Battle of the Planets: daymom spanks the competition, claiming $12K first prize
While it used to mean long, hard fought hours on the real felt at a local casino or the basement home games using a table that needed exactly two chips under one leg so it would not wobble, the online games at PokerStars give players an express poker education by being able to play several tables at once. Many players who qualified for today's $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll did just that. Four, eight, twelve, or play like recent APPT Macau Main Event champ Team Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew and splash pots on twenty-four tables at once. More tables mean more chances to snag weekly leaderboard points for the eight planetary buy-in levels. It does not matter whether you scored that ticket playing $1 SnGs or $5,000 games; all those with entries get an equal shot at today's $12,000.00 first prize.
No Red Spades in this tournament. Maybe it was the party winding down in Macau, or tough competition for those tickets this month, but Team PokerStars pros and Team Online were not able to join the 534 player freeroll today.
While every other table had one player moving on to the second round, Table 15 sported three-way action going into the 125/250 ante 25 blind level. LD182 tried shoving any two live cards twice, and was denied both times. The second attempt came with holding 855 chips in the big blind and defending all-in against Jayzens' Q♥A♠. LD182's 4♦7♥ did not connect enough with the A♥ 8♣ 9♦ 4♣ 9♥ board finishing in 83rd place.
Supernova Jayzens and Pokerger1337 would battle up till the 150/300 ante 25 level when a huge cooler struck. Down 7,190 to 3,310 Jayzens eyes went wide holding pocket aces A♠A♦ and seeing Pokerger1337's shove from the button. But, the K♥ Q♣ 9♠ fit Pokerger1337's T♥J♣ perfectly as the cracked aces could not recover on the 2♣ turn and T♠ river sending Jayzens out on the bubble in 82nd place earning our final 81 players at least $195.00
daymom put Table 2 down everyone for naps early, acquiring the first final table seat while there was still seven players over on Table 3. daymom was joined closely by RomeoRoche3 and fellow Russian WallterBish.
Down to two tables left, markentosh had everything go right in two hands near each other. All-in after a 2♥ 9♠ J♦ flop holding T♥Q♥ against Runninggreat's pocket aces A♠A♣, an 8♣ on the turn had a 10,708 chip pot shipped to markentosh. Three hands later Runninggreat shoved for 2,492 chips preflop as markentosh made the call holding a small ace 3♥A♦. Runninggreat's 5♥9♥ looked good with a turned two pair 2♥ 9♣ T♦ 5♠ but could not fade the four-outer as the 4♥ river gave Runninggreat a reason to rethink that name.
AB_Poker_12 and Mister Nanso would face-off until the 150/300 ante 25 level when a river card would send one player to the final table. Check out the video below:
With the rivered higher two pair AB_Poker_12's J♦A♣ outkicked Mister Nanso's 2♠A♠ on the A♦ 3♣ 6♠ 2♦ J♣ board shipping Mister Nanso $195.00 in 10th place and starting the final table below:
Seat 1: bigstealer (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: daymom (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: markentosh (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: RomeoRoche43 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: vlad11122007 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: WallterBish (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: AB_Poker_12 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: pasha31085 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: TH32NDCOMING (1500 in chips)
bigstealer mentioned being a ginger as the excuse for not going along with the nine-way chop as the players enjoyed a five minute break before the final table. But, then after a few hands bigstealer extended an olive branch with a proposed chop that would send $3,000.00 to all nine players leaving the remainder for the top three finishers.
TH32NDCOMING and bigstealer however pulled out the "I'm better than you" card demanding a higher chunk between the two, the table decllined and the deal talks came to a screeching halt as play resumed.
RomeoRoche43 would fall in ninth place ($775.00) to daymom but spent most of the first two levels trying to challenge TH32NDCOMING to a heads-up match for $500. TH32NDCOMING politely declined but RomeoRoche43 at least earned one buy-in for that level.
Graceful in exit
"gg" appeared in the chat box after bigstealer tried to shove over the top of a raise by pasha31085, re-raise by TH32NDCOMING while on the button. But, it would be daymom in the small blind cushioned by a double stack already making the second shove which pasha31085 tossed their dead money quickly into the pot. Pocket aces for daymom A♦A♠ as bigstealer needed the board to help his T♣T♥. No tens on the J♣ 6♠ 5♦ 8♠ 8♦ board and a polite "gg" exit for bigstealer in eighth place ($1,200.00).
No coaching needed here
TH32NDCOMING's avatar states "ask about 18 man training" and just as the blinds moved up to 25/50 the coach would send another player to the bench. pasha31085 staying aggressive despite holding under a starting stack would min-raise from middle position as TH32NDCOMING three bet on the immediate left to 250. Folded back to pash31085 making the call to see the 9♦ J♠ 4♠ flop pasha31085 checked as TH32NDCOMING led out for 150. Sensing two overcards, pasha31085 would check-raise shove for 963 getting an insta-call from TH32NDCOMING holding top set J♦J♥. After the turned 6♣ pasha31085's pocket threes 3♦3♥ took the free lesson home in seventh place ($1,700.00).
vlad11122007 found a spot to open shove a very short stack of 859 chips from the small blind with the blinds at 50/100. But, instead of the easy blinds, vlad11122007 got a quick call from the big slick K♥A♣ of WallterBish in the big blind. At least the Q♦4♠ was live but nothing appeared on the five board cards to change the preflop favorite 2♥ J♠ 3♥ 3♣ A♥ as vlad11122007 flew off with $2,200.00 in sixth place.
Taking out the pros
daymom caught bigstealer, then the blinds up to 50/100 the poker coach would follow in a similar manner. Holding 1,148 chips on the button, TH32NDCOMING shoved holding 7♦J♥ as daymom found J♣A♠ quickly making the call. Both players would pair their non-similar cards on the flop A♣ 7♠ 4♠ but a second seven failed to hit the 9♥ turn and A♥ river as TH32NDCOMING had to settle for only a little less than the proposed chop in fifth place ($2,735.00).
Missing the mark
With the blinds still at 50/100 and the five minute hourly break about to begin, daymom with a sizable lead on the field tried to get some easy blinds with a raise to 250. markentosh with 1,775 chips and a big ace A♦T♣ shoved hoping to get some free money. Instead WallterBish made the call in the big blind with pocket nines 9♠9♦ for a race as daymom quickly folded. WallterBish found an extra step quickly in this flip as the nine on the door 9♥ 6♦ 5♣ Q♠ 6♠ was more than enough to take out markentosh in fourth place ($3,350.00).
Breaking up the field
Immediate after the break there was a potential final hand as WallterBish made a raise to 250 and AB_Poker_12 shoved for 1,470. daymom made the call but WallterBish wanted no part of a three-way and re-shoved. You will need to watch the video for the results:
daymom folded and AB_Poker_12's pocket nines 9♥9♥ faced off against WallterBish's big slick A♥K♣. Another river delivered the killing blow as the ace of clubs spiked on the 8♥ T♣ 2♥ T♦ A♣ river to end AB_Poker_12's tournament in third place ($4,500.00).
Russia, Russia, Russia!
Three of the top four places tonight claimed by Russia and after Canada's AB_Poker_12 was eliminated, the winner was assured to be flying the white, blue, and red flag.
Four out of five daymoms prefer deuces
After a long heads-up battle between Wallter Bish and daymom it would come down to a leap of faith with a pair of twos 2♠2♦ as daymom called the push by Wallter Bish. Holding just 2,986 to daymom's 10,514, Wallter Bish's got a big relief to see a flip with 8♦Q♦. The chance to get back into the tournament never happen as the only thing to match Wallter Bish's hand was a lone diamond on the 5♥ 4♦ 9♣ J♣ 4♥ board and daymom claimed the Battle of the Planets triple shootout $12,000.00 first prize!
Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll result (11-27-11):
1. daymom (Russia) $12,000.00
2. WallterBish (Russia) $7,500.00
3. AB_Poker_12 (Canada) $4,500.00
4. markentosh (Russia) $3,350.00
5. TH32NDCOMING (Canada) $2,735.00
6. vlad11122007 (Russia) $2,200.00
7. pasha31085 (Germany) $1,700.00
8. bigstealer (United Kingdom) $1,200.00
9. RomeoRoche43 (Greece) $775.00