Battle of the Planets: dthorne04 mows down March field for $12K

Spring time has broken out for most of our players. Unless you live in Canada like four players who made today's $50,000 Battle of Planets monthly triple shootout freeroll final table. Despite a few days of "Spring" weather, ice is still showing on some lakes with snowbanks prevalent while driving through the cities. The drab weather did not bother one of those Canadians as dthorne04 paved the way through the icy 589 player field to win $12,000.00

Ten minutes before the two hour mark the final initial round table would wind its last hand down. With the blinds at 200/400 ante 25 and Bankyard holding a 5,337 to 5,163 chip lead over Chipsy36, Bankyard would raise from the button to 860 total. Chipsy36 looking down at K♥T♠ shoved as Bankyard complied with a call holding 9♦A♠. The flop clobbered with Bankyard's ace 7♥A♦7♦ leaving Chipsy36 to only a runner-runner straight or trips combo to win. Two kings later K♦ and K♣ Chipsy36 would take down the 10,326 chip pot and gather the scraps from the next hand as a stunned Bankyard exited in 82nd place giving our remaining 81 players at least $195.00 each.

34offsuitJR had a thirst for some cash today, finishing off table nine in last than an hour with the aforementioned Chipsy36 going down during heads up play to earn the first seat at the final table. Canada would continue to fill the table (34offsuitJR) as the North American country took home four of the first five seats.

Down to two tables two players from Hungary (p€troceli and SZERENCSFIA) would duke it out on table four and p€troceli winning the honor to represent Hungary at the final table. As Kirill Juma and ross997 would only last one hand longer on table two. With the blinds at 150.300 ante 25 Kirill Juma holding 2,903 chips to ross997's 10,597 would face a bullying button raise to 4,350. With a suited king K♦3♦ Kirill Juma decided it was go time and called as ross997 showed J♠T♦. A ten in the middle of the Q♦ T♥ 2♥ 8♠ 4♥ flop was all that was needed to start up the final table below:


Seat 1: dthorne04 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: ross997 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: AB_Poker_12 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: p€troceli (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: kanskje123 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: nickyshu (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Gabiru01 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: dirty.brasil (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: 34offsuitJR (1500 in chips)

First in, first out

The 10/20 level would leave quickly as the players usually use this time to feel out their tablemates for a quick chop of the sizable amount of free cash at this table. Instead we would get two quick eliminations after the blinds moved up. The first hand of the 15/30 blind level saw 34offsuitJR on the wrong side of a cooler. 34offsuitJR would limp in from middle position as p€troceli made it 90 total as kanskje123 and 34offsuitJR both called. p€troceli led out for 150 on the 2♣8♦A♠ flop as kanskje123 folded but 34offsuitJR dialed it up to 450 chips. Holding a set of eights 8♥8♠ p€troceli shoved as 334offsuitJR quickly called with a set of ducks 2♦2♥. One out became no outs as the A♣ turn and 4♥ river shut down 34offsuitJR finishing in ninth place ($775.00).

Fast start

Just two hands later a second cooler would end someone's Battle of the Planets freeroll. kanskje123 would open to 150 from middle position as Gabiru01 made it 350 from the big blind. kanskje123's aces A♠A♣ went for maximum value by pushing 1,040 chips as Gabiru01 made the call for less holding jacks J♠J♣. An ace in the door A♥ 4♦ 6♥ 4♠ 2♥ and Gabiru01 was no more taking home $1,200.00 in eighth place.

Three-way excitement

Mid-way through the 50/100 blind level Gabiru01, nickyshu, and ross997 decided to gather their chips into the middle for a 4,730 chip pot. Watch below as aces go down, but no one leaves:

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ross997: 5♠5♦
nickyshu: A♠A♥
Gabiru01: 8♥8♦

Three pairs and ross997 covered the table, but it would be Gabiru01 finding a connection to the Q♦ 8♠ 2♣ Q♠ 7♦ board to claim 4,270 chips from the main pot, as nickyshu stayed alive snagging 460 from the side pot as all seven players hit the five minute break soon afterwards.

Ross erased

After losing the three-way all-in, ross997 never recovered. With the blinds up to 75/150 dthorne04 open shove from the button as a short-stacked ross997 made the call for less holding just 935 chips in the small blind. Pocket sevens 7♣7♥ for ross997 racing against the 9♥Q♦ for dthorne04. It looked like the sevens would hold after a wheel started to appear on the 4♦ 2♠ 3♠ 5♥ board. But a 9♣ river ended ross997's night in seventh place ($1,700.00).

Rise from cracked aces

The other player who lost in that pivotal three-way hand, nickyshu, made the most of those leftover chips received from the cracked aces. After staying in the game, nickyshu got involved in another three-way pot, this time shoving with 745 chips holding big slick A♦K♥, slightly more than AB_Poker_12's 725 chip shove with A♣7♠. Gabiru01 joined the party calling all bets holding Q♠. Not needed but, nickyshu connected on the A♥ 3♦ K♦ 7♥ 3♠ board to collect 2,365 chips as AB_Poker_12 was the odd person out in sixth place ($2,200.00).


NOM NOM NOM NOM. dthorne04's Cookie Monster avatar went looking for more chips and found some in p€troceli's stack that did not even need to be dipped in milk. With the blinds holding at 75/150 dthorne04 limped in from the small blind and p€troceli checked the option to see a 4♠A♣Q♣ flop. Cookie Monster led out for 155 chips and p€troceli matched it with a call. T♣ on the turn and dthorne04 bet again this time for 305 chips as p€troceli made a go for the pot and shoved for 1,350 chips. Having hit a flush on the turn 8♣3♣ dthorne04 quickly called as p€troceli's 7♥J♣ needed another club on the river. 3♦ was not it as p€troceli took home $2,735.00 in fifth place.

More chips for the blue one

Cookie monster was not satisfied with just one helping of chips and went looking for more. As the blinds moved up to 100/200 dirty.brasil tossed in a shove from the button for 2,170 chips as dthorne04 in the small blind re-shoved for 5,475 chips. nickyshu stayed quiet as dthorne04 showed pocket queens Q♥Q♠ leading dirty.brasil's 6♥A♣. Despite a six on the door 6♠ T♣ 9♣ 5♣ 7♥ dirty.brasil's stack was cleaned out in fourth place ($3,350.00).

Heads-up in a hurry

On the very next hand dthorne04 would look to make it three eliminations in a row after min-raising from the button and Gabiru01 shoved from the big blind for 1,450 chips total. dthorne04 made the call with A♠T♣ needing to outrun the Q♠J♥ of Gabiru01. Top two pair on the A♦ T♥ 5♦ 2♠ 4♥ board was more than plenty to knock out Gabiru01 in third place ($4,500.00).

No chat, just business and $12K please

Much like the entire final table, the chat box stayed dead silent as no talk about chopping up the remaining $19,500.00 on the table came into the play. There was not a lot of time to chat as heads-up play was over in nine minutes flat. As the blinds moved up to 125/250 ante 25 and dthorne04 holding a 8,035 to 5,465 chip lead, both players liked the 3♦T♦9♣ flop to end the tournament. Watch below for the conclusion:

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Top pair-good kicker K♣T♠ for nickyshu was good enough for a three-bet shove. And top two pair T♥9♠ was more than good enough for a call . Two blanks later 8♠ and 4♦ dthorne04 walked away with the rest of nickyshu's chips and $12,000.00 after winning the March Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll!

$50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll results (03-31-13):

Players entered: 589
Places paid: 81
Buy-in: Earned ticket
Prize pool: $50,000.00
First Place: $12,000.00

1. dthorne04 (Canada) $12,000.00
2. nickyshu (China) $7,500.00
3. Gabiru01 (Brazil) $4,500.00
4. dirty.brasil (Canada) $3,350.00
5. p€troceli (Hungary) $2,735.00
6. AB_Poker_12 (Canada) $2,200.00
7. ross997 (United Kingdom) $1,700.00
8. kanskje123 (Norway) $1,200.00
9. 34offsuitJR (Canada) $775.00

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets