2007 WCOOP: Event #11 Final Table Report
Razz is just ugly name for a game. It's pejorative. It's ugly. The name aside, though, there is something beautiful about the game. Though it's reputation is perpetuated by the media and misunderstanding of the nature of the contest, Razz is a downright beautiful game.
You think I protest too much? Perhaps I'm on the board of the Razz Preservation Society? Well, maybe, but before you call me a shill, consider this.
On its face, Razz is simple. Make the lowest hand and win. The cards tell you what to do. The decisions seem easy. The bricks are disgusting. On another level, though, there is a complicated beauty to the game.
I liken it to talking to a woman. Almost immediately, you know whether she is a woman worth pursuing. You can tell whether she is in or out of your league. After a short discussion, you know whether there is a chance for a relationship. It's only as you walk down more streets together that you start to realize that finding the truth is not as easy as you might think. When you first started talking, you didn't know what was in her past. You didn't know if she was lying or telling the truth. Soon, you'll discover if it was ever meant to be or if you were being taken for a ride.
Or, maybe Razz is just a sick game that attracts the world's greatest losers and is masochism defined. I just don't know yet. Maybe it's a not-so-latent way of punishing myself for real and imagined transgressions, but I absolutely love Razz. Apparently I'm not the only one. Nearly 1,200 people ponied up $215 to compete in Event #11 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker.
Eight of those players made the final table.
Seat 1: lvstraddle (261940 in chips)
Seat 2: JAMEST1 (755997 in chips)
Seat 3: OnlyPlayRagz (645519 in chips)
Seat 4: larki1 (943582 in chips)
Seat 5: needabanana (303132 in chips)
Seat 6: tsudneves (147628 in chips)
Seat 7: atactor (284122 in chips)
Seat 8: Ima_QT (186080 in chips)
The chip stacks at the final table were far from evenly distributed. With the limits at 20,000/40,000, many of the stacks were in danger of crumbling under a couple of bricks. ima_QT found that out the hard way and within a few hands at the final table was reduced to 36,000 in chips. All-in before fourth street, Ima_QT needed to catch well to have any hope of staying alive. It didn't happened. A nine low couldn't best larki1's eight and Ima_QT was out in eighth place earning $5,409.60
With barely any chips to play, lvstraddle decided his work the comedy circuit, quipping, "The remainder of this tournament will be played hand for hand." Shortly thereafter, he managed to double up, proving that laughter is, in fact, the best medicine.
One player could find no reason to laugh, however. Tsudneves had 158,000 chips left and a five showing when he came in for a raise. By fifth street, he was all in against OnlyPlayRagz. By the end, OnlyPlayRagz held a 9-6 low to tsudneves' 9-8. Tsudneves was out in seventh place for $7,761.50.
That's when things started getting bloody. With few laughs and fewer chips, lvstraddle put his chips in with a decue showing. All-in before fourth street, lvstraddle ended with a king-low to OnlyPlayRagz ten. Lvstraddle placed sixth for $10,113.60.
Seconds later, OnlyPlayRagz knocked off another short-stack, putting atactor out with 8,6,5,4,2 to atactor's queen-low. Atactor earned $12,465.60 for fifth place.
Four-handed, the stacks had evened out enough that players had a few bets in them before getting too desperate. Only one player fell into danger within the next 20 minutes. JAMEST1 started getting low and only got lower. Again, it was OnlyPlayRagz who dealt the final blow. JAMEST1 had a nine showing when he raised OnlyPayRagz king bring-in. The bring-in wasn't going away. JAMEST1 was all-in by fifth street with a queen-low. He was ahead of OnlyPlay Ragz, but by the river, OnlyPlayRagz held a six low and sent JAMEST1 out in fouth place, earning, $15,240.96.
Three-handed, all the players were within shooting range of first place and cut a quick deal. Leaving $7,000 on the table for first place, the player locked up the following payouts.
OnlyPlayRags - $34,136.80
larki1 - $29,759.09
needabanana - $37,296.11
Despite the deal being in place, the three-handed match was more protracted that the rest of the final table. The three top players at the table went on to battle for a long while. The next to fall was larki1 who started with an ace showing but couldn't make better than a jack against needaabanana's nine.
In all of WCOOP, if there was a ever player who predicted victory with his screen name, it was OnlyPlayRagz. While it took him a while to defeat needabanana, he did it in perfect Razz style. After 14 hours of play, OnlyPlayRagz had played his way to the role as biggest loser and WCOOP Event #11 champion.
2007 WCOOP Event #11 Final Table Results
Based on finishing order and three-way deal that left $7,000 for first place
1. OnlyPlayRagz (United States) $41,136.80
2. needabanana (United States) $37,296.11
3. larki1 (Norway) $29,759.09
4. JAMEST1 (United States) $15,240.96
5. atactor (United States) $12,465.60
6. lvstraddle (United States) $10,113.60
7. tsudneves (United States) $7,761.60
8. Ima_QT (United States) $5,409.60
Full 2007 PokerStars WCOOP Event #11 Results