Battle of the Planets: Sh0ckdaWorld shocks the universe with $12K win
From $3,000.00 in the micro Mercury division to $10,000.00 the high-rollers in the Jupiter division up for grabs each week, the Battle of the Planets SnG promotion lets those masters of the Sit and Go tournament know that they may not get the cameras rolling on their table like the MTT players, but the cash comes in just the same. 421 players cashed in their weekly tickets for the month-end culmination of the weekly battles, all fighting for $50,000.00 in prizes at today's Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll. $12,000.00 slated for the champion as all 81 players who won their first table will take away at least $195.00.
Two Team Online players cashed their tickets for today's triple shootout. Grayson "Spacegravy" Physioc and Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez found their first tables looking to break Team Online into that free final table cash. Physioc would run into trouble early losing half his 1,592 chip stack to maranteiro27's Ace-Jack vs. his Ace-six. Then with the blinds moved up to 25/50 our first Team Online player would hit the rail. Holding just 572 chips left tried to push a limping maranterio27 off his cards with a shove from the big blind holding Q♠K♦. maranterio27 had plenty of chips and a medium ace A♠8♣ to make the call. Neither player found the five cards on the board T♠ 3♣ 6♦ 2♥ 5♣ to their liking, eliminating Grayson in 285th place.
Dominguez however would enjoy success until the final three of his table. With the blinds at 50/100 linnlinn1981 in the small blind would complete as Javier raised to 252 total. linnlinn1981 made the call to see a 6♥ 5♥ 3♣ flop. After linnlinn1981 led out for 400, the Spaniard kept up the aggression with a raise to 1,065 chips, but linnlinn1981 was not backing down and three-bet shoved for 4,076 chips covering the Team Online player. Holding top pair top kicker 6♣A♥ Dominguez made the call and immediately found himself well behind the sly play of linnlinn1981's rockets A♦A♣. A second six missed on the 3♦ turn and J♠ river sending the last Red Spade holder to the rail in 151st place.
Miggomo and premo321 let the field know they wanted that $12K sitting at the final table by winning their second table while table number one and nine still had five players left! Down to two tables left, socir89 would hand seversk1984 his walking papers making ace-ten good against seversk1984's king-nine for a 7,030 chip all-in preflop pot and all eyes wandered over to Sh0ckdaWorld and razvaan1979 battling it out on table four for the last final table seat. And wait people did, as neither player wanted to walk away with $195.00 while looking so closely at a potential five-figure score. Nearly 20 minutes after socir89's table put away the chairs and the German walked over to the final table, we would have our ninth player. With the blinds at 150/300 ante 25 razvaan1979 sitting down with 4,362 chips to Sh0ckdaWorld's 9,113 would shove all-in from the big blind after Sh0ckdaWorld min-raised from the button. Holding A♠7♠ Sh0ckdaWorld made the call hoping that ace would hold versus razvaan1979's Q♠9♣. Hold it did as an unnecessary pair of sevens would hit the river K♥ 6♣ 4♣ 3♦ 7♠ sending razvaan1979 off with $195.00 in tenth place and immediately starting up some heated chop discussions that would continue the entire tournament.
Seat 1: JJJ1923 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: puFkotukaS (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: premo321 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: Sh0ckdaWorld (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: RodrigoBabu (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: Loirinh@cwb (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: dejmi (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Miggomo (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: socir89 (1500 in chips)
Immediately after taking their seats the final nine got down to negotiations on the entire final table prize pool and chopping it up. Skill, luck, ICM, favorite flavor of soda, everyone had differences and after the five minute hourly break the players seemed to cool off the idea of everyone taking away nearly $4,000.00 a piece (more than fourth place, less than third). socir89 was the most vocal and demanding a little higher piece of the pie based on skill and bankroll. Perhaps a scare tactic, but it got some of the table willing to offer up a few bucks as the chat was very lively about who is better, who is being greedy, and even after losing a third of the starting 1,500 chip stack in the first two blind levels socir89 from the continued higher demands (with good reason as you will read later).
After nearly 45 minutes of chop talks, a PokerStars Host pops in to see about the ruckus as most of the table seems ready to talk, Sh0ckdaWorld who scored a ticket in the Jupiter division as well as winning both the low and high leaderboards last week in the Uranus division finally typed two letters that put a screeching halt to all talks.
And with that our final nine went out of deal mode and starting playing a little poker, as socir89 found pocket tens helpful for a double up against dejmi's king-queen to get back to a starting stack and got even stronger in the hand below.
No deal, looking for a bigger meal
The higher stakes playing socir89 wanted $5,000.00 to chop while the straight nine chop dollar value was at $4,000.00 but no more after microstacked Loirinh@cwb found T♥A♠ in middle position and shoved for 429 and socir89 re-shoved for 1,330 in the small blind. Pocket fives 5♣5♠ for socir89 which fit nicely with the five on the flop K♣ 4♥ 5♦ J♣ 6♠ and the set would hold as Loirinh@cwb unfortunately would leave with much less than the $4K, taking home $775.00 in ninth place.
Micro on micro violence
Two short stacks enter, one leaves with the chips. Watch dejmi and premo321 flip for the win:
Classic race for the win, dejmi holding pocket deuces 2♦2♣ and premo321 with big slick K♣A♣. Deuce on the flop T♠ J♥ 2♥ left premo looking for a queen, and the pair of fives on the end were not the answer 5♦ 5♥ and premo321 was out in eighth ($1,200.00).
Gathering up speed
After no eliminations for the first three levels, it would only take seven more hands to hand over seventh place cash and again socir89 found himself in the middle of it. Blinds held at 50/100 dejmi found an ace in the cutoff 2♠A♦ and shipped the 755 chip stack into the middle and again socir89 in the small blind woke up with a hand. This time with more chips, socir89 re-raised to make sure JJJ1923 did not want to dance and turned up A♣J♠. Despite the two pair board of all broadway cards T♦ K♣ K♠ A♠ T♠ the jack kicker played and dejmi would also hit the rail with less than $4,000.00 earning $1,700.00 in seventh place.
The word "deal" is being overused a bit
Another pause in the game and more shots about who deserves what despite chip stacks. After the brief five minute discussion puFkotukaS tried taking some of socir89's chips with a 1,131 chip shove over his min-raise with blinds sitting at 100/200. Folded back to socir89 who called the extra 731 chips, turning up 4♦Q♦ as puFkotukaS led slightly with A♥5♥. Unfortunately for puFkotukaS the board wouldn't stop rolling towards socir89's cards. 5♣ 6♣ 2♦ gave socir89 a gutshot, 7♣ made it an open-ended straight draw and 3♥ on the river shipped the 2,562 chip pot to the confident one, ending puFkotukaS's night in sixth place ($2,200.00).
That $5K is starting to look like a deal
socir89 is backing up his claims thus far with five remaining everyone could have been done with nearly $4K in their pockets but the $12,000.00 first prize is still up in the window for one player. And that player would not be RodrigoBabu as the blinds moved up to 100/200 and fresh off doubling up Sh0ckdaWorld, RodrigoBabu found pocket sevens 7♣7♠ UTG and shoved for 1,142 chips as JJJ1923 K♠K♣ insta-called with pocket kings in the small blind. No sevens on the 5♥ 9♥J♠ A♠ 5♠ board and socir89 was one more from calling his shot that he finish at least in the top three after RodrigoBabu picked up fifth place cash ($2,735.00).
Not all talk
Watch below as socir89 makes good on his prediction:
Miggomo picked the wrong time to open shove from the small blind, as just six hands after RodrigoBabu was eliminated, Miggomo would be facing a steep mountain that went by the name of socir89's pocket queens Q♣Q♦. Holding just 8♦T♠ Miggomo would need every tool in the hiker's backpack to scale over those queens, and did catch a small sweat with one to come 4♦ A♦ 9♥ 7♠. Sadly the A♠ fell on the river for Miggomo and the Finn would leave with $3,350.00 in fourth place.
We're playing it out tonight
Another short deal discussion may it very clear the socir89 and Sh0ckdaWorld were not going to come to terms. As the blinds moved up to 125/250 ante 25 the two high stakes players would put their stacks in the middle gambling on a $7,500.00 difference between 3rd and 1st. socir89 sitting on the button would shove for 3,404 chips as JJJ1923 got out of the way and Sh0ckdaWorld holding pocket sevens 7♥7♠ in the big blind made the call. J♣K♣ for socir89 and tournament life on the line as the board shutdown this race by the turn as Sh0ckdaWorld found a seven on the end of the flop 5♣ 8♠ 7♦. After the turned non-club Q♠ the river T♥ was of no consequence as socir89 did not get his $5K but will bring away a respectable $4,500.00 in third place.
Maple Leaf vs. Union Jack
Sh0ckdaWorld (Canada) and JJJ1923 (United Kingdom) would square off for an immense battle that would last... 45 seconds. Just two hands of heads-up play and the winner of the hand below would take the entire $12,000.00:
Another hand, another flip as JJJ1923 would call the bully's shove from the button holding a medium ace 7♦A♥ and Sh0ckdaWorld turned up a couple of face cards J♦K♥. A king on the flop overcame the ace-high 3♠ 5♠ K♣ 2♣ 3♣ as the Uranus weekly champSh0ckdaWorld took down the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll!
$50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll results (06-25-11):
1. Sh0ckdaWorld (Canada) $12,000.00
2. JJJ1923 (United Kingdom) $7,500.00
3. socir89 (Germany) $4,500.00
4. Miggomo (Finland) $3,350.00
5. RodrigoBabu (Brazil) $2,735.00
6. puFkotukaS (Lithuania) $2,200.00
7. dejmi (Czech Republic) $1,700.00
8. premo321 (Croatia) $1,200.00
9. Loirinh@cwb (Brazil) $775.00