Peacefulme07 pulls out 2/18/14 Super Tuesday win; AtlasC runner-up second straight week
Each week the Super Tuesday presents both a huge prize pool and an especially challenging field, with many of online poker's elite coming out each week for the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tourney, and this week was no exception, with another 600-plus player group battling hard with more than 12 hours needed to determine a winner. By the end Sweden's AtlasC -- last week's runner-up following a three-way chop -- had outlasted all but one opponent, including a final table at which had sat Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe and Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko.
That one opponent was Peacefulme07 of Costa Rica, and after enjoying the lead during heads-up play AtlasC would fall one spot shy of the victory for a second week running. The pair made a deal just before the end, meaning Peacefulme07 took away $102,560 for the win and AtlasC $96,560 for another second in the Super Tuesday.
From 608 to 18
A total of 608 players came out this week and it would take a little over five-and-a-half hours for the money bubble to burst. At that point Amit "bblacklegend" Jain, Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes, I Visor I, and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe were topping the counts with 72 players left.
From 18 to 9
About two hours after that the field had been carved down to 18. Those four -- bblacklegend, JIZOINT, I Visor I, and Iftarii -- were all still in the top half of the counts, with AtlasC having moved well in front of the field with nearly 470,000 when the nearest challenger, David "dpeters17" Peters, had about 290,000.
It would take another hour for nine more to be eliminated. OriQ9s (18th), Ana "ana marquez" Marquez (17th), and Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (16th) each earned $4,864 for their efforts. nicelife (15th), saverguard (14th), and Greenstone25 (13th) made $6,080 apiece. And Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (12th), David "dpeters17" Peters (11th), and mayrogata (10th) each took away $7,296 worth of the prize pool.
After almost eight-and-a-half hours of play, the final table had begun.
Seat 1: faithless (Costa Rica) -- 295,798
Seat 2: Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (Canada) -- 236,360
Seat 3: I Visor I (Germany) -- 297,740
Seat 4: ksiuxa193 (Lithuania) -- 108,658
Seat 5: Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko (Canada) -- 162,656
Seat 6: Amit "bblacklegend" Jain (India) -- 310,463
Seat 7: Peacefulme07 (Costa Rica) -- 646,775
Seat 8: Ace0fDiamond (Canada) -- 293,032
Seat 9: AtlasC (Sweden) -- 688,518
Timoshenko and Jaffe fall
Eventual heads-up opponents AtlasC and Peacefulme07 were well ahead of the pack with nine remaining, with 2009 WCOOP Main Event champion Yevginiy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko -- fresh off his victory in the 2014 Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge -- still alive albeit battling with a short stack.
On just the fourth hand of the final table, the blinds were 3,200/6,400 when Timoshenko opened with a raise to 13,256 from middle position, then Ace0fDiamond reraised to 31,750 from the cutoff seat. It folded back to Jovial Gent who shoved for 176,256 total and Ace0fDiamond called right away.
Timoshenko had A♥K♥ and a couple of overs to Ace0fDiamond's J♥J♠. The 2♥7♠6♥3♦Q♦ board brought no improvement to Jovial Gent's hand, however, and he hit the rail swiftly in ninth.
Timoshenko made a deep run in last summer's WSOP Main Event, finishing 22nd. So, too, did Jonathan Jaffe who made it all of the way to a 42nd-place finish. Those two both made deep runs as well in this week's Super Tuesday, although like Timoshenko, Jaffe found himself on the short side after enduring ksiuxa193 doubling through him.
Down to 115,697 (less than 15 big blinds), Jaffe watched Peacefulme07 min-raise to 16,000 from early position then shoved from the button, and after the blinds folded Peacefulme07 called. Jaffe had K♥7♠ and Peacefulme07 6♣6♣, and once the board came 4♠9♥5♥4♣3♦ Jaffe's Super Tuesday run was over in eighth.
7 become 2
Some time later the final table had entered its second hour of play as the blinds increased to 5,000/10,000. Then a hand arose that saw the table fold around to I Visor I in the small blind who shoved and ksiuxa193 called with the 123,266 left after posting the big blind.
I Visor I had 9♣8♣ and was behind ksuixa93's K♣Q♣, but the board came 7♥2♦9♠4♣9♦ to give I Visor I trip nines and send ksuixa93 out in seventh.
Soon after it was faithless open-shoving for 72,892 from the button and getting one caller in Amit "bblacklegend" Jain in the big blind. faithless had J♥9♥ and turned out to be racing versus Jain's 7♥7♣, but after five community cards -- 4♥Q♥Q♠4♣T♦ -- faithless was out in sixth.
The remaining five marched on past the 10-hour mark while Amit "bblacklegend" Jain pushed up over 1 million and into the lead while Ace0fDiamond became severely short-stacked down to less than two big blinds.
Ace0fDiamond managed to quadruple up, however, then won another all-in versus AtlasC to climb back up out of immediate danger. But then came a hand in which Peacefulme07 open-shoved from the small blind and Ace0fDiamond called all in for 143,114 after posting 14,000 for the big blind.
Ace0fDiamond had the preflop edge with A♠T♣ versus Peacefulme07 who had J♣T♦. AceofDiamond was still in the lead with a pair after the 2♦Q♥A♣ flop and 9♣ turn, but the 8♦ fell on the river to make a straight for Peacefulme07, and Ace0fDiamond was eliminated in fifth.
With four left Amit "bblacklegend" Jain would lose the lead while Peacefulme07 pushed into first position. Then with the blinds 9,000/18,000, Peacefulme07 raised to 37,800 from under the gun, I Visor I called from the small blind, then Jain reraise-shoved for 614,448 from the big blind. Peacefulme07 stepped aside, but I Visor I called.
I Visor I: J♣J♥
The board came 3♣T♠5♠, then 9♥, then 2♠, not helping Jain who was ousted in fourth.
The last three players moved into the tourney's 12th hour, with Peacefulme07 continuing to lead, AtlasC also enjoing a big stack, and I Visor I become short relative to the other two. But then I Visor I used [10h]9♣ to double through Peacefulme07's Q♠Q♦, going all in before the flop then seeing the board roll out 8♠9♥[10d]6♣[10c].
That hand resulted in AtlasC taking over the chip lead. They then reached Level 42 where the blinds were 15,000/30,000 with a 3,750 ante. AtlasC had pushed up over 2 million and watched from the big blind as I Visor I, again having become short, open-pushed for 209,166 from the button then Peacefulme07 reraised all in from the small blind.
AtlasC folded, I Visor I showed A♠Q♦, and Peacefulme07 turned over A♦K♠. The community cards came nine-high -- 2♣3♣6♥8♠9♠ -- and they were down to two.
Another almost for AtlasC as Peacefulme07 prevails
Heads-up play began with AtlasC enjoying about a 2-to-1 chip lead with 2,000,753 versus Peacefulme07's 1,039,247 and eyeing making it one spot further than last week to claim a Super Tuesday title.
AtlasC would win a big pot on the second hand to move up over 2.33 million, but then Peacefulme07 doubled through on consecutive hands -- first with A♦8♣ over AtlasC's K♣3♣, then with A♥T♣ over AtlasC's 3♥3♣ -- and suddenly Peacefulme07 was up over 2.4 million and in the lead.
AtlasC would battle back to even things up, and when the 12-hour break arrived was sitting with 1,533,124 to Peacefulme07's 1,506,876. Just as the break was ending, the two players took to the chat box:
Peacefulme07: even chop?
Two hands passed with the pair each taking one set of blinds and antes, then the tourney was paused. The host arrived and both agreed to an even chop of the remaining prize money, meaning each was guaranteed $96,560 with $6,000 left for the winner.
When play resumed, AtlasC chipped up to lead momentarily, then the advantage teetered back to Peacefulme07. That's when a hand came up that saw the latter open with a slightly-more-than-2x raise to 73,500 from the button. AtlasC responded by making it 264,250 to go, Peacefulme07 pushed all in for about 1.54 million, and AtlasC called all in for just a little less.
Both players had two diamonds, with AtlasC having the advantage with A♦7♦ against Peacefulme07's K♦T♦. But alas for AtlasC, the flop came T♠6♠5♥ to pair Peacefulme07's ten, and after the T♣ fell on fourth street the river 9♣ was no matter -- Peacefulme07 had won!
Congratulations to Peacefulme07 for topping another huge, challenging Super Tuesday field to earn the win and a six-figure score. And special kudos once more to AtlasC who managed to finish runner-up for a second week running in one of online poker's toughest tourneys.
2/18/14 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $608,000.00
Places paid: 72
1. Peacefulme07 (Costa Rica) -- $102,560*
2. AtlasC (Sweden) -- $96,560*
3. I Visor I (Germany) -- $62,016.00
4. Amit "bblacklegend" Jain (India) -- $46,816.00
5. Ace0fDiamond (Canada) -- $32,832.00
6. faithless (Costa Rica) -- $25,840.00
7. ksuixa93 (Lithuania) -- $19,760.00
8. Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (Canada) -- $13,680.00
9. Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko (Canada) -- $9,302.40
*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $6,000 in play for the winner
Did you hear Team SportStar member Marcus Hellner of Sweden won gold this week in Sochi at the Winter Olympics? Read all about it here.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.