gabo2584 grabs July's Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout title

BOP_thumbnail.jpgSnG kings, queens, princes, princesses, and court jesters found their way into this month's $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll. 572 SnG royalty grabbed their tickets to the freeroll ball in attempt to make way with the $12,000 sitting on the throne for one lucky player.

The 81 survivors of the first table duels would walk away with at least $195.00 as the money progressively got larger for the final table shown below:

1. $12,000.00
2. $7,500.00
3. $4,500.00
4. $3,350.00
5. $2,735.00
6. $2,200.00
7. $1,700.00
8. $1,200.00
9. $775.00

MBacke and Rush_Clasic were holding onto the last ticket for the third leg of the triple shootout with MBacke holding a 3:1 lead while heads-up. MBacke would raise from the button to 900 with 150/300 ante 25 blinds, as Rush_Clasic came back with a stack committing 3-bet to 2,100 total leaving only 1,641 chips behind. After a short deliberation, MBacke forced Rush_Clasic into putting in the other 1,641 after shoving with A♣J♦. Rush_Clasic made the call finding A♦4♣ well behind and nearly drawing dead when the flop came out 5♦ J♣ T♠. Some life came on the turned 2♥ giving Rush_Clasic an inside straight draw, but the 9♥ on the river awarded the 9th ticket to the final table to MBacke as Rush_Clasic was forced to bow out as today's bubble boy in 10th place ($195.00).


Seat 1: gabo2584 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: Monio81 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: Latuz (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: rob456 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: Gazki (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: mdk2all (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: TdyKGB2 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: MBacke (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: GOLDSMITH (1500 in chips)

As with all triple shootouts, the final table starts with a clean slate as players line up their 1,500 newly minted chips against the rolled back 10/20 blinds in search for the magical 13,500 chip total to become this month's Battle of the Planets champion.

The starting blinds had no incident or causalities but two hands into the 15/30 level GOLDSMITH found pocket queens Q♠Q♥ in the small blind and opened for three times the big blind. gabo2584 had been very active winning the last three of pots made the call to see an all-black (or all green if you enjoy the 4-suit color option) flop of 7♣ 9♣ 5♣. GOLDSMITH followed thru with a 120 chip bet as gabo2584 made the call. 3♦ on the turn and GOLDSMITH again led out, this time for 150 but gabo2584 bounced on that bet by re-raising all-in for 1,645 chips. GOLDSMITH would call and find the ladies looking very limp as gabo2584 rolled over 6♠8♥ for the flopped straight. Lacking a club, GOLDSMITH was assured $775.00 in ninth place regardless of the river.

After losing an all-in preflop battle to mdk2all, Gazki used the 245 chips left over to build back up to over one thousand chips by the end of the 15/30 level thanks to winning four out of five hands in a row as the blinds increased to 25/50 with eight players still remaining.

gabo2584 retained the chip lead with Latuz and mdk2all hovering slightly above the starting chip stacks.

As we moved into the 50/100 blind level Gazki felt the crunch of the blinds against the micro stack but was fortunate enough to find a pocket pair of eights 8♠8♦ on the button and pushed for 340 chips. TdyKGB2 would make the call from the big blind as would a limping gabo2584 from early position. Neither player bet the T♦ J♠ Q♦ flop, but when gabo2584 led out for the minimum on the 2♣ turn TdyKGB2 got out of the way and exposed a flopped pair of queens K♦Q♥. Gazki needed one of two eights since a nine would give gabo2584 a higher straight, and the T♠ river did not deliver as Gazki took home eight place ($1,200.00).

mdk2all took a big hit when pocket aces A♥A♦ got cracked by MBacke's pocket queens Q♥Q♦ when MBacke would find a third lady sitting in the middle of the J♥ Q♣ T♦. The re-suck did not produce through the 5♦ turn nor 3♦ river and mdk2all was left with 215 chips after the 2,860 chip pot went to MBacke's set of queens. mdk2all would survive one all-in the next hand, but pocket treys 3♣3♦ in the following hand would not hold up against TdyKGB2's K♠J♥ that flopped trip kings to send the skull and crossbones $1,700.00 in seventh place.

Latuz would drive into the magical run of big stacked gabo2584 in the following hand:

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The rivered flush of gabo2584 coolered the rivered straight of Latuz as 3,210 chips found their way into the chip leader's stack and Latuz took leave in sixth place ($2,200.00).

With the blinds at 75/150, TdyKGB2 would take down shortstacked rob456 in fifth place when a button shove by rob456 holding a suited ace 2♠A♠ missed all flushes/straights/aces against TdyKGB2 holding pocket tens T♠T♦ in the small blind. It would be TdyKGB2 taking the 1,700 chip pot while hitting the four card straight on the 6♠ 8♦ 9♥ J♣ Q♦ board as rob456 would have to settle for fifth place ($2,735.00) today.

"Quiet" Monio81 would wake up in the following hand as TdyKGB2 took pocket nines 9♥9♠ all-in preflop and the snoozing Monio81 would make the call. Watch the coin flip play out below:

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A safe flop, but a disappointing turn for TdyKGB2's nines on the 2♦ 3♣ T♣ Q♦ T♠ board as Monio81 took down the 2,950 chip pot with the pair of queens showing Mike McD's nemesis to the door in fourth place ($3,350.00).

MBacke and Monio81 would change chip positions in the 100/200 blind level when MBacke found pocket aces A♥A♣ to use against Monio81's A♠J♠ in a 3,190 chip pot that doubled up MBacke and left Monio81 with 1,795 chips. Five hands later it was Monio81 finding his chip stack in the middle preflop dominated once again, this time against gabo2584. A♣5♣ for Monio81 was well behind the 8♥A♠ of gabo2584 but was looking good for a chop when the flop came out 9♠ K♦ 9♦. Chop dreams were dashed on the 8♠ turn leaving Monio81 drawing dead and counting the $4,500.00 third place money.

Blinds holding at 100/200 for the start of the heads-up battle for the $12,000.00 first prize it was gabo2584 enjoying a sizable lead over Mbacke:

Seat 1: gabo2584 (10710 in chips)
Seat 8: MBacke (2790 in chips)

The two would entwine into a back and forth spreading of the chips as Mbacke would double up in the third hand up heads-up play catching a flopped king with 4♦K♣ to outrun the 5♦A♠ of gabo2584 for a big 6,180 chip pot. gabo2584 would grab the lead back four hands later skillfully value betting a turned full house and making off with a 5,200 chip pot pushing the chip position back to the start of heads-up play.

A brief discussion of chopping came about during the 150/300 ante 25 level, and as the chips swung back to an even score the players agreed to a 50-50 chop of the remaining prize pool

gabo2584: $9,750.00
MBacke: $9,750.00

But since the game needs an absolute winner, the two players shoved their chips gleefully into the middle knowing they could not earn another free cent, and it was gabo2584 winning two all-ins in a row to take home this month's Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout victory!

Be sure to get a head start on qualifying for next month's freeroll by playing your favorite SnG's today!

$50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Freeroll (07-26-09)
(* part of two-way chop)
1. gabo2584 (san pedro de jujuy) $9,750.00
2. MBacke (Drammen) $9,750.00
3. Monio81 (Plovdiv) $4,500.00
4. TdyKGB2 (Atlanta) $3,350.00
5. rob456 (Sydney) $2,735.00
6. Latuz (Torshälla) $2,200.00
7. mdk2all (Gainesville) $1,700.00
8. Gazki (OSLO) $1,200.00
9. GOLDSMITH (clay) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets