SCOOP: Extra-Crispy86 victory in Event 27-M $215 Razz
Let's get one thing clear:
I will not let anyone speak ill of Razz.
Sure, you may have jumped on the bandwagon of folks who think Razz is nothing but a practice in frustration, a poker tease the likes of which no fickle romantic interest could ever compete. You may have tried the game and failed to recognize its simple beauty and sexy witchcraft. The problem, my friend, is not with Razz. The problem is with you.
With that understood, we can get on with what I considered to be the most important SCOOP event of the day, the $215 Razz event that represented SCOOP Event #27-Medium. In all, 569 open-minded players signed up to play for the $113,800 prize pool. Among them were players like Roxy24, Bill Chen, and George Lind, all of whom made the money, and the latter who currently leads the SCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard.
While Lind may lead, he's being pushed by rkruok, one of the eight players who made the final table. Here's how they began final table action.
Seat 1: ShawnZJones (197012 in chips)
Seat 2: rkruok (755537 in chips)
Seat 3: lukro8 (318443 in chips)
Seat 4: AceKicker31 (170596 in chips)
Seat 5: amichaiKK (231576 in chips)
Seat 6: gothicguy (344044 in chips)
Seat 7: Crispy86 (516268 in chips)
Seat 8: brsariego (311524 in chips)
Within the first 15 or 20 minutes of final table play, AceKicker31 had lost about half the stack with which he'd started. With the [4d} showing, he got in a raising war with gothicguy and his 4♣. They capped the betting and AceKicker31 was all-in. He discovered he was ahead, his A-3-4 ahead of gothicguy's A-8-4. Being ahead, however, meant little. AceKicker31 finished with a 9-7 to gothicguy's 8-6. AceKicker31 won $1991.50 for eighth place.
HE LIKES'EM LOW
There are certain people who simply excel in games where they have to make a terrible hand to be successful. Shawn "ShawnZJones" Grant happens to be one of those people. Last year, Grant took down the $530 Stud-8 WCOOP event for nearly $50,000. Tonight, he made the final table of the $215 Razz event..
Grant started the final table as one of the shorter stacks. He called a raise with the 5♣ showing. This is how the hand turned out.
Grant earned $2,845 for his seventh place finish.
CULL OF THE SHORT-STACKS
With Grant gone, there was left a pretty stark chip disparity.
Seat 2: rkruok (1538637 in chips)
Seat 3: lukro8 (79182 in chips)
Seat 5: amichaiKK (241768 in chips)
Seat 6: gothicguy (88772 in chips)
Seat 7: Crispy86 (823239 in chips)
Seat 8: brsariego (73402 in chips)
With the limits at 25,000/50,000, the cull was bound to happen. It happened faster than we could type.
It began when lukro8 was all-in on forth street with 2♣Q♦ showing up against Crispy86's T♥A♣. Neither hand looked pretty, but Crispy86's looked better at the end, his 6-5 beating lukro8's 9-8. Lukro8 made $3,983 for sixth place.
Three hands later, gothicguy got in all in-in by sixth street against brsariego and rkruok. It was brick city for the guy who started with 4-5-7. He ended up with king-high, not good enough to beat brsariego's 6-5.
With barely a big bet in front of him, amichaiKK got it all-in two hands later with the 5♦ showing. While a win in the hand wouldn't have done him much good, the way he lost still sort of hurt.
amichaiKK: 3♥7♦5♦6♠8♠ (Lo: 8,7,6,5,3)
brsariego: 7♥5♥6♥A♥ (Lo: 8,7,6,5,A)
In any case, amichaiKK was gone in fourth for $8,535.
THAT OUGHTA DO IT
With brsariego chipping up, three pretty deep stacks remained. Because the three remaining players were in their right minds and had been playing for nearly 12 hours, they cut a deal within a matter of seconds. They left $2,000 on the table for which to play, then chopped it up according to their chip stacks.
With the deal in place, three-handed play didn't last long. While we never saw brsariego's final holding, we know it couldn't beat Crispy86's J,8,6,3,2.
That took us to heads-up play with the following chip stacks:
Seat 2: rkruok (1417683 in chips)
Seat 7: Crispy86 (1427317 in chips)
Or, in other words, nearly identical stacks.
The players battled for nearly an hour with the chip stacks swinging wildly. Even with five minutes left to play, it looked like it could be any player's championship.
Then this million-chip pot developed.
With fewer than 200,000 chips remaining, rkruok was all-in on the next hand and couldn't catch. He picked up $16,063.37 for second place.
Crispy86 meanwhile pocketed $19,007.34 and the SCOOP Event 27-Medium chamipionship.
Congratulations to all the big winners. And here's to ya for keeping Razz alive.
SCOOP Event #27-Medium, $215 Razz
1. Crispy86 ($19,007.34)
2. rkruok ($16,063.37)
3. brsariego $13,806
4. amichaiKK ($8,535)
5. gothicguy ($5,690)
6. lukro8 ($3,983)
7. ShawnZJones ($2,845)
8. AceKicker31 ($1991)