With the 2015 World Championship of Poker having finally concluded with today’s final table of the Main Event won by Coenaldinho7, the Super Tuesday was back in action once again and saw a healthy-sized field of 432 take part.
Almost 11 hours after the tourney began, a three-handed deal punctuated the proceedings after which Romania’s Rebel FishAK won the night’s final hands to claim the title and a handsome $68,002.98 first prize.
That field meant a prize pool of $432,000, to be divided by the top 54 finishers, and after about six hours they’d played down to the bubble and had reached hand-for-hand play.
At that moment Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen was 55th of 55 and sitting to the left of Team PokerStars Pro Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville. But Stammen was able to double through Somerville in a blind-versus-blind hand to hang on, and on another table gnetaren ran pocket sevens into Robert “Little Kraut” Deppe’s pocket jacks to burst the bubble.
With that pot Deppe led with 54 players left, with Somerville also sitting with a big stack just inside the top 10.
About an hour-and-a-half later they were down to 18, with Stammen having gone out in 46th ($2,160), Deppe still with an above-average stack, and ragAAAila19 the new chip leader.
Jason Somerville was still in contention as well — his run providing a great show for more than 20,000 viewers on Twitch — though he was one of the shortest stacks remaining of the players on the final two tables.
Somerville then lost a tough one with Q♣Q♦ versus an all-in ROSINEI’s A♦J♦ when the board ran out 9♠J♥9♦J♠9♣, leaving him with just over four big blinds. Mike “munchenHB” Telker would go out next in 18th, then Somerville would lose the last of his chips in a multi-way pot to be knocked out in 17th.
2015 WCOOP Event #56 champ ($530+R NLHE) maggess88 (15th), ROSINEI (14th), and Pimmss (13th) followed, each taking away $4,752, then JayBokes (12th), eijseijs (11th), and Luke “LFmagic” Fields (10th) were successively felted, earning $5,616 apiece.
With Nomarbles1 the new chip leader, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: 7DonCool7 (Germany) — 101,266
Seat 2: Rebel FishAK (Romania) — 158,071
Seat 3: Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker (Austria) — 162,651
Seat 4: Diego “Mr.Bittar” Bittar (Brazil) — 186,970
Seat 5: Robert “Little Kraut” Deppe (Canada) — 311,031
Seat 6: ragAAAila19 (Romania) — 210,644
Seat 7: Nomarbles1 (Canada) — 595,638
Seat 8: Goldfink (Germany) — 195,756
Seat 9: Johan “busto_soon” van Til (Netherlands) — 237,973
Just a few minutes into the final table — not too far from the tournament’s nine-hour mark — the blinds were 3,600/7,200 when Diego “Mr.Bittar” Bittar opened for 14,675 from the cutoff seat, then it folded to Nomarbles1 in the big blind who reraise-shoved and Bittar called off with the 155,195 he had behind.
Bittar showed J♣J♦ while Nomarbles1 had A♠J♥. The 9♥5♣9♠ flop was safe for Bittar, but the A♥ came on the turn to give Nomarbles1 the better pair. The river was the 7♠, and Bittar was out in ninth.
A little while after that the blinds were 4,000/8,000 when 7DonCool7 open-shoved for 71,084 from early position and got a single caller in Johan “busto_soon” van Til from the big blind. 7DonCool7 had K♣Q♠ while van Til showed 6♦6♥. The community cards were all low, coming 4♦3♣6♠2♣2♥ to make a full house for van Til and end 7DonCool7’s run in eighth.
They moved on to the next level, and with the blinds at 4,500/9,000 it was chip leader Nomarbles1 raising to 21,420 from early position and Robert “Little Kraut” Deppe calling from the big blind.
The flop came 9♦7♦10♠. Deppe checked, Nomarbles1 bet 24,294, Little Kraut check-raised all in for 105,550 total, and Nomarbles1 called.
Deppe showed 8♦7♥ for a pair of sevens and an open-ended straight draw while Nomarbles1 turned over J♥J♣. The turn was the 5♣ and river the A♦, and Deppe was done in seventh.
The flop came 10♠7♦4♦, and after Muehloecker checked, Goldfink continued with a bet of 22,207. Muehloecker responded with a raise to 48,755, and Goldfink then reraised to more than 240,000 — more than Muehloecker had left.
The Austrian called all in with his last 135,821, turning over A♦10♦ for top pair of tens and a flush draw. Goldfink had that beat with J♠J♣, and after the K♣ turn and Q♣ river, Meuhloecker hit the rail in sixth.
The flop came A♠6♣9♥ to put Nomarbles1 in front, then the turn brought the 3♠ and river the A♥, giving Nomarbles1 trips and two knockouts, with van Til taking fifth and ragAAAila19 fourth.
The final three played on toward the tourney’s 10-hour mark, then stopped for a deal discussion with Nomarbles1 ahead with 1,259,330, Goldfink next with 665,168, and Reel FishAK third with 235,502. Both “ICM” and “chip chop” figures were presented, but the trio couldn’t come to terms and play continued.
They battled onward for more than a half-hour, then decided to pause things again for a second try at a deal discussion. At that point Nomarbles1 still led with 920,844, Rebel FishAK had recently doubled up to move into second position with 667,048, and Goldfink was third with 572,108.
Both sets of figures were presented again, and this time the group agreed to the “ICM” numbers, leaving $8,000 for which to play.
From there the all-ins started to come quickly, with Rebel FishAK first taking the lead by doubling through Nomarbles1 (making a flush to crack the latter’s pocket queens), then Nomarbles1 doubling back through Rebel FishAK after K♠6♠ outdrew A♦J♣ when a king came on board.
Not long after that, Goldfink opened with a little-over-2x raise to 35,200 from the small blind, Rebel FishAK reraised to 79,999 from the big blind, Goldfink shoved all in for 543,860 total, and Rebel FishAK called in a snap.
Goldfink had drawn an ace and showed A♠8♦, but Rebel FishAK had drawn a couple of them, turning over A♥A♦. The board came 4♠7♣Q♣5♣J♦, and Goldfink was out in third.
That hand put Rebel FishAK in front to start heads-up play with 1,353,344 versus Nomarbles1’s 806,656. Then five hands later Rebel FishAK had chipped up a bit to almost 1.52 million when the final hand took place.
The blinds were 8,000/16,000, and after Rebel FishAK raised to 33,760 from the button, Nomarbles1 shoved all in for 638,266 and Rebel FishAK called.
Rebel FishAK: 7♦7♥
Nomarbles1 had the worse of the pocket pairs to start, but the flop came 2♣9♠4♠ to give the all-in player a set and renewed hopes. But then came the turn — the 7♣! — giving Rebel FishAK a better set and nearly dashing those hopes as quickly as they’d come.
The river then brought the 6♠ and it was all over — Rebel FishAK had won!
Congratulations to Rebel FishAK for taking down this week’s Super Tuesday, and good job as well to Nomarbles1 and Goldfink for making it to the three-way chop and earning nice paydays as well.
9/29/15 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold’em) results
Prize pool: $432,000.00
Places paid: 54
1. Rebel FishAK (Romania) $68,002.98*
2. Nomarbles1 (Canada) $63,527.78*
3. Goldfink (Germany) $58,290.04*
4. ragAAAila19 (Romania) $34,560.00
5. Johan “busto_soon” van Til (Netherlands) $24,192.00
6. Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker (Austria) $18,360.00
7. Robert “Little Kraut” Deppe (Canada) $14,040.00
8. 7DonCool7 (Germany) $9,720.00
9. Diego “Mr.Bittar” Bittar (Brazil) $7,171.20
* = denotes a three-way deal leaving $8,000.00 for the winner
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.