SCOOP Event #4-M ($162 Badugi) - DazzleO Dazzling in Badugi Breakthrough

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Monday afternoon brings the first non-holdem event of this year's SCOOP: Event #4-M $162 Fixed limit Badugi. For those unfamiliar, players are dealt four cards, and have up to three draws to make a Badugi, consisting of four unsuited and unpaired cards. The best hand possible to make in Badugi is 4-3-2-A unsuited. Pairs and suited cards work against you and position is a key part of the game.

This afternoon's SCOOP event drew a field of 303 players, creating a prize pool of $45,450 distributed among the final 40 players. An assortment of members of Team PokerStars Pro and Online participated, and it appeared Team Online player (host of the final table, along with being known as the greatest blogger in the world) Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip would slip into the money. Alas, some donkey made a Badugi as he was eliminated in 48th, just short of the money. Philip's elimination left Team PokerStars Brazil Pro Andre "aakkari" Akkari as the lone player to make the money..


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Akkari was among the nine players to reach the final table bubble, each hoping to make a SCOOP final table. The stakes were at 6,000/12,000 meaning a cost of 9,000 chips per orbit. The final hand on table 16 started with sepl55 raising from the button to 12,000 as gaffel called. Both players drew two cards on the first draw as gaffel bet out 6,000 as sepl55 called. On the second draw, gaffel drew one while sepl55 drew two once again. Gaffel led out again, this time the bet was 12,000 as sepl55 called all in for 10,082 total. In the final draw, gaffel stood pat as sepl55 drew one card. Both players would wind up with Badugis as sepl55 held Q♥3♣2♠A♦. However, gaffel turned over 7♦5♠4♥A♣ to send sepl55 to the rail in ninth, earning $909.00 as the final table was set with this lineup:

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Seat 1: gaffel (201,586 in chips)
Seat 2: Bleether (51,312 in chips)
Seat 3: Cesar "CesarSPA" Garcia (323,903 in chips)
Seat 4: Spraggs (22,230 in chips)
Seat 5: Boeken (262,964 in chips)
Seat 6: Daniel "DazzleO" Ospina (310,381 in chips)
Seat 7: Andre "aakkari" Akkari (138,430 in chips)
Seat 8: ricestud (204,194 in chips)


Spraggs sprung

A pair of short stacks at the final table with stakes at 7,000/14,000 were bound to depart early. One hand after a rare chop in Badugi as both players held a 3-card 8,3,A, Spraggs would be the first final table victim. The hand starts with ricestud raising to 14,000 from UTG +1, Spraggs re-raised to 21,000 as ricestud capped the action at four bets. Each player tossed a card in the first draw as ricstud led out, Spraggs raised as ricestud called. On the second draw, each player pitched a card as ricestud led out with a bet as Spraggs called all-in for 11,960. On the third draw, both players discarded one card. Spraggs wound up with a 3-card 5,2,A [5s3♦2♣A♦, but ricestud did one better Q♠4♣2♥A♠ as Spraggs earns $1,136.25 for 8th place.


Bleether blotted

The other short stack at the final table would depart a few hands later as Bleether ran into a Badugi, bounced in 7th for $1,363.50. Before the first draw, DazzleO and Bleether capped the betting at four bets as each player stood pat on the first draw. DazzleO led out for 7,000 as Bleether raised all-in for 7,748 chips. Bleether drew one card as DazzleO stood pat. The same happened after the third draw as Bleether turned over 8♠4♦3♥3♣. DazzleO had that crushed with 9♦6♣2♠A♥ as the field was reduced to six players.


Akkari ascends, gaffel grounded


The final table now turned into a Battle of the Continents: Europe (gaffel, Boeken, CesarSPA v Latin/South America (AAkkari, ricestud, DazzleO). Andre Akkari was now the short stack with just over 80,000 in chips. That's when he started going on a run, but suffered a setback in a Badugi v Badugi hand:

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Akkari picked himself up and went back to work, making several Badugi hands to move into the chip lead. Gaffel was not as fortunate when down to under 30,000 in chips with stakes at 10,000/20,000. The final hand was folded around to gaffel, raising to 20,000 as CesarSPA and Boeken called from the blinds. The first draw saw CesarSPA and Boeken draw two cards as gaffel stood pat. CesarSPA and Boeken checked as gaffel bet all-in for 7,172, CesarSPA raised to 10,000 as Boeken called. The second draw featured CesarSPA stand pat as Boeken and gaffel drawing one. CesarSPA bet 20,000 as Boeken called as the players went to the third and final draw. CesarSPA rapped pat, Boeken drew one card again as gaffel stood pat. CesarSPA bet out for 20,000 again as Boeken called. CesarSPA revealed 7♥5♠3♦A♣ for a Badugi. Boeken and gaffel couldn't better that hand as gaffel earns $1,818.00 for their 6th place finish.

Boeken bounced

The European contingent was down to one after Boeken (no relation to Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken) collected $2,499.75 in 5th place. From UTG, Boeken raised to 20,000 as CesarSPA called. On the first draw, both players drew one as CesarSpa check-called the 10,000 bet. Draw two had both players draw once again as the fireworks started. CesarSPA check-raised Boeken's 20,000-chip bet, then going all-in for 50,964 as CesarSPA called. CesarSPA stood pat on the final draw as Boeken drew one. Boeken revealed K♦6♣4♦A♥ for a three-card 6, but CesarSPA was pat with a Badugi T♦7♥6♠4♣ to bring the field down to four.

DazzleO dazzling, Ricestud cooked in fourth

Like Akkari, DazzleO made a comeback of his own to move into the chip lead. Down to under 160,000 in chips with the stakes at 12,000/24,000, this hand propelled him back into contention:

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Meanwhile, ricestud's stack started dwindling, eventually down to less than the small blind as the stakes increased to 14,000/28,000. DazzleO limped for 14,000, aakkari called for 7,000 as ricestud was all in for 6,338. Aakkari and ricestud each drew two cards while DazzleO took one. Aakkari bet 14,000 as DazzleO called. The second draw, aakkari stood pat, ricestud drew two as DazzleO took a card. Aakkari bet 28,000 as DazzleO decided to go no further. The final draw, aakkari stood pat as ricestud drew one to try and improve. Aakkari showed T♦9♣6♥4♠ for a Badugi, as ricestud could only show a three-card 5,3,2 (7♣5♥3♣2♠ to get a notice stating 4th place winnings of $3,636.00 added to their account.


Akkari axed in third

DazzleO continued to accumulate chips, as hopes for Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari earning a SCOOP watch started dimming. The Brazilian's final hand started with just over 56,000 chips with stakes at 16,000/32,000 and in the big blind. CesarSPA raised to 32,000 as DazzleO folded and Akkari re-raised to 48,000 as CesarSPA called. Akkari drew one on the first draw as CesarSpa drew two. Akkari then bet all-in for their last 8,144 chips as CesarSpa called. Akkari drew one on the second draw as CesarSPA drew two once again. Both players drew one card on the final draw and Akkari revealed T♠ 9♦7♦2♥ for a three-card 10, but CesarSPA revealed 6♠4♠2♦A♥ for a three-card 4 to stop Akkari's progress, earning $4,999.50.


DazzleO dominates heads-up

Heads-up play began with DazzleO holding a 2-1 chip lead over CesarSPA with stakes at 16,000/32,000 as both players hunkered down for the battle for the SCOOP title, along with a pretty sweet watch going to the winner. DazzleO extended the lead early in the action, eventually holding a 5-1 chip lead, but CesarSPA showed plenty of heart to grind their way back to briefly take the lead. The tide quickly changed again, as DazzleO quickly regained the lead, cementing their lead with the following hand:

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The final hand of SCOOP Event 4-M was the only one played at stakes of 25,000/50,000 as CesarSPA was down to just over 100,000 in chips. The players capped the betting before the first draw as DazzleO drew two cards as CesarSPA drew one. DazzleO bet as CesarSPA called for their remaining 371 in chips. On the second and third draws, both players drew one. When the cards were revealed, Cesar "CesarSPA" Garcia showed J♠5♦2♥A♠ for a three-card 5,2,A. Daniel "DazzleO" Ospina drew a little better, turning over 5♣4♥3♣2♠ for a three-card 4,3,2 to earn the SCOOP title, watch and $8,862.87 to win one for Colombia. Spain's Garcia picks up $6,290.25 for the runner-up finish.


SCOOP Event #4-M, $162 FL Badugi Final Table Results:

1st: Daniel "DazzleO" Ospina - $8,862.87
2nd:Cesar "CesarSPA" Garcia - $6,290.25
3rd: Andre "aakkari" Akkari - $4,999.50
4th: ricestud - $3,636.00
5th: Boeken - $2,499.75
6th: gaffel - $1,818.00
7th: Bleether - $1,363.50
8th: Spraggs - $1,136.25

Tuesday May 10 brings a triple-header of tournament action with Pot-Limit 5-Card Draw, Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em and Turbo No-Limit Hold'em. Check out www.pokerstars.com/SCOOP for more details. Day 3 of the EPT Grand Final from Madrid plays down to 24 players today, check out www.pokerstarsblog.com for updates of all the action.