Battle of the Planets: Four-way deal gives marky_crash the November title
Sometimes our final nine come from very meager bankrolls that could only dream of four-digits next to their name in the cashier's window. At those times, the players are quick to make a deal after reaching the final table of the monthly Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll. Tonight after little more than an hour of play, our final four: marky_crash, chv89, ded1983, Kajzer Sose all decided to cash in their good fortunes of winning two SnGs and outlasting five other final tablist to claim the lion share of the final table cash. The winner by means of collecting the final table's chips was marky_crash earning $6,802.37 but the largest cut of the chop was claimed by Russia's ded1983 who took home $8,025.83.
Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind sporting the Supernova Elite colors around his avatar took a seat with six others (one sitting out) at Table 36 in search for another final table of this monthly triple shootout freeroll. In less than an hour Lind would find himself heads-up against besar_cz who last year almost took down the Sunday Million in July after being defeated heads-up against bmky88 but still taking away $147,774.79 as the runner-up. Today besar_cz's heads-up match would turn out a little more positive, with blinds at 75/150 and holding a 5,971 to 3,029 chip lead over Lind, besar_cz raised to 307 from the button as George shoved all-in. Holding 8♠A♠ besar_cz made the call and dominated the 2010 SCOOP Player of the Series smaller ace A♥3♣. The board missed Lind's flopped flush draw and gave besar_cz a straight 9♥ 6♥ 7♥ T♦ 3♠ thus knocking out the Red Spader in 160th place.
After 90 minutes of first round play our 81 table winners locking up $195.00 each, gathered at nine new tables with the $12,000.00 first place prize just one SnG win away. Among the players who fell short of the final table were Chocoyote who put in a strong top ten Player of the Series performance during the MicroMillions III tournament series ($1,000,000 guarantee Main Event already smashing the guarantee running currently) would bow out tonight in 38th place.
Not succumbing to competition were Kajzer Sose and doitdoitdo1 who quickly picked up their seats while Table 5 still had seven players in! And yes, Table 5 would be the last table to name their champion to compete in the brand new arena. With the blinds up to 125/250 ante 25, p€troceli would min-raise from the button as Vishera took the bait and shoved all-in for 9,133 chips holding A♥6♠. Concealing strength p€troceli quickly called for 3,817 more with big slick K♥A♣. Strength preflop is different than strength postflop as a six peeled off 8♦ 6♦ 9♥ 5♣ T♠ and handed Vishera a ticket to the final table and locking up at least $775.00 in the process:
Seat 1: chv89 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: corto12 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: andyafc#1 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: marky_crash (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: Vishera (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: ded1983 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Kajzer Sose (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: doitdoitdo1 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: dsnka (1500 in chips)
Not a peep
Most, if not all of the chat was coming from outside the table as the railbirds rooted on their champions as the usual nine-way split talks ceased to even start.
Late to the party, early to the exit
The last player to jump into the final table was Vishera after a long stay at Table 5 but ultimately coming away with the victory. But, during the end of the 15/30 blind level Vishera would run into two unfortunate hands. First, ded1983 would pull a 2,413 chip pot off Vishera after getting maximum value off a flopped set of sevens, then three hands later marky_crash would raise to 90 chips as Vishera sat on the button with pocket nines 9♥9♣ and shoved 389 chips into the middle. The blinds folded but marky_crash made the easy call with kings K♠K♣. Thanks to three tens on the board 4♠ T♣ T♦ 8♥ T♠ both players made boats, but Vishera's small vessel sailed off in ninth place ($775.00). Chocoyote was not the only player to boast MicroMillions III riches as Vishera claimed sixth place cash ($9,447.41) in Event #4.
With the blinds up to 50/100 corto12 was clinging to 633 chips and raising it up from early position to 205 as Kajzer Sose decided to give action with a shove to 2,135 chips from the small blind holing big slick A♥K♣. About as dominate as one can get preflop, corto12 showed two aces A♦A♣ and watched in horror as two kings joined two queens on the K♥ Q♥ 4♦ K♠ Q♦ board to end corto12's night in nasty fashion earning $1,200.00 for eighth place.
Still in the 50/100 level, another pair of aces would help trim our population from seven to six. Watch below as ded1983 and andyafc#1 both slowplay preflop only to find disaster for one of them after shoving the 9♣6♦3♠ flop.
andyafc#1 showed pocket queens Q♦Q♥ as ded1983 calmly rolled over the better pair A♥A♠. This time the dominating aces had no problems on the 7♠ turn and 5♣ river collecting the 3,900 chips and taking out andyafc#1 in seventh place ($1,700.00).
Despite the action packed name, doitdoitdo1, would not make a lot of noise at tonight's final table. With the blinds moving up to 75/150 and holding a meager 714 chips, doitdoitdo1 would open shove from the button as chv89 made a spirited call from the big blind holding K♠8♣. Call it a soul read if you wish as doitdoitdo1 rolled over a worse kicker 7♣K♥. An eight on the door 8♠ 5♦ Q♣ 2♥ A♠ sealed doitdoitdo1's fate in sixth place ($2,200.00).
No more dsnka
Still in the 75/150 blind level dsnka, who has a 2012 WCOOP final table on the tournament mantel (7th place in Event 46 earning $21,735) would open shove from the hijack seat for 1,382 chips as it folded to Kajzer Sose looking smug in the big blind with pocket kings K♣K♥ eager to make the call. dsnka would need help for the pocket treys 3♣3♠ and failed to get the assistance on the A♠ 2♠ T♦ Q♦ J♠ board. Slightly less than the WCOOP payday, dsnka still hauled away $2,735.00 in fifth place.
The hand between dsnka and Kajzer Sose would be the last meaningful one for the 2012 November Battle of the Planets $50,000.00 freeroll as our remaining four quickly worked together to take the chip chop numbers offered by the PokerStars host shown below:
Kajzer Sose: $6,760.00
With the money locked up our players want into shoveski mode as marky_crash would take the official title after the hand shown below:
K♠7♠ for marky_crash would survive the 2♦ 5♠ T♥ 8♣ T♠ board over chv89's 3♥9♠ as the UK's marky_crash claim this month's title!
November $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout results (11-25-12):
Players entered: 510
Places paid: 81
Buy-in: Freeroll/Ticket earned
First place prize: *$6,802.37
(* denotes part of four-way chop)
1. marky_crash (United Kingdom) *$6,802.37
2. chv89 (Russia) *$5,761.80
3. ded1983 (Russia) *$8,025.83
4. Kajzer Sose (Serbia) *$6,760.00
5. dsnka (Czech Republic) $2,735.00
6. doitdoitdo1 (Australia) $2,200.00
7. andyafc#1 (United Kingdom) $1,700.00
8. corto12 (Croatia) $1,200.00
9. Vishera (Russia) $775.00
David Aydt is a freelance contributor