January 6 is Dan Charlton's favourite day of the year. It's not because it is the day that the Christmas decorations go away and the tree finds its way into the garage or loft, it is because January 6 is the day that Charlton smashing online poker to pieces.
On January 6, 2009, Charlton topped a field of 324 players in the PokerStars Super Tuesday to secure a then career-best score of $71,750.00. Exactly six years later to the day, Charlton did it again, this time beating 547 players and scooping a cool $92,628.86.
It took more than eight hours for the 547 starters to be whittled to the nine-handed final table where Charlton, playing as “judgedredd13,” found himself third in chips and in with a realistic shot of winning the second Super Tuesday of his career.
PokerStars Super Tuesday Final Table (January 6, 2015)
|2||Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton||402,331|
|3||Rens “Rens02” Feenstra||171,900|
|9||Leo “ISILDRooN” Nordin||301,926|
Each of the finalists were guaranteed $9,080.20 for reaching the last table of the tournament and that amount soon crept up to five figures after the of Charlton held against the of “aleka1607” when the board ran .
Next to fall was Rens “Rens02” Feenstra of the Netherlands. Feenstra open-shoved for around 79,000 chips from the cutoff with and found a caller in the shape of “Shiko19” and his . Feenstra's eights remained the best hand on the flop, but fell way behind when the landed on the turn. The completed the board and Feenstra was gone.
Canada's “Naslund44” was the next final table casualty, pushing his short stack into the middle with from the button and being looked up by the of Leo “ISILDRooN” Nordin. The five community cards fell and the tournament was suddenly down to its final six players.
Those six became five with the demise of Shiko19 during the 4,000/8,000/1,000a level. Shiko19 got the ball rolling and raised to 16,000 from under the gun and both “Delaneddi” on the button and Charlton in the big blind called.
Charlton checked the [5hh4h] flop, Shiko19 bet 32,000 and only Delaneddi called. The turn brought the into play and Shiko19 led for 92,000 and Delaneddi called. The completed the community cards and Shiko19 checked to Delaneddi, who then fired a 360,000 bet at his opponent, which was more than enough to set him all-in. Shiko19 called off his stack with for two pair and was shown for his troubles that had improved to a Broadway straight on th river.
Twenty-two hands later, ISILDRooN min-raised to 18,000 from the cutoff with and decided to call when “GadMO” three-bet all-in for 84,000 with in the big blind. A flop gifted ISLDRooN a flush draw, which came in when the made an appearance on the turn. The inconsequential rolled off on the river and GadMO busted in fifth place.
Charlton then got back to the business of eliminating players, sending “BillLewinsky” to the sidelines in fourth place, which saw the remaining three players pause the tournament clock so they could discuss a deal.
Those discussions spanned 15-minutes before an agreement was made, one that left $8,000 for the eventual champion.
Charlton then claimed the tournament life of ISILDRooN in a massive pot. From the button, holding , Charlton raised to 20,000 and ISILDRooN called in the big blind with . ISILDRooN then check-called a 22,000 bet on the flop to be rewarded with an on the turn, giving him a straight. ISILDRooN checked his straight, Charlton bet 58,000 and ISILDRooN check-raised to 155,000. Charlton jammed all-in for 726,000 in total and ISILDRooN instantly called.
A brief pause later, the paired the board, improving Charlton to a full house and sending ISILDRooN to the rail in third place.
Going into the one-on-one battle with Delaneddi, Charlton held a 1,476,463 to 1,258,537 chip lead, but he couldn't shake off his opponent. On the 128th hand of heads-up play, Charlton set the price to play at 28,000 and Delaneddi three-bet to 87,000. Charlton responded with a four-bet of 147,000. Delaneddi shoved for 679,000 in total with what turned out to be and Charlton called with .
Charlton was five cards away from repeating an amazing victory and when the flop came down he must have been more than happy. The turn was the and this gave Charlton a straight, plus a redraw to a flush. If the river wasn't a ten Charlton would win, which is exactly what he did when the landed on the river!
PokerStars Super Tuesday Final Table Results (January 6, 2015)
|1||Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton||$92,628.86*|
|3||Leo “ISILDRooN” Nordin||$71,387.73*|
|8||Rens “Rens02” Feenstra||$112,307.50|
*reflects a three-way deal
An awesome start to the year for Charlton and his fellow Brits who have been crushing since 2015 rolled in. Long may it continue!