Take the deal. For the love of God, just take the deal.
I don’t know what has been going on in the July
PartyPoker 300K’s but something is making the final few players of every tournament deal weirdly with possible deals. First came the lunacy of the
July 6 PP 300K, then the madness of the
July 13 PP 300K, then the greed of the
July 20 PP 300K and now, came the downright stupidity of the July 27 Party Poker 300K.
After a long and unusually cruel final table, not only did the player with about 22% of the total chips Heads up inexplicably try to initiate a deal but the player with about 78% of the chips refused to look at it… then that same big stack went ahead and lost the whole tournament!
Here’s what happened at the final table (all dollar amounts in USD)
10. gizzer11 / $2,850 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated
gizzer11 came into the final table in seat 6 with about 280,000 in chips. He quickly picked up pocket Queens and got all of his money into the middle against tsarremi’s AQ. But it was not to be, the Ace spiked the turn and in a hand which would foretell much, gizzer11 was eliminated after being a significant favorite when all of the money went in.
9. Berlin49er / $4,050 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated
In the hand following gizzer11’s nasty elimination, Berlin49er pushed all of his 445,000 chips in from seat 8 with KK. He was called by tsarremi who was holding 44. It hurts me to even write this, but the very hand after eliminating a player as an approximate 30% dog, tsarremi eliminated another as a 20% dog. Despite his cruel finish, Berlin49er did take home $4,050 on his $215 buy-in.
8. geirto_ / $5,250 / 1 hand won/ 0 players eliminated
Successful internet pro, geirto_ entered the final table in seat 1 with about 850,000 in chips to put him in good position to make a run at the big big money. Unfortunately, he ran into a big hand in the form of Santiago36’s AK and was eliminated in 8th place.
7. ItsJustPaper / $7,950 / 2 hands won / 0 players eliminated
ItsJustPaper was the tightest player at the final table, entering in seat 3 with approximately 550,000 in chips. He took two hands with pre-flop all-ins and was yet another victim of a nasty suckout. In hand 7253652265, ItsJustPaper was all-in with AA against who else but tsarremi holding QQ. For the third time, tsarremi would suckout with a significant underdog against a premium set of hole cards. Had ItsJustPaper’s Rockets have held up, he would’ve had nearly a million chips and been in prime position to launch an assault on first place. But they didn’t, leaving ItsJustPaper with $7,950 for a seventh place finish.
6. kasiiino / $10,350 / 4 hands won / 0 players eliminated
kasiiino started the final table as the second shortest stack with 360,000 in seat 7. He took a few hands with pre-flop all-ins before being eliminated in sixth by eventual winner, slow_gherkin. kasiiino struck me as a good player who never really got the chips he needed to make a serious run at first.
5. Santiago36 / $13,800 / 6 hands won / 1 player eliminated (geirto_)
Santiago36 could very well have been the best player at the final table. He entered the final table in seat 2 in the middle of the pack with about 700,000 in chips. He was not involved in too many pots but won all but 2 that he involved himself in. He took those pots in a creative mix of pre and post flop aggression. But let’s talk about one of the two that he lost: In yet another gnarly suckout, hand 7253638140 saw Santiago36 turn a flush and move most of his 1.5 million chips in against slow_gherkin who had turned a set of 7s. To Santiago’s delight, Gherkin called. To Santiago’s disgust, the river paired the board to give the eventual winner the 2.4 million pot in yet another example of the cruelty of poker. Santiago was eliminated in the following hand, a monster threeway pot that basically eliminated the 4th place finisher as well.
4. tsarremi / $16,350 / 8 hands won / 3 players eliminated (gizzer11, Berlin49er and ItsJustPaper)
With three vicious suckouts, you’d think that tsarremi was the luck master of the final table; as you will see, he was not. Although the player who entered the final table as the chip leader with 1.21 million in chips certainly profited from his fair share of injustice, the luckiest player at the final table was undoubtedly slow_gherkin. But ultimately every tournament only has room for one river rafter: Hand 7253656445 featured 3 players, two of which were all-in pre-flop: Santiago36 and HeavyB111 (who would win the more than 3 million chip pot) and the other who was virtually all-in. While tsarremi’s eventual deathblow would be delivered by slow-gherkin, his losing AK in hand 7253656445 left him with less than 100,000 chips all but eliminating the 4 place finisher.
3. xprimex / $20,700 / 18 hands won / 0 players eliminated
I basically did not notice xprimex until he was one of the final three players. While he effectively switched into an aggressive mode once the game had become three-handed, xprimex stayed out of the action for most of the final table. In fact, going into three handed play, xprimex had won only 4 hands (each on a pre-flop all-in too.) But for about a 20 hand stretch three-handed, xprimex dominated the table winning more than half of the pots. He was ultimately eliminated by then colossal chip leader, HeavyB111 in third place for a very solid $20,700 payday.
2. HeavyB111 / $33,000 / 23 hands won 1 split / 2 players eliminated (Santiago36 and xprimex)
Heads up: 33 hands won, began with 5.5 million of a total 7 million
Oh HeavyB111. Well first of all, congratulations. You finished in second place in a big tournament and you mentioned that it was your first major final table too. You came into the final table as the second biggest stack with 1.02 million, won the most hands at the final table and were a greater than 75% favorite to win the tournament on 3 different occasions; all of this is very promising and you could very well see additional success in subsequent major tournaments. But you messed up pretty badly at the end of this one. Let me explain:
• The Deal: I’ll be writing more on this in the near future as so many players seem to have weird issues with “the deal,” but suffice to say that a deal is often in your best interest (not to mention always free to look at.) To figure out the potential numbers of a deal without entering dealmaking mode, simply divide your chip total by the total number of chips in play to get your percentage of the total chips in play. Then multiply that number by the remaining money in the prize pool. So if you have 30% of the chips and there is $100,000 left in the prize pool, then you would be in line for $30,000 ($100,000 x 30%) in a deal. Of course, those are going to be the suggested numbers and a deal can be reached along whatever specific lines that the involved players like. Anyways, more on deals on Thursday.
Since HeavyB111 entered Heads up play with about 5.5 million of the total 7 million, he had about 78% of the total chips leaving slow_gherkin with about 22% which put a potential deal in the $77,000 – $22,000 split range. Somehow, slow-gherkin decided to push for a deal (despite the fact that he would’ve been in line for $33,000 for an outright second place victory) and then in the real compound madness, HeavyB111 refused to even look at the deal! We’ll get into the actual Heads up play momentarily, but I had to bring attention to that incredible lapse in fiscal sense. In fairness, even if they had looked at the deal, they very easily could’ve declined and played it out – who knows. And as far as poker play went, HeavyB111 totally outplayed slow-gherkin Heads up and if it weren’t for 4 consecutive suckouts, slow_gherkin would have finished 2nd.
1. slow_gherkin / $66,000 / 20 hands won 1 split / 3 players eliminated (kasiiino, tsarremi and HeavyB111)
Heads up: 30 hands won, began with 1.5 million of a total 7 million.
Looking beyond the deal lunacy, the Heads up match between slow_gherkin and HeavyB111 was a 63 hand lesson in the staggering cruelty of poker. slow_gherkin survived 2 consecutive pre-flop all-ins while holding K9 against K10 and KQ against AK, respectively. Then, he won another all-in after going all-in post-flop with 66 against HeavyB111’s pair of Aces when a six hit on the river. And finally, in a fitting end to the final table which featured 10 major suckouts in pots where at least one player was all-in (by major, I mean any hand won by a player who had been a 66% or greater underdog when all of the money went in) the last hand saw HeavyB111 go all-in post-flop after hitting top pair top kicker with his AJ only to be called by slow_gherkin’s middle pair with King kicker (K9). As a spectator, I just knew what the turn was going to be. Sure enough, the 9 came and just like that, slow_gherkin had surmounted a greater than 3 – 1 Heads up chip disadvantage to claim the $66,000 first prize.
We’ll see you again next week for the August 3
Party Poker $215 Buy-In $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament.