Battle of the Planets: Why yes, beyessa won the January Triple Shootout
Double the fun this month for SnG grinders as the monthly Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout kicked off twice. jusTTsmile took home the $12,000.00 first place prize at the beginning of the month but failed to become the first player to win the tournament twice in the same month after earning another ticket to come back but falling in 441st place. 549 other players also cashed their shortened monthly tickets to this freeroll thanks to placing high enough on the eight planetary leaderboards
Team PokerStars failed to qualify this month or were busying gearing up for the last day of the 2012 Turbo Championship of Online Poker with the $2,100 buy-in high roller (that awarded four players a six-figure score in just over four hours) and the $700 Main Event.
After an hour and 45 minutes Planokyrkin would score the final seat to the second round after taking out Bouling. With the blinds at 150/300 ante 25, Bouling holding 2,820 chips and pocket sixes 6♠6♥ decided to shove over the min-raise of Planokyrkin. The Russian paused for a moment and called with K♦T♥ and was rewarded with two pair on the flop Q♥ K♥ T♦ 4♥ J♦ which held to lock up at least $195.00 for the remaining 81 players.
Planokyrkin almost skipped to the final table as well despite being the last to sit down for the round of 81, coming up just short in 18th place. Havoc14, KyleC182, Sbyla, beyessa, brpoker_pr0, cynicalfish, and entim waited for a threesome of players on tables four and eight to finish up before the final table.
In short order sippin_criss would take care of SteelNervee and fish&chips on table eight as Paffchen and T.Chanin would settle the last final table seat on table four. With the blinds at 125/250 ante 25 both players would find satisfactory cards to shove all-in prelfop. Holding a 7,375 to 6,125 edge, T.Chanin flipped up the dominated T♣A♠ as Päffchen found big slick K♥A♦ at the right time. At least until the ten hit the turn 4♠ 4♣ 2♣ T♦ 8♦ shipping the last pot before the final table to T.Chanin and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: beyessa (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: Sbyla (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: KyleC182 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: T.Chanin (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: Havoc14 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: brpoker_pr0 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: entim (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: sippin_criss (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: cynicalfish (1500 in chips)
T.Chanin would immediately start lobbying for a nine-split of the cash but a few players at the table expressed they were down a bit on the day and wanted a shot at the full $12,000 first prize.
The only excitement from the 10/20 and 15/30 blinds levels would come from the watching the survival of cynicalfish who was knocked down to under 100 chips for the majority of the early levels yet clung on to those chips and rolled them up to 845 by the middle of the 25/50 level.
Hanging on means more cash
Every extra dollar earned by cynicalfish from here until busto is a lesson about staying positive despite holding a microstack. With the blinds at 25/50 and fresh off doubling up beyessa, KyleC182 would shove 280 chips over a min-raise by entim who made the call. Pocket tens T♥T♠ for KyleC182 never stood a chance against the K♥ J♥ held by entim hitting a flopped flush 7♥ 6♥ 3♥ K♣ 4♦. As KyleC182 exited in ninth place ($775.00), cynicalfish picked up an extra $425.00.
beyessa says yes to the queens
Still in the 25/50 blind level, beyessa laid out a 150 chip raise as brpoker_pr0 sitting on 1,080 chips shoved holding pocket nines 9♥9♣ from the small blind. entim folded the big blind and beyessa snap called with queens Q♦Q♣. Four diamonds appeared on the board 7♦ 4♦ 2♦ 5♠ 6♦ to match the queen of diamonds in beyessa's hand to win the 2,210 chip pot as brpoker_pr0 earned $1,200.00 in eighth place and cynicalfish took in another $500.00
sippin on gin and seventh place cash
The blind moving up to 50/100 and sippin_criss with just 235 put in 210 of that preflop as beyessa and Sbyla called out of the blinds. J♥ 9♣ K♠ flop got sippin_criss to shove that 25 chip into the pot as both the blinds called again. 2♣ got Sbyla to bet 200 and beyessa to fold as Sbyla showed a pair of nines 5♥9♦ beating out sippin_criss' pocket treys 3♣3♠. 5♦ on the river and sippin_criss got to lay back with $1,700.00 earned in seventh place as cynicalfish was assured another $500.00
cynicalfish would finally be caught in sixth place, watch entim reel in the elusive shortstack below:
J♣K♠ for cynicalfish failed to overcome the ace T♣A♥ held by entim but he would be taking home an extra $1,425.00 for toughing out a shortstack in sixth place ($2,200.00).
Right on time again
entim would make short work of cutting out 1/3rd of the remaining players. Just three hands after filleting cynicalfish, entim would call the short all-in by Havoc14 who held 770 chips. Showing pocket nines 9♥9♣ to Havoc14's pocket fours 4♣4♠ the board would comply for entim once again T♠ Q♣ 2♣ 7♥ Q♦ as Havoc14 was sent off with $2,735.00 in fifth place.
yes yes yessa!
After doubling up off entim as the blinds remained at 50/100, beyessa would call a 250 chip raise from T.Chanin out of the small blind. A coordinated 9♦ J♣ A♦ flop got beyessa to lead out for 300 as T.Chanin shoved for 1,960. Thanks to the double up from entim, beyessa easily covered and called with straight and flush draws T♦Q♦. T.Chanin needed dodge a metric ton of outs with big slick A♣K♥. J♥ was clean on the turn but the 8♦ hit a straight and/or a flush, it does not matter, as both beat the two pair of T.Chanin who earned $3,350.00 in fourth place.
Trapped by a trap
Watch below as entim tries to lure Sbyla in only to realize he was the one getting trapped.
After a min-raise from entim and call by Sbyla as the blinds held at 50/100 Sbyla would check the Q♥ K♠ A♦ flop. entim would bet 255 with top pair A♠8♣ as Sbyla check-raised immediately to 2,215 chips. Holding 1,240 chips left entim made the call and was drawing to chop against Sbyla's aces A♣A♥. 7♥ on the turn meant no broadway and third place ($4,500.00) cash for entim.
Almost as fast as a TCOOP heads-up match
After reporting on the TCOOP for the past week heads-up matches have lasted under a minute up to five minutes at the most. With the blinds only at 50/100 both players had room to maneuver despite beyessa bringing in a 9,340 to 4,160 chip lead. Seven minutes into the heads-up match and Sbyla watching the tournament slide away after losing four straight hands would not be able to mount a comeback. Blinds moving up to 75/150, Sbyla would shove from the button holding 1,978 chips and T♥J♠. But, beyessa was sitting pretty with a suited big slick K♠A♠ to quickly make the call. No card over an eight would show on the 6♦ 5♦ 8♦ 2♣ 2♥ board as beyessa claimed the official January Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout win earning $12,000.00!
$50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout results (01-29-12):
1. beyessa (Argentina) $12,000.00
2. Sbyla (Denmark) $7,500.00
3. entim (United Kingdom) $4,500.00
4. T.Chanin (Thailand) $3,350.00
5. Havoc14 (Monaco) $2,735.00
6. cynicalfish (Croatia) $2,200.00
7. sippin_criss (Canada) $1,700.00
8. brpoker_pr0 (Brazil) $1,200.00
9. KyleC182 (United Kingdom) $775.00