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Thomas Elder Wins Super Stacks Main Event Title

2021 Super Stacks Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Main Event
$1,700 No Limit Hold’em
$150,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  323
Prize Pool:  $484,500
September 16-19, 2021

Thomas Elder, Super Stacks Main Event Champion

The Super Stacks Poker Series headliner was the $1,700 buy-in Main Event that drew 323 entries over three starting flights. Thomas Elder came back from a short stack several times to take the title along with $101,865 after a dominating heads-up battle with Nick Palma.

The tournament easily surpassed its $150,000 guarantee and put $484,500 in the prize pool. The last 41 spots were paid and the deep, slow structure meant it took a long time to get to the money on Day 2. But when they did, they lost four players at the same time for some min-cash chopping.

It took an extra day to find a winner with eight players coming back on Monday to play to a winner. Likang Berninger and Thomas Elder both returned to Day 2 with 56,000 (14 bb) and both survived to go deep at the final table.

Berninger held a big chip lead for most of it but Palma chipped away until he was eliminated in third place. Elder was behind at the start of heads-up play but quickly took the lead. Palma was never able to come back and Edler earned the outright win after Palma fell in second place.

Edler earned $101,865 and the title of our first-ever Super Stacks Main Event champ!

Final table results:

1st: Thomas Elder – $101,865 + Trophy
2nd: Nick Palma – $67,900
3rd: Likang Berninger – $49,815
4th: Maurice Hawkins – $37,010
5th: Herbert Woodbery – $27,850
6th: Anthony Astarita – $21,235
7th: Karl Manouchakian – $16,400
8th: Hal Rotholz – $12,840
9th: Michael McCray – $10,185

Main Event: Thomas Elder Defeats Nick Palma for the Title

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante

Thomas Elder

With the flop reading As5s3s, Nick Palma bet 150,000 and Thomas Elder called. The turn was 8c, Palma checked then called 400,000 from Elder. The river came Td, Palma checked, and Edler bet 800,000. Palma thought for a minute and called leaving only 200,000 behind.

Elder flipped up Ts7s for the flopped spade flush and Palma mucked.

On the next hand, Palma put that 200K all in on his button and Elder called.

Elder: Qc9h
Palma: Th8h

“I feel a comeback!” Palma said.

Neither paired the KsJc2c flop but Elder took away tens for Palma. The Kh turn and Ac river finished the board and the tournament as Elder collected the last of the chips.

1st: Thomas Elder – $101,865 + Trophy
2nd: Nick Palma – $67,900

Nick Palma

Main Event: Counts on Break

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 323

Level 30 came to an end to send Thomas Elder and Nick Palma on a short 10-minute break. They will return with Edler holding a big lead but plenty of time for Palma to come back.

Seat 2: Thomas Elder – 12,875,000 (86 bb)
Seat 5: Nick Palma – 3,175,000 (21 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $101,865 + Trophy
2nd: $67,900

Main Event: Thomas Elder Extends Lead

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 323

Thomas Elder (left) versus Nick Palma (right)

With the flop reading 9h2c2d, Thomas Elder checked, Nick Palma bet 300,000 and Elder called. The turn was 6d, Elder checked again and Palma bet 950,000. Elder check-raised all in and Palma folded with 3,900,000 behind.

Seat 2: Thomas Elder – 12,150,000 (97 bb)
Seat 5: Nick Palma – 3,900,000 (31 bb)

Main Event: Blinds Up; Thomas Elder Takes the Lead

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 323

All the pots slid Thomas Elder’s way after the start of heads-up to give him a nice lead in the last 10 minutes of Level 29. Blinds are up to 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante and levels last 40 minutes until we have a winner.

Seat 2: Thomas Elder – 9,950,000 (80 bb)
Seat 5: Nick Palma – 6,100,000 (49 bb)

Main Event: Heads-Up Underway

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 323

Thomas Elder (left) versus Nick Palma (right)

Nick Palma took a few minutes to discuss a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool but could not come to an agreement. Cards are back in the air with Palma leading and more than $100K awaiting the winner.

Seat 2: Thomas Elder – 7,575,000 (76 bb)
Seat 5: Nick Palma – 8,475,000 (85 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $101,865 + Trophy
2nd: $67,900

Main Event: Likang Berninger – 3rd Place ($49,815)

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 323

Likang Berninger

Likang Berninger tried to make a comeback after slipping to third of three. He was all in for 525,000 against both Nick Palma and Thomas Elder and he tripled with Ks8h against QsJh and Ac7c on the 8s4d2sKc3s board for a triple up.

Soon after he was all in for 1,550,000 against Thomas Elder after his Qd8s caught an eight on the 9h8d5d but was up against JcJs. The As turn and Jd river finished the board and he was eliminated in third place for $49,815.

Thomas Elder – 7,575,000 (76 bb)
Likang Berninger – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($49,815)

Main Event: Maurice Hawkins – 4th Place ($37,010)

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 323

Maurice Hawkins

Thomas Elder open-shipped for 1,450,000 and Maurice Hawkins reshipped for 1,900,000 from the button. The blinds folded and we had a big hand.

Hawkins: AcQc
Elder: KhKc

Hawkins’s big ace ran into a big hand and nothing on the 5s2c2h8hJd kept him from double up Elder again. He was down to 450,000 and got that in against Nick Palma.

Palma: Ac3c
Hawkins: Kh6c

Hawkins needed to catch but it was Palma pairing his aces on the Ah5d4s flop. The Jc turn and 9s river finished Hawkins’s Main Event in fourth place.

Nick Palma – 11,100,000 (111 bb)
Thomas Elder – 3,150,000 (32 bb)
Maurice Hawkins – Eliminated in 4th Place ($37,010)

Main Event: Nick Palma Takes the Lead

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 323

Nick Palma

In a series of hands, none of which were all ins, Nick Palma took the lead from Likang Berninger. The last saw a pot with the board reading 9h6h6dKh5s, Berninger bet 750,000 and Palma called after two minutes to think it through.

He called correctly with 9s8c against As3d to build his lead.

Nick Palma – 10,400,000 (104 bb)
Likang Berninger – 2,500,000 (25 bb)

Main Event: Herbert Woodbery – 5th Place ($27,850)

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$150,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 323

On the next hand after the Thomas Elder double, Nick Palma opened to 225,000 and Herbert Woodbery shipped for 1,075,000 from the button. The blinds folded and Palma quickly called.

Palma: AdTs
Woodbery: Ac5c

Woodbery needed a lot of help with the smaller ace, picked up a gutshot wheel draw on the 7c4s2h flop but blanked the Qd turn and 9s river to go out in fifth place.

Nick Palma – 5,675,000 (57 bb)
Herbert Woodbery – Eliminated in 5th Place ($27,850)