Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez tops 1/19/16 Super Tuesday field, wins $90K
There was another big turnout this week for the Super Tuesday, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars that regularly draws many of poker's best tournament players. And from this week's 524-player field there were a number of recognizable names going deep. Chris "Moorman1" Moorman and David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera were among those just missing the final table, while Bruno "bruno chato" Nunes, Paul "paulgees81" Volpe, Marvin "Ron Jovi 7" Rettenmaier, and Willy "wilmy_x" Arandazi were among those who were part of the final nine.
From that challenging field, it was the Czech Republic's Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez who emerged as this week's Super Tuesday champion, earning $90,303.63 following a heads-up deal. Here's the story of how Gonzalez managed to overcome everyone to collect every chip and the biggest share of this week's $524,000 prize pool.
They were well into the sixth hour of play when the bubble burst, and with 63 players left yargen enjoyed the chip lead by a healthy margin. By the time they'd crossed the seven-hour mark just 18 were left, with yargen still in the mix with an average stack and 3P3NIPA the new leader edging close to 400,000 in chips.
prusakowski (18th), romanooo64 (17th), and Bocamaster0 (16th) were next eliminated, earning $4,192 each. norfair18 (15th), yargen (14th), and PhilRoyal888 (13th) then were successively sent railward, picking up $5,240 apiece. After that neuville25fr went out in 12th, then Chris "Moorman1" Moorman battled for a while with a short stack before going out in 11th.
A while later David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera went out in 10th, like the last two eliminated players earning $6,288 for not quite making the final table. With 3P3NIPA still on top and three players from the Czech Republic occupying the top three spots in the counts, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: 3P3NIPA (Czech Republic) -- 574,035
Seat 2: TanTanSWE (Sweden) -- 242,568
Seat 3: Bruno "bruno chato" Nunes (Brazil) -- 113,724
Seat 4: Paul "paulgees81" Volpe (Canada) -- 142,684
Seat 5: Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez (Czech Republic) -- 418,642
Seat 6: lehout (Netherlands) -- 101,439
Seat 7: Marvin "Ron Jovi 7" Rettenmaier (Germany) -- 388,667
Seat 8: Willy "wilmy_x" Arandazi (Czech Republic) -- 484,398
Seat 9: ToTall4Y (Germany) -- 153,843
On just the second hand of the final table, the blinds were 3,600/7,200 when Paul "paulgees81" Volpe called from the small blind, Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez shoved from a seat over, and Volpe called all in for 127,384.
Volpe had sneakily limped with A♦A♥ while Gonzalez had K♠3♣. Alas for Volpe, the flop fell 9♣K♣3♠ to give Gonzalez two pair and leave Volpe needing to improve. The turn was the 4♣ and river the T♠, and Volpe was suddenly out in ninth.
A little while after that they'd crossed the tournament's nine-hour mark, then Bruno "bruno chato" Nunes open-pushed from under the gun for 86,224 (a little under 11 big blinds) and got one caller in Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez sitting one seat over. Nunes had A♥Q♥ and Gonzalez A♦K♣, and after a T♠6♥9♠5♣K♠ runout, Nunes was eliminated in eighth.
About 20 minutes later Willy "wilmy_x" Arandazi had just lost a big all-in to 3P3NIPA to be knocked down to less than a big blind, and after putting it all in from under the gun with 9♣7♠ was up against Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez's A♣J♣. Five cards later -- 3♠5♠Q♣5♣J♥ -- Gonzalez had scored a third straight knockout and Arandazi was out in seventh.
The blinds increased to 5,000/10,000, and a hand arose that saw 3P2NIPA open for 20,000 from UTG, Gonzalez call from middle position, then ToTall4Y three-bet all in for 191,688 from the big blind. 3P3NIPA stepped aside, but Gonzalez was ready to battle again and made the call, turning over 8♦8♠ while ToTall4Y showed A♦3♣. The 5♦4♠A♣ flop was favorable for ToTall4Y, but the 8♣ fell on the turn to give Gonzalez a set. The river was the 6♣, and ToTall4Y was done in sixth.
Shortly before the break that came at the tourney's 10-hour mark, two knockouts followed in two successive hands.
First it was TanTanSWE open-raising all in from the button for 113,418 with A♥2♥, lehout calling from the big blind with A♣6♣, then a Q♣8♣J♣ flop giving the latter an unbeatable flush and ending TanTanSWE's night in fifth.
On the next hand, 3P3NIPA min-raised to 24,000 from UTG, lehout called from the small blind, then Marvin "Ron Jovi 7" Rettenmaier reraised all in to 79,781 from the big blind. 3P3NIPA responded with an all-in shove that forced lehout to fold, but Rettenmaier called with the 248,759 he had behind. Rettenmaier had K♣K♥ and 3P3NIPA A♣Q♣, and after the 8♠J♠7♣ flop the German was still good. But the A♠ fell on fourth street, and after the 6♣ river Rettenmaier was out in fourth.
Some time later it was 3P3NIPA open-raising all in from the small blind for 264,728 (not quite 15 BBs) and Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez calling from the big blind. Each had been dealt an ace, but with A♠T♥ Gonzalez had the better kicker over 3P3NIPA's A♦3♥. The 2♥2♣Q♣2♠T♣ board meant Gonzalez had the better hand and 3P3NIPA was eliminated in third.
Soon Gonzalez typed "wanna deal?" and lehout said "sure," and the tourney was paused with lehout slightly ahead with 1,332,511 to Gonzalez's 1,287,489. "Chip chop" numbers (identical to "ICM"-based figures heads-up) were produced, leaving $8,000 for which to play, the players quickly agreed to the deal, and play resumed.
Before long Gonzalez had assumed the upper hand, pushing up over 1.6 million while lehout fell back to just over 1 million. Then with the blinds 10,000/20,000, lehout button-raised to 43,800, Gonzalez three-bet to 140,000, lehout pushed all in for 1,015,719 total, and Gonzalez called.
Again it was a battle of kickers as each player had an ace. The J♠J♦2♣ flop changed nothing, but the K♣ turn did, giving Gonzalez two pair and leaving lehout needing a queen on the river to survive. But fifth street was the 8♠ and it was all over -- Gonzalez had won.
Congratulations to Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez for topping this week's Super Tuesday for a better than $90K prize, and kudos to lehout for making it to the heads-up deal and picking up a big cash as well.
1/19/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $524,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez (Czech Republic) $90,303.63*
2. lehout (Netherlands) $82,816.37*
3. 3P3NIPA (Czech Republic) $53,710.00
4. Marvin "Ron Jovi 7" Rettenmaier (Germany) $40,872.00
5. TanTanSWE (Sweden) $28,820.00
6. ToTall4Y (Germany) $22,270.00
7. Willy "wilmy_x" Arandazi (Czech Republic) $17,030.00
8. Bruno "bruno chato" Nunes (Brazil) $11,790.00
9. Paul "paulgees81" Volpe (Canada) $8,698.40
*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $8,000 in play for the winner
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.