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Game 2 of the Gauntlet VII was much anticipated. This was mainly due to the fact that is was the first ever shorthanded tournament in the history of the Gauntlet! I predicted game 2 to be a 6-Max, action filled, donkfest; and boy was I right. If you are unsure what the Gauntlet is, check out the end of this article for information on how to register. You can play against FTR’s biggest players, for free!

Before we get into the action, let’s have a look at the current leaderboard. There is only 1 week played so far, so it isn’t anything too exciting:

FTR Name – GP – Points
nutsinho – 1 – 210.44
givememyleg – 1 – 148.80
drmcboy – 1 – 121.50
ProZachNation – 1 – 105.22
spin_md – 1 – 94.11
arkana – 1 – 85.91
badgers – 1 – 79.54
Keilah – 1 – 74.40
d0zer – 1 – 70.15
Jack Sawyer – 1 – 66.55

If you read last weeks summary, or donked around in the action, you already knew nutsinho (nuts in ho, not nut seen ho – I don’t care what he says) took down game 1, defeating givememyleg heads up. Let’s see if he could defend his current 1st place position in game 2!

For those that haven’t seen the thread, there is also a $50 sidebet on who does best this Gauntlet. So far there are 8 people in (givememyleg, drmcboy, wildbob, shifubowa, kmind, bigspenda, warpe and spinswell). If you haven’t played a Gauntlet game yet, there’s still 30 games remaining, which is more than enough to get in! If you are looking for details on how you can get involved, see the thread by clicking here.

It is clear that 6Max is a complete different breed than full ring, because everyone came out swinging. In total, 30 people registered which was 10 less than game 1 on Sunday but still had a very nice turnout. FTR vet’s that were making their season 7 debut included bigspenda73, swiggidy, Warpe, pocketfours, Galapogos, bode, GatorJH, kmind, Santa Cruz, redzilla and the man who makes it all possible, Xianti. There was another $10 prize this week if your AA was cracked, but sadly no bounty.

Action started with 6 tables, and there was an obscene amount of 3bets within the first few hands. Early on table 2, givememyleg and Galapogos (PokerStars I_Lie_2_U) battled it out, with Gala getting the upper hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to givememyleg [Qs Js]
I_Lie_2_U: raises 40 to 60
Shifubowa: folds
givememyleg said, “GALA WHO”
Bode-ist: folds
Nicovelz: folds
givememyleg said, “GALA POGO STICK”
givememyleg: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [8c 7s Td]
I_Lie_2_U said, “Gala-own-yo-ass”
givememyleg: checks
givememyleg said, “NUH UH”
I_Lie_2_U: bets 120
givememyleg: raises 183 to 303
givememyleg said, “I GOT YOU”
I_Lie_2_U: raises 1107 to 1410 and is all-in
givememyleg: folds
Uncalled bet (1107) returned to I_Lie_2_U
I_Lie_2_U said, “lol, do we have to do this already”
givememyleg said, “go to hell”
I_Lie_2_U collected 736 from pot
I_Lie_2_U: doesn’t show hand

That was only the second hand in, and later he claimed to have had 99. Just to give a peak and what was going on at the tables, let’s check out a few hands:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
WildBob182: folds
reDZill4: raises 40 to 60
nutsinho: raises 120 to 180
badgers_uk: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 264 to 444
reDZill4: folds
nutsinho: folds
Uncalled bet (264) returned to LolTrappedU
badgers_uk said, “drama”
LolTrappedU collected 430 from pot
LolTrappedU: shows [Kh Ac] (high card Ace)
WildBob182 said, “4bet resteal standard”
LolTrappedU said, “see I be nice”

*** HOLE CARDS ***
GatorJH: folds
jasons0147: raises 40 to 60
geno9: folds
toddanderson: raises 150 to 210
ackthecat: folds
jasons0147: calls 150
*** FLOP *** [9c 9s 7h]
toddanderson: bets 277
jasons0147: raises 1171 to 1448 and is all-in
toddanderson: folds
Uncalled bet (1171) returned to jasons0147
toddanderson said, “haha”
jasons0147 collected 994 from pot
jasons0147: doesn’t show hand

It was hard to follow all of the action, simply because there was so much of it. I knew it wouldn’t be long before we had our first elimination, and 11 minutes in there was the first clash:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Warpe: raises 40 to 60
thizzSC: folds
spinswell: folds
pankfish: folds
thisnickfree: folds
reDZill4: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [Qs Tc 7h]
reDZill4: checks
Warpe: bets 120
reDZill4: raises 140 to 260
Warpe: raises 1050 to 1310 and is all-in
reDZill4: calls 1050
*** TURN *** [Qs Tc 7h] [Jh]
*** RIVER *** [Qs Tc 7h Jh] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reDZill4: shows [7c 7s] (four of a kind, Sevens)
Warpe: shows [Ac Qc] (two pair, Queens and Sevens)
reDZill4 collected 2750 from pot

Good job Warpe! He hit a pretty big cooler with TPTK v set and was out 30/30. I had to make sure to let him know I was very happy about his elimination, then all of a sudden karma hit me:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to givememyleg [Kd Ad]
Bode-ist: folds
Nicovelz: raises 60 to 80
givememyleg: raises 145 to 225
I_Lie_2_U: folds
Shifubowa: folds
badgers_uk: folds
Nicovelz: calls 145
*** FLOP *** [2d 6c Tc]
I_Lie_2_U said, “big hand coming up kids”
Nicovelz: checks
givememyleg: bets 277
Nicovelz: calls 277
*** TURN *** [2d 6c Tc] [Jd]
Nicovelz: bets 788 and is all-in
givememyleg: calls 665 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (123) returned to Nicovelz
I_Lie_2_U said, “tarp engaged”
*** RIVER *** [2d 6c Tc Jd] [7c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Nicovelz: shows [Qs Qh] (a pair of Queens)
givememyleg: shows [Kd Ad] (high card Ace)
Nicovelz collected 2364 from pot

I’m not very happy about this hand, but I said “screw this I don’t want to be left with 600 chips” and missed my 18 outer on the river. Warpe also had to needle me for finishing 29/30; still better than him! Shortly after my bust, it seemed my table was the craziest, as we had another all-in and call:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Shifubowa: folds
badgers_uk: raises 45 to 75
Bode-ist: folds
Nicovelz: folds
Nicovelz said, “va pue jodido”
I_Lie_2_U: raises 225 to 300
badgers_uk: raises 1200 to 1500 and is all-in
I_Lie_2_U: calls 1200
*** FLOP *** [Th Ks Qs]
*** TURN *** [Th Ks Qs] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [Th Ks Qs 7h] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
I_Lie_2_U: shows [Js Jc] (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
badgers_uk: shows [As 5h] (a pair of Tens)
badgers_uk said, “no goot”
I_Lie_2_U collected 3015 from pot

No goot indeed, and badgers was done in 28th. As the tables were adjusted, the players shifted around, and at table 5 you would find swiggidy and bigspenda. You just knew there would be a lot of leveling going on here, and they played their fair share of pots together:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
LolTrappedU said, “I had the brunson+1”
AvatarKava: folds
The Xianti: folds
ge00: folds
swiggidy: raises 46 to 66
LolTrappedU: raises 133 to 199
fimanoid: folds
swiggidy: calls 133
*** FLOP *** [3s Qs 8c]
LolTrappedU: checks
swiggidy: checks
*** TURN *** [3s Qs 8c] [7d]
LolTrappedU: bets 220
swiggidy: calls 220
*** RIVER *** [3s Qs 8c 7d] [As]
LolTrappedU: checks
swiggidy: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LolTrappedU: shows [Kc Ts] (high card Ace)
swiggidy: shows [5h 7h] (a pair of Sevens)
swiggidy collected 858 from pot
LolTrappedU said, “yikes”

Swiggidy won that battle, and soon found himself with a chip factory in his pocket:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
ge00 said, “Even numbers only please”
AvatarKava: folds
The Xianti: folds
ge00: raises 60 to 90
swiggidy: raises 144 to 234
LolTrappedU: folds
ge00: raises 246 to 480
swiggidy: raises 246 to 726
LolTrappedU said, “lawl”
LolTrappedU said, “love this”
ge00: calls 246
*** FLOP *** [Ad Qs Js]
LolTrappedU said, “zomg”
swiggidy: bets 900
ge00 said, “TERRIBLE PREFLOP CALL”
ge00: calls 839 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (61) returned to swiggidy
The Xianti said, “estan locos”
*** TURN *** [Ad Qs Js] [Ah]
*** RIVER *** [Ad Qs Js Ah] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [Ac Kh] (three of a kind, Aces)
ge00: shows [Jd Qd] (two pair, Aces and Queens)
swiggidy collected 3160 from pot
swiggidy said, “gg”

Dozer’s (ge00) terrible preflop call ended his day in 26th. Back to the crazy table, bode picked up a pair, but unfortunately was dominated by Gauntlet rookie FeltOnTable’s higher pair:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
FeltOnTable: raises 60 to 90
I_Lie_2_U: folds
Shifubowa: folds
Bode-ist: raises 210 to 300
Nicovelz: folds
FeltOnTable: raises 1150 to 1450 and is all-in
Bode-ist: calls 1150
*** FLOP *** [Th 6d 5c]
Bode-ist said, “nh”
Bode-ist said, “gg”
Bode-ist said, “etc”
*** TURN *** [Th 6d 5c] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [Th 6d 5c Qc] [6s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Bode-ist: shows [Ts Tc] (a full house, Tens full of Sixes)
FeltOnTable: shows [Jh Js] (two pair, Jacks and Sixes)
FeltOnTable said, “blah”
Bode-ist collected 2930 from pot

Did I say unfortunately? Felt took a bad beat and was out in 25th. It was only 22 minutes in, and there were already 6 eliminations leaving 24 people remaining across 4 tables. I’m just including the below hand because Wildbob really wanted to be mentioned:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
toddanderson: folds
WildBob182: raises 60 to 90
ackthecat: folds
GatorJH: folds
jasons0147: raises 210 to 300
I_Lie_2_U: folds
WildBob182: raises 456 to 756 and is all-in
jasons0147: calls 456
*** FLOP *** [3c 9d Ts]
*** TURN *** [3c 9d Ts] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [3c 9d Ts 9h] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jasons0147: shows [Kh As] (two pair, Aces and Nines)
WildBob182: shows [Jc Js] (two pair, Jacks and Nines)
WildBob182 said, “gg”
toddanderson said, “sigh”
jasons0147 collected 1542 from pot

The ace on the river sent Bob out in 24th. For the next 10 minutes this is how the action went, “raise/3bet, raise/3bet, raise/3bet, raise/3bet” etc. After all the re-raising, it was only a matter of time before there was another all-in:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
LolTrappedU: raises 50 to 100
geno9: folds
AvatarKava: raises 200 to 300
The Xianti: folds
Shifubowa: raises 889 to 1189 and is all-in
swiggidy: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 889 to 2078
AvatarKava: folds
Uncalled bet (889) returned to LolTrappedU
*** FLOP *** [7d 8d 2c]
*** TURN *** [7d 8d 2c] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [7d 8d 2c 2s] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Shifubowa: shows [Ad Ac] (two pair, Aces and Deuces)
LolTrappedU: shows [Ks As] (two pair, Kings and Deuces)
Shifubowa collected 2728 from pot
The Xianti said, “ruh roh”

Pretty sick cooler getting it in with AKs and being a 7:1 dog! Meanwhile, GatorJH was running into problems all over the place, and eventually got all his chips in racing for his tournament life:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
toddanderson said, “was your 99 hand push for value or bruff though?”
toddanderson: folds
ackthecat: folds
GatorJH said, “value, I didn’t think you had anything”
GatorJH: raises 517 to 567 and is all-in
jasons0147: calls 542
I_Lie_2_U: folds
*** FLOP *** [6h 8d 2s]
*** TURN *** [6h 8d 2s] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [6h 8d 2s 4s] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jasons0147: shows [Qd Kd] (high card King)
GatorJH: shows [9d 9c] (a pair of Nines)
GatorJH collected 1184 from pot
GatorJH said, “weeeeeeeeeeeeeee”

But he can flip coins well and “wheeeee’d” himself to a double up. A few hands later and kmind (toddanderson) found himself in a heap of trouble:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
I_Lie_2_U: folds
toddanderson: raises 75 to 125
ackthecat: folds
GatorJH: folds
jasons0147: calls 75
*** FLOP *** [7d Ts 2c]
jasons0147: checks
toddanderson: bets 200
jasons0147: calls 200
*** TURN *** [7d Ts 2c] [2s]
jasons0147: bets 400
toddanderson: calls 400
*** RIVER *** [7d Ts 2c 2s] [Ks]
jasons0147: bets 946
toddanderson said, “nice”
toddanderson said, “so sick”
toddanderson said, “i had you on turn”
jasons0147 said, “ill post the hand on ftr”
I_Lie_2_U said, “lol”
jasons0147 said, “i posted the other hand i shoved against you”
toddanderson said, “man the river is getting me”
I_Lie_2_U said, “bluffraise him”
jasons0147 said, “yea, ill fold”
toddanderson said, “good call”
GatorJH said, “I don’t wanna hear that – remember the J?”
toddanderson said, “i call and you win because of river imo”
toddanderson: folds
Uncalled bet (946) returned to jasons0147
toddanderson said, “nah”
toddanderson said, “i fold”
jasons0147 collected 1475 from pot
jasons0147: doesn’t show hand

Kmind said he was calling on any non A or K river, and later jasons0147 showed that he did in fact have him beat with QKs. But it didn’t stop there:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
jasons0147 said, “coming right up”
jasons0147 said, “and you were right”
ackthecat: folds
GatorJH: raises 96 to 146
toddanderson said, “i had a 7 in my hand”
jasons0147 said, “i was floating you on the flop, thinking you would fold turn and i caught river”
jasons0147: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
toddanderson said, “i know”
toddanderson: calls 96
*** FLOP *** [9c Qd 3s]
toddanderson: checks
GatorJH: bets 267
toddanderson: raises 534 to 801 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 534
*** TURN *** [9c Qd 3s] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [9c Qd 3s Kd] [8d]
toddanderson said, “nh”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
toddanderson: shows [7h 9h] (a pair of Nines)
GatorJH: shows [Td Jd] (a flush, King high)
GatorJH collected 1919 from pot

In 2 hands, kmind was BUSTO! Speaking of busto, it is what spenda became when his boyfriend swiggidy got the best of him again:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
geno9: folds
AvatarKava said, “lol”
AvatarKava: folds
The Xianti: folds
Shifubowa: folds
swiggidy: raises 73 to 123
LolTrappedU: calls 73
*** FLOP *** [Qc 5h 9c]
swiggidy: bets 145
LolTrappedU: raises 673 to 818 and is all-in
swiggidy: calls 673
*** TURN *** [Qc 5h 9c] [3s]
LolTrappedU said, “ldo”
*** RIVER *** [Qc 5h 9c 3s] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [9s Td] (a pair of Nines)
LolTrappedU: shows [8c 7c] (high card King)
swiggidy collected 1882 from pot

Spenda missed his huge draw and was out in 23rd. It is pretty rare when Xianti signs up for a game, but too bad for him because he never could get anything going, and eventually shoved right into a monster:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
swiggidy: folds
geno9: folds
AvatarKava: folds
The Xianti: raises 842 to 892 and is all-in
Shifubowa: calls 842
*** FLOP *** [2s 2h 9h]
The Xianti said, “uh oh”
*** TURN *** [2s 2h 9h] [7d]
*** RIVER *** [2s 2h 9h 7d] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
The Xianti: shows [Ah 4s] (a pair of Deuces)
Shifubowa: shows [Kd Ad] (a pair of Deuces – Ace+King kicker)
Shifubowa collected 1784 from pot

There hadn’t been much noise so far from game 1 winner nutsinho, other than the occasional 3bet, but he finally played a pot against bode who got a bit out of line:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
hartlis1: folds
reidak: folds
Bode-ist: raises 150 to 250
sucout: folds
nutsinho: calls 150
*** FLOP *** [Ks Kc 7h]
nutsinho: checks
Bode-ist: checks
*** TURN *** [Ks Kc 7h] [Qc]
nutsinho: bets 325
Bode-ist: raises 1060 to 1385 and is all-in
nutsinho: calls 1060
*** RIVER *** [Ks Kc 7h Qc] [2d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nutsinho: shows [Kd Td] (three of a kind, Kings)
Bode-ist: shows [Ah 3c] (a pair of Kings)
nutsinho collected 3320 from pot

And just like that, nutsinho was again the chip leader. Everything was going right for him, that is until he picked up AKs against pocketfours (thisnickfree):

*** HOLE CARDS ***
nutsinho: raises 100 to 200
sucout: folds
Shifubowa: folds
swiggidy: folds
nutsinho said, “ty”
thisnickfree: raises 500 to 700
geno9: folds
nutsinho: raises 4013 to 4713 and is all-in
thisnickfree: calls 2220 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1793) returned to nutsinho
*** FLOP *** [7c 3c 5c]
*** TURN *** [7c 3c 5c] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [7c 3c 5c 3d] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
thisnickfree: shows [Qd Qc] (two pair, Queens and Fives)
nutsinho: shows [Ks As] (two pair, Fives and Threes)
thisnickfree collected 5940 from pot
thisnickfree said, “almost folded man”

The classic clash of AKs v QQ switched their positions and now pocketfours was the current chip leader. Down to 4 tables and the blinds hitting 50/100 meant for a lot of raising and re-shoving, that is except for the nits of table 4 (GatorJH, jasons0147, Galapogos, fimanoid, and ackthecat) who were folding what seemed like every hand. However, it just could have been because the other 3 tables were insane.

Moving to table 3, seat 2 was the hot seat. Luckily for reDZill4, that is where he was located. In back to back hands, he served up 2 eliminations:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reidak: folds
reDZill4: raises 200 to 300
Nicovelz: folds
spinswell: folds
pankfish: raises 1005 to 1305 and is all-in
reDZill4: calls 1005
*** FLOP *** [2h 4c Qd]
reidak said, “8 ball”
*** TURN *** [2h 4c Qd] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [2h 4c Qd 7h] [Ks]
reidak said, “river”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pankfish: shows [8s Ts] (high card King)
reDZill4: shows [Ah Js] (high card Ace)
reDZill4 collected 2660 from pot
reDZill4 said, “WINARRR”

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Nicovelz: raises 852 to 952 and is all-in
spinswell: folds
reidak: folds
reDZill4: calls 852
*** FLOP *** [Qc Jd Ts]
reDZill4 said, “looool”
reidak said, “9 ball”
*** TURN *** [Qc Jd Ts] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [Qc Jd Ts 7s] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reDZill4: shows [Ac Ad] (a pair of Aces)
Nicovelz: shows [8d 7d] (a pair of Sevens)
reidak said, “wooo”
reDZill4 collected 1954 from pot
reDZill4 said, “winaaaaaaar”

Just like that reDZill4 was now the chip leader. Speaking of back to back, ackthecat would also run two back to back hands where she would double up both times:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
jasons0147: raises 200 to 300
I_Lie_2_U: folds
fimanoid: folds
ackthecat: raises 789 to 1089 and is all-in
GatorJH: folds
jasons0147: calls 789
*** FLOP *** [Kh 6c 7s]
*** TURN *** [Kh 6c 7s] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 6c 7s 8s] [Qs]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ackthecat: shows [6h 6s] (three of a kind, Sixes)
jasons0147: shows [Jh Ad] (high card Ace)
ackthecat collected 2278 from pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
ackthecat: raises 200 to 300
GatorJH: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
fimanoid: raises 1516 to 1816 and is all-in
ackthecat: calls 1516
*** FLOP *** [6h 5d Ac]
*** TURN *** [6h 5d Ac] [5c]
*** RIVER *** [6h 5d Ac 5c] [Kc]
I_Lie_2_U said, “boom”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
fimanoid: shows [Jd Ks] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
ackthecat: shows [Ad Ah] (a full house, Aces full of Fives)
ackthecat collected 3682 from pot

Aces were all over the place! The past 5 minutes were nuts, and 5 had dropped during that time frame. We were now down to 12 of the starting 30 and hadn’t even hit the first break yet. With fairly deep stacks, there was room for some postflop play, and even a little click it back action from swiggidy:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
sucout: folds
Shifubowa: folds
swiggidy: raises 134 to 234
thisnickfree: folds
nutsinho: calls 134
*** FLOP *** [Th 7c 7d]
nutsinho: bets 220
swiggidy: calls 220
*** TURN *** [Th 7c 7d] [3c]
ackthecat is connected
ackthecat said, “gg”
nutsinho: checks
swiggidy: bets 499
nutsinho: raises 601 to 1100
swiggidy: raises 601 to 1701
nutsinho said, “haha, ok”
nutsinho: folds
Uncalled bet (601) returned to swiggidy
swiggidy collected 3158 from pot
swiggidy: shows [As 4h] (a pair of Sevens)

