SCOOP: krendipont takes down Event 36: HORSE $22 buy in

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PokerStars players were not horsing around on Saturday as they shattered the $25,000 guarantee for the Low version of Event 36: HORSE. The tournament drew 2,835 players, which created a prize pool of $56,700.

Of this field, 440 players made the money, including Team PokerStars pros Nuno Coelho in 202nd place ($37.42) and Lex Veldhuis, who made a strong run but ultimately finished in 14th ($269.32).

The deep structure allowed players some breathing room, and it took nearly 10 hours to reach the final eight. After Unicum next was forced into the pot with the Razz bring in holding a pair of eights and could not improve we were down to the last table.

Final table seating arrangements were as follows:

Seat 1 -- AA_GT007 (344,606)
Seat 2 -- bamboocha88 (1,904,304)
Seat 3 -- krendipont (2,655,033)
Seat 4 -- avenoso80 (1,979,868)
Seat 5 -- sergio (1,030,198)
Seat 6 -- al712 (2,524,888)
Seat 7 -- BlackSpur (2,581,264)
Seat 8 -- NAR74 (1,154,939)


AA_GT007 got a rude awakening at the final table as the Dutch player was booted on the final table's fifth hand. Krendipont had the 18K bring in playing Stud with the 2♣, al712 raised to 60K with the 3♥ showing and AA_GT007 made it 120K with the A♣ up. After krenipont folded, al712 raised to 180K and AA_GT007 went all in for 230K.

The hands:
AA_GT007 A♥ K♣ A♣
al712 9♠ 9♥ 3♥

AA_GT007 caught a king on fifth street to make aces up, but al712 binked the 9♣ on seventh street to pull out the hand. For eighth, AA_GT007 earned $524.47

Two hands later, krendipont had the 18K bring in again--this time with the 2♣. Sergio raised it to 60K with the 8♣ showing and krendipont called. On fourth, krendipont caught the K♥ and check called a bet by sergio, who caught the 9♦. The fireworks occurred on fifth street. as sergio ended up all in after four bets. The hands were revealed at that point to be:

krendipont K♠ Q♣ 2♣ K♥ 4♣
sergio 8♦ 4♠ 8♣ 9♦ 7♠

Sergio bricked off on sixth and seventh streets and exited in seventh with $1,076.73 in winnings.

Avenoso80 found himself as the next short stack, and subsequent booted player, which occurred on this hand:

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The Brazilian collected a cool $1,701 for the sixth-place nod.

The next departure occurred in the Stud Hi-Lo round. NAR74 brought it in for 36K with the 2♠ showing and BlackSpur raised to 120K holding the 3♠ exposed. NAR74 made it 240K, BlackSpur made it 360K and NAR74 capped the betting at 480K. BlackSpur called bets on each of the next four streets, finally leaving himself with only 10K in his stack after the seventh street call.

The hands:
NAR74 A♣ A♥ 2♠ A♦ 2♥ 3♦ 6♦
BlackSpur 6♥ 6♣ 3♠ 5♦ Q♥ 7♠ J♣

That full house on fifth street sent BlackSpur packing in fifth, which paid the Englishman $2,835.

Bamboocha88 got the last of his chips into the pot three ways with A♦ 2♦ 5♥ J♠ in Omaha Hi-Lo. That's a great starting hand, but not so much a finishing hand on a board of 7♥ Q♥ 7♠ 4♥ 9♥. NAR74 took the pot with A♥ J♥ 6♥ 5♣ to give the Russian the chip lead with more than 7 million in his stack. bamboocha88 got $3,969 for fourth.

Still playing Omaha Hi-Lo, al712 found himself all in for 175K in the big blind with Q♠ 8♣ J♦ K♣ and looked good on a flop of 9♥ K♠ 8♣ against the 3♣ 6♠ 8♦ 7♥ held by krendipont, but the turn 3♥ and river 5♦ gave krendipont the nut straight. Al712 made $5,103 for the third-place showing.

The heads-up match started relatively even, but krendipont took control in the Razz portion, and this hand crippled the German's opponent:

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The tournament ended three hands later when krendipont's Q-T-6 low bested NAR74's Q-T-8 low. NAR74 received $6,804 for the runner-up finish while krendipont got $9,640.64 and the SCOOP champion's watch for the win.

Final table placements:

1st -- krendipont ($9,640.64)
2nd -- NAR74 ($6,804)
3rd -- al712 ($5,103)
4th -- bamboocha88 ($3,969)
5th -- BlackSpur ($2,835)
6th -- avenoso80 ($1,701)
7th -- Sergio ($1,076.73)
8th -- AA_GT007 ($524.47)

Tuscaloosa Johnny Kampis
@PokerStars in SCOOP