End of the year, battle for top spot grow closer

With just a few battles yet to be fought in the 2010 Thursday Night Investment Club, the first December encounter showed that we’re not quite ready yet to plan a coronation for the reigning and defending champion.

A nearly three-hour game Dec. 2 concluded when the Competitor outdrew Magic Man in a one-hand playoff after the last two players standing (sitting?) decided to split the pot and vacate the premises. Otherwise, they might still be playing. The victory, second in a row for the Competitor, allowed him cut the lead of the Silent Assassin to just six points.

With the 35-game threshold already met and low scores being wipes away by higher ones, the Competitor has a bit of an edge over the Assassin. The Competitor still has some fourth-place finishes marring his totals, so he gets points as long as he isn’t first- or second-out. The Assassin can only garner points by finishing in the money.

Here are some other notables:

** Peel-Out has outscored Hoot in each of the past three months and now is just three points out of fourth place.

** The above note marks the first positive Peel-Out news (however small) in awhile.

** Only six points separate the top three players in the battle for the fourth-quarter title. Assassin has 44, Magic 39 and Competitor 38. With Peel-Out lurking at 34, only Hoot (24) seems out of the running for the quarterly prize.

** The Assassin has finished first or second 27 times. Competitor and Magic are tied for second with 22 money finishes, but Magic seems destined to end the year with fewest first-place finishes. He has six, two behind Peel-Out’s eight. His 16 “at least I got my money back” finishes are three more than any other player.

** Magic extended his incredible run of not finishing last to 29 consecutive games. Since Magic’s last first-outer on May 20, Hoot has finished last 10 times, the Competitor five, the Assassin six (including twice in major games) and Peel-Out eight.

** The chicken spaghetti with rotel was delicioso!

Gary Robinson posted at 2010-12-3 Category: Poker

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