ivanvilchez8 cruises to 3/8/16 Super Tuesday victory; Team Pro Lodden fifth
It was another talent-rich field in this week's Super Tuesday, with a final table featuring several familiar names including the U.K.'s Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg, Hungary's Andras "probirs" Nemeth, and Norway's Johnny Lodden of Team PokerStars Pro. But with nine left ivanvilchez8 of Argentina enjoyed a sizable chip lead, and after scoring a big knockout on the first final table hand would retain the lead for the rest of the night to claim the win and a $92,910 first prize.
A total of 489 entered the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament, creating a $489,000 prize pool that bested the event's $425K guarantee. They were about 10 minutes shy of the tournament's six-hour mark when the bubble burst, and with 63 players left none other than Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden had pushed way out in front with nearly 175,000, with Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg then the nearest challenger with just over 105,000.
About an hour-and-a-half later later were down to 18 players with Lodden having just surged back in front to retake the lead from van den Berg.
Jerry "Perrymejsen" Ödeen (18th), Robin "robinho" Ylitalo (17th), and Ahhh Is It? (16th) were the next players eliminated, each earning $3,912. Then thagrinda444 (15th), Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira (14th), and gorgona66ret (13th) were knocked out, cashing for $4,890 apiece. After that Martin "martiniano07" Wagner (12th), Stanley "stanman420" Lee (11th), and BestRivenPS (10th) followed them to the rail, with those three taking away $5,868 each from the prize pool.
With ivanvilchez8 already enjoying a big chip lead with nearly twice the stack of those closest in chips, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: saks80 (Lebanon) -- 164,000
Seat 2: V.bl0m (Malta) -- 298,374
Seat 3: ivanvilchez8 (Argentina) -- 628,880
Seat 4: rudisf (Poland) -- 81,926
Seat 5: Team PokerStars Pro Johnny "johnnylodden" Lodden (Norway) -- 329,885
Seat 6: davidas75 (Israel) -- 168,984
Seat 7: Timorm1 (Israel) -- 84,268
Seat 8: Andras "probirs" Nemeth (Hungary) -- 323,974
Seat 9: Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg (United Kingdom) -- 364,709
Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg began the final table firmly in the mix as one of the chase pack behind ivanvilchez8. But after one hand van den Berg suddenly found himself no longer in contention, having finished ninth.
The blinds were 2,800/5,600 and van den Berg opened for 13,350 from middle position. It folded to leader ivanvilchez8 who three-bet to 39,200 from the hijack seat, then when the action got back to van den Berg he reraised back to 94,775 and ivanvilchez8 called.
The flop came 2♣3♣2♦, prompting a bet of 56,125 from van den Berg. ivanvilchez8 responded with an all-in shove, and van den Berg called with the 213,109 he had behind, turning over A♥A♦ for aces and deuces. ivanvilchez8 had K♣Q♣ for a flush draw, and while the Q♦ on the turn didn't complete it the T♣ river did, knocking van den Berg out in ninth.
That pot boosted ivanvilchez8 to just barely over 1 million chips, more than three times what any of the others had in their stacks.
Just five hands later, a short-stacked rudisf was all in from the big blind after posting, with preflop raiser Timorm1 the only competitor. rudisf had 6♠3♣ and Timorm1 K♣Q♦, and the J♠9♥4♦T♠3♦ board added up to a straight for Timorm1 and an eighth-place finish for rudisf.
A little over a half-hour later -- on the last hand before the tournament's nine-hour break -- Timorm1 had become short-stacked after losing a hand to davidas75, and was soon all in for less than a big blind with J♦5♦ versus ivanvilchez8's A♣9♦. The board came K♣3♥2♣5♣4♥, giving Timorm1 a pair of fives on the turn but ivanvilchez8 a wheel on the river, thus knocking Timorm1 out in seventh.
The final six played on another half-hour with ivanvilchez8 maintaining a big lead. Then with the blinds up to 5,000/10,000, Andras "probirs" Nemeth opened for 22,500 from middle position, then saks80 three-bet all in for 201,078 from the next seat over. It folded back to Nemeth who called and turned over A♠J♣ while saks80 showed 7♣7♥. A J♥8♣J♦ flop then gave Nemeth trips and the A♣ improved him further to a full house, making the river no matter and sending saks80 railward in sixth.
The final five all made it to the 10-hour break, with ivanvilchez8 still setting the pace with about 1.04 million, Andras "probirs" Nemeth the nearest challenger with about 523,000, Johnny Lodden and davidas75 both sitting just under 320,000, and V.bl0m fifth with almost 238,000.
About a half-hour more passed, then came a hand in which ivanvilchez8 -- still the leader -- open-pushed all in from the button and Johnny Lodden called with the 329,758 he had left (just over 20 BBs) after posting the small blind. ivanvilchez8 had T♦8♦ and Lodden 8♠8♥, and after the K♥5♦J♦ flop Lodden was still in front. But the turn was the 2♦ to complete a flush for ivanvilchez8, making the river T♣ inconsequential and ending Lodden's run in fifth.
The remaining players made it through another couple of orbits, then it was davidas75 open-shoving all in from the button for 211,321 (just over 13 BBs), Andras "probirs" Nemeth reshoving for more from the small blind, and V.bl0m folded from the big blind.
Nemeth had A♣K♦ and the edge over davidas75's A♦T♦. The Q♠K♥8♣4♣T♣ board then gave both players pairs but Nemeth's was best, and davidas75 was out in fourth.
From there just 14 more hands would be played, with ivanvilchez8 winning 12 of them on the way to scoring the last two knockouts and earning the victory.
It was only a few minutes later that ivanvilchez8 open-raised all in from the button with K♣J♣ and V.bl0m called all in from the big blind for 348,445 (about 19 BBs) with A♠J♥. The 6♠A♦K♦ flop gave both players pairs, and the 7♥ turn kept V.bl0m in the lead. But the river was the K♠ to make trips for ivanvilchez8, and V.bl0m had been eliminated in third.
With that pot ivanvilchez8 had 2,065,729 versus the 379,271 of Andras "probirs" Nemeth to begin heads-up play, a better than 5-to-1 chip advantage. Over the next four hands ivanvilchez8 had chipped Nemeth down to just over 307,000 (about 17 BBs). Then Nemeth min-raised ot 36,000 from the button, ivanvilchez8 shoved all in, and Nemeth called to put those last chips at risk.
Nemeth had a couple of live cards, but the 3♦9♦6♣3♣K♣ board didn't help him and he fell one spot shy of the win.
Congratulations to ivanvilchez8 who in 10 hours and 45 minutes was able to outlast a big field and tough final table to win this week's Super Tuesday and a nice $91,910 first prize.
3/8/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $489,000.00
Places paid: 63
1. ivanvilchez8 (Argentina) $92,910.00
2. Andras "probirs" Nemeth (Hungary) $68,460.00
3. V.bl0m (Malta) $50,122.50
4. davidas75 (Israel) $38,142.00
5. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny "johnnylodden" Lodden (Norway) $26,895.00
6. saks80 (Lebanon) $20,782.50
7. Timorm1 (Israel) $15,892.50
8. rudisf (Poland) $11,002.50
9. Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg (United Kingdom) $8,117.40
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.