Battle of the Planets: JMX29 Wins $12K in the Triple Shootout

BOP_thumbnail.jpgWith springtime here, SnG players in the north are happily knocking off the ice and snow from their laptops to earn their ways into today's Battle of the Planet $50,000 Triple Shootout Freeroll. 493 cashed in their tickets earned weekly for a shot at winning three consecutive SnGs and the hefty sum of $12,000.00 supplied by PokerStars.

Team PokerStars Pro Joep van den "Pappe_Ruk" Bijgaart would crack the money line today by winning his first table. But, in the early goings of the second table with blinds at 50/100 and only holding 868 chips, Bijgaart would open push K♥Q♥ and get called by UPGRAYEDD420's pocket jacks J♥J♣ in the cutoff. No hearts and nary royalty for Joep on the 6♠8♣3♣8♦A♣ board and the Team Holland respresentative was out in 54th place ($195.00).

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Joep van den "Pappe_Ruk" Bijgaart

Bumbleman from the UK rattled the hive by taking the first final table seat and sat back for some poker theater as the other seats were filled. Down to the last heads-up match between Ota_SolGryn and eatyourstac on Table 6 both were evenly matched until the 125/250 ante 25 blind level when both would get their stacks in the middle preflop with Ota_SolGryn covering. Pocket ladies Q♣Q♥ for Ota_SolGryn and K♣J♥ for eatyourstac with five cards to come for the final seat. A♣ 5♠ T♠ 4♦ 4♠ was laid out and eatyourstac was left hungry as the bubble boy earning $195.00 in tenth place.

The triumphant queens set up the final table below:

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Seat 1: slick_20_vic (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: RiverBard$ (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: Kedrila (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: 123ME321 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: JMX29 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: Ota_SolGryn (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Carloss86 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Bumbleman (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: xxxxBomba (1500 in chips)

"Chop?" asked Kedrila

Barely after the new stacks of 1,500 tournament chips were laid out and blinds rolled back to 10/20, discussions of a 9-way chop were being thrown around the table with hopes of everyone taking home a few thousand a piece. A few of the players would chime in with interest, but without a consensus we were playing out a poker tournament the old-fashioned way, until one has all the chips.

No blood drawn during the first blind level, as the largest pot of 270 chips was won by xxxxBomba. VIP SilverStar Carloss86 would be the first to break the 2,000 chip mark as the players still had plenty of game ahead of them moving into the 15/30 blind level.

Similar conservative play was found during the 15/30 level as all nine would move on to the 25/50 level with the following tight chip counts and no commanding leader:

Seat 1: slick_20_vic (1100 in chips)
Seat 2: RiverBard$ (1395 in chips)
Seat 3: Kedrila (1615 in chips)
Seat 4: 123ME321 (1755 in chips)
Seat 5: JMX29 (1350 in chips)
Seat 6: Ota_SolGryn (1125 in chips)
Seat 7: Carloss86 (1900 in chips)
Seat 8: Bumbleman (1820 in chips)
Seat 9: xxxxBomba (1440 in chips)

Near the end of the 25/50 blinds level we had our first all-in and a call preflop also resulting in the first elimation. Ota_SolGryn would start the betting with a raise to 150 from middle position as it folded around to xxxxBomba in the big blind. Holding pocket tens T♦T♥ xxxxBomba would push the short-stacked Ota_SolGryn all-in. With only 712 chips left, Ota_SolGryn made the call with A♠J♦ for the coin flip. 3♥ Q♦ 9♦ 7♦ after the turn gave Ota_SolGryn some additional flush outs, but the board would pair with the 3♠ and Ota_SolGryn's tournament sunset was complete in ninth place ($775.00).

Carloss86 would get knocked down to just 135 chips after a rough bad beat at the hands of 123ME321 in the same blind level. On an all-diamond flop, the chips went into the middle with 123ME321 holding A♦K♥ for the nut flush draw and a slow-played pair of aces A♠A♥ for Carloss86. The flush would hit on the 3♦ turn and Carloss86 was left with scraps. Those scraps would make their way back into the game with a few double ups, reaching 1,040 chips in the 50/100 blind level.

Just as the comeback for Carloss86 happened quickly so was the demise. Down to 890 chips, Carloss86 would shove from early position with T♥A♠ as Kedrila was more than happy to call and covered from the big blind holding Q♠A♦. No short-stack love this time for Carloss86 as the J♠ Q♣ Q♦ flop gave Kedrila trips leaving Carloss86 four outs for a straight. Nary a king was found on the turn 2♥ or river 8♦ and potential comeback story Carloss86 was gone in eighth place ($1,200.00).

Six hands later with the blinds up to 75/150 slick_20_vic held just 690 in the small blind holding pocket threes 3♠3♥ and facing a raise to put him all-in from very aggressive Bumbleman. The call was made and off to the race the two competitors went as Bumbleman showed 8♠A♦. The board would wait till the turn to give 1,530 chip pot to Bumbleman as an eight hit on the T♦ J♣ K♣ 8♣ J♦ board was enough to ship slick_20_vic home in seventh place ($1,700.00).

Bumbleman went on the prowl for even more chips as shown below after facing an all-in raise from RiverBard$. Check out the action below:


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No flip this time as pocket queens Q♣Q♥ dominated RiverBard$ A♠6♦ and would hold on the T♥ 4♣ 3♦ J♣ 9♣ board. Alas, poor RiverBard$ perished in sixth position ($2,200.00).

As the smoke rose from my fingers with the quick timings of the recent bust-outs, another final table player was let go. Early chip leader xxxxBomba was whittled down to 1,415 chips and blinds still at 75/150, tried to nab the blinds with a shove from UTG holding Q♠J♦. But, Kedrila on the immediate left snap called with big slick K♣A♠. Neither player would connect with the 2♣ T♠ 8♣ 5♦ 6♠ board and we were down to four after xxxxBomba imploded in fifth place ($2,735.00).

JMX29 would start to make some moves to get to the top of the chip pile just eight hands after xxxxBomba's smoke cleared as JMX29 would take on a similarly short-stacked 123ME321 all-in preflop. Watch JMX29's rise and 123ME321's demise below:


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Q♦J♠ was gold for JMX29 against the pocket fives 5♣5♥ of 123ME321 for the 2,435 chip pot as the jack on the flop 6♠ J♦ 3♦ 7♦ 2♣ was enough to send 123ME321 out in fourth place ($3,350.00).

As stated, JMX29 went on a tear, winning the very next 1,430 chip pot and a huge 7,270 chip pot off the chip leader Bumbleman when both of them got it in preflop and JMX's A♣T♥ would hold against the Q♠K♥ of Bumbleman on the 3♦ 7♥ 5♦ T♠ 4♠ board as blinds moved up to 75/150.

Bumbleman would go all-in several times without getting looked up, until the blinds rose to 100/200 and another push came from the aggressive button. This time JMX29 holding A♣Q♥ in the big blind would make the call creating a 3,420 chip pot. Bumbleman turned over two live cards J♣6♥ and found some more outs after the 8♥ 4♣ 5♦ flop. Q♠ on the turn and those straight out were the only ones left. The 5♣ on the river stung Bumbleman for the rest of his chips, sending the poker bee flying off in third place ($4,500.00).

JMX29 would take a decent chip into heads-up play (as shown below) but Kedrila was still looking to make a deal. Those requests was denied for the final time as the two would play for the entire $12,000.00 first place prize.

Seat 3: Kedrila (3270 in chips)
Seat 5: JMX29 (10230 in chips)

On the third hand of heads-up play Kedrila would strike for a double up after flopping a set of a jacks and slowly luring JMX29 into paying off with a pair of fives and a flush draw. No flush came on the river and the 6,540 chip pot evened up the chips and still did not sway JMX29 into making a deal.

The two would spar for a bit with no major pots but JMX29 opened up a 7,825 to 5,675 chip lead. Watch the final hand below as both players get their stacks in the middle preflop:


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Kedrila would shout for a nine many many times but the nine would not hit the A♣ 4♦ K♥ Q♠ 3♥ board as JMX29's A♥Q♣ would hold against the A♦9♦ of Kedrila. The final 11,350 chips slid to JMX29 along with the first place prize of $12,000 for this month's Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout freeroll champion!

The runner-up actually made quite a bit more by not dealing at the beginning, walking away today with $7,500.00 in second place.

Congrats to all our cashers today, the clock starts now to win tickets for April's shootout!

$50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout results (03-28-09)
1. JMX29 (West Lafayette) $12,000.00
2. Kedrila (St.-Petersburg) $7,500.00
3. Bumbleman (London) $4,500.00
4. 123ME321 (Blairgowrie) $3,350.00
5. xxxxBomba (Würzburg) $2,735.00
6. RiverBard$ (birmingham) $2,200.00
7. slick_20_vic (Amsterdam) $1,700.00
8. Carloss86 (Asuncion) $1,200.00
9. Ota_SolGryn (Stepville) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets