SCOOP: -DrawingDad- draws the win in Event 21-Low ($16.50 NLHE/PLO)
Poker has advanced in the past decade to the point that some of the more experienced players view straight no-limit hold'em tournaments as boring or simple. While most don't agree, those who do have sought out the mixed game format that often includes numerous games. What would they say about a NLHE/PLO mix? Easy!
For most players, though, it's not easy. Pot-limit Omaha is a different animal than NLHE, and mixing the two is a big step for many players who have limited themselves to one game at a time through the years. Everyone is not up to the ten-game mix challenges, but more and more are stepping up for a two-game adventure.
That brought us to Event 21, and the low buy-in version of the NLHE/PLO mix offered a $16.50 buy-in and $50K guarantee. Not a bad price for a chance to win a SCOOP title, especially for those with experience in both games. With that, registration demonstrated its popularity:
Actual prize pool: $85,800
Paid players: 855
Play moved along rather quickly throughout the day, and the money bubble burst after several hours, leaving every one of the last 855 players guaranteed a payday of at least $23.16. It may not sound like much for most players, but it's a cash and some compensation for the hours of effort.
Among that large group of players in the money, there were four with the PokerStars logo next to their names. The first to exit with that distinction was Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg in 462nd place. He was followed by Team PokerStars Pros Fatima Moreira de Melo in 348th place and Henrique Pinho in 313th. The last one of them standing was Team Online's Kristian "CharismA3" Martin, who ultimately departed in 179th place. (For the male readers, we'll post a picture of the lovely Fatima here. You're welcome.)
The tournament worked its way down to the final two tables just before the ten-hour break, and but it took another hour to get to the hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble with the elimination of Tayguera in 11th place. TripQyn was able to double once on that bubble but tried it again with J♣9♦. Abraxas111 called from the big blind with Q♣4♣, and the board of T♦T♠A♠5♣T♣ allowed the queen kicker to play. TripQyn exited in tenth place with $497.64.
-DrawingDad- drawing live with huge lead
The final table began in the NLHE portion of the tournament in Level 39, with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and a 20,000 ante. Starting chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: delbastos (1,324,465 in chips)
Seat 2: Norman79 (2,583,618 in chips)
Seat 3: sterligova (2,037,757 in chips)
Seat 4: Kirill_ur (3,780,820 in chips)
Seat 5: abraxas111 (1,966,324 in chips)
Seat 6: pilnik007 (1,413,574 in chips)
Seat 7: milkins (669,328 in chips)
Seat 8: Murder_Yura (3,885,055 in chips)
Seat 9: -DrawingDad- (10,939,059 in chips)
On just the second hand of action, sterligova raised early, and milkins responded with an all-in reraise for 649,328 chips. Sterligove called and showed J♦J♥, and milkins was in for a race with A♦Q♦. The board provided nothing to alter the outcome when it showed 8♥T♣6♣3♥7♦, and milkins left in ninth place with $669.24.
Delbastos doubled through abraxas111 to stay alive, leaving the latter on a short stack in the PLO round. Abraxas111 raised a subsequent hand and Murder_Yura called to see a 4♣4♥Q♠ flop. Murder_Yura bet, and abraxas111 called all-in with 6♣J♥A♥7♣. Murder_Yura showed J♣A♠Q♥7♠ for the two pair, and the T♠ turn and 8♥ river cards left it at that. Abraxas111 departed in eighth place with $1,072.50.
As PLO played on, sterligova doubled through -DrawingDad-, and Kirill_ur did the same through Murder_Yura, though the latter then doubled back through Kirill_ur. Meanwhile, sterligova continued to climb by taking a pot worth more than 2 million chips from -DrawingDad-. Pilnik007 found a big save by tripling up through -DrawingDad- and delbastos, and then doubled through Norman79.
A massive hand then developed that started with Norman79 moving all-in for 521,646 chips with A♥8♥. Murder_Yura called with A♣9♥, but delbastos reraised all-in for 793,292 with 7♣3♣. Murder_Yura called all-in, as delbastos had them all covered. The board was an amazing 9♠6♥5♣4♥5♦ to give delbastos the straight. Norman79 exited in seventh place with $1,887.60, and Murder_Yura took sixth and the $2,745.60 that went with it.
Sterligova made a move with A♣4♣ with the all-in preflop, but Kirill_ur called with A♦T♣. Nothing came on the Q♣6♦2♦2♠5♠ board to help sterligova, who finished the tournament in fifth place with $3,603.60.
Final four deal and forge forward
The final four then paused the tournament to look at chip-chop numbers and discuss a deal. When the figures were provided, a small discussion ensued, but the players ultimately agreed. With $1,000 set aside for the eventual winner, the payouts were to be as follows:
Seat 1: delbastos (4,819,780 in chips) = $7,289.15
Seat 4: Kirill_ur (7,554,742 in chips) = $8,691.59
Seat 6: pilnik007 (3,758,944 in chips) = $6,745.18
Seat 9: -DrawingDad- (12,466,534 in chips) = $11,210.25
Delbastos was prepared to climb and did just that by doubling through -DrawingDad when K-J outran K-Q with a jack on the flop. That 9 million-chip double made their stacks close to even.
But during the PLO round, -DrawingDad- was to have revenge and regain the chip lead. He began to battle with Kirill_ur in a hand that started with a A♥K♦2♦ flop. A bet from Kirill_ur and check-call from -DrawingDad- brought the 6♣ turn card. Kirill_ur bet all-in with J♣Q♠A♣5♦, and -DrawingDad- check-called with 8♦A♦K♥5♣ and the flopped two pair. The 8♠ on the river ended the tournament for Kirill_ur, who collected $8,691.59 for the fourth place finish.
Next up was a battle between -DrawingDad- and delbastos, and the preflop raises led to delbastos moving all-in with K♦4♣K♣3♣. -DrawingDad- called with 2♣A♠A♣5♦, and the aces stood up to the 2♥Q♦4♥8♥T♠ board. That left delbastos out in third with $7,289.15.
-DrawingDad- lays down the law
Heads-up began with -DrawingDad- holding a dominating lead:
Seat 6: pilnik007 (2,458,944 in chips)
Seat 9: -DrawingDad- (26,141,056 in chips)
Pilnik007 doubled through on the second hand of action in PLO with only ace-high, but it didn't take long for the match to end. The two agreed to stop the 15-minute break and continue on.
A few hands later, the two battled with back-and-forth raises to see the J♣7♠4♣. Pilnik007 then bet all-in with 2♣A♠3♠3♦, but -DrawingDad- called with 6♠7♥5♣K♥ and the pair of sevens. The 9♥ and 9♦ filled out the board, and pilnik007 had to accept second place and $6,745.18.
Germany's -DrawingDad- won the SCOOP title, prize watch, and a grand total of $12,210.25 in prize money. Congrats!
SCOOP Event 21-L Results (reflecting four-way deal):
1st place: -DrawingDad- ($12,210.25)*
2nd place: pilnik007 ($6,745.18)*
3rd place: delbastos ($7,289.15)*
4th place: Kirill_ur ($8,691.59)*
5th place: sterligove ($3,603.60)
6th place: Murder_Yura ($2,745.60)
7th place: Norman79 ($1,887.60)
8th place: abraxas111 ($1,072.50)
9th place: milkins ($669.24)
*players involved in four-way deal agreement
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