SCOOP: Prrrak4783 rocks Event #21-M for the Mixed PLHE/PLO Win
The mixed game draws a unique crowd to the online tournament tables. Not only does it require solid knowledge of both games involved - pot-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha, in this case - but players must be adept to shifting gears quickly and staying atop the action. Both games require different strategies, and players looking to win such an event must be able to find the right mix, if you will.
Event 21 (Medium) offered players the chance to get in on the Mixed PLHE/PLO action at the medium buy-in level of $162, for which they were guaranteed a $200K prize pool. That brought a total of 1,440 players to the tables, and a subsequent prize pool of $216,000 was created.
Action played on as the money bubble burst, allowing the last 216 players standing to receive a payout for their performances, and included in that group were Team PokerStars Pros Tom McEvoy, who finished in 198th place, Johannes Steindl in 182nd, Jorge Arias in 148th place, and Nuno Coelho in 88th. From that team, one remained and looked as if he would make the final table; that player just happened to be the one who seems to cash in nearly every SCOOP event this spring - George "Jorj95" Lind III.
As the final table approached, hand-for-hand action brought the players to some decisions, and it was that of TheLipoFund that took nine of them to the final table. TheLipoFund got into a preflop raising war with JackAdi, and when he moved all-in, TheLipoFund called all-in with A♣A♦. JackAdi was in trouble with A♥J♠, but the board came 8♥5♦K♥Q♣T♥, giving JackAdi the straight. Pocket aces failed for TheLipoFund, and the tenth place finish gave him $1,706.40 for it.
Anyone's game going into final table
With several players bunched at the top of the leaderboard, the final table got underway with nine players, whose starting chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: $trateGema (956,740 in chips)
Seat 2: lee xxx (882,812 in chips)
Seat 3: HarrisMP (251,970 in chips)
Seat 4: JackAdi (801,391 in chips)
Seat 5: wuutti (799,003 in chips)
Seat 6: prrrak4783 (1,202,470 in chips)
Seat 7: triumphticd (980,150 in chips)
Seat 8: Jorj95 (827,622 in chips)
Seat 9: the punerer (497,842 in chips)
Well, it was going to be anyone's game but the short-stacked player. On the very first hand of action, in the hold'em round HarrisMP raised, and when faced with a reraise by chipleader prrrak4783, HarrisMP pushed all-in. Prrrak4783 called with Q♦Q♣, and HarrisMP showed 6♦6♥. The board came 5♦2♥A♣2♦T♣, and prrrak4783 won the pot with the higher two pair, eliminating HarrisMP from the tournament in ninth place with $2,160.00.
Action started with wuutti looking strong and taking several sizable pots. And it wasn't the shortest stack at the table who was the next to move; it was the last-standing Team PokerStars Pro.
Jorj95 raised preflop, and JackAdi reraised. When Jorj95 put in another raise, JackAdi responded with an all-in move, which was called by Jorj95 for his tournament life. Jorj95 held 7♥7♣, but JackAdi showed the J♦J♠ and the distinct advantage. The flop came T♥2♥Q♦ to give Jorj95 a few cards to the heart flush, but the A♣ on the turn gave JackAdi straight outs. When the 9♣ appeared on the river, the pocket pairs stood, and George "Jorj95" Lind III was eliminated from the event in eighth place with $3,780.00. Lind's run as the player with the most cashes in the 2010 SCOOP was in full effect, though he clearly had his sights on the SCOOP title.
Prrrak4783 and JackAdi dominate
Both players were using their stacks to push around other players, but it was prrrak4783 who was dominating and putting some distance between his first place spot and JackAdi's second.
Wuutti was also eyeing those top spots, though, and made no bones about chipping up and working his way into position. So when the punerer challenged wuutti in a preflop raising war during a PLO round and the punerer moved all-in, wuutti called with A♣4♣2♦A♠. The punerer showed K♦T♦T♠Q♠, and the board came 9♦4♦7♥9♠A♦ to give wuutti the full house, which beat the nut flush of the punerer. Seventh place money in the amount of $5,940.00 went to the punerer.
All wuutti, all the time
Wuutti was on a roll and ready to take on all comers, it seemed. When triumphticd lost some chips to lee xxx in a double-up setting, triumphticd was reduced to less than 200K and pushed all-in preflop from the small blind. Wuutti was the original raiser and called with A♥9♦, and the race was on when triumphticd turned over 6♣6♥. But the flop hit wuutti with K♠2♣A♠, and the Q♦ turn and Q♣ river cards allowed that hand to stand up. Triumphticd was ousted in sixth place with $8,100.00.
$trateGema was next to tangle with wuutti, and the former pushed all-in holding 5♦5♥. Wuutti called with T♦T♠, and the deal produced a A♥6♣8♠Q♣8♦ board. Wuutti eliminated another player, this time $trateGema, who left with $10,260.00 for the fifth place finish.
Then it was lee xxx's turn. The preflop raising war between lee xxx and wuutti resulted in lee xxx calling all-in with 6♥K♦3♦K♣ against the 8♠Q♥A♦Q♦ of wuutti. The board came A♣A♠4♥Q♠K♠, which gave lee xxx kings full of aces, but wuutti topped that with aces full of queens. Lee xxx became the next victim, leaving in fourth place with $14,472.00.
Don't knock prrrak4783
Three-handed play saw wuutti off to a strong start, and though JackAdi took some hits, he maintained a strong showing along with wuutti. And though prrrak4783 lost some ground at the beginning of the trio's play, he soon found momentum and began chipping up. With hands like the following, prrrak4783 jumped right into the chip lead before the 13-hour break:
But then a hand developed that put prrrak4783 in a very good way. Wuutti limped preflop in a hold'em, but prrrak4783 raised, which prompted a reraise from prrrak4783. Wuutti then pushed all-in for 2,368,912 chips with A♣T♠, and prrrak4783 called with a dominating A♠Q♦. The board produced K♠6♣6♦5♠J♣, and the board's pair of sixes along with the A-K-Q kicker of prrak4783 gave him the pot, while wuutti was suddenly out of the tournament in third place, which was worth $19,440.00.
Heads-up action then began with the following chip counts:
Seat 4: JackAdi (1,835,438 in chips)
Seat 6: prrrak4783 (5,364,562 in chips)
The match only took about five minutes. And the final hand began with the two players going to see a K♦7♣A♦ flop. JackAdi led out with a bet, and prrrak4783 check-raised. More reraises led to JackAdi calling all-in for just under 2 million chips total with A♠J♥, which was only good for top pair. Prrrak4783 showed J♦T♦ for the royal flush draw. The 6♠ on the turn changed nothing and looked as if JackAdi might double up, but the Q♦ on the river gave prrrak4783 the royal flush. JackAdi finished the tournament in second place with $25,920.00.
What a way for prrrak4783 to end the tournament! A royal flush is tough to find, but on the hand that wins the tournament...well...that's just special. For the SCOOP victory, prrrak4783 took home $35,434.80 in prize money.
SCOOP Event 21-Medium (Mixed PLHE/PLO) Results for 05/10/10:
1st place: prrrak4783 ($35,434.80)
2nd place: JackAdi ($25,920.00)
3rd place: wuutti ($19,440.00)
4th place: lee xxx ($14,472.00)
5th place: $trateGema ($10,260.00)
6th place: triumphticd ($8,100.00)
7th place: the punerer ($5,940.00)
8th place: Team PokerStars Pro George "Jorj95" Lind III ($3,780.00)
9th place: HarrisMP ($2,160.00)
The Spring Championship of Online Poker is far from over, with numerous events still on the schedule and corresponding qualifiers to offer seats at a fraction of the price. Check out the SCOOP website for details and PokerStars.TV for series highlights.