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Online Poker Roundup: 'caio_pimenta' Runs Gamut in Stars Super Tuesday

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Monday and Tuesday brought the usual big early-week events at Full Tilt and PokerStars, respectively, with both major tournaments producing a rush of exciting action. A frenetic pace marked the conclusion of the Full Tilt Monday $1,000, where Ben "1Mastermind" Chen walked off with top honors, while "caio_pimenta" pulled off a rare sweep in the final of the Stars Super Tuesday, eliminating each of the other eight players. Here's a look at the action:

PokerStars Super Tuesday

The PokerStars Super Tuesday attracted 372 participants to its $400,000 guaranteed prize pool. Among the best finishes were Seth "SFisch4" Fischer in 10th place ($5,600), UH Big Tex in 13th ($4,800), BleedBlue33 in 15th ($4,800), and Jordan "scarface_79" Smith in 19th ($2,800). The final table saw one player dominate, pulling off a most impressive run to the win. The chip counts to start the final were as follows:

Tom "kingsofcards" Marchese - 204,820

Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky - 175,604

Phidias "ael1979" Georgiou - 131,424

Raja "tiger76" Kattamuri - 124,733

Mariklus - 117,866

Altrum Altus - 102,387

Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong - 99,928

caio_pimenta - 98,484

Jeff "JSchnett" Schnettler - 60,754

Exiting first was Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong. The blinds and antes were 1,500/3,000/300 when Armstrong ran {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} into caio_pimenta's {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} and could not improve, finishing ninth for $7,000. Jeff "JSchnett" Schnettler was the next to go. Altrum Altus raised to 7,444 from middle position and caio_pimenta called from the small blind. Schnettler, in the big blind, moved all in for 59,554 with {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}. Altrum Altus got out of the way but caio_pimenta called with {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}. The board rolled out {3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Spades} and Schnettler was sent packing in eighth for $10,000. At the 3,000/6,000/600 level, Caio_pimenta raised to 15,250 on the button and Mariklus moved over the top all in for 87,732 from the small blind. Caio_pimenta called and revealed {a-Hearts}{9-Clubs}, ahead of Mariklus' {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. The board came {10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and sent Mariklus to the rail in seventh for $14,000.

Eliminated in sixth was Raja "tiger76" Kattamuri. At 4,000/8,000/800, caio_pimenta raised to 20,500 from middle position and Kattamuri moved all in from the big blind for 106,346. A quick call revealed {a-Hearts}{q-Spades} for caio_pimenta, dominating Kattamuri's {a-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. The board did not help Raja as it came {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}, ending his tournament for $18,000. Falling on the next hand was Phidias "ael1979" Georgiou. Down to 52,690, he moved all in from the button with {k-Hearts}{5-Spades}, but ran into caio_pimenta's pocket jacks. No king would appear, eliminating Georgiou in fifth for $23,000. The 5,000/10,000/1,000 level saw the demise of Tom "kingsofcards" Marchese in fourth. From the cutoff he shoved for 95,250 with {a-Spades}{10-Spades} and was called by caio_pimenta on the button with {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{9-Spades}, giving Marchese many ways to win. However the turn and river were the {j-Hearts} and {2-Hearts}, sending him off with a $33,600 payday.

With blinds and antes moving to 6,000/12,000/1,200, these were the chip counts:

caio_pimenta - 418,925

Altrum Altus - 418,744

Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky - 278,331

Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky exited next. A series of raises preflop led to an all-in coin flip situation with Makowsky holding {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} against caio_pimenta's {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. The board paired caio_pimenta as it came {5-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}, sending amichaiKK to the rail with $44,000. The next hand ended the tournament. Again, a series of preflop raises led to an all in showdown. This time, caio_pimenta was holding {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and was dominating Altrum Altus' {4-Hearts}{4-Spades}. The board came {7-Spades}{q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{6-Spades}, busting Altrum Altus as runner-up for $59,000. The winner of the Super Tuesday and its first-place prize of $78,000 was caio_pimenta, who started the final table looking up the leader board, but ran the table and eliminated every opponent for a well-deserved victory.

Final Results:

1. caio_pimenta - $78,000

2. Altrum Altus - $59,000

3. Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky - $44,000

4. Tom "kingsofcards" Marchese - $33,600

5. Phidias "ael1979" Georgiou - $23,000

6. Raja "tiger76" Kattamuri - $18,000

7. Mariklus - $14,000

8. Jeff "JSchnett" Schnettler - $10,000

9. Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong - $7,000


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Full Tilt Monday $1,000

The Full Tilt Monday $1,000 drew a field of 343 for a total prize pool of $343,000. Among the highest finishers falling short of the final table were James "P0KERPR0" Campbell in 12th place ($4,288), Jeff "YellowSub86" Williams in 15th ($3,430), Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy in 22nd ($1,887), James "TheFatFISH" Obst in 23rd (1,887), Luke "IWEARGOGGLES" Staudenmaier in 24th ($1,887), and Justin "WPThero" Rollo in 27th ($1,886.50). The chip counts to start the final table were as follows:

Iridium - 241,615

THE_GOLDMINE - 146,374

tsk3434 - 140,089

Brady "vegan213" Shepard - 130,144

Ben "1Mastermind" Chen - 125,193

orangeman88 - 71,788

Tom "titantom32" Braband - 65,068

cool0813 - 60,084

solohomer - 48,645

With blinds at 2,500/5,000 and a 600 ante, Iridium was knocked out in ninth place. After entering the final table as the chip leader, a few tough hands brought his demise. It ended with Iridium moving all in from middle position with {k-Spades}{q-Hearts} and finding action from Ben "1Mastermind" Chen on the button with {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. The board rolled out {10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Iridium took home $6,860. The next to go was solohomer. At 3,000/6,000/750, tsk3434 made it 18,000 to play from early position with {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} and solohomer called all in from the big blind with {k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. The board came {j-Clubs}{q-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades} and solohomer's two pair were second best to tsk3434's straight, felting solohomer in eighth for $8,575. Tsk3434's tournament life would end next. From middle position, tsk3434 raised to 24,000 and Ben Chen raised all in from the big blind. Tsk3434 called all in for 79,954 with {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, but trailed Chen's {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}. No four appeared, eliminating tsk3434 in seventh for $11,147.50.

Tom "titantom32" Braband bit the dust next after shoving all in from the cutoff for 65,892 with {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, and finding an opponent in the form of orangeman88's {k-Spades}{q-Spades}. The {5c Qd Th 4d 2d board eliminated Braband in sixth for $17,150. The 4,000/8,000/1,000 level saw cool0813 bust in fifth place. On the button, cool0813 moved all in for 106,024 with {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and was called by Ben "1Mastermind" Chen in the big blind with {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. The board rolled out {q-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and sent cool0813 to the rail with $24,010. Once the blinds and antes hit 5,000/10,000/1,000, a flurry of eliminations saw the tournament come to an end in a mere ten hands. From the small blind, THE_GOLDMINE moved all in for 151,027 with {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, but in the big blind Ben Chen woke up with {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}. The board came {9-Spades}{7-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades} and sent THE_GOLDMINE to the rail in fourth for $31,727.50. Brady "Vegan213" Shepard bowed out in third after running {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds} into orangeman88's {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. The board brought no ten and Shepard earned $41,160 for third.

The chip counts at the start of heads-up play were these:

Ben "1Mastermind" Chen: 719,079

orangeman88: 309,921

It took two hands and it was all over. A {3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} board saw several bets before orangeman88's tournament life was on the line with {a-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, needing help against Chen's {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}. The turn and river were the {j-Clubs} and {8-Spades}, eliminating orangeman88 runner-up for $54,880. Ben "1Mastermind" Chen won the tournament and $85,750.

Final Results:

1. Ben "1Mastermind" Chen - $85,750

2. orangeman88 - $54,880

3. Brady "vegan213" Shepard - $41,160

4. THE_GOLDMINE - $31,727.50

5. cool0813 - $24,010

6. Tom "titantom32" Braband - $17,150

7. tsk3434 - $11,147.50

8. solohomer - $8,575

9. Iridium - $6,860

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