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Well it has been a while since the last Gauntlet summary has been posted. My apologies for that, I was out of town for games 14/15 and did not have a chance to view 16 because of the holidays. However I plan on resuming these for the rest of the year!

If you are not sure what the Gauntlet is, be sure to click on the word “Gauntlet” to find out and register. Basically, it is FTR’s own private league where we donk around and have fun. You will see in a lot of the hand histories there is some bashing/talking, and that’s because we all know each other and have a good time. If you haven’t already, register and play with us next game. After reading the summary, make sure to see who won this games award for “lol cooleraments” which will be the cooler of the night, “wtf was he thinking” which will be the questionable play of the night, along with “beat of the night” which will be the worst beat (formerly known as donk of the night, but changed it to avoid confusion).

Game 17 was held on Sunday Nov 25, and it was a relief to see the player count finally rise a bit. Game 15 was the all time low, with only 7! Then 16 had 17, now this week hosted 20 players. I only hope it moves up from here on out. There has been some changes in the top 10 leaderboard since my last summary (which was game 13), so let’s have a look at that:

FTR Name – GP – Points / Change
Jimmy Mac – 9 – 629.85 / 0
givememyleg – 9 – 549.64 / 0
spin_md – 7 – 421.92 / +8
Fimanoid – 10 – 420.18 / +7
Shifubowa – 8 – 412.95 / +2
ackthecat – 9 – 410.47 / 0
Alexos – 7 – 374.32 / -4
Bender50 – 8 – 374.01 / +1
bigred – 6 – 365.11 / -5
kmind – 5 – 362.11 / -5

There was a lot of movement in the past 3 games. Going into game 14, givememyleg actually passed up JimmyMac for the first time all season. However, his reign would be short lived because JM had a second place finish that day earning him first place in the race again. Also, the big jumps up were from some nice finishes from some players. Just so they don’t get ignored, here are the top three place finishers from games 14-16:

Game 14
1st – Silly String
2nd – Jimmy Mac
3rd – Marcel

Game 15
1st – BeeJall
2nd – biondino
3rd – GatorJH

Game 16
1st – spin_md
2nd – pankfish
3rd – Kozmo

Congrats to all of them! There were a lot of bigger named players out in game 17, some who haven’t played a game in quite some time. Of these some include, Mr on a heater for life zook, Alexos, TLR (Forty2u on PokerStars). Also some other regulars such as swiggidy, bigspenda73 (LolTrappedU), and givememyleg. Let’s see who scored big in game 17.

For those who know bigspenda, he has a reputation for playing insanely crazy. That usually means he builds his stack early or busts, and it was the latter this time:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Shifubowa: folds
C2Knuckles: folds
swiggidy: raises 55 to 75
Forty2u: calls 75
LolTrappedU: raises 258 to 333
BeeJall: folds
efil4elbmow: folds
swiggidy said, “I hate you”
LolTrappedU said, “i have a hand”
LolTrappedU said, “2 cards”
swiggidy: folds
Forty2u: calls 258
*** FLOP *** [7s 6d 7c]
Forty2u: bets 240
LolTrappedU: raises 1032 to 1272 and is all-in
Forty2u: calls 737 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [7s 6d 7c] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [7s 6d 7c 3h] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Forty2u: shows [8d 8s] (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
LolTrappedU: shows [Ks Ac] (a pair of Sevens)
Forty2u collected 2725 from pot

That was only the 4th or 5th hand into the tournament, and the big call from TLR (Forty2u) left spenda with just 300 or so chips. It was only a couple hands later he hit the rail in 20th place:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Forty2u said, “nice try”
swiggidy said, “wowza”
C2Knuckles: folds
swiggidy: folds
Forty2u: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 40 to 60
LolTrappedU said, “lolz”
LolTrappedU said, “he plays so bad”
swiggidy said, “last longer prop?”
LolTrappedU said, “only hand he beats”
BeeJall: raises 140 to 200
LolTrappedU said, “is aK”
efil4elbmow: folds
Shifubowa: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 95 to 295 and is all-in
BeeJall: calls 95
*** FLOP *** [Jc Ks Jh]
LolTrappedU said, “hold!!”
LolTrappedU said, “lolz”
*** TURN *** [Jc Ks Jh] [Kc]
LolTrappedU said, “makes sense”
*** RIVER *** [Jc Ks Jh Kc] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LolTrappedU: shows [6s 9s] (two pair, Kings and Jacks)
BeeJall: shows [Ad Kd] (a full house, Kings full of Jacks)
LolTrappedU said, “gg”
BeeJall collected 620 from pot

You can see him complaining about the call TLR made in the chat, it was a sick call but he put you on AK ldo! There wasn’t too much action on all three tables (19 players left) but it wouldn’t be long with all three being shorthanded that something big would happen. It did much to the dismay of yours truly:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to givememyleg [4c 6c]
Isopbc: raises 60 to 90
spinswell: folds
Anosmic: calls 90
givememyleg: calls 90
Curtom: folds
Earl_of_Doom: folds
*** FLOP *** [3c 7c 2h]
Isopbc: checks
Anosmic: bets 150
Earl_of_Doom said, “7,2 is good now”
givememyleg: calls 150
Isopbc: calls 150
*** TURN *** [3c 7c 2h] [Tc]
Isopbc: checks
Anosmic: checks
givememyleg: bets 475
Isopbc: raises 555 to 1030 and is all-in
Anosmic: folds
givememyleg: calls 555
*** RIVER *** [3c 7c 2h Tc] [Kd]
givememyleg said, “oh ok”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Isopbc: shows [Ac Kc] (a flush, Ace high)
givememyleg: shows [4c 6c] (a flush, Ten high)
Isopbc collected 2825 from pot

After the hand was over, givememyleg was left with just 190 chips. Flush over flush is a pretty sick cooler, it just wasn’t my day. Just a few hands later, the inevitable happened:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to givememyleg [8d Td]
givememyleg: raises 205 to 235 and is all-in
Curtom: folds
Earl_of_Doom: calls 235
Isopbc: folds
spinswell: folds
Anosmic: raises 1215 to 1450 and is all-in
Earl_of_Doom: calls 1215
*** FLOP *** [As Jd 4s]
*** TURN *** [As Jd 4s] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [As Jd 4s Th] [9d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Anosmic: shows [Kh Ah] (a pair of Aces)
Earl_of_Doom: shows [Js Ad] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
givememyleg said, “ok bye”
Earl_of_Doom collected 2430 from side pot
givememyleg: shows [8d Td] (a pair of Tens)
Earl_of_Doom collected 720 from main pot

I was happy that I had live cards to triple up! But alas, I went down in 19th place. Also, poor Anosmic in this hand took a pretty sick beat which sent him packing in 18th. I may have finished second to last, but at least I beat spenda and won the last longer prop bet (he’s a fish).

It’s pretty fun to watch an agro zook or an agro Alexos by themselves, but put them together and you get some crazy donk on donk action. Both players were on the same table for most of the tournament and the kept playing back and forth:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
ackthecat: folds
alexos888 said, “lol sick”
z00ted: raises 60 to 90
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: folds
DaChicagoKid: calls 90
z00ted said, “small sample :-)”
z00ted said, “yeah”
alexos888: raises 209 to 299
z00ted said, “alexos, you’re squeezing my nuts”
alexos888 said, “sorry”
alexos888 said, “plz fold then”
z00ted said, “I kind of like it”
Neebo223: folds
z00ted: folds
alexos888 said, “will u push?”
DaChicagoKid: folds
alexos888 said, “boo”
alexos888 collected 300 from pot
z00ted said, “SHOW”
alexos888: shows [Qh 9h] (high card Queen)

Based on Alexos image, he probably earned himself a pretty decent pot:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Earl_of_Doom: folds
Neebo223: calls 30
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: folds
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: folds
DaChicagoKid: folds
alexos888: raises 114 to 144
Isopbc: folds
Neebo223: calls 114
*** FLOP *** [4c 4d Td]
alexos888: bets 188
Neebo223: calls 188
*** TURN *** [4c 4d Td] [9s]
alexos888: checks
Neebo223: bets 350
alexos888: raises 463 to 813 and is all-in
Neebo223: calls 463
*** RIVER *** [4c 4d Td 9s] [As]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
alexos888: shows [Kd Ks] (two pair, Kings and Fours)
Neebo223: shows [Tc 9c] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
z00ted said, “nh”
alexos888 collected 2320 from pot
Neebo223 said, “nh”
alexos888 said, “ty”

Also, it could be the fact that Neebo had top two pair! Alexos got a much needed early double up. Speaking of double ups, Curtom requested one from I Like Pie (C2Knuckles):

*** HOLE CARDS ***
swiggidy said, “-$5”
spinswell: folds
Shifubowa: folds
C2Knuckles: calls 30
swiggidy: calls 30
Forty2u: calls 30
Curtom: calls 30
BeeJall: folds
efil4elbmow: checks
*** FLOP *** [4s 6c Ks]
efil4elbmow: checks
C2Knuckles: bets 80
swiggidy: folds
Forty2u: folds
Curtom: raises 340 to 420
efil4elbmow: folds
C2Knuckles: raises 579 to 999
Curtom: raises 296 to 1295 and is all-in
C2Knuckles: calls 296
*** TURN *** [4s 6c Ks] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [4s 6c Ks 7h] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
C2Knuckles: shows [6s 5s] (a pair of Sixes)
Curtom: shows [6d 4d] (two pair, Sixes and Fours)
Curtom collected 2755 from pot

Ask and ye shall receive. After this hand, Pie could not recover and eventually became the 17th place finisher. Alexos and zook kept raising a lot of pots, but for the most part were staying out of each others way. It was then Alexos learned a valuable lesson:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Neebo223: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: folds
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: folds
DaChicagoKid: folds
alexos888: raises 58 to 88
Isopbc: folds
Earl_of_Doom: calls 58
*** FLOP *** [Jd 8h Jc]
Earl_of_Doom: checks
alexos888: bets 111
Earl_of_Doom: calls 111
*** TURN *** [Jd 8h Jc] [Jh]
Earl_of_Doom: checks
alexos888: checks
*** RIVER *** [Jd 8h Jc Jh] [3c]
z00ted said, “stars is rigged”
Earl_of_Doom: bets 240
alexos888: raises 682 to 922
Earl_of_Doom: raises 682 to 1604
alexos888 said, “!@@!!!!”
alexos888 said, “JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ”
alexos888 said, “wtf”
alexos888 said, “why do u hit quads on me”
alexos888: folds
Earl_of_Doom collected 2257 from pot
Earl_of_Doom: doesn’t show hand

And that lesson was don’t raise quads!

It was a tough start of the tournament for swiggidy, down to 16 players remaining he only had 300 chips left from his starting stack. With the blinds at 25/50 he really had no room to work with. Thankfully for him, I was around so he talked to me on aim:

swiggidy (3:35:22 PM): can you kick my luckbox so I get a hand with a card bigger than 8?
givememyleg (3:35:54 PM): one sec let me check my ftr doomswitches
swiggidy (3:36:00 PM): thx sir
givememyleg (3:36:08 PM): you will have a hand in no longer than 2 hands
swiggidy (3:36:30 PM): good enough I guess

And it was good enough, time for the swiggidy rush:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
swiggidy: raises 111 to 161 and is all-in
Forty2u: folds
Curtom: folds
BeeJall: folds
efil4elbmow: folds
spinswell: folds
Shifubowa: folds
Earl_of_Doom: calls 111
*** FLOP *** [3s Jc Kd]
swiggidy said, “T”
*** TURN *** [3s Jc Kd] [Th]
swiggidy said, “T”
*** RIVER *** [3s Jc Kd Th] [5s]
swiggidy said, “yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Earl_of_Doom: shows [Ah 3h] (a pair of Threes)
swiggidy: shows [Qs 9s] (a straight, Nine to King)
swiggidy collected 347 from pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Curtom: folds
BeeJall: folds
spinswell: folds
Shifubowa: folds
Earl_of_Doom: folds
swiggidy: raises 322 to 372 and is all-in
Forty2u: calls 322
*** FLOP *** [Qs 4d Td]
*** TURN *** [Qs 4d Td] [Jc]
swiggidy said, “uh”
*** RIVER *** [Qs 4d Td Jc] [2d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [Ad Ac] (a pair of Aces)
Forty2u: shows [As Qc] (a pair of Queens)
swiggidy said, “whew”
swiggidy collected 744 from pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Neebo223: folds
spinswell: folds
Shifubowa: folds
Earl_of_Doom: raises 50 to 100
swiggidy: raises 200 to 300
Forty2u: folds
Curtom: folds
Earl_of_Doom: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [8h 9d 6d]
Earl_of_Doom: bets 300
swiggidy: raises 344 to 644 and is all-in
Earl_of_Doom: calls 344
*** TURN *** [8h 9d 6d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [8h 9d 6d 8d] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Earl_of_Doom: shows [Tc Ah] (a pair of Eights)
swiggidy: shows [Kd Kh] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
swiggidy collected 1963 from pot

Swigg was now up to almost 2k from his low of 161! Remember folks, don’t piss me off, I have access to all of FTR’s doomswitches….

While swigg was on his way back, there were some pretty sick hands,including the elimination of FTR’s morality police, biondino (efil4elbmow):

*** HOLE CARDS ***
spinswell: folds
Shifubowa: folds
Earl_of_Doom: raises 100 to 150
swiggidy: folds
Forty2u: folds
Curtom: folds
BeeJall: folds
swiggidy said, “kozmo”
efil4elbmow: calls 100
*** FLOP *** [8h 6c 9c]
efil4elbmow: checks
Earl_of_Doom: bets 200
efil4elbmow: raises 1275 to 1475 and is all-in
Earl_of_Doom: calls 1275
*** TURN *** [8h 6c 9c] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [8h 6c 9c Qc] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
efil4elbmow: shows [7s 7c] (a flush, Queen high)
Earl_of_Doom: shows [5c Ac] (a flush, Ace high)
Earl_of_Doom collected 3275 from pot

After the hand biondino had some choice words:

efil4elbmow [observer]: well there’s a huge ****ing surprise

Poor Mark. Meanwhile, Kozmo (Earl_of_Doom on PokerStars) was running like a GOD, winning pots and getting coolers left and right. With still 15 people left he had already begun to separate himself from everyone else with over 7000 chips. The closest to him was Isop with 3000. Oh, did I mention Earl runs like a god?

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Shifubowa: folds
Earl_of_Doom: calls 50
swiggidy: folds
Forty2u: raises 150 to 200
Curtom: folds
BeeJall: raises 1060 to 1260 and is all-in
spinswell: folds
Earl_of_Doom: raises 5670 to 6930 and is all-in
Forty2u: folds
*** FLOP *** [Ad 8d 4s]
*** TURN *** [Ad 8d 4s] [2s]
swiggidy said, “sick”
*** RIVER *** [Ad 8d 4s 2s] [6s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BeeJall: shows [Qd Qc] (a pair of Queens)
Earl_of_Doom: shows [Kd Kc] (a pair of Kings)
Earl_of_Doom collected 2770 from pot

Sick indeed. He now had over 8500 chips and was set to sail to the final table. Let’s switch gears a moment back to the crazy zook and Alexos, this time to watch zook in action:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
ackthecat said, “nh”
Isopbc: calls 50
Neebo223: folds
ackthecat: folds
DaChicagoKid said, “tyvm”
z00ted: raises 150 to 200
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: folds
DaChicagoKid: folds
alexos888: folds
Isopbc: calls 150
*** FLOP *** [Kc Ks Ah]
Isopbc: checks
z00ted: checks
*** TURN *** [Kc Ks Ah] [8s]
Isopbc: checks
z00ted: bets 250
Isopbc: folds
z00ted collected 475 from pot
z00ted: shows [9c Tc] (a pair of Kings)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: raises 100 to 150
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: folds
DaChicagoKid: calls 125
alexos888: folds
*** FLOP *** [5c Jh 7d]
DaChicagoKid: checks
z00ted: checks
*** TURN *** [5c Jh 7d] [6c]
DaChicagoKid: bets 250
z00ted: raises 1050 to 1300
DaChicagoKid: folds
z00ted collected 850 from pot
z00ted: shows [5d 4h] (a pair of Fives)

Zook plays kinda good. Also, here comes more Alexos pwning action:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
ackthecat: calls 100
z00ted: folds
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: folds
DaChicagoKid: folds
alexos888: raises 222 to 322
Isopbc: calls 222
ackthecat: folds
*** FLOP *** [Jh Ts 9c]
alexos888: checks
Isopbc: bets 1000
alexos888: calls 977 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [Jh Ts 9c] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [Jh Ts 9c 8c] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
alexos888: shows [Js Jc] (a full house, Jacks full of Eights)
Isopbc: shows [Ah Qh] (a straight, Eight to Queen)
Isopbc said, “nh”
alexos888 collected 2698 from pot

What a rollercoaster hand, coin flip preflop, top set v 2 way straight on flop, straight on turn, and full house on river. It wouldn’t be long before these two (zook and Alexos) started to run into each other:

z00ted: posts big blind 100
*** HOLE CARDS ***
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: folds
DaChicagoKid: folds
alexos888: raises 155 to 255
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: raises 355 to 610
alexos888 said, “oh come on”
z00ted said, “come on”
alexos888 said, “77”
alexos888: folds
z00ted collected 560 from pot
z00ted: shows [9s Tc] (high card Ten)

Fimanoid is no stranger to the Gauntlet, but he just couldn’t get anything going this game. He was sitting with a stack of 1300, then 2 hands later he was gone:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted said, “lol”
alexos888: folds
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: folds
DCMirage: raises 335 to 435 and is all-in
fimanoid: raises 855 to 1290 and is all-in
DaChicagoKid: folds
*** FLOP *** [2c Js Qc]
*** TURN *** [2c Js Qc] [Jh]
*** RIVER *** [2c Js Qc Jh] [8d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
fimanoid: shows [Th Ac] (a pair of Jacks)
DCMirage: shows [Jc As] (three of a kind, Jacks)
DCMirage collected 970 from pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
DCMirage: folds
fimanoid: raises 755 to 855 and is all-in
DaChicagoKid: folds
alexos888: folds
Isopbc: raises 656 to 1511 and is all-in
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: folds
*** FLOP *** [Ts Td Ac]
*** TURN *** [Ts Td Ac] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [Ts Td Ac 3s] [5c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
fimanoid: shows [7c 7h] (two pair, Tens and Sevens)
Isopbc: shows [Jd Jc] (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
Isopbc collected 1860 from pot
z00ted said, “gg”
Isopbc said, “gg fim”

Fim finished in 14th place. Back to Alexos v Zook:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
alexos888: raises 133 to 233
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: calls 233
DCMirage: folds
DaChicagoKid: folds
*** FLOP *** [Ah 4s 8d]
Isopbc said, “Brain off again”
alexos888: bets 288
z00ted: calls 288
*** TURN *** [Ah 4s 8d] [8h]
alexos888: checks
z00ted: checks
*** RIVER *** [Ah 4s 8d 8h] [Jh]
alexos888: checks
z00ted: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
alexos888: shows [Js Ts] (two pair, Jacks and Eights)
z00ted: mucks hand 34s
alexos888 collected 1192 from pot
alexos888 said, “i suck out?”
alexos888 said, “lol”
z00ted said, “yep”

Zook said he mucked a 4 there. Also, remember the golden rule, an agro player can wake up with a hand too:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: raises 200 to 300
DCMirage: folds
DaChicagoKid: raises 640 to 940 and is all-in
alexos888: folds
z00ted: calls 640
*** FLOP *** [2s 6h 9c]
*** TURN *** [2s 6h 9c] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [2s 6h 9c Qc] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DaChicagoKid: shows [As Qs] (a pair of Queens)
z00ted: shows [Qh Qd] (three of a kind, Queens)
DaChicagoKid said, “nh”
z00ted collected 1980 from pot

Tough break for DaChicagoKid there and he would leave in 13th.

Remember how swigg asked me for help? I decided to hit the mega doom switch button on this hand, which happened to be a 3 way all-in:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Earl_of_Doom: folds
swiggidy: raises 200 to 300
Forty2u: folds
Curtom: folds
Neebo223: calls 250
Shifubowa: raises 1650 to 1950 and is all-in
swiggidy: calls 838 and is all-in
Neebo223: calls 865 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [8h 9c Th]
*** TURN *** [8h 9c Th] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [8h 9c Th 6d] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Neebo223: shows [5c 5h] (a pair of Fives)
Shifubowa: shows [Jd Js] (a pair of Jacks)
Shifubowa collected 54 from side pot
swiggidy: shows [Td Ts] (three of a kind, Tens)
swiggidy collected 3414 from main pot
swiggidy said, “weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee”

Now swigg was up to 3400 from 150, he owes me. Meanwhile, ackthecat was in ur tournaments, crackin’ ur aces:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted: folds
DCMirage: folds
spinswell: raises 200 to 300
alexos888: folds
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: raises 415 to 715 and is all-in
spinswell: calls 415
*** FLOP *** [7c Qs 5c]
*** TURN *** [7c Qs 5c] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [7c Qs 5c Kd] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ackthecat: shows [Ks Qd] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
spinswell: shows [Ah Ad] (a pair of Aces)
z00ted said, “LOL”
ackthecat collected 1480 from pot
Isopbc said, “Wow”
spinswell said, “nh”

Too bad for spins that there was not a bad beat prize if AA was cracked this game. Tough break for him, but great luck for ack! It was almost time for the first break with 12 players still in it, and then the huge hand everyone was waiting for finally happened. Huge bluff on bluff action:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
alexos888: raises 156 to 256
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: calls 256
DCMirage: folds
spinswell: folds
*** FLOP *** [6c 2c 5h]
alexos888: checks
alexos888 said, “deep stacked baby”
z00ted: bets 400
alexos888: raises 933 to 1333
z00ted: raises 2400 to 3733 and is all-in
alexos888: folds
z00ted collected 3328 from pot
z00ted: shows [Qs Tc] (high card Queen)

Alexos barely had zook covered that hand and later said he folded KT. What a sick play by both players! At the first break, the top of the pack was Earl with 7100, zook with 5700, and TLR with 3300. Spinswell and DCMirage needed some help, both with only ~600 chips. With a lot of short stacks and the blinds at 75/150, it didn’t take long to get the final two casualties.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
alexos888: folds
Isopbc: calls 150
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: calls 150
DCMirage: raises 370 to 520 and is all-in
spinswell: folds
Isopbc: calls 370
z00ted: calls 370
*** FLOP *** [Ks 6h 5d]
Isopbc: checks
z00ted: checks
*** TURN *** [Ks 6h 5d] [9s]
Isopbc: checks
z00ted: bets 600
Isopbc: raises 899 to 1499 and is all-in
z00ted: calls 899
alexos888 said, “ahhh”
*** RIVER *** [Ks 6h 5d 9s] [Qd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Isopbc: shows [5h 5c] (three of a kind, Fives)
z00ted: shows [7s 6s] (a pair of Sixes)
Isopbc collected 2998 from side pot
DCMirage: shows [Qs Ac] (a pair of Queens)
Isopbc collected 1710 from main pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
swiggidy: raises 282 to 432
Forty2u: folds
swiggidy said, “:D :D”
swiggidy said, “I’m a giant luckbox”
Curtom: raises 1248 to 1680 and is all-in
Shifubowa: folds
Earl_of_Doom: folds
swiggidy: calls 1248
*** FLOP *** [Td Ad Jh]
*** TURN *** [Td Ad Jh] [Tc]
*** RIVER *** [Td Ad Jh Tc] [6h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [Ks As] (two pair, Aces and Tens)
Curtom: shows [Qs Qh] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
swiggidy collected 3585 from pot

With Curtom’s elimination courtesy of swigg in 10th place, we were now down to the final table. Things changed a little and here were the stack sizes to start:

Seat 1: Isopbc (4558 in chips)
Seat 2: Forty2u (3342 in chips)
Seat 3: swiggidy (5744 in chips)
Seat 4: ackthecat (1430 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (3709 in chips)
Seat 6: Shifubowa (1478 in chips)
Seat 7: spinswell (335 in chips)
Seat 8: Earl_of_Doom (6557 in chips)
Seat 9: alexos888 (2847 in chips)

As you can see, spinswell didn’t have much to work with. Ironically, when he did wake up with a hand, the cat had a monster:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Earl_of_Doom: folds
alexos888: folds
Isopbc: folds
swiggidy said, “lol”
Forty2u: folds
swiggidy: folds
ackthecat: raises 300 to 450
z00ted: folds
Shifubowa: folds
spinswell: calls 185 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [Ts Qs 4c]
swiggidy said, “I’m calmer than you are”
*** TURN *** [Ts Qs 4c] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [Ts Qs 4c Jc] [6c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
spinswell: shows [9d 9s] (a pair of Nines)
ackthecat: shows [Kd Ks] (a pair of Kings)
ackthecat collected 745 from pot
swiggidy said, “weeeeeeeeeee”

Speaking of ackthecat, she went on a little rush of her own:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Shifubowa: folds
spinswell: folds
Earl_of_Doom: folds
alexos888: raises 238 to 388
Isopbc: folds
Forty2u: folds
swiggidy: folds
ackthecat: raises 1117 to 1505 and is all-in
z00ted: folds
alexos888: calls 1117
swiggidy said, “weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee”
*** FLOP *** [3h 5c Qc]
alexos888 said, “ouch”
*** TURN *** [3h 5c Qc] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [3h 5c Qc 3c] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ackthecat: shows [Qd Qh] (a full house, Queens full of Fives)
alexos888: shows [Ks Td] (two pair, Fives and Threes)
alexos888 said, “now how bad was THAT call”
ackthecat collected 3160 from pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Earl_of_Doom: raises 300 to 450
alexos888: folds
Isopbc: folds
Forty2u: folds
ackthecat said, “19 24 seattle”
swiggidy: folds
ackthecat: calls 450
z00ted: folds
Shifubowa: folds
*** FLOP *** [3c Js 7h]
Earl_of_Doom: bets 450
z00ted said, “stlouis about to score tho, no?”
ackthecat: raises 750 to 1200
z00ted said, “just have it up on espn.com”
Earl_of_Doom: folds
ackthecat collected 2025 from pot
ackthecat: doesn’t show hand
z00ted said, “nh”

Don’t feel too bad for zook, he would bounce right back, this time winning a big coinflip against the lucky Shifubowa:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
alexos888: folds
ackthecat said, “yes at the 1 yard line”
Isopbc: folds
Forty2u: folds
swiggidy: raises 300 to 450
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: raises 750 to 1200
swiggidy said, “They put Jac BUf on here”
swiggidy said, “boo”
Shifubowa: raises 528 to 1728 and is all-in
Earl_of_Doom: folds
swiggidy: calls 1278
z00ted: calls 528
*** FLOP *** [3d 8d 4h]
swiggidy: checks
z00ted: bets 1356 and is all-in
swiggidy: folds
*** TURN *** [3d 8d 4h] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [3d 8d 4h 5s] [8s]
swiggidy said, “noo”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Shifubowa: shows [Qh Ac] (a pair of Eights)
z00ted: shows [7h 7c] (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
z00ted collected 5334 from pot

With Alexos making what he said was a bad call early at the FT, he wasn’t left with much. Also, with zook’s big stack, he took the first chance he could to eliminate his rival:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
alexos888 said, “u shoulda”
z00ted said, “but their division is even worse”
z00ted said, “thy ack”
swiggidy: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted said, “ty*”
z00ted: raises 250 to 400
Earl_of_Doom: folds
alexos888: raises 642 to 1042 and is all-in
Isopbc: folds
Forty2u: folds
z00ted: calls 642
*** FLOP *** [7s Qh 2s]
alexos888 said, “gg”
*** TURN *** [7s Qh 2s] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [7s Qh 2s 6c] [Ac]
z00ted said, “gg”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
z00ted: shows [Kc Qs] (a pair of Queens)
alexos888: shows [Th Tc] (a pair of Tens)
Isopbc said, “gg”
z00ted collected 2309 from pot

Alexos finished in 7th place. There were a few smaller pots being played, but zook seemed to be getting the best of most people:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Forty2u: folds
swiggidy: folds
ackthecat: raises 400 to 600
z00ted: raises 900 to 1500
Earl_of_Doom: folds
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: calls 900
*** FLOP *** [Kd 3s 2s]
ackthecat: checks
z00ted: checks
*** TURN *** [Kd 3s 2s] [8h]
ackthecat: checks
z00ted: checks
*** RIVER *** [Kd 3s 2s 8h] [6s]
ackthecat: checks
z00ted: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ackthecat: shows [Ah Qc] (high card Ace)
z00ted: shows [7h 7s] (a pair of Sevens)
z00ted collected 3300 from pot

I stepped away for a moment, only to return and notice that without me, swiggidy was nothing. Without me helping his luckbox, he goes and does stuff like this:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Forty2u: folds
swiggidy: raises 343 to 543
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: folds
Earl_of_Doom: calls 443
Isopbc: folds
*** FLOP *** [Jd 3s Js]
Earl_of_Doom: checks
swiggidy: bets 1000
Earl_of_Doom: raises 5114 to 6114 and is all-in
swiggidy: calls 1973 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [Jd 3s Js] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [Jd 3s Js Qc] [Kh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Earl_of_Doom: shows [Jh Kd] (a full house, Jacks full of Kings)
swiggidy: shows [8h 8s] (two pair, Jacks and Eights)
swiggidy said, “oops”
Earl_of_Doom collected 7232 from pot
z00ted said, “gg swigs”

Just kidding swigg, you played good, and he finished in 6th place. Now down to 5 way, the chips had shifted towards the aggressive zook, but Earl was still a big leader:

Seat 1: Isopbc (3383 in chips)
Seat 2: Forty2u (4167 in chips)
Seat 4: ackthecat (3620 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (8257 in chips)
Seat 8: Earl_of_Doom (10573 in chips)

We hadn’t heard much at all from TLR (Forty2u) or Isop at the final table, they were just waiting for their spots. Isop finally found one against the aggressive zook and found his tournament life was on the line in a coinflip:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted: raises 300 to 500
Earl_of_Doom: folds
Isopbc: raises 1100 to 1600
Forty2u: folds
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: raises 3800 to 5400
Isopbc: calls 1783 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [Th 3s 7c]
*** TURN *** [Th 3s 7c] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [Th 3s 7c 2c] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
z00ted: shows [Ad Qs] (a pair of Sevens)
Isopbc: shows [Js Jd] (two pair, Jacks and Sevens)
Isopbc collected 7066 from pot

Luckily for him, his jacks held up. Speaking of TLR, he hasn’t raised much, but that didn’t stop zook from playing back:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Earl_of_Doom: folds
Isopbc: folds
Forty2u: raises 400 to 600
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: raises 900 to 1500
Forty2u: calls 900
*** FLOP *** [3h 7s Ad]
z00ted: checks
Forty2u: checks
*** TURN *** [3h 7s Ad] [4s]
z00ted: bets 1200
Forty2u: folds
z00ted collected 3100 from pot
z00ted: shows [5s 7h] (a pair of Sevens)

Just a few hands later, TLR and zook would battle again, with TLR getting his money in good:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted: raises 300 to 500
Earl_of_Doom: folds
Isopbc: folds
Forty2u: raises 2567 to 3067 and is all-in
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: calls 2567
*** FLOP *** [5s Th 9d]
z00ted said, “nh”
*** TURN *** [5s Th 9d] [2d]
z00ted said, “oops”
*** RIVER *** [5s Th 9d 2d] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Forty2u: shows [Ks As] (high card Ace)
z00ted: shows [Ad Tc] (a pair of Tens)
Forty2u said, “nh, gg”
z00ted collected 6334 from pot
z00ted said, “gg”

But he did not calculate his luck odds, and finished in 5th place. Down to 4, zook finally took the chip lead over Earl:

Seat 1: Isopbc (6766 in chips)
Seat 4: ackthecat (3420 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (9941 in chips)
Seat 8: Earl_of_Doom (9873 in chips)

Zook noticed how tight everyone had been playing, and he would not miss one chance to take down a pot. Let the zook show begin:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
ackthecat: folds
z00ted: raises 300 to 500
Earl_of_Doom: calls 400
Isopbc: folds
*** FLOP *** [9h 9s 3s]
Earl_of_Doom: bets 1000
z00ted: raises 2000 to 3000
Earl_of_Doom: folds
z00ted collected 3300 from pot
z00ted: doesn’t show hand

*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted: raises 400 to 600
Earl_of_Doom: calls 600
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: folds
*** FLOP *** [7d Kd 7h]
z00ted: bets 900
Earl_of_Doom: raises 900 to 1800
z00ted: raises 1200 to 3000
Earl_of_Doom: folds
z00ted collected 5200 from pot
z00ted: shows [7s 6c] (three of a kind, Sevens)

In fact, zook had won nearly 70% of the hands since it got to 4 way, just look at this screen shot!

He was straight up dominating. Because of all the hands he was playing, ackthecat finally took her stand, only to find out she was dominated:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted: raises 600 to 1000
Earl_of_Doom: folds
Isopbc: folds
ackthecat: raises 1545 to 2545 and is all-in
z00ted: calls 1545
*** FLOP *** [8d 9h As]
*** TURN *** [8d 9h As] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [8d 9h As 3s] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ackthecat: shows [Jh Qh] (a pair of Eights)
z00ted: shows [Qs Ah] (two pair, Aces and Eights)
z00ted collected 5390 from pot
Isopbc said, “gg ack”
z00ted said, “gg ack”

Even with running and playing good, zook isn’t immune to bad beats, as he found out:

Seat 1: Isopbc (6591 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (19511 in chips)
Seat 8: Earl_of_Doom (3898 in chips)
Isopbc: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts the ante 25
Earl_of_Doom: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts small blind 200
Earl_of_Doom: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Isopbc: raises 600 to 1000
Earl_of_Doom said, “gg”
Isopbc said, “You run sickgood z00t”
z00ted: raises 1000 to 2000
Earl_of_Doom: folds
Isopbc: calls 1000
*** FLOP *** [7d 7c 3d]
z00ted said, “ty”
z00ted: checks
Isopbc: bets 4566 and is all-in
z00ted: calls 4566
*** TURN *** [7d 7c 3d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [7d 7c 3d 8d] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
z00ted: shows [As Kh] (two pair, Aces and Sevens)
Isopbc: shows [Ad 5d] (a flush, Ace high)
z00ted said, “not any more”
Isopbc collected 13607 from pot
z00ted said, “:(”

With that big hand, Isop took the chip lead for the first time:

Seat 1: Isopbc (13607 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (12920 in chips)
Seat 8: Earl_of_Doom (3473 in chips)

As you can see, Earl needed to work something out, and would find a hand to go with:

Seat 1: Isopbc (12957 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (14020 in chips)
Seat 8: Earl_of_Doom (3023 in chips)
Isopbc: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts the ante 25
Earl_of_Doom: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts small blind 200
Earl_of_Doom: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Isopbc: folds
z00ted: raises 600 to 1000
Earl_of_Doom: raises 1998 to 2998 and is all-in
z00ted: calls 1998
*** FLOP *** [Kh 3c 7s]
*** TURN *** [Kh 3c 7s] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 3c 7s 5h] [5s]
z00ted said, “gg earl”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
z00ted: shows [6c Ks] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
Earl_of_Doom: shows [Qs 9c] (a pair of Fives)
z00ted collected 6071 from pot

But couldn’t find a queen. He took 3rd place and we were now heads up! When it began zook had a small lead over Isop, 17,000 to 13,000. With a lead and it being heads up, zook was definitely not going to shy away from his aggressive style:

Seat 1: Isopbc (13932 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (16068 in chips)
Isopbc: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts small blind 200
Isopbc: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted: raises 800 to 1200
Isopbc: calls 800
*** FLOP *** [6d Ah Th]
Isopbc: bets 1600
z00ted: raises 1900 to 3500
Isopbc: folds
z00ted collected 5650 from pot
z00ted: shows [5d 5s] (a pair of Fives)

Seat 1: Isopbc (10882 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (19118 in chips)
Isopbc: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts small blind 200
Isopbc: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
z00ted: raises 800 to 1200
Isopbc: calls 800
*** FLOP *** [8h Jc Qc]
Isopbc: checks
z00ted: bets 1200
Isopbc: folds
z00ted collected 2450 from pot
z00ted: shows [8d Td] (a pair of Eights)

He won the first few pots and was now over a 2:1 favorite, when the hand finally came to get all the chips in:

Seat 1: Isopbc (9657 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (20343 in chips)
Isopbc: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts the ante 25
Isopbc: posts small blind 200
z00ted: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Isopbc: raises 800 to 1200
z00ted: raises 1800 to 3000
Isopbc: raises 6632 to 9632 and is all-in
z00ted: calls 6632
*** FLOP *** [2s 4c Kd]
Isopbc said, “nice call”
*** TURN *** [2s 4c Kd] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [2s 4c Kd Js] [Kc]
z00ted said, “ty”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
z00ted: shows [5d 5c] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
Isopbc: shows [Jc Qs] (two pair, Kings and Jacks)
Isopbc collected 19314 from pot

That hand switched positions, and Isop was now a 2:1 favorite. Zook went on to win a couple small pots, and players were almost even:

Seat 1: Isopbc (16639 in chips)
Seat 5: z00ted (13361 in chips)
Isopbc: posts the ante 25
z00ted: posts the ante 25
Isopbc: posts small blind 200
z00ted: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Isopbc said, “lol”
Isopbc said, “:)”
Isopbc: raises 800 to 1200
z00ted: calls 800
*** FLOP *** [4d Ts 9s]
z00ted: checks
Isopbc: bets 1200
z00ted: raises 2800 to 4000
Isopbc: raises 11414 to 15414 and is all-in
z00ted: calls 8136 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [4d Ts 9s] [8d]
Isopbc said, “vn”
*** RIVER *** [4d Ts 9s 8d] [7c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
z00ted: shows [Qc Td] (a pair of Tens)
Isopbc: shows [Js Th] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
z00ted said, “LOL”
Isopbc collected 26722 from pot

And just like that, it was over! Isop topped zook with a bad beat on the last hand, congrats to him and everyone else who finished high in this weeks Gauntlet! Now for the hands of the night:

lol cooleraments

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to givememyleg [4c 6c]
Isopbc: raises 60 to 90
spinswell: folds
Anosmic: calls 90
givememyleg: calls 90
Curtom: folds
Earl_of_Doom: folds
*** FLOP *** [3c 7c 2h]
Isopbc: checks
Anosmic: bets 150
Earl_of_Doom said, “7,2 is good now”
givememyleg: calls 150
Isopbc: calls 150
*** TURN *** [3c 7c 2h] [Tc]
Isopbc: checks
Anosmic: checks
givememyleg: bets 475
Isopbc: raises 555 to 1030 and is all-in
Anosmic: folds
givememyleg: calls 555
*** RIVER *** [3c 7c 2h Tc] [Kd]
givememyleg said, “oh ok”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Isopbc: shows [Ac Kc] (a flush, Ace high)
givememyleg: shows [4c 6c] (a flush, Ten high)
Isopbc collected 2825 from pot

Maybe I have a little bias since the hand happened to me, but flush over flush is generally a pretty big cooler!

WTF was he Thinking?

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Neebo223: folds
spinswell: folds
Shifubowa: folds
Earl_of_Doom: raises 50 to 100
swiggidy: raises 200 to 300
Forty2u: folds
Curtom: folds
Earl_of_Doom: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [8h 9d 6d]
Earl_of_Doom: bets 300
swiggidy: raises 344 to 644 and is all-in
Earl_of_Doom: calls 344
*** TURN *** [8h 9d 6d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [8h 9d 6d 8d] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Earl_of_Doom: shows [Tc Ah] (a pair of Eights)
swiggidy: shows [Kd Kh] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
swiggidy collected 1963 from pot

I have no idea what Earl was doing here, oh wait yes I do, I hit the switch.

Beat of the Night

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Isopbc said, “lol”
Isopbc said, “:)”
Isopbc: raises 800 to 1200
z00ted: calls 800
*** FLOP *** [4d Ts 9s]
z00ted: checks
Isopbc: bets 1200
z00ted: raises 2800 to 4000
Isopbc: raises 11414 to 15414 and is all-in
z00ted: calls 8136 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [4d Ts 9s] [8d]
Isopbc said, “vn”
*** RIVER *** [4d Ts 9s 8d] [7c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
z00ted: shows [Qc Td] (a pair of Tens)
Isopbc: shows [Js Th] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
z00ted said, “LOL”
Isopbc collected 26722 from pot

I just had to go with the last hand for the beat of the night. It was pretty much a cooler both hitting top pair heads up, but it was a sick way to end the night!

The FTR Gauntlet is played every Wednesday at 10:00 PM EST, and Sunday at 3:00 PM EST. Be sure to check it out and play!