Dan "judgedredd13" Charlton wins second career Super Tuesday title, $92K after six-year wait
It's not rare to see short-stacked players mount big comebacks at a final table, but it's also no guarantee. At a mathematical advantage as they are, sometimes the big stacks just catch all the breaks at the right times. It was that kind of final in this week's Super Tuesday, the first of the new year, where the short stacks found themselves falling one by one to the wayside. As it turned out, the trend worked in the favor of past Super Tuesday champion Daniel "judgedredd13" Charlton, who earned another win in this tournament exactly six years to the day after his last one.
The first Super Tuesday of 2015 kicked off at 2 p.m. ET and, by the time late registration closed, drew a field of 547 players, good for a $547,000 prize pool that paid the top 63 finishers. After more than eight hours of 15-minute blind levels the stakes had risen to 2800/5600/700 and these nine players were still in the game:
Seat 1: aleka1607 (79,319 in chips)
Seat 2: Dan "judgedredd13" Charlton (402,331 in chips)
Seat 3: Rens "Rens02" Feenstra (171,900 in chips)
Seat 4: Shiko19 (233,156 in chips)
Seat 5: BillLewinsky (511,894 in chips)
Seat 6: GadMO (244,258 in chips)
Seat 7: Naslund44 (178,386 in chips)
Seat 8: Delaneddi (611,830 in chips)
Seat 9: Leo "ISILDRooN" Nordin (301,926 in chips)
There was plenty of patient play in the early going, just as many pots won without contest after the flop and turn as there were won before a flop could be dealt. Montenegro's aleka1607 managed to pick up enough chips over the first 21 hands to stay afloat and was looking for another opportunity on Hand #22, when the action folded around to the cutoff. The Montenegrin player looked down at A♠ 4♠ and jammed for 66K, a bet called only by past Super Tuesday champ Daniel "judgedredd13" Charlton, who last won this tournament in 2009, far enough back that there wasn't any PokerStars Blog coverage of it. He held A♥ K♦ and the favorite never wavered; the board fell Q♣ 3♣ 6♦ A♦ Q♠, and aleka1607 exited in 9th place ($9,080.20).
Another one, and another one, and another bites the dust
Past SCOOP winner Rens "Rens02" Feenstra of the Netherlands was the short stack now with 98K, a total that only dropped over the next two orbits as the Dutch player found it hard to find an opening. One finally presented itself on Hand #40 when Rens02 picked up 8♦ 8♠ in the cutoff and moved in for 79K. Things looked good when fellow Dutch player Shiko19 called with A♦ 8♣, and they looked better when the flop came 5♦ K♣ 6♠. But the A♠ on the turn vaulted Shiko19 into the lead with a pair of aces, and the 3♠ on the river meant Rens02 was gone in 8th place ($12,307.50).
The next short stack to fall would be Canada's Naslund44, who took over the position when Rens02 busted out, albeit with a few more big blinds in hand. Only those chips that were forced into the middle via antes left Naslund44's stack for the next nine hands, until picking up 9♣ 8♣ on the button and moving all-in after the action folded around on Hand #50. Leo "ISILDRooN" Nordin called in the big blind with T♠ T♣ and 91K left behind, winning the pot with ace and tens on the 4♦ 7♥ A♣ A♥ J♥ board to send Naslund44 to the rail in 7th place ($17,777.50).
The blinds and antes were up to 4K/8K/1K on Hand #69 when Shiko19 opened under the gun for 16K. Delaneddi, on the button, and judgedredd13, in the big blind, both called, and the action on the 5♥ A♥ 4♥ flop checked to Shiko19, who bet 32K. This time only Delaneddi called, and the J♣ came on the turn. Shiko19 led for 92K into the 122K-chip pot, leaving 111K behind, and again Delaneddi called. When Shiko19 checked the T♣ river the Swedish player fired a pot-sized bet of 306K, more than enough to put Shiko19 at risk. The Dutch player thought about it and called, showing A♠ J♥ for aces and jacks, but Delaneddi's K♥ Q♣ topped that with a Broadway straight, eliminating Shiko19 in 6th place ($23,247.50).
Five-handed play lasted long enough to take the players to the 4.5K/9K/1125 level. As Hand #91 began, short-stacked Israeli player GadMO was in the big blind. The Israeli player saw ISILDRooN opened for 18K in the cutoff and, holding A♠ J♠ for the second straight hand, decided to shove for 84K total. ISILDRooN called with A♥ 9♦ and was nearly a three-to-one dog before the flop, but when it came 4♥ 3♥ Q♥ GadMO was left as only a small favorite to stay ahead. The 9♥ then came on the turn, making a flush for ISILDRooN, and the 8♣ on the river made official GadMO's departure in 5th place ($30,085).
A momentary lapse of the pattern
BillLewinsky was the short stack now, but the Belgian player didn't immediately keep to the table pattern of being the next one out. Hand #110, on the 5K/10K/1250 level, brought a double-up to 316K with A♦ 8♦ against ISILDRooN's 4♥ 4♦ after flopping middle pair and a flush draw and getting there on the turn. That still left the Belgian player lagging more than 30 big blinds behind the nearest competitor on the 5K/10K/1250 level, and nine hands later another stab at climbing the leaderboard resulted in the table pattern continuing once again.
The hand started with judgedredd13 opening for 20K on the button and calling after BillLewinsky three-bet to 49K from the small blind. BillLewinsky led out for 34K into the 114K-chip pot, leaving 190K behind, and judgedredd13 called to bring the 5♣ on the turn. BillLewinsky checked there, then raised all-in after judgedredd13 bet 69K. judgedredd13 called and showed A♥ 9♦ for top pair, which had BillLewinsky's J♦ 7♥ against the wall. The 2♣ on the river changed nothing, and BillLewinsky was out in 4th place ($42,666).
Time for a deal
A deal-making session between the remaining three players ensued almost immediately, and within just 15 minutes they came to an agreement that got things rolling again with another $8,000 remaining on the table for the winner. And the first hand after the deal saw the first massive move of chips to one of the shorter stacks in quite a while.
ISILDRooN opened the hand for 20K on the button before judgedredd13 three-bet to 55K. Then Delaneddi four-bet to 90K, driving ISILDRooN out of the pot and getting a call from judgedredd13. That brought a Q♥ 6♠ 7♠ flop, and judgedredd13 check-called a half-pot bet of 101K to see the 8♥ come on the turn. Both players checked there, and judgedredd13 checked again on the 2♦ river. Delaneddi then bet 407K, exactly the size of the pot, leaving 99K behind and putting the former Super Tuesday champ to the test. After dipping into the time bank for a bit and typing, "eeek, time for me to look silly," judgedredd13 called - and then mucked when Delaneddi showed K♣ Q♦ for a pair of queens to drag the 1.2M-chip pot.
Just seven hands would pass before judgedredd13 was able to make up for that loss, and then some. Hand #131 opened with a bet of 20K on the button by judgedredd13 and call in the big blind from ISILDRooN, bringing a J♦ 7♣ 4♣ flop. ISILDRooN checked and then called a 22K-chip bet from judgedredd13, bringing the 8♦ on the turn. ISILDRooN checked again, judgedredd13 bet 58K into the 94K-chip pot, and this time ISILDRooN raised to 155K. judgedredd13 thought for a moment and then jammed for 726K total, and ISILDRooN snap-called, tabling T♥ 9♣ for the jack-high straight. judgedredd13's 7♠ 7♦ had a set and needed the board to pair - and it did just that with the 8♠ on the river. Instead of being left with 70K, judgedredd13 now had almost 1.5M. And instead of dragging that pot for the chip lead, ISILDRooN saw this Super Tuesday run come to an end in 3rd place ($71,387.73).
