SCOOP 2013: Fun run for Furunduk, Event #9-M champ; Luske fifth ($82 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max)

It's new but it's old, this five-card Omaha game that PokerStars introduced just six weeks ago. A variation on a variation, you might say, adding that intriguing fifth card to Omaha, which itself adds two cards to hold'em.

The game's becoming popular, too, as a big field of 1,157 players decided to put up $82 apiece to try their hand at it in SCOOP #9-M, with Russia's Furunduk ultimately topping all to earn a nifty $14,535.38 first prize.

While five-card Omaha -- a.k.a. "Big O" -- is brand new at PokerStars, it does recall the oldest of poker games in that players are dealt five cards (as in draw). Some even posit that when Omaha was first introduced back in the early 1980s that in some instances players were in fact dealt five cards, with the paring back to four coming early in the game's development.

For Event #9 the version of "Big O" featured pot-limit betting and hi/lo split pots, with the game played six-handed start to finish. The 1,157 who bought in built a prize pool of $86,775, besting the tournament's $50K guarantee, with the top 156 dividing the cash.

It took a little over five hours and 40 minutes to play down to 156 and the money, with UGOTPZD being the unfortunate player to finish 157th and leave empty-handed.

Just before UGOTPZD's elimination, the player AsAh2d3c knocked out both antchev (158th) and ManiacRazor (159th) in a single hand to earn a 79,000-plus chip pot and catapult up over 110,000 and into first position. But superreven would nudge past AsAh2d3c to about 117,000 as they made the cash to lead with 156 left.

Immediately after that Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara of Team Online was knocked out in 155th ($125.82) in a hand versus nussunlussun. Then it was a short-stacked George "Jorj95" Lind III, another Team Onliner, hitting the rail in 138th ($130.16) after losing the last of his stack to the chip leader superreven. That would leave Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske as the last to sport a red spade as the field shrunk down under 100.

As they crossed into the eighth hour of play, superreven would slide down the the counts to fall out in 84th place ($182.22). An hour after that they'd reached another break with just 35 players remaining, then led by holla@yoboy as the only player with more than 400,000.

By the nine-hour mark just 21 remained, with the "Flying Dutchman" having flown up the counts and into fourth position behind new leader Dc810. And about an hour and 15 minutes after that they were down to 12, with Furunduk and Naps555 then leading all as they raced toward the 1 million-chip mark.

Luske was still there, too, in the middle with a slightly below average stack. Soon ezepoker90 (12th), holla@yoboy (11th), and Grasiu (10th) were successively sent railward, each earning $1,084.68. And it didn't take much longer for Goburei (9th), fzmas (8th), and (7th) to bust as well, with each taking away $1,518.56.

They were down to six.


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Seat 1: Dc810 (Netherlands) -- 332,552
Seat 2: Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske (Malta) -- 609,158
Seat 3: rvb80 (Netherlands) -- 602,506
Seat 4: Macr0s (Germany) -- 660,384
Seat 5: Naps555 (Australia) -- 1,134,380
Seat 6: Furunduk (Russia) -- 2,446,020

Furunduk enjoyed the big lead with six left, and indeed would never relinquish the advantage as the final table rapidly played out in just over half an hour.

On just the fourth hand of the final table, the blinds were 8,000/16,000 when Furunduk opened for 2x to 32,000 from UTG, and Dc810 called the raise from a seat over.

Everyone else folded, and when the flop came 7♥T♣3♦ Furunduk again bet 32,000. This time Dc810 raised to 184,000, Furunduk fired back to make it 336,000, and Dc810 called with the 108,552 left.

Furunduk had A♦A♥T♠8♦4♦ (aces and a low draw) while Dc810 had A♠J♠J♥5♣2♥ (jacks and a better low draw). The turn was the Q♣ and river the 7♣, meaning neither made a low and Furunduk's two pair were best, sending Dc810 out in sixth.

The very next hand would see Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske's Event #9-M come to an abrupt halt in fifth place.

The hand began with Luske raising to 32,000 from under the gun, Macr0s calling from the button, and Furunduk calling as well from the big blind. The flop came 3♠3♦4♥. Furunduk checked, Luske bet 64,000, and the other two both called. The turn then brought the K♦ and another check from Furunduk. This time Luske bet 296,000, and only Macr0s stuck around.

The river was the T♦ meaning no one would be making a low, and Luske pushed all in with his last 177,158. Macr0s called once more and watched as Luske showed A♣Q♣4♠3♥2♣ for a full house, treys full of fours. But Macr0s had rivered a better full house, showing A♥T♠6♦3♣2♣ for treys full of tens, and Luske's day was done.


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Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske


The final four made it to the 11-hour break, by which point Furunduk had moved up over 3 million, Naps555 was next with about 1.53 million, and rvb80 and Macr0s were both hovering around 600,000.

A few minutes after they returned, the blinds had bumped up to 10,000/20,000 when Furunduk raised for the minimum from UTG, rvb80 made it 92,000 from the button, the blinds got out and Furunduk called. The flop came 5♦6♣K♥ and after checking and seeing rvb80 bet 88,600, Furunduk raised the pot and rvb80 called all in for 261,506.

Furunduk showed Q♦9♥7♥4♣3♣ for a wrap draw to a straight plus a low draw while rvb80 had A♣A♠T♣9♦4♥ for aces and a better low draw. The turn and river then came Q♥6♥, making no low hands while providing Furunduk with a backdoor flush for the best high.

rvb80 was out -- the third straight Dutch player to be eliminated (with Luske playing from Malta) -- and Furunduk continued to enjoy a big lead with just three left.

Three orbits passed among the trio, then with the blinds 12,500/25,000 Macr0s min-raised from UTG, Furunduk reraised to 162,500 from the big blind, and Macr0s called. The flop came 9♥A♣8♠, Furunduk bet 112,500, Macr0s raised all in for 460,771, and Furunduk called.

Furunduk: A♦K♣T♠6♠2♥ -- top pair of aces plus a low draw
Macr0s: A♠Q♣9♣6♦3♣ -- two pair (aces and nines) and a lesser low draw

The turn was the 7♠ and river the 5♦, meaning both players made lows and had backdoored their way to straights. But Furunduk's straight was ten-high, beating Macr0s nine-high straight, and Furunduk's 7-6-5-2-A low nipped the 7-6-5-3-A of Macr0s, sending the latter railward in third.


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Furunduk had 4,238,120 to start heads-up play, way in front of Naps555's 1,546,880. They'd play a couple of small hands, then on the third hand between them the end swiftly arrived.

It started with a min-raise to 50,000 from Naps555 from the button, called by Furunduk. The flop rolled out 5♠K♦J♦ and after Furunduk checked the back-and-forthing began in earnest.

Naps555 led for 50,000 again, Furunduk raised to 225,000, Naps555 reraised to 775,000, Furunduk raised once more, and Naps555 called all in with the 321,880 left.

Naps555 had A♦J♠T♦T♠8♥ (nut flush draw and a backdoor to a low) and Furunduk A♣K♣J♣9♣9♥ (top two pair). The turn then brought the J♥ and river the 8♣, making full houses for both though Furunduk's jacks full of kings was best.

It was all over! Eleven hours and 18 minutes after the tournament had started, Furunduk had won!


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Congratulations to Furunduk for topping another huge SCOOP field and running over the final table to snare a big "W" in the "Big O" in Event #9-M!

PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #9-M ($82 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max) results

Players: 1,157
Prize pool: $86,775.00
Places paid: 156

1. Furunduk (Russia) $14,535.38
2. Naps555 (Australia) $10,846.87
3. Macr0s (Germany) $8,243.62
4. rvb80 (Netherlands) $5,640.37
5. Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske (Malta) $3,696.61
6. Dc810 (Netherlands) $2,603.25

The bulk of the schedule still remains in the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars. Check the SCOOP site for information about the hundred-plus remaining events.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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