Battle of the Planets: paulifax dials up a $10K victory

While the bloggers battled it out to prove the pen is mightier than the check-raise at the WBCOOP Main Event with thousands of SCOOP dollars in the mix, our SnG kings and queens settled in for this month's Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll. A sizable 624 player field was all eyeing the $12,000.00 first place prize.

Plenty of Team PokerStars players were cashing in their freeroll tickets today: Alexandre "allingomes" Gomes, Andre Coimbra, Marcello Del Grosso, Diego Brunelli, and Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman. Thurman unfortunately did not punch the alarm clock quickly enough and blinded out. Gomes found the short end of two good hands when his opponent called a bet on the turn when Gomes found two pair but the river brought a third heart matching the two in zarzius69's hand taking down the rest of the Brazilian pro's chips in 459th place. Brunelli would get short in the 50/100 blind level, deciding to open shove from the small blind for 890 chips with 5♦9♦ as the big blind jaybuckpoker called holding A♠Q♥. The two live cards never hit the 2♥ 2♦ 8♥ Q♠ 6♥ and Brunelli took leave in 390th place.

That left Andre and Marcello to take control for Team PokerStars and both would get to heads-up play. Del Grosso would take on g3r4rd0x behind nearly 2:1 in chips and battle until both players found an ace preflop and shoved. Marcello was behind holding A♣3♥ to g3r4rd0x's J♥A♦, the Team PokerStars' pro was unable to pull off the upset as the board laid out 6♣ Q♥ T♦ 2♥ 5♠ to send Del Grosso out in 232nd place. Around the same time Andre took down his first table defeating mpolishuk heads-up to join the round of 81 and earn at least $195.00.

tetemoto and marchand were the last two standing on the money bubble with teremoto holding a slight lead as the two would get their chips in the middle after a flop of 6♥ J♥ J♦. teremoto turned over J♠A♥ for the trip jacks as marchand was looking for another heart K♥7♥. K♠ on the turn opened up a couple of outs, but the 6♦ on the river was the wrong red card as marchand was the official bubble boy today and the round of 81started up.

Andre would make it down to three-handed and unfortunately fell short of another Battle of the Planets final table as nlCe^R calmly stacked away the remainder of the Supernova Elite's 1,189 chips after Coimbra's K♥T♣ failed to overcome nlCe^R's A♦Q♦ on the final 8♥ A♣ 9♦ 3♥ 9♠ board to finish in 29th place ($195.00).


Andre Coimbra 29th place

The final table would be set once the heads-up battle on table seven between crazyfrog007 and f1v3h34d cleared. The players would dance until the 200/400 ante 50 blind levels when f1v3h34d got crazyfrog007 to shove all-in from the button and sitting back in the big blind with pocket kings K♥K♦. crazyfrog007 was looking for some help holding J♦9♦ and certainly did not find it on the 4♣ K♣ J♥ K♠ Q♥ which spelled out quads for f1v3h34d and started up the final table below:


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Seat 1: PinkoPanther (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: g3r4rd0x (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: Fuumin (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: Yarchel22 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: bdubs3737 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: paulifax (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: f1v3h34d (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Walter tgp (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: Robinson47 (1500 in chips)

Despite the banter about who had the biggest balls at the final table and deserved a bigger slice of the pie, the chat to chop nine ways at the beginning of the final table failed to find any legs. Play would move through the first set of 10/20 blinds without incident.

Usually play takes a passive ride thru the 10/20 and 15/30 blind levels but Walter tgp was found to be all-in holding A♥Q♣ against Fuumin's pocket fours 4♣4♦ but found plenty of broadway cards on the 5♠ A♠ J♥ K♣ Q♥ to take the 1,801 chip pot and stay alive. As would all nine of our players survive through the 25/50 blind level as well.

Danger on the turn Will Robinson!

Moving well into the 50/100 blind level g3r4rd0x and Robinson47 would both get similar small stacks into the middle preflop. g3r4rd0x holding pocket jacks J♣J♥ and covering by 70 chips as Robinson47 was sitting with big slick for the coin flip. The jacks looked good to knock out Robinson47 on the flop T♣ 3♣ 4♣ as g3r4rd0x picked up a flush draw as well. The turn was the ace of spades A♠ hitting one of g3r4rd0x's outs as he could not find the fourth club on the river 8♠ finishing the day in ninth place ($775.00).

Running on less than fumes

Just before the blinds moved up to 75/150 and Fuumin would find his chip stack in the pot after calling the shove by PinkoPanther while sitting in the big blind. PinkoPanther covered the bet and flipped up big slick A♣K♠ while Fuumin could only produce A♥Q♥. Zero hearts and two kings on the board K♦ 7♣ 4♣ K♣ 7♦ and Fuumin was out of gas in eighth place ($1,200.00).

Fax it in for the win

Sometimes you just need to get a little lucky...

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paulifax finds a flush with A♠Q♦ and overcomes f1v3h34d's pocket kings K♥K♣ on the 7♦ 8♦ A♦ 6♦ Q♥ board to take down the 2,375 chip pot and send f1v3h34d home in seventh place ($1,700.00).

Red scare no more

Moving up to the 100/200 blind level and PinkoPanther was all-in for scraps after doubling up Robinson47 on the previous hand when A♦T♦ held over his 5♥Q♠. bdubs3737 would make a raise from UTG to 450 as paulifax came along for the ride. 2♥ K♣ 2♣ on the flop and paulifax called bdubs3737's 450 chip continuation bet. 1,200 on the turned T♠ was too rich for paulifax as he folded and bdubs3737 turned up big slick K♦A♣. PinkoPanther was drawing dead holding 6♠Q♣ not having to sweat the T♦ river, as the 2,017 chips slid to bdubs3737 ending his night in sixth place ($2,200.00).

Robinson hits another one out of the park

While still in the 100/200 blind level Robinson47 would call the short three-bet all-in of Yarchel22 who turned up a suited king 7♣K♣. Suited ace J♥A♥ for Robinson47 made the bigger stack happy, even more so when nary a club, seven, or king hit the 9♦ 6♥ 3♦ T♠ 2♥ board and Yarchel22 found the rail holding ($2,735.00) for fifth place.

Swiss Family Robinson finds rough waters ahead

Robinson47 would double up Walter tgp and two hands later was found all-in against paulifax. Watch the action play out below:

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K♠5♣ was alive as Robinson47 was looking to overcome the J♠A♦ of paulifax. Neither player would match up with the Q♠ Q♥ T♥ 2♠ T♦ board as Robinson47's shipwrecked adventure would end in fourth place ($3,350.00).

Another cooler for a Bears fan

As bdubs3737 watched his Chicago Bears lose last weekend in the NFC Championship game to the Green Bay Packers, the cards would cruelly fall his opponent's way here as well. With the blinds at 125/250 ante 25 bdubs3737 would call from the small blind as paulifax checked the option as 3♦ 5♥ Q♠ came down on the flop. bdubs3737 put out a 300 chip bet that was called to see the 6♥ turn. bdubs3737 backed off as paulifax selected 555 for a bet that bdubs3737 called. Another six 6♣ on the river that bdubs3737 liked and led out for 1,345 as paulifax shoved for 3,926 which was met by a snap call. Both had trip sixes as bdubs3737 held 6♠K♣ but paulifax's kicker matched the board Q♦6♦ for a boat and the 10,137 chip pot. Four hands later and bdubs3737's tournament life was done in third place ($4,500.00).

Mountain and the molehill

paulifax would start heads-up play with a 11,126 to 2,374 lead with blinds at 150/300 ante 25 but after 13 hands Walter tgp would nearly even it up shrinking the lead to 7,954 to 5,546 and the two remaining players decided to wait for the mods to divvy up the remaining money.

A slight slant from a 50-50 chop was agreed to below as paulifax wanted a nice round five figure score:

Walter tgp: $9,510.00
paulifax: $10,000.00

After the PokerStars host settled up the cash the players tossed in the zero value tournament chips as paulifax happened to find pocket jacks J♠J♣ which held off the 3♠4♣ of Walter tgp to officially take the title of this month's Battle of the Planets champion!

January Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout results (01-30-11)
(* denotes part of two-way deal)
1. paulifax (Erfurt) $10,000.00
2. Walter tgp (heredia) $9,510.00
3. bdubs3737 (Tucson) $4,500.00
4. Robinson47 (Andover) $3,350.00
5. Yarchel22 (Лубни) $2,735.00
6. PinkoPanther (Vancouver) $2,200.00
7. f1v3h34d (stamford) $1,700.00
8. Fuumin (Plovdiv) $1,200.00
9. g3r4rd0x (Lima) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets