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Sebastian Saffari Finishes Fourth in the Super Tuesday

Sebastian Saffari

This week’s $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday tournament attracted 470 of the world’s best players to the PokerStars virtual felt and once again it our boys and girls did the UK & Ireland proud.

Fifty-four places were paid this week, a min-cash being worth $2,350 and the champion picking up more than $90,000. The likes of Charlie “JIZOINT” Combes (45th), “mardepoker" (17th) and Tom “hitthehole” Middleton (16th) each made it into the money places.

Super Tuesday Final table Seat Draw

Blinds at start of the final table: 2,800/5,600/700a

3Sebastian “Bassysaffari” Saffari322,539
8Tim “blumenkind53” Ulrich498,754
9Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer23,743

Ireland’s deepest run came at the hands of their favourite adopted American, Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer whose tournament ended in a more than respectable ninth place, a finish that earned the reigning European Poker Tour Grand Final champion $7,802.

As you can see from the above seat draw, O’Dwyer started the final table with only four big blinds to his name and they went into the middle while holding {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. Magardan turned out to be O’Dwyer’s executioner when his {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds} remained best on a board that ran out {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}.

Pandochka515 looked set for a double up when a preflop raising war resulted him being all in with the best starting hand in Hold’em, {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} against the second best, {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} of dvash9. That double up looked ever more likely when the flop came down {Q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. Pandochka515’s elation quickly turned into despair when the {K-Clubs} landed on the turn, propelling dvash9 into an unlikely lead. The river failed to bring either of the two remaining aces into play and Pandochka515 busted in eighth place.

Eight became seven with the elimination of EzPaTuLa. A three-bet pot preflop resulted in EzPaTuLa getting his chips into the middle on a {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} flop with his {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} only to run slap-bang into the {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} of dvash9. A {4-Spades} turn and {2-Hearts} river sealed EzPaTuLa’s fate and sent him to the rail.

BIack88 was the next unfortunate soul to lose his stack, this time in one of tournament poker’s many coinflips. Tim “blumenkind53” Ulrich opened and then called a 125,774 three-bet all in from BIack88 to put the latter at risk. BIack88 turned over {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} to find himself flipping against the {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} of his opponent. It was a flip he would ultimate lose, as the final board read {Q-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}.

It was former SCOOP champion alexandrapau who busted next, dvash9 claiming yet another scalp – if only this was a bounty event! Down to less than 10 big blinds, alexandrapau open-shoved with what turned out to be {A-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, but instead of picking up the much needed blinds and antes, he picked up a caller in the shape of dvash9 and his {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The {7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} board flirted with the idea of saving alexandrapau, but flirting is all it did. Dvash9’s tens held and resigned alexandrapau to fifth place, although the $26,320 awarded to him is nothing to be sniffed at.

Then came the exit of the last standing British player, Sebastian Saffari. Blumenkind53 opened from the small blind and Saffari three-bet shoved from the big blind for 193,906 chips. Blumenkind53 called and discovered is {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} was indeed the best hand as Saffari held the inferior {A-Spades}{3-Hearts}. Saffari flopped well and spiked a three on the {2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{J-Spades} to improve his holding to the best hand. The turn, however, was the {7-Spades} which catapulted blumenkind53 back in front. The {J-Diamonds} failed to aid Saffari and his name was displayed as the fourth place finisher, a finish worth $37,600.

According to the PokerStars Blog, Magardan won the Super Tuesday two months ago for an $82,000 score and then followed that amazing result up with a sixth place finish in July. Magardan almost managed a second victory in this special event, but had to make do with third place. His tournament ended when he called off his last 20 big blinds after blumenkind53 put him all in during a clash of the blinds. Magardan called with {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and was live against the {A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} of blumenkind53. Neither player improved on the {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{4-Hearts}, blumenkind53’s ace-high was enough to end Magardan’s hopes of a second Super Tuesday win.

Dvash9 went into the heads-up battle with blumenkind53 with a 1,461,874 to 888,126 chip lead only to see blumenkind53 pull level and then open a huge 5-to-1 lead for himself. The final hand saw dvash9 all in with {K-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} against the {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} of blumenkind53. The {9-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} flop left dvash9 needing to go runner-runner in order to stay alive, something that did not happen. The {5-Diamonds} turn was followed onto the board by the tournament ending {K-Hearts}, leaving blumenkind53 to add a second Super Tuesday victory to his Sunday Million win.

Super Tuesday Final Table Results (August 27, 2013)

1stTim “blumenkind53” Ulrich$90,193
4thSebastian “Bassysaffari” Saffari$37,600
9thSteve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer$7,802

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