Pollopopeye flexes muscles, wins largest ever Super Tuesday, $124K (3/19/13)

It's been happening for the last few months now. The Super Tuesday is, shall we say, blowing up. Yet another record-sized field came out this week for PokerStars' weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, and after a little over 11 hours of play it was Pollopopeye of the U.K. triumphing over a largest ever Super Tuesday field of 663 to earn a record $124,644 first prize!

It was exactly 52 weeks ago when the Super Tuesday first cracked the 500-player mark when a field of 540 played on 3/20/12. That record stood for more than seven months, then was equaled on 10/23/12.

Since then we've seen new highs established for the Super Tuesday on four occasions, three of them within the last eight weeks:

10/30/12 -- 547 entrants
1/22/13 -- 597 entrants
2/20/13 -- 601 entrants
2/27/13 -- 614 entrants

And now, after weeks of 580 (3/5/13) and 585 (3/12/13), a new standard has been established with this week's turnout of 663.

That huge field meant a prize pool of $663,000 -- also a record, of course, and more than double the $300K guarantee. The top 81 players got paid (another record), with that eye-popping $124,644 prize due the first-place finisher barring a final table deal.

It took over five hours for the cash bubble to burst, and as they approached the six-hour mark there were 50 players left led by eventual winner Pollopopeye, Fishenzon, and FOO-92.

A little under an hour after that they were down to 27, with Pollopopeye still leading with the way with close to 300,000, followed by Milana Jones and joserivas397 both of whom were hovering around the 250,000-chip mark.

About 45 minutes later just 18 remained, gathered around two tables, with BgsPnaples having pushed into the top spot while closing in on 450,000 chips.

Marius "danskemann" Olsvik (18th), the red-hot Paul "paulgees81" Volpe (17th), and Scott "stpauli111" Paul (16th) each earned $4,972.50 for their finishes. vinizuxo (15th), NhFy (14th) and Milana Jones (13th) took away $6,298.50 apiece. And FOO-92 (12th), jonwayne69 (11th), and dyng247 (10th) realized $7,624.50 scores.

Fishenzon had become the new leader during that stretch, edging up close to 800,000. Just shy of the nine-hour mark, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: treezer (Sweden) -- 297,105
Seat 2: David "Betudontbet" Emmons (Mexico) -- 149,612
Seat 3: Pollopopeye (United Kingdom) -- 623,976
Seat 4: djuuud (Canada) -- 174,821
Seat 5: J.C. "PrtyPsux" Alvarado (Mexico) -- 96,592
Seat 6: BgsaPnaples (Canada) -- 554,036
Seat 7: Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (United Kingdom) -- 343,808
Seat 8: joserivas397 (Venezuela) -- 283,688
Seat 9: Fishenzon (Canada) -- 791,362

About 20 minutes passed, then with the blinds at 4,500/9,000 BgsaPnaples opened with a raise to 18,000 from middle position. It folded around to treezer in the small blind who reraised all in for 122,613, forcing David "Betudontbet" Emmons to fold. But BgsaPnaples called the raise, showing A♥Q♠ to treezer's 8♠8♦.

treezer -- who won the Super Tuesday not long ago on 11/27/12 -- was hoping the eights would hold, and hold they did through the J♦7♥3♥ flop and 7♣ turn. But the river brought the A♠, and treezer's Super Tuesday run this time had ended in ninth.

Not too long after it was BgsaPnaples scoring another knockout, this time of David "Betudontbet" Emmons in eighth.

Emmons, winner of the TCOOP Main Event in January 2012, open-raised all in for 88,987 (a little less than 10 big blinds) from under the gun, and only BgsaPnaples called from the cutoff seat.

Emmons had K♥J♥, but BgsaPnaples had picked up A♦K♦, and after the 8♦4♥A♥Q♣K♠ board, Betudontbet was gone in eighth.

About 15 minutes later it was Pollopopeye opening with a 2x raise for 20,000, then J.C. "PrtyPsux" Alvarado reraised all in for 282,468 from a couple of seats over. It folded around to Fishenzon in the big blind who shoved all in over the top, forcing Pollopopeye out of the hand.

Fishenzon: Q♠Q♣
PrtyPsux: A♣Q♥

The board came 9♣6♥2♦, then 7♥, then 9♠, and Alvarado was eliminated in seventh.

Just three hands later, Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes raised to 20,000 from under the gun, then Pollopopeye called from the button. djuuud then reraised all for 138,942 from the small blind, and only Pollopopeye called.

djuuud had J♣J♥ and Pollopopeye A♥Q♠. The flop came T♦3♣7♣ and djuuud was still in front with the jacks. But the A♦ fell on the turn followed by the Q♥ on the river, improving Pollopopeye to two pair and ending djuuud's run in sixth.

The remaining five players battled on all of the way to the 11-hour break, at which point joserivas397 had taken over the top spot in the counts with just over 1.01 million chips, with Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes next with almost 832,000, Pollopopeye third with just over 728,000, BgsaPnaples fourth with about 404,000, and Fishenzon last with about 335,000.

They'd play on a few minutes more, then suddenly, in the space of just nine hands, four players were eliminated and a champion was found.

First the blinds were up to 10,000/20,000 when Pollopopeye raised to 40,000 from the cutoff seat, then BgsaPnaples reraised to 83,250 from the button. The blinds stepped aside, then Pollopopeye shoved all in for 628,502 and BgsaPnaples called with the 446,098 left behind.

BgsaPnaples had A♦J♠ and needed some agreeable community cards to come to beat Pollopopeye's 9♣9♦. But the board rolled out 6♠T♣6♦6♥Q♥, and they were down to four.

That hand pushed Pollopopeye a bit ahead of joserivas397 and into the chip lead. Then three hands later it was joserivas397 raising to 40,000 from under the gun/the cutoff seat, Fishenzon reraising all in for 278,019 from the button, then Pollopopeye reraising all in over the top from the small blind. JIZOINT folded the big blind, then joserivas397 called with the 949,720 left behind, thus building a total pot of more than 2.28 million.

The three players' cards were revealed:

Pollopopeye: A♥K♠
joserivas397: A♣K♦
Fishenzon: 6♥6♣

The flop fell 2♠7♠K♥, pairing both Pollopopeye and joserivas397 and leaving Fishenzon searching for a saving six. The turn then brought the 5♠, suddenly opening the door for a spade flush for Pollopopeye.

Then came the river... the 3♠! The flush had come for Pollopopeye, delivering that huge pot and a double-knockout to reduce the field to two!

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Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes couldn't resist taking to the chat box after that dramatic hand:

JIZOINT: wowwy
JIZOINT: nh ggs
Pollopopeye: :)
Pollopopeye: gg guys
Pollopopeye: tought 5 handed

Heads-up play had begun, with Pollopopeye enjoying about a 3-to-1 advantage over Combes with 2,490,589 to JIZOINT's 824,411. It was a battle pitting two British players, as well as two SCOOP "High" event winners, with Pollopopeye having won one in 2012 and JIZOINT in 2011.

Combes quickly brought up the idea of a possible deal to divide the remaining prize money, but Pollopopeye replied "not yet" and both wished each other luck as play continued.

The pair played five small hands, then a hand arose in which both players were dealt big starting hands, with the result being JIZOINT committing all of his chips before the flop.

First Combes raised 2x to 40,000 from the button, then Pollopopeye reraised to 90,000, then JIZOINT pushed for 764,411 and Pollopopeye instantly called.

JIZOINT had A♦T♣, but alas for him Pollopopeye had been dealt A♠A♣.

The five community cards came 4♠8♥4♦K♦J♣, and in just eight short minutes following that 11-hour break, five players had been reduced to one.

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Congratulations to Pollopopeye for topping the biggest Super Tuesday field ever (so far), and with no final table deal that means the first prize of $124,644 represents the most ever won in the Super Tuesday, too!

3/19/13 Super Tuesday final table results:
1st: Pollopopeye (United Kingdom) -- $124,644.00
2nd: Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (United Kingdom) -- $90,831.00
3rd: joserivas397 (Venezuela) -- $66,963.00
4th: Fishenzon (Canada) -- $50,388.00
5th: BgsaPnaples (Canada) -- $35,404.20
6th: djuuud (Canada) -- $28,177.50
7th: J.C. "PrtyPsux" Alvarado (Mexico) -- $21,547.50
8th: David "Betudontbet" Emmons (Mexico) -- $14,917.50
9th: treezer (Sweden) -- $9,945.00

Entrants: 663
Prize pool: $663,000.00
Places paid: 81

While we eagerly wait to see if next week's Super Tuesday field might rival this one, MicroMillions 4 is providing a lot of excitement on PokerStars this week. Check the MicroMillions site to see the full schedule of remaining tournaments in the 100-event series.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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