Check or bet. Call or fold. Break or pat. These are the relatively bifurcated decisions that are presented to fixed-limit poker players. That's what 376 players signed up for in SCOOP 2013 Event 27-M, $215 FL Triple Draw 2-7. Grinders on...
Check or bet. Call or fold. Break or pat. These are the relatively bifurcated decisions that are presented to fixed-limit poker players. That's what 376 players signed up for in SCOOP 2013 Event 27-M, $215 FL Triple Draw 2-7. Grinders one and all, aDrENalin710 proved the ultimate grinder by entering the final table as the short stack and going on to win the whole tournament.
48 players made the money in Event 27-M. None of them were Team PokerStars Pros or PokerStars Team Online players, although the ITM players did include some other notable faces. BrynKenney checked out at 43rd place; Ami "UhhMee" Barer put in yet another good SCOOP performance with a 26th-place finish; and James Obst did a bit better than Barer by coming in 23rd.
Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick outshone them all. Chidwick faced a tough decision to break or pat on the bubble of the final table against Ig123456789, who patted the last draw. After dipping into his time bank for about 90 seconds, Chidwick opted to break his hand and draw one. It was the correct move against Ig123456789's 8-7-6-4-2, but Chidwick paired on the draw to be bounced in 7th place.
Don't cry too much for stevie444; he was busy on the final table of Event 27-H (where he was still alive with three players remaining at the time of publishing this post) while the other six players collapsed to the Event 27-M final table.
Seat 1: Ig123456789 (361414 in chips)
Seat 2: Zackary "Thrash370" Koerper (384556 in chips)
Seat 3: aDrENalin710 (77372 in chips)
Seat 4: CandyJohnson (541250 in chips)
Seat 5: Tamsusis (94248 in chips)
Seat 6: kingkai (421160 in chips)
Level 25: stakes 7k-14k
Average: 313,333 (22.5 big bets)
The final table started with an odd distribution of chips. Four players had stacks that were above the table average, while two players - Tamsusis and aDrENalin710 - were quite short. Things only got worse for the short stacks as, four minutes into the final table, the stakes rolled up to 8k-16k.
CandyJohnson started as chip leader but soon relinquished that title to Ig123456789, a Ukrainian player who won a PL 5-Card Draw event during WCOOP 2010. With four streets of fixed-limit betting, the final table promised plenty of stomach-churning swings. Both short stacks proved that with numerous double-ups in the early stages of the final table. aDrENalin710, in fact, rose all the way up to the table average, mainly at Koerper's expense.
The chips kept working their way around the table, never staying long in any one player's stack. Koerper was crippled in a hand against Tamsusis that Koerper had three-bet pre-draw. Koerper drew one to Tamsusis' two on the first draw and bet, then one to Tamsusis' two on the second draw as well. Tamsusis raised Koerper's bet on that street; Koerper called, drew one on the third draw ahead of Tamsusis' pat, then check-folded, preserving a stack of only 10k.
Koerper doubled once to get back up to 25k, then doubled a second time with a 9 against Ig123456789's queen to climb up to 45k. That's where it ended. The third time Koerper's tried to double up aDrENalin710 made an inspired pat on the third draw after Koerper himself patted what turned out to be a 9-8. aDrENalin710 dragged the pot with a 9-7 and sent Koerper to the rail in 6th place.
For the most part, Ig123456789, aDrENalin710 and CandyJohnson were the beneficiaries of the chip movement; kingkai and Tamsusis were victimized by it. kingkai caught a bad piece of luck against aDrENalin710 to hit the rail in 5th place:
The other short stack, Tamsusis, wasn't far behind kingkai in reporting to the rail. aDrENalin710 did the honors once again. The pot was three-bet by Tamsusis pre-draw and called by both Ig123456789 (who opened with a raise) and aDrENalin710. On the first draw, Tamsusis drew 2, Ig123456789 drew 1, and aDrENalin710 drew 2. Ig123456789 led with a bet that both other plaeyrs called. The action was the same after the second draw, at which point Tamsusis was all in. Tamsusis pa