Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich captures second Super Tuesday title 08/27/13
The weekly big buy-in Super Tuesday event rolled around and drew some of the best players in the world. 470 players registered for the $1,050 No Limit Hold'em tournament creating a prizepool where the winner was set to earn more than $90,000.
There were plenty of big names in the running for the top 54 spots and the money but it was Team PokerStars Leo Fernandez who went out on the bubble in 55th. The tournament was deep stacked throughout the entire run but action picked up a little after Fernandez was eliminated.
Randy "nanonoko" Lew was the only member of Team PokerStars to make the money but fell short in 33rd place. Professionals Tom "hitthehole" Middleton and Bjorn "kleath" Kleathersson had a great chance at the final table but missed out with a bad late run.
ace_roth21 was also primed to be one of those at the final table but ran into some bad luck. He three-bet shoved against initial raiser Magardan with A♣8♦ to run into unfortunate A♥A♦ to drop on the final table bubble.
Seat 1: EzPaTuLa (97,548 in chips)
Seat 2: Pandochka515 (90,157 in chips)
Seat 3: Bassysaffari (322,539 in chips)
Seat 4: Magardan (489,169 in chips)
Seat 5: alexandrapau (135,675 in chips)
Seat 6: BIack88 (220,674 in chips)
Seat 7: dvash9 (471,741 in chips)
Seat 8: blumenkind53 (498,754 in chips)
Seat 9: Mr. Tim Caum (23,743 in chips)
Blind Level: 2,800/5,600 with 700 ante
Mr. Tim Caum/O'Dwyer comes in short, eliminated in 9th
The exit of ace_roth21 in 10th place allowed Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer to slide to the final table with less than four big blinds. He managed to make it through a few hands moving all-in from the big blind for less than a mis-raise after Magardan opened for a raise.
O'Dwyer was holding two live cards with 9♦8♦ but needed help against A♠T♦. There was nothing big on the 6♣4♣3♣ flop but picked up an open ended draw with the 7♦ turn.
The A♣ river removed the chance of a miracle comeback for the reigining EPT Grand Final champ and he was knocked out in 9th place for $7,802.
Pandochka515 gets it in good, eliminated in 8th
Players kept pressing the action until Pandochka515 was involved in a hand that looked like a cooler but turned out to be a bad beat.
dvash9 min-raised from under the gun before Pandochka515 three-bet to 34,898. dvash9 responded with a shove and have Pandochka515 covered.
Pandochka515 quickly called A♣A♣ and had to be happy to see dvash9 table K♦K♥. There were no problems for the rockets on the Q♥4♠6♣ flop but Pandochka515's tournament was on life support after the K♣ turn.
Neither of the two remaining Aces appeared on the river and Pandochka515 was unlucky to be knocked out in 8th place.
EzPaTuLa finds easy way out, eliminated in 7th
dvash9 wasted no time picking up another big hand and another knockout. On the very next hand after cracking Aces with Kings, dvash picked up a nother huge pot.
EzPaTuLa opened from early position and dvash9 three-bet from the big blind. EzPaTuLa called and they both saw Q♥J♦ flop. dvash9 bet out 24,543 and EzPaTuLa shoved and had to feel good with A♠Q♦ top pair top kicker.
Unfortunately for EzPaTuLa, dvash9 hit the flop even harder with Q♠Q♣. EzPaTuLa needed a perfect runner runner but didn't find it with the 4♠ turn and 2♥ river to be knocked out in 7th place for $15,275.
BIack88 loses coin flip, eliminated in 6th
Six-handed play didn't take the players long before they supplied another all-in and call. Magardan opened for a min-raise before BIack88 three-bet shoved for 125,774. Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich called the bet in the big blind and Magardan moved out of the way.
The cards were flipped and a race was set.
Unlike the previous hands, the drama was cut short on the Q♠5♦2♦ flop to pair one of Ulrich's over cards. BIack88 was unable to catch the backdoor flush or set of Nines with the 6♥ turn or 7♦ and was sent packing in 6th place for $19,975.
alexandrapau can't come back, eliminated in 5th
dvash9 may have let other players take charge at the table for a few hands but picked back up after a short break. Former SCOOP champion alexandrapau was having very little luck at the final table and needed several double-ups just to stay alive yet shortstacked five-handed.
Holding less than ten big blinds, alexandrapau shoved once again for 66,206 looking for another double and was called by dvash9 in the small blind. blumenkind53 decided to take a shot with a min-raise from the big blind but let the hand go after dvash9 moved all-in.
alexandrapau needed help A♥2♦ and one over card to dvash9's T♦T♣. A gutshot wheel draw was added to the possible outs after the 7♦5♥3♣ flop but couldn't find a four or Ace with 9♦ turn or 8♦ river.
alexandrapau has 2011 SCOOP title but was unable to add Super Tuesday to the list after being eliminated in 5th place for $26,320.
Bassysaffari flops well, eliminated in 4th
With average stacks around 60 big blinds, play was bound to slow down eventually and four-handed was that time. Most hands were settled pre-flop or with very small pots after Sebastian "Bassysaffari" Saffari found a double.
Saffari had a yoyo final table and moved all from the big blind for 193,906 from the big blind after blumenkind53 raised from the small. blumenkind53 called with the best hand A♦7♥ against A♠3♥.
Bassysaffari was behind at the start of the hand but hit the 2♦3♠J♠ flop to take the lead. The small glimpse of hope for an extended run was short lived as the 7♠ immediately changed fortunes. The harmless J♦ ended the run for Saffari in 4th place for $37,600.
Magardan can't win again, eliminated in 3rd
German Magardan has experience in the Super Tuesday tournament and already had a win to show for it. Magardan won this event just two months prior for $82,000 and 6th place finish in July.
Holding a smaller stack in relation to the other two remaining players, Magardan called blumenkind53's show from the big blind with over 20 big blinds.
Magardan's live cards turned out to be a losing battle of kickers after the 7♦7♣5♦4♠4♥ board ran out two pair. Magardan was unable to pick up a second Super Tuesday title but the third final table in three months is a solid result.
blumenkind53 comes from the behind to win Super Tuesday
dvash9 was the chipleader for most of the final table but Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich showed his skill by coming from behind heads-up without an all-in hand until the last of the tournament.
Seat 7: dvash9 (1,461,874 in chips)
Seat 8: blumenkind53 (888,126 in chips)
Ulrich pulled even with dvash9 and then pulled ahead with a 5-to-1 chip when they were all-in preflop. Ulrich was far in the lead with J♠J♣ against K♣7♦.
dvash9's hopes were nearly dashed on the 9♥T♦Q♣ flop as the over card King would no longer help. The 5♦ left dvash9 drawing to just the last two Jacks but the K♥ finished it off for the straight to end the tournament.
Magardan wasn't the only German player at the final table with big money tournament experience. Ulrich also has a Super Tuesday title to his credit along with a Sunday Million title for $160,000.
After another great run, Ulrich added another Super Tuesday title and $90,000 for the win.
08/27/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em):
$470,000 prize pool
54 places paid
1. Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich (Germany)- $90,193
2. dvash9 (Israel) - $66,975
3. Magardan (Germany) - $49,350
4. Sebastian "Bassysaffari" Saffari (UK) - $37,600
5. alexandrapau (Canada) - $26,320
6. BIack88 (Russia) - $19,975
7. EzPaTuLa (Portugal) - $15,275
8. Pandochka515 (Russia) - $10,575
9. Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer (Ireland) - $7,802