Twitter Poker League: SilAnt Victory
This was a final table of big hands andback-from-the-dead comebacks. SilAnt was the eventual victor, in the poker tournament equivalent of Hollywoodgladiatorial combat. You think the lion's pinned our hero down and going for thekill? Not likely. With an acrobatic leap the tables are turned, our hero ischip leader and the lion's got less than 10 big blinds.
1659 players prepared for battle in thisweek's Twitter tourney, poised to tweet hero calls and bloody bad beats as theyplayed. As the bubble approachedRensten and Rafinha626 were short stacked, with final table hopes fuelled moreby dreams than chip ammunition. These short stacks needed to make a move withthe right hand and at the right time, and then find a dose of luck on top ofthat.
Rafinha626 found bubble avoidance luck when his A♠8♣ hit a fullhouse and beat mirom126@'s queens. Rensten found his when Arivan25 moved all-inbefore he was forced to make hisall-in move.
Arrivan25 and mixaundi1 saw a 9♥ K♦ 9♦flop from the blinds, a bet from mixaundi1 was re-raised by arivan25, and theywere on to the turn 6♥. Mixaundi1 bet and arrivan25 pushed all-in. K♣Q♣ for mixaundi1 andarrivan25's K♠8♣ wouldn't beat that.
The final table was set.
Seat 1: mixaundi1 (621199 in chips)
Seat 2: SilAnt (148906 in chips)
Seat 3: miron126@ (270688 in chips)
Seat 4: privet09 (463378 in chips) outof hand (moved from another table into small blind)
Seat 5: rensten (41514 in chips)
Seat 6: crumbbum15 (441457 in chips)
Seat 7: fando67 (227699 in chips)
Seat 8: litinhoo (141145 in chips)
Seat 9: Rafinha626 (132514 in chips)
Livingon a prayer
Rensten had made it to the final table withjust 41,514 chips; he was facing blinds of 5000/10000 and was going to needsomething special to keep him at the table.
With an A♣K♠ he might have thought hisfinal table prayers were answered, but it was not to be, crumbbum15 found A♠A♦.It was "gg" time for rensten.
Rafinha626 was next to pray for double-up chips,he re-raised all-in with A♠T♠ but fando67's jacks finished his tournament.
The final table was less than 5 minutes oldwhen we saw another all-in. Litinhoo played his A♣J♣ aggressively pre-flop thencheck raised all-in with 3♦5♦9♥ showing. Mixaundi1 had many chips invested already and called withK♣Q♥ getting dramatic luck to hit kings on both turn and river. Litinhooout 7th.
SilAnt was the new short stack and might beexpected to to be next in line for a "gg" and payout, but when he moved in with9♠9♦ he would fight on. Privet09 called with A♥J♣ and the nines took it.
SilAnt was all-in again just a few handslater, an A♥Q♠ this time. Miron126@ called with Q♥Q♦. The ace on the turn ended miron126@'sTwitter tourney in 6th place, he earned $61.38 along with his 13league points.
Fando67 needed to make a move by now, and hisA♠5♣ all-in couldn't catch mixaundi1's pocket nines, the only move he hadleft was to the rail in 5th place.
Mixaundi1 was our chip leader with fourplayers remaining, but that lead would swing to privet09 in a curious hand.Mixaundi1 and pivot09 raised and re-raised to make a 378,000 pot pre-flop. Onthe A♦ 4♦ J♣ flop pivot09 checked, mixaundi1 looked lively with the bet,only to find a re-raise from privet09. We don't know what mixaundi1 wasplaying, but we can say it was a swift fold. This mighty pot gave privet09 the chiplead.
Privet09not hedging his bets
Privet09 was on a roll and started to playmore aggressively now he had chips. He took the first million chip pot of thetournament, winning a further chunk of mixaundi1's stack. With the boardshowing 3♥ Q♣ J♠ T♦ K♦ mixaundi1 re-raised with K♥J♦. His two pairwere no good, privet09 was holding Q♥9♦ for the straight.
Mixaundi1 was left with barely more than50,000 chips, but two all-in double-ups helped him to a fast recovery. He'd been ahead in the first twosurvival hands, and might have thought he was winning with a A♦5♥ push.SilAnt said, "gl" as he called with his Q♦Q♣. He might have regretted thegood wishes because the luck went mixaundi1's way - there was an ace on theflop. SilAnt was bottom of the chip stacks yet again, but if you've read thefirst paragraph of this report and the headline you know this player has spiritfor a fight...
SilAnt wasn't afraid of an all-in andpushed again, he re-raised mixaundi1 with A♥8♠, but now and it was his turnto take the luck, the ace on the river beat beat mixaundi1's 9♠9♣, and keptSilAnt in the tourney.
Things change fast in tournament poker,possibly more so in $1.10 tournaments, and so it proved with mixaundi1'schanging fortunes. He went from chip leader to 4th place finisher ina handful of hands. He tangledwith chip leader privet09 on a flop showing 5♣3♣5♠, privet09 calling hisall-in bet. Both players were chasing the club flush and would hit it on theturn 9♣. Privet09 held K♣T♣ with mixaundi1 fielding a lower flush with6♣8♣. Only a miracle 7♣ on the river would keep him in the game. It was ahumdrum T♥ instead.
With 3 players left privet09 was in pollposition with 1,454,142, SilAnt a few laps behind with 687,543 and crumbbum15 neededemergency pit stop repairs with 346,815 chips.
Crumbbum15 managed the repair operationwhen his pocket fives beat privet09's K♦Q♦. It was no longer clear whichway this tournament was going to go, in numerous hands the short stacks wouldtake the lead and the leaders would take the short stack title. It seemed it couldbe anyone's game.
Crumbbum15 and privet09 got busy betting ona flop of 4♠5♦2♥. They got busier still on the 9♠ turn. It developed into a million dollar pot,as SilAnt noted with a chat box, "Wow."
Crumbbum15 had to think hard about callingprivet09's all-in re-raise on the turn. His tournament life depended on it, buteventually he folded with a time out and a chat box revelation that he'd heldpocket sevens. Privet09 sportingly showed his mucked cards to reveal the handwas beat, he showed 4♦ 4♣ for a flopped set.
A family pot next, all three players takinga look at the 8♣ 4♦ 2♣ flop. Privet09 bet out and crumbbum15 re-raised. Privet09stayed with the hand to see the 4♥ on the turn. He bet out again andcrumbbum15 moved all-in. It was an obvious call for privet09 with 4♠6♠ . Crumbbum15'stop pair 8♦9♦ was no good.Crumbbum15 was out in 3rd place.
Let our heads-up battle commence.
Privet09 was dealt A♠ A♥ in the veryfirst hand of heads-up play, but with SilAnt folding from the small blind they werepretty but worthless.
SilAnt had a lot of work to do to catchPrivet09, but as we've discussed this was a tournament where the guy with thelion's share of the chips was regularly getting mauled by the underdog.
privet09 1,893,457 in chips
SilAnt 595,043 in chips
SilAnt left it late for a comeback attempt,he was down to just 385,043 chips when he moved all-in with A♣9♥. He hit theace to double up against privet09's K♠8♥.
Next he was all-in with 5♠5♣ and thepair held up against privet09's J♥Q♦. Due to the the remarkable restorativepowers of double-ups it was now anyone's game, chips were roughly even.
The heads-up players had a look at a flopshowing 3♠7♦K♥ and both checked. SilAnt bet the 5♠ turn, privet09re-raised. The river was K♦. SilAnt bet out and privet09 moved all-in withT♦5♥. SilAnt could do a lot better than that pair of fives, he called withK♠6♠. Those three kings crowned him the tournament champion.
The win gave SilAnt $266.76 and 20leaderboard points, it was his first league game and the 20 are good for 5thplace on the league leaderboard.
Monyarrasco tweeted that, "I'm on the top of theleaderboard...and I am keeping it that way." And she was true to her word, shefinished 177th when her A♥[Aq] ran into aces, but another cashgives her 5 points to add to her score. Alytus73 is another league high-flyer to cash this week, hestays second and gains ground.
We're now half way through the league season but there's still time toget involved and win a place on the league table. To find out more about theTwitter Poker League you can follow PokerStars on Twitter or visit the Twitter PokerLeague website.
You don't have to play poker like a Hollywood gladiator to win ourTwitter tourneys, but wave your sword and give it your best shot; we'll befollowing all the tourney action and reporting from @Tpokerstars.
We who are about to tweet, salute you!
TwitterPoker League Leaderboard - Week 4 (08-22-10)
SilAnt - 20