After a whole month of nothing but short-sighted deal (and non-deal) making, the very first Party Poker 300K of August ended in a brilliant one.
With four players left and the blinds set to jump to 50,000/100,000, the remaining entrants agreed to a four-way deal divvying up more than $130,000 USD.
Let’s take a look at the final table (all dollar values are in USD)
10. Con2820 / $2,850 / 1 hand won / 0 players eliminated
Con2820 began the final table with a shade under 100,000 in chips; the final table started with 20,000/40,000 blinds leaving Con2820 (and most other players for that matter) with few options but fold and all-in. Prior to making it to the final table, with 26 players remaining in the tournament, Con2820 had fallen to less than 4,000 in chips (with the blinds at 2,000/4,000.) But Con2820 picked up back to back to back pots to sprout back up a big enough stack to make it all the way to a tenth place and $2,850 prize.
9. VARIAG777 / $4,050 / 7 hands won / 1 player eliminated (Con2820)
VARIAG777 imploded in a supernova ninth place finish. Entering the table with the big stack at approximately 1,630,000, VARIAG777 immediately set out to enforcing his will with 7 of the first 22 hands ending in victories for him. But his aggression ultimately undid him: Third place finisher, Dustybin777 eliminated VARIAG777 when he took a more than two million chip pot in a perfectly executed trap. Maximizing his pair of Aces, Dustybin777 coaxed an all-in stone cold bluff out of the then second biggest chip stack, VARIAG777 post-flop. Despite his spectacular demise, VARIAG777 managed $4,050 on a ninth place finish.
8. Lnda19 / $5,250 / 4 hands won / 0 players eliminated
Lnda19 came into the final table with about 458,000, won a few hands with pre-flop all-ins and never accumulated enough chips to make a real run at first. Lnda19 did have a chance to gain some ground in a million chip pot with eventual second place finisher, MySweetCaro. Lnda19 went all-in with pocket 7s and was called by Caro holding AK but ultimately lost the race to Big Slick. An Ace spiked the flop and Lnda19 was finished in 8th place with a $5,250 payday.
7. kviksand / $7,950 / 3 hands won / 0 players eliminated
kviksand was in fourth place to begin the final table with approximately 835,000 in chips. Yet kviksand stayed out of the action until the blinds had ballooned to 30,000/60,000 and he felt compelled to push all-in with A6 offsuit. kviksand was called by eventual 6th place finisher Dende_74 holding pocket 9s. The nines held up and kviksand’s PP 300K was ended in 7th place with a $7,950 prize.
6. Dende_74 / $10,350 / 12 hands won / 1 player eliminated (kviksand)
Dende_74 was one of the better players at the final table. He entered with a mere 341,000 in chips yet quickly grew his stack to more than 1,600,000 through a strong helping of pre-flop aggression (he also woke up with the right cards in the right situations as he did with his pocket nines against kviksand.) Dende_74 did not finish higher because of his loss in a more than 2,700,000 chip pot with eventual winner, edlytt: Hand 7270610091 featured a rarity at the final table, a flop where a player wasn’t already all-in (all told, there were 18 flops seen at the August 3rd final table – 9 of them had players already all-in.) Hand 7270610091 pitted the two biggest chip stacks against each other, edlytt with about 1.3 million and Dende_74 with about 1.8 million on a flop that read J 10 6. Edlytt went all-in holding QQ and was called by Dende holding A10. The turn and river both brought blanks leaving edlytt with more than 2.7 million and Dende_74 with a little more than 300,000 (the blinds were at 30,000/60,000 + 2,000.) The deathblow would be dealt two hands later in the form of Dustybin777’s pocket 6s. Dende_74 received $10,350 for his showing.
5. karatarek / $13,800 / 6 hands won / 0 players eliminated
karatarek came into the final table with 389,000 in chips, quickly doubled that up through VARIAG777 and sat on it staying mostly uninvolved in the final table. After picking up a few more hands with pre-flop all-ins, karatarek re-raised an edlytt bet pre-flop. edlytt who had been attempting to steal the blinds with his J2 of Hearts was priced in and had to call karatarek’s AK. Though the turn brought the third heart and the suckout, should karatarek’s AK have held up there he would’ve had nearly a million in chips. But they didn’t.
4. Praschk / $22,567.97 (deal) / 9 hands won / 0 players eliminated
The final four players all agreed to a deal to split up the more than $130,000 remaining in the prize pool. All four players had won a significant number of pots, the blinds were about to grow to 50,000/100,000 + 5,000 and the time was right to make a deal. Praschk began the final table with about 576,000 in chips. He laid low for a while but when play became four-handed, he stepped up his aggression. At the time of the deal, Praschk had 718,456 chips. Praschk perhaps benefitted the most from the deal as the outright 4th prize money is $16,350, more than $7,000 less than what he received.
3. Dustybin777 / $27,612.80 (deal) / 9 hands won / 2 players eliminated (VARIAG777 and Dende_74)
I can’t blame Dustybin777 for hand 7270628859, after all, it had worked so well against VARIAG777. After trapping VARIAG777 with his Aces, Dustybin tried it again, this time with Kings against edlytt and MySweetCaro. The flop came Q 10 5, a seemingly perfect flop to be trapping with Kings. The then-chip leader Dustybin check-called the flop then went all-in on the turn only to be called edlytt who had flopped two pair holding 10 5. Even without the more than 2 million chip pot, Dustybin777 managed to finish with 1,301,362 chips for a $27,612.80 share of the prize pool (outright third prize money is $20,700 meaning that Dusty improved almost an additional $7,000 on the outright prize money.)
2. MySweetCaro / $33,619.47 (deal) / 14 hands won / 1 player eliminated (Lnda19)
MySweetCaro was the first player to break the deal embargo when he approached the table about a possible deal during an 8:15 pm break. In savvy dealmaking fashion, he implored the table (who were all against a deal prior to MySweetCaro’s suggestions) to at least look at the numbers of the deal then go from there. One by one, the other three clicked yes and before the end of the five minute break, all four players had consented to initiating dealmaking mode.
As for poker, MySweetCaro played very strong, winning two of the three hands which went to a flop but did not reach a showdown. While he “only” improved on his outright prize money of $33,000 by $600 or so, MySweetCaro avoided the insanity of 50,000/100,000 blinds while making good on his stack size. Should the final table have failed to reach a deal and continued to play out the tournament, they would have returned to 50,000/100,000 + 5,000 blinds meaning that before the cards in each hand were even dealt, more than 2% of the total chips in play would be in each pot. With each hand so valuable, the chip swings would have become even more violent and the outcome of the tournament more haphazard. MySweetCaro made a smart move getting that deal in motion and with 1,995,404 chips at the time of the deal, he secured himself a very nice $33,619.47 prize.
1.edlytt / $46,249.79 / 21 hands won / 1 player eliminated (karatarek)
edlytt was at or near the top of the chip leaderboard throughout most of the final table. He entered with about 1,340,000 and finished with 3,454,778. He raised pre-flop often and took 17 pots without ever going to a flop. In addition to his rapid fire assault, his success w
as also a product of being in the right place at the right time (hand 7270610091 where his QQ beat Dende_74’s A10 and hand 7270628859 where his 10 5 two pair cracked Dustybin777’s pocket Kings.) In the end, he played good big stack poker and while his $46,249.79 was more than $20,000 below the $66,000 outright first prize, with the blinds so astronomically high, victory was all but ensured for the then big stack.
FINAL TABLE NUMBERS:
86 Hands Played
18 Flops seen
7,470,000 Total Chips
We’ll see you next week for the August 10th Party Poker $215 Buy-In $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament.