Battle of the Planets: WOO WOO for woosewoo taking down April's freeroll for $12K
The last bit of snow has finally melted here in the northland as spring has finally arrived despite a very bad weather groundhog by the name of Punxsutawney Phil stating the spring thaw was supposed to come early this year. Luckily for the SnG players at PokerStars getting a foot of snow in mid-April will not usually hinder their ability to hit the tables enough to earn a ticket to tonight's $50,000 Battle of the Planets Freeroll. Our champ tonight also had to dig out a path to victory as Hungary's woosewoo started heads-up play with a big chip deficit but fought back quickly to claim this month's $12,000.00 prize. It has been a long time coming for woosewoo who made the very first Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout final table in April of 2008.
Down to the final pairing on Table 8 with Titan-tan trailing 4,709 to 5,791 chips and the blinds up to 125/250 ante 25 wychtor would led with a min-raise from the button as Titan-tan called. 4♥3♦2♥ on the flop got Titan-tan to take the lead and bet 430 as wychtor's hand was stuck on the min-raise button and hit it again. Titan-tan three-bet to 2,000 as wychtor's hand moved up to all-in as Titan-tan called with a king-high flush draw K♥9♥. wychtor already had a made hand with pocket aces A♠A♣ and after two more small cards laid down 3♣ and 4♦ Titan-tan would leave with nothing in 82nd place as the remaining 81 players locked up $195.00.
turataika, Hanggy, and Joellos15 quickly snagged their seats and kicked back for a while to wait for the remaining six seats to fill up before playing for $12,000.00. One of those seats was filled by turataika who plays in many of the Sunday Majors and made some cash in the Super Tuesday last year, grabbing $3,234 in 23rd place. After X-fold2u-X was finished off by sTitC at the three hour mark of the tournament it was down to pif-pafdaddy and niclassen18 to fill the final seat. With the blinds at 125/250 ante 25 and pif-pafdaddy behind by 680 chips both players liked their hands enough to get all-in preflop. For good reason too as pif-pafdaddy pulled up aces A♦A♠ and niclassen18 queens Q♠Q♦ and after an all low board 6♥ 2♠ 7♥ 9♥ 3♥ pif-pafdaddy would collect the 12,820 chip pot and the one after it to start up the final table below:
Seat 1: messier111 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: pif-pafdaddy (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: woosewoo (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: turataika (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: chimera252 (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: Hanggy (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: sTitCx (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: Bredik75 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: Joellos15 (1500 in chips)
Action starts early
Usually during the opening 10/20 blind level the players mainly circle each other to get a scent of each other's play. Tonight we would a major confrontation one hand before the hourly five minute break. sTitCx would raise to 80 from middle position as Joellos15 made the call from the button and both took a gander at the 8♦5♦9♠ flop. sTitCx bet for 120 as Joellos15 bumped up to 315 and sTitCx called. 6♦ on the turn and sTitCx backed off and checked as Joellos15 tossed in another 340. sTitCx check-raised to 1,195 all-in as Joellos15 called for less holding a flopped set of eights 8♠8♥. Unfortunately the turn gave sTitCx the nut straight 7♠T♠ and with the 7♣ on the river Joellos15 earned $775.00 in ninth place.
While the 15/30 level was kept all eight players in the game the 25/50 level could not say the same. After a min-raise UTG by turataika both sTitCx and Bredik75 decided to make the call from middle position as three went to see the 6♦T♠9♦ flop. turataika kept up the betting with a 225 chip bet as Bredik75 made it 550 total, turataika was not done and shoved for 1,362 total holding a flush draw J♦A♦ hoping Bredik75 would go away. Holding a set of nines 9♠9♥ Bredik75 quickly made the call. Much like the flopped set from the previous elimination, the draw got there as the 4♣ turn and fateful 5♦ river sent Bredik75 down to 41 chips. Four hands later pif-pafdaddy would collect the scraps as Bredik75 exited in eighth place ($1,200.00).
Still in the 25/50 blind level chimera252 holding an unfamiliar red badge which proclaims the UK player has earned over 1 million lifetime VPPs at PokerStars next to the seven stars of the VIP Supernova Elite. Able to open in the small blind, chimera252 made it 130 as Hanggy decided A♠J♠ and a 1,050 shove was enough to shoo the raiser away. chimera252 only thought about how quickly to call with pocket aces A♥A♣. Despite catching four outs on the flop Q♦ Q♠ K♦ 7♥ 9♦ Hanggy's night was done in seventh place ($1,700.00).
Strangely no eliminations in the 50/100 level but things heated up quick in the 75/150 blind level as pif-pafdaddy and woosewoo decided to knot up for a 3,208 chip preflop pot. Check out below to see who stayed and who collected $2,200.00 in sixth place:
pif-pafdaddy's open shove from the small blind with 7♣K♣ got called by woosewoo's small ace A♥5♠ and with an ace on the flop 8♥ 9♠ A♠ Q♣ T♣ pif-pafdaddy got whacked in sixth place ($2,200.00).
The chimera of ancient Greece was a fire-breathing creature. chimera252 of PokerStars just likes to take chips while multi-tabling. Two hands after pif-pafdaddy headed home chimera252 tried to steal the blinds with an open shove from the small blind for 1,525 chips. sTitCx's two facecards Q♥K♠ were enough to make the call as chimera252 turned over the small connector. The board toyed with the Supernova Elite throwing several extra outs on the 2♥ 4♠ 4♣ 7♥ 4♦ but could not connect enough to stay alive, finishing in fifth place ($2,735.00).
Half of four is two
And two players remaining was all that was left at the final table after this hand. With the blinds at 100/200 sTitCx set off a chain reaction of bets that would leave turataika and messier111 in a three-way all-in and 7,504 chips in the middle. Watch below as one player skated away with it all:
turataika's pocket tens T♦T♣ held messier111's sevens 7♣7♠ and sTitCx's sixes 6♦6♠ at a big disadvantage. However, messier111 covered all bets and nailed a third seven on the K♠ 7♥ 9♦ Q♥ Q♦ board taking down the 7,504 chip pot and showing the door to sTitCx in fourth place ($3,350.00) and turataika in third ($4,500.00).
9,813 to 3,687 chip deficit would only take five for woosewoo to overturn and take down the April 2013 Battle of the Planets title. With the blinds moving up to 125/250 ante 25 and woosewoo flipping the chip advantage towards the Hungarian after winning a big flip of fours against big slick with woosewoo's pocket fours making it through the 9♥ 2♦ 2♣ 5♠ J♦ board for the win.
Seven hands later and woosewoo holding a 9,523 to 3,977 chip lead, the Hungarian would min-raise from the button as messier111 called. K♥6♣4♣ flop got messier111 to play possum as woosewoo followed through with a 375 chip bet and messier111 sprung to life with a check-raise all-in. Holding a flopped two pair 4♥K♠ woosewoo quickly made the call only needing to dodge a six as messier111 showed 9♦6♥. Evasion successful as the 8♦ turn and J♦ sealed up the $12,000.00 victory for woosewoo!
April Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout Freeroll results (04-28-13):
Players entered: 538
Places paid: 81
Buy-in: Freeroll ticket
Prize pool: $50,000.00
First place: $12,000.00
1. woosewoo (Hungary) $12,000.00
2. messier111 (Canada) $7,500.00
3. turataika (Finland) $4,500.00
4. sTitCx (Portugal) $3,350.00
5. chimera252 (United Kingdom) $2,735.00
6. pif-pafdaddy (Ukraine) $2,200.00
7. Hanggy (Hong Kong) $1,700.00
8. Bredik75 (Czech Republic) $1,200.00
9. Joellos15 (Netherlands) $775.00
David Aydt is a freelance contributor