Battle of the Planets: Four way chop ends the year with derdaniel81 named champ

BOP_thumbnail.jpgThe year comes to close for the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout with a couple of nine player chops and others with fierce battles to the end with only one player hoisting the $12,000.00 first place prize. Not to be left out is the nearly $3,000,000 paid out by PokerStars thru acquiring those tickets as weekly prizes are paid via the planets system from the micro stakes to the $300+ Jupiter level.

Team PokerStars had a hockey team with the goalie pulled worth of players today. Andre Coimbra, George "Jorj95" Lind, and Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli were sporting their well deserved Supernova Elite stars under their pictures. Marcello Del Grosso was trying to bring home a Boxing Day victory, but the Canadian would get stopped by moneymike7 in the first round. Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc tried to work his way out of a big hole heads-up against 99zeu99 and found himself shoving 1,500 chips all-in preflop with T♠6♠ against 99zeu99's 8♠A♥ with the blinds at 75/150. The final board 3♥8♣K♣K♠5♠ did not help the Team PokerStars Online member who finished in 137th place.

Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc

In fact none of the Team PokerStars players would find their way to the final 81 paid spots today as Lind, Coimbra, and Brunelli all took their six black and white supernova stars back to the SnG arena to hopefully gather another ticket to this freeroll for next month.

At the two hour mark and most of the 70+ tables had been folded up for the year, Bombaata and Grey Poopon were on Table 4 as last two players before everyone locked up at least $195.00 today. With the blinds at 150/300 ante 25, Grey Poopon down 3,387 to 5,613 would limp in from the button as Bombaata kept the heat on by shoving all-in. Grey Poopon made the call with a middle suited ace A♣7♣ and Bombaata flipped up 9♥K♠. The flopped two pair T♥ 7♥ A♥ looked great for Grey Poopon until he saw they were all hearts which matched the nine sitting in Bombaata's hand. 4♠ on the turn changed nothing but the 5♥ on the river snatched the 6,774 chip pot for Bombaata as nine fresh tables were laid out for our first table winners.

razvaan1979 would wrap up the first final table seat, fittingly at Table 1 where he would be joined by eight others. On Table 7, BigHeadMode and Navigatorlg worked out a little deal to split the final table winnings before they got it in preflop with Navigatorlg's big slick gunning down BigHeadMode's pocket queens. After the ladies fell short, all railbirds moved over to Table 3 where Markschillin held a big lead on csabes going into the hourly five minute break. csabes knows what it takes to move to the final table as last year the SnG specialist took third place in this freeroll for $4,500.00. Dogged by a huge deficit however (1,936 to 11,564) and blinds at 150/300 ante 25, csabes was not able to make a similar run tonight. Shoving from the button with 7♥8♦, csabes would have to outrun the two broadway cards Q♦J♣ of Markschillin. The queen Q♣ T♥ 3♣ K♥ T♠ on the door was enough to put the last 3,872 chips on the table into Markschillin's stack and start up the final table below:


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Seat 1: razvaan1979 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: respekt777 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: Markschillin (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: dimmo86 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: Martynas (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: ajiaj0197 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Navigatorlg (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: TDGamecocks (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: derdaniel81 (1500 in chips)

Immediately Navigatorlg went into negotiations mode to split up the final table money and most of the folks in the holiday spirits were looking for a socking filled with about $4,000.00 a piece. After a few laps around the track, the PokerStars mod came by to orchestrate such a deal. Seven of the nine shot up their hands right away; followed by derdaniel81 falling into line but ajiaj0197 was the lone player to abstain, remaining silent despite the pleas from the table. The eight angry men were determined to knock out the toucan avatar, so with one player casting a non-vote the race to the $12,000.00 first place prize was on.

Even after the first two blind levels of 10/20 and 15/30, players still plead to ajiaj0197 to take the split but the GoldStar VIP remained mum as play moved on into the 25/50 blind level and a slight lead for derdaniel81.

