The PokerStars Super Tuesday
$1000+50 buy-in event concluded yesterday, guaranteeing another huge prize pool
of $400,000. The tournament carried a top prize of $78,000, and featured a
tough field of 365 eager players. The notables who did not make the final table
included Paul “ uclabruinz ” Smith who finished in 14th and
collected $4,800, Mike “ Mpetes ” Peters who finished in 13th and
collected $4,800 and Stephen “ stevie444 ” Chidwick who just missed the final
table, finishing in 11th and won $5,600.
final table was decided, Alvaro “ VARICO ” Ballesteros stood quite firmly in
the lead with 313,753 chips, with Matias “ Festivuss ” Gabrenja a distant
secong with just over 160,000 in chips.
player, or in this case players, to hit the rail came only a few hands into the
final table, when caio_pimenta raised all-in for his last 30,000 chips and
Thomas “ BMH v.2.37 ” Rau went all in for just over 143,000 chips and gave
caio_pimenta protection. Unfortunately for both players, Mike “ chapmoney ”
Chappus was holding pocket aces in the small blind and went all-in for just
over 145,000, covering both players. Caio_pimenta turned over Kd-9d, and Rau
showed Ah-Ks, solidifying Mike Chappus’s overwhelming advantage. The board was of no
help to either player, and caio_pimenta was quickly eliminated in 9th
place for $7,000, with Rau right behind him in 8th place worth
player to hit the rail was Wesley “ teh_R3aLde4L ” Whybrew who called the
all-in bet of chapmoney with his last 40,000 chips. Chapmoney was holding
pocket deuces against Whybrew’s Ad-Th, and when the board brought nothing to
help Whybrew’s position, he exited the tournament in 7th place and
$14,000 to show for his effort. A few hands later, caprioli re-raised VARICO
for his last 65,000 chips with pocket fours after an initial 10,000-chip raise.
VARICO called and turned over pocket tens, and with little help from the board,
caprioli was sent packing in 6th place and collected $18,000.
minutes before the players were set to go on break, Dani “ supernova9 ” Stern
re-raised a bet by Mike Chappus all-in with As-Jh, and was called by Chappus’s
pocket eights. The board was favorable for Stern bringing both an ace and a
jack on the flop. Yet, as it happens at times in poker, an eight hit the river,
and sent Stern packing in 5th place with $23,000 in winnings.
resumed after the break with a couple of very quick eliminations. First, Matias
“ Festivuss ” Gabrenja went all-in with Ad-2s, but was sent packing by the
pocket kings of ale3560 when the board brought no ace or any other help to
Gabrenja. He finished the tournament in 3rd place and $33,600 in
prize money. The second elimination came when chapmoney re-raised all-in with
Ah-8d after VARICO’s initial raise. VARICO called with pocket sixes and
tripped up on the river. Chapmoney hit the rail in 3rd place and
$44,000 for his effort.
heads-up battle had Alvaro “ VARICO ” Ballesteros with a 4-1 chip lead over
ale3560, and just a few hands into their battle Ballesteros raised all-in with
pocket fours and was quickly called by the Ac-3d of ale3560. The ace never cane
foe ale3560 an he was eliminated in 2nd place with an impressive
$59,000 for his tremendous effort. VARICO’s final table chip lead held true,
and he claimed 1st place and $78,000 in prize money.
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