Once every six years
After six years' wait, Dan Charlton had a chance to repeat as Super Tuesday champion. And thanks to that last river card, he started that chance off with a chip lead of about 22 big blinds:
Seat 2: Daniel "judgedredd13" Charlton (1,476,463 in chips)
Seat 8: Delaneddi (1,258,537 in chips)
Charlton had it in him, but it took 128 hands of one-on-one poker to put Delaneddi away. They traded most of the first 10 pots back and forth before Delaneddi moved into a narrow lead, thanks to a pot taken down by leading out on a 7♥ 3♠ 5♥ flop and then three-betting when Charlton raised in position. Then Charlton won 15 of the next 20 pots playing small ball as the blinds and antes went up to 5K/10K/1250, jumping back ahead by about 40 big blinds.
Delaneddi pushed back by winning 10 consecutive pots, including the last two worth 287K and 163K apiece, to reverse the two players' chip positions and move over 1.5M. The Swedish player was able to hold on to that position for about 35 hands before Charlton found an opening and reclaimed the lead. He opened for 24K on the button and Delaneddi called, then check-called Charlton's 24K-chip bet on the 5♣ K♦ 9♥ flop. Delaneddi check-called another 46K on the 3♠ turn, and then another 113K on the 4♣ river, only to muck when Charlton showed K♠ 4♠ for two pair, kings and fours.
The past champ pressed his advantage and took 13 of the next 20 pots, including the single largest of the heads-up match, which came just after the start of the 7K/14K/1750 level. Charlton opened for 28K on the button and called when Delaneddi three-bet to 56K, bringing a K♠ J♥ T♠ flop. Delaneddi bet 57K there and Charlton called, as he did when Delaneddi bet 115K on the 8♥ turn and 231K on the A♥ river. Delaneddi showed J♦ 9♠ for a pair of jacks, but Charlton's Q♥ T♦ made a Broadway straight and won the 924K-chip pot.
That dropped Delaneddi's stack to 518K, and though it did rise a bit higher, it stayed in that general vicinity for the rest of the match. The Swedish player was at 679K to start the last hand and re-raised to 87K after Charlton opened for 28K on the button. Charlton four-bet to 147K, then called when Delaneddi shoved, showing T♣ T♠. That was a small favorite in the race against Delaneddi's A♦ J♣. It also turned out to be a pair of blockers for Charlton to Delaneddi's inside straight draw, and the top end of an open-ender of his own, when the flop came 9♠ 8♠ 7♥. The J♠ on the turn completed the jack-high straight for Charlton and left Delaneddi in need of of one the last two tens in the deck for a split pots. But the river was the K♦, the straight held up, and the tournament came to a close.
Delaneddi earned $72,560.91 from the deal but missed out on the last $8,000 for the winner. Still, that surpasses the Swedish player's previous career best at PokerStars by about $55K. As for Charlton, his second career Super Tuesday title comes with a prize of $92K, some $20K more than his previous victory on January 7th, 2009. Since he finished this tournament early on Wednesday morning his time, that's exactly six years to the day before this latest victory win. It is, for the time being, his second-largest career win, surpassing that last Super Tuesday title but a bit short of his $153K share of the three-way chop in the PokerStars 900 Millionth tournament last year. Congratulations to both finalists for their accomplishments!
1/6/15 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
1. Dan "judgedredd13" Charlton (United Kingdom) $92,628.86*
2. Delaneddi (Sweden) $72,560.91*
3. Leo "ISILDRooN" Nordin (Sweden) $71,387.73*
4. BillLewinsky (Belgium) $42,666.00
5. GadMO (Israel) $30,085
6. Shiko19 (Netherlands) $23,247.50
7. Naslund44 (Canada) $17,777.50
8. Rens02 (Netherlands) $12,307.50
9. aleka1607 (Montenegro) $9,080.20
* - denotes results of a three-way deal
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.