Big payday for Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen, 12/17/13 Super Tuesday winner

This week's Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament that routinely brings out online poker's best and brightest, saw another big field of 546 participate, thereby creating a prize pool of $546,000 that well exceeded the event's $300K guarantee. It would ultimately take 10 hours and 45 minutes for that field to play down to a winner, and when the last hand was dealt it was Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen playing from Costa Rica who had claimed the victory and a handsome $103,740 payday. Here's the story of how Hunichen did it.

A glimpse at the counts after nearly four hours of play revealed just over 400 of those entrants had fallen while a familiar name -- Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy of Hungary -- had risen to the top. Turmezy's nick is familiar because just two days ago he took down the Sunday Million (his second one) to earn more than $213K after a five-way chop.

About an hour-and-a-half later, however, twirlpro had descended back down through the counts before ultimately being ousted in 71st in a hand versus Tricoloren. They were then approaching the tourney's six-hour mark when the cash bubble burst, and with 63 left it was eventual champ Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen who had positioned himself in the top spot.

It took a couple more hours for the field to be whittled down to 18 players, during which time Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald took over the top spot. pintoelbajon (18th), Adriano "ULTRASANTOS" Mauá (17th), and Erebgil_bg (16th) would next go out, each earning $4,368, then HITTHEPANDA (15th), Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (14th), and then Fitzgerald (13th) hit the rail to earn $5,460 apiece.

Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald had become short-stacked after an all-in confrontation with Joe "floes" Serock in which the latter's A♣J♥ outdrew Assassinato's A♠K♦ when four hearts came among the community cards. That hand helped elevate Serock into first position as the next three went out, with Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (12th), ringlding (11th), and MistheMan (10th) all taking away $6,552 for their efforts.

Just nine remained, with a few other familiar names -- including Hunichen's -- among those chasing Serock.


Seat 1: Joe "floes" Serock (Mexico) -- 639,794
Seat 2: Andre "gigibaston" Belus (Romania) -- 282,348
Seat 3: Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepción (United Kingdom) -- 216,973
Seat 4: Carter "cswidler" Widler (Canada) -- 368,437
Seat 5: Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen (Costa Rica) -- 435,160
Seat 6: Doug*Dutra (Brazil) -- 72,968
Seat 7: CaLLitARUSH (Canada) -- 244,810
Seat 8: zwuerbs (Germany) -- 274,053
Seat 9: Nur1ck (Australia) -- 195,457

Doug*Dutra became the first final tablist to fall in ninth in a hand versus zwuerbs.

With the blinds at 5,000/10,000, Doug*Dutra open-pushed from the button for 85,686 with 4♣4♠ and got a single caller in zwuerbs who had woken up in the big blind with Q♦Q♣. The board came 7♥T♠6♥T♥9♦, and Doug*Dutra was out.

The blinds increased to 6,000/12,000, then a hand arose that saw Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepción raise all in for 174,108 from the cutoff seat then Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen reraise all in from the small blind to isolate.

Concepción had 3♥3♠ and was hoping the small pair would hold versus Hunichen's K♠Q♠. The treys did hold through the 5♥5♣7♦ flop, but the turn and river brought two queens -- Q♥, then Q♦ -- and OMGjonyctt was done in eighth.

Then just before the 10-hour break it was zwuerbs open-pushing from middle position for 182,521 (about 15 big blinds) and getting called by Carter "cswidler" Widler from the big blind. zwuerbs had 6♦6♠ but had run into Widler's A♦A♣, and five community cards later -- 5♥K♦4♥8♠2♣ -- they were down to six.

The break came and went, then Big Huni raised the minimum to 24,000 from the button and CaLLitARUSH reraised all in for 234,085 from the small blind. It folded back to Hunichen who called, turning over A♦J♠ while CaLLitARUSH had A♥T♦.

The flop came 3♦T♠J♦ to pair both players' kickers, then after the 2♠ turn and 5♣ river CaLLitARUSH was eliminated in sixth.

Play continued with Hunichen having pushed up over a million and into first position while Joe "floes" Serock had slipped to last of the five. And before long it was the former taking out the latter to reduce the field to four.

The blinds had climbed to 7,000/14,000, and after an open to 28,000 by Big Huni from the cutoff, floes reraised all in for 137,497 from the small blind and Hunichen called. Serock had A♥7♠ and was ahead of Hunichen's K♥T♠, but the board came 3♠J♦8♠K♦6♥ to give Big Huni a pair and end Serock's run in fifth.


Joe "floes" Serock

Hunichen's roll would continue unabated as soon after that hand he'd claim the last of Carter "cswidler" Swidler's chips, sending him railward in fourth.

Swidler's final hand began with him min-raising to 28,000 from the button and only Hunichen calling from the small blind. The flop came 5♠Q♦7♦ and Hunichen led with a bet of 28,885. Swidler responded with a raise to 63,000, and after pausing a couple of beats Big Huni pushed all in and cswidler called, committing the rest of the stack of about 400,000 with which he'd begun the hand.

Swidler had top pair-top kicker with A♠Q♥ while Hunichen had the nut flush draw with A♦8♦. The K♦ then fell on fourth street, completing the flush and making the J♥ river no matter.

Three remained. By then Hunichen had pushed up over 2.2 million, well above Nur1ck who was hovering around the 300,000-chip mark and Andre "gigibaston" Belus who had just a little over 150,000.

It was Belus shoving next for 162,736 from the small blind with A♥8♣ and Big Huni calling from the big blind with K♦T♠. The flop came J♠Q♠4♦ and gigibaston still held a tenuous lead, but the T♦ on the turn paired Hunichen. The Q♥ fell on fifth street, and they were down to two.

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Big Huni had nearly a 10-to-1 chip advantage to begin heads-up play with 2,456,748 to Nur1ck's 273,252.

Hunichen would then carve away about half of Nur1ck's stack over the next several hands before Nur1ck managed a couple of double-ups to climb up out of the danger zone. Then Nur1ck picked up a few more pots to pull close to even before falling back down under 500,000 before the final hand took place.

The blinds were up to 9,000/18,000. The hand began with a raise to 36,000 by Hunichen from the button, with Nur1ck responding by three-betting to 81,790. Big Huni then came back with an all-in shove and Nur1ck quickly called.

Nur1ck: A♦K♠
Big Huni: J♦T♦

Nur1ck had the best hand with five cards to come, and it was the best with two to come as well after a 4♠J♠K♣ flop paired both players. But once again fourth street proved fortunate for Hunichen, bringing the T♣ to award him with a second pair. The 6♣ followed on the river, and Big Huni had won.

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Congratulations to Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen for breaking through this week to top a tough field and talented final table to pick up a Super Tuesday title and six-figure score!


Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen

12/17/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results

Players: 546
Prize pool: $546,000
Places paid: 63

1. Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen (Costa Rica) -- $103,740.00
2. Nur1ck (Australia) -- $76,440.00
3. Andre "gigibaston" Belus (Romania) -- $55,965.00
4. Carter "cswidler" Widler (Canada) -- $42,588.00
5. Joe "floes" Serock (Mexico) -- $30.030.00
6. CaLLitARUSH (Canada) -- $23,205.00
7. zwuerbs (Germany) -- $17,745.00
8. Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepción (United Kingdom) -- $12,285.00
9. Doug*Dutra (Brazil) -- $9,063.60

The European Poker Tour Prague Main Event has played down from 1,007 entries to an eight-handed final table set to play out on Wednesday. Check the PokerStars blog for updates to see who will emerge as the next EPT champion.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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