Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer finishes strong, wins 8/11/15 Super Tuesday
The Super Tuesday fields are getting bigger -- 562 came out tonight for the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em event. And they're remaining tough, too, with this week's final table featuring the likes of Rasmus "RasA86" Agerskov, Keith "Kungfumonk" Johnson, and Jason "jakoon1985" Koon among other talented combatants.
In the end, though, it was Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer of the U.K. overcoming all, knocking out the last six at the final table in rapid order to win this week's Super Tuesday and a $106,780 first prize. Brammer adds a Super Tuesday title to the SCOOP win he picked up earlier this year in a $215 2-7 NL Draw event.
That big turnout meant a $562,000 prize pool -- well over the $400K guarantee -- with the top 63 dividing those riches. By the six-hour mark the bubble had burst and soon after it was Rasmus "RasA86" Agerskov who had raced out ahead of the field, building a stack of over 280,000, at the time about twice that of the nearest challenger.
About an hour-and-a-half later they were down to 18 players gathered around the final two tables. Agerskov had slid back to the pack though still sported an above average stack, while talonaquiles had risen to the top of the counts with a leader stack of about 250,000 -- in fact less than what Agerskov prior to the previous 45 eliminations.
Ezequiel "ezepoker90″ Vázquez (18th), Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis (17th), and Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist (16th) were the next to fall, each earning $4,496.
TiltMeBig (15th), robbydoooo (14th), and Christopher "CSWAMI" Swaminathan (13th) were then felted, each taking away $5,620 from the prize pool.
Then DonLinnet (12th), gnetaren (11th), and triad_kil934 (10th) successively were eliminated, picking up $6,774 apiece for their finishes.
Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer had scored the last two of those knockouts on successive hands to move into second position on the leaderboard. But yet another familiar name -- Jason "jakoon1985" Koon -- was winning a nice pot in the last hand at the other table to carry a huge chip to start the final table. Indeed, with more than 720,000 Koon had twice the stack of Brammer with nine left.
Seat 1: Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer (United Kingdom) -- 344,375
Seat 2: Rasmus "RasA86" Agerskov (Denmark) -- 178,159
Seat 3: dragonwarior (Canada) -- 317,194
Seat 4: Keith "Kungfumonk" Johnson (United Kingdom) -- 300,612
Seat 5: KatePkrPro (Canada) -- 317,998
Seat 6: krawiec (Poland) -- 141,869
Seat 7: talonaquiles (United Kingdom) -- 188,150
Seat 8: Jason "jakoon1985" Koon (Canada) -- 724,806
Seat 9: justholdplz (Brazil) -- 296,837
Three playing from Canada and three more from the U.K. were part of the night's final nine, all of whom made it to the next break coming at the tournament's nine-hour mark.
About five minutes after play resumed, the blinds were 4,000/8,000 when Rasmus "RasA86" Agerskov raised to 17,600 from middle position, then Keith "Kungfumonk" Johnson reraise-pushed for 267,512 total from the hijack seat. All folded back to Agerskov who called, turning over Q♣Q♦ to Johnson's A♦K♥.
A T♥5♦6♠T♣9♦ runout meant Agerskov's queens had held, and Johnson -- who finished fifth in the Super Tuesday just two weeks ago -- added another final table finish with his ninth-place showing.
About five minutes after that they were in the same level when Agerskov again opened for 17,600 -- this time from the cutoff seat -- and krawiec pushed all in over the top from the big blind for almost 123,000. Agerskov called once more, showing K♠Q♦ while krawiec had A♠8♠.
The flop came Q♠8♣K♦, giving krawiec one pair but Agerskov two, and after the 9♥ turn and T♦ river, krawiec was done in eighth.
The final seven continued with Agerskov the new leader and Koon in second position. Then justholdplz knocked Koon back further after both players flopped sets with justholdplz's kings beating Koon's tens.
A while after that the blinds were 5,000/10,000 when Koon -- who won the Super Tuesday earlier this year -- open-pushed all in for 151,828 from the cutoff, Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer reraise-shoved from the small blind, and Agerskov folded the BB.
Koon had 8♦8♥ and Brammer A♥K♣, and while the 7♥7♣J♣ flop was safe for Koon the A♦ turn was not, giving Brammer a better pair. The river was the 5♦, and Koon was done in seventh.
The tournament continued onward to the 10-hour mark, then soon after KatePkrPro min-raised to 24,000 from the cutoff, Brammer called from the big blind, and the pair saw a flop come 3♠2♥9♥. Brammer checked, KatePkrPro bet 29,000, Brammer check-raised to 64,820, KatePkrPro pushed all in for 207,463, and Brammer called.
Like Koon, KatePkrPro had a pair of eights with 8♠8♥, but Brammer had flopped better with J♦9♠. The turn was the Q♠ and river the Q♥, and KatePkrPro was knocked out in sixth.
Brammer would collect the next knockout as well in a hand versus dragonwarior, one that began with Brammer making a just-over-2x raise to 31,500 from the button. dragonwarior responded with an all-in push from the big blind for 126,636, and Brammer called without hesitation.
Brammer showed A♦K♣ and was well ahead of dragonwarior's A♣2♥ until the flop came 2♦2♣T♦ to give the latter trips. The J♣ fell on the turn, raising Broadway possibilities for Brammer, then suddenly the Q♦ materialized on fifth street, completing a runner-runner straight and sending dragonwarior railward in fifth.
That made three straight KOs for Brammer, and after a while he'd continue the streak by sending Rasmus "RasA86" Agerskov out in fourth.
With the blinds at 9,000/18,000, Brammer opened for 37,080 from UTG, Agerskov three-bet to 81,445 from one seat over, Brammer made it 175,810 to go, Agerskov pushed for 604,634 total, and Brammer called.
It was another race, and five cards later -- Q♣A♦2♥9♥A♥ -- Brammer had trip aces and Agerskov had to settle for fourth.
Immediately after that hand, talonaquiles min-raised to 36,000 from the button, Brammer called from the big blind, and the flop came single-suited -- 4♠8♠2♠. Brammer checked, talonaquiles bet all in for 152,900, and Brammer called instantly.
talonaquiles had K♥K♦, but that flop had given Brammer a flush with his Q♠6♠, and after the 5♥ turn talonaquiles was drawing dead to finish third.
Brammer had a huge advantage over justholdplz to start heads-up with more than 2.57 million to the latter's just over 230,000. Then on just the second hand between them, Brammer shoved from the button with A♠5♠ and justholdplz called with A♣7♠.
justholdplz improved to a pair after the 4♣9♦7♦ flop. But the 8♥ turn and 6♦ river added up to another runner-runner straight for Brammer, giving him the pot and the win.
Congratulations to Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer for outlasting a tough Super Tuesday field and talent-laden final table to win this week's Super Tuesday and a $106,780 first prize.
8/11/15 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $562,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer (United Kingdom) -- $106,780.00
2. justholdplz (Brazil) -- $78.680.00
3. talonaquiles (United Kingdom) -- $57,605.00
4. Rasmus "RasA86" Agerskov (Denmark) -- $43,836.00
5. dragonwarior (Canada) -- $30,910.00
6. KatePkrPro (Canada) -- $23,885.00
7. Jason "jakoon1985" Koon (Canada) -- $18,265.00
8. krawiec (Poland) -- $12,645.00
9. Keith "Kungfumonk" Johnson (United Kingdom) -- $9,329.20
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.