Bristol’s Rob “Vaga_Lion” Akery added victory in the PokerStars Super Tuesday to his long list of poker accomplishments on Jan. 10 when he topped a field of 426 players to get his hands on $68,463.20 after a heads-up chop with fellow Brit Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford.
Akery, a former Sunday Million winner, used to be an elite player of the real-time strategy video game Age of Mythology before he turned his attention to poker. Playing poker professionally has worked out for Akery who can boast of final table appearances at the Aussie Millions, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. Now he has a Super Tuesday title, too.
Super Tuesday Final Table Results (Jan. 10)
|1||Rob “Vaga_Lion” Akery||$68,463.20*|
|2||Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford||$63,980.56*|
|8||Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den Bigaart||$8,688.56|
*reflects a heads-up deal
First to fall at the final table was Romania’s “stfinpm” who lost a race with ace-jack against the black nines of Dutch superstar “Grafftekkel” before another Dutchman, Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den Bigaart bust at the hands of Beresford when his ace-seven did not stay ahead of the Englishman’s king-jack; Beresford improved to two pair by the river.
Seventh place and the first five-figure score of the tournament went to “bearsfan775” who made an ill-timed move against Akery when the latter was sat in the small blind with pocket kings, which flopped quads to leave only six players in the hunt for the title.
Six became five with the elimination of the dangerous Graftekkel who attempted to steal the substantial blinds and antes with jack-seven of hearts only to run into the pocket queens of Beresford. Graftekkel flopped a flush draw, but Beresford’s queens held and the final table waters became less shark infested.
Former Super Tuesday champion “PoluKalos,” thought to be a UK-based Greek player, pushed his chips into the middle of the table holding ace-eight only to see Beresford wake up with yet another premium holding, this time a pair of kings. Beresford caught a third king on the flop and the board cruelly gifted PoluKalos a pair of aces on the turn and an eight on the river.
Beresford’s run good continued when he found pocket aces in the hole. “Katrin2793” raised to 140,000 on the button and called Beresford’s three-bet to 399,000. Both players checked a queen-high rainbow board before Katrin2793 called a 398,000 bet on the four of clubs turn. The river was a six, Beresford moved all-in and was looked up by Katrin2793 and his ace-four. Game over for Katrin2793.
Three-handed play ended with the exit of “manokippa2” who was relatively short stacked and pushed all-in with queen-nine of hearts. Beresford called in the big blind with king-deuce of diamonds, which held, to send manokippa2 home in third place.
Beresford held a 5,990,000 to 4,650,000 chip lead over Akery, a difference of approximately 15 big blinds, and the pair struck a deal based on ICM that left $6,500 for the eventual champion.
Akery won more than half of the pots after the deal was struck and the ball was firmly in his court. The final hand of the tournament saw Beresford limp in with from an 18 big blind stack and then bet the minimum on a flop. Akery moved all-in with , Beresford called, and when the turn and river were the and , Beresford fell in second place and Akery took down the Super Tuesday.