Twitter Poker League : Renaan rules
by Jo Haslam
There were a few hands to cause frantic chat box, "Wows" in thisweek's Twitter tourney. You don't get many "wows" for your well played hands, oryour double bluff all-in with bells on clever poker moves; oh no, those momentstend to pass in silence, or with a grudging, "nh" at best. But the chat box will liven up for an outdraw- and there was some lively poker chat at this week's final table.
Poker wouldn't be poker if the cards were kind all the time, but itwas fair to say that this final table was laced with poisonous flops and deadlyrivers. Renaan was the winner, and he won and lost with good cards and bad, navigatingthe bad beat highways to eventually claim the top prize.
Bubble bad luck
Whichever cards you play, to lose on the bubble is deemed unlucky. SashaBob73 was the unlucky bubbler thisgame. He called a raise with Q♦8♦ and when the flop came a diamond-studded 9♦2♦J♥ he check-raisedall-in. Fdsa23 hadn't hit the flop,but had enough chips to call the bet, and his A♦8♣ won the hand, hitting ariver A♠ for good measure.
The final table chips were:
Seat 1: bruins328 (123332 in chips)
Seat 2: pR0kerKid (165912 in chips)
Seat 3: Majo Danger (332711 in chips)
Seat 4: fdsa23 (425922 in chips)
Seat 5: bigsexy7 (75348 in chips)
Seat 6: TRex160466 (371992 in chips)
Seat 7: Sith07 (521552 in chips)
Seat 8: Campione_ITA (147092 in chips)
Seat 9: Renaan (191139 in chips)
It didn't take long for those chips to be rearranged, minus one player.Campione_ITA would only manage one hand of final table play, pushing all-inwith 4♥2♠ and Fdsa23 calling with Q♠8♠ . The queen on the flop made Campione_ITA'sfinal table visit a short one.
pR0kerKid was next to go. His A♥K♥ was no good when Renaan'sA♣8♣ hit the eight. Bruins328 said, "Ouch." pR0kerKid probably said a fewthings, but they're not likely to be repeatable in polite company.
Renaan might have won with a bad hand, but he'd play a good one nexttime. He called bigsexy7's all-inmove with A♠A♣. Renaan hit the sexy three of a kind with his pair, bigsexy7managed only an undesirable 8♦8♥. He finished in 7th place for $42.39.
A big hand went fdsa23's way next. He raised A♦9♥, Majo Danger re-raised and they saw a flopof A♠J♥A♣. Majo Danger bet out and Fdsa23 called to see the turn card3♦. Majo Danger bet and fdsa23 flat called again. The river 8♦ saw MajoDange fire still more chips into the pot, and fdsa23 found the spirit for are-raise. Majo Danger mucked whilefdsa23's trip aces won him the tourney chip lead.
Majo Danger gave more of his chips to fdsa23 a few hands later. Fdsa23held A♣8♣ and found the perfect flop of K♣T♣3♣ . Majo Danger played aggressively untilthe river, to muck yet again. Fdsa23's lead increased, while @tpokerstarsTwitter (link: //twitter.com/tpokerstars) pointed out, "Majo Danger is nowin danger with just 71k."
Fdsa23 was the chip leader with 830k, next best was Sith07 with 490k, butthat changed when fdsa23 found J♣J♦. TRex160466 re-raised with A♥J♥ andfdsa23 made it 72,000 to play. The flop was A♦T♣6♠ . TRex160466 re-raisedfdsa23, and fdsa23 called him down with the jacks, unwilling to give up thehand even when TRex160466 moved all-in on the river. The pair of aces wonTRex160466 a 832k pot.
Majo Danger was short of chips by now and re-raised all-in withK♣9♣. Sith07 took him on with Q♥J♥ and a jack on the flop ended MajoDanger's tournament.
Bruins328 was out soon after, he pushed with Q♥9♦ Renaan calledwith Q♠T♣ . Renaan hit two pair, and it was tourney over for Bruins328 whofinished 5th for $74.57.
Monster pots for TRex160466
A couple of minutes later we saw our first million pot of the tourney.Fdsa23 raised and TRex160466 re-raised. On the 7♣8♣3♠ flop TRex160466 bet and fdsa23 re-raised all-in.TRex160466 showed aces, it was A♠[9h, and all over, for fdsa23.
TRex160466 had won the million chip pot, but he would lose half ofthose chips when he took on Renaan's Q♥Q♣ with A♥K♥. No ace, no king, justa win for the pair of queens, and a double-up for Renaan.
Another chunk of TRex160466's chips headed Renaan's way when TRex160466re-raised with A♦Q♦. Renaancalled all-in with A♥6♦. A 6♥ was the first card on the board, and thatwas all it took for Renaan to win 1,527,374 chips.
TRex160466 hung on a while, but he couldn't catch up with the othertwo. He moved all-in with K♣8♥ and Sith07 found K♦K♠. T Rex160466finished in 3rd place claiming $141.30, and he would be entitled tofeel a little unlucky to lose key pots with good hands.
Renaan had the advantage heads-up, playing 1,607,874 to Sith07's747,126.
Renaan forced Sith07 to fold to his re-raise on a 6♥9♠2♥ flop,with Sith07 confessing in chat, "I had a flush draw." Renaan claiming, "69." The hand increased his lead, whetheror not he had the cards he mentioned. This looked likely to be a short heads-upmatch.
In the final hand Renaan moved all-in with A♥2♥ and Sith07 calledwith A♣T♥. Renaan hit the 2♦to claim the tournament win, and takes $252.32 and 20 leader board points forthe achievement.
Congratulations to Renaan, who takes second place on the Twitter PokerLeague leader board in the second week of league action.
The full league rankings can be perused at the Twitter Poker Leaguewebsite and the highest rankedplayers are as follows:
Twitter Poker League - Week 2standings (10-03-10)
KOTYRA NSK: 16
WimHC 's win in the first week of the Twitter PokerLeague means he tops the league, and although he didn't cash thistime, he did score second place in the Facebook Poker League. If you're aFacebooker rather than a Tweeter you might want to check out the new FacebookLeague which offers $3,000 of Step Ticket Prizes every month. You can read moreabout the Facebook league here.
We can't promise that next week's tourney will be badbeat free, or that the sun will shine tomorrow and your boss will give you theday off, life ain't like that; but play the Twitter tourney and tweet bad beatswith #tpoker and you can find acommunity united in poker's highs and lows.
Follow @tpokerstars for the latest Twitter Poker League news. Have a good week, without many chatbox "wows."