We're nearing a special day here at PokerStars with tomorrow's 10th anniversary of Chris Moneymaker's historic win in the 2003 World Series of Poker. One aspect of Moneymaker's story that has always intrigued many is the coincidence of ...
We're nearing a special day here at PokerStars with tomorrow's 10th anniversary of Chris Moneymaker's historic win in the 2003 World Series of Poker. One aspect of Moneymaker's story that has always intrigued many is the coincidence of Moneymaker's last name and the huge cash prize that came with winning the event. Sometimes in these SCOOP events we'll see uncannily-named players similarly doing well and occasionally winning events, and such was certainly the case in Event #30-M, the $215 razz event, appropriately won by lowballeric of the U.K.
lowballeric was one of 461 entrants in this one, with the $92,200 prize pool built by that group coming close to doubling the event's $50K guarantee. In addition to the SCOOP watch, lowballeric earned $17,518 of that prize pool after successfully making enough lowball hands to outlast the field.
It took nearly six hours for that field to shrink down to 100 players, led at that point by Bodhisattva6 (60,973), wadzon (59,967), and Chiesaraise (54,982). Also still alive and with an above average stack then was Team Online member Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara sitting just outside the top 20.
Alas for Kihara, he wouldn't quite make it to the cash after being ousted in 67th, just three spots shy of the money. Soon after the bubble burst, at which point eventual champ lowballeric had pushed past all into first position as the only player with more than 100,000 chips.
Eventually just 16 were left as they crossed the nine-hour mark, with Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter (50th, $345.75), Rens "Rens02" Feenstra (49th, $345.75), Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb (46th, $291.85), Mike "Tîmex" McDonald (45th, $391.85), Steve "Illini23" Barshak (36th, $485.05), Paul "paulgees81" Volpe (26th, $599.30), Mayu "marroca5" Roca Uribe (23rd, $806.75), and Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis (19th, $806.75) among the eliminated.
It would take another half-hour to play down to eight, with Gigaloff building a big stack of more than 700,000 to assume the lead with krec23 the nearest foe with more than 500,000. zzzFFFzzz (16th), nilsef (15th), F3nix35 (14th), and RuudGullit (13th) each earned $1,060.30 for their finishes, while mapocalyps (12th), valera3000 (11th), mendozoQ (10th), and Bodhisattva6 (9th) made $1,383 apiece.
The final table was underway.
Seat 1: krec23 (Russia) -- 565,930
Seat 2: capeta333 (Brazil) -- 165,200
Seat 3: Paul "padjes" Berende (Netherlands) -- 171,182
Seat 4: Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (Mexico) -- 112,264
Seat 5: Gigaloff (Russia) -- 789,779
Seat 6: Desslock (Canada) -- 78,400
Seat 7: shrek7771 (Russia) -- 143,784
Seat 8: lowballeric (United Kingdom) -- 278,461
THAY3R thwarted in eighth
The stakes were 12,000/24,000 to start the final table, and on just the second hand Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen was eliminated in eighth after losing the last of his short stack.
That hand started with a THAY3R raise over a bring-in from Paul "padjes" Berende. Desslock then three-bet and got two callers in shrek7771 and lowballeric, and when it folded back around to Rasmussen he typed "gg" and "gl all in" before reraising with the last of his chips to 27,864.
All three of his opponents called, then shrek7771 led with bets on the next three streets with Desslock folding on fourth and lowballeric calling all of the way. When checked to on seventh lowballeric then bet and Desslock called. lowballeric showed  / [Q] / [T] for a ten-low while shrek7771 had  /  /  for a 9-6-5-4-3.
shrek7771's hand was better than whatever THAY3R had as he mucked, and they were down to seven.
Desslock done in seventh
About an orbit later Desslock was down to just 8,936 and was open-raising all in with a  showing. shrek7771 reraised with an [A] up and everyone else folded, and the pair drew out their hands thusly:
Desslock: [J][A] / [A] / [Q] (J-4-3-2-A)
shrek7771: [T] / [A] / [Q] (9-6-5-4-A)
It was a disappointing card on seventh street for Desslock whose tourney run e