Super Tuesday: Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk wins $58K, 2nd title of 2017 (7-4-17)

The first win is the toughest, but what about the second? For Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk, it was a breeze. He came to the Super Tuesday final table as one of the shorter stacks back in February and fought heads-up for the better part of an hour to earn his first title. Tonight he arrived with the chip lead, maintained his standing for the next hour and a half while Russia's papan9_p$ took out mutliple players, and then made two big hands within minutes to run away with his second Super Tuesday victory of 2017.

Tonight's win makes two Super Tuesday titles for Chris 'Apotheosis92' Kruk in 2017

Tonight's win makes two Super Tuesday titles for Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk in 2017

The road to the final table was nearly as simple for Apotheosis92 as the path once he got there. He took over the chip lead with 73 players left, dropped back a bit for the next hour, and then reclaimed and held it for the next two hours until these eight players joined him at the final table:

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Seat 1: 77eagle77 (882,668 in chips)
Seat 2: DeuceofDuc0 (1,048,762 in chips)
Seat 3: ikkedus (879,588 in chips)
Seat 4: Kabotajoe (521,381 in chips)
Seat 5: LauksK1 (722,190 in chips)
Seat 6: dadowiec (513,452 in chips)
Seat 7: Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk (1,744,894 in chips)
Seat 8: Ryan "newguy89" McEathron (543,410 in chips)
Seat 9: papan9_p$ (918,655 in chips)

There were no knockouts for the first half-hour. With the stacks relatively deep on the 8,000/16,000/1,600 level, things stayed casual and the players got to know each other a bit. DeuceofDuc0 asked Apotheosis92, "why are you not in Vegas and leave us fishes playing against one another?" He replied with some inside knowledge you should keep in mind before you ever consider a summer of poker in the desert: "taxes. and [last year] the house we rented had scorpions. I don't fkn deal with scorpions."

While there were no bustouts early, papan9_p$, a past Sunday Warm-Up winner who finished fourth in the 2/14/17 Super Tuesday, did double up with pocket jacks against DeuceofDuc0's A♠ K♥ after flopping a set against DeuceofDuc0's flopped pair of kings. That took papan9_p$ up to the front of the pack alongside Apotheosis92.

Germany's Kabotajoe, appearing at a third Super Tuesday final table of the year after finishing sixth and eighth, dropped a few big blinds over that span before picking up A♠ K♥ in the hijack seat and moving all-in for 398,881 chips over the top of papan9_p$'s under-the-gun raise to 54,750. papan9_p$ called the re-raise with J♦ J♠, which made jacks full of deuces on the 2♥ Q♦ 2♣ 3♣ J♥ board to bust Kabotajoe in ninth.

A flurry of activity followed that first knockout. DeuceofDuc0 doubled back up with 8♦ 8♥, defending the big blind against 77eagle77's small blind attack with A♠ 8♠. Two hands later 77eagle77 picked up A♠ T♣ in the cutoff seat and moved all-in for 525,651 chips over the top of another papan9_p$ 54,750-chip hijack-seat opener. SCOOP 2016 NLO8 finalist ikkedus re-shoved for another 62,000 chips in the small blind with Q♥ Q♠ to get the hand heads-up, then took down the 1.15-million-chip pot after a K♦ 7♥ 3♠ J♥ 7♣ board to bust 77eagle77 in eighth.

Ryan "newguy89" McEathron, the TCOOP 2017 Event #59 winner who finished fourth in the Super Tuesday that Apotheosis92 won earlier this year, halted ikkedus's momentum six hands later, doubling through the Dutch player's J♦ J♣ with A♥ 9♦ thanks to the timely A♠ on the river. He was dealt K♥ K♠ in the hijack seat on the next hand and re-raised to 125,000 over WCOOP 2013 champion dadowiec's 56,250-chip under-the-gun opener. dadowiec re-shoved with T♦ T♥ and made a set on the river of the K♦ 2♥ 7♣ J♣ T♠ board, but newguy89's flopped set of kings sent dadowiec to the rail in seventh.

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Apotheosis92's comfortable lead grew more comfortable a few minutes later after coaxing some value out of A♠ K♠. After raising to 50,000 chips under the gun and getting one call from newguy89, Apotheosis92 check-called 104,375 chips on the 7♦ 3♦ A♦ flop. newguy89 checked behind on the 7♠ turn and then called 415,438 on the 5♠ river, only to muck as Apotheosis92 dragged the 1.19-million-chip pot.

Now down to less than 800,000 chips with the blinds and antes at 15,000/30,000/3,000, newguy89 made a play at the pot a few hands later by re-raising to 585,000 in the cutoff seat with K♥ T♥ after Apotheosis92 opened for 60,000 in the hijack. papan9_p$ re-raised all-in on the button with Q♠ Q♥, clearing the field, and won the 1.7-million-chip pot on the J♠ A♥ 4♠ 2♣ 3♠ board to end newguy89's tournament in sixth.


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The pecking order at the table was clear now. Apotheosis92 maintained the lead at 3.33 million chips, tkaing down lots of small pots with little resistance and winning bigger occasional pots to boot. papan9_p$, at 2.26 million, was doing the heavy lifting, and the other three players were all under 30 big blinds apiece, looking for a chance to bleed some chips away from the leaders.

LauksK1 was first up, moving in under the gun 10 minutes later with T♠ T♣. papan9_p$ isolated on the button with K♦ K♣ to gets heads-up and then both players made full houses on the T♥ K♠ 9♦ A♣ A♥ board. Kings full of aces beat tens full, busting LauksK1 in fifth.

papan9_p$ picked up another pocket pair on the button three minutes later, min-raised to 70,000, and then called when ikkedus defended the big blind with a 570,394-chip all-in bet. ikkedus's A♥ 9♦ failed to connect with the 2♣ 7♦ T♣ 7♣ 3♣ board, ending the Dutch player's night in fourth.

With a streak of three straight knockouts, the momentum was all with papan9_p$. But the lead was still Apotheosis92's and that's all that would matter over the tournament's final six minutes. He was dealt A♣ A♠ in the big blind three minutes later and raised to 122,500 after DeuceofDuc0 limped in from the small blind for 35,000. Holding A♦ 6♥, DeuceofDuc0 re-shoved for 1.11 million chips total; the board came K♠ 7♠ 9♦ J♦ 4♦, the aces held up, and DeuceofDuc0 left in third.

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papan9_p$ won the first pot of heads-up play, worth 1.29 million chips, with an uncalled bet on the river of a 2♠ 5♥ K♥ T♠ J♥ board. That trimmed Apotheosis92's lead to less than three big blinds. Another small win two hands later nudged papan9_p$ into a small lead and signaled the potential for a long battle. Then Apotheosis92 got a major boost from a well-disguised hand and a near-perfect board.

He opened the penultimate hand of the tournament for 87,500 chips on the button with A♠ 5♠ and called papan9_p$'s re-raise to 280,000, bringing a flop of 8♥ 3♦ K♠. Apotheosis92 called papan9_p$'s 164,430 bet there and another 268,758 after picking up flush and wheel straight draws on the 2♠ turn. papan9_p$ checked the 4♥ river and wasted no time called when Apotheosis92 overbet the pot all-in, showing down 8♦ 4♦ for two pair, eights and fours. That couldn't beat the wheel straight in Apotheosis92's hand, leaving papan9_p$ with less than three big blinds' worth of chips. He lost the next hand, bringing this week's Super Tuesday to a close.

Between his two Super Tuesday wins this year, Chris "Apotheosis92" has earned just shy of $130,000. Congratulations to him on adding another major win to his growing resume!

7/4/17 Super Tuesday ($1,050 NL Hold'em) results
Entrants: 311
Total prize pool: $311,000
Places paid: 44

1. Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk (Canada) $58,566.42
2. papan9_p$ (Russia) $43,527.62
3. DeuceofDuc0 (Netherlands) $32,350.68
4. ikkedus (Netherlands) $24,043.72
5. LauksK1 (Latvia) $17,869.78
6. Ryan "newguy89" McEathron (Canada) $13,281.19
7. dadowiec (Poland) $9,870.86
8. 77eagle77 (Lebanon) $7,336.24
9. Kabotajoe (Germany) $5,452.42


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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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