It all came down to a razz hand, with Taylor all in on third street.
Taylor (3-4) 9-J-6-Q (K)
Argyros (2-9) A-K-Q-7 (T)
Argyros made T-9-7-2-A for low, besting Taylor's J-9-6-4-3 and after a long-fought battle that saw both players come back from extreme chip defecits, Billy "The Croc" Argyros won Event #5 ($1,100 H.O.R.S.E. ) of the Poker News Cup, earning $18,900. Paul Taylor will take home $13,230 for his runner-up finish.
Congratulations to Billy "The Croc" Argyros, who started the day with less than two big bets to come back and win Australia's first-ever H.O.R.S.E. tournament!
Paul Taylor was all in in the small blind for his case 9,000 and turned up to Billy the Croc's . The board ran out and Taylor took it down with a full house, doubling his stack to 18,000.
On the next hand, Taylor took his against the Croc's and turned a pair of deuces to take down that pot and double to 36,000. On the hand after that, Taylor was dominated, his up against the Croc's , but flopped a seven to double up for the third time, to 72,000.
On a flop of , Billy the Croc bet, Paul Taylor raised and the Croc called. The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the . The Croc bet, and Taylor, looking anguished, made a crying call, turning up . They were no good against the Croc's and he raked in the pot, leaving Taylor with only 9,000 in chips.