SCOOP 2012: Shawn "buck21" Buchanan wins Event #28-H ($2,100 Razz)

SCOOP logo.gifAny tournament that requires a $2,100 buy-in is going to be highlighted by some well-known poker players. This Razz event had an elite field, and the final table reflected that. And throughout the action, Shawn "buck21" Buchanan fought like he is known to do at the live tables, overcoming short stacks and building through sheer aggression. The performance in the heads-up match was something resembling a one-sided boxing match, and sulbystar finally succumbed to the power of buck21. Mr. Buchanan is now a SCOOP champion.


Wednesday is the day of the week that some people positively see as halfway to the next weekend, while others negatively view it as halfway from the past weekend. Razz is a little like Wednesday. No one will claim to love it, but they will still put up money to play the game. It's a poker variety that sits out there as an island, like Wednesday, right in the middle of everything. People still go there, though they're unsure why. That's Razz.

And that's Event 28, a tournament that offered those players the chance to face the game and choose how they wanted to view it. No matter, they still played. The high version of the game, which required a buy-in of $2,100, drew enough people to stomp all over the guarantee, so Razz has that going for it.

Players: 81
Guarantee: $100,000.00
Prize pool: $162,000.00
Paid players: 12

There were quite a few members of Team PokerStars in action today, though Team Pro George Danzer was the first one to exit the field in 62nd place. Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind, who just won a SCOOP title in Event 26-L, ended this event in 57th place, followed by Team Pros Martin Staszko in 42nd and Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero in 34th.

As the field was reduced to only three tables around the 7.5-hour mark, Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Team Online's Kristian "CharismA3" Martin were still in competition, though the latter soon exited in 20th place.

With two tables remaining at 8.5 hours into the event, ElkY was the short stack and though he doubled once to stay in action, he finally succumbed to the cards and left in 14th place, two spots off the money.

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Hand-for-hand on the two tables, and it took about 10 minutes before BrynKenney busted in 13th place on the money bubble. DynamoM was the first player to cash for $4,455.00, and Kroko-dill followed in 11th as did stevie444 in tenth.

Another round of hand-for-hand started on the final table bubble, and it didn't take long for ShellyCalls to push all-in for 4,754 chips. Buck21 called, and tabled 5♥A♦2♣5♣7♥J♣6♣, while ShellyCalls had only 8♣7♠6♥8♥J♠A♣T♦. ShellyCalls had to leave in ninth place with $4,455.00.

Sulbystar surges as chip leader

The final eight players began action with these chip counts:

Seat 1: buzzard1881 (38,755 in chips)
Seat 2: Mrdawwe (100,783 in chips)
Seat 3: grapenuts (55,982 in chips)
Seat 4: sulbystar (122,127 in chips)
Seat 5: BigRiskky (15,778 in chips)
Seat 6: __akun333___ (4,418 in chips)
Seat 7: buck21 (38,575 in chips)
Seat 8: villepn (28,582 in chips)

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The very first hand of the final table saw short-stacked ___akun333___ move all-in. Mrdawwe called and collected 2♥3♥A♣K♥K♠J♠6♠, while ___akun333___ was behind with 8♣7♥5♣J♥2♣Q♠J♦. ___akun333___ departed in eighth place with $5,265.00.

Though BigRiskky had been the short stack during most of seven-handed play, buzzard1881 lost ground and needed to make a move. Buzzard1881 then got involved with Mrdawwe. On fifth street, buzzard1881 showed A♥3♠K♠ and got into a raising war with the 5♠9♥7♠ of Mrdawwe until buzzard1881 finally committed the last of the chips. When the hands were complete, buzzard1881 had 7♥2♣A♥3♠K♠9♦9♣, but Mrdawwe won the pot with 8♥6♣5♠9♥7♠K♥A♠. Buzzard1881 landed in seventh place with $6,885.00.

Short-stacked strategies

Villepn was one of the shortest stacks at the table and pushed all-in on third street with 3♠ showing, and grapenuts was right there with A♥. After all of the cards were presented, villepn showed 6♦4♣3♠8♥7♥5♥T♣, but grapenuts won with 2♠6♥A♥4♠Q♦2♦7♠. Villepn, who claimed a 2010 SCOOP victory, was gone in sixth place with $8,505.00.

BigRiskky doubled several times, and finally a double through grapenuts took him over 10K in chips. Another double through grapenuts put BigRiskky over 20K, and the roller coaster for the short stack continued. He then revealed his strategy in the chat box:

"Blind down triple, my strat."

Sulbystar said, "Fantastic, I'm always keen to learn from an expert."

Scott "BigRiskky" Clements responded, "LOL at me being expert."

Awhile later, BigRiskky doubled through sulbystar, and the latter typed, "lol."

During the hour and 20 minutes that was five-handed play, BigRiskky doubled more times than we care to recount. But there had to be an end to it. It happened when BigRiskky and Mrdawwe capped betting on third street, then bet and called on fourth. On fifth street, BigRiskky showed 3♣2♦Q♥ and bet all-in for 5,536 chips. Mrdawwe called with 8♦Q♦8♠ showing. After the river, BigRiskky turned over 7♥4♦3♣2♦Q♥2♥3♥, but Mrdawwe had 3♦6♠8♦Q♦8♠9♣T♥. Scott "BigRiskky" Clements exited in fifth place with $11,340.00.

Grapenuts was also working a stack of less than 25K and put it at risk with 8♣7♠Q♥ showing and A♥2♠ behind. Sulbystar was along for the ride with 5♦9♠2♣ and holding 7♥8♥. Grapenuts only received A♣K♥, and sulbystar took K♠5♥, and the latter had a 9-8-7-5-2 low. Grapenuts became the fourth place finisher with $15,390.00.

Final three

The last three players standing started with these counts:

Seat 2: Mrdawwe (182,518 in chips)
Seat 4: sulbystar (78,531 in chips)
Seat 7: buck21 (143,951 in chips)

Sulbystar came out swinging and quickly chipped up in contention for the chip lead with Mrdawwe. And by the 12-hour break, Mrdawwe was the shortest of the three stacks with less than 70K.

Finally, MrDawwe tangled with buck21. Betting was capped on fifth street with 6♣J♠T♥ showing for MrDawwe and 6♥9♦K♥ for buck21. The rest of Mrdawwe's chips went in on sixth street, and the final hand was A♥2♦6♣J♠T♥T♦Q♥. But buck21 showed 7♠2♣6♥9♦K♥Q♦T♣ and took the pot. David "Mrdawwe" Sonelin, who finished sixth in SCOOP Event 24-L earlier this week, had to accept third place in this event for $22,680.00.

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Two players, one title

The last two players standing (or sitting) had these chip stacks:

Seat 4: sulbystar (207,631 in chips)
Seat 7: buck21 (197,369 in chips)

Buck21 chipped up steadily throughout the match, and sulbystar couldn't seem to gather any momentum. Sulbystar was very low at one point and doubled to 41,524 chips, but lost ground and doubled again to 31,048 chips.

Finally, with less than 20K chips, sulbystar moved all-in on fourth street with 5♠9♦ showing against the A♦3♥ of buck21. When all of the cards were dealt, sulbystar had 3♣9♣5♠9♦T♥9♠8♦, but buck21 dominating with 6♠Q♣A♦3♥7♣8♥K♠. Sulbystar finished the tournament in second place with $29,970.00.

Shawn "buck21" Buchanan won the SCOOP title, Movado watch, and $44,145.00 in cash. Congrats!

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2012 SCOOP Event #28-H ($2,100 Razz) Results:

Total players: 81
Paid players: 12

1st place: Shawn "buck21" Buchanan (Canada) - $44,145.00
2nd place: sulbystar (UK) - $29,970.00
3rd place: Mrdawwe (Sweden) - $22,680.00
4th place: grapenuts (Canada) - $15,390.00
5th place: BigRiskky (Canada) - $11,340.00
6th place: villepn (Finland) - $8,505.00
7th place: buzzard1881 (Canada) - $6,885.00
8th place: ___akun___333 (Poland) - $5,265.00

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP