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Online Poker Report: ‘JohnnyBax’ Takes Stars Super Tuesday

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This week’s edition of the PokerStars Super Tuesday produced a well-known winner, as online poker star Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy emerged from a final-table pack for the triumph, worth $68,250, The event itself drew 347 runners, resulting in a tiny $3,000 overlay for the players.

Notables who cashed but fell shy of the final table included Craig “crice25” Rice in 10th place ($4,900), Team PokerStars pro Andre “aakkari” Akkari in 11th ($4,900), Geoff “GeoffRas22” Rasmussen in 12th ($4,900), Scott “cool0813” Zakheim in 15th ($4,200), Josh “JBT449” Bergman in 17th ($3,500), Anna “VietCutie” Wroblewski in 20th ($2,450), Josh “Sdouble” Schlein in 21st ($2,450), Nick “agriffrod” Mitchell in 25th ($2,450), Joe “hoodini10” Udine in 29th ($2,275) and Alvaro “VARICO” Ballesteros in 32nd ($2,275). The final table began with these players and chip counts:

jonyctt — 199,508
Jose “papadelpoker” de la Guardia — 180,181
John “johnnykran” Kranyak — 154,082
Treadinwater — 128,687
Cliff Josephy — 113,918
detroitj6 — 102,953
Ronald “ronaldgrauer” Grauer — 68,099
SmoothTiltin — 53,270
Benjamin “xthesteinx” Zamani — 40,302

The first to bust from the final was Benjamin “xthesteinx” Zamani, during the 1,250/2,500/250 level. He departed after min-raising to 5,000 from the cutoff; John “johnnykran” Kranyak called out of the big blind and the flop came {3-Clubs}{J-Spades}{A-Spades}. Kranyak check-called Zamani’s bet of 6,500, leading to the {K-Diamonds} turn. Both players opted to check as the {8-Diamonds} landed on the river. Kranyak checked for a third time and Zamani bet 25,500, only to see Kranyak shove all in. Zamani called all in and saw his {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} beaten by Kranyak’s {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades} for the Broadway straight. Benjamin “xthesteinx” Zamani finished in ninth place for $6,125. A few hands later Kranyak raised to 7,500 in middle position, and on his immediate left detroitj6 re-popped to 19,800. Action folded around to Kranyak, who called. The flop fell {8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Kranyak bet 22,500. Detroitj6 went all in for 73,903 and Kranyak quickly called with {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, which led detroitj6’s {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. The turn and river did not improve detroitj6, who exited in eighth place with $8,750.

Ronald “ronaldgrauer” Grauer hit the rail at 2,000/4,000/400. He shipped it in from the cutoff for 64,330 with {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and was called by Treadinwater in the big blind with {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. The board ran out {9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and Grauer was out in seventh for $12,250. Next, SmoothTiltin departed after a shove from the cutoff for 87,440. From the small blind, jonyctt called with {8-Hearts}{8-Spades} and had SmoothTiltin’s {5-Hearts}{5-Spades} dominated. The board rolled out {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades} as SmoothTiltin tilted out in with $15,750 for sixth.

Jose “papadelpoker” de la Guardia was felted next, at 3,000/6,000/600. After his {J-Hearts}{J-Spades} fell to Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy’s {A-Spades}{8-Hearts}, de la Guardia went all in for his remaining 43,568 with {9-Hearts}{7-Clubs} in the small blind. Josephy called from the big blind with Ks5d and won the hand as the board rolled out {A-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. De la Guardia collected $20,125 for his efforts. Shortly thereafter, Treadinwater limped in from the small blind and jonyctt shoved with the big stack in the big blind. Treadinwater called all in for 178,517 with As7d and was ahead of jonyctt’s Ah2h. However, the board fell 3h 4c Td 5s Qs as jonyctt’s wheel eliminated Treadinwater in fourth place for $29,400.

John “johnnykran” Kranyak busted at 5,000/10,000/1,000. Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy raised to 25,550 on the button and Kranyak went all in for 73,568. Josephy called with {A-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and led Kranyak’s {A-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. The community cards fell {6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Spades} as both players caught a piece of the board, but Kranyak’s tournament ended with $38,500 in third-place money. The chip counts at the start of heads-up play were as follows:

Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy — 592,593
Jonyctt — 448,407

Josephy took it down on the eighth hand of heads-up play. He opened for 25,550 with the button and jonyctt called, bringing out a flop of {9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{A-Clubs}. Jonyctt led out for 18,232 and Josephy called. The {4-Clubs} hit the turn and jonyctt checked it over to Josephy, who fired 57,500, which jonyctt called. When the {10-Spades} fell on the river jonyctt shoved for 289,575 and Josephy immediately called with {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a flush. Jonyctt’s {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} and the rivered straight was second best, who collected $51,625 for second. Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy’s win in the PokerStars Super Tuesday was worth $68,250.

Final Results:

1. Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy — $68,250
2. jonyctt — $51,625
3. John “johnnykran” Kranyak — $38,500
4. Treadinwater — $29,400
5. Jose “papadelpoker” de la Guardia — $20,125
6. SmoothTiltin — $15,750
7. Ronald “ronaldgrauer” Grauer — $12,250
8. detroitj6 — $8,750
9. Benjamin “xthesteinx” Zamani — $6,125

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