Kafrou captures 12/30/14 Super Tuesday, ends year with $106K score
Tuesday night saw the last Super Tuesday of 2014 play out at PokerStars, and after almost 12 hours of poker Romania's Kafrou left with all the chips as the final winner of the year, earning a $106,780 payday for topping another big field of 562.
Tonight's tourney capped a big year for PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament. The Super Tuesday ran 47 times during 2014, only taking off during the Spring Championship of Online Poker in May and the World Championship of Online Poker in September. An all-time largest Super Tuesday field ever happened back in early April when 711 played, while more than 600 participated on 15 other occasions.
The average turnout for the Super Tuesday in 2014 was a little over 573 entrants. That continued the trend of the tournament getting bigger each year after the Super Tuesday averaged about 527 players per week in 2013, and about 443 per week in 2012. (The guarantee for the event was upped from $300K to $400K as well this year.)
This week's field of 562 meant a guarantee-exceeding $562,000 prize pool. The tournament had just begun its sixth hour when ejcp fell in 64th place in a hand versus PJ1969 to be the last person out before the money. That hand put PJ1969 near the top of the counts with 63 players left, joining leader ZockerHeidi and Ray "NestaRasta" Baker as the only players with more than 100,000.
Meanwhile Team PokerStars Pro Online player Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara was sitting with almost exactly an average stack with about 45,000, enjoying cashing in the Super Tuesday for the second straight week. Kihara would hang on a short while longer before becoming short-stacked, then losing the last of his chips to Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli to finish in 46th for a $2,641.40 cash.
By the time they crossed the seven-hour mark just 18 were left, with Ray "NestaRasta" Baker (23rd, $3,372) having hit the rail and Kafrou the new chip leader with nearly 550,000. PJ1969 (18th), GigaJr (17th), and Marc "14alonso14" McDonnel (16th) were the next out, each taking away $4,496. ZockerHeidi (15th), TheChase1872 (14th), and ElCast13 (13th) followed them to the rail, earning $5,620 each. Then T-Macha (12th), Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli (11th), and Kappustahead (10th) each successively were eliminated, with all three claiming $6,744 from the prize pool.
With the new chip leader i need sheet -- who final tabled the Super Tuesday just two weeks ago, finishing third -- the final table was underway.
Seat 1: i need sheet (South Korea) -- 548,940
Seat 2: harrrrmonica (Russia) -- 201,185
Seat 3: Geshpanec538 (Russia) -- 272,550
Seat 4: Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney (Mexico) -- 239,931
Seat 5: Kafrou (Romania) -- 384,062
Seat 6: Ahhh ls lt? (United Kingdom) -- 239,514
Seat 7: WhaTisL0v3 (Malta) -- 380,048
Seat 8: Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford (United Kingdom) -- 420,100
Seat 9: bernoulli100 (Brazil) -- 123,670
The final nine made it to the nine-hour break with i need sheet still in front. Then with the blinds 4,000/8,000, harrrrmonica open-shoved a stack of just under 125,000 from the small blind with A♣4♦ and was snap-called by Geshpanec538 waiting in the big blind with K♦K♥. The flop brought an ace but a king as well, and two cards later harrrrmonica's Super Tuesday song was silenced with a ninth-place finish.
Ten minutes later ANZPT6 Perth winner and LAPT5 Panama runner-up Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney took a short stack and A♦K♠ up against i need sheet's 7♦7♥, but a seven flopped and Mahoney was soon out in eighth.
Then on the very next hand Ahhh Is It? similarly took below average chips and A♥J♦ to battle versus i need sheet's J♣J♠, and with no improvement from the community cards fell in seventh.
A few minutes after that bernoulli100 limped in from the button, i need sheet completed from the small blind, and Geshpanec538 checked from the big blind with less than 1,000 chips left behind. The flop came 3♥6♦A♠, i need sheet made a leading bet, and after Geshpanec538 called, bernoulli100 stepped aside.
i need sheet had Q♥6♣ for middle pair while Geshpanec538 had a gutshot draw with 7♠5♣, and after the 2♦ turn and J♦ river i need sheet had claimed a third straight victim. Five remained.
i need sheet continued adding chips, moving up over 1.1 million while extending the lead while Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford was nearly felted after losing a big preflop all-in with A♠T♠ versus WhaTisL0v3's A♣K♦.
Then a hand arose that saw Beresford open with a min-raise to 24,000 from the cutoff, leaving but 49 chips behind. bernoulli100 called from the button, Kafrou called from the big blind, then all three checked the J♦K♥K♦ flop and 8♥ turn. The 2♥ on the river prompted 1_conor_b_1 to bet those final chips with both opponents calling, and when Kafrou showed 9♦8♦ for kings and eights it was better than Beresford's A♦3♥ and the latter was out in fifth.
The final four continued on, with i need sheet eventually relinquishing the lead with a bernoulli100 double-through among the hands causing that to occur. Eventually they stopped the tourney to discuss a possible deal, at which point Kafrou was in front with about 843,000, bernoulli100 next with just over 765,000, i need sheet third with about 730,000, and WhaTisL0v3 fourth with a little over 470,000.
Both "chip chop" and ICM-based payouts were presented (leaving $8,000 for which to play) and a few minutes of discussion ensued, but no agreement could be reached and the tournament was continued.
They moved into the tourney's 12th hour with bernoulli100 moving out into the lead. Then a huge hand occurred that saw Kafrou all in and at risk for nearly 640,000 with 7♣7♦ versus WhaTisL0v3's A♣Q♦, and when the sevens held Kafrou was back in front and WhaTisL0v3 crippled. A hand later WhaTisL0v3 lost the rest in a three-way hand won by i need sheet, and they were down to three.
Ten minutes after that Kafrou opened from the small blind with a more-than-2x raise to 56,365, bernoulli100 reraise-shoved from the big blind for 517,318, and Kafrou called. bernoulli100 had A♥T♥ and Kafrou 9♦9♥, then the 8♥T♦9♣8♣J♦ gave Kafrou a full house and ended bernoulli100's tourney run in third.
That hand helped Kafrou carry a big lead into heads-up play with about 2.19 million to i need sheet's not quite 620,000.
There was brief deal talk at the start of their duel, but the idea was quickly set aside and the pair commenced to play it out. i need sheet battled gamely for a half-hour without gaining much ground. Then with the blinds up to 15,000/30,000 it was i need sheet raising to 60,000 from the button and Kafrou calling. The flop came 3♣Q♥4♣, Kafrou checked, i need sheet bet 56,100, Kafrou raised to 143,693, i need sheet shoved all in for 628,536 total, and Kafrou called.
i need sheet: Q♦7♦
Both had flopped top pair of queens, but Kafrou had the better kicker. The turn was the 6♠ and river the 2♥, and Kafrou had won the last Super Tuesday of 2014.
Congratulations to Kafrou for earning a nice six-figure score to end the year, and kudos as well to i need sheet for improving on a third-place finish in this event two weeks ago to make it all of the way to second.
12/30/14 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $562,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. Kafrou (Romania) -- $106,780.00
2. i need sheet (South Korea) -- $78,680.00
3. bernoulli100 (Brazil) -- $57,605.00
4. WhaTisL0v3 (Malta) -- $43,836.00
5. Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford (United Kingdom) -- $30,910.00
6. Geshpanec538 (Russia) -- $23,885.00
7. Ahhh ls lt? (United Kingdom) -- $18,265.00
8. Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney (Mexico) -- $12,645.00
9. harrrrmonica (Russia) -- $9,329.20
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.