dunner1624 like a dinner in 6/18/13 Super Tuesday
Winning poker tournaments can often involve crazy coolers, huge suckouts and a fair share of lady luck. Then there are the days where you keep your head down as it all just seems to fall into place. That was the case for dunner1624 in the weekly Super Tuesday. dunner1624 picked spots carefully, survived the early carnage of the final table and then accelerated beautifully short-handed to secure the win in efficiently ruthless fashion.
The $1,050 Super Tuesday brought out a healthy field of 478 entrants to create another juicy prize pool of $478,000.00. The top 54 place finishers would share in the spoils with first place slated to receive over $90,000.00.
With many of the big name professionals currently tied up at the World Series of Poker we couldn't spot too many Team PokerStars Pros in the field but Caio Pessagno and Toni Judet were representing the red spade in today's field. Unfortunately they both fell short of the money. A min-cash was worth $2,390 but that also eluded Austrian donvito1st who was the unlucky bubble in 55th place.
When SW GEORGIY lost a preflop race with pocket eights against the ace-king of CredeExperto, SW GEORGIY was out in 10th place as our Super Tuesday final table was set:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: CredeExperto (853,395 in chips)
Seat 2: Pinguizetti (199,989 in chips)
Seat 3: Brad "BaZa88" Bower (102,236 in chips)
Seat 4: Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser (177,837 in chips)
Seat 5: quarltje (213,145 in chips)
Seat 6: puto59 (240,230 in chips)
Seat 7: NhFy (90,811 in chips)
Seat 8: dunner1624 (191,375 in chips)
Seat 9: kleopl (320,982 in chips)
The final table was deceptively strong with several players possessing strong online resumes, and reigning EPT London champion Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser headlining the line up. A few of them, such as NhFy and BaZa88 had some work to do as the short stacks, while CredeExperto held such a commanding lead, he was sitting out in the early stages of the final table.
BaZa88 was able to secure an early double with his A♦Q♣ flopping two pair against the fast-talking quarltje's K♠7♦ in a button versus big blind battle, before dunner1624 was able to do likewise with pocket tens holding against NhFy's ace-king.
It would be BaZa88 first to go when he three-bet jammed A♠4♠ into CredeExperto's A♥Q♥. The flop of K♥7♥K♦ took away one of BaZa88's outs but did bring some chop possibilities if the board double-paired. It wasn't to be on the 2♣ turn or 6♣ river to leave BaZa88 to pick up $7,934.80 for 9th place.
The players settled into a grove and it would be some time before quarltje would be next to fall. After opening from under the gun, quarltje called off what was left holding J♣J♥ after Pinguizetti shoved from the small blind with A♠K♣. The race was on but it wasn't until the river on the board of 3♣6♣3♦5♠A♥ that Pinguizetti took the lead to eliminate quarltje from the tournament in 8th place for $10,755 in prize money.
Those chips didn't last long with Pinguizetti as next hand dunner1624 doubled up with pocket kings against Pinguizetti's ace-jack as the chips started to fly around the table.
NhFy was able to secure one double up with pocket aces, but was brought unstuck in a battle of the blinds. NhFy raised from the small blind before dunner1624 moved all in from the big blind. NhFy called it off with A♣3♠ but it was another big pair for dunner1624 with J♠J♣ which held on the board of 2♠Q♦K♦6♦5♥. NhFy picked up $15, 535 for 7th place.
Just a few short hands later and puto59 was joining the rail. puto59 three-bet shoved from the big blind with 6♣6♥ with CredeExperto making the call holding A♥K♥. The flop was a bare 2♦9♠7♣ but the A♣ turn and K♦ river sealed the deal to send puto59 home with $20,315 for a 6th place finish.
CredeExperto was well out in front, and that lead grew after a river raise was paid off by dunner1624 with CredeExperto tabling a full house on a coordinated board.
Meanwhile Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser struggled to get much going and eventually made a move from the small blind for around 14 big blinds with J♥7♣. The steal attempt didn't get through as dunner1624 made a great call in the big blind with Q♥4♥ which survived the 3♣A♠K♥4♠9♠ board. Visser's 5th place netted a handy $26,768.
kleopl caught a double up to stay alive, as did Pinguizetti with ace-nine holding against CredeExperto's ace-eight. However the domination didn't last as Pinguizetti was unlucky a short time later:
CredeExperto was still out in front but it was dunner1624 who gained the ascendency three-handed, winning the majority of pots. Eventually the three remaining players decided to look at a possible deal and ICM numbers were presented. dunner1624 and kleopl were happy enough, but the short-stacked CredeExperto wanted another $1,000 from the chip leader. dunner1624 compromised an extra $300 and the deal was etched in stone with $6,000 left in the middle to play for.
That was the cue for fireworks to erupt as CredeExperto and dunner1624 collided on the second hand back from the deal discussion:
CredeExperto had committed with ace-high but dunner1624 made a solid read with a lowly pair of ducks which survived the turn and river to remove CredeExperto in 3rd place for $62,092.47 in prize money.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 8: dunner1624 (1,712,372 in chips)
Seat 9: kleopl (677,628 in chips)
dunner1624 held a near three-to-one chip lead and it took just four hands of heads-up play for our champion to be crowned.
The action was raised on the flop, dunner1624 fired a bet on the turn before moving all in on the river on the board of 8♥5♥2♥7♣4♣. kleopl made the call with T♥5♠ for a pair of fives but that wasn't enough as dunner1624 showed 8♣6♠ for the straight to secure an impressive victory. kleopl received $67,199.61 for 2nd place as dunner1624 delivered the win for $80,741.12 in prize money. Congratulations!
Super Tuesday Final Table Results
Prize pool: $478,000.00
Place paid: 54
1st dunner1624 - $80,741.12*
2nd kleopl - $67,199.61*
3rd CredeExperto (Russia) - $62,092.47*
4th Pinguizetti (Ireland) - $38,240.00
5th Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser (Netherlands) - $26,768.00
6th puto59 (Portugal) - $20,315.00
7th NhFy (Sweden) - $15,535.00
8th quarltje (Belgium) - $10,755.00
9th Brad "BaZa88" Bower (Australia) - $7,934.80
* denotes three-handed deal
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.