SCOOP 2016: Naoya "nkenyo" Kihara 3rd as Matthias "mati312" Brandner wins Event #23-M ($215 FL Badugi)

Badugi is a game that has steadily grown in popularity in recent years, as a game in its own right, along with featuring in the mix when 10-Game and Dealer's Choice is played. It's a triple draw lowball variant meaning the lowest hand wins, with pairs and suited cards bad for hand value. If you manage to get all four suits in your hand, it's called Badugi. 

Naoya "nkenyo" Kihara had a great Day 1 in SCOOP-06-H: $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo (entered Day 2 second in chips) before the wheels came off, so entered Day 2 of this tournament with a point to prove and a clear chip to do it with. It didn't work out for him today as he failed to gain any traction during the final. His stack was enough to see him through to a third place finish. The glory, along with $8,091, went to Matthias "mati312" Brandner  after defeating ugritaly heads-up.

A total of 186 players turned up for this one and they made it all the way down to the final table of eight on Day 1. khuns89 busted on the bubble in 25th place, meaning everyone was guaranteed $465. George "GeorgeDanzer" Danzer and Jason "JasonMercier", like nkeyno, are big fans of mixed games and both entered the event as well. Mercier didn't manage to cash, falling in 64th, but Danzer made it all the way to 21st for a $465 payday.

The final table 

Seat 1: gmd68 (196,230 in chips) 
Seat 2: nkeyno (512,305 in chips) 
Seat 3: The TJS (302,390 in chips) 
Seat 4: Premove (233,335 in chips) 
Seat 5: Mati312 (328,050 in chips) 
Seat 6: CAE$AR_08 (124,860 in chips) 
Seat 7: aDrENalin710 (39,890 in chips) 
Seat 8: ugritaly (122,940 in chips)

As the short stack, aDrENalin710 was favorite to go first and the odds played out that way as the Russian fell to ugritaly in a three-way hand. aDrENalin710 has four COOP titles already but a fifth didn't come today. mati312 raised from late position and then called, along with ugritaly in the big blind, after aDrENalin710 three-bet from the small blind. aDrENalin710 stood pat as ugritaly drew two to Mati312's one, before both called aDrENalin710's bet. 

ugitaly stood pat once more as each opponent drew one before a big bet was called by urgitaly and raised by Mati312. aDrENalin710 called all-in and urgitaly was going no where, before both players drew one in the last round. No bets were made in the last betting round and urgitaly opened a Badugi 8♠5♦3♣2♥. Both opponents mucked. 
Premove was first out on the final table of Event #21 SCOOP-L (5-Card Omaha) earlier today and the player suffered another early exit here, busting in seventh for $1,302. The Russian four-bet before the first draw but could shake off Mati312. Both players stood pat and some chips went in on the second betting round before Premove got the rest of their stack in on the next betting round. It was a cooler as Premove's 8♦6♥7♠3♣ Badugi was just bettered by Mati312's 8♥2♣6♠7♦

CAE$AR_08's stack was at a similar level to Premove's, and the player was gone the very next hand. Mati312 raised from the button before CAE$AR_08's three-bet from the small blind. ugritaly called from the big blind and Mati312 called as well. CAE$AR_08 stood pat whereas ugritaly drew one and Mati213 drew two. CAE$AR_08 led and before urgitaly raised. That was enough to scare off Mati312, but not CAE$AR_08 who called. Both players stood pat and CAE$AR_08 check-called a bet before the same happened again with the Bulgarian calling all-in with 2♦4♠T♣7♥. It was no good though as urgitaly opened 6♦9♥2♠3♣

It was the same old story a short while after as the trend of the short stack busting continued. gmd68 raised most of their stack from the cutoff and was called by The TJS and Mati312 in the blinds. The players in the blinds drew two to gmd68's one and then the latter called all-in after Mati312 bet. The TJS called as well and drew two to Mati312 and gmd68's one. The TJS check-called another, then drew one along with both opponents. The last betting round was checked through and The TJS opened T♣7♣3♥5♠ but Mati312 had a T♠A♣7♦3♠ Badugi and scooped the pot when gmd68 mucked. 

The TJS enjoyed a buoyant period rising to the top of the counts, but after a scheduled break it all went wrong. A series of pot losses came and the Brit was cut adrift of the rest before bowing out in fourth. The TJS raised from under the gun and then called a three-bet from ugritaly on the button before drawing two to the Australian's one. The TJS check-called a bet before both drew the same amount of cards again and then check-called all-in. Both drew one more and then The TJS opened 4♥3♥2♠5♦, losing out to ugritaly's A♣5♠2h]7♥


First final table of the series for Naoya "nkenyo" Kihara

nkeyno hadn't been in the thick of the action today, and when three-handed play started he was in third place with a stack shorter than what he started the final table with. His two opponents dominated this period of play and soon the Japanese player was left short, and busted soon after. He raised from the button and ugritaly called from the big blind before both players discarded two. ugritaly led and nkeyno called before both drew one. The same action followed before nkeyno raised the last bet all-in, holding T♣2♥6♠A♦. urgitaly called the all-in and took the scalp after showing 9♦4♠A♥3♣

Heads up   

Seat 5: Mati312 (943,345 in chips) 
Seat 8: ugritaly (916,655 in chips)

The two remaining players were very closely matched as their duel got underway, both winning pots to pass the million-mark. Both players found it hard to stretch clear once in the lead until Mati312 became the first player past 1.1 million. From there, he quickly moved past 1.3 million before another period where neither player could gain traction. ugritaly found a small hot streak and won a series of pots to get with a decent pot win of Mati312 but the latter pulled clear once again and passed 1.5 million, the biggest gap of the heads up battle so far. 

ugritaly has shown real determination during the final, often coming back from knocks, and this duel was no different. The player from down under dug in and won a series of pots to move into the lead for the first time since the opening hands of heads-up. The lead was short-lived though as Mati312 turned the screws and opened up a commanding lead, one he wouldn't let go this time.

ugritaly doubled up once but couldn't repeat the trick a few hands later. The Australian raised all-in and Mati312 called. ugritaly drew two, one and one; whereas Mati312 drew two, two and one before opening 3♦A♦3♣3♥. No Badugi but his three-card hand was good enough to beat uritaly's A♣6♣T♠2♦

Congratulations to Matthias "mati312" Brandner and all the other finalists. 

SCOOP-23-M ($215 FL Badugi) results
Entrants: 186
Total prize pool: $32,200
Places paid: 24

1. Mati312 (Austria) $8,091
2. ugritaly (Australia) $5,776
3. Naoya "nkenyo" Kihara (Japan) $4,464
4. The TJS (UK) $3,162
5. gmd68 (Germany) $2,046
6. CAE$AR_08 (Bulgaria) $1,674
7. Premove (Russia) $1,302
8. aDrENalin710 (Russia) $1,023

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Marc Convey
@The_Conv in SCOOP