Letting the cards do the talking

ajiaj0197 would not submit to the deal but managed to let the cards to the damage. As the blinds moved up to 50/100 ajiaj0197 would open from the button for 350 as short-stacked TDGamecocks would shove all-in from the big blind for 1,033. Back to the silent tropical bird avatar, ajiaj0197 would make the call holding A♥8♣. TDGamecocks turned up a much better hand, pocket kings K♦K♥. After an eight on the turn 9♠ T♠ J♥ 8♠ ajiaj0197 acquired a few more outs and found one on the river A♠. TDGamecocks would have $775.00 to root on his favorite college football team from South Carolina.

Outlook dimmed

Another bump in the blinds (75/150) and another player eliminated. With 960 chips left, dimmo86 would open shove holding pocket tens T♠T♦ and found a caller in derdaniel81 sitting in the big blind looking at Q♥A♦. The race look like it ended after the 8♣ A♣ 9♠ hit the middle of the flop. The turn made things interesting 7♣ by opening up an open-ended straight draw. But, the 3♦ on the river did not hit one of those ten outs and dimmo86 was 86'd from the final table in eighth place ($1,200.00).

No respekt from the ladies

Fresh from the hourly five minute break the two short stacks respekt777 and razvaan1979 would take their battle preflop, watch the video below for the results:

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After raising all-in from UTG for 690 chips respekt777's 8♦8♥ was behind razvaan1979's ladies Q♦Q♣ and in need of some help. A couple of straighten cards on the flop was about as close as respekt777 would get as the board J♦ 3♦ 9♦ 4♣ A♥ completely missed the seventh place finisher ($1,700.00).

Falling off the boat

Markschillin was down to 634 chips and blinds at 100/200 but thanks to his new buddy Navigatorlg he would more than triple up in two hands. After surviving the first all-in against Navigatorlg holding A♣6♣ and out lasting K♥7♥ by catching sixes full on the river. The very next hand both of the players shoved their chips in the middle with Navigatorlg's tournament life on the line this time. With just 764 chips left over from the previous hand, Navigatorlg would call the shove by Markschillin. Maybe a hint of tilt went into the call but 6♠9♠ for Navigatorlg was up against the queens Q♥Q♦ of Markschillin. No cracking flush or straight came down the 7♣ Q♠ J♥ 4♥ J♣ board that ended with Markschillin's second consecutive full house. Navigatorlg tried to direct a chop, but instead would have to settle for $2,200.00 in sixth place.

The $1,265.00 gamble

ajiaj0197 took a risk by not chopping up the prize pool at the beginning of the tournament. The lone non-vote, ajiaj0197 would have to finish at least third to make a profit on the gamble. Unfortunately ajiaj0197 gamble would end up costing $1,265.00 after this hand below:

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The nasty turned jack hit Martynas' A♣J♦ and rivered a flush 7♦ 2♦ A♦ J♠ K♦ to add insult to injury after overcoming ajiaj0197's A♠Q♣. Left with just 166 chips, three hands later the failed gamble was complete and ajiaj0197's fifth place finish was worth ($2,735.00).

Back to our regularly scheduled programming

Now that the one player who was not playing nicely with others had zero chips, the final four immediately got the PokerStars mod to the table for a quick chop. Martynas did not like the even chop but the other three coaxed the chip leader to sign the dotted line after conceding a few dollars.

Martynas $8,075.00
derdaniel81 $6,637.50
razvaan1979 $6,637.50
Markschillin $6,000.00

With the money out of the way the tournament became an all-in fest to clear the table of the play chips since there was no monetary value tethered to them. derdaniel81 will go down as the official December $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout champion after his K♦4♦ outlasted Martynas' 6♦9♠ on the final J♣ 7♣ 3♥ A♦ 5♠ board.

Congratulations to all of our participants at tonight's final table, be sure to start hunting for next month's ticket!

Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout results (12-26-10)
(* denotes part of four way deal)
1. derdaniel81 (Rostock) *$6,637.50
2. Martynas (Clerihan, Clonmel) *$8,075.00
3. razvaan1979 (Craiova) *$6,637.50
4. Markschillin (Lowell) *$6,000.00
5. ajiaj0197 (widnes) $2,735.00
6. Navigatorlg (Lugansk) $2,200.00
7. respekt777 (Bihac) $1,700.00
8. dimmo86 (Turku) $1,200.00
9. TDGamecocks (Greenwood) $775.00

David Aydt
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