Mixed games are more popular today than ever before, especially when they involve some of the more obscure poker variants available here at PokerStars. But there’s a lot to be said for kicking it old school when you’re mixing your poker games and playing some good old-fashioned HORSE. GrimIsCool kicked it all the way to a four-way deal in Event #44-M, then went on a late run to walk away with a SCOOP title.
The field of 990 in this tournament – 745 entries with 245 re-entries – came up 10 shy of doubling the guarantee with its $99,000 prize pool. The top 128 players cashed out at least $178.20, and a scheduled first-place prize of $18,245.70 awaited the winner.
Ari “BodogAri” Engel was chasing his third final table of SCOOP 2016 but busted on the 40K/80K Omaha Hi/Lo level in 9th place ($990), leaving these eight players to battle for the title:
Seat 1: cbolt21 (2,625,951 in chips)
Seat 2: GrimIsCool (185,189 in chips)
Seat 3: alxbanana (891,293 in chips)
Seat 4: BOT OHO (507,094 in chips)
Seat 5: hipoppotamus (1,147,142 in chips)
Seat 6: thefish01x (446,798 in chips)
Seat 7: grampabumkin (1,606,004 in chips)
Seat 8: YaaGy (2,490,529 in chips)
The 50K/100K/10K Stud level brought the first knockout of the final table. cbolt21 opened with the A♠ showing and both alxbanana (with the J♥) and BOT OHO (with the Q♣) called to see fourth street. alxbanana picked up the J♠ on fourth for a pair on the board and led for 50K, and BOT OHO raised to 150K with Q♣ 8♣ showing. cbolt21 folded (x-x) A♠ 9♠ and alxbanana raised enough to put BOT OHO all-in. The player from Belarus called and showed 2♣ K♣ in the hole for a club flush draw, while alxbanana had 10♦ J♣ beneath for three jacks. alxbanana caught the 10♠ on fifth street to make tens full of jacks, which held up through sixth and seventh streets to eliminate BOT OHO in 8th place ($1,485).
Eight hands the stakes were the same but the game had switched to Stud Hi/Lo and hipoppotamus had the bring-in with the 3♣ showing. SCOOP 2013 Medium FL Omaha Hi/Lo champion thefish01x completed to 60K with the 6♥ showing and drove everyone else out of the pot, and hipoppotamus called to bring fourth street. hipoppotamus checked with 3♣ 5♦ showing, then check-raised, then called thefish01x’s fourth bet to put the player from Cyprus all-in for 200K.
thefish01x called with (J♠ J♥) 6♥ K♠ for a pair of jacks and was in trouble against hipoppotamus’s up-and-down straight draw with (4♣ 2♣) 3♣ 5♦. The 6♦ on fifth street made both a straight and a 6-5 low for hipoppotamus, while thefish01x’s hopes were resting on a runner-runner flush after being dealt a third heart with the 4♥. The 8♠ on sixth and J♦ on seventh didn’t do the trick, though, and thefish01x left the tournament in 7th place ($2,227.50).
60K/120K Limit Hold’em was next in the rotation and it would prove to be alxbanana’s undoing. The player from Norway opened under the gun toward the end of the level and then called hipoppotamus’ three-bet, bringing the 6♣ 2♣ 2♠ flop. alxbanana check-called 60K there and then 120K on both the K♠ turn and K♣ river but mucked when hipoppotamus showed down 10♦ 10♣ to win the 1.1M-chip pot.
That left alxbanana with 33K that all went in from the big blind on the next hand, which was the first of 70K/140K Omaha Hi/Lo. Dealt Q♣ 8♦ 4♣ 4♠, alxbanana couldn’t improve on that pair of fours on a K♣ 9♠ 3♠ A♣ 10♠ board. cbolt21’s A♦ Q♦ 9♦ 2♣ made aces and nines to take the pot, and alxbanana bowed out in 6th place ($3,465).
grampabumkin, who made both the Razz and 8-Game Mix final tables back in 2009 (Dan Kelly’s first WCOOP victory and David Williams’ first, respectively), would finish the tournament before the end of the Omaha Hi/Lo level. The player from Mexico got three bets in from the big blind with A♥ A♠ K♦ 10♠ after GrimIsCool raised on the button, but GrimIsCool’s K♣ 6♥ 3♠ 2♠ picked up two pair on the 3♣ 2♥ 9♠ flop and, after calling bets on the flop and 10♦ turn, checked the Q♣ river to show down a winner.
The loss left grampabumkin with 666K, which was cut to 566 by the next big blind. Then grampbumkin raised in the small blind with J♣ J♦ 7♠ 6♦ and got YaaGy to call in the big blind, bringing a Q♦ 2♥ 7♦ flop. YaaGy, a past TCOOP 2012, Sunday Warm-Up, and Sunday Million finalist, called grampabumkin’s lead bet there and then raised after another bet on the 10♠ turn. grampabumkin called and then check-called all-in after the 10♠ river, showing down the jacks, but YaaGy’s 5♥ 4♠ 2♠ 2♣ scooped the pot with a set of deuces and a 7-5 low. With that, grampbumkin left in 5th place ($4,950).
