WCOOP Event #10: Razzing it up dinho_style
What is it about the game of razz that often frustrates those who play it? First, in order to have a hand with showdown value, you have to make a hand with five unique cards. Compare that to games such as hold'em or stud, where one pair is often good enough to win a pot, and you can see how difficult it is to even make a hand. Next, you typically have to survive five rounds of betting in order to take down the biggest of pots. In omaha or triple draw 2-7 lowball, there are only four betting rounds. How many times have you started with four cards to a wheel in razz, only to be dealt brick after brick after brick? It becomes a rather expensive proposition. Finally, your hand has to be the lowest to win - unless you can force a fold from your opponents before showdown.
Despite the challenges inherent to razz, plenty of poker players enjoy the game. 1,288 of them entered Event #10 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Up for grabs was a $267,000 prize pool.
Notable names in the field included Team PokerStars Pros Alex Kravchenko, Alexandre Gomes, Andre Akkari, Chad Brown, Chris Moneymaker, Dario Minieri, Gavin Griffin, Greg Raymer, Hevad Khan, Humberto Brenes, Isabelle Mercier, Luca Pagano, Marcin Horecki, Tom McEvoy, Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso, and Victor Ramdin.
Barry Greenstein and Katja Thater, Team PokerStars Pros who won World Series of Poker bracelets in razz events, joined the field as well.
After 14 hours of play, dinho_style emerged victorious, taking down $43,096.48 and a WCOOP bracelet in the process.
Hand for hand play continued for more than 30 minutes until the WINNER was eliminated in 9th place and the final table was set.
Seat 1: dinho_style (513,830 in chips)
Seat 2: likomaboy (244,093 in chips)
Seat 3: Raoeoiku (234,284 in chips)
Seat 4: txopt (570,990 in chips)
Seat 5: bad_beat_bud (495,477 in chips)
Seat 6: oneftwons (736,085 in chips)
Seat 7: SunTzu7076 (578,982 in chips)
Seat 8: scottyno (490,259 in chips)
It wasn't long before a short-stacked Raoeoiku was eliminated in 8th place. With betting levels at 20,000/40,000, both Raoeoiku and scottyno each committed 60,000 to the pot before fourth street. scottyno started with an A and added a 7 on fourth, prompting him to bet another 20,000. Raoeoiku picked up a K to go along with his 6 and made the call. On fifth street, Raoeoiku was dealt an A and bet 40,000 after scottyno checked his J. By sixth street, a paired J for scottyno and a Q for Raoeoiku slowed neither player down. Raoeoiku fired 40,000, leaving himself with just 64,284 behind. scottyno raised to 80,000 and Raoeoiku went ahead and moved in for 104,284 total. The hole cards were exposed to reveal the following:
Raoeoiku: 2-5-6-K-A-Q (for a Q-6 low)
scottyno: 5-3-A-7-J-J (for a J-7 low)
scottyno caught a T and improved to T-7, but Raoeoiku caught a J which improved his hand but wasn't good enough to take down the pot. Raoeoiku won $3,220 for his efforts.
SunTzu7076 was the first player to hit the million chip mark when he dragged a 642,500-chip pot after making a wheel against bad_beat_bud. All of those chips wouldn't stay in SunTzu7076's possession for long, though. He shipped 325,000 to dinho_style after missing a huge draw. In the words of SunTzu7076:
That hand boosted dinho_style to 1,140,830 in chips, which was a far cry from his 100,000-chip mark during hand for hand play.
bad_beat_bud got jacked up by likomaboy when he bricked out to finish with a J-8 low after starting with 5-3-2. likomaboy collected some bricks to go along with his A-7-4 but finished with a J-7 low. That hand eliminated bad_beat_bud in 7th place for a $3,992.80 cash.
By the beginning of level 27, the table started to be separated into the haves and the have-nots. dinho_style and oneftwons were both sitting with more than one million in chips, compared to stacks of the rest of the field ranging from 605,490 to 199,043.
scottyno couldn't say no when he looked down to find A-4-7 as a short-stack. Going into sixth street, scottyno was all-in against SunTzu7076 with the following boards showing:
You probably already know what's coming next for scottyno. After starting with three low cards and making a T-low by fifth, scottyno visited brick city and hit a Q on sixth. SunTzu7076 still needed a card 8 or lower to win the hand, but a J on sixth wasn't the answer. On the river, however, SunTzu7076 was dealt that magical 8 to send scottyno packing. As the 6th place finisher, scottyno collected $4,894.40.
likomaboy made the mistake of tangling with chip leader dinho_style in an earlier hand and was left with only 24,280 when he finally decided to call all-in with a 4 in the door. oneftwons had completed to 30K with a 3 and dinho_style called with an A. dinho_style dropped out of the picture after sixth street, so it was up to oneftwons to make the elimination. oneftwons made a 7-6 by sixth street, and all likomaboy could muster up was a K-T-9-4-3. likomaboy finished 5th for $5,796.
What happens when you only have 117,580 in chips when betting levels are 30,000/60,000? txopt put it this way:
txopt: looks like I have one more hand left in me
txopt: here goes nothing
Did txopt jinx himself with those words? txopt's board ran out 5-6-2-K, but he had nothing in the hole to go with it. Well, nothing that could beat oneftwons' 7-5 low. txopt collected $10,948 for his 4th place finish.
When three-handed action commenced, dinho_style had a slight chip lead:
Seat 1: dinho_style (1,562,330 in chips)
Seat 6: oneftwons (1,379,715 in chips)
Seat 7: SunTzu7076 (921,955 in chips)
Talk of a chop was quickly dismissed, so the players continued on in level 28 (stakes 40,000/80,000 with a 4,000 ante).
dinho_style started to pull away from the field early into three-handed play. He took down a 798,000 pot from SunTzu7076 with a 6-5 low to get to 1,937,330 in chips. SunTzu7076 took some of those chips back when he made a 7-6 low against dinho_style to win 498,000, but dinho_style then tangled with oneftwons for a 584K pot. dinho_style showed 8-3-6-J-4-6-9 for a 9-8 low and oneftwons mucked his hand. By this point, dinho_style chipped up to more than 2 million.
After surrendering a 652K pot to dinho_style on the river, SunTzu7076 was down to about 400K. He took a stand with 8-6-7 against dinho_style and ended up all-in after sixth street. SunTzu had 8-6-7-5-Q-4 for an 8-6 low against dinho_style's 5-2-3-A-Q-9 for a Q-5 low. Both players improved on the river. SunTzu was dealt a 2 for a 7-6 low, but dinho_style picked up a 4 for a wheel. dinho_style picked up the 821,910 pot and SunTzu7076 picked up $16,744 for 3rd place.
At the start of heads-up play, dinho_style had an almost 3/1 advantage over oneftwons. During the early goings, play was typically bring-in, raise, fold, with neither player's stack fluctuating too far from their stacks at the beginning of heads-up play. In short succession, however, oneftwons took down two large pots to take his first chip lead.
In the first hand, oneftwons made an aggressive play with a Jack-low to win a 610,000 pot. Luckily for him, dinho_style could only come up with a Queen-low. Two hands later, oneftwons picked up an 810,000 pot with a T-8 low on sixth street that improved to an 8-7 by the river. After the change in chip lead, play went back to bring-in, raise, fold for several hands.
Razz can often be a game of hot-streaks, and dinho_style went on one at just the right time. Four hands after winning a 610,000-chip pot with a J-7 low against a hand that oneftwons didn't show, dinho_style grabbed an 840,000-chip pot with a 6-4. That put dinho_style back into the chip lead, a position he never relinquished.
In a key hand, dinho_style picked up an 810,000-chip pot with a slightly better 9-low than that of oneftwons. How slight is slightly? Try a 9-8-5-2-A against a 9-8-6-2-A. That hand put dinho_style at a 5/1 chip advantage, which signaled that an end was possibly near.
oneftwons only had about 300K when the final hand of Event #10 was played. oneftwons completed to 50K with a 2. He caught a Q to dinho_style's 5, and the fireworks ensued. The players raised and re-raised each other until each had committed 200,000 to the pot. oneftwons, who had only 49,430 remaining, caught a 9 on fifth street. dinho_style was dealt an A and bet, putting oneftwons all-in. When the cards ran out, oneftwons held T-7-2-Q-9-K-8 for a T-9 low. dinho_style held J-3-6-5-A-A-7 for a 7-6 low. oneftwons earned $24,858.40 for his second place finish.
Event #10 was a long event in its own right, but with the added stress of playing razz, dinho_style certainly earned his $43,096.48 first place cash and a WCOOP bracelet. Congratulations to dinho_style for winning the title and to the rest of the players who cashed in the event.
If you missed some of the action in Event #10, check out the Event #10 Live Blog, which takes you from the first hand to the final bustout. Also, don't forget that Event #11 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Event #12 Mixed Hold'em (6-Max) kick off later today. You can find the start times for those events, as well as the rest of the WCOOP events, on the WCOOP Homepage.