SCOOP: gibralter11 rocks Event #4-High Badugi

SCOOP logo.gifAfter introducing Badugi at the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker, it was no surprise to see the increasingly popular draw poker variant turn up as part of the expanded SCOOP schedule. For this "High" version of the event ($1,575 buy-in), a select group of 69 came out to compete, creating a total prize pool of $103,500, beating the tourney's $75,000 guarantee. The top 12 spots paid, with first scheduled to earn $28,203.75.

The field included a number of familiar names, among them James "Andy McLEOD" Obst, Shaun Deeb, Daniel "steamraise" Alaei, Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner, Daniel "djk123" Kelly, and John "jmonnett" Monnette. Also present were two of the final tablists from that 2009 WCOOP Badugi event, Cordelia (who finished fourth) and Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan (who took fifth). (Click here for Change100's recap of that event, won by Raymond "raydavis77" Davis.)

Seven Team PokerStars pros also joined in the fun: Sebastien "Seb86" Sabic, Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso, Barry "barryg1" Greenstein, Anders "Donald" Berg, Kristian "CharismA3" Martin, George "Jorj95" Lind III, and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer.

Raymer had some difficulty in the early going, and found himself at the bottom of the chip counts along with John Monnette during the first hour. Monnette wouldn't recover, and would be one of the first out of the event, but Raymer did manage to work his way back for a while.

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Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer


At least one player -- SickSick -- was also playing in SCOOP Event No. 5, a pot-limit Omaha event, and was finding it a challenge dealing with two very different games, both of which involve four-card hands.

SickSick: how can you put badugi and omaha scoop same day
SickSick: i keep wanting to raise my JT32 rainbow
Seb86: lol
Seb86: in which game ????
SickSick: in plo
SickSick: lol

Barry Greenstein was experiencing difficulty himself today, and found his 5,000-chip starting stack dwindling from the start. Down to 1,045, the Bear found himself up against Shaun Deeb in a hand in which Greenstein did manage to make a T-5-3-A Badugi by the second draw. Unfortunately for him, Deeb drew one card on the end to make a better 5-4-2-A Badugi, sending Greenstein out in 52nd place. Greg "Fossilman" Raymer had slipped back by then as well, and a little while after followed Greenstein to the rail after he was struck down in 43rd by PokerGodZeus.

At that point -- about five-and-a-half hours into the event -- DeuceBuster had begun to create some distance from the others, building a stack up over 25,000. OneArmReg was nearest with 16,560.

badugileaders.jpgAs players continued to be eliminated, the remaining five different Team PokerStars Pros were ascending the leaderboard. Indeed, at one point with 25 players remaining, all five were in the top 14: Sabic (1st), Lind (6th), Rousso (9th), Martin (12th), and Berg (14th). Rousso and Berg would eventually fall back, however, and were ultimately bounced in 21st and 22nd, respectively.

As the tourney approached the nine-hour mark, just 13 remained. Mickelson3 would find himself short-stacked with 2,100 and having to post the 700 big blind. A middle-position raise and two callers led Mickelson3 to call as well, then put his remaining 700 in after the first draw. Mickelson3 discarded two the first time, then one, then stood pat on the final draw, by which point only Sabic remained in the hand. Mickelson3 had made a 9-6-3-A Badugi, but Sabic had himself a better one with 7-6-2-A, and Mickelson3 went home empty-handed.

With 12 players left, NoraFlum had edged into first with 86,677, followed by Seb86 with 70,760, and gibralter11 with 48,842. Team PS pro Kristian Martin would depart in 12th at the hands of villepn, followed by JannotLapin (11th), OneArmReg (10th), and DeuceBuster (9th), all of whom earned $2,846.25. After nine-and-a-half hours of play, the final eight-handed table had been set:

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Seat 1: villepn -- 21,298
Seat 2: Team PokerStars Pro George "Jorj95" Lind III -- 12,276
Seat 3: AWice -- 51,352
Seat 4: Team PokerStars Pro Sebastien "Seb86" Sabic -- 66,810
Seat 5: NoraFlum -- 83,077
Seat 6: arctarus -- 18,191
Seat 7: playitsafe -- 50,854
Seat 8: gibralter11 -- 41,142

Stakes were 1,000/2,000 as the final table began, meaning Lind, arctarus, and villepn would be proceeding cautiously as they chose a hand with which potentially to carry through three draws' worth of betting. After four orbits, Lind had slipped further to just 3,276 chips, which prompted him in a hand from the small blind to commit them all before the first draw. He had two opponents -- fellow PS pro Sabic and NoraFlum. NoraFlum would stand pat from the start, while both Lind and Sabic would draw a single card on all three rounds. NoraFlum bet each draw as well, and Sabic called down each time, eventually showing a T-7-6-4 Badugi, just good enough to nip NoraFlum's T-8-7-3 Badugi. Lind mucked, having been eliminated in eighth.


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villepn was the next to become shorter-stacked, having fallen to 8,498 in chips. With the stakes now 1,400/2,800, playitsafe raised, gibralter11 three-bet, and villepn capped it. Sabic cold-called the 5,600, playitsafe played it safe and got out, and gibralter called as well. Both Sabic and villepn would stand pat for all three draws, while gibralter11 would discard one each time. villepn got the rest in after the first round, Sabic led the betting on the second, then gibralter11 bet out after the third draw, getting a call from Sabic. gibralter11 showed a 8-6-3-A Badugi, and the others mucked. villepn was out in seventh.

As play proceeded, "Seb86" Sabic had become short-stacked while arctarus pushed out to a commanding lead with 138,185, well ahead of gibralter11 with 49,236 in second. In the BB with just over 8,000 left, Sabic committed nearly half of that before the first draw in a hand versus NoraFlum and gibralter11, with the rest going in after the second. Only gibralter1 would be standing pat on the last draw, with both Sabic and NoraFlum taking one card. NoraFlum would fold to gibralter1's bet, and gibralter1 would show a 8-3-2-A Badugi. "gg" typed Seb86, showing his Q-4-3-2 Badugi. The last Team PokerStars Pro was out in sixth.

After being crippled in a hand versus gibralter11, NoraFlum was all in before the first draw against both gibralter11 and AWice. Both of NoraFlum's opponents drew and bet on all three rounds, and NoraFlum also discarded each draw in the hopes of building a hand. In the end, though, AWice's K-J-T-A Badugi was enough to take it, and NoraFlum was out in fifth.

AWice was still short-stacked, however, and with just 20,925 found it necessary to take a hand to the end versus playitsafe. After drawing and betting on the first two rounds, both players stood pat on the third, and when playitsafe bet, AWice had to decide whether or not to call the remaining 2,925. Finally, after about a 10-second think, AWice called, showing a Q-5-4-A Badugi, but playitsafe had the best hand with a 5-4-3-A Badugi. Just three players remained.

arctarus and gibralter11 were now almost even in chips, both with just over 160,000, while playitsafe had slipped down below 20,000. playitsafe then picked up a hand to stay pat with and keep betting -- what turned out to be a K-9-2-A Badugi, while arctarus would draw one card on each round and keep calling -- until the end when arctarus led out. playitsafe called with his remaining chips, and arctarus showed an 7-4-2-A Badugi to knock out playitsafe in third.

That hand gave arctarus a slight lead with 182,434 to gibralter11's 162,566 when heads-up play commenced. The stakes were 2,500/5,000, so it was going to take a while to decide a winner.

For the first half-hour of heads-up, arctarus held sway, building up to a 3-to-1 chip advantage. But the gibralter11 kept at it, eventually chipping back to even and then taking a sizable lead himself. Finally, after more than an hour of play, arctarus had been bled down to just 19,868 to gibralter11's 325,132. Then came the final hand.

gibralter11 opened by raising to 8,000, arctarus reraised to 12,000, and gibralter11 called. arctarus took one card on the first draw, while gibralter11 took two. arctarus then bet 4,000, gibralter11 raised to put his opponent all in, and arctarus made the call, typing "gl" and "nice hu" as he did.

Both players took one card on the second draw, then both took one card again on the third. arctarus showed 7♦7♣3♦4♠ for a 3-card 7-4-3, while gibralter11 had him beat with a K-T-7-4 Badugi. After nearly 12 hours of doing the Badugi boogie, gibralter11 finally had all of the chips.


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SCOOP Event #4-High Badugi results
1st place: gibralter11 ($28,203.75)
2nd place: arctarus ($19,147.50)
3rd place: playitsafe ($14,490.00)
4th place: AWice ($9,832.50)
5th place: NoraFlum ($7,245.00)
6th place: Team PokerStars Pro Sebastien "Seb86" Sabic ($5,433.75)
7th place: villepn ($4,398.75)
8th place: Team PokerStars Pro George "Jorj95" Lind III ($3,363.75)

Congratulations to gibralter11! For more scoop on SCOOP, check out the series' official site by clicking here.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in SCOOP