Twitter Poker League: A win for Eleazar_9, a shout out for TRex160466
by Jo Haslam
There are all kinds of bells and whistles thatmake the Twitter Poker League tourney stand out from the crowd. It's much more than your average $1.10tourney. Those extras include 100 Step Ticket prizes bi-monthly, live Twitterupdates, bounty awards, best tweeter prizes, plus this week there was even acompetition to guess how many players would turn up to share in all this fun.It was 1,661. Ex-Ray24 won that prize, without even needing to re-raise all-in orwin a coin-flip.
It seems fitting that this busy Twittertourney played out with an all-action final table. It was a final table thatproved the value of a well-timed double-up, and saw the 'chip lead' title swingall around the table, before finally settling on Eleazar_9 when he held everyone'schips.
Sabrecatloses 9 lives
The bubble burst as sabrecat's K♥Q♣lost to A♦2♦. Blad2010's nutflush sent sabrecat scurrying to the rail.
Final table chips looked like this:
Seat 1: valhunter (148488 in chips)
Seat 2: Blad 2010 (260027 in chips)
Seat 3: rini777 (262472 in chips)
Seat 4: Seegirl78 (287264 in chips)
Seat 5: cparsley (146038 in chips)
Seat 6: Golden bo922 (90067 in chips)
Seat 7: Koentahh (701730 in chips)
Seat 8: rudni (215115 in chips)
Seat 9: Eleazar_9 (380299 in chips)
Aquick burst of all-in's and some fast eliminations
It wasn't long before Seegirl78 was out. Here-raised all-in with A♠J♥ but Eleazar_9 wasn't for folding his A♣K♦ and so we were 8.
Blad2010 would be next to go. He calledRudni's raise with J♥T♥ and saw the straight potential of the 2♣Q♥9♦flop. He called all-in when Rudni bet. The straight didn't show up, which meant Rudni's A♥3♣ was goodenough to win.
Valhunter was the next to make a move. Hefound Q♦9♦ and re-raised all-in. Eleazor_9 had plenty of chips and chose tocall with Q♣T♥. That would end valhunter's tourney.
Three players gone and there was barelytime to congratulate them on the final table before we were typing, 'ggunlucky' on their exit.
Tweetinga good game
Cparsley was playing a good game, andtweeting a good game too. He managed a couple of double-ups as the short stack. He happily tweeted, 'A7 v 44. Spikes the Ace on the river to remain in the TPLfinal table!'
Next he made amove with Q♦T♣ from the small blind, and Goldenbo922 found A♦Th] on thebig blind to call his all-in. A Q♣ and a T♠ on the flop doomed Goldenbo922to an unlucky exit in sixth place.
There were just fiveplayers left after not much more than twenty minutes - and the pace wouldn'tlet up.
Next all-in wasfrom Koentahh, re-raising rini777. The cards were K♦Q♦ for rini777, A♣Q♣ for Koentahh. Neitherhit anything - but Koentahh didn't need to. Rini777 was out in 5th place for $78.89
Kings no good
This was not a tournament with a lot of playon the flop, but we can't blame Koentahh for wanting to get chips in pre-flopwith K♦K♥. He might have hoped to see off rudni off with his A♦8♠ but the chip leader made the call. TheA♥ on the turn gave Koentahh a bad beat story along with a tournament exit.
Our three way chip report comes courtesy of@tpokerstars (link: http:.//www.twitter.com/tpokerstars) live tweeter, who musthave been a fast typist to keep up with all the action. @Tpokersatars tweeted, "3 way chips. Rudni 1.6 million,Eleazar9 347k, @cparsley1... just doubled up with 99 to 425k."
This double-up was at Rudni's expense, but Rudnihad so many chips it barely made a dent in that millionaire stack.
Cparsleysauce with chips
Cparsley lost connection for a while, whichwouldn't help his tourney winning chances, but he came back ready for a fight, raising with 7♥6♠. Rudni set him all-in, Cparsley was pot committed and called. Rudni showed A♣T♦ but the board ran out 4♥5♦2♣8♥and by the river T♣ it had allbeen decided, cparsley doubled upwith a straight.
Rudni tangled with Eleazar_9 next, on aflop showing T♦8♠9♠. Eleazar_9 bet out but Rudni set him all-in. It wastop pair for Rudni with T♥2♥ but Eleazar_9 was way ahead with a secretpocket pair of A♣A♠.
Cparsley was the short stack and pushedwith T♣5♣. Rudni called with A♠7♣ and the 7♠ on the flop meantcparsley finished 3rd, claiming $149.49 and 16 leader board points.
Rudni had played some aggressive pokerthree-handed, with plenty of all-ins to win blinds and antes, and he continuedthese tactics as heads-up play got underway.
Eleazar_9 was playing 916,102 to Rudni's1,575,398 but when Eleazar_9 raised with K♥Q♥ Rudni re-raised all-in withK♠J♠. Eleazar_9 made the call and the better King won. The hand would swingthe tournament in Eleazar_9's favour.
This game was played at a breathless pace,and a couple of hands later it was all over. Rudni pushed with J♠6♠ andEleazar_9 called with 7♠7♦. The board came 5♣ 9♦ 4♠ 4♦ 9♣ and wasno help to Rudni, it gave Twitter Poker League victory to Eleazar_9. Congratulationsto Eleazar_9, he took $267.01 and 20 league points for the win.
Eleazar_9 might have claimed the glory onthe night, but I'd like to draw your attention to a player who finished in 237thplace.
TRex160466 tops the league right now, despitenever having won a Twitter League tourney. Each Sunday's tournament may see good beats and bad, and finda winner when the blinds rise and all-ins become the sensible option, and ofcourse we salute each winner who survives to claim the win. However we also reserve a whole lot ofrespect for players who cash consistently each week, and regularly putthemselves in position to find a final table. That's good poker league play.
TRex160466 tops the league this week, basedon points from his 3rd place in week 2, and another cash this week.It's worth pointing out that he's won prizes in every Twitter Poker League seasonso far. We'll be watching out forTRex160466 and our other league stars in the coming weeks.
If you want to get your name on the TwitterPoker League leader board it's as simple as joining the next league game (tourney 308713790) we'll tot upyour points and award prizes in week 8. All you have to do is find results towin the prizes.
You can read more about #tpoker scores andscorers on the Twitter Poker League website. Dohave a good poker week, hope to see you at the #tpoker tables on Sunday.
TwitterPoker League - Week 4 standings (10-17-10)
TRex160466 - 23
Renaan - 22
wimHC - 22
Eleazar_9 - 20
JaJanka - 20
Sith07 - 20
bixxna22 - 19
cparsley - 19
pokerdjiq_90 - 19
Kalich73 - 18
rudni - 18