Battle of the Planets: so awful anything but, winning $12K in monthly triple shootout freeroll

BOP_thumbnail.jpgAs a Minnesota Vikings fan watching the future Hall of Famer Brett Favre throw a last second touchdown to win today (tune into ESPN for the next two months as they show the replay on loop) was similar to what are final nine will be facing today. PokerStars' monthly Battle of Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll provides a chance, big bankroll and small starters, to make a five figure score simply by doing what they do best, and best of all for free! Favre leads the NFL in the most fourth quarter comebacks, while our final nine got here from crushing their opponents in the end at the Sit and Go tables last month earning their ticket along with the 545 other players who qualified for today and defeating two more tables for a shot at the $12,000.00 first prize.

VIP Supernova LuckyTC ran over the first broken table, locking up the first seat to the final leg of the triple shootout while the other tables still had three to five runners. No stranger to high stakes play, LuckyTC earned a WSOP Main Event bid back in 2006 via PokerStars satellites.

Not often that two players are completely even in chips deep into a SnG but pfeilchen and UpayIstudy were heads-up for one of two final table seats left when both got their even stacks in the middle:

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With the rivered wheel, pfeilchen took seat number eight to the final table as UpayIStudy earned $195.00 towards another Biology textbook.

In the last match, EDE(4ever) held a commanding 10,717 to 2,783 lead over Oracle 20 as both got their chips in the middle preflop. Oracle 20 was looking good for a much needed double holding K♦T♠ leading EDE(4ever)'s suited 8♥T♥, but the flop was a near perfect 6♠ 9♠ 7♥ as EDE(4ever) hit the nut straight leaving Oracle 20 looking for running spades or an eight for a chop. Neither came on the 9♣ turn or 2♦ river and Oracle 20 became the official bubble boy today earning $195.00 in tenth place.


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Seat 1: deZZZed (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: EDE(4ever) (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: PWNgirl13 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: lonelyguy422 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: so awful (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: tfnc314 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: LuckyTC (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: camie892 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: pfeilchen (1500 in chips)

An observer dropped by to comment "y are the stacks sooo small?". Well, everything is reset each table, chip stacks, opponents, and of course the blinds are rolled back to 10/20. During the 10/20 level no blood was drawn as no pots over 500 chips were played for as the players got a feel for each other's play.

In the 15/30 level camie892 made one heck of a soul read (or chose to ignore all those pretty clubs on the board), with the board showing J♣ 7♦ T♣ 7♣ A♣ and facing a 125 chip bet from PWNgirl13 on the river camie892 would call holding top pair 9♠A♠ as PWNgirl13 exposed the pure bluff 6♥Q♥ to ship the 715 chip pot to camie892. pfeilchen would also claim some chips at the hand of PWNgirl13 rivering a flush on the K♥ 2♥ A♠ 5♠ 2♠ board holding 8♠K♠. PWNgirl13 mucked and watched the 857 chip pot float to pfeilchen while dropping to 1,049 chips as pfeilchen sat with 1,841 in chips just below chip leader so awful.

All nine still decided they wanted to play thru the 25/50 blind level as no big pots were played and everyone still had a legit shot at the big prizes sitting atop the prize pool. But, the 50/100 blind level started with a bang as short stacked camie892 would use K♥Q♦ to overcome the pocket jacks J♠J♥ of tfnc314 and double up to 2,100 chips as tfnc314 was left with 1,160. The very next hand deZZZed put PWNgirl13 to the test open shoving from the button with A♥3♥. PWNgirl13's tournament stake was on the line but pocket tens T♠T♦ and a short stack made the call easier. PWNgirl13's run to the five figure ended on the flop as deZZZed hit two pair on the A♦ 3♦ 2♣ 8♦ 6♥ board as the "pwned" one was out in ninth place ($775.00).

Despite several preflop all-ins in the 50/100, we wouldn't see our next elimination until the first hand of the 75/150 blind level. EDE(4ever) would find pocket jacks J♥J♣ while facing a raise from camie892, and with only 950 chips EDE(4ever) would shove as it folded back around to camie892 who covered and made the call. Big slick K♥A♦ for camie892 would hit an ace the flop of the T♥ A♥ 5♦ 3♦ 2♣ board, enough to knock EDE(4ever) out in eight place ($1,200.00).

In short order, two hands later down to 650 chips LuckyTC holding 4♣2♣ tried to sneak a 3X big blind raise past camie892 from the small blind. Unfortunately, camie892 was willing to gamble T♣8♣ and had LuckyTc drop in the other 200 chips into the pot. LuckyTC would flop a gutshot wheel draw but fail to connect on the 5♥ J♠ A♦ A♣ 9♥ board to finish in seventh place ($1,700.00).

A few more orbits in the 75/150 blind level and deZZZed was getting tired of watch a stack shrinkage and three-bet pfeilchen by shove 2,334 chips into the middle with A♣8♣. Folded back around the pfeilchen, who covered, would make the call with a dominating Q♣A♥. The queen kicker would hold up on the T♠ 7♥ 3♣ T♥ 9♦ board putting deZZZed to sleep in sixth place ($2,200.00).

Five handed heading to the 100/200 blind level here's how the final five stacked up:

Seat 4: lonelyguy422 (2371 in chips)
Seat 5: so awful (1350 in chips)
Seat 6: tfnc314 (1457 in chips)
Seat 8: camie892 (5545 in chips)
Seat 9: pfeilchen (2777 in chips)

so awful would make the first move doubling up off pfeilchen with big slick crippling pfeilchen to just over four big blinds. The small stack would last a few orbits then in a blind versus blind battle held a decent advantage over lonelyguy422 when pfeilchen's micro stack of 627 went into the middle with 5♠A♦. lonelyguy422 only held K♦4♠ and was sporting a smaller stack as well, but would make the math call. Math sometimes prevails in poker as we're sure Friend of PokerStars and poker author Bill Chen would assert, as the board came down in lonelyguy422's favor 9♥ Q♠ 8♥ 5♦ K♥ by hitting the needed king on the river for the 1,254 chip pot knocking out pfeilchen in fifth place ($2,735.00).

lonelyguy would pick up a much needed double up as the antes were introduced in the 125/250 ante 25 blind level. Rivering a wheel with A♣J♥ and cracking the pocket kings K♠K♣ of camie892 for the 3,442 chip pot. so awful would also even out the chips left on the table after pushing and doubling up again with pocket fours 4♥4♠ over the J♠T♦ of the calling tfnc314 after the 2♦ 7♦ 6♥ 5♠ 6♣ blanked for both of them.

so awful would bring the beginning of the end of tfnc314's Battle of the Planets run in this hand:

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After the 4,594 chip pot was pushed to so awful, tfnc314 was left with 179 in chips which would get pushed up against the pocket queens Q♦Q♥ of, you guessed it, so awful acting the schoolyard bully today. 9♥A♣ for tfnc314 didn't hit any of the 4♠ K♥ 4♦ J♥ Q♠ board as tfnc314 would be left observing his chips in so awful's stack after exiting in fourth place ($3,350.00).

so awful's run wouldn't stop with taking all of tfnc314's chips as the two biggest stacks would get their chips into in the middle preflop on this hand:

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After the blinds increased to 150/300 ante 25 it was a big flip for a 7,065 chip pot as camie892 was all-in for 3,495 holding Q♥K♦ but couldn't catch the pocket jacks J♠J♦ of so awful on the 8♣ 8♥ 9♦ 5♠ 4♠ board as camie892 took leave in third place ($4,500.00).

The stacks remaining for the $12,000.00 first prize:

Seat 4: lonelyguy422 (4572 in chips)
Seat 5: so awful (8928 in chips)

A near 2:1 heads-up chip lead for the resurgent so awful would be taken to the bank as so awful would win all three hands of heads-up play cumulating in the September Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout victory. After pushing preflop and getting the blinds in the first hand and getting lonelyguy422 to fold to a river min-bet in the second hand, the two would get their chips in preflop in the third. so awful would limp in from the button as lonelyguy422 tried to pounce by shoving all-in with 6♥Q♥. The feint worked for so awful, making the call with the dominating A♠Q♠. Neither player benefited from the 8♠ 9♣ T♣ 5♦ T♠ board as lonelyguy422 received $7,500.00 as the runner-up to help find someone special.

so awful took a short stack and built it into the 13,500 chips needed to win the $12,000.00 first prize and title of Battle of the Planets champion. Thanks all our SnG grinders out there, and get working towards earning tickets to next month's event!

$50,000 September Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout
1. so awful (Amsterdam) $12,000.00
2. lonelyguy422 (Lexington) $7,500.00
3. camie892 (Baton Rouge) $4,500.00
4. tfnc314 (Silver Spring) $3,350.00
5. pfeilchen (Entenhausen) $2,750.00
6. deZZZed (Rosemère) $2,200.00
7. LuckyTC (London) $1,700.00
8. EDE(4ever) (com Catunele) $1,200.00
9. PWNgirl13 (Unknown) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets