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It was back to NLH in game 8 of the gauntlet. We saw a lot of familiar faces, and a rare appearance from Xianti! In total, 21 people showed up hoping to increase their points for the season, and for one lucky donk, he did just that. 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 just $11 – twice per week!

As always, here is the leaderboard prior to game 8:

FTR Name – GP – Points / Change
nutsinho – 6 – 582.70 / 0
spin_md – 4 – 399.95 / 0
givememyleg – 5 – 390.42 / 0
Shifubowa – 5 – 336.44 / +2
GatorJH – 3 – 323.23 / -1
Galapogos – 3 – 299.06 / -1
kmind – 4 – 298.38 / 0
Nicovelz – 5 – 269.09 / 0
bigspenda73 – 5 – 266.59 / +3
WildBobAA – 6 – 242.32 / +2

Two people made their first top 10 appearances, spenda and wildbob in 9th and 10th. Bob has had what you could say a rough start this season, and spenda is coming off of his runner up finish to dwarfboy last game. The top 3 haven’t changed, and there isn’t much else to talk about. Nutsinho is still holding on to his massive lead and it will take someone running really well to pass him.

Moving onto the actual game, Xianti showed up and tossed a surprise bounty on nutsinho! Whoever ended up knocking him out would earn FTR Gear of their choice! However, Xianti wouldn’t be given a warm welcome, as he found himself in a bad situation the very first hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Jc 9d]
Nicovelz said, “where have u been poker talker”
Nicovelz: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 40 to 60
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: folds
The Xianti: raises 80 to 140
Nicovelz said, “I got 2nd last thursday on the TPT”
Roco415 said, “tpt?”
GatorJH: raises 280 to 420
WildBob182: folds
LolTrappedU: folds
LolTrappedU said, “lol look what i started”
Nicovelz said, “Tamarindo Poker Tour”
Roco415 said, “wheres that”
FeltOnTable is connected
FeltOnTable has returned
The Xianti: calls 280
*** FLOP *** [Ts 6h 2s]
GatorJH: bets 1080 and is all-in
The Xianti: folds
Uncalled bet (1080) returned to GatorJH
Roco415 said, “aa vs kk?”
LolTrappedU said, “wow”
GatorJH collected 920 from pot
LolTrappedU said, “KK vs JJ”
LolTrappedU said, “imo”
The Xianti said, “crap.. nh”
GatorJH said, “a new record for first push?”

Yes, probably a new record, and later showed me he had QQ. Gator got off to a good start, and believe me, there will be more on him later. Speaking of a good start, drmcboy (cuthbertt) also won a very nice pot just 9 hands in:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [9c 7s]
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: raises 50 to 70
triplej74: folds
toddanderson: folds
AvatarKava: calls 60
spinswell: folds
*** FLOP *** [5d 8d Jd]
AvatarKava: checks
cuthbertt: bets 125
AvatarKava: raises 215 to 340
cuthbertt: raises 1060 to 1400 and is all-in
AvatarKava: calls 980 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (80) returned to cuthbertt
*** TURN *** [5d 8d Jd] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [5d 8d Jd 9s] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
AvatarKava: shows [Jh Jc] (three of a kind, Jacks)
cuthbertt: shows [6d 7d] (a flush, Jack high)
cuthbertt collected 2800 from pot

Too bad for AvatarKava, he must not have received the memo about Jacks this season; they just can’t win! A few hands later, Gator really turned on his luckbox for this next hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [8c 5h]
Nicovelz: calls 20
Nicovelz said, “Q PICHA”
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: folds
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: folds
The Xianti: folds
GatorJH: calls 10
WildBob182: checks
*** FLOP *** [6d 2s 7c]
GatorJH: checks
WildBob182: bets 55
Triptanes said, “el es chistoso”
Nicovelz: raises 125 to 180
GatorJH: raises 125 to 305
WildBob182 said, “haha good”
WildBob182: folds
Nicovelz: raises 695 to 1000 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 695
Nicovelz said, “OHH OHHHH”
Triptanes said, “2”
Triptanes said, “2”
Triptanes said, “2”
*** TURN *** [6d 2s 7c] [4h]
Triptanes said, “2”
Triptanes said, “2”
Triptanes said, “2”
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
*** RIVER *** [6d 2s 7c 4h] [Qd]
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GatorJH: shows [6s 6h] (three of a kind, Sixes)
Nicovelz: shows [2h 2c] (three of a kind, Deuces)
LolTrappedU said, “damn I fold 86”
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
LolTrappedU said, “85”
GatorJH collected 2115 from pot

I smell cooler of the night. No dos would come and Nicovelz finished in 18th place. It had been just 12 minutes and already 4 people were gone! Ackthecat and will641 were among the other casualties, but I’m not sure on the hands which eliminated them. Kmind aka todd hadn’t had a very good start either, and was already down to 1000 chips when he found himself all-in:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [5s 2s]
Mashey: folds
triplej74: folds
nutsinho: folds
toddanderson: raises 40 to 60
pankfish said, “Anyone want to buy the rest of my chips?”
pankfish: raises 140 to 200
spinswell: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: folds
toddanderson said, “gl”
nutsinho said, “if i win the tourney do i get the ftr gear”
toddanderson: raises 835 to 1035 and is all-in
pankfish: calls 835
The Xianti [observer] said, “you have a good size lead in the standings, nutsinho… obv, you’re a target”
*** FLOP *** [7c 4s Th]
pankfish said, “oh rats”
pankfish said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
*** TURN *** [7c 4s Th] [Ts]
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
*** RIVER *** [7c 4s Th Ts] [2c]
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
toddanderson said, “q”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
toddanderson: shows [Ad Kh] (a pair of Tens)
pankfish: shows [Qc As] (a pair of Tens – lower kicker)
toddanderson collected 2100 from pot
toddanderson said, “gay”

Kids these days calling for their opponents cards. Meanwhile, Xianti kept being picked on, this time by Roco:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [7d 8h]
WildBob182 said, “ok i’ll work on that”
LolTrappedU said, “warpe just owns me”
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: raises 40 to 60
Triptanes said, “he is wise”
GatorJH said, “the prize money would rival the Sunday Grand”
The Xianti: calls 60
Roco415 said, “lol”
GatorJH: folds
WildBob182: folds
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: folds
*** FLOP *** [Tc Th 2d]
Roco415: bets 75
will641 [observer] said, “yeah but a rebuy tourney is the only chance i
have”
LolTrappedU said, “hah”
LolTrappedU said, “howd u bust”
GatorJH said, “you would have a chance then?”
The Xianti: raises 121 to 196
Roco415: calls 121
*** TURN *** [Tc Th 2d] [8s]
Triptanes said, “squeezing AK”
Roco415: checks
Triptanes said, “the calling UTGs shove”
WildBob182 said, “yeah just like a $2 rebuy or something”
The Xianti: bets 222
Roco415 said, “why the weird bets”
WildBob182 said, “and get gabe to plaly”
Roco415: raises 1136 to 1358 and is all-in
The Xianti: folds
Uncalled bet (1136) returned to Roco415
Triptanes said,
“zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”
The Xianti said, “ugh”
Roco415 collected 986 from pot
LolTrappedU said, “xman gettn worked”
Roco415: shows [Kd Ks] (two pair, Kings and Tens)

Xianti had under 600 chips now and a win was not looking promising. It was right around this time that spenda started running good, and now you all get to see his hold cards!

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Qh Jh]
The Xianti said, “Top Dog of Pipos Dog in Tamarindo… the best late-night
snack in Tamarindo!”
WildBob182: folds
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 30 to 60
FeltOnTable: calls 60
Roco415: folds
The Xianti: folds
GatorJH: folds
*** FLOP *** [7d Th 9c]
LolTrappedU: checks
FeltOnTable: checks
*** TURN *** [7d Th 9c] [Kd]
LolTrappedU: checks
FeltOnTable: bets 90
LolTrappedU: raises 180 to 270
The Xianti said, “Nico.. did you get your bus. cards printed yet?”
FeltOnTable: calls 180
*** RIVER *** [7d Th 9c Kd] [As]
LolTrappedU: bets 1215 and is all-in
FeltOnTable: folds
Uncalled bet (1215) returned to LolTrappedU
Nicovelz [observer] said, “NOP”
LolTrappedU said, “sooo sick”
LolTrappedU collected 705 from pot
LolTrappedU: doesn’t show hand

He only had the nuts, and he will have them plenty more throughout the tournament. The very next hand Xianti was worked again, and of course it was by Gator:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6c Td]
Nicovelz [observer] said, “POKER TALKER”
LolTrappedU said, “you call anything?”
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: folds
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: folds
The Xianti: raises 58 to 88
GatorJH: raises 152 to 240
WildBob182: folds
The Xianti: raises 175 to 415 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 175
*** FLOP *** [9d 2d Ts]
FeltOnTable said, “not likely”
LolTrappedU said, “l”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
The Xianti said, “ugh”
LolTrappedU said, “o”
Nicovelz [observer] said, “VERY BAD LUCK WITH THOSE TRIPS”
Triptanes said, “ACE”
Triptanes said, “ACE”
*** TURN *** [9d 2d Ts] [6d]
Triptanes said, “ACE”
The Xianti said, “a”
The Xianti said, “a”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
The Xianti said, “a”
*** RIVER *** [9d 2d Ts 6d] [2s]
LolTrappedU said, “d”
The Xianti said, “a”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
The Xianti said, “a”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
The Xianti said, “a”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
LolTrappedU said, “d”
Roco415 said, “wow”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GatorJH: shows [Ks Kc] (two pair, Kings and Deuces)
The Xianti: shows [Kd Ah] (a pair of Deuces)
GatorJH collected 860 from pot

The fan favorite Xianti was out, in 17th place. In the next hand we see another cooler, and Mashey was expecting to win a bounty:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [5h 3h]
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: raises 120 to 150
triplej74: folds
nutsinho: raises 210 to 360
toddanderson: folds
Mashey: raises 3015 to 3375 and is all-in
nutsinho: calls 876 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (2139) returned to Mashey
The Xianti [observer] said, “bounty go go go”
*** FLOP *** [8d 6d 8h]
toddanderson said, “bounty”
*** TURN *** [8d 6d 8h] [2h]
nutsinho said, “nope”
*** RIVER *** [8d 6d 8h 2h] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nutsinho: shows [Ac As] (two pair, Aces and Eights)
Mashey: shows [Ah Kc] (a pair of Eights)
nutsinho collected 2502 from pot

Mashey’s 5x bb raise didn’t scare nuts who had the nuts, and the bounty wouldn’t be earned, yet. Nutsinho would go on a bit of a rush, and scoop another pot:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [4c Ad]
triplej74: folds
nutsinho said, “idk”
nutsinho: raises 45 to 75
toddanderson: folds
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
nutsinho said, “did you enjoy it?”
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: calls 60
Mashey: folds
*** FLOP *** [Js 9s Qs]
cuthbertt: checks
nutsinho: checks
*** TURN *** [Js 9s Qs] [8d]
cuthbertt: bets 100
pankfish said, “Summertime was a fly rap”
nutsinho: calls 100
*** RIVER *** [Js 9s Qs 8d] [Kh]
cuthbertt: checks
nutsinho: bets 250
cuthbertt: calls 250
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nutsinho: shows [9h Th] (a straight, Nine to King)
cuthbertt: mucks hand
nutsinho collected 880 from pot
cuthbertt said, “lame”

Later, we see that Triptanes was very afraid of playing a pot out of position against spenda:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [8d Kd]
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: folds
spinswell: folds
GatorJH: folds
WildBob182: folds
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: raises 62 to 92
LolTrappedU: calls 62
*** FLOP *** [8s Tc 4h]
Triptanes: folds
LolTrappedU said, “l”
LolTrappedU said, “o”
LolTrappedU said, “l”
LolTrappedU collected 184 from pot
LolTrappedU: doesn’t show hand
LolTrappedU said, “I had an 8!!”

Good laydown! A few hands later Roco showed his card racking abilities, when he again woke up with kings:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [3c 8d]
Roco415: raises 60 to 90
Triptanes said, “kew it”
spinswell: calls 90
GatorJH: folds
LolTrappedU said, “soul reader”
WildBob182: calls 90
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: folds
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
*** FLOP *** [Qc Jd Td]
GatorJH said, “sould read?”
LolTrappedU said, “shhh”
Roco415: checks
LolTrappedU said, “we’re chip dumping”
spinswell: bets 275
WildBob182: folds
Roco415: raises 1435 to 1710
LolTrappedU said, “ruh roh”
LolTrappedU said, “big pot”
spinswell: calls 745 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (690) returned to Roco415
*** TURN *** [Qc Jd Td] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [Qc Jd Td 2c] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Roco415: shows [Kh Ks] (a pair of Kings)
spinswell: shows [Qh Ac] (a pair of Queens)
Roco415 said, “gg”
Roco415 collected 2355 from pot
WildBob182 said, “TURN WAS ME DAMN”

Too bad for spins, he finished in 15th place. That had must have tilted bob a little, who probably had 22, and this hand tilted him even more:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [3s Ah]
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
GatorJH said, “you had me dominated”
Roco415: folds
GatorJH: folds
WildBob182: raises 100 to 150
GatorJH said, “my 93 was no goot”
Warpe: calls 125
Triptanes: folds
*** FLOP *** [6h 2s 2h]
Warpe: checks
WildBob182: bets 170
Warpe: raises 1805 to 1975 and is all-in
WildBob182: folds
Uncalled bet (1805) returned to Warpe
Warpe collected 690 from pot
Warpe: doesn’t show hand

Bob no likey being check raised. A steaming bob ended up pushing the very next hand, but picked the wrong time and person:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [9h 9c]
Triptanes said, “warpe was trying to induce a squeeze”
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: folds
GatorJH: folds
WildBob182 said, “i wish you would have, then i could have just put it in
PF”
GatorJH said, “he was gonna bluff me off my button steal attempt”
WildBob182: raises 728 to 778 and is all-in
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: folds
LolTrappedU: calls 728
*** FLOP *** [5c Jc 9d]
*** TURN *** [5c Jc 9d] [6s]
Roco415 said, “wow”
Triptanes said, “8”
Triptanes said, “8”
GatorJH said, “damn bob”
Triptanes said, “8”
*** RIVER *** [5c Jc 9d 6s] [7s]
Triptanes said, “8”
WildBob182 said, “gl all”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LolTrappedU: shows [9h 9c] (three of a kind, Nines)
WildBob182: shows [Ts Qd] (high card Queen)
LolTrappedU collected 1581 from pot

Spenda doesn’t lose coin flips. Bob continues his incredible gauntlet run with a 14th place finish. After this hand, spenda had nearly 3k and was one of the leaders. The crazy triptanes isn’t usually one to be patient in the gauntlet, and started picking on old man Warpe:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [5d 4c]
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
GatorJH said, “I flop goot”
Roco415: folds
LolTrappedU said, “hmm”
GatorJH: folds
LolTrappedU said, “didnt really matter what u had”
Warpe: raises 100 to 150
Triptanes: raises 1093 to 1243 and is all-in
Warpe: folds
Uncalled bet (1093) returned to Triptanes
Triptanes said, “GET OFF ME OLD MAN”
LolTrappedU said, “i cant believe ud call if I shipped PF”
Triptanes collected 300 from pot
Triptanes: doesn’t show hand

But the very next hand….

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [9s Kd]
FeltOnTable: folds
GatorJH said, “I prolly wouldn’t have”
Roco415: folds
LolTrappedU said, “yea”
GatorJH: folds
LolTrappedU said, “weird spot”
Warpe: raises 100 to 150
Triptanes: raises 1243 to 1393 and is all-in
LolTrappedU: folds
Warpe: calls 1243
GatorJH said, “it would have been a spite call if I did”
Triptanes said, “GET OFF ME”
*** FLOP *** [4d 2s Ac]
Triptanes said, “OLD MAN”
LolTrappedU said, “cuz I had raised you BB like 5x in a row”
*** TURN *** [4d 2s Ac] [6c]
Triptanes said, “im hitting a seven”
*** RIVER *** [4d 2s Ac 6c] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Triptanes: shows [7d 7s] (a pair of Sevens)
Warpe: shows [Jc Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
LolTrappedU said, “gg”
Triptanes said, “RAPE”
Warpe collected 2836 from pot
Warpe said, “OOPS”

He got raped! Trip finished in 13th place. Moving back to the other table, nutsinho began to be his usual sick self, and of course hitting flops:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [6c Jh]
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: folds
nutsinho: calls 25
toddanderson: raises 105 to 155
nutsinho said, “dont raise srsly”
nutsinho said, “damnit”
nutsinho: calls 105
*** FLOP *** [Td Th 7h]
nutsinho: checks
pankfish said, “omg levelment”
cuthbertt said, “TARP”
toddanderson: checks
*** TURN *** [Td Th 7h] [2s]
nutsinho: checks
pankfish said, “over fold imo”
toddanderson: bets 188
nutsinho: raises 188 to 376
cuthbertt said, “chek dark”
toddanderson: calls 188
*** RIVER *** [Td Th 7h 2s] [6d]
nutsinho: bets 799
pankfish said, “in case you are wondering, you can’t win the bounty on this hand”
toddanderson said, “ty”
cuthbertt said, “oooh”
toddanderson: calls 799
*** SHOW DOWN ***
nutsinho: shows [Kh Ts] (three of a kind, Tens)
toddanderson: mucks hand
nutsinho said, “hahahhha”
nutsinho collected 2660 from pot
nutsinho said, “levels”
kemikar said, “nh doofus”
nutsinho said, “ahead”

Kdonk had but a pair of 7s, and donked off over half his stack that hand. However, he would find a double up just 2 hands later:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [3s Ad]
nutsinho said, “check instaminraise turn only a donk would do that for value”
nutsinho said, “sick”
pankfish said, “mashey you moran”
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: folds
pankfish said, “stop limping when you don’t have aces”
Mashey: folds
nutsinho: folds
toddanderson: raises 72 to 122
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: raises 1658 to 1780 and is all-in
toddanderson: calls 585 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1073) returned to mcatdog
pankfish said, “my sick reads get all messed up”
*** FLOP *** [7s 5s Ks]
*** TURN *** [7s 5s Ks] [9d]
nutsinho said, “oof”
*** RIVER *** [7s 5s Ks 9d] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mcatdog: shows [3s Ad] (a flush, King high)
toddanderson: shows [As Kh] (a flush, Ace high)
nutsinho said, “sick”
toddanderson collected 1439 from pot
nutsinho said, “flush over flush, cooler”

At this point, the blinds hit 50/100 and 12 people remained. Leading the pack was nutsinho at 4500, Warpe with 4000, and Gator with 3700. Kmind was sitting on 1700, and started to play well, if that’s even possible:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6d 3c]
LolTrappedU said, “I like playing postflop”
GatorJH: folds
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: raises 72 to 122
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: raises 178 to 300
LolTrappedU said, “no reason to build a big pot”
GatorJH said, “I am a sng donkamenter – we don’t play postflop”
LolTrappedU said, “i can tell by your 850 bet”
LolTrappedU said, “i couldnt tell if that was a level or not”
toddanderson: raises 1439 to 1739 and is all-in
Roco415: folds
Uncalled bet (1439) returned to toddanderson
Roco415 said, “lol well played”
toddanderson collected 625 from pot
toddanderson: doesn’t show hand
LolTrappedU said, “sickoooooooooooo”
Roco415 said, “im almost positive i had you”

