Super Tuesday: Chilax Chuck freezes foes, claims $85K

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Chilax Chuck's avatar makes a bold proclamation-- "I don't even fold laundry." And while we can't speak directly to the way he treats his clothing, he made enough aggressive moves and gutsy bluffs to convince us he was telling the truth, at least about his style of play. After a final table that paused three times for deal negotiations and saw more coolers than the parking lot of a Metallica show, Chilax Chuck charged through and closed out his first Super Tuesday title, banking over $85,000.

As of late we've seen the Super Tuesday field break records, and for the third week in a row, the field broke the 500-player mark and the prize pool exceed half a million dollars. When the three hours of late registration concluded, the final count topped out at 546, just one short of last week's record. 63 players earned a share of the $546,000 prize pool with first place set to earn $103,740.

In the mix tonight were Team Pros Johnny Lodden, Liv Boeree, Ana Marquez, Christian "el grillo" De Leon, and Nacho Barbero, along with Team Online's Caio Pessagno and Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen. Petersen enjoyed a deep run this week, making the final two tables. However, he busted in 15th place when his K♦Q♣ didn't improve against datuz78's A♣J♥, leaving Nacho Barbero as the last Red Spade standing.

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Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, 15th place

With ten players remaining and the blinds at 2,400/4,800, GGGYFI decided to make a move with 9♠3♥ and opened for 9,600. Chilax Chuck called from the small blind and checked the J♣4♠2♥ flop over to GGGYFI, who made an 8,800 continuation bet. Chilax Chuck called, and checked the 3♣ on the turn. Despite making a pair, GGGYFI checked behind. The river brought the 5♥ and Chilax Chuck checked a third time. GGGYFI shoved for $46,126 and Chilax Chuck snap-called, his A♦5♠ having turned a wheel. GGGYFI was out in tenth place, and the final table was set.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Chilax Chuck (487,803 in chips)
Seat 2: Blk Hemi (405,951 in chips)
Seat 3: MORTIIIIIIII (279,089 in chips)
Seat 4: nachobarbero (278,992 in chips)
Seat 5: dadowiec (339,987 in chips)
Seat 6: BrightStripe (104,697 in chips)
Seat 7: Mattssons (109,585 in chips)
Seat 8: ALIN76poker (301,138 in chips)
Seat 9: danutz78 (422,758 in chips)

Charles in charge

The first hand of the final table was a doozy for our chip leader, Chilax Chuck's pocket nines holding up on a 6♣7♣6♠Q♦3♠ board to win a 232,000 pot. A few minutes later, he went to war with dadowiec on a Q♣J♥T♣ flop. The rest of dadowiec's chips went in when the 6♠ hit the turn and Chilax Chuck called, having flopped a straight with K♥9♣. Dadowiec revealed an ugly cooler--x Q♦J♣ for top two pair. Unable to improve on the river, dadowiec hit the rail in ninth place, earning $9,063.60 while Chilax Chuck took a commanding chip lead with 918,000.

Shorties succumb

The final table's two short stacks were the next to depart, and in rapid succession. Down to his last 97,000 Mattssons was the first to put his chips in the middle, open-shoving from the button. ALIN76poker three-bet shoved for 269,000 to isolate, turning over K♣K♦ to Mattssons' K♠Q♦. Mattssons needed a miracle, and although he picked up a gutshot straight draw on the turn, the 8♦A♠7♥T♥9♥ board was no help. For eighth place, Mattssons picked up $12,285.00

Three hands later, Nacho Barbero opened for 12,800 from UTG and BrightStripe moved in for 106,197. The action folded to Blk Hemi in the small blind and he shoved for 557,450. Barbero scooted out of the way and the cards went on their backs, BrightStripe's tournament riding on 3♦3♠ holding up against A♠K♣. The coin didn't fall on the side of the pair this time as Blk Hemi improved to trips on the K♦K♥6♥ flop. BrightStripe couldn't pull a two-outer on the turn or river and exited in seventh place, earning $17,745.00.

Chilax Chuck gives up the chip lead

The action now six-handed, Chilax Chuck survived a nutty suckout that saw him lose the chip lead thanks to running cards. Chilax Chuck flopped a boat, but as he discovered, there was still a way for him to lose:

Chilax Chuck attempted to recover those chips from Blk Hemi, but only ended up digging himself further into a hole with an ill-timed bluff. After firing out on the flop and check-raising the turn, Chilax Chuck made it 152,000 to go on the river with the board reading A♠5♠4♥6♥2♦. Blk Hemi called with A♣5♥ for aces up and raked in the 523,000 pot, Chilax Chuck showing Q♥T♦.

Nacho nuked

Nacho Barbero hadn't been involved in too many pots thus far, but with the blinds up to 4,000/8,000 and his stack down to 135,500 he needed to make a move. After Blk Hemi opened for 18,557 and MORTIIIIIIIII flat-called, Barbero put the squeeze on and shoved from the small blind with A♠J♦. Blk Hemi folded but MORTIIIIIIII called, turning over A♦Q♠. MORTIIIIIIII hit top pair on the Q♦9♣2♣ flop and although the K♦ on the turn gave Barbero a ray of hope with a straight draw, the river blanked out with the 8♠. Barbero was out in sixth place, his final table run earning him $23,205.00.

