Battle of the Planets: chris777444 spins a jackpot winning $12K in August freeroll

BOP_thumbnail.jpgWhile most of the recent tournament talk for the next month at PokerStars is going to contain the letters W.C.O.O.P. for the next month, today's $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll is a reminder that SnG players need some love as well. No bracelets would be awarded to the player who manages a three-game winning streak today, but with the $12,000.00 first place prize the champ could just buy his or her own wrist bling. 470 players stood at the starting five or six player tables, all of them accomplished SnG players from winning their freeroll tickets through a series of weekly point races.

Defending champ Spackn would qualify again this month, but would not add a third Battle of the Planets title this month finishing in 394th place.

A couple of Team PokerStars players meandered into today's triple shootout perhaps a tune-up for Event #30 of the 2011 WCOOP on September 14th. But, those are 10-max tables and today the two PokerStars representatives started off with a six-player table. Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli cashed in his usual freeroll ticket as he earned yet another one this month. But, the ticket would only last into the 25/50 blind level after getting chopped down to just 930 chips from a starting stack of 1500, Brunelli got a little aggressive in the small blind by open shoving 7♥Q♥. cempb0ss sat patiently in the big blind calling with Q♠A♠ and enough chips to cover the Brazilian's bet. An ace on the flop and no flush sweat on the turn J♠ 2♥ A♦ 2♣ 8♥ sunk Diego's day in 333rd place.

Team Online's Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez had a little more success, getting to heads up play against TigerFM and a minimum $195.00 for the winner. Dominguez would come from behind to overtake the German TigerFM and advance to a fresh nine-player table and one step closer to that $12,000.00 first place prize.

Lucky Indeed

Fairly early into the second round Dominguez would get his money in good, but lucky_ace82 found something better. The blinds at just 15/30 but both players would find all their chips in the middle for a 2,925 chip pot and lucky_ace82 covering the Spanish pro's bet by just 65 chips. Pair of ladies Q♥Q♦ for Javier and big slick K♥A♦ for lucky_ace82. No lucky ace needed as two kings hit the flop K♠ K♣ 8♥ 4♠ 5♠ and Dominguez was collecting $195.00 in 78th place.

While Javier's departure as quick, the rest of the field rolled on determine who would walk away with $195.00 and who would be playing for several thousand dollars waiting at the final table.

Down to three tables left edison35 found the right wattage to extinguish theharrisonl, kamanchero01 shot down abaron68 in 11th place leaving bigshow17 and Alex Borb on table eight to square away the final seat. Alex Borb would battle from a 10 to 1 deficit heads-up stretching the last table to the third hourly break while behind 4,240 to 9,260. Just a few minutes after the cards were back in the air however, Alex Borb would be all-in for 3,640 chips preflop holding pocket sevens 7♣7♦ against the suited connectors 8♥9♥ of bigshow17. The flop 3♦ K♣ Q♥ was clean for the sevens, but the turn 8♠ was not giving bigshow17 the lead. After the two-outer did not hit the river 4♠, all players reconvened on table one for the final table.


Seat 1: AK-deluxe (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: chris777444 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: mularczykPVC (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: edison35 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: kamanchero01 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: toycomite (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: d5quared2 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: bigshow17 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: K.T.A.-1985 (1500 in chips)

The players immediately went to deal making mode as starting 10/20 blind level rolled on through as the players looked to the PokerStars Host for a nine-split and a little money on the side for the top three spots. However edison35 took the right to remain silent seriously and quashed the initial round of talks without a stoppage in play. Part of the silence may have been due to edison35 taking the early chip lead as the first player to over 2,000 chips.

Talks of a deal became no more of a whisper after all nine survived the 15/30 and 25/50 blind levels and even after losing the chip lead, edison35 stayed quiet on the chatting front.

Deluxe reduction

In what might have been the longest final table until the first elimination, AK-deluxe holding just 1,040 chips and the blinds at 50/100 tried to nab the free money with a shove from the button holding 6♠A♣. chris777444 however was sitting in the right spot at the right time, making the call from the small blind with Q♣A♦. No sixes on the J♣ 9♠ 7♥ K♥ 2♦ board had AK-deluxe looking for new game in ninth place ($775.00).

K. T. A. goes M. I. A.

Fast pace play got even faster with mostly short stacks around the table. With the blinds at 75/150 K.T.A.-1985 with just 529 chips would shove over a small raise from d5quared2. edison35 called both bets as d5quared2 called the extra 214. After a T♥ Q♣ T♣ flop, edison35 immediate shoved all-in and got d5quared2 out of the way. Pocket kings for edison35 K♥K♦ put a damper on K.T.A.-1985's top pair-top kicker Q♥A♠. No ace or a second queen found the rest of the 9♥ 9♦ board and K.T.A.-1985 took home $1,200.00 in eighth place.

Sea of eliminations

As mentioned the 75/150 level brought the short stacks an urgent message to double up quickly or hit the road. Just three hands later we would have back-to-back eliminations. 710 chips went in the middle preflop for kamanchero01, trying the snag the blinds from the button holding just 2♦8♥. It would have worked too if d5quared2 did not have an ace to make the call A♦3♠. Ace on the flop ended kamanchero01's night in seventh place ($1,700.00). On the next chris777444 would snag one of the biggest pots of the tourney, check it out below:

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It not something you ever want to be on the wrong end of, but amazing when it happens as a railbird. Despite flopping top two with A♦T♦ on the A♠6♣T♠ board and all-in after the flop, toycomite would watch a miracle drop for chris777444's A♥8♠ as two eights hit the turn 8♦ and river 8♣ handing over sixth place cash ($2,200.00) to toycomite instead of the 3,895 chip pot.

Cracked pipe

PVC piping may be pretty solid and so is a pocket pair of nines 9♣9♠when you only have 1,035 chips and blinds at 100/200. But, your opponent flips up pocket kings K♦K♣ you sigh and hope for the best. chris777444 did not need to come from behind this time as the kings ruled on the 6♠ J♠ 3♥ A♥ T♥ board giving mularczykPVC $2,735.00 in fifth place money.

Rolling a critical hit

Hoping the name d5quared2 is a slight homage to gamer dice, he would roll a critical hit just three hands after PVC took a seat on the rail. With the blinds still at 100/200, d5quared2 would open shove from UTG holding pocket tens T♦T♠ as bigshow17 on the immediate left did the same for a little less holding just 925 chips and pocket queens Q♠Q♣. Keeping the theme of suckouts going, a ten would hit the flop J♠ T♣ 9♠ but so would an open-ended straight draw for bigshow17. Neither the queen nor the eight straight outs hit the 7♥ turn and 5♣ river as bigshow17 caught a big payday $3,350.00 for fourth place.

Light turned off

While we thank Edison for inventing the light bulb which is allowing this author to find the keys after every miskey, edison35 was hoping to invent a new chipstack holding just 1,613 chips and blinds at 100/200. Unfortunately, the attempt to take a few chips off the chip leader chris777444 proved to be futile. edison35's K♠9♦ looked good against a ragged 3♥Q♠ shown by chris777444 until a tiny three found its way wedged into the J♠ 3♣ 4♣ 6♣ 8♣ board to end the chop abstainer's night in third place ($4,500.00).

Fighting to no avail

d5quared2 had an uphill battle with a big 3,861 to 9,639 chip deficit going into heads-up play against chris777444 and he would scrap for several dozen hands before the hand below came about:

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It least it's a flip. All in preflop with pocket fives 5♣5♥, chris777444 would call from the big blind holding just 7♦K♦ despite creating a sizable 6,572 chip pot. chris777444 would catch a seven on the 6♠ 8♣ 7♣ flop but would have to fade ten outs twice. Luckily, pocket aces A♥ A♦ would show up to fill in the rest of the board as chris777444 successfully faded the big draw to collect the entire $12,000.00 as this month's Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout champion!

$50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll results (08-28-11)
1. chris777444 (Canada) $12,000.00
2. d5quared2 (Russia) $7,500.00
3. edison35 (Germany) $4,500.00
4. bigshow17 (Canada) $3,350.00
5. mularczykPVC (Poland) $2,735.00
6. toycomite (Spain) $2,200.00
7. kamanchero01 (Russia) $1,700.00
8. K.T.A.-1985 (Spain) $1,200.00
9. AK-deluxe (Austria) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets