SCOOP: Don_Insano chalks up a crazy HORSE win in Event #36-Low

SCOOP logo 2010.gifVersatile. Adaptable. Skilled. Attentive. Patient. These are all skills required to play a HORSE tournament, as players must be ready to change games every eight minutes, change gears to play their best at each game, and note the play of their opponents in five different games. HORSE may be fun, but it's also a complicated beast.

Event 36-Low gave players the opportunity to jump on that HORSE, which consisted of hold'em, Omaha hi/lo, razz, stud, and stud hi/lo. For the bargain buy-in of $22, everyone was offered the chance at a $50K guarantee, but when 3,821 players signed up to compete, the prize pool climbed to $76,420.00. It was destined to be an exciting tournament.

The field dwindled, as it tends to do when players bust out, through the evening until the money bubble burst with 560 players set to finish with some cash. Those in the money included a few Team PokerStars Pros like 511th place Sebastian Ruthenberg and 455th place Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck.

On toward the final table as the tenth hour of play approached, it was the elimination of frankyskirtz in tenth place that led to hand-for-hand play, though several double-ups allowed play to continue nine-handed for quite awhile. Ultimately, in a stud hi/lo hand, short-stacked Aftret moved all-in for 252,577 chips, and qwzej called. Aftret ended up with K♦T♦3♦4♦6♣3♠9♥, but that pair of threes was bested by the 4♠7♠K♣A♦7♥6♠5♦ of qwzej. Aftret left in ninth place with $449.34.

James lucus holds solid lead over final table

The final table began in Level 69, which gave players stud hi/lo opportunities at the 120,000/240,000 level with a 24K ante. Starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: james lucus (5,051,995 in chips)
Seat 2: X-Factor16 (1,107,946 in chips)
Seat 3: Herbert761 (2,186,961 in chips)
Seat 4: Don_Insano (3,314,303 in chips)
Seat 5: Andy McLEOD (1,870,425 in chips)
Seat 6: macey1 (409,504 in chips)
Seat 7: qwzej (2,174,437 in chips)
Seat 8: ADP1985 (2,989,429 in chips)

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The first person to exit the table did so in the limit hold'em round. Short-stacked macey1 raised preflop, but when ADP1985 reraised, macey1 decided to call all-in with A♦8♦. ADP1985 had A♣J♠, though, and that hand improved on the 4♦J♣K♥ flop. The 9♥ turn and 6♦ river ended the hand, with macey1 eliminated in eighth place with $611.36 to show for it.

The next Omaha round offered up the next two eliminations. First, it was Andy McLEOD on the short stack and ready to commit all of his cihps with 7♣7♥A♦T♣. James lucus called with K♥2♥A♣6♥, and the board of Q♦J♣A♥J♥8♥ gave james lucus the flush. With no low in play, James "Andy McLEOD" Obst departed in seventh place with $1,031.67.

Second was X-Factor16, who got involved with james lucus on a board of Q♥3♠T♣T♥. It was then that X-Factor16 called a bet for all of his chips with J♦3♣3♦A♥ for the full house, but jameslucus showed 8♠Q♦Q♠7♦ for the better full house with queens full of tens. The A♣ on the river changed nothing, and with no low, X-Factor16 was out in sixth place with $2,292.60.

In the next stud round, ADP1985 got involved with qwzej, but it wasn't until fifth street that ADP1985 was committed for the last of his chips with A♥Q♣7♦ and 8♠ J♦ behind. Qwzej's cards, when revealed showed 8♠J♦A♥Q♣7♦. The last two cards brought T♠4♥ for ADP1985 for ace high, which couldn't match up to the 9♥9♠ of qwzej and his two pair. ADP1985 was eliminated in fifth place with $3,821.00.

Soon after, james lucus took down a pot worth nearly 5.5 million chips, pushing him over the 10 million mark with more than a 2-to-1 chip lead over his nearest competitor, Don_Insano.

When another hold'em round reared its head, that was the point that short-stacked Herbert761 decided to push all-in. Qwzej and james lucus both called to see the T♣8♦Q♦ flop. A bet from qwzej brought a check-call from james lucus, and the 8♥ on the turn elicited checks from both players. But the 5♠ on the river got a bet from james lucus and fold from qwzej. Herbert761 then showed A♦J♠ which didn't improve on the board but held on for a straight draw, while james lucus showed K♥8♠ for the trip eights. The 5♠ on the river changed nothing but eliminated Herbert761 in fourth place with $5,349.40.

Very shortly thereafter, it was qwzej holding less than 1 million chips and looking to move preflop. With betting capped and qwzej all-in, Don_Insano was along for the ride with A♠J♦, which had the advantage over the K♣Q♦ of qwzej. The board was delivered as 6♥4♦2♠8♣3♣, and the ace high won the pot as qwzej exited in third place with $6,877.80.

Insane in the game

Heads-up play began with james lucus maintaining his aforementioned chip lead, but Don_Insano wasn't far behind:

Seat 1: james lucus (12,062,928 in chips)
Seat 4: Don_Insano (7,042,072 in chips)

Don_Insano came out of the gate with sincere aggression and not only caught up but took over the chip lead. One such example of the hands seen during the first part of the battle was as follows:

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Finally, it was razz that ended the match. James lucus had been whittled down to less than 1 million in chips and pushed all-in preflop. Don_Insano called and came up with 9♠7♥4♦5♠6♦T♥9♦ for a 9-7-6-5-4 low hand. James lucus showed 7♠4♠2♠K♥2♣2♥3♠ before leaving in second place with $8,597.25.

Don_Insano defeated a player who looked like an unstoppable force, and the reward was a SCOOP title and $12,379.32 for accomplishing the feat.

SCOOP Event 36-Low (HORSE) Results for 05/14/10:

1st place: Don_Insano ($12,379.32)
2nd place: james lucus ($8,597.25)
3rd place: qwzej ($6,677.80)
4th place: Herbert761 ($5,349.40)
5th place: ADP1985 ($3,821.00)
6th place: X-Factor16 ($2,292.60)
7th place: Andy McLEOD ($1,031.67)
8th place: macey1 ($611.36)

The Spring Championship of Online Poker wraps with its Main Event tomorrow, and there aer still corresponding qualifiers that 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