Battle of the Planets: ssv1978 locks up a $12K win in February

This month's edition of the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll was about perseverance. TRICKI1 would be knocked down to a chip count early on that most poker players would toss in thinking their tournament time was over and move on to the next one. Instead, TRICKI1 went from earning $1,700.00 in seventh place to $4,500.00 in third place after finally being knocked out by the eventual champion from the Ukraine ssv1978. Read below for the story of how they claimed that cash.

The first round and money bubble would come down to VIP SilverStar salamon10 and green6label out on Table 77. The winner would lock up $195.00 and still have a shot at the $12,000.00 at the final table. With the blinds at 150/300 ante 25 green6label holding a sizable 7,360 to 1,640 chip lead, would keep the pressure on with a shove from the button. salamon10 looking to swim upstream called immediately with pocket jacks J♣J♠. green6label's 8♣3♥ looked very modest until a pair of eights and a trey hit the 8♥ T♦ 3♦ 9♠ 8♦ board and busted salamon10 harshly on the bubble.

At the start of the second round a very familiar name in the tournament realm popped up almost as quickly as salamon10's exit. If there's a tournament at PokerStars, Calvin "cal42688" Anderson has likely won it. Sunday Warm-Up? Check. WCOOP? Check. SCOOP? Check. Main Event Passport? Check. Unfortunately, Mr. Anderson would not add a Battle of the Planets victory to his trophy case today, busting right after winning his first table in 81st place ($195.00).

scorpchess would be the first to claim a final table seat tonight. The Russian player has made waves at big final tables before after chopping up the Sunday Warm-Up in April last year for $80,500.00. Two fellow countrypersons would join scorpchess as Shmotka and clausdorf4 claimed the second and third seat at the table. Shmotka is looking to improve on a 9th place finish in this freeroll back in August last year.

Down to the last seat carpanizle sat with a 3,926 to 9,574 chip deficit and blinds at 150/300 ante 25 against Sickofitall5 and decided to test luck with a shove holding pocket fives 5♥5♣. Sickofitall5 responded with a call while showing T♠K♣ and was immediately given more outs on the 8♦J♥9♣ flop. The 6♣ turn did not change anything but the Q♠ river gave Sickofitall5 a straight and locking up $775.00 for making the final table.


Seat 1: Reiarturo (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: clausdorf4 (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: scorpchess (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: TRICKI1 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: Caber89 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: kiltedmich (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Sickofitall5 (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Shmotka (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: ssv1978 (1500 in chips)

The first blind level would be sprinkled with nine-way chop talks between half of the table while the other half seemed to ignore the possibility of locking up nearly four thousand dollars.

Early exit for Reiarturo

A call it a semi-bluff gone really wrong. Early in the 15/30 blind level ssv1978 would raise to 70 from the small blind as Reiarturo three-bet to 210. ssv1978 called to see an all-diamond flop 9♦4♦7♦ and checked immediately. Reiarturo led out for 225 as ssv1978 popped out the hole to check-raise to 450. Holding big slick and the second biggest diamond K♦A♣ Reiarturo shoved for 1,160 chips. Unfortunately for Reiarturo, ssv1978 held the biggest diamond along with the trey A♦3♦ for the nut flush and reducing Reiarturo chances of winning to zero. Left with 45 chips Reiarturo would donate them to Caber89 on the next hand to finish in ninth place ($775.00).

Nearly a double

The 25/50 and 50/100 blind levels would pass easily enough as kiltedmuch continued to try and round the troops for an eight way chop. Instead as the blinds moved up to 75/150 a three-way hand would knock one player out and cripple another. Watch below for the action:

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TRICKI1 tried to grab the pot with the flopped top pair J♦6♦ and a re-draw to a straight after everyone checked the flop J♥ 4♣ 3♠ 5♣ but that backfired when scorpchess shoved with the turned wheel A♦2♣. clausdorf4 A♠8♣ would be the odd person out after the J♠ river earning $1,200.00 in eighth place.

Shorty gains money

Knocked down to under 200 chips, TRICKI1 would survive long enough to move up the pay scale as the blinds moved up to 100/200 kiltedmuch would shove from the cutoff for 1,972 chips holding pocket threes 3♠3♣. Folded to ssv1978 in the big blind who covered and made the call with A♥J♦. Good race and good day to kiltedmuch as an ace hit the door A♠ T♣ 7♠ 2♥ 5♣ and UK player took $1,700.00 in seventh place.

Possible chip and a chair story in the making
TRICKI1 would continue the ascent to a possible five figure payday as yet another player would be relieved of their chip stack. With the blinds holding at 100/200 it would be TRICKI1's turn to become the executioner as short-stacked Sickofitall5 with just 612 chips would shove from the hijack seat and TRICKI1 made the call in the big blind with a couple of hearts J♥3♥. Strangely, Sickofitall5 held only a couple of wheel cards 2♥5♦ that missed the Q♥ Q♣ 7♥ 3♦ 6♣ board completely shipping $2,200.00 to Sickofitall5 in sixth place.

Caber tosses Shmotka

While the caber toss is a traditional Scottish event Caber89 used a couple of virtual cards instead of a long wooden pole to knock out Shmotka. Four hands after Sickofitall5 left, Caber89 would min-raise from the cutoff as Shmotka shoved for 1,957 on the button with pocket jacks J♥J♠. Caber89's aces A♠A♣ made the call an easy one as the 8♦ 8♥ 2♠ 6♦ 9♥ board showed zero face cards as Shmotka picked up $2,735.00 in fifth place.

It's Tricky!

With the blinds moving up to 125/250 ante 25 TRICKI1 holding just three chips more than scorpchess would call the Russian's shove from the small blind holding A♣7♠. It was a good call as scorpchess flipped up J♠9♠. Despite picking up a straight draw on the flop, scorpchess found nothing 7♦ Q♣ 8♦ 5♣ 3♥ on the board to help out as scorpchess took home $3,350.00 in fourth place.

Almost made it

A good story always has a conclusion and TRICKI1's conclusion would come in third place. With the blinds moving up to 150/300 ante 25 TRICKI1 would shove from the button for 2,637 chips as ssv1978 waiting a few moments before calling with pocket nines 9♥9♠. One overcard for TRICKI1's K♠8♣ to hit and it did not as the 5♥ 6♦ Q♦ 7♥ T♣ board favored ssv1978 ending a great comeback tale for TRICKI1 in third place ($4,500.00).

YEAH! Turns into OMG NO! (or the other way around)

Watch below for the final hand of the tournament as Caber89 holding pocket tens T♠T♥ is all-in preflop against ssv1978's big slick K♥A♥ for a 10,924 chip pot:

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ssv1978 would flop top pair K♦5♣T♦ but Caber89's set of tens was way out in front. Needing a runner-runner ssv1978 got one on the turn K♠ and the $12,000.00 ace on the river A♦ to win the February edition of the Battle of the Planets triple shootout!

February Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout results (02-24-13):

Players entered: 496
Places paid: 81
Buy-in: Ticket (freeroll)
First place: $12,000.00

1. ssv1978 (Ukraine) $12,00.00
2. Caber89 (Germany) $7,500.00
3. TRICKI1 (Canada) $4,500.00
4. scorpchess (Russia) $3,350.00
5. Shmotka (Russia) $2,735.00
6. Sickofitall5 (Germany) $2,200.00
7. kiltedmich (United Kingdom) $1,700.00
8. clausdorf4 (Russia) $1,200.00
9. Reiarturo (Brazil) $775.00

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Battle of the Planets