Poker players these days are used to having four barrels. They can choose to fire one or all four. Hold’em games are full of chances to escape. You can fire a couple shots and still get away without having to win or lose. Five-card draw is not nearly as forgiving. Players have two decisions–whether to play and whether to go to showdown. When one only has two barrels, the aim better be true.
Five-card draw barely merits an explanation. It’s the game that most poker players (at least those who weren’t born in the 1990s) played for plastic chips or matchsticks around the kitchen table with Grandpa. If you were too young to see Rounders at the theater when it came out, you might need a brief primer. It’s simple. You get five cards, you bet. You discard and draw. You bet. You show your hand. It’s no nonsense, no room for error poker.
The grandpappy of SCOOP Event #3 events today was the $1,050 buy-in featuring 120 tough draw players. Only the top 12 were guaranteed to recoup any of their investment. The $54,000 first prize and $200,000 guarantee, though, was enough to turn the event into a long one. It took twelvle hours to drop from the original 120 players to the final six.
Here’s how they stacked up at the start of final table play.
Seat 1: CASINOICE (68218 in chips)
Seat 2: Drunka (65708 in chips)
Seat 3: sexygee (258424 in chips)
Seat 4: KONGOOR (84480 in chips)
Seat 5: razgon (21856 in chips)
Seat 6: JannotLapin (101314 in chips)
The man in seat 5 was a picture of tenacity. Short-stacked for three-hours, razgon managed to limp to the final table (due in no small part to getting dealt quad aces with seven players remaining). A hour into final table play, razgon was left with less than a small blind and called all-in with 7♠ 10♠ 9♦ 9♣ J♦. It was no good against sexygee’s 4♥ A♥ J♣ A♦ 6♣. Razgon finished in sixth place and earned $10,500.
CASINOICE was the next player to succumb to his own short stack’s impotence. With fewer than 4,000 chips, he got it in before the draw and got called in three places. He took three, but whatever he came up with couldn’t beat drunka’s 6♣ J♦ J♠ A♠ A♦. CASINOICE picked up $14,000 for the fifth place finish.
Play continued for a good long while with little happening but chip leader sexygee constantly stacking new chips. At the 3:45am ET break, brief talk of a deal came up, but sexgee’s massive chip lead over the field made the chip count numbers less than fair. Thus, play continued. The first hand back from break saw one of the biggest hands of the tournament.
Drunka raised to 12,000 and got calls from sexygee and JannotLapin. Drunka and JannotLapin both drew three cards to sexgee’s one. After two checks, sexygee bet out 28,000 and got a call from JannotLapin, Drunka raised 10,674 more and got calls from both players. His 10♣ 10♥ 10♦ Q♥ K♥ was pretty, but not enough to best sexygee;s 5♥ 3♠ 3♣ 5♣ 3♦. The hand sent Drunka to the rail in fourth place for a $19,000 payday.
With that hand, sexygee’s lead seemed unsurmountable. He had three times the chips of his his opponents’ combined worth. With that kind of stack, it didn’t take him long to put JannotLapin out in third. They got it all-in before the draw. JannotLapin took three, sexygee took one. When the cards went on their backs JannotLapin held 8♦ 2♦ A♠ 2♠ A♥, not good against sexygee’s neverending string of boats. This time it looked like 4♦ 4♥ J♥ J♦ 4♣. JannotLapin picked up $28,000 for third place.
Just a couple of minutes later, KONGOOR came in for a raise and sexygee called. Sexygee took one to KONGOOR’s three-card draw. Sexygee put KONGOOR all-in. Sexygee’s 8♥ J♦ 4♦ 8♠ J♥ was good enough to beat KONGOOR’s 6♣ 5♥ Q♥ 3♠ Q♦. KONGOOR took second place for $36,500.
And that left only sexygee. After nearly 14 hours of five-card draw, he put it away for the first-ever SCOOP Five-Card Draw title and $54,000.
SCOOP Event #3: $1,050 Pot-Limit Five-Card Draw
1. sexygee (United Kingdom) $54,500
2. KONGOOR (Ukraine) $36,500.
3. JannotLapin (France) $28,000
4. Drunka (Ukraine) $19,000
5. CASINOICE (Iceland) $14,000
6. razgon (Bulgaria) $10,500
If you’d like a look at the rest of the SCOOP schedule, check out the SCOOP section over at PokerStars.com. You can also keep up with the SCOOP leaderboard or visit the PokerStars.tv site for some great highlight shows.
Good luck to everybody on Saturday.