Fresh from reach the money places in the UKIPT5 London Main Event, Nik Persaud took to the PokerStars virtual felt on Tuesday evening and bought into the $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday. It was one of the bigger fields seen in recent times with 640 players competing, some of them ranked among the best in the world.
Seventy-two of those 640 players received prize money, a min-cash being worth $2,112. The 73rd place finisher, and therefore bubble boy, was Mike “munchenHB” Telker who crashed out after more than six hours of play and left empty handed.
With the money bubble popped, British grinders such as Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway (63rd for $2,112), Tom “hitthehole” Middleton (57th for $2,240), and Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford (45th for $2,880), showed a positive ROI for this particular event.
It took more than two hours for the in-the-money players to be reduced to the final table of nine. Here's how the finalists lined up.
PokerStars Super Tuesday Final Table (January 27, 2015)
|1||Jose Angel “Cejakas14” Latorre||352,550|
|3||Erik “Popiedejopie” van den Berg||Traply|
|5||Peter “Belabacsi” Traply||233,631|
|7||Nik “Reraiseallin” Persaud||944,725|
|8||Joa “Naza114” Vieira||140,682|
|9||Nicolas “niccc” Chouity||595,848|
First to bust from the final table was Portugal's Joao “Naza114” Vieira who saw Peter “Belabacsi” Traply min-raise to 16,000 from early position and decided to three-bet all-in for 225,000 with . Traply called with and then the board ran out void of aces, Vieira was gone.
Eighth place went to “flashdisastr” who opened to 20,585 from the cutoff with and called off the rest of his 217,256 chips when “CZMysakCZ” re-raised all-in from the small blind. CZMysakCZ had made his move with the dominating to leave flashdisastr drawing thin. The board ran and flashdisastr busted.
Two eliminations in quick succession left the final table short-handed.
First, Erik “Popiedejopie” van den Berg pushed all-in for nine big blinds with and couldn't get there against CZMysakCZ's then on the next hand Persaud raise-called from the small blind with when Nicolas “niccc” Chouity jammed all-in for 290,000 with . Persaud won the flip by flopped an ace and suddenly there were only five players remaining.
“ROMDOM”'s tournament came to an abrupt end when he clashed with CZMysakCZ. ROMDOM pushed al-in for 132,000 chips in early position with and was called by CZMysakCZ in the big blind who held . The flop kept the eights of CZMysakCZ ahead with the turn being a complete blank. CZMysakCZ improved to an unnecessary set when the landed on the river and ROMDOM busted in fifth place.
Next to fall was UK-based Spaniard Jose Angel “Cehjakas14” Latorre who raised from under the gun with and then shipped his stack in when CZMysakCZ re-raised to 144,000 from the button with . CZMysakCZ called and within seconds the flop had fallen giving Latorre a flush draw and a Royal flush draw at that. The turn was not an out for Latorre and neither was the river. Game over for the Spaniard.
The final three players discussed the possibility of a deal, but negotiations broke down when both Traply and Persaud demanded more money than the “chip-chop” was offering them and so play resumed.
Another 40 minutes passed by before Traply raised to 60,000 from the button with , CZMysakCZ moved all-in with and Traply called off his 515,666 chips. Traply was in great shape for a double and that scenario still looked likely on the flop and the turn. However, the peeled off on the river to improve CZMysakCZ to a pair of deuces and that lowly pair was enough to send Traply to the sidelines in third spot.
The heads-up duo played a single hand before pausing the tournament for another round of deal negotiations. Persaud was initially offered $98,668.17 and asked for $100,000, which CZMysakCZ agreed to, leaving $8,000 up top for the eventual winner.
That extra prize money is now with Persaud and this is how the final hand played out.
CZMysakCZ min-raised to 80,000 on the button and Persaud called. The flop fell , Ppersaud checked, CZMysakCZ bet 76,500 and Persaud responded with a check-raise to 199,999. CZMysakCZ liked his hand and made it 484,998 to go, Persaud moved in and CZMysakCZ called the 699,486 chips he had behind.
It was for CZMysakCZ for an overpair, but those aces were about to be cracked by the in Persaud's hand. The landed on the turn and it was followed into view by the river, busting CZMysakCZ and leaving Persaud to revel in the glory of becoming the Super Tuesday's latest and deserved champion.
PokerStars Super Tuesday Final Table Results (January 27, 2015)
|1||Nik “Reraiseallin” Persaud||$108,000*|
|4||Jose Angel “Cejakas14” Latorre||$49,280|
|6||Nicolas “niccc” Chouity||$27,200|
|7||Erik “Popiedejopie” van den Berg||$20,800|
|9||Joao “Naza114” Vieira||$9,792|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Before we sign off, we must give special mentions to Niall "Firaldo87" Farrel who finished third in TCOOP-23: $215 NL Hold'em 6-Max Hyper for a cool $42,128.38 and to Daniel "danistheking" Carter who collected $41,342 after finishing fourth in TCOOP-25: $215 NL Hold'em 8-Max. Top work, gentlemen.
Thanks to the PokerStars Blog for data used in creating this article