While the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) produced many big winners throughout its 70-event poker festival in September, PokerStars continues to allow players to score big in October with many of its regularly scheduled tournaments.
On Tuesday, American poker vagabond Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka was the latest online poker player to hit a six-digit score at the world's biggest online poker room after outlasting a field of 532 players in the Super Tuesday to win $101,080. According to the PokerStars Blog, Jaka played this tournament from Berlin, as he prepared to play in the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), which takes place from Oct. 8-24 at the Spielbank Casino.
Traveling around the world is nothing new to Jaka, as in January the poker player shared with CNN Money he was more or less a man without a home last year.
"In the last year I played 102 poker tournaments around the world," Jaka said. "I went to 47 cities, 13 countries, and took 52 flights."
Each week the Super Tuesday features some of the best poker players in the world, all ponying up a $1,050 buy-in to compete for a share of the $350,000 guaranteed prize pool. This week's tournament was no different. In addition to Jaka, the final table featured fellow American Nick "FU_15" Maimone, along with Sweden's Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist and Johannes "Greenstone25" Korsar.
Big names falling short of the final table included Canada's Phillipe "takechip" D'Auteuil (22nd place - $2,192), American Michael "munchenHB" Telker (18th place - $4,256), Hungary's Andras "probirs" Nemeth (16th place - $4,256), Canada's Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood (12th place - $6,384), and Dutch poker player Johan "busto_soon" van Til (10th place - $6,384).
Jaka entered the final table as the chip leader with 711,966 in chips with blinds at 3,200/6,400, and he was able to leverage his big stack to an eventual win. On the flip side, Brazil's "almapenada10" entered the final table as the short-stack with 55,744 in chips and it only took five minutes for him to exit the tournament on a cooler to win the ninth-place prize of $8,831 after his pocket kings proved to be no match in a three-way all-in clash against Maimone's pocket-aces and Austria's "12dürma89" holding the .
United Kingdom's "pete_tuga" bowied out in eighth place for $11,970 before a pair of bad beats knocked out the next two players, with Korsar banking $17,290 for seventh place, and Maimone snagging $22,610 for sixth place.
Not too long later, Austria's "12dürma89" was the next to exit the tournament in fifth place for $29,260 after his was dominated by Jaka's pocket aces.
It was 6 a.m. in Berlin when Jaka shared with his 26,600 Twitter followers the following:
Trying to close out this $1k on @Pokerstars @6am in Berlin while the birds are chirpin' Looking good so far ;) http://t.co/qciYlRA2ODFollow @FarazJaka
Deal talks began shortly afterwards, with Jaka telling his opponents that he wished to wait until the final table was down to three players before discussing any figures. Nordkvist was Jaka's next victim as he shoved the and was unable to pair the board or otherwise improve his hand after Jaka called with the .
During three-handed play, Jaka agreed with the remaining two players, United Kingdom's "Granter7777" and Canada's "jasocrime1", to discuss a potential deal. Jaka informed his opponents that he was going to need to take more than the numbers presented by PokerStars for both ICM and chip-chop figures, asking for $88,000, or $10,000 more than the $78,000 he would have received based off of chip stacks.
Players were unable to agree to a deal, with Jaka appearing to be not upset by the developments typing, "No worries." He also wished his opponents "good luck to you guys whoever takes it down."
Not too long later, Jaka eliminated "jasocrime1" in third place for $54,530.
After a bit of a battle, "Granter7777" was able to even up chip stacks before Jaka was able to grind his opponent's stack down to just under 13 big blinds. It was then that the final bad beat took place when "Granter7777" got it all in holding the against Jaka's on a flop of . Lady Luck was on Jaka's side when the appeared on the turn to give him two pair. "Granter7777" was eliminated when the came on the river, winning the second-place prize of $74,480.
Jaka was obviously thrilled with his win, and informed his fans he needed to figure out a way to get some rest.
Case closed, suit case filled w/ clothes #NoChop #FinishedHim. Now2figure out how to shut off n sleep. 8am in Berlin http://t.co/DEuuDzzeuMFollow @FarazJaka
Here is at the PokerStars Super Tuesday final table results:
WCOOP-45: $1,050 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Ultra-Deep], $500K Guaranteed
|1||Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka||$101,080.00|
|4||Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist||$41,496.00|
|6||Nick "FU_15" Maimone||$22,610.00|
|7||Johannes "Greenstone25" Korsar||$17,290.00|
With the win, Jaka has now almost $3.8 million in online tournament earnings, according to PocketFives.com, along with some additional confidence heading into WSOP Europe where he hopes to add to his almost $5 million in The Hendon Mob-tracked live tournament winnings.