This Hendon Mob Poker League is now over. Here are the full details of the new Hendon Mob Poker League 8.
Mob League Event #7 – Tuesday 16th August 2005
A week on from Event #6 players were back at the tables for the 7th Stan James sponsored Hendon Mob Forum league event. There 54 entrants this week including Ross and Joe, both of whom had $100 bounties on their heads. The first ten minutes were very tight before Sevenof9, playing his second league tournament, took an early lead, flopping a set of 5s and letting DanMonkey double him up with pocket aces. Ross was particularly quiet to start with as he was unable to connect his PC to the Internet, Joe informed us. Some of the more helpful comments at the table were “take it out of the box” “plug it in” and “get Buster to fix it”. Eventually he did manage to make it in and seemed eager to make up for lost time, although he had barely lost any chips as the blinds were still so low. All-in three times in 5 minutes with the cry of “GAMBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL” he managed to double up through Sevenof9 to move him into a strong early position.
Joe is out early in 45th courtesy of CommieBoy. CommieBoy raising the button with A,7. Joe reraises almost all-in with pocket 3s. “Tooooooo tempting” says CommieBoy, referring to the bounty money and points, before setting Joe in for his last few chips. A board of J6A 7 9 gives CB two pair, the chips and the bounties.
League leader Alanc has a rare earlier exit, moving in on a rag 8 high board with AT for two overcards and the nut flush draw. Yethmate calls him with pocket 7s and they hold up. Meanwhile Sevenof9 takes the lead briefly, firstly knocking out THM-Reverend then doubling up through Angry_Badger, setting him all in with a flush draw and getting called by the Badger’s top two pair then hitting his draw.
At the first break the leaders were:
but half an hour later and it’s turned into the most finely balanced contest of the league so far, for the time being at least, with just 2000 chips separating the top 7 players. One of those 7 is Ross who, 15 minutes later and down to two tables (Pommy was on the points bubble) takes a huge pot with pocket 8s. With the blinds at 2/400 Angry_Badger makes it 2,400 and Ross reraises all-in with pocket 8s. Angry_Badger has Ross covered but clearly fears his KJ is well behind “Have to call for the bounty”. Although he was happy to see it was all but a coin flip (the pocket 8s a 51.23% favourite according the The Hendon Mob poker calculator) the board was no help and Ross took down a 17,500 pot.
Skalie decided not to play his K,J on the other table and was not best pleased about the decision. After calling The_Brief’s first 1,200 raise, he has to lay it down after Scoobysnacks’ all-in reraise which was then called by The_Brief. Scooby has 9s and The_Brief A,Jos. With a board of 2KK 8 J, had Skalie’s K,J been there he would have won a close to 25,000 pot and taken the lead – he was not happy. As it was Scoobysnacks was out in 17th and 16,500 chips went the way of The_Brief.
As play got shorthanded on both tables players fell to the wayside somewhat quicker, Angry_Badger never recovering from his tangle with Ross out in 16th, followed by The_Ant, in 15th and when The_Brief made a flush to send Commieboy out in 14th he took a commanding lead with 32,000 chips. Ross was in second on 19,000. RupertE, last week’s winner but out in 44th today, popped back in to remind the remaining players that he was reigning champion, if only for another hour or so!
After 2 ¼ hours of play we were down to the final table. Skalie was out in 13th, Stackbasher in 12th and Sevenof9 11th. With 10 left counts were:
Criamulus is the first to go, not happy with playing the 3,000 or so chips he would have left if he passed to Neeko7’s turn reraise, calls with just Ace high hoping to hit that ace on the river. It’s a long shot and wouldn’t have helped. Neeko flopped a set of jacks. Criamulus takes $27.75 for 10th.
The hooks hit again a short while later, Pilf also making a set with his to take out MrsSpash who had A,Q, they were all-in preflop and DaMatrix reckons that A,Q has only managed 1 win in 7 coinflips he’s seen it play this tournament. MrsSplash takes $55.50. 15 minutes into the final table and the leaders have been sitting quietly, not finding cards or content to let the shorter stacks fight it out for the time being. DaMatrix is in big trouble with just 2,500 although aces allow him to double up through Moggy and put him in trouble too, with the blinds at 600/1200 they both need to find chips quickly.
Matrix doubles up through HoneyMonster to give himself 12,000 and some room to breathe, but Moggy doesn’t manage it, out with 8s against HoneyMonster’s ladies to collect $74. HoneyMonster then takes out The_Brief, who had the chip lead at the start of the final table, in 7th. It’s a cruel exit too, reraising HoneyMonster preflop with AK only for HoneyMonster to set him all in. The_Brief calls and is in great shape as HoneyMonster is dominated with AQ but picks up a flush draw on the flop of 873. The turn is the Q and roles are reversed, The_Brief drawing to just two outs and the 3 certainly isn’t one of them, making HoneyMonster the nuts and sending The_Brief out with $92.50.
Ross has another good points finish in 6th, moving in with pocket 7s and the bounty hunters HoneyMonster and Neeko both call, HoneyMonster with A,6 and Neeko A,9. Both remaining aces flop, the nine plays and Neeko takes the $100 and points. Ross takes $120 for 6th
With HoneyMonster pushing his large stack around with great frequency another two exit very shortly, first goes DaMatrix who has done well to hang on this long with his short stack. Dubai_Mill declares “pot odds” as his excuse for calling the all-in with 9,8 off suit, an excuse which doesn’t seem particularly valid when DaMatrix turns over pocket 10s. When did odds matter in poker though!? Two nines hit the board and DaMatrix is out with $148 and 16 placing points.
HoneyMonster has certainly been creating some action but doesn’t want it when he pushes in once more 4 handed with K9. Dubai_Mill has black aces and sends him out in 4th. Dubai takes down a 57,000 pot and the chip lead as we go to three handed. Pilf is on 29,000 and Neeko7 on 32,000. HoneyMonster takes $175.
Play slows down a little at three handed until Pilf picks up A10 to Dubai_Mill’s AQ. Dubai has Pilf covered and all the chips go in preflop. Pilf gets there on the river making a broadway straight whilst Dubai has just the pair of queens. Pilf takes the chip lead but not for long, when Dubai knocks out Neeko7 (who won $231.25 - his best performance in the league so far) it’s heads up and Dubai_Mill leads 80,000 to 54,000 in chips, with the blinds 800/1600.
No large pots developed until the most important of the tournament. Pilf minimum raises Dubai’s blind and Dubai makes it 12,800. Pilf moves over the top for 53,160 and Dubai has him covered and calls with A9. Pilf shows A6. The flop is 82A meaning Dubai’s kicker will play and the turn 5 means only a 6 will save Pilf. That’s exactly what comes down though, 6 and Pilf takes down the pot of almost 113,000 chips. Dubai is crippled.
Although play continued for several minutes afterwards, all very tight and fast, Dubai_Mill wasn’t quite able to get back into the game so short stacked. He doubled up and did get back to 50,000 but lost two large pots shortly afterwards, was back down to 15,000 and there was to be no phoenix style comeback this time. Unlucky to take 2nd place in the end for $370 but Pilf was there to dish out that beat, and no-one ever won a poker tournament without the cards on occasion being kind to them.
Alanc, despite collecting no points this time, is still top of the league by a whisker. DaMatrix's gritty performance earns him 2nd place for the time being but there's a long way to go for the players yet. Tournament winner Pilf, despite having played only 4 of the tournaments so far and collecting no bounties, moves up to 13th place and collects $555 for his win.
League standings can be found here.
The date of next league event will be Tuesday September 6th 2005
See you at the next league event!
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