Razz is like the weak kid on the playground. He’s simple, a little boring, easy to insult, and prone to being exploited.
We love this kid.
Razz, despite its sad, sad reputation, is a beautiful game. It draws cranks, masochists, and fatalists. When the Spring Championship of Online Poker rolls around, it also draws out hundreds of opportunists.
When the medium buy-in event of Event #13 ($215 Razz) began, 713 people were sitting and ready for some lowball action. The biggest question was who was there to be beat up and who was there to do the beating. Among the top 104 finishers, we saw several big PokerStars names. Friend of PokerStars Tom McEvoy came in 38th. Team PokerStars Pros Gavin Griffin and Maria “maridu” Mayrinck finished in 41st and 28th respectively.
The big money, though, was left for the true bullies of the Razz playground. This is what the final eight players looked like.
Seat 1: denimmined (447618 in chips)
Seat 2: betgo (502843 in chips)
Seat 3: netix (646792 in chips)
Seat 4: GB2005 (163692 in chips)
Seat 5: get crunk (665700 in chips)
Seat 6: CyberCow (499697 in chips)
Seat 7: raconteur (349368 in chips)
Seat 8: dimmmmi1 (289290 in chips)
It did not take long to knock off the first player. Our old friend GB2005 had the shortest stack and came in for a raise with the 5♦ showing. He got a call from dimmmmi1’s 2♦. GB2005 pulled the 6♦ on fourth street to dimmmmi1’s 9♣. Once again, GB2005 led and got the call. The tables turned on fifth street. GB2005 hit a brick with the J♦. Dimmmmi1 got the 3♣.This time, Dimmmmi1 bet and got the call. GB2005’s 9♥ of hearts might have given him some hope against Dimmmmi1’s sixth street brick. GB2005 called a bet then and on the river. When the cards went on their backs, Dimmmmi1 held the 8-7 low to GB2005’s 9-7. GB2005’s eighth place finish earned him $2,139.
One of the great tragedies in Razz is when you actually make a halfway decent hand and it’s completely worthless. That is, when you finally pick up something in the way of a seven-low and it might as well be a full house. Though it was impossible to say for sure, it sure looks like that’s what happened to CyberCow. He got a lot of chips in the middle with what looked a lot like a 7-6 or 7-5. Unfortunately, the CyberCow’s hand was not at all good against netix’s 5♠ 6♣ 2♦ A♦ 4♣. That hand left CyberCow with barely enough to make it to fourth street on any subsequent hand. CyberCow went out to pasture in seventh place on the very next hand for $3,208.50
After eleven hours of Razz, denimmined seemed resigned to the next exit. At one point, he almost begged to be put out of his misery and asked for his opponents to wish him a good game in advance. Finally down to fewer than 100,000 chips, he went with his up-card 2♠. Opponent raconteur typed in the chat box “gg ;)” and set about getting into a big hand with betgo. By the time it was over, betgo had made a 4♥ A♣ 3♣ 5♠ 9♥, good enough to beat denimmined’s jack. For sixth place, denimmined picked up $4,991.
Just a few hands later, get crunk was in trouble and down to fewer than 40,000 chips. He got it in three ways on the deal. Though we never saw his hand, we know he couldn’t beat a 9-8 by the river. Fifth place paid him $7,130.
Within a few minutes, we saw the biggest hand yet at the final table. Player netix came in for a raise with the 8♥ and raconteur re-raised with the [AC]. Netix called and pulled the 6♦ on fourth street. Raconteur picked up the 5♠, bet, and got a call. On fifth street, both players drew nines. Again, a bet and call. Both players paired their hands on sixth street. This time, raconteur bet, netix raised, raconteur re-raised, and netix called all-in. After the river, netix only held a 9-8 to racounteur’s 9-6. Netix left in fourth place, earning $10,695.
The three-handed game slowed down a bit as the players traded chips for a good long while. Finally, the players got involved in their first pot worth more than a million chips. It put raconteur up against betgo and it was just about as sick a hand as you could handle in a three handed game. It barely requires an introduction. If I told you one player held 6♥ 4♦ 3♦ 2♠ A♣ and the other held 6♠ 5♦ 3♠ 2♣ A♦, you’d know they got it all-in. That’s exactly what happened, with betgo coming out with the third-nuts and the third place finish. It was worth $14,260.
It took nearly 45 more minutes of chip-pushing, but finally, two big hands finished off the tournament.
Dimmmmi1 brought it in with the 8♥ and saw a raise from raconteur and his 3♦. Dimmmmi1 re-raised and raconteur called. On fourth street, raconteur was showing 3♦ 2♥ to dimmmmi1’s 8♥ 4♣. Raconteur check-called and found the 8♣ on fifth street. This time, he led into dimmmmi1’s 8♥ 4♣ 9♣ and got the call. Both players bricked on sixth street and raconteur led the betting two more times. Dimmmmi1 called him down to see a Q-8. Dimmmmi1 held a 9-8, good enough to pick up a 6-1 chip lead.
It was over on the very next hand. Raconteur ended up getting the rest of his chips in showing 7♣ 10♠ 5♥ on fifth street, up against dimmmmi1’s 2♣ 6♦ A♣. By the river, raconteur hadn’t made better than a queen. Dimmmmi1 had a 9-6, good for the hand, the pot, and the first place finish. Raconteur won $19,251. For the championship, Dimmmmi1 earned $26,737.
Congratulations to all the big finishers. Final table results are below.
SCOOP Event 13 Medium $215 Razz
1. dimmmmi1 (Netherlands) $26,737
2. raconteur (United Kingdom) $19,251
3. betgo (United States) $14,260
4. netix (Austria) $10,695.
5. get crunk (United States) $7,130.
6. denimmined (United States) $4,991.
7. CyberCow (United States) $3,208.50
8. GB2005 (United States) $2,139
You still have four more days worth of events left to grab your SCOOP title. Plan the rest of your week on the SCOOP schedule page. Want to see who is running hot? We’ve got that, too, on the SCOOP leader board. Finally, see some great highlight action over the PokerStars.tv SCOOP channel.