Battle of the Planets: smart alex245 takes down April's freeroll for $12K

BOP_thumbnail.jpgEach month our SnG grinders get a little added bonus to their play, and it comes in the form of the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll. For those who qualify, they have already picked up one or more of the weekly prizes from $1,500.00 for the Mercury division up to $5,000 for the high rolling Jupiter divison.

Tonight 422 of those players cashed their tickets for a shot at the $12,000.00 first place prize, but first each player would need to win two SnGs to get there. At the money bubble it came down to a heads-up match between Guerill@ and kylez04. Guerill@ held the chip lead 5,342 to 2,158 as the two got all of their chips in the middle after a 2♣ 6♥ K♥ flop. kylez04 survived the flop with pocket fives 5♦5♠ and was looking good for a double up. But, Guerill@'s A♥7♠ would find the A♠ on the turn and avoided a five on the 3♠ to take down the 4,316 chip pot and join the other 80 players in the money (minimum of $195.00 each).

alex245 and kafelnikovz quickly took the first two seats at the final table, as they had time for a nice lunch or dinner while waiting for the remaining seven seats to fill up. And wait they did, as three tables of heads-up play made all the way to the 200/400 ante 50 blind levels. Jackycool finally took down Bonsy, ansuz found pocket aces, and two hands later a set of ducks to take down Teddy1211 to direct all eyes to table 9 for a match between skaand and JOEYL_123 for the final seat. Just after the five minute hourly break the two would throw it in preflop as skaand shoved from the button with A♦3♦ and JOEYL_123 covered and snap called with A♣T♦. A diamond and three-less 4♥ Q♥ Q♣ 6♠ J♠ board came down and skaand was eliminated as the final table bubble boy in 10th place ($195.00).


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Seat 1: marioboggi (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: kafelnikovz (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: ansuz (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: angelababy99 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: scott96dl (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: Jackycool (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: alex245 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: cradshark_ (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: JOEYL_123 (1500 in chips)

There is no chip leader at the start of this final table, only one at the end, as the players each start off with 10/20 blinds and 1,500 chips. No all-in action for the first blind level but Jackycool took down a 1,020 chip pot off ansuz when a three-bet from Jackycool on a flop of 2♦ 5♣ T♣ got ansuz to concede the pot.

Same for the 15/30 blind level as all nine survived and Jackycool continued to hold the chip lead, as ansuz continued to take the worst of it slipping to just 500 chips.

ansuz would get some temporary help while doubling up at the expense of VIP Supernova kafelnikovz in a blind versus blind battle during the 25/50 blind level. A little further into the level VIP Silverstar alex245 would also find a double-up as his pocket sevens 7♦7♠ bested the A♦Q♠ of scott96dl for a 1,720 chip pot. Three hands later alex245 would find even more good fortune in flopping a straight with 8♦9♦ against the pocket jacks J♥J♠ of JOEYL_123 after the two saw a flop of T♦ 6♣ 7♥. Maybe flopped straights do get there once in a while and alex245 benefitted with the 3,515 chip pot. Down to just 135 chips JOEYL_123 would double up once but a few hands would run T♥A♦ into the pocket kings K♠K♣ of Jackycool. After the board spilled out quads for Jackycool 3♥ K♦ 4♦ K♥ 7♦ as JOEYL_123 became our first to leave the table in ninth place ($775.00) after being the last to arrive here.

Two hands later as the blinds moved up to 50/100 shortstacked scott96dl got the chance to open from middle position and shoved in 540 chips holding Q♥3♦. Unfortunately, the steal was looked up by cradshark_ on the button with A♥J♠. The nearly all-heart board 7♥ K♥ 4♦ 4♥ 3♥ gave both players a flush, but the nuts beat out the second nuts as scott96dl left with $1,200.00 in eighth place money.

After losing a big hand of TT vs. KK, angelababy99 was knocked down to just 10 chips. Chip and chair time? The first all-in angelababy99 would haul in 30 chips winning with just 9♣4♣ when a nine spiked on the river. But the second all-in was not as successful. This time holding a respectful A♥3♦ angelababy99 was up against J♠K♥ held by kafelnikovz. A jack would hit the flop 6♠ J♥ 9♥ and the rest of the board remained heart-less and free of aces 3♣ 9♦. Seventh place and $1,700.00 was shipped to angelababy99 as the blinds moved up to 75/150.

Race for the win. Necessary in any poker tournament, watch alex245 and ansuz both put nearly all of their chips in preflop for a 2,025 chip pot:

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alex245's big slick took the victory on a rivered ace, as ansuz's pocket nines were one card away from continuing but will have to settle for $2,200.00 in sixth place. Don't feel bad for ansuz though as he was one player away from claiming a WCOOP bracelet back in 2007 in Event #10 and got $65K for the runner-up finish (check here for the recap)

kafelnikovz was running low on chips as the blinds moved up to 100/200 but had the button and shoved a stack of 1,510 chips with 7♥T♣. But, Jackycool with plenty of chips and in the small blind made the call with Q♣A♥. Two live cards for kafelnikovz and one of them hit the 4♥ 8♦ T♦ flop. But before the VIP Supernova could do a victory dance, the A♣ hit the turn and 8♣ shipped the 3,220 chip pot to Jackycool eliminating kafelnikovz in fifth place ($2,735.00).

We're sure cradshark_ could only muster a sigh after this below:


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Pocket queens Q♣Q♦ looking good against the J♠K♣ of alex245 as they combined chips preflop for a 3,240 chip pot. The ladies held by cradshark_ however got ran over by the couple of kings that decided to make an appearance on the 2♦ 6♠ K♠ 4♣ K♦ board. cradshark_ was left to search other waters for chum after taking $3,350.00 off this pond in fourth place.

Yeah, that's not very nice. First, to take most of someone's chips like Jackycool did against marioboggi when A♥3♥ held for Jackycool over the 9♠K♥ of marioboggi for a 3,815 chip pot. Then, two hands later, Jackycool would scoop up the rest of marioboggi's chips when pocket aces A♥A♦ held up over A♠6♣ sending marioboggi to the rail with $4,500.00 and third place.

Despite having the chip lead for most of the tournament Jackycool would need to come from behind to win this one as the players started off with the below chip counts:

Seat 6: Jackycool (4400 in chips)
Seat 7: alex245 (9100 in chips)

Also, with blinds already at 125/250 ante 25, Jackycool would need to keep up the aggression seen earlier to stay ahead of the blinds. Jackycool would start out nicely taking down a 1,550 chip pot, but alex245 turned up the heat by taking down the next five pots. alex245 would keep the foot on the gas, knocking Jackycool down to just 2,325 chips before the final hand.

With blinds still at 125/250 ante 25, Jackycool decided to run with an ace 5♦A♥ on the button and shoved all-in. Having a huge chip lead made the decision to call easier for alex245 holding T♦Q♣. The chip leader would promptly hit a ten on the flop and a ten on the river for good measure 8♣ T♣ 6♥ 3♠ T♥ taking down the April edition of the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout with trip tens!

Congrats to all 422 players who cashed in those weekly freeroll tickets and join us again next month as $50,000 will be laid across three tables again for the taking.

Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout Results (04-25-10)
1. alex245 (MIAMI BEACH) $12,000.00
2. Jackycool (Siegen) $7,500.00
3. marioboggi (borås) $4,500.00
4. cradshark_ (las vegas) $3,350.00
5. kafelnikovz (Belo Horizonte) $2,735.00
6. ansuz (Karrby) $2,200.00
7. angelababy99 (ningbo) $1,700.00
8. scott96dl (Co. Donegal) $1,200.00
9. JOEYL_123 (Woodstock) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets