Battle of the Planets: making it personal, personal takes entire $12K prize in freeroll win

BOP_thumbnail.jpgLeftover turkey sandwiches and mashed potatoes with gravy sounds like a decent lunch for those playing in today's Thanksgiving edition of the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll. While the US ends their holiday weekend of tryptophan induced shopping and football viewing, 548 players geared up for a race to that $12,000 first place prize sitting at the final of three tables to play through for today's runners.

Team PokerStars had four players cashing in their monthly entrance tickets today. Definitely not first timers to the monthly triple shootout as André "acimbra" Coimbra, Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli, Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc, and Marcello Del Grosso all joined. Grayson seemed to have enjoyed his mother's cooking a bit too much and was summarily blinded off, while Marcello would go out early in the first round after catching a bit of bad luck. With the blinds at 25/50 greenflush76 would raise UTG to 150 as Del Grosso would three bet all-in from the button holding big slick A♦K♦. Covered by Del Grosso, greenflush76 made the call flipping up the dominated K♠Q♣. 5♣ 2♣ T♥ flop favored the Canadian Team Pro but the Q♠ left him with just seven outs on river. The 7♣ did not turn things around and Del Grosso was knocked down to 69 chips. Triple up on the first hand, three hands later was eliminated by Cashout91 in 402nd place.

Andre Coimbra would get down to three players at his table and found himself all-in for a 6,680 chip pot with the blinds at 75/150 after a coordinated 4♦6♥5♦ flop came down. Pocket sevens 7♣7♠ sitting with the Team Online member as archenemy85 had a few outs himself holding a suited big slick A♦K♦. Coimbra's pair would go down twice as an ace A♣ hit the turn and insult to injury occurred on the 3♦ river as archenemy85's nut flush sent Andre packing in 184th place.

The last hope for Team PokerStars was Diego Brunelli who found himself heads-up against Change2305AA who held a big chip lead (7,205 to 3,295) as the two squared off for a quick heads-up match. In the eighth hand with Change2305AA expanding the lead to 7,955 to 2,545 and blinds at 75/150, Change2305AA would min raise from the button as Diego called from the blinds. Flop of J♣Q♣3♦ came down and Brunelli would check as Change2305AA followed through with a 150 chip bet, check-raised to 600 by the Team Online member, Change2305AA made the call as the 6♠ fell on the turn. Diego would shove for 1420 and Change2305AA made the call. Open ended straight draw for Diego 9♥T♣ and second pair for Change2305AA holding J♥K♠. Ace A♣ on the river helped no one and the final Team PokerStars player was eliminated in 172nd place as Change2305AA moved on to the second round.

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Diego Brunelli - No cash today in 172nd place

Everyone moving on to the final 81 would receive $195.00, and GoldStar VIP Cautioner flying the Arizona flag would determine the last seat. And play they did, going thru the 100/200 ante 25 level, 150/300 ante 50 level, and finally the 200/400 ante 50 level as the match could have gone longer except for a fortunate river card. With Cautioner holding a 1,856 chip lead both players would find pocket pairs and shove preflop. Eights for Cautioner 8♦8♠ and pocket jacks for J♥J♦ which looked good for the 8,644 chips in the middle. Four cards on the community board were fine for 5♦ 9♠ 2♣ 4♦ but the 8♥ on the river gave Cautioner the set, at least $195.00, and eliminated to start up round two.

lambonali out of North Las Vegas had time to hit the Strip before the final table as the first person to knockout their entire table, lambonali locked up at least $775.00 for ninth place. After 12ziz12 knocked off bernardc, all eyes moved to table nine where miglis and Siervos fought until the 150/300 ante 25 blind level. Nearly even in chips (7,335 to 6,165), Siervos was a little behind when he min-raised from the button and got miglis to push all-in holding A♥6♥. Holding pocket jacks J♥J♣ Siervos called quickly and watched two hearts hit the T♥ 8♥ 6♣ flop. No ace nor heart on the turn 8♦ and Siervos was looking good to collect the 12,330 chip pot, but the 5♥ spiked on the river and Siervos (who cashed in the Super Tuesday in March for $17,160.00 /en/blog/super_tuesday/2010/super-tuesday-brings-victory-for-dean23p-065108.html ) would settle for 10th place ($195.00) setting up our final table below:


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Seat 1: personal (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: 12ziz12 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: Sh0ckdaWorld (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: Kornone (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: beserious (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: lambonali (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Pruper81 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: bagerfck (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: miglis (1500 in chips)

After the new seating arrangement and resetting the stacks to 1,500 chips and blinds to 10/20, our race to $12,000 was off! Well, it started as the action was predictably tight having a high stacks to blinds ratio. No eliminations or large hands went off in the first two blind levels, and for the first time in a while, no nine-way chop talks as this collection of SnG specialists got down to business.

Three 12 minute levels would run by and still no eliminations as our final nine moved into the 50/100 blind level with miglis the only play with over 2,000 chips and Supernova VIP 12ziz12 the only one under 1,000 chips.

Shock the one

The hand before everyone got a five minute break, Sh0ckdaWorld would min raise from UTG +1, and Kornone on the immediate left would shove for 1,155 chips. The table took off for a smoke as Sh0ckdaWorld covered and snap called with pocket kings K♦K♣. Kornone would need some help holding A♣Q♦ and found a queen on the 2♦Q♣ J♥ flop. Still needing a queen or ace, Kornone would miss on the 3♥ turn and 7♦ river to finish in ninth place ($775.00).

First to out

miglis would hold the chip lead after the hourly forced break but fell on hard times quickly after giving up a double up to 12ziz12. While still in the 50/100 blind level, lambonali would raise to 150 as it folded to miglis in the big blind holding just 1,141 chips and pushing them in preflop. lambonali covered and called the shove holding big slick in hearts A♥K♥, which dominated the 8♥A♣ held by miglis. The all under board of 6♦ 7♦ 4♣ 4♥ 2♣ spilled out as miglis flew off in eighth place ($1,200.00).

Making it personal

Players try not to expect the worse on the river, but it does happen. Watch below for another example:

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Moving up to the 75/150 blind level, the shoves were coming in quickly. bagerfck would earn a double up at Pruper81's expense and three hands later beserious would snag those chips from bagerfck for a double up. More action? Just two hands after beserious doubled up, personal had cornered a much depleted Pruper81. All-in from UTG for just 358 chips, personal would also shove a short stack in two chairs down. The rest of the table folded as Purper81's pocket fives 5♠5♣ raced against personal's J♦A♣. Ace on the river too cliché? It happens. With the ace hitting on the river 7♥ 7♣ 8♣ K♣ A♥ Pruper81 was done in seventh place ($1,700.00).

Clock strikes 12

While still in the 75/150 level, 12ziz12 who had been holding on to a short stack for much of the final table, finally found a resting place for his remaining chips. After calling a raise to 375 from lambonali out of the big blind, 12ziz12 held 393 chips back to see the J♣ 2♠ 6♠ flop. After the flop, 12ziz12 shoved the rest of the chips in holding Q♦K♥ as lambonali's pair of sixes was ahead A♦6♥. T♦ on the turned opened up a bunch of straight and overcard outs, but the little 2♥ on the river closed out the night for 12ziz12 in sixth place ($2,200.00). This was 12ziz12's second trip to the final nine for the Battle of the Planets freeroll, earning a fifth place finish in September.


Five handed in the 100/200 blind level beserious would open from the cutoff to 600 chips holding just 365 chips behind as bagerfck raised enough from the small blind to put beserious all-in. beserious of course called flipping up 9♣A♦ and was very much dominated by the big slick K♣A♣ held by bagerfck. King on the J♥ K♥ 7♣ flop all but ended the night for beserious but a 9♠ on the turn gave him two outs on the river. Unfortunately for the McEnroe fan the J♠ was just beyond the chalk and beserious headed to the locker room in fifth place ($2,735.00).

No shocker here

A flush sweat for personal, would Sh0ckdaWorld get there? Tune in below to find out:

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100/200 blinds still with no antes as shortstacked Sh0ckdaWorld tried to move in from UTG holding 9♠Q♠ and just 1,380 chips. Folded to personal in the big blind who covered easily and made the call with A♣5♦. Two spades on the flop 2♠ 3♣ 5♠ gave Sh0ckdaWorld even more bullets at claiming the 2,860 chip pot, but the 2♥ turn and K♣ river missed the flush and pair draws to send Sh0ckdaWorld off the court in fourth place ($3,350.00).

Quiet night on the chatting front, even as the chip counts were relatively close, no one initiated chop talks as the blinds moved up to include antes 125/250 ante 25.

Out like a lamb

personal took over in the late stages of the tourney and rolled with that momentum. Holding the big stack with 7,494 chips and blinds at 125/250 ante 25 he would shove from the small blind forcing lambonali to make a decision for his stack holding a middle ace 8♥A♦. Call, was the answer, as personal was not playing the chip bully and held the dominate A♣J♥. Nary an eight was found on the 3♦ 5♥ 7♦ Q♥ 9♠ board and lambonali was sheered in third place ($4,500.00) setting up the heads-up match between bagerfck and personal.

Bagged, tagged, and shipped

Just two hands after personal collected the wool from lambonali, bagerfck pressed all-in from the button with a 2,757 to 10,743 chip disadvantage. personal holding a couple of face cards J♠Q♣ called quickly. bagerfck was looking for some clubs holding T♣3♣ and would find two of them by the turn 8♥ J♦ 4♣ K♣ but pairing the 3♥ on the river was not enough as personal's pair of jacks took down the $12,000.00 first prize and November's installment of the Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll!

November $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Freeroll results (11-28-10)
1. personal (München) $12,000.00
2. bagerfck (tønder) $7,500.00
3. lambonali (North Las Vegas) $4,500.00
4. Sh0ckdaWorld (Brick) $3,350.00
5. beserious (Pittsburgh) $2,735.00
6. 12ziz12 (Inverloch) $2,200.00
7. Pruper81 (Maliaño) $1,700.00
8. miglis (alunis) $1,200.00
9. Kornone (Tierp) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets