SCOOP 2012: DaniRiquelme does damage with Event #38-L win ($27 HORSE)

SCOOP logo.gifDestiny? DaniRiquelme did enter the final table with the chip lead. DaniRiquelme was the chip leader at the time of the four-way chop, too, only losing that lead to muktuk2 toward the end of the tournament. But a series of hurried moves only led to double-ups and chip-ups, which led DaniRiquelme right to the winner's circle. One could say that the win was in the cards.


For those who remember poker about a decade ago, HORSE was the original set of mixed games. Sure, there were versions of it, but the measure of a great all-around poker player was their ability to master the games of HORSE - Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud, and Stud Hi/Lo. Today, there are many more variations, and a standard mixed game includes eight or ten options. HORSE is reminiscent of simpler days.

Event 38 offered players the option to play some good ol' fashioned HORSE, and the low buy-in required only $27 to take a shot at the serious $50K guarantee. That brought a few thousand players to the tables and these final numbers:

Players: 2,656
Guarantee: $50,000.00
Prize pool: $66,400.00
Paid players: 336

The field in any HORSE tournament is tough, and this was no different as evidenced by the fact that only one Team PokerStars Pro made it into the money at all. That was Team Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki, who ended his game in 295th place.

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The nine-hour mark showed only 15 players remaining, but there were deep stacks and limit games involved, so there was no rush on the action. Even so, it only took 20 minutes to eliminate several players and get to hand-for-hand play.

It took a few minutes, but finally, don't razz me, babouxi, and DaniRiquelme got involved in a big stud hand. It was on fourth street that babouxi pushed all-in, and don't razz me folded. Upon showdown, babouxi had J♥9♥T♥K♠K♦A♦5♦ for the pair of kings, but DaniRiquelme showed K♣6♣7♣7♣6♠7♦4♣ for the full house. Babousi left in ninth place with $474.76.

DaniRiquelme dominates at the start

The final table was set in Level 64, a Stud round with 60,000/120,000 blinds and a 12,000 ante. The players' starting stacks were as follows:

Seat 1: dont razz me (1,980,049 in chips)
Seat 2: muktuk2 (1,239,229 in chips)
Seat 3: AceSK77 (102,797 in chips)
Seat 4: arbianight (1,982,223 in chips)
Seat 5: DaniRiquelme (3,518,203 in chips)
Seat 6: TripleMerge (583,072 in chips)
Seat 7: tmvnstn (3,155,699 in chips)
Seat 8: Waldo119 (718,728 in chips)

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On the third hand, short-stacked AceSK77 completed the bring in and made the all-in move, and DaniRiquelme and don't razz me called. The two checked fourth street, but a bet from don't razz me on fifth prompted a fold from DaniRiquelme. The final showdown involved AceSK77 on the line with Q♣J♣2♣6♦5♦7♣7♠, but the pair of sevens couldn't beat the 9♣A♥A♣4♥Q♦K♦6♠ and aces of don't razz me. AceSK77 left in eighth place with $664.00.

A few hands later, TripleMerge got involved in a Stud Hi/Lo hand with muktuk2. TripleMerge pushed all-in on fifth street for 171,072 chips, and muktuk2 called, ending up with 2♦Q♥2♠J♦T♣7♣Q♣. TripleMerge couldn't beat the two pair with 3♦4♥6♦J♠9♥T♥6♥ and left in seventh place with $1,328.00.

Where's Waldo119?

For awhile, Waldo119 was busy working a short stack but doubled through muktuk2 to stay in action with a little more than 500K chips. But chipped down again, Walso119 was in a tough spot. The all-in move came in a Stud hand, and arbianight was along for the ride. The final deal gave Walso119 J♥A♣A♦9♣4♦T♣Q♠ for the aces, but arbianight had Q♦8♦8♣K♠Q♥6♥6♦ and two pair. Waldo119 was relegated to the rail in sixth place with $1,992.00.

Into the arbianight

In the Stud Hi/Lo level, arbianight got involved with tmvnstn. A raise and reraise led them to fourth street, where arbianight showed 5♦8♥ and tmvnstn revealed A♦T♦. A bet and call took them to fifth street for a J♣ to arbianight and 5♥ for tmvnstn. Tmvnstn bet, and arbianight raised all-in for 272,679 chips. Tmvnstn called and ended up with 5♣5♠A♦T♦5♥6♠6♣ for the full house. That easily beat the 8♠4♣5♦8♥J♣2♣9♠ of arbianight, who departed in fifth place with $3,320.00.

Four to a deal

The final four players paused the tournament to discuss a deal, and they agreed to the following numbers, with an additional $1,000 set aside for the ultimate winner:

Seat 1: dont razz me (1,249,643 in chips) = $5,816.20
Seat 2: muktuk2 (2,750,573 in chips) = $6,842.84
Seat 5: DaniRiquelme (6,195,906 in chips) = $9,250.00
Seat 7: tmvnstn (3,083,878 in chips) = $7,279.84

Dont razz me mounted a comeback by doubling through tmvnstn and taking a bit pot from DaniRiquelme in Limit Hold'em.

Tmvnstn then started a hand with a raise, which was called by dont razz me in the small blind and muktuk2 in the big blind. The flop came 7♥4♠4♦, and tmvnstn bet. Dont razz me folded, and muktuk2 called. The 9♥ on the turn prompted two checks, but the 4♣ river saw a bet from muktuk2 and raise from tmvnstn. Muktuk2 raised again, and tmvnstn moved all-in with T♠9♣ for the full house. But muktuk2 called quickly and showed 5♣4♥ for quad fours. That was enough to eliminate tmvnstn in fourth place with $7,279.84.

Muktuk2 takes over

Muktuk2 slowly but surely climbed into the chip lead, leaving DaniRiquelme in a distant second by the Omaha Hi/Lo round. Dont razz me was on a short stack of little more than 300K, though one double through muktuk2 saved dont razz me for a bit longer.

Eventually, though, dont razz me pushed again, this time in none other than Razz. It seemed fitting that dont razz me risked it all in that game, and DaniRiquelme and muktuk2 played along. It was on the river that a bet from DaniRiquelme prompted muktuk2 to fold, and DaniRiquelme showed 7♥3♣8♦5♠5♣4♠J♦. Dont razz me showed 4♦2♣A♠K♠K♦A♣8♣, but that couldn't beat the 8-7-5-4-3 low, so dont razz me became the third place finisher with $5,816.20 to show for it.

Heads-up in a hurry

The starting counts for the heads-up match were:

Seat 2: muktuk2 (6,666,950 in chips)
Seat 5: DaniRiquelme (6,613,050 in chips)

DaniRiquelme lost ground as muktuk2 climbed above 9 million chips. DaniRiquelme also mentioned in the chat box that there was a necessity to hurry things along. There was even a question put to the tournament host as to whether or not they could rotate the games more quickly, but the answer was no.

In the stud round, it was clear that DaniRiquelme was anxious to move. But that only meant that DaniRiquelme doubled up with A♦9♣2♠8♥9♥8♠4♥ in Stud. Big betting continued, but DaniRiquelme won key pots to stay alive.

They mentioned playing for the extra $1,000 and the Movado watch, which kept them going and spurred muktuk2 to fight on.

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And then things changed. DaniRiquelme found some momentum and won a big Stud pot in the amount of 5.28 million chips. That put DaniRiquelme in the lead and on a roll. A few hands later, in Stud Hi/Lo, the two players tangled again. A 3♠ for muktuk prompted a bet, and a 4♠ for DaniRiquelme was good for a raise. A reraise and call led to a 4♥ for muktuk2 and 9♠ for DaniRiquelme, the latter of whom bet. Muktuk2 raised, and DaniRiquelme called. Muktuk2 took a K♣ on fifth street and bet, and DaniRiquelme took a K♦ and check-called. The 9♥ for muktuk2 and 2♦ for DaniRiquelme on sixth street prompted a bet and call. Finally, on the river, muktuk2 was all-in with 3♥5♦3♠4♥K♣9♥5♥ for two pair. DaniRiquelme showed 5♠7♠4♠9♠K♦2♦J♠ for the flush, and with no low, muktuk2 left in second place with $6,842.84.

DaniRiquelme took home the above-mentioned watch, $10,250.00 in cash, and the SCOOP title. Congrats!

2012 SCOOP Event #38-L ($27 HORSE) Results (reflects deal):

Total players: 2,656
Paid players: 336

1st place: DaniRiquelme (Spain) - $10,250.00*
2nd place: muktuk2 (Belgium) - $6,842.84*
3rd place: dont razz me (Hungary) - $5,816.20*
4th place: tmvnstn (Netherlands) - $7,279.84*
5th place: arbianight (Mexico) - $3,320.00
6th place: Waldo119 (Canada) - $1,992.00
7th place: TripleMerge (UK) - $1,328.00
8th place: AceSK77 (Russia) - $664.00

*Based on a four-way chop with $1K added to winner's money

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP