Twitter Poker League: ricky1973821 is number 1

September 14, 2010


by Jo Haslam

This felt like a surprising win by ricky1973821,
then I thought about it some more and I realised it wasn’t surprising at all.
He’d come to the final table with medium chips, he made no fancy moves, played no
showy big hands, I saw no suck out outdraws. This was just good old fashioned clean
cut poker, the way poker is supposed to be played. If only it would always be
this way. Or would we miss the drama of a bad guy winning with a one-outer?

Ricky1973821 took command of the final
table with all the right moves, a decent pot at the right time, his best hands
holding up, and the classic coin flip victory. Heads-up he pressured to take
the lead, and in the final hand he help top-pair good kicker. Ricky1973821kept it
simple, and well done to him; sometimes that’s all it takes to win a poker tournament.

speedy bubble

When the Twitter tourney reached the last
two tables it didn’t mess about in getting down to one, there were some frantic
all-in moves, and the bubble burst with the quickest of ‘pops’.

Chillitej was out in 10th place,
his move with A♣6♣ called by chip leader vinniebakkie with K♣K♥.  The kings would win to set up our final
table and chips were as follows:

table chips:

Seat 1: AYYNIT (228272 in chips)

Seat 2: A.E.PGR195 (152055 in chips)

Seat 3: vinniebakkie (471398 in chips)

Seat 4: diewildetina (134027 in chips)

Seat 5: Hatchet826 (392961 in chips)

Seat 6: Bestmann22 (213094 in chips)

Seat 7: ricky1973821 (312576 in chips)

Seat 8: Arruda39 (261429 in chips)

Seat 9: lincolnbs (138188 in chips)



no longer in a rude health

Diewildetina raised and Arruda39 called,
the flop came K♥5♠2♦ and diewildetina bet out.  A long think by Arruda39… He was right to think his rival
hadn’t hit that king, but he was wrong to think he was ahead. Arruda39 called
all-in with 10♦10♣ and diewildetina showed Q♠Q♥. Arruda39 was the first
to leave the final table.

We might have expected AYYNIT to bust out next.
He told the table of his sports versus poker dilemma, “i NEED TO FINISH THIS

He had plenty of chips to stay longer, but lincolnbs looked highly likely
to see all the pre-match build up. He had to make a move soon, he chose to do
it with A♣6♣. Bestmann22 took him on with Q♠J♠ and when he hit the
queen we were down to seven.

Ricky1973821’s 888

Ricky1973821had the good fortune to hit the
8♠ on a king high flop to turn 8♣8♦ into a winning hand. Bestmann22 held
K♠10♠  and liked the K♣ on the
flop. He called ricky1973821’s all-in re-raise on the turn but couldn’t beat
that set. Ricky1973821’s double-up gave him second place chips.


As the shortest stack at the table diewildetina
had no time to wait for pretty cards, he moved in with 7♣5♠. Hatchet826
called with A♥J♠ and the ace high won. Diewildetina out in 7th

Next up, a dramatic three-way pot. AYYNIT
raised with 2♦2♣ and was called by both vinniebakkie and Hatchet826. The
flop came 9♦2♥6♣. You might think that was the kind of thing AYYNIT
wanted to see? No.  Hatchet826 bet
out, AYYNIT raised and vinniebakkie re-raised. Hatchet826 held 9♣9♥ and
moved all-in. AYYNIT would find it impossible to escape this set over set
nightmare,  he called all-in and
was out of the tournament. At least he was free to watch the cowboys. (They

Vinniebaker called too, unaware his
Q♦Q♥ was the third best hand. Hatchet826 took the pot as Hatchet826
remarked in chat that it was a, “Big pot.” Ricky1973821 clarified that, “Big
big.” The pot was actually 1,170,480 chips big, I’d call that, “Big, big, big.”

A.E.PGR195 was the next short stack to make
a move, his all-in with A♣5♦ was called by vinniebakkie’s  K♠Q♣. The Q♠ on the turn spelled
the end of A.E.PGR195’s tournament. 
 A.E.PGR195 out in 5th
place for $72.96.

the bestmann22 win

Bestmann22 had won nearly half a million
chips from ricky1973821who folded to him on an ace high flop after some mighty
pre-flop raising. He would soon win another chunk of chips, this time from chip
leader Hatchet826. Hatchet826 bet every chance he could with the board showing 10♦
A♣ 9♣ A♦ J♠ but he would muck on the river, while Bestmann22 showed 10♠
10♥ for a full house.

Bestmann22 was busily involved in many
hands and called Vinniebaker’s raise with Q♥J♥. He hit the J♣K♣J♦
flop hard. Vinniebaker moved all-in with his A♣A♦ and needed a little luck
to stay in the tournament , clubs on the turn and river sprang a surprise flush
to save his day.

Bestmann22 was still in good shape after losing
that hand, but when his 8♦7♦ hit a flush draw on the 3♦2♦3♠ flop he
committed a lot of chips to the diamond chasing cause. Ricky197381 only held
6♥6♦, but the low pair would win the hand. Ricky197381 was now in third
place out of the four, but closing the gap and in no great need to double-up.

Vinniebaker was the short stack and could
use a double-up, he moved in with A♥J♦ to be called by Bestmann22 with
A♣Q♦.  The Q♣ on the flop finished
him off and he took $100.99 for his 4th place finish.

Three way chips were as follows.

Bestmann: 22 935,624

Hatchet826: 854,685

ricky1973821: 513,691


Bestmann22 edged into the lead, helped
by his 9♦9♠ hitting a full house. Hatchet826 mucked with
Q♥7♦Q♣Q♦3♠ showing.


Bestmann22 e wouldn’t keep the lead for
long. When ricky1973821 moved all-in for 312,942 chips he took him on with
A♠5♠. Ricky1973821 showed A♦K♠ and in overkill style hit a straight to


the break all-ins


At the break PokerStars #tpoker twitter
reported the chips as, “Bestmann22  828k, Hatchett826  824k, ricky1973821 650k.”  I’m not sure if
Bestmann22 was trying for retribution, overestimated his strength as chipleader,
or even mis-clicked, but he made a big call in the first hand back after the
break.  Ricky1973821’s moved all-in with those 650,000 chips and
Bestmann22 called with K♠8♠.  Ricky1973821
showed A♠K♦ , another hand to dominate Bestmann22. The best hand held up
and Bestmann22 was in trouble. He managed a double-up with Q♠2♠ beating
Hatchet826’s A♣3♣ but he was still trailing behind the other two.


Ricky1973821 won six hands in a row without bothering to
show cards, and this aggressive burst of play saw him reach the heights of 1.6
million chips. Batemann22 was down to 167,842 and with 7♦7♥  tried for the double-up. Hatchet826 took
him on with K♠J♥. The K♥ ended Bestmann22’s tournament. He won $138.24
for the 3rd place.


Heads-up was set with these chips:


ricky1973821 1,333,018

Hatchet826 970,982





Ricky1973821 slowly edged ahead over the first dozen or
so hands, but the short heads-up battle ended when both players held a king and
saw a 7♥9♣K♣ flop.  It was
K♦J♥for ricky1973821 and K♠6♣ for Hatchet826. Hatchet826 check-raised
on the flop, the 10♦ turn brought another bet from Hatchet826 and call by
ricky1973821. Hatchet826 put his last chips in the middle on the 3♥ river and
ricky1973821 called with top pair. That second place kicker meant Hatchet826
would finish in second place.


Congratulations to ricky1973821, his win is worth
$246.87. We’ll
be looking out for this loads-of-numbers name in
future league tourneys, this was a smart poker victory by the player from

Next week it’s the exciting season finale
of the Twitter Poker League. It’s not like TV, we won’t  do the  cliff-hanger ending, but next week we will tot up the league
points (or let the office spreadsheet do that) and announce 100 Step Ticket prize
winners, and crown a new Twitter Poker League hero.

Here are the players in prime position to win
the #tpoker league.

Twitter Poker League Leaderboard – Week 7


taketime – 39

Hatchet826 – 36

alytus73 – 34

monyarrasco – 33

Smola37 – 30

TUZEX – 28

checkflagman – 27

fiv31 – 27

Roucous – 27

firebreather – 26


To find out more about the Twitter Poker
League visit our web page, and if you have questions you can always ask @PokerStars – they’ll
tweet you right back with the answers.


Next week we’ll find out if taketime can
take it down, whether Hatchet826 can chop him down to size, or maybe alytus
will surprise all of us? Have a good poker week, hope to see you then.



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