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [7s 6d]
LolTrappedU said, “how can u fold then”
toddanderson said, “what did you have?”
Roco415 said, “u tell me”
Warpe: raises 200 to 300
toddanderson said, “66”
LolTrappedU said, “he had AQs”
toddanderson said, “i mean 88”
toddanderson: calls 300
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
LolTrappedU said, “88 is a secksy hand”
Roco415: calls 250
GatorJH: folds
*** FLOP *** [Qc 5h Tc]
Roco415: checks
BjsAust [observer] said, “yeah, 88 sounds better”
Roco415 said, “aqs”
Warpe: checks
LolTrappedU said, “yes!”
LolTrappedU said, “ofc I was right”
GatorJH said, “lol”
toddanderson: checks
*** TURN *** [Qc 5h Tc] [Kd]
GatorJH said, “ldo”
Roco415: bets 1000
Warpe: folds
GatorJH said, “what else would he have>”
GatorJH said, “?”
Roco415 said, “nice read”
LolTrappedU said, “like 99 maybe”
Roco415 said, “im not folding again lol”
LolTrappedU said, “I can see folding that w/o history”
toddanderson said, “folding AK”
toddanderson: folds
Uncalled bet (1000) returned to Roco415
Roco415 collected 1000 from pot
Roco415: shows [Ts Th] (three of a kind, Tens)

Kmind could just read Roco’s soul I guess. Back to the other table we see some hawt preflop action which leads to an all-in, and both players flip their hands to show…..

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [4s 4h]
pankfish: raises 100 to 200
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: raises 250 to 450
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: folds
nutsinho: folds
pankfish: raises 1310 to 1760 and is all-in
kemikar: calls 1310
*** FLOP *** [3c 3d 8s]
nutsinho said, “lol”
pankfish said, “wtf”
*** TURN *** [3c 3d 8s] [Th]
GatorJH [observer] said, “ummmm”
*** RIVER *** [3c 3d 8s Th] [2c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pankfish: shows [Kh Kc] (two pair, Kings and Threes)
kemikar: shows [Ks Kd] (two pair, Kings and Threes)
GatorJH [observer] said, “i am thinking split”
pankfish collected 1835 from pot
kemikar collected 1835 from pot

What a waste of kings! Mcatdog had found himself as the short stack and was pushing pretty liberally, but was eventually called by nutsinho. However, he wasn’t quite all-in:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [Qs Ah]
pankfish said, “you guys have some cashaments going?”
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: folds
nutsinho said, “i dont know of anything”
nutsinho: calls 100
pankfish: calls 50
kemikar said, “im on X, dont want to lose money”
mcatdog: raises 1072 to 1172
nutsinho: calls 1072
pankfish: folds
*** FLOP *** [Js Th 7h]
Roco415 [observer] said, “on x?lol”
mcatdog: bets 100
nutsinho: calls 100
*** TURN *** [Js Th 7h] [2d]
mcatdog: checks
nutsinho: checks
*** RIVER *** [Js Th 7h 2d] [Jh]
mcatdog: checks
nutsinho: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mcatdog: shows [Qs Ah] (a pair of Jacks)
pankfish said, “FOLDQ”
nutsinho said, “damn”
nutsinho: mucks hand
nutsinho said, “bad reads”
mcatdog collected 2644 from pot

Nuts mucked K5s so bad reads indeed. Mcat did leave himself with 1 chip in case something went wrong, but got the double up anyway. Mashey found himself at war with the entire table, and had a crazy roller coaster ride with his stack:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [3d Td]
nutsinho: folds
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: raises 155 to 255
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: raises 445 to 700
kemikar: raises 1855 to 2555 and is all-in
Mashey: calls 846 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1009) returned to kemikar
*** FLOP *** [Js Th Jh]
*** TURN *** [Js Th Jh] [8s]
pankfish said, “oooo”
nutsinho said, “lol”
pankfish said, “2”
*** RIVER *** [Js Th Jh 8s] [Qh]
pankfish said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
pankfish said, “w”
pankfish said, “q”
pankfish said, “q”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mashey: shows [Jc Kh] (three of a kind, Jacks)
kemikar: shows [2s 2d] (two pair, Jacks and Deuces)
pankfish said, “q”
pankfish said, “2”
pankfish said, “2”
pankfish said, “2”
Mashey collected 3142 from pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [3h 2c]
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: raises 200 to 300
nutsinho: folds
pankfish: raises 1785 to 2085 and is all-in
Mashey: calls 1785
*** FLOP *** [Kc 4d Js]
pankfish said, “wtf?”
*** TURN *** [Kc 4d Js] [Td]
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “lol”
*** RIVER *** [Kc 4d Js Td] [2h]
Roco415 [observer] said, “lol”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pankfish: shows [Qs Qh] (a pair of Queens)
Mashey: shows [Qc Qd] (a pair of Queens)
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “is that possible?”
pankfish collected 2110 from pot
Mashey collected 2110 from pot

How sick is that? First KK v KK, then QQ v QQ. Pankfish needs to find a new dealer! Deanglow (kemikar) couldn’t get much going after his KK v KK hand, then found himself all-in again against pankfish:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [Jh Th]
kemikar: raises 759 to 859 and is all-in
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: folds
nutsinho: folds
pankfish: raises 1251 to 2110 and is all-in
mcatdog: folds
Uncalled bet (1251) returned to pankfish
pankfish said, “did you see the KK vs KK spenda?”
*** FLOP *** [9c 2s 4d]
*** TURN *** [9c 2s 4d] [Ts]
*** RIVER *** [9c 2s 4d Ts] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pankfish: shows [Ac Kd] (high card Ace)
kemikar: shows [Qh Kh] (a straight, Nine to King)
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “l”
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “d”
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “o”
kemikar collected 1818 from pot

But Deanglow found a way to suck out on the river and was still alive. Speaking of suckouts, let’s get back to kmind:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [9h 4h]
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: raises 150 to 250
GatorJH: folds
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: raises 1270 to 1520 and is all-in
Roco415: calls 1270
*** FLOP *** [5c 3c Kh]
toddanderson said, “AQ”
Roco415 said, “lol”
*** TURN *** [5c 3c Kh] [5h]
LolTrappedU said, “lawl”
*** RIVER *** [5c 3c Kh 5h] [2d]
Roco415 said, “u wont lose to me”
LolTrappedU said, “obv”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
toddanderson: shows [Ks Jd] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
Roco415: shows [Ac Jh] (a pair of Fives)
toddanderson said, “umm”
Roco415 said, “its incredible”
toddanderson collected 3090 from pot
GatorJH said, “sick”
GatorJH said, “sick”

Kmind runs better than any human in the gauntlet, it’s disturbing. Too bad for Roco, he now was at the short stack. Back to the other table, Deanglow should have been eliminated, but instead was still adding to his stack:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [Ks 3h]
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: raises 300 to 400
nutsinho: folds
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: raises 1418 to 1818 and is all-in
Mashey: calls 1418
*** FLOP *** [8d 3s 2h]
*** TURN *** [8d 3s 2h] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [8d 3s 2h 2s] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [Td Tc] (two pair, Tens and Deuces)
Mashey: shows [9s 9d] (two pair, Nines and Deuces)
kemikar collected 3686 from pot

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [2c 4d]
nutsinho: folds
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: raises 122 to 222
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: raises 677 to 899 and is all-in
kemikar: calls 677
*** FLOP *** [7d Qh 8c]
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
*** TURN *** [7d Qh 8c] [2h]
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “99”
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
*** RIVER *** [7d Qh 8c 2h] [4h]
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
pankfish said, “9”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mashey: shows [Tc 9h] (high card Queen)
kemikar: shows [Kc Ah] (high card Ace)
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “wow someone busted!”
kemikar collected 1848 from pot

Mashey was eliminated in 12th place, with the rest of his stack going to Deanglow. A few hands later the blinds hit 75/150 and there were a lot of shorties panicking, including FeltOnTable:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6d 6c]
LolTrappedU said, “he’ll be in vegas”
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 150 to 300
FeltOnTable: raises 775 to 1075 and is all-in
Roco415: folds
GatorJH: folds
Warpe: folds
LolTrappedU: calls 775
*** FLOP *** [2d Kd 3d]
*** TURN *** [2d Kd 3d] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [2d Kd 3d 9s] [Qd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LolTrappedU: shows [6d 6c] (a flush, King high)
FeltOnTable: shows [Ah Qh] (a pair of Queens)
LolTrappedU said, “sick”
LolTrappedU collected 2375 from pot

But he tried flipping against spenda, always a bad idea. The players were now on the final table bubble, but it would only be one more hand before we had the final 9:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [8c 7h]
cuthbertt: raises 250 to 400
nutsinho: raises 545 to 945
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: folds
cuthbertt: raises 2850 to 3795 and is all-in
nutsinho: calls 2035 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (815) returned to cuthbertt
*** FLOP *** [6h 9s Js]
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “its a race”
nutsinho said, “gg”
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “oh”
*** TURN *** [6h 9s Js] [3h]
nutsinho said, “sigh”
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “nm”
*** RIVER *** [6h 9s Js 3h] [8h]
cuthbertt said, “gg”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
cuthbertt: shows [9h 9c] (three of a kind, Nines)
nutsinho: shows [Ad Kh] (high card Ace)
cuthbertt collected 6185 from pot

Drmcboy won the flip and bounty, and nutsinho finished in 10th place. This hand started the final 9, but as it was happening, there was another all-in just a few seconds after:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Tc 8c]
FeltOnTable [observer] said, “gg”
GatorJH said, “gg”
LolTrappedU said, “gg”
LolTrappedU: folds
GatorJH said, “how cruel is THAT”
Roco415: raises 1482 to 1632 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 1632
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: folds
Roco415 said, “looking to race….”
*** FLOP *** [Kh 9d 4h]
kemikar is connected
pankfish is connected
cuthbertt is connected
mcatdog is connected
*** TURN *** [Kh 9d 4h] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 9d 4h 4d] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Roco415: shows [6h 6c] (two pair, Sixes and Fours)
GatorJH: shows [Qc Kc] (two pair, Kings and Fours)
Roco415 said, “cant win them”
GatorJH collected 3489 from pot

Roco just couldn’t do anything this game, and finished in 9th place, just seconds before the final table was formed. Down to 8, here were the chip counts:

cuthbertt (7000 in chips)
GatorJH (5781 in chips)
kemikar (4435 in chips)
LolTrappedU (4035 in chips)
Warpe (3463 in chips)
toddanderson (3015 in chips)
mcatdog (2745 in chips)
pankfish (1026 in chips)

The blinds were at 75/150, so pankfish didn’t have much room. When play began, a interesting hand formed between Deanglow and Warpe:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6d Jc]
LolTrappedU said, “1st hand ive hand tonite”
GatorJH said, “or even one bionic leg”
LolTrappedU: folds
cuthbertt: folds
pankfish: folds
GatorJH: folds
kemikar: raises 227 to 377
mcatdog: folds
Warpe: calls 302
toddanderson: folds
*** FLOP *** [Qh 9h As]
GatorJH said, “except the AQ hand earlier against my A8 – right?”
Warpe: checks
kemikar: checks
*** TURN *** [Qh 9h As] [Ah]
Warpe: bets 600
LolTrappedU said, “well”
LolTrappedU said, “first one I won”
kemikar: calls 600
*** RIVER *** [Qh 9h As Ah] [5d]
toddanderson said, “congrats dude”
pankfish said, “nh”
LolTrappedU said, “this is muey interesting pot”
Warpe: bets 1616
GatorJH said, “time for a shoveament>”
GatorJH said, “?”
kemikar has timed out
kemikar: folds
Uncalled bet (1616) returned to Warpe
kemikar is sitting out
kemikar has returned
LolTrappedU said, “might be folding a 9”
Warpe collected 2104 from pot
Warpe: doesn’t show hand

Deanglow said he folded AJ, which is sick if Warpe had it. Did you Warpe? Pankfish was still short, and had pushed a few times, but was finally called and behind:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [3c Qs]
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: folds
cuthbertt: folds
LolTrappedU said, “u r in too”
pankfish: raises 651 to 801 and is all-in
GatorJH: folds
kemikar: folds
mcatdog: calls 726
Warpe: folds
GatorJH said, “or is you referring to de side pot imma gonna win”
LolTrappedU said, “I am only 2nd to last behind wildbob”
*** FLOP *** [6s Js 2h]
*** TURN *** [6s Js 2h] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [6s Js 2h 6c] [5c]
toddanderson said, “bob is doing well”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mcatdog: shows [Ac 9d] (a pair of Sixes)
pankfish: shows [Ts 7s] (a pair of Sixes – lower kicker)
LolTrappedU said, “wow”
mcatdog collected 1752 from pot
LolTrappedU said, “lolholdadoodles”

Pankfish finished in 8th place and was the first person out of the actual final table. Just two hands later the action didn’t die down, as we see a 4 bet bluff gone wrong from mcatdog:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Kh Ks]
pankfish [observer] said, “i hate you a55holes”
cuthbertt: folds
GatorJH: folds
kemikar: folds
mcatdog: raises 200 to 350
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 649 to 999
GatorJH said, “NOT THE 999 BET!!!!”
mcatdog: raises 3222 to 4221 and is all-in
LolTrappedU: calls 3186 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (36) returned to mcatdog
*** FLOP *** [Qs 4c 3h]
GatorJH said, “DOH!!!!”
*** TURN *** [Qs 4c 3h] [7s]
toddanderson said, “action lfop”
*** RIVER *** [Qs 4c 3h 7s] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LolTrappedU: shows [Kh Ks] (a pair of Kings)
mcatdog: shows [Qd 8d] (a pair of Queens)
toddanderson said, “darn”
LolTrappedU collected 8445 from pot
LolTrappedU said, “wow I hold against my roomie”

Spenda had it, and this left mcat with just 36 chips. There would be no chip and a chair stories because he was eliminated the next hand, in 7th place. Down to 6, spenda found himself in an unusual position, the chip leader! He had yet to score his first gauntlet win, so the pressure was on. However, instead of losing chips like expected, he kept finding ways to add to his stack:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Kd Ac]
GatorJH: folds
kemikar: folds
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 300 to 500
cuthbertt: raises 1200 to 1700
LolTrappedU: raises 6200 to 7900
GatorJH said, “who is this rippy we keep talking about?”
cuthbertt: calls 3772 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (2428) returned to LolTrappedU
*** FLOP *** [7c 7d Tc]
toddanderson said, “no no no no”
*** TURN *** [7c 7d Tc] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [7c 7d Tc 5h] [Kc]
cuthbertt said, “lol”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LolTrappedU: shows [Kd Ac] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
cuthbertt: shows [Ah Qc] (a pair of Sevens)
toddanderson said, “ugh”
LolTrappedU collected 10944 from pot
kemikar said, “gg”
LolTrappedU said, “what a cooler”
toddanderson said, “UGH”

Spenda now had over 14k after eliminating drmcboy in 6th place. It was looking like a cake walk, as again he found KK just 4 hands later:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Ks Kc]
GatorJH: raises 377 to 577
kemikar: folds
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: raises 1992 to 2569 and is all-in
LolTrappedU: raises 12273 to 14842 and is all-in
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (12273) returned to LolTrappedU
*** FLOP *** [9c 5c 8d]
toddanderson said, “coe on”
cuthbertt [observer] said, “……….”
*** TURN *** [9c 5c 8d] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [9c 5c 8d Td] [Qd]
toddanderson said, “sweet”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
toddanderson: shows [Jc Jd] (a straight, Eight to Queen)
LolTrappedU: shows [Ks Kc] (a pair of Kings)
LolTrappedU said, “wow”
toddanderson collected 5715 from pot
LolTrappedU said, “sigh”
Warpe said, “lolz”
LolTrappedU said, “sigh”
LolTrappedU said, “sigh”

But the luckiest donk ever found another way to stay alive. Instead of tilting, spenda instead flopped the nuts the very next hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6c 7h]
kemikar: folds
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: calls 100
GatorJH: checks
*** FLOP *** [8h 5c 9d]
LolTrappedU: checks
GatorJH: checks
*** TURN *** [8h 5c 9d] [Qh]
LolTrappedU: bets 400
toddanderson said, “karma for not showing”
GatorJH: raises 600 to 1000
LolTrappedU: raises 10600 to 11600
I_Lie_2_U [observer] said, “lol, stop your whining you card rack!”
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (10600) returned to LolTrappedU
GatorJH said, “never mind”
LolTrappedU collected 2400 from pot
LolTrappedU: shows [6c 7h] (a straight, Five to Nine)

That might have cooled him down a bit. Spenda continued catching cards, hitting flops, and check raising, but wasn’t getting paid off:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Jd Jc]
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: raises 200 to 400
LolTrappedU: raises 800 to 1200
GatorJH: folds
kemikar: folds
toddanderson said, “you won’t let me raise will you?”
LolTrappedU said, “meh”
toddanderson: folds
Uncalled bet (800) returned to LolTrappedU
LolTrappedU said, “nice speech”
LolTrappedU collected 1100 from pot
LolTrappedU: shows [Jd Jc] (a pair of Jacks)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Kc Tc]
GatorJH: folds
kemikar: folds
Warpe: raises 200 to 400
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [4c 8c Kh]
LolTrappedU: checks
Warpe: bets 600
LolTrappedU: raises 13173 to 13773 and is all-in
Warpe: folds
Uncalled bet (13173) returned to LolTrappedU
GatorJH said, “hey wait – who stole my God mode? SPENDAAAA!!!!!!”
LolTrappedU collected 2100 from pot
LolTrappedU: shows [Kc Tc] (a pair of Kings)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Js Kd]
kemikar: folds
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: calls 100
GatorJH: checks
*** FLOP *** [4s Kc 7s]
Warpe said, “nice tarp”
LolTrappedU: bets 400
GatorJH: folds
Uncalled bet (400) returned to LolTrappedU
LolTrappedU collected 400 from pot
LolTrappedU: doesn’t show hand

But eventually he would find himself flipping again, and you know how that goes:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Kd Qc]
Warpe: folds
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: raises 250 to 500
GatorJH: raises 4214 to 4714 and is all-in
kemikar: folds
LolTrappedU: calls 4214
*** FLOP *** [Kc Ah 7h]
*** TURN *** [Kc Ah 7h] [5c]
toddanderson said, “god mode”
*** RIVER *** [Kc Ah 7h 5c] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GatorJH: shows [Tc Th] (two pair, Tens and Sevens)
LolTrappedU: shows [Kd Qc] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
LolTrappedU said, “gg”
GatorJH said, “ofc”
LolTrappedU collected 9803 from pot

Gator was the bubble boy, finishing in 5th place. It was clear who the favorite was at this point:

LolTrappedU (20587 in chips)
kemikar (4395 in chips)
toddanderson (4240 in chips)
Warpe (2278 in chips)

If spenda blew this lead he would never live it down. Just 2 hands after Gator was eliminated, Warpe would join him:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [3d Ad]
GatorJH [observer] said, “you suck spenda”
toddanderson said, “basically you need to show every hand”
GatorJH [observer] said, “you and your god mode”
kemikar: raises 427 to 677
Warpe: raises 1426 to 2103 and is all-in
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: folds
kemikar: calls 1426
LolTrappedU said, “folded A3s”
*** FLOP *** [6c 5h 8d]
LolTrappedU said, “nooooooooooooooooooooo”
*** TURN *** [6c 5h 8d] [9c]
LolTrappedU said, “never I sholuda reshipped”
*** RIVER *** [6c 5h 8d 9c] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [Kc 7h] (a straight, Five to Nine)
Warpe: shows [Qs Jh] (high card Queen)
toddanderson said, “gg”
kemikar collected 4681 from pot

Old man Warpe would take home $21 for his 4th place finish. Deanglow looked like he could be the one to challenge spenda, and down to 3 way got all-in against kdonk:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6d 8s]
LolTrappedU: folds
kemikar: raises 416 to 666
toddanderson: raises 3524 to 4190 and is all-in
kemikar: calls 3524
*** FLOP *** [Jh 6h 2s]
LolTrappedU said, “K”
*** TURN *** [Jh 6h 2s] [Qc]
LolTrappedU said, “K”
LolTrappedU said, “K”
LolTrappedU said, “Q”
*** RIVER *** [Jh 6h 2s Qc] [Ks]
LolTrappedU said, “yay”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [8c 8d] (a pair of Eights)
toddanderson: shows [Qs Kh] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
toddanderson said, “hahah”
toddanderson collected 8455 from pot
givememyleg [observer] said, “kmind cant loooose”
GatorJH [observer] said, “how about both”

Kmind just can’t lose ever. Deanglow was now short, and tried to flip against spenda:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Tc Kh]
LolTrappedU: raises 250 to 500
kemikar: raises 3458 to 3958 and is all-in
toddanderson: folds
LolTrappedU: calls 3458
*** FLOP *** [4d 7s 9c]
*** TURN *** [4d 7s 9c] [Jc]
LolTrappedU said, “was tiredd of folding”
*** RIVER *** [4d 7s 9c Jc] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [Ad 9d] (two pair, Nines and Fours)
LolTrappedU: shows [Tc Kh] (a pair of Fours)
toddanderson said, “ahh”
kemikar collected 8241 from pot

However, he was successful. Spenda and kmind have a lot of history and know how each other plays pretty well, so it was no surprise to see some postflop action between the two:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6h 9d]
kemikar: folds
toddanderson: calls 125
LolTrappedU: checks
*** FLOP *** [9s Js 2s]
toddanderson: bets 350
LolTrappedU: calls 350
*** TURN *** [9s Js 2s] [5c]
toddanderson: bets 750
LolTrappedU: calls 750
*** RIVER *** [9s Js 2s 5c] [6s]
toddanderson: bets 1200
LolTrappedU said, “hah”
kemikar said, “why is no one allin”
LolTrappedU: calls 1200
kemikar said, “u guys suck”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
toddanderson: shows [Qc 8c] (high card Queen)
LolTrappedU: shows [6h 9d] (two pair, Nines and Sixes)
LolTrappedU collected 5175 from pot
toddanderson said, “gay”

Spenda probably calls without the 6 on the river anyway. There had been a decent amount of re-stealing going on, and usually they were successful. This next play by Deanglow was also successful, but in a different way:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Kh 3d]
kemikar said, “awesome”
toddanderson: raises 476 to 776
LolTrappedU: folds
kemikar: raises 9436 to 10212 and is all-in
toddanderson: calls 4575 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (4861) returned to kemikar
*** FLOP *** [6d 5d Td]
LolTrappedU said, “oh”
*** TURN *** [6d 5d Td] [7h]
toddanderson said, “gg”
*** RIVER *** [6d 5d Td 7h] [Jc]
GatorJH [observer] said, “WOW”
LolTrappedU said, “nice turn”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [6s 5s] (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
toddanderson: shows [8h 8c] (a pair of Eights)
kemikar said, “gg”
kemikar collected 10927 from pot

Kmind took a beat, which he probably deserved, and was out in 3rd place for $31.50. Deanglow had made quite the comeback, and they were nearly even when heads up started:

Seat 3: kemikar (15788 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (15712 in chips)

It can’t get much closer than that. The blinds were 150/300/25, so being 50 bbs deep should have allowed for some postflop play. Deanglow offered to flip for the win, but spenda declined. The first interesting hand showed that spenda was just praying Deanglow would bet:

Seat 3: kemikar (16913 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (14587 in chips)
kemikar: posts the ante 25
LolTrappedU: posts the ante 25
kemikar: posts small blind 150
LolTrappedU: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6s As]
kemikar: raises 300 to 600
LolTrappedU: calls 300
*** FLOP *** [8d Td 6h]
LolTrappedU: checks
kemikar: checks
*** TURN *** [8d Td 6h] [6d]
LolTrappedU: checks
kemikar: checks
*** RIVER *** [8d Td 6h 6d] [7h]
LolTrappedU: checks
kemikar: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LolTrappedU: shows [6s As] (three of a kind, Sixes)
kemikar: mucks hand
LolTrappedU said, “dafjklafjkdafjkda”
LolTrappedU collected 1250 from pot

Spenda continued to win the next few pots, and started to take the lead:

Seat 3: kemikar (16588 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (14912 in chips)
kemikar: posts the ante 25
LolTrappedU: posts the ante 25
LolTrappedU: posts small blind 150
kemikar: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Qd Ks]
LolTrappedU: calls 150
kemikar: checks
*** FLOP *** [Jd Jc Ts]
kemikar: checks
LolTrappedU: bets 300
kemikar: calls 300
*** TURN *** [Jd Jc Ts] [Kc]
kemikar: checks
LolTrappedU: bets 600
kemikar: calls 600
*** RIVER *** [Jd Jc Ts Kc] [7c]
kemikar: checks
LolTrappedU: bets 1000
kemikar said, “man i really want to call”
LolTrappedU said, “so youre gonna raise”
kemikar: folds
Uncalled bet (1000) returned to LolTrappedU
LolTrappedU collected 2450 from pot
LolTrappedU: doesn’t show hand

Seat 3: kemikar (15688 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (15812 in chips)
kemikar: posts the ante 25
LolTrappedU: posts the ante 25
LolTrappedU: posts small blind 150
kemikar: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Js Qh]
LolTrappedU: raises 300 to 600
kemikar: calls 300
*** FLOP *** [Qd 7h 5d]
kemikar: checks
LolTrappedU: bets 900
kemikar: raises 1650 to 2550
LolTrappedU: raises 5450 to 8000
kemikar said, “well i guess your committed”
kemikar: folds
Uncalled bet (5450) returned to LolTrappedU
LolTrappedU collected 6350 from pot

Seat 3: kemikar (13013 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (18487 in chips)
kemikar: posts the ante 25
LolTrappedU: posts the ante 25
kemikar: posts small blind 150
LolTrappedU: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [7c 7s]
kemikar: raises 300 to 600
LolTrappedU: calls 300
*** FLOP *** [5c Ad 7h]
LolTrappedU: checks
will641 [observer] said, “go kemikar”
kemikar: bets 777
will641 [observer] said, “smoke spenda”
LolTrappedU: raises 777 to 1554
kemikar: folds
Uncalled bet (777) returned to LolTrappedU
LolTrappedU collected 2804 from pot
LolTrappedU: doesn’t show hand

Seat 3: kemikar (12286 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (19214 in chips)
kemikar: posts the ante 25
LolTrappedU: posts the ante 25
kemikar: posts small blind 150
LolTrappedU: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [6d As]
kemikar: raises 300 to 600
LolTrappedU: calls 300
*** FLOP *** [Jh 6c Jd]
LolTrappedU: checks
kemikar said, “a good poker player doesnt need good cards to win”
LolTrappedU said, “i know”
kemikar: bets 777
LolTrappedU said, “i wish i was good”
LolTrappedU: calls 777
*** TURN *** [Jh 6c Jd] [Th]
LolTrappedU: checks
I_Lie_2_U [observer] said, “52o can be a pwerful hand if you open shove it
preflop”
kemikar: checks
*** RIVER *** [Jh 6c Jd Th] [5d]
LolTrappedU: checks
kemikar: bets 950
LolTrappedU said, “i play so bad i guess I have to call”
LolTrappedU: calls 950
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [6s Qd] (two pair, Jacks and Sixes)
LolTrappedU: shows [6d As] (two pair, Jacks and Sixes – Ace kicker)
LolTrappedU collected 4704 from pot
LolTrappedU said, “cooler imo”

It seemed like spenda just couldn’t lose a hand, and was now ahead 22k to the 10k of Deanglow. Blinds went up to 200/400/50, so the deeper stacks started to shrink. Although spenda was hitting hands, he was also playing well:

Seat 3: kemikar (10059 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (21441 in chips)
kemikar: posts the ante 50
LolTrappedU: posts the ante 50
LolTrappedU: posts small blind 200
kemikar: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [9c 3c]
LolTrappedU: calls 200
kemikar: checks
*** FLOP *** [Qc 5s 5c]
kemikar: checks
LolTrappedU: bets 400
kemikar: calls 400
*** TURN *** [Qc 5s 5c] [Ac]
kemikar: bets 1252
LolTrappedU: raises 19339 to 20591 and is all-in
kemikar said, “what the hell is this crap”
kemikar: folds
Uncalled bet (19339) returned to LolTrappedU
LolTrappedU collected 4204 from pot
LolTrappedU: doesn’t show hand

Pretty sick there. They both would play a few small pots going back and forth, until Deanglow maked a turn check raise that he would soon regret:

Seat 3: kemikar (10951 in chips)
Seat 7: LolTrappedU (20549 in chips)
kemikar: posts the ante 50
LolTrappedU: posts the ante 50
LolTrappedU: posts small blind 200
kemikar: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Ts 3s]
LolTrappedU: raises 400 to 800
kemikar: calls 400
*** FLOP *** [Tc Th 8d]
kemikar: bets 800
LolTrappedU: calls 800
*** TURN *** [Tc Th 8d] [4h]
kemikar: checks
LolTrappedU: bets 2800
kemikar: raises 6501 to 9301 and is all-in
LolTrappedU: calls 6501
kemikar said, “nh”
*** RIVER *** [Tc Th 8d 4h] [Js]
kemikar said, “gg”
LolTrappedU said, “gg”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [Ac 4c] (two pair, Tens and Fours)
LolTrappedU: shows [Ts 3s] (three of a kind, Tens)
LolTrappedU collected 21902 from pot
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “omg won a gauntlet”

Hell has frozen over, and spenda was the game 8 champion! He won $94.50 and 152.48 points. Deanglow was awarded $63 and 107.82 points for his runner up finish. Now we get to hear spenda talk about his win for the next week or so. Congrats luckbox! Now for the hands:

lol cooleraments

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [8c 5h]
Nicovelz: calls 20
Nicovelz said, “Q PICHA”
Warpe: folds
Triptanes: folds
LolTrappedU: folds
FeltOnTable: folds
Roco415: folds
The Xianti: folds
GatorJH: calls 10
WildBob182: checks
*** FLOP *** [6d 2s 7c]
GatorJH: checks
WildBob182: bets 55
Triptanes said, “el es chistoso”
Nicovelz: raises 125 to 180
GatorJH: raises 125 to 305
WildBob182 said, “haha good”
WildBob182: folds
Nicovelz: raises 695 to 1000 and is all-in
GatorJH: calls 695
Nicovelz said, “OHH OHHHH”
Triptanes said, “2″
Triptanes said, “2″
Triptanes said, “2″
*** TURN *** [6d 2s 7c] [4h]
Triptanes said, “2″
Triptanes said, “2″
Triptanes said, “2″
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
*** RIVER *** [6d 2s 7c 4h] [Qd]
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GatorJH: shows [6s 6h] (three of a kind, Sixes)
Nicovelz: shows [2h 2c] (three of a kind, Deuces)
LolTrappedU said, “damn I fold 86″
Triptanes said, “dos”
Triptanes said, “dos”
LolTrappedU said, “85″
GatorJH collected 2115 from pot

Set under set is no fun!

WTF was he Thinking?

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mcatdog [2c 4d]
nutsinho: folds
pankfish: folds
mcatdog: folds
kemikar: raises 122 to 222
cuthbertt: folds
Mashey: raises 677 to 899 and is all-in
kemikar: calls 677
*** FLOP *** [7d Qh 8c]
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
*** TURN *** [7d Qh 8c] [2h]
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “99″
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
*** RIVER *** [7d Qh 8c 2h] [4h]
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
pankfish said, “9″
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mashey: shows [Tc 9h] (high card Queen)
kemikar: shows [Kc Ah] (high card Ace)
LolTrappedU [observer] said, “wow someone busted!”
kemikar collected 1848 from pot

I don’t understand the shove, but he almost hit!

Beat of the Night

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LolTrappedU [Kh 3d]
kemikar said, “awesome”
toddanderson: raises 476 to 776
LolTrappedU: folds
kemikar: raises 9436 to 10212 and is all-in
toddanderson: calls 4575 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (4861) returned to kemikar
*** FLOP *** [6d 5d Td]
LolTrappedU said, “oh”
*** TURN *** [6d 5d Td] [7h]
toddanderson said, “gg”
*** RIVER *** [6d 5d Td 7h] [Jc]
GatorJH [observer] said, “WOW”
LolTrappedU said, “nice turn”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kemikar: shows [6s 5s] (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
toddanderson: shows [8h 8c] (a pair of Eights)
kemikar said, “gg”
kemikar collected 10927 from pot

Tough one, kdonk.

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