Find yourself any good chef and give him a great cut of steak. He could give you a lengthy recipe of rubs and marinades, but if you really press him on what it takes to cook the meat perfectly, he’ll give you the same answer: salt and pepper. Sometimes the simples mixes are all you need.
Take, for instance, Event #11 of the Spring Championship of Online Poker. It took two of the simplest ingredients and combined them for the perfect mix. Texas Hold’em mixed with a round of limit and a round of no-limit. Nothing fancy, nothing wild, nothing contrived. Just two simple forms of poker played back to back.
The Event #11 $320 buy-in lured 1,125 people to the mixed event. The six-handed contest didn’t give the players a chance to sit back and wait for the nuts. Just as soon as soon as they settled in for one flavor of hold’em, the mix changed and they end up drinking something else.
It took just ten hours to turn more than eleven hundred players into six. Here’s what the final table looked like.
Seat 1: riverburn22 (1047156 in chips)
Seat 2: copi (232520 in chips)
Seat 3: uncledrkmeat (83259 in chips)
Seat 4: shaihulud (967591 in chips)
Seat 5: Gin777 (2069874 in chips)
Seat 6: slammedfire (1224600 in chips)
Just a couple of hands into final table, uncledrkmeat got his final 79509 in the middle before the flop. He got a call from shaihulud. After ten tense hours, there was nothing to do and sit back and watch the race. Uncledrkmeat held 2♦ 2♥ to shaihulud’s J♠ A♠. The board ran out 10♦ 6♣ A♦ 7♦ 9♣ was out in sixth place for $9,281.26.
Back around to a limit round and copi was in bad shape. Holding 150,000 in chips at the 30,000/60,000 level, he came in for a raise and got a call from Gin777. That’s when slammedfire re-raised. Copy and Gin777 both made the call. On the flop, 2♠ 2♣ 8♠, slammedfire bet out 30,000, copi called, and Gin777 went away. The turn, 7♥, drew a check from slammedfire. Copi put his last 30,972 in the middle. Slammedfire made the call and said, “Oops, meant to bet.” The river came the A♣. Slammefire A♠ 4♠, well good enough agains copi’s J♣ K♣. Copi went out in fifth place for $14,252.51.
It took a no-limit round to bust the next player. Slammedfire came in for a raise to 45,000 and got a call from shaihulud. They looked at a flop of 7♥ 5♦ 10♦. Shaihulud bet out 63,333 and got a call. The turn, the Q♠. Once again, shaihulud bet, this time 167,777. Once again he got the call. The river brought the Q♦. Shaihulud jammed for 1,101,895 and slammedfire called for 716,004. It was ugly. Slammedfire held Q♥ A♦ for runner-runner trips. Seemed like it would be good, eh? Well, it might have if not for shaihulud’s flopped set and rivered boat with 5♠ 5♥. Slammedfire exited in fourth place pocketed $21,768.76.
Here’s how the final three stacked up.
Seat 1: riverburn22 (1,927,841 in chips)
Seat 4: shaihulud (2,392,619 in chips)
Seat 5: Gin777 (1,304,540 in chips)
Over the next twenty minutes, riverburn22 worked his way up to the chip lead while shaihulud fell back to the rear. By the time the 50,000/100,000 limit level, shaihulud had fallen back to 263,317 and committed himself with a raise to 100,000. Riverburn22 made the call and they saw a flop of A♠ 9♦ J♥. Shaihulud obviously wasn’t pleased. He said,”mehhhh,” and bet out 50,000. Riverburn22 called the turn came the Q♠. Shaihulud bet and riverburnn put him all in. Shaihulud made the call, his K♣ 3♥ in bad shape against riverburn22’s 9♥ 10♠. Shaihulud missed on the river and went out in third place for $31,893.76
Heads-up, the players finally decided to cut a deal. With nearly even chip counts, they cut the following deal.
$6,000 left for winner
After that, it was just a matter of who would walk away with the final $6,000. A limit hold’em round proved to be Gin777’s undoing. No matter how good his starting hand, no matter what he did, he couldn’t find a way to come out on top. After several minutes of heads up play, Gin777 gave up the ghost and walked away with his $46,022.03.
That left the final $6,000 for riverburn22. In total, it was a $42,696 payday and a coveted SCOOP title.
Congratulations to all the people who pocketed the big money. Final table results are below.
SCOOP Event 11 Medium $320 Mix Hold’em
1. riverburn22 (United States) $52,696.75
2. Gin777 (Canada) $46,022.03
3. Shaihulud (Australia) $31,893.76
4. Slammedfire (Canada) $21,768.76
5. Copi (Austria) $14,252.51
6. Uncledrkmeat (United States) $9,281.26.