Super job by SupaJah, winner of 7/26/16 Super Tuesday for almost $70K
We might want to consider renaming this week's Super Tuesday -- the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars -- the Supa Tuesday. That because the last hand and first-place prize was won by Russia's SupaJah, who topped a field of 386 entries to earn a $69,954.54 payday.
That turnout represented a post-World Series of Poker jump of more than 60 entries over last week, making for a $386,000 prize pool that well exceeded the $300K guarantee. After five-and-a-half hours the money bubble burst, and with 54 players left Kafrou had moved up into first position, well out in front of the remaining players.
Almost two-and-a-half hours later they were down to 18 with Kafrou then sitting in the middle of the pack and felter1989 the chip leader with just over 1.1 million.
Sergio "zcedrick" Aido (18th) next went out, picking up $3,298.21, then Jc9c (17th), and bearsfan75 (16th), Olorionek (15th), and Luke "LFMagic" Fields successively went out in short order, each earning $4,017.41. Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot (13th), Willy "wilmy_x" Arandazi (12th), Kafrou (11th), and Pascal "Päffchen" Hartmann (10th) followed them to the rail, taking away $4,893.43 apiece.
With the tournament crossing the eight-and-a-half-hour mark and SupaJah the new chip leader, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: SiiliSuhonen (Finland) -- 534,570
Seat 2: Keiruja (United Kingdom) -- 1,103,214
Seat 3: Kent "ForzaVaxholm" Lundmark (Sweden) -- 847,615
Seat 4: NOBBSY_8 (Australia) -- 569,228
Seat 5: droulis9 (Cyprus) -- 565,824
Seat 6: CrownUpGay (United Kingdom) -- 688,462
Seat 7: SupaJah (Russia) -- 2,808,499
Seat 8: Shashank "felter1989" Jain (India) -- 1,456,937
Seat 9: edudrake1987 (Brazil) -- 1,075,651
It took more than half an hour for the first final knockout to come. By then the blinds were 12,500/25,000, and after felter1989 min-raised to 50,000 from middle position, edudrake1987 called from the next seat over, then it folded around to the blinds who both called, NOBBSY_8 (small) and droulis9 (big).
The flop came 5♠8♠4♦, and NOBBSY_8 promptly pushed all-in for 485,916, getting only one caller in felter19879. NOBBSY_8 had 8♣4♣ for two pair, but felter1989 had flopped top set with 8♦8♥. The board ran out K♠ then A♣, and NOBBSY_8 was out in ninth.
Just over 15 minutes later it was a new level, and with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 droulis9 raised to 66,000 from middle position, CrownUpGay called from the next seat over, edudrake1987 called from the small blind, then SiiliSuhonen reraised all-in for 820,058 from the big blind. droulis9 called the shove and the other two players folded.
droulis9 had A♥K♠ while SiiliSuhonen was hoping 9♦9♠ would hold. The board came eight-high, which might seem good for pocket nines. Alas for SiiliSuhonen, the community cards were 2♥3♥8♠4♣5♥, that river five making a straight for droulis9 and knocking SiiliSuhonen out in eighth.
Play marched on, then with the blinds at 17,500/35,000 it was Kent "ForzaVaxholm" Lundmark opening for 72,100 from the hijack seat, droulis9 calling from the cutoff, CrownUpGay calling from the button, then SupaJah making it 319,200 to go from the small blind. It folded back to Lundmark who shoved for 1,589,756 total and when the others got out SupaJah called.
The EPT7 Barcelona Main Event champion had A♦Q♠ but was sorry to see SupaJah turn over A♥K♥. The board came T♣5♥2♣7♥8♦, and Lundmark was out in seventh.
Ten minutes later the tournament had crossed the 10-hour mark, then came a hand that saw SupaJah min-raise from the button to 70,000, edudrake1987 reraise all-in from the big blind for 620,802, and SupaJah call. edudrake1987 had A♣8♦ and was looking for an ace versus SupaJah's 8♠8♥, but the board came 4♠J♥2♥2♦5♣ and edudrake was eliminated in sixth.
Just a couple of minutes later CrownUpGay -- winner of the 5/31/16 Super Tuesday (and not to be confused with 2014 WCOOP Main Event champion Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz) -- open-shoved all-in for 387,175 from under the gun with K♥9♥ and got one caller in droulis9 in the big blind with 7♦7♥. The flop brought a nine, but it contained a seven as well, coming 7♠6♦9♣, and when a deuce fell on the turn CrownUpGay was drawing dead to finish in fifth.
Three more minutes passed, then SupaJah min-raised to 80,000 from the small blind and Shashank "felter1989" Jain called from the BB. The flop came 7♦9♥6♠, prompting a bet of 80,000 from SupaJah which Jain called. Then after the 7♥ turn paired the board, SupaJah led for 200,000, Jain shoved for 1,129,164, and SupaJah called.
Jain had 8♦5♠ for a flopped straight and was ahead of SupaJah's A♦7♠ for trip sevens. But the 6♥ river improved SupaJah to a full house, knocking Jain out in fourth.
Just a minute after that hand, droulis9 made a just-over-2x raise to 88,000 from UTG, Keiruja shoved all-in for 821,194 from the big blind, and droulis9 called. Keiruja had 4♣4♠ while droulis9 showed 8♦8♣. The community cards then brought a 6♠7♠5♥ flop and 4♦ turn, puting Keiruja ahead with a set of fours. But the river was the 3♠, making an eight-high straight for droulis9 and sending Keiruja railward in third.
Heads-up play began with SupaJah in front with 5,803,392 to droulis9's 3,846,608. Over the next 15 minutes SupaJah would maintain first position, initially building the lead then watching droulis9 climb back nearly to pull even before SupaJah pushed back out ahead once more.
Finally, as the tournament approached the 10-and-a-half-hour mark with SupaJah up over 8.04 million and droulis9 down to almost exactly 1.6 million, the final hand took place.
It started with a 2x button raise to 100,000 by SupaJah, and after droulis9 responded with an all-in push, SupaJah called right away.
droulis9 had A♣5♠ while SupaJah had 7♥7♣, and the A♠3♣A♥ flop looked great for the at-risk player, improving droulis9 to trip aces. But the turn brought the 7♦, making a full house for SupaJah to shift the advantage back over to the chip leader.
droulis9 still had river outs, but fifth street was the 6♠ and it was all over -- SupaJah had won.
Congratulations to SupaJah for topping this week's big Super Tuesday field and earning a handsome payday of just a touch under $70K.
7/26/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
Prize pool: $386,000
Places paid: 55
1. SupaJah (Russia) $69,954.54
2. droulis9 (Cyprus) $51,418.94
3. Keiruja (United Kingdom) $37,794.72
4. Shashank "felter1989" Jain (India) $27,780.42
5. CrownUpGay (United Kingdom) $20,419.59
6. edudrake1987 (Brazil) $15,009.10
7. Kent "ForzaVaxholm" Lundmark (Sweden) $11,032.18
8. SiiliSuhonen (Finland) $8,109.04
9. NOBBSY_8 (Australia) $5,960.45
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.