Battle of the Planets: jSorc casts a spell on final table for $12K win
Former champions and players who have made the final table of the Battle of the Planets monthly $50,000.00 triple shootout freeroll often make return trips. It took two our final table players three and four years respectively to come in and say hi today. But, the month tonight would go someone new as jSorc took down $12,000.00 after winning three straight tables.
Down to the final two tables of the first round Warningstein would take out Jjinjo after hitting a turned wheel to close their match as all eyes moved over to Table 47 where nitur and jucecito held the key to the second round. With the blinds up to 150/300 ante 25 and showing no sign of stopping, the rail was getting a bit antsy to start up the money round where everyone was assured at $195.00 for winning their first table.
When the blinds moved to 200/400 ante 50 nitur continued to be stay aggressive while picking up several preflop pots as jucecito won enough to stay away. Staying on the gas peddle, nitur pushed again from the button to 6,905 as jucecito found pocket fives 5♥5♦ were plenty to make the call. nitur's K♣T♣ found a ten on the flop T♠ 2♠ 7♣ A♣ Q♠ to end the last match and start up the round of 81.
12ziz12 already has two Battle of the Planet freeroll final tables. September 2010 placing fifth ($2,735.00) and November 2010 taking sixth ($2,200.00). Well... make that three final tables as the Australian made short work of the table in claiming the first seat. And after taking down Event #1-M for $131,114.57 in the SCOOP 2013 that is finishing up tomorrow let's say 12ziz12 is back.
Down to Gdzila versus skeldon87 for the last seat at the final table with a potential $12,500.00 or $195.00 already earned. Down 3,739 to 9,761 Gdzila would shove over the top of a min-raise by skeldon87 holding K♠2♠. skeldon87's mid-ace A♠9♥ was enough to make the call and enough to win the final pot after an ace hit the flop J♦ J♣ A♣ 9♠ 5♣ to solidify it and start up the final table below:
Seat 1: russunray (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: kafelnikovz (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: jSorc (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: camelino (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: skeldon87 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: ViKtOrHaZaRd (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: blackDonii (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: 12ziz12 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: Godfatti (1500 in chips)
Out as fast as coming in
12ziz12 waited over 30 minutes for the last round of this triple shootout to start and was out of the tournament in under 10 minutes after pushing a semi-bluff a little too far. Still in the initial 10/20 blind level with the bound showing K♠ 7♦ 8♦ T♥ 12ziz12 was faced with an all-in bet by skeldon87. Holding J♦A♦ 12ziz12 made the call facing pocket aces A♣A♠. The fourth ace showed up on the river A♥ sending 12ziz12 to the rail in ninth place ($775.00).
Russ runs away
Into the 25/50 blind level russunray would min-raise from middle position as it folded around to camelino in the big blind with pocket sixes 6♠6♥ and under the starting stack. camelino would shove for 1,275 total as russunray holding big slick K♥A♣ made the call for less. No card over a nine on the 2♣ 9♣ 2♥ 4♣ 5♥ board and russunray went away in eighth place ($1,200.00).
In the black
As the blinds moved up to 50/100 ViKtOrHaZaRd slipped to just 790 chips and was able to open shove with a small ace A♣5♦ from early position. Unfortunately, blackDonii one to the left was eager to call any bets with pocket aces A♥A♠. No miracles on any streets here 7♣ 7♦ Q♠ 9♦ T♣ and ViKtOrHaZaRd left in seventh place ($1,700.00).
12 chips? 12 chips
That's all kafelnikovz had left tangling with jSorc. With the blinds moving up to 125/250 ante 25 and still six players remaining kafelnikovz would try to bully jSorc with a shove from the small blind. Holding a decent heads-up ace 9♣A♦ jSorc made the correct call kafelnikovz flipped up a smaller ace 5♠A♠. Both players would pair their kickers 9♠ K♠ 7♥ 3♣ 5♦ leaving kafelnikovz with 12 chips. Two hands later kafelnikovz would officially receive sixth place cash ($2,200.00).
A familiar face
It may have been a few years ago but Godfatti chopped up this freeroll back in 2009 and was looking to do so again nearly four years later. Two hands after kafelnikovz took leave Godfatti took a shot holding just 529 chips by shoving all-in barely over the 500 chip raise by skeldon87. skeldon87 made the call with pocket sevens 7♠7♥ and managed to take the 1,433 chip pot after the 6♥ Q♥ 8♣ 3♦ Q♦ failed to connect with Godfatti's 5♦A♠. A little less than last time, but Godfatti earned $2,735.00 in fifth place.
Fast to the finish
Just three hands later camelino would take a shot at improving a shortstack against the sizable 125/250 ante 25 blinds. Open shoving from the cutoff for 1,805 as skeldon87 went looking for a second straight elimination by re-shoving from the button with pocket sixes 6♠6♣. Despite flopping a flush draw A♣ K♦ A♦ Q♠ 2♥ camelino's T♦8♦ would miss the board enough to ship the 4,085 pot to skeldon87 as camelino earned $3,350.00 in fourth place.
jSorc had to cast some kind of spell over backDonii who took down six hands in row to get the Hungarian to sit down for once. Firing 4,363 chips into the pot from the button was a decent way to get blackDonii to fold but skeldon87 did not. Holding pocket jacks J♣J♠ skeldon87 made the call for less as jSorc showed a marriage in diamonds Q♦K♦ which quickly found another queen on the Q♥ 5♥ 8♥ 2♥ 5♦ board to claim the 7,769 chip pot and send $4,500.00 with skeldon87 in third place.
Minute to win it
Ten hands and jSorc never let go of the lead. It would only take a minute to get through those ten hands and claim the $12,000.00 along with the May Battle of the Planets title. Watch below:
Down to 2,715 chips blackDonii would shove over the top of jSorc's raise holding T♥K♣ as jSorc made the call with A♠J♥. An ace on the turn 6♣ 9♠ 5♠ A♥ 5♣ would shutdown blackDonii for the evening as jSorc claimed the entire $12,000.00 first place prize!
PokerStars Battle of the Planets May $50,000 freeroll (Triple Shootout) results
Places paid: 81
1. jSorc (Slovenia) $12,000.00
2. blackDonii (Hungary) $7,500.00
3. skeldon87 (United Kingdom) $4,500.00
4. camelino (Austria) $3,350.00
5. Godfatti (Netherlands) $2,735.00
6. kafelnikovz (Brazil) $2,200.00
7. ViKtOrHaZaRd (Czech Republic) $1,700.00
8. russunray (Russia) $1,200.00
9. 12ziz12 (Australia) $775.00
David Aydt is a freelance contributor