Posted by : ikelos on 03:36 PM, 16-Apr-2012
The final showdown between the Pokerkaki League's Elite 20 came to a dramatic conclusion last night, in a gladiatorial display of wits, resolve and sheer guts. The early stages belonged to Pokerstars Supernova 'valkyri3', who eked out fairly commanding chip lead from the get-go, and looked to be well in control of proceedings. As you're well aware however, the only certainty in this game is uncertainty. A couple of big swing hands against 'Paula St.' and 'MJFX' depleted the 'valkyri3's' chip advantage, and before you know it, the SnG maestro was eliminated in 4th.
Kaki 'roarrr1226', who'd only won his GPF seat via last weekend's WildCard Freeroll, moved into pole position 3-handed, with considerably more chips than either 'MJFX' and 'Paula St.'. He was on the verge of eliminating the latter after calling a QJ reshove with AT, until a Q landed on the river. In less than 10 hands, 'roarrr1226' now found his tournament life on the line when he got the lot in with 44, and found himself up against the covering 'Paula St.'s' 33. An improbable 3 materialised on the river, and 'roarrr126' was eliminated, amid a large chorus of sympathy from the railbirds.
You'd think the title was all but won with 'Paula St.'s' 4-1 chip advantage heads-up, but the poker gods seemed intent on bringing the hurt to chip-leaders. 'MJFX' found himself all-in preflop with QJ up against K5, and managed to find himself a big double-through to bring himself to level terms. 'MJFX' then firmly established the chip lead after a crucial, river bluff-catcher with 2nd pair. Not ten minutes later, 'MJFX' had put the nail into the coffin, snagging the Grand Prize and earning himself the inaugural Pokerkaki League championship title.
The Pokerkaki League congratulates 'MJFX', who walks away with free entry to the Red Dragon event at the next Macau Poker Cup, in addition to 2 night's luxury accommodation. 'MJFX' will also collect the Pokerkaki League Champion Trophy in a presentation at the Macau Poker Cup.
The league thanks each and every kaki for helping make the virgin league a success. Special thanks go out to presenting sponsors Pokerstars, and to all the kakis who participated in the league's survey. The organisers will study the responses closely in preparation for future leagues.
Till Season 2!