The Super Tuesday fields are growing once again at PokerStars, with the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament attracting more than 400 this week. And a Brazilian player did well again this week, too, as João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten managed to outlast everyone to win this week's tournament and a $66,079.48 first prize following a heads-up deal.
There were 414 entries all told in this week's tournament, which meant a $414,000 prize pool that well exceeded the $325K guarantee with the top 55 finishers splitting those riches.
It took around five-and-a-half hours for the money bubble to burst, then a couple of hours after that they were down to 18 players with ViCiuSMaXiMu the chip leader with more than 1.5 million and João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten next in line with just over 1.1 million.
Nassimovitch (18th) was the next to go, earning $3,537.46. Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel (17th), EPT12 Dublin Main Event champion Niall "Firaldo87" Farrell (16th), benderbei2 (15th), and Dietrich "2pacnrw16" Fast (14th) were then eliminated, each earning $4,308.82. Then MoppyDoodle (13th), prebz (12th), zzwwzzwwzz (11th), and D.END.49 (10th) were successively felted, taking $5,248.40 each from the prize pool.
With fellow Brits ViCiuSMaXiMu and OLDWOLF133 practically dead even for the chip lead at about 1.955 million apiece, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (Canda) -- 1,268,840
Seat 2: Piero Hace (Poland) -- 759,333
Seat 3: João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten (Brazil) -- 1,690,093
Seat 4: BOBAN94 (Sweden) -- 1,002,517
Seat 5: OLDWOLF133 (United Kingdom) -- 1,955,291
Seat 6: ViCiuSMaXiMu (United Kingdom) -- 1,955,456
Seat 7: _Bartao_ (Norway) -- 674,566
Seat 8: Artem "Artem205" Metalidi (Ukraine) -- 374,264
Seat 9: BillLewinsky (Netherlands) -- 669,640
On just the second hand of the final table, the blinds were 10,000/20,000 when OLDWOLF133 raised to 44,000 from the cutoff, then ViCiuSMaXiMu called from the next seat over. Action folded to Artem "Artem205" Metalidi in the big blind who shoved all-in for 370,264. OLDWOLF13 stepped aside, but ViCiuSMaXiMu made the call.
Metalidi had A♣J♥ and needed help against ViCiuSMaXiMu's Q♠Q♥. But the K♣3♠8♦6♠4♣ board didn't provide it and Metalidi was out in ninth.
A short while later the blinds were up to 12,500/25,000 when OLDWOLF133 raised to 55,000 from under the gun, then _Bartao_ reraise-shoved for 518,676 from two seats over. It folded around to João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten in the small blind who pushed all-in over the top, forcing a fold from BOBAN94 in the big blind and OLDWOLF133.
Baumgarten had A♠K♣ and had _Bartao_'s A♣Q♦ dominated. The board came 2♥9♣3♠K♦8♥, and _Bartao_ was done in eighth.
Four hands later, João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten opened for 52,000 from early position, then BillLewinsky shoved for 387,650 and Baumgarten called. BillLewinsky had 8♠8♣ but Baumgarten had K♣K♦. The flop came 9♠4♠7♥ and the turn the T♣, giving BillLewinsky an open-ended straight draw, but the river was the 4♣ and BillLewinsky fell in seventh.
The remaining six players battled their way into the tournament's 11th hour as the blinds rose to 20,000/40,000. Then a hand arose that saw BOBAN94 limp in from early position, Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan call from the small blind, and Piero Hace check from the big blind. The flop came 4♥T♥7♦. Srinivasan checked, Piero Hace bet 76,320, then BOBAN94 raised the minimum to 152,640. Srinivasan folded, Piero Hace shoved all-in, and BOBAN94 called with the 468,297 left behind.
BOBAN94 had A♣A♥ for an overpair, but Piero Hace had enjoyed a big blind special with 7♠4♦ for two pair. The turn was the Q♠ and river the 8♣, and BOBAN94 was knocked out in sixth.
About a half-hour later it was João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten min-raising to 100,000 from the button and ViCiuSMaXiMu calling from the big blind. The pair saw a flop come all hearts -- 2♥9♥J♥ -- and after ViCiuSMaXiMu checked, Baumgarten fired a bet of 100,000, then ViCiuSMaXiMu check-raised all-in for 719,869, earning a call from Baumgarten.
ViCiuSMaXiMu had J♠7♥ for top pair and a flush draw, but Baumgarten had J♦T♥ for the same pair with a better kicker plus a better flush draw. The turn was the 8♠ and river the Q♠, and ViCiuSMaXiMu's run was over in fifth.
They reached and passed the 11-hour mark, about about 20 minutes later Piero Hace open-shoved a stack from UTG of 943,338 (about 13.5 big blinds) and got a caller in Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan from the big blind. Piero Hace had K♥Q♠ while Srinivasan had Q♥Q♣, and after a 4♦J♠9♣J♦2♠ runout, Piero Hace was on the rail in fourth.
Four hands later, OLDWOLF133 open-raised the minimum to 140,000 from under the gun, Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan three-bet to 490,000 from the small blind, João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten folded, then OLDWOLF133 pushed all-in for 1,310,104 total and Srinivasan called.
Srinivasan had 6♦6♣ while OLDWOLF133 had two live cards with A♥Q♣. The board came 2♦8♠3♠, then 4♦, then K♣, and OLDWOLF133 took away third-place money.
Soon after the remaining two players paused the tournament to discuss a deal. At that point Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan had the chip edge with 6,224,892 versus the 4,125,108 of João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten.
They quickly agreed to the proposed figures -- leaving $5,000 for which to play -- and the tournament resumed.
"now lets play a 5k hu sng," said Baumgarten in the chatbox as the first hand as dealt. A few hands after that he would grab the chip advantage from Srinivasan, and by the time they were nearing the tournament's 12-hour mark the final hand took place.
The blinds were 40,000/80,000, and after Baumgarten opened for 173,600 from the button, Srinivasan three-bet to 520,000. Baumgarten then pushed all-in, and Srinivasan called with the 2,354,641 he had behind.
G's zee: T♠T♣
The 4♦3♣J♣ flop was safe for Srinivasan, but the A♣ turn card paired Baumgarten. Then came the river -- the J♠ -- and it Baumgarten earned the pot, the extra $5K, and the victory.
Congratulations to João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten for topping a tough Super Tuesday field to win a $66K-plus first prize, and kudos as well to Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan for making it to the heads-up deal and picking up almost as much.
8/2/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $414,000
Places paid: 55
1. João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten (Brazil) $66,079.48*
2. Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (Canada) $64,098.34*
3. OLDWOLF133 (United Kingdom) $40,536.31
4. Piero Hace (Poland) $29,795.58
5. ViCiuSMaXiMu (United Kingdom) $21,900.80
6. BOBAN94 (Sweden) $16,097.85
7. BillLewinsky (Netherlands) $11,832.45
8. _Bartao_ (Norway) $8,697.27
9. Artem "Artem205" Metalidi (Ukraine) $6,392.82
*denotes two-way deal
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