SCOOP: SCÖOTER scoots past champ to claim event #6-M PL Draw title
Imagine a researcher--some brainiac white coat with an eye for the ever-changing nature of cultural definitions--walking into a poker room. Over a week, he pulls aside as many players as he can extract from their seats and asks them to perform a simple task: define the rules of poker.
For the better part of the last decade, that researcher would probably have heard the same thing time and again: "Each player is dealt two cards. They combine those two cards with five community cards to make the best five-card hand. Whoever has the best hand at the end wins."
It would, indeed, be a rare find--something that would surely end up in a research journal--for our mad scientist to find someone to say, "Each player is dealt five cards face-down. Those players have the opportunity to draw once to make the best hand."
Such a discovery would be akin to the Japanese straggler phenomenon that happened after World War II, those die-hard soldiers who either didn't know or refused to be believe the war had ended and, thus, continued to fight. Draw poker players simply didn't exist in regular society, and to find them, one would have to go off into the deepest recesses of the poker jungle.
In recent years, it's oft been said, "No one plays draw poker anymore." And in large part, that was true. Casinos didn't spread it. It was almost impossible to find it in a tournament. Then PokerStars came along and pulled one giant Jurassic Park experiment. With just a few cells of draw DNA, PokerStars recreated the draw poker phenomenon and drew out those stragglers who were still fighting a war that everybody else thought had ended.
That experiment's most recent realization came tonight in the form of the Spring Championship of Online Poker's Event #6, a Pot-Limit Draw extravaganza. The $109 medium buy-in affair drew 697 players and built a prize pool of nearly $70,000. Who says draw poker is dead?
The event drew a host of Team PokerStars Pros. Online Pro George Lind finished the highest of the lot with his 80th place finish. Top honors on the night went to the six players at the final table. Here's how they stacked up:
Seat 1: colombusval (342972 in chips)
Seat 2: mikapower (113951 in chips)
Seat 3: SCÖOTER (1152781 in chips)
Seat 4: ImDaNuts (575697 in chips)
Seat 5: PiMaster (761587 in chips)
Seat 6: berserk64 (538012 in chips)
A SLICE OF DOUBLE CHAMPION PI
Anyone who has been around PokerStars for a while knows the name PiMaster. Also known as Chris Viox, PiMaster has both a SCOOP and WCOOP title to his name. Last year, PiMaster won the $22 Stud SCOOP event and the $215 NLO8 event in WCOOP. It seemed clear from the outset that the final table had been graced with a player who can hopscotch across the disciplines with ease. It would soon become all the more clear.
Within just a few hands of the final table's start, colombusval came in for a raise to 18,000 and mikapower made it 78,000 to go. When play folded over to PiMaster, it was another big raise, this time to 268,000. Original raiser colombusval got out of the way, but mikapower called all-in his last 71,000 chips.
PiMaster dropped two, and mikapower discarded one. Apparently neither hand improved. PiMaster tabled 6♦6♠6♥4♣2♥, good enough to beat mikapower's two pair with J♠J♦2♣2♦5♥. Mikapower went out in sixth place for $2,091.
It took just a few seconds before colombusval started asking about a deal.
"I'm really not that interested," replied PiMaster, the new chip leader.
The mere asking for a deal may have sealed colombusval's fate.
IT HAPPENS IN DRAW POKER, TOO
With fewer than 100,000 chips at the 5,000/10,000 level, colombusval needed a hand and needed one quickly. He was patient and finally found what he was looking for. Nestled right in the middle of his five cards were two precious red kings.
Finally! He must have proclaimed. A hand!
And so it was a pot-size raise for nearly half his stack. But, wait. Why would SCÖOTER be re-popping it? Fate woudn't be so cruel, would it. Columbusval pushed in the rest of his virtual chips and drew three to his hand. None of his new cards matched. Worse yet, he sat and watched SCÖOTER draw three as well. That could only mean one thing...
SCÖOTER had the aces.
That's the sad part of draw. There is no more drama. If you have kings versus aces, you have kings versus aces. Once you've made your choice, it's all over. There is no sucking out. There is no sweat. It's simply just done.
For colombusval, it was, indeed done. Out in fifth, he picked up $3,485.
WHEN PATIENCE ONLY BUYS YOUR TICKET HOME
Give some credit to berserk64. The dude was patient. He hung around and hung around, until he finally got himself committed in a spot that nobody enjoys: right in the middle of a heaping pile of PiMaster.
SCÖOTER, who had since taken over the chip lead, came in for a raise to 35,000 and PiMaster called. That's when things got silly. See, ol' berserk64 held a pair of black queens in his hand. Now, if you're a hold'em player pre-flop, that feels pretty good. In this came however, you could already be beat by any number of hands. Nonetheless, berserk64's patience and the pace of the betting forced him to pot it again. SCÖOTER only called. Thing things went wiggy.
PiMaster, who had only called before, now raised for what was the equivalent of his stack. It was a huge bet, one that put berserk64 all in and would've amounted to more than 60% of SCÖOTER's stack. So, SCÖOTER folded and it was heads up. PiMaster took two, which is never a good sign. Sure enough, he had three tens in his hand. Berserk64, meanwhile, drew only one and eventually could only show Q♣J♠A♠K♠Q♠ for that lonely pair of queens. Out in fourth, berserk64 picked up $4,879.
ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE PIMASTER STUFF
So, you see where we're going with this, yeah?
There seemed to be no stopping PiMaster. SCÖOTER was aggressive and it had become pretty common to see him raise. Shortly after berserk64 went out, SCÖOTER came in for a raise to 42,000 and ImDaNuts raised to 150,500.
One guess what happened next?
Yep. PiMaster re-popped it again, enough to isolate himself with ImDaNuts. ImDaNuts discard three, leaving himself with a pair of nines that would go unimproved. PiMaster, meanwhile, discarded two, leaving himself with, yet again, a set of tens in his hand. ImDaNuts was gone in third for $6,970.
THE MASTER VERSUS THE SCOOTER
It was almost dead even in chips going into heads up play, a SCOOP and WCOOP winner up against a relative unknown. An aggressive unknown, but an unknown nonetheless.
First blood went to SCÖOTER. Within ten minutes, he had sneaked out to a 2-1 chip lead. PiMaster, however, would not be denied. Within ten minutes he had closed the gap and taken over the lead again. That would be the last time he'd taste victory.
Over the next few minutes, SCÖOTER scooted out to his biggest lead yet. Ultimately, with a 2.5-1 lead, SCÖOTER three-bet PiMaster before the draw and got the call. SCÖOTER got rid of one card, and PiMaster did the same.
With the hand all but decided, PiMaster led for a majority of his chips. It was a bad time to make a move with jack-high. Though PiMaster had evidently missed his straight draw, SCÖOTER had made a flush with his draw and turned over 5♦K♦Q♦T♦6♦ for the win and $12,288. PiMaster pocketed $9,061.
Jere are the full final table results. Congrats to SCÖOTER for his first SCOOP title!
SCOOP Event #6-Medium PL Draw results
1st place: SCÖOTER ($12,288)
2nd place: PiMaster ($9,061)
3rd place: ImDaNuts ($6,970)
4th place: berserk64 ($4,879)
5th place: colombusval ($3,485)
6th place: Mikapower ($2,091)