The second version of SCOOP's "Super Tuesday Special Edition" -- after last week's Event #8-H that ended in a five-way chop with Sobizzle21 claiming the watch -- played out once more this week, again as a two-day event. This time the ev...
The second version of SCOOP's "Super Tuesday Special Edition" -- after last week's Event #8-H that ended in a five-way chop with Sobizzle21 claiming the watch -- played out once more this week, again as a two-day event. This time the event concluded with a three-way deal resulting in all three players earning close to $200K for their efforts, with Germany's OverTheTop43 coming away at the end with the chips and SCOOP watch.
The first day of Event #29-H kicked off much as another Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament, with cards going in the air at 17:00 ET. However in this case the field would be nearly three times as large as the Super Tuesday has been of late, with a whopping 1,534 players ultimately taking to the felt by the time late registration closed.
That big group meant a prize pool of $1,534,000, well over the $1 million guarantee assigned to this one, with the top 171 finishers destined to divide those riches.
The schedule called for 16 half-hour levels to be played on Day 1, and as it happened by the end of the night exactly 172 players remained -- that's right, they stopped squarely on the stone cold bubble.
Three Team PokerStars Pros were among that group surviving the first day, with Ike Haxton in 16th position with double the average stack, Chris "Money800" Moneymaker in 35th, and Lex Veldhuis in 44th. Meanwhile, Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek of the Czech Republic ended the night out in front of everyone with more than 162,000.
Here's how the top of the counts appeared overnight:
1. Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek (Czech Republic) -- 162,061
2. Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy (Australia) -- 140,603
3. kikobicu (Brazil) -- 136,421
4. Elia001 (Russia) -- 129,733
5. OverTheTop43 (Germany) -- 129,770
6. petermurphy8 (United Kingdom) -- 127,844
7. FONBET_RULIT (Russia) -- 118,515
8. Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin (Ukraine) -- 109,512
9. SlovakPsycho (Slovakia) -- 108,976
10. Steve "BetrThanPhil" Tripp (Canada) -- 104,671
The surviving players reassembled at 17:00 ET on Wednesday to begin Level 17 and the process of finding a winner.
They started with all 20 remaining tables playing hand-for-hand, and made it to the fourth hand before NhFy reraised-shoved for about 16 big blinds with [Ah][Kc] and got a single caller in PokerPetty00 who held [Qd][Qh]. The community cards came eight-high, and having failed to improve NhFy was the unlucky 172nd-place finisher, the last to go out prior to the cash.
About 50 players followed NhFy to the rail during that first hour, then during the second Lex Veldhuis unfortunately met his end in 108th place ($2,914.60) after running [Qc][Qh] into kjunia's [As][Ah] in a blind-versus-blind confrontation.
By the three-hour mark they'd whittled down to the final 64 players, with kikobicu and Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek still at the top of the counts with Grayson "gray31" Ramage in third position. Meanwhile, Team PokerStars Pro Ike Haxton had just hit the rail in 66th ($3,528.20) after becoming short-stacked before being finished off in a hand versus Varosky.
That left just Chris "Money800" Moneymaker who sat with an average stack. Moneymaker, of course, was celebrating the eve of an important anniversary of not just in his poker career, but for poker, generally speaking. As most are remembering this week, it was May 23, 2003 when Moneymaker completed his magical Main Event run to win the title and $2.5 million prize.
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker
After getting off to a good start in the night's fourth hour, Moneymaker would climb into the top 10 in the counts as players continued to fall, with Németh "probirs" András (63rd, $3,835), Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin (62nd, $3,845), and Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy (50th, $4,141.80) among the eliminated.
They pushed on past the five-hour mark for Day 2 as the field shrunk further to less than 40. Then with the blinds at 1,600/3,200, Victor "VibizSbrissa" Sbrissa raised to 6,785 from early position a