArk twice while giving KAROyal a chance at Broadway. The turn was the 7♥ and river the 4♥, and KAROyal was out in ninth.

enrique tech would then get pocket sevens to double-up yet again to nearly 60,000, then slide back before doubling one more time. Finally, however, enrique tech's run would come to an end after open-shoving from UTG with 29,628 with Q♥Q♠ and getting a call from RLOG who held K♣5♦. The flop came an eye-popping K♦K♥5♣ to give RLOG a full house, and after the 9♦ turn and A♦ river enrique tech was out in eighth.

They were just about at the nine-hour break when RLOG raised for the minimum (14,400) from UTG, then LetsFlipIt reraised to 46,800 from the cutoff, leaving but 2,732 behind. It folded back to RLOG who pushed all in and LetsFlipIt called.

LetsFlipIt: 7♠7♦

The board ran out Q♥2♥A♣8♣4♠ and LetsFlipIt was gone in seventh.

Shortly after they returned from the break, o_omx raised all in from the cutoff for 71,408 and Jamil11 called from the big blind. o_omx had K♥6♥ and Jamil11 A♠8♠, and after the five community cards came 5♠2♦7♣4♦A♥ Jamil11 had a pair and o_omx was out in sixth.

About 15 minutes later the blinds were up to 4,500/9,000 when Jamil11 raised to 18,000 from UTG+1/the cutoff and NoaTheArk called from the small blind. 10IsTheYear then reraised all in for 250,878 from the big blind, prompting another all-in shove from Jamil11 for about 886,000 total. NoaTheArk stepped aside, 10IsTheYear showed A♠J♦, and Jamil11 turned over A♥K♣. The board ran out 5♥7♥T♠Q♥T♥, and fifth was the finish for 10IsTheYear.

With four left Jamil11 was the leader with about 1.16 million, NoaTheArk second with almost 658,000, RLOG third with just under 297,000, and rportaleoni last with a little more than 284,000.

Soon Jamil11 was raising to 18,000 from the button, then rportaleoni reraised all in from the small blind for 236,073. NoaTheArk then came over the top with another all-in push from the big blind for 554,169, and Jamil11 folded. rportaleoni had 2♠2♠ and needed help against NoaTheArk's J♠J♦. But the board came 3♥7♦T♠4♠A♣, and they were down to three.

Shortly after that it appeared as though Jamil11 was about to send NoaTheArk out in third after the latter went all in with K♣J♣ against Jamil11's J♠J♦ and the community cards came nine-high through the turn. But the river brought a saving king for NoaTheArk and the three players pressed on.

The tide then turned in a big way after another preflop all-in confrontation between Jamil11 and NoaTheArk in which Jamil11 held A♣K♦ and NoaTheArk 7♣7♥. The sevens held, catapulting NoaTheArk to more than 1.24 million and the lead and leaving Jamil11 with just a little over 100,000. Take a look:

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Jamil11 would survive to double up once through RLOG, but the end soon came in a hand in which RLOG opened with a min-raise of 24,000 from the button, then Jamil11 reraised all in for 190,946 from the small blind. NoaTheArk called the reraise, and after thinking for a bit RLOG did as well.

The flop came 2♥A♦6♥, and when NoaTheArk checked RLOG bet 156,889, forcing a fold from NoaTheArk. RLOG had A♠K♥ for aces, while Jamil11 was drawing thin with K♣7♠. The 8♣ on the turn meant the 7♣ was no matter, and Jamil11 was out in third.

Heads-up play began with RLOG ahead in chips with 1,336,250 to NoaTheArk's 1,063,750. NoaTheArk quickly grabbed the advantage, however, in a huge hand in which he got all of his chips in the middle on the river with the board showing 6♠7♦K♦2♣J♣ and got a call from RLOG. RLOG had K♥7♠ for two pair, but NoaTheArk had 6♣6♦ for a set of sixes and suddenly had a commanding lead with more than 2.15 million to RLOG's 245,000.

The stacks were roughly the same a few hands later when they'd reached the ten-hour break, during which the pair chatted a little.

NoaTheArk: are you tired?
RLOG: yes
RLOG: even chop?
NoaTheArk: lol

On the fifth hand back it looked like the end was near as RLOG was all in with A♦6♥ against NoaTheArk's 9♠8♠, then the flop came 4♥6♠8♦ to put NoaTheArk ahead. The turn was the T♠, but the river brought the A♣ to save RLOG with a double up to almost 475,000.

RLOG's good fortune was short-lived, though, as about a half-dozen hands after that he'd min-raise to 24,000 from the button, NoaTheArk would reraise to 72,000, RLOG pushed all in for 290,615 total, and NoaTheArk called.

NoaTheArk: K♦J♦
RLOG: A♦8♥

The flop came 5♣2♦4♥ and RLOG was still best, but the K♥ on the turn put him in need of an ace or trey to survive. The river then brought the 6♣, and NoaTheArk had won.

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Congratulations to NoaTheArk for surviving a huge field of 480 to win this week's Super Tuesday and a handsome $92K-plus score!

Super Tuesday results for 3/27/12:
1st: NoaTheArk ($92,112)
2nd: RLOG ($68,400)
3rd: Jamil11 ($50,400)
4th: rportaleoni ($38,400)
5th: 10IsTheYear ($26,880)
6th: o_omx ($20,400)
7th: LetsFlipIt ($15,600)
8th: enrique tech ($10,800)
9th: KAROyal ($7,968)

The European Poker Tour is making its first ever stop this week in Campione, a small Italian municipality located just within Switzerland. Check the PokerStars blog for start-to-finish coverage of the main event at EPT Campione.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Super Tuesday