2006 WCOOP: Event #8 Final Table Report
Since the no-limit hold'em craze adrenalized the poker world in 2003, there has been a term circulating among the seasoned tournament rounders.
While few will deny that no-limit hold'em is still the Cadillac of poker, many poker players are defining their skill, and even themselves, by how well-rounded their game is. Sure, they say, I can play no-limit hold'em, but if you want to find a truly skilled poker player, find somebody that can play all the games.
This summer, the World Series of Poker hosted the first-ever $50,000 buy-in HORSE tournament, a rotation game of Hold'em, Omaha 8/b, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud Eight-or-Better. There were more than a couple professional poker players who said the monster event should eventually determine the world champion for the year. While that's not likely to happen any time soon, there are few people who will deny that it takes a significant amount of poker skill to advance to the final table of a HORSE tournament.
This year, for the first time ever, PokerStars added HORSE to its World Championship of Online Poker series. Even the numbers people at PokerStars had little idea how popular the event would be. The $200 event drew nearly 1,800 people and built a prize pool of more than $350,000.
After countless rotations through the five games, eight people made the first HORSE final table in WCOOP history.
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Seat 1: p10ker (717431 in chips)
Seat 2: thumbers (662612 in chips)
Seat 3: Siren (564848 in chips)
Seat 4: thag (229132 in chips)
Seat 5: F.Briatore (1154296 in chips)
Seat 6: fat&50 (511216 in chips)
Seat 7: LakersRule (331092 in chips)
Seat 8: TheTownhouse (324373 in chips)
The final table begin with the Hold'em round already in progress and every member of the final table managed to survive the game. However, as the limits went up to 40,000/80,000 in the Omaha hi-lo round, the final table would lose its first player. Down to 114,373 in chips after a rough hand, TheTownhouse was sitting in the small blind and facing a raise from F.Briatore. TheTownhouse typed a cryptic "nvfdkjwnwjkdvnkjsafdnkjvsnf" in the chat bar and put the rest of his chips in the middle. He was called in two places. By the river, TheTownhouse's Qc-Ah-Kh-Qs decent starting hand lay in ruin. P10ker, who had called on a discount frown the big blind, made a full house with his 7h-Th-2c-3c and knocked TheTownhouse out in eighth place. TheTownhouse earned $7,551.60, which is no small sum. As it happens, TheTownhouse is signed up for another WCOOP HORSE event, so we may see some of him next weekend. More on that at the end of this report.
With TheTownhouse gone, the remaining seven players finished off the Omaha hi-lo round. That's when things started to get a little ugly. Even among well-rounded players, Razz is not a game that gets played with any regularity. It's can be safely assumed that the remaining players had less experience in this round than any other. What's more, the limits moved up to 50,000/100,000. For the shorter stacks, playing any hand to the river would likely mean playing for all their chips. That's exactly what happened to Siren.
Short-stacked and starting with 2h3s/8c, Siren came in for a raise and got called by Fat&50 who held 7c8h/3d. Fourth street, a four for Siren and a six for Fat&50, was enough to get all of Siren's chip in the middle. The rest of Siren's cards were ugly, Qs,9h,Jc, and Fat&50 caught a four he needed to make his better (er...worse) hand. Siren departed in seventh place, earning $10,788.00.
Before the Razz part of rotation was over, it would end another player's tournament. LakersRule, who had lost most of his stack during Razz, finally decided 9s8c/6c was good enough to start making his move. He was all-in by fourth street and the situation as dire as it looked. By the end, he had a ten-high low, to P10ker's nine-high low. LakersRule was out in sixth place, earning $14,384.00.
With three of the five games under their belt, the final table players would only play one more game before the tournament was over. With the limits at 75,000/150,000, the seven-card stud game would eventually kill off all but one of the final table.
The first would be thag, a player with a stack that had been destroyed in recent hands. With fewer than 70,000 chips, thag was only able to post his ante and call one bet with Th3s/3d. By the river, he would have two pair, but it wouldn't be enough to best Fat&50's Broadway straight. Thag was out in fifth place and took home $18,339.60.
P10ker had been the man to beat since the final table began. It seemed no one could best him. However, with the limits as high as they were, any pot played past fifth street was going to be a monster. P10ker's first major loss was losing a pot worth 1,026,128 with an unimproved pair of sevens to F.Briatore's two-pair. But, just a few minutes later, P10ker stormed back when his pair of tens improved to a set on fifth street and was good for 1.6 million chips. Then, just a few hands later, he started with a pair of aces. Unimproved, it was enough to knock out thumbers, who started with QhAd/Jd and couldn't manage to improve. Thumbers earned $22,654.80 for her fourth place finish.
With three players remaining, P10ker decided he didn't feel like discussing a deal. However, after starting with an ace showing, he ended up losing a massive 2,017,500 chip pot to F.Briatore who made queens full of sixes by sixth street. P10ker's luck would not get any better. To wit: after getting Fat&50 all in on before fourth street, P10ker saw Fat&50's Kc9d/7d turn into nines full of threes. The hand crippled P10ker and he exited a few hands later in third place, earning $30,566.00.
With P10ker gone, F.Briatore suggested that he and Fat&50 chop up the prize pool. Fat&50, who incidentally made a final table in the 2005 WCOOP, didn't respond. Instead, he came in for a raise with 4sJs/3s and F.Briatore called with Qh7c/Kh. On fifth street, F.Briatore had made Qh7c/Kh2dKs. Fat&50 held a simple 4sJs/3s4dTh. Somehow, the hand developed into a series of bets, raises, and re-raises that put Fat&50 all-in. By the river, both players had two pair, but F.Briatore's kings-up was good enough to win the first HORSE event in WCOOP history. Fat&50 won $46,748.00 and F.Briatore raked in $79,112.00.
While Event #8 will certainly be the largest HORSE event this year in terms of the number of participants, there could be an event with a bigger prize pool. Next weekend, PokerStars will host Event #16, a massive $5,000 buy-in HORSE event, hosted by world class player and Team PokerStars member, Barry Greenstein.
For a full list of money winners in Event #8, visit the WCOOP HORSE results page. Final table results are below.
PokerStars WCOOP Event #8 Final Table Results
1. F.Briatore (Germany) $79,112.00
2. fat&50 (United States) $46,748.00
3. p10ker (United Kingdom) $30,566.00
4. thumbers (United States) $22,654.80
5. thag (United Kingdom) $18,339.60
6. LakersRule (United States) $14,384.00
7. Siren (United States) $10,788.00
8. TheTownhouse (United States) $7,551.60