Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich earns six-figure score, 4/8/14 Super Tuesday win

After last week's record-shattering field of 711 in the Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament, it was no surprise to see another huge turnout this Tuesday. When late registration closed 689 had signed up -- the second-largest field in the event's history -- and after more than 11-and-a-half hours it was Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich playing from the U.K. who took down a first prize of $101,325.13 following a four-handed deal at the final table.


Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich

That big turnout meant a prize pool of $689,000, again well over twice the tourney's $300K guarantee. The top 81 finishers got paid, and it would take more than five-and-a-half hours for the field to be carved down to 82 players and hand-for-hand play to commence.

That's when Zimmy86 open-pushed all in for a little under 12 big blinds with A♦T♣ and got one caller in Team Online member Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno who held A♥J♦, and when the board came nine-high to give Zimmy86 no improvement, it appeared likely the latter would be eliminated just shy of the cash.

However, another hand taking a bit longer to play out on another table saw teruliro min-raise to 3,200 from middle position, then bluehawail reraise all in for 11,088 from the big blind and teruliro call. bluehawail had K♣7♠ and teruliro 8♦8♣, and when the board came 7♥A♥2♣3♠J♥ it was bluehawail busting in 82nd place while Zimmy86 earned a minimum cash of $1,998.10.

At that point with the money having been reached it was eventual champ Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich leading the way with Pessagno having secured a spot inside the top 10. More than three hours later they were down to 18 with ludovi333 still the chip leader while Pessagno had fallen back to short-stacked status.

Soon a hand arose that saw Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger open-raise all in from the small blind and Pessagno call for his last 10 big blinds or so from the BB. Pessagno had the preflop edge with A♠6♥ against Benger's J♠6♠, but the 7♣Q♥K♠J♦6♣ board gave Benger two pair to Pessagno's one, sending the Team Online member out in 18th for a $5,167.50 cash.


Team Online member Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno

uWannaLoan? (17th) and Nick "PureCash25" Rampone (16th) followed, also cashing for $5,167.50, then polareskimo (15th), Killer_ooooo (14th), and Ognjen "psjebemvas" Šekularac (13th) successively busted to earn $6,545.50 apiece. Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson (12th), OMGitshunt (11th), and nathkpk (10th) went out after that, each taking away $7,923.50, and with Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick having moved out in front the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick (Costa Rica) -- 625,919
Seat 2: fiscardddd (United Kingdom) -- 486,306
Seat 3: Anton "antesvante" Wigg (Sweden) -- 550,969
Seat 4: QcKimo (Canada) -- 332,616
Seat 5: Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (Canada) -- 476,163
Seat 6: Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich (United Kingdom) -- 281,577
Seat 7: Turko_man (Finland) -- 386,998
Seat 8: John "bullyon" Buglion (Costa Rica) -- 225,354
Seat 9: marcyOG (Germany) -- 79,098

After the final table's short stack marcyOG doubled up, the blinds were 4,500/9,000 when Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich raised to 18,000 from the hijack seat, John "bullyon" Buglion reraised all in for 165,604 from the button, and Geilich called.

It was A♠Q♥ for ludovic333 adn 4♣4♠ for bullyon. The 2♦J♠Q♠ flop paired Geilich, and after the T♠ turn and K♦ river, Buglion was out in ninth.

Alas for marcyOG, the end would come not too long after in a hand that saw Turko_man open with a 2x raise to 20,000 from the button, then marcyOG shove for 141,571 from the small blind and Turko_man call.

marcyOG had Q♥Q♠ versus Turko_man's A♣Q♣. The community cards came 3♣3♦A♥7♥J♦, giving Turko_man the better two pair and knocking marcyOG out in eighth.

The remaining seven played on, then in the final hand before the tournament's 10-hour break the next knockout arrived, once again at the hands of Turko_man.

The blinds were up to 6,000/12,000, and Anton "antesvante" Wigg opened with a raise to 24,000 from early position. Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich called the raise from the button, then Turko_man made it 71,555 to go from the small blind. It folded back to Wigg who shoved all in for 259,227 total, and after Geilich stepped aside Turko_man called the push.

Wigg showed Q♦Q♣ but was in dire straits against Turko_man's K♦K♠. The 4♣8♠K♥6♥J♦ board improved Turko_man further to a set, and antesvante was gone in seventh.


Anton "antesvante" Wigg

That sequence catapulted Turko_man into the top spot over the break as the first player to crack 1 million chips, with Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick the nearest challenger with just over 600,000.

About 10 minutes after play resumed, fiscardddd min-raised to 28,000 from early position and got two callers in Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich (small blind) and Turko_man (big blind). The flop came 2♣3♠T♦ and it checked to fiscardddd who bet 42,100. Only Geilich called. The turn brought the K♠ and a check from ludovi333, and when fiscardddd pushed all in for 169,923, ludovi333 called.

Geilich had K♦J♦ and had turned a pair of kings while fiscardddd had an open-ended straight draw with Q♥J♣. The river was the 6♦, and fiscardddd's Super Tuesday run was over in sixth.

About 20 minutes after that the blinds had increased to 8,000/16,000 when Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger open-pushed for 160,031 from the cutoff seat, then leader Turko_man reraised all in from the small blind to isolate.

Benger had T♦8♦ and needed to improve against Turko_man's A♣K♦. The 9♦8♠7♥ flop gave Flush_Entity both a pair and a straight draw, and the 2♣ turn was good for Benger, too. But the K♠ fell on the river to snatch the hand away, sending Flush_Entity railward in fifth.


Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger

The final four played a short while longer, then paused to discuss a possible deal. By then Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich led with 1,267,278, QcKimo was next with 1,038,424, Turko_man third with 746,834, and Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick fourth with 392,464. The four then agreed to a chop of the remaining prize money based on "ICM" calculations that left $6,000 for which to play, and soon the tourney was restarted.

They crossed the 11-hour mark for the tournament, then with the blinds at 10,000/20,000 a short-stacked Turko_man pushed all in for 206,412 from UTG, Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick reraised all in from a seat over for 437,214, QcKimo folded from the small blind, and Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich called from the big blind.

ludovi333: Q♥Q♣
00psiedaisy: K♠J♦
Turko_man: A♣K♣

The flop came 7♣8♣2♣, giving Turko_man the nut flush in a flash, and after the J♥ and 3♥ run out, Turko_man had tripled up while Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick had been eliminated in fourth.

Not long after that hand it was QcKimo opening with a min-raise to 50,000 from the button and getting one caller in Turko_man in the big blind. The flop came 9♣4♥2♣, and after checking and watching QcKimo continue for 50,000, Turko_man check-raised to 124,050. QcKimo fired back with a reraise big enough to put Turko_man all in, and the latter called with the 249,224 left.

QcKimo had top pair with K♦9♦ while Turko_man was gunning for another club flush with J♣7♣. The 9♠ turn made trips for QcKimo, then the 3♥ fell on fifth street, sending Turko_man railward in third.

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Heads-up play began with Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich in front with 2,031,115 to QcKimo's 1,413,885. QcKimo soon closed the gap between the pair, then after trading the lead back and forth a couple of times pushed out to a better than 2-to-1 advantage over Geilich.

Geilich battled back, however, eventually retaking the lead. Then with the blinds up to 15,000/30,000 and ludovic333 in front with just over 1.82 million to QcKimo's 1,62 million, the final hand arrived.

It began with a button raise to 60,000 by QcKimo, with Geilich three-betting to 172,678 and QcKimo calling. The flop came 4♣5♥7♣. ludovi333 led for 199,999, QcKimo raised to 704.411, Geilich shoved, and QcKimo called.

QcKimo had K♥8♥ for a gutshot draw with a backdoor flush possibility while ludovi333 had J♠7♦ for top pair of sevens. The turn was the 4♦ and river the 9♣, and Geilich had won.

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The win continues a streak of success for Geilich which includes numerous deep runs including a final table and fourth-place finish at the EPT/UKIPT Main Event last October.


Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich

Congratulations to Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich for topping the second-largest Super Tuesday field in history to earn a handsome six-figure score!

Kudos are also in order for QcKimo, Turko_man, and Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick for making it to the four-way deal and securing nice paydays as well.

4/8/14 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Entrants: 689

Prize pool: $689,000.00 

Places paid: 81

1. Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich (United Kingdom) $101,325.13*
2. QcKimo (Canada) $90,772.65*
3. Turko_man (Finland) $83,350.37*
4. Jeremy "00psiedaisy" Fitzpatrick (Costa Rica) $70,429.85*
5. Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (Canada) $36,792.60
6. fiscardddd (United Kingdom) $29,282.50
7. Anton "antesvante" Wigg (Sweden) $22,392.50
8. marcyOG (Germany) $15,502.50
9. John "bullyon" Buglion (Costa Rica) $10,335.00

*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $6,000 in play for the winner

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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