Hundreds of entrants showed up for the big-money tournaments on Full Tilt and PokerStars on Monday and Tuesday, continuing the New Year's trend of busy <a href=https://www.pokernews.com/>online poker</a> action. "MFen1152" and "judgedredd13" walked away with the deepest prizes. Here's how the final tables unfolded:
PokerStars Super Tuesday
The PokerStars Super Tuesday drew 324 contestants to the virtual felt, with $71,750 awaiting the winner. Among those falling just shy of the final table were Shawn "Buck21" Buchanan in 12th place ($5,600), Taylor "ElMastermind" McFarland in 13th ($4,725) and Phil "USCphildo" Collins in 15th ($4,725). The chip counts to start the final table were as follows:
judgedredd13 - 258,179
Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis – 193,152
bearsfan775 - 127,902
bdybldngpkr - 97,061
Jason "JasonGray" Gray - 94,412
nordeste - 93,484
trainwrecks – 56,679
Bruno "Bruno GT" Gonzalez Terra – 27,940
Malta22 - 23,191
The first to bust from the final table was Malta22 at the 2,000/4,000/400 level, sparking a flurry of eliminations. From middle position, Malta22 shoved for 21,591 with , but ran into bearsfan775's . The board rolled out to make bearsfan775's straight and Malta22 was out in ninth place for $6,125. In the following hand, bdybldngpkr opened to 9,500 from early position and trainwrecks shoved for 60,279 from the button, holding . A snap-call from bdybldngpkr revealed and when the board came , trainwrecks was sent home in eighth place for $8,750. Bruno "Bruno GT" Gonzalez Terra was felted shortly thereafter when his failed to hold against judgedredd13's . The board came and Gonzalez Terra was headed to the cashier in seventh for $12,250.
Jason Gray was the next casualty at this level, when he shoved from the button for 67,212 with and got action from judgedredd13 in the small blind, who showed . A queen on the flop put judgedredd13 ahead and Gray would not recover, finishing in sixth place for $15,750. Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis was knocked out next by chip leader judgedredd13. Under the gun, judgedredd13 opened to 12,000 and Karamalikis called on the button. The flop came and judgedredd13 led out for 12,000, which Karamalikis raised to 32,000. Judgedredd13 responded by making it 76,000 and Karamalikis called. The fell on the turn and judgedredd13 shoved with the big stack. Karamalikis called all in for 107,198, but saw his trailing judgredredd13's . The river came the and Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis was out in fifth place for $20,650. The sixth and final casualty of the level was nordeste. Bearsfan775 raised to 12,000 on the button and nordeste shoved from the small blind for 87,338 with . Bearsfan775 called with and despite flopping a set, the hand was still up for grabs as the flop came . The turn and river came blanks for nordeste in the form of the and . Fourth place paid nordeste $29,750.
At 3,000/6,000/600 bdybldngpkr finished in third place. From the small blind judgedredd13 made it 18,000 to play and bdybldngpkr raised all in for 101,265. A quick call from judgredredd13 revealed to bdybldngpkr's . The board ran out and bdybldngpkr was sent off with $39,550. These were the chip counts to start heads-up play:
judgedredd13 - 856,396
bearsfan775 – 115,604
The match came to an end late in the level. Judgedredd13 attempted to limp in, but bearsfan775 raised to 28,000, which judgredredd13 then called. The flop came and bearsfan775 shoved, but he was snap-called by judgedredd13, who showed for middle pair to bearsfan775's . The turn and river bricked for bearsfan775, who finished as runner-up, earning $52,500. Judgedredd13 took down the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $71,500.
1. judgedredd13 - $71,750
2. bearsfan775 - $52,500
3. bdybldngpkr - $39,550
4. nordeste - $29,750
5. Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis - $20,650
6. Jason "JasonGray" Gray - $15,750
7. Bruno "Bruno GT" Gonzalez Terra - $12,250
8. trainwrecks - $8,750
9. Malta22 - $6,125
Full Tilt $1K Monday
The Full Tilt $1K Monday drew a field of 320 with first place awarding $80,000. Notable finishes included Daryl "fkscreennames" Jace in 11th place ($4,000) and Randall "TwinMSU" Brooks in 21st ($1,760).
Eliminated first from the final table was Patrick "PMJackson21" Jackson at te 4,000/8,000/1,000 level. Jose "papadelpoker" de la Guardia limped from the cutoff and Jackson checked in the big blind, leading to a flop. Jackson shoved for roughly 33,000 and de la Guardia quickly called with . Jackson held and was drawing nearly dead. The turn and river didn't help Jackson, who finished in ninth for $6,400. Later in the level, Oddveig made a stand with but ran into domino20's . The case king fell on the flop and Oddveig was done in eighth place for $8,000. Those chips were short-lived for domino20, however, who was the next one out at 5,000/10,000/1,000. Under the gun, domino20 shoved for 112,947 with and Tulsa Tony called from the big blind with a dominating . The board ran out and domino20 collected seventh-place money of $10,400.
At 6,000/12,000/1,500, Eduts departed. With action folded around to the small blind, Eduts moved in for 162,481 and Jose "papadelpoker" de la Guardia called from the big blind with , having Eduts' in trouble. The board rolled out and Eduts was out in sixth place for $16,000. Big_Cat5847 was sent to the rail shortly thereafter. From the cutoff, Big_Cat5847 shoved for 144,442 with and it was off to the races when Jose de la Guardia called from the big blind with . An ace on the flop put de la Guardia ahead for good and Big_Cat5847 collected $22,400 for fifth. Doug "dgang" Ganger finished in fourth place when his shove from the cutoff for 125,398 with was called by MFen1152 in the small blind with . The board ran out and Ganger exited in fourth place for $29,600.
The final two eliminations occurred at 12,000/24,000/3,000. Jose "papadelpoker" de la Guardia fell in third place when he shoved from the small blind for 292,280 with and was called by Tulsa Tony in the big blind with . The flop delivered a nine and paired Tulsa Tony while de la Guardia could not catch an ace, exiting with $38,400. The heads-up battle ended later in the level after a flop of . Tulsa Tony got it in ahead, holding against MFen1152's , but the turn and river sent the chips MFen1152's way. Tulsa Tony finished in second place for $51,200, while MFen1152 collected $80,000 for winning the Full Tilt $1K Monday.
1. MFen1152 - $80,000
2. Tulsa Tony - $51,200
3. Jose "papadelpoker" de la Guardia - $38,400
4. Doug "dgang" Ganger - $29,600
5. Big_Cat5847 - $22,400
6. Eduts - $16,000
7. domino20 - $10,400
8. Oddveig - $8,000
9. Patrick "PMJackson21" Jackson - $6,400