Over 600 SnG players (602 to be exact) from all walks of bankrolls gathered here at PokerStars this Sunday for the monthly running of the Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll. One such SnG player has been featured on the PokerStarsBlog page for his epic quest to turn $5 into $100,000 in just 12 months. Boku87 is playing today looking to add a couple of bucks to his $18,700 bankroll (last announced on August 19th) in his latest blog entry (click here for Boku's PokerStarsBlog update). My head was spinning on the sheer volume of SnGs this 2007 Supernova Elite plays after seeing this quote:
I'm sure that's normal for most of our competitors at the Battle of the Planets freeroll, but for this scribe racking up 100 SnGs played in a week would be an accomplishment, not to mention a likely destruction to my McDonald's happy meal sized bankroll.
On the path to our final nine today:
The Brain067 devised a scheme big enough to conquer unfortunate bubble boy nicosia2008 while all-in with Q8o against nicosia2008's pocket kings there was an eight on the flop and a queen on the turn to continue the battle. Over ten hands later it was The Brain067's turn to show the dominate hand as nicosia2008 was all-in preflop holding Q♦9♠ to The Brain067's A♥9♣. Both players would pair their top cards on the 8♠ A♦ Q♥ 2♦ K♦ board as The Brain067 advanced into the round of 81 assuring a $195.00 payday as nicosia2008 would head back to the SnG tab to work on a Battle of the Planets ticket for next month.
Boku87's run towards a leap in the $5 to $100,000 challenge with a final table finish ended in the second leg of the double shootout after getting his money in good twice in a row, it wasn't meant to be. The T♠8♠ of sippin_criss found a pair on the 9♦ 8♥ 3♣ 6♥ 6♦ board to overcome boku87's K♦Q♦ all-in preflop to finish 6th at the table and 39th overall addding $195.00 for the bankroll challenge.
Down to the last seat, it was jersey716 versus patsaiyan out on table seven knotting up for a heads-up battle that would last well into the 150/300 ante 25 blind level. A few hands after patsaiyan regained the lead after slowplaying pocket queens and grinding down jersey716 with frequent preflop raises, patsaiyan would call jersey716's preflop shove for 2045 with T♥K♦. jersey716 was hoping for live cards with K♥4♣ but was completed dominated going into the 5♥ 8♠ 3♠ 3♥ 7♦ that saw nary a four and showed jersey716 to the door as the final table bubble boy earning $195.00 to set up the final table shown below:
VIP GoldStar neckbr4ke was the only one to crack the 2K mark in chips during the opening 10/20 blind level thanks to a position re-raise of patsaiyan's opening raise, and following through after patsaiyan called to see the J♠ 9♥ 3♦ flop but didn't care to call the 300 chip bet from neckbr4ke.
The NotoriousVic was not able to get off to a good start already down to 705 chips in the 15/30 blind level. After limping in UTG with pocket jacks J♣J♥ and seeing patsaiyan on the immediate raise to 150 chips a good decision to grab a much needed double-up with a three-bet shove was made. patsaiyan held a suited big slick K♦A♦ for the coin flip and both watched the spades rain down on the 2♠Q♠T♠ flop. NotoriousVic was looking good to take the 1,455 chip pot when the 9♣ hit the turn, but the A♠ on the river eeked out the win for patsaiyan as NotoriousVic would head back to the recording studio with $775.00 in ninth place.
The 25/50 blind level saw little to no action as no pots crested the 500 chip mark but VIP GoldStar starbob2 and Draughts sat with less than a thousand chips while neckbr4ke and patsaiyan enjoyed the top of the leaderboard with 2,710 and 2,290 chips respectively.
starbob2 would attempt to get back into the game in the 50/100 blind level by open shoving big slick A♦K♥ for 1,189 chips and getting called by Ako21 sitting in the big blind with pocket nines 9♥9♦. Unfortunately, starbob2 would not see a card over an eight on the 2♠ 4♣ 2♥ 5♣ 8♠ board as Ako21's nine's were victorious for the 2,428 chip pot and $1,200.00 went out to starbob2 in eighth place.
Going into the five minute break before the 75/150 blind level here's how the chips stacked up:
Seat 2: Draughts (520 in chips)
Seat 3: Good Shuffle (1060 in chips)
Seat 4: Ako21 (2784 in chips)
Seat 5: A.Vaksman (1960 in chips)
Seat 7: patsaiyan (2560 in chips)
Seat 8: neckbr4ke (2135 in chips)
Seat 9: voodduu (2481 in chips)
Draughts would hang on to those 520 chips long enough to see two more eliminations at the hand of patsaiyan. First it was a coin flip between the short stacked Good Shuffle's pocket sevens against patsaiyan's A♠Q♦. The queen on the flop would hold up thru the 8♦ Q♣ 6♠ 4♥ 3♥ as Good Shuffle was riffled out of the tournament in seventh place ($1,700.00). Then three hands later Ako21 took aim at the hot patsaiyan after pushing for 2,034 from UTG, watch below for the results:
Bart Simpon's (Ako21) pocket eights 8♣8♦ were no match for the pocket ladies Q♥Q♠ of patsaiyan as the chip leader's stack grew to 6,179 nearly triple the amount of second place A. Vaksman. Ako21 underachiever icon overachieved today earning $2,200.00 in sixth place.
The cards continued their fast and furious pace as the micro-stacked Draughts finally met the end two hands after Ako21's departure. With only 295 chips, Draughts would raise all-in on the button with K♠T♦ and was looking good against the mega stacked patsaiyan's 7♥5♦. A five on the door of the flop said this is not your day to Draughts (who's name made this author very thirsty with every mention) as the board ran out 5♠ J♠ 8♥ A♦ 8♦ awarding the short stack ninja an extra thousand after finishing in fifth place ($2,735.00) instead of seventh.
voodduu said, "run good one time"
I'd say after watching the below hand is the definition of running good.
With the rivered quad twos against the pocket queens of A. Vaksman, voodduu took the 4,287 chip pot. Then on the very hand with those 4,287 chips, voodduu was able to eliminate both neckbr4ke and A. Vaksman in the same hand. A. Vaksman down to a little over a thousand chips raised to 1,050 from UTG as neckbr4ke went over the top all-in for 2,060 and voodduu made the call in the big blind covering both of their bets:
A. Vaksman A♣T♣
Again voodduu went up against pocket queens and won as the first card out of the chute paired the king and held up on the K♦ 6♦ 7♥ 5♦ 2♦ board to eliminate A. Vaksman in fourth place (due to chip count at the beginning of the hand) who earned $3,350.00 and neckbr4ke was awarded third place ($4,500.00) as the 5,249 chip pot slid voodduu's way to set up the heads-up battle with patsaiyan.
Seat 7: patsaiyan (6024 in chips)
Seat 9: voodduu (7476 in chips)
voodduu enjoyed a slight chip lead on patsaiyan as the two would start off with 75/150 blinds but after just ten hands of heads-up play they would get their chips into the middle preflop in the hand below:
This time voodduu had the big pocket pair, but the kings K♣ K♥ did not hold up against the 7♣A♠ of patsaiyan after the flopped ace on the 3♦ A♣ 4♥ 3♥ 7♦ board.
voodduu was left with just 1,774 chips and blinds at 100/200 after the 11,726 chip pot went to patsaiyan. The new leader would muscle with those chips taking the next three pots preflop. voodduu left with just 1,374 chips would shove holding after seeing a flop of 8♠T♦9♥ exposing a gutshot straight draw to patsaiyan looking down at J♣8♦ making the easy call considering the chip position with a pair and an open ended straight draw. The straight would fill in on the Q♠ turn, but no two outer jack came on the river for the split as the 6♠ fell instead giving voodduu second place ($7,500.00).
After avoiding the evil spells of voodduu, patsaiyan took the perch on top of this month's Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout earning the full $12,000.00 in the process!
$50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout Freeroll Results (08-30-09)
1. patsaiyan (Ridderkerk) $12,000.00
2. voodduu (wien) $7,500.00
3. neckbr4ke (Greifswald) $4,500.00
4. A.Vaksman (Brooklyn) $3,350.00
5. Draughts (Goleta) $2,735.00
6. Ako21 (wehr (baden)) $2,200.00
7. Good Shuffle (Harbour Breton) $1,700.00
8. starbob2 (SURESNES) $1,200.00
9. NotoriousVic (Pomona) $775.00