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.
Oberlix66 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 T♠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.
A 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♥T♠ 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.
A 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♦[Tc ]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♦T♠ and the T♦ 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♠T♦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...
Full over full
It would be Cosmo57's turn to crash and burn next. Cosmo57 played T♥5♥ on the big blind and the flop suited him perfectly, showing 2♦T♠T♦. 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.
Winning 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.
The 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 T♥ 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♠T♦. The board gave a decisive victory, A♥ A♦ J♠ A♣ 3♣ and quads for JaJanka. It was a stylish way to end the tourney.
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
KOTYRA NSK: 16
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.
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Hope you have a good poker week. See you next time!
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