Ah, greed, the sour perfume of arrogance.
In a final table which featured not 1, not 2, but 4 separate and distinct botched deals (in addition to the 1 which went through,) it figured that at least one of them would cost someone dearly. I even guessed (correctly) who it would be when he brashly rejected the deal, “No chip count deals… I want $33K.”
I did not, however, figure that his collapse would take all of 5 minutes and cost about $10,000.
Let’s take a look at the final table players; how they played, how they fared and how much money they made (all dollar values are in USD.)
10. Lacr75 / $2,850 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated
Lacr75 represents the first of four German players present at the November 2 Party Poker 300K final table. Lacr75 entered the final table with about 125,000 chips but with blinds at 30,000 / 60,000 +1.5K antes, he was forced all-in with A4 against renowned Swedish player and eventual 5th place finisher Bergmannen86’s K10. Unfortunately for Lacr75, the King hit the turn. $2,850 for all of 2 minutes at the final table.
9. sibmedved / $4,050 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated
Russian player sibmedved was way over his head and it showed. He began final table play with 136,000 in chips, then folded his way all the way down to 5,000 chips without ever playing a hand. Just a terrible terrible showing at the final table – how do you fold down to 5,000 without ever even taking a stab at the pot? Bad bad bad.
8. rudyruepel / $5,250 / 1 hand won / 0 players eliminated
The second of our four Germans, rudyruepel came into the final table with a decent stack of approximately 433,000 chips. He tried to get involved with pre-flop aggression: he won one pre-flop all-in without being called then lost the next holding A10 against eventual second place finisher joran111111’s pocket Jacks.
7. Fifty_Sixty / $7,950 / 2 hands won / 0 hands eliminated
Hailing from the Netherlands, player Fifty-Sixty appeared to be one of the early favorites to win the whole thing entering the final table with a solid 1.07 million in chips. He quickly won a couple of pots with pre-flop aggression and grew himself to nearly 1.4 million. Then came the disastrous hand 7507536462 where Fifty_Sixty’s KK lost and with it, about 1.35 million of those chips shipped over to the eventual winner LowbirdT and his AK. $7,950 for a well-played but ill-fated final table.
6. shkip / $10,350 / 1 hand won / 0 players eliminated
Shkip represented the first player to make the Party Poker 300K final table from the Republic of Ireland in more than a year. He came in with 647,000 and won one pot through a pre-flop all-in. He tried it again holding pocket 9s but was called and eliminated by joran111111 holding KJ when a King spiked the flop. $10,350, not half bad
5. Bergmannen86 / $13,800 / 3 hands won / 1 player eliminated (Lacr75)
Swedish online fixture Bergmannen86 has found previous tournament success in not only the Party Poker 300K but in tournaments on DoylesRoom and Full Tilt as well. He came into this final table with about 583,000 and proceeded to win 3 hands with naught but pre-flop aggression. He was eliminated in a nasty bit of bad luck by Indigo4life when Berg’s AQ was cracked by Indigo’s A10. Despite the ignoble finish, I’m sure Bergmannen86 will be all right with his $13,800 and burgeoning professional poker career.
4. Volleyboy87 / $16,350 / 4 hands won / 1 player eliminated (sibmedved)
Volleyboy87 is the first player that I have ever seen at a Party Poker 300K final table from the Republic of Hungary, so congrats to Budapest. Volley played strong tight-aggressive tournament poker, winning 1 hand with a prudent pre-flop all-in re-raise which went uncalled and another hand post-flop without a showdown. He was ultimately eliminated by second place finisher joran111111 when joran’s AJ beat Volley’s 88. Overall, he picked his spots well and is very deserving of his $16,350 prize.
Here’s where it gets interesting. After stupidly braving through 30,000 / 60,000 and 40,000 / 80,000 blinds, the final table had whittled away down to four remaining players each of whom was in favor of a deal. Great, groovy, they should be looking at a deal when each pot is worth more than 1% of the total chips in play before a single card is dealt (for example: 40,000 / 80,000 +2K blinds 6 handed means that there is 40,000 + 80,000 + 12,000 or 132,000 chips in the pot before a single card is dealt. There were 7,265,000 chips so 1.8% of the total chips in play are in each pot before a single card is dealt.)
In fact, they would initiate dealmaking mode.
In fact, they would initiate it 5 times.
3. Indigo4life / $20,700 / 16 hands won / 2 players eliminated (Fifty_Sixty and Bergmannen86)
Ahh greed. First thing’s first, German Indigo4life is a good tournament poker player. His 16 hands won stat was tied for the most at the final table. When he erred, he erred on the side of aggression, yes, he had to get lucky (see Bergmannen86’s gnarly elimination) but you have to get lucky to win a poker tournament. In order to get lucky, you have to already be in the pot. It’s his ludicrous financial planning that I’d like to bring light to. With 4 players remaining, dealmaking mode was entered. Indigo was in 3rd place in chips at the time and would have been in line for a $19,000 or so deal. Outright 3rd prize money is $20,700 (as he would find out) so logically, he rejected that deal.
Fast forward one Volleyboy elimination: Blinds are at 50,000 / 100,000 +2.5K, the three remaining players stack up exactly as follows:
joran111111 had 3,463,593
LowbirdT had 2,752,652
Indigo4life had 1,048,755
They enter dealmaking mode and Party Poker spits out these numbers:
joran111111 for $45,300.34
LowbirdT for $40,251.66
Indigo4life for $28,148
Indigo stood to make about $8,000 on top of outright third prize money. Instead of accepting this offer, Indigo typed simply “no chip count deals.” The other 2 player who had both been extremely vocal about a deal asked him how much he would need to stop playing now. He says “$33,000.” Why would he do this? The only two words that come to my mind are greed and arrogance.
So exactly 3 minutes and 18 seconds after resuming play (I started counting because I knew the fall was coming) Indigo4life was all-in with his pocket 10s against LowbirdT’s KQ, a Queen hit both the flop and the turn and Indigo was eliminated with $20,700 instead of the $28,148 he was guaranteed (and he definitely could’ve gotten more if he had been reasonable, the two top finishers were both up on the poker odds of playing 50K / 100K blinds.) Did he play good poker? You bet. But as is so often the case in these tournaments, the worst decision he made had nothing to do with his play.
2. joran111111 / $43,000 (deal) / 16 hands won / 3 players eliminated (rudyruepel, shkip and Volleyboy87)
Netherlands based joran111111 almost pulled off the impressive wire to wire victory in the November 2 Party Poker 300K. Entering play as the big stack with 1.86 million in chips, joran111111 immediately set out to bully the table post flop as well as pre (joran won the most hands post-flop with 2 post-flop wins without showdowns, including one which was a post-flop all-in re-raise that went uncalled.)
He was also the single loudest proponent of a deal throughout the entirety of the final table. While he was pushing for a deal, he remained polite and affable in his many chats throughout play. Why is that important? Because once play was
down to the final two, dealmaking mode was instantaneously initiated. The original deal had LowbirdT (who had 4,955,162 chips) with $51,415.61 and joran (2,309,838) with $41,584.40 but joran was able to up his take to $43K through a rationale back and forth with his opponent. They talked, established their respective minimums and then made a deal. They didn’t offer one broken sentence in rejection or get nasty with each other, they just talked. It was fantastic to see mature fiscal thinking mixed with humane behavior from the top 2 finishers.
1.LowbirdT / $50,000 (deal) / 13 hands won / 1 player eliminated (Indigo4life)
The fourth and final of the German contingent, LowbirdT came out on top of the November 2 Party Poker 300K. In all honesty, Lowbird didn’t play great. He had to get extraordinarily lucky for his AK to beat Fifty’s KK (a nearly 3 million chip suckout) then had to get pretty lucky to beat Indigo (a nearly 2 million chip suckout.) Factor in that twice the small blind folded pre-flop to Lowbird and of his 13 hands won, only 9 were won because of solid play.
But he won the right ones and to his credit, he knew enough to recognize that 50K / 100K blinds are just too big and that a deal had to be reached or he’d find himself plain gambling for a whole lot of money, rather than playing poker.
He was eminently polite in his multiple talks in dealmaking mode and sensible enough to accept $50K to eliminate the super high variance of mega blind tournament poker.
Congratulations on a very smart deal and a great attitude.
Final Table Statistics
57 total hands