Brian "ZBTHorton" and "IfIHadItAll" were the winners in the biggest early-week online events, taking down the Full Tilt $1,000 Monday and the PokerStars Super Tuesday, respectively. The Full Tilt event also featured deep runs by two other players who've posted other stellar finishes of late in Keven "Stamdogg" Stammen and Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka. Here's how the action unfolded:
Full Tilt $1,000 Monday
The $1,000 Monday on Full Tilt drew a crowd of 350 with the winner scheduled to receive $87,500. Among the best finishers failing to reach the final table were Matthias "goodvibe" Neu in 12th place ($4,375), Anthony "holdplz" Spinella in 15th ($3,500), Marco "CrazyMarco" Johnson in 17th ($2,625), Tim "Tmay420" West in 19th ($1,925) and Ryan Daut in 22nd ($1,925). The chip counts to start the final table were as follows:
Brainwav - 254,602
reeping - 214,071
hucklebuck2006 - 136,818
kenneoin - 115,717
TYGOP - 108,245
Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick - 73,266
Brian "ZBTHorton" Horton - 71,084
Keven "Stamdogg" Stammen - 51,712
Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka - 24,485
At 2,000/4,000/500, Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka was the first to be sent to the rail. He shoved from middle position for 30,185 with and found action from Brian "ZBTHorton" Horton in the big blind, who showed . No deuce would find the table and Jaka was out in ninth for $7,000. The next to fall was hucklebuck2006 at 2,500/5,000/600. Brian Horton shoved from the button and hucklebuck2006 called all in with , racing against Horton's . The board came and hucklebuck2006 exited in eighth for $8,750. Reeping busted short after that. Under the gun, reeping raised to 20,000 and Brainwav, from the big blind, reraised to 60,000. Reeping then moved all in for 186,359; Brainwav called with and was well behind reeping's . However, the board ran out as reeping was left to read 'em and weep, out in seventh for $11,375.
When play reached the 3,000/6,000/750 level, TYGOP was sent to the virtual rail. From the button, kenneoin shoved for 79,817 with , and TYGOP called all in from the big blind with . The board rolled out and TYGOP was eliminated in sixth for $17,500. The next hand was the last for Keven "Stamdogg" Stammen. Stamdogg moved all in from under the gun with and was called by Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick, who held . The board came and Stammen was done. His hot streak of reaching final tables continued with this one paying him $24,500 for fifth. Late in the level, kenneoin was eliminated in fourth place. On the button, kenneoin shoved for 86,757 with but ran into Brainwav's in the big blind. A third nine on the flop would win the hand for Brainwav and send kenneoin off with $32,375. At 4,000/8,000/1,000, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick was eliminated after running his into Brainwav's . The board came and Chidwick finished third for $42,000.
Heads-up play began with these chip counts:
Brainwav - 825,800
Brian "ZBTHorton" Horton - 224,200
Horton was able to double up when his sevens held against sixes, and he took the chip lead. He won the match outright at the 5,000/10,000/1,000 level. He raised to 25,000, and Brainwav reraised to 94,000. Horton then shoved with the big stack and Brainwav called with , having Brian Horton's in dire straits. The board, though, came , with Horton managing to spike a river king to win the tournament. Brainwav finished runner-up for $56,00, while Brian "ZBTHorton" Horton collected $87,500 for the win.
1. Brian "ZBTHorton" Horton - $87,500
2. Brainwav - $56,000
3. Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick - $42,000
4. kenneoin - $32,375
5. Keven "Stamdogg" Stammen - $24,500
6. TYGOP - $17,500
7. reeping - $11,375
8. hucklebuck2006 - $8,750
9. Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka - $7,000
PokerStars Super Tuesday
The PokerStars Super Tuesday attracted 367 entrants, each battling toward the $78,000 winner's prize. Among the best finishers falling short of the final table were Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald in 10th place ($5,600), Bruno "Bruno GT" Gonzalez Terra in 11th ($5,600), Alvaro "VARICO" Ballesteros in 12th ($5,600), PeachyMer in 13th ($4,800), Shaun Deeb in 17th ($4,000), Victor Ramdin in 20th ($2,800), Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen in 22nd ($2,800), Ben "bfineman" Fineman in 23rd ($2,800) and Adam "akat11" Katz in 28th ($2,600). The chip counts to start the final table were as follows:
Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney - 205,768
IfIHadItAll - 195,255
Pot Odds 3 - 152,021
mr_natoli - 138,381
dreamgirl3 - 137,717
sms9231 - 113,755
Tom "SBRounder" West - 64,273
hwtd1 - 48,088
Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky - 45,742
The first to depart was Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky at 2,000/4,000/400. Under the gun, hwtd1 shoved for 37,688 and Makowsky called all in from middle position. Unfortunately, he saw his fall to hwtd1's as the cards ran out . Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky finished in ninth place for $4,000. The newfound chips for hwtd1 would not last long, however. Three hands later, hwtd1's tournament life and 61,130 was at risk with against IfIHadItAll's . The board came and hwtd1 was eliminated in eighth for $7,000.
The 3,000/6,000/600 level saw Tom "SBRounder" West sent to the rail. Pot Odds 3 raised to 15,899 in the cutoff and West moved all in from the big blind for 64,946. Pot Odds 3 called with pocket jacks and led West's . A third jack on the turn ended it and eliminated Tom West in seventh for $14,000. Pot Odds 3's hot streak continued a few hands later when mr_natoli made a move with and ran into Pot Odds 3's . The board came and mr_natoli was out in sixth place for $18,000.
Dreamgirl3 was eliminated next at the 4,000/8,000/800 level. In a big pot against IfIHadItAll, dreamgirl3's squared off against IfIHadItAll's . The board rolled out and dreamgirl3 was out in fifth for $23,000. Bryn Kenney fell in fourth place at 5,000/10,000/1,000. He opened to 24,999 on the button and Pot Odds 3 shoved with the big stack from the big blind. Kenney called with , but needed help to crack Pot Odds 3's . The flop provided some help, but it never came as Bryn Kenney departed with $33,600. Sms9231 succumbed in third after a long three-handed battle. At 6,000/12,000/1,200, sms9231 shoved for 157,994 from the button with and got action from Pot Odds 3 in the small blind with . The board ran out and sms9231 exited with $44,000.
Chip counts at the start of heads-up play were as follows:
Pot Odds 3 - 825,948
IfIHadItAll - 275,052
After a lengthy battle, IfIHadItAll claimed victory. With blinds and antes now at 10,000/20,000/2,000, IfIHadItAll shoved and Pot Odds 3 called all in for 249,298 with , but needed help to catch up to IfIHadItAll's . The board came and Pot Odds 3's tournament run ended with second-place money of $59,000. IfIHadItAll won the Stars Super Tuesday, collecting $78,000.
1. IfIHadItAll - $78,000
2. Pot Odds 3 - $59,000
3. sms9231- $44,000
4. Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney - $33,600
5. dreamgirl3 - $23,000
6. mr_natoli - $18,000
7. Tom "SBRounder" West - $14,000
8. hwtd1 - $10,000
9. Daniel "amichaiKK" Makowsky - $7,000