It’s been a while since someone put on a show like BODYROXER did on Sunday night. Of the 73 non-Heads up hands played in the BODYROXER won 27 of them; not to mention he personally eliminated 4 of the final 5 players all the while suffering two egregious suckouts for millions of chips en route to an outright victory.
The last time I remember a single player so running over a Party Poker final table was the Ugga_Chak spectacular and I don’t recall Ugga_Chak losing with QQ to Q10 to do it.
No deals, no chat, no cordial acronyms between players – this final table was cold, quick and to the point.
Let’s take a look (all dollar values are in USD)
10. Bergmannen86 / $2,850 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated
Swedish player, Bergmannen entered final table play as the short stack with about 260K in chips. With so few chips (and the blinds beginning at 20,000 / 40,000 + 1,000 ante) Bergmannen86 had two options, fold or go all-in. He opted for the latter choice when he picked QJ. He was called and eliminated by yasima’s AK. Bergmannen86 received $2,850 for his tenth place finish.
9. READBLANK / $4,050 / 1 Hand Won / 0 players eliminated
Another Swedish player, READBLANK came into the final table with 636K in chips and quickly took a pot with a pre-flop all-in. His next pre-flop all-in (holding 77) was called by yasima (holding A5) creating a pot of 1.2 million. Despite being a 2 to 1 favorite, the Ace spiked the flop and READBLANK was left crippled with less than 85,000 in chips. Though the deathblow was performed by real_deal111, it was the hand with yasima that actually signaled the end for READBLANK.
8. real_deal111 / $5,250 / 2 Hands Won / 1 player eliminated (READBLANK)
Hailing from Austria, real_deal111 started out the final table with 609K in chips to put him firmly in the middle of the pack. He didn’t really do much other than win one pot with a pre-flop all-in and eliminate READBLANK in 9th after calling his all-in from the big blind for another 22K. He would be eliminated by yasima in eighth place for a $5,250 payday.
7. yasima / $7,950 / 5 Hands Won / 2 players eliminated (Bergmannen86 and real_deal111)
Finnish player, yasima figured into a lot of the action on Sunday night. Beginning with 708K, yasima personally eliminated 2 of the first 3 players ousted, made a terrific call on the river with nothing but Ace high (for about 400K more) and would’ve finished much higher if it weren’t for hand 7323795664. Hand 7323795664 saw eventual 3rd place finished purpur18 re-raise yasima pre-flop by going all-in with Q7. Yasima made the tough call with A10 only to end up losing the 1.6 million pot when a turned 8 gave purpur18 a straight. yasima would be eliminated in the following hand when his K4 lost to wiking_saga1’s AJ. All told, yasima made $7,950 for a well-played but ill-fated tournament.
6. beathunter / $10,350 / 3 Hands Won / 0 players eliminated
German player beathunter began with 518K and should have been eliminated in 8th place when his A6 was all-in against eventual winner BODYROXER’s A8. But the 6 hit the flop and beathunter was able to hang around until his KJ forced him all-in (40,000/ 80,000 blinds will do that) against BODYROXER’s A10. The second time was the charm and ROXER’s hand held up. beathunter took home $10,350 for his sixth place finish.
5. wiking_saga1 / $13,800 / 9 Hands Won 1 split / 1 player eliminated (yasima)
Danish player, wiking_saga1 came into the final table with a healthy stack of 815K. He won 9 hands in a flurry of pre and post-flop aggression; in addition to eight successful pre-flop all-ins, wiking_saga1 was also one of four players to win a hand post-flop without a showdown. Despite his strong play, he had to get lucky to finish in fifth rather than seventh as he split an all-in pot with BODYROXER after going into the flop as a significant underdog (wiking was holding A7 against ROXER’s A9.) An aggressive player who got lucky when he needed to; wiking_saga1 took home $13,800 for his efforts.
4. TFCR1972 / $16,350 / 7 Hands Won / 0 players eliminated
German player, TFCR1972 was the picture of tight-aggression. He came into the final table as the second big stack with 1.05 million in chips, played few hands but played well in those he did. For example, of the 7 hands that TFCR won, 2 of them came post-flop without showdowns (he was the only player other than BODYROXER to win multiple hands in that fashion.) Twice, he adroitly called pre-flop out of position to then go all-in on the flop forcing his opponent to have hit it. Ultimately, TFCR folded to the BODYROXER express just like every other player who bought into the August 24 Party Poker 300K. TFCR1972 managed $16,350 in prize money.
3. purpur18 / $20,700 / 7 Hands Won / 0 players eliminated
Swiss player, purpur18 began his final table with 873K in chips. While he took seven pots (including one post flop without a showdown,) purpur18 was never able to bring the fight to BODYROXER. In fact, purpur18 should have been eliminated in seventh place when his computer hand (Q7) was up against yasima’s Johnny Moss (A10.) But he wasn’t. It would take about forty more hands until purpur18 was done it at the hands of BODYROXER and his AJ. purpur18 received $20,700 for his third place finish.
2. YoungSupremacy / $33,000 / 11 Hands Won / 1 player eliminated (wiking_saga1)
Heads Up: 4 Hands Won/ Began with 1.2 million in chips
Canadian player YoungSupremacy had a very impressive showing Sunday night. Fresh off of his victory in Event #15 in the most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series, YoungSupremacy turned a 276K miniature starting stack into a second place finish (and $33,000.) While he never took a hand post-flop without sucking out to do it, YoungSupremacy made his money with some relentless pre-flop aggression. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000 +1,500 ante, YoungSupremacy began an all-in onslaught where he won 3 consecutive hands with pre-flop all-ins to move from 300K in chips to 600K without a single community card. He flirted with the big turnaround after winning a 2.4 million pot in the first hand played heads up when his Q10 found a straight against BODYROXER’s QQ. But as anyone who had been watching the final table could’ve told you – it just didn’t matter. Nothing was going to stop BODYROXER.
1.BODYROXER / $60,000 / 27 Hands Won and 1 Split / 4 players eliminated (beathunter, TFCR1972, purpur18 and YoungSupremacy)
Heads up: 7 Hands Won/ Began with 5.8 million in chips
With the Beijing Olympics coming to a close, Norway’s BODYROXER did his best Michael Phelps impression. He began the final table with the chip lead at 1.26 million, lost it only for a brief moment (following purpur18’s suckout against yasima,) won the most hands with 27 and a split (and won the most hands post-flop without a showdown with 4) absorbed the losses for 2 gnarly suckouts and then won the $60,000 for outright victory without ever uttering a single word in the chat box.
He was ruthless, winning an astounding 38% of the pots played before Heads up; taking Heads up play into account he won 41% of the pots played. A feat made all the more incredible when looking at his relative lack of luck (losing with QQ to Q10 and A8 to A6 when players are all-in is generally not the recipe for outright victory in a poker tournament.) At one point four handed, he had won 5 hands in a row and 13 of the past 15 with the blinds mostly at 50,000 / 100,000. He was a one-man wrecking crew and totally deserving of the $60,000 first prize money. He’s a relative newcomer to online poker, bu
t with 2 cashes in recent Party Poker 300Ks – expect to hear more from BODYROXER in the not-too distant future.
FINAL TABLE STATS*
7,085,000 Total Chips
Blinds began at 20K/40K and ended at 50K/100K
*Stats do not include Heads up action
We’ll see you next week for the August 31st Party Poker $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool Weekly No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.