Winter Series: LadPark slays table of Goliaths in Event #04-High ($2,100 NLHE Super Tuesday SE)
The Super Tuesday is one of those tournamnents where you expect everyone at the final table to have been there before. And today, in the first of two Super Tuesday Special Editions on this year's Winter Series schedule, nearly everyone actually had.
So at a table with a collective resume of more than a dozen Super Tuesday final table appearances, multiple Sunday Million and Super Tuesday titles, and millions of dollars in PokerStars tournament cashes, one player stood out. LadPark had only shown up here on the blog three times in the past, most notably for winning the $3.30 Saturday Micro back in 2015, marking the player from South Korea as this final table's underdog. LadPark accepted the David role with relish, playing solid poker the whole way to take down a table full of Goliaths and earn a six-figure score for the first time.
Day 1 of this tournament drew 262 players, who combined for 78 re-entries before the end of late registration. At day's end just 28 of them remained, led by BillLewinsky of the Netherlands. BillLewinsky held that lead until 19 players were left and then regained it with 12 remaining, eventually carrying it to the final table when LadPark popped the bubble by knocking out BIack88, a runner-up in this tournament back in February.
Seat 1: ConeSnail9 (3,182,367 in chips) past SCOOP-Medium finalist
Seat 2: MASUR0N1KE (1,198,514 in chips) WCOOP 2017 Sunday Million SE runner-up
Seat 3: Ryan "newguy89" McEathron (1,720,516 in chips) scored TCOOP & Super Tuesday wins in 2017
Seat 4: LadPark (3,009,694 in chips)
Seat 5: NormyDozer (2,129,945 in chips) 11th Anniversary Sunday Million finalist
Seat 6: Biocid (695,772 in chips) made two SCOOP-High finals this year
Seat 7: Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou (971,450 in chips) past Sunday Million champ & two-time Super Tuesday runner-up
Seat 8: BillLewinsky (3,241,224 in chips) appearing at sixth career Super Tuesday final
Seat 9: roo_400 (850,518 in chips) past SCOOP champ, two-time Sunday Million finalist, three-time Super Tuesday finalist
LadPark's eventual heads-up opponent came in at the other end of the chip counts and started climbing early on. Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou took one pot down uncontested on the river against BillLewinsky and then doubled with Q♠ Q♥ a few hands later against NormyDozer's A♣ K♦, boosting his stack to more than 3.3 million chips. After getting by with an average-sized stack for the entire tournament, he was now the chip leader - a position he wouldn't relinquish until the table was three-handed.
ConeSnail9 scored the first knockout 15 minutes later with A♦ A♠, topping an unimproved K♣ Q♣ to bust roo_400 in ninth. daskalos20 landed the next blow on the following hand. After opening for 100,000 chips with A♠ 9♠ in middle position, he moved all-in over the top of BillLewinsky's re-raise to 280,000. BillLewinsky called as the favorite with A♥ K♦ but fell in eighth when daskalos20 made a pair of nines with the 9♦ on the turn.
After a couple of coin-flip confrontations that went the shorter stacks' way, MASUR0N1KE took the field down to seven. The Slovakian player opened with A♥ K♦ in the cutoff seat and then called when NormyDozer jammed in the big blind with A♠ Q♦, making a Broadway straight on the river to end NormyDozer's tournament in seventh.
The table made it to the 7pm ET hour six-handed. Ten minutes later another coin flip took out the last remaining Super Tuesday champion in the field when Ryan "newguy89" McEathron's A♣ Q♣ couldn't crack Biocid's J♠ J♦. daskalos20 picked up another million chips over the next few minutes, climbing to 5.8 million while the other four remaining players were all between 2.6 million and 3.6 million, and for a moment it looked like he was poised to run away with the tournament. And then LadPark's rise began.
daskalos20 looked poised to run away with the tournament. Then LadPark's rise began.
The first significant win came in the big blind with A♦ K♦. LadPark raised to 180,000 chips after MASUR0N1KE limped for 60,000 in the small blind. They both checked the T♣ 3♣ 8♠ flop and LadPark called MASUR0N1KE's 228,375-chip bet on the turn before pairing with the K♣ on the river, calling another 351,700, and taking down the pot when MASUR0N1KE turned over Q♦ T♦ for a flopped pair of tens.
The next hand saw ConeSnail9 open the action all-in for 823,735 chips in the cutoff seat with 2♠ 2♦. LadPark, already comfortable in second place a million chips behind daskalos20, was the lone caller with 3♠ 3♣ in the small blind and took down the pot unimproved to eliminate ConeSnail9 in fifth. The players hammered out a four-handed deal at that point. Then LadPark took the biggest step toward winning yet on the first hand back.
LadPark opened the action for 132,000 chips under the gun with A♣ 7♥ and MASUR0N1KE called in the big blind, bringing a 9♥ 5♥ 6♣ flop. Both players checked, bringing the 3♠ on the turn, and LadPark called MASUR0N1KE's 224,600-chip bet to bring the 4♥ on the river. MASUR0N1KE led out again, this time for 279,820 - and then what had seemed to be a low-key pot went crazy. LadPark, holding a seven-high straight, re-raised to 718,761 and then called when MASUR0N1KE jammed for 2.4 million. MASUR0N1KE had been bluffing with K♣ 8♣ and left the table in fourth.
Biocid was the short stack now and began attacking pots trying to make up ground. Unfortunately the Swedish player ran A♠ T♠ into LadPark's A♣ A♥. One ace on the flop and no spades or Broadway draws on the turn sent Biocid to the rail in third.
LadPark entered heads-up play with 13.1 million chips to daskalos20's 3.9 million and would take just 11 minutes to end the match. The player from South Korea generally kept the pots small, except for two wins without showdown when daskalos20 folded. Unable to gain any traction, daskalos20 eventually called all-in for less than a million chips with K♠ 5♠ when LadPark open-shoved with 3♥ 3♦ on the button. The board ran out 7♥ 6♠ 7♦ J♥ 2♠, the final giant was defeated, and LadPark entered the annals of the Super Tuesday in triumph.
Nobody ever wants to finish second in a tournament, but piling up the silver medals can be pretty profitable. With his post-deal claim today, Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou has now earned more than $200,000 as the Super Tuesday runner-up since last December - more cash than he banked for winning the Sunday Million this summer. As for LadPark, this tournament was a Special Edition in every way - the Korean player banked six figures against top competition and will probably be seen around these parts again sooner rather than later. Congratulations to them both, and to Biocid and MASUR0N1KE for sharing in the deal as well!
Winter Series Event #04-High ($2,100 NL Hold'em Super Tuesday SE) results
Entrants: 340 (262 entries, 78 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $750,000
Places paid: 44
1. LadPark (South Korea) $107,054.26*
2. Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou (Cyprus) $100,694.83*
3. Biocid (Sweden) $86,243.70*
4. MASUR0N1KE (Slovakia) $83,919.14*
5. ConeSnail9 (Canada) $43,702.87
6. Ryan "newguy89" McEathron (Canada) $32,770.05
7. NormyDozer (Ireland) $24,572.25
8. BillLewinsky (Netherlands) $18,425.17
9. roo_400 (Canada) $13,815.90
* - denotes results of a four-way deal
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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to PokerStars Blog.