Twitter Poker League: JaJanka says ‘thank’ya’ for the win.

October 12, 2010


by Jo Haslam

It was a double dose of Twitter tourney fun
this Sunday night. @PokerStars threw a freeroll party for all their followers with a $6,500 prize pool to ensure
the tweeter’s high spirits. Pkorn123 won the event, pocketing $977.42; which is
not bad if you consider his only outlay was a glance at Twitter for the
password. I expect he’d be in party spirits for some time when he worked out
his ROI.

The Twitter Poker League party isn’t a
single night of high jinks, it takes a little longer to get going, the
invitations go out every Sunday for eight weeks and at the end of the eight
week season an exclusive 100 people celebrate with prizes worth $2,100.

JaJanka is heading towards a prize-worthy season
end. His win on Sunday gives him a 20 point score on the leader board. Here’s how
he came about that win. 

and the small pair

The final table gathered when Oberlix66
pushed with A♠6♠ and was taken on by Sancho777AA with 3♦3♥. Obelix
might be a big man in the Asterix stories, but a small pair was enough to take him
out on the bubble.

Final table chips stacked up like this:

Seat 1: Sancho777AA (352656 in chips)

Seat 2: JaJanka (243894 in chips)

Seat 3: Cosmo57 (117616 in chips)

Seat 4: bixxna22 (310784 in chips)

Seat 5: Schizophror (189533 in chips)

Seat 6: A.A.KAY (35197 in chips)

Seat 7: 1973-06 (962176 in chips)

Seat 8: Mr Mattee (270066 in chips)

Seat 9: daddyquinn (122078 in chips)



Daddyquinn made a fast exit from the final
table. He called 1973-06’s pre-flop raise with A♣J♥ , the flop came
10♠8♠7♠ and Daddyquinn moved all-in. It was an easy call for 1973-06, he
was sitting pretty with A♠Q♠ for the nut flush.

1973-06 was already chip leader and the
hand gave him ammunition to go for the win… Only then he chased a flush with
A♦J♦ versus Sancho777AA’s set of sevens. Back to average chips again.

social networking triple-bill

While many social networking fans were enjoying
two Twitter tourneys, some were playing three. PokerStars Facebook Poker League
is an opportunity for Facebook fans to play together, with many winning their
seats free in the Facebook play money league. 

A.A.KAY would have plenty to brag about to
friends on both Twitter and Facebook,
he made the final table of both the Twitter and Facebook tourneys. He was 4th
in the Facebook League and busted 8th in the Twitter tourney. He moved in with
A♥8♦ and was called by 1973-06 with Sevens and by JaJanka with Tens. The
hand was checked down until 1973-06 fired a small bet at the river with the
board showing Q♦ 3♦ 2♦4♠ 8♥. JaJanka called to win with the Tens.

1973-06 had lost his chip lead, and would
lose more ground when he played 7♥10♠ aggressively on a ten high board. He
found Mr Mattee lurking with A♠A♦ and as the tourney tweeter at
@tpokerstars pointed out, he’d been ‘getting beat up’ since he joined this final table.

good hand that’s hard to win with

Mr Mattee found another good hand soon
after, but J♥J♣ is one of those ‘good hands’ that’s surprisingly hard to
win with. Cosmo57 called all-in with Q♦8♦ and hit two pair to put a dent in
Mr Mattee’s newly gathered chips. Cosmo57 would double-up yet again when his
Threes beat bixxna22’s Queens. Those two outdraw double-ups took him out of
danger for a while.

Sancho777AA was chip leader at this stage
of the tourney. He’d won a chunk of his chips when he bet his A♣4♥ on the
turn with the board showing 8♠ 2♦10♣4♠. Bixxna22 called and Sancho777AA
must have liked the 4♦ river, he made a sizeable bet once again. Bixxna22
thought, called, mucked.

MrMattee was the short stack and tried to
double-up with his 6♥6♦. 1973-06 took him on with Q♦10♠ and the 10♦ on
the turn would end Mr Mattee’s tourney. 
He collected $46.87 for 7th place.

Sancho777AA collected yet another
significant pot without showing cards. He re-raised all-in (a million chip
raise) on a 3♠10♦2♠ flop forcing both JaJanka and 1973-06 to fold. It was
onward and upwards for Sancho777AA. But if you’ve read this post title you’ll
know something’s going to bring him down from those chip leader heights…

over full

It would be Cosmo57’s turn to crash and
burn next. Cosmo57 played 10♥5♥ on the big blind and the flop suited him
perfectly, showing 2♦10♠10♦. He bet his trip tens, JaJanka called with
K♠Q♠. The turn was Q♦. A bet from Cosmo57, a call from JaJanka. The river
Q♥ was going to make things interesting… Cosmo57 bet his full-house,
JaJanka re-raised all-in with his bigger full house. Cosmo57 called to see
JaJanka’s winning hand.

@TPokerStars tweeted the news that
Sanch777AA had more chips than the rest of the players put together. This is
good background information to the story of 1973-06’s exit with Tens.  Sancho777AA re-raised 1973-06 with
Q♥J♥ and 1973-06 called with a race for his tournament life. He lost that race
when Sancho777AA hit two Jacks.  1973-06
out in 5th place for $82.46.

the hard way

JaJanka may be the eventual winner of the
tourney (the blog post headline spoils the drama) but he would do it the hard
way. He lost with J♠J♥ to Cosmo57’s A♥A♣ and had so few chips he looked
highly likely to be our 4th place finisher.

Sancho777AA had such a massive chip
advantage he looked likely to win. But
his lead was pegged back when bixxna22 doubled up through him with Kings. Then bixxnaa
won another portion of his chips, bixxna22 playing 8♦7♦ on a 9♦6♣[ 5h]K♦
4♣ board for a straight. Sancho777AA mucked, but this was a 1.4 million pot,
so he had to have been playing a good
muckable hand!

 ‘How the mighty have fallen’ tweeted @tpokerstars sadly,
pointing out that Bixxnaa was now playing 1.8 million, with Sancho777AA down to
just 230k.

mighty fallen

Sancho777AA didn’t hang around to lick his
wounds, he moved all-in with 7♦7♠. JaJanka found 9♠9♥ and the board lit
up with four Aces to give Sancho777AA  A♣ A♠ A♥ A♦ 7♦7♠. Which still wasn’t good enough
to win.  Sancho777AA was out 4th
for $114.14.

There was some more seven-shaped pain for
Cosmo57. Bixxna22 set the short-stacked player all-in, raising 9♠7♣ and
Cosmo57 called with 7♥7♦. A nine on the flop, and (to rub it in) another
nine on the river, ended Cosmo57’s tourney. His 3rd place finish winning him $156.24.

JaJanka  had never held the chip lead at the final table, and
heads-up he trailed with 649,856 chips to bixxna22’s 1,954,144.


After a cagey start the blinds started to
bite, and then we would have crazy all-in poker!

Bixxnaa22 raised K♠J♦ and JaJanka
pushed with K♣3♣  two threes on
the flop gave that hand to JaJanka.

A few hands later and chips were
near-enough level, JaJanka just scraping the lead.

JaJanka was dealt A♣A♦ and called
bixxna22’s raise. Both players checked the 9♥5♦K♣ flop. Bixxna22’s
Q♦J♣ hadn’t connected with the 4♦ turn but he called JaJanka’s  small bet.  The turn was the perfect card for Bixxna22, the 10♥ gave him
the straight. JaJanka picked the wrong time to move in with aces.

The hand left JaJanka crippled. As Twitter
observer @TheWookieWay put it, ‘a heart rending hand, JaJanka AA’s cracked by
bixxna22 JQo bringing JaJanka down to a chip and a chair almost!’

But JaJanka proved you can do a lot of damage
with a chip and a chair. I’d imagine a chair would hurt, but this game proves
chips can cause more pain.

 Three double-ups in a row got JaJanka back to even. The hands
weren’t glamorous, it was Q♠6♠ versus 6♥4♦ then K♠9♣ beating
J♥8♠, then a stroke of luck for JaJanka with 8♣7♣ hitting a couple of
handy sevens to best bixxna22’s 9♣9♦.

Both players seemed ready to let the cards
decide this, and after half a dozen frantic all-ins it was finally decided.

In the final hand bixxna22 moved all-in with
4♣4♥ and JaJanka called with A♠10♦. The board gave a decisive victory, A♥
A♦ J♠ A♣ 3♣ and quads for JaJanka. It was a stylish way to end the

Congratulations to JaJanka for his Twitter
League victory, it was worth $278.96 and 20 leader board points. This was
JaJanka’s first league tournament, but I hope he will be back to climb higher
up the leader board.

Not much change at the top of the league, the
table is available for your perusal here:

Twitter Poker League – Week 2 standings (10-10-10)


wimHC : 22

Renaan: 21

carzzzzz4u: 20

JaJanka: 20

Sith07: 20

bixxna22: 18

pokerdjiq_90: 18

TRex160466: 18

Kalich73@: 17

Cosmo57: 16


bruins328: 15

fdsa23: 15

mjc1948: 15

Sancho777AA: 15                 


WimHC still leads, but with 5 more league
tourneys it’s all quite open and very winnable. If winnability is something you
want in a tourney then I’d recommend you sign up to the next Twitter Poker
League game. You can Lobby  > Ctrl+T
your way to the next tourney at 308713789.

Don’t forget to follow @PokerStars on
Twitter for fun, frolics* and the occasional freeroll.

Hope you have a good poker week. See you
next time!


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