Pokerfred99 prevails, earns record $116K in 2/26/13 Super Tuesday
We're getting used to it. Records being broken at the Super Tuesday, that is. For the second week in a row a new all-time largest field came out to play in PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament -- 614 entrants -- with Pokerfred99 of Germany outlasting everyone this week to win the title and a huge first prize of $116,046 (another record!).
It took five-and-a-half hours to reach the money bubble, and with 73 left Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani, üä-qaypö.wsx, and Pokerfred99 led the way as the only players with more than 100,000 chips.
Hand-for-hand play lasted for another 15 minutes, then finally Paul "xxCelticFCxx" Febers committed a stack of about 12 big blinds and had one adversary in robinho. Febers had the preflop edge with A♥A♠ against robinho's J♣J♠, but the flop brought a jack to give robinho a set, and two cards later xxCelticFCxx was the unfortunate 73rd-place finisher.
A little less than an hour later just 36 remained, with Brian "brianm15" England having moved to the front with more than 264,000, David "davidv1213" Vamplew next with about 223,000, and Mike "munchenHB" Telker third with just over 159,000.
It would take another couple of hours for the field to shrink down to a final table of nine, with Pokerfred99 opening a wide lead over that stretch by pushing out over 900,000 when no one else had as much as 550,000.
Those just missing the final table included RLOG (18th), Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier (17th), and Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (16th) who each earned $4,912; pezler06 (15th), jadedjason (14th), and Brian "brianm15" England (13th) who took away $6,140 apiece; and Masteryom (12th), yali1961 (11th), and EpicEpicEpic (10th) each made $7,368.
After eight hours and 45 minutes of poker, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: stknsidewayz (Netherlands) -- 88,653
Seat 2: ely_cash41 (Mexico) -- 182,804
Seat 3: Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani (Norway) -- 135,844
Seat 4: Steve "Stev0L_" Leonard (Australia) -- 174,631
Seat 5: Pokerfred99 (Germany) -- 905,596
Seat 6: Bandano (Netherlands) -- 321,446
Seat 7: David "davidv1213" Vamplew (United Kingdom) -- 292,280
Seat 8: DeLaBijen (Netherlands) -- 538,467
Seat 9: Rodrigo "seijistar" Seiji (Brazil) -- 430,279
It took nearly two orbits for the first player to go, with the table's short stack stknsidewayz being the ninth-place finisher.
stknsidewayz's last hand began with an all-in push from early position for 21,443 (not three big blinds). Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani called from a couple of seats over, and when Bandano reraised from the button, the blinds and Stani stepped aside.
stknsidewayz had A♦3♥ and Bandano K♦K♥. The board came Q♦8♥3♦4♥4♣, and stknsidewayz was eliminated.
Not too long after -- just past the tourney's nine-hour mark -- the blinds were 4,000/8,000 when ely_cash41 open-raised all in for 88,320 from middle position and got one caller in Pokerfred99 from the small blind. ely_cash41 had A♥5♥ and Pokerfred99 A♦J♣, and when the community cards came A♠K♠2♠8♥4♣, Pokerfred99's ace was best and ely_cash41 was out in eighth.
It would take another 40 minutes before the next player fell, with the blinds increasing to 5,000/10,000 during the interim. A hand arose in which Rodrigo "seijistar" Seiji opened for 20,000 from middle position, then Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani reraied all in for 167,742 from the next seat. It then folded to Bandano who reraised all in over the top from the big blind, and Seiji folded.
A bad spot for Stani, and after the board rolled out A♦T♠7♦5♥3♦ they were down to six.
Another 40 minutes passed, during which stretch Rodrigo "seijistar" Seiji assumed the chip lead from PokerFred99. Then with the blinds at 8,000/16,000, Bandano open-pushed all in from under the gun for 149,379 with K♣J♣ and got a single caller in Pokerfred99 who woke up in the big blind with A♣A♠. The community cards came ten-high -- T♥2♦3♣6♥3♦ -- and Bandano was bounced in sixth.
Soon after that hand, Pokerfred99 once more grabbed the chip lead, pushing up over 1 million with Seiji not far behind with a little over 900,000.
A little after that, Steve "Stev0L_" Leonard opened with a 2x raise to 36,000 from UTG, Pokerfred99 reraised to 78,665 from a seat over, then David "davidv1213" Vamplew pushed all in for 342,255 from the next position. It folded all of the way around to Pokerfred99 who quickly called, tabling J♥J♦ to Vamplew's 7♦7♠.
The flop came 2♠3♦J♣ to give Pokerfred99 a set, and by the Q♣ turn davidv1213 was drawing dead. Just four remained.
They pushed past the 12-hour mark, then it was Seiji min-raising to 40,000 from the button, Pokerfred99 reraising to 100,000 from the big blind, seijistar reraising all in for 672,748, and Pokerfred99 calling.
Seiji had 5♣5♦, but Pokerfred99 had picked up A♥A♦ (again). The flop came 9♦A♠6♠ to increase Pokerfred99's advantage even further, with the 3♣ turn making the 2♠ river no matter, sending seijistar railward in fourth.
With three left Pokerfred99 was way in front with more than 2.26 million with Stev0L_ next with about 482,000 and DeLaBijen third with just over 325,000.
There was no chatbox talk about deal-making, Pokerfred99's significant chip advantage perhaps stifling the urge. In any case, it didn't take long before DeLaBijen was raising 2x to 50,000 from the button, then Pokerfred99 reraised to 150,000 from the big blind and DeLaBijen called.
The flop came T♦9♦4♥, and when Pokerfred99 led for 100,000, DeLaBijen raised to 275,000, Pokerfred99 pushed his leading stack all in, and DeLaBijen called with the 1,554,529 remaining.
DeLaBijen had K♣T♣ for top pair, but Pokerfred99 had picked up yet another big pocket pair with Q♦Q♠. The turn then brought the Q♣, giving Pokerfred99 a set (again!) but also leaving DeLabijen with hopes to fill a straight. But the river was the 3♣, and DeLabijien was knocked out in third.
Heads-up play began with Pokerfred99 enjoying a more than 5-to-1 lead with 2,604,495 to Steve "Stev0L_" Leonard's 465,505.
On the fifth hand between them, Leonard slipped down below 200,000 in a hand that saw Pokerfred99 make two pair. Four hands after that, Stev0L_ pushed all in for 152,830 from the button and Pokerfred99 called.
Leonard was taking his chances with 5♣4♠ while Pokerfred99 held K♠Q♥. The flop came A♦4♣3♣ to pair Stev0L_, and the 6♥ turn added a straight draw for him.
Then came the river... the Q♦! A better pair for Pokerfred99, and the Super Tuesday title!
Congratulations to Pokerfred99 who tops the largest Super Tuesday field ever (614) and wins the biggest Super Tuesday first prize ever ($116,046)!
2/26/13 Super Tuesday final table results:
1st: Pokerfred99 (Germany) -- $116,046.00
2nd: Steve "Stev0L_" Leonard (Australia) -- $85,039.00
3rd: DeLaBijen (Netherlands) -- $62,628.00
4th: Rodrigo "seijistar" Seiji (Brazil) -- $47,278.00
5th: David "davidv1213" Vamplew (United Kingdom) -- $33,156.00
6th: Bandano (Netherlands) -- $26,095.00
7th: Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani (Norway) -- $19,955.00
8th: ely_cash41 (Mexico) -- $13,815.00
9th: stknsidewayz (Netherlands) -- $9,394.20
Prize pool: $614,000.00
Places paid: 72
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.