Wait, have I been running Saturdays with Dr. Pauly for a half of a year? Yeah, it's true. For Week 26, we got 30 runners and the top 5 were paid prize money.
For the first time in two months, I could play without any distractions. CheckRaise70 was Gigli and busted out on the first hand. Derek flopped a set and cracked his Aces. Ouch. Derek doubled up on the first hand and would hold the chiplead for the majority of the tournament.
Derek cracked Aces again a couple of hands later. He flopped a Broadway straight and busted bingofan and Change100, who held A-A and flopped a set. Derek was up to 6.3K.
I went out in 27th place. I became another one of Derek's victims when he busted me. Battle of the blinds. I flopped bottom two. He flopped top two. We got it all in on the flop. I couldn't improve. Derek was up to 8K in chips in the first level after busting the first four players.
Atthe first break, Derek was the chipleader with 16 to go. He dipped to 7.4K with FamilyIce not far behind.
Lizbee bubbled off the final table in 10th place.
The final table players included...
Seat 1: MrMojo (5446 in chips)With over 12K in chips, Derek was the chipleader at the final table.
Seat 2: MadameMojo (4237 in chips)
Seat 3: Derek (12510 in chips)
Seat 4: dredful (545 in chips)
Seat 5: PokerPhishin (1160 in chips)
Seat 6: NoTalentTom (8675 in chips)
Seat 7: chompy_jr (2648 in chips)
Seat 8: boscodon (7875 in chips)
Seat 9: lightning36 (1904 in chips)
Action started out quick. Three bustouts in the first five hands. Derek took out lightning36, but MrMojo added ammo when he took out chompy_jr.
PokerPhishin took bubble boy honors and finished in 6th place. MrMojo busted him.
Derek continued to run over the table and added to his stack. He busted Madame Mojo in 5th place to rush past 23K... more than 50% of the total chips in play.
Derek spewed some chips and MrMojo took out last week's winner Boscodon. With three to go, Derek held a slight lead, but all three had about 15K in chips. That's when NoTalentTom shifted gears and snatched the lead.
MrMojo was eliminated in third place. He got his money in with a set of Queens against NoTalentTom's flush draw. NoTalentTom got there and MrMojo headed to the rail.
When heads up play began, NoTalentTom had a 3 to 1 lead over Derek.
On the last hand before the break and the fifth overall hand of heads up play, it was all over. Both players were involved in a raising war preflop. They got it all in with...
Derek flopped a pair, but NoTalentTom turned a straight. It was good enough to win. He won the pot and the tournament as Derek busted out in second place.
Week 26 Money Winners:Congrats to NoTalentTom for the victory. Thanks to everyone who played this week. And special thanks to everyone who pimped the event.
1. NoTalentTom - $120
2. HermWarfare (Derek) - $72
3. MrMojo - $48
4. Boscodon - $36
5. MadameMojo - $24
See you next weekend.
Don't forget about the Tao of Poker's 5th Birthday celebration on PokerStars on August 5th, where someone will win a free $5K seat to a Borgata event in September.
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