Twitter Poker League: Madest_82’s crazy win

August 31, 2010

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by Jo Haslam

I had it in my head that this was going to
be a slow and steady final table. I was watching the players with most
chips closely, who seemed to be a cautious bunch, so as those same players made their
way to the final table I poured my energy drink and prepared for a late night
of #tpoker tweeting.

I’d barely taken a sip of vitamin and
caffeine concoction before my slow and steady final table entered some poker
tourney dark side, it morphed into a bloodbath of crazed axe-murder
eliminations. Obviously there wasn’t a real bloody axe, but if there had been it
would have been wielded by maden_82, and it would have been dripping with chips
from all the players he’d slain.

This isn’t a horror film, but we’ll do you a
flashback scene anyway.

Bubble flashback

With 10 players in the tournament Madest_86
was finding hands at the right time to increase his lead, while the less
fortunate players would have to try to win with no hands at all. Jtamh pushed
with A♠8♠, bluff re-raising Stingray606 on a K♦K♥5♥ flop. Stingray606
called to play his flush-draw A♥Q♥, and he hit the flush on the river.
Jtamh wouldn’t survive to make the final table, but here are the chips of those
who did:

Seat 1: Scruller (191920 in chips)

Seat 2: customm123 (252644 in chips)

Seat 3: Roucous (164914 in chips)

Seat 4: madest_82 (401630 in chips)

Seat 5: lufam (195287 in chips)

Seat 6: siacara (159186 in chips)

Seat 7: firebreather (319966 in chips)

Seat 8: Stingray606 (428307 in chips)

Seat 9: poirot86 (208146 in chips)

 

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Stingray606 had the chip lead, but a tough
hand would endanger it.

Pre-flop action between Stingray606 and
poirot86 led to a K♠9♥K♦ flop. Stingray606 bet out and poirot86 moved
all-in. Stingray606 held Q♠Q♦ and faced a tricky decision, was he ahead now?  He chose to call. Poirot86 showed
A♣K♥ and Stingray606 was stung for plenty of his chips.

Poirot86 held the lead now, but madest_82
would have something to say about that.

Madest and Scruller

 Madest_82 raised then short-stacked Scruller pushed.
Madest_82 had plenty of chips to call with his K♦J♥ and Scruller showed
A♣Q♠. A king was the first card out, and Scruller was the first elimination
at our final table.

Madest_82 found more king-shaped joy, but
wouldn’t win in a straightforward way. Stingray606 held 10♣10♦ and
madest_82  K♠K♣. Madest_82 got
it all-in on the flop of 10♠9♥4♠ but the surprise appearance of J♦Q♦ on
the turn and river gave madest_82 a straight and kept  him in the tourney.

Then Madest_82 increased his lead at
siacara’s expense, playing a low ace with caution with the board showing
5♥5♣A♠9♠Q♣.  Madest_82
was winning with A♦4♣ but didn’t set siacara all-in. Siacara mucked
whatever hand he’d been lively with, he had only a few chips left to play.

This apparent unwillingness of players to drag
their chip raiser to the right made me think this would be a slow, cautious
final table. How wrong I was.

Energetic all-ins

Poirot86 raised with 3♥3♦. Lufam moved
all-in with Q♠10♠ and poirot86 called. There were no cards to help lufam and
he was out in 8th place.

Siacara pushed with 10♦10♥. Poirot86 , no
doubt still buzzing from the recent win, called with A♥[5]. He hit the ace. Siacara
was out in 7th place.

Stingray606 moved in on the button with
A♠4♦. Customm123 called from the big blind with A♦10♠.  Stingray606 was out in 6th
place.

There was a raise from madest_82 and  a call by customm123, Roucous moved all-in
with 10♣10♥. Madest_82  would  take him on with Q♠Q♣ and would  take his chips. Roucous was out in 5th
place.

I then had elimination tweets stockpiled.

Another all-in! Madest_82, poirot86 and customm123 saw a K♦10♣J♠ flop.
 Customn123 pushed with K♣7♣
but Madest_82 held Q♥9♠ for a flopped straight. Customm123 was out in 4th
place.

We were down to 3 players with 4
eliminations in 6 minutes.

 

 After the carnage chip counts:

madest_82:  1,756,171

poirot86: 415,988

firebreather: 149,841

 

As I caught up with tweet updates, Madest_82
increased his lead, moving onwards and upwards to 2.2 million, as the stacks of
firebreather  and poirot86 dwindled.
Firebreather played 45,988 and poirot86 41,398. Blinds were 12,500/25,000. This
couldn’t take long.

On the button Poirot86 moved in. Madest_82
was in the small-blind with all his millions. What to do? He thought long and
hard, and then folded.

It seemed almost cruel that madest_82 would
take no part in the hand that would as good as win him the tournament. With
most of his chips invested in the blind firebreather was forced to call all-in.
Madest_82 would be able to sit back and watch his rivals fight to the death, knowing
whoever survived the hand would still be in no shape to beat him.

Firebreather called all-in, as expected, with
K♥7♥ and poirot86’s showed  K♣Q♠. Poirot86 hit two pair, firebreather out 3rd,
and we were heads-up.

Madest_82 played 2,212,739 to poirot86’s 109,261.

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Poirot86 managed one double-up with
A♥J♥ but it  wouldn’t help him
defeat madest_82’s millions. Poirot86’s next try was with A♣8♦ and madest_82  took him on with a lowly 5♦2♦.
Madest_82 flopped a 2♠. It was enough to win him the tournament.

Congratulations to madest_82 on his killer-stack-of-chips
victory. Madest_82 eliminated half the players at the final table; it was no
final table for the faint of heart. His victory earned him $249 for his $1.10
buy-in.  Madest_82’s 20 Twitter
Poker League points won’t be enough to win him a place on the leaderboard top
10. With three tourneys left this season we’ll see if he builds on the score.

Manyarrasco still tops the Twitter Poker
League with 31 points, but there are plenty trying to catch her. We’ll report whether
they get there with tweets and blog posts.

Next week’s Twitter tourney can be found
from the lobby with Ctrl+T and the number 291902009. Our Twitter Poker League
website can be found with your favourite web browser and a click here

 

Twitter Poker League Leaderboard – Week 4 (08-29-10)

monyarrasco – 31

alytus73 – 28

taketime – 27

Roucous – 25

firebreather – 24

Smola37 – 24

customm123 – 22

TUZEX – 22

bryansk14 – 21

fiv31 – 21

SilAnt – 21

madest_82 – 20

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