by Jo Haslam
How to set the scene for week 5 of the
Twitter Poker League? I know I’ll check the date. Ah yes, July 4th. It’s
a special day for many; a day that deserves parades and celebrations… I love WSOP Eve.
OK, the day before the WSOP isn’t officially
recognised as a holiday, although I think most poker players would agree that it
deserves to be. It seems US players celebrate July 4th for some
other reason. They might have looked up from some hand to see fireworks outside
the window, then returned to studying their game to make sure they’re in Vegas for
next WSOP Eve.
If week 5 of the Twitter Poker League were
a firework display it would be a rocket reaching full height but not yet ready
to explode (bear with me with the fireworks thing…) The anticipation before the
bangs and sparks is vital to the success of any pyrotechnic display, but if you want ‘Ooohs and ahhhs’ then
Twitter Poker League week 8 is the big bang finale – that’s when the league awards
100 sparkling Step ticket prizes.
Each Twitter Poker League tournament has a
regular prize pool based on the player buy-ins plus league points based on finishing positions. Ericajax took
the win on the night, but the
other 1383 players will gain a
minimum of 1 league point for participating in the game; they can check their names on the
leaderboard to see how close they are to the
sparkly fireworks prizes.
The final table was set with the following
Seat 1: runnejus (203012 in chips)
Seat 2: skarabot4982 (83990 in chips)
Seat 3: arvinho (409146 in chips)
Seat 4: ayeray87 (106384 in chips)
Seat 5: ericajax (490648 in chips)
Seat 6: iliya_kim (85846 in chips)
Seat 7: vvvbbbaaa (197252 in chips)
Seat 8: itzelazca (379325 in chips)
Seat 9: Jószág69 (120397 in chips)
Ericajax was the final table chip leader and
he won the first hand at the table, as well as the last. I like that symmetry.
Our first faller was iliya_kim who took 9th
place along with the consolation prize of knowing the final hand was just plain bad luck. He re-raised all-in
with A♣ A♥ runnejus called
with 9♥[//twitter.com/tpokerstars9c] and the cruel river 9♦ ended his game.
in the air
There must have been all-in’s in the air
because the very next hand saw short-stacked skarabot4982 with all his chips in
the middle. His chunky raise was called by JÃ³szÃ¡g69 and when the player with
the squiggly characters in his name bet the 10♦5♠ 6♣ flop skarabot4982
called for all his remaining chips with 9♦A♦. JÃ³szÃ¡g69 was ahead with A♠[ Qs] and took the pot without
hitting a pair.
With seven players in the game ericajax had
the lead and stretched it further, winning the next few hands on the flop
without bothering to show cards.
Ayeray87 was down to his last 40,000 chips and
pushed from the small blind, ericajax was sitting with half million and decided
to take a chance with a 6♣10♠ call. Ayeray87 turned over 7♣Q♥ and liked
the Q♣ which gave him the much needed double-up.
It wasn’t long before ayeray87 was all-in
again, this time with A♠10♣. He didn’t have enough ammunition to see off
JÃ³szÃ¡g69 who called with his K♥ Q♠. Neither player hit, ayeray87 was the
comeback kid, up to 143,000.
Ayeray87 was getting himself a reputation
for success with all-in double-ups, and he was at it again. His 5♣ 5♠ was
enough to beat ericajax’s A♠10♠
and the win relegated ericajax from his chip lead for the first time since the
nine had come together at the table.
Vvvbbbaaa had been biding his time playing
a quiet waiting game with medium chips, but when he re-raised ericajax his 7♠
7♣ found trouble. JÃ³szÃ¡g69 ws lurking
on the big blind with Q♣Q♥.
JÃ³szÃ¡g69 hit another queen to kill all hope for vvvbbbaaa . He was out
in 7th and the hand made JÃ³szÃ¡g69 the new chip leader.
Ayeray87 had been all-in three times and
lived to tell the tale but when his 2♠2♦ ran into ericajax’s K♥ K♣ the escape artist’s tournament
Ericajax was soon back in the lead, never having
been far from it. JÃ³szÃ¡g69 tried bluffing his way through every street of the
6♥ 6♠ 5♠ 3♥A♥ board with K♦ J♦, but ericajax called him down, he
was not for folding Q♥ Q♣.
This was the everyday story of Twitter
Poker League folks. There were lots of small pots, more small pots, a few
thousand chips here and there, and then… one BIG hand with nearly a million
on the table.
Ericajax raised, JÃ³szÃ¡g69 re-raised,
Ericajax went all-in, JÃ³szÃ¡g69 called… It had to be aces versus kings? No.
Although the hand did involve two aces, Ericajax and JÃ³szÃ¡g69 re had one ace
each – with kickers a tad lower than a king. A♦ Q♦ for JÃ³szÃ¡g69 and A♥ J♣ for ericajax.
Just as the whole table was gasping with shock to see so many chips up
for grabs, the board gave us more to gawp at with a display of 2♠ 5♥ 2♦ 6♠ 5♦ – a split pot.
As we were. We can pretend that never happened. Was it all just a dream?
Ericajax raised again next hand, and you
might forgive arvinho for simply calling all the way, we’ve had quite enough of
big pot dramatics. Nice sedate
checks on the 3♦ 8♠ K♣ 4♠ 9♦ board, and arvinho won with K♠ 10♥, ericajax
mucked 7♠ 7♦.
Itzelazca was the shortstacked player by now and made a move with J♦
10♣ to be called by JÃ³szÃ¡g69 with K♠ Q♣. JÃ³szÃ¡g69 hit his king and it was all over for Itzelazca.
JÃ³szÃ¡g69 had the chip lead for a while,
but he lost it when runnejas called down his bluff bets with bottom pair. Soon another big hand developed between
the same two, and by the time JÃ³szÃ¡g69 had folded to a re-raise he was the
shortest stack at the table. Only he knows the cards that got him in that
JÃ³szÃ¡g69 lost yet again to runnejus,
betting the 6♥ 4♣ J♦ J♠ 2♥
board all the way with 10♠ 3♦ only to be called by runnejus with A♣ 3♣. Brave call or good read?
That’s not for me to say, but good poker drama for the observer.
JÃ³szÃ¡g69 had lost a few big pots in spectacular style, and
proved willing to get his chips in play.
Ericajax raised and JÃ³szÃ¡g69 moved all-in. Ericajax showed A♣ A♠ and JÃ³szÃ¡g69 held
J♥Q♦. The aces held up and JÃ³szÃ¡g69 was out. I half-expected him to bash his
keyboard typing a ‘$1Gz JÃ³bllx!*9’ message in the chat box, but although JÃ³szÃ¡g69
had played fiery poker he got it
quietly when he collected his 5th place winnings.
runs away with the lead
Runnejus was now the runaway chip leader
with arvinho the player earning the description, ‘player most in need of chips
to stay in the game.’ Arvinho raised all-in and ericajax called with Q♦ K♥ . Arvinho hit the
jackpot double-up with three threes, a board of 6♣ 9♠ 3♠ 8♠ 3♣ and 3♥ A♣ in his hand.
He was not so fortunate with his next ace.
His A♦ K♥ was up against ericajax with Q♦ Q♥ the chips went in pre-flop
and the queens took it. Arvinho
fought a good fight but finished 3rd.
Heads up chips were fairly evenly matched.
runnejus (973341 in chips)
ericajax (1102659 in chips)
Ericajax played the more aggressive
heads-up game, as PokerStars tpoker account tweeted, ‘Ericajax
raises every pot heads up at the final table in #tpoker, which seems to pay off
It paid off to the tune of a 65,000 chip lead after less than ten
minutes – runnejus losing ground fast. He made a stand with A♦ K♣ when
ericajax set him all-in holding 9♣ J♠ and the double-up bought him time,
but not for long… Still ericajax
kept pounding him down, re-raising his every raise, bullying him with his
attempts to win every hand.
The killer blow was dealt when ericajax raised all-in with a Q♦ 10♥.
Runnejus called with A♥6♠ the board dealt a cruel 10♠ and ericajax claimed
the win with a chat box, “weeee” and this happy tweet of, “Lol, just won the Twitter Poker League on PokerStars #tpoker just played it for fun, but I won!”
$232.78 for his $1.10 buy-in and also claims 20 league points, because it was
his first league game he’ll find 14 players ahead of him on the leaderboard.
There were few significant
changes in league positions from last week, with none of the league leaders earning points to
increase their lead.
Twitter Poker League Leaderboard
Standings- Week 5 (07-04-10)
boy84 — 42
3detch — 35
thop5574 — 28
dodgethis12 — 22
Debiloki — 22
Foreseeable — 21
Pimir — 21
It won’t be July 4th next Sunday, but it will be day 6 of the WSOP,
and it will be week 6 of the Twitter Poker League. (I like that symmetry.) We’ll
be reporting on all league fireworks, if you want to play the Twitter Poker League
you can find league tables, news, tweets,
highs and more on the #tpoker website.