SCOOP: kasparov007 captures Event 12-M $215 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo

SCOOP logo.gifStud. It was the game they played in movies. It was the game grandparents play with their friends at the kitchen table. It represented the good ol' days of poker.

But it's back. Over the last decade, mixed games have become oh-so popular in the world of poker as players seek alternatives to the always prevalent hold'em games. While it is certainly Omaha that draws the most crowds, other games like deuce-to-seven and stud are making their rounds in poker rooms everyone. And for those looking to expand their poker game repertoire, there is no better place to anonymously explore that variety than online.

PokerStars makes it easy to pick up a new game. The basics of all games - stud, razz, even badugi - are all laid out with easy-to-read instructions in the "Poker Games" section of the website. And to understand the hi-lo portion of the game, the "Hand Rankings" section explains it in detail. True poker enthusiasts have gone the extra mile to learn the range of games and insert ones like 7-card stud hi/lo into their range, which is why this one attracted so many players.

The medium stakes level of Event 12 required a $200 + $15 buy-in and attracted 704 players to the virtual felt. That subsequently crushed the $50K guarantee by pushing the prize pool to $140,800.00, of which the final 104 players standing would receive an apportioned amount.

Since this is a non-hold'em game, many players who specialize in hold'em decided to sit it out, though a few Team PokerStars pros did put themselves into the mix. That bunch included Andre Akkari, Alex Gomes, Gavin Griffin, Ivan Demidov, Katja Thater, Isabelle Mercier, Marcin Horecki, and Maria Mayrinck. But it was Greg "FossilMan" Raymer who outlasted them all, making his way into the money before finally falling in 63rd place, which garnered him $408.32 for the effort.

As the field thinned, it was CROOK who became the first player to cash, taking home $309.76 for 104th place, and just past the 9.5-hour mark of the tournament, the final table neared. Finally, it was BadgerDawg, Anikke, and DRHAMMERS who took the hand all the way to the river before BadgerDawg folded and allowed the other two to show their hands. It was DRHAMMERS who had the best hand with 8♠ 6♥ 8♣ 9♥ 4♥ K♦ K♠, and the J♠ J♥ 6♣ 6♦ A♦ Q♣ Q♥ of Anikke was good for a ninth place finish and the $1,669.60 that went with it.

The final table was then set as follows:

Seat 1: DRHAMMERS (379,512 in chips)
Seat 2: badbeat987 (540,498 in chips)
Seat 3: pycb (623,728 in chips)
Seat 4: Dr Shaft (480,563 in chips)
Seat 5: BadgerDawg (111,062 in chips)
Seat 6: kasparov007 (358,541 in chips)
Seat 7: TurnRiva (435,906 in chips)
Seat 8: bottsky (590,190 in chips)

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Within minutes, the first casualty of the final table was discovered, and it had something to do with the very short stack of BadgerDawg. The hand began with bottsky taking care of the bring-in with a 2♣, and pycb raised it up with the 7♣. Dr Shaft called with 7♦ and BadgerDawg raised with 6♣. All three competitors called. Fourth street got bottsky out of the way, but fifth street brought the all-in move from BadgerDawg and calls from pycb and Dr Shaft. When the showdown came, it was pycb with 2♥ 5♣ 7♣ 8♣ K♥ J♦ 4♦ for the low and Dr Shaft with 4♠ 3♥ 7♦ 7♠ A♥ 9♣ 3♣ for the high hand. That left nothing but an eighth place finish for BadgerDawg, which came with a $2,112.00 prize.

It was then that TurnRiva jumped out to a serious chip lead, well over the 1-million chip mark, after scooping a 628,000-chip pot from DRHAMMERS and Dr Shaft. kasparov007 made a sincere effort to catch up, slowly chipping up past 700K, then 800K, but the others were left fighting for any chips they could find. And as can happen in a hi/lo game, things changed. kasparov007 cut into TurnRiva's lead, and Dr Shaft took some away from kasparov007. It was anyone's game.

While others were accumulating chips, it was pycb who continued to suffer for lack of them. Finally, down to only 23,609 chips, pycb got involved brought it in - all-in in fact - showing 2♣. bottsky and badbeat987 came along for the ride, and betting and calling on every street took them to sixth street, which was when badbeat987 decided to fold. At that point, pycb showed 9♥ 2♥ 2♣ 7♣ 4♠ 6♦ K♥ for a pair of deuces, but bottsky turned over 3♦ 7♠ 8♣ 2♠ 5♥ 3♥ Q♣ for the pair of threes to take the high and 8-7-5-3-2 for the low. That sent pycb out in seventh place with $3,168.00.

Shortly after, the next on the list of short stacks was at risk. badbeat987 risked it all, and bottsky was the one who came along for the ride. When the dealer completed all streets, the hands showed badbeat987 with K♠ 7♦ K♣ 2♥ Q♥ T♦ Q♣ and two pair, but bottsky had [4s 6h Ac 2s 3c As Ad] for the set to take the high and 6-4-3-2-A to take the low. badbeat987 took the beat and the $4,928.00 for a sixth place finish.

The final five players soon decided to pause the tournament to discuss a chip-chop deal, though some of the players were not happy to see their proposed shares. In the end, it was Dr Shaft who negated the deal and asked to keep playing.

As soon as they did, the short stack went to town against bottsky, with the last of DRHAMMER's chips going in after sixth street. DRHAMMER showed A♥ 6♠ 2♦ 4♣ 9♠ 4♥ Q♣, and bottsky flipped over 7♦ 7♠ Q♦ J♣ 2♣ 6♥ 8♦ for the higher pair. With no qualifying low, the pot went to bottsky, and DRHAMMER went out in fifth place with $7,040.00.

Again, action was paused so the final four could discuss numbers. This time, however, with some minor adjustments to the chip-chop figures given by the tournament host, a deal was made with $1,000 left over for the eventual winner. The numbers, minus the $1,000, were as follows:

Seat 4: Dr Shaft (527,044 in chips) = $14,000.00
Seat 6: kasparov007 (797,891 in chips) = $16,500.00
Seat 7: TurnRiva (1,110,416 in chips) = $19,727.41
Seat 8: bottsky (1,084,649 in chips) = $18,820.59

Everything changed. TurnRiva took a turn, if you will, for the lower end of the chip counts, and he finally got involved with kasparov007 and bottsky. TurnRiva was all-in after sixth street, and the other two checked the river to show the following hands:

kasparov007: J♠ 5♠ J♦ 9♥ K♠ T♥ 7♠
bottsky: A♦ A♠ 2♣ 9♠ 2♠ 4♦ Q♥

bottsky collected the entire pot for his two pair, as no low qualified, and TurnRiva simply mucked and left with the highest amounts from the deal. TurnRiva received $19,727.41 for the fourth place finish, which was one place better than his finish in Event 7 only two days prior.

But bottsky had a hard time keeping those chips, finally becoming such a short stack as compared to the others that some drastic measures were in order. It was Dr Shaft who took the journey with him through all of the streets, and bottsky finally committed the last of his chips after sixth street. Dr Shaft showed K♦ Q♥ K♥ T♣ 3♠ T♦ 8♦ for a two-pair high, and bottsky showed 7♥ J♣ A♣ 6♣ 5♦ 7♠ Q♣ for a ticket to exit in third place, which was worth the agree-upon amount of $18,820.59.

That left the final two players to go at heads-up play:

Seat 4: Dr Shaft (2,263,609 in chips)
Seat 6: kasparov007 (1,256,391 in chips)

kasparov007 quickly narrowed the chip divide between the two, though Dr Shaft consistently stayed in the lead for most of the match. That was until kasparov007 got on a roll (Kaiser or sourdough, not sure) and took several major pots to garner more than a 2-to-1 lead. Dr Shaft was able to double through at a critical point but still sat with less than a million chips to the more-than-2.5 million of his opponent.

As kasparov007 headed up to 3 million chips, Dr Shaft was ready to push it all. The betting took them all the way to sixth street, at which point the betting was capped, and Dr Shaft was all-in holding 5♣ T♣ 2♠ 3♦ 7♠ J♥ Q♦ for nothing but queen high. kasparov007 had the upper hand, literally, for the high and the low with 5♥ A♥ 6♦ 9♦ 3♠ 2♥ 4♣. That ended the heads-up portion of the evening, giving a second place finish and $14,000 to Dr Shaft.

It was kasparov007 who managed to emerge victorious from the tumultuous world of limit stud hi/lo. He took the $17,500 first place money, along with a special SCOOP champion's watch and the tournament title. Congratulations!

SCOOP Event 12-Medium Final Table:

1st place: kasparov007 ($17,500.00)*
2nd place: Dr Shaft ($14,000.00)*
3rd place: bottsky ($18,820.59)*
4th place: TurnRiva ($19,727.41)*
5th place: DRHAMMERS ($7,040.00)
6th place: badbeat987 ($4,928.00)
7th place: pycb ($3,168.00)
8th place: BadgerDawg ($2,112.00)

*based on four-way chop agreement

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP