The holiday season is upon us, but for the Super Tuesday -- PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament -- there's no holiday respite. Another big field of 514 came out again this week, creating a $514,000 prize pool and thus again smashing the $300K guarantee. The top 63 finishers made the money, with caipsa of Peru ultimately taking the top spot and $97,660 first prize.
Finding a final table
It took a little over five-and-a-half hours for the field to be trimmed to 63 and the cash bubble to burst. At that point Ballertimes led the way as the only player with more than 100,000 chips, with Carter "cswilder" Widler, Simon "pokerbrat13" Charette, and colonia1199 not far behind.
A little over three more hours would be necessary for those 63 to play down to just nine. Among those falling short of the final table were Paul "Paolo69" Foltyn (55th, $2,261.80), Andras "probirs" Nemeth (52nd, $2,415.80), Simon "pokerbrat13" Charette (51st, $2,415.80), Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason (45th, $2,570), Darren "darrenelias" Elias (28th, $2,827), Adam "squee451" Sherman (27th, $23,084), last week's eighth-place finisher jays94 (19th, $3,084), Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert (17th, $4,112), former leader Ballertimes (15th, $5,140), Luke "lb6121" Schwartz (13th, $5,140), last week's fifth-place finisher Pimmss (12th, $6,168), and Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen (11th, $6,168).
After almost eight hours and 45 minutes, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Remislovas (Lithuania) -- 143,574
Seat 2: singslim (Canada) -- 176,047
Seat 3: caipsa (Peru) -- 589,504
Seat 4: APD0290 (Canada) -- 139,322
Seat 5: Sam "SamSquid" Grafton (United Kingdom) -- 465,460
Seat 6: reru1983 (Switzerland) -- 261,432
Seat 7: Aleh "cooltwister" Plauski (Belarus) -- 384,755
Seat 8: colonia1199 (Switzerland) -- 167,790
Seat 9: Carter "cswilder" Widler (Canada) -- 242,116
From 9 to 6
On the fourth hand of the final table, the blinds were 3,600/7,200 when caipsa limped in from early position, then Aleh "cooltwister" Plauski limped as well from the cutoff seat. colonia1199 proceeded to raise all in from the button for 153,390 and the blinds got out. Chip leader caipsa then came back with an all-in reraise over the top, and Plauski stepped aside.
caipsa had limp-reraised with A♣A♦ while colonia1199 needed help with Q♠J♦. The flop came 2♦J♠8♠ to give colonia1199 one pair, but after the 5♠ turn and T♣ river colonia1199 was out in ninth.
About an orbit later Remislovas was crippled after running K♣K♠ into APD0290's A♥A♦, then shortly after that APD0290 would take the last of Remislovas's chips.
In that final hand, Remislovas opened with a 4x raise to 28,800 from the cutoff seat, leaving just 7,852 behind, and when APD0290 reraised from the big blind, Remislovas called all in. It was J♦T♠ for Remislovas and A♦3♠ for ADP0290. The board came 4♣A♥5♦4♠J♠, giving ADP0290 the better two pair and ending Remislovas's run in eighth.
Not long after Sam "SamSquid" Grafton open-raised all in from the small blind and reru1983 called all in from the big blind for 123,732 (about 17 big blinds). Grafton had Q♥J♥ and reru1983 3♦3♣. The community cards came 5♦J♦J♠2♦8♣, giving Grafton trips and eliminating reru1983 in seventh.
From 6 to 2
On the other side of the nine-hour break, singslim got knocked down under 10,000 chips after flopping top pair of queens then losing a big pot to APD0290 who'd made a set of fives. But singslim would survive through three all-ins in quick succession to chip back up over 100,000.
Meanwhile the blinds increased to 4,000/8,000 and a hand arose in which it folded around to APD0290 in the small blind who raised to 20,000, and SamSquid responded with an all-in push for 161,366 from the big blind which APD0290 called. Grafton had A♦5♠ and APD0290 6♣6♥, and when the board rolled out 9♠T♦J♥2♣Q♥, SamSquid was sent railward in sixth.
A few hands later singslim would be all in again, this time open-raising to 99,384 from the cutoff, and was at risk versus Aleh "cooltwister" Plauski. singslim had K♣T♠ and cooltwister A♠8♣, and the board brought no help to singslim, coming 6♣5♥J♥6♠9♥. They were down to four.
About 20 minutes later the blinds were up to 5,000/10,000, by which point Plauski had become the short stack with less than 60,000. Then came a hand where APD0290 open-raised from the small blind with J♣9♥ and cooltwister called all in for 57,472 from the big blind with A♦Q♠. The flop came T♦7♣J♦ to give APD0290 a pair of jacks and the lead, then the turn brought another J♥ to make it trips. The river was the 4♣, and cooltwister had been eliminated in fourth.
Three-handed play began with APD0290 the leader with about 1.23 million, followed by caipsa with about 827,000 and cswidler with just over 511,000.
Swidler looked as though he was about to be eliminated in third soon after when he was all in with 7♥7♠ against caipsa's A♣A♠, but fortunately for Swidler a seven flopped and he survived.
"I folded a 7," typed APD0290 afterwards. "Weird."
The final three reached the 10-hour break, with APD0290 remaining in front and widening the gap with the other two. About a half-hour after that Swidler was once again the short stack with 381,695, and with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 APD0290 raised to 20,000 from the small blind, cswidler pushed all in from the big blind, and APD0290 called.
The board failed to bring the needed improvement to Swidler's hand, coming 7♥9♣3♣8♠9♦, and just two players remained.
Heads-up play began with APD0290 well in front with 2,101,102 to caipsa's 468,898. APD0290 was looking to grab a second Super Tuesday victory after having won the tourney once before back in October 2011.
The pair battled through to the 11-hour break, with caipsa narrowing the gap somewhat but APD0290 pushing back to have about 1.63 million to caipsa's almost 933,000 at the break. During the five-minute rest period, APD0290 took to the chat box:
APD0290: well played so far. isnt this fun?
caipsa didn't reply (or might have been away). In any case, the fun soon resumed, and the pair would play for a half-hour more, during which stretch caipsa again lessened APD0290's lead though not quite taking it away.
Then came a sudden reraise all-in from caipsa that was called by APD0290, with caipsa showing A♠8♥ and APD0290 7♥7♣. An ace flopped and APD0290 failed to catch up, and just like that caipsa had seized a big chip lead. Take a look:
Now caipsa was the one with a better than 5-to-1 chip advantage, and just three hands later the end swiftly came.
In the final hand, the blinds were 15,000/30,000 when caipsa limped in from the button, then APD0290 jammed for 453,738 and caipsa called. APD0290 had Q♥5♥ and needed to improve against caipsa's A♠T♣, but the board came 3♦9♥4♠7♦J♥, and caipsa had won.
Congratulations to caipsa of Peru for topping a field of 514 and enduring a tough hour-long heads-up match with APD0290 to win this week's Super Tuesday!
12/18/12 Super Tuesday final table results:
1st: caipsa (Peru) -- $97,660.00
2nd: APD0290 (Canada) -- $71,960.00
3rd: Carter "cswilder" Widler (Canada) -- $52,685.00
4th: Aleh "cooltwister" Plauski (Belarus) -- $40,092.00
5th: singslim (Canada) -- $28,270.00
6th: Sam "SamSquid" Grafton (United Kingdom) -- $21,845.00
7th: reru1983 (Switzerland) -- $16,705.00
8th: Remislovas (Lithuania) -- $11,565.00
9th: colonia1199 (Switzerland) -- $8,532.40
Prize pool: $514,000.00
Places paid: 63
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.