sousinha23 has enjoyed major success at PokerStars in the past, having earned a WCOOP title during the 2016 series. After entering that final table second in chips, sousinha23 ended up winning the Win The Button event only after a grueling heads-up battle. Tonight's Super Tuesday final table started much the same way for sousinha23 - second in chips - but heads-up play was much shorter. After one shocking upset win and a quick heads-up deal, sousinha23 won one final coin-flip to take down another major title and more than $68,000.
This week's tournament drew a 412-player field, good for a $412,000 prize pool and a scheduled first-place prize of $74,666.49. Only 161 players remained at the end of late registration four hours in. Two more hours reduced that to 36, and tow more hours beyond that took the field down to its final 12. Three-time COOP winner Kashmir_uzi fell in 12th and two-time Super Tuesday champion ekziter followed in 11th, leaving the tournament on the final table bubble with blinds and antes at 12.5/25K/2.5K.
Finally, two-time Super Tuesday finalist TanTanSWE was in the big blind and re-raised all-in for 344K with 9♣ 9♦ over the top of sousinha23's 55K-chip opening bet. sousinha23 called with K♣ Q♦ and paired a queen on the flop, knocking out TanTanSWE in 10th and giving these nine players one last shot at the title:
Seat 1: João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten (646,221 in chips)
Seat 2: sousinha23 (1,750,432 in chips)
Seat 3: Ariel "Skilled G" Mantel (756,869 in chips)
Seat 4: Mortan23 (2,538,532 in chips)
Seat 5: Kabotajoe (510,178 in chips)
Seat 6: bargeeeld (1,399,864 in chips)
Seat 7: Chris "Moorman1" Moorman (1,165,258 in chips)
Seat 8: Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (760,336 in chips)
Seat 9: Monk532 (772,310 in chips)
Monk532, a past Super Tuesday runner-up with five previous final table appearances, was in the big blind on the eighth hand of the final table. Mortan23, a past Sunday Warm-Up champ who appeared at the Super Tuesday final table in February for the first time since 2012, opened for 55K in middle position and Monk532 was the only caller to see the 5♣ 4♦ K♦ flop. Monk532 check-called 45K there and then open-shoved for 525K when the 3♦ hit the turn. Mortan23 called with K♥ K♠ for a set of kings but trailed Monk532's 7♦ 6♥ for a seven-high straight. The 4♥ river paired the board, though, giving Mortan23 kings full of fours and sending Monk532 to the rail in ninth.
sousinha23 was in second place behind Mortan23 with 1.7M chips, but the player from Slovakia dropped two-thirds of that stack in the next two hands. On the button for the first, sousinha23 called a middle-position raise from Chris "Moorman1" Moorman, the past LA Poker Classic champ with $13.8M in career online tournament earnings and no less than seven past Super Tuesday final table appearances. sousinha23 then called bets on every street of the 5♥ J♠ 3♦ K♣ 9♣ board, only to muck when Moorman took the 1.5M-chip pot with A♥ A♠. Then two-time Super Tuesday finalist Ariel "Skilled G" Mantel doubled through sousinha23's 9♦ 9♣ with A♦ T♠ thanks to an ace on the flop, dropping sousinha23's stack to just 435K.
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The only player with fewer chips was past WCOOP and Sunday Warm-Up finalist Kabotajoe, who was holding on to a 10-big-blind stack. The German player called all-in on the next big blind, defending with K♥ 3♣ against a small-blind steal with 8♦ 2♣ from Mortan23. Despite being a solid favorite before the flop, Kabotajoe's tournament ended in eighth when the board came down A♦ 2♥ A♠ T♠ 5♠ to give Mortan23 aces and deuces.
sousinha23 got back in the swing of things four hands later after defending the big blind with 8♥ 7♠ and flopping a nine-high straight. Original raiser bargeeld - who went worst-to-first to win the Sunday Million this Feburary - called when sousinha23 check-raised on the turn. The 6♦ 9♥ 5♥ 2♥ J♣ board left bargeeld one heart short of a flush, so sousinha23 doubled to 1.4M.
bargeeld dropped to last place with 632K, but the German player stole the blinds and antes to move just ahead of Turbo Takedown champ Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver and past Super Tuesday champ João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten. ImDaNuts jammed for 569K on his next button with A♦ 5♠ and joaoMathias, who chopped heads-up and took second in this tournament last week, called all-in for 22K less in the small blind with A♣ J♠. Both made two pair on the 8♥ 8♦ J♣ 5♦ T♥ board, but joaoMathias earned the pot with jacks and eights. ImDaNuts called all-in two hands later but lost out to Chris Moorman's A♠ 4♠ thanks to a four on the flop and left in seventh.
The next 10 minutes were a bit of a breather, passing by without any major pots to take the players to the 11:55 p.m. ET break. bargeeld wasn't able to make any headway after returning from the break and ended up moving all-in for 339K from the button with K♣ 9♣ 10 minutes later. Chris Moorman called with A♦ 9♥ in the small blind and took down the 742K-chip pot with an ace kicker after the 3♦ Q♣ J♦ 8♠ 9♠ gave both player s a pair of nines, eliminating bargeeld in sixth.
Skilled G's 580K-chip stack was now worth just under 15 big blinds, so he jammed under the gun when he picked up 7♠ 7♥ on the next orbit. joaoMathias successfully raised to isolate in the small blind but was a big underdog with 6♦ 6♠. That changed after the T♣ 6♣ 2♠ flop, though, and now Skilled G was the one looking for a two-outer. The 8♥ turn and 3♥ river were no help there and Skilled G left in fifth.
The next 25 minutes of poker were relatively sedate. Only three pots during this stretch were worth as much as 10 big blinds, and most of the wins went to either Mortan23 or Moorman1. Both sousinha23 and joaoMathias had at least 30 big blinds' worth of chips, so it would take a big hand to get one of them all-in. That finally happened for joaoMathias when he defended the big blind with T♣ 7♥ and made top two pair on the 7♣ 4♣ T♥ flop. Mortan23 had raised to 110K before the flop and bet another 100K when checked to on the flop. joaoMathias check-raised that to 267K, then called all-in for just under 1.5M total when Mortan23 jammed with Q♣ 8♣. joaoMathias was a 65-percent favorite to take the pot there, but the 5♦ turn and 6♥ river together gave Mortan23 an eight-high straight, good enough to win the 3.2M-chip pot and bust joaoMathias in fourth.
Three-handed play kicked off with Mortan23 holding slightly more than half of the chips in play at 5.3M, with Moorman1 at 3M and sousinha23 at 1.9M. That lead expanded just five hands later after Mortan23 limped for 50K in the small blind and Moorman1 checked, bringing the 3♣ A♦ 7♥ flop. Mortan23 led for 50K and Moorman1 called to see the 6♠ hit the turn. This time Mortan23 checked and then raised to 322K after Moorman1 bet 70K. Moorman1 called that bet and another 527K after the Q♠ river, then mucked when Mortan23 showed 5♠ 4♣ to take the 1.9M-chip pot with a seven-high straight.
Moorman1 picked up 400K relatively quickly thanks to blind steals before limping in from the small blind with K♥ 8♠ and then calling sousinha23's re-raise to 180K to see a 6♦ 8♦ 7♥ flop. Both players checked to bring the 4♣ turn. sousinha23 called Moorman1's 175K-chip bet there and then another 481K after the 8♥ river made trip eights for Moorman1. sousinha23 showed down 8♣ 5♥ and won the 1.7M-chip pot with an eight-high straight.
That left Chris Moorman with 673K in chips, a stack he was able to double a few hands later with 7♥ 7♠ against sousinha23's K♥ Q♦. Seven hands later he picked up A♣ A♣ in the big blind and called all-in for 1.1M after Mortan23 open-shoved in the small blind. Mortan23's J♦ T♣ picked up a gutshot draw on the 7♣ 4♦ 8♠ flop, missed the 4♥ completely, and then made a pair of tens on the T♥ river. With that, Chris Moorman's run in this Super Tuesday ended in third.
Mortan23 held a four-to-one advantage in chips as heads-up play began, and sousinha23 went on the attack immediately, winning a million chips with J♣ J♥ on a dangerous Q♠ 5♠ T♠ 6♣ 8♦ board. Then sousinha23 raised to 154K on the button with 8♣ 8♦, four-bet to 930K when Mortan23 re-raised, and called all-in for 3.1M when Mortan23 jammed with A♥ A♠. Things went from grim to great via the 8♥ 7♥ 3♠ flop, and the 6♣ turn and 4♣ river put sousinha23 in the lead with a 6.2M-chip pot.
The two immediately agreed to look at the numbers for a deal, and they agreed to split the remaining money according to ICM with $5,000 left for the winner. And then, on the first hand back from chopping up the money, both players picked up big heads-up starting hands. Mortan23 was the pre-flop favorite with 9♥ 9♠ but it was sousinha23's A♣ Q♠ that won the pot with two pair after the board fell A♦ J♦ Q♣ 3♠ K♣. With that, this week's Super Tuesday came to its end.
A little bit of late misfortune cost Mortan23 a victory here, but making the deal heads-up gave the player from the Faroe Islands a $61,520.40 prize as the runner-up. As for sousinha23, the new champion grabbed the extra $5,000 on the table for a total prize of $68,028.48. Congratulations to both of them for outlasting some very skilled players at another tightly contested Super Tuesday final table!
4/11/17 Super Tuesday ($1,050 NL Hold'em) results
Total prize pool: $412,000
Places paid: 55
1. sousinha23 (Slovakia) $68,028.48*
2. Mortan23 (Faroe Islands) $61,520.40*
3. Chris "Moorman1" Moorman (United Kingdom) $40,340.48
4. João Mathias "joaoMathias" Baumgarten (Brazil) $29,651.64
5. Ariel "Skilled G" Mantel (Argentina) $21,795.00
6. bargeeld (Germany) $16,020.08
7. Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (Costa Rica) $11,775.28
8. Kabotajoe (Germany) $8,655.25
9. Monk532 (Canada) $6,361.93
* - reflects results of a heads-up deal that left $5,000 for the winner
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