Acesupper serves the competition in March Battle of the Planets Win

BOP_thumbnail.jpgWord must have gotten out to qualifiers of the monthly Battle of the Planets freeroll. Last month saw 442 qualifiers cash in their freeroll tickets for a chance at the $12,000.00 first prize. This month 536 players started the day at the first table of this triple shootout with the 1,500 chips in front them with hopes on collecting all of the table's chips and 81 players to reached the money ($195.00).

After about three hours of play (or less if you're savvy enough to eliminate all of your table's opponents before dinner time) the nine remaining SnG rounders competed for the biggest slice of the Battle of Planets $50,000 total prize pool. Eight players walked away today with at least four figures, and one will get the aforementioned twelve grand to help boost their buy-in level while they multi-table SnGs like Boku87 (story from Pokerstarsblog with video here) who took $100 and turned it into $10,000 by 51 tabling low level SnGs here at PokerStars.

Ok, maybe only 20 or 30 at a time, as I tried 15 tabling yesterday and needed some Dramamine and a nap afterwards.

Action before the final table:

Money bubble boy waterwolves watched his A♣ 6♣ go down to Bloomer's 4♠ K♠ on the J♥ K♦ 8♦ 4♣ 5♣ board and everyone left was assured the $195.00 for 10th thru 81st.

Phil9 got a well earned rest before the final table as he locked up the first seat after his pocket sevens 7♥ 7♦ defeated yuenjai24's big slick K♦ A♠ on a decisive pre-flop coin flip with both players nearly even in chips. jeanette_33 took down FlapBink in eleventh, then it was down to the final seat decided by the heads up match between jonny2jabs and Guillaumel21. With back-to-back hands jonny2jabs put forth a right cross for most of Guillaumel21's stack and finished him off with an uppercut of 9♥ K♣ versus Guillaumel21's 8♥ 7♣, two pair on the flop, faded the open ended straight draw on the turn, and we had our final nine shooting for the March Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout title:


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Seat 1: Catch You AA (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: jeanette_33 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: CoolAsAFan (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: jonny2jabs (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: tdh61 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: kennenny (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Acesupper (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Phil9 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: daveyjh (1500 in chips)

For the last leg of the triple shootout everyone had their stacks reset to 1,500 chips and 10/20 blinds. Unless my search is broken on the PokerStarsBlog, none of the players tonight have made the final table of the Battle of the Planets before, so we'll have nine players getting their biggest payday of this monthly tournament series.

As with most of these final tables, the 10/20 and 15/30 blind levels went by without players dropping out as the chip count looked like this:

Seat 1: Catch You AA (1100 in chips)
Seat 2: jeanette_33 (1645 in chips)
Seat 3: CoolAsAFan (1860 in chips)
Seat 4: jonny2jabs (1560 in chips)
Seat 5: tdh61 (1780 in chips)
Seat 6: kennenny (2055 in chips)
Seat 7: Acesupper (1265 in chips)
Seat 8: Phil9 (900 in chips)
Seat 9: daveyjh (1335 in chips)

Acesupper would claim the first double up at the table a cooler of a hand versus CoolAsAFan when both players claimed a flush on the 7♥ 2♥ 4♥ flop but Acesupper K♥ A♥ would beat CoolAsAFan's 9♥ T♥ for the 2,405 chip pot, leaving CoolAsAFan with 950 chips.

We would wait until the 50/100 blind level for the first elimination, and it was CoolAsAFan bowing out. Seeing a chance to improve on his shortstack of 950 chips he would open push 9♦ A♠ from the button. jonny2jabs would fold his small blind, but tdh61 took a couple of seconds to correctly call with Q♠ A♦. Trip sevens on the board of 7♣ T♦ 4♦ 7♠ 7♥ would help neither player as tdh61's queen kicker played and CoolAsAFan was iced in ninth place ($775.00).

Oof. No amount of adjectives here could describe those fateful turn cards that take the life out of someone's tournament. kennenny got his money in good as he pushed 1280 chip stack in the middle and well... watch the carnage below:

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Just like that Acesupper was the chip leader with 4,560 chips and no one over 2,000 and kennenny was out in eighth place ($1,200.00).

Two hands later the end cards on the board did the duty once again. daveyjh was sitting on the shortstack with 735 and open pushed his stack holding 5♦ A♠ in the small blind into Catch You AA who's pocket sixes 6♠ 6♣ were enough to make the call. An ace on the flop of 3♦ A♣ 8♦ gave daveyjh a commanding lead on the hand, but as soon as his Borat avatar could say "fun sexy time doubling up!" the T♠ and dagger-worthy 6♥ fell on the river giving Catch You AA a set of sixes and sent Borat/daveyjh back to Kazakhstan with many American Dollars, $1,700.00 to be exact, for seventh place.

With the blinds rounding the 100/200 level everyone got into the pool and splashed their clips. Starting with jonny2jabs who pushed his K♦ 5♠ from UTG+2 for 1,510 chips but chipleader Acesupper was waiting on the button and called with A♦ 9♣. An ace on the flop, and jonny2jabs was punchless by the turn of the 4♥ A♥ 4♣ J♣ T♣ board. For the $2,200.00 jonny2jabs won tonight, I'm sure many Whoppers could be purchased by his Burger King avatar.

Another three hands and another shortstack had to make a play. jeanette_33 tried to get her 1,240 chips and pocket treys 3♦ 3♥ past the Q♦ J♣ of Catch You AA but unfortunately could not fade the flopped queen on the T♣ 4♥ Q♥ 9♥ A♦ board despite catching a four-flush draw on the turn. Treys down as jeanette_33 headed back to Stavanger with an extra $2,735.00 in her pocket in fifth place.

Not one to let anyone breath, Acesupper got hungry on the very next hand and ate Phil9's chips for dessert. After Acesupper completed the small blind, Phil9 shoved his remaining 1,175 chips into the middle from the big blind. Acesupper would give him action with T♥ K♣, Phil9 welcomed the action holding A♠ Q♣ and was in great shape thru the turn on the 5♥ 6♠ 9♥ 5♠ board. But, as with some other bust-outs this evening the river was not kind to the favorite, and the K♠ gave Acesupper a pair of kings defeating the ace-high of Phil9. Fourth place ($3,350.00) would shuttle across to Phil9 after the hand played out as Acesupper enjoyed an even larger chip lead over Catch You AA and tdh61:

Seat 1: Catch You AA (3875 in chips)
Seat 5: tdh61 (2605 in chips)
Seat 7: Acesupper (7020 in chips)

The trend tonight was to wait till the turn or river for the gut-turning cards, and once again held true as Catch You AA was given his departure ticket in third place ($4,500.00). Just watch below as the turn and insulting river come in to give Acesupper a big lead going into heads-up play against tdh61:

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Two hands into heads up play tdh61 would get his much needed double up as his J♠ 9♠ out-flopped the T♦ A♣ of Acesupper and with two pair on the board of T♦ J♣ 9♥ 4♥ 8♦ he would continue the race for the $12,000.00 first prize. Another ten or so hands and tdh61 would catch some more lightening in a bottle as his T♦ Q♠ would crack the rockets [Ac As] of Acesupper on the J♣ Q♣ 8♦ 3♣ 9♥ board for a straight and the 6,320 chip pot. Acesupper's lead was chopped to under 1,000 chips.

Four hands later, tdh61 would strike luck once again as his K♣ J♣ beat out the big slick K♠ A♠ of Acesupper as both players got it in preflop and Acesupper couldn't stomach the jack on the flop of 8♥ J♠ 3♣. No ace on the turn 7♣ or river 8♠ and tdh61 was sitting on 9,990 chips while Acesupper was still in with 3,510 chips as the blinds increased to the 125/250 blind level.

The players would swap chips back and forth but neither gained much and after twenty hands and a five minute break, the final deal was broken:

tdh61: $10,000.00
Acesupper: $9,500.00

With all the money off the table, the official title of the March Battle of the Planets champion was yet to be decided.

Neither player gave up that distinction without a fight as the two would battle for over twenty hands after the money swap. Acesupper was the victor when he would call tdh61's Q♠ 5♥ bluff on the flop of 2♦ 3♠ J♠ holding just a flush draw, but a higher card 9♠ K♠. The call was the right one, as the board ran out 7♣ 6♣. Granted he took less money in the chop, but Acesupper is the only one who can claim to be this month's Battle of the Planets champion.

Congratulations to all our players tonight, see you back next month!

March Battle of the Planets (03-29-09)
*(based on two-way chop)
1. Acesupper $9,500.00*
2. tdh61 $10,000.00*
3. Catch You AA $4,500.00
4. Phil9 $3,350.00
5. Jeanette_23 $2,735.00
6. jonny2jabs $2,200.00
7. kennenny $1,700.00
8. CoolAsAFan $1,200.00
9. Guillaumel21 $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets