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British Grinders Enjoy a Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday
  • It was a super Tuesday for players from the United Kingdom with one winning a tournament bearing the same name.

The United Kingdom has another Super Tuesday champion after “kirdface” topped a field of 429 players in the first Super Tuesday of the New Year.

A prize pool of $429,000 was divided up between the final 62 finishers among who were British players “degsy69,” “LAP1293,” Joe “jsramsgate” Stokes and “ZinkanaWaka,” the latter falling in 18th place for a $3,399.69 addition to his bankroll.

By the time only nine players remained, and the final table action began, the minimum anyone was taking home was $6,413.50, but with almost $77,000 awaiting the eventual champion nobody wanted to claim the smaller amount.

Three players sporting Union Jacks next to their alias in the PokerStars lobby were among the nine finalists. Salman “salfshb” Behbehani, a regular in high stakes online and live tournaments, was cruising until his ace-jack fell victim to the ace-nine of “takechip” in an all-in preflop confrontation that saw takechip improve to a full house by the river. UK-based Behbehani committed the rest of his stack with ace-queen, could not beat the black fours of “Barto7907” and bust in seventh place for $11,939.96.

Barto7907, himself representing the UK, fell in fourth place for $30,310.09. Third place, and $41,350.92, went to Russia’s “Anton2423,” leaving kirdface to lock horns with former Super Tuesday champion Mike “munchenHB” Telker for the title.

Kirdface held a 7,470,000 to 3,2400,000 chip lead going into heads-up play and Telker’s attempting to close to gap ultimately cost him a second Super Tuesday victory.

Telker completed the small blind with {7-Spades}{6-Spades}, kirdface raised to 175,000 with {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and Telker called before calling a 163,000 bet on the {10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop. The turn brought the {K-Spades} into view and Telker raised all-in for 2,200,000 when kirdface bet 235,000 and kirdface called to put his opponent at risk of elimination.

According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Telker had a 22.73 percent chance to improve his hand and double up. The river had to be a spade or a four otherwise Telker would bust, which he did when the {2-Clubs} completed the community cards.

Super Tuesday Final Table Results (Jan. 4, 2017)

1kirdfaceUnited Kingdom$76,963.11
2Mike “munchenHB” TelkerCyprus$56,413.50
4Barto7907United Kingdom$30,310.09
6Phil “takechip” D’AuteuilCanada$16,285.14
7Salman “salfshb” BehbehaniUnited Kingdom$11,936.96

Several other players from the UK experienced the sweet taste of success, in varying degrees, in some of PokerStars’ Tuesday offerings.

“david owie” and “Ha11er” reached the final table of the Big $162 and saw their impressive runs end with a fifth and second place finish worth $1,229.07 and $3,013.64. Tom “hitthehole” Middleton banked $1,545.85 for his fifth place finish in the fast-paced Hot $162; Middleton later finished fifth in another Hot $162 tournament and secured a $2,107.43 payout.

Jonathan “Gil3000” Gill collected $1,241.94 an almost $1,500 in bounty payments thanks to his eighth place finish in the $215 Bounty Builder, while Adam “Adzman300” Maxwell was the runner-up in the $109 Mini Super Tuesday for $16,809.45 and Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford won the Big $215 and added $12,506.94 to his ever growing lifetime winnings tally.

In the $215 Fat Tuesday, “bk0705” and “xiaoyyy” bust in third and fourth place for scores of $10,240.80 and $7,730.80 with Adam “Adamyid” Owen and “PoluKalos” seeing their $320 Super Tuesday Late Edition run end abruptly in fifth and sixth place, finishes worth $4,935.84 and $3,670.88.

All in all, an impressive Tuesday at the virtual felt of PokerStars for players calling the UK home.

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