SCOOP 2013: Marbik demonstrates Big O mastery in Event 9-L ($7.50 5-Card PLO8, 6-Max)

They call it Big "O" at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas - 5-card PLO8. For 2013 SCOOP PokerStars decided to showcase the addition of 5-card Omaha to the site's game offerings by making Event 9-Low a $7.50 Big "O" tournament. Belgian player Marbik was the biggest of the Big "O" players, taking down the tournament for about $4,500.

570 places were paid in Event 9-Low, making Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer's elimination in 579th place somewhat excruciating. Even when the buy-in is only $7.50, it's still tough to bubble a tournament, whether it's got 100 players or 4,552, the number of players that Event 9-L had.

The players chopped and quartered their towards the six-handed final table a little faster than anticipated. At just past 9pm PokerStars time, these six players found themselves at the last table of the night:

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Seat 1: Marbik (6794430 in chips)
Seat 2: SharapoFFF (4087119 in chips)
Seat 3: studentdonut (3170996 in chips)
Seat 4: thgddgisback (3541780 in chips)
Seat 5: 59595 (1315476 in chips)
Seat 6: oleg 1011 (3850199 in chips)

Level 37: Blinds 50k-100k
Average: 3.8 million (38 BBs)

A three-way pot was the end of the short stack, 59595. Marbik opened from first position for the minimum, 200k, and was called by 59595 in the small blind and oleg 1011 in the big blind. On a J♣5♠6♦ flop, action checked to Marbik, who bet 385k. 59595 check-raised all in for 715k and was called in both spots.

The turn 4♦ brought a bet of 1.3 million from oleg 1011. Marbik called there and called oleg 1011's river shove of 1.58 million after the J♥ fell. Oleg 1011 got three-quarters of the pot by showing down 3♦9♣2♦A♠3♥, a 6-high straight for high and 6-5-4-2-A for low. Marbik had the same low; 59595 got nothing but $527.75 for 6th place as 3♣T♦A♥6♥K♣ could only make two pair for high and a 6-5-4-3-A for low.

As is often the case at these final tables, several players started inquiring whether the table was amenable to a deal after 59595 was eliminated. studentdonut had no interest.

With the stacks the way they were, and play generally cautious, we didn't expect to see any but the shortest stacks get all in pre-flop. Yet that's what happened when Marbik opened to 320k in the 80k-160k level and studentdonut three-bet to 1.04 million. Marbik 4-bet to 3.2 million, giving studentdonut a chance to move all in for 4.56 million. Marbik called with A♣A♦Q♠J♠5♠. studentdonut showed K♦K♥4♠3♣2♣. There was no low on a board of 7♠Q♣T♥4♣J♥, which allowed Marbik's two pairs, queens and jacks, to take the whole pot and knock studentdonut out of the tournament in 5th place.

In between the eliminations of 59595 and studentdonut, SharapoFFF saw the wrong end of variance a few times to drop to about 1 million in chips. Marbik gobbled up those chips when SharapoFFF got all in pre-flop with A♠T♦7♦6♥3♥ against Marbik's A♥A♣K♣6♦5♣. Marbik flopped the joint, 4♦3♦7♠; nothing changed by the river. SharapoFFF was gone in 4th place.

Only three of the six final table players remained after SharapoFFF's elimination. The three players: chip leader Marbik, 2nd-place player oleg 1011, and short stack thgddgisback, quickly agreed to a chip-chop deal, leaving just $500 and SCOOP watch up for grabs.

On the first hand back from break, oleg 1011 tried check-raising the turn of a 4♣2♥4♠T♣ board. Marbik shoveled all the chips into the pot, drawing a fold from oleg 1011.

Thgddgisback was eliminated by Marbik exactly six hands later. Marbik didn't show up with aces this time, but A♥K♣J♥9♥6♠ was good enough with all the chips in pre-flop. thgddgisback showed A♣K♥8♦8♣4♠. A jack on the flop was enough to sink thgddgisback's ship.

Marbik started heads-up play with a 4.5-to-1 chip lead over oleg 1011. Yet oleg 1011 snatched the chip lead by winning two big pots, including this one:

The two players then traded the lead back and forth a few times. The stacks were almost level for the final hand, played in the 125k-250k level. oleg 1011 started with the button and opened for pot to 750k. Marbik three-bet pot (2.25 million) back to oleg 1011. oleg 1011 called to a 7♦J♠3♠, where a bet and two raises got the rest of the chips into the middle. oleg 1011 was at risk with 4♠T♠T♦7♠4♥, while Marbik showed top set, A♣J♥3♣J♦7♥. Although oleg 1011 improved to a set of 10s with the T♣ turn, it wasn't enough. The river bricked off to end the tournament and make Marbik a SCOOP champion.

SCOOP 2013 Event 9-Low $7.50 PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo (6-Max) (* denotes 3-way deal)

Players: 4552
Prizepool: $31,044.64
Places paid: 570

1st: Marbik ($4,504.35)*
2nd: oleg 1011 ($3,238.11)*
3rd: thgddgisback ($2,893.26)*
4th: SharapoFFF ($1,618.66)
5th: studentdonut ($931.33)
6th: 59595 ($527.75)

If playing 5-Card PLO8 isn't your thing, there are plenty of other events on the SCOOP 2013 calendar. Check out satellite schedules, SCOOP event buy-ins, points leaders and more at the SCOOP home page.

Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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