Breaking Down the Action:
  • A Fast Start Cuts the Field
  • Two Titans go to War
  • Counting Their Money, When the Deal is Done

Yet another massive tournament has seen Mike ‘Sir Watts’ Watson bank the lion’s share of the prizepool over on GGPoker in their Super Tuesday tournament.

The latest heads-up battle for glory saw both Watson and his opponent, Mark Radoja make a deal that saw both Canadian players cash for well over $300,000 after a dramatic final table.

Let’s look at how the exciting play-out happened.

A Fast Start Cuts the Field

It was Ami Barer who was the first man to bust the final table after 182 total entries had created a prizepool of $1.8 million.

Barer’s tournament came to a close as he moved all-in with ace-jack and was called by ‘illywilly97’ with pocket tens. It was a classic race, but it had a twist in the run-out. A jack on the flop put Barer ahead, but a ten of diamonds on the turn switched that superiority. It also brought Barer a draw to the nut flush, but he whiffed that on the river to end up on the virtual rail for a result worth $39,726.

It would be Ukrainian player Andrii Derzhypilskyi who busted next when two hands decimated his chances of success. First, he doubled up Mark Radoja who had aces to his pocket jacks. Then, Derzhypilskyi called off his spare change with nine-three and saw Mike Watson’s nine-ten make Broadway by the river. A brutal couple of hands that proved no limit hold’em really is the toughest game of all in poker.

Just a few hands later, another poker legend was gone as Stephen Chidwick busted in 7th place for $70,644. Chidwick was all-in with queen-ten but ran into ‘illywilly97’, who held pocket queens and survived the board to reduce the numbers to six.

Two Titans go to War

If Radoja and Watson were on a collision course for heads-up, there were four others trying to stop them, but one by one, they all fell in their attempts. Nick Petrangelo was first, his all-in from middle position with king-jack looked up by poker ‘Everyman’ David Peters with pocket tens. Peters won that flip, with no paint cards arriving on the board.

It would be just a few minutes later in the next notable hand that Timothy Adams joined Petrangelo on the virtual rail. Adams was all-in for his tournament life with pocket sixes and was called by Watson with ace-jack. Initially, the shove looked perfectly timed as both the flop and the turn were of no use to the eventual winner. An ace on the river, however, turned that situation on its head and Watson took out of the most dangerous players left at the table.

Counting Their Money, When the Deal is Done

With four left, Radoja (2 million) and Watson (3m) were behind ‘illywilly97’ (5m) and David Peters (8m), but Watson doubled through ‘illywilly97’ before then knocking them out, nine-ten outdrawing the former’s king-jack with two nines on the flop for good measure.

Three became two in even more dramatic fashion as Peters went from hero to zero chips. Dwindling down to 1.9 million, he got his final chips into the middle with queen-jack against Watson’s king-queen, and a king on the flop did the damage.

It was a case of dealing for victory at that stage, with the slight chip advantage held by Watson meaning he took away $360,000 and the win, with Mark Radoja more than happy to settle for $330,000 and the runner-up position.

For Radoja, it was another great result in a week which has already produced some huge six and seven figure winners on GGPoker. Watson, however, will hope to put the money to good use later this year as a raft of WSOP Online and WSOP events both on GGPoker and live in Las Vegas promise to produce more bracelet winners. With a World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour title already to his name, Watson will be hoping to add his name to the nine-strong list of players who have won poker’s fabled Triple Crown.

GGPoker Spring Festival Super Tuesday Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Mike Watson Canada $360,000
2nd Mark Radoja Canada $330,000
3rd David Peters United States $223,398
4th illywilly97 Unknown $167,525
5th Timothy Adams Canada $125,626
6th Nick Petrangelo United States $94,206
7th Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $70,644
8th Andrii Derzhypilskyi Ukraine $52,976
9th Ami Barer Canada $39,726

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Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for many years, travelling the world to report live from such poker events as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. As well as reporting live from the felt, Paul was Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and has written for major poker brands including PokerStars, 888poker and partypoker where he was Head of Media. Paul has interviewed many of the world’s greatest poker players, such as Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney, the current all-time money list leader.

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