This Hendon Mob Poker League is now over. Here are the full details of the new Hendon Mob Poker League 8.
Mob League Event #11 – Tuesday 8th November 2005
With just one more league event to come before the final 10 person table was assembled 56 players were vying for the double points on offer this time around. As usual $500 was added to the prize pool by Stan James, and, despite The Mob being out of the UK for the Tournament of Champions in Vegas and the Master Classics in Holland, both Joe and Ross managed to make themselves available so there were also two $100 bounties available for eliminating them.
Stoogster, who after a very slow start in the league had rocketed up into 4th place on on the back of 1st and 2nd places in the past two events, looked to be making a very early exit this time around. Down to 600 chips and blaming his ‘pesky kids who won’t stay in bed’ for turning him into a calling station, 30 minutes into the tournament he pushed over the top of Neeko7’s small button raise to 100. Neeko called with QJ and on a board of A, A, J, A Stoogster had to hit a king to take the pot, although the queen would have split the pot and left him remaining on life support. Down came the king however and he doubled up, two hands later and he did so again, calling with KQ Ross’ under-the-gun raise with pocket 8s. This time the king came early, the flop 7K4. Ross moved in and was quickly called to double up Stoogster again and he was back to his starting stack of 2500.
It was a very tight start to the tournament through with just 11 players gone before the first break. One of those however was long time league leader Alanc, who after the last tournament was sharing top spot for the first time with DaMatrix. Were we finally going to have a new face at the top? At the 1st break the leaders were:
Shortly after the break Ukpoker1, who was pushing his chips around like pound coins on a lottery rollover week, was unable to overcome the odds when one of his many all-ins was finally called. P3rcy, who had limped UTG with AQ had nothing more to worry about against A9os when three s flopped.
FlippetyFlop, a new addition to the league this tournament, had gone on a bit of an early rampage knocking out at least 3 players: Pommy, Big_Gus and Meds. His accumulation of chips was all for nothing, however, when he came up against Joe’s pocket rockets and wouldn’t back down; "I was representing AA, shame you had it!". With only a few hundred left he didn’t last long before coming up against aces again, this time in the hands of the The_Thief, but declared the tournament “brilliant fun” and will certainly be back for the last one of this year. Joe’s double up left him chip leader after 90 minutes of play, with nearly 11,000 and slightly ahead of Almunia24, although that changed quickly. The next 30 minutes saw a flurry of eliminations including Almunia and by the second break we were down to 17 players, leading the pack were:
With double points and both Joe and Ross left in, the other 15 players were in with a shot at a big score, the hard bit now getting enough chips to knock out either of them given the chance! Another two players making their debuts and both doing well, making the points, were TheWhisper and Mickdamiller. They clashed and TheWhisper came off best, flopping a set of 8s to take out Mick in 17th. THM-Reverend demonstrated his superior hand reading skills, predicting he was up against Big Slick before calling an all-in reraise with pocket queens. He was actually up against cowboys, so half right, and got no help, shortly afterwards pushing in with KQ on the button only to be called by BlindRed in the BB with ATos and going out in 16th, Daveymck, The_Brief, Alex ‘only aces’ Adamou and StackBasher couldn’t hang on either and MrsSplash, who had been short stacked a long time and moved up several spots with few chips, was the bubble girl in 11th, pushing in with K,8 and running into TheWhisper in the SB with A,K. She was, at least until the end of the tournament, the first player to make it to 100 league points! We had a final table and both of The Mob who had started the tournament were still there. Rich pickings indeed for the others who after 2 and a half hours play had made the final table:
The final table started with the news from Joe that the final playoff for the Bellagio WPT Vegas Trip provided by Stan James might be televised on Poker Night Live. Nothing confirmed yet though… Joe decided to use his stack to bully the table but didn’t get off to a good start. The blinds at 400/800 Angry_Badger made it 2,400 to play and Joe in the BB set him all-in. Joe had 78 and Angry_Badger called with AT. The flop gave Joe a straight draw and Angry_Badger top pair and nothing changed after that, coming to the final table short stacked the tetchy badger was quickly up into 3rd place stack. With 10 minutes gone it’s the most finely balanced final table yet, TheWhipser in the lead on 24,000 and Joe now the short stack on just under 10,000. The_Thief was lucky enough to find Reevio raising into him with pocket deuces when he was holding cowboys. Reevio had committed over half his chips before The_Thief reraised him all-in and called. Flop: Q2Q. Oops, A and 9 are not what The_Thief needs and he’s down to 500 chips.
The bad beats don’t stop there however, Joe manages to go out in 10th, reraising P3rcy all in with A,10. “Bugger” says P3rcy, before eventually calling with A,8, pairing the 8 and sending Joe out in 10th ($28.50). The_Thief does then exit next, out by TheWhisper and collecting $57. In 8th is BlindRed ($76), down to 3 big blinds he pushes in with pocket 9s from the SB and both KillerChimp and Ross who had limped in call. They check it down and KillerChimp finishes up with two pair. An optimistic Incognita13 is railbirding and wonders if he can join in now that there are three spare chairs! Zxcvbn002 is 7th, out to KillerChimps flush and collects $95 and next hand the second Mobster is eliminated, in 6th. The blinds up to 600/1200, Reevio raises to 3,750 with AJ and Ross moves in for 15,543 with pocket tens. Reevio calls and the board ends AQQ QJ. Ross collects $123 for his third final table finish in the league and a hefty 32 points for the tournament to send him into the top 10 again.
With 5 left P3rcy decided to get cheeky with pocket 9s, limping under the gun. Reevio raised on the button to 4,750 and P3rcy now made his move, pushing all-in for 27,000. Reevio had two ladies in the hole and quickly called. There were no miracles for P3rcy and out he went, $252 better off having collected a bounty whilst Reevio took down a monster pot of nearly 60K to give him double the stack of second place Killerchimp, with TheWhisper on 20,000 and Angry_Badger on 15.5K.
TheWhisper may be new to the league but showed he had a few tricks to double up through the chip leader Reevio. Blinds still at 600/1,200 Reevio raised on the button to 3,750. TheWhisper called the extra 2,550 with K2. The flop came 5TA and he bet out 4,800 which Reevio flat called. The turn brought the 4 to make him the flush and now he checked to Reevio who, holding A6 was drawing dead but bet out 7,777 trying to protect his hand against a lone spade, TheWhisper put in the extra thousand or so he had on top and doubled up to 35,000. Reevio didn’t wait long to recoup his losses though, picking up A,Q the next hand whilst Angry_Badger held A,J. It all went in preflop and neither improved, Angry_Badger out in 4th for $180 and up to 3rd place in the league, an excellent night for him.
Reevio wasn’t letting up with his aggression and was trying to make the tournament his whilst he had a big chip advantage over the other two players, it didn’t work out as planned though when his raise witih K,2 was called by Killerchimp with K,9 and a king flopped. Killerchimp doubled up to 56,000 in the last hand before the 3rd break to take the lead by less than 1,000 chips from Reevio, TheWhisper now lagging behind on 28,000 and eliminated a few minutes later when Reevio hit a set of tens on the turn and all the chips went in. A great first performance by TheWhisper and if he repeats it in the final event he will likely make the play off having played just two tournaments, if not, he can console himself with the $237 he picked up in this one!
Into the heads up Reevio, making his 4th appearance at a Mob league final table, had the lead 76,000 to 63,000 as well as the extra experience. It proved not to be a walkover for him though, although he started well and increased his stack to almost 100,000 Killerchimp stepped it up a notch and picked up a couple of small pots. Reevio didn’t want his blinds lost for the third time in a row and when Killerchimp made it 5,600 from the small blind Reevio raised to 19,200. Now Killerchimp moved in for 43,000 and Reevio, hand apparently in the cookie jar, was forced to fold. Killerchimp was back in the game even taking a tiny lead, but it wasn’t to last. Reevio completing in the small blind with J7, Killerchimp tried to take the initiative holding only 83 and raising the minimum 1,600 which was called. The flop came:
and both checked. The turn was the Q and checked to Killerchimp, he bet out 3,200 and was called. The river was almost as bad as it could get for Killerchimp, the Q. Now Reevio bet out 8,888 and was minimum raised by Killer. Reevio only called with the higher flush but Killer was crippled and finished off shortly afterwards. He took $380 while Reevio made $670, having made 1st place and taken a Mob scalp. 6 bounties have been taken by the winners of the first 11 tournaments so far. Just as importantly, Reevio catapults to top of the league with an 8 point lead, whilst Alanc’s miserable run continued and, having lead the league up until now, he finds himself in 9th place and in need of a result of some sort in the final tournament to ensure his place in the play off.
League standings can be found here.
The next and final league event will be held on Tuesday 15th November and all point earned in this event will be trebled.
See you at the final event before the play off!
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