With another break approaching and the game about to switch to 70K/140K/14K Razz, the remaining four players agreed to look at the numbers for a deal. After 15 minutes they reached a deal that gave everybody better than third-place money, with cbolt21 and YaaGy taking the largest shares, and the game was back on again.
GrimIsCool had the bring-in with the 8♥ showing on a hand just after the players returned from the deal break and called with (A♣ 6♠) in the hole when cbolt21 raised with the 4♠ showing. Neither player’s hand improved much on fourth street, with GrimIsCool pairing the eight and cbolt21 catching a king, but after the action went bet-call, GrimIsCool caught the 5♠ on fifth for 8-6-5-A. cbolt21 led with (x-x) 4♠ K♦ Q♠ showing and called GrimIsCool’s raise, then check-called on sixth and seventh, but the 7♥ on sixth had made 8-7-6-5-A low for GrimIsCool.
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That 1.45M-chip win moved GrimIsCool to within one small bet of cbolt21 for the chip lead, and another 917K-chip win heads-up with the player from Mexico on the Razz level would give GrimIsCool the lead at 3.6M. cbolt21 moved back into a slim lead when the game changed to 80K/160K Stud, taking a 1.1M-chip pot heads-up with GrimIsCool to re-establish control of the action, but GrimIsCool struck back for 1.2M on the last hand of the level after starting with a split pair of eights and catching aces on both sixth and seventh streets to make two pair.
Stud Hi/Lo came and went, leaving it to the 100K/200K Limit Hold’em level to provide the first post-deal knockout. It would end up being YaaGy, who re-raised on the button to 300K after hipoppotamus opened under the gun. Both hipoppotamus and GrimIsCool, in the big blind, called the 300K and then check-called 100K more from YaaGy on the 7♣ 7♠ 10♦ flop. Both check-called 200K more on the J♣ turn, but hipoppotamus broke the pattern with by betting on the 10♠ river. GrimIsCool folded but YaaGy called, mucking after hipoppotamus showed down K♦ 10♣ for tens full of sevens.
Left with just 89K, YaaGy called all-in under the gun on the next hand. GrimIsCool called as well in the small blind, holding J♠ 2♥, and checked down the 8♥ Q♣ K♥ J♦ 7♥ board with hipoppotamus in the big blind. GrimIsCool’s pair of jacks won the pot, and YaaGy left in 4th place ($12,255.70).
The rest of the hold’em round treated GrimIsCool very well. First a button raise with Q♣ 5♠ turned into an open-ended straight draw on the flop and eventually ended up as trip fives against hipoppotamus on a 10♥ 9♣ J♠ 5♥ 5♣ board. GrimIsCool got raises in on the turn and river and dragged a 2.5M-chip pot. On the button again six hands later, GrimIsCool raised with J♥ 10♣, stayed aggressive with a gutshot draw, and ended up with queens and jacks on a Q♣ 8♥ 6♠ J♣ Q♥ board. cbolt21, who had played back out of the big blind and led on every street, lost at showdown with A♦ 9♥.
cbolt21’s last 724K chips went in the middle behind A♣ K♠ a few hands later, though they didn’t all get there until the turn of the 3♥ 7♠ 10♣ 5♦ Q♣ board. GrimIsCool’s K♦ 10♥ had already become a pair of tens by that point, tipping cbolt21 over the edge into 3rd place ($13,458).
The heads-up duel between GrimIsCool and hipoppotamus proved to be very evenly matched. They played out the Razz and Stud levels without a decisive hand, and with most of the 160K/320K/32K Stud Hi/Lo level gone they were separated by just one small bet. Then GrimIsCool scooped the last two pots of Stud Hi/Lo, winning 1.9M with sixes and fives against hipoppotamus’s pair of tens and then 3.2M after starting with (A♦ K♠) 7♣ and running out four cards in a row to make a wheel.
That left hipoppotamus with 2.4M to GrimIsCool’s 7.4M as the 160K/320K Limit Hold’em began, and that dropped to 984K after the first confrontation, which saw GrimIsCool flop top pair out of position with with J♣ 10♦. hipoppotamus finally picked up Q♣ Q♥ and got all-in before the flop against GrimIsCool’s A♠ 7♠, but a note-perfect A♥ A♣ 3♣ 5♦ 7♣ board gave GrimIsCool a full house and the win.
Even as the third-largest share of a four-way deal, the $11,107.93 hipoppotamus took away in second place still stands as the biggest PokerStars tournament score of the Russian player’s career. And in addition to the first career SCOOP title, GrimIsCool won the extra cash on the table for a $11,619.07 prize – a new personal PokerStars best by $33. Congratulations to both players!
SCOOP-44-M ($109 HORSE) results
Entrants: 990 (745 entries, 245 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $99,000
Places paid: 128
1. GrimIsCool (United Kingdom) $11,619.07*
2. hipoppotamus (Russia) $11,107.93*
3. cbolt21 (Mexico) $13,458*
4. YaaGy (United Kingdom) $12,255.70*
5. grampabumkin (Mexico) $4,950
6. alxbanana (Norway) $3,465
7. thefish01x (Cyprus) $2,227.50
8. BOT OHO (Belarus) $1,485
*Reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner
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