Super Tuesday: Perrymejsen and the Case of the Repeat Champion
With its trademark combination of deep stacks, slow structure, and top-flight competition, nobdy wins the Super Tuesday easily. Tonight was no exception. Despite holding the chip lead for the better part of an hour before the bubble, former Super Tuesday champion Jerry "Perrymejsen" Ödeen spent the bulk of the final table mid-pack, trailing by nearly 30 big blinds heads-up. But he immediately turned the tables on his opponent. Wtfgmon had started the final table with the chip lead, and had dominated play. But within 20 minutes wtfgmon's fall was complete, and Perrymejsen had cracked the Case of the Repeat Champion.
Former winners and runners-up filled most of the seats at tonight's final table. And if not for the eliminations of past runners-up dragonwarior and Paul "_pauL€FauL_" Höfer in 15th and 11th places, respectively, there would have been even more nostalgia in the air. As it stood there were three past Super Tuesday champions with four titles between them and two past Super Tuesday runners-up in the hunt when Mr.Nicky86 busted in tenth:
Seat 1: Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo (500,563 in chips) 11/3/15 Super Tuesday champ
Seat 2: shockflex (278,072 in chips)
Seat 3: Kirito777 (554,502 in chips)
Seat 4: wtfgmon (1,423,812 in chips) past TCOOP champion
Seat 5: Andreas "mrAndreeew" Berggren (542,809 in chips) won Super Tuesdays in 2013 & 2015, runner-up this May
Seat 6: T-Macha (452,808 in chips) won two NLHE Progressive KO events for $469,000+ during the inaugural High Rollers Series
Seat 7: Jerry "Perrymejsen" Ödeen (911,364 in chips) 4/26/16 Super Tuesday champion
Seat 8: Rohid "FireFaux" Omari (300,910 in chips) 12/27/16 Super Tuesday runner-up
Seat 9: Sintoras (460,160 in chips) 2/21/17 Super Tuesday runner-up
shockflex's stay at the final table lasted five hands. The Brazilian re-raised all-in on the button with 4♦ 4♥ after Sintoras opened in the hijack seat with 5♣ 5♥ and left in ninth after Sintoras called and flopped a set.
Chip leader wtfgmon policed the table after that with mixed results. Raising with A♥ Q♦, he called Rohid "FireFaux" Omari's three-bet shove, losing out on the the 510,620-chip pot with pocket queens. Five hands later wtfgmon's 7♣ 7♠ held up when T-Macha re-raised all-in with 3♣ 3♥ from the small blind, erasing that previous loss and busting T-Macha in eighth.
Not much changed over the next 25 minutes of play. But then a series of close races took three players out before the break.
wtfgmon scored the first knockout. The Belarussian opened for 44,000 chips on the button with Q♣ Q♠ and called when Andreas "mrAndreeew" Berggren jammed for 471,457 in the small blind with A♥ K♦. The T♥ 7♠ 5♥ 5♦ T♣ changed nothing and mrAndreeew's bid for a third Super Tuesday victory ended in seventh. Eight hands later FireFaux raised and then called all-in with 7♣ 7♠ after Sintoras re-raised in the small blind. The A♥ on the flop gave Sintoras's A♠ Q♦ the pot and bounced FireFaux in sixth.
The last big pot before the break also went to Sintoras, who called Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo's under-the-gun raise to 55,000 with Q♥ J♦ in the big blind. Sintoras check-raised all-in with top pair after the J♥ 3♦ T♦ flop and Sephirot88 called with A♠ T♠ for second pair. The Q♦ turn made two pair for Sintoras and the 2♦ river locked up the pot with a diamond flush to eliminate Sephirot88 in fifth.
Sintoras came back from the break and won a third consecutive pot to take the chip lead from wtfgmon.
The German player three-bet from the small blind with K♦ K♠ and then led out on both the 9♥ 4♥ J♣ flop and 2♦ turn. wtfgmon called all the way and then checked behind after Sintoras made a set of kings on the K♣ river to take the 1.28-million-chip pot.
Perrymejsen remained where he had been throughout the evening: out of the lead but firmly in contention.
Throughout all this Perrymejsen, the last of the three past Super Tuesday champions, remained where he had been throughout the evening: out of the lead but firmly in contention. He played fewer pots than Sintoras or wtfgmon but tended to win more chips when he got involved, and the next half-hour began to see that strategy pay off when a pair of wins moved him into a virtual tie with Sintoras for the lead at 1.7 million chips.
Perrymejsen was poised to climb higher before his 9♦ 9♥ lost out to Q♥ J♥ to keep wtfgmon in the game. wtfgmon won the next pot, too, and was in the big blind with A♥ K♥ on the following hand when Kirito777 open-shoved for 480,252. wtfgmon called and took down the pot unimproved when Kirito777's T♥ 8♦ missed the board completely, ending Kirito777's run in fourth. Minutes later wtfgmon flopped a set with 4♣ 4♥ against Sintoras's K♦ J♥, sending Sintoras to the rail in third.
That gave wtfgmon a 27-big-blind advantage heads-up. Perrymejsen turned things around immediately, though, winning the first nine pots to take over the lead by 61 big blinds. The key pot in that run was a 1.05-million-chip win when Perrymejsen called a min-raise from the big blind and then check-raised on the K♠ 3♦ 3♥ flop. wtfgmon called that bet and a lead bet on the 2♦ turn but eventually folded when Perrymejsen bet the pot after the 5♠ river.
Wtfgmon never again reclaimed the chip lead. The pots remained small and mostly split evenly between the two players, though the larger ones broke Perrymejsen's way. Finally wtfgmon re-raised all-in for 1.27 million chips with 9♠ 7♠ after Perrymejsen opened for 90,000 on the button. Perrymejsen called with A♣ J♥ and promptly made trip jacks on the 5♦ J♣ J♦ flop. wtfgmon was drawing dead after the K♦ turn and the tournament ended when the 8♣ river locked up the pot.
wtfgmon's first Super Tuesday final table didn't end with a title, but second place against a field like this one is quite the accomplishment. As for Jerry "Perrymejsen" Ödeen, he persisted and came through when it mattered most to claim his second career Super Tuesday title. Congratulations to them both!
12/19/17 Super Tuesday ($1,050 NL Hold'em) results
Total prize pool: $217,000
Places paid: 31
1. Jerry "Perrymejsen" Ödeen (Sweden) $42,260.64
2. wtfgmon (Belarus) $31,572.91
3. Sintoras (Germany) $23,588.22
4. Kirito777 (Canada) $17,622.83
5. Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo (Switzerland) $13,166.08
6. Rohid "FireFaux" Omari (Canada) $9,836.41
7. Andreas "mrAndreeew" Berggren (Sweden) $7,348.81
8. T-Macha (United Kingdom) $5,490.33
9. shockflex (Brazil) $4,101.84
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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to PokerStars Blog.