SCOOP: Pacolos prevails in Event #33-L ($22 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 10 minute levels)

SCOOP logo.gifChances are, you'll never find a no-limit Omaha hi/lo game in your local casino. It's fixed-limit and pot-limit siblings are far more likely to be spread. No-limit O8 doesn't have a World Series of Poker event, rarely appears on live tournament schedules, and very few players have anything beyond a basic understanding of the rules. Online events are where this game thrives, and 2,597 players, from rookies to hardened vets took their shot today at one of the largest no-limit O8 tournaments of the year.

378 players earned a share of the $51,940 prize pool with first place set to earn $8,207.96. An all-Euro sextet comprised of Marcel Luske, George Danzer, Lex Veldhuis, Marcin Horecki, Anders "Donald" Berg, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier flew the flag for Team PokerStars, but sadly none of them finished in the money.

A three-way pot set the final table. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000, RAZORMAN1 opened for 150,000 on the button, girond14ever shoved for 1.86 million from the small blind, and kaziu1962 called all-in for 66,231 from the big.

girond14ever A♦2♥9♠K♦
kaziu1962 Q♦J♠7♣4♥
RAZORMAN1 A♥2♠3♦8♥

The board ran out 9♣6♦4♣3♠3♥, RAZORMAN getting 3/4 of the pot with trip threes and a 6-4-3-2-A low while girond14ever got 1/4 with the same low. Kaziu1962 exited in tenth place, leaving us with our final nine.

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Seat 1: girond14ever (1,459,843 in chips)
Seat 2: RAZORMAN1 (1,451,018 in chips)
Seat 3: NEKTOO (330,912 in chips)
Seat 4: pacolos (2,559,184 in chips)
Seat 5: Ben_HP (1,265,373 in chips)
Seat 6: elmariaxi (1,264,223 in chips)
Seat 7: xabea (469,851 in chips)
Seat 8: acehiuwin (3,693,187 in chips)
Seat 9: cabefrancou (491,409 in chips)

Third-in-chips girond14ever staked his tournament life on a pair of aces, three-bet shoving for just short of 1.1 million preflop with A♣A♦Q♥8♥. Acehiuwin, who had already committed 510,000 to the pot, called the 583,000 balance and turned over A♠2♥T♠K♦. The Q♣T♥4♠ flop brought a pair of tens and a wrap draw for acehiuwin, the T♣ on the turn giving him trips to crack girond14ever's aces. The K♥ on the river gave acehiuwin tens full and the win, girond14ever collecting $441.49 for his ninth-place finish.

Wheels are king in this game and RAZORMAN1 took a big chunk from chip leader acehiuwin when he picked up A♦A♠3♣5♥ and hit a dream flop-- 4♦3♥2♦. Nevertheless, acehiuwin led out for 1.8 million, having flopped top and bottom pair. RAZORMAN1 snap-called all-in for 1.18 million with his wheel, the turn and river falling the Q♥ and the 7♦ to give him the double-up to 3.23 million.

Just as RAZORMAN1 moved into the chip lead, xabea lost the few he had left. His last 180,00 went in pre-flop against Ben_HP, who opened to 123,456 from under-the-gun. Ben_HP called, showing A♣2♣J♦Q♣ while xabea turned over A♥2♥4♠7♥. There was no low on the A♠5♥Q♦J♣K♥ board, Ben_HP scooping the pot with aces and queens while xabea hit the rail in eighth place.

Elmariaxi put his faith in A♣2♣6♣Q♥, calling all-in for 309,233 after Ben_HP opened for 400,000. He did not improve on the 5♦T♥K♦5♠4♠ board while Ben_HP turned trips and rivered fives full to send elmariaxi home in seventh. Three minutes later, NEKTOO put his last 85,574 in preflop with A♥4♦5♠7♠ and Ben_HP reraised to isolate with K♥K♠T♦8♠. Ben_HP hit a set of kings when the flop landed K♦J♦4♣ and although NEKTOO picked up a few outs when he turned two pair with the 7♥, the river bricked with the T♥, giving Ben_HP the pot. For sixth place, NEKTOO banked $1,739.99.

Six hands later, on a flop of J♦8♥2♦, acehiuwin check-raised cabefrancou's 262,500 bet to 1.3 million. Cabefrancou called off the 902,659 he had behind, turning over A♥4♠5♣8♦ for middle pair and the second-nut low draw while acehiuwin revealed A♠A♦K♠7♦ for an overpair and the nut flush draw. The 9♠ on the turn killed cabefrancou's low outs and the J♠ on the river made acehiuwin aces up, good to scoop the 2.6 million-chip pot. Cabefrancou departed in fifth place, his consolation prize worth $2,259.39.

Pacolos had been laying relatively low until this monster pot moved him up to second in chips and left RAZORMAN on less than ten big blinds:

The last of RAZORMAN1's chips went in preflop, both pacolos and acehiuwin making the call before checking down the K♥J♥Q♦8♦Q♦ board. Both players made kings and queens, pacolos's A♥2♦8♣K♠ outkicking acehiuwin's K♣T♥T♣2♠ to take down the pot and end RAZORMAN1's run in fourth place.

Although Ben_HP scored a double-up to 4 million after rivering jacks full, his good fortune was short-lived. In the largest pot of the tournament so far, pacolos hit a heaven-sent turn card to leave Ben_HP on less than one big blind:

Two hands later, Ben_HP was all-in from the small blind and both his opponents limped in to see the 8♣3♥2♦ flop. Acehiuwin check-called 200,000 from pacolos, then check-called another 600,000 when the 5♦ hit the turn. The river was the K♠ and acehiuwin checked a third time. Pacolos bet 600,000 and acehiuwin called, turning over K♣K♥7♣4♥ for a set of kings and a 6-5-3-2-A low. Pacolos was in second place with A♦3♦3♣6♦ for a set of threes and a 7-5-4-3-2 low, while Ben_HP mucked and exited in third place, earning $4,362.96.

Here's how pacolos and acehiuwin stacked up as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 4: pacolos (8,133,587 in chips)
Seat 8: acehiuwin (4,851,413 in chips)

Acehiuwin proposed a chop and pacolos said he'd look at numbers, but before the action could be paused, all the chips ended up in the middle. Acehiuwin limped in on the button and pacolos checked his option. When the flop fell 9♣5♦3♣, pacolos check-raised all-in, having acehiuwin covered. After a bit of a think, acehiuwin called, turning over A♣Q♥T♣6♣ for a low draw and the nut flush draw. Pacolos showed Q♣8♦4♣2♣ for a queen-high flush draw, an open-ended straight draw and a low draw. The 5♣ on the turn filled the flush and gave acehiuwin the high, while pacolos rivered the 6♠ to make a 6-5-4-3-2 low.

The action paused to run chip-count chop numbers and both players quickly agreed to the deal, which left $400 and the SCOOP watch on the table. Apparently neither of them were in the mood to play anymore as all the marbles went in preflop on their first hand back.

acehiuwin K♣9♣4♦3♠
pacolos A♣5♣7♦Q♠

Both players paired up on the T♠7♣3♥ flop, pacolos also picking up a low draw. The 6♥ on the turn filled it and the T♥ on the river made him the best two pair, tens and sevens for the high. A victorious pacolos scooped the pot, the extra $400, and the watch, his total first-place haul totaling $7,700.25. For his runner-up finish, acehiuwin earned $6,636,63.

SCOOP Event #33-L ($22 NL Omaha Hi/Lo) results:
1. pacolos (Spain) $7,700.25*
2. acehiuwin (Canada) $6,636.63*
3. Ben_HP (Germany) $4,326.96
4. RAZORMAN1 (Sweden) $3,037.97
5. cabefrancou (Argentina) $2,259.39
6. NEKTOO (Russia) $1,739.99
7. elmariaxi (Portugal) $1,220.59
8. xabea (United Kingdom) $753.13
9. girond14ever (Hungary) $441.49

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP