pucho2100 punches way to top of 2/23/16 Super Tuesday, wins $100K

As usual, this week's Super Tuesday featured a number of poker's top performing tournament players going deep, with a final nine including Ivan "Negriin" Luca, Sam "aaajack" Chartier, Nick "FU_15" Maimone, Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo, and Lander "tua133" Lijo. In the end, though, it was Argentina's pucho2100 who outlasted everyone, topping a big field of 527 to enjoy a $100,130 payday.


Those 527 build a prize pool of $527,000 -- way over the $425K guarantee -- and it would take almost exactly six hours for the field to be cut down to 63 players and the money bubble to burst. At that point Sh0w3rd4u was sitting in the chip lead with 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25K High Roller winner Nick "FU_15" Maimone next in the counts.

Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer was among the players knocked out shortly after the tournament reached the cash, going out in 57th for $2,318.80.

Over the next hour-and-a-half the field was whittled further down to 18, with Artem "roi kin23" Litvinov (56th, $2,318.80), Laurynas "LaurisL91" Levinskas (55th, $2,318.80), Daniel "42ayay" Erlandsson (51st, $2,476.90), Fernando "fviana" Viana (52nd, $2,476.90), Michael "chipsxxx" Kossov (39th, $2,635), Ezequiel "TEENageTuRtl" Kleinman (31st, $2,898.50), Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez (27th, $3,162), Bjorn "kleath" Kleathersson (24th, $3,162), Daniel "GusanoZ" Silveira (21st, $3,162), and Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot (20th, $3,162) among the eliminated.

Sh0w3rd4u was still in front, having widened the lead with just two tables were left. EliteEvil (18th), Paul "paulgees81" Volpe (17th), and Pimmss (16th) were then the next players out, each earning $4,216.


Paul "paulgees81" Volpe

After that I Visor I (15th), BOOGANDEHAH (14th), and duffm0n (13th) were successively eliminated, earning $5,270 apiece. airforlife20 (12th) and last week's Super Tuesday winner Dhr. Awesome (11th) followed those players to the virtual rail, and a little while later during hand-for-hand play xxxmato was ousted in 10th by readas_reada when the latter's A♠Q♦ outdrew xxxmato's K♥K♣. Those three eliminated players each earned $6,324.

Meanwhile before the final table could officially get started, Ivan "Negriin" Luca was all in and at risk on the other table with 9♦9♠ versus Lander "tua133" Lijo's K♣Q♣.


Ivan "Negriin" Luca

A queen then fell among the community cards and the Argentinian was knocked out in ninth, thereby leaving one seat open when the final table began with Sh0w3rs4u still leading with eight left.


Seat 1: empty
Seat 2: PreyOnDaLine (United Kingdom) -- 356,945
Seat 3: readas_reada (Austria) -- 632,550
Seat 4: Sam "aaajack" Chartier (Canada) -- 110,260
Seat 5: Lander "tua133" Lijo (Czech Republic) -- 448,236
Seat 6: pucho2100 (Argentina) -- 162,102
Seat 7: Sh0w3rs4u (United Kingdom) -- 498,345
Seat 8: Nick "FU_15" Maimone (Honduras) -- 205,860
Seat 9: Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo (United Kingdom) -- 220,702

About 10 minutes into the final table, the tournament's 10th hour had just begun when Sam "aaajack" Chartier open-raised all in from the hijack seat for 83,360 -- a bit over 10 big blinds -- then watched pucho2100 reraise-shove from the button for about twice that amount. Leader Sh0w3rs4u then pushed all in from the small blind over the top, scattering Nick "FU_15" Maimone in the big blind, and the three players showed their hands:

pucho1200: K♥K♦
Sh0w3rs4u: J♥J♣
aaajack: J♠9♠

The board came 6♠3♦Q♦T♥A♠, giving pucho1200 a huge pot while knocking out Chartier in eighth.


Sam "aaajack" Chartier

It would take more than half an hour for the next elimination to come as the blinds increased to 5,000/10,000 with a 1,250 ante. A hand then came up in which Lander "tua133" Lijo opened from UTG to 20,500, then Nick "FU_15" Maimone reraised all in for his last 145,623 from the cutoff seat. It folded back to Lijo who called, turning over A♣Q♠ to Maimone's A♠J♥.

The board came 6♦3♥T♦K♥7♦, missing both and keeping Lijo in front, which meant a seventh-place finish for Maimone.


Nick "FU_15" Maimone

The final six marched on, then just after they reached the 10-hour mark readas_reada min-raised to 24,000 from the cutoff, leader Sh0w3rs4u reraised all in from the big blind, and readas_reada committed the 202,764 left behind.

Sh0w3rs4u had 9♣9♦ and readas_reada A♣K♣, and the 6♦A♦2♦ flop gave the latter top pair while providing a flush draw for Sh0w3rs4u. The K♦ then completed that draw, leaving readas_reada hoping for an ace or king on the river to survive. But fifth street brought the 3♥, and readas_reada was done in sixth.

Just two hands later pucho2100 min-raised to 28,000 from the cutoff, PreyOnDaLine reraised all in for 205,163 from the big blind, and pucho2100 called. PreyOnDaLine had 3♦3♥ but pucho2100 had a better pocket pair with 7♥7♣, and five cards later -- K♠A♠9♥K♦2♠ -- they were down to four.

Sh0w3rs4u was still the leader with nearly 1.1 million, although with that knockout pucho2100 had pushed up over 915,000 to close the gap while Lander "tua133" Lijo (almost 470,000) and Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo (about 157,000) were well behind.

A short while later it was Pardo open-raising all in for 204,688 (not quite 13 BBs) from the small blind with K♦2♦ and getting called by Lander "tua133" Lijo in the big with K♠Q♣. The board came 9♥6♠9♦Q♠5♣, and Pardo was knocked out in fourth.


Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo

The last three players made it to the 11-hour mark, with pucho2100 the new leader with about 1.05 million, Sh0w3rs4u next with just over 900,000, and Lander "tua133" Lijo third iwth about 687,000 after enduring pucho2100 having doubled through him.

Soon a hand arose in which pucho2100 raised 2x to 40,000 form the button and got one caller in Lijo in the big blind. The flop came 3♣8♥2♣, Lijo checked, pucho2100 bet 41,000, and Lijo called. The turn then brought the Q♠ and another check from Lijo. pucho2100 bet 84,000 this time, and Lijo called again.

The river was the K♠ and Lijo checked a third time. pucho2100 pushed all in, and Lijo called with his last 572,257. pucho2100 shoed Q♦8♣ for queens and eights, and that was better than the pair of kings Lijo had with K♣J♣, sending Lijo railward in third.


Lander "tua133" Lijo

Heads-up began with pucho2100 in front with 1,734,123 to Sh0w3rs4u's 900,877 and a quick chat between the two:

pucho2100: deal or play?
Sh0w3rs4u: PLAY
Sh0w3rs4u: gl
pucho2100: gl bro

A few hands into their battle Sh0w3rs4u grabbed the advantage after doubling up with K♦Q♦ versus pucho2100's A♦K♥ when a queen came among the community cards. A little later, though, pucho2100 would push back, retaking the lead getting all in on the turn after flopping bottom two pair versus the top pair of Sh0w3rs4u and having the hand hold up.

pucho2100 was able to work up over 2 million while knocking Sh0w3rs4u back down around half a million, then the latter earned a double-up to get back to almost 1.15 million to pucho2100's 1.48 million when the final hand suddenly took place.

It began with a min-raise by Sh0w3rs4u to 60,000, followed by a three-bet to 160,000 by pucho2100. Sh0w3rs4u then made it 390,000 to go, and after pucho2100 shoved Sh0w3rs4u thought for a few seconds before calling all in.

pucho2100: K♦K♠
Sh0w3rs4u: A♣Q♣

Sh0w3rs4u needed to improve, but the board rolled out J♣T♦J♥T♠3♦ and so Sh0w3rs4u came one spot shy of winning, having to take second-place prize money as the winner's share went to pucho2100.

Congratulations to pucho2100 for topping another big Super Tuesday field and a talented final table to win this week's tournament for a nice six-figure payday.

2/2/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Entrants: 527
Prize pool: $527,000.00
Places paid: 63

1. pucho2100 (Argentina) $100,130.00
2. Sh0w3rs4u (United Kingdom) $73,780.00
3. Lander "tua133" Lijo (Czech Republic) $54,017.50
4. Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo (United Kingdom) $41,106.00
5. PreyOnDaLine (United Kingdom) $28,985.00
6. readas_reada (Austria) $22,397.50
7. Nick "FU_15" Maimone (Honduras) $17,127.50
8. Sam "aaajack" Chartier (Canada) $11,857.50
9. Ivan "Negriin" Luca (Argentina) $8,748.20

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