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Palau777 prevails over 600-plus player field, wins 11/12/13 Super Tuesday

It was yet another big one this week at the Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with the $300K guarantee. A field of 602 meant a big $602,000 prize pool -- yet another instance of the tourney's guarantee being more than doubled -- with Palau777 of Germany coming back from being the short stack to start the final table to take the top spot and $113,778 first prize.

It took over five hours for the field to shrink to 72 players and the money bubble to burst. Another hour after that they were down to 25 with Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody still in the mix with a short stack.

That's when a hand arose that saw Cody open from middle position and it fold around to Maxxx72alba who reraise-pushed from the big blind. Cody called to put his stack of just over 48,000 -- around 17 big blinds -- at risk.

Cody had A♠Q♦ and Maxxx72alba A♥9♥, and after the 7♦T♦Q♠ flop Cody had a pair of queens and a bigger edge in the hand. But the turn was the 8♥ and river the J♦, adding up to a runner-runner straight for Maxxx72alba and a 25th-place finish for Cody, good for a $3,612 cash.

It would take until the seven-and-a-half-hour mark for the field to be carved down to just 18 players, with Brian "brianm15" England and Nick "FU_15" Maimone leading all with stacks nearing the 400,000-chip mark.

Almost two more hours would pass before the next nine players had fallen. 3P3NIPA (18th), pyszalek (17th), and p0cket00 (16th) each earned $4,816 for their finishes. 11Barney (15th), krokynacio (14th), and PhantomLiu (13th) took away $6,020 apiece. And Maxxx72alba (12th), Joao "joaoMathias" Mathias Baumgarten (11th), and robinho (10th) each saw $7,224 added to their PokerStars accounts.

About nine-and-a-half hours after the tourney had begun, just nine remained.


Seat 1: Nick "FU_15" Maimone (Honduras) -- 186,347
Seat 2: neckbr4ke (Germany) -- 548,716
Seat 3: Palau777 (Germany) -- 64,746
Seat 4: Brian "brianm15" England (Costa Rica) -- 1,008,269
Seat 5: Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks (Canada) -- 140,774
Seat 6: Stefan "IceStream" Ivanov (Bulgaria) -- 228,953
Seat 7: el_n0i (Portugal) -- 213,629
Seat 8: GoodStoryBro (Israel) -- 443,241
Seat 9: NutsErryTime (Costa Rica) -- 175,325

Brian "brianm15" England had extended his chip lead, earning much of his more-than-a-million chip stack during the lengthy 10-handed period. And Stefan "IceStream" Ivanov had made the Super Tuesday final table for the second straight week and was hoping to replicate last week's victory, good for a cool $120,204.

Meanwhile, Palau777 was sitting with less than 65,000, not even eight big blinds, and after a couple of orbits would bleed down to almost half of that before doubling once, then winning a few pots to climb out of the danger zone and eventually back into contention.

It would take more than half an hour for the first final table elimination to occur, during which stretch the blinds increased to 6,000/12,000 while Nick "FU_15" Maimone's stack slipped to 97,438. Then came a hand in which Maimone open-pushed from early position with A♣J♦ and it folded around to el_n0i who reraise-shoved over the top from the small blind with K♣K♠. The big blind folded, the board rolled out 6♦T♠Q♠7♦4♣, and Maimone was out in ninth.

A while later the blinds were 7,000/14,000 when NutsErryTime open-raised all in for 99,325 from late position. This time it was Palau777 reraising all in from the small blind to isolate, showing Q♥Q♦ to NutsErryTime's K♥8♣. The flop came Q♠6♦9♦ to give Palau777 a set, but the 7♦ turn provided straight hopes to NutsErryTime. The A♠ fell on fifth street, however, and NutsErryTime's Super Tuesday run was over in eighth.

Play continued seven-handed, with el_n0i moving up into first position ahead of brianm15. Then came another knockout as Stefan "IceStream" Ivanov pushed for 117,906 (a little over six big blinds) with K♥J♦ and watched neckbr4ke call all in from the big blind for just 46,451 with K♣9♥. The community cards came 3♥Q♦A♠, then 7♠, then A♥, and neckbr4ke was done in seventh.

Not too long after that came a big lead-changing hand when Palau777 and el_n0i raised back and forth following a 6♠2♠K♠ flop to put the former all in with K♥K♣ (a set of kings) versus el_n0i's A♦Q♠ (a flush draw). The turn and river came 8♣3♣ and after having been the table's short stack Palau777 was the one carrying the chip lead into the tournament's 12th hour.

It was shortly after that hourly break that the blinds were 10,000/20,000 when Stefan "IceStream" Ivanov raised all in to 208,607 from early position, GoodStoryBro reraised all in for nearly 315,000 from the button, and the blinds folded.

IceStream: A♦A♣
GoodStoryBro: K♦K♠

A seemingly dream scenario for IceStream, but the flop fell J♣2♠K♣ to give GoodStoryBro a set of kings and the lead. The turn then brought the 7♣ to give Ivanov a shot at a saving flush (in addition to his ace outs), and while the 2♣ river did make that flush it also improved GoodStoryBro to a full house, knocking IceStream out in sixth.

Just a minute later it was Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks pushing for 278,486 from the button, el_n0i reraise-shoving from the small blind, and GoodstoryBro folding the big blind. LoneHixx had 5♦5♠ and needed help versus el_n0i's 7♥7♦, but the board came A♠6♥T♣J♥Q♣ and they were down to four.

Another big confrontation followed a few minutes later when el_n0i and Brian "brianm15" England got all of the latter's chips in on a ten-high flop with el_n0i holding Q♦Q♥ and brianm15 A♥A♣. The aces held and suddenly England was back ahead in what had become a topsy-turvy final table.

A chip-depleted el_n0i then open-pushed for 154,783 (a little less than eight BBs) with Q♣6♣ from the button and Palau777 called with A♠9♠ from the big blind. The community cards came 5♦A♦2♠4♥T♦, giving Palau777 aces and knocking out el_n0i in fourth.

The blinds moved up to 12,500/25,000, and soon Palau777 raised to 50,000 from the button, then GoodStoryBro shoved for 401,125 from the big blind and Palau777 called. GoodStoryBro was at risk with A♥4♥ against the Q♠Q♣ of Palau777. The board came 5♣5♠J♥6♦3♣ to bring no help for GoodStoryBro who was finished in third.

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After that hand the final two players were nearly even in chips, and after playing one hand more they paused the tourney to talk about a possible deal with Brian "brianm15" England sitting with 1,572,543 and Palau777 close behind with 1,437,457.

The original payouts had $113,778 going to the winner and $83,377 to the runner-up. The pair didn't wait for any figures to be produced, but rather brianm15 offered Palau777 $84,000 with $6,000 left to play for and England taking the rest. Palau777 appeared for a moment as though potentially interested, but eventually declined the deal that would only have guaranteed Palau777 a few hundred dollars more than second-place money.

Here's how the last part of that discussion went:

HostFelixC (Administrator): can you specify the conditions of the deal so that I confirm it ?
brianm15: palau 84k me the rest.. play for 6
HostFelixC (Administrator): ok
brianm15: gg palau
Palau777: wait
HostFelixC (Administrator): Here are the numbers, please type 'I agree' if you agree with them
Palau777: come on we play
brianm15: k
HostFelixC (Administrator): brianm15:$107,155.00
HostFelixC (Administrator): Palau777:$84,000.00
HostFelixC (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $6,000.00
brianm15: agree
brianm15: ur last chance to make more than 83377 palau
Palau777: no we play
Palau777: wait
HostFelixC (Administrator): ok, I will resume the tournament now
Palau777: play
brianm15: bombs away

Play then resumed and before too long a big pot developed that saw Palau777 check-raising brianm15 on the turn with the board showing J♣K♦5♣8♥, then firing a hefty river bet after the 8♠ fell which England called. Palau777 then showed J♦8♦ for a full house, and after brianm15 mucked Palau777 was suddenly up over 2.45 million while England had been knocked down under 560,000.

The end then came just a few minutes later. With the blinds at 15,000/30,000, Palau777 raised to 60,000 from the button, brianm15 shoved for 743,758, and Palau777 called.

It was A♣6♥ for brianm15 and 5♦4♦ for Palau777. The 5♥8♦6♦ flop paired both, with England's sixes best at that point. But the 4♣ came on the turn to improve Palau777 to two pair, and after the 9♥ river it was all over -- Palau777 had won.

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Congratulations to Palau777 for staging a huge final table comeback from short-stacked status to earn a big Super Tuesday first prize of $113,778. And kudos as well to Stefan "IceStream" Ivanov for making back-to-back Super Tuesday final tables!

11/12/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results

Players: 602
Prize pool: $602,000
Places paid: 72

1. Palau777 (Germany) -- $113,778.00
2. Brian "brianm15" England (Costa Rica) -- $83,377.00
3. GoodStoryBro (Israel) -- $61,404.00
4. el_n0i (Portugal) -- $46,354.00
5. Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks (Canada) -- $32,508.00
6. Stefan "IceStream" Ivanov (Bulgaria) -- $25,585.00
7. neckbr4ke (Germany) -- $19,565.00
8. NutsErryTime (Costa Rica) -- $13,545.00
9. Nick "FU_15" Maimone (Honduras) -- $9,210.60

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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