SCOOP: Lileor99 dominates final table, wins Event #18, $530 Omaha Hi/Lo
Sometimes you feel like a nut (nut). Sometimes you don't. Lileor99 clearly felt like the nuts upon getting out of bed yesterday morning. He out-drew a field of 492 players to take down the title in SCOOP Event #18-M, $530 Omaha Hi/Lo Split.
Players that didn't feel like a nut (nut) yesterday included most of Team PokerStars. Despite eights of its Team Pros turning out for the event, only one player cracked the top 72 money-receiving spots. Chris "Money800" Moneymaker battled his way down to 23rd place and earned $1,476 in prize money on his $530 buy-in.
There were also three Friends of PokerStars in today's event. Orel Hershiser had some rough days in major league baseball during his remarkable career, so finishing in 423rd place today probably didn't faze him much. The other two Friends of Pokerstars, Darus Suharto and former WSOP Main Event champion Tom McEvoy, fared much better. Suharto finished in a respectable 34th place, while McEvoy made it -- just barely -- to this final table:
Seat 1: TommyE79 (156,286 in chips)
Seat 2: crazy169 (157,654 in chips)
Seat 3: DA DONG (312,936 in chips)
Seat 4: Tom McEvoy (57,024 in chips)
Seat 5: RBC* (483,127 in chips)
Seat 6: Chouilla (124,506 in chips)
Seat 7: Lileor99 (578,397 in chips)
Seat 8: raconteur (396,652 in chips)
Seat 9: Foaming_H (193,418 in chips)
McEvoy doubled up twice early at the final table, leading RBC* to dub him "Tom the Unbreakable". "It's tough to call a rattlesnake," McEvoy joked after another opponent asked if Tom had "paid the [PokerStars RNG] server" to bail him out of all-in situations with good boards. McEvoy's excellent short-stacked play led to a mini-bubble situation after the players collapsed to the final table, with chip leaders Lileor99 and RBC* taking advantage of the other players who seemed to be waiting around for McEvoy to bust so they could slide up the payout schedule.
It was crazy169 who busted first. He moved all in preflop from under the gun for about 24,000 chips and was called in three spots. Although his T♠ 4♠ Q♣ 2♣ flopped two pair, Chouilla turned a Broadway straight. There was no help for crazy169 on the river, and with no low possible, he was bounced from the tournament in 9th place, earning $3,763.80 along the way.
McEvoy, it turned out, was not so unbreakable after all. With limits at 20,000 and 40,000, he moved all for 30,000 chips an was called by the chip leader, Lileor99, and Foaming_H. Lileor99 chased Foaming_H out of the pot with a bet on a flop of 9♥ Q♠ Q♦, then opened 7♠ 2♣ 4♥ 4♦ against McEvoy's T♥ 7♦ A♦ 4♣. The board blanked out 3♦ and K♠ to send McEvoy to the rail in 8th place for a $5,535 payday.
Two hands later, it was DA DONG's turn. Like the two busted players, DA DONG moved all in preflop with a short stack that was called in multiple places. On a board of T♦ J♣ 2♠ K♦ 5♥, Chouilla led the betting the whole way and was check-called by RBC*. RBC* tabled the best hand, K♥ A♦ J♥ 6♦ for two pair, kings and jacks, to take down the side pot and the main pot. DA DONG was therefore eliminated in 7th place.
It was only another two hands before raconteur gave up the ghost. He at least waited until the flop to get his chips in on this hand:
With five players left, talk of a deal surfaced for the first time. It was brought up by second-place player RBC*. However, before the players could all agree to look at the numbers, TommyE79 was all in on a flop of A♣ 7♦ 9♠ against RBC*. RBC* turned over 2♣ 4♣ A♦ 3♥ against TommyE79's 8♦ A♥ J♠ T♥. RBC* quickly spiked a second pair with the turn 3♦, then dodged all of TommyE79's redraws when the river fell Q♠. That river card gave the whole pot to RBC* and eliminated TommyE79 in fifth place. His reward was $13,784.
The tournament was then paused with four players remaining to look at chip-chop numbers. Foaming_H was the lone holdout on getting a deal down, as he was unhappy with taking his chip-chop share of $23,671, pointing out that it was less than third-place money. He asked for $28,000 and was refused. Play resumed.
For once, the pokers gods didn't punish the chop-blocker with the dreaded fate of being the next player eliminated. That honor went to Chouilla who, after a series of small losing pots, was all in on a flop of 9♠ 7♠ 7♥. Chouilla's J♥ 4♣ 9♣ 2♥ was ahead of Lileor99's 3♥ 5♦ 2♠ 5♥, but the turn was a most unkind 7♣ to give Lileor99 a full house. Chouilla never improved; the river fell 8♦ to eliminate Chouilla in fourth place, for $18,942.
After that, it was the Lileor99 show. He scooped or three-quartered a couple of pots in short succession to move up to 1.75 million in chips. Foaming_H had about 120,000 and RBC* had 580,000. Lileor99 seemed to adopt an approach of extreme aggression to try to take down the tournament by brute force, but Foaming_H and RBC* hit enough hands to keep things interesting for a while.
With stacks at 1.44MM for Lileor99, 582,000 for Foaming_H and 438,000 for RBC*, Lileor99 asked about dealing. RBC* was keen, but Foaming_H objected, saying that last time they looked at the numbers, the other players didn't want to negotiate. He finally agreed to look at the numbers again but with the caveat that he probably wouldn't agree to a deal. The chip equity numbers were $41,115, $31,576 and $29,965. Foaming_H flatly demanded "35 or no deal", which prompted RBC* to ask for $32,000. The idea was that the excess in each case would come out of Lileor99's end, dropping him down to about $36,000. Of course he refused.
The players went back to battling it out, with Lileor99 slowly ceding ground to his opponents. A battle of dueling trips brought RBC* level with Lileor99 for the first time since the final table started.
With limits at 30,000 and 60,000 and the stacks more evenly distributed, RBC* proposed another deal. After some haggling, the players agreed that Lileor99 and RBC* would each take $34,250, with Foaming_H getting $33,500. That left $3,657 and a SCOOP champion's watch to play for.
Foaming_H was quickly ground down after the deal was made. He committed himself with K♥ 3♦ 5♠ 6♥ against Lileor99's 9♣ K♣ A♥ 5♥. A board of 4♠ 4♦ 7♠ 2♣ T♠ made Lileor99 just barely better both ways to scoop the pot and knock Foaming_H out of the tournament in third place.
Lileor99 started heads-up play with 1.49MM in chips to RBC*'s 966,000. When Lileor99 hit a small rush with limits at a whopping 40,000 and 80,000, it wasn't long before RBC* was all in on a flop of 6♥ 2♠ K♠. He had made top pair with 9♠ A♥ K♦ Q♥, but Lileor99 showed down a set of sixes, T♥ 6♣ 4♥ 6♠. The turn J♦ kept hope alive for RBC* but the river A♣ crushed it. Lileor99's trip sixes were enough to scoop the pot and the victory in SCOOP Event#18-Medium.
SCOOP Event #18-Medium Omaha Hi/Lo results (includes three-way deal):
1st place: Lileor99 ($37,907)
2nd place: RBC* ($34,250)
3rd place: Foaming_H ($33,500)
4th place: Chouilla ($18,942)
5th place: TommyE79 ($13,284)
6th place: raconteur ($10,455)
7th place: DA DONG ($7,995)
8th place: Tom McEvoy ($5,535)
9th place: crazy169 ($3,763.80)
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