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Well Gauntlet VI has came and gone and all the winners have been announced. It has been my most enjoyable series by far (maybe because I ran better?) and it was great playing with the regulars and meeting some of the newcomers! I hope all the new people who joined FTR from the Gauntlet will stick around and start posting with us now! I plan to continue the summaries in future Gauntlet events (whenever that may be) and I’m glad everyone enjoyed reading them!

Each season, there are 24 games and each player is allowed to play 12 of them. Usually the winner of the entire series is a race to the finish and goes until the very last game of the season. However, that was not the case this year as it was total ownage right from the start by Jimmy Mac. Before I get into looking over his stats, let’s take a look at the final top 10 leaderboard from the season:

FTR Name – GP – Points / Change
Jimmy Mac – 12 – 811.15 / 0
spin_md – 12 – 693.36 / 0
kmind – 11 – 673.79 / 0
givememyleg – 12 – 637.11 / 0
geno9 – 12 – 624.13 / +2
ackthecat – 12 – 593.15 / -1
Isop – 11 – 575.17 / -1
I Like Pie – 12 – 570.96 / +4
Shifubowa – 12 – 551.87 / -1
Bender50 – 12 – 543.61 / -1

Kmind had a chance to take over second place in his final game, but alas took 10th and couldn’t pass spin. I Like Pie took 3rd in his final game which shot him up 4 places and he finished in the top 10 for the season. Congratulations to everyone who finished in the top 10 for the Gauntlet VI. Remember, if you did happen to be in the top 10 this season, or any past series, you are invited to compete in the Tournament of Champions tournament. This will be a $10 + $1 FO held on Jan 06, 2008, 15:00 ET (3:00 PM). In addition to the standard payouts, there will also be special FTR Gear prizes for those who place in the top 3! If you qualify, click here for full details on the TOC!

It isn’t just bragging rights that everyone is competing for (although it is fun to felt other FTRers!) each season. Every series, FTR puts up special cash money prizes and FTR Gear for the players who finish in the top 3. Here are the prizes:

1st Place: FTR gear, the Trophy and $300
2nd Place: FTR gear and $150
3rd Place: FTR gear and $75

The Gear and money are nice, but who can replace the trophy? Just look at that thing, it’s amazing! Whoever wins can get whichever hand they want on the top remembering their dominating season. Speaking of dominating, let’s get back to Jimmy Mac. Jimmy Mac was the definition of ownage in Season VI of the FTR Gauntlet. He ran great right from the start; in his first 5 games he already had two wins and a second place finish. He grabbed the lead early on, and it only slipped away once when givememyleg passed him game 13. He was moved down to second, but not for long, as in game 14 he had another runner up finish. Since game 14, he was in first place for the remainder of the season. Overall he had 811.15 points, averaged 67.6 points per game, had 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds, won $211.80 during the season, and covered second place by nearly 120 points! Congrats to him, he earned the trophy, any FTR gear of his choice, and the top $300 prize that went along with it!

Along with Jimmy Mac, spin_md and kmind also had some pretty good track records to speak of. Spin_md finished the season in second with 693.36 points (57.78 per game), 3 wins and 1 third, and took second place for the $150 prize + FTR gear. Kmind only played 11 games, but still managed to take the third spot this year. He had 673.79 total points (61.25 per game), 3 wins and 1 second, and sealed third place for $75 + FTR gear!

Now I plan to go over the best averages and most memorable moment from the Gauntlet VI (from game 10 on since that is when I started keeping track). Let’s start with the averages:

Points Per Game
Jimmy Mac – 67.6
kmind – 61.25
spin_md – 57.78

Total Wins
kmind – 3
spin_md – 3
Jimmy Mac – 2
ackthecat – 2

Total Money Won
Jimmy Mac – $211.80
kmind – $169.50
spin_md – $164.50

Of course JM and the top 3 dominated the categories, but it was nice to see ackthecat squeeze into one! Now the most memorable moment! I think it is pretty obvious, and how could I choose anything else? This brought a whole new meaning to “a chip and a chair” which is a cliché, yet correct, statement. Who could forget the heads up match between geno and sauce when sauce had a 23:1 chip lead – and LOST!

Seat 1: Sauce123 (22962 in chips)
Seat 5: geno9 (1038 in chips)
Sauce123: posts the ante 50
geno9: posts the ante 50
Sauce123: posts small blind 300
geno9: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Sauce123: raises 600 to 1200
geno9: calls 388 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [7c 3h 2d]
*** TURN *** [7c 3h 2d] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [7c 3h 2d 9d] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
geno9: shows [4d 9h] (a pair of Nines)
Sauce123: shows [As 5s] (high card Ace)
Sauce123 said, “one time”
geno9 collected 2076 from pot
geno9 said, “lol”

Seat 1: Sauce123 (22274 in chips)
Seat 5: geno9 (1726 in chips)
Sauce123: posts the ante 50
geno9: posts the ante 50
Sauce123: posts small blind 300
geno9: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Sauce123: raises 1800 to 2400
Sauce123 said, “ur correct to call any two here”
Sauce123 said, “btw”
geno9: calls 1076 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [8s Tc 3d]
Sauce123 said, “seeeeeee”
*** TURN *** [8s Tc 3d] [7s]
Sauce123 said, “yea”
*** RIVER *** [8s Tc 3d 7s] [6c]
Sauce123 said, “those two r fine”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
geno9: shows [8d 3h] (two pair, Eights and Threes)
Sauce123: shows [3c Kh] (a pair of Threes)
geno9 said, “lol”
geno9 collected 3452 from pot

Seat 1: Sauce123 (20548 in chips)
Seat 5: geno9 (3452 in chips)
Sauce123: posts the ante 50
geno9: posts the ante 50
geno9: posts small blind 300
Sauce123: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Sauce123 said, “lol”
Sauce123 said, “i dont believe in FE”
geno9: raises 2802 to 3402 and is all-in
Sauce123: calls 2802
*** FLOP *** [Jh Ks Qd]
Sauce123 said, “haha”
*** TURN *** [Jh Ks Qd] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [Jh Ks Qd Kd] [8s]
Sauce123 said, “oh nooo”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Sauce123: shows [Qc Jd] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
geno9: shows [4d Kh] (three of a kind, Kings)
geno9 said, “wow”
Sauce123 said, “hes owning me”
geno9 collected 6904 from pot

Seat 1: Sauce123 (16796 in chips)
Seat 5: geno9 (7204 in chips)
Sauce123: posts the ante 50
geno9: posts the ante 50
Sauce123: posts small blind 300
geno9: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Sauce123: raises 600 to 1200
geno9: raises 2400 to 3600
Sauce123: raises 2400 to 6000
geno9: raises 1154 to 7154 and is all-in
Sauce123: calls 1154
*** FLOP *** [2h Kd 3h]
Sauce123 said, “noooooo”
*** TURN *** [2h Kd 3h] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [2h Kd 3h 8c] [5s]
Sauce123 said, “one time”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
geno9: shows [4h Ah] (a straight, Ace to Five)
Sauce123: shows [8s Ad] (a pair of Eights)
geno9 said, “wow”
Sauce123 said, “nooooooooo”
geno9 collected 14408 from pot
Sauce123 said, “crushed again”

In a truly amazing turn of events, coming back from being down 23:1, geno was now the chip leader! Think of how unlucky this is for Sauce; almost every time the money went in he was a favorite against geno and now he was almost a 2:1 dog! However the action still continued:

Seat 1: Sauce123 (9942 in chips)
Seat 5: geno9 (14058 in chips)
Sauce123: posts the ante 50
geno9: posts the ante 50
Sauce123: posts small blind 300
geno9: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Sauce123: raises 600 to 1200
geno9: calls 600
*** FLOP *** [Kd Ks 2s]
geno9: checks
Sauce123: bets 1150
geno9: raises 3050 to 4200
Sauce123: folds
geno9 collected 4800 from pot
geno9: doesn’t show hand
Sauce123 said, “siiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhh”
Sauce123 said, “haha”

Now Sauce was a 2.5:1 dog to geno, which is absolutely incredible. Could he possibly lose this match?

Seat 1: Sauce123 (6892 in chips)
Seat 5: geno9 (17108 in chips)
Sauce123: posts the ante 50
geno9: posts the ante 50
Sauce123: posts small blind 300
geno9: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Sauce123: raises 600 to 1200
geno9: raises 3600 to 4800
Sauce123: raises 2042 to 6842 and is all-in
geno9: calls 2042
*** FLOP *** [Ad 2c 7s]
Sauce123 said, “haha”
Sauce123 said, “one tiiiime”
geno9 said, “omg”
Sauce123 said, “noooooo”
*** TURN *** [Ad 2c 7s] [3d]
Sauce123 said, “gg”
*** RIVER *** [Ad 2c 7s 3d] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
geno9: shows [7d Ac] (a full house, Sevens full of Aces)
Sauce123: shows [As Ts] (two pair, Aces and Sevens)
geno9 collected 13784 from pot

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before! Definitely the most amazing comeback and best moment of the entire Gauntlet season!

Well once again, congratulations to Jimmy Mac, spin, and kmind, and everyone else who placed in the top 10. Don’t forget about the TOC if you have placed in the top 10 for any of the seasons, it should be a lot of fun! Special thanks to Eric, Tyson, and Xianti for creating such an amazing poker site and adding bonuses for the season. And a double thanks to Xianti for setting up and running the Gauntlet every season. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves every game they played, and cant wait to donk around in Gauntlet VII! See you all (who qualify) at the TOC!