With the 2016 World Series of Poker behind us for now — the summer portion, anyway — we turn again to the Super Tuesday, PokerStars‘ weekly $1,050 no-limit hold’em tournament that routinely attracts the best and brightest poker has to offer.
It was another tough field this week comprising the 322 players entering the event, and after a little over 12 hours Canada’s gilleschro managed to collect all of the chips and a $61,791.80 first prize.
That field meant a prize pool of $322,000 (besting the $300K guarantee), ultimately split between the top 54 finishers.
It took about nine hours to get down to two tables, after which razluca (18th), Mike “Fitness_g” Egan (17th), and THEMOS17 (16th) each hit the rail to earn $2,898. PoluKalos (15th), Maxi “Pachila25″ Gallardo (14th), and Joshua “slayerv1fan” Hoesel (13th) were the next out, picking up $3,542 apiece. Then greengrass67 (12th), Bernardo “bedias” Dias (11th), and deivid29 (10th) were successively knocked out, with each of those players claiming $4,186 from the prize pool.
With Mad1Lee the chip leader sitting with just under 1.8 million, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: EpicEpicEpic (Netherlands) — 818,709
Seat 2: João “jricardosc” Fernandes (Brazil) — 393,203
Seat 3: K.T.A.-1985 (Czech Republic) — 1,133,157
Seat 4: gilleschro (Canada) — 308,083
Seat 5: Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi (Mexico) — 1,697,980
Seat 6: Black88 (Russia) — 709,350
Seat 7: F P C (Brazil) — 569,694
Seat 8: Mad1Lee (Russia) — 1,793,314
Seat 9: Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky (Canada) — 626,510
Shortly after the final table began, the blinds were 12,500/25,000 when a four-way hand arose.
It began with EpicEpicEpic min-raising to 50,000 from middle position, Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi calling from the button, Black88 calling from the small blind, and F P C also calling from the big blind. The flop came K♦ 4♣ A♣ , it checked around to Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi on the button who bet 75,000, and only F P C called from the big blind. The turn then brought the 3♠ and a check from F P C, and when Nardi bet 135,000, F P C check-raised all-in for 496,194 and Nardi called right away.
Nardi had A♥ 3♥ for two pair while F P C was drawing to a flush with Q♣ 5♣ . The river was the 8♥ , and F P C was out in ninth.
A little while later João “jricardosc” Fernandes was nearly knocked out after getting all-in with A♥ A♣ on a 8♥ 10♥ 6♣ flop versus K.T.A.-1985 who had a set with 6♠ 6♦ . But the river brought a saving ace for Fernandes, and his tournament life was extended.
Alas for Fernandes, he’d pick up aces again after that and get them cracked by Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi who rivered a flush although Fernandes was able to avoid elimination.
But the very next hand saw Mad1Lee raise from middle position, Fernandes jam from the button with his last 600,000 or so, and after the blinds got out Mad1Lee called right away.
Fernandes had A♣ Q♣ but this time Mad1Lee was the one with A♣ A♦ . The board ran out 8♥ A♥ 5♠ 5♥ K♦ , and Fernandes hit the rail in eighth.
Not long after that hand, EpicEpicEpic open-pushed all-in for 399,709 from the button with A♣ 9♠ , K.T.A.-1985 called from the small blind with 8♣ 8♠ . The flop came 9♦ Q♠ 7♥ to help EpicEpicEpic, but the turn was the 8♦ to give K.T.A.-1985 a set. The river was the 7♦ , and EpicEpicEpic was out out out in seventh.
The final half-dozen continued onward, then with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 it was Mad1Lee raising to 75,000 from under the gun. It folded to K.T.A.-1985 in the cutoff who called the raise, then when the action reached Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi in the small blind he decided to shove all-in for more than 950,000.
Black88 was in the big blind with 784,400 and after some thought decided to call all-in, and the other two players skedaddled. Black88 turned over A♣ K♥ and Nardi J♠ J♣ , and five cards later — Q♥ 6♠ 2♥ Q♦ 6♥ — Nardi’s jacks were still best and Black88 was out in sixth.
A little while later K.T.A.-1985 opened from UTG for 85,200, then Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi reraise-shoved for 422,185 from the button. It folded to Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky in the big blind who pushed all-in himself over the top, and K.T.A.-1985 stepped aside.
Wilinofsky turned over A♥ K♥ and was ahead of Nardi’s A♠ Q♣ , and the 10♣ A♦ K♠ flop kept Wilinofsky in front with two pair to one. The turn, however, was the J♥ to make Broadway for Nardi.
Then came the river… the K♣ ! Talk about a dirty river for D1rtyR1v3r — it made a full house for Wilinofsky, and meant a fifth-place finish for Nardi.
On the very next hand, Mad1Lee limped in from the button for 40,000, Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky called from the small blind, then K.T.A.-1985 raised to 160,000 from the big blind. Mad1Lee chose to call the raise, as did Wilnofsky, and the flop came 7♣ 3♦ 3♣ .
It checked all of the way around, then after the 6♣ turn card it checked to K.T.A.-1985 who fired a bet of 208,320. Mad1Lee called, Wilinofsky folded, then the 10♠ completed the board.
K.T.A.-1985 hesitated a moment, then pushed all-in for more than 3 million. Mad1Lee had but 1,339,403 behind, and had to think for a short while before calling and showing Q♣ 9♣ . Alas for Mad1Lee, K.T.A.-1985 had A♣ 2♣ for a better flush, and Mad1Lee was out in fourth.
The final three continued forward, then in the first hand of a new level (30,000/60,000/6,000), gilleschro limped in from the small blind, Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky made it 180,000 from the big blind, gilleschro shoved, and Wilinofsky called right away to put his stack of not quite 1.5 million at risk.
Wilinofsky had 7♦ 7♠ and was hoping the pair would hold versus gilleschro’s A♣ J♠ . But the J♥ K♦ 4♥ flop gave the latter a better pair, and after the 5♣ turn and 3♠ river, Wilinofsky’s run had ended in third.
With that pot gilleschro had the edge to start heads-up play with 5,328,857 to K.T.A.-1985’s 2,721,143. The pair battled to the 12-hour break, at which point gilleschro had chipped up close to 6.5 million and K.T.A.-1985 had slipped to less than 1.6 million.
About 10 minutes after that, K.T.A.-1985 won a big pot to nudge into the chip lead. gilleschro grabbed the advantage back, but then K.T.A.-1985 won a series of pots to move up close to 7 million as gilleschro fell to about 1.1 million.
But gilleschro was able to double through once to climb out of the danger zone, then a couple of hands later doubled up again in a hand that saw gilleschro river a king-high straight with king-queen while K.T.A.-1985 made a queen-high straight with queen-six. With that hand gilleschro was up over 5 million again and back in front.
They’d been battling heads-up for more than an hour. K.T.A.-1985 managed to grab the lead back briefly, then lost it again before the final hand took place.
The blinds were 45,000/90,000 when gilleschro raised to 200,700 from the button and K.T.A.-1985 called. Both checked the 7♠ Q♦ 4♣ flop, then after the K♥ turn K.T.A.-1985 led for 270,000 and gilleschro called.
The river was the 9♣ , and K.T.A.-1985 bet again, this time 540,000. gilleschro responded with an all-in push, and K.T.A.-1985 went into the tank to think about whether or not to risk the 2,988,134 left behind.
Finally K.T.A.-1985 called, showing K♠ 5♦ for top pair of kings. But gilleschro had Q♣ Q♥ for a set of queens to win the pot and the tournament.
Congratulations to gilleschro for besting another tough Super Tuesday field to win this week’s first prize of nearly $62K.
7/19/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold’em) results
Prize pool: $322,000
Places paid: 54
1. gilleschro (Canada) $61,791.80
2. K.T.A.-1985 (Czech Republic) $45,885.00
3. Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky (Canada) $33,810.00
4. Mad1Lee (Russia) $25,760.00
5. Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi (Mexico) $18,032.00
6. Black88 (Russia) $13,685.00
7. EpicEpicEpic (Netherlands) $10,465.00
8. João “jricardosc” Fernandes (Brazil) $7,245.00
9. F P C (Brazil) $5,345.20
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.