With the World Series of Poker in full swing, most of the world’s professionals have descended upon Las Vegas for their chance at fame and fortune. That has provided some relief for those who have opted to stay at home and grind online, with the usual shark-infested waters of the Super Tuesday perhaps now a little safer for swimming.
Adam “Roothlus” Levy is one who would be very familiar with the torturous WSOP grind, but his decision to grind online has paid off handsomely with an impressive victory today.
A total of 349 players took the opportunity in the weekly $ 1,050 Super Tuesday event on PokerStars, eclipsing the $ 300,000 guarantee.
The top 45 players would see cash added to their accounts, with ch0ppy from Canada the unfortunate bubble of the $ 2,094 min-cash.
Previous Super Tuesday winners wizowizo (38th – $ 2,094), Gambit360 (32nd – $ 2,268.50), zwacke (20th – $ 2,617.50) and PKaiser (17th – $ 3,490) were amongst the money finishers while Nicholas “rounder63″ Carrillo (28th – $ 2,268.50) and James “Jaylee18″ Lee (15th – $ 4,362.50) also returned a handy profit.
After a little over seven and a half hours of play, it was Austrian young_diam18 who bubbled the final table. young_diam18 four-bet and then called it off with [jd][jh], only to discover that tonkaaaa held a monster [kd][kc]. The board ran out without another jack to see our final table of nine set:
Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: Glebarm (341,317 in chips)
Seat 2: muttern3k (194,482 in chips)
Seat 3: tonkaaaa (358,768 in chips)
Seat 4: Roothlus (120,748 in chips)
Seat 5: Openshoves85 (241,153 in chips)
Seat 6: zapacanov (219,461 in chips)
Seat 7: NeillyAA (103,700 in chips)
Seat 8: moukari6 (78,274 in chips)
Seat 9: claudioney18 (87,097 in chips)
With that elimination, tonkaaaa had taken the chip lead, but with the blinds at 2k/4k with a 500 ante, there was still plenty of play ahead of us.
moukari6 was the short stack, and the first to be eliminated. moukari6 opened with a min-raise before claudioney18 three-bet to 19,777 next to speak. Action folded back to moukari6 who didn’t hesitate to move all in with [ac][kc] as claudioney18 made the call holding [7h][7c].
moukari6 was looking for some help, and got it when the flop landed [2d][ah][4c], but the [7s] turn card was the nail in the coffin as moukari6 was drawing dead. The river was the [2s] as moukari had to be content with $ 6,107.50 for 9th place.
Adam “Roothlus” Levy was one to give up WSOP glory in favour of the online grind, and he made a nice early double up through zapacanov. Levy moved all in with pocket kings which held against zapacanov’s pocket jacks to bring Levy back into contention.
One of the more interesting hands saw NeillyAA find a big double up with pocket aces against the pocket tens of muttern3k. Perhaps it wasn’t the hand itself, but the banter in the chat box that followed.
NeillyAA said, “ill take 62.25k now”
NeillyAA said, “or play out”
NeillyAA said, “ur choice;”
muttern3k said, “sounds fair”
NeillyAA said, “k click deal”
muttern3k said, “done”
Roothlus said, “lol”
NeillyAA said, “sick offer imo”
muttern3k was crippled after that hand, but managed to catch a couple of double ups to stay alive. It was all for nothing though as muttern3k got tangled up in a pot against Levy. The board read [Kh][3s][8c][Tc] after muttern3k had raised preflop and fired bets on the flop and turn. From the big blind, Levy check-raised all in and muttern3k went deep into the tank before emerging with a call holding [ts][9c] for just a pair of tens. He trailed the [ks][qd] of Levy and it stayed that way when the river bricked the [js]. muttern3k collected $ 8,376 for 8th place.
NeillyAA was pretty happy to have reached five figures, but his comments in the chat box rubbed tonkaaaa the wrong way:
tonkaaaa said, “u see my pic bro? thats me”
NeillyAA said, “ur point?”
tonkaaaa said, “dont use that kinda language”
tonkaaaa said, “its offensive”
NeillyAA said, “oh relax”
NeillyAA said, “its not meant in that context.”
tonkaaaa said, “yah whatever you bigot”
NeillyAA said, “get defensive anytime ne one jokes online, u’ll go far!”
There was certainly tension but it was quickly ended just moments later when the two players went to war with their chips. tonkaaaa opened with a min-raise and Levy flat-called. NeillyAA then squeezed in a three-bet from the big blind before tonkaaaa moved all in. Levy escaped and NeillyAA made the call with [jh][Js] – clearly the danger hand of this final table – as tonkaaaa showed [qc][qs]. It didn’t get any better for NeillyAA as the board arrived [Qd][4s][Ah][4h][2c] to give tonkaaaa the last laugh and NeillyAA $ 11,866 for 7th place.
Just one hand later and we were down to five.
Levy opened with a min-raise to 14,400 from early position before Glebarm three-bet to 32,400 from the big blind. Levy made the call and the flop landed [qs][6d][3d]. Glebarm led out for 49,446 and Levy called as the [2d] appeared on the turn. Another bet followed from Glebarm, this time for the discounted price of 43,200. Again Levy paid to see the [8c] river card complete the board. Glebarm released a third barrel worth 72,545 but Levy moved all in. Glebarm called off his last 138,537 only to discover his [as][qc] top pair had been flushed by the [9d][7d] of Levy. Glebarm was out in 6th for $ 15,356 as Levy was suddenly holding a healthy chip lead.
Openshoves85 got lucky with pocket tens spiking a set to again see pocket jacks cracked as Levy took a small hit. Openshoves85 continued the momentum, making the call holding [as][js] when claudioney18 moved all in for eleven big blinds. claudioney18 could only table a dominated [ac][ts] and couldn’t get ahead on the board of [3s][qc][4s][jc][td]. claudioney18 added $ 19,893 for 5th place.
Again it was only a matter of a few hands between eliminations as zapacanov was next to go. Levy opened with a min-raise to 18,000 before zapacanov moved all in for 160,619. Levy called with [as][9s] and it was the right call as zapacanov opened [ah][4d]. It was all-but-over on the flop as the board ran out [2d][9c][ad][qs][6s] to see zapacanov pick up a very nice $ 28,792.50 for 4th place.
A fast deal is a good deal
At this point the three remaining players entertained some deal discussions as they took a quick look at ICM and chip chop numbers with the following stacks:
Seat 3: tonkaaaa (558,518 in chips)
Seat 4: Roothlus (921,911 in chips)
Seat 5: Openshoves85 (264,571 in chips)
Players quickly agreed to an ICM deal and moments later the cards were back in the air with $ 6,000 and the title to play for.
Openshoves85 probably wished to have waited just one more hand to deal after picking up [ah][as] on the very next hand and doubling through tonkaaaa’s [qh][qd] in a rather brutal three-handed cooler.
With the chips pretty even, the three-handed battle was rather intense until tonkaaaa got his revenge to break the deadlock in another epic hand:
The biggest pot of the tournament saw tonkaaaa’s full house grab the chip lead as Openshoves85 was back on the short stack.
Openshoves85 couldn’t recover after a nice play went unrewarded to be next to fall. tonkaaaa min-raised, before Levy three-bet from the small blind. Openshoves85 then cold four-bet jammed all in with [as][6d] and extracted a call from Levy with his ambitious [7c][6c]. However Levy spiked a couple of sevens on the board of [Kd][7d][Qs][9d][7s] to leave Openshove85 with $ 44,844.79 after the deal negotiations for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: tonkaaaa (747,436 in chips)
Seat 4: Roothlus (997,564 in chips)
Levy held the lead but tonkaaaa was able to gain the ascendency in the early stages until the following hand unfolded:
Levy spiked his straight and extracted maximum value from tonkaaaa’s top pair to see Levy take a commanding chip advantage.
From there, Levy was able to close it out with the final hand coming in a preflop war. tonkaaaa four-bet jammed with [ac][jd] only to discover Levy make the call with a superior [ah][ks]. The final board arrived [5h][8s][qd][4c][6h] to leave tonkaaaa to pick up $ 50,874.57 for second place as Adam “Roothlus” Levy adds a Super Tuesday title and $ 60,807.14 to a poker resume that already has over $ 5 million in combined live and online earnings.
Final table results
1st Roothlus (Canada) – $ 60,807.14*
2nd tonkaaaa (Canada) – $ 50,874.57*
3rd Openshoves85 (Colombia) – $ 44,844.79*
4th zapacanov (Russia) – $ 28,792.50
5th claudioney18 (Brazil) – $ 19,893.00
6th Glebarm (Russia) – $ 15,356.00
7th NeillyAA (Costa Rica) – $ 11,866.00
8th muttern3k (Norway) – $ 8,376.00
9th moukari6 (Finland) – $ 6,107.50