The inaugural PokerListings.com Run-Good Challenge has reached end game. Each of the three preliminaries has been contested and the group that advances to the finale has been decided.
This morning saw the 13-strong field, minus a few latecomers and one no-show, log on to PokerStars from their respective locations around the world, locking in virtual combat for $1,960 and a shot at the Grand Final.
Coming into Event 3 the leaderboard was clearly stratified. Dan Skolovy sat at the peak of the triangle with an unbreakable 12 points, courtesy of his back-to-back bashings of Events 1 and 2. Dan was the exemplar of running good but, sadly, it all came to an end today.
Just to get it in early, here are the results for Event 3.
|2nd||Matt Showell||5 points|
|3rd||Amy Calistri||4 points|
|5th||Michele Lewis||2 points|
|6th||Kid Dynamite||1 point|
|13th||Dan Skolovy||0 points|
On the very first hand this morning Skolovy got all-in as a result of a button-on-blind raising war with Kid Dynamite. Queens for Skolovy against Kid Dynamite's sevens set the stage for the glorious 7-9-9 flop.
With Dan's Donovan Bailey-esque good-running abilities at an end, he was off to the rail and out in front for the Bad-Beat Bonus. This wouldn't be the last time the Dynamite Kid would cash in some run-good to stay alive.
Not long after, Chops got it in before the flop with kings to KD's queens. The Kid didn't flop a full house this time but he did spike the queen, sending Chops back to whatever it is he does on a Saturday afternoon. Chops has extra reason to be frustrated. He suffered a similar beat last week, getting all-in pre on the good side of another pair-over-pair collision.
I missed the Poker Shrink's exit but check here for his recap. Same goes for Change100, whose bustication made the merge to the nine-handed final table possible.
Yakshi's elimination was by far the worst example of running-good we've seen yet. He managed to get in with A♠ A♦ to Shamus' A♥ 5♥. The flop came all hearts and that was that for the new PL.com blogger. On the bright side he gets this week's Bad Beat Bonus, a whopping $25! That more than makes up for being denied a chance at the $1,176 first-place prize, right?
In addition to the cash on the line for the top three spots, $1,176, $588 and $196, there was the matter of the points needed to earn a seat at Event 4, the Grand Final Championship next Saturday. Poker Shrink was on the sidelines, laying odds for each player's advancement.
I was removed from the equation since Skolovy had already locked up the seat reserved for the PL.com representative.
It looked like Shamus was through, based on solid results in the first two events, but players like Spaceman, Michele Lewis and Amy Calistri needed to post a good result today to guarantee advancement.
The final table was quickly cut down as Pokerati Dan and the absent-minded-Dr. Pauly's chair were eliminated. That's right; Pauly's empty chair had outlasted 46% of the field, finishing in seventh place.
Based entirely on his aforementioned luck-boxery, Kid Dynamite was sitting on a huge stack. At one point Spaceman asked him when we could expect the meltdown. "Imminently" was the response. It was around this time he ran pocket jacks into Amy Calistri's aces, getting crippled and eliminated shortly after.
I won a few key flips and soon it was down to the final three, Amy, Shamus and myself. As it turns out, Spaceman's exit in fourth put him in a tie for the last remaining seat. This means that sometime this week there will be a sudden-death heads-up lightning-round death-match between Change100 and Spaceman!
We're thinking it will be a $1+20¢ heads-up match on Stars. Details on that coming soon.
Three-handed play didn't last long, with Amy going out in third at the hands of the not-so-Short-Stacked Shamus. They both rivered a flush and the rest pretty much played itself. As we entered heads-up Shamus had me outchipped by about 3-1.
After shipping the blinds back and forth for a while I lost a few hands and sent the rest of my stack hurtling into the pot, taking an ill-conceived stab at an A♣ A♥ 3♦ flop. In retrospect it might have been bad timing as Shamus was holding A♠ 3♥.
Shamus gets the mammoth $1,176 first-place cash and a seat at the Grand Final. I'll be rolling over my $588 second-place money to next week's prize pool.
Here's the final scoreboard in the race for the finale. As you can see, the tie between Spaceman and Change100 has yet to be broken.
|Dan Skolovy||12 points|
|Dr. Pauly||8 points|
|Amy Calistri||8 points|
|Michele Lewis||6 points|
Next week we'll see the conclusion of the first ever Run-Good Challenge. With my rollover money there will be a grand total of $3,088 up for grabs. All six of the participants will be getting paid but the lion's share will go to the winner, along with the title of Series I champion!
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