Battle of the Planets: Profitable return trip for andyafc#1 winning $12K in July's freeroll

Showing last month's victory was not a fluke, defending champion bigbluffzinc was back at the final table again. After taking home $12K from winning the June triple shootout bigbluffzinc would be attempting to become the first back-to-back champ of this event. andyafc#1 also made a return trip to the final table placing seventh last November. The cards fell andyafc#1's way at the end, taking out the defending champ in third place and claiming the $12,000.00 up top just three hands later.

IAMPOKER11 and grampabumkin who made couple of WCOOP final tables back in 2009 would square off for the 81st and final money spot of the triple shootout. With the blinds up to 150/300 ante 25 grampabumpin would shove from the button for 1,961 chips as IAMPOKER11 made the call holding Q♥J♦. grampabumkin turned over 3♣T♦ and flopped a pair. However, IAMPOKER11's queens on the T♥ Q♦ 8♥ 4♣ A♦ board would take down the pot and startup the second round.

Table seven held to key to starting up the final table as exportion, dirty.brasil (final table here in March taking fourth place), and woody1234321 battled it out for the final spot. exportion would export dirty.brasil out in 11th place to face woody1234321 heads-up. woody1234321 would dominate the match winning all six hands as the last one pitted exportion's pocket jacks J♥J♦ versus woody1234321's Q♦K♦. A jack on the turn would be a bad thing for exportion as it filled woody1234321's straight draw A♣ T♠ 7♥ J♠ 6♠ and started up the final table below:


Seat 1: draken08 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: scirrocco777 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: XxSouthyxX (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: taska223 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: omba (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: andyafc#1 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: woody1234321 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: bigbluffzinc (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: vandecouter (1500 in chips)

Early cooler

Usually the first bust out happens around the 25/50 level but the cards sometimes force the action early. With the blinds at 15/30 XxSouthyxX would make a raise to 80 as taska223 call and woody1234321 made it 240 to go from the small blind. XxSouthyxX dumped the raise but taska223 shoved for 1,470 total. Holding pocket jacks J♦J♣ woody1234321 made the call for less. taska223 turned over the dominating pocket kings K♠K♥ and hit third one by the turn 3♣ T♦ 4♠ K♦ 8♠ to lock up the 2,870 chip pot and end woody1234321's final table early in ninth place ($775.00).

Chips going south

Still in the 15/30 blind level XxSouthyxX would raise it up to 90 from the button as taska223 called from the small blind and omba made it 218 from the big blind. XxSouthyxX shoved for 1,080 holding A♣Q♣ as omba's kings K♠K♥ were eager to make the call for 830 chips. Eagerness does not always win the pot however as an ace on the flop 7♠ A♦ 8♠ 5♣ 3♣ shipped the 2,186 chip pot to XxSouthyxX and $1,200.00 to omba in eighth place.

Defending champ takes the chip lead

Watch below as bigbluffzinc lets the cards do the talking for a double knockout:

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Bad timing to catch big slick for scirrocco777 K♥A♥ and XxSouthyxX K♣A♦ as both of them failed to overtake the pocket sevens 7♦7♠ of bigbluffzinc on the T♠ 5♦ 8♣ 4♥ Q♦ board to send 4,938 chips to the defending champ. Due to stack sizes scirrocco777 took home $2,200.00 in sixth place while XxSouthyxX got $1,700.00 in seventh.

Last task of the day

If getting $2,735.00 in a freeroll was on the to-do list for taska223, mission accomplished. Just nine hands after bigbluffzinc's double KO and the blinds moving up to 100/200 the two microstacks vandecouter and taska223 tried to gather some headway by shoving preflop for a 1,758 chip pot. taska223's 4♠Q♣ out of the big blind was hoping for live cards but instead vandecouter's Q♦T♦ dominated preflop and after the river card fell A♠ 2♣ A♦ 7♠ 5♥ sending out the aforementioned $2,735.00 to taska223 in fifth place.

Quick release

Just two hands later draken08 would shove from the cutoff for 1,627 chips as the table folded to vandecouter in the big blind holding pocket sevens 7♣7♠. The former shortstack had just enough for the call again to take on draken08's A♠5♥. Only the five would find a match on the T♣ T♦ 5♦ 4♣ K♦ board to take down the 3,354 chip pot and hand over $3,350.00 to draken08 in fourth place.

Missed opportunity

A three-way chop would be briefly discussed but a rebuttal by andyafc#1 sent the cards back into the air.

bigbluffzinc would have andyafc#1 all-in on a preflop flip of A♦J♣ versus andyafc#1's pocket eights 8♦8♣ but failed to catch on the 9♣ 7♠ 2♠ K♦ Q♥ board for a 7,682 chip pot, sliding the chip lead to the right. Eight hands later with the blinds still at 100/200 andyafc#1 tried bullying bigbluffzinc with a shove from the small blind. Holding big slick A♠K♥ the champ quickly made the call. 6♠7♣ for andyafc#1 watched four clubs 6♣ K♣ J♣ 3♣ 9♥ trickle out on the board to overtake the flopped top pair and killed the chance for back-to-back victories in third place ($4,500.00).

Three and out

Just three hands of heads-up play between andyafc#1 and vandecouter sent the $12,000.00 to this month's champ. Watch below as andyafc#1 takes the lessons learned in November's final table run to today's win:

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andyafc#1 applied the pressure from the small blind with a 10,994 chip shove holding 5♦A♣ as vandecouter made the call for 2,206 with Q♠T♦. No cards over a nine 6♦ 2♦ 9♦ 8♠ 8♥ sent vandecouter to the rail as andyafc#1 collected the $12,000.00 first place prize as the July Battle of the Planets champion!

PokerStars Battle of the Planets triple shootout results (07-28-13)

Players entered: 509
Places paid: 81
Prizepool: $50,000.00 (freeroll)

1. andyafc#1 (United Kingdom) $12,000.00
2. vandecouter (Argentina) $7,500.00
3. bigbluffzinc (Canada) $4,500.00
4. draken08 (United Kingdom) $3,350.00
5. taska223 (Hungary) $2,735.00
6. scirrocco777 (Belgium) $2,200.00
7. XxSouthyxX (Canada) $1,700.00
8. omba (Sweden) $1,200.00
9. woody1234321 (United Kingdom) $775.00

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
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