Battle of the Planets: Chip chop for final nine as NeoNyx7 crowned the champ

BOP_thumbnail.jpgHard play before a soft ending is one way to describe today's $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Freeroll. 438 players would start out on 81 tables to play down to a winner assuring themselves of at least $195.00. Each made their way here today thru a series of qualifiers while playing their favorite Sit and Go tournaments.

One Team PokerStars Pro and two Team PokerStars Online players were in action today. Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart, Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc, and Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli all cashed in their tickets for their work on the SnG's this month. Bijgaart and Brunelli would both get down to heads-up play at their first table of five-handed play and both would fall just short of cashing. BcuziGotHiGh took out Brunelli with a 5,131 to 2,369 chip advantage and getting J♦A♦ to hold over the 9♥K♥ of the Team Online player, all-in preflop. Joep was all-in preflop at a bigger disadvantage holding 4♦A♠ to shturmanas' 9♣A♣ and watched two nines spill out on the 9♠ J♣ T♣ 9♦ A♥ board to end his day.

Grayson had other ideas however as he would carry the Team Online flag forward to the next around after his heads-up opponent gustavctba tried to slow play aces after flat calling a min raise preflop with the two in a near dead heat in chips. After the coordinated 6♠9♦5♦ flop gustavctba checked to trap as Physioc led out for 400. gustavctba would shove immediately and Physioc covered him by only a few chips and called just as quickly turning up the flopped straight 7♥8♠ and after the K♠ turn, 81 players would start up round two of the triple shootout.

simpledude16 would claim the first seat to the final table very quickly while Physioc got down to three-handed play with boobySMILES and ParalllyTisT. It took some short-stacked wizardry to get to that point as Grayson had only 600 chips with 75/150 blinds but managed to grind his way back over 2,000 when he caught pocket fours 4♥4♦ on the button and shoved for 2,130 total. ParalllyTisT however was waiting in the big blind with jacks J♥J♠ and quickly sent the Team PokerStars Online player home in 19th place ($195.00) after a 8♦ 7♥ 9♦ 7♣ 5♦ paintless board came down.


Grayon Physioc: in the money, out of the chop (19th place)

At Table One where the final nine would reconvene, reza_proton and zachfranks squared off for that final seat and a sizable difference in pay. It would take a nasty beat to determine the winner, watch it play out below:

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Cracked aces again, this time it was zachfranks' A♦A♠ going down to reza_proton's flopped set of nines 9♦9♠ on the 5♣ 2♦ 9♥ 6♦ Q♠ board and our final table was set up below:


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Seat 1: reza_proton (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: Wyldemavrick (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: simpledude16 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: Bilesy (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: ParaIIIyTisT (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: eSPoNJa.WZ (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: buhtuk12 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: NeoNyx7 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: MarinaFrank (1500 in chips)

Rome was built quicker than this
In one of the stranger deals seen at the Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout, the players decided to take a chip chop deal instead of dividing the remaining prize pool nine ways. reza_proton wanted a few extra hundred as the other eight finally found a way to give it to him after 15 minutes of negotiations. See the fruits of their labor below:

simpledude16 $5,258.78
ParalllyTisT $4,285.41
eSPoNJa.WZ $4,245.52
MarinaFrank $3,931.14
buhtuk12 $3,901.14
NeoNyx7 $3,888.20
Bilesy $3,555.41
reza_proton $3,500.01
Wyldemavrick $3,394.39

It would dissolve into a shove-fest as the other players slowly got the message that buhtuk12 was going to shove every hand as he would take out reza_proton, Wyldemavrick, and Bilesy on the first hand after the chop with an ace on the river 5♥ 4♠ 4♦ 7♦ A♠ while holding A♥J♠.

The skillful negotiator simpledude16 who got the largest piece of the pie exited in sixth shortly after as buhtak12's 9♣J♦ ran down his 9♠A♣ when a jack flopped and runners gave buhtak12 a boat 8♠Q♠J♣9♥9♦.

NeoNyx7 would trim the party's field to one left after taking buhtuk12's chip lead after the hand below and constant shoving without losing until ParallyTisT, buhtuk12, and MarinaFrank finally raised the white flag and ended the all-in fest to its conclusion.

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Congrats to all our final table players in taking away something for nothing, and be sure to start the hunt for next month's Battle of the Planets Triple Shoot freeroll tickets!

$50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Freeroll Results
(*All players were part of nine-way chip count chop)
1. NeoNyx7 (Запорожье) *$3,888.20
2. buhtuk12 (Riga) *$3,901.14
3. MarinaFrank (Тверь) *$3,931.14
4. ParaIIIyTisT (Омск) *$4,285.41
5. eSPoNJa.WZ (Valparaiso) *$4,245.52
6. simpledude16 (Abbotsford) *$5,258.78
7. reza_proton (Tehran) *$3,500.01
8. Wyldemavrick (Clarence Center) *$3,394.39
9. Bilesy (Bournemouth) *$3,555.41

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets