Battle of the Planets: Silence is golden as JFJO216 wins $12,000
A little double duty for your writing crew today here at the PokerStarsBlog. The finale of the World Bloggers Championship of Online Poker is taking place with 2,062 scribes on the virtual felt today battling it out for tickets to the 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker or an Omaha Eight or Better player's favorite phrase SCOOP! But this multi-tasking crew is here for all the updates on the big end-of-the-month Sunday tournaments along with the weekly Sunday Majors.
Our Sit and Go champs are first up today with the $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout. 595 players cashed in their weekly freeroll tickets to join us this afternoon for a shot at the $12,000.00 first prize in addition to the weekly contest earned thru the player's respective buy-in levels or "planet". Money on top of free money doesn't hurt the bankroll as the 81 players who survived their first table earned $195.00 and those chronicled below at the final table will walk away with at least $775.00. Not a bad booster for those who are used to playing micro limit tables.
To get to the big money we had to first trim the playing field to 81. After an hour and a half into level eight blinds at 150/300 ante 25 while there were only four tables left, table number six managed to have four players vying for a seat into the cash. Sure enough it was table six deciding the final player into the money today as ihbcney took out Thrash370 when ihbcney's 2♦Q♦ out flopped the A♦6♦ of Thrash370 as the two got their money in preflop on the Q♠ 3♥ J♠ J♣ T♠. Thrash added a "fml" in the chat box for the unlucky final row of cards; missing the second round by a lady today.
Team PokerStars Online Pros were shutout of the money today as Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc, Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra, and Thomas "Boku87" Boekhoff all had the price for admission but left with nothing but their name and finished number in the tournament results box.
riverkila murdered the table quickly and punched the first seat to the final table after pocket queens held up against the big slick of Stephan111 all-in preflop and had to wait while for the remaining eight showed themselves. But it was JFJO216 who grabbed the all-important ninth seat to the final table. Up against PlatinumStar respect82 both would play to the 125/250 ante 25 blind level and their chips in preflop with JFJO216 holding a near 5:1 chip lead. A♣Q♥ for JFJO216 dominated the Q♠T♣ of respect82 as the K♠ 2♥ 2♣ 8♥ 6♠ board hit neither of the players as JFJO216's ace played and set up the race to the $12,000.00 shown below:
dude_whasup tried to rally the troops for chopping up the lion share of the $50,000 prize pool before the first hand was even dealt but got no takers as the PlatinumStar would have to play to win tonight. Starting off with 1,500 chips and reset blinds of 10/20 dude_whasup would take the first big pot of the final table value betting a flopped set of treys against ironOne all the way to the river and claiming the 1,190 chip pot.
Usually the elimination action doesn't heat up until the 50/100 blind level, but just four hands after dude_whasup was shipped that big pot, the last person to the final table was on the right side of a post-flop cooler. While UTG Bonsy would raise to 60 as it folded around to JFJO216 in the cutoff who flat called and saw a flop of 2♠ 4♥ Q♠. Bonsy led out for 100 and JFJO216 bumped it to 300. Immediately Bonsy shoved all-in for 1,320 total and JFJO216 covered and the call with a flopped set of ducks 2♥2♦. Suddenly the pocket aces A♦A♥ of Bonsy looked rather limp. The limp turned into a death knell for Bonsy's chip stack at the board ran out T♥ on the turn and 9♠ on the river to secure the 2,790 pot for JFJO216 and ninth place money ($775.00) for Bonsy.
The 15/30 blind level slid by without major incident but four hands into the 25/50 blind level saw short-stacked ironOne run into the brick wall of dude_whasup's chip stack. In a blind versus blind confrontation ironOne bumped it to 300 from the small blind as dude_whasup made it 250 more with a three-bet. ironOne only had 450 behind put the rest in as dude_whasup snap called with pocket rockets A♥A♣. Not exactly what someone holding A♦T♣ wants to see as both players would hit full houses on the A♠ J♣ 7♣ T♦ T♥ board, but dude_whasup's aces full beat out the tens full of ironOne who was done in eighth place ($1,200.00).
Going into the important 50/100 blind level where short-stacks would have to start trying their luck preflop with pushes here's how the chips stacked up:
Seat 1: pluisje33 (1705 in chips)
Seat 2: luckEirishmn (1840 in chips)
Seat 3: yalpstel (1340 in chips)
Seat 4: riverkila (1210 in chips)
Seat 5: JFJO216 (2530 in chips)
Seat 7: dude_whasup (2860 in chips)
Seat 8: MirAcleJuice (2015 in chips)
Another blind versus blind battle sent our seventh place finished on their way. Folded around to the small blind luckEirshmn would shove into the big blind holding 9♥K♣ hoping to take the blinds without incident. In a hand similar to ironOne's elimination luck was not on the Irish's side however as yalpstel snap called with pocket kings K♦K♠. Both player were even in chips as the 1,980 chip pot would end up with the preflop favorite as the board ran out 6♦ 5♥ 3♠ J♦ 4♦ to end luckEirshmn's night in seventh place ($1,700.00).
dude_whasup took a post-flop cooler against pluisje33 after floppeing top two pair only to be shown the flopped set from pluisje33 to knock down the once big stack of the table to chip basement. Eleven hands later with the blinds still at 50/100 dude_whasup down to just 855 in the big blind tried to take A♠7♥ to victory without showdown after three-betting yalpstel's raise to 300. But, yalpstel held Q♠A♣ and was going no place except further up the pay scale as the board ran out all low cards 2♠ 4♥ 4♦ 3♣ 6♥. The cards spoke loud and clear for dude_whasup as he exited in sixth place ($2,200.00).
riverkila tried to sneak in a plea as the short stack for a chop of the final five money right after dude_whasup's bust out, but probably felt better that the players didn't respond. riverkila went from short stack to chip leader in the final hand of the 75/150 blind level right before the break, taking A♥Q♣ to the win over pluisje33's K♣Q♥ on a 3♦ 5♦ J♠ J♦ 7♠ board for a 4,295 chip pot leaving pluisje33 with just 250 chips with the table shaping up as shown below:
Seat 1: pluisje33 (250 in chips)
Seat 3: yalpstel (3310 in chips)
Seat 4: riverkila (4295 in chips)
Seat 5: JFJO216 (2730 in chips)
Seat 8: MirAcleJuice (2915 in chips)
On the second hand after the break riverkila would finish off pluisje33 after making a small raise from UTG as pluisje33 was left with just 100 chips in the small blind and yalpstel made the call in the big blind. Both riverkila and yalpstel would check down the 6♦ A♥ 5♦ J♥ Q♣ board to reveal riverkila's A♠8♣ to be the winning hand as pluisje33's hand couldn't beat the pair of aces was simply mucked the unseen hand to earn $2,735.00 in fifth place.
riverkila turned up the heat on the four-handed table with several preflop raises that went uncontested but caught a bit of a cooler with pocket tens against the pocket aces of JFJO216 that held up for a 3,610 chip pot. Two hands later JFJO216 would continue to run good finding K♣Q♦ in the small blind and pushing all-in as MirAcleJuice made the call in the big blind with K♠J♠. MirAcleJuice couldn't find the magic potion of poker life on the 7♦ T♠ 4♥ 3♦ Q♠ board and the Juice was let loose in fourth place ($3,350.00).
As the chips smoothed out during the 125/250 ante 25 level seven blinds riverkila tried once again to play the part of politician and rally the remaining three constituents for a chop of the remaining $24,000.00 in prize money. yalpstel finally offered an three way split from $8,000 a piece but three-handed play continued as JFJO216 stayed silent.
As the blinds moved up to 150/300 ante 25 riverkila's stack got shorter and shorter on chips as JFJO216 and yalpstel's preflop raises went uncontested for several orbits. But, there was ray of light as riverkila found Q♥K♠ on the button and pushed for 1,623 chips and yalpstel called in the big blind holding 7♥K♥. The sunshine lasted as long as the computer took to show the 8♣ 7♦ 4♣ flop as yalpstel found a pair of sevens to take the lead. The pair would hold on the A♣ turn and 2♦ river sending riverkila home in third place ($4,500.00).
Even after busting out riverkila tried to assist with a chop from the rail yet yalpstel and JFJO216 were intent on finishing this tourney out. Here's out they stacked up going into heads-up play:
Seat 3: yalpstel (7551 in chips)
Seat 5: JFJO216 (5949 in chips)
The stacks stayed fairly even throughout the heads-up contest as it rolled on to the 200/400 ante 50 level nine with either player chirping up for an even chop or even some friendly banter.
At one point there was four all-ins in a row but JFJO216 held tight winning two of those and chopping another while dominated as yalpstel's attempt to put away the adversary as both players took turns holding the chip lead. While nearly dead even in chips JFJO216 would take a decent sized 6,500 chip pot after rivering a pair of tens against the flopped third pair of yalpstel and never looked back. JFJO216 would win four consecutive hands ending the tournament after calling yalpstel hail mary shove from the button with only 2,104 chips left with 2♠K♠. Holding a 5:1 chip lead and A♣T♥ made the call an easy one as the Q♦ 5♥ 4♣ 5♦ 4♦ board complied this time with the preflop favorite and yalpstel was left to collect $7,500.00 for second place.
A little of run-good and some skill got JFJO216 into the winner's circle tonight for the entire $12,000.00 first place prize. Congrats to all of our winners this evening and throughout the month. Be sure to start collecting those SnG points for February's race to the top of your planet's leaderboard!
$50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Results (01-31-10)
1. JFJO216 (Northampton) $12,000.00
2. yalpstel (North York) $7,500.00
3. riverkila (perth) $4,500.00
4. MirAcleJuice (elnesvågen) $3,350.00
5. pluisje33 (pannerden) $2,735.00
6. dude_whasup (Aliso Viejo) $2,200.00
7. luckEirishmn (Atlanta) $1,700.00
8. ironOne (Nybergsund) $1,200.00
9. Bonsy (Marquette) $775.00