SCOOP: lehout victorious in Event 37: $22 buy in 6-max NLHE

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The penultimate event of the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker attracted a mass field as 17,876 players bought into the Low version of Event 37: No-Limit Hold'em 6-max, more than played in the first 35 years of the World Series of Poker main event--combined.

The resulting prize pool of $357,520 easily eclipsed the $200,000 PokerStars guarantee for the event. First would be worth nearly $45,000 and 3,000 participants got paid. Among that group were Team PokerStars pros Liv Boeree in 2,952nd ($28.60), Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville in 1,389th ($46.47), Lex Veldhuis in 1,196th ($53.62), Sigge "ClarkKent89" Reichard in 968th ($64.35) and Richard Toth in 579th ($89.38).

The field was whittled down to 13 players after 44 levels of play on Sunday, resulting in three short handed tables returning for Day 2 play Monday. Mendieta19 entered as the chipleader with a stack of nearly 25 million as blinds began at 150K/300K with a 37,500 ante.

Early play saw the short stacks bust quickly. We were down to nine players after 20 minutes of play, and mendieta19 continually added to his stack as it grew to 36 million. At that point, each player had a stack of at least eight figures, giving each a minimum of 20 big blinds to play with--not extremely short stacked, but enough to keep things interesting.

We finally lost one of our final nine when Shauro 's stack shrunk to 6.7 million and the Russian pushed all in with K♥ T♥ and was called by lehout with A♣ J♦. A jack on the flop ended Shauro's day in ninth, which paid $2,860.16.

Dissent left in eighth after he shoved a flop of T♥ 2♣ 2♥ holding A♣ 7♠. AAmA10 called with A♥ J♥. The board finished up with 5♠ Q♣ and ace-jack was good for the win. Dissent also earned $2,860.16. Meanwhile, lehout used agressive play against mendieta19 to wrestle the chiplead away.

A big bluff caused mendietta19 to lose most of his stack. Fidget65 check called mendieta19 three times after raising preflop. On a board of 4♦ 8♣ 5♠ 3♥ 3♣, Fidget65 faced a bet for the rest of the Russian's 14 million chips. After using much of his time bank, Fidget65 called with Q♦ Q♥ while mendieta19 showed Q♠ J♠ for the three-barrel bluff. This dropped mendieta19 to about 15 million chips.

A few hands later on the other table this bad beat set the final table:

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The final six:

Seat 1 -- MaxHam (14,510,944)
Seat 2 -- AAmA10 (52,380,397)
Seat 3 -- djdecide (12,157,539)
Seat 4 -- lehout (45,731,407)
Seat 5 -- Fidget65 (38,527,138)
Seat 6 -- mendieta19 (15,652,575)


The first departure from the final frame occurred when djdecide raised all in for 10 million under the gun and AAmA10 thought a while and called with 5♣ 5♠. Djdecide showed K♥ T♥ and could not win the flip when the community cards read 9♣ 3♠ 2♣ J♥ 8♣. The sixth-place prize of $3,575.20 was added to the Hungarian's account. This hand gave AAmA10 a stack of nearly 77 million, or more than double that of any other player.

A slowdown

After we got down to five players the action slowed down tremendously. What one saw for the next hour were plenty of raises and re-raises, but almost no calls. The participants played quite cautiously and not many chips were moved during this period.

Finally, a cooler forced another elimination. AAmA10 raised to 2.8 million in the cutoff playing the 700K/1.4 million blind level and lehout called on the button. Fidget65 pushed for 18.3 million in the small blind and the action folded to lehout, who called and showed K♣ K♥. Fidget65 held A♥ K♠ and missed the 2.5-to-1 shot when the board came 8♦ J♥ 2♦ Q♠ 4♣. Fidget65 earned $7,150.40 for the fifth-place showing and lehout vaulted close to AAmA10 in chips, who claimed to have folded 9-10, which would have made the nut straight.

Lehout used those chips wisely, playing aggressive poker to win most pots preflop for the next several minutes, and before you knew it, the Dutchman held a 2-to-1 chip lead over the field.

After that, it was mendieta19's turn to get back in the match. First, AAmA10, perhaps still steaming after steadily going from the penthouse to the doghouse, called a big all in from mendieta19 with deuces only to find his opponent held aces. Then mendieta19 knocked out MaxHam in fourth after calling an all-in reraise from the Swede.

The hands:
mendieta19 A♣ Q♠
MaxHam 7♠ 7♦

The board ran out cruelly for MaxHam in the form of K♥ 2♦ 4♦ 9♣ Q♦ to river mendieta19 the winning hand. MaxHam was paid $10,725.60 for fourth.

The crippled AAmA10 busted on the next hand after shoving for 11.3 million on the button. Lehout liked his hand better and pushed for 89.3 million in the small blind to get mendieta19 out of the way. The revealed cards were bad news for AAmA10 as his T♣ 6♠ was well behind the T♦ T♥ shown by his opponent. The flop of 3♦ 2♦ 4♠ gave AAmA10 hope, but two nines fell next and AAmA10 was shown the door in third, which was worth $21,451.20.

The remaining two players asked for a deal breakdown, but mendieta19 would not agree to the proposed chop. Before play resumed, lehout tried to get action going quickly:

lehout: first hand blind allin?
mendieta19: nah
mendieta19: might call u tho

Neither player followed through as mendieta19 raised it, lehout made a small re-raise and mendieta19 folded. The all-in action didn't take long to commence, however, even if it was done with eyes wide open. The final hand of this long event was a dandy:

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With that, mendieta19, who experienced a roller coaster ride throughout the day, finished in second and lehout was the champion of Event 37 Low.

Final table placements:

1st -- lehout ($43,487.20)
2nd -- mendieta19 ($32,176.80)
3rd -- AAmA10 ($21,451.20)
4th -- MaxHam ($10,725.60)
5th -- Fidget65 ($7,150.40)
6th -- djdecide ($3,575.20)

Tuscaloosa Johnny Kampis
@PokerStars in SCOOP