As expected, the $2,100 version of razz — Event #32-H on the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule — drew a stacked field of top pros peppered with COOP titles. In the end Russia’s to0dey outlasted them all to claim the title and a $52,920.73 prize for doing so, but not without battling against many of poker’s best.
At 11:00 ET the tournament began, at which time a grand total of 14 players were gathered around two tables to receive the event’s initial hands. But with satellites running and four hours’ of late registration, many more would be joining the fun.
Ultimately 104 would sign up, creating a total prize pool of $208,000 — well over twice the $75K guarantee — with the top 12 finishers making the cash. Such a turnout was the biggest for this SCOOP event since 2010. Speaking of, here’s a quick look back at who has won the $2,100 Razz event each year since the Spring Championship of Online Poker first began:
* 2009: Daniel “steamraise” Alaei (117 players; $63,765 for first)
* 2010: Francis “teacuppoker” Cagney (104 players; $56,680
* 2011: Calvin “cal42688” Anderson (66 players; $46,200)
* 2012: Shawn “buck21” Buchanan (81 players; $44,145)
* 2013: Dan “djk123” Kelly (97 players; $52,865)
* 2014: SenoiPomidor (88 players; $32,560)
Of the former champs playing again this year, Dan “djk123” Kelly went out in 67th while 2015 SCOOP Event #13-H winner Calvin “cal42688” Anderson finished 19th. Shawn “buck21” Buchanan was still in with an average stack, however, once they reached the eight-and-a-half-hour mark and just two tables remained.
grapenuts (16th), chokitin (15th), and NoelHayes (14th) were the next out, thus setting up hand-for-hand play as the money bubble had arrived. It would take nearly an hour more for the next elimination to come — RZA4444 in 13th — and with VavaBobo888 in the chip lead and Shawn “buck21” Buchanan in second position, they were down to 12.
TheFish77 was the next to go out, notching a sixth 2015 SCOOP cash by finishing 12th. Former WCOOP winner nilsef followed in 11th, also picking up a sixth cash of the series. SMOpNIM (10th) and two-time WCOOP winner kiiski (ninth) followed those two to the rail, with all four of them earning $5,720 for not quite making the final table.
With nearly 11 hours having been played, VavaBobo888 still the chip leader (one of four Russians left), and Shawn “buck21” Buchanan still seeking a second SCOOP $2K title, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Shawn “buck21” Buchanan (Canada) — 71,236
Seat 2: Dan “HundoFight” O’Brien (Canada) — 49,746
Seat 3: Mayu “marroca5” Roca (Colombia) — 23,263
Seat 4: VavaBobo888 (Russia) — 160,567
Seat 5: to0dey (Russia) — 47,829
Seat 6: Mikhail “crossthervr” Petrov (Russia) — 56,182
Seat 7: Stevie “stevie444” Chidwick (Mexico) — 44,946
Seat 8: aDrENalin710 (Russia) — 66,231
As usually happens with these “H” events, there was a lot of top talent spread around the final table.
In addition to that earlier $2K razz win, Buchanan brought five COOP titles to the table. He also had five previous SCOOP cashes this year including one final table (a third-place in Event #14-H).
Meanwhile both Mayu “marroca5” Roca and Stevie “stevie444” Chidwick had each previously won both a WCOOP and a SCOOP, with Chidwick having made three final tables already this SCOOP (finishing second in #11-M, sixth in #12-H, and fifth in #14-H). And aDrENalin710 also brought previous COOP success to this final table, having previously secured one WCOOP and two SCOOP victories.
About 15 minutes into the final table, the stakes were 3,000/6,000 when to0dey raised, then called Dan “HundoFight” O’Brien’s reraise. O’Brien then called all in with the last of his chips on fourth street after a to0dey bet.
to0dey showed 3-Q / 2-3 while O’Brien had 5-4 / 3-K. to0dey would draw a couple more face cards — J-8-K– to end with a Q-J-8-3-2. But that would be enough as O’Brien picked up 5-Q-5 to end with a K-Q-5-4-3 and an eighth-place finish.
Just five hands later came a hand that saw two more short stacks fall to carve the field to five.
In that one Mikhail “crossthervr” Petrov, aDrENalin710, and Mayu “marroca5” Roca engaged in a third-street raising war that saw Petrov all in and the other two capping the betting, then Roca all in on fourth. Here are the three players’ hands as they drew out:
marroca5: 3-A / 5-2-2-3 / A
aDrENalin710: 4-6 / A-6-8-4 / T
crossthervr: 8-7 / 4-Q-K-J / 8
aDrENalin710 made a T-8-6-4-A, better than Petrov’s Q-low and Roca’s pair of aces, thus sending Petrov out in seventh and Roca out in sixth.
But Chidwick would keep drawing pairing cards thereafter, ending 5-A / 2-4-4-4 / 2 while VavaBobo888 would finish 8-2 / 5-9-A-6 / 7 to end with a 7-low and knock Chidwick out in fifth.
VavaBobo888 had J-7 / 2-6, then would draw 9-8-T to end with a 9-8-7-6-2. Meanwhile aDrENalin710 had 4-5 / A-Q and picked up 9-9-3 to end with a better nine — 9-5-4-3-A — and send VavaBobo888 railward in fourth.
Three-handed began with Buchanan still in front and the other two bringing up the possibility of deal talk:
aDrENalin710: wanna see the numbers guys?)
to0dey: why not
buck21: naw maybe later
They continued on and over the next half-hour things had shifted once again — dramatically so, in fact. By the 13-hour break to0dey had charged in front with about 380,000, aDrENalin710 was next with about 122,000, and Buchanan had slipped to short-stacked status with about 17,000. During the break marking the 13-hour mark, Buchanan jokingly recalled the earlier conversation:
buck21: is it later yet? lol
Soon after play resumed, Buchanan found himself all in by fourth street in a hand versus to0dey. Buchanan would ultimately draw 3-4 / T-7-4-7 / A, making T-7-4-3-A. But that wasn’t enough as to0dey drew 9-5 / 3-J-5-A / 4 for a 9-5-4-3-A, and Buchanan came a couple of spots shy of earning another COOP title.
Just a few minutes later aDrENalin710 had been whittled down to less than one big bet and was all in on third. The final hands saw aDrENalin710 draw 6-8 / T-K-6-7 / J for a jack-low, while to0dey picked up T-A / 8-5-J-T / 2 for a ten-low to earn the extra cash and the win.
Congratulations to to0dey for defeating a tough field and final table to win the #32-H title, and kudos also to aDrENalin710 for making it to the heads-up deal and nearly earning a fourth COOP title as well.
SCOOP 32-H: $2,100 Razz
Total entries: 104
Prize pool: $208,000.00
Places paid: 12
1. to0dey (Russia) $52,920.73*
2. aDrENalin710 (Russia) $42,239.27*
3. Shawn “buck21” Buchanan (Canada) $29,120.00
4. VavaBobo888 (Russia) $19,760.00
5. Stevie “stevie444” Chidwick (Mexico) $14,560.00
6. Mayu “marroca5” Roca (Colombia) $10,920.00
7. Mikhail “crossthervr” Petrov (Russia) $8,840.00
8. Dan “HundoFight” O’Brien (Canada) $6,760.00
*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $1,500 in play for the winner
Visit the 2015 SCOOP homepage for all the scoop on results thus far, how the Player of the Series race currently stands, and what events are left to go on this year’s schedule.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.