Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino ascends to top 8/13/13 Super Tuesday, earns $115K

It was yet another large field this week for the Super Tuesday at PokerStars, with 609 runners creating a prize pool of $609,000 -- once again more than doubling the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tourney's $300K guarantee. The top 72 finishers divided those riches, with the biggest share ultimately going to Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino of Brazil who took away a whopping $115,101 payday for a first-place prize.

It took about five hours and 20 minutes for the field to be carved down to 73 players at which point hand-for-hand play began. That period would last another 15 minutes, during which stretch three-time Super Tuesday winner Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler added to his stack to push up over 215,000 and increase his lead.

Finally phaplap lost a preflop all-in for about 20 big blinds with 8♣8♦ versus AceSpades11's A♦Q♦ when an ace fell among the community cards, thus hitting the rail in 73rd to be the last elimination before the money.

It would take nearly two more hours for the field to be reduced to 18 players gathered around the final two tables, with Wheeler still near the top but having slipped to third position with about 260,000, Celestino having moved in second with over 425,000, and a$$ou having built a big stack of over 615,000 to assume the chip lead.

About an hour later nine more had hit the rail, with Sergio "zcedrick" Aido (18th), Ben "ShankingYou" Palmer (17th), and Tim "2mark" Sattler (16th) each earning $4,872 for their finishes; Benjamin "SPEKTAH" Leblond (15th), Spowi07 (14th), and 68ioweyou1 (13th) taking away $6,090 apiece; and Chris "Genius28" Lee (12th), jpro89 (11th), and rizih (10th) each seeing $7,308 added to their PokerStars accounts.

Several ups and downs marked that sequence which ended with ArielBahia in front to start the final table.


Seat 1: Stunnaf00 (Canada) -- 310,456
Seat 2: NutsErryTime (Costa Rica) -- 279,232
Seat 3: Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino (Brazil) -- 589,591
Seat 4: Olorionek (Poland) -- 269,536
Seat 5: SANP3R (Brazil) -- 176,324
Seat 6: eisenhower1 (Sweden) -- 365,954
Seat 7: Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler (Mexico) -- 250,466
Seat 8: a$$ou (Canada) -- 444,961
Seat 9: KaptianKush (Canada) -- 358,480

On just the second hand of the final table, the blinds were 3,200/6,400 when the table's short stack SANP3R open-pushed all in for 174,724 from early position, then it folded around to NutsErryTime who reraised all in over the top from the small blind. Celestino folded from a seat over, and SANP3R showed A♦T♠ but had run into the A♥A♣ of NutsErryTime. The board ran out T♦J♥8♣3♣Q♦, and SANP3R was quickly out in ninth.

About 10 minutes later the blinds had moved up to 3,600/7,200 when Olorionek raised to 14,700 from middle position, then a$$ou reraised to 36,666 from the small blind. The action moved back to Olorionek who reraised back to 65,445, then a$$ou pushed all in and Olorionek called with the 168,909 left behind.

a$$ou: 9♠9♥
Olorionek: A♦K♦

The community cards came 8♠7♥Q♣, then 4♣, then 7♠, meaning a$$ou's nines had held and Olorionek was out in eighth.

Play pushed past the tourney's nine-hour mark, and it would would take another half-hour more for the next elimination to come. By then the blinds had increased to 5,000/10,000, and when Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler opened for 20,000 from under the gun, it folded to NutsErryTime on the button who three-bet to 52,225. Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino then reraised again to 99,999 from the small blind, a short-stacked eisenhower1 called all in for just 10,268 from the big blind, and the other two folded.

eisenhower1 had Q♦7♠ and needed a lot of help against Celestino's A♠A♦, but the board came 5♣2♥K♣T♠J♣ and eisenhower1 was out in seventh.

By then NutsErryTime had pushed out into the lead with nearly 1.2 million while a$$ou and jdtjoker had slipped back to short-stacked status, then Wheeler doubled through a$$ou to knock the latter down under 20,000.

Soon ArielBahia was min-raising to 24,000 from under the gun and a$$ou called all in for 16,524 from a couple of seats over. Leader NutsErryTime called as well from the big blind, and then the two remaining players checked down the K♣8♦J♦ flop, 7♠ turn, and 2♥ river.

NutsErryTime showed 6♦4♥ while ArielBahia had A♠7♦. Celestino's sevens were better than whatever a$$ou had as a$$ou mucked having been eliminated in sixth.

Alas for Wheeler, his survival in the tourney wouldn't last much longer as soon he was open-pushing from the cutoff for 160,746 (a little less than 14 big blinds) and getting a single caller in NutsErryTime from the big blind. jdtjpoker had A♠7♦ and NutsErryTime A♥J♦, the board came 9♠4♥4♠A♦J♠, and another great Super Tuesday run for Wheeler had ended in fifth.

The remaining four players made it to the 10-hour break with ArielBahia having moved ahead with 1,385,819, with NutsErryTime next with 1,127,768, KaptianKush third with 351,030, and Stunnaf00 fourth with 180,383.

On just the second hand back Stunnaf00 raised a little over 2x to 24,960 from the button, NutsErryTime reraised to 61,775 from the small blind, Stunnaf00 pushed all in for 192,383, and NutsErryTime called.

NutsErryTime had K♥Q♥ and Stunnaf00 A♠Q♠, then the flop came 8♥K♣J♦ to pair NutsErryTime's king. The turn was the 8♠ and river the K♦, improving NutsErryTime to trips and sending Stunnaf00 railward in fourth.

KaptianKush battled with the short stack for the next few minutes, then with the blinds up to 7,000/14,000 a hand arose in which KaptianKush open-raised all in from the small blind for 207,530 with Q♦T♥ and NutsErryTime called from the big blind with 8♣8♦.

The flop came Q♠A♠T♦ to give KaptianKush two pair and a big lead in the hand, but the turn was the J♥ and the river the 9♥, filling out a straight for NutsErryTime and knocking out KaptianKush in third.

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That hand helped give NutsErryTime the lead to begin heads-up play with 1,838,591 to ArielBahia's 1,206,409.

It was about 10 minutes into the pair's duel that a big hand developed that saw the two reach the river with the board showing 2♠9♠5♣3♥7♦ and a little over 340,000 in the middle. NutsErryTime then led with a bet of 177,775 and ArielBahia responded by shoving all in for 946,359.

NutsErryTime tanked for more than two minutes then finally called, showing K♥9♣ for top pair of nines. But Celestino had 6♣4♦ for a turned straight and suddenly was up over 2.23 million while NutsErryTime had been knocked back close to 800,000. Take a look:

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NutsErryTime open-folded the next hand, then on the following one Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino raised 2x to 32,000 from the button and NutsErryTime called. The flop came 7♠T♣9♣ and both players checked. The turn then brought the 4♥ and another check from NutsErryTime. Celestino fired 32,000, NutsErryTime responded with a raise to 81,885, and Celestino called.

The river brought the 3♣. NutsErryTime led with a bet of 144,445 this time, and ArielBahia didn't wait long before shoving all in again.

Once more NutsErryTime had to dip into the time bank while considering what to do, and after about a half-minute again made a call, turning over 8♠6♠ for a flopped ten-high straight. But alas for NutsErryTime, Celestino had it again, showing 5♣2♣ for a rivered flush to win the hand and the title.

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Congratulations to Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino for topping another big Super Tuesday field and earning a huge $115,101 score!


Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino

8/13/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results

Players: 609
Total prize pool: $609,000.00
Places paid: 72

1. Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino (Brazil) -- $115,101.00
2. NutsErryTime (Costa Rica) -- $84,346.50
3. KaptianKush (Canada) -- $62,118.00
4. Stunnaf00 (Canada) -- $46,893.00
5. Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler (Mexico) -- $32,886.00
6. a$$ou (Canada) -- $25,882.50
7. eisenhower1 (Sweden) -- $19,792.50
8. Olorionek (Poland) -- $13,702.50
9. SANP3R (Brazil) -- $9,317.70

Celestino is one of many players surely making note of the fact that the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker is right around the corner, with the Brazilian owning a SCOOP title already and likely having sights on adding a WCOOP as well.

This year's schedule is in place with the first events happening on September 8th. Check the WCOOP information page for all the details.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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