SCOOP: what is 7x6? $100,800 in 8-game big buy-in event

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If you only play Hold'em, please sit. Now, if you only play limit or only play no-limit, grab your chair. Only like flop games? The door is in the back. Still standing? Got four thousand bucks to back up your game? Follow me to the Spring Championship of Online Poker's $4,175 8-Game event.

If you don't know PokerStars' 8-Game mix, you're missing out on one of the best times you can have at a poker table. In rotation, poker players fight it out in a rotation of Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Stud Eight or Better, No Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Omaha.

The big buy-in event drew 84 of the world's top poker players. Event if you didn't know their screen names, you'd probably recognize them on TV, Among the bigger names, Team PokerStars Pros Gavin Griffin, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Chad Brown, John Duthie, Alexander Kravchenko, and Daniel Negreanu. Of the whole Team, only Negreanu managed to make it into the top nine players. That guaranteed him a little money and a chance to make the six-handed final table. Things did not work out in his favor, however, and Negreanu finished on the final table bubble for $13,440.

That left six of the most well-rounded poker players you'll find at the tables. Here's what it looked like as they got started.


Seat 1: Jaqueline (4140 in chips)
Seat 2: what is 7x6 (71146 in chips)
Seat 3: MUSTAFABET (115813 in chips)
Seat 4: MyRabbiFoo (94144 in chips)
Seat 5: cane3418 (41184 in chips)
Seat 6: pycb (93573 in chips)

Coming into the final table, Jaqueline didn't have enough chips to make it through one round of betting and was all-in on the first draw of a 2-7 Triple Draw hand. He discarded five on the first round and four on the next. When he stood pat on the third draw, he had to feel like he was good with his beautiful 7♣ 6♦ 5♦ 3♠ 2♦. Alas, he was up against pycb's stone cold nuts: 7♠ 5♣ 4♦ 3♥ 2♠. After battling some of the toughest poker players in the game, Jaqueline finished in sixth place for $18,480.

MyRabbiFoo came into the final table second in chips, but his Limit Hold'em round went ugly and his O8 round went even worse. After suffering a couple of bad rivers and missing a draw or two, he had fallen all the way to 16,000 in chips. Finally, MUSTAFABET came in for a raise, MyRabbiFoo re-raised, MUSTAFABET popped it again, and MyRabbi Foo called. The flop fell 4♥ 9♥ T♦ and drew a bet from MUSTAFABET. MyRabbiFoo called and they saw the Q♣ turn. MUSTAFABET bet again and MyRabbiFoo called all-in.

MyRabbiFoo: 4♣ 6♦ J♠ A♦

The river did MyRabbiFoo no good and he was out in fifth for $25,200.

Despite coming into the final table fifth place in chips, cane3418 had a hard time building a stack. What's worse, the Razz and Stud rounds treated him badly. A few minutes into the Stud rotation, he was down to 21,000 in chips. When what is 7x6 came in for a raise to 3,000 with the 4♦, cane3418 re-raised with the K♣ showing. They capped the betting on fourth street when what is 7x6 pulled the 6♥ and cane3418 drew the 8♣. The A♦ fell for what is 7x6 and the 7♠ for cane3418. That's when cane3418 got the rest of his chips in. Here's what the hands looked like after the river.

cane3418: K♦ 5♠ K♣ 8♣ 7♠ Q♠ 2♦
what is 7x6:6♠ 4♣ 4♦ 6♥ A♦ A♥ 2♥

Cane3418's pair of kings couldn't hold up and he was out in fourth place, pocketing $33,600.

When three-handed play rolled around, we reached the "no-more-messing-around" phase. The chip counts were as follows.

Seat 2: what is 7x6 (170055 in chips)
Seat 3: MUSTAFABET (73457 in chips)
Seat 6: pycb (176488 in chips)

Over the course of the next 100 hands, the three remaining players wound through the Stud-8 round and No-Limit Hold'em round. During that time, MUSTAFABET managed to even up the chip counts for a while. By the time the Pot-Limit Omaha round came calling, however, he sat at 84,000. That's when what is 7x6 came in for a raise to 6,000. MUSTAFABET repopped it to 20,000 and got the call. On a fop of J♥ 4♠ 8♦, MUSTAFABET potted it, what is 7x6 raised, and MUSTAFABET called all-in. He held K♦ 5♦ A♣ A♠, ahead but in tough shape of what is 7x6's monster wrap: T♣ 7♥ 6♣ 9♦. The drama ended with the 9♠ on the turn. With that, the 100-hand three-handed battle was over and MUSTAFABET was out in third place for $50,400.

Though the prize difference between first and second amounted to $33,000, talk of a deal was quickly scuttled. Here's how they stacked up as they entered the 2-7 Triple Draw round.

Seat 2: what is 7x6 (243112 in chips)
Seat 6: pycb (176888 in chips)

The heads up battle took nearly 250 hands and nearly an hour and half. The marathon fight saw pycb battle back to take the chip lead. At one point, it looked like he would finish off his opponent and walk away with the title. By the time they wound their way back to Razz, though, what is 7x6 took over. He ground pycb back down below 100,00 chips. Finally in the Stud round, pycb saw his last hand. He brought it in with the 3♠ and called a raise from what is 7x6's 9♥. What is 7x6 continued to lead when he drew the 8♦ on fourth street. This time, pycb raised with his K♠ and got a call. He felt fine betting again when he pulled the 7♦. He got the call. When what is 7x6 picked up the 2♦ he raised pycb's sixth street bet. Pycb seemed confused, but called anyway, and then check-called all-in on the river. That 2♦ was the killer. What is 7x6 had two deuces in the hole, his trips good enough to beat pycb's pair of queens.

With that, the pycb picked up $67,200 for second place and watched what is 7x6 take the title and the $100,800 first prize.

SCOOP Event #15 $4,175 8-Game final table results

1. what is 7x6 (United States) $100,800
2. pycb (United States) $67,200
3. MUSTAFABET (United States) $50,400
4. canes3418 (United States) $33,600
5. MyRabbiFoo (United States) $25,200.
6. Jaqueline (United States) $18,480

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Brad Willis
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