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Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero, 6th place

First deal flops

Our final five agreed to pause the action to discuss a potential deal, but negotiations didn't get anywhere. After both chip chop and ICM numbers were presented, Blk Hemi refused to deal for anything less than $80k while MORTIIIIIIIII was demanding a minimum of $61k. With talks at a standstill, cards went back in the air.

ALIN76poker doubled up in short order, his A♣T♣ flopping a pair of tens against MORTIIIIIIIII's pocket fours. Then, two hands later, ALIN76poker picked up J♠J♥ and shoved for 507,646 over danutz78's 40,000 three-bet. Danutz78 called all-in with A♥Q♥ but the jacks held and danutz78 was out in fifth place.

Down to 166,000, MORTIIIIIIIII rebounded by doubling up through Blk Hemi, his K♣7♣ flopping top pair against T♥T♦. His reprieve, however, was short-lived. On a Q♦T♦3♥ flop, MORTIIIIIIIII check-raised to 52,750 and Chilax Chuck responded with a shove. MORTIIIIIIII called off his remaining 200,000 and turned over T♥7♥, his middle pair leading Chilax Chuck's flush draw with 5♦8♦. Chilax Chuck got there on the turn, though, the J♦ falling to end MORTIIIIIIIII's run in fourth place.

Second deal scuttled, third time's the charm

Chilax Chuck, ALIN76poker, and Blk Hemi once again paused the action to discuss a deal, but once again, the numbers presented weren't to their liking. Chilax Chuck wanted $3,000 more than the $75k he was offered while Blk Hemi refused to give up a cent. Cards went back in the air and two orbits later, Chilax Chuck snagged a 335,000 pot when Blk Hemi folded to his turn bet. The hand left Blk Hemi and Chilax Chuck virtually tied in chips, and not wanting to lose any more equity, Blk Hemi agreed to re-open deal negotiations. Here's a look at the chip counts when the action was paused for the third time:

Blk Hemi 1,065,713 (118.4 BB)
Chilax Chuck 968,846 (107.6 BB)
ALIN76poker 695,441 (77.2 BB)

Chilax Chuck was a tough negotiator, demanding an extra $1,000 from both his opponents to get his share over the $80,000 mark, but chip leader Blk Hemi wasn't going to let him walk away with a larger share than he was receiving. ALIN76poker agreed to fork over the $1k, but Blk Hemi wouldn't budge, and it looked like the deal would fall apart again. However, Chilax Chuck relented and agreed to the following deal:

HostPauloE (Administrator): Blk Hemi:$80,009.07
HostPauloE (Administrator): Chilax Chuck:$79,341.85
HostPauloE (Administrator): ALIN76poker:$70,794.08
HostPauloE (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $6,000.00

ALIN76poker out in third

Shortly after the deal was reached, ALIN76poker got the rest of his chips in preflop against Chilax Chuck. Both players turned over ace-queen, but ALIN76poker got extremely unlucky, the board four-flushing in diamonds. Chilax Chuck held the Q♦ and eliminated ALIN76poker in brutal fashion:

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 1: Chilax Chuck (1,784,287 in chips)
Seat 2: Blk Hemi (945,713 in chips)

Chilax Chuck took nearly a 2 to 1 chip lead into heads-up play and widened it even further on the third hand of the match. Holding J♣9♦, Chilax Chuck three-bet pre, then hit an open-ended straight draw on the Q♥T♦6♠ flop. Both players checked to the turn, which fell the 8♣, making Chilax Chuck a queen-high straight. Chilax Chuck bet 140,000, Blk Hemi called, and they went to the river, the 9♠. Chilax Chuck bet another 280,000 and Blk Hemi looked him up only to be shown the bad news.

Three hands later, Chilax Chuck opened for a min-raise to 20,000 and Blk Hemi moved all-in for 492,158 with 7♣7♦. Chilax Chuck called, and was in bad shape with A♣5♣, but hit straight and flush draws on the T♦4♣3♣ flop. The 3♠ on the turn missed for Chilax Chuck, but the river Q♣ made his flush, and locked up the win.

Congratulations to Chilax Chuck for winning his first Super Tuesday title and $85,341.85. For his runner-up finish, Blk Hemi earned $80,009.07.

PokerStars Super Tuesday results for 11-6-2012

Players: 546
Places paid: 63

1. Chilax Chuck (Canada) $85,341.85*
2. Blk Hemi (Canada) $80,009.07*
3. ALIN76poker (Romania) $70,794.08*
4. MORTIIIIIIIII (Sweden) $42,588.00
5. danutz78 (United Kingdom) $30,030.00
6. Nacho Barbero (Argentina) $23,205.00
7. BrightStripe (Austria) $17,745.00
8. Mattssons (Sweden) $12,285.00
9. dadowiec (Poland) $9,063.60

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $6,000 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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