SCOOP: raddis89 flexes poker muscle, takes down 8-Game Event 29 $33 buy in

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It takes a skillful player to master a few poker disciplines, much less eight. It's these kinds of players who sneer at the Hold'em specialists.

A round number of 2,100 players bought into the Low version $33 buy-in Event 29: 8-Game of SCOOP. The field built a prize pool of $63,000, eclipsing the $50,000 guarantee by PokerStars.

The rotation of the HORSE games, plus No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha and Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, drew many of the top players on PokerStars. Several Team PokerStars pros made the 300-player money line, with George Danzer finishing in 234th ($55.44), Sebastian Ruthenberg coming in 229th ($55.44), Kristian "CharismA3" Martin notching a 167th place finish ($73.71) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier making it to 116th ($86.31). Nuno Coelho made a deep run, but ultimately was knocked out in 15th place, which was worth $428.40.

The six-handed format ensured quick action, and the field was reduced to three tables in about eight hours. It took another 90 minutes to decide the final table. When leepaper's starting tens held against MonkANDDonk in Stud Hi-Lo, the final table was set:

Seat 1 -- krec23 (1,021,112)
Seat 2 -- LuigiPalermo (1,448,657)
Seat 3 -- eliya (1,166,996)
Seat 4 -- Denis XXX007 (1,302,775)
Seat 5 -- leepaper (2,987,513)
Seat 6 -- raddis89 (2,572,947)


Eliya found himself in a bad spot in the triple draw round. Krec23 raised it to 160K on the button and LuigiPalermo called in the small blind. Eliya thought for a while and called, leaving him with only 10K in his stack. It was evident why on the first draw when he discarded four. Both LuigiPalermo and krec23 drew two. LuigiPalermo led out for 80K after the first draw, eliya called all in and krec23 also called.

LuigiPalermo drew one on the second draw, while eliya drew two and krec23 stood pat. This lead to a check-bet-call sequence before the third draw, which saw LuigiPalermo and eliya draw one and krec23 stand pat again. This time LuigiPalermo check raised krec23's bet and krec23 folded.

The final hands:
LuigiPalermo 8♦ 7♦ 6♠ 3♠ 2♦
eliya K♣ 7♠ 4♣ 3♦ 2♣

Eliya earned $1,258.74 for the sixth-place finish.

Nine hands later, having lost a good number of chips on that failed bluff attempt in triple draw, the Russian krec23 found himself all in and at risk.

After raddis89 raised to 160K on the button in Limit Hold'em, krec23 made it 240K from the small blind. Raddis89 capped the betting at 320K, and the two players saw a flop of 2♥ 5♠ 6♥. Krec23 got the rest of his 213K all in at this point, and his preflop dominated K♥ J♥ was now nearly even money against the A♦ J♣ held by raddis89. However, the turn 6♦ and river Q♠ shot blanks for krec23, and he exited in fifth with $2,362.50 in winnings.

The four remaining combatants quickly asked for and agreed to a deal based on chip count. Leepaper would get $6,981.99, while raddis89 was guaranteed $6,352.24. Denis XXX007 agreed to accept $6,331.76 and LuigiPalermo acquiesced to $5,479. The only left to play for--and it was a very big thing indeed--was the title of SCOOP champion, the watch noting that victory and an extra $1,000 set aside for the winner.

The end game

It proved to be a smart deal for Mario's brother, as LuigiPalermo was next to go bust when the short stacked player got all in with K♦ 7♥ against the 8♥ 8♦ held by raddis89 in Limit Hold'em. After the board bricked off we were down to the final three.

Denis XXX007 lost most of his chips on this hand:

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Thoroughly crippled, Denis XXX007 lost to trips on his all in play the next hand to finish in third.

Raddi89 entered heads up play with a more than 4 to 1 chip advantage and made good use of it, knocking out leepaper in short order.

Seeing his stack whittled down to a shade over a half million, leepaper had the 36K bring in with the T♣ playing Stud Hi. Raddis89 raised to 120K showing the A♣, leepaper re-raised and raddis89 called. On fourth street raddis89 check called a bet by leepaper after he caught the 2♣ to leepaper's 5♠. The action went check-check on fifth street when raddis89 paired a duece and leepaper got the 4♥. On sixth, after getting a 6♥, raddis89 put leepaper all in. The hands:

raddis89 7♥ J♠ A♣ 2♣ 2♠ 6♥
leepaper 8♦ J♦ T♣ 5♣ 4♥ 3♦

Leepaper caught a four on the final street to make a pair, but raddis89 also improved, catching the 7♣ for two pair and the victory.

Final table results (the top four spots reflect the deal):

1st -- raddis89 ($7,352.24)
2nd -- leepaper ($6,981.99)
3rd -- Denis XXX007 ($6,331.76)
4th -- LuigiPalermo ($5,479)
5th -- krec23 ($2,362.50)
6th -- eliya ($1,258.74)

Tuscaloosa Johnny Kampis
@PokerStars in SCOOP