Leqenden quells competition to carry 2/3/15 Super Tuesday, wins $102K
It was another talented field and challenging final table for this week's $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday, with the tough competitor Leqenden ultimately emerging as champion after nearly 12 hours of play. The player from Belarus -- a previous winner of a $1,050 rebuy event in the 2013 SCOOP -- took away a handsome first prize of $102,410.00 for topping a field of 539. Here's the story of how Leqenden did it.
That field created a prize pool of $539,000, well above the $400K guarantee. It would take almost six hours for the money bubble to burst and with 63 players left tnxcomeagain held the chip lead. About 90 minutes after that they were down to 18, with Diego "Mr.Bittar" Bittar of Brazil in the top spot and tnxcomeagain still with a top five stack.
It would take a while, but eventually freshleo111 (18th), Chaz D 87 (17th), and BillLewinsky (16th) would go out, earning $4,312 each. During that stretch tnxcomeagain slipped down in the counts before falling in 15th, with Seth "SFisch4" Fischer (14th) and daaaaaaan (13th) following and those three earning $5,390 apiece. Then blajo (12th), TheRiverHawk (11th), and (10th) were the next to go, cashing for $6,468 each.
They'd just crossed the nine-hour mark, and with DiegoGenus the new chip leader the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Diego "Mr.Bittar" Bittar (Brazil) -- 110,995
Seat 2: engantil (Germany) -- 186,508
Seat 3: Leqenden (Belarus) -- 586,871
Seat 4: mrAndreeew (Sweden) -- 39,409
Seat 5: Daniel "ShippityShip" Nielson (Australia) -- 139,144
Seat 6: maggess88 (Germany) -- 109,552
Seat 7: Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani (Portugal) -- 282,960
Seat 8: DiegoGenus (Brazil) -- 743,475
Seat 9: Andy "andyh26" Holman (United Kingdom) -- 496,086
There were a few short stacks to begin the final table and within the first couple of orbits three of them would fall in quick succession.
First it was maggess88 being knocked out in ninth after going up against leader DiegoGenus. Following a late-position min-raise by maggess88 and a defending call from the big blind by DiegoGenus, a flop came A♠7♣3♦, DiegoGenus led, and maggess88 called. DiegoGenus led again after the 4♦ turn, maggess88 pushed all in, and DiegoGenus called.
maggess88 had A♦3♣ for two pair, but DiegoGenus had turned a better two pair with A♥4♠. The river was the 5♦ and maggess88 was out.
A half-dozen hands later Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani min-raised from early position, mrAndreeew reraise-pushed for about four BBs total from the big blind, and Dattani called. mrAndreeew had K♣Q♠ and Dattani A♥J♣, and after the board came nine-high mrAndreeew was done in eighth.
Then just a couple of minutes later Diego "Mr.Bittar" Bittar open-pushed a 10-big blind stack from the button with J♥T♦, engantil called from the small blind with A♣T♠, and the board didn't help Bittar who was eliminated in seventh.
DiegoGenus continued to set the pace as the final six battled onward, soon becoming the first player over 1 million chips. Then after 20 minutes of play came two more eliminations in back-to-back hands.
In the first a huge preflop raising war between Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani and Andy "andyh26" Holman resulted in Dattani being all in and at risk for nearly 415,000 (about 46 BBs) with K♠K♥ versus Holman's A♥Q♦. The flop came A♠Q♥9♣ to pair Holman twice, and when the turn and river brought blanks Dattani's run had ended in sixth.
The next hand then saw Daniel "ShippityShip" Nielson shippity ship it all in for just over 70,000 (about 7 BBs), Holman reraise-push all in afterwards, and the others step aside. It was A♣6♠ for Holman and K♠8♠ for Nielson, and after an ace flopped and no help followed for the Australian, it was Neilson hitting the rail in fifth.
The final four marched forward, then came a hand that saw engantil open-shove from under the gun for almost 200,000 (about 20 bigs) with K♦T♣ and get called by DiegoGenus in the small blind with 6♥6♦. The community cards came A♠2♥8♣, then 4♣, then 7♠, the sixes had held for DiegoGenus, and they were down to three.
From there play continued a short while longer, then the remaining players paused proceedings to discuss a possible deal to divide up most of the remaining prize money. They'd just crossed the tourney's 10-hour mark at the time the tourney was halted, at which point DiegoGenus was on top with about 1.43 million, Andy "andyh26" Holman next with almost 745,000, and Leqenden third with just under 520,000.
"ICM"-based numbers were produced -- leaving $8,000 for which to play -- and Leqenden immediately responded by asking for more. There was a pause, then DiegoGenus responded with a similar request for more than what was being suggested. "No sir," was Holman's answer, and after a little more back-and-forthing the deal was set aside and play resumed once more.
Shortly after play resumed, Andy "andyh26" Holman survived a preflop all-in versus Leqenden with Q♠9♠ versus the latter's Q♣J♣ when a nine fortunately fell on the turn. From there Holman chipped up further, eventually taking the chip lead as DiegoGenus fell back to third position.
Then just as they reached the 11-hour mark DiegoGenus opened with a 3x raise to 54,000 from the small blind, Holman pushed from the big blind, and DiegoGenus called all in for nearly 440,000 total. Holman had A♥8♣ while DiegoGenus showed A♠K♦, and after the 2♥T♠4♣ flop and 3♦ turn it appeared DiegoGenus was going to earn a double-up. But the 8♠ fell on the river, giving Holman a pair and the pot while stopping DiegoGenus in third.
Holman started the heads-up battle with about 1.81 million to Leqenden's stack of just over 882,000. As they began, Holman brought up the deal idea one last time:
andyh26: wanna look now?
andyh26: k gl
Holman -- winner of a MicroMillions event last year -- would maintain the lead over nearly a half-hour, only finally losing it in a hand that saw Leqenden call a preflop raise, then call turn and river bets as the board came K♣8♠7♣8♦2♥. At showdown Leqenden turned over K♥2♣ for two pair, thus beating Holman who'd been barreling with J♦3♣.
That hand put Leqenden up over 1.6 million while Holman slipped back to under 1.1 million. Then just three hands later it was Leqenden limping in from the button, andyh26 raising almost 4x to 92,265, and Leqenden calling.
The flop brought two aces, coming A♠8♦A♥, and when Holman continued for 78,265, Leqenden called. The turn brought the J♥ and another bet from Holman, this time for 184,265, and Leqenden was there with the call once more.
The river was the 9♦, and this time Holman shoved all in with the 714,207 he had left. Leqenden called again.
Holman showed 6♣6♥ for sixes and aces, but as in the earlier hand Leqenden had been calling with a strong one, turning over A♦4♥ for trips to win the pot and the last of Holman's chips.
Congratulations to Leqenden for adding a big Super Tuesday win to that earlier SCOOP title.
2/3/15 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $539,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. Leqenden (Belarus) -- $102,410.00
2. Andy "andyh26" Holman (United Kingdom) -- $75,460.00
3. DiegoGenus (Brazil) -- $55,247.50
4. engantil (Germany) -- $42,042.00
5. Daniel "ShippityShip" Nielson (Australia) -- $29,645.00
6. Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani (Portugal) -- $22,907.50
7. Diego "Mr.Bittar" Bittar (Brazil) -- $17,517.50
8. mrAndreeew (Sweden) -- $12,127.50
9. maggess88 (Germany) -- $8,947.40
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.