Another huge field turned out this week for the Super Tuesday, with the 635 entrants tying for the fourth-largest Super Tuesday field ever (the record being 663). That meant $635,000 was up for grabs -- more than twice the $300K guarantee -- with the top 72 finishers splitting up the prize pool. And after more than 11-and-a-half hours it was Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm of Denmark topping everyone to earn this week's title.
Elgstrøm ended up earning a $74,868.06 payday for the win after a six-handed final table deal, with runner-up Shhh00kem of Canada actually picking a little more by taking away $75,354.41 and fifth-place finisher 1dönertasche of Germany also realizing a nice $71,527.98 payday.
But it took a lot of poker beforehand to get to that point. Here's the story of how this week's tourney played out.
It took about five-and-a-half hours for the field to be whittled down to 73 players remaining at which point a lengthy period of hand-for-hand began. A couple of Team Online members had been among those to go out relatively shy of the cash as Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur was eliminated in 119th, then Caio "pessagno" Pessagno was knocked out in 76th after losing his short stack with [Td][Ts] to üä-qaypö.wsx's [Js][Jc].
Among the several players still sitting with below average chips was Matt "salty14" Salsberg, who took to Twitter to describe his plight.
It wasn't long after that tweet that LORDXFLVCKO became the unfortunate 73rd-place finisher and the bubble had burst.
ITM! It IS a SUPER TUESDAY INDEED. Now lets run it up or have dinner.— matt salsberg (@msalsberg) December 4, 2013
Alas for Salsberg, his dinner would be coming sooner than later after getting knocked out by one of the two opponents he'd mentioned before, Zo "pakmanmma" Karim. Salsberg ran his [6h][6s] into Karim's [Kh][Kc] to lose his last nine big blinds and go out in 59th. Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka would then go out moments later when his [Ad][7d] couldn't outdraw TiltMeBig's [9c][9d] and he hit the rail in 57th, like Salsberg cashing for $2,222.50.
It wasn't long after knocking out Jaka that TiltMeBig had risen to the top spot in the counts as the first player to 300,000 as the field shrunk below 30.
They'd just crossed the eight-hour mark when Zo "pakmanmma" Karim finally went out in 20th, then young_diam18 followed in 19th with both earning $3,810 for their efforts. With two tables left TiltMeBig was still there with an average stack while Shhh00kem had moved out in front with more than 430,000 with goleafsgo41 the nearest challenger with about 290,000.
It would take another hour-and-a-half for the next eight to go, with SerPol999 (18th), Thomas "ttesone" Tesone (17th), and xerox206 (16th) each earning $5,080; Vampyboy (15th), medmar (14th), and Saul "iCeVeNoM" Khalili (13th) taking away $6,350 apiece; and WICKED617 (12th) and sincinaty118 (11th) both cashing for $7,620.
With 10 left hand-for-hand play commenced once more, and after a while a hand developed in which TiltMeBig raised from the button and both goleafsgo41 (small blind) and Timorm1 (big blind) called. Then following a [Ks][8s][Td] flop goleafsgo41 checked, Timorm1 bet, TiltMeBig called, goleafsgo41 check-raised, Timorm1 folded, TiltMeBig shoved, and goleafsgo41 called.
goleafsgo41 showed [Kh][Qd] for top pair of kings but was behind TiltMeBig's [As][Ah], and when the next two streets brought a couple of fives, goleafsgo41 had finished in 10th for $7,620.
With that hand pushing TiltMeBig back into first position, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Batistu10 (Brazil) -- 174,541
Seat 2: TiltMeBig (Sweden) -- 821,744
Seat 3: milldollbaby (Norway) -- 124,773
Seat 4: Shhh00kem (Canada) -- 697,112
Seat 5: Timorm1 (Israel) -- 346,924
Seat 6: PingoPingwin (Poland) -- 249,575
Seat 7: 1dönertasche (Germany) -- 178,006
Seat 8: Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson (Macao) -- 235,651
Seat 9: Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (Denmark) -- 346,674
It was a final table with nine different countries represented, including EPT6 London champion Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson playing from Macao. Gustavson tweeted the news of his having made it that far to his followers as the first final table hand was dealt.
Gustavson was referring to the big $120,015 prize originally scheduled for the winner, although as things ultimately played out, the final table deal would be spreading the remaining prize money out among several players.
It wasn't long before the next elimination occurred. The blinds were at 4,500/9,000 when 1dönertasche raised 2x to 18,000 from middle position, then it folded around to milldollbaby in the big blind who three-bet to 41,580 and 1dönertasche called. The flop came [Ac][As][4h], and milldollbaby check-called a bet of 21,512 from 1dönertasche. The turn then brought the [9d] and another check from milldollbaby. This time 1dönertasche shoved all in and milldollbaby called with the 123,556 left behind.
milldollbaby had [Qd][Qh] for aces and queens, but 1dönertasche had trip aces with [Ah][Qc]. The river was the [3d], and milldollbaby was done in ninth.
Two hands later Timorm1 was nearly felted after losing a preflop all-in with [Qd][Jd] versus PingoPingwin's [Ah][Kh]. Then the next hand saw leader TiltMeBig raise the minimum to 20,000 from the hijack seat, Shhh00ken reraise to 44,222 from the cutoff, then Timorm1 call all in from the button for just 22,505.
The blinds and TiltMeBig folded, then Shhh00kem showed [Ad][9d] and Timorm1 [Jc][9c]. The board ran out six-high, coming [4h][6d][2s][5d][4d] to give Shhh00kem a flush and knock Timorm1 out in eighth.
About an orbit later it was Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson open-raising all in from under the gun for 95,766 (about nine-and-a-half big blinds), then Batistu10 reraised from a couple of seats over and all folded. It was [Js][9s] for Gustavson and [As][Jh] for Batistu10, and when the community cards came [7h][Kd][Ah][Jd][Td], Gustavson's Super Tuesday run had ended in seventh.
The remaining six made it to the 10-hour break, then decided to pause the tournament to discuss a possible deal with Shhh00kem and 1dönertasche the chip leaders.
Both "ICM" and "chip chop" numbers were produced (leaving $6,000 for which to play), and the ensuing discussion lasted for nearly half an hour. Finally a deal based on the "chip chop" figures was agreed upon, with Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (in third position) managing to convince everyone but Shhh00kem and TiltMeBig to give him a little extra before a deal was struck.
Soon after play resumed, it was TiltMeBig min-raising to 24,000 from early position, then watching Elgstrøm reraise to 57,475 from the big blind. TiltMeBig responded with an all-in push for 263,745, and CMoosepower called without hesitation.
TiltMeBig and [As][Jc] while CMoosepower turned over [Qh][Qc]. The flop brought an ace, but a queen as well, coming [2c][Qs][Ah]. The turn was the [6h] and river the [Ac], meaning TiltMeBig's trip aces weren't enough against Elgstrøm's full house, thus ending TiltMeBig's night in sixth.
Soon it was 1dönertasche raising to 24,000 from the button, CMoosepower reraising to 64,375 from the small blind, and 1dönertasche calling. The flop came [Td][5s][8d], Elgstrøm bet 71,250, and 1dönertasche called. The turn was the [Ts], pairing the board. Elgstrøm's bet 134,275 this time, and when 1dönertasche shoved for 486,177, CMoosepower called.
Both players had made trips, it turned out, but CMoosepower's [As][Th] gave him a better kicker than 1dönertasche who had [Qh][Tc]. The river was the [3s], and 1dönertasche was eliminated in fifth.
The blinds moved to 7,000/14,000, then a hand arose that saw PingoPingwin raise to 28,000 from UTG, then Shhh00kem reraise to 70,000 from the big blind. PingoPingwin then pushed for 520,691 and Shhh00kem called.
PingoPingwin showed [As][Jh] but needed help against Shhh00kem's [Ac][Ks]. The board came [7d][7s][2d], then [6h], then [Td], and PingoPingWin was out in fourth.
On the very next hand, Batistu10 raised to 28,000 from the button, Shhh00kem reraised to 63,000 from the small blind, then Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm cold four-bet to 156,475 from the big blind. Batistu10 then pushed all in for 668,521 and after Shhh00kem folded, CMoosepower called.
Batistu10's pocket pair was ahead before and after the [3s][Ts][Jc] flop, but the [Qh] fell on fourth street to make a straight for Elgstrøm and make the river [9d] no matter. They were down to two.
Heads-up began with Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm enjoying a little over a 2-to-1 chip lead with 2,143,519 to Shhh00kem's 1,031,481. Elgstrøm stayed in front for the next dozen hands, then Shhh00kem managed to double up with [5h][5d] through CMoosepower's [Ac][Th] to sneak in front by a few chips.
But Elgstrøm soon moved back ahead and by the time the 11-hour break arrived had built up over 2 million once again. The pair would ultimately battle another 40 minutes more, with the lead swinging back and forth a couple more times before CMoosepower again had his stack up around 2.1 million when the final hand at last took place.
The blinds were up to 10,000/20,000, and the hand began with Elgstrøm raising from the button to 40,000, Shhh00kem reraising to 100,000, then Elgstrøm four-betting to 220,000. Shhh00kem came back with an all-in push for 1,063,848, and CMoosepower called, turning over [8d][8s] while Shhh00kem had [As][Jh].
The community cards brought no help to Shhh00kem, coming [7s][Kc][8c][Kh][Qc], giving CMoosepower a full house, the pot, and a Super Tuesday title.
Congratulations to Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm for topping a huge Super Tuesday field and tough final table to win this week's tourney, and kudos as well to Shhh00kem for a gritty heads-up battle and for taking away a shade more than Elgstrøm thanks to the six-handed chop.
12/3/13 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results (*reflects six-way deal):
Prize pool: $635,000
Places paid: 72
1. Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (Denmark) -- $74,868.06*
2. Shhh00kem (Canada) -- $75,354.41*
3. Batistu10 (Brazil) -- $41,541.37*
4. PingoPingwin (Poland) -- $56,080.71*
5. 1dönertasche (Germany) -- $71.527.98*
6. TiltMeBig (Sweden) -- $63,532.47*
7. Aaron "Aguskb" Gustavson (Macao) -- $20,637.50
8. Timorm1 (Israel) -- $14,287.50
9. milldollbaby (Norway) -- $9,715.50
Ben Mayhew came away with the UKIPT4 Nottingham title yesterday. Read all about his triumph here.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.