SCOOP: RectalRash irritates field en route to Triple Draw victory

SCOOP logo.gifDraw poker determines how you view the world, specifically, what goes through your mind the moment before you're dealt that last card which will determine your fate. For the calculating mathematics types, the turn of the card is nothing more than a validation of probability. Meanwhile, for the run-and-gun gamblers out there, the anticipation of your fate is one of the most intense moments imaginable as endorphins rush through the body. And nothing is sweeter in poker than drawing to the slimmest of outs...and hitting.

Math is usually right over the long run, while luck favors the fools in the short term. But that's the beauty of draw poker because one drawn card can be a miracle creator, while getting chased down all the way to the river on the most ridiculous of long shots is as exasperating and painful as a case of hemorrhoids.

The $109 buy-in for SCOOP Event #24-M attracted 405 runners as the prize pool reached $40,500. The top 54 players would split the pool with $8,100 set aside for first place.

Among those Team PokerStars Pros not sharing in the wealth were George Danzer, Pat Pezzin, and Jude Ainsworth. Team PokerStars Pro Bryan "BryanHuang" Huang failed to make the money when he bubbled out in 55th place.

A short-stacked Huang was all-in pre-first draw. Huiiiiiiiiii called and stood pat with 9-8-7-6-3. After the third draw, Huang's hand could only improve to an A-8-6-4-3. Huiiiiiiiiii won the pot, and Huang became the Bubble Boy.

Marcin "Goral" Horceki was the lone Team PokerStars Pro to make the money. Super short-stacked on the bubble, Horceki busted shortly after the money burst. He got his stack all-in pre-first draw. G7777m called from big blind. On the first draw, both players drew two. On the second draw, Goral drew one card and g7777m drew two again. On the third draw, Goral stood pat and g7777m drew one final card. Goral showed J-7-6-3-2, which lost to g7777m's low with 9-8-4-3-2. Goral was knocked out in 45th and secured $202.50

With seven left, two remaining two tables played three-handed and four-handed on the cusp of the final table. On the three-handed table, short-stacked rkruok suffered a chaffing blow to RectalRash. Rkruok raised pre-draw and RectalRash called. On the first draw, both players discarded two. RectalRash bet and rkruok called. On the second draw, both players discarded one. Rectal Rash bet 16,000 and rkruok raised all-in for his last 28,276. Rectal Rash called. On the third draw, both players stood pat. Rkruok showed 8-6-5-4-2, but it wasn't enough to defeat a menacing case of RectalRash. Australia's rkruok bubbled off the final table in 7th.


Final Table chip counts:
Seat 1: tweeprise (430,185)
Seat 2: McBeccy (421,801)
Seat 3: Chillolini (108,498)
Seat 4: RectalRash (273,303)
Seat 5: sleepy_seven (510,945)
Seat 6: Mammola (280,268)

With six to go, sleepy_seven held the lead. Players instantly discussed a deal and everyone agreed on a chip-chop with $500 set aside for the eventual winner.

Chillolini eliminated in 6th place

The shortest stack at the final table, Chillolini, was also the first one to succumb. The Norwegian lost most of his stack to Mammola's 8-7-6-4-3 low. He was crippled to under 5,000 and attempted a comeback. He doubled up twice, but came up short on his third consecutive attempt.

Chillolini re-raised all-in pre-draw for his last 26,988. He got two callers, sleepy_seven and Mammola, in multi-way action. Chillolini discarded two, one, and one... before making an 8-7-6-5-2 low on the final draw. Alas, Mammola chased sleepy_seven down and won the pot with 8-7-6-3-2 low. A dejected sleepy_seventh lost a brutal hand, that was determined by the fourth card in each player's hand. Chillolini finished on 6th place, winning $2,304.98.

RectalRash flares up

With five to go sleepy_seven led with almost 570,00, with tweeprise in second with approximately 420,000, and the final three (McBeccy, RectalRash, and Mammola) were all lumped together with around 350,000 or so.

RectalRash shifted gears and took on the role as the aggressor. He won 4 hands (out of 6) to snag the lead with over 700,000. An orbit later, he increased his lead to over 800,00 after dragging a pot with the nuts -- 7-5-4-3-2.

Mammola eliminated in 5th place

Mammola was involved in a multi-way pot with tweeprise and sleepy_seven. Mammola was all-in by the second draw, and discarded two cards all the to the river. He failed to improve his hand. Tweeprise was pat by the second draw won with 7-6-4-3-2, meanwhile sleepy_seven got crippled in a side pot. Mammola finished in 5th place with a $3,645.98 score.

With four to go, RectalRash was closing in on 1 million and sleepy_seven had under 66,000.

sleepy_seven eliminated in 4th place

Short-stacked sleepy_seven opened pre-draw and McBeccy called. On the first draw, McBeccy discarded one, and sleepy_seven discared two. McBeccy bet, sleep_seven raised, and McBeccy called. On the second draw, McBeccy dscarded 1, and sleepy_Seven stood pat. McBeccy checked, sleep_seven bet his last 14,347, and McBeccy called. Both stood pat on the third draw. McBeccy won with an 8-6-4-3-2 low against sleepy_seven's T-7-5-4-3. With the deal in place, sleepy_seven from Germany won $5,713.63 for a 4th place finish.

With three to go, RectalRash led the way with almost 870,000 with tweeprise at 610,000 and slight ahead of McBeccy bringing up the rear.

tweeprise eliminated in 3rd place

RectalRash reached the 1.1 million mark after sniffing out an unsuccessful snowing attempt by tweeprise with 7-7-7-6-2. RectalRash's 8-5-4-3-2 was way ahead and won the pot. He opened up even more distance from the other two with 50% of the chips in play.

Tweeprise could't get anything going and became the next player to hit the road. RectalRash opened, and tweeprise stepped into the tweezer and raised all-in for 47,691. RectalRash called. Both players discarded a single card for the first and second draws. On the third draw, RectalRash was pat, and tweeprise ditched one last card hoping it would save him from the brink of elimination, but alas, he paired up on the river with 8-8-7-4-2. He lost to Rectal Rash's 8-7-6-4-2. It's gonna be a cold, cold night for tweeprise after a third place finish. His consolation is a $4,780.34 payday, which should buy him plenty of veggie burritos.

Down to two: McBeccy vs. RectalRash

It was a Swede vs. a Fin for the championship. The Fin held almost a 2-1 advantage.

Heads-Up chip counts:
Seat 2: McBeccy (663,500)
Seat 4: RectalRash (1,361,500)

RectalRash went to work and eventually wore down McBeccy. During their heads-up battle, RectalRash picked up a string of hot cards and won decisive pots with 8-7-4-3-2, 7-6-5-3-2, and 8-6-4-3-2. At that point, McBeccy didn't have a chance because everything was going RectalRash's way.

McBeccy eliminated in 2nd place

On the final hand, both players discarded two on the first draw. On the second draw, RectalRash was still behind and discarded two. MeBeccy only discarded one. McBeccy had gotten the rest of his stack when he got popped by RectalRash. Although McBeccy continued to draw one more card, RectalRash stood pat with 8-7-5-4-2. McBeccy pair up on the last draw with 8-8-7-4-3. McBeccy won $4,745.30 for a runner-up performance.

Meanwhile, RectalRash won $4,122.28 for first place, a SCOOP Championship, and a brand new watch!

Event #24-M $109 Triple Draw - final table results and payouts:
1st - RectalRash - $4,122.28 **
2nd - McBeccy - $4,745.30 **
3rd - tweeprise - $4,780.34 **
4th - sleepy_seven - $5,713.63 **
5th - Mammola - $3,645.98 **
6th - Chillolini - $2,304.98 **

** A 6-way deal was made with $500 set aside to the winner.

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Pauly McGuire
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