Battle of the Planets: jorjorreal is for real, takes down September triple shootout

Battle of the Planets logo.jpgAs the World Championship of Online Poker winds down with the $5 million guarantee Main Event (with a final prize pool of $8,135,000.00) some folks not in the Main Event choose to do so even if they had the bankroll to pony up the $5,200 buy-in. Tonight those players will play for 23 30-minute levels, add in 23 times five minutes for breaks, carry the one, subtract the hypotenuse, solve for x, and you have around fifteen hours of play. Now, if you HAVE fifteen hours of time to sit down at your laptop then going after that WCOOP bracelet and one of two seven-figure paydays makes sense.

This is not for everyone.

Some players need the compact sized tournaments to fit their schedules, and that's where we find the field of 474 players playing in today's Battle of the Planets $50,000.00 triple shootout freeroll. SnG's are made for those who excel in the tournament setting but don't have from sunrise to sunset to play. These players wedged in enough SnGs wins to qualify for today's tournament and stand to win $12,500.00 if they can survive three tables.

At the end of the first round and two tables remaining a familiar face was battling for a second round seat and locking up $195.00 in profit. Alex "allingomes" Gomes who narrowly missed a final table in WCOOP 2011 Event #54 (finishing 8th for $18,392.00) would wrap up the second-to-last second round seat after taking down LmLn123 (xixikoko knocked off matbestar for the final seat). But, the victory dance did not last long as Gomes would bust quickly in the second round finishing in 78th place ($195.00).
nineallday00, premo321, and FISHCAKECITY would wrap up their seats early on and joined by jorjorreal and Germany's Fohle140586 as tables two and three still had four players apiece looking to lock up at least $775.00 for a final table seat.

At the three hour point only btoast21 and I..nobody..l stood to grab the last seat to the final table as the WCOOP Main Event prize pool pushed past eight million dollars. They would cut a small deal to ship a little bit to the loser of their heads-up match, and for some reason, wanted to play all night despite the riches waiting on the next table. Their heads-up battle would last over 30 minutes as I..nobody..l stood with the chip advantage for the majority of the time. Then with the blinds at 200/400 ante 50 btoast21 with just 995 chips behind after paying the big blind would call the raise from I..nobody..l holding 2♥J♣. Pocket nines 9♣9♥ would pave the road to the final table for I..nobody..l as the board failed to improve either hand starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: 1heanswerrr (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: cmonk33 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: I..nobody..l (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: FISHCAKECITY (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: nineallday00 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: Cha444 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: jorjorreal (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Fohle140586 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: premo321 (1500 in chips)

Immediately as the final table began half the table went into deal-making mode, looking to chop up a little under $4K per player locking up nearly third place money without having to turn over a card. However, the deal was veto'd by a few of the higher stakes grinders and play would continue.

Fohle falls

Normally a quiet level on the Battle of the Planets final leg of the shootout, the starting 10/20 blinds usually nets a few small pots being pushed but nothing more. Unfortunately for Fohle140586 the demise would come with big preflop advantage after shoving for 1,030 chips over the top of 1heanswerrr's raise to 60 and ending with big postflop disadvantage. Having the bet covered, 1heanswerrr would make the call holding A♦Q♦ up against the big slick K♠A♠ of Fohle140586. Two diamonds on the flop and one on the river equaled a 2,070 chip pot for 1heanswerrr and $775.00 for Fohle140586 in ninth place.

Silent killer

The 15/30 level would pass with no more causalities as would the 25/50 blind level. But, at the start of level four's 50/100 premo321 would open shove for 1,195 chips as cmonk33 in the cutoff also pushed all-in for a little more. The button and blinds folded as cmonk33 flipped up A♥Q♦ and premo321 a suited big slick K♠A♠. And just like Fohle's elimination, the lady would the night as a queen would spike on the river sending our second straight player home with a nasty bad beat as premo321 finished in eighth place ($1,200.00). Which is exactly where premo321 finished in June's edition of the Triple Shootout, but free money is free money.

Cha Cha Cha!

Bad beats are the theme tonight, and this one tops the first two. Watch the video below as FISHCAKECITY and Cha444 getting it in preflop with another fortunate river card:

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And with a second nine on the river 7♣ 9♠ Q♠ 5♦ 9♣, Cha444's 9♥A♥ side-stepped FISHCAKECITY's Q♥A♠ off the main stage in seventh place ($1,700.00).

Bad time to make your hand

The 50/100 level continued to be a wrecking ball to our player's list as jorjorreal would limp in from UTG as it folded around to Cha444 who checked in the big blind. The rainbow 6♥ 3♠ 7♦ low flop got Cha444 to check-raise the min bet by jorjorreal as the Spaniard made the call for 190 chips more. Cha444 would lead out 298 chips on the K♦ turn as jorjorreal made the call again. J♦ river gave Cha444 two pair K♥J♠ and he would push all-in for 1,287 chips. jorjorreal covered and could not call quickly enough with the nut flush A♦6♦ as another river card sunk a player, this time Cha444 in sixth place ($2,200.00).

Nobody knows the trouble I have seen

Two face cards, only 632 chips. I..nobody..l needed a start somewhere as the blinds moved up to 75/150 I..nobody..l would shove that shortstack with Q♥K♠ over the 450 chip raise of jorjorreal. Easy call for the chip leader holding 9♠A♦, and the board would favor the rich with a turned ace and a missed gutshot straight on the river 7♥ 8♣ J♦ A♠ 5♥ marking the first time the river did not decide our player's fate as I..nobody..l will have $2,735.00 to ease those troubles.

Play turns into hard cash

Our final four would play tough as the blinds became increasingly tough on people not named jorjorreal who enjoyed a fat stack of 6,553 chips while the remaining three was led by cmonk33's 2,777. With the blinds still at 75/150 nineallday00 would min raise from the button as jorjorreal put in enough from the small blind to force nineallday00 all-in. Holding big slick A♠K♥ nineallday00 made the call. nineallday00 did not get the memo about holding a dominate hand to jorjorreal's A♥9♥ as a nine was promptly spread on the door 9♦ 2♠ 3♦ 8♠ 6♠ bringing nineallday00's tournament to a close in fourth place ($3,350.00) as jorjorreal raked in the 3,910 chip pot.

Yes, the better hand DOES win once in a while

And yes we have video proof of this phenomenon, check it out below:

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jorjorreal showed he could win while ahead as well, as 1heanswerrr shoved over the chip leader's button raise holding J♣K♥. jorjorreal snap called with J♠A♠ and for once this final table the dominate hand held as 7♣ Q♠ 5♠ 6♣ 4♥ spread neatly on the table for jorjorreal as 1heanswerrr collected $4,500.00 in third place.

Wrap up the dollars and no cents

Shortly after 1heanswerrr left the table cmonk33 broached the idea of a slight chop going into heads-up play down 2,672 to jorjorreal's 10,828 chips. After exactly no rebuttals and a change in payouts by the PokerStars staff, we had the following deal:

jorjorreal: $11,000.00
cmonk33: $8,500.00

And with the deal, all the monies were passed out so the final hand with no cahs behind it was won by jorjorreal's flopped straight as jorjorreal officially became the September Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll champion!

$50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll results (09-25-11)
(* denotes part of two-way deal)
1. jorjorreal (Spain) *$11,000.00
2. cmonk33 (Canada) *$8,500.00
3. 1heanswerrr (Russia) $4,500.00
4. nineallday00 (Canada) $3,350.00
5. I..nobody..l (Germany) $2,735.00
6. Cha444 (Indonesia) $2,200.00
7. FISHCAKECITY (United Kingdom) $1,700.00
8. premo321 (Croatia) $1,200.00
9. Fohle140586 (Germany) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets