SCOOP 2014: Five cards, five-way chop; moddha wins Event #27-L ($11+R 5-Card PLO Hi/Lo, 6-Max, Turbo)

PokerStars' new 5-Card Omaha game has proven popular, and when played pot-limit and with the hi/lo split pot format in place, every hand provides a myriad of possibilities. It seemed only fitting, then, that Event #27-L, an $11 buy-in pot-limit 5-Card Omaha hi/lo tournament with six-handed tables, a turbo structure, and an hour-long rebuy period up front would provide something unique -- in this case a tourney-ending double-knockout that saw Germany's moddha take out the last two remaning players to win the title and a $7,473.49 first prize after a five-way final table deal.

A total of 2,407 entered the event, and after that group took 4,438 rebuys and 1,588 add-ons the total prize pool added up to $84,330, more than three times the event's $25K guarantee with the top 330 finishers getting to divide the money.

It took almost two-and-a-half hours for the money bubble to burst. Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez led all at that point, with two PokerStars Pros -- Marcin "Goral" Horecki and George Danzer -- still in the hunt as well.

Horecki had but a short stack, however, and was soon one of the first eliminated inside the money in 323rd place for a $58.18 min-cash. Meanwhile, Danzer had above average chips and a spot inside the top 50, and the German pro would last a good while longer before finally falling in a hand versus sattla to finish 47th for a $210.82 cash.

It only took a little over an hour more for the field to be carved down further to the final 12, during which time Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez went out in 32nd ($286.72) while papillon 999 claimed the chip lead. orbitor77 (12th), swbs99 (11th), and sattla (10th) next went out, each earning $737.88, and after Voland79 (9th), JagaForver (8th), and DaCus3 (7th) hit the rail to earn $1,011.96 apiece, the final table was set.


Seat 1: GUEDIM977 (Brazil) -- 2,490,612
Seat 2: Thief Kid 81 (Slovenia) -- 9,533,798
Seat 3: moddha (Germany) -- 4,813,890
Seat 4: ferrostyle (Colombia) -- 4,824,926
Seat 5: 7childsplay7 (Netherlands) -- 808,474
Seat 6: papillon 999 (Malta) -- 6,003,300

7childsplay7 sunk in sixth

On the very first hand of the final table, the blinds were 150,000/300,000 when 7childsplay7 open-raised all in for 808,474 from the button and Thief Kid 81 called from the big blind.

7childsplay7 had K♦K♥T♥9♦4♠ while Thief Kid 81 showed A♣A♦3♦2♠2♥. The board then came 6♠4♣9♣5♣8♣, which added up to both a six-high straight and a 6-5-4-3-A low for Thief Kid 81, better than the two pair and no low of 7childsplay7, and the latter was quickly out in sixth.

A deal, then GUEDIM977 gone in fifth

The four-hour break arrived, and shortly after the remaining five stopped things to talk about a chop with Thief Kid 81 the new leader ahead of papillon 999. "ICM"-based figures were produced leaving $500 for which to play, and after the group quickly agreed to the terms cards were back in the air.

It didn't take long for another knockout to come. After papillon 999 min-raised to 800,000 from the cutoff, GUEDIM977 reraise-pushed for 2,440,612 from a seat over and when the others folded, papillon 999 called.

GUEDIM977 had A♦J♣9♦8♦3♥ while papillon 999 turned over A♠K♥Q♠7♦2♠. The five community cards next came Q♣9♣5♦, then T♣, then J♥. With no low possible, papillon 999's ace-high straight bested the queen-high straight of GUEDIM977, and they were down to four.

ferrostyle finished in fourth

About 10 minutes later Thief Kid 81 opened for 2x to 800,000 from UTG, then ferrostyle pushed for 1,549,854 from the small blind. papillon999 then reraised to more than 5.4 million in the big blind, and after flashing K♥K♦Q♥J♥T♥ Thief Kid 81 decided to fold.

papillon999 had drawn a pair of aces with A♣A♥Q♦T♦5♥ while ferrostyle had a handful of low cards with A♠8♦7♣4♣3♥. The 8♣9♦9♠7♦K♠ board provided no low hands, though, and papillon999's two pair of aces and nines beat ferrostyle's nines and eights, sending ferrostyle railward in fourth.

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moddha mows down both papillon 999 and Thief Kid 81 at once, takes title

The remaining trio battled another five minutes after which moddha led with almost 17.9 million while papillon 999 had about 5.37 million and Theif Kid 81 just a little less.

That's when moddha open-raised the pot to 2.1 million from the button, papillon 999 reraised all in for 5,368,932 from the from small lbind, Thief Kid 81 called all in for 4,607,429 from the big blind, and moddha called.

papillon 999: A♦T♠3♦2♥2♦
moddha: A♠5♠4♦4♣2♠
Thief Kid 81: A♥K♣Q♠9♦4♥

Both moddha and papillon 999 had aces and deuces, while Thief Kid 81 was hoping to see a board full of high cards. The community cards then rolled out 7♥J♠6♣7♣6♦, essentially missing all three players' hands which meant moddha's pair of fours made the best two pair and both papillon 999 and Thief Kid 81 were eliminated. papillon 999 finished second thanks to having more chips than Thief Kid 81 to start the hand, though it didn't matter since the five-handed deal had only left extra money for the winner.

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Congratulations to moddha for surviving the wild final table to take the win and SCOOP watch, and good job as well to all five of the deal-makers including Thief Kid 81 who while finishing third managed to earn the biggest chunk of the prize pool.

SCOOP 27-L: $11+R PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo (6-Max, Turbo)
Entrants: 2,407
Rebuys: 4,438
Add-ons: 1,588
Total prize pool: $84,330.00
Places paid: 330

1. moddha (Germany) -- $7,473.49*
2. papillon 999 (Malta) -- $8,474.20*
3. Thief Kid 81 (Slovenia) -- $9,327.76*
4. ferrostyle (Colombia) $7,074.87*
5. GUEDIM977 (Brazil) $5,388.83*
6. 7childsplay7 (Netherlands) $1,598.05

*= reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner

There's still lots of SCOOP to go. See the 2014 SCOOP homepage for the full remaining schedule as well as results from events completed thus far.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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