zen_mec transcends 1/7/14 Super Tuesday field, wins $102,980
Last week we were recapping a year's worth of Super Tuesdays, noting how during 2013 the average turnout for PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament was a little more than 537 with fields of more than 600 happening no less than 11 times.
The first Super Tuesday of 2014 kept up the pace nicely with 542 taking part, thereby building a prize pool of $542,000 that crushed the event's $300K guarantee. And after a little over 11 hours it was zen_mec of Belgium claiming the biggest share of that prize pool after earning the victory and a big $102,980 first prize.
It took a little over five hours for the tourney to play down to 63 players and the cash bubble to burst, at which point three players -- IndaFirst, Damián "pampa27" Salas, and NhFy -- occupied the top spots with close-to-even stacks of more than 150,000, with Kyle "KJulius10" Julius the nearest challenger in fourth position with about 80,000.
It would take another two hours before just 18 remained, with the same three players still in the top spots -- NhFy in first with about 375,000, IdnaFirst next with a little under 300,000, and Damián "pampa27" Salas third with about 265,000.
Meanwhile Kyle "KJulius10" Julius had slipped to below the average, and after Magardan went out in 18th, Julius was eliminated in 17th followed by Pthelegend in 16th, with all three earning $4,336 for their finishes.
Next out were prebz (15th), Godfatti (14th), and koivu18 (13th), each taking away $5,420 apiece. The eight-hour break then came and went, after which Sam7717 (12th) and AllinWinner1 (11th) were knocked out, picking up $6,504 each.
Some time later IndaFirst had slipped a little in the counts, then suffered a big setback after losing a preflop all in with J♦J♠ versus mwnnj's [10s][10c] when a ten came among the community cards.
That left IndaFirst short-stacked, and after pushing all in a couple of times and getting no callers, IndaFirst reraised all in again for about 11 big blinds over a zen_mec open and got called. zen_mec had K♣J♣ and IndaFirst but 7♣3♥, and when the board brought a couple of kings and no help for IndaFirst, the latter was out in 10th for $6,504.
With the nine-hour break drawing near, the final table was underway with zen_mec having moved into first position on the strength of that knockout of IndaFirst.
Seat 1: ministerborg (Denmark) -- 153,468
Seat 2: GhostCapo (Romania) -- 330,068
Seat 3: zen_mec (Belgium) -- 457,749
Seat 4: mwnnj (Russia) -- 342,654
Seat 5: Powergolf (Denmark) -- 152,402
Seat 6: Damián "pampa27" Salas (Argentina) -- 311,590
Seat 7: gonti89 (Poland) -- 133,644
Seat 8: Tyren0 (Netherlands) -- 431,622
Seat 9: NhFy (Sweden) -- 396,803
It was about 10 minutes after the nine-hour break when the first final table elimination occurred.
With the blinds 4,000/8,000, ministerborg opened with an all-in raise to 74,468 and got one caller in zen_mec playing from the cutoff seat. ministerborg had J♠9♠ and zen_mec A♣8♦, and after the community cards came Q♠T♣3♥6♥4♣ they were down to eight.
About 20 minutes later the blinds were up to 4,500/9,000 when Tyren0 pushed for 157,063 from the cutoff seat and NhFy called from the button. Tyren0 had K♠Q♣ and NhFy A♥T♥. The board came 2♥6♥6♦, then 3♦, then 9♥, giving NhFy a flush and knocking Tyren0 out in eighth.
Two hands later Damián "pampa27" Salas opened with a 2x raise to 18,000 from under the gun and only Powergolf called from the big blind. The flop came K♠9♦4♥. Powergolf checked, Salas bet 16,222, and Powergolf called. The turn then brought the A♣ and another check from Powergolf. Salas pushed all in this time for 65,340 and Powergolf was quick with the call.
Salas had but J♠3♦ while Powergolf had two pair with A♦9♣, meaning Salas was already drawing dead when the 3♠ fell on the river, ending pampa27's run in seventh.
Five hands after that one it was gonti89 shoving all in from early position for 144,958 (nearly 14-and-a-half big blinds) with A♥T♦ and getting called from a seat over by NhFy who had picked up A♠K♠. The board rolled out J♦K♦A♣7♣5♦ to give NhFy two pair and send gonti89 railward in sixth.
Just after the 10-hour mark the blinds were 6,000/12,000 when NhFy open-shoved for 199,099 from the button and GhostCapo called from the small blind. NhFy had J♦T♦ and needed help versus GhostCapo's A♦A♣. The flop came 3♣5♦J♣ to pair NhFy once, but the turn was the 6♠ and river the 9♣ and NhFy was eliminated in fifth.
The final four battled another half-hour, with zen_mec increasing the lead by pushing up close to 1.36 million while GhostCapo sat in second with less than half that stack with just over 640,000, mwnnj in third with about 445,000, and Powergolf fourth with a little over 263,000. Then came two knockouts on successive hands to set up heads-up play.
With the blinds at 8,000/16,000, Powergolf opened for 40,000 from the button, zen_mec shoved from the big blind, and Powergolf called all in with the 221,462 left behind. Both had pairs, but Powergolf's 4♣4♦ was well behind zen_mec's 9♣9♠. Four spades came on among the five community cards -- 7♠8♠6♠J♠5♣ -- giving zen_mec a flush and knocking Powergolf out in fourth.
The next hand then saw GhostCapo min-raise to 32,000 from the button, zen_mec three-bet to 79,779 from the small blind, GhostCapo make it 149,588 to go, zen_mec push all in, and GhostCapo call with the 479,153 to be all in for 630,741 total.
This time it would be zen_mec beating an opponent's nines as the board came T♣6♥A♣8♣Q♥ to give zen_mec the better pair and knock out GhostCapo in third.
Heads-up play began with zen_mec enjoying a big advantage with 2,284,030 to mwnnj's 425,970.
They'd play a little over a dozen hands, then mwnnj doubled up with Q♥Q♠ through zen_mec's A♥T♥. Another 20 hands would pass, then mwnnj picked up another decent-sized pot after turning a straight, and a little later picked up a couple more pots to move up over 900,000.
By the tourney's 11-hour mark they'd been at it for nearly a half-hour with zen_mec still well ahead with 1,918,655 to mwnnj's 791,345. Just a few minutes later zen_mec had mwnnj back down under 500,000 when the tourney's final hand took place.
The blinds were up to 10,000/20,000 and mwnnj opened for 40,000 from the button. zen_mec responded with a reraise to 91,115, and after mwnnj shoved for 433,345 total, zen_mec called instantly.
mwnnj had picked up an ace with A♠2♠, but zen_mec had hold'em's second-best starting hand with K♣K♥.
The flop came 5♠7♥K♦ to improve zen_mec further to a set, but the 3♥ on the turn did give mwnnj outs to a wheel. The river was the 9♣, however, and it was all over... zen_mec had won!
Congratulations to zen_mec for taking the first Super Tuesday title of 2014 and earning what will surely be the first of many six-figure scores to be won at PokerStars on Tuesday evenings this year.
1/7/14 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $542,000
Places paid: 63
1. zen_mec (Belgium) -- $102,980.00
2. mwnnj (Russia) -- $75,880.00
3. GhostCapo (Romania) -- $55,555.00
4. Powergolf (Denmark) -- $42,276.00
5. NhFy (Sweden) -- $29,810.00
6. gonti89 (Poland) -- $23,035.00
7. Damián "pampa27" Salas (Argentina) -- $17,615.00
8. Tyren0 (Netherlands) -- $12,195.00
9. ministerborg (Denmark) -- $8,997.20
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.