Maybe it was something in the air.

With the big boys finally banging out the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table in Las Vegas, the baby big buy-in Party Poker $300K was a madhouse: not only did the onetime overwhelming chip leader ultimately finish in 7th place, but blinds met and eclipsed the rarely seen 60K/120K level, every single player won at least one hand and precisely 200 hands were played altogether (last week, there were 57 hands played.)

A lot to get to this week.

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. ALIYA777 / $2,850 / 1 hand won / 0 players eliminated

Russian player ALIYA777 represented a rarity in the Party Poker 300K, a tenth place finisher who managed to win a hand at the final table. Actually, after entering final table play with 773,000 in chips (blinds opened at 20,000 / 40,000 + 1,000 antes) ALIYA expected to make some noise – and frankly should have – after getting all-in with KK against ExTaZzY’s 88. But the 8 hit the turn and that was that.

9. Tomston / $4,050 / 4 hands won / 0 players eliminated

Another member of the growing legion of Germany-based players, Tomston came into the final table with about 580,000 in chips. He picked off 4 pots, each with uncalled pre-flop all-ins before being eliminated in a big 3-way pot holding KJ against KILLAHKENNY’s 97.

8. edietheeagle / $5,250 / 8 hands won / 0 players eliminated

One week after Volleyboy87 became the first player in more than a year to make the Party Poker 300K final table hailing from the Republic of Hungary, edietheeagle makes it two. Entering final table play with about 406,000, edie took home 8 pots: 5 pre-flop all-ins , twice the table folded on his big blind and one successful double up through Uch68. Though edietheeagle was officially eliminated by pokerhoundd, edie was left with little more than 1 big blind after his KK lost to evilteech’s AK.

7. Uch68 / $7,950 / 15 hands won / 0 players eliminated

Germany’s Uch68 came into the final table as a heavy chip lead with 1.55 million. He immediately set out to enforce his will with a lot of pre and post flop aggression (he won 3 pots post flop without a showdown) but was crushed under the weight of high blinds (he survived up to 40K/80K +2.5) when in 3 successive hands he raised pre-flop but lost the pot. Hand 7525248232 is also quite an example of full tilt poker play on Party Poker. He was eliminated after attempting a bluff with K3 only to be called by pokerhoundd holding AK.

6. ExTaZzY / $10,350 / 6 hands won / 1 player eliminated (ALIYA777)

Romanian player ExTaZzY came into the final table with about 472,000 in chips and won 6 hands through some intelligent varied play. He eliminated a player, won a hand post-flop without a showdown and picked off a few hundred thousand through some pre-flop all-ins. He was eliminated in one of the nastiest suckouts possible in the game of Texas Hold’em: his million or so chips and tournament life lost on AA against evilteech’s AQ. Up against Aces, AQ is all of a 7% winner or so (check the poker odds page if you don't believe me.)

5. pokerhoundd / $13,800 / 15 hands won and a split / 2 players eliminated (Uch68 and edietheeagle)

Canadian player pokerhoundd figured prominently into much of the action in the November 9 Party Poker 300K. After coming into final table with 715,000 in chips, he won 15 hands including 3 post flop without a showdown and 3 re-raises without showdowns. He eliminated 2 players and nearly a third (but his AJ split with evilteech’s A9) before being ran from the final table holding AK against shaneowarm’s AA.

4. adriancawley / $16,350 / 25 hands won / 0 players eliminated

Ireland’s own adriancawley made good on the 385,000 he started the final table with (the smallest stack) through a display of well-timed aggression and luck. Of his 25 hands won, 2 were post-flop without showdowns, 2 were successful double ups (one of which was a nasty 1.5 million suckout with 66 against KILLAHKENNY’s 99,) 1 uncalled re-raise, 3 times the table folded him his blind and 17 times he took the pot pre-flop. But as is rapidly becoming the custom around here, his biggest mistake at the final table had nothing to do with gameplay. Look, when blinds reach 30,000 / 60,000 + 1.5K in a tournament with 7,140,000 total chips, then winning the blinds three times would equal about 5% of the total chips in play. When blinds are at 60,000 / 120,000 + 3.5K then 3 hands equals about 10% of the total chips in play… THOSE BLINDS ARE TOO HIGH TO PLAY INTELLIGENTLY. If adriancawley had pushed for a deal (dealmaking mode was initiated with 3 players) when play was four-handed and he had 2 million then he could have managed $8-14,000 more than his otherwise solid $16,350 prize.

3. KILLAHKENNY / $20,700 / 48 hands won and 1 split / 1 player eliminated (Tomston)

Denmark’s KILLAHKENNY came in on a mission: attack. After entering play with a smidgeon more than the small stack at 432,000, KILLAH unleashed an assault on the final table. All told, KILLAKENNY won 48 hands including 3 uncalled re-raises, 4 post-flop without showdowns, 1 folded round of blinds, 33 pots pre-flop and an astounding 6 successful at-risk all-ins. To put that last number in perspective, a player would be lucky to win 6 times with AA v 22, much less 6 times with hands not numbered AA. And that’s not even including the nearly 1.2 million pot he lost with JJ to Uch68’s AK and the 1.5 million pot he lost with 99 to adriancawley’s 66. KILLAHKENNY was playing great poker, which is why it was so painful to watch him reject a 3-way deal that would have given him $40,252.83. Yes, he was definitely the best player remaining with 3 players left but when blinds get to 75,000 / 150,000 +4K antes then you are officially gambling. Here’s how a smart player plays with 75,000 / 150,000 + 4K blinds when there are 7 million chips in play: all-in. At 75K/150K, even with 2 million chips KILLAH was forced all-in with A3 and eliminated by shaneowarm’s AJ. No one can beat those blinds and it takes a fool to try.

2. evilteech / $45,000 (deal) / 44 hands and 1 split / 2 players eliminated (ExTaZzY and adriancawley)

Heads up / Began with appx 3.4 million, won 6 hands and finished with 2,937,600

Canadian player evilteech came into the final table sporting a chip stack of 1.14 million. Although his 44 hands won was the second most at the final table, it is a bit misleading. Of his 44 wins, only one was post-flop without a showdown, 1 was the horrendous AQ v AA beat, 34 occurred without a flop and inexplicably 8 times the blinds folded around to him. Who would continually fold the blinds to a player who has exhibited successful aggression post-flop but once over the course of a 200 hand final table? The answer is first place winner shaneowarm who was seated in seat 6 right next to evilteech in seat 7 for the entirety of the tournament.

Go ahead and try to figure that one out: fold the blinds (which constituted at times more than 3% of the total chips in play) eight times to a player who has made one successful post-flop bet and been the recipient of absurd absurd luck holding AQ (a noted tournament life killer in poker) and come out on top of a 1,400+ field.

For his part, Evilteech managed to improve on the deal that Party Poker offered him heads up of $44,108.58 to a clean $45,000 after a lengthy negotiation process with the big winner.

1.shaneowarm / $48,000 (deal) / 32 hands won and 1 split / 2 players eliminated (pokerhoundd and KILLAHKENNY)

Heads up / Began with appx. 3.8 millio
n, won 3 hands and finished with 4,202,400

The UK’s shaneowarm entered the final table with 693,000 in chips and came out on top of the November 9 Party Poker 300K with a $48,000 deal reached heads up with evilteech.

I must say that I was baffled by shaneowarm, both by his play and his results. Generally speaking, you have to be aggressive to win poker tournaments. When blinds make it up to 75K/150K you really have to be aggressive to win the tournament, at least in theory. But not shaneowarm. Shane folded his small blind 8 times en route to a relatively small 32 hands won statistic. So how did he win? Simple, he won risky all-in races not 1, not 2 but on 8 separate occasions. 8 times, the cards had to fall right for him to survive, and 8 times they complied.

He came down off of the $48,891.43 initially offered by Party Poker to $48,000 to ensure the top prize in the weekly $200+$15 buy-in tournament.

Congratulations on a prudent (albeit delayed) decision in opting for a deal.

Final Table Statistics*
200 total hands
46 flops
34 turns
32 rivers
31 showdowns

*Final Table Statistics do not include Heads Up action

We’ll see you next week for the November 16 Party Poker $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool Weekly No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.

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