Pauli elTopo tops super field in Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday With the World Series of Poker now firmly out of the way, expect to see the online MTT scene to return to business as usual with many of the world's best pros returning to the online poker felt. Today's $1,050 Super Tuesday was a good example of that with the 378 runners showing a nice increase on previous weeks to produce a prize pool of $378,000.

Among today's entrants were plenty of sharks including Team PokerStars Pros Kevin "WizardofAhhs" Thurman, Shane "shaniac" Schleger and Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero.

A tense bubble period saw ABTOCAH struggle to survive against the rising blinds in a game of cat and mouse against the other short stacks. Eventually ABTOCAH committed in a battle of the blinds with ace-ten against six-ten, but a six on the turn saw ABTOCAH cruelly miss the money as the remaining 45 players locked up $2,268.

Nacho Barbero was the best-placed Team PokerStars Pro finishing in 22nd place for $2,835, while Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler (18th - $3,780) also made the money.

When Brazilian Xandre6018X fell in 10th place the final table was formed as follows:


Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: Gry Dilling (122,648 in chips)
Seat 2: rmullen87 (132,022 in chips)
Seat 3: 1BigAceHole (385,616 in chips)
Seat 4: HustlaStylez (286,112 in chips)
Seat 5: Paris Dedes (112,361 in chips)
Seat 6: Torino086 (173,490 in chips)
Seat 7: Mortan23 (399,509 in chips)
Seat 8: mannyking (90,822 in chips)
Seat 9: Pauli elTopo (187,420 in chips)

The final table blinds kicked off at 2,000/4,000 with a 500-chip ante so there was plenty of game time ahead, but that didn't stop the players from getting active from the very first hand.

Three players took a flop of 5♥2♥9♣ and Mortan23 led out with a bet of 16,000. mannyking called before Pauli elTopo raised it up to 37,775. Mortan23 wasn't fazed as a re-raise to 64,325 followed. mannyking again called as Pauli elTopo thought twice about it all and folded. The turn was the 4♣ and Mortan23 bet 20,000 which was enough to put mannyking all in. mannyking made the call with K♥Q♥ for a flush draw as incredibly Mortan23's A♣K♣ ace-high was in the lead. However the A♥ on the river was not an ace that Mortan23 wanted to see as mannyking spiked the flush for a big double up on the very first hand.

It took a long time after that to lose our first player as the shorties fought hard to stay alive.

mannyking and Paris Dedes chopped a big pot when they both tabled ace-king, before Gry Dilling landed a double up with K♥K♠ holding against 1BigAceHole's A♥Q♥.

It took over thirty hands before Torino086 opened with a raise and then called a three-bet from Mortan23 to see a monotone flop of 3♣T♣9♣. Torino086 was first to act and overbet shoved all in with A♣5♥ for the nut flush draw but Mortan23 called with Q♥T♦ for top pair. The 2♠ turn and J♦ river bricked the board to see Torino086 collect $6,615 in prize money.

Paris Dedes was the next player to go. Paris Dedes opened with a raise before 1BigAceHole moved all in from the big blind. Paris Dedes made the call with 9♣9♦ and was racing against A♥Q♦. The board ran out Q♥3♦Q♣K♠K♣ to deliver 1BigAceHole a full house and end the run of Paris Dedes in 8th place for $9,072.

Pauli elTopo found a double up that would be crucial in the outcome of this final table. Pauli elTopo got the chips in good, got outflopped, but a dramatic turn and river brought a vital double up:

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Pauli elTopo was back in contention, as was HustlaStylez who doubled up with A♦6♥ against the K♦9♣ of 1BigAceHole.

rmullen87 was next to be sent to the virtual rail after shoving 15 big blinds from the button with 4♦4♠. HustlaStylez made the call in the big blind with A♠K♦ and spiked on the river on the board of 2♦Q♣T♦8♥A♦. rmullen87 added $12,852 to the cashier for 7th place.

Pauli elTopo landed another double up with Q♣J♠ making a straight to better 1BigAceHole's 6♣6♠. 1BigAceHole was still well in front, with mannyking getting desperately short after sitting out since virtually the start of the final table. But it was Gry Dilling who was next to depart. Gry Dilling had showed a preparedness to shove all in at any time, but it was once too often as Gry Dilling's big preflop three-bet shove with 5♠5♦ ran into the T♥T♠ of Mortan23. The board ran out 2♦A♥4♦T♦A♦ to see Gry Dilling out in 6th place for $16,632.

Sadly mannyking never returned to the table in an unfortunate disconnection and was eventually blinded out in 5th place. mannyking will no doubt be disappointed to end a great run like that but $21,546 will help soothe the pain.

HustlaStylez landed a huge double up, catching a queen on the river holding A♥Q♥ to better the A♣K♥ of Mortan23, and was quick to toss up the possibility of a deal.

HustlaStylez said, "guys are u interested in a deal?"
HustlaStylez said, "just see the numbers first?"
Pauli elTopo said, "i clicked the deal button"

PokerStars Host WilliamN paused the clock and the players looked at the numbers with the following chip counts:

Seat 3: 1BigAceHole (362,626 in chips)
Seat 4: HustlaStylez (583,107 in chips)
Seat 7: Mortan23 (393,652 in chips)
Seat 9: Pauli elTopo (550,615 in chips)

The numbers were produced based on chips but the short-stacked 1BigAceHole was quick to pull the pin on negotiations and the cards were back in the air.

It proved to be a good decision by 1BigAceHole as moments later, Mortan23 collided with HustlaStylez in a huge preflop war. HustlaStylez three-bet with J♣J♦ and then five-bet shoved all in with Mortan23 making the call with A♦Q♥. The board ran out 7♦5♠2♦T♣K♥ to miss both players and leaving HustlaStylez to rake in the pot. Mortan23 finished the tournament in 4th place and received $31,185.

Again the players tossed up the idea to look at the numbers, but before the host could arrive, 1BigAceHole teed off in a massive five-bet bluff that backfired:

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1BigAceHole got out of line at the wrong time as HustlaStylez found a monster to see 1BigAceHole fall in 3rd place for $41,580.

It was left to the two Germans to battle it out, which meant that the chat box discussion turned from English to German. I admit my comprehension of German isn't the best, but it was clear that the two wanted to discuss a deal once again.

With the clock paused, the chip counts were as follows:

Seat 4: HustlaStylez (1,282,559 in chips)
Seat 9: Pauli elTopo (607,441 in chips)

The players were shown some numbers based on a chip chop, but from what we could decipher from the chat, Pauli elTopo was looking for a closer chop. After several minutes of German banter in the chat box, the two couldn't come to an agreement and it was game on.

That proved to be a great decision for Pauli elTopo who landed a big double up after flopping a straight with 6♠5♠ to double through the top pair of HustlaStylez.

It swung the tournament around as Pauli elTopo pressed the advantage. Pauli elTopo found J♥J♣ and three-bet shoved all in, with HustlaStylez making the call with A♥5♣. The board ran out 7♠9♠K♠4♦7♦ to see HustlaStylez eliminated in 2nd place for $54,810. That left Pauli elTopo with all the chips and the Super Tuesday title to go with a massive $73,143 in prize money.

Final Table Results
1st Pauli elTopo (Germany) - $73,143
2nd HustlaStylez (Germany) - $54,810
3rd 1BigAceHole (Canada) - $41,580
4th Mortan23 (Faroe Islands) - $31,185
5th mannyking (Germany) - $ 21,546
6th Gry Dilling (Denmark) - $16,632
7th rmullen87 (United Kingdom) - $12,852
8th Paris Dedes (Greece) - $9,072
9th Torino086 (Colombia) - $6,615