Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot tackles 9/30/14 Super Tuesday, earns $100K

After taking three weeks off during the World Championship of Poker, the Super Tuesday -- PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament that routinely attracts the planet's best poker players -- was back in action this week. And almost 11 hours after it started it was Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot of Toronto prevailing over another large, tough field to win the title and a $100,890 first prize.

After the hiatus players were ready to come back as a big group of 531 turned out to build a $531,000 prize pool and easily best the event's $400K guarantee. It would take a little over five-and-a-half hours for the money bubble to burst and with 63 players left ReadOnYou had built a big chip lead with more than 170,000, about 50,000 clear of nearest challenger Pascal "pistecaloze" Vos.

About two hours after that they were down to just 18 with Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot the new chip leader with just over 460,000, Tu Ta Tenso? not far back with a little less than 435,000, and ReadOnYou and Pascal "pistecaloze" Vos still in the game hovering around average stacks of 155,000.

It would take well over an hour more for nine more to fall as the tournament crossed the nine-hour mark. athenaum (18th), Christian "weichhart" Weichhart (17th), and ReadOnYou (16th) were the next out, each earning $4,248 for their finishes. They were followed by ElCast13 (15th), Roma-Tilt (14th), and vivacite (13th) who picked up $5,310 apiece. And next to go were Sam "aaajack" Chartier (12th), Adam "Roothlus" Levy (11th), and sava-lenivec (10th) who each cashed for $6,372.

With norfair18 the new chip leader with just over 560,000 and Pascal "pistecaloze" Vos the short stack with just over 67,000, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Tu Ta Tenso? (Brazil) -- 459,730
Seat 2: Georgios "gkap13" Kapalas (Greece) -- 259,059
Seat 3: Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson (Macao) -- 286,394
Seat 4: norfair18 (Costa Rica) -- 560,546
Seat 5: Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot (Canada) -- 392,992
Seat 6: Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos (Austria) -- 379,105
Seat 7: klauniq (Czech Republic) -- 70,701
Seat 8: bgame153 (Canada) -- 179,170
Seat 9: Pascal "pistecaloze" Vos (Netherlands) -- 67,303

About 10 minutes into the final table the blinds were 4,000/8,000 when it folded around to the small blind and the table's short stack, Pascal "pistecaloze" Vos, who shoved for his last 35,303 and Tu Ta Tenso? called from a seat over.

Vos had A♣8♦ but had run into the A♠Q♠ of Tu Ta Tenso? The board came 2♥7♦2♦J♠T♥, and pistecaloze was done in ninth.

A couple of orbits later they were in the same level when Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot opened with a min-raise to 16,000 from middle position, then klauniq reraise-shoved for 52,501 from the cutoff seat. It folded back to Talbot who called, turning over A♥4♦ to klauniq's A♠Q♦.

Both players had an ace once more, but this time the player behind preflop would win as the board came 4♥T♠8♠9♣9♠, pairing Talbot's four and sending klauniq railward in eighth.

Play continued, then on the first hand after the 10-hour break the blinds were 6,000/12,000 when bgame153 open-raised all in for 144,987 from early position, then Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson reraise-shoved from the button to force both blinds to fold.

bgame153 had 7♥7♠ but Gustavson had Q♥Q♦, and after the J♦T♠T♦T♣A♠ runout, bgame153 was eliminated in seventh.

Just three hands later Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot opened for the minimum with a raise to 24,000 from the cutoff, then Georgios "gkap13" Kapalas three-bet all in for 159,712 from the button and Talbot called.

Kapalas had A♠6♠ and needed help against Talbot's K♥K♣. But the board ran out 9♦4♦6♣7♦J♦, and Kapalas's run had ended with a sixth-place finish.

Four hands after that Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson open-pushed his last 13 big blinds from UTG and got a single caller in Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot on the button.

Aguskb: A♠T♥
tonkaaaa: A♦J♠

The community cards came nine-high -- 2♠7♣9♠3♣8♣ -- and Gustavson was knocked out in fifth.

Nearly a half-hour passed with the final four continuing to battle and the blinds moving up again to 8,000/16,000. Then a hand arose that saw Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos raise to 32,000 from the button and get callers from both Tu Ta Tenso? (small blind) and norfair18 (big blind).

The flop came 6♠A♣A♦, and it checked to Nanos who bet 34,554. Tu Ta Tenso? then check-raised to 69,108, and after norfair18 called Nanos stepped aside.

Both remaining players checked the Q♣ turn. The 7♥ then fell on the river, and after Tu Ta Tenso? checked norfair18 pushed all in for 259,490 and Tu Ta Tenso? called right away. norfair18 showed 9♣6♣ for aces and sixes, but Tu Ta Tenso? had trip aces with A♥2♦ and norfair18 was done in fourth.

Six hands passed, after which Tu Ta Tenso? had a big lead with nearly 1.76 million, Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot was next with almost 720,000, and Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos was the short stack with just under 178,000.

On the next hand it was Talbot open-raising all in from the small blind and Nanos calling all in from the big blind. Nanos had A♣6♠ and was ahead of Talbot's K♣5♠, but the 7♦K♦K♥ flop changed the situation swiftly, giving trips to tonkaaaa. The turn was the Q♣ and river the 8♥, and Nanos was out in third.

Tu Ta Tenso? began heads-up with close to a 2-to-1 chip advantage with 1,756,573 to Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot's 898,427. As the pair got their duel started, Talbot took to the chat box to ask a question inspired by his opponent's username:

tonkaaaa: tu ta tenso ?
Tu Ta Tenso?: nao
Tu Ta Tenso?: =)

Indeed, neither player seemed particularly tense as they proceeded, and after several hands Talbot had chipped up to narrow the gap between the two. Then came a hand that saw the pair exchange several bets both before and after the flop, then Talbot pushing all in on the turn to force a fold from Tu Ta Tenso? and claim the chip lead. Soon after claiming a couple more big pots tonkaaaa had built a big chip lead with more than 2.1 million while Tu Ta Tenso? had slipped to just over 510,000.

That's when Tu Ta Tenso? opened with a 2x raise to 36,000 from the button, tonkaaaa made it 90,000 to go in response, Tu Ta Tenso? shoved for 508,962 total, and Talbot called.

tonkaaaa: J♦J♣
Tu Ta Tenso?: A♠J♥

Tu Ta Tenso? was looking for a saving ace, but the board rolled out T♥Q♠4♠2♦J♠ and it was all over -- Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot had won.

Congratulations to Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot for topping a big Super Tuesday field to earn a handsome six-figure first prize.

9/30/14 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Entrants: 531
Prize pool: $531,000.00
Places paid: 63

1. Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot (Canada) -- $100,890.00
2. Tu Ta Tenso? (Brazil) -- $74,340.00
3. Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos (Austria) -- $54,427.50
4. norfair18 (Costa Rica) -- $41,418.00
5. Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson (Macao) -- $29,205.00
6. Georgios "gkap13" Kapalas (Greece) -- $22,567.50
7. bgame153 (Canada) -- $17,257.50
8. klauniq (Czech Republic) -- $11,947.50
9. Pascal "pistecaloze" Vos (Netherlands) -- $8,814.60

The 2014 WCOOP is over, with finale punctuated by the big win of Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz in the Main Event to claim a huge $1.3 million prize. Read our post-tourney interview with the champ.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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