Battle of the Planets: Nine way chop includes Team PokerStars Pro Andre Acoimbra

BOP_thumbnail.jpgAs the PokerStars Blog and Team PokerStars Pros settle in to the next month and half at the World Series of Poker some things during the month long carnival of poker do not change outside of the Amazon room at the Rio. Like tonight's Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout. The king of the Sit and Go grinders are here again at the end of the month giveaway to reward those who accumulated enough points to earn a ticket that potentially awards $12,000.00 to one lucky player.

But first, there was a matter of winning three consecutive SnGs to take home that five figure prize, the first win netted each of the 81 survivors $195.00 from a starting 506 players that cashed in their weekly earned tickets. The money bubble was broken after Nelutu7 was trying to take a slowplayed kings K♠K♣ to victory over malykaras. But, after the 2♥ 6♦ 3♣ flop malykaras' small 2♦3♠ became a big two-pair and led for the 5,072 chip pot. malykaras' tournament life was on the line, just needed to avoid the two kings and the board pairing anything besides the deuce or trey. 7♦ on the turn was safe, but the K♥ gave Nelutu7 a set and a sigh of relief knocked out malykaras in 82nd place.

AnonConMatt, Fireworks9, and yoyo95220 all wrapped up their tables quickly as two Team PokerStars Pros were on the verge of joining them. On table nine Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli was taking on flotry heads-up while table one had Andre Acoimbra (who helped us out a little with a live webcast during the SCOOP series, click here for the replay) three headed facing off with PlatinumStar anhdao34 and Natali09. Andre got a little help from the poker gods, taking out anhdao34 with Q6o finding a straight on the river to overcome the KJo held by anhdao34. A short while later while leading 11,290 to 2,210 Andre again would find the river card favorable taking T♦Q♦ up against Q♥A♥ all-in after the flop and watching a ten drop on the river 2♥ 4♠ 5♣ 9♠ T♥ to send the Team PokerStars Pro to the final table.

Brunelli had his golden ticket seemingly wrapped up with his opponent flotry all-in holding just 3♣J♣ while the Brazilian held pocket kings K♣K♠, but with one trey on the flop and one on the turn the 8,228 chip pot slipped away to flotry's stack. Four hands later Diego would lead preflop calling the shove of flotry holding A♥Q♣. flotry's 8♣K♦ was behind until a fateful turned pair of kings 7♦ T♣ 7♥ K♠ 5♠ sent the Team PokerStars Online Pro to the rail setting up our final table below:

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Immediately though we would have a deal splitting up the final table balance of the prize pool. After about five minutes of discussion, _maarten_436 checking the chat box, and a few language barriers we would have a deal to split up $3,955.55 between all nine players!

Despite the players playing for bragging rights it would take until the 25/50 blind level to bid adieu to our first player with just 270 chips, Lucianaton was all-in preflop receiving calls from flotry and yoyo95220. flotry and yoyo95220 would play a little small ball thru the streets both checking the river to see flotry's pocket sevens 7♣7♠ take the pot on the 2♥ 6♥ 5♣ K♣ 4♣ board.

Shortly thereafter yoyo95520 would take a short stack of 640 chips all-in preflop as Fireworks09 made the call holding pocket jacks J♥J♠. A♣8♣ for yoyo95520 found a bright spot with an ace on the flop, but Fireworks09 shot down those bullets with a jack on the turn taking home the win of 1,355 chips on the 2♦ T♣ A♦ J♣ A♥ board eliminating yoyo95220 in eighth place.

Acoimbra out in seventh place

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Acoimbra missed his flush draw while calling an all-in from _maarten_436 and was left with just 245 chips while still in the 25/50 blinds level. Four hands later would find his 195 chips in the middle, flipping against king18982.

acoimbra: T♠Q♣
king18982: 9♣9♦

Face cards would fail to hit the 5♠ 3♦ 4♠ J♠ board as Andre held the only spade for a possible four flush. But, the 4♦ showed up instead handing the Team PokerStars Pro's scraps to king18982 who exited in seventh place.

Fireworks explode on the river

On the very next hand watch Fireworks09 take down king18982 who couldn't quite get by the river card:


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king18982 would outflop Fireworks09's J♠A♦, spiking two pair with A♥5♥ on the 5♣T♠A♠ flop. Safe 7♣ turn for king18982, but the jack on the river J♦ knocked out the royalty in sixth place.

Things would continue to speed up for our freerolling freeroll as the prize pool was zero but pride was on the line as we moved on to the 50/100 blind level where flotry would shove from UTG for 1,615 chips and called by a covering _maarten_436. Big slick A♣K♣ for flotry and pocket tens T♥T♦ for _maarten_436. With one face card and one club on the 6♠ J♣ 4♥ 4♦ 7♦ board flotry floated away in fifth place.

Five hands later 5X-cowboy-X4 woke up to do some damaged to the remaining four by taking out a severely short-stacked AnonConMatt whose A♥9♦ was all-in preflop and not able to produce much on the 7♥ 4♣ 4♥ 3♥ 7♦ board as 5X-cowboy-X4's pocket eights were enough to win the 1,920 chip pot and that was that for AnonConMatt in fourth place.

Three handed play was intense as neither of the remaining players wanted to give up the title. Going into the 75/150 blind level 5X-cowboy-4X slipped a bit and was left with 2,320 chips. He would shove those chips over the top of a button raise by Fireworks09 turning up J♦A♦ after getting called. Fireworks09 held a pocket pair of nines 9♥9♠ and was rewarded with a near hand-locking third nine on the flop 8♦ 2♠ 9♣. 7♥ on the turn opened up four outs, but no ten on the river K♣ sent the gunslinger to the rail in third place.

Things would continue to speed up for our freerolling freeroll as the prize pool was zero but pride was on the line as we moved on to the 50/100 blind level where flotry would shove from UTG for 1,615 chips and called by a covering _maarten_436. Big slick A♣K♣ for flotry and pocket tens T♥T♦ for _maarten_436. With one face card and one club on the 6♠ J♣ 4♥ 4♦ 7♦ board flotry floated away in fifth place.

Five hands later 5X-cowboy-X4 woke up to do some damaged to the remaining four by taking out a severely short-stacked AnonConMatt whose A♥9♦ was all-in preflop and not able to produce much on the 7♥ 4♣ 4♥ 3♥ 7♦ board as 5X-cowboy-X4's pocket eights were enough to win the 1,920 chip pot and that was that for AnonConMatt in fourth place.

Three handed play was intense as neither of the remaining players wanted to give up the title. Going into the 75/150 blind level 5X-cowboy-4X slipped a bit and was left with 2,320 chips. He would shove those chips over the top of a button raise by Fireworks09 turning up J♦A♦ after getting called. Fireworks09 held a pocket pair of nines 9♥9♠ and was rewarded with a near hand-locking third nine on the flop 8♦ 2♠ 9♣. 7♥ on the turn opened up four outs, but no ten on the river K♣ sent the gunslinger to the rail in third place.

Fight for the right to party?

Our final two would start off with the below stacks determined to find a winner this evening as the prize pool was deflated to $0 after the 9-way chop.

_maarten_436: 4,860 in chips
Fireworks09: 8,640 in chips

Playing another near 15 minutes of heads-up play _maarten_436 would take the lead 8,360 to 5,140 going into the final hand. Watch the final hand play out below:


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The pocket nines of _maarten_436 would hold on the T♣ 8♦ 3♣ Q♣ 6♣ board eeking out a win over the 4♠8♠ of Fireworks09 to claim the right to be called Battle of the Planets champion.

$50,000 May Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Results:
(* denotes all players received $3,955.55 in nine way chop)
1. _maarten_436 (Münster) *$3,995.55
2. Fireworks09 (Lynn) *$3,955.55
3. 5X-cowboy-X4 (lagney) *$3,955.55
4. AnonConMatt (Burbank) *$3,955.55
5. flotry (bellegarde) *$3,955.55
6. king18982 (remscheid) *$3,955.55
7. acoimbra (Coimbra) *$3,955.55
8. yoyo95220 (herblay) *$3,955.55
9. Lucianaton (Spain) *$3,955.55

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets