We may have used the word action to describe other tournaments, like PLO for example. But there is no more appropriate word for this tournament – No-limit Omaha, the hi/lo variation, with only 10-minute levels. Action, anyone?
The tournament was destined to be a fast one, and in relation to many others on the schedule that had PokerStars bloggers propping their eyelids open with toothpicks, this was – as they say – wicked fast.
Event 33 (Low) offered a $50K guarantee for the bargain buy-in of $22 for the NLO hi/lo tournament with 10-minute levels, and there were 3,152 players up for the challenge. That number pushed the prize pool up to $63,040.00 to be used for payouts for the last 450 players in the tournament. Among them were Team PokerStars Pros Victor Ramdin, who exited in 346th place and Barry “barryg1” Greenstein, who left in 284th place.
But the biggest excitement got underway as the final table loomed into the seventh hour of play. With SCOOP money and final table glory awaiting, it was Cl0wn-34 who was all-in preflop holding J♠2♠J♥A♠, Sky Seer called with 7♠6♠3♦10♠. The board came 10♦Q♥9♥8♠2♣, and with no low and a straight for Sky Seer, Cl0wn-34 was gone in tenth place with $387.69.
Glaskarten leads start of final table
It was in Level 42, with blinds at 50,000/100,000 and a 12,500 ante, that the final table began with the following chip counts:
Seat 1: Sky Seer (2,877,456 in chips)
Seat 2: caprioli (1,188,260 in chips)
Seat 3: DRockinAces (751,617 in chips)
Seat 4: Riptidebsi (1,455,779 in chips)
Seat 5: late_entry (1,501,532 in chips)
Seat 6: ENorton79 (1,455,006 in chips)
Seat 7: glaskarten (3,452,436 in chips)
Seat 8: dack jymond (809,784 in chips)
Seat 9: real-nic (2,268,130 in chips)
Action got underway with late_entry putting competitors to the test with an all-in move, and ENorton79 took him up on the offer by calling all-in for 1,267,506 chips. ENorton79 showed 4♠2♣A♣7♣, and late_entry had 2♠5♥8♥A♠. The board of J♣10♥J♦8♠7♦ gave late_entry the better two pair of jacks and eights, and with no low, ENorton79 departed in ninth place with $504.32.
Then it was dack jymond who pushed with a short stack of 547,284 chips with 5♠A♦8♥6♦. Caprioli called with 7♠8♣A♣2♥. When the board produced 5♣J♣8♦6♣K♣, caprioli had the winning hand with the flush and the 8-6-5-2-A low. Dack jymond was out in eighth place with $788.00.
DRockinAces boogies to the number one spot
A big hand developed that saw DRockinAces double through glaskarten, and after the following hand, DRockinAces was right where he wanted to be – in the number one slot on the leaderboard:
Glaskarten then chose to risk it all a few hands later, pushing all-in preflop for his last 501,438 with 6♥5♣9♠9♥, and caprioli reraised all-in to isolate, which worked. Caprioli showed 8♥5♥A♣A♠, and the board came 5♠J♠J♥6♠J♦, giving caprioli the better full house and the win. Glaskarten was ousted in seventh place with $1,418.40.
The game was then back in DRockinAces’ hands, so to speak, and there was some serious aggression to be seen. DRockinAces started the next key hand with a raise, and when Sky Seer reraised all-in for 1,397,928 from the small blind, DRockinAces called and showed A♦2♥5♠10♠. Sky Seer’s tournament was on the line with 4♣A♠J♥7♣, and the board brought Q♣9♥4♠5♣6♥ to provide only a pair of fours. DRockinAces only had a pair of fives, but that combined with the 6-5-4-2-A low garnered him the entire pot, while Sky Seer left in sixth place with $2,048.80 to show for it.
Real-nic made his move when challenged by an all-in move from Riptidebsi. Real-nic called all-in with 7♠3♠Q♦A♠, and he was up against the 2♦A♥A♦J♦ of Riptidebsi. The board came 4♥10♣K♦Q♣3♣, giving the straight to Riptidebsi and eliminating real-nic in fifth place with $2,698.74.
DRockinAces was back at it again when late_entry decided to move from the big blind. Original raiser DRockinAces made the call with 4♠10♠J♣A♦, and late_entry showed 6♣Q♦2♣Q♠. The deal brought a 6♠3♠2♠5♣3♥ board to the players, which made a flush and 5-4-3-2-A low for DRockinAces to collect the entire pot. Late_entry was eliminated in fourth place with $3,624.80.
Anyone’s game with 10-minute levels
It wasn’t long into three-handed play that Riptidebsi ripped the lead away from DRockinAces with the following play:
Even so, there were coin flips to be flipped and the potential for some big hands to play out. With short levels and seriously increasing blinds, it was going to be anyone’s game.
The last three players paused the tournament to discuss a possible deal, but once they were given the chip-chop numbers, they launched into a conversation that made it look as if no deal would be reached. But eventually, whether due to fatigue or good sportsmanship, an agreement was made, with $1,000 set aside for the winner and the rest of the payouts as follows:
Seat 2: caprioli (4,539,091 in chips) = $6,905.70
Seat 3: DRockinAces (4,238,260 in chips) = $6,794.80
Seat 4: Riptidebsi (6,982,649 in chips) = $7,806.55
Play resumed, and after a few rounds of play, DRockinAces decided it was time to take a stand. The hand started innocently enough with DRockinAces and Riptidebsi checking out a flop of 5♥9♣5♣. But it was during that betting round that DRockinAces risked all 1,328,122 of his chips with 2♣J♥Q♣A♣, and Riptidebsi called with 8♦5♦A♥K♦. The A♦ on the turn and K♦ on the river gave Riptidebsi the full house, and with no low, DRockinAces was sent packing in third place with $6,794.80.
Heads-up began with the following chip counts:
Seat 2: caprioli (3,629,091 in chips)
Seat 4: Riptidebsi (12,130,909 in chips)
A short time after the match began, caprioli was able to get his chips in and double up to take the lead in a hand that played out as follows:
Riptidebsi wasn’t able to regain the chip lead before the final hand. The two limped to a Q♥A♠K♣ flop and checked to the 10♦ turn. A bet and call led them to the K♥ on the river, which prompted Riptidebsi to move all-in for 5,720,226 chips. Caprioli called. Riptidebsi showed 10♠8♣K♠8♠ for the full house, but caprioli had J♥2♦Q♠K♦ and the kings full of queens for the better full house. Riptidebsi was eliminated in second place with $7,806.55.
Caprioli won Event 33-Low, and along with the SCOOP title, a $7,905.70 cash prize was awarded to commemorate the occasion.
SCOOP Event 33-Low (NL Omaha Hi/Lo) Results for 05/14/10:
1st place: caprioli ($7,905.70)*
2nd place: Riptidebsi ($7,806.55)*
3rd place: DRockinAces ($6,794.80)*
4th place: late_entry ($3,624.80)
5th place: real-nic ($2,698.74)
6th place: Sky Seer ($2,048.80)
7th place: glaskarten ($1,418.40)
8th place: dack jymond ($788.00)
9th place: ENorton79 ($504.32)
*denotes the results of a three-way chop agreement
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