The monthly Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll attracted 498 sit and go enthusiasts who qualified during weekly competitions spread out along the eight planets which represent different buy-in amounts from the $1-$2.99 Mercury division to the $300+ Jupiter. Each week the top ten in all eight division scores a ticket to today's freeroll, on top of the free weekly cash given to the leaderboard winners, free on top of free is just another great reason to play here at PokerStars.
Two Team Online players, who also took part in today's huge $1,000,000 guaranteed Red Spade open (which had over 30,000 runners and over $200,000.00 paid out to first place), would unfortunately meet their end during the first round. Playing five-handed with the blinds at 25/50 Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez tried to steal some easy blinds but woke up a shortstacked Protohype sitting on just 901 chips making the call in the big blind with A♣5♣. Dominguez turned over pocket fours 4♥4♦ for the flip and the board was not a kind one for the Spanish pro as an ace 8♦ A♠ 2♣ 9♦ 7♦ would knock his stack down to just 200 chips. The scraps went in a couple of hands later as Dominguez finished in 381st place.
Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli found himself heads-up versus yy806 and only slightly behind in chips 4,652 to 4,348 going into the 75/150 blind level. After yy806 called from the button, Brunelli checked the option as a couple of clubs hit the flop J♠ 4♣ 6♣. Diego checked as yy806 bet 300, not giving up the small pot Brunelli check-raised to 900 and yy806 called. 5♥ on the turn and the Team Online player led out for 1,350, and this time it was yy806 turn to use some aggression as he shoved for 3,602. Diego made the call for less showing top pair J♣K♣ and a flush draw, while yy806 clung to the flopped two pair. 8♥ on the river and Brunelli's ticket was punched in 122nd place.
After TONY G500 last chips were shipped to czarmuchh, our remaining 81 players all locked up at least $195.00 in profits with just one table between them and a potential five-figure freeroll payday.
South Korean johnsteed65 would grab the first seat to the final table after demolishing the table in just five 12-minute blind levels. chipp3ru was also in a hurry to make some big cash tonight, winning table five while the other seven tables still had four or five players left.
Down to the last final table seat to be awarded, neither Sani_11 or Jackal69 wanted to give up a shot at $12,000.00 without a fight playing well into the 150/300 ante 25 blind level. Three and a half hours after the first leg of the shootout started we would name our ninth final table player. With both players nearly even in chips they would square things preflop as Sani_11 started things off with a raise to 670 and Jackal69 holding A♠8♦ decided it was go-time and shoved. Pocket tens T♣T♥ for Sani_11 was plenty, making the call with just 140 chips behind. Jackal69 would pair the wrong card on the 4♦ 6♥ Q♦ 8♠ K♦ board taking home $195.00 in tenth place.
Seat 1: Spackn (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: taifun7 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: eugen1209 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: zzcantwinzz (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: chipp3ru (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: Sani_11 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: johnsteed65 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: gottheboat99 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: strori (1500 in chips)
No boat needed
After two uneventful blind levels and all nine surviving, gottheboat99 got things rocking during the 25/50 level. After raising to 125 from middle position, gottheboat99 sat with a decision after eugen1209 shoved for 1,040 total from the big blind. Holding A♣Q♦ gottheboat99 made the call, sitting far behind eugen1209's big slick K♦A♥. No sweat for gottheboat99 as a lady would fall on the turn 4♠ T♠ 7♠ Q♥ 3♦ shipping the 2,105 chip pot and knocking out eugen1209 in ninth place ($775.00).
I think we saw this hand already
Up to the 50/100 blind level chipp3ru was sitting with just 533 chips facing a raise to 250 from gottheboat99. With Q♦A♦ the decision was easy, as chipp3ru shoved and was facing gottheboat99's big slick A♥K♦. Just like eugen1209's elimination, a queen would hit the board but this time there were enough broadway cards on the T♥ 6♥ T♣ J♥ Q♠ board to make a straight for gottheboat99 as eugen1209 left in eighth place ($1,200.00).
Sani_11 would miss a few flops and found himself down to just 672 chips and blinds up to 75/150. K♠Q♣ was enough to go with and Sani_11 was able to open shove as the table folded to Spackn in the small blind. Big slick again? Yep. K♥A♠ for Spackn making the call and big slick improved its record on the night to 2-1 as the board 2♥ 4♠ 3♦ 9♣ J♥ ran dry for both players. $1,700.00 in free money was shipped to Sani_11 in seventh place.
Finally a hand that does not contain big slick
Check out the video below as gottheboat99 and strori get their similar stacks in the middle after a 6♦ J♦ 6♣ flop:
Holding top pair top kicker J♣ A♠ gottheboat99 would shove after the flop and a 370 chip bet by strori. Pocket kings K♥K♦ not big slick this time for strori and after making the call those cowboys held on the 6♦ J♦ 6♣ 3♠ 8♦ board to sink gottheboat99 in sixth place ($2,200.00).
With blinds at 100/200 zzcantwinzz held just 1,367 chips finding a pair of ducks 2♦2♥ on the button good enough to push all-in. However johnsteed65's 6♦A♥ was not going to give up and made the call. A six on the flop Q♦ 6♥ 3♦ T♦ 9♥ ended this race quickly and also ended zzcantwinzz's night in fifth place ($2,735.00) a much better results then the last trip near the final table for zzcantwinzz, as he bubbled the final table in 2009.
Running with the horses
johnsteed65 was not done after taking down zzcantwanzz, as the very next hand he would call a 1,170 chip shove from taifun7. Q♥K♣ for taifun7 and A♣5♦ for johnsteed65 and both of them would pair their top cards. In most card games an ace beats a king, and that applies to texas hold em' as well as the 6♠ A♦ K♥ 7♦ 4♥ board was anything but fun for taifun7, finishing the night in 4th place ($3,350.00).
Stopped in the tracks
After knocking out taifun7, johnsteed65 seemed to be destined for victory tonight but things went downhill quickly. After doubling up Spackn, three hands later johnsteed65 would be facing a bullying raise from Spackn. From the small blind Spackn shoved to cover johnsteed65's now depleted 1,229 chip stack. Holding 8♣J♥ johnsteed65 would make the call and had two live cards against the A♣T♠ of Spackn. Neither player touched the Q♥ 2♣ 6♥ 7♠ 4♦ board and johnsteed65's run for the roses was done in third place ($4,500.00).
Spackled up the win
After three eliminations in under three minutes, heads up play between Spackn and strori would take a little longer, considering the sizable $7,500.00 and $12,000.00 prizes still on the board and Spackn looking to become a two-champ of this event this year as he wrapped up the February event for $12,000. 9,809 chips for Spackn left strori with a big deficit holding 3,691 chips. Little longer meaning four minutes as strori would tread water with the blinds still at 100/200 but fall in the hand below:
A flush draw that missed would end strori's attempt at a comeback. Holding T♦8♦ he would call the Spackn's shove at the 7♣K♦3♦ flop. 7♥6♣ for Spackn was just enough to get by the 4♠ turn and 2♠ river to claim the entire $12,000.00 first prize in what was the quietest chat box that this writer can remember as not even a "gg" was uttered through the whole final table.
Battle of the Planets $50,000 guarantee triple shootout results (07/31/11):
1. Spackn (Germany) $12,000.00
2. strori (Russia) $7,500.00
3. johnsteed65 (South Korea) $4,500.00
4. taifun7 (Poland) $3,350.00
5. zzcantwinzz (Australia) $2,735.00
6. gottheboat99 (Canada) $2,200.00
7. Sani_11 (Hungary) $1,700.00
8. chipp3ru (Romania) $1,200.00
9. eugen1209 (Germany) $775.00