ekziter grabs second Super Tuesday title, six-figure score (1/14/14)
With the fantastic finale of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure still fresh in poker players' minds, the second Super Tuesday of 2014 played out on Tuesday night with 531 players entering this week's installment of PokerStars' popular $1,050 no-limit hold'em weekly tourney. That meant a prize pool of $531,000 -- way over the $300K guarantee -- and after almost 10 hours and 45 minutes it was ekziter of Belarus emerging as this week's winner to claim a handsome first prize of $100,890 and a second career Super Tuesday title.
It took about five hours and 15 minutes for the field to be whittled down to 64 players and the cash bubble to arrive at which point TryToExploit had moved up close to 150,000 and into first position, well clear of the chase pack who were all sitting just under 100,000. Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody was also near the top of the first page of the counts just inside the top 10 with about 76,000.
A few hands passed, then Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes then became the unfortunate 64th-place finisher and they'd made the money.
Last week's Super Tuesday winner zen_mec was among the first wave of min-cashers, finishing 57th for a $2,336.40 payday.
Then just before the six-hour break, Jake Cody got involved in a hand versus fuddebuf that saw Cody calling a five-bet to go all in for his last 30-plus big blinds with 4♠4♥ and finding himself up against fuddebuf's A♦A♥. The flop came 4♣K♦A♣ to give both players sets, but the case four didn't come on the turn or river to save Cody, and he was knocked out in 36th place for $2,920.50.
A little over an hour later they were down to 18 with elmelogno4 and PKRisMYstar leading the way with both just over 280,000. It took about an hour and 15 minutes more for nine more to fall. kiwabi (18th), TryToExploit (17th), and Grizzlypower (16th) each earned $4,248. 7Be/\eC7 (15th), LR-President (14th), and Athanasios "Athanasios 9" Polychronopoulos (13th) took away $5,310 apiece. And danking11 (12th), sk2ll_m0dR (11th), and Kosei "shinbunshi" Ichinose (10th) each saw $6,372 added to their PokerStars accounts.
As the tourney approached the eight-and-a-half-hour mark and Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez having pushed into the top spot with nearly 580,000, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Graftekkel (Netherlands) -- 299,887
Seat 2: elmelogno4 (Uruguay) -- 227,061
Seat 3: MORTIIIIIIII (Sweden) -- 516,618
Seat 4: PKRisMYstar (Romania) -- 232,780
Seat 5: fuddebuf (Denmark) -- 68,640
Seat 6: Andre_Hansen (Ukraine) -- 138,815
Seat 7: ekziter (Belarus) -- 309,620
Seat 8: Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez (Uruguay) -- 579,568
Seat 9: Bruno chato (Brazil) -- 282,011
On the seventh hand of the final table, the blinds were 3,200/6,400 with a 800 ante when fuddebuf raised to 12,800 from the hijack seat. It folded to ekziter who reraised to 32,442 from the button, then Bruno chato four-bet to 79,211 from the big blind. At that fuddebuf pushed all in for 157,080 total and after ekziter folded, Bruno chato called.
Bruno chato had T♠T♣ and fuddebuf A♥K♠. The flop came T♦A♣9♣, pairing fuddebuf but giving Bruno chato a set of tens, and when the turn brought the 9♥ to improve Bruno chato to a full house, fuddebuf was drawing dead to finish the tournament in ninth.
It would take about 45 minutes for another elimination to come, by which time the blinds had increased to 4,000/8,000. A hand arose that saw the action fold around to Andre_Hansen on the button who open-raised all in for 146,426 total and got one caller in ekziter in the small blind. Andre_Hansen had 3♠3♣ and ekziter A♦9♦. The T♥5♣6♦ flop meant Andre_Hansen's small pair was still ahead, but the A♠ fell on fourth street to put ekziter in front. The river was the K♦, and Andre_Hansen was done in eighth.
It would be another 45 minutes before another knockout came, this one happening in the final hand before the 10-hour break.
The blinds were up to 6,000/12,000 when Graftekkel raised to 24,000 from middle position. It folded to PKRisMYstar in the small blind who raised all in to 73,597. Then ekziter pushed all in over the top from the big blind, and Graftekkel stepped aside.
PKRisMYstar had A♥7♦ and needed help against ekziter's A♠K♦, but the 6♣T♣9♦T♠4♣ didn't bring any improvement for PKRisMYstar who was out in seventh.
Shortly after play resumed, Bruno chato raised all in from the small blind for 123,330 (just over 10 big blinds) and was called by Graftekkel in the big blind. Bruno chato had A♣3♥ and Graftekkel Q♠9♠. The flop came T♠3♣J♠ then the turn brought the 2♠, completing a flush for Graftekkel and making the 5♣ river no matter, ending Bruno chato's run in sixth.
The remaining five pushed on for another half-hour, after which ekziter occupied the top spot with more than 1.04 million chips with MORTIIIIIIII the nearest challenger with just under 800,000. Then two knockouts happened on successive hands, the first involving the two chip leaders.
First with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 it was ekziter raising to 32,000 from UTG, MORTIIIIIIII reraising to 92,988 from the big blind, and ekziter calling. The flop came 5♦7♥K♥, and MORTIIIIIIII led with a bet of 70,775 which ekziter called. The turn then brought the T♥ and another bet from MORTIIIIIIII, this time for 135,775. ekziter responded with an all-in push and MORTIIIIIIII called all in with the 497,136 behind.
Top two pair for MORTIIIIIIII, but a set of sevens for ekziter was better, and after the 4♦ completed the board MORTIIIIIIII was out in fifth and ekziter was up over 1.85 million.
The next hand saw elmelogno4 open-raise all in for 169,901 from the button with K♥T♥ and Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez calling with K♠Q♠ from the small blind. The board ran out 2♦5♠7♥6♣J♠, and elmelogno4 was knocked out in fourth.
Just two hands after that Graftekkel limped in from the small blind, ekziter raised all in, and Graftekkel called with the 298,996 left. Graftekkel had a couple of face cards with K♥J♠ but needed to improve against ekziter's A♥3♥. The community cards came 3♣T♠9♠7♥T♥, ekziter's two pair were best, and Graftekkel was gone in third.
ekziter began heads-up play with a better than 4-to-1 chip advantage with 2,166,166 versus Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez's 488,834. The pair played seven hands during which Benitez inched up over 650,000 and ekziter dipped to just over 2 million, then the final hand swiftly arrived.
The blinds were 9,000/18,000 and the hand began with Benitez completing from the button and ekziter checking the option from the big blind. The flop came 7♣Q♣K♥, and ekziter check-called a bet of 20,250 from Tomatee. The turn was the 4♥ and once more the action went check-bet-call with Benitez firing 54,270 this time.
The river was the A♣ and ekziter checked a third time. Benitez bet 126,991, and when ekziter check-raised all in Benitez called with the 432,430 remaining.
Tomatee turned over Q♦7♥, having flopped two pair. But ekziter had 4♣2♣ for a rivered club flush, winning the pot and the Super Tuesday title.
Congratulations to ekziter for following a Super Tuesday win back in 2011 with a second title this week, with this one good for a cool six-figure payday!
1/14/14 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $531,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. ekziter (Belarus) -- $100,890.00
2. Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez (Uruguay) -- $74,340.00
3. Graftekkel (Netherlands) -- $54,427.50
4. elmelogno4 (Uruguay) -- $41,418.00
5. MORTIIIIIIII (Sweden) -- $29,205.00
6. Bruno chato (Brazil) -- $22,567.50
7. PKRisMYstar (Romania) -- $17,257.50
8. Andre_Hansen (Ukraine) -- $11,947.50
9. fuddebuf (Denmark) -- $8,814.60
As mentioned, the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure was another big success with lots of drama involved with last night's final tables in the Main Event and $25K High Roller. Read the PCA reports on the PokerStars blog from throughout the series.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.