89rhino89 rolls to 3/10/15 Super Tuesday win, $90K; Somerville finishes 5th
Last week new Team PokerStars Pro Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville noted how the Super Tuesday was going to be a "tentpole" event for him on the weekly schedule amid his 70-day marathon of streaming his play on Twitch. Just two weeks in Somerville made it all of the way to the final table this highlighted event, finishing fifth to take the $1,050 buy in and "run it up" to over $30K.
Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde was the player knocking Somerville out, though he, too, would come up short of the victory by falling in fourth. Ultimately it was 89rhino89 of Russia winning the last hand to claim a handsome $90,888.07 first prize following a three-handed final table deal.
A total of 559 took part this week, making a $559,000 prize pool that easily bested the $400K guarantee and was divided by the top 63 finishers.
It took just under eight hours for that big field to play down to just 18 players and two tables, at which point P.Iv3Y led all with a little over 400,000, 89rhino89 was next with just under 400,000, and the nearest challengers to them were down around 250,000 -- among them Somerville, as the 20,000-plus following his Twitch stream well knew.
pentmar (18th), Alexander "Assassinato" Fitzgerald (17th), and talonaquiles (16th) next went out, earning $4,472 apiece. Then MITS 304 (15th), bnxr (14th), and pokerkluka (13th) were successively eliminated, picking up $5,590 each. They were followed railward by AnyGameSir (12th), Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (11th), and Thomas "WushuTM" Muehlocker (10th), with those three earning $6,708 apiece.
With P.Iv3Y still leading and Somerville still in the mix, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: 89rhino89 (Russia) -- 597,332
Seat 2: lotsofmoney (United Kingdom) -- 262,736
Seat 3: Team PokerStars Pro Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville (Canada) -- 242,497
Seat 4: SHIR-1968 (Russia) -- 217,794
Seat 5: Secret_M0d3 (Slovenia) -- 166,450
Seat 6: Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (Canada) -- 322,144
Seat 7: Sasha21571 (Canada) -- 384,620
Seat 8: P.Iv3Y (Malta) -- 417,323
Seat 9: vindog03 (United Kingdom) -- 184,104
About an orbit into the final table, the blinds were 3,600/7,200 when vindog03 opened for 15,000 from middle position, then lotsofmoney three-bet to 36,000 from the cutoff seat. It folded back around to vindog03 who pushed all in for just under 170,000, and lotsofmoney called right away.
vindog03 had J♠J♣ but had run into lotsofmoney's A♥A♣, and after the board rolled out Q♥T♦2♥T♥7♠, vindog03 was done in ninth.
They reached the tournament's nine-hour break, at which point Somerville -- who'd been online for 11 straight hours -- decided he perhaps could use a break, his first one during the sessions he's been on Twitch over the last week-and-a-half. But soon the tournament resumed and he was back in front of the camera.
They played nearly 40 minutes more with P.Iv3Y still out in front, then a hand arose that saw Secret_M0d3 complete the small blind to 10,000, Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde shove all in from the big blind, and Secret_M0d3 call for a little more than 105,000 total.
Secret_M0d3 had sneakily limped with K♦K♣ while Linde showed A♠9♠. The kings stayed good through the Q♥J♦7♦ flop and Q♠ turn, but the A♣ landed on fifth street to knock Secret_M0d3 from the tourney in eighth.
On the very next hand, Somerville opened for 21,000 from middle position and a severely short SHIR-1968 reraised all in for just 21,399. It folded to P.Iv3Y who called from the big blind, and Somerville called the few extra chips as well.
The remaining two players checked down the 6♥9♥A♦ flop and 2♣ turn, then P.Iv3Y fired a small bet at the 6♦ river and Somerville released his hand right away. SHIR-1968 showed A♥J♥ for aces and sixes and an unrealized flush draw, while P.Iv3Y had rivered trip sixes with 8♣6♣ to claim the pot and end SHIR-1968's run in seventh.
A little while later 89rhino89 narrowly escaped elimination after committing with pocket sixes against P.Iv3Y's pocket nines, then fortunately making a set when a six came on the board.
Then they crossed the tourney's 10-hour mark, after which 89rhino89 was all in again versus P.!v3Y, only this time P.Iv3Y had pocket sixes while 89rhino89 had picked up a pair of kings. The better hand held, and suddenly 89rhino89 was the new leader while P.Iv3Y was the short stack among the final six.
89rhino89 would gather more chips and was edging near 1 million when another preflop all-in arose, this time between 89rhino89 and Somerville. 89rhino89 had A♦9♥ while it was Somerville's turn with K♥K♣, and when the board ran clean for "jcarverpoker" he was up over 550,000 while 89rhino89 still led with more than 700,000.
