$12,000 is a pretty good score, PrettayGood wins April Battle of the Planets $50,000 Freeroll

BOP_thumbnail.jpgBefore the 466 players lined up for this month's $50,000 PokerStars Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll, many of them snacked on the weekly prizes for this promotion that has awarded over three million dollars to our Sit and Go regulars over the past year. For example: the top weekly score in the Mercury ($1-$2.99 buy-in) division received $150.00 as the low orbit leader (block of 20 SnGs) and the high orbit (block of 100 SnG) received the same. In fact, all you had to do was finish in the top 100 of either division for a monetary award. But, to get a ticket to this tourney and a shot at the $12,000.00 first prize you had to finish in the top ten of the planet's weekly leaderboard.

Here's how we arrived at the third leg of the triple shootout with our final nine:

The "Black See" parted ways as the official bubble boy in 82nd place when his short stacked A♦ J♣ couldn't quite pass by the 6♣ Q♣ of zivbaryosef on the 2♦ T♠ 7♣ Q♦ 4♥ board. The remaining 81 players spread out onto nine new tables and lined their pockets with at least $195.00 as the quest towards our final nine continued on.

Supernova Elite rivermanl was the first to stake a claim at a final table seat when his 3♦ K♠ managed to slide by the K♣ T♦ of Mudex Veg when a timely 3♥ hit the river. rivermanl was followed closely by PrettayGood who won his table when Table 8 still had seven players left!

BigUnit2 and BUAITEOIR1 locked up into heads-up battle out on Table number four for the last seat to the final table getting up to the 150/300 ante 25 blind level. It would take a rivered set of sevens, but BUAITEOIR1 was victorious in sending home BigUnit2 with $195.00 setting up our final nine below:


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Seat 1: PrettayGood (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: rivermanl (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: duvvard72 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: BUAITEOIR1 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: gametymer (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: LuckyladyO (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: nederen_dk (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: AA_$mokin (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: MrBIond (1500 in chips)

The players traded some small pots during the 10/20 and 15/30 blind level as everyone started off with 1,500 chips, but no one took an early ticket home. nederen_dk and PrettayGood took a minor chip lead on the field, but the table lacked a clear chip bully as no one cracked the 2,000 chip mark during the starting two rounds.

BUAITEOIR1 and AA_$mokin would get their smaller stacks into the middle in the last hand of the 25/50 blind level. Pocket jacks J♣ J♦ for AA_$mokin and pocket kings K♠K♦ for BUAITEOIR1, an all-under board of 9♦ 8♦ 3♥ T♦ 6♠ gave BUAITEOIR1 a near starting stack with the 1,495 chip pot and AA_$mokin dipped to 830 chips.

The start of the 50/100 blind level woke up the players as we had four all-ins in the first seven hands. One of those involved rivermanl would was proudly displaying his Supernova Elite stars, but he was short stacked with 995 chips holding 9♠ 9♥ on the button facing a 300 chip raise from nederen_dk. "All-in" was the response and a call from nederen_dk holding Q♠A♥ gathered up the 2,140 chip pot. A flopped queen 4♠ Q♦ 5♠ put nederen_dk in position to strengthen his chip lead. 4♣ on the turn left rivermanl looking for another lucky river, but instead got the 8♦ and the $775.00 that comes with ninth place.

The next hand AA_$mokin and PrettayGood would chop up their all-in hand with both holding big slick to no avail.

After duvvard72 took down the blinds on the very next hand, AA_$mokin was back at it getting his 1,055 chips into the middle preflop with pocket fives 5♥5♦ from UTG. Folded around to gametymer who also pushed a similar stack holding a suited Mrs. slick Q♠A♠ on the button. Unfortunately for AA_$mokin AA hit the flop as the final board had nothing but broadway cards A♦ A♥ K♣ J♣ J♦ as AA_$mokin flamed out in eighth place ($1,200.00).

gametymer wasn't done there as on the very next hand, watch his pocket rockets go to work against duuvard72 below:

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The aces would hold and duvvard72 would receive $1,700.00 for his seventh place effort.

gametymer would give the table a ten hand reprieve but went back to work holding pocket tens T♥ T♠ in the small blind while still in the 50/100 blind level and open-raising it to 300. LuckyladyO perhaps thought it was a blind steal but with only 1,130 chips left it was a decent risk to push with J♦ 9♦. gametymer would make the call and only when gametymer turned a set on the 7♣ 3♠ Q♦ T♦ board did it get interesting. Holding an open-ended straight flush draw, LuckyladyO still needed to get lucky on the river. Instead the tepid 2♣ hit, and LuckyladyO acquired $2,200.00 for a sixth place finish.

