Twitter Poker League: Zarte Elfe takes the tourney, Taketime takes the league

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by Jo Haslam

While 21,380 players whooped up the bigmoney WCOOP action on Sunday night, 1,622 Twitter players paid the more modest $1.10Twitter Poker League buy-in and got ready to play for cash prizes, leaguepoints, and all-important Twitter bragging rights.  

The top league players have every reason toplay each week, and league leader Monyarrasco has missed just the one game thisseason; but she didn't find her stride this time and would never boast morethan average chips. Our Twitter tourney reporter tweetednews of her 397th place exit when her A♣2♠ was called bystottmack with 5♥2♣. A five on the flop was enough to end her tourney withjust 1 league point won for the appearance.

League high-flyers taketime (3rd),Smola37 (6th) and TUZEX (8th) would have a better day andincrease their leaderboard tally, all three reached the money spots.

The Twitter Tourney tweeter must have hadher calculator at the ready, she tweeted that taketime's new score put him injoint first place, pointing out, "Of course a final table will give him thedecisive lead."

Taketime was closer to the bottom of thechip rankings than the top for most of the tournament, so the final tablelooked unlikely. Then a classic coin flip pair of nines flipped his way and he beatZarte Elfe's ace king. This was enough to keep him going longer than any of hisleague rivals, TUZEX would finish 112th and a good performance fromSmola37 who finished 19th.

Faithin the poker gods

No one can win a poker tournament without ahand or two seeming to prove the existence of the poker gods.  Taketime found a pretty hand that mightmake him believe in hold'em miracles. Frozenkex was on the small blind with Q♦J♦ and taketime in the bigwith A♣7♦. You could say the Q♥7♣7♥ flop hit them both. Well the Q♣turn hit Frozenkex harder. Who would be most eager to fling their chips into play?It would be taketime when he saw the 7♠ river. Frozenkeg couldn't get out ofthat one. The quads won taketime a pot that would sent him to heavenly heights joiningthe tourney chip leaders.

AHL_777 gained a monster lead as the tourneywhittled its way to three tables. There was a big stack on big stack challengewhen AHL_777's nut flush took on chip leader zzp600's trip kings. Then AHL_777 wouldbuilt on his lead when his T♥T♣ ran into two player's ace kings, radeczkyand sandro1703 the players with the 'snap' hands. AHL_777 would hit a T♠ tohammer home the win and eliminate both players.

Taketime might have had his share of luck withthe quads, but he couldn't win anything much in the hands that followed. As thefinal table approached, he looked in danger of bubble elimination.  It would eventually be ivanes_84 who wentout in the dreaded 10th place. Ivanes_84 pushed all-in with T♥T♦ and Zarte Elfe was in a positionto call with 4♥4c] . The 4♦ was the first card out, Zarte Elfe would find afull house, and head to the final table as the chip leader.


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Final table chips were as follows:

Seat 1: Zarte Elfe (534541 in chips)

Seat 2: Tevanyannnnn (200840 in chips)

Seat 3: Eyal_A (257310 in chips)

Seat 4: SLDC (316616 in chips)

Seat 5: Grigori5 (126174 in chips)

Seat 6: AHL_777 (461042 in chips)

Seat 7: legioner93 (344400 in chips)

Seat 8: taketime (86885 in chips)

Seat 9: Rhodan_xx (105192 in chips)

 

The final table must have been taketime'saim as no matter where he placed he would win enough points to take the leaguetop spot from Monyarassco. This was just as well, he came to the final table asthe short stack.

However the new league leader wouldn'tbe first one out, that would be grigori5, who made a move with A♦J♥ andcouldn't beat Tevanyannnnn's A♠K♥. 

Taketime would move all-in with A♠9♦and legioner93 took him on withK♥Q♦. It was a cruel way to go, with4♦8♦A♥A♦ taketime was looking good, but count those diamonds... The7♦ on the river gave legioner93 the flush and taketime would finish in 8thplace.

 

Eyalbe out next


Eyal_A had few chips, saw an ace andmade the obvious move. His A♣2♥ was taken on by legioner93 with K♦T♣.Legioner93 hit a king, and Eyal_A took $43.79 prize money for 7thplace.

Rhodan_xx had one of those hands thatare near-impossible to get away from, his A♣K♣ ran into Zarte Elfe'sA♥A♠ and it was all over, finishing 6th.

 

Twofor the price of one

 Zarte Elfe would use those chips he'dwon effectively, taking on both Tevanyannnnn and AHL_777 when they moved all-inin a hand. Tevanyannnnn was playing 8♥8♠ and AHL_777 9♣9♠ but ZarteElfe's A♥K♣ would hit a straight and eliminate two players in one hand.Down to three players in double bust-out quick-time.

This big win made  Zarte Elfe our first tourneymillionaire, he  played 1,461,708chips, legioner93 had 681,630 and SLDC 289,662.

 SLDC raised T♥T♦ and legioner93called to see a 6♥2♣A♥ flop. SLDC bet out and called when legioner93re-raised. A 3♦ turn, and SLDC check-called to see the 8♠ river. SLDC musthave known bravado was his best chance of winning the hand, his  all-in push on the river gave legioner93pause for thought, but he wouldn't  fold his winning A♣7♣. SLDC was out and we were heads-up.

 

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Heads-up  chips were even-ish:

 

Zarte Elfe: 1,288,708

legioner93:  1,144,292


There were some early skirmishes but no momentum was gainedby either player, and the final hand came down to a battle of the kickers.  A raise from Zarte Elfe, who continuedto bet on the T♣3♦2♣ flop. Legioner93 re-raised and  Zarte Elfe moved all-in. Neither playerwas folding top pair... Zarte Elfe was winning with T♦7♥ and legioner93couldn't catch-up with his T♠5♥.

 

Congratulations to Zarte Elfe who collected$260.53 for his win. It was Zarte Elfe's first try in the Twitter Poker League,and with six tourneys played he's in 19th place on the leaderboard.  We hope he'll be back to claim morepoints.

 

The Twitter Poker League spreadsheet hasfinished its complex calculations; a fresh league leaderboard is now ready forinspection.

 

Top league players are as follows:  

 

Twitter PokerLeague Leaderboard - Week 6 (09-05-10)

taketime - 38

monyarrasco - 32                 

alytus73 - 29                 

Smola37 - 29

TUZEX - 27

fiv31 - 26

Roucous - 26

firebreather - 25

Tevanyannnnn - 24

customm123 - 23

 

Credit to Taketime won the first tourney ofthe season (link:  /en/blog/2010/twitter-poker-league-taketime-takes-down-072018.html), cashed last week, and has now found a second Twitter Poker League finaltable. There are two league tourneys before the season ends, we'll see if hecan hold on to the lead to claim the big win.

If you want to know more about the TwitterPoker League our handy website is the place to go. If you want to follow PokerStars on Twitter we'llbe happy to see you there.  That'sit for now, have yourself a good week of tweeting, poker, and/or poker tweeting.


Brad Willis
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