SCOOP 2014: SharapoFFF turns it on in Event #35-L ($27 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo)

If there's ever a fun variant of poker, it's Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. It has the four-card thrills of regular PLO, but with a safety net for the low if things go wrong. Miss your straight wrap? No worries! Chuck in a couple of low cards and you'll get half the pot for the low. Brilliant! One player who certainly enjoyed it was Russian SharapoFFF who was certainly "on" today, putting in a strong performance on the final table to emerge as our latest SCOOP champion.

Event #35-L if the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker brought out a strong field of 3,636 players for the $27 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Event. The prize pool guarantee was blown out of the water with $89,263.80 up for grabs with the top 495 players to share the wealth.

Fredy Torres, Christophe de Meulder, Adrienne Rowsome, Marcin Horecki, George Danzer, Andrew Akkari, Naoya Kihara, Marcel Luske and David Williams were out representing Team PokerStars but they weren't able to reach the money stage.

When Norway's rakeboy was bounced out in 496th place, the remaining players had locked up $41.06 as the quest for the $14,016.65 top prize was on.

It would take over ten hours of potting and chopping before the final table of nine was formed. Mark "thret" Furniss was the short stack and a little unlucky to chop a couple of pots that would've given him the double he needed to get back into contention. However when thret's J♥3♦J♦2♥ could only make a pair of jacks, it was Beeethoven87's 6♥4♠A♦7♦ that made two pair and a seven-low to scoop and eliminate the Aussie in tenth place as the final table was set:


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: SharapoFFF (5,080,459 in chips)
Seat 2: volfer (1,098,480 in chips)
Seat 3: imre (1,788,372 in chips)
Seat 4: 22_rebmuneht (864,904 in chips)
Seat 5: niels90 (2,056,414 in chips)
Seat 6: Beeethoven87 (2,986,549 in chips)
Seat 7: im_all_in531 (692,590 in chips)
Seat 8: RamAC77 (904,592 in chips)
Seat 9: Kazancev (2,707,640 in chips)

The final table started off with a bang with volfer doubling up with a straight against niels90's pair of kings, but niels90 got those chips back with the elimination of 22_rebmuneht.

The two players took a flop of 4♠6♠4♦ where 22_rebmuneht moved all in with 8♦A♥Q♦8♣. niels90 made the call with A♣3♠7♥6♦ drawing low, but the 3♥ turn and 5♥ river brought niels90 a seven-high straight and six-low which was good to scoop the pot as 22_rebmuneht ended with two pair and an eight-low. That wasn't enough to save 22_rebmuneht who departed in ninth place for $714.11.

RamAC77 survived an all-in clash, making an ace-high flush to double through volfer's set of aces, before niels90 shot into the chip lead with a set of kings against Beeethoven87.

Beeethoven87 was suddenly the one in trouble. In a battle of the blinds, Beeethoven87 raised enough to be all in with 5♥2♦A♠8♠ as im_all_in531 called with 8♣8♥K♣7♣. The board of J♣J♥4♥9♣7♦ didn't connect with much, leaving im_all_in531's jacks and eights to scoop the pot. That meant Beeethoven87 was on the rail in eighth place for $1,115.79.

RamAC77 collected a huge double up against SharapoFFF when the perfect river card delivered the old "nut-nut":

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The straight-flush and wheel jumped RamAC77 into the chip lead, and RamAC77 didn't stop there. With imre all in preflop with A♦Q♦7♠3♦, RamAC77 made the call with A♠K♦T♠3♥ and ended up making quads on a board of Q♠K♣K♥A♥K♠. From straight-flush to quads, RamAC77 was running hot which was no good for imre who was left to exit in seventh place for $2,008.43 in prize money.

Two hands later and im_all_in531 was also on the rail. im_all_in531 opened with a raise, before Kazancev three-bet. im_all_in531 committed all in to make the call and showed K♣J♦3♣2♦ for some double-suited connectivity, but the clubs were no good against Kazancev's A♣4♥9♦4♣. The fours became pretty handy when the board ran out 2♠5♠3♥A♠Q♦ to give Kazancev and unbeatable wheel for the high and low to scoop and eliminate im_all_in531 from the tournament in sixth place for $2,901.07.

niels90 collected a nice pot from SharapoFFF with just a pair of queens enough to extract bets on the turn and river, as it would be volfer who was next to depart.

Kazancev raised from early position before volfer three-bet all in. Kazancev made the call with A♣2♥4♦5♥ for a nice hi-lo hand against volfer's K♠Q♥9♥2♠. The connectors would prove important as the board ran out T♠3♣7♦T♥6♠ to give Kazancev a straight and low to scoop. volfer was left to collect $3,793.71 for fifth place.

The four remaining players then threw up the idea of a deal, but it would be RamAC77 who wasn't interested:

Kazancev said, "deal?"
SharapoFFF said, "lets look"
niels90 said, "I'll look"
niels90 said, "Ram?"
RamAC77 said, "no"

That decision would end up hurting niels90 the most as the next casualty of the final table. A series of raises would see niels90 all in preflop with a pretty K♠Q♠T♦9♦ but he'd run into Kazancev's A♦A♠7♠3♥. The board arrived 7♦4♥5♠9♠2♠ which was a bit lower than niels90 was aiming and despite making a king-high flush, it wasn't enough against Kazancev ace-high flush. A great tournament for niels90 ended in fourth place for $5,132.66.

Just a few hands later and RamAC77's defiance would come to an end. RamAC77 three-bet all in preflop with J♠J♥8♣3♣ against SharapoFFF who made the call with A♣8♠7♥5♥. The board would run out T♣6♦2♥Q♥A♥ to leave RamAC77 with a pair of jacks for the high and an eight-low, but that was bettered on both sides as SharapoFFF ended with a flush and seven-low. RamAC77 was out in third place for $7,364.26.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: SharapoFFF (7,191,435 in chips)
Seat 9: Kazancev (10,988,565 in chips)

With RamAC77 out of the way, the two remaining players were quick to lock up a deal that would leave $1,000 and the SCOOP title in the middle to play for. Despite the deal done, the heads-up battle was an intense one that would take over half an hour of battling to complete. SharapoFFF appeared the more aggressive, winning roughly double the number of heads-up pots while Kazancev was more selective to pick the right moments to strike.

One of the key hands of the duel would see SharapoFFF check-raise all in on the turn on a board of 4♦A♠K♠4♠ with a flush. Kazancev had an ace and low draw but the river was another four to see SharapoFFF's flush double through.

Many of the other big pots resulted in chopped pots before the final hand of the tournament unfolded. A series of preflop raises would see Kazancev all in with K♥Q♣6♠2♣ against SharapoFFF's A♣Q♠J♠5♠. The board was presented T♠7♣3♠J♣7♦ leaving SharapoFFF with jacks and sevens which was enough to take it down.

Kazancev collected a post-deal total of $11,970.63 as SharapoFFF is our latest SCOOP champ, winning $12,489.88. Congratulations!

SCOOP-35-L: $27 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo - $50K Guaranteed
Entrants: 3,636
Prize Pool: $89,263.80
Places Paid: 495

1. SharapoFFF (Russia) $12,489.88*
2. Kazancev (Ukraine) $11,970.63*
3. RamAC77 (Russia) $7,364.26
4. niels90 (Belgium) $5,132.66
5. Volfer (Poland) $3,793.71
6. im_all_in531 (United Kingdom) $2,901.07
7. imre (Estonia) $2,008.43
8. Beeethoven87 (Poland) $1,115.79
9. 22_rebmuneht (Germany) $714.11

* denotes heads-up deal

If you missed out today, then don't worry as there are plenty more opportunities for you to grab yourself a slice of the SCOOP pie. There are 45 different events, all with low, medium and high buy-in levels to suit players of all budgets. A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 18th. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.

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

@PokerStars in 2014