BUAITEOIR1 would double up off MrBlond, and get up to a double stack. But MrBlond would fight back taking down four of the next five hands preflop. His streak would end a few hands later when he flipped his K♣ J♣ against similarly stacked PrettayGood's 4♦ A♣ for a 1,855 chip pot. The flip favored the New Yorker PrettayGood, as the board showed 5♦ 6♦ 6♥ Q♣ A♠ leaving MrBlond with just 420 chips. With blinds at 75/150 the scraps would go in against gametymer and BUIAITEOIR1. MrBlond couldn't connect with K♠ 4♠ as gametymer would claim the small pot and another player at the final table sending fifth place money ($2,735.00) to MrBlond.

nederen_dk got really quiet after starting off hot on this final table, but was eventually extinguished by PrettayGood. A blind versus blind battle started with nederen_dk attempting to snag the blinds, shoving 7♣ Q♣ into PrettayGood. Big slick A♣ K♥ is a prettay good hand and on a T♣ A♠ 5♥ 8♥ 2♣ board its worth 3,850 prettay good chips. nederen_dk was left with zero tournament chips but immediately got $3,350.00 real cash for his fourth place finish.

gametymer would run into some hard luck as he would double up BUAITEOIR1 who turned a straight. Then, gametymer called PrettayGood's push and gave up another 2,405 chips when the pocket aces A♣ A♦ of PrettayGood held up versus gametymer's 3♦ A♥. Four hands later gametymer would give up the majority of chips on this hand against BUAITEOIR1:

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Now short-stacked, gametymer would last just three hands further as his J♣ 4♣ couldn't beat out PrettayGood's 6♠ A♠. Third place probably wasn't gametymer's thoughts holding that big chip lead, but $4,500.00 can help people forget.

We would start heads-up play with 100/200 blinds and the chip counts fairly even:

Seat 1: PrettayGood (5900 in chips)
Seat 4: BUAITEOIR1 (7600 in chips)

BUAITEOIR1 would take a good sized lead after showing down two pair and value betting his way to a 5,350 chip pot to take a nearly 5:1 chip lead.

PrettayGood would battle back however catching a little luck on this hand to knot things up:

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After see-saw battle between the two that would get them all the way to the 200/400 ante 50 blind level we had our champion. PrettayGood would come into the hand with a 8,975 to 4,525 chip lead and after calling from the button the two remaining players would see a flop of 3♥ T♦ 3♣. BUAITEOIR1 would lead off betting 650 chips and getting a quick call from PrettayGood. 8♣ on the turn and BUAITEOIR1 slowed down to check, as PrettayGood set out a 1,640 chip bet. So much for slowing down, as BUAITEOIR1 check-raised to 3,425 total. Holding the flopped trips 3♠ Q♣ PrettayGood made the call and BUAITEOIR1's top pair T♥ 5♣ was down to two tens on the river.

9♥ was not the two-outer BUAITEOIR1 was looking for as the runner-up money of $7,500.00 was his. To our April 2009 Battle of the Planets champion, PrettayGood, got a prettay good bankroll jump as the full $12,000.00 was shipped for winning tonight.

Congratulations to all of our participants and see you next month!

April 2009 Battle of the Planets Results
1. PrettayGood (New York) $12,000.00
2. BUAITEOIR1 (Letterkenny) $7,500.00
3. gametymer (Miami) $4,500.00
4. nederen_dk (Aarhus C) $3,350.00
5. MrBlond (Sheffield) $2,735.00
6. LuckyladyO (St. Petersburg) $2,200.00
7. duvvard72 (Duluth) $1,700.00
8. AA_$mokin (Kitchener) $1,200.00
9. rivermanl (Amsterdam) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets