SCOOP 2016: big_pockett leads all the way to win Event #21-L ($7.50 PL 5-Card Omaha)

Pot-Limit Omaha is like No-Limit Hold'em is a lot of ways but many choose the former poker variant as it's generally offers a lot more action. Makes sense, right? With four cards in your hand rather than two, there's a lot more reason to see a flop, and with more players seeing flops, there's a greater chance of chips going in from there. 

For some though, four cards weren't enough. The action level didn't get the blood flowing like it used to when two cards first became four in your hand. The solution? Up the dosage to five cards! 

The SCOOP-21-L had a buy-in of $7.50 and a guarantee of $25k. Low stakes players wouldn't get the opportunity to play 5-Card Omaha that often so they turned out in droves.  A total of 2,309 to be exact, and they had 1,491 re-buys and added on 997 times. All that helped the prize pool grow to $32,715.54. 

The top 300 made it into the money and secured a $24.86 payday after billygstar was eliminated in 301st place. The action was fast and furious on Day 1; so much so that the final table of six was reached and the play halted for the night. Five Team Pros entered and two made the money. Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas just over min-cashed with a 279th place finished and Jason "JasonMercier" Mercier made the top 100 and earned $62.81 for his 75th place finish.  

The final six

Seat 1: Premove (5,482,411 in chips) 
Seat 2: eight4ever (6,537,483 in chips) 
Seat 3: big_pockett (13,626,441 in chips) 
Seat 4: geovou7 (6,779,826 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 5: M-U-C-K-Y-O- (10,114,955 in chips) 
Seat 6: HYTTI (5,428,884 in chips) 

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Day 2

The blinds were 100,000/200,000 when they came back for Day 2, with an average stack of a whisker under 40 big blinds. Surprisingly it took a long while for the action to get going. big_pockett entered Day 2 with a clear chip advantage and increased that stack to the cost of HYTTI, Premove and eight4ever, who were being cut adrift at the bottom of the counts. A confrontation between two of these short stacks finally broke the tension and (semi-indirectly) resulted in the first bust out of the final table. 

Premove, playing his first of two final SCOOP tables today (5/8 in SCOOP-23-M FL Badugi), and eight4ever were in the blinds, both taking to a Q♥9♦A♠ flop after the latter called a preflop raise from the former. eight4ever had less than a pot-size bet left and called all-in after Premove bet pot. eight4ever opened 3♦6♣A♥8♦9♥ for two pair, ahead of Premove's J♠7♣4♣4♦K♥. The board ran out A♦K♣ to fill up eight4ever. 

Premove was left with fewer than two big blinds and made his final move when under the gun; moving all-in with J♥5♣9♦Q♦3♥. big_pockett successfully raised to isolate with 2♣A♥K♣A♠3♦ and made a straight on T♠5♠9♣4♣6♦ board. The Russian will hope to have better luck at 11:30am ET when his next final table of the day resumes.  

Short stacks to no stacks  

Once Level 41 kicked in and the blinds increased to 250,000/500,000, the pressure was really on the short-stacked HYTTI and eight4ever. Both had little fold equity and knew any preflop shove would be called. Both managed double ups through M-U-C-K-Y-O-U but eight4ever was out in fifth soon after, and got unlucky too. The Lithuanian got his stack in with 7♠7♦A♣A♦4♦, ahead of big_pockett's J♥K♥K♦6♠4♣ but the K♣Q♥T♠T♣J♣ board went the chip leader's way. 

big_pockett's stack was soon past the 30-million mark after he took care of HYTTI four hands later, making another full house involving kings.  HYTTI moved all-in on a J♥7♠K♦ flop holding Q♣9♦8♠6♦T♣, drawing against big_pockett's J♣Q♦3♠8♣K♠. The board just got better and better for the Australian though as it completed with the J♦K♥ turn and river.

Three-handed to a winner

big_pockett had a big lead entering three-handed play but the stacks were spread more even after the Aussie doubled up M-U-C-K-Y-O-, shortly after the Brit had doubled up geovou7. That prompted M-U-C-K-Y-O- to initiate deal talks and the tournament was going to be paused for discussion at the end of the hand in progress, but geovou7 didn't make it that far and discussions head-up never amounted to anything. 

big_pockett raised from the button and both opponents called to lay eyes upon a 7♣4♠T♦ flop. M-U-C-K-Y-O-U watched (and folded) as the other two players committed their chips. big_pockett's set with A♣9♣6♦7♠7♦ was ahead of geovou7's drawing 8♥8♦9♥J♣T♥ and improved to another full house with a Q♠4♥ run out. 

Seven hands later it was all over. big_pockett saw M-U-C-K-Y-O- raise from the button and three-bet saying, "lets rumble." His opponent was up for it and moved all-in. Call.

M-U-C-K-Y-O-: K♦T♠7♥J♥9♠
big_pockett: 2♠Q♣J♠Q♠T♣

The final board of the tournament rolled out 4♣3♠3♦A♠[6♣ missing both players amazingly. That meant big-pockett took the pot with two-pair and claimed the title and first-place prize of $5,154.31. 

Congratulations to M-U-C-K-Y-O- and all the other finalists today. 

SCOOP-21-L ($7.50 PL 5-Card Omaha) results
Entrants: 2,309 (1,491 rebuys, 997 add-ons)
Total prize pool: $32,715.54
Places paid: 300

1. big_pockett (Australia) $5,154.31
2. M-U-C-K-Y-O- (UK) $3,762.28
3. geovou7 (Greece) $2,780.82
4. HYTTI (Sweden) $1,881.14
5. eight4ever (Lithuania) $1,226.83
6. Premove (Russia) $653.65


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Marc Convey
@The_Conv in SCOOP