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WCOOP Event #12: $500+$30 Stud Hi/Lo

, 2005-09-16, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

Up until Event #12, this year's World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) had been one marked by final tables full of unknown players. That all changed in Thursday's $500+$30 Stud Hi/Lo championship when two of the game's most recognizable names showed up with big stacks ready to chase down the $66,000 first place prize.

Chris "Money800" Moneymaker and Scott "emptyseat88" Fischman both lasted down to three handed play with an unknown, self-proclaimed Stud Hi/Lo great, "Bunsen". After refusing to split the money 3 ways, Bunsen caught a bad run of cards that resulted in being well outchipped by Moneymaker and Fischman. Bunsen survived more than one all in against Chris Moneymaker, and eventually built up a big enough stack to eliminate Moneymaker in 3rd place. Moneymaker earned $25,000 for his efforts, which ironically is exactly 1% of what he won in the 2003 WSOP.

When heads up play began, Bunsen had Fischman outchipped 3 to 1. Scott humored observers by offering Bunsen the chance to split the prize pool evenly rather than playing it out. Bunsen, in step with his response to prior deal offers, refused Fischman with a smile. Fifteen minutes later it was over. Scott Fischman won $40,000 for 2nd.

The event drew 529 entrants which made for a $264,000 prize pool, which is not bad for an online Stud Hi/Lo game. 2004 World Champion Greg "Fossilman" Raymer finished in 44th place.

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