SCOOP: cal42688 wins second SCOOP event in 24 hours; ships Event 27-H $2,100 Razz
"What mighty contests rise from trivial things!" penned Alexander Pope in 1712.
Surely the poet was talking about Razz tournaments. Let's face it, Razz tournaments are the black sheep of the poker family, like your crazy Uncle Kurtz who lives in an Armageddon cabin in the middle of nowhere.
Razz cash games are ensconced in a similar brutality, but at least there's an immediate reward system for winning a pot. Whereas Razz tournaments, especially this one, punished players even more so because only seven players were paid out of the prize pool. 90% of the field suffered for hours of relentless torture with nothing to show for it.
No wonder Razz players are perpetually grumpy. If you show me a happy Razz player, I'll point to the flask filled with Jameson in his back pocket.
Despite the rigorous psychological demands of a Razz tournament, Event #27-H attracted 66 brave souls, all of whom were courageous enough to plunk down $2,100 for a shot at a SCOOP title and sleek new watch. Only seven fortunate players would get a cut of the $132,000 prize pool, with $46,200 set aside to the winner.
This Razz event was special because cal42688 was hoping his run good would spill over into today's online poker session. He shipped the Event #25-M Stud 8 and was looking to pick up his second SCOOP watch in 24 hours. Only 65 other Razz freaks stood in his way.
A couple of affiliated pros played tested the Razz high seas -- Team PokerStars Online member Kristian "CharismA3" Martin and Team PokerStars Pro Pat Pezzin -- but unfortunately neither cashed. CharismA3 could only fade half the field before he bowed out in 35th place. Pezzin went deep, but not deep enough. He finished in a disappointing 14th place after busting out in a multi-way pot with 8-7-6-2-A against johnny5rings' 7-4-3-2-A.
Player of the Series leader, Alex "joiso" Kostritsyn, made another run at a final table, but this time the Russian came up short when he got knocked out in 12th place.
With nine players to go, a prolonged final table bubble occurred with the money bubble still two spots away. Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby held the lead at that juncture. He took it upon his shoulders to take out johnny5rings in 9th place when johnny5rings' J-6-5-3-A failed to run down CHUFTY's 9-7-4-3-2. With eight to go, the final table was set and we had reached the money bubble.
Event #27-H Razz - Final Table chip counts:
Seat 1: villepn (18,177)
Seat 2: Zacpacker (8,409)
Seat 3: SMOpNIM (96,645)
Seat 4: CHUFTY (94,755)
Seat 5: HN Kakaroto (18,028)
Seat 6: cal42688 (42,920)
Seat 7: Fischer80 (20,902)
Seat 8: 1diego_35 (30,164)
At the onset of the final table, SMOpNIM held a slim lead over CHUFTY, as both players flirted with 100,000. Meanwhile, the short stack was HN Kakaroto, who also happened to be sitting in the Top 10 on the leader board for Player of the Series. The final table also included a pair of former SCOOP champions -- villepn, who won 2010 SCOOP 14-H, and cal42688, who was fresh off yesterday's victory.
After 10 hours hours of play, the money bubble final burst. HN Kakaroto became the proverbial Bubble Boy when he unceremoniously busted in 8th place. He was all-in by 3rd street in a capped pot and had to overcome two callers in big stack, SMOpNIM and CHUFTY. SMOpNIM prevailed with an 8-7-6-4-2 low, and HN Kakaroto was dunzo.
villepn eliminated in 7th place
Finland's villepn failed in his quest to win a second career SCOOP title after he was knocked out in 7th place. He was among the short stacks for the duration of the final two tables. He made a valiant stand with an 7-6-3-2-A, but he got edged out by Zacpacker's 7-5-4-3-2. Although villepn busted in 7th, he collected $5,940 for his troubles.
You can check out that rough elimination here...
1diego_35 eliminated in 6th place
Short-stacked 1diego_35 got it all-in on 3rd street against Fischer80. Although he finished up with 10-9-7-3-A, Fischer80 squeaked by with a 10-8-6-5-4 low to win the pot. 1diego_35 hit the road in 6th place, collecting $7,260.
With five to go, SMOpNIM led the pack with 101,000 with cal42688 barely over 100,000. Despite knocking out 1diego_35, Fischer80 was the short-stack with 31,000.
Fischer80 eliminated in 5th place
CHUFTY embarked on a mini-rush which result in 6 winning pots in 8 hands as he surpassed 100,000 and seized the lead. Unfortunately, Fischer80 ran into CHUFTY at a point in the tournament when he seemed unstoppable. Even though he pulled a Jack and counterfeited a deuce, CHUFTY made a 7-6-4-3-2 to beat out Fischer80's 8-7-6-4-3. Fischer80 succumbed to the dark side in 5th place and collected $9,900.
With four to go, CHUFTY was out in front with 136,000. SMOpNIM held the second spot with around 94,000, while cal42688 (66,000) and Zacpacker (33,000) were both hanging on.
Rise and fall of CHUFTY; CHUFTY eliminated in 4th
CHUFTY's fall from grace began when cal42688 began to percolate. Cal42688 won a a head-scratcher with 8-6-3-2-A besting 8-6-5-3-A. CHUFTY couldn't hold back a relentless cal42688 when cal42688 dragged a pot with 7-6-5-4-3, which essentially crippled CHUFTY.
CHUFTY eventually met his fate when his J-7-3-2-A lost to his nemesis' cal42688's 7-6-5-4-A. British Pro Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby busted in 4th place, collecting $13,200.
With three to go, SMOpNIM (126,000) held a slight lead over cal42688 (116,995), while Zacpacker (86,194) quietly brought up the rear.
SMOpNIM eliminated in 3rd place
Once action was three-handed, the lead was passed back and forth among zacpacker and cal42688 as SMOpNIM fell deeper and deeper into a hole. On his final hand, he was involved in a three-way pot that was capped on 3rd street. SMOpNIM was all-in by 6th street. Zacpacker won the monsterpotten with 6-5-4-2-A, wile SMOpNIM tossed his losing hand into the virtual muck. SMOpNIM from Hungary finished in 3rd place for a $19,800 score.
Heads-up: Zacpacker (Canada) vs. cal42688 (Mexico)
Seat 2: Zacpacker (238,555)
Seat 6: cal42688 (91,445)
Zacpacker held the obvious lead, but he had his hands full with cal42688, who was running as good as any SCOOP participant over the last 24 hours. The two battled it out for almost 100 minutes. The lead changed too many times to count.
During the first hour, whenever it appeared one player was about to push toward 300,000 in chips, the other counterattacked with a timely double up to pull even. When the tournament reached the 12 hour mark, it was a stalemate. Both players went on a break nearly equal in chips with almost 160,000 apiece.
But at that point, when the break ended, cal42688 made a concerted effort to pull away. Cal42688 launched an assault which resulted in a decisive pot worth 122,000. Cal42688's formidable 7-6-5-3-A couldn't be touched. But cal42688 was not about to let up with Zacpacker on the ropes. He won another sizable pot with 8-7-6-5-4, which essentially crippled Zacpacker.
Zacpacker eliminated in 2nd place; Back-to-back watches for cal42688
On the final hand, Zacpacker made a futile stand with Q-10-8-7-3 and cal42688's 9-8-5-2-A easily prevailed. Canada's Zacpacker won $29,700 for a runner-up performance.
Meanwhile, cal42688's run good continued as he shipped his second SCOOP event in two days. He won $46,200 for taking down the High Roller Razz event and now can proudly display SCOOP champion's watches on both wrists. Incidentally, cal42688 also has a WCOOP championship under his belt, so this is his third "COOP" title. Congrats to cal42688 from Mexico for another sensational performance.
Event #27-H $2,100 Razz - Final Table payouts:
1st - cal42688 (Mexico) - $46,200
2nd - Zacpacker (Canada) - $29,700
3rd - SMOpNIM (Hungary) - $19,800
4th - CHUFTY (United Kingdom) - $13,200
5th - Fischer80 (Denmark) - $9,900
6th - 1diego_35 (United Kingdom) - $7,260
7th - villepn (Finland) - $5,940