Battle of the Planets: jeanette_33 knocks down final table in $12K win

BOP_thumbnail.jpgThree SnG victories mean $12,000 for one lucky player this afternoon as the Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout continues today with this long running daily promotion for Sit and Go players (read how to get your ticket into today's event here). If you're from the United State or Canada most likely your eyes were glued to the final event of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as Team USA and Team Canada battled for the Men's Hockey gold. However, if any of the 641 players in today's Triple Shootout freeroll were dancing their eyes back and forth from the Canada Hockey Place they were treated exciting puck slinging and poker at the same time.

At the bubble of the first leg of the triple shootout, teacuppoker came back from just 470 chips with blinds at 150/300 ante 25 to knot up the match with Pocket2Chris several hands later. But, the final hand found both players looking at a 9♥ 5♣ 3♠ board, Pocket2Chris elected to check as teacuppoker led out for the minimum. With 7,090 chips behind Pocket2Chris check-raised and set teacuppoker all-in holding top pair 7♠9♠ as teacuppoker called off the remainder of his stack with middle pair of fives 5♦8♦. The board ran out dry for both players 4♥ and Q♥ as Pocket2Chris took down the final pot thus assuring 81 players a $195.00 pay day.

Right around the time Zack Parise scored the game tying goal in the hockey game, zhenya__S secured the first seat to the final table while most still held four players at them. And shortly after Sidney Crosby shoved home the game winning goal in overtime for Team Canada, Harthor and RealRastar were heads-up for the last final table seat. Playing all the way into the 200/400 ante 50 blind level nearly even in chips it would take a fortunate river card to end it. Harthor completed from the button as RealRastar checked the option to see a 9♣ A♦ K♠ flop, RealRastar checked as Harthor led out for the minimum and was called. The 8♦ on the turn and RealRastar decided to be the aggressor and lead out for 800 and Harthor decided to call. 8♥ paired the board on the river and again RealRastar led out, this time for 1,600. But, Harthor found the eight to his liking and shoved all-in covering RealRastar's stack. A♣5♠ was good enough to RealRastar to call with top pair, but not good enough to beat Harthor's rivered trips 7♠8♣ to set up the final table below:


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Seat 1: Hexo4yxa (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: mister aleks (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: bolecc (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: slideby (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: Harthor (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: rudzkinator (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: zhenya__S (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: BEFO (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: jeanette_33 (1500 in chips)

jeanette_33 is looking to improve on a fifth place finish here at the Battle of the Planet's triple shootout after finishing fifth in March 2009 (final table write-up here). The Supernova would have to get thru this talented final table first as everyone started off with 1,500 chips and blinds of 10/20. bolecc started off in the wrong direction, finishing off the level with just 504 chips after being unable to counter the re-raises and shoves post flop by mister aleks and slideby. The big pots off bolecc helped mister aleks to the early chip lead.

No change in the 15/30 blind level as all nine players survived as bolecc continued to nurse a shortstack while mister aleks increased the chip lead to a double stack of near 3,300 chips. bolecc would double up midway thru the 25/50 blind level off Harthor, inching A♥J♦ past Harthor's Q♠A♦ after spiking a gutshot broadway straight on the turn of the 8♠ K♣ Q♥ T♥ 9♣ board to send Harthor down to the bottom of the leaderboard.

At the top of the hour break here's how the chips stacked up with mister aleks still leading the way:

Seat 1: Hexo4yxa (1705 in chips)
Seat 2: mister aleks (3276 in chips)
Seat 3: bolecc (1,053 in chips)
Seat 4: slideby (1423 in chips)
Seat 5: Harthor (611 in chips)
Seat 6: rudzkinator (1355 in chips)
Seat 7: zhenya__S (1415 in chips)
Seat 8: BEFO (875 in chips)
Seat 9: jeanette_33 (1805 in chips)

Four hands back from the break and increased 50/100 blinds saw off our first contender. Folded around to BEFO in the small blind who would shove with just 825 chips after paying the small blind holding Q♦J♣. But, jeanette_33 similarly shorted stacked was not giving up the big blind and called holding the dominating J♥K♣. The trip kings on the flop did in BEFO as the turn and river did nothing to help K♦ K♥ 5♠ 9♠ 4♣ and BEFO became our ninth place finisher ($775.00).

jeanette_33 would use this win to springboard over mister aleks into the chip lead and be the first one to 4,000 chips as mostly tentative play continued with preflop raises taking down most of the pots.

As the blinds moved up to 75/150, shortstacked bolecc finally succumbed to the rising blinds and lost back-to-back hands. First, after a short stacked slideby shoved from UTG for only 580 chips, bolecc covered in the big blind and called with A♥4♥. Neither player improved on the 8♦ 2♣ 5♣ T♥ J♠ board and slideby slid by the weak ace with pocket treys 3♦3♣. The next hand, chip leader jeanette_33 would gobble up bolecc scraps with a rivered flush endning bolecc's tournament in eighth place ($1,200.00).

Nine hands later a three-way all-in broke out between Hexo4yxa, slideby, and rudzkinator watch the carnage of the pocket kings of Hexo4yxa did below:

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Winning the 1,889 chip pot got Hexo4yxa back a solvent stack and eliminated both rudzkinator (7th place for $1,700.00) and slideby (6th place, $2,200.00) as Hexo4yxa tried to broach the idea of a deal but not no takers with five players remaining.

Slow play, no pay. Harthor looked down at pocket aces A♦A♣ after mister aleks min-raised to 300 chips and decided to go for a smooth call as the rest of the table folded. 8♠ Q♥ T♥ on the flop as mister aleks followed through with a 300 chip bet and Harthor min-raised to 600 as mister aleks made the call. 2♠ on the turn mister aleks checked this time as Harthor pushed out 555 chips. A call, and both players saw the 6♠ river as mister aleks this time led out for 900 chips and Harthor was forced to call with just 181 chips left and saw the spade on the river completed the nut flush for mister aleks' J♠A♠. 3,497 chips for mister aleks and $2,735.00 in real cash for Harthor's fifth place finish.

zhenya__S kept mostly silent by the aggressive play of mister aleks and jeanette_33 found a good spot as the blinds moved up to 100/200 opening all-in with pocket sevens 7♠7♥ and jeanette_33 to the immediate left covered and made the call. Watch the hand play out below:

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jeanette_33's A♦Q♦ found an ace on the 8♦ A♠ 4♣ J♠ T♦ board to win the coin flip and sent zhenya__S to the rail in fourth place ($3,350.00).

Again, a quick note about a deal was rebuffed or ignored and three handed play continued as jeanette_33 and mister aleks scraped for the blinds with Hexo4yxa was left to be the quiet kid in the corner who could only manage a shortstacked double-up until elimination. After another small blind raise by jeanette_33 to set the big blind all-in, Hexo4yxa with just 968 chips left after paying the big blind made the call holding 5♦9♦. Two live cards one would hope, but not to be as jeanette_33 flipped up Q♣5♠. A Queen on the flop and a diamond-less Q♠ 7♣ 2♦ T♥ J♠ board meant Hexo4yxa secured third place ($4,500.00) as we moved on to heads-up play.

Seat 2: mister aleks (6366 in chips)
Seat 9: jeanette_33 (7134 in chips)

Fitting that the most aggressive players would battle it out for the $12,000.00 first prize and also fitting as how quickly it was over. Just fourteen hands into heads-up play we would have February's Battle of the Planets champion. Blinds raised to 125/250 ante 25, and mister aleks was blinded down to just 1,991 chips after jeanette_33 went on a tear winning 11 of 12 pots and was facing yet another push by the chip leader. This time a call was made as mister aleks' pocket deuces 2♥2♠ were up against the J♠A♥ of jeanette_33. Just like the many pots before, this one went jeanette_33's direction also after flopping the ace and dodging the two deuces on the A♠ 3♥ 7♠ T♣ 9♣ board to win the final 3,982 chip pot and $12,000.00 first prize!

Congratulations to all 81 players who cashed and Supernova jeanette_33 who improved on the March 2009 5th place finish in this freeroll by winning the whole $12,000.00 today.

$50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Freeroll
1. jeanette_33 (Stavanger) $12,000.00
2. mister aleks (Дедовск) $7,500.00
3. Hexo4yxa (Wolfratshausen) $4,500.00
4. zhenya__S (Loveland) $3,350.00
5. Harthor (Mendoza) $2,735.00
6. slideby (bradford) $2,200.00
7. rudzkinator (Neuss) $1,700.00
8. bolecc (Wrocław) $1,200.00
9. BEFO (sofia) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets