SCOOP: KlozIInPray Closes the Deal & Handily Wins PLO Title in Event #30-L

SCOOP logo 2010.gifThey call pot-limit Omaha the action game. Poker players have discovered the clashes, the ups and downs, and the overall excitement that can be PLO, and the last few years have seen a dramatic rise in the game's popularity. It was only natural, then, to make PLO an integral part of the SCOOP schedule.

Event 30 (Low) brought PLO hi/lo to the players for the bargain buy-in of $11, along with a $75K guarantee, and there were 7,017 interested parties seated at the tables when registration stopped. With PokerStars kicking in nearly $5,000 to make the prize pool an even $75,000, it gave the players a bit of an overlay and an even better deal for their investment.

When the money bubble burst so the last 1,080 competitors could be paid, there were several members of Team PokerStars Pro in that group. Johannes "J.Steindl" Steindl was the first to cash in 585th place, and he was followed by George "Jorj95" Lind III in 525th place, Nuno Coelho in 429th, and Marcin "Goral" Horecki" in 307th.

As the final table and the 11th hour neared and thedonjuan5 sweet-talked his way out of the tournament in 11th, place, hand-for-hand play went on until c)smokramer got involved with 7PRS to see a 9♣K♦A♣ flop. C0smokramer went all-in for his last 324,408 chips with 2♥Q♣5♦Q♦, and 7PRS was along for the ride with J♦6♣A♦4♣. The 8♦ on the turn and T♥ on the river finished it, and the pair of aces but no qualifying low eliminated c0smokramer in tenth place with $412.50.

Monster chip lead for KlozIInPray

The final table was ready to go just as Level 39 got underway with blinds of 80,000/160,000. The starting chip counts found KlozIInPray with a significant chip lead heading into action:

Seat 1: 7PRS (4,193,638 in chips)
Seat 2: KnicKnac2 (2,597,993 in chips)
Seat 3: KlozIInPray (16,688,693 in chips)
Seat 4: Vanukid (1,616,568 in chips)
Seat 5: windchaser4 (3,303,657 in chips)
Seat 6: putea4me (3,278,907 in chips)
Seat 7: Try Reefer (963,000 in chips)
Seat 8: camk89 (923,022 in chips)
Seat 9: guesswest (1,519,522 in chips)

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It was only the sixth hand when action heated up and one player was at risk at the hands of the massive chip leader. Vanukid had been struggling with a shaky internet connection but connected just in time to raise preflop. KlozIInPray called from the big blind, and the flop came down 3♦6♣Q♠. When KlozIInPray bet, Vanukid raised all-in for 1,616,568 chips with 3♣A♦A♣2♦, and KlozIInPray called with 4♣2♥9♠Q♦. The J♦ and Q♥ finished off the hand, and KlozIInPray made trip queens for the high, and with no low, Vanukid was out of the tournament in ninth place with $581.25.

There was no shortage of action at the table. One example came with two players all-in but saved by a massive split pot:

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The very next hand saw another big pot develop, as KnicKnac2 raised, KlozIInPray reraised, and windchaser4 came over the top all-in. Both players called and checked the K♣9♥9♣ flop. After the 5♣ on the turn, KlozIInPray bet and prompted KnicKnac2 to fold. KlozIInPray showed J♣2♥A♣8♠ for the turned flush, and windchaser4 turned over 7♦K♠2♣A♠ for two pair. The Q♥ came on the river to end the hand and windchaser4's run, and $900 escorted the player out in eighth place.

The next victim of the chip leader was Try Reefer, who doubled once through KlozIInPray but decided to attempt it again. All-in preflop was the move with T♥J♣A♦2♠, and KlozIInPray called from the small blind with A♠J♥2♦4♦. The computerized dealer produced a J♠J♦8♠4♥Q♥ board, and KlozIInPray's full house dominated the trip jacks of Try Reefer, and the latter exited in seventh place with $1,612.50.

When everyone but the chip leader is a short stack...

Nearly every player but KlozIInPray felt the need to make some serious moves in the hopes of moving up on the leaderboard, but the chip leader had so many chips that it must have seemed like a daunting task.

Short-stacked camk89 doubled once through KlozIInPlay and had a little room to move, but guesswest had been relegated to a stack of less than 800K and knew it was time to try for a double-up of his own. From the small blind, camk89 raised with 3♦6♠A♣2♦ preflop, guesswest reraised all-in from the big blind with K♠A♥A♦Q♠. Camk89 called. The board produced 9♦4♦2♥K♦J♣, and guesswest was eliminated in sixth place with $2,325.00.

And then action sped up. KnicKnac2 doubled through 7PRS, but it was camk89 who was in the spotlight again in the next big hand. After a standard KlozIInPray opening raise, camk89 pushed all-in for 2,338,349 chips with A♦2♠4♠K♣, and KlozIInPray called with A♠4♣K♦K♥. The board came 5♦9♥5♥6♣6♦, and KlozIInPray had it with the kings and sixes, eliminating camk89 in fifth place with $3,075.00.

Slaughter might be a harsh word but the best in describing the next hand. It started with KlozIInPray opening with a raise (no kidding), and 7PRS moving all-in for 1,002,512. KnicKnac2 called from the big blind, and KlozIInPray came along as well. Betting between the latter two players took place on the 7♥5♦A♥ flop, but it was on the 8♠ turn that KnicKnac2 pushed all-in and received the call. The hands were as follows:

7PRS: Q♣A♦A♠6♠
KnicKnac2: A♣2♠4♦J♥
KlozIInPray: 2♦9♦3♥T♠

The board finished up with the J♠ on the river, and KlozIInPray won everything with the straight for the high and 7-5-3-2-A for the low. That left 7PRS out in fourth with $3,975.00 and KnicKnac2 out in third with $6,000. And that left many wanting to see it again, so here's the replay:

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Utter domination

Heads-up was suddenly upon us, and the chip counts were a bit of an indication of how the battle was about to go:

Seat 3: KlozIInPray (34,346,093 in chips)
Seat 6: putea4me (738,907 in chips)

It took two hands. Putea4me was all-in preflop with 6♠2♦4♠3♥, and KlozIInPray was right there with A♦J♥5♠8♣. The board was 9♠Q♦5♦J♦Q♠, and putea4me couldn't beat two pair or produce a low hand, so a second place finish was in order for $8,277.75.

KlozIInPray dominated and won Event 30-L, handily grabbing a SCOOP title and $11,250.00 in prize money.

SCOOP Event 30-Low (PLO Hi/Lo) Results for 05/13/10:

1st place: KlozIInPray ($11,250.00)
2nd place: putea4me ($8,277.75)
3rd place: KnicKnac2 ($6,000.00)
4th place: 7PRS ($3,975.00)
5th place: camk89 ($3,075.00)
6th place: guesswest ($2,325.00)
7th place: Try Reefer ($1,612.50)
8th place: windchaser4 ($900.00)
9th place: Vanukid ($581.25)

The Spring Championship of Online Poker only a few days 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