SCOOP: Rich_Fish gets richer with a PLO Win in Event #30-M

SCOOP logo 2010.gifSome play pot-limit Omaha simply because it's not hold'em. While Texas hold'em remains the most popular game, many found themselves overdosed on it and sought a new outlet for their skills, a new realm of strategy, another game to master, and that game was PLO. Others fell in love with it because of the action it provides, with the pot-limit aspect, the extra hole cards in play, the split pots in hi/lo. But no matter the reason, PLO has swept the poker world and become one of its most popular variations.

Event 30 (Medium) offered players the chance to get in on that action for a $109 buy-in. And the $150K guarantee was no less than appealing, but when 2,041 players signed up to compete, the prize pool soared to $204,100. The cards flew, the pots were split, and players got their PLO fix.

The tournament progressed with the money bubble in sight, and when ApKTuK exited in 271st place, the last 270 players were in the money. As for Team PokerStars Pros, Anders "Donald" Berg cashed out, taking home $173.48 for 259th place, and the other member of the team still in the game was Henrique Pinho, looking as if a final table was in order.

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With the 13th hour of the tournament approaching and fuseman36 out in 11th place, hand-for-hand ultimately took the two tables to a the final table bubble. Blinda74 and clunged got involved to see a T♠4♣5♣ flop, at which point Blinda74 pushed all-in for 353,920 chips with A♥7♦2♦6♥. Clunged called with A♦9♥2♥6♦, and the board finished with T♣ on the turn and 4♠ on the river. Both players had a pair of tens and no low, but clunged had the better kickers. Blinda74 left in tenth place with $1,581.77.

Clunged clung to chip lead going into action

Level 34 kicked off the final table, with blinds at 25,000/50,000 and the following players' chip counts:

Seat 1: TheHoneyNut (1,943,414 in chips)
Seat 2: snakeVargas (731,034 in chips)
Seat 3: clunged (2,484,813 in chips)
Seat 4: Rich_Fish (1,814,358 in chips)
Seat 5: Henrique.P (568,166 in chips)
Seat 6: CBechtold209 (332,535 in chips)
Seat 7: duggins_edge (479,091 in chips)
Seat 8: hiho47414 (353,255 in chips)
Seat 9: lyzardos (1,498,334 in chips)

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Only a few hands into action, duggins_edge got involved with CBechtold209 and Rich_Fish to see a flop of Q♥6♦5♦. Rich_Fish bet, which prompted a fold from CBechtold209 and call all-in from duggins_edge for his last 284,091 chips. Rich_Fish showed 2♦A♦J♠T♥, and duggins_edge turned over the 8♣7♥A♥2♣. The 9♦ on the turn completed the straight for Rich_Fish but also the flush for Rich_Fish. The 9♣ on the river ended the tournament for duggins_edge, who took home $2,041.00 for the ninth place finish.

During the next few rounds, hiho47414 struggled to stay alive, doubling up once through TheHoneyNut but attempting the feat again on the next hand. It started innocently enough with a raise from clunged and call from hiho47414 to see a 5♠J♠6♠ flop, at which point a bet and call led them to the 2♥ turn card. Hiho47414 bet all-in for his last 11,246 chips with 7♣T♣2♠A♦, and clunged called with K♥3♥6♥A♠. The 9♣ on the river ended the hand, and clunged had the pair of sixes for the high and 6-5-3-2-A for the low, eliminating hiho47414 in eighth place with $3,571.75.

Split pots make for a long final table

CBechtold209 had a rough ride, struggling with a relatively short stack from the beginning of the final table but doubling up through TheHoneyNut to stay alive. But during a subsequent big hand with TheHoneyNut and Henrique.P, CBechtold209 was left crippled with less than 70K in chips. The all-in move came on the next hand, and Rich_Fish and Henrique.P came along for the ride, checking down the board of A♥3♣4♠9♥ until the 7♦ hit on the river. A bet and a call led to the following showdown:

Henrique.P: 5♥3♦K♥6♣
Rich_Fish: 4♥6♥K♠2♦

Henrique.P took half the pot with the straight, and Rich_Fish took the other half with the 6-4-3-2-A low. CBechtold209 simply mucked and left in seventh place with $5,102.50.

SnakeVargas was the next at risk, wagering the last of his chips preflop with 3♦7♣4♣J♦ against the 9♠2♦7♦8♠ of clunged. The board came 6♦4♥K♦8♥9♣, giving clunged two pair and the low of 8-7-6-4-2. SnakeVargas left the tournament in sixth place with $7,143.50.

Henrique.P had a tough time finding spots to move, though a double-up through clunged and another through lyzardos gave him some life. However, lyzardos came back to double through Henrique.P to leave the PokerStars Pro near the bottom of the leaderboard. A bit later, though, a sizeable double through Rich_Fish allowed the pro to much as a PLO tournament allows.

On the first hand back after the 14-hour break, the struggling lyzardos pushed all-in for 768,312 with 8♣A♣4♠5♠, and original raiser Henrique.P made the call with 7♥5♦7♣A♥. The board came Q♥T♦K♣9♣J♥ to give Henrique.P the win with the pair of sevens. Lyzardos was eliminated in fifth place with $9,184.50.

TheHoneyNut was down to less than 400K in chips and moved all-in with Q♣6♥6♣Q♥, and clunged called with 7♦3♥A♦6♦. The cards came 9♥7♣4♥7♠9♣ to give trip sevens to clunged and send TheHoneyNut away with $13,093.01 for fourth place.

Three for the money

The last three players were fairly even in chips, and Rich_Fish initiated deal talks. All three agreed to pause the game to see the chip-chop numbers. After a little light conversation, some numbers, and a note from Team Pro Host Nuno Coelho letting players know that they will play it out for an additional $3,000 and a lovely watch, the players agreed on the following numbers:

Seat 3: clunged (3,133,099 in chips) = $23,714.40
Seat 4: Rich_Fish (3,725,038 in chips) = $24,724.31
Seat 5: Henrique.P (3,246,683 in chips) = $24,079.10

A five-minute break was also requested by the players, and when the game finally resumed, it didn't take long for Henrique.P to make his move. The attempt, however, as is so often the case in PLO, resulted in a split pot:

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The very next hand saw the two tangle again. Henrique.P started it with a raise, and Rich_Fish called to see a 6♣2♣9♣ flop. A bet and check-call took them to the K♠ turn, at which point Henrique.P pushed all-in. Rich_Fush check-called with A♣3♣9♥J♠ for the flopped nut flush, and Henrique.P showed K♥T♠J♣K♣ for the king-high flush. The 8♥ on the river ended the hand with the low of 8-6-3-2-A for Rich_Fish to go with the winning flush, and Team PokerStars Pro Henrique Pinho was eliminated in third place with $24,079.10.

A fish in name only

Heads-up action started with Rich_Fish holding a solid lead over clunged:

Seat 3: clunged (2,497,844 in chips)
Seat 4: Rich_Fish (7,707,156 in chips)

And it only took a few hands to end the match. Several raises preflop led to the dealing of 9♠Q♦A♣, which prompted an all-in bet from clunged for his tournament life. Rich_Fish called with Q♣A♦7♥9♥, and clunged showed K♦T♥6♥K♥. The 2♥ turn and 5♥ river finished it off, and clunged took second place in the event with $23,714.40.

Rich_Fish got richer by winning $27,724.31 and the SCOOP title for Event 30-M.

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

1st place: Rich_Fish ($27,724.31)*
2nd place: clunged ($23,714.40)*
3rd place: Team PokerStars Pro Henrique "Henrique.P" Pinho ($24,079.10)*
4th place: TheHoneyNut ($13,093.01)
5th place: lyzardos ($9,184.50)
6th place: snakeVargas ($7,143.50)
7th place: CBechtold209 ($5,102.50)
8th place: hiho47414 ($3,571.75)
9th place: duggins_edge ($2,041.00)

*results of a three-way agreement

The Spring Championship of Online Poker has 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