SCOOP: CrackhAAd High on Razz victory in Event #27-L

SCOOP logo 2010.gifMost people don't love razz, nor do they hate it. They have a mixture of both feelings for the game, which translates into a sense that no matter how frustrating it might be, players are compelled to play it. Relationships with razz are complicated, but put such a tournament on the schedule, and the players will come. Period.

Event 27 (Low) was a prime example of that. The buy-in was set at only $22 for the lowest offering for the event, and the guarantee was $50K, which was surpassed when 3,064 players signed up for the tournament and created a $61,280.00 prize pool. Those numbers allowed the top 440 players to be paid, though, of course, the only thing in sight for those running deep was the final table.

The final table approached as did the ten-hour mark of the tournament, and after the eliminations of jennicide (Event 18-Low winner) in 12th place, Bremen82 in 11th, and naffathis in tenth, hand-for-hand play went into effect. Anton032 was the short stack of the group and didn't take long to get involved with crackhAAd all the way to fifth street, at which point, Anton032 called all-in for the remainder of his chips. When all the cards were shown, Anton032 produced a T-9-7-6-3 low, but crackhAAd bested him with a 9-8-7-4-2. Anton032 bubbled the final table and took home $413.64 for ninth place.

Eight finalists led by crackhAAd

In the midst of Level 36, with blinds at 100,000/200,000 and a 20,000 ante, the final table was set and began immediately with chip counts as follows:

Seat 1: h3pp4p01k4 (1,658,214 in chips)
Seat 2: crackhAAd (3,589,302 in chips)
Seat 3: jcking1 (1,890,268 in chips)
Seat 4: nr8flush (1,594,536 in chips)
Seat 5: RazzKid (1,701,996 in chips)
Seat 6: villus2 (2,228,963 in chips)
Seat 7: ashytlom (1,361,411 in chips)
Seat 8: Scottface777 (1,295,310 in chips)

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Play slowed as the final tablists got accustomed to their new arrangement and competitors. During that time Scottface777 chipped up, and with a big pot taken from crackhAAd climbed near the top of the leaderboard. But those chips soon melted away, and after nr8flush took a 3.2 million-chip pot from Scottface777, the short stack was back in effect.

Scottface777 then went from the bring-in to reraising RazzKid all-in on third street with Q♠ showing, while RazzKid called with 3♦. Scottface777 ultimately received 6♠7♥Q♠J♠9♦T♥K♣, but RazzKid had A♦4♠3♦8♦Q♦3♥T♣ for the T-8-4-3-A low. Scottface777's roller coaster ride was over with an eighth place finish and $566.84 to show for it.

Then it was ashytlom who had been relegated to a very short stack, one that consisted of little more than 500K in chips after RazzKid took a 2.5 million-chip pot from him. All of them went into the pot on third street with 5♣ showing, and villus2 called with 5♦ but produced an entire hand of 3♦7♣5♦6♥4♥2♠3♥ for the 6-5-4-3-2 low. Ashytlom's 9-7-5-4-2 was no good, and he walked away with $1,163.70 for seventh place.

The rises and falls in razz

Jcking1 ran into problems, courtesy of crackhAAd, who took a sizable pot from jcking1. That left the latter with a relatively short stack and of slightly more than 700K when jcking1 and nr8flush tangled. The two got involved and capped the betting on third street with 7♦ showing for jcking1 and 6♠ for nr8flush. Fourth street brought 8♦ to jcking1, which prompted an all-in for 42,514 chips. Nr8flush had 3♣ showing and was along for the ride. In the end, jcking1 produced a T-8-7-5-4, but the 3♠4♦6♠3♣8♥7♠K♣ of nr8flush, with its 8-7-6-4-3 low, eliminated jcking1 in sixth place with $1,838.40.

With newly acquired chips, nr8flush was doing well for a short time, that was until h3pp4p01k4 took a pot worth 3.7 million chips from nr8flush. Soon after, a battle with crackhAAd ensued. Nr8flush didn't commit all of his chips until fifth street, at which time his hand showed 2♣6♦7♠ with A♣Q♠ behind, but crackhAAd called with 5♠7♥2♦ and revealed 4♠3♦. Ultimately, crackhAAd's 7-5-4-3-2 low was good, and nr8flush was gone, just that quickly, with $3,064.00 for fifth place.

CrackhAAd took some hits, such as when villus2 doubled through and h3pp4p01k4 took a 3.8 million-chip pot from crackhAAd. But as had been the case for many levels, no deficit could keep crackhAAd from scratching and clawing his way back to the top of the leaderboard.

H3pp4p01k4 had been flirting with the top spots on the leaderboard but also getting involved in port worth upwards of 3 million chips, which meant heavy swings. After losing one too many, h3pp4p01k4 battled with crackhAAd before calling all-in on fifth street with 5♠7♠4♣ showing and T♣9♠ behind. CrackhAAd displayed K♥4♦6♦ before showing 8♥A♦ but caught 3♠6♣ to win with the 8-7-4-3-A low. H3pp4p01k4 left in fourth place with $4,289.60.

Quite a bit of action then found villus2 suffering, especially after RazzKid doubled through him. As RazzKid was rising, villus2 was falling, and though he doubled twice through crackhAAd and tripled up once, there wasn't much headway being made.

Finally, with little more than 1.2 million chips to start the hand, villus2 put it all on the line with J♥8♠6♠2♠6♥4♠5♦ against the 5♥6♦9♥7♥A♣4♥8♣ of crackhAAd, but the latter's low of 7-6-5-4-A eliminated villus2 in third place with $5,515.20.

Heads-up between the Kid and crack

And then there were two, and they began with virtually even chip stacks:

Seat 2: crackhAAd (8,010,700 in chips)
Seat 5: RazzKid (7,309,300 in chips)

The two players battled for quite awhile before a 15-minute break gave them some breathing room. Though crackhAAd chipped up a bit and took a bigger lead in the match, RazzKid was far from being out of contention.

But after the break, crackhAAd took a monster pot of 8.16 million chips with 8-6-4-3-2 over only a K-Q-3-2-A from RazzKid, and crackhAAd jumped out to a significant lead. That left RazzKid seeking to fix the situation.

Five hands later, RazzKid was ready to commit the remainder of his chips on fifth street with 2♣T♣T♦ showing and 5♦7♦ behind, while crackhAAd was there for the ride with 5♥6♥3♠ and 4♠4♥ revealed. RazzKid picked up 6♠ and Q♠ for T-7-6-5-2, but crackhAAd received J♣ and 7♥, which made the low of 7-6-5-4-3. RazzKid was eliminated in second place with $7,353.60.

CrackhAAd became the newest SCOOP champion, picking up $10,419.38 for winning the 27-low razz tournament.

SCOOP Event 27-Low (Razz) Results for 05/12/10:

1st place: crackhAAd ($10,419.38)
2nd place: RazzKid ($7,353.60)
3rd place: villus2 ($5,515.20)
4th place: h3pp4p01k4 ($4,289.60)
5th place: nr8flush ($3,064.00)
6th place: jcking1 ($1,838.40)
7th place: ashytlom ($1,163.70)
8th place: Scottface777 ($566.84)

The Spring Championship of Online Poker has less than a week left on the schedule, but numerous events remain with corresponding qualifiers to offer seats at a fraction of the price. Check out the SCOOP website for details and PokerStars.TV for series highlights.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP