SCOOP: Dippidude defeats elhasi to win Event #22-Low ($33 NLHE 4-max)

SCOOP logo.gifIt's not a new discovery that short-handed poker games require an altered and updated set of skills versus a full-handed table. But through the years, tournaments have grown to offer players more options in poker tournaments that offer short-handed tournaments right from the start. Most of them are six-handed tables, but even four-handed tables have become more popular as of late.

Enter Event 22. It provided no-limit hold'em with four-max tables for those who thoroughly enjoy the very short-handed action. The low version offered a $30 + $3 buy-in option with a $75K guarantee, and the players came out in full force - well over expected numbers - to take part in it. The final registration tallies were:

Players: 7,052
Guarantee: $75,000
Actual prize pool: $211,560
Paid players: 1,100

Hours passed before the money bubble burst so those 1,100 players could be guaranteed at least $44.42 for their troubles.

In that group of players cashing out were the last three Team PokerStars Pros standing. The first to leave with cash was Jonathan Duhamel in 898th place, followed by Marcin "Goral" Horecki in 765th. A while later, Jan Heitmann of Germany (pictured here) exited in 484th place to leave the field open for a possible future Team Pro.

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By the tenth hour of the tournament, only four tables remained, and that number quickly decreased to three. About ten minutes before the next hour's break, only two tables were still in play. From there, it took more than a half hour to lose even one more player, but action then sped up a bit. With the elimination of padjes, hand-for-hand was in place for the last five players.

That action took them into the 15-minute break at the tournament's 12-hour point, and it was during that time that the five remaining players decided to extend the break a few minutes while discussing a chip-chop deal. And soon after, it was done. The five players agreed to hold out $1,500 for the eventual winner and take the following dollar amounts per their chip counts:

elhasi (9,932,094 in chips) = $17,084.44
tcarinhato (9,574,647 in chips) = $16,659.92
Ste@mer (7,786,673 in chips) = $14,536.00
MALPELLIKA (4,989,868 in chips) = $11,215.00
dippidude (2,976,718 in chips) = $8,824.17

It didn't take long for short-stacked Ste@mer to get involved, and it happened at the two-handed table with elhasi. They saw a flop of K♠7♦5♦, and another bet and call led to the A♣ on the turn. The same action brought the T♠ river, which prompted a bet from elhasi, check-call all-in from Ste@mer with J♣T♦ for the pair of tens. But elhasi showed K♦7♠ for two pair, and Ste@mer left in fifth place with $14,536.00.

Elhasi eases into final table with lead

In Level 43, the blinds were 60,000/120,000 with a 15,000 ante, and the players' starting stacks were:

Seat 1: elhasi (17,718,767 in chips)
Seat 2: MALPELLIKA (5,520,313 in chips)
Seat 3: dippidude (4,122,717 in chips)
Seat 4: tcarinhato (7,898,203 in chips)

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While elhasi seemed to have an unstoppable lead over the table, it only took one double-up to put another player in the same ballpark. Dippidude did that by doubling through elhasi when pocket jacks cracked pocket kings with a jack on the turn. And two hands later, dippidude did it again when A-Q beat the pocket jacks of elhasi with a queen on the flop. That double put dippidude in the lead and elhasi on the short stack of the final four.

Elhasi did double through dippidude, and then through tcarinhato on the very next hand to climb back into second place. And a subsequent preflop battle with two players resulted in elhasi taking an 11.8 million pot to resume the chip lead.

A short time later, MALPELLIKA and elhasi battled preflop until MALPELLIKA moved all-in. Elhasi called with A♥A♠, and MALPELLIKA showed the T♠T♣. The board of 6♠J♠5♥4♦J♣ changed nothing, and MALPELLIKA was gone in fourth place with $11,215.00.

Dippidude then got involved with tcarinhato. After seeing a 9♦Q♥Q♠ flop, a betting war resulted in tcarinhato all-in with 6♣6♦ against the 9♣8♦ of dippidude. The 2♠ turn and K♠ river finished the hand, and dippidude had the best two pair. Tcarinhato departed in third place with $16,659.92.

How quickly things change

The final two prepared to duke it out with these starting stacks:

Seat 1: elhasi (21,087,616 in chips)
Seat 3: dippidude (14,172,384 in chips)

And on the very first hand, dippidude doubled through elhasi when his pocket jacks turned into a full house on the J♥8♦2♠T♥T♣ board to beat the suited K-Q of elhasi.

Two hands later, elhasi went for it. The action started with a raise and call to the Q♦4♠6♠ flop. A bet from elhasi and check-call from dippidude led to the 4♦ on the turn, at which point elhasi bet again. Dippidude check-raised to 11.2 million, and elhasi called all-in for just under 5 million with 6♥6♦. Dippidude showed Q♥7♠ for two pair, but the Q♠ on the river made a full house that bested that of elhasi. Elhasi settled for second place and $17,084.44.

Dippidude fought the entire way and ended up as the latest SCOOP champion, with $10,324.17 in prize money. Congrats!

SCOOP Event #22-L Results (reflecting five-way deal):

1st place: dippidude ($10,324.17)*
2nd place: elhasi ($17,084.44)*
3rd place: tcarinhato ($16,659.92)*
4th place: MALPELLIKA ($11,215.00)*
5th place: Ste@mer ($14,536.00)*

*players involved in part of the five-way deal agreement

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP