NhFy flies through 10/22/13 Super Tuesday, earns $102,980
Every week the Super Tuesday -- the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars -- brings out a tough field of top online talent. The field is also usually quite large, too, and this week saw another big, talented group of players come out.
The tournament usually takes a long time as well, although this week that wasn't necessarily the case as NhFy of Sweden managed to top a field of 542 in less than 10 hours, a relatively quick Super Tuesday's night work that earned the winner a handsome $102,980 award.
That field meant a $542,000 prize pool -- well over the tourney's $300K guarantee -- with the top 63 finishers scheduled to split the money.
After a little over five hours they were down to 64 players and hand-for-hand play commenced. It took a while, but after getting whittled down to less than a big blind Jason "jadedjason" James was finally ousted by Leqenden in 64th and the money bubble burst. At that point MoshiMoshi84 was leading the way with just under 200,000 chips, at the time more than 50,000 clear of second-place Kolkelini.
Not long after that it was the lone remaining Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden falling in 56th place for a $2,384.80 cash. Lodden's last hand saw the Norwegian reraising all in for his last 10 big blinds with K♦J♦, get called by bunajba who held A♥Q♠, and bunajba's hand remain best.
A couple of hours later just 18 remained with MoshiMoshi84 still out in front with more than 350,000 while second-place Bratishchev hovered around 300,000.
It took just about an hour for nine more players to fall, during which period NhFy pushed up into the top spot with more than 780,000. jadkamal (18th), TudodePapai (17th), and randomclown4 (16th) each took away $4,336 for their finishes; Earl Hindman (15th), Halfrek (14th), and a$$ou (13th) made $5,420 apiece; and Schinken777 (12th), hownorez (11th), and Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis (10th) made $6,504 for not quite making the final table.
Seat 1: Bratishchev (Russia) -- 487,595
Seat 2: AllinAbath (Brazil) -- 292,518
Seat 3: jareth3542 (United Kingdom) -- 156,348
Seat 4: MoshiMoshi84 (Netherlands) -- 368,977
Seat 5: NhFy (Sweden) -- 782,901
Seat 6: Karolis "g.karolis" Grybauskas (Lithuania) -- 79,490
Seat 7: EVitoy (Brazil) -- 336,306
Seat 8: Timorm1 (Israel) -- 112,846
Seat 9: LilFishAtL (Mexico) -- 93,019
It only took a few minutes for one of the table's short stacks to fall as Karolis "g.karolis" Grybauskas was toppled in ninth.
With the blinds 2,800/5,600, AllinAbath raised to 11,200 from early position, MoshiMoshi84 called from a couple of seats over, then Grybauskas reraised all in with the 53,590 he had left from the cutoff seat. It folded back around and only MoshiMoshi84 called, showing A♣K♠ to the 7♣7♠ of g.karolis. The board came J♥K♣9♥J♦8♦, giving MoshiMoshi84 the better pair and ending Grybauskas's run.
It would be over half an hour before another elimination would happen, during which stretch the blinds went up to 3,600/7,200 while AllinAbath's stack was knocked down under 32,000. Then a hand arose in which AllinAbath open-pushed all in from the cutoff with 6♣6♦ and got a single caller in NhFy in the big blind with T♥4♦. The Q♣J♣4♥ flop paired NhFy although AllinAbath was still ahead, but the 4♣ fell on fourth street to improve NhFy to trips. The river was the 9♥, and AllinAbath was out in eighth.
About 15 minutes later NhFy had built the lead further, moving up over 1.2 million -- more than three times the nearest challenger, LilFishAtL who had almost 360,000.
Then with the blinds up to 4,000/8,000, NhFy raised to 16,800 from middle position, and Timorm1 reraised to 37,885 from the button. It folded back to NhFy who made it 88,000 to go, and when Timorm1 shoved for 230,624 total, NhFy called.
NhFy had A♥K♦ and Timorm1 J♦J♠, and when the flop came 7♦K♠4♥ NhFy had pulled ahead in the race. The turn was the 2♠ and river the 5♣, and Timorm1 was finished in seventh.
A short while after that LilFishAtL min-raised to 18,000 from the cutoff seat, then Bratishchev reraised all in for 160,760 from the button. The blinds got out, LilFishAtL called, and Bratishchev showed K♥J♠ to LilFishAtL's A♥T♦. The board brought no improvement to either player, coming 2♣Q♣5♦6♠4♠, and Bratishchev was done in sixth.
Soon it was NhFy raising to 18,900 from under the gun and EVitoy reraising all in for 159,033 from a seat over. jareth3542 then called the push from the big blind and NhFy stepped aside. jareth3542 had A♣Q♦ and EVitoy T♦T♥. The 4♠9♦9♠ flop meant EVitoy's tens were still best, but the turn brought the Q♠ to give jareth3542 the advantage. The river was the K♠ and EVitoy was knocked out in fifth.
The blinds moved to 10,000/20,000, and MoshiMoshi84 opened with a raise to 25,000 from the small blind. NhFy came backc with a three-bet to 60,000 from the big blind, MoshiMoshi84 pushed for 482,617, and NhFy called.
MoshiMoshi84 had the dominating hand preflop, but the first three community cards came 2♣K♦8♠ and NhFy had gone from way behind to way in front. The turn was the J♣ and river the A♦, and MoshiMoshi84 was sent railward in fourth.
Following that hand NhFy was up over 1.65 million while jareth3542 had just under 752,000 and LilFishAtL about 302,000. The trio would play a dozen hands more with NhFy chipping up even further, then three quick hands played out that saw a relatively rapid end to this week's Super Tuesday.
First it was jareth3542 opening with a 2x raise to 20,000 from the button, then NhFy reraised to 50,000 from the small blind. LilFishAtL folded, and jareth3542 four-bet to 105,000. NhFy reraised back to 960,000 and jareth3542 called with the 515,174 left behind.
Both players had picked up big pocket pairs, with NhFy's K♣K♥ ahead of jareth3542's Q♠Q♥. The community cards came J♣6♠5♣, then T♦, then A♦, and jareth3542 was out.
NhFy was up to 2,417,625 to start heads-up play versus LilFishAtL who had 292,375, and the first hand between them saw NhFy raising to 11,000 from the button, LilFishAtL shoving from the big blind, and NhFy calling. LilFishAtL had Q♠8♠ and NhFy K♣4♦, and the 6♥5♥Q♥7♠T♠ board gave LilFishAtL a pair of queens and a double-up.
But one hand later it would end abruptly for LilFishAtL. On the tourney's final hand, LilFishAtL min-raised to 20,000, NhFy reraised to 50,000, LilFishAtL four-bet to 98,725, NhFy pushed almost all in, and LilFishAtL called with the 484,775 left.
LilFishAtL had a bigger ace, but the T♦T♠9♠ flop swiftly gave NhFy a commanding lead in the hand. The turn was the 2♦ and river the J♦, and it was all over.
Congratulations to former SCOOP champion NhFy for bringing a big lead to this week's Super Tuesday final table, then making relatively short work of things afterwards to claim a nifty six-figure score!
10/22/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: 63
Places paid: $542,000.00
1. NhFy (Sweden) -- $102,980.00
2. LilFishAtL (Mexico) -- $75,880.00
3. jareth3542 (United Kingdom) -- $55,555.00
4. MoshiMoshi84 (Netherlands) -- $42,276.00
5. EVitoy (Brazil) -- $29,810.00
6. Bratishchev (Russia) -- $23,035.00
7. Timorm1 (Israel) -- $17,615.00
8. AllinAbath (Brazil) -- $12,195.00
9. Karolis "g.karolis" Grybauskas (Lithuania) -- $8,997.20
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.