Battle of the Planets: Spackn ships the $12K in February victory

BOP_thumbnail.jpgAfter several months of delays, the space shuttle Discovery took to flight earlier this week on its last mission. A blast out of the earth's atmosphere to deliver supplies to the International Space Station over the next eight days bringing needs to those in space. Our flight into the cosmos keeps people well-ground here on Earth and no need to strap-up as an Astronaut. The monthly $50,000 Battle of the Planets freeroll ends the month-long competition for weekly prizes and tickets to this triple shootout.

Team PokerStars members managed to snag five of those freeroll tickets while playing their favorite SnGs. Unfortunately those with red spades aside from their names were not able to advance into the money today. Alexandre "allingomes" Gomes, Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominquez, Andre Coimbra, Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc, and Henrique Pinho all failed to climb out of the 81 starting tables.

Down to two tables left before the remaining 81 players would be assured $195.00 for their efforts, Grzybouch's K♣5♣ failed to catch up to ops7490's A♠4♣ on the 7♦2♠7♣J♥8♥ board and finished in 83rd place. All eyes moved over quickly to Table 37 where Gobbblin enjoyed a big lead over With blinds at 150/300 ante 25, would toss his remaining 909 chips in the middle preflop from the button holding Q♠4♦ as Gobbblin with 9,266 behind made the easy call with pocket tens T♥T♣. A flopped opened ended straight draw for 6♣5♦3♣ provided a little excitement, but the board would kill hopes of a comeback lay out A♦ and 4♣ on the river to ship the remaining 1,818 chips to Gobbblin and start up the race to the final table where a $12,000.00 first place prize is waiting.

Cappla011 and Spackn both punched their tickets in under 45 minutes as they awaited the final table while the other seven tables still had five or six players left. Soon wayne91321, scoobs213, Waaaghbozz, PAW717, Alfa79, and AAPocketaces would trickle in as Table 8 would announce our ninth final table player. Man raining and EunyTheSwa would battle each other until the 125/250 ante 25 level after the third total hour of play. With Man raining in the lead 10,235 to 3,265 EunyTheSwa made a move from the button and shoved all-in holding 8♣A♣, a very decent heads-up hand. Man raining however had a premium hand as well turning over big slick K♥A♥. The door card was a club for EunyTheSwa but it was also a king giving Man raining a big lead that would hold on the K♣ Q♠ 3♠ Q♥ 7♥ board for the win and the last seat to tonight's third table of the triple shootout.


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Seat 1: scoobs213 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: PAW717 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: Alfa79 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: AAPocketaces (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: waynep1321 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: Waaaghbozz (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: cappla011 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Man raining (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: Spackn (1500 in chips)

PAW717 is no stranger to big-time tournament tables having made it to the final 8 in the 2008 WCOOP $25,000 Heads-Up tournament, banking $100,000 in the process. Waaaghbozz, cappla011, scoobs213 certainly have some SnG experience while attaining the Supernova VIP level chopping up the pot was never mentioned.

After a non-confrontational starting blind level of 10/20 with 1,500 starting chips, Waaaghbozz and waynep1321 were looking up at the field. In waynep1321's case, pocket aces failed to hold after Spackn found a set of nines on a 8♠9♣2♠ flop and the two traded bets until Spackn was all-in and the set held for a 2,721 chip pot leaving the waynep1321 with 822 chips with the blinds 15/30.

Man down!

Generally the eliminations wait a few more blinds, but cappla011 and Man raining managed to get their stacks in the middle preflop early in the 25/50 blind level. Watch the results below:

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It would take two big hands like pocket jacks and pocket aces to shove preflop this early and cappla011 was looking desperate holding the jacks J♦J♣ to Man raining's aces A♥A♦. Only covering by 450 chips, cappla011's stack was going to take a big hit until a jack appeared on the door and flopped a boat J♥ 8♣ 8♠. No re-suck on the K♠ turn and Q♣ river and Man raining trickled from the final table in ninth place ($775.00).

cappla011 finds another fortuitous flop

As the blinds moved up to 50/100 and the short stacks start to make their moves preflop, we found two limpers in Spackn and scoobs213, as Waaaghbozz completed the small blind and cappla011 checked the option in the big. A coordinated 6♠ J♠ 8♦ flop came out as the blinds checked and scoobs213 tried to pick up the pot with a 300 chip bet. cappla011 liked his hand again and shoved for 1,880 chips. scoobs213 only had 761 left but was sitting with top pair, top kicker J♣A♠ and made the call. Once again cappla011 found some love on the flop holding bottom two pair 6♣8♥. No Scooby Snacks on the turn 2♠ or river K♥ and cappla011 took down the 2,522 chip pot while scoobs213 peeled away in the Mystery Machine in eighth place ($1,200.00).

Aces not needed, nor wanted

The short stack of waynep1321 lasted this long but was being pressured by AApocketaces. In a blind versus blind confrontation just five hands after scoobs213 was eliminated, AApocketaces bet enough to put waynep1321 all-in. Holding Q♥A♥ and 715 chips behind, waynep1321 was happy to make the call and was up against the pocket fives 5♣5♥ of AApocketaces. Good thing clubs made their way on the board for AApocketaces as a queen would hit the river but it was also the fourth club J♦ 6♣ 8♣ 2♣ Q♣ matching the suit in AApocketaces' hand for the winning flush. waynep1321 outlasted two other players with the shortest stack and managed a seventh place finish ($1,700.00).

Not pocket aces but close enough

As the blinds moved up to 75/150 Alfa79 was reduced to just 866 chips and in need of a chip infusion. Shoving from early position holding T♠J♣ Alfa79 found a caller with a slightly better hand as AApocketaces found a suited big slick K♣A♣. A king on the flop gave AApocketaces a big advantage reducing Alfa79's outs to four as the short stack picked up an inside straight draw 4♦ 9♠ K♥. The queens had better things to do and failed to show up on the 9♦ turn and 5♠ river sending Alfa79 home in sixth place ($2,200.00).

The tides turn

cappla011's wild ride would end in the 75/150 blind level. After losing the chip lead, cappla011 would double up off Waaaghbozz with pocket fours, then hand those chips back to Waaaghbozz when pocket fours failed to hold against Waaaghbozz's A♦9♦. Three hands later cappla011 would get it in preflop one more time holding 1,148 chips and 4♦A♥ as AApocketaces looked to make his third straight elimination flipping up the dominate 7♠A♠. Despite a possibility of a split the board not only gave AApocketaces a pair of sevens, he would turn the nut flush 7♣ 6♠ 4♠ K♠ 5♣ collecting 2,371 chips and showing cappla011 the door in fifth place ($2,735.00).


Just before the foursome of our remaining players was going to the fourth hourly break, Waaaghbozz was trying to climb out of the chip cellar holding just 1,623 chips as the blinds moved up to 100/200. Watch the unsuccessful attempt to steal the blinds below:

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Shoving 7♠8♣ got the desired race with Spackn's 2♥A♠ for a 3,246 chip pot. But, neither player's hand touched the T♣ Q♦ 3♥ 4♣ 9♥ board and Spackn's ace high took down the pot and the number of entries left in the tournament was three. Waaaghbozz would pick up $3,350.00 in fourth place.

The word "chop" did not find its way into the screen even after Spackn dished out double ups with AApocketaces and PAW717 as three-handed play continued and the $12,000.00 first place prize still remained on the table.

Spackn Steamroller

In a span of four hands, Spackn would go from third place looking at $4,500.00 to this month's champion. First, Spackn needed the chip lead which was acquired by doubling up off PAW717 when both players got it in preflop with Spackn holding A♠8♦ to PAW717's K♥Q♦. Queen on the flop Q♥ 4♣ 8♠ knocked Spackn off the lead, but the A♦ on the turn righted the ship and sealed the 6,701 chips pot after the T♦ fell on the river. Very next hand Spackn would try to bully by opening for 5,500 from the button with blinds at 125/250 ante 25. PAW717 folded quickly but AApocketaces found a suited ace 8♠A♠ and made the call for 3,717 chips. Spackn also held an ace with a couple extra pips for a kicker T♣A♥. The pips played on the J♣ 6♠ 5♦ 3♣ 5♣ board and AApocketaces received $4,500.00 in third place.

PAW717 vs. Spackn

Two hands and done, no masterful four bets with air, no check-raises on the turn, just shove it and forget it. After taking down the blinds on the first hand, Spackn would limp in on the second hand as PAW717 wasted no time shoving for 2,357 chips. Holding 11,118 chips before the blinds and antes, Spackn had the bet well covered and the suited ace 9♦A♦ made the call even easier. PAW717's 5♦7♠ was live however until a nine hit the flop 2♣ T♦ 9♣. 8♦ on the turn gave PAW717 a ray of hope with a straight draw, the curtains were drawn on PAW717's tournament life as the 8♥ hit the river shipping the $12,000.00 first prize to the February Battle of the Planets champion Spackn!

February $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll results (02-27-11)
1. Spackn (Germany) $12,000.00
2. PAW717 (United States) $7,500.00
3. AAPocketaces (United States) $4,500.00
4. Waaaghbozz (Germany) $3,350.00
5. cappla011 (United States) $2,735.00
6. Alfa79 (Sweden) $2,200.00
7. waynep1321 (United States) $1,700.00
8. scoobs213 (South Korea) $1,200.00
9. Man raining (Ukraine) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets