Going back to back for a clean sweep thus far, Skolovy defeated Short-Stacked Shamus heads-up to roll over yet another first-place prize. Since Dan works for PokerListings.com, he's unable to claim any of the lootcakes he's banked so far and it will be tacked onto the prize pool in Event 3.
We also welcomed a brand-new blogger to the event, Yakshi of the infamous govt-cheese blog. Unfortunately for him he didn't get much play in this event, running wired queens into my aces in one of the first levels.
Since we were playing with a turbo structure today, five-minute blinds, it wasn't long before the average stack entered push-or-fold territory. As usual Skolovy employed a perfect combination of aggression and cooperation from the deck to build up a monster stack heading into the final stages.
I rode that early double into the final table before doubling up both Amy Calistri and Michalski. Amy had fallen to a perilously low mark but managed to pick up aces which, needless to say, had my K♣ T♦ crushed. Michalski got his money in good, flopping TPTK and making the easy call when I check-raised him all-in with middle pair.
Although only three spots pay in these preliminary events, each of the top six positions have points attached to them which will determine who advances to the Grand Final, taking place on the last Saturday of the month.
Kid Dynamite, Spaceman and Poker Shrink were the first casualties once we merged to the final table and I was the first to hit the virtual rail when we entered point territory. My sixth-place finish earns me just one solitary point but it is an improvement on the goose egg I posted last week.
In the end it was Dan the one-man wrecking crew who busted me, which means, because he ended up winning, that no one collects the bounties on Team PokerListings' heads.
Dan's domination of these first events has put him way out in front points-wise. Here's a look at the updated leaderboard once we factor in today's results.
|Dan Skolovy |
|Dr. Pauly ||8 points|
|Michele Lewis||4 points|
|Amy Calistri||4 points|
|Matt Showell||1 point|
Dr. Pauly, runner-up in Event 1, was today's bubble boy, which left Skolovy, Change100 and Shamus in the money. After Change bowed out in third, good for $160, Shamus and Dan went toe to toe for the Event 2 title.
Dan will be posting an in-depth look at the event from his point of view, including the heads-up match, on Monday, but the bottom line is that he came out on top when all was said and done. The good news for everyone else is that this week's first-place cash is now part of Event 3's prize pool.
The rolled-over money will be distributed along the same 60%, 30%, 10% structure we've used so far, meaning next week's payouts are a whopping $1,176, $588 and $196! Next week will also be the last chance for everyone to lock up a few points and hopefully snag a seat at the Grand Final.
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