SCOOP 2013: Roxie Hart draws a win in Event #4-L ($27 FL Badugi)

Badugi is a fun game that's growing in popularity, judging by the large turnout for today's Badugi SCOOP events - the only opportunity for players to experience this triple draw, lowball format during this SCOOP series. In the end it was Roxie Hart from the United Kingdom who overcame signs of fatigue to grab the SCOOP title and almost ten thousand dollars in prize money.

SCOOP Event #4-L was the $27 Limit Badugi event which attracted a healthy field of 2,256 players. Who knew that many players knew how to play Badugi? Perhaps they did, and perhaps a few didn't, but they all contributed to produce a prize pool that reached $55,384.80 - close to doubling the advertised guarantee.

Shane Schleger, Naoya Kihara, George Danzer, Richard Toth, Marcin Horecki, Chris Moneymaker and George Lind were representing the red spade of Team PokerStars but sadly all missed the money, as did Gbrokim from South Korea who became the bubble in 289th place to miss out on the $43.75 min-cash.

Singapore's Bryan Huang made it to 227th place for a $46.52 collect as the only Team PokerStars pro in the money.

When a short-stacked times-squ@re was all in predraw and produced a 8♠T♣K♦4♥ king-high Badugi, it was DeWashington who stood pat with 8♥2♦9♣J♠ for a jack-high Badugi to eliminate times-squ@re in 9th place as our final table was set:


Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: helixtris (1,364,289 in chips)
Seat 2: DeWashington (1,606,233 in chips)
Seat 3: WeakyLeeks (3,369,389 in chips)
Seat 4: akuza84 (2,133,127 in chips)
Seat 5: Roxie Hart (1,180,630 in chips)
Seat 6: Dalvaryyy (609,602 in chips)
Seat 7: Elias850 (638,098 in chips)
Seat 8: WWWallace79 (378,632 in chips)

WeakyLeeks held a big chip lead with WWWallace79 short stacked and first to be eliminated. Action was capped pre-draw with WWWallace79's last chips in on the first draw with Dalvaryyy making the call. Both players took one on each of the three draws but couldn't improve their three-card hands. WWWallace79 showed 5♥A♠4♦5♣ for a three-card 5-4-A but it wasn't good enough as Dalvaryyy opened A♦2♥8♦3♣ for a three-card 3-2-A. WWWallace79 picked up $553.84 for 8th place.

With the players struggling to stay awake after a long ten hours of Badugi grinding, it would be some time before we'd lose another player. That player would be DeWashington who was all in predraw, taking one each time to end with A♥5♠3♦4♥ for a three-card 5-3-A which couldn't pip the 2♦9♥8♠3♣ Badugi of WeakyLeeks who stood pat. DeWashington's 7th place finish was worth $1,107.69.

While the players were enjoying plenty of friendly banter in the chat box, it would be helixtris would wouldn't be enjoying things so much on the table. helixtris took a big hit before raising all in predraw to find three callers. After everyone took two on the first draw, akuza84 stepped out of the way, with Roxie Hart standing pat. helixtris and WeakyLeeks took two again, with another bet from Rixie Hart enough to get heads up with the short stack. helixtris took two more and could only come up with 3♣7♣2♥4♦ for a three-card 4-3-2 as Roxie Hart's Q♥2♦6♣3♠ Badugi was good to collect the pot and eliminate helixtris in 6th place for $1,661.54.

It would be Elias850 next to fall, a little unlucky to miss a big draw against a big hand:

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Elias850's hand looked pretty but two spades left Elias850 with a three-card 4-2-A as Roxie Hart claimed another scalp with a strong Badugi 6. Elias850 picked up $2,769.24 for 5th place.

akuza84 was the chip leader with Roxie Hart gaining ground with four players remaining. After losing a big pot to akuza84, Dalvaryyy was short stacked and all in after taking one card on three draws against WeakyLeeks who was also forced to draw, taking two, one and one. At showdown, both players could only show a three-card hand with Dalvaryyy's 2♣3♣5♦T♥ for a three-card T-5-2 failing to get past WeakyLeeks' 2♠A♦4♣A♥ for a three-card 4-2-A. A fine tournament by Dalvaryyy was undone in 4th place for $3,876.93 in prize money.

With three players remaining, Roxie Hart tossed up the idea of a deal but the chip leader was having none of it:

Roxie Hart said, "u guys wanna look at icm?"
akuza84 said, "no deal"
Roxie Hart said, "lol ok"
Roxie Hart said, "gl sir :)"
akuza84 said, "no offence wanna top1"
Roxie Hart said, "no prob"
WeakyLeeks said, "ok gl"
Roxie Hart said, "may the least tired win :)"

Roxie Hart would take chips from WeakyLeeks, twice making a Badugi hand at showdown. It left WeakyLeeks in trouble but he did spike a nice double up:

However it wasn't enough for WeakyLeeks to get back into the contest. WeakyLeeks was crippled in a hand where akuza84's A♣6♣4♦5♠ three-card 5-4-A was enough to scoop, before akuza84 finished the job next hand, making a K♣2♦Q♥6♠ Badugi to better WeakyLeeks' A♦A♥2♥6♣ three-card 6-2-A. WeakyLeeks picked up $5,261.55 for 3rd place.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: akuza84 (7,108,405 in chips)
Seat 5: Roxie Hart (4,171,595 in chips)

akuza84 started with the heads-up chip lead but it would be Roxie Hart landing the first significant pots of the contest. In back-to-back hands, Roxie Hart collected pots worth 2.6m apiece. In the first, akuza84 was forced to fold after the final draw, while in the second akuza84 made the call down, only to be shown a T-6-5-4 Badugi.

Roxie Hart had the momentum, stuck some good hands and wore down akuza84 before landing the final blows. Roxie Hart made another T-5-4-A Badugi to leave akuza84 in trouble, and next hand it was all over. akuza84 was all in after the first draw and stood pat as Roxie Hart drew one each time to try and jag a card to take the title. And that's exactly what happened as Roxie Hart opened 7♣3♥A♦2♠ for a strong 7-3-2-A Badugi which topped akuza84's 9♦T♣4♠7♥ for a T-9-7-4 Badugi. akuza84 received $6,729.25 for 2nd place as Roxie Hart lands the SCOOP title and $9,513.20 in prize money!

SCOOP Event #4-L Results
Entrants: 2,256
Prize pool: $55,384.80
Places paid: 288

1st Roxie Hart (United Kingdom) - $9,513.20
2nd akuza84 (Russia) - $6,729.25
3rd WeakyLeeks (United Kingdom) - $5,261.55
4th Dalvaryyy (Sweden) - $3,876.93
5th Elias850 (Russia) - $2,769.24
6th helixtris (United Kingdom) - $1,661.54
7th DeWashington (Ukraine) - $1,107.69
8th WWWallace79 (Germany) - $553.84

There are a total of 44 events on the 2013 SCOOP schedule, each offering a low, medium and high level of buy-in, running right through until May 26th. Check out the full schedule, satellite information, stats and the Player of the Series leaderboard on the SCOOP home page.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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