Sick hand which let out an lol from nutsinho. Players were now at the first break, and the top 3 stacks were redzill4 6600, swiggidy 6400, and pocketfours 5700. The bottom 3 had a lot of work to do, jasons0147 2000, GatorJH 1500, and nutsinho 1300; especially since the blinds were now up to 75/150. The first hand back from break we would see a huge push from swigg and a huge call from ackthecat:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
swiggidy said, “is it the bubble already?”
thisnickfree: folds
ackthecat: raises 300 to 450
nutsinho: folds
sucout: folds
Shifubowa: folds
nutsinho said, “lol”
nutsinho said, “bubble of what”
swiggidy: raises 3550 to 4000
ackthecat: raises 69 to 4069 and is all-in
swiggidy: calls 69
*** FLOP *** [5s 2d Qs]
nutsinho said, “loooool”
swiggidy said, “cash money”
*** TURN *** [5s 2d Qs] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [5s 2d Qs 8d] [3d]
ackthecat said, “nooooooo”
nutsinho said, “obv not”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [Kd Ah] (high card Ace)
ackthecat: shows [Th As] (high card Ace – lower kicker)
swiggidy collected 8213 from pot
swiggidy said, “gg”

Unfortunately for her, she was dominated and finished in 12th place. This hand gave swiggidy a huge chip lead with 11 left. Speaking of all-ins, reDZill4 always seemed to find himself in the middle of the action:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: raises 300 to 450
I_Lie_2_U: raises 300 to 750
GatorJH: raises 744 to 1494 and is all-in
spinswell: folds
jasons0147: folds
reidak: folds
reDZill4: raises 5313 to 6807 and is all-in
I_Lie_2_U: folds
Uncalled bet (5313) returned to reDZill4
*** FLOP *** [5s Qc 6s]
*** TURN *** [5s Qc 6s] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [5s Qc 6s 8c] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reDZill4: shows [Jc Jd] (a pair of Jacks)
GatorJH: shows [As Kh] (a pair of Kings)
GatorJH collected 3963 from pot

But BOOM the king on the river doubled up GatorJH, keeping him alive. Back to game 1 winner, nutsinho, he was on a roller coaster ride and eventually got all his chips in again:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
swiggidy: folds
thisnickfree: folds
nutsinho: calls 150
sucout: raises 1561 to 1711 and is all-in
Shifubowa: folds
nutsinho: calls 1561
*** FLOP *** [3s Td Kc]
nutsinho said, “no”
*** TURN *** [3s Td Kc] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [3s Td Kc 6s] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sucout: shows [3d 3h] (three of a kind, Threes)
nutsinho: shows [Tc Kd] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
nutsinho said, “so sick”
sucout collected 3572 from pot
nutsinho said, “i thought i was golden”

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Shifubowa: folds
nutsinho said, “im demoralize”
swiggidy: folds
thisnickfree: calls 150
nutsinho said, “prob shove any 2 here”
nutsinho: calls 75
sucout: checks
*** FLOP *** [4c 3c Ts]
nutsinho: bets 565 and is all-in
sucout: folds
thisnickfree: calls 565
*** TURN *** [4c 3c Ts] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [4c 3c Ts Qs] [Qh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nutsinho: shows [6d 5d] (a pair of Queens)
thisnickfree: shows [6s Ac] (a pair of Queens – Ace kicker)
nutsinho said, “lol”
thisnickfree collected 1580 from pot
thisnickfree said, “gg”

There would be no repeat tonight, and nutsinho was out in 10th place. We’ve all heard “a chip and a chair” way too much, but this is literally what rediak would be faced with when an all-in left him with just one chip:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
I_Lie_2_U said, “so PP + oestr8”
I_Lie_2_U said, “draw”
reidak: raises 285 to 485
reDZill4: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
GatorJH: folds
spinswell: calls 285
*** FLOP *** [8s 7s 2c]
reDZill4 said, “hey gmml r u doing another gaunt report?”
spinswell: checks
reidak: checks
*** TURN *** [8s 7s 2c] [8h]
spinswell: checks
reidak: checks
*** RIVER *** [8s 7s 2c 8h] [Ks]
spinswell: checks
reidak: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
spinswell: shows [Ts Kd] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
reidak: shows [9h Kh] (two pair, Kings and Eights – lower kicker)
spinswell collected 1070 from pot
reidak said, “chip and a chair”

Could he make the insane comeback from one chip?

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (99) returned to spinswell
GatorJH said, “we have our winner”
*** FLOP *** [4h Th 7d]
*** TURN *** [4h Th 7d] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [4h Th 7d Kd] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
spinswell: shows [4d 3d] (a flush, King high)
reidak: shows [8h Ts] (a pair of Tens)
spinswell collected 2 from pot
GatorJH said, “or not”
GatorJH said, “gg”

Nope, and he was next to bust. Blinds had gone up to 100/200, and the players were on the final table bubble with 7 remaining. It was pretty tough being 3 and 4 handed, but eventually pocketfours would send the final casualty out:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
thisnickfree: raises 400 to 600
sucout: raises 1747 to 2347 and is all-in
Shifubowa: folds
swiggidy: folds
thisnickfree: calls 1747
*** FLOP *** [Kc Qc 8c]
*** TURN *** [Kc Qc 8c] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [Kc Qc 8c 4d] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
thisnickfree: shows [Qd Kd] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
sucout: shows [3c Ah] (high card Ace)
thisnickfree collected 4994 from pot

Gametight (sucout) was your final table bubble boy, and we now had the final table set! Here were the stacks as they got started:

swiggidy (11764 in chips)
reDZill4 (10188 in chips)
thisnickfree (9427 in chips)
I_Lie_2_U (5108 in chips)
GatorJH (4993 in chips)
Shifubowa (3520 in chips)

In just 2 hands, we were about to see the biggest pot so far of the tournament:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4 said, “who are u ilie2u”
swiggidy: raises 275 to 475
reDZill4: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
I_Lie_2_U said, “galapogos”
GatorJH: raises 4418 to 4893 and is all-in
Shifubowa: folds
thisnickfree: folds
swiggidy: calls 4418
*** FLOP *** [4c 7s 4s]
swiggidy said, “hai”
*** TURN *** [4c 7s 4s] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [4c 7s 4s 9d] [6h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [Tc Th] (two pair, Tens and Fours)
GatorJH: shows [Qd Qs] (two pair, Queens and Fours)
GatorJH said, “woooot woooootttt”
GatorJH collected 10086 from pot

Swiggidy and GatorJH flopped positions and swig will eventually realize that TT was his cursed hand on the night. Meanwhile, the 2 other big stacks would play some pots together, with redZill4 getting the better of pocketfours:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: raises 500 to 750
I_Lie_2_U: folds
GatorJH: folds
Shifubowa: folds
thisnickfree: calls 625
swiggidy: folds
*** FLOP *** [5c 8s 8d]
thisnickfree: checks
reDZill4: bets 1000
thisnickfree: folds
Uncalled bet (1000) returned to reDZill4
reDZill4 collected 1900 from pot
reDZill4: doesn’t show hand

*** HOLE CARDS ***
I_Lie_2_U: folds
GatorJH: folds
Shifubowa: folds
thisnickfree: raises 350 to 600
swiggidy: folds
reDZill4: raises 900 to 1500
thisnickfree: calls 900
*** FLOP *** [Ac 6h Qd]
reDZill4: bets 1500
thisnickfree: folds
Uncalled bet (1500) returned to reDZill4
reDZill4 collected 3275 from pot
reDZill4: doesn’t show hand

Just on orbit after swiggidy doubled up Gator, he again found himself on the button, with TT:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
GatorJH: folds
Shifubowa: raises 527 to 777
thisnickfree: folds
swiggidy: raises 1222 to 1999
reDZill4: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
Shifubowa: raises 2196 to 4195 and is all-in
swiggidy: calls 2196
*** FLOP *** [8c 4c 2c]
swiggidy said, “damit”
*** TURN *** [8c 4c 2c] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [8c 4c 2c 9h] [6d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Shifubowa: shows [Jd Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
swiggidy: shows [Td Th] (a pair of Tens)
GatorJH said, “Tens aren’t good for you tonight Swigg”
reDZill4 said, “loooool”
Shifubowa collected 8915 from pot

And again it ran into a bigger pair. Swiggidy was now the short stack, and a few hands later push with, what else, TT:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
GatorJH: raises 425 to 675
Shifubowa: folds
thisnickfree: folds
swiggidy: raises 425 to 1100
GatorJH: raises 425 to 1525
swiggidy: calls 371 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (54) returned to GatorJH
I_Lie_2_U said, “Swig swig swig”
*** FLOP *** [6d 7c Ad]
swiggidy said, “obv”
*** TURN *** [6d 7c Ad] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [6d 7c Ad 9c] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [Td Ts] (a pair of Tens)
GatorJH: shows [Ah Js] (a pair of Aces)
GatorJH said, “Tens are NOT good for you tonight”
swiggidy said, “gg”
GatorJH collected 3217 from pot

In a bad turn of events, swiggidy exited in 6th place after starting as the final table chip leader. Not long after, reDZill4 would slow play a hand, and would end up paying off big time:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
GatorJH: folds
Shifubowa: folds
thisnickfree: folds
reDZill4: calls 125
I_Lie_2_U: checks
*** FLOP *** [Td 2h 9c]
reDZill4: checks
GatorJH said, “gg Swigg”
I_Lie_2_U: bets 250
reDZill4: raises 500 to 750
GatorJH said, “you happy now Leg?”
I_Lie_2_U: raises 2373 to 3123 and is all-in
reDZill4: calls 2373
*** TURN *** [Td 2h 9c] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [Td 2h 9c 7h] [8c]
GatorJH said, “gonna ship me the $11?”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reDZill4: shows [Jh Jd] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
I_Lie_2_U: shows [5s Ts] (a pair of Tens)
reDZill4 collected 6871 from pot

That ended the tournament for Galapogos in 4th place and the players were now on the bubble. However, this would not tone down the aggression at all, and we saw a huge preflop pot between Gator and pocketfours:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Shifubowa: folds
thisnickfree: raises 500 to 750
reDZill4: folds
GatorJH: raises 1507 to 2257
thisnickfree: raises 7395 to 9652 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 7175 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (220) returned to thisnickfree
*** FLOP *** [Qs Td Jh]
*** TURN *** [Qs Td Jh] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [Qs Td Jh 6h] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GatorJH: shows [As 8c] (a pair of Eights)
thisnickfree: shows [3d Ad] (high card Ace)
GatorJH collected 19089 from pot

What a sick call! I don’t know how he did it, he must be a soul reader. This left pocketfours with just 220 chips, and he got it all-in the very next hand. However, it wasn’t going to be easy as the chips flew between Gator and red:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
thisnickfree: calls 195 and is all-in
reDZill4: calls 250
GatorJH: raises 1545 to 1795
Shifubowa: folds
reDZill4: raises 3705 to 5500
GatorJH: calls 3705
*** FLOP *** [2d 9h 9c]
GatorJH: checks
reDZill4: bets 10426 and is all-in
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (10426) returned to reDZill4
*** TURN *** [2d 9h 9c] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [2d 9h 9c 5d] [2h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reDZill4: shows [Qh Ad] (two pair, Nines and Deuces)
reDZill4 collected 10665 from side pot
thisnickfree: shows [3h 4h] (two pair, Nines and Deuces – lower kicker)
GatorJH said, “damnit, you got me to fold AQ”
reDZill4 collected 880 from main pot

Pokcetfours was out n 4th place and the remaining 3 were in the money. Here is how the chip stacks looked as 3 way began:

Seat 2: reDZill4 (21971 in chips)
Seat 4: GatorJH (13564 in chips)
Seat 5: Shifubowa (9465 in chips)

Red had nearly half the chips in play, but blinds were only 125/250/25, so everyone was still very deep. 3 way was exactly what I expected, lots of back and forth pots:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4 said, “:D”
reDZill4: folds
GatorJH: raises 416 to 666
Shifubowa: calls 416
*** FLOP *** [5d 5c 7h]
GatorJH: bets 1235
Shifubowa: calls 1235
*** TURN *** [5d 5c 7h] [Kc]
GatorJH: checks
Shifubowa: bets 7000
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (7000) returned to Shifubowa
Shifubowa collected 3877 from pot
Shifubowa: doesn’t show hand

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Shifubowa: folds
reDZill4: raises 500 to 750
GatorJH: calls 500
*** FLOP *** [2d 7s 5s]
reDZill4: bets 750
GatorJH: calls 750
*** TURN *** [2d 7s 5s] [2h]
reDZill4: bets 1500
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (1500) returned to reDZill4
reDZill4 collected 3075 from pot
reDZill4: doesn’t show hand

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: calls 250
GatorJH: calls 125
Shifubowa: checks
*** FLOP *** [9h Ts Th]
GatorJH: bets 759
Shifubowa: calls 759
reDZill4: calls 759
*** TURN *** [9h Ts Th] [3s]
GatorJH: bets 4750
Shifubowa: folds
reDZill4: folds
Uncalled bet (4750) returned to GatorJH
GatorJH collected 3102 from pot
GatorJH: doesn’t show hand

That is until redZill4 decided to kick it up a notch (BAM!):

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: raises 600 to 900
GatorJH: raises 1335 to 2235
Shifubowa: folds
reDZill4: calls 1335
*** FLOP *** [5d 8c 7s]
GatorJH: bets 3579
reDZill4: raises 12864 to 16443 and is all-in
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (12864) returned to reDZill4
reDZill4 collected 12003 from pot
reDZill4: doesn’t show hand

*** HOLE CARDS ***
GatorJH said, “I think I just laid down the best hand”
reDZill4 said, “moron”
GatorJH: folds
Shifubowa: raises 600 to 900
reDZill4 said, “best hands call.”
reDZill4: calls 600
*** FLOP *** [6s Jh 7d]
GatorJH said, “I could beat AT”
Shifubowa: bets 1500
reDZill4: calls 1500
*** TURN *** [6s Jh 7d] [Td]
Shifubowa: checks
reDZill4: checks
*** RIVER *** [6s Jh 7d Td] [5c]
Shifubowa: bets 3000
reDZill4: raises 19442 to 22442 and is all-in
Shifubowa: calls 5862 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (13580) returned to reDZill4
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reDZill4: shows [9c 8h] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
Shifubowa: shows [9d Jd] (a pair of Jacks)
reDZill4 collected 22599 from pot

That sick turn card sent Shifubowa home out in 3rd place, and he collected $60 for his finish. Heads up play began, and reDZill4 had over a 4:1 chip leader over Gator:

Seat 2: reDZill4 (36179 in chips)
Seat 4: GatorJH (8821 in chips)

In the very first hand, reDZill4 decided to go for the win, and get it over with right away:

Seat 2: reDZill4 (36179 in chips)
Seat 4: GatorJH (8821 in chips)
reDZill4: posts the ante 25
GatorJH: posts the ante 25
reDZill4: posts small blind 150
GatorJH: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: raises 35854 to 36154 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 8496 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (27358) returned to reDZill4
*** FLOP *** [Th 9d 6s]
*** TURN *** [Th 9d 6s] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [Th 9d 6s 9c] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GatorJH: shows [As 3s] (three of a kind, Nines)
reDZill4: shows [7h Qd] (three of a kind, Nines – lower kicker)
GatorJH collected 17642 from pot

However, Gator’s ace high held and now we had ourselves a match! Gator would go on to win a couple big pots, and steal the chip lead from reD:

Seat 2: reDZill4 (27533 in chips)
Seat 4: GatorJH (17467 in chips)
reDZill4: posts the ante 25
GatorJH: posts the ante 25
reDZill4: posts small blind 150
GatorJH: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: calls 150
GatorJH: checks
*** FLOP *** [4h 4c 6c]
GatorJH: checks
reDZill4: checks
*** TURN *** [4h 4c 6c] [Jc]
GatorJH: bets 600
reDZill4: raises 1200 to 1800
GatorJH: calls 1200
*** RIVER *** [4h 4c 6c Jc] [6d]
GatorJH: bets 2579
reDZill4: calls 2579
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GatorJH: shows [6h 9h] (a full house, Sixes full of Fours)
reDZill4: mucks hand
GatorJH collected 9408 from pot

Seat 2: reDZill4 (23004 in chips)
Seat 4: GatorJH (21996 in chips)
reDZill4: posts the ante 25
GatorJH: posts the ante 25
reDZill4: posts small blind 150
GatorJH: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: raises 600 to 900
GatorJH: calls 600
*** FLOP *** [8s 5c 5d]
GatorJH: bets 1579
reDZill4: raises 2021 to 3600
GatorJH: raises 17471 to 21071 and is all-in
reDZill4: folds
Uncalled bet (17471) returned to GatorJH
GatorJH collected 9050 from pot

Gator was now up 26k to 18k. It looked as if he might just walk away with it, but then reDZill4 went on an insane stretch, winning 13 out of the next 15 hands!

After the domination from reD, they were now virtually dead even:

Seat 2: reDZill4 (22749 in chips)
Seat 4: GatorJH (22251 in chips)

However, reDZill4 got a little too aggressive for his own good:

Seat 2: reDZill4 (18819 in chips)
Seat 4: GatorJH (26181 in chips)
reDZill4: posts the ante 25
GatorJH: posts the ante 25
GatorJH: posts small blind 150
reDZill4: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
GatorJH: raises 600 to 900
reDZill4: calls 600
*** FLOP *** [2h Kh 2s]
reDZill4: checks
GatorJH: bets 1505
reDZill4: calls 1505
*** TURN *** [2h Kh 2s] [5h]
reDZill4: bets 3600
GatorJH: calls 3600
*** RIVER *** [2h Kh 2s 5h] [3s]
reDZill4: bets 12789 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 12789
*** SHOW DOWN ***
reDZill4: shows [Jh 8d] (a pair of Deuces)
GatorJH: shows [Kd 9s] (two pair, Kings and Deuces)
GatorJH collected 37638 from pot

And the 3 barrel bruff doesn’t work as Gator calls down with top pair! reDZill4 took 2nd for $90, and GatorJH was your game 2 champion earning $150 and 182 points! Congratulations to him, he certainly had his luckbox on tonight! Now for the 3 hands:

lol cooleraments

*** HOLE CARDS ***
LolTrappedU: raises 50 to 100
geno9: folds
AvatarKava: raises 200 to 300
The Xianti: folds
Shifubowa: raises 889 to 1189 and is all-in
swiggidy: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 889 to 2078
AvatarKava: folds
Uncalled bet (889) returned to LolTrappedU
*** FLOP *** [7d 8d 2c]
*** TURN *** [7d 8d 2c] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [7d 8d 2c 2s] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Shifubowa: shows [Ad Ac] (two pair, Aces and Deuces)
LolTrappedU: shows [Ks As] (two pair, Kings and Deuces)
Shifubowa collected 2728 from pot
The Xianti said, “ruh roh”

With spenda’s image, getting it in with AKs here and being in a bad of shape as he was in, was very unlucky.

WTF was he Thinking?

*** HOLE CARDS ***
sucout: folds
Shifubowa: folds
swiggidy: raises 134 to 234
thisnickfree: folds
nutsinho: calls 134
*** FLOP *** [Th 7c 7d]
nutsinho: bets 220
swiggidy: calls 220
*** TURN *** [Th 7c 7d] [3c]
ackthecat is connected
ackthecat said, “gg”
nutsinho: checks
swiggidy: bets 499
nutsinho: raises 601 to 1100
swiggidy: raises 601 to 1701
nutsinho said, “haha, ok”
nutsinho: folds
Uncalled bet (601) returned to swiggidy
swiggidy collected 3158 from pot
swiggidy: shows [As 4h] (a pair of Sevens)

This is just sick, definitely not standard so it qualifies (imo).

Beat of the Night

*** HOLE CARDS ***
reDZill4: folds
I_Lie_2_U: folds
GatorJH: raises 425 to 675
Shifubowa: folds
thisnickfree: folds
swiggidy: raises 425 to 1100
GatorJH: raises 425 to 1525
swiggidy: calls 371 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (54) returned to GatorJH
I_Lie_2_U said, “Swig swig swig”
*** FLOP *** [6d 7c Ad]
swiggidy said, “obv”
*** TURN *** [6d 7c Ad] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [6d 7c Ad 9c] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
swiggidy: shows [Td Ts] (a pair of Tens)
GatorJH: shows [Ah Js] (a pair of Aces)
GatorJH said, “Tens are NOT good for you tonight”
swiggidy said, “gg”
GatorJH collected 3217 from pot

I realize this isn’t a bad beat, just a flip, but with swiggidy losing his whole stack all with TT in 3 hands – pretty bad luck.

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