Then came a hand that saw Sasha21571 raise from the cutoff, P.Iv3Y shove all in from the button for just over 230,000 (about 16 big blinds) and Sasha21571 called. Sasha21571 had 9♣9♥ this time while P.Iv3Y 7♦7♣, and when the board brought seven P.Iv3Y was done in sixth.
Shortly after that hand Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde doubled through Somerville after Linde's pocket tens held versus Somerville's A♦K♥. "Can't do anything about that there," explained Somerville on Twitch, taking the hit in stride.
Somerville was down to about 200,000 after that hand -- though up over 24,000 viewers -- then a half-dozen hands later 89rhino89 raised, Somerville shoved, and 89rhino89 called, turning over A♠Q♠ to Somerville's K♣Q♥.
The flop was T♣3♠4♦ and turn A♣, giving 89rhino89 aces but Somerville a gutshot to Broadway. The river was the 7♦, and Somerville was done in fifth. He thanked his viewers, noting how it had been a good day -- "We started with less, ended with more!" -- and promising to back again on Twitch tomorrow at noon.
In the chat box, Linde let Somerville know he'd been watching:
ImaLucSac: GG Jason
ImaLucSac: Super entertaining stream man
The remaining four battled onward, discussing the possibility of pausing the tournament and perhaps striking a deal but never quite being able to get the point of actually stopping the proceedings. Eventually the 11-hour break arrived, with Sasha21571 the new chip leader with more than 960,000, lotsofmoney next with about 710,000, and Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde and 89rhino89 both hovering around 560,000.
Just a few minutes after play resumed, Sasha21571 min-raised to 40,000 from under the gun and both 89rhino89 (button) and Linde (big blind) called. The flop came 7♥3♦Q♥, and it checked to 89rhino89 who bet 60,000. Linde then check-raised to 167,000, prompting a fold from Sasha21571. That's when 89rhino89 pushed all in and Linde called with the almost 300,000 he had left behind.
Linde -- who just two months ago final-tabled the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, finishing eighth -- turned over A♥8♥ for the nut-flush draw while 89rhino89 tabled K♠Q♣ for top pair of queens. The turn was the T♦ and river the 8♠, and Linde was done in fourth.
The remaining three then did manage to stop the tournament to talk about a possible deal, at which point 89rhino89 led with about 1.11 million, Sasha21571 was next with just over 955,000, and lotsofmoney third with almost 730,000.
Both ICM-based and "chip chop" numbers were produced -- leaving $8,000 for which to play in both cases -- and the trio quickly all agreed to the latter "chip chop" numbers. Soon cards were back in the air.
Eventually Sasha21571 was whittled down to the short stack among the three, then came a hand in which Sasha21571 open-pushed from the button for almost 780,000 (about 26 big blinds), then 89rhino89 reraise-shoved and lotsofmoney stepped aside.
89rhino89 had A♣K♣ and Sasha21571 6♠6♣. The 5♥9♠5♣ flop and 9♣ turn were all fine for Sasha21571, but the A♠ came on the river to give 89rhino89 the hand and knock Sasha21571 out in third.
That hand gave 89rhino89 about a 2-to-1 chip lead to start heads-up play with about 1.86 million to the just over 935,000 of lotsofmoney.
They'd play about 20 hands, then lotsofmoney would grab the chip lead after doubling up with J♣J♦ versus 89rhino89's Q♠J♠. Almost 10 minutes later 89rhino89 had retaken the lead, however, when the final hand took place.
It began with lotsofmoney opening with a bigger-than-3x raise to 97,500, then 89rhino89 shoved and lotsofmoney called with the just over 900,000 left behind.
89rhino89 had K♣J♦ and lotsofmoney A♥7♠. The Q♠9♥J♣ flop hit 89rhino89's hand, and after the 6♥ turn and Q♦ river it was all over -- 89rhino89 had won.
Congratulations to 89rhino89 for winning this week's Super Tuesday and claiming a $90K first prize, and kudos also to lotsofmoney and Sasha 21571 for making it to the three-way deal and guaranteeing themselves handsome paydays, too. And well done, also, to Jason Somerville for a Super Tuesday final table showing in just his second week as a Team PokerStars Pro.
3/10/15 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $559,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. 89rhino89 (Russia) -- $90,888.07*
2. lotsofmoney (United Kingdom) -- $71,838.59*
3. Sasha21571 (Canada) -- $79,040.84*
4. Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (Canada) -- $43,602.00
5. Team PokerStars Pro Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville (Canada) -- $30,745.00
6. P.Iv3Y (Malta) -- $23,757.50
7. SHIR-1968 (Russia) -- $18,167.50
8. Secret_M0d3 (Slovenia) -- $12,577.50
9. vindog03 (United Kingdom) -- $9,279.40
*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $8,000 in play for the winner
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.