WSOBJ Finals: Round 1, Match
Im going to need a shower
after this, so lets just get started
(Super Satellite Winner)
(Soaring Eagle Qualifier)
Hollywood Dave Stann
(06 3-Card Poker Champ)
Pro BJ Player
So its Cali vs. Texas with Joe
in between. Lets roll.
Kacie gets things started right
with a $1500 Blackjack on Hand 1. Dave tried to think out of the box and cost
him an extra thousand (4 total). Kacie repeats her initial success in hand 3
for $4500, but Alice draws to 21 to give her the 3K lead. Dave keeps getting
bad cards, but his trademark progression finally pays off for 15K to prevent him
from bottoming out completely.
Hand 8 is the self-fulfilling
prophecy in a way as Norm and Joe get 20, Kacie and Alice get 11, and Dave gets
15 (for 23,000). However, the dealer blackjack takes out all the fun, even
though Norm saved $4000 by taking insurance.
Next hand: Dave has to jump off
the progression and bet 1/3 of his stack. He gets sevens up, but against a 10,
hes forced to surrender just in time for the Knockout Round.
Hes that good, huh? Anyway,
Alice leads the betting with 15, then 1, 22, 49 (all in for Dave) and 2. Norm
gets 14, Joe 11, Dave 13, Kacie has cowboys, and 10 for Alice against a
dealer 5. Alice is able to correct a bad bet by doubling for $5000. Norms
hand was irrelevant and gets mucked for 500. Joe hits straight up to 19. Dave
needs divine intervention, so he Power Chips his 3 into
a five! He busts out
and swears his way into a 5th place finish. Meanwhile, everyone else
beats the dealer 17, so everyone ends up within $1000 of each other. With the
leaders at the break-even point and Phase II about to start, its like a fresh
Hand 12 and 3-card pokerer
Alice makes waves with a set of 7s. That hits the jackpot as shes the only
winner and takes a 14K lead. She follows that up with Pocket Rockets in the
next hand, but a dealer Blackjack stops anything from happening, although Joe
did manage to push for $8000 on his own Blackjack. Meanwhile, Norm has been
slipping. A failed double-down in hand 15 drops him to 55 and a quarter. That
forces a max bet in hand 16, but gets 16. He goes out of the box and doubles
for the 5000 and Power Chips the face-down. He keeps it, joking about how he
couldnt bluff. (I found it amusing, anyway. Dealer shows
.17! Norm will
at least push
18! Thats a win!
Kacies now in a tight spot
with 86-5. Fittingly, she gets given the Knockout Card on the way to a crucial
bust, but Norm busts as well, while the other lose to Jessicas 19, so
everyones hurting heading into knockout round #2.
Alice leads with 25, Norm 39,
Joe 15, and Kacie goes max. Alice will keep her 20. Norm stands on 15, Joe
keeps 18, and so its all on Kacie. She hits to 15
18! Thatll work, opening
17 and 18 for Kacie to survive and Norm to go home
.19! One too many for Kacie,
which means she gets knocked out in fourth place. Its time for the Final Five.
Norm (No Chip)
Norm goes all in to start and
gets stuck with a 14. He hits to 18, but the dealer 9 is still trouble.
However, a bust keeps him in the Blue Card Round with 78,250 to play with. He
pushes out 50 for this next hand, but is unable to go nowhere. Meanwhile, Alice
decides that a soft 18 isnt good enough and Power Chips the 7 away for a 6
which leads to a bust, but she still has the lead!
Norms all in once more with 3
to go. He goes from 14 to 17, but a dealer Queen is bad news 2 times out of
three. She shows 13
23! Norm lives!
Penultimate hand and Alices
bankroll has remained unchanged since my last toteboard check, but Joe has
dropped some. Norm goes max, Joe halves his 78-5 and Alice goes 30. Dealer 4
prevents any hitting, except for Joe who does the double/Power Chip combo on a
13 for the full 38-5. He likes what he sees enough to keep it. Dealer shows
19! Norm loses, and will this be an irrelevant final hand? An 18 for Joe
says yes. Joe Fishers out in 3rd place with $3,000 and with a 95-6
lead, Alice Walker will win. The final hand is an afterthought and even though
85,000 is by no means a scoring record, the 3 Card Poker champ will win $25,000
and a seat in the Semis. Norm gets into the Wild Card by sheer force of will.
We need a better final. Will
we get one next time? Basic Strategy says tune in next week to find out.