Super Tuesday 3/6/12: Alexandr18ru declared winner over Wilinofsky
This week's Super Tuesday featured 440 players turning out, creating a $440,000 prize pool for the final 54 players standings. Tonight's winner was expected to cash in for over $84,000, but it was another win for Russia as alexandr18ru claimed the title, defeating Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky for just over $80,000.
Several Team PokerStars Pros made up this week's lineup, but all fell well short of making the money. EPT Copenhagen winner and Team Online player Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen was the highest placed finisher. The other Team Pros and Online players in this week's field were Ana Marquez, Toni Judet, Team Online player Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez, Martin Staszko and Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth.
The final table fell out of reach for 430 players, but one more needed to drop out of contention before we had an official final table. Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis looked the most likely suspect as he had less than four BB's with the blinds at 2,800/5,600 and a running ante of 700. However it was Sphinx87 nominated as bubble boy tonight. Five-handed, Sphinx87 open-shoved for 110,788 with 5♠5♦ only to have alexandr18ru snap-call from the big blind with Q♣Q♦. The flop was Q♥9♠7♠ to give alexandr18ru top set. The 5♥ on the turn gave Sphinx87 a chance at being the comeback kid, but the door was slammed shut when the A♥ hit the river to set up the final table.
While you usually find a share of notable names at a Super Tuesday final table, it is a rare sight to see an EPT winner. Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky, champion of EPT Berlin last season, starts the final table as chip leader but there's a few other notables electing to claim a major title tonight:
Final table chip counts:
Seat 1: fcaler185 (227,346 in chips)
Seat 2: MrKlout (50,348 in chips)
Seat 3: jackellwood (189,407 in chips)
Seat 4: alexandr18ru (496,743 in chips)
Seat 5: Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks (140,791 in chips)
Seat 6: Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis (21,100 in chips)
Seat 7: RLOG (302,294 in chips)
Seat 8: Gregory41 (89,512 in chips)
Seat 9: Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky (682,459 in chips)
One hand into the final table and Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis was eliminated in 9th place, earning $7,304. Mathis opened the action with a raise to 14,920 as fcaler185 and alexandr18ru both called. The first three cards were T♣5♣4♥ as Mathis put in his remaining 5,380 chips. Fcaler185 re-raised to 28,000 to get alexandr18ru out of the way. Mathis held K♥Q♠ but fcaler185 was well out in front with A♦A♣. The 9♦ on the turn left Mathis drawing dead, and the unnecessary A♠ on the river brings the field down to eight.
That would be the highlight of fcaler185's Super Tuesday final table as they were the 8th place finisher, pocketing $9,990. After losing several hands, fcaler185 was down to 69,556 chips while sitting in the big blind. After RLOG made a min-raise, fcaler185 moved all-in with K♠9♠ as RLOG called with A♦2♣. RLOG hit the flop hard: A♣7♥2♦ and any chance for a come-from-behind win were dashed on the T♠ turn. The 4♦ closed the action, leaving seven players in the hunt.
The next final table victim was British pro Jack Ellwood as he picks up $14,300 for his 7th place finish. The blinds were now at 3,200/6,400 with players anteing 800 as Ellwood opened with a min-raise to 12,800 as Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky called from the big blind. The flop was the K♠T♣5♦ as Wilinofsky check-called Ellwood's bet of 13,450. Wilinofsky would check-call once again when the J♥ appeared on the turn, this time the bet was 22,650. The river was the 4♦ as Wilinofsky checked for a third time, this time Ellwood moved all in for 70,757 chips. Wilinofsky, holding K♦T♦ for a flopped two pair, called as Ellwood showed A♥K♥ for top-top, leaving six players.
Next to follow Ellwood was another UK player, Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks, finishing 6th for $18,700.Blinds jumped to 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000 as Spinks min-raised and Wilinofsky 3-bet to 38,275. Spinks then moved in for their remaining stack of 205,074 chips with A♥Q♥ and Wilinofsky called with the dominating A♣K♦. Neither player hit their kicker on the 6♥5♦4♥A♦ 2♦ board as the long road to Super Tuesday victory leaves five players doing battle.
MrKlout hung around as the short stack for most of the final table, eventually succumbing 5th for $24,640. MrKlout open-shoved for their remaining 63,211 stack with A♣T♣ as alexandrr18ru called with 5♥5♠. Alexandr18ru wins the flip as the five cards revealed to all were 9♦3♣4♥7♠2♠ leaving a quartet of contenders debating the top prize with alexandr18ru the leader in all polls.
The next player offer their support to the chip leader by losing all their chips was RLOG, the 4th place finisher, cashing for $35,200. Another jump in the blinds meant players were now at 4,500/9,000 with an ante of 1,125. A min-raise from alexandr18ru lead RLOG to shove for 159,442 with 4♠4♣. Alexandr18ru called with T♣T♦, improving their hand to a set on the T♥8♦7♥ flop. RLOG was drawing to a miracle that wasn't going to happen as the turn and river came A♠K♦, leaving a trio on the ticket.
Gregory41 had suffered a bad beat when he ran his A-A into A-J with two tables left. He was able to get back into contention, but everyone's tournament has to end at some point, finishing 3rd for $46,200. The blinds were now at 6,000/12,000 with an ante of 1,500. Here's how the hand played out:
Alexandr18ru held nearly a 3-1 chip lead as heads-up play began, so it may have been odd that he request a deal. Wilinofsky agreed to look at the numbers and this is what those numbers were, setting aside $6,000 for the winner:
alexandr18ru - 1,603,214 - $74,167.35
NeverScaredB - 596,786 $66,968.65
Stating his OCD and liking round numbers, Wilinofsky asked for an additional $31.35 to get to $67,000 and alexandr18ru agreed.
That was the last break Wilinofsky would catch in tonight's tournament as his opponent was able to scoop up his remaining chips in just a few hands. The final hand has players at 7,000/14,000 with an ante of 1,750 as alexandr18ru min-raised to 28,000. Living up to his username, Wilinofsky wasn't scared to ship his remaining 324,948 chips with K♠7♣. The problem was that alexandr18ru held A♣[K♥ and quickly called. The flop of A♦9♠5♦ had Wilinofsky conceding defeat with his "nh gg" comment. The remaining cards were the Q♥ and T♥ as the Russian rungood continued for its players.
Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky didn't like the end result, but the $67,000 should cushion the blow a bit. Meanwhile, alexandr18ru earns $80,136 for his Super Tuesday triumph.
March 6 Super Tuesday final table results:
*1st:alexandr18ru - $80,136.00
*2nd: Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky - $67,000.00
3rd: Gregory41 - $46,200.00
4th: RLOG - $35,200.00
5th: MrKlout - $24,640.00
6th: Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks - $18,700.00
7th: jackellwood - $14,300.00
8th: fcaler185- $9,900.00
9th: Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis - $7,304.00
*Reflects deal made heads-up
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