CrownUpGay outlasts Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman in lengthy heads-up, wins 5/31/16 Super Tuesday.

It took almost exactly 13 hours for this week's Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly marquee $1,050 no-limit hold'em event. to play down from 430 entries to just one. Almost the last two hours of that was required for the final elimination to occur, as the last two players -- CrownUpGay and Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman, both of the U.K. -- carried their tourney-concluding heads-up duel deep into the night.

At last it was CrownUpGay (not to be confused with 2014 WCOOP Main Event champ Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz) winning the last pot and taking first, earning a cool $73,500 following a three-way deal with Peterman and another British player, R_Scientist.

The first six hours or so were needed to play down to 63 players and for the money bubble to burst, at which point the $430,000 prize pool -- well over the $300K guarantee -- began to be divided up. By then Killer_oooo had risen to the top spot in the counts, then by the time they were halfway through the tournament's eighth hour just 18 remained, with Killer_oooo in the mix and Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell having risen up into the top spot.

Ds}L1cH{ (18th) then Matt "OLD TIME GIN" Stone (17th) were eliminated, then after sliding in the counts Killer_oooo (16th) went out, with those three each picking up $3,440. Then engantil (15th) and Bjorn "kleath" Kleathersson (14th) were knocked out, and after slipping in the counts Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell (13th) went out, too, with those three each finishing with $4,300 cashes. Powergolf (12th), Peter "Se7enTr3y" Akery (11th), and thagrinda444 (10th) were then successively felted, taking away $5,160 apiece.

With JohnyK91 the new leader with almost 2.3 million, the final table was underway.


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Seat 1: M_Acevedo (Costa Rica) -- 861,362  
Seat 2: Tamer "Tamthemanwho" Kamel (United Kingdom) -- 331,608  
Seat 3: Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman (United Kingdom) -- 1,257,243  
Seat 4: CrownUpGay (United Kingdom) -- 1,207,777  
Seat 5: R_Scientist (United Kingdom) -- 1,552,040  
Seat 6: kostinio83 (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) -- 480,026  
Seat 7: JohnyK91 (Netherlands) -- 2,299,067  
Seat 8: michallok (Poland) -- 1,945,707 
Seat 9: shorezydrew (Canada) -- 815,170

All nine made it to the tournament's nine-hour mark, then a couple of minutes later the blinds were 2,500/5,000 when Tamer "Tamthemanwho" Kamel open-raised all-in for 287,608 from the cutoff seat and Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman called from the button. Kamel had 6♣6♠ but Peterman held 9♥9♠, and after a 7♣2♦A♦5♣3♠ rounout Kamel was the first final table knockout.


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Tamer "Tamthemanwho" Kamel

About a half-hour later the blinds were up to 15,000/30,000 while M_Acevedo's stack slipped to 77,740, and all of that went in from under the gun. R_Scientist three-bet from a few seats over and all folded, then showed A♥K♦ versus M_Acevedo's 9♦8♠. The board ran out 5♥A♠T♦5♣J♠, and M_Acevedo was done in eighth.

They continued on another 15 minutes, then came a hand that saw shorezydrew nearly get felted in a hand versus R_Scientist. shorezydrew was all-in with Q♦Q♥ versus R_Scientist's A♠Q♣, and an ace on the board gave the latter the big 1.8 million pot (and the chip lead) while shorezydrew fell to less than 25,000.

All of that went in the very next hand for shorezydrew behind J♦7♠ versus Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman's K♣T♦, and five cards later -- A♣4♦9♣2♣A♥ -- shorezydrew was eliminated in seventh.

Just three hands after that michallok min-raised from UTG for 70,000 and only JohnyK91 called from the big blind. The flop came Q♦Q♥J♦, JohnyK91 checked, and michallok continued for 78,540. JohnyK91 then pushed all-in for 315,516, and michallok called the shove.

JohnyK91 had K♦3♦ for a diamond flush draw while michallok showed K♠J♥ for queens and jacks. The turn was the 6♠ and river the 4♠, and JohnyK91's Super Tuesday run ended in sixth.

Play continued, and with the blinds up to 25,000/50,000 it was CrownUpGay -- the new chip leader -- opening for 110,000 from the cutoff, then kostinio83 three-bet all-in for 370,596 from the small blind and CrownUpGay called. kostinio83 showed Q♦J♥ and had the preflop edge versus CrownUpGay's 7♥6♣, but after a 6♥2♣8♦9♠4♣ runout CrownUpGay had a pair and kostinio83 was on the rail in fifth.

Just four hands later michallok open-shoved all in for 763,859 over the small blind and Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman called from the big. michallok had T♣8♣ and needed improvement versus Peterman's K♣J♣, but the J♥7♣3♦J♦Q♠ made trips for the latter and michallok was sent out in fourth.

At that the tournament was paused for some deal talk, with CrownUpGay on top with about 5.64 million, Peterman sitting on almost 3.34 million, and R_Scientist with right at 1.77 million. Both "ICM"-based figures and "chip chop" numbers were presented -- leaving $5,000 for which to play -- and after a bit of negotiation to settle on something in between a deal was struck and play continued. 

Not long after they resumed, CrownUpGay made a just-over-2x raise from the button to 135,000, R_Scientist reraised to 421,555 from the small blind, and CrownUpGay called. The flop came 5♥3♠J♣, R_Scientist continued for 276,333, and CrownUpGay called again. The turn then brought the 6♠ and an all-in push for 1,416,419 from R_Scientist, with CrownUpGay making the call.

R_Scientist showed A♠7♦ for ace-high and a gutshot while CrownUpGay had top pair of jacks with J♥8♥. The river was the K♦, and R_Scientist was out.

That pot gave CrownUpGay a better than 2-to-1 chip lead to start heads-up play with 7,432,058 to Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman's 3,317,942. Within 10 minutes, however, Peterman had seized the lead away, then lost it, then grabbed it back again, eventually building up close to 9.4 million while CrownUpGay fell back to 1.35 million.

CrownUpGay managed to double-up, though, winning a preflop all-in with queen-ten versus Peterman's king-nine. Then a ittle after that CrownUpGay grabbed two big pots to pull in front, and before long was the one up around 9.4 million. Then Peterman evened things up again, cracking CrownUpGay's pocket kings by turning two pair and getting an all-in called on the river. Peterman widened the lead once more, but CrownUpGay picked up kings again and doubled through, retaking the advantage.

They continued on, their heads-up battle extending into a second hour, with Peterman again taking the advantage back and pushing well ahead. Then CrownUpGay earning another double-up to survive, after which the pair had to share a chatbox chuckle:

CrownUpGay: it will never end haha
elliottpet: lol

On they grinded, the lead switching back and forth again until at last CrownUpGay took the lead once more, and finally the last hand took place.

The blinds were up to 60,000/120,000, and after Peterman opened for 258,000 from the button, CrownUpGay three-bet to 780,000, Peterman made it 4.56 million to go, CrownUpGay shoved all-in, and Peterman called with the 335,938 he had left.

CrownUpGay: T♥T♦
elliottpet: 6♥6♠

Peterman had the lesser of the two pocket pairs, then the 9♣7♦8♥ flop gave both players straight draws. Neither the 4♣ turn nor the 2♠ river changed anything, however, and Peterman -- whom we just saw recently taking 25th in the LAPT9 Panama Main Event -- came one spot shy of winning this week's Super Tuesday and the extra $5K. 


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Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman

Congratulations to CrownUpGay for the win and to both Peterman and R_Scientist as well for making it to that three-way final table deal and ensuring themselves handsome paydays, too. Rule Britannia!

5/31/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Entrants: 430
Prize pool: $430,000
Places paid: 63

1. CrownUpGay (United Kingdom) $73,500*
2. Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman (United Kingdom) $59,675.00*
3. R_Scientist (United Kingdom) $52,800.00*
4. michallok (Poland) $33,540.00
5. kostinio83 (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) $23,650.00
6. JohnyK91 (Netherlands) $18,275.00
7. shorezydrew (Canada) $13,975.00
8. M_Acevedo (Costa Rica) $9,675.00
9. Tamthemanwho (United Kingdom) $7,138.00
*denotes three-way deal


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