It’s over: Assassin adds notches to his belt

In the Beatles’ song Long and Winding Road, we hear this verse:

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way.

The night of Game 48, the final night of the 2009 Thursday Night Investment Club, was wild, it was windy, and the rain washed away the hopes of all the players except one.

The Silent Assassin proved that he owned all the bullets on championship night and walked away with as many of the marbles as his hands could hold. His haul was $400 for winning the main year-long game, the secondary four-month game and the championship night. Only Magic Man, among other players, left with cash, getting $30 for finishing second.

Here’s how it went down. We entered the night knowing two things. In the main game, Hoot Vinson could only tie the Assassin by finishing first and having the Assassin out in fifth or fourth. In the secondary game, Magic Man had to pick up at least three points to tie, with a couple of scenarios available.

The early leader of the night was the Magic Man. He carefully parlayed pocket 8s into a bunch of Hoot’s chips when it was revealed Hoot had pocket 7s. A few minutes later, they locked horns again when Hoot pushed his remaining chips in and Magic called, sporting only an open-ended straight draw after the flop. Hoot had the lead, but a 5 on the river sent him to the rail.

That solved the mystery of the main pot. And when chip-leading Man of Magic watched Assassin’s chips dwindle to a precious few, he began to consider what could happen. but the Assassin slowly worked himself back into contention. Finally, the second elimination came: Peel-Out Vinson joined his father on the rail.

That left Assassin, Magic and the Competitor. Magic Man knew his only hope was to win and get Assassin knocked out in third, so Magic pushed a bunch of chips at a pot that the Assassin correctly read as a minor bluff. That gutted the formerly impressive stack of Magic Man and left him for dead.

Then the Competitor made his run at the Assassin as Magic watched in pain. The Competitor pushed all in, Assassin called and won, not only the hand, but the secondary game’s purse as well. And with a 225-25 chip lead, it took the Assassin a mere two hands to close the deal.

So the final standings in the main game show Assassin, followed by Hoot, Peel-Out, Magic Man and Competitor. The secondary game standings looked this way: Assassin, Magic, Peel-Out, Competitor and Hoot.

The 2010 season begins next week, with a few rules tweaks, so stay tuned.

Gary Robinson posted at 2009-12-31 Category: Poker

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