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The Lawman has kindly done a write up for the final table game.
After the entry formalities the final six took their places for the decider of Big One 2005. Chip leader Braveheart held 27% of the chips followed by the Proffessor with 21%, Lawman with 18%, Superflash with 17%, Poker Shark with 13% and the Real Deal bringing up the rear with 4%. A quick Kodak moment and then the cards were in the air, the final table was underway...
In only the second hand the Poker Shark feels the time is right to bite and goes all in. All fold except Braveheart who calls without hesitation.
As the cards are turned the Sharks fishy hooks, JhJs, look good but he soon turns green around the gills as Braveheart slowly reveals pocket rockets, AsAd. A flop, turn and river changes nothing and the Shark is 'gutted' and out of the game.
Micro Stack Attack
A short time later and the Real Deal makes a stand with his short stack in a blind stealing attempt. With only Superflash left to act he has no choice but to call the micro raise and a second showdown results.
Real Deal looks in good shape as he shows Ac9s to Flash's 5s7d but as the board is dealt Superflash matches one of his cards to make a low but winning pair and sends Real Deal off the table.
Superflash makes his move...
Down to four players and Superflash on the button comes over the top of the Professor to go all in and slowly takes to his feet. The ever studious Prof ponders for a while then calls the bet. It's a close race as his black pocket 6's face Flash's pocket 7's and the Prof leads the call for another 6 and the Devils hand.
A 2cAh9c5c flop and turn give him extra outs with a possible flush but the river brings a Qd and Superflash doubles through to leave the Prof severely short stacked and reeling.
The Professors last stand
Forced to make a move, its not long before the Prof goes all in a few hands later and finds Braveheart as the only man left considering a call. The bet is 140 chips and with his opponent well covered Braveheart calls to reveal pocket 5's up against Ac5h.
With only A's left to save the Prof a Jd8s3h6s7h board means its exit time for the newly crowned 2005 League champion. He leaves to consider the pit falls of the most exstravagent of entrances to the final table, a Professor and a Professional to the last.
With three players left the Lawman begins to feel all alone as Hells kitchen fans rally round, eagerly anticipating a possible Superflash / Braveheart final.
But with their heroes out however, the Poker Jokers, and more specifically the Gardner Horseshoe, lend their support to the lonely bounty hunter and the threeway battle continues...
Table Two decided
Having come to the final from the same table with almost equal chip stacks the two remaining short stacks soon settle their evening long battle as Superflash goes all in on the button for 164 chips.
After Braveheart folds, the lawman calls the bet. He has the Flash covered, but only just, so the winner of this hand either way would surely be the one to go on to challenge the big chip leader Braveheart.
Superflash shows a pocket pair of ducks, 2d2c, and the Lawman turns over Ac8h whilst hoping that the board will bring him a Dead Mans hand like his namesake had all those years ago.
A flop of 5hJs7h helps no one but then the turn brings the big As for Lawman and he has the ducks dominated. The river changes nothing and superflash is gone and we're down to the final two!
The Heads Up final: Blair Witch with cards
Real Deal returns to the table to earn his name as Braveheart and the Lawman play to settle the Big One 2005.
The chips are about 70/30 in Bravehearts favour as the cards are dealt and the final begins. Real Deal's job is all too easy however for some 10-12 hands as several bullying all ins from Braveheart and modest raises from the Lawman are each met with folds and a lot of ante swapping with not a single flop dealt.
A change of dealer brings the first flop of the final but this is quickly folded by the Lawman whose stack is slowly being whittled at. Braveheart then makes the portensious comment, "this is going to be like the Blair Witch project ... a long slow build up but then one moment of drama!"
Fortune (telling) favours the Brave (heart)...
In the very next hand Bravehearts prophecy comes true as Lawman goes all in from the small blind and is called without hesitation by the Scot. The bet is 285 so even even after his call Braveheart has 390 chips left.
The cards go on their backs to reval JcQs versus KcAs and the Lawman is totally dominated but with the chances of any one hole card pairing as equal...
A 2c7sTd flop puts Braveheart firmly in the driving seat with only two cards to come, but then the turn card brings a Jd to give the Lawman hope of an unlikely double through which could turn the table around.
Anything other than an A/K/Q would see his hooks hold up but one of Bravehearts 9 outs materialises on the river, a Ks, and its all over!
The Big One 2005 is settled and Braveheart wins the game, the glory and the lavish prizes!
His demolition of his qualifying table and resulting chip lead in the final meant he never looked back and his hard work in the early stages paid off and allowed him to play his bullying style to the max.
A worthy winner of a fine evenings poker.
Next year anyone...?