Battle of the Planets: VN_Milingo lets chips do the talking in victory

BOP_thumbnail.jpgToday's Battle of the Planets $50,000 freeroll starts on the heels of several promotions that have all tables running into overdrive. As the first round of the triple shootout completed, over at the $1 million guarantee Sunday Storm which for the mere price of $11 the 100,000 player mark was eclipsed pushing the prize pool $1.1 million with $210K set aside for the adventurous player that navigated the stadium sized field. To reach the five figure pay out for first place ($12,000.00) in this triple shootout however, one "only" had to defeat 483 other SnG masters who obtained their freeroll tickets via winning enough points in their respective buy-in levels or "planets".

Three Team PokerStars players managed to find their way into today's festivities. Javier 'El_Cañonero' Dominguez, Andre Coimbra, and Marcello Del Grosso all found freeroll tickets in their accounts after their play on the SnG tables. And all three found themselves out of the tournament rather quickly at the first round of tables. Andre would find himself behind a nasty cooler while at the same table as Javier. With the blinds at 15/30 and down to 1,295 chips, all of them went preflop with K♠A♣ which looked limp when compared to the pocket aces A♦A♥ of moexx161. A quick walk through the 2♣ Q♣ 8♣ 8♦ 4♦ board and the Portuguese pro was done in 438th place.

Shortly after Andre's exit, Marcello would follow out the exit in 334th place after his Ace-Queen failed to overcome the pocket nines of T 54 T 97s on the 3♠ 2♦ 3♦ T♥ 3♥ which left the Canadian out of the running. The dominos fell quickly for Team PokerStars as Javier found himself all-in just one blind level after his teammates succumbed at the tables. With the blinds at 25/50 Dominguez was left with just 342 chips after failed to slime past uberslug for a 4,100 chip coin flip. 2♦A♥ was the Spaniard's choice of weapon, up against the pocket sevens 7♦7♣ of Andre's nemesis moexx161. A deuce would hit the flop, but no other ducks followed to the river 2♠ 3♠ 3♥ J♠ 6♠ and the last remaining Team PokerStars player was out in 306th place. And after darinvg was unable to continue, the remaining 81 players were in guaranteed $195.00 for efforts in moving on to round two.

ThreeBet quickly took the 13,500 chips off his table to claim the first seat at the final table, soon followed by the nefarious sounding archenemy85, and barrybab333. Soon just two tables remained as armaniss battled Russian56bos on Table 8 as VN_Milingo had an upward chip hill to climb against Utlendingur on Table 1. Russian56bos would find trip jacks on the river and took armaniss to valuetown after shoving and getting armaniss to make the call with top pair of kings, advancing the GoldStar VIP to the final table.

VN_Milingo would overturn the deficit and with blinds at 150/300 ante 25 turned up the aggression as well. After winning four hands in a row and taking a 9,273 to 4,227 chip lead, the VN_Milingo would get Utlendingur in a very uncomfortable spot preflop after both player shoved all-in. T♥A♥ for VN_Milingo and the dominated smaller ace A♣8♥ for Utlendingur. The outs for Utlendingur kept dwindling till none were left 5♠ J♠ Q♥ 4♥ 9♦ as Utlendingur became the bubble boy in 10th place ($195.00), assuring the fine nine below at least $775.00 today for making the final table.


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Seat 1: VN_Milingo (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: goodturn2 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: archenemy85 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: Stu-Walker (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: ThreeBet (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: TeodorKAMATA (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Dana Gordon (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Russian56bos (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: barrybab333 (1500 in chips)

The name is ThreeBet for a reason

Usually during this tourney's final table the eliminations wait until the third or fourth level unless there's a big nine-way deal of course. But, since the players were not chatty today it would only take two level to say goodbye to our first final tablist. ThreeBet would lead off with a raise to 90 with the blinds at 15/30 as Dana Gordon a few chairs over re-raised to 777 leaving just 113 chips behind. Not going anywhere, ThreeBet re-raised all-in as Dana Gordon made the call holding pocket sevens 7♥7♠. Big slick A♠K♣ for ThreeBet would wait until the river to reveal the winner 5♥ T♣ J♠ 4♠ A♥ as Dana Gordon had seven other tournaments up to play in and finished in ninth here ($775.00). We're sure Dana's high stakes play will the ease the blow of the early departure especially after taking home $70,000 in the Super Tuesday last April.

Foiled again!

archenemy85 had a master plan to snag the $12,000 first place prize today. It involved suckouts and check-raises with devious four bets. But, watch below as TeodorKAMATA reverses those blueprints:

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Big slick A♥K♠ was looking good for archenemy85 against TeodorKAMATA's A♣Q♥ until the turn showed another queen 5♠ 4♦ 9♥ Q♣ 2♥ and ended the villain's night in eighth place ($1,200.00).

Good turn? How about great flop?

Two hands later with the blinds still at 25/50, a three-way all-in prelop got ThreeBet, goodturn2, and Russian56bos with their stacks all in the middle for a 3,485 chip pot. ThreeBet with a little under a double stack covered both players with chips and cards holding pocket queens Q♥Q♠, as goodturn2 flipped up jacks J♦J♥, and Russian56bos with a small ace 5♠A♦ and the smallest stack. Jack on the flop 3♦ J♠ 8♥ 3♣ T♦ had goodturn2 cleaning up all the chips as Russian56bos would settle for seventh place ($1,700.00).

Only one bet needed

ThreeBet was crippled by goodturn2's good fortune but lasted into the 50/100 blind level. After a quick sentence about chopping, nothing more came about as ThreeBet decided to defend his big blind with only 574 chips left from the shove of Stu-Walker. Live cards for Stu-Walker 8♦9♣ and overcards K♦T♣ for ThreeBet both danced down the J♦ J♠ A♥ 8♠ 8♥ board and Stu-Walker's live cards became a boat as ThreeBet's comeback would fail to materialize in sixth place ($2,200.00).

Disco Stu

Flopped trips. Usually a hand to get excited about. Lets ask TeodorKAMATA whether he likes them after this hand went down:

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A♣ A♦ 3♦ 7♥ on the board as the blinds were battling it out. Stu-Walker would shove on the turn for 1,844 chips as TeodorKAMATA made the call for a little less holding A♠9♦. Stu-Walker's 3♠A♥ already found his kicker as the T♣ on the river completed the cooler sending TeodorKAMATA off in fifth place ($2,735.00) and passing 4,590 chips to Stu.

No turn, no river, no chips

goodturn2 already found good fortune tonight but couldn't muster it up a second time. With the blinds up to 75/150 goodturn2 would open shove a very small stack of 850 from the button as barrybab333 sitting a decent ace A♣9♠ made the call. goodturn2 needed a little love from the board holding two face cards J♦Q♠. goodturn2 got a cold shoulder instead as barrybab333 took it down with two pair 3♦ 9♦ 5♣ 7♥ A♦ leaving goodturn2 one off the impeding chop deal in fourth place ($3,350.000).

We have a deal! No? We have another deal! No? I mean yes!

barrybab333 couldn't seem to make up his mind but we ended up with the deal below after 10 minutes and a plate of macaroni and cheese leaving $1,000.00 to our winner tonight.

VN_Milingo: $8,288.73
Stu-Walker: $7,447.81
barrybab333: $7,263.44

No indecisiveness here

barrybab333 had no problem making a decision here as the blinds were up to 100/200 and after raising to 600, barrybab333 was facing a shove from VN_Milingo which put him all-in. Holding pocket sixes 6♠6♥, barrybab333 made the call and was while it wasn't the right decision (as he was behind VN_Milingo's pocket tens T♣T♠) he did make it much quicker than his chop answer. Q♣ Q♥ 4♦ J♥ K♦ on the board and we are down to two as barrybab333 picked up $7,263.44 in third place.

Thousand dollar heads-up match

While Stu-Walker started the heads-up match losing 3,364 to 10,136 with blinds at 100/200, he would make a pretty good match for VN_Milingo. Although it only took seven minute Stu-Walker fought hard until the below hand took the rest of his chips:

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Down to 2,192 chips, Stu-Walker made a move from the small blind by shoving while holding 6♦Q♠. Two paint cards in hand J♥K♥ and plenty of chips, VN_Milingo made the call. The 8♦ 9♥ 7♥ flop was nasty for Stu-Walker eliminating several outs. K♦ left only three fives, and the 8♥ on the river handed the remaining $1,000.00 to our March Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout champion, VN_Milingo!

March Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout Freeroll Results (03-27-11)
(* denotes part of three-way deal)
1. VN_Milingo (Spain) *$9,288.73
2. Stu-Walker (Spain) *$7,447.81
3. barrybab333 (Hungary) *$7,263.44
4. goodturn2 (United States) $4,500.00
5. TeodorKAMATA (Bulgaria) $3,350.00
6. ThreeBet (United States) $2,735.00
7. Russian56bos (Russia) $2,200.00
8. archenemy85 (Austria) $1,700.00
9. Dana Gordon (United States) $775.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets