One of the most classic variations of poker is stud, and though it was thought to be a game of the past when hold’em grabbed the poker world by storm, stud has made a comeback in grand fashion. And we can say that because nearly 3,000 players turned out for a $22 stud hi/lo tournament on a Tuesday night in the middle of May.
The low buy-in version ($22) of Event 25 gave players the opportunity to compete for a $50K guarantee in stud hi/lo, and with 2,854 registered for the tournament, the prize pool grew to $57,080.00. That allowed the top 440 players to be paid for their stud performances.
As for Team PokerStars Pros, the only one who finished in the money was still going strong when the final table bubble approached. George “Jorj95” Lind III has been nothing short of a star (a PokerStar!) in the 2010 SCOOP series, and after making a final table the previous night in Event 21-M, he was seriously seeking a win in this stud event. And he looked as if he was headed for his second final table in as many days.
It was at Jorj95’s table that the bubble burst to create the final table. The hand started with a battle between ARROGANTICE and TurnRiva, the latter of whom pushed all-in on third street. When all of the cards were shown, it was TurnRiva with J♦6♠Q♣4♦8♠5♥K♣ for only king high, and ARROGANTICE won with 9♣J♣9♠10♦2♣5♦9♥ and the nines. TurnRiva left the tournament in ninth place with $385.29.
Andy McLEOD with studly chip lead
Toward the end of Level 35, with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and an ante of 16,000, the final table was set, and the starting chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: ARROGANTICE (2,167,536 in chips)
Seat 2: gordo16 (498,710 in chips)
Seat 3: sweetreason (562,470 in chips)
Seat 4: TheSlyFox (343,887 in chips)
Seat 5: Jorj95 (1,473,402 in chips)
Seat 6: LUFCBas (3,256,390 in chips)
Seat 7: Andy McLEOD (5,452,823 in chips)
Seat 8: periferel (514,782 in chips)
It didn’t take long for the action to go down. Players were anxious to move.
The first instance came when gordo16 started the hand with 10♣ and a raise, which prompted a reraise from Andy McLEOD with A♠ showing. Gordo16 called, and more betting took place on fourth street when gordo16 took on a 4♥ and Andy McLEOD received a 7♦. But all of gordo16’s money went in upon receiving the A♣ on fifth, though Andy McLEOD called with a 7♠. Gordo16 then picked up 6♠ and 5♠ to go with the 5♥ and 10♥ he had to begin with, but Andy McLEOD took on 10♠ and 8♣ to go with A♥K♥, and his two pair – aces and sevens – were best. Gordo16, who last week won his first SCOOP title in Event 7-M, departed in eighth place with $527.99.
The very next hand saw a battle ensue between LUFCBas and TheSlyFox that had the latter all-in on third street. When the cards were on the board, TheSlyFox showed A♦J♣J♦5♣K♠2♥7♣ for the pair of jacks, but LUFCBas had J♥7♥3♥10♠10♦3♣5♦ for two pair and the win. TheSlyFox was gone in seventh place with $1,083.94 to show for it.
Only a few hands passed before LUFCBas was at it again, this time putting periferel to the test with reraises that prompted periferel to call all-in for his tournament life on third street. The virtual dealer gave periferel seven cards in the form of 10♥10♠J♣A♦2♣Q♦9♦, but that singular pair of tens was outdone by the 3♠7♥4♥4♣K♦2♥2♦ and two baby pair of LUFCBas. Periferel became the sixth place finisher, which was worth a payout of $1,712.40.
Slow it down, split the pots
Five-handed action took some time, as players settled down a bit and took their time. Quite a few split pots and a bit more caution slowed the action from its initial flurry of bustouts.
Sweetreason had been finally been relegated to a stack of less than 400,000 chips and got involved with LUFCBas. Third street found sweetreason with 8♦ and LUFCBas with K♦, and several raises led them to fourth street, where sweetreason picked up 7♥ and LUFCBas took on K♣. When the latter bet, sweetreason moved all-in, and LUFCBas called. The rest of the cards brought sweetreason only a pair of eights and no low with 3♥6♣8♦7♥9♦8♥J♣, but LUFCBas picked up another king and took it down, leaving sweetreason out in fifth place with $2,854.00.
Only six hands later, a big hand developed between Andy McLEOD and ARROGANTICE. Betting was capped on third street with 8♠ for ARROGANTICE and 6♠ for Andy McLEOD, and when ARROGANTICE picked up a J♠ on fourth, it was all-in. Andy McLEOD called with J♣. That took them all the way through the rest of the deal to find ARROGANTICE with 4♦4♥8♠J♠6♣7♠9♦, but that pair of fours was beat by a pair of fives when Andy McLEOD showed 5♣A♣6♠J♣5♥9♥8♥. And just like that, ARROGANTICE was gone in fourth place with $3,995.60.
Lind falls just short of SCOOP title
During three-handed play, LUFCBas made light of the fact that he was sitting between well-known, successful pros like James “Andy McLEOD” Obst and George Lind by making one attempt at deal talks:
LUFCBas: we can chop it up if you want guys I know you both need the money
And that was that.
Jorj95 made a solid attempt at chipping up by grabbing a 1.4 million-chip pot near the start of three-handed play, but he was unable to get anything going from there. Ultimately, with just about that number of chips remaining, Jorj95 got involved with Andy McLEOD with the former showing 8♥ and the latter 2♥. More betting took place when Jorj95 got A♠ and Andy McLEOD took on J♠ on fourth street, and the same happened with Jorj95 received an A♣ on fifth and Andy McLEOD got the 5♦. But it was on sixth that the 7♥ prompted Jorj95 to bet, Andy McLEOD to raise with 4♣, and Jorj95 to call all-in, showing 5♣8♠ as his starting cards. Andy McLEOD produced A♥3♠ and a Q♥ as his final card, and he had the hi and lo with A through 5, and Jorj95 produced K♣ as his final card, resulting in only two pair. Team PokerStars Pro George “Jorj95” Lind III was out just short of a victory, taking home $5,137.20 for the third place finish.
Call it a comeback
The last two players standing started their battle with chip counts as follows:
Seat 6: LUFCBas (4,934,662 in chips)
Seat 7: Andy McLEOD (9,335,338 in chips)
Andy McLEOD came out of the game with aggression to match his lead, but LUFCBas took a solid 3.2 million-chip pot to reduce the chip difference between the two. Though Andy McLEOD took some significant pots of his own, LUFCBas made the battle difficult with some strong plays.
After nearly 30 minutes into the match, LUFCBas took over the chip lead, but Andy McLEOD quickly evened the stacks and ensured that it would be a lengthy but exciting duel.
One big hand seemed to turn the tables, however. LUFCBas aggressively played a hand that ended up being 5♣4♠2♦5♠6♥3♥3♠, and the hi and lo prompted Andy McLEOD to fold a hand that showed A♠9♠10♥5♥. The pot was worth 5.1 million chips and gave LUFCBas the lead he needed.
Only a short time later, the final hand developed as LUFCBas with 8♠ and Andy McLEOD with 10♠ took it to fourth street. Andy McLEOD bet with K♠ and LUFCBas called with Q♠, but when a Q♣ appeared for Andy McLEOD on fifth street, it was time for the all-in move, and LUFCBass called after receiving 5♥. For Andy McLEOD, sixth brought 2♠, and the river brought 9♣ with 2♦A♦ as his two initial cards, and that pair of deuces was beat by LUFCBas and his 4♥ on the river, complimented by A♠3♥ to give him a pair of queens for the hi and 8-5-4-3-A for the lo. That left Andy McLEOD, a 2009 SCOOP champion, out of this event in second place with $6,849.60.
LUFCBas was the last player standing, and the Event 25-L win came with a first place prize of $9,705.19.
SCOOP Event 25-Low (Stud H/L) Results for 05/11/10:
1st place: LUFCBas ($9,705.19)
2nd place: Andy McLEOD ($6,849.60)
3rd place: Team PokerStars Pro George “Jorj95” Lind III ($5,137.20)
4th place: ARROGANTICE ($3,995.60)
5th place: sweetreason ($2,854.00)
6th place: periferel ($1,712.40)
7th place: TheSlyFox ($1,083.94)
8th place: gordo16 ($527.99)
The Spring Championship of Online Poker has less than a week left on the schedule, but numerous events remain with corresponding qualifiers to offer seats at a fraction of the price. Check out the SCOOP website for details and PokerStars.TV for series highlights.