Super Tuesday: Arne "juarnes" Coulier tops tough table for $85K (1-24-17)

Arne "juarnes" Coulier is no stranger to tournament success. He won the Main Event of the Belgian Poker Challenge Namur in 2014, and then returned in 2015 and did it again. This week he found himself in great position to add a major online title to his resume. Sitting second in chips at the final table of the Super Tuesday, and up against a roster of heavy hitters that included several past champions, he did just that, earning his first Super Tuesday victory and more than $85,000.

Arne Coulier

Arne Coulier

This week's field was up by nearly 20 percent over last week, with 481 players turning out to build a $481,000 prize pool. That set up paydays for the top 71 finishers.

It was juarnes who sent the tournament to the final table. Sitting the small blind with A♣ 6♠ on the 15K/30K/3K level, he called konnh4nd's under-the-gun raise to 63K and made trip sixes on the 4♥ 6♥ 6♣ flop. His check-raise prompted konnh4nd, who had A♥ K♠ in the hole, to move all-in for 490K total. juarnes called, the 7♣ turn and 4♣ river locked up his win, and konnh4nd left in 10th place to set up this final table:

Seat 1: Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen (2,274,790 in chips)
Seat 2: Arne "juarnes" Coulier (1,705,495 in chips)
Seat 3: googleit185 (704,879 in chips)
Seat 4: Mohsin "sms9231" Charania (836,050 in chips)
Seat 5: Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino (1,099,450 in chips)
Seat 6: Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman (1,429,329 in chips)
Seat 7: torento11 (1,418,274 in chips)
Seat 8: toomten (1,643,232 in chips)
Seat 9: 4QuietSTorm4 (913,501 in chips)

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Few players have come as close to a Super Tuesday title without winning as often as Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman. The past Sunday Million champ was looking to improve on his past fourth-, third-, and second-place Super Tuesday finishes with a win tonight. His quest stayed alive for the first half-hour of the final table, though a series of small losses cut his stack in half by the time the 11:55 p.m. ET break arrived. On the second hand back from that break, he picked up J♥ J♠ in the big blind and re-raised all-in over the top of toomten's early position raise to 88K. toomten called for 520K more, holding A♦ Q♦, and picked up a pair of aces on the turn of the 6♦ 4♥ 5♥ A♣ 8♦ board to bust Wasserman in ninth.

Mike Wasserman

Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman, gone in ninth

The next half-hour of poker played out with very little real action. Only nine hands went as far as the flop, and of those, only four went further. Past Sunday Warm-Up and Super Tuesday winner Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen had the chip lead at the start of this stretch, and he still held it when he picked up A♣ K♦ in the big blind and watched both two-time SCOOP winner Mohsin "sms9231" Charania and torento11 move all-in ahead of him. Hunichen called as a 71.9-percent favorite - both opponents had A-J in the hole, Charania's in diamonds - and won the 2.6M-chip pot with kings and nines after the board came Q♦ 2♣ 9♠ 9♦ K♣. Charania's stack was shortest to start the hand, so he finished eighth, and torento11 departed in seventh.

Mohsin Charania

Mohsin "sms9231" Charania, out in eighth

That put Big Huni's stack right at 5M with the blinds still at 25K/50K/5K, and he picked up the exact starting cards - A♣ K♦ - on the following hand, this time in the small blind. 4QuietStorm4, who had previously appeared at two Sunday Warm-Up finals and two Sunday Million finals, opened all-in for 704K on the button with K♣ T♥. Big Huni re-raised all-in to isolate with the dominating king, but soon found out he himself was dominated by Arne "juarnes" Coulier's A♥ A♠ in the big blind. juarnes picked up the case ace for a set on the A♦ Q♠ 6♥ flop and dodged 4QuietStorm4's gutshot Broadway draw to win the 5.9M-chip pot. Big Huni's stack dropped back to 2.4M, and 4QuietStorm4 left in sixth.

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Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino, a SCOOP 2012 winner who won the Super Tuesday back in 2013, flopped two pair with K♠ T♥ to outrace juarnes's A♣ 8♠ for a desperation double-up to 778K on the next hand. But juarnes picked up those chips and more a dozen hands later with J♦ J♠ after opening the action for 103K and calling googleit185's all-in re-raise to 1.4M. googleit185's equity went from 42.5-percent before the Q♣ 3♣ 4♠ flop to 92-percent - and then it dropped to zero when the J♥ turn made a set for juarnes. The 6♠ river was the formality that dismissed googleit185 in fifth.

toomten was dealt J♣ J♥ in the small blind on the next hand and re-raised to isolate when ArielBahia moved in for 588K on the button. That left the Swedish player heads-up with ArielBahia's 4♣ 4♠, which failed to hit a set on the 9♣ 5♥ 8♠ K♠ K♥ board, giving toomten the pot and ending ArielBahia's quest for a second Super Tuesday title in fourth.

Ariel Celestino

Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino, gone in fourth

juarnes had 7.8M chips as three-handed play began, a stack worth 136 big blinds. toomten's win on the previous hand had boosted the Swedish player to 3.4M chips (68 BB), while Big Huni trailed with 1.75M (35BB). Big Huni's bid for a second career Super Tuesday title was still alive, but it was put on life support 10 minutes later when he defended the big blind against a raise from juarnes, check-called bets on every street of the 8♦ A♦ 2♥ K♠ 3♣, and mucked after juarnes showed A♣ Q♥ for a pair of aces.

That dropped Big Huni to 850K, and two hands later he put it all on the line from the big blind, calling with A♣ J♦ after toomten jammed in the small blind. toomten's A♠ 2♣ was dominated and lost equity from that already precarious position when the A♥ 6♥ T♦ flop gave both players a pair of aces. Then the 2♥ hit the turn to make two pair for toomten and leave Big Huni in need of one of the last three jacks in the deck. The 3♦ came instead on the river, and Big Huni bowed out in third.

Chris Hunichen

Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen, out in third

Heads up-play started early on the 30K/60K/6K level with juarnes in the lead, holding 7.8M chips to toomten's 4.1M, and he exerted continual pressure from the very beginning. juarnes won seven of the first eight pots played, including one worth 1.1M when his flopped, open-ended straight draw with T♥ 9♣ turned into a pair of nines on the turn, good enough to overcome toomten's busted flush draw with A♦ 6♦. toomten pushed back plenty, but the pots stayed small and juarnes won more of them by a large enough fraction to steadily chip away at toomten's stack.

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toomten looked set for a comeback after making a set on the turn with T♥ T♠ and winning a 2.8M-chip pot that trimmed juarnes's lead to less than 10 big blinds. But he persisted and won the only three pots in the next 40 worth more than a million chips, boosting his stack over 9.1M chips in the process. Then both players picked up big aces before the flop. All of toomten's chips went in the middle as the fourth bet with A♠ Q♠. juarnes called with A♥ J♦ and had just 13-percent equity after the flop came 4♠ 3♣ 9♥. Then the J♠ arrived on the turn to give him a pair of jacks. Any queen or spade on the river would have given toomten the double back to 5.6M and set the stage for an extended heads-up battle, but the 7♦ came instead, ending the tournament.

toomten's first Super Tuesday final table appearance was worth $62,643.41. Meanwhile Arne "juarnes" Coulier took home $85,462.41 and added a major online title to a resume that already included back-to-back wins in the Belgian Poker Challenge Main Event. Congratulations to both players on solid performances against elite competition!

1/24/17 Super Tuesday ($1,050 NL Hold'em) results
Entrants: 481
Total prize pool: $409,000
Places paid: 71

1. Arne "juarnes" Coulier (Belgium) $85,462.41
2. toomten (Sweden) $62,643.41
3. Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen (Costa Rica) $45,917.46
4. Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino (Brazil) $33,657.34
5. googleit185 (United Kingdom) $24,670.73
6. 4QuietStorm4 (Canada) $18,083.57
7. torento11 (Georgia) $13,255.20
8. Mohsin "sms9231" Charania (Canada) $9,716
9. Mike "StrungOut1" Wasserman (Mexico) $7,121.78

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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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