SCOOP: Cal42688 crushes warp-speed final table in Event #17-L, $16.50 Pot-Limit Omaha with Rebuys

SCOOP logo.gifNothing says "action game" quite like short-handed pot-limit Omaha with unlimited rebuys. While a similarly sized field in last week's 6-max no-limit hold'em rebuy event took more than 18 hours to play down to a winner, it took less than 12 hours for cal42688 to go from just another starting stack to SCOOP champion, making quick work of his last five opponents at a final table that only lasted 20 minutes.

You read that right. 20 minutes. Hang on to your hats, kids.

3,788 players bought in to Event #17-Low for $16.50 apiece and after 5,531 rebuys and 2,457 add-ons, the prize pool topped out at $176,640--well past the $100,000 guarantee. 660 places were paid with first place set to earn $26,940.51. Team PokerStars Pro was well-represented by Jorge Arias, Bill Chen, George Danzer, Johannes Steindl, Maridu Mayrinck, George Lind III, Chris Moneymaker, Lex Veldhuis, Jan Heitmann, Marcel Luske, and Dusty Schmidt. Four of them made the money: Johannes Steindl (446th), Jorge Arias (249th), Bill Chen (41st), and George Danzer, who won the Team Pro last-longer in 16th place.

Lynxx88 ended his SCOOP run as the final table bubble boy, getting the rest of his chips in the middle on a 9♠4♣3♥ flop holding A♥K♥K♠4♠. His overpair was up against redskins2121's 7♦6♥5♦3♦ for bottom pair and a wrap draw. Redskins2121 picked up a higher straight draw when the T♦ hit the river--he could now win with an eight, seven, six, five, three or a deuce. The poker gods complied on the river, the 2♣ falling to make him a six-high straight, sending lynxx88 to the rail in seventh place.

Here's how the field stacked up as the final table got underway:

Seat 1: redskins2121 (8,631,165 in chips)
Seat 2: nyc_bullets (9,439,615 in chips)
Seat 3: cal42688 (8,806,005 in chips)
Seat 4: PizzaCalzone (3,464,189 in chips)
Seat 5: M-Pen (2,591,432 in chips)
Seat 6: 1Matrix (7,309,594 in chips)

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The final table's first casualty came on only the third hand of play. With the blinds at 80,000/160,000, nyc_bullets opened for 397,979. PizzaCalzone raised to 1,433,937, nearly half his stack. Nyc_bullets flat-called and they saw a 6♥5♥4♠ flop. Nyc_bullets checked, PizzaCalzone moved all-in for his remaining 2,190,252 and nyc_bullets called. It was A♣A♥J♦8♥ for PizzaCalzone--an overpair and the nut flush draw--while nyc_bullets flopped the nut straight with A♠9♠8♠7♥. PizzaCalzone couldn't find any of his outs, the turn and river falling the 9♣, and the 8♦, nyc_bullets notching the KO with a nine-high straight. PizzaCalzone exited in sixth place, earning $2,826.24.

Up to 13.5 million in chips, nyc_bullets pulled even further ahead on the next hand. Redskins2121 opened for 480,000 from the small blind and nyc_bullets three-bet to 1,440,000 from the big blind. Redskins2121 called, but check-folded the Q♠8♥4♣ flop after nyc_bullets fired a hefty 1,979,797.

With nyc_bullets on 15 million in chips, it was cal42688's turn to make a surge. Cal42688 won two consecutive pots from the chip leader, the second one a total-game changer. Have a look:

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After flushing away nyc_bullets' trips, cal42688 was up to 21 million while nyc_bullets fell to 4.2 million. That's when second-in-chips redskins2121 decided to make a move. With the action folded to him on the button, redskins2121 raised to 480,000. Nyc_bullets folded the small blind and cal42688 three-bet to 1,520,000 from the big blind. Redskins2121 called. The flop came down 7♦6♠3♥ and cal42688 led out for 1,724,233. Redskins2121 put him to the test, shoving for his remaining 5,256,822, but cal42688 couldn't pull the trigger. He folded, conceding the pot to redskins2121, who moved up to 10.1 million in chips.

A few hands later, nyc_bullets made his stand, getting the rest of his stack all-in before the flop holding K♣K♦Q♣5♦. The only problem? He was up against redskins2121's A♦A♣9♦2♣. There was no help on the 6♦9♠J♠8♣A♥ board for nyc_bullets and he hit the rail in fifth place, earning $5,299.20.

In the seven hands that followed nyc_bullets' elimination, M-Pen doubled up twice, taking him from short stack to legitimate contender. On the first hand he doubled through cal42688, his A♠A♣K♦Q♦ holding up against Q♣Q♠J♣7♠.

Three minutes later, he was all-in against cal42688 once again:

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Two hands after that, 1Matrix was out in fourth place. Cal42688 opened for 443,434 and 1Matrix three-bet to 1.4 million from the small blind. Cal42688 called and they saw a 7♥6♦2♣ flop. 1Matrix bet 3,000,000, cal42688 raised to 6,000,000 and 1Matrix called off the 430,607 he had behind, turning up A♦A♠J♦T♥. Cal42688, however had flopped top two pair with 9♣8♣7♣6♥. The turn was the 3♥, the river was the 4♦, and 1Matrix hit the rail, $8,946.81 richer.

Three-handed play lasted for a grand total of nine hands before cal42688 put the hurt on redskins2121 in a 28.6 million-chip pot. With the blinds at 100,000/200,000, redskins2121 limped in from the small blind. Cal42688 made it 600,000 to go from the big blind and redskins2121 called. The flop was A♥Q♠8♥ and redskins2121 checked over to cal42688, who bet 684,758. Redskins2121 raised to 2.2 million, cal 42688 three-bet to 7.8 million, and redskins2121 four-bet shoved for 13.7 million. Cal42688 called, showing A♦K♥8♣7♥ for two pair and the nut flush draw while redskins2121 tabled Q♥J♥T♣4♦ for middle pair, a gutshot straight draw, and the second-nut flush draw. Redskins2121 was in a very bad spot indeed, a 3-1 dog with two cards to come, but the 9♠ on the turn flipped those odds on their ear as redskins2121 made a queen-high straight and now stood as a 3-1 favorite to win. However, the 5♥ on the river pulled the plug on that celebration as cal42688 made the nut flush to win the pot and eliminate redskins2121 in third place.

Cal42688 held a nearly 3-1 chip lead over M-Pen as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 3: cal42688 (29,359,830 in chips)
Seat 5: M-Pen (10,882,170 in chips)

At such a light-speed final table, it was only fitting that despite the deep stacks, heads-up play lasted only six hands. The stack sizes had hardly moved when the final hand unfolded, all the money going in on the river when both players made straights:

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After only 20 minutes and 36 hands of play, cal42688 annihilated this final table, eliminating three of his five opponents to earn a SCOOP title and $26,940.51. For his runner-up finish, M-Pen took home $19,430.40.

SCOOP Event #17-Low, $16.50 6-Max Pot-Limit Omaha with Rebuys Results

1. cal42688 ($26,940.51)
2. M-Pen ($19,430.40)
3. redskins2121 ($14,131.20)
4. 1Matrix ($8,946.81)
5. nyc_bullets ($5,299.20)
6. PizzaCalzone ($2,826.24)

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP