ISANI Takes Home January Battle of the Planets Title to Holland

A new poker fiscal year, and a great way for a Sit and Go player to start off the year right with the PokerStars' Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout freeroll. 439 SnG specialists lined up today after qualifying during weekly point races, to take their shot at the $12,500.00 first place prize. 81 players went home with at least $195.00 for winning the first leg of the triple shootout.

In pre-final table action, Snake1928 was the unfortunate money bubble boy today as his flopped pair of sevens fell to the wayside when cristian10's had an open ended straight flush draw on the turn got there on the river. During the second leg of the triple shootout, JareemWeaver could only utter a "sick" in the chat box after he and OvBismarck got their nearly even stacked chips in the middle pre-flop with JareemWeaver holding AQo to OvBismarck's A7o. The Jh-7d-Jd flop that showed a third, unnecessary seven on the river for a boat locked up the first seat at the January Battle of the Planets final table while most tables still had five players left.

NickLeeson95 will certainly have the best looking railbirds today for the final table after defeating duvvard72 heads up, if his "Playboy Mansion" place of residence is to be believed. After Nick wrapped up his seat all eyes went to table three where the final seat was awarded to one of four players still in. ZipZottel and rikichipay knotted up for a lengthy heads-up battle nearly reaching the 400/800 ante 75 level to decide the final seat and a several hundred dollar difference between 9th and 10th. But, ZipZottel's big slick held up to rikichipay's A4o despite both players pairing their kickers to send rikichipay home with $195.00 in tenth place.

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Seat 1: 3Shells
Seat 2: csabes
Seat 3: ZipZottel
Seat 4: NickLeeson95
Seat 5: KK-DOG4
Seat 6: kindaichi10
Seat 7: matt2120
Seat 8: ISANI (
Seat 9: OvBismarck

Everyone starts over during the third leg of this triple shootout with 1,500 in chips and blinds at a plentiful 10/20 level. OvBismarck shook off the rust of waiting nearly an hour for the final table to start and took the first significant pot off KK-DOG4 when his nines turned a set and rivered a boat as he raked in the 944 chip pot. ISANI also showed some early round spunk by winning five hands in a row, and seven of nine to move into the early chip lead with 2,350 and blinds at 15/30.

kindaichi10 would become the first victim of the final table as the blinds moved up to 25/50. After raising to 400 from the cutoff, kindaichi10 got called by matt2120 on the button as the blinds folded to see a flop of 7s-6d-4c. With a stop-and-go play, kindaichi10 immediately pushed his remaining 625 chips into middle and was called by the similarly stacked matt2120. As-Qd for kindaichi10 and matt2120's pocket nines were in the lead. That lead would extend into a lock, making his set on the turn with the 9h and sent kindaichi10 home in ninth place with $775.00

At the break here's how the stacks sized up with blinds at 50/100:

Seat 1: 3Shells (1320 in chips)
Seat 2: csabes (1140 in chips)
Seat 3: ZipZottel (1200 in chips)
Seat 4: NickLeeson95 (875 in chips)
Seat 5: KK-DOG4 (2053 in chips)
Seat 7: matt2120 (2520 in chips)
Seat 8: ISANI (1725 in chips)
Seat 9: OvBismarck (2667 in chips)

A back and forth hand would cripple NickLesson95 as he took a chance to improve on his small stack when he pushed for 725 chips after it folded around to his small blind. But KK-DOG4, who took a couple of hits and had only 703 chips, insta-called with Ac-Td. NickLesson95 would turn over Kd-7d for the steal but the Kh-7c-Ad flop shifted the lead in Nick's favor with bottom two pair. The turn Qd seemed to improve Nick's lead further by shutting out some diamond outs for KK-DOG4, but the Ah on the river provided the re-suck and KK-DOG4 was awarded the 1,406 chip pot, leaving NickLesson95 with a hammer-tastic 72 chips. He would take those chips and build them back to over 1,000 in the next two hands perhaps setting up a comeback story?

Sadly, no, today was not that day.

Several hands later, NickLesson95 would make the call for his remaining 814 chips with the blinds at 100/200 in the big blind facing a button raise from csabes. Ks-Qh for Nick, As-7c for csabes and the board ran out with nary a broadway card as csabes paired his kicker on the 8c-9s-2d-7s-4h board to send NickLesson95 home in eighth place and $1,200.00 for the bunnies on the rail.

KK-DOG4 climbed the chip ladder quickly after nearly busting NickLesson95, he doubled up off OvBismarck squeaking his AJo past Ov's AQo with a flopped Jack. Then he sent matt2120 home in seventh place when matt2120 shoved his remaining 1,300 in chips UTG with the blinds at 125/250 ante 25 and KK-DOG4 made the call with Ac-Js in the big blind. Two live cards in Ts-9s for matt2120, but the 3h-Kh-Ks-Kd-8d board gave no improvement to either player as matt2120 had to settle for the $1,700.00 in seventh place.

In rapid succession our sixth and fifth place players exited as four hands later OvBismarch, 3Shells, and csabes would get their small stacks into the middle in a three-way all-in preflop.

OvBismarck: 6d-9c
3Shells: 8s-Kd
csabes: Qd-Ac

csabes would retain his lead through the Qh-3h-Jc-7h-9d board and cripple OvBismarck down to 198 chips while sending 3Shells home $2,200.00 richer in sixth place. The very next hand OvBismarck would throw his crumbs into the middle against ISANI's UTG raise with Ac-7s. ISANI's suited connector of 9s-8s would need the entire board of 4d-Qh-7h-Tc-Jd to shutdown any comeback with a straight. OvBismarck picked up $2,735.00 for the fifth place finish.

ZipZottel had a fairly quiet final table but managed to take away $3,350.00 in fourth place after becoming severely short stacked in the small blind holding just 850 chips and blinds at 125/250 ante 25. He called off his remaining chips with Kc-9c against the aggressive csabes' button raise. Once again csabes had the goods showing two black jacks and promptly flopping a boat on the Ac-Jh-Ad board. Running kings did not come down the 5s turn and 8h river, and four became three.

After several all-ins by all three players ISANI retained a commanding lead and he applied the pressure on csabes with a push while covering from the small blind. csbaes decided to take a gamble with 2h-Qs on his remaining 1,800 chips. ISANI covering by over 8,000 chips turned over a decent pocket pair of sevens which held up on the 3d-Ac-8c-9h-Jh board to ship $4,500.00 to csabes in third place and set up the heads-up battle with KK-DOG4.

Here's how the brief heads-up play started:

Seat 5: KK-DOG4 (3087 in chips)
Seat 8: ISANI (10413 in chips)

A three to one chip lead survived one double up by KK-DOG4, and fifteen hands into the proceedings; ISANI would be crowned this month's Battle of the Planets champion. Starting the hand with just 2,374 in chips and blinds at 150/300 ante 25 and facing the raise to 900 from ISANI, KK-DOG4 would push his stack with 2d-Ah. ISANI insta-called with pocket nines (9h-9c). KK-DOG4 would improve to a pair of twos on the flop but no further on the 2c-3d-Qs-Js-8d board and left the tournament as the runner-up earning $7,000.00 for his effort.

ISANI exchanged the 13,500 in tournament chips for a very real $12,500.00 and the title of January's Battle of the Planets champion!

Battle of the Planets results (01-25-09)

1. ISANI $12,500.00
2. KK-DOG4 $7,000.00
3. csabes $4,500.00
4. ZipZottel $3,350.00
5. OvBismarck $2,735.00
6. 3Shells $2,200.00
7. matt2120 $1,700.00
8. NickLeeson95 $1,200.00
9. kindaichi10 $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets