Matt "mjw006" Wakeman takes down 10/1/13 Super Tuesday

Following a hiautus during the just-completed World Championship of Poker, tonight's Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em event picked right back up where it left off in September, drawing 514 entrants to build a $514,000 prize pool, better than the event's $300K guarantee. It would ultimately take little over 12 hours for one to emerge from that big field as the victor, with Matthew "mjw006" Wakeman of Australia winning the title and a first prize of $83,649.99 following a three-handed final table deal.

After about four hours and 20 minutes the field had been whittled down to just 100 players with VinceVegaMFR, Hustlaaaaaa, and Aguskb leading the way. A little over an hour later they were down to 64 and just one elimination from the cash, with zugzwang16 having pushed out in front ahead of VinceVegaMFR and Pandochka515.

Hand-for-hand play lasted nearly half an hour until finally Peter "Se7enTr3y" Akery was all in for a little under 15 big blinds and at risk with A♠A♥ versus the [10h][10d] of Joao "joao bauer" Bauer. Alas for Akery a ten flopped to give Bauer a set, and when no saving ace came the money bubble had burst.

By the time they reached the seven-hour break just 18 players remained, then led by Pandochka515. In the interim those cashing included Giuseppe "Ansgar2000" Pantaleo (62nd, $2,261.60), Roman "RomeOpro" Romanovskyi (59th, $2,261.60), Karolis "g.karolis" Grybauskas (56th, $2,261.20), Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (54th, $2,415.80), Lorenzo "Charlie580" Bazei (50th, $2,415.80), Zachary "zackmorris99" Donovan (49th, $2,415.80), Benjamin "SPEKTAH" Leblond (43rd, $2,570), David "d.quang" Quang (36th, $2,570), Nick "FU_15" Maimone (27th, $3,084), Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos (26th, $3,084), Joao "joao bauer" Bauer (22nd, $3,084), and Jason "jadedjason" James (21st, $3,084).

It would take almost an hour more for the next nine to fall. Timorm1 (18th), Brian "brianm15" England (17th), and psyhoagromor (16th) each earned $4,112 for their finishes. Then jus2awsum (15th), seymouraces (14th), and BigMeech99 (13th) took away $5,140 apiece.

Fresh off a runner-up finish in WCOOP Event #64 ($215 NLHE 8-max.) two days ago, Jonathan "ballallday12" Hilton was the next one out in 12th. Hilton was followed to the rail by JSLQUEELEY (11th) and VinceVegaMFR (10th), with those three picking up $6,180 each for just missing the final table.

With sonmonedas having moved ahead into first position, nine remained.


Seat 1: zugzwang16 (Uruguay) -- 260,001
Seat 2: Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (Canada) -- 99,630
Seat 3: RED18_ATNEK (Sweden) -- 468,423
Seat 4: Balog23 (Canada) -- 116,180
Seat 5: Matt "mjw006" Wakeman (Australia) -- 304,515
Seat 6: Corey "rat sauce 89" Thompson (Mexico) -- 331,936
Seat 7: sonmonedas (Argentina) -- 617,358
Seat 8: jpro89 (Canada) -- 280,615
Seat 9: Pandochka515 (Russia) -- 91,342

It took about 10 minutes for the first final table elimination to come, with jpro89 being the one to fall in ninth.

The blinds were 2,800/5,600 for jpro89's final hand, which began with jpro89 opening for 11,200 from under the gun and then watching Corey "rat sauce 89" Thompson reraise to 26,920 from the small blind. It folded back to jpro89 who shoved all in for 204,231 total and Thompson called.

jpro89 had 7♠7♦ and rat sauce 89 A♠K♠, and after the 6♣9♣J♦ flop and 2♦ turn it appeared jpro89 was about to survive. But the K♥ fell on fifth street to give Thompson a better pair, and jpro89 was out.

About 10 minutes after that the blinds had increased to 3,200/6,400 when Matt "mjw006" Wakeman raised to 12,897 from early position, then it folded around to Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger in the small blind who made it 32,400 to go. The action moved back to Wakeman who four-bet to 59,987, Benger shoved for 208,060 total, and Wakeman called.

Both players had big pairs, with mjw006's A♣A♠ dominating Flush_Entity's J♥J♦. The board ran out 5♣4♠T♣9♠Q♥, and Benger was bounced in eighth.

The seven remaining players pushed on into the tournament's 10th hour, with chatbox discussion about a possible deal beginning to emerge while Matt "mjw006" Wakeman moved ahead of everyone and into the top spot.

Then with the blinds up to 5,000/10,000 a hand arose in which Corey "rat sauce 89" Thompson open-raised to 126,316 from the button, then sonmonedas reraised all in for just over 200,000 from the small blind, causing Pandochka515 to fold the big blind.

rat sauce 89 had 7♣7♦ and needed help versus sonmonedas's 9♣9♠, but the community cards came K♥5♠K♠, then 3♣, then T♥, and Thompson was out in seventh.

Soon after that hand it was a short-stacked Balog23 pushing from the cutoff seat for 68,170 (just under seven big blinds) with Q♥9♦ and getting called by Pandochka515 with A♠Q♦. The board came K♥7♠7♣2♥3♥, and Balog23's Super Tuesday run ended in sixth.

A few hands later the tournament was finally stopped and the final five began to consider chopping up the prize pool. At that point zugzwang16 had moved ahead of Matt "mjw006" Wakeman with almost 896,000 to the latter's 838,000, while RED18_ATNEK had about 368,000, sonmonedas just under 242,000, and Pandochka515 almost 226,000.

The subsequent discussion lasted nearly 20 minutes, with both "chip chop" and ICM numbers being provided (both leaving $6,000 for which to play). It appeared all were ready to agree to the "chip chop" figures along with a couple of minor adjustments, but just as all were agreeing Pandochka515 requested more and the deal was ultimately scuttled.

Not too long after play resumed the blinds were 7,000/14,000 when sonmonedas made a 2x raise to 28,000 from under the gun. It folded to Matt "mjw006" Wakeman in the big blind who made a big reraise to 420,000, a bet that covered sonmonedas.

sonmonedas then called all in with the 226,144 left behind, turning over T♣T♦. But Wakeman had A♦A♥, and five cards later -- 2♣8♠Q♥4♥3♣ -- sonmonedas was out and four remained.

Play marched on and eventually Pandochka515 min-raised to 28,000 from the button, RED18_ATNEK reraised all in for 230,280 from the big blind, and Pandochka515 called. RED18_ATNEK had Q♠J♥ and needed help against Pandochka515's K♣Q♥, but the board came 8♥4♦7♦8♠A♠ and RED18_ATNEK was sent railward in fourth.

At that the tourney was paused once more for more deal talk, with Matt "mjw006" Wakeman in front with 1,215,983, a little less than twice what Pandochka515 (688,448) and zugzwang16 (665,569) each had.

This time they received the numbers and nudged them around a bit before finally reaching a compromise that saw mjw006 guaranteed $77,649.99, zugzwang16 getting $71,655.01, and Pandochka515 set to earn $67,000 with that extra $6K still on the table. The deal having been made, play continued.

The 11-hour break came and went, then Matt "mjw006" Wakeman made a just-over-2x raise to 32,097 from the button with zugzwang16 defending the big blind with a call. The flop came all babies and all hearts -- 2♥5♥4♥ -- and when zugzwang16 led for 36,000, Wakeman called. The Q♠ turn brought another bet from zugzwang16, this time for 68,800, and mjw006 was there with the call once more.

The river was the 5♠. This time zugzwang16 checked, Wakeman fired 360,000, and zugzwang16 called with the 329,457 left.

zugzwang16 turned over A♣4♦ for fives and fours, but mjw006 had rivered trip fives with T♣5♣, and they were down to two.

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Heads-up play began with Matt "mjw006" Wakeman with the chip advantage with 1,403,137 to Pandochka515's 1,166,863.

They'd battle about 20 minutes, a stretch that began with Pandochka515 quickly taking the lead and maintaining it, then losing it back to mjw006 before a decisive hand occurred that saw Pandochka515 all in following the turn with the board showing Q♣A♣2♠3♦.

Pandochka515 had A♦T♦ for top pair, but Wakeman had two pair with Q♦3♥ and was on the verge of winning. But the river brought the 2♥, meaning Pandochka515 ended the hand with the better two pair as well as over 2.18 million chips while mjw006 slipped under 400,000.

Wakeman battled back, however, to chip up and then earn a big double when his J♦J♣ held up against Pandochka515's A♠K♥. They continued to battle from there all of the way to the 12-hour break at which point mjw006 had 1,792,740 to Pandochka515's 777,260.

Wakeman maintained the lead after the break as the blinds climbed to 15,000/30,000, then a hand came up that saw mjw006 raise to 60,000 from the button, Pandochka515 call, and the pair watch a flop come a coordinated T♦Q♥J♣.

At that Pandochka515 checked, mjw006 bet 63,750, Pandochka515 check-raised to 134,789, mjw006 shoved and Pandochka515 called with 661,427 left.

Wakeman had J♦T♥ for two pair while Pandochka515 had an open-ender with K♣8♦. The T♠ then fell on the turn, filling Wakeman up and dashing Pandochka515's hopes of drawing out as the meaningless fifth-street 5♦ signaled the tourney's end. Wakeman had won!

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Congratulations to Matt "mjw006" Wakeman for surviving a tough Super Tuesday field and what ended up being almost one full hour battling with Pandochka515 heads-up to earn the victory!


Matt "mjw006" Wakeman

10/1/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results (*reflects three-way deal)

Players: 514
Prize pool: $514,000
Places paid: 63

1. Matt "mjw006" Wakeman (Australia) -- $83,649.99*
2. Pandochka515 (Russia) -- $67,000.00*
3. zugzwang16 (Uruguay) -- $71,655.01*
4. RED18_ATNEK (Sweden) -- $40,092.00
5. sonmonedas (Argentina) -- $28,270.00
6. Balog23 (Canada) -- $21,845.00
7. Corey "rat sauce 89" Thompson (Mexico) -- $16,705.00
8. Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (Canada) -- $11,565.00
9. jpro89 (Canada) -- $8,532.40

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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