Bryn Kenney collects 10/15/13 Super Tuesday win after three-way chop with ambi and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe

It was yet another massive field for this week's Super Tuesday, the popular $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars, with 579 players turning out. From that big field emerged a formidable final table, with three players -- Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (both playing from Canada) and ambi (of Norway) -- ultimately making it a nearly even three-handed chop after which Kenney ended up victorious.

Kenney claimed $88,058.96 for the win with Jaffe and ambi both taking away prizes of just above and below $80K. Here's the story of how those three ended up claiming the largest shares of the event's big $579,000 prize pool (nearly double the $300K guarantee).

After about four-and-a-half hours that field of 579 had been whittled down to just 100 players, with Jaffe then leading them all with about 90,000 and Calvin "cal42688" Anderson his nearest competitor with just over 70,000.

About an hour after that they'd reached the money bubble with 73 players left and Jaffe still on top and nearing the 150,000-chip mark. Hand-for-hand play lasted another 15 minutes before Anthony "holdplz" Spinella finally eliminated David "davidv1213" Vamplew in 73rd in a hand that saw the Vamplew turn a straight, Spinella river a flush, and the chips go in on fifth.

Just one Team PokerStars Pro remained among the 72 players making the money, Johnny Lodden of Norway. He'd hang on a while longer before committing a stack of just under 21,000 (not quite 12 big blinds) with A♠9♦ and getting a call from mendieta19 who held A♥9♥. Alas for Lodden, the board came A♣T♥J♠8♥J♥, giving mendieta19 a flush and sending Lodden out in 53rd ($2,316).

It would take two hours more for the field to be trimmed down to 18 players, with Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe still in the top spot with almost 350,000.

In second position then was yurasov1990 with about 328,000 who was trying to better an 18th-place finish in the Super Tuesday a week ago and add another big score to the third-place in the Sunday Million yurasov1990 picked up earlier in the month. Meanwhile, Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney had moved up and into third with just under 325,000, with no other player at that time with more than 210,000.

Over the next 70 minutes nine more would fall. dragonwarior (18th), pla5te (17th), antesvante (16th) each earned $4,632. KaptianKush (15th), Anthony "holdplz" Spinella (14th), and Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (13th) picked up $5,790 apiece. And wieselsen (12th), Steve "mcnallyville" McNally (11th), and oOwL (10th) took away $6,948 for not quite making the final table.

Just nine were left, with Jaffe still occupying the top spot in the counts.


Seat 1: DEdgge (Israel) -- 212,738
Seat 2: victorfrutal (Brazil) -- 121,338
Seat 3: Spowi07 (Austria) -- 314,174
Seat 4: David "d.quang" Quang (Canada) -- 353,705
Seat 5: yurasov1990 (Belarus) -- 240,047
Seat 6: Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (Canada) -- 640,943
Seat 7: bendov11 (Israel) -- 109,822
Seat 8: Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney (Canada) -- 467,093
Seat 9: ambi (Norway) -- 435,140

On just the second hand of the final table, the blinds were 3,600/7,200 when DEdgge opened to 14,900 from under the gun, then David "d.quang" Quang reraised to 32,222 from middle position. It folded back around and DEdgge four-bet to 69,990, and when Quang came back with an all-in shove DEdgge called with the 125,848 behind.

DEdgge turned over Q♣Q♠ but Quang had K♥K♣, and once the board rolled out nine-high -- 3♦9♠7♠6♦3♥ -- DEdgge was out in ninth.

They played through the tourney's nine-hour mark, then a big preflop all-in confrontation played out between ambi and Spowi07 in which ambi's Q♣Q♠ held up versus Spowi07's A♣K♣, leaving Spowi07 with less than 8,000 or a single big blind.

Spowi07 managed to hang on for a short while, nearly tripling up on the next hand and adding a few more to build up over 44,000. Then came a hand that saw Spowi07 open-push that still-small stack all in from early position with A♣2♦ then get called by yurasov1990 who happened to pick up A♥A♦. The board came 5♦8♣4♣6♠8♦, and Spowi07 was eliminated in eighth.

The blinds moved up to 4,500/9,000, and after victorfrutal raised to 23,212 from the cutoff seat, d.quang made it 47,777 to go from the button. The blinds got out, victorfrutal shoved for 122,481, and Quang called.

victorfrutal had A♥3♠ and needed help against d.quang's A♠Q♣. But the flop came 5♦8♠Q♦ to give Quang queens, and by the time the 7♣ fell on the turn victorfrutal was drawing dead and soon gone with a seventh-place finish.

They played on, with the blinds increasing again to 5,000/10,000. Then a hand arose in which Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe raised to 22,000 from under the gun, David "d.quang" Quang reraised all in for 92,416 from the small blind, and Jaffe called. Quang was taking 4♠4♦ up against Iftarii's K♠6♠, but board paired Jaffe twice, coming 6♥Q♦3♦K♦T♣, and they were down to five.

Some table talk followed, during which the idea of a chop was quickly set aside while Kenney noted his plans for the ongoing WSOP Europe.

ambi: anny of u pros wanna look at some numbers?
bendov11: bryn and iftrii ego is too big imo
ambi: prob
Iftarii: =)
bendov11: bryn you are not in france?
BrynKenney: nah i will go for the main and high roller

They would soon near the 10-hour break, then with the blinds at 6,000/12,000, Iftarii raised to 25,500 from under the gun. It folded to yurasov1990 in the big blind who pushed all in for 252,649, and Jaffe called to create a pot of more than half a million.

yurasov1990: A♠J♦
Iftarii: K♠Q♠

yurasov1990 had the preflop edge, and after the 7♦5♦J♠ flop had improved to a pair. But the turn was the K♥ to give Jaffe kings. The 3♥ came on the river, and yurasov1990 had a fifth-place finish to follow the 18th from last week's Super Tuesday.

That hand pushed Jaffe up over 1.17 million and into first position ahead of Kenney who had about 737,000 while bendov11 and ambi were both hovering around 500,000.


Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe

A half-hour later Jaffe was still leading as the blinds moved to 8,000/16,000. Iftarii then opened a hand with a 35,000 raise from UTG, then bendov11 reraised to 75,800 from the button. It folded back to Jaffe who shoved, and bendov11 called with the 376,484 left.

Iftarii had A♥T♠ and was behind bendov11's A♣K♥. Then came the community cards -- 7♦J♥Q♣, then 8♠, then 9♦ -- that nine on the end giving Jaffe a queen-high straight and ending bendov11's run in fourth.

As the remaining trio continued, it was Jaffe proposing a possible deal and eventually the other two took the 2013 WSOP Main Event 62nd-place finisher up on the offer to consider the numbers.

At that point Jaffe had a big lead with 1,721,789 to Kenney's 769,247 and ambi's 403,964. "whats the better one for me icm or chip chip i forget," typed Jaffe, and ambi quickly responded "chip better 4 u" followed by "wont happen."

The three chatted some more while waiting for the amounts to be presented to them.

Iftarii: =( I've got work in 4 hours
BrynKenney: atleast will have a smile all day at work :)
ambi: hehe
ambi: very
ambi: i have this week of, onlyy reason i played this, + that i won one of those hyper turbo sngs
ambi: hehe
Iftarii: not a bad run

Finally both "chip chop" and ICM figures were produced, and indeed the chip leader stood to be guaranteed much more with the former amounts (leaving $6,000 aside for the winner):

HostAmandinG (Administrator): Chip Chop
HostAmandinG (Administrator): Iftarii:$98,017.71
HostAmandinG (Administrator): BrynKenney:$76,464.11
HostAmandinG (Administrator): ambi:$68,198.68
HostAmandinG (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $6,000.00
HostAmandinG (Administrator): ICM:
HostAmandinG (Administrator): Iftarii:$92,035.31
HostAmandinG (Administrator): BrynKenney:$80,000.49
HostAmandinG (Administrator): ambi:$70,644.70
HostAmandinG (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $6,000.00

The ensuing discussion didn't take very long.

Iftarii: I'll make it quick
Iftarii: ill take chip chop, wont take icm
Iftarii: nothing in between
ambi: lets play
BrynKenney: goodluck
Iftarii: gl

Not long after play resumed ambi was all in with 4♠4♥ versus Iftarii's A♠A♦, but when a four flopped and the set of fours held, ambi survived with a double-up.

By the time they reached the 11-hour break ambi had nudged into the chip lead with just over 1.02 million while Kenney had a little more than 973,000 and Iftarii about 894,000. During the break ambi again proposed a deal, and the players once more had the tourney paused.

This time ICM numbers were produced, and ambi was willing to give up $1,500 to Jaffe and $1,000 to Kenney, meaning Kenney would be guaranteed $82,058.96, Jaffe $81,172.20, and ambi $79,449.34. They agreed, then with $6K still up for grabs, the trio collectively decided to go all in on every hand from that point forward to decide a winner.

It wouldn't be much longer before all was decided... just two hands, in fact, with Kenney proving the beneficiary in both of them.

The first saw all three all-in with Kenney holding the modest T♦4♠, a hand that proved to be ahead of both ambi's 8♥6♦ and Jaffe's 7♣2♦ before the community cards arrived. The hand was good afterwards, too, as the board came 3♦A♥9♥T♥2♣, knocking out Jaffe and leaving ambi with about three big blinds.

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With ambi all in on the next one holding 8♦7♣ versus Kenney's Q♦J♠, a T♦J♣Q♠4♥K♦ board meant two pair and the title for Kenney.

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Congratulations to Bryn Kenney who earns a Super Tuesday title as he prepares his trip to France for WSOP Europe.


Bryn Kenney

And kudos as well to ambi and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe for making it to the three-way chop and earning nearly-as-nice paydays themselves.

10/15/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results

Players: 579
Prize pool: $579,000
Places paid: 72

1. Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney (Canada) -- $88,058.96*
2. ambi (Norway) -- $79,449.34*
3. Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (Canada) -- $81,172.20*
4. bendov11 (Israel) -- $44,583.00
5. yurasov1990 (Belarus) -- $31,266.00
6. David "d.quang" Quang (Canada) -- $24,607.50
7. victorfrutal (Brazil) -- $18,817.50
8. Spowi07 (Austria) -- $13,027.50
9. DEdgge (Israel) -- $8,858.70

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