Battle of the Planets: deTorkemada plays it out to win after a nine-way chop

BOP_thumbnail.jpgSpring is here even in the normally frozen landscape of my backyard. The buds popping from the trees, woodland creature quickly gathering up winter's spoils, and PokerStars coming out with yet another round of the Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll. 330 players would try to turn their freeroll ticket into $12,000.00 sitting on the third table for our champion. And despite a little twist in plans by our final nine, the players all went home happy.

Shortly after the hourly break about an hour and half into the first round, just exe.ton.nous and Ivanesz remained both fighting for the last seat into round two and assurances of $195.00 for winning the table. With the blinds holding at 100/200 and exe.ton.nous holding a 3,965 to 2,035 chip lead both would get their chips in the middle preflop. Ivansez with a couple of suited paint cards Q♣J♣ as exe.ton.nous held a medium ace A♠7♥. Flopped pair of jacks for Ivansez 6♠ 7♣ J♦ put him the lead for the 4,070 chip pot. K♣ on the turn eliminated a few outs for exe.ton.nous, but the A♥ was not a club and gave exe.ton.nous the winning two pair and started up nine fresh tables and the round of 81.

Someone who seems to enjoy Omaha Eight or Better, AsAh2d3c, managed to find enough scoops on the hold em' tables as the player from Russia took home the first seat at the final table.

Down to two tables PlatinumStar Casper132999 would sneak 5♦9♦ past the J♣A♦ of Mar4eto555 and claim the second to last seat as Maucgg and tomitza sat on Table Seven looking to lock up a minimum of $775.00 and a potential $12,000.00 going to today's winner. tomitza777 had a huge uphill battle with only 2,302 chips to Maucgg 's 11,198 and the blinds at 150/300 ante 25but managed to get pocket sixes to hold preflop and quick double-up. A few hands later tomiza777 looked ripe to turn this game in his direction getting it all-in preflop with pocket threes 3♦3♠ as Maucgg called with a small ace A♠2♣. Not a perfect flop for tomiza777 as Q♦ 9♦ Q♣ gave Maucgg outs to a counterfeit. A nine was not needed as an ace A♥ dropped down from the dealer giving Maucgg the lead for the 9,758 chip pot and it would dodge the two remaining treys and start up the final table below:


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Seat 1: deTorkwemada (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: abrahamoum (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: AsAh2d3c (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: Casper132999 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: whuuui (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: redhot0007 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Maucgg (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Phily88 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: swatt1e (1500 in chips)

Immediately after the final table started the entire table spoke of a chop agreement as abrahamoum had a bit of a language barrier with the other players only speaking English. Enter Host Kevin who busted out some impressive Spanish to ease abrahamoum into the conversation. Five minutes later nine players found $3,995.55 in their bankroll and different from other nine-way deals, the players appeared to be ready to play it out for Tournament Leaderboard points. (ed. note TLB points are not awarded for the Battle of the Planets shootout, read rules here)

Mostly play chips

With all of the money off the table two players decided the leaderboard points did not matter and decided to shove with less than premium cards preflop. Phily68 would shove for 1,570 chips with the blinds at 15/30 holding Q♣7♦ as swatt1e who claimed to be on a card heater while the chop discussions were taking place, called with K♣4♠. The king would play on the 9♠ 3♣ J♣ 8♦ A♠ board and Phily68 finished in ninth place.

That's more like it

The video below shows a three-way hand most people would expect to see when there's no money on the line:

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After losing the previous hand to abrahamoum, swatt1e would be left with 705 chips and taking a seat on the rail in eighth place as his 9♠A♦, fell to deTorkwemada's big slick A♥K♦, and abrahamoum had to muck K♥Q♥ thus failing to complete a double knockout.

Another chip leader bites the dust

Blinds moved up to 25/50 as abrahamoum, who held the chip lead after taking it from swatt1e, would find his short stack in the middle. Down to just 250 chips after losing a 2,375 chip pot to redhot0007, the rest of them would ship over to the nemesis on the very next hand. abrahamoum would open shove 6♠2♠ and failed to overcome the pocket fours 4♥4♣ of abrahamoum as a four dropped on the turn 9♥ 9♦ A♥ 4♦ A♣ just to rub it in ending abrahamoum's night in seventh place.

Maucgg is happy to be here. After stating "last week I didn't even know what Battle of the Planets was" in the chat box. And now there are $3,995.55 reasons in that bankroll to try for another ticket next month.

Pride hurts

Maucgg got the call he was looking for after crafting a four-bet preflop against deTorkwemada. Pocket kings K♣K♠ looking good to knock out deToorkwemada's tiny ace 5♥A♦ but that tiny ace grew to be a giant on the A♥ 6♠ 6♣ J♦ A♠ and the 5,300 chip pot slid to deTorkwemada as Maucgg typed "gg" in the chat on the out to collecting $3,995.55 from the chop agreement in sixth place.

whuuui goes whee whee whee all the way home

After losing everything but 466 chips, then doubling up, whuuui's roller coaster ride would end in fifth place. With the blinds at 75/150 whuuui shoved all in with Q♠T♠ as deTorkwemada looked it up with pocket jacks J♠J♣. The hooks would survive a river flush draw 8♦ 9♣ 3♠ 5♠ 5♣ sending whuuui out in fifth place.

No high, no low, no chips

Since the author enjoys a game of O8 the majority of the time, looking down at AsAh2d3c is normally a reason for excitement. Unfortunately for AsAh2d3c the excitement would end with two less cards tonight as redhot0007 would take the rest of the Omaha player's chips as redhot0007's 4♦A♦ managed to steer clear of AsAh2d3c's 9♣K♣ on the all low 2♠ 8♠ 7♣ 2♦ 3♥ board to scoop the high and the low and end AsAh2d3c's night in fourth place.

Speeding things up

Now after an hour of play in the basically free chip SnG, we would reach heads up play. Just three hands after AsAh2d3c left, Casper132999 tried to scare redhot0007 off the big blind with a shove for 2,161 chips. Determined to win, redhot0007 would make the call holding 8♦K♥ as Casper132999 was not bullying around with pocket sixes 6♥6♦. An eight on the flop 2♣ T♥ 8♠ 7♠ Q♣ was all redhot0007 would need to eliminate the friendliest ghost you know, Casper132999, in third place.

Russia versus Estonia for glory

No money on the table, just the right to call themselves the April Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout champion. Watch below as deTorkwemada enjoying a 8,556 to 4,944 chip lead getting it all-in preflop:

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Dominated and needing some help, redhot0007's T♥K♣ was looking down the barrel of deTorkwemada's big slick K♦A♥. Ace on the flop 2♠ 4♦ A♠ 7♠ 9♣ would put things away for deTorkwemada who fought the table for the win when the money did not matter, and won the pride of being this month's Battle of the Planets champion!

April Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout freeroll results (04-24-11)

(*part of nine-way equal deal)

1. deTorkwemada (Russia) *$3,995.55
2. redhot0007 (Estonia) *$3,995.55
3. Casper132999 (Belarus) *$3,995.55
4. AsAh2d3c (Russia) *$3,995.55
5. whuuui (Germany) *$3,995.55
6. Maucgg (United Kingdom) *$3,995.55
7. abrahamoum (Spain) *$3,995.55
8. swatt1e (Australia) *$3,995.55
9. Phily88 (Germany) *$